I say this because recently I've found myself in a bit of conflict with a certain band who's single I absolutely did NOT take a liking to (I wonder if you can guess who). Was I a bit harsh on the single? Most probably, but what was documented was simply my first impressions of it, and I tried to write it in a way that I grew tired of the style of song it was, not in a way to directly attack the band because they had an N in their name or something.
This wouldn't be the first incident where a band has taken a personal dislike to something I've said about their music, that was Manchester Orchestra. Their album Simple Math was (in my opinion) OK but didn't leave much for me to ponder about afterwards, hence the negative review it received. Within seconds of posting it, the amount of hits was growing higher and higher as a result of the band linking to it and urging their fans to post some hate about it.
So they attacked me on my grammar (funnily enough, that's what a member of NMM tweeted to me about) because that's all they really had, I'm not a guy who posts video reviews on Youtube like Theneedledrop, Threecreation, Mackasaur and PolyPhonicpress, so unlike those guys, it's pretty hard for people to pick a subject to hate on me about. It's much easier directing hate at someone you can actually see, as proven by the retirements of threecreation and mackasaur.
But really, why should bands care about their music getting one review that isn't necessarily positive? They've clearly got a ton of fans that easily outweigh the naysayers, so why concentrate on the 'haters' and not focus their attention on the people who love their music? Everybody has an opinion, and they’re definitely entitled to reveal it, so why do bands get mad when there's one bit of negativity?
It’s not as if one terrible review is going to destroy any sales or stop fans from enjoying their music anymore. So why is it a big deal to them? Should opinions really matter, especially on a subject that you particularly enjoy? Would you rethink your feelings on a band or some other form of entertainment after someone told you they hated it? Let me know.