You wouldn’t expect a band that sounds like Black Sheep Wall to be a particularly nice bunch. If music was an accurate representation of a band’s ‘friendliness’ then you’d be smart to avoid the gang in Black Sheep Wall. Fortunately, that isn’t the case.
I’ve been a fan of the band since they dropped I Am God Songs a few years back. When they announced their newest release, No Matter Where It Ends, to say I was ‘stoked’ would be an understatement. The record dropped first in Europe so I bought a t-shirt to hold me over until the US release (hopefully on vinyl!). I received the shirt less than 48 hours after I placed my order with a handwritten thank you note and a burned CD of one of the band’s many side projects. The band also tweeted a thank you for reviewing their album. This evening I received an email again thanking us for taking the time to mention them on MEB.
The band is currently gearing up to tour with A Life Once Lost this summer and have launched a kickstarter to prepare for it. From the kickstarter page:
“We understand that our incentives are of less value than the money asked, and we understand that financial hardships range further than the boundaries of underground music. It’s only by the support of our fans that this band is currently active at all, and we continue to be surprised and humbly impressed by our listeners’ dedication each and every day. This fundraiser does not exist because we think we deserve it, nor are we expecting comforting results. This fundraiser exists as a mere effort to use every resource modern communication holds, and bring us closer to the people we already owe so much to. Every cent is more appreciated than we could ever express and we sincerely thank you for even considering to be a part of the deranged experience that is Black Sheep Wall.”
I can’t say I’ve encountered a friendlier, appreciative and all-around grateful band in a long while. Black Sheep Wall may be putting on a face to get supporters, or they may be genuinely nice people. Who knows? All I know is that someone took the time to hand write me a thank you note for supporting their band, and that stuck with me. Support the bands you love. Promote the bands you love. The scene, whether it’s punk, alternative, pop, rap or metal, is changing. Things don’t work the way they used to. Support. Support. Support.
I dropped $50 to help out a band I enjoy. I urge you all to support the bands you enjoy. You can click here to donate to Black Sheep Wall.