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Tuesday
Jun242008

Post Jobcore or Domestic Punk or...

When we are asked to describe our music or our image, we like to be asvague as possible. It's not a mean-spiritedthing. It's a rebellious knee-jerk against the barrage of assumptions that comes from pigeonholing  music into neat little compartments. Often we use labels like "Post Jobcore", "Southern Fried AlternaRock", "Domestic Punk" or "Progressive Power Pop Punk Rock" which almost always are followed by "What does ___ mean?" We don't really know what those labels mean, but for now, they sound like us.    

And the image thing. Who says you need to be dolled up 24/7 and look like a Vegas drag queen to "look like a rock star"? Aren't you tired of being told that you have to be different to stand out? The same people that are selling "different" are the ones telling you this and everyone ends up looking different which makes everyone look like everyone else. The 80s are over. Glam is dead (as much as I loved it) and MTV doesn't play videos anymore. Images are perceptions and perceptions are made by you. In our Hot Topic/Urban Outfitters, fashion-magazine-driven world, is it really a faux pas to wear a Target polo shirt and shorts? If so, who cares. Do you? Does an image REALLY matter that much these days?

For us, our music and image has only one true label: "Ours". Since back in the day, we have had a motto in the band "Form Your Own Opinion". We don't try to be vague or indecisive, we just like to leave it up to you to "classify us" as you need to. We feel an image or a genre can be limiting and restrictive. Although many successful bands have used an image to permeate the mass consciousness, we like to believe that our lack of a "typical" image is our image. Four (maybe six) dudes who are not hip, trendy or particularly fashionable rocking out, playing music that makes you want to bob your head, tap your toes and puts a set of devil horns on your hands.

Soulfound is a rock band. Nothing more. Nothing less. I don't think what we look like, or [what we] say we are, would change that. Don't let "them" classify your taste by giving you a label and making you part of a demographic. Don't let them figure out what you like so they can sell more of what you like to you. Music should be free and unfiltered.

Ever so devoted,
Ivan
Soulfound

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Reader Comments (2)

I think it's funny that you talk about being yourselves, and not letting anyone "label" your image or your music...Cause isnt that what the "fans" are looking for? They want to label you, they want to pigeonhole you, thats what makes them fans. Unfortunately, because the industry is like it is, nowadays its all about playing the game...And if that involes make-up or stylish clothes, then so be it. If you really want to make it that bad, then you should be willing to do whatever it takes, including looking like a fag for 2 hours to please your "fans"...Obviously i don't have any answers for you, and i did check out your page...You guys sound really good, maybe a certain "image" is what you need...Who knows...You're right, the 80's are over, but the kids seem to like it, and the 90's are over too. You can't just show up to a show looking like a bum...Who knows, maybe its time to move on, its a tough decision and i really, really respect you guys for sticking it out this long...Good luck to you...Thats really what getting signed boils down too...LUCK!!!

June 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter12345678

12345678; Thank you for stopping by and sharing your views and opinions. Believe it or not, they are VERY much appreciated!

I think a lot of independent bands these days feel as though they are 'selling out' if they 'play' to the whims of the crowd that may or may not show up religiously at all their shows. I think it's funny, too how the author mentions having no style as being their style. I wonder if the "fans" will ultimately buy into that... I've seen them play their shows on multiple occasions, and it seems that people in this scene seem to be 'turned off' by antics and costumes, but I think they should adopt whatever will work for them in the long run. Valid points. Thanks for the input. Cheers!

June 24, 2008 | Registered Commenter489 Entertainment

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