It's just my general observation, but why does being "signed" ring hollow to me. It just seems a mere formality, if that, and I rarely see any band/group/artist take a demostrable upswing in terms of their career because of it. Yes, you can be signed, but I so often see the "signed but not going any place" limbo. I see the bands that are "signed" sometimes have gigs that are barely better in stature/venue than bands that do not. Just my general observations on this. Or am I just totally missing the boat on this "signed" thing? Does "being signed" mean anything these days. Or is it like the term, "indie" which is so overused and become so overbroad that the identifier has lost it's weight or meaning?