I was reading some reviews of The Black Keys’ New York shows on 6 and 7 February @ Terminal 5 when I came across this one at Brooklyn Vegan. I wasn’t so much interested in the review as I was in the comments left by people who were at the show.
Overwhelmingly the punters were critical of the venue, police presence outside hassling people and of other members of the crowd in a way I’ve not seen posted to other reviews. Maybe it’s just a New York thing? This particular comment really caught my eye:
The Black Keys are great. They could not have worse fans. And as the band gets bigger, their fans get worse. At least 75 percent were drunk, rowdy frat boys.
Posted by Anonymous | February 8, 2009 5:49 PM
It reminded me of how I described the crowd at recent ‘Keys shows I’ve been to. Not so much the rowdiness factor, rather they were heavily male dominated. The only girls present seem to have been dragged along by their boyfriends. I’m certainly guilty of that, in the past. I’d reckon recent shows have been more like 90% guys.
I’ve been thinking about why this is because, anecdotally, I’m sure the boy/girl ratio was different in years gone past. Come to think of it, I was actually introduced to the band by a female friend.
Some possible reasons for the demographic:
- Girls don’t like the heavy thump blues
- Girls don’t like power chords
- There aren’t enough melodies
- Dan and Pat are married
- Girls aint into a full beard
- Dan and Pat don’t dance
- Dan and Pat don’t make gossip mags regularly
- Dan and Pat aren’t dressed for the fashion conscious
- The band plays a much harder edged sound on stage compared to their records
- There’s already too many guys at gigs which makes them too blokey and not so appealing
The lack of girls definitely gives the gigs a different edge. I’m sure the band would simply love their music to appeal to as many as possible.
Maybe the Brooklyn Vegan comment is right: as the band does get more popular they simply draw in male fans just looking for heavy riffs who miss the subtlety of the band and their attitude.
It’s going to be very interesting who turns out to Dan’s solo gigs and whether this softer sound attracts more ladies.
Over to you girls, what do you think?