This week on the 20th episode (wow we made it to 20!) of the AbolutePunk.net Podcast, Jason and I talk with Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail. Buddy has always been one of the most blunt and honest musicians I've ever talked to and on this episode we talk music, the industry, and the life of a band. Do you do it for the money? What happens after you get your one shot?
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I found the 10 year discussion interesting. I've been to a few of these tours (TAYF, Sticks and Stones, Commit this to Memory). and I found that the crowd has been surprisingly young, these aren't kids who saw the bands on these album cycles. For the most part the crowds have been my age 21, or younger. The kids seeing these shows aren't so much people trying to relive the shows they use to go to, as it is kids wanting to see the records they grew up with live. Might not be a good example since Yellowcard still has a very Ocean Ave heavy set, but Ocean Ave was that record for me. In 6-8th grade, that was the cd in my cd player, along with Young and the Hopeless. Listened to it every day, as a 12 year old, there was no way I was going to see Yellowcard live at that age. My generation is the generation of the kids who grew up listening to their older siblings or cousins music, and these 10 year tours are our chance to see these songs live.
I think if/when Buddy gets around to doing a full album tour, he would be surprised by the age of the crowd.
I was just at Yellowcard's Ocean Avenue tour last Sunday. I'm almost 20 and I was surprised to see that 75% of the sold out crowd was older than me. For some reason I went in thinking the crowd would be a lot younger.
I feel like YC's tour was really genuine. They still played an hour of other songs, which most comprised of Southern Weather and WYTTSY. The crowd was stoked on those and the band was so happy about that. I feel like these tours are great for the younger fans who weren't around for the original release an with the old fans. Like Buddy said, they basically grew out of the music, but I think it's possible for these former fans to connect with the newer material as wa evident with Yellowcard.
Buddy has such a unique view on life. But in his defense, I agree that Senses Fail doing any kind of 10 year tour wouldnt seem genuine. While I'd love to see it, there's three members that are not in the band anymore that recorded Still Searching and they aren't in any way that same band personally or musically.