BlogJune 19, 2012 4:57 PM ET

Whitechapel guitarist to fans: skip shitty fast foot and help our career

Whitechapel guitar player Alex Wade took to Twitter this afternoon to explain why first-week sales are so important for bands of Whitechapel's relative size.

Alright I'm going to go on a Randy Blythe style rant and it will be the only time I do it, so sorry in advance.

The reason why bands hound their fans to buy their CD the first week it comes out is not because of money, it's for the numbers.

No bands make money off of CD sales these days, it's not a source of income like it used to be for older bands. Bands like us make income to keep our band going through touring. The music business deems a bands worth by album sales, the more albums they sell, the more people that like them, it's not rocket science. For whatever reason, someone deemed it that whatever a band sales in the first week is what's most important, so that's why bands want you to buy their album in the first week it is out.

I don't want you to buy our CD because it's going to make me rich, far from it. I want you to buy it because the more albums we sell, the betters tours and opportunities we will get to play shows for you, our fans. So please, if you have the intention of buying our CD, skip a shitty fast food meal this week and use that $10 to pick up a copy to help our career, not our wallets. Thank you!

Glad you guys support that rant, I was afraid I'd bum people out clogging up their timeline but I felt like most fans/people didn't know.

Everything Wade says here is true. This kind of thing obviously isn't of great concern for Radiohead or Metallica, but for independent touring bands that sell anywhere from 1,000 to 30,000 copies of their album in its debut week, first-week numbers are of huge importance. So if you like Whitechapel, buy their fucking CD.

[Yes, that should say "fast food," not "fast foot," haha - editor]


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society 6/19/2012 2:00:24 PM

fast foot meal? first

anonymous 6/19/2012 2:12:03 PM

eating today dude? nah, fck that. gotta support my bros in whitechapel. where else am i gonna get all those breakdowns?!

anonymous 6/19/2012 3:32:45 PM

I have restless leg syndrome and can't help it, I am offended and starting a boycott campaign instead

anonymous 6/19/2012 5:05:59 PM

i'm not worried about the $10--but what can i do to make up for the loss of dignity that accompanies the purchase of a whitechapel album?

anonymous 6/20/2012 6:22:34 AM

Don't tell that to Full Blown Chaos.

Elpants 6/20/2012 6:42:33 AM

I will eat two lunches today if it prevents them from touring and making more "music".

anonymous 6/20/2012 6:42:37 AM

the betters tours the betters tours the betters tours the betters tours the betters tours the betters tours

purplesabbath87 6/20/2012 6:51:34 AM

gotta give him credit for bringing this up, but i don't like their music so i can't support, sorry, nothing personal

AdamSuperfan 6/20/2012 9:22:50 AM

At least they're intelligent enough to realize that anyone lame enough to care about this cookie cutter brand of metal probably lives off of McDonald's.

anonymous 6/20/2012 11:39:59 AM

i was very happy to buy this album yesterday, as i did all the others as well.

anonymous 6/20/2012 12:05:43 PM

fast food>White Chapel

LoydChristmas 6/20/2012 12:46:47 PM

^fcking LOL. Harold and Kumar go to White Chapel

anonymous 6/20/2012 9:29:44 PM

mcdonalds is not stoked

anonymous 6/20/2012 10:10:29 PM

so i cant eat white castle but i can buy whitechapel?

anonymous 6/21/2012 3:35:03 AM

fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot fast foot

ofmenandangelsflesh 6/21/2012 4:50:43 AM

Turquoise colored face. Check out my band fools!

anonymous 6/21/2012 8:39:47 PM

Help their career? fck your career! Your music sucks and your band will be forgotten about in 5 years.

anonymous 6/22/2012 11:42:06 AM

You can take the point he made and just make fun of Whitechapel, or you can take the point he made and go buy your actual favorite bands cd.

anonymous 7/2/2012 5:10:02 AM

Harold and Kumar go to Whitechapel!!!!! hahahahahaha BRilliant!

struggs 7/21/2012 6:19:53 PM

Biying CDs is sooo much more important than eating! Wow. What a way to indirectly SHIT on your fans