Most hardcore kids don’t care about sustainability.
They burn everyone out. They refuse to pay bands what they’re worth, and refuse to allow promoters to make a profit. They won’t pay what a 7” is worth, making the pressing of the format most closely tied to the culture nothing but a promotional item or loss leader.
They don’t understand the idea of a markup on goods. They believe that breaking even is the same as sustainable.
The markup on a punk 7” is 100%. That sounds good, right? Look at the projected sales and tell me that 100% markup is sustainable. Can’t. The numbers aren’t there.
Punk LPs are $10-$12. Indie rock LPs are $20. This might seem like a small difference, but I assure you it makes a MASSIVE difference to the artist.
If Converge called themselves a metal band, people wouldn’t think twice about $30+ tickets. But, because the band is closely associated with hardcore, there’s an entitlement on the part of the fans.
That’s a choice Converge has made and I don’t presume to tell the band how to do business. But, I would argue the fan who is unwilling to pay more is misinformed at best and a true jerkoff at worst.
"What’s the most you’d pay for a hardcore show?" Should never be a separate question from, "What’s the most you’d pay for a show?"
But what can you say to a world that believes Rob Zombie is worth more than Converge because the former has papermache tigers on stage?