save the "we don't care about money" schtick. i've been on both ends of the money exchange at the end of the night: every band cares about money, even if they don't make a big deal about it. it's a necessary evil of doing this either as a hobby or profession. gas costs money. records cost money. unless you have a trust fund or a really good "real" job, the state of your band fund is something that you're acutely aware of.
as much as you want to make me sound like a simpleton with your "clean sheet of paper" dig, i actually agree with you about the make-up of crowds form town to town. i just had a very similar experience in chicago just this past weekend. we have great fans and friends here in columbus, but that chicago crowd, composed primarily of people we wouldn't know from adam, were really into our show. the primary difference between my experience and yours is that we got $300 and you got $50.
here's where my powers of inference prove to be perhaps better than yours:
Shoegaze-themed night. Never played in Chicago before. It was the largest and most attentive crowd we've played to. No shows in Columbus have compared (which I realize could be because we haven't figured out how to promote for this city yet).
you answered your own question, possibly without even realizing it. how do you promote your shows? try putting together an all-shoegaze show here in columbus. get 1 or 2 notable shoegaze bands to play with you and promote the show as a shoegaze-ho-hum-vaganza. that'll probably work better than expecting people to come see some band called "love culture" they've never heard of.
p.s.: was that show at the mutiny? the place with the huge urinal?
you answered your own question, possibly without even realizing it.
Haha....how long did the smile stay on your face when you whipped that one out?
And, no not everyone cares about the money. Of course I'd like to make a living by being in a band, but that's not even close to happening. I'm pretty set in working my 35 hours, school and spending all my remaining time trying to be musically successful. When the chance to make real money comes I'll take it and then I'll concern myself with how much money the band is bringing in.
try putting together an all-shoegaze show here in columbus. get 1 or 2 notable shoegaze bands to play with you and promote the show as a shoegaze-ho-hum-vaganza
Hm, I see by the "ho-hum" that you don't even think your own idea is very plausible. If you're talking about like a novelty night where bands cover Swervedriver or something that might work. Otherwise people will do what they normally do which is...nothing. Well, maybe a snarky comment or two but that's it.
Yeah our Chicago show was at the Mutiny. And you know, can you believe it, I never actually used their bathroom. Everyone was telling me about the toilet and I just forgot to check it out. Major fail on my part I know.
Oh yeah, we had an idea for a show that we fielded to some people a little while ago - Victorian/gothic kind of masquerade show. Everyone dresses up and looks real cool.....we even bought a bunch of our own stage lights.
Obviously it didn't happen....and I kind of cringe now just thinking about most people in this city's response to something like that. Not going to happen here. You at least have to admit it's tricky promoting here and harder than most big cities to get people out.