Thursday, March 08, 2007

Fight Back Mourning Light

From the Arizona Republic:

A Northern California band created an online uproar with its request that "No U.S. Military entities in any form" be allowed into its show at Club Congress on Wednesday night.

The club denied Brightblack Morning Light's request but allowed the band to go ahead and headline a show on its national tour.

There was no way the club would exclude military personnel, said David Slutes, Club Congress' entertainment director. "Everyone is welcome," he said.

However, Slutes found himself responding to a barrage of reader reaction after the request was reported on the music blog "Hard To Explain" on Tuesday afternoon.

Comments ranged from outrage that Brightblack was allowed to perform at all to giving the band the benefit of the doubt.

"It's mostly a blog-fest," Slutes said while he waited for the band to arrive. "But the night's young."

Before the show, band member Nathan Shineywater said the band wasn't trying to discriminate against anyone. "I just came here to play the guitar," he said.

About 25 people were at the club waiting for the band to perform late Wednesday.

As of 10 p.m., the blog had been viewed nearly 4,500 times and it had received more than 50 comments about the issue. The blog posting was picked up by national blog, which described the band as "neo-hippie."

By Wednesday afternoon, Wizbang posted a statement from the band's record label, Matador Records, saying the initial request's wording needed to be clarified. The band had only wished no military recruiters be present, according to Wizbang.

An e-mail response by Catherine Herrick of The Beggars Group, a publicist for Brightblack, said she wasn't able to get a statement from the band about the military request.

The band, which was supposed to take the stage at Club Congress late Wednesday, had also asked for Granny Smith apples, wine and organic snacks to be provided.
Congress had only sold 12 tickets in advance to Brightblack's show.

Brightblack makes mellow, dreamy, indie rock and its 2006 self-titled album made Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2006.



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