Bar bashing professionalism

toddmc

Gold Member
Neither Slayer nor Anthrax used to wear uniforms but I guess people and priorities change. There is also nothing wrong with looking nice. In all the metal bands I have played I always looked nice, maybe too nice and got shit for it from some people until they saw me onstage playing. Then there was the classic: " holy shit I didn't realize you were the drummer, I'm sorry dude!" Followed by a free beer.
You definitely shouldn't look too nice in a metal band mate 😄

Like I said, there's always the image thing to consider to a certain extent but the only guy I've seen get away with it was Serj Tankian who came out in a very nice, white, long-sleeved shirt and proceeded to crush it with System Of A Down.
 

BruceW

Senior Member
We've had these discussions in our band, which is primarily a bar/club band. We all tend to try and dress nice for any gig, some gigs "nicer" than others. Never sloppy, regardless of venue
 

doggyd69b

Well-known member
You definitely shouldn't look too nice in a metal band mate 😄

Like I said, there's always the image thing to consider to a certain extent but the only guy I've seen get away with it was Serj Tankian who came out in a very nice, white, long-sleeved shirt and proceeded to crush it with System Of A Down.
Like i said in the end I always ended up getting free drinks.
 

SVBJECT

Well-known member
Neither Slayer nor Anthrax used to wear uniforms but I guess people and priorities change. There is also nothing wrong with looking nice. In all the metal bands I have played I always looked nice, maybe too nice and got shit for it from some people until they saw me onstage playing. Then there was the classic: " holy shit I didn't realize you were the drummer, I'm sorry dude!" Followed by a free beer.
Ha! I went to a heavy metal all dayer once maybe a decade ago and the only band I can visually remember now were the brutal death 4-piece in suits.
 

someguy01

Well-known member
If I show up wearing clothes and not a horse or unicorn mask, folks should consider that a win.
 

jimb

Member
Clearly no-one here has done a holiday season in a smart hotel. Black shirt, white pants and white shoes, all that was missing was the Al Capone machine gun!....It was a long time ago..
But its always jeans and a shirt unless like the above Iam specifically told what to wear.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
Neither Slayer nor Anthrax used to wear uniforms but I guess people and priorities change. There is also nothing wrong with looking nice. In all the metal bands I have played I always looked nice, maybe too nice and got shit for it from some people until they saw me onstage playing. Then there was the classic: " holy shit I didn't realize you were the drummer, I'm sorry dude!" Followed by a free beer.

but they did...they wore the NYHC or West Coast thrasher "uniforms"...like I do now

every tribe has a uniform...even the most non-conformist/anarchist punk has the same uniform on as all the other ones

it was always funny to me - back in the day - how many of the punx especially would rail against the mainstream; yelling loudly about not following the norm; not adhering to a uniform....all wearing the same clothes, leather, band shirts, Doc Marten's etc...

as long as more than 2 humans are around, there is no such thing as "non-conformity"
 

PorkPieGuy

Platinum Member
I have 2 gigs this weekend and, as always, I break out the good collard shirts for the shows.
I've had buds ask me why I "dress up" for what basically amounts to a bar-bashing show where no one will really care.

I care how I (and the band as a whole) look & that's the main reason I put the extra effort into looking good.
Anyone else here take that extra step in dress, equipment prep or other things that most others don't do?

When I make an effort in how I dress, I always feel like I play better.
 
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