Reader Patrick Craigie responds to Poliça deliver suave excellence at small Turf show, fans fail to reciprocate:
"Before you write again that one of your beloved personal favorite band's crowd sucked because of the "middle aged white dudes" in attendance, consider that you have an expiration date and are not, like anyone else, getting out of this alive.
"Down the road, maybe you'll still be going to shows, and if so half of your friends are likely going to be middle aged white dudes. If you keep up with citing demographics contributing to the suckiness of the crowd, I also predict it unlikely that you'll be writing for money for very long at all.
"It's time you accept the cycle that happens to bands that become widely popular that are also beloved by insufferable hipsters so that you can keep this writing dream of yours alive. Unhip people who don't give a shit about what idiots with hipster art jobs think will go to the bands that they like. The unfortunate result is that the hipsters will abandon their beloved (b/c of the MAWDs, etc.) for the next new thing instead of embracing the success of the band and continuing to support them.
"It happens over and over: Polica, middle aged white dudes; Atmosphere, high school kids w/ braces; Dave Matthews Band, frat boys; Jay-Z, everybody. All came from a puritanical, devoted fan base.
"Instead of judging the crowd, why not just show up, show your support, and have a good time without crapping on somebody else? This whole music thing is supposed to be something that brings people together, unless something has drastically changed and I somehow missed it.
"Get some perspective. Things change. In order for your favorite band to fill the bigger venues you feel they deserve, they'll never do it if they adopt your idea of passing the coolness measuring stick before entering."