Regardless of whether or not you like The Sword - I post this to discuss the principle of the matter...
Moshing... it can be fun, but lately I personally find it to be more of nuisance. I want to see the band, so I try to get up close, but I can't stand too close to the center, because a pit will break out. And, the last thing I want is to be punched in the face. I want to actually enjoy the band.
Looks like vocalist J.D. Cronise of The Sword agrees with me.
Speaking to Decibel Magazine, J.D. revealed that the band actually wrote their new material with moshing in mind, in that the songs were specifically devoid of any "mosh" parts:
It has occurred to me multiple times over the years that we've been playing live that when I hear `Battery' by Metallica, my instinct is not to put my head down, run in a circle and shove people around me. That to me seems bizarre and kind of silly. When other people hear songs like that, that is what their instinct is to do. To me, that takes away from a musical performance when there's accomplished, talented musicians onstage performing songs for you; to engage in this totally unrelated physical activity to me is disrespectful, in a way, to the rest of the audience that doesn't want to do that, and to the band on stage that are trying to perform for you. We kind of wanted to dial back the thrashiness a little bit in the hopes that people would sit still (laughs) to a degree. Still rock out and bang their heads and enjoy the show, but not take it to such an extreme, adrenalized level where they kind of act like lunatics.
That's a pretty serious commitment to lack of moshing. The Sword prefer headbanging, massive headbanging and I tend to agree. You can read JD's elaboration over at Decibel.
How do you feel about moshing? Is it so 2004? Or is moshing here to stay forever?
Moshing has nothing to do with enjoying the band. It's simply several idiots who aren't getting laid, and need to vent their frustration. Shows are way too expensive these days for a few jerks to ruin everyone's experience. Enjoy the music and quit forcing yourself on those around you, you morons.
moshing is for people that are so dumb they arent even capable of just headbanging to a beat, so they get so aggrivated at doing something so simple and feel so stupid, that they ahve to mosh, lol FACT
Moshing is for people who don't go to shows to actually watch bands. Its pretty lame glad the Sword agrees!
Moshing is not ignoring the performance or being disrespectful to the band. There is an energy unleashed from the songs themselves, people thrive on that energy and moshing is a way to ride that shit out.
You think I'm ignoring the band when I mosh? Quite the contrary. I am very much embracing what the band is doing, and moshing is a sign that the crowd and I are digging their set.
Been that way for a long time. You wanna go up front? You're gonna get squeezed and pushed. You wanna stay in the middle? You might get near the pit action. You wanna stand and watch? Then stick to the sides or the back. That is just how it goes.
I don't HAVE to mosh at every show. When I don't feel like it, I stay away from the dudes that do. When I'm down to get crazy, I get in there.
What do you guys think?
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