Yea, most of ’em blow, at least as far as their repertoire goes.
It’s kinda crappy that most of them only know how to play 80s shit. Specifically, 80s rock.
(Never understood why people refer to them as live bands. As opposed to what, dead bands? If they there, of course they live. They can’t be streaming right?)
They seem like they stuck in a time warp, not realizing we’re deep into the 21st Century. They wanna play same ol’ 70s n 80s covers, fine, but what about the 90s and Noughties? Too complicated to play? Too lazy to learn? Fuck is dat about?
Can’t handle Radiohead, Coldplay or Red Hot Chili Peppers? If a repeater band / bar band can’t play a classic like Give It Away, they shouldn’t call themselves a rock band, and get the fuck off the stage.
Dave Matthews Band? Fuggedaboutit. Pearl Jam? The Verve? Haha! You gotta be kidding me.
Next time u find yourself being force-fed a dose of same ol, request a track from any of the above groups. And see what the band says!
Maybe we shd start a Play Something Recent! campaign. They need to get out of their toxic nostalgic fog.
Maybe the vocals, and higher sophistication in 90s music is too difficult to handle.
If a cover band claims it plays classic rock, then it should play 90s rock too, coz dats how long ago the 90s was – two decades now.
Hotel Fuckin California. I swear, dats the most-played song on this planet. Hell, maybe other planets too.
Most of these bands seem to have gone deaf around 1989.
Request for Snow Patrol and you’ll probably get served some cocktail. Haha
To restrict music to one genre (ie rock) is bad enough, but to time-limit within the genre? Too much. Any0ne who know of any options, would love to hear from u.
Creativity. I love it, but i think that’s what’s missing in da scene.
Bar owners share the blame. Maybe coz many of them are uncles themselves. I doubt they even hire music consultants pre-opening. It’s more like, “Hey u know any band?”
“Yea sure, can be arranged.”
“Can play Hotel California?”
I’ve seen mafuckers performing with mullets man! Mullets.
The OTHER thing that pisses me off about band music is the fuckin volume. Wattup with dat?
What’s wrong with medium volume for ALL tunes? Why dafuck does the band music need to be on full volume?? The band members might be deaf, but the customers sure aren’t.
There’s really no justification for it. (In fact, i have written a piece here before about how the music (and lighting, and bar furniture) affects people’s drinking speed.)
I mean, there’s no consistency. The regular bar music might be hardly audible (which is usually better than the band’s music), but the band one is waaay too high. High. Low. High. Low. How bout some damn balance? Outlets should increase the bar music, and lower the band’s volume.
Bar bands are meant to be playing in the background. Definitely not the main attraction. Unless it’s a superstar band doin a gig. Even that doesn’t deserve FULL volume, right?
Maybe the bands’ fat egos demand max volumes, i dont know.
The break between sets are sometimes a real relief to the customer. Conversations and drink orders can be audible again. People can mingle.
Bar owners need to grow some balls and break away from these dumb traditions. Even once a week on a Friday night would be nice. For a change.
Unless they dont want younger customers, in which case, their establishment might die a slow, natural death.
The Rollin’ Sixers (now-defunct) was an awesome Malaysian band that lit up many bars. Blues rock n shit. And boyz like Blister and Hydra are adventurous. Respect.
Maybe its clueless bar owners, maybe incapable bands, maybe stupid tradition, maybe a mix of all.
I think what pisses me off is that two decades of awesome, solid music has been ignored. Like it never happened.
Dats booshit, man.
They been getting away with crap for way too long.
Maybe bar owners and bar bands haven’t noticed yet, but the alco uncles that they have been repeating the same tunes over and over to for 30+ years, are dying off. It’s time to dust off and update the fuckin playlist already.