Last night my punk band played our first gig of 2014. Five bands on the bill in total with the other bands being variations of hard rock and metal. I did my rounds before the show and introduced myself to the other bands, shook their hands and spoke for a bit to get to know them a bit better. Its important to build rapport with bands even if they're not in the same scene as yours. I noticed a trend when speaking to these bands...the singers, guitarists and drummers all seemed really open to talking with me...but literally every bass player I introduced myself to appeared to be very reserved, never really made much eye contact and had super weak handshakes - almost like they didn't want to talk to me? Come showtime, my band hops on stage first and does its thing. Lots of jumping, thrashing about, a broken guitar neck. A very visual set to say the least. The crowd dug it, we dug it. Mission accomplished. The next bands started playing...and I quickly noticed how stiff and awkward the bass players looked on stage. Almost all of them stood far back on the stage, played their notes but without as much as a foot tap. The only exception was a female bass player who seemed to have a bit of stage presence at times but as soon as she hit a wrong note, which I think only I picked up on, she literally walked behind the guitarist and played the rest of the set slightly hidden. As I went up to congratulate the bands after their sets, again, all other members were really thankful but the bass players stuck to their own world and disregarded my advances. So what gives? Are bass players becoming an awkward breed of musician or something? I can't really blame stage fright or inexperience with these bands either because they've all been actively gigging for over a year. Just seems so odd that it was only the bass players who exhibited these behaviours...and in all four other bands too.