Tuesday, May 15, 2007

When I'm Wrong, I'll Admit I'm Wrong

When I did my post last week about the My Chemical Romance concert (was that really only a week ago?) I wrote that the opening band, Circa Survive, was "one of the worst bands I've ever heard". In retrospect that seemed rather harsh as it's very possible that the reason they sounded so bad to me was because of their sound system's inadequacy which could be attributed to the fact that they admitted that they weren't used to playing in a venue the size of The DCU Center and that they were a last-minute add-on when Muse canceled.

Wishing to be fair, and knowing that I wasn't being so by making that blanket statement, I decided to do a little more research and find out what Circa Survive sounded like minus the horrendous bass reverberation. What was their music like if I could really hear the lyrics? First I stopped by their My Space Page (here) and listened to some of the music they have there and then I checked out some of the lyrics to their songs as well as their blog and message boards (here).

After listening to four songs, I have to be perfectly honest and say that theirs is not the kind of music that I would normally listen to - not because it's bad, mind you, but because it just doesn't appeal to me. However, once I could actually listen to the music without the distortion they had that night, they certainly didn't qualify as "one of the worst bands I've ever heard".

What I found most interesting, though, was that in a post on their blog that they wrote announcing that they were going to be playing with MCR in Worcester some of their fans felt that they were "selling out". For example this post:
"Please, for the love of all that is holy, never EVER play with a band like MCR ever again.

If people want to listen to MCR, fine. More power to them. But the 14 year old girls that call themselves MRC fans really are not deserving of the genius that is (or possibly was..) Circa Survive.

And now you’re doing Warped Tour? Come on guys. You don’t belong on such a venue, simply because you are way out of all of those bands’ league. I don’t care how much they are paying you to do the tour.

-A worried fan"

Now if I did my research right, it's my understanding that Circa Survive actually went on tour with My Chemical Romance during the winter of 2005 so last Tuesday obviously wasn't the first time they had ever played with them. Why the uproar from their "devoted fans"?

When a band gets the chance to play in a bigger venue to people who may not have had the chance to hear their music before that shouldn't be considered a bad thing - it should be considered an opportunity to gain some new fans. If Circa Survive's music has so much passion and emotion like their fans say then they should want more people to be exposed to it and become loyal listeners and not knock those people for being MCR fans (which a lot of commenters did).

What those people are doing is basically the same thing I did last week when I wrote what I did about the band. I hadn't given them a fair chance based on technical difficulties that distorted their music. My daughter - one of those 14-year old girls that calls herself an MCR fan - encouraged me to listen to Circa Survive outside of the show and reevaluate my opinion rather than base it on that one time. Which I did and I admit that I was wrong in my opinion.

Maybe Circa Survive's fans should do the same for My Chemical Romance and stop thinking that their band is selling out when I'm sure that was the last thing on their minds when they were given the opportunity to fill in for the other opening band that had canceled.

In music as in life, why can't we all just get along?


  1. Some music fans are such snobs! As soon as a band becomes commercially successful and people other than them listen to that band, they apparently have 'sold out'.
    I have friends like this, they go to festivals and gigs a lot, so when i finally know which band they talking about because i have heard them on the radio, that band is deemed to have sold out.

  2. I clicked the link and listened to Circa Survive and I agree with you - not my cup of tea but not too bad. However the test of a good band is whether they are good 'live' - most bands can sound good in the studio. Equipment feedback? A bad workman always blames their tools don't you think?

    Fan rivallry has been around since the year dot - I know because I liked the Beatles and some of my peers liked the Rolling Stones - now I like both but at the time we were almost deadly enemies!

  3. huh? was i supposed to understand any of this honey? i am way to old to even care i think! ha ha ha...

    smiles, bee

  4. I will say it again: you are one of the coolest mom-of-teens out there!

  5. Again, class, and more class. Now that's being fair and then some. My hats off to you.

    I'm with Empress Bee. I'm too old to care and there you have it.

    Have a great day! :)

  6. You wern't the only blogger at an MCR concert. A True Jersey Girl also went to one. She's on my bloglist.

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your great comment! Im so jealous that your daughter met Frank! I happen to like MCR AND Circa Survive. You have to remember that kids can be real music snobs because they think they know everything. Its only us ADULTS that really know whats going on!

  8. What those Circa Survive fans need to remember is that sometime being the opening act for a popular group leads to other things. Think Jimi Hendrix opening for the Monkees.

  9. I heard the same thing today about Carrie Underwood. I guess lots of Country Music fans and artists are not liking that she's doing so well and winning awards out the butt. I guess she hasn't "paid her dues" so she doesn't deserve her winnings.


  10. Anonymous12:16 PM EDT

    circa survive is incredible.
    you suck.

  11. No, "anonymous", I don't suck. What sucks is the fact that you chose to ignore my entire message of this post.

    I said that Circa Survive was not my type of music - not that they were bad or anything else. People have different tastes and likes - just because they aren't a band I would normally listen to doesn't mean that I don't think they have musical talent.

    Grow up and while you're at it, quit hiding behind a non-name.


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