also i think you might be overestimating the influence of this blog?
but okay full disclosure i’m friends with keith who plays bass in the current incarnation of that band (and on the EP from which that song was taken) and who forwarded me those dates after i started yelling at him about wtf do you mean your tour isn’t listed anywhere online.
to my knowledge i’ve never met mike the main attic abasement dude. i suppose it’s possible that he’s as calculating as you seem to be suggesting—i really hope he is, because that would mean that he’s actually ambitious and has designs on success commensurate with his talent.
you need look no further than the flipside of that split EP for an example of what’s more typical here though. nod have been around since the ’90s playing really cool off-kilter velvets-y psych and actually put out some records on steve shelley’s smells like label in the early aughts. and then … then they didn’t do anything. it’s like they couldn’t be bothered.
i don’t even know what to call the thing that exists here, it’s not tall poppy syndrome so much as just this sort of deeply internalized self-defeatism that’s familiar to me from having grown up in the inland empire, where it’s 2014 and shrimper still doesn’t have a website! but whereas dennis callaci really does despise everything about the music industry so much that he’d rather reside permanently on its margins than have anything to do with it, rochester is the story of a thousand bands with every opportunity to succeed in the larger world somehow finding a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory instead.
so yeah, my frustration is genuine. it bums me out when talented people sabotage themselves, and it bums me out to a degree proportionate to the amount of talent being squandered. i really like attic abasement.
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