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Local Painted Faces or Gimmicks?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by bass element, Oct 31, 2004.

  1. hey guys, i was just wondering if anyone ever sees any of their hometown local bands ever wear weird makeup or costumes or have weird gimmicks that they do. wut do u guys think about bands doing that?
  2. fatbassjazzer


    Feb 27, 2004
    Oh yes they do. This band Ameobic Dysentary covers themselves in pig's blood and pig intestines and various other things like that. Another band, though I forgot the name, wraps himself in barbed wire and bleeds all over the place.
  3. There was a band that used to cook bacon on stage.

    mmm.... bacon...
  4. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill

    Dec 30, 2001
    Boston MA
    I tend to not like too many of those bands, I mean you gotta know when too much is too much. Some bands do that so noone notices the bad music.
  5. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001

    Good Gawd! Where the heck do you live? Halloween land?
    (checks profile - uh huh, hmm... "gone hunting zombies?") :eek:

    He DOES live in some sort of magical Halloween zombie land! Your local scene doesn't count... ;)
  6. fatbassjazzer


    Feb 27, 2004
    Hahaha! I wish I did. But I suppose the suburbs of Atlanta are close enough. I'm not into those kinds of bands though, considering Amoebic Dysentary's best song is "forced cornhole entry". :rolleyes: Still pretty amusing to talk about though.
  7. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Welcome to the strange and bizare world of Pornogrind :D

    I know a lot of them bands; mostly tr00 Black Metal stuff...it's ok as long as they don't actually use them medieval axes :D
  8. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    One of the biggest local cover bands here is The Nerds. Their gimmick is to dress up and act like Nerds. They've been doing this since the '80s, and IMO it's pretty tired, but they are a good band and very successful.
  9. I think it's very important for a band to have an image that people can associate with them, that goes along well with their sound. It helps to market the band for sure.

    Best guys who do it around here are Big Jeezus Truck and White Cowbell Oklahoma, both playing AC/DC meets Jonny Cash type music... they're all decked out to look like cowboys and rednecks. BJT even has twin diesel engines on stage that they use as foggers, it's quite something.

    That said, there's also a few really bad ones around here, like one band that dresses up like aliens - giant brains on top of their heads and some vocal effects to make them sound otherworldly while doing stage banter.

    If the costumes are done well, they're gold. If not, they're laughable. It's a thin line I think.
  10. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Here in Columbus, OH, there was a local cover act called The Don Haines Band, quite mediocre at best, but the singer went through several "extreme" costumes each set. The band is no longer together, as singer Don Haines himself was arrested last year for robbing a few local grocery stores at gunpoint wearing a chicken suit. No kidding. He was easily recognized in his costume and arrested several days later. He just pled guilty to armed robbery charges this week.

    Let's just say there won't be any more mediocre Don Haines Band shows for the next 7 to 9 years . . .
  11. vegaas


    Nov 6, 2001
    We have a local band called Shallow Ground who don the face paint. They kind of look like Mudvayne. A very good friend of mine is one of the guitar players. There music is good, but the face paint is used to cover the age difference between members in the band. The oldest is in his late 30's, the youngest is 19.
  12. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    How about Los Straitjackets in their wrestler's masks - and they're good!

    I like that cooking bacon on stage idea!

  13. I saw a band like that in LA. They were a good cover band- aside from having sequenced keyboards. I know Hollywood probably has a shortage of keyboard players.

    A few months later I saw them in Entertainment Weekly.
  14. bste9


    Jun 15, 2000
    St. Louis
    THe very first gig i ever had, our band opened for a local band called Saw is Family. Painted faces and the likes, lead singer had a viking helmet with horns on. dog collars, green hair and the likes. Very interesting especially for your first gig.
  15. Heh, I've done that one before... wouldn't put it in the same ballpark as wearing a costume or painting faces though, I just had the right amount of hair at the time to make it look right.
  16. There's a local band round here called Vannacutt, who paint their faces and try to act real tough. One of their lead singers beat his gf up cuz she left a gig when she had an asthma attack. Needless to say, he had a lot of people after him, but no1 dare stand up to him. Damn them.
  17. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    The Feederz's, band out of California, lead singer used to super-glue live cockaroaches, used tampons and cat's carcasses to his forehead before he played a show.

    They were a pretty decent band, but not good enough to justify all their hype.
  18. suicas


    Mar 12, 2004
    I often wonder (well I don't really, but..) whether someone like Slipknot turned up in full masked attired to their very first local gig...
  19. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    When I lived in Vancouver there was a great band called "Darkest Of The Hillside Thickets." They used to dress up as superheroes for every show, it was quite entertaining, though an obvious commercial gimmick.

    I think it is a very fine line between corny and ingenius, I am 100% for making the attempt tho. I used to wear a gasmask onstage as a gimmick years (10) ago, and continued to do it until I saw Finger Eleven's James Black doing it too, so I did it less. We got to know each other as we were on many of the same tours (Tip era) and we had many really cool conversations about the topic, but mostly gas masks themsleves as we are both avid collectors. Years later the band Slipknot rose to fame and I put my mask in the closet permanently, and I believe he did too.

    Call it a gimmick, call it corny, but there is no denying that bands like GWAR, Slipknot and KISS got FARTHER in their careers directly because of the image they portrayed on stage and off. I think it was their dedications to wearing the costumes at all times in public in the early days that helped solidify the image and mystique. The bands that dress up in crappy lowbudget costumes and take them off the moment they leave the stage automatically come off as corny right away.
  20. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Hammerfall, anyone? :D

    No local bands are "hardcore" enough around here to do that. It's always fun to see someone dressed up like a fool galavanting on stage in mom-made leather armour (originally coming from a Value Village sport jacket) and a fur mantle strung together from faux-fur boas.