Let me make it clear right now that this article is not an attack on Of Virtue. It is merely observations that I’ve made over the last two years-ish.
For a band who talks a lot about unity and brotherhood, Of Virtue definitely needs to listen to their own advice.
I’ve been to a ton of shows that Of Virtue has played. I enjoy their music to a certain degree, although they are sounding more and more like Misery Signals. (Not a bad thing, but how many bands already sound like Misery Signals?)
There has been a trend of a ton of bands supporting Of Virtue and even donating money to their Start-Up Fund, and receiving no support or thanks in return. I have NEVER seen a member from Of Virtue at a show that they weren’t playing. Unity and brotherhood works both ways, guys. If you want someone to support you, you’d better support them too.
I remember watching Of Virtue at the Earn It Yourself show in Lansing, and as soon as they were done playing all of their fans left. Of Virtue never mentioned for them to stick around to watch the other bands and the members of the band left before KnowLyfe even set foot on stage.
If I were a member of KnowLyfe I would have felt pretty betrayed and pissed off. They sat there the whole night watching ALL of the bands, including Of Virtue. At the very least, Of Virtue could have stuck around and watched KnowLyfe, or told their fans to stick around, but neither happened. They played, their fans left and KnowLyfe played for twenty people, when a half hour earlier the place had been packed.
I know there is probably going to be a ton of backlash on this article, but frankly, I don’t give what they call a fuck. This NEEDED to be said and I know there are people who agree with me. If you don’t just take a close look around you the next time your at a show in Lansing. If Of Virtue isn’t playing, you’re not gonna see a member of that band there.
Wise up guys, before its too late.