I don't knock bands for being succesful, One of my fav all time Thursday was on the radio and sold even more albums than these guys did, But does it really matter now? And they didn't have to clean up to go on tv, I mean you don't have to get a haircut the next day and look completely different , i just found it funny. And it doesn't surprise me kids these days will buy into this band, Just look at how many teenagers who don't know the meaning of musical talent or connecting with the bands message.
They are more about the cover of the bands and thinking yea, louder the better, the dumber the lyrics are cuz theyre funny or fun. But it's not the same scene it used to be , when you connected with music in a deeper level. This band is just trying to hard to get mainstream ,or somebody got paid off.
I agree, it's not the same scene. When i started seeing all the mainstream big business tricks being implemented in the indie scene, i saw it change before my eyes. I can't blame anyone though because when it comes down to it all, they need to make money for this music scene (as watered down as it may be) to continue. The bands, labels, management, booking, distribution, they all gotta get paid, so these mainstream tatics become sort of a must. It makes me appreciate bands more when they come out with a real musical record and still get hype.
I still don't get the problem with cleaning up for TV. It's a must. If their management didn't suggest it, I'm sure ABC told them to clean up. Why look like the worn down beat up band that you are, dress up a bit.
I expect to see them mature on their next record. I seriously hope they step up their live show. They could gain alot more respect if they gave a little more each night.