I have a funny story I'd like to share with you, ad8
Sometimes when I'm on one of the other forums I frequent, I plug for some of the BBS bands that I listen to....I don't usually tell anyone that they're BBS bands, but rather I just talk about them like they're a normal band, and I post some lyrics and a couple of songs by them, and once people get interested and start tracking them down, I let it slip that they're a self-published band that records and releases their own material for free, etc.
Well, I was on one such forum today (gamefaqs.com), the Silent Hill 3 Social Board (SH3 is a Playstation 2 game in case you didn't know); there's a topic there called "What Song Are You Listening To Now?" that's pretty self-explanatory; you post the song you're currently listening to. I posted "Break Down" because I'd been listening to it to try and figure out how I want to do the cover of it for the BBS Covers III project....I only mentioned that you're a "German hardcore band that sings in English" and that I thought that was "bad-ass." I got this response from our local Austrian guy (he prides himself on knowing about obscure -- and therefore hardcore -- bands, so he seemed kind of offended at the idea of an American who had heard of some obscure German band that he hadn't heard of himself):
He was kind of half-joking (we poke fun at each other for having different interests quite often), but because his comment was so ironic, I immediately responded:
That's a common sell-out move One half of all German bands sing in English. Actually, half of all European bands do.
I just thought that was amusing
^Well, I'd hesitate to call them "sellouts" considering that they've self-released about 6 albums (all for free) and aren't even signed to a label 0.0
For all the things that I never did
For all the places I never was
For all the people I never stopped
But there was nothing I could do..."