Remember your life five years ago? Me either, but NashvilleZine was pumping out the jams of local rock goss and news when Nashville Cream was just a gleam in our far less cynical eyes.
This time five years ago, Hair of the Dog was a new venue looking for rock bands and Of Montreal could only fill Blue Sky Court. The Carter Administration had just been written up in Southeastern Performer, and Destroyer totally rocked The End. Notably, Whole Fantastic World caused quite a stir by headlining Exit/In far earlier in their career than certain people felt they had a right to. Remember that? When you were supposed to "pay your local dues" before you could take that legendary stage? Mostly, the comments will all seem so very familiar to ya. A few killerz after the jump.
i know rick at the exit/in, and regardless if shows there are or aren't benefits, there needs to be a decent turnout for them to consider having shows again in the future. look what happened to the one WMTS benefit they had there- nobody showed up, and now every time WMTS has requested to do another one, they've been blown off or maybe sent over to The End. either way it's kind of a shame for the bands that played. which reminds me, what was the show a benefit for? it was a little haughty of them to charge $6...
well, i think the story, as i understand it, is that forget cassettes was originally going to be headlining this show, and, like a lot of shows they tentatively agree to, they didn't end up playing (which is understandable considering how busy doni stays with other projects), by which time the venue had already been secured (and, i think, at the time, there were going to be a number of bands playing). i think that it's this reason that TWFW even signed on for the show.. .cos they'd be playing the exit/in and cos FC draw a lot of people. then FC dropped off, a bunch of bands who probably joined on for the same reason TWFW signed on were left and none of them were big crowd drawers yet. i think since TWFW is getting some notice now, the exit/in people decided to make their name the big one on the bill (i know that daniel from the band didn't even know their name was on the billboard of the venue or the "big font" name listed on their calendar until like the day of the show). if anyone is to blame here, it's the people who organized the show and the venue for making a bad call on judgement. if nothing else, TWFW shouldn't be blamed just cos they were singled out as the "big band" that night.
Didn't I mention it was good show? That's all that really matters. Too bad there seems to be so much "politics" with playing shows it doesn't matter if it was solid or not!
Agreed. Fuck the Exit/In and who they're mad at. That whole block is washed up, anyways.
Well, bottom line is that (and I know this from first hand source) this band won't be playing there again anytime soon. We can't have shows here that don't even draw 20 people, this isn't a room for hire.!
wow. i feel for TWFW. if i were in that band i think i would have to shoot myself because of the shit they have had to endure at shows over the past month. the sad part is that they are a really excellent band with really great songs. first, they get cursed out at the blue sky court for even being ON THE BILL at the IBL cd release (trust me, it wasn't pretty) because someone at the venue was not aware of it even though their name was on the fliers. then they get reamed by the nashville scene's stage dive girls. and now this! banned from the Exit/In after a show where unsurmountable pressure was put on them to fill a venue that few known bands in Nashville can fill. ALL negative attention should be pointed at the promoter/booker of this show. you need 2-3 really solid local bands to pack that place in. granted, TWFW are a really solid local band, but they are nubile in their existence. people are just finding out about them.