Clearly my post was taken the wrong way, so just wanted to clarify a few things. This is MY opinion and I do not believe it is the be all end all of how to dress on stage, it's not about how you dress, I'm just saying it does play a roll in business and how the crowd feels about your band. I do however believe that people who go "I can wear whatever I want and it looks good." are not fully understanding the idea... If what you wear on stage is exactly the same as the clothes you wear off stage, there's nothing wrong with that at all! That's what I do too, I'm just saying I've seen way too many bands go up there where one guy is dressed in torn jeans, black band t-shirts and eyeliner, with another guy in athletic shorts and socks with not shirt, and another one in sweatpants and a hoody. It just makes you look like you don't care. Don't get me wrong I agree with you, people who wear the same thing on stage (Asking Alexandria, Attack Attack, pretty much every metal band these days) just look weird. I think you should express your individuality as much as you can on stage, that's what music is about! All I'm saying is that there's a difference between dressing comfortably, and dressing like you don't care. That's my biggest issue with bands, is just looking like you don't really care about the music you're playing. There's no specific attire for genres, I'm just saying look like you care, not like you just rolled out of bed. I think we can all agree dressing like you don't care is annoying when you go to see a band. Going to see Meshuggah wouldn't be the same if they just wore athletic shorts and some random t-shirt from a moving company, you know? They dress like they care because they do care, but they also like what they're wearing. Metal is their life and they show it. If your music is your passion, show it. Ditch the sweatpants. I could also do without your shots at my own music. I was invited to play in this band because they are friends of mine from high school, I told them "this isn't my music" and they insisted they didn't mind. I have a lot of fun with this band and I don't intend to leave it, and my musical tastes are extremely broad. There's nothing wrong with being in this band. If you're judging me for being in an indie rock band, who are you to say I don't "get" metal? It seems to me like you don't "get" music, if you feel that I can only understand and relate to one type of music. If that's not what you're saying then my apologies, that's just the way I took it. If I didn't "get" metal, why would I spend money on the gear, the albums, spend countless hours practicing, searching for band mates, going to shows, talking to fellow metalheads and supporting local metal artists? I play and listen to metal because I LOVE metal. Bottom line. I wouldn't tell someone they should stick to another genre because they don't "get" it. If they love it, that's all that matters. That being said I understand if you made that comment because you misunderstood my views on stage attire, which I take the blame for, and hopefully explained a bit better this time around. xCaptainx has a great point on this subject, he's comfortable in shorts (who isn't? Basketball shorts are heaven) but he can still wear them without looking like he doesn't care, because not only is he tattoo'd up and his stage presence demonstrates his passion for his music. It's not about each specific article of clothing related to your genre, it's just about generally looking like you care. To me he looks like he really cares about what he's doing. Narrillnezzurh, you have a point, but keep in mind that wasn't the only part of my post... I did go on to (attempt) to explain it in detail rather than just leave that statement out there. But again that post needs rephrasing and revising, like I said before, that statement should probably have read more like "Anyone who doesn't look like he cares about what he's doing is an idiot." Simply because if you don't look like you care, your audience will wonder why they should care. Everyone knows that basic principle is SO important in the music industry (not specifically the music itself, but it does effect that was well), if you don't come across like you really care and are passionate about your music, then why should anyone else? Be it a record label or a random fan at a bar, you need to show them you care. While the way you dress is not the important part, it is still a part of a bigger picture, which is showing that you care about your music. TL,DR: My first post sucked ass at explaining my views. Dress like you care about your music is my only requirement, whether it be basketball shorts or leather pants, as long as you look like you care.