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As a weekend warrior playing occasional gigs at the dog and duck, what should I be wearing instead of the ubiquitous (and much frowned upon in these forums) jeans and a vaguely music related tee shirt?

Genre is 90s/00s indie.

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For 90s/00s indie, something that makes you look as though you are about to set off on a long-distance trek across the moors, when in reality all you are doing is going down to the pub.

Edited by BigRedX

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I'm going for us all wearing khaki warehouse coats for load in /load out and then on stage black bottom half and white uppers. No prescription on what they are, but I'll draw the line at someone wearing black speedos and a white string vest.

I'm going for an Eton collar evening shirt and cut off combats. It might work :P

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Other band's T shirts ?? Never , never , never. Regularly I change out of one into something else to play. The punters wear band T shirts - the moment you step on a stage you're an artist , not a punter.

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[quote name='Dr.Dave' timestamp='1509632472' post='3400465']
Other band's T shirts ?? Never , never , never. Regularly I change out of one into something else to play. The punters wear band T shirts - the moment you step on a stage you're an artist , not a punter.
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Very much this.

IMO the same goes for anything with an obvious and visible brand logo on it. Unless of course said brand are paying you a sh*t load of money to wear it.

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[quote name='Dr.Dave' timestamp='1509632472' post='3400465']
Other band's T shirts ?? Never , never , never. Regularly I change out of one into something else to play. The punters wear band T shirts - the moment you step on a stage you're an artist , not a punter.
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[quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1509634172' post='3400482']
Very much this.

IMO the same goes for anything with an obvious and visible brand logo on it. Unless of course said brand are paying you a sh*t load of money to wear it.
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Ah, BC. You never fail to tell me what I should not do, but fail to answer the question of what I should do.

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OK then. Wear black. Unless you are the focal point of the band, something simple and black always works. No obvious logos, band or otherwise and I would have said no trainers well, except for 90s and 00s indie trainers are fine. So long as they are dark. Preferably black.

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I don’t have an issue with band members wearing t shirts from other bands, it has happened for decades all the way up to the greatest artists. Wearing one for your own band is just sad though. I have a few t shirts with more politically motivated t shirts that I sometimes wear (awaits abuse) for causes that are close to me. I also have a couple of t shirts with a little known Banksy and one by favourite artist SPQR and they tend to get the most use.

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[quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1509638745' post='3400535']
OK then. Wear black. Unless you are the focal point of the band, something simple and black always works. No obvious logos, band or otherwise and I would have said no trainers well, except for 90s and 00s indie trainers are fine. So long as they are dark. Preferably black.
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I think I can manage that, at least dark colours are slimming. My preferred shoe would be a Vans Old Skool, which comes with a white stripe, but otherwise my Squier 70s re-issue P Bass is black, with a black pickguard. Colour in the form of a big yellow Markbass logo on the cab might be difficult to avoid. My US PB is black with a white pickguard. If I'm gonna hide in the shadows perhaps I should change it?

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I was trying to stand out so I used to wear a bright yellow suite. It worked and I've still got it upstairs. Don't know why, but it doesn't fit anymore!

That was long before the 90's.

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Wear what fits with the style of music or occasion. Number one rule is not to look like a shile of pite. People may have paid money to see you. Make a bit of an effort to entertain them.
Many years ago a fellow band member had been building a fireplace and came straight to the gig without changing. Imagine the love child of Compo and Selwyn Frogget on guitar and you'll get the idea,
Not good,

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Wear what you are comfortable wearing. Whether it is an over the top Kiss style outfit or jeans and a tshirt, you shouldn't be too focused on this. Have a look at what similar bands wear and see what you would be happy with.

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Black is good for indie, black skinny jeans, converse or DMs, t-shirt with a black fairly baggy shirt over that. Couple of black leather bangle-type things on your wrists for extra effect if required, but don`t go over the top, less is more authentic.

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Yodaclub are an Indie band, we regularly turn out wearing a Joy Division tee shirt or a Manics shirt, not had anyone comment that our dress is inappropriate

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[quote name='Dr.Dave' timestamp='1509632472' post='3400465']
Other band's T shirts ?? Never , never , never. Regularly I change out of one into something else to play. The punters wear band T shirts - the moment you step on a stage you're an artist , not a punter.
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Couldn't agree more Doc!

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[quote name='chris_b' timestamp='1509642698' post='3400564']
I was trying to stand out so I used to wear a bright yellow suite. It worked and I've still got it upstairs. Don't know why, but it doesn't fit anymore!

That was long before the 90's.
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Its a well known fact that clothes shrink while stored for long periods in wardrobe's. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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[quote name='bertbass' timestamp='1509650171' post='3400631']
Wear something that you wouldn't wear in the street, you are entertaining after all.
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Unless you are rock n roll enough to dress like a rock star on stage all the time of course.

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Id avoid black. In badly lit venues and minimal band lighting you can easily disappear (despite what youd think). We did it in a function band - thought we looked great....then saw photos and videos of us...just looked like 4 heads moving about as we were all in black against a black background.

Id be bold and go for decent striking colours.

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[quote name='Leonard Smalls' timestamp='1509643890' post='3400578']
This is what I wore in a very early 90s very indie band...


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Oh my.
Is your backdrop made from Stilton?

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