Someone suggested something to my band the other night that had kinda sorta maybe occurred to me in the past, but I didn't really give it that much thought. Please be honest and fill me in from the best of your knowlege/experience. Here's the deal. The Nerve! has been playing many years. While we don't claim to be the greatest musicians alive, we know our stuff, we're pros, we've got the music down, and we know we can entertain a crowd. We've done it countless times and we've gotten lots of sincere accolades, often by other musicians. Point being, we don't suck. Our forte is our own music, but to earn more money we've been doing an average of 1 cover gig a week. Lately we've been playing a lot of new bars. Lately this strange thing has been happening. We finish a song - DEAD SILENCE. We talk to the crowd. DEAD SILENCE. 3 sets of our best stuff, we can stand on our heads, take off our clothes, ask for requests, it don't matter - we don't exist. A few people will come up to us and say stuff like, this is the best band thats been in this bar in months. The owners will want us to come back, pay us with no problem, make some lame excuse for the crowd - but we're ignored, and it sucks. It's really hard for us to want to go back to these places. Anyhow - my guitarist used to think this might have been because we're not a typical cover band - we don't do Creed and a lot of the popular stuff most cover bands do. We do mix it up though and have enough Franz Ferdinand, Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Chili Peps and Beatles to keep just about any crowd happy. We also often do our own renditions of songs, but we do enough of them like on the cds that I always disagreed with the whole we're not a typical cover band theory. This is getting long...anyhow... the other night someone said to us. "It's cause you're not Irish". Duh! This ONLY happens to us in Irish pups. Doesn't happen anywhere else, and the majority of new places we're playing, are Irish bars. 2 of us are Italian (and you can tell) and the other guy's a jew. Any clue what truth there might be to this? If so, any suggestions for a cure? Would playing lots of U2 help? I'd feel almost as if I were patronizing them by doing that.