By Chris Lane
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By Craig Malisow
Dear Larry: Our band is not a job. Arguing that with people on the Houston Press's blog is like explaining Fugazi to Limp Bizkit. I feel pretty comfortable "calling the shots" since it is not a job. It is a stupid band. And we will play stupid shows for and with our stupid friends in a way that works for us, because it's something we do for fun, thanks.
Dear Anon: We won't incur a penny in the cost of promoting the Eyehategod show. That's on the promoter's back. And I seriously doubt anyone who wants to see Macy Gray and a Fischerspooner DJ set could give a shit about Eyehategod and vice versa.
We were asked to play the Eyehategod show weeks before any of us were approached for Ghoulsfest. And you're absolutely right, we are not the Flaming Lips, but according to the very paper/blog you're reading, Wayne Coyne loved the Black Congress set and bought records from us at Summerfest.
What is this industry you speak of? I'm new around here and have no idea how "the music biz" works. This is my first rodeo. Also, had we pulled out of the Eyehategod (who is a national act) show, that would have made us into one of the same flake local bands you're complaining about now.
Ska, huh? Sounds cool. Tell me about it? Or instead, can I interest you in some genuine '60s Jamaican dub plates I own, some of which start at around a grand on eBay?
Burning bridges: I hear both sides, but all and all, I still think the situation could have been handled in a more professional way all around. What's the point of burning bridges, we're all in this together. Or am I completely crazy?
In the end: Ghoulsfest gets some publicity. Black Congress gets some publicity. Nobody will skip out on either show because of this. It's a win-win for everyone.