Grizzly Bear’s Australian tour starts tonight, and despite playing to huge crowds across four headlining shows, and two festival sets (plus that set in your backyard, assuming they got your email), frontman Ed Droste had claimed they are losing money by coming all the way out here.
“People always ask, ‘Why aren’t you coming to Perth, Singapore, Quito, and I’m trying to explain there is no value put on live music anymore,” he ranted on Instagram.
“We feel it’s important to bring with us the fullest show we can with all live instruments and a good light show. But now, when you cut out record sales and we haven’t had a car commercial in ages, we literally lose money.
“Nobody cherishes or puts any value into the craft that goes into songwriting, or studying music! Yes pop stars write hits. Yay.
“They also get branding deals, and corp gigs… but when you are dealing with a dying industry and you actually care about a real live show and you aren’t a star, there’s not much you can do.
“I could go on forever but I won’t. Enjoy it while it lasts. I think we are about to enter a live music drought… TBD.”
So, I guess buy a ticket, a t-shirt, and a… tea-towel.