Because that was the important part of my argument? I don't really give a shit if they were previously in, changed their name, or are a brand new band; they're still lazy.
Hey guys. I'm starting a kickstarter for my band...I was hoping you could help. The first kickstarter will be so we can buy instruments. I'll give away dumb shit but we're gonna be an awesome band. ;)
Actually no. Because if they were a brand new band, no one would have a good idea of what their music would sound like (even if they posted three shitty demos online). In this case, they've released two full lengths under "Audio Karate", therefore they have fans who would like to see them live/support them. Big difference.
If it's between me contributing to help a band go on the road for a while or me not seeing that band live, I know which one I'd pick. You don't like this band, and that's cool, but I don't see what's so "lazy" about this when the rewards they are offering are more than fair (e.g. 250 for a full band show - are you kidding me?). Bands DON'T need to earn their right to play music to people who would like to see them live. I'm sure these guys, now that they're older, have other commitments and can't afford to save up for a van just to lose all that money on tour, and that is perfectly fine. I'm glad they're doing this.
TL;DR There's a bunch of people who want to help this band, their rewards are more than reasonable, and they're a somewhat established band. don't see what's wrong with this.
edit: and I'm pretty sure most of the people donating would be friends or old school fans who would be in their mid to late 20's, so they're not really "exploiting" anyone here. Punk rock community is an awesome thing.