Not to pile onto a mostly dead thread but has anyone pointed out that this band is complaining about something literally every band in existence has had to deal with? If these dudes really care about passion or whatever overwrought concept they're currently pushing as sincere, they'd pick up a book like Our Band Could Be Your Life and recognize how bands like Black Flag or Mission of Burma dealt with the same shit. Instead of writing a tryhard manifesto about shitty promoters, just warn your friends not to play those shows or support those people.
Word gets around and that does a whole lot more actual good "in the scene" than posturing about how you're going to save it.
Yea, I think what bugs me the most about when kids do stuff like this is their own douchebaggery goes way over their heads. The sooner the "we have so much heart and we're totally realer than you... And so are our friends!" thing ends, the better. I'm confused as to how that became so closely tied in with pop punk to begin with.
I suspect it's because a lot of people have deluded themselves into thinking pop punk is something more than just another form of accessible music so they started creating faux-macho stances defending something that nobody who isn't an insecure asshole would feel the need to defend in the first place. I suspect a lot of those people secretly wish they could get into punk/hardcore but for whatever reason didn't.
plus ever since green day and blink 182 got famous, there's always been a rather large bro contingent in pop punk fans.