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Friday, September 7, 2012

The Problem with An Under Cover Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

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But there are worse things than Facebook spamming or what I perceive as a vanity project on behalf of the organizers. The rules that participating bands are expected to adhere to are unreasonable.

AUCW's web site states the most objectionable one last on their list:

"We ask that the bands playing AUCW blackout their schedules locally for 4 weeks on either side of the event. This is a somewhat flexible rule, but we like to see all of the bands working to promote this event, as it will certainly be one of the biggest events of the year. With the amount of effort that it takes both to organize and to prepare to play the event, it is in every band's interest to not hinder their draw for AUCW by playing too many local shows in the weeks surrounding the event."

That's almost more offensive than hosting pay-to-play gigs. These bands hustle all of the time to book their own gigs, and it is their fans who will populate the show. If someone told me that my band couldn't play AUCW unless I blocked out two months of my own shows, I'd tell them to get bent. Local bands work too hard and are far too awesome to be saddled with such restrictions. It doesn't matter if this rule is "somewhat flexible," it still does nothing but hurt the very community that projects like these claim to support.

There is little concern for audience overlap, anyway, because these bands aren't playing their own music, they're playing cover songs. For example, I've never heard Aquitaine, but I'm dying to see somebody (anybody) cover Oasis because I'll probably never get to see Oasis. And I've been meaning to see Palace, but I'm not going to go watch Palace cover ABBA because I want to see Palace, you dig?

I go on about all of this for one reason: in defense of the bands. Yeah, they volunteered to play, but I doubt half of them would agree to such unfortunate terms if they knew that they were capable of doing it themselves. You guys: please remember that you can put on your own shows and have fun with it and not have to deal with any bullshit rules. And while I think there are things that you can learn from AUCW's quality control standards (for example, it's nice to see those professional band photos; they're beautiful), you might be better off doing it on your own. Or consider taking all of the time and effort you are putting into this one 30 minute gig and apply it instead to your own original music. Your music is better, anyway. You can do it. This is a D.I.Y. town. Make something happen.

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