Thought I'd do a rambling post just to clear things up for some people regarding general tour dates. This isn't really Sylosis related (I just saw some ranting on another band's facebook page) and I understand why people get angry about tours not coming through their town but this is to clear things up to all the people that post comments on band pages like "Again, no Detroit show? Fuck you guys!!! I'm never coming to see you again" whenever tours/shows get announced. It's not a big issue so doesn't really warrant a lengthy post but I'm bored so here I go. I don't usually write much so like I said this will probably be rambling garbage for the most part: So usually a band's management and booking agent will come together and have an idea on when they'd like the band to head out on a headline tour and then move on to confirming support bands. There are large costs involved in touring like transport, fuel, accommodation, gear rental, crew, drivers etc. The bigger the band, the higher their costs are as they usually have more people on tour to make sure they put on as impressive a show as possible. You can't simply look at your ticket price, times it by the amount of people are at that show and think that even half of that money goes to the band - far from it. Aside from the costs I just mentioned from the band's side, think about the venue costs such as bar staff, security etc). So with that in mind, if the tour package has some high caliber bands on tour together who're of a similar size then their costs will be fairly similar. So already, this puts the tour into a certain sized venue to ensure the promoter is able to sell enough tickets to cover their costs, pay all the bands and ideally make a profit for themselves. The booking agent has to try and string weeks or months worth of shows back to back throughout whatever country/continent the tour is taking place in. So imagine what you have to bear in mind when routing a tour: -Cities within reasonable drives from each other -The venue being available and not booked for a different show on that night -Available venues in that city being of the right capacity (like I mentioned earlier, if the venue isn't big enough to sell X amount of tickets for a big band with a big fee then the promoter for that venue would make a loss - so it doesn't usually happen even though most bands like playing small shows just as much as big ones) -Or lastly (and unfortunately for some people) that city just might not have a big enough rock/metal scene to sell enough tickets for that show. Most bands have nothing to do with booking tours whatsoever unless they're doing DIY punk kind of tours. Sometimes you can say to your booking agent "we haven't played 'blah blah' in nearly 2 years, can you see if you can get us a show there" but it's not always that easy. So whenever you feel like saying "fuck you guys for not playing my town" just keep in mind it's not the band's fault .....it's especially not their fault if you're saying this to a band who is first on the bill and it's not even their headline tour! And I listed what the booking agent has to work around so there's usually no one you can blame specifically. It's always good for people to say "come to 'my town'" etc. We encourage it, but keep all this in mind before giving any band shit for not playing where you're from. As far as Sylosis is concerned we want to play anywhere and everywhere but it all depends on the offer. We've wanted to tour Canada for years but we've not been offered a tour that goes there until recently. My town, Reading has only really started to have larger metal tours come through in the past 2 years. If I wanted to see a show I'd just get on the train and go to London. You don't always have to wait for the band to come to you. I never did. Oh and here's a little side note regarding our one-off show with Lamb of God in Wolverhampton. "Why no London show!?!?" Lamb of God are headlining Bloodstock festival. Festivals usually like to make sure (and rightly so) that the bands playing aren't touring in that country at the time (or haven't done so too recently) to ensure that people from all over the country travel to see these bands at this festival (thousands of people being in one place for music is what makes them so good). Sometimes though, bands will be traveling between loads of European festivals and if there are days off between shows this can be very expensive for the band (you're paying for a tour bus and crew by the day or flights etc) so they try to flesh out these off dates with shows to bring in some money. To be courteous to the festival promoters, these one-off shows are usually announced very last minute (once the majority of festival tickets are sold) and will usually not be in what's called an A market city (the main cities in the UK being London, Manchester, Glasgow etc). This isn't just Bloodstock, this is every festival everywhere. Soooo....to clarify: -Most bands want to play your city/everywhere possible -No one's being greedy -Festivals are good -Agents and promoters are good -Bands are good -Fans are good There you have it. I don't get angry or annoyed with anyone complaining but thought I'd try and explain how these things work as it's not exactly common knowledge. Josh
The world doesn't need any more metalcore/djent covers of pop songs
Hey guys. Josh here again and again wanting to thank everyone for their support these past few days. It's been overwhelming. We're really feeling it pretty hard today and are looking like a bunch of slow, old men when we walk. Aside from the physical issues that prevent us from continuing on with the tour it has also put us in thousands of pounds worth of debt due to losing the deposit (and now paying extra) on the RV, damaged trailer, booking new flights home, equipment damage and we're now incurring all kinds of transport/accommodation costs as we make our journey home. The last thing we want is for people to think we're now cashing in on the accident and taking advantage of people's sympathy, but we need some help right now so we've just released two exclusive tshirts where all the profits will go towards clearing our debts. Both of the shirts are available as a pre-order. http://sylosis.myshopify.com/ One is the tour tshirt (now with the majority of the dates cancelled) and the other is a brand new design we were waiting to release when we launch all our new designs in a few months time. We like the idea of you guys helping us and actually getting something for your money but we will also accept paypal donations of any kind to: firstname.lastname@example.org. I can't stress enough that we do not intend to exploit the situation. Thanks to all of you guys and the entire metal community right now for showing us so much support these past few days.