You think you're sticking it to the "man" when you download music off the net?
No one genuinely believes that they're "Sticking it to the man" when they're downloading music, and if they say they are they're trying way
Touring does shit for the pocketbook, merch is where they make the money and with internet piracy as commonplace as breathing most small labels and indie bands are hardest hit.
Most bands make their money FROM touring. Record labels give bands such a small fraction of the merch cost (Around 25 bucks for every grand made That's my source for that, take it or leave it.
), whereas bands get to keep most of the money they get for live shows. The live shows are how bands make their money, that's their fucking job
. Even at the show Nerd is going to (he said it's a club, and I'm going to say that there will be 120 people), with the money split seven ways (I'm just going to say the club is taking a full share. They won't be.) That's 350 bucks in the band's pocket for an hour's "work". Maybe not so rich as I appeared to be making them out to be, but I've never earned that in a couple days of straight up busting my ass. And then they'll be doing it again in a day or two. And then again, and then again, and then again. From the looks of it, Alestorm's been touring since they could actually go out and tour.
If you like a band, buy their shit. End of story.
This is obvious, I'm just not someone who is willing to pay what little cash I have for a band that seems like they'll be awesome, but in the end I just wind up not liking them. I normally check Pandora and the like first, but I still prefer to listen to the record as it was intended to be played. If I don't like a band, I delete their music. If I do like a band, I save up some money and buy their shit, preferably concert tickets. I know not everyone is going to agree with me, but I firmly believe that record companies are worse than pirates.
What kills music is corporate drivel, shutting venues, and making it damn near impossible for a pub or club to host a live gig due to all the red tape.
This is pretty much the heart of my argument. Oh, and also fucking AWFUL taste is ruining the music industry.