This week the Rock Beach shows in Brooklyn-not-Rockaway have been getting a fair amount of bad press, thanks to a Brooklyn Paper piece that called this summer’s series of concerts at the Aviator Sports Complex a “beach-blanket bomb.” But it’s probably not all that good of an idea to get defensive by getting sexist, as JellyNYC’s Chris Goldstein kinda did when he gave a comment to Gothamist on the story, which also noted that the turnout for the most recent one was about 150 people or so. Granted, the Brooklyn Paper piece was horribly written (please, copyeditors, fight the word “hipster” from appearing in your stories more than once; the BP story used that dried-out term four times in the body alone, never mind the headline/caption combo). But the lashing-out Goldstein engaged in was more than a bit cringeworthy.
People keep blaming the turnouts on the bands. We stand behind our booking and feel we deserve some respect for our booking history. Give us the PS1 MOMA or the waterfront venue, we’ll see how much the booking matters when hoards of euro-trash and weekend warriors fill up the space. One of the coolest things about New York is that you see bands before your friends do in Po-Dunk, Iowa. You can then send them some message online being like, “You have got to check out Death Grips.” Fast forward 6 months from now and you get a call from your old drunk friend and they are like, “Death Grips” is the shit!” And your like, “No shit, I told you that six months ago. Have fun in loser-ville with the wife/kid combo.”
Now. Chris. You do know that it’s not just dudes who come to your shows, right? After all, we had two women come to the Death Grips gig and write/draw about it last week. Perhaps we’re wrong about your “dude” assumptions and you thinking that a “wife/kid combo” is automatically some ball and chain against being cool and trucking eastward to see new bands—or maybe you’re just thinking progressive, what with same-sex marriage being legal now and everything? Either way, you might want to be a bit nicer to your potential customers. And you might also want to be a bit better about advertising the bands that are coming in the future, since how are we supposed to know what we’re going to discover if you don’t tell us?