Below is a letter the band has sent out all the major oil companies. it’s getting ridiculous that we sweat just going up to sf because gas prices are too high…that’s just plain wrong. right now the farthest east we can travel without losing money is tucson. yeah its great to be on the west coast but it kinda sucks when it comes to touring because so many major cities are spread out. on the east coast you can hit a ton of markets without too much pain in the gas. oh well, and to think that their are reports that alaska has the largest oil reserves in the world. imagine, if we tapped into that the gas prices would be less than a buck! wait, did i say something bad. im not sure….drill in alaska and regain our oil dependency freedom. hmmm tough call, i own an 89 landcruiser and i really really like driving it. are we really contributing to global warming or is it a fact that the sun is getting hotter. it’s true – but dont take my word for it, go ask your friendly scientist
ok, here’s the letter:
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing on behalf of my band, West Indian Girl but also on behalf of the hundreds if not thousands of independent bands in the United States who cannot afford to pay the rising gas prices necessary to get on the road and tour the country to promote their music and art.
With the ever-changing music industry, the most effective way to become a successful band is to play live shows, but it’s becoming more and more difficult as gas prices continue to climb. While gas prices skyrocket, we don’t make additional money from the clubs we are playing in. Increasing our ticket prices would only penalize the consumers who are also feeling the pressure from rising gas prices on their own. In addition, the clubs cannot afford to pay us more money so independent musicians and bands are forced to only perform locally, which stunts the spreading of music and art.
We would like to ask the major oil companies to help subsidize bands so that we can tour and spread our music to our fans. As musicians, we are investing our lives in spreading our art to people and would like to ask for your help in offsetting the price of your gas so that it does not single-handedly sacrifice our efforts.
I write to you to urge you to help subsidize my band’s touring but also to urge you on a bigger level to help the many bands in the U.S. who are in the same situation that we are in.
The long-term solution is to aggressively pursue and develop realistic alternate forms of energy and we strongly urge you to do that as well to not only save our music, but to save our planet, but as independent musicians, we need your help now!