Is it supposed to?
Well, in certain perspectives, I believe that I have to myself admit that dresscode plays an important role to defining a band and recognizing certain genres.
For example; Bittersweet and their forever smart dress-ups.
Take Komplot with their vests and hat.
Going far back, even The Beatles had their own suit and tie dressing along with the bob-hair that made them stand out from the rest.
Yes, fashion, in a way, does set its ground rules in the music scene, and of course has to be respected. But I am starting to be quite concerned with the way some people start judging and insulting people by the way they dress.
Just last week, I attended an event that was held at Bentley's Auditorium; a well elegant and sophisticated hall, carpeted and dimmed to fit a very hotel-like atmosphere. So, I walk in with a scarf around my head and the usual skinny jeans, T-shirt and converse.
And then I was bombarded with:
"Eh, sini tak de mosh la, balik rumah la."
Dude, just a few things you might want to realize -
Sure, I may be dressed a little more rocked up for an event like this, but that doesn't determine that I was some person who was about to throw myself in a mosh.
Secondly, my dressing might not match the event, but at least my attitude did; what do you have to say about yours?
Yelling at somebody to 'go home' isn't exactly the kind of behavior you're meant to have at a place like that?
I could easily have said "Looks like you're the one who needs to go home, not me."
Seriously, he was both rude and hypocritical.
And also, this showed me that if one guy had that mentality, then surely so do a lot more others.
Is appearance really that amusing to pick and be used to judge people? He himself was dressed proper and well, but did he even possess the personality of a well and proper guy? NO.
What I'm trying to accentuate is that you can walk into a hardcore gig wearing a skirt and still be a rocker at heart if you suddenly start headbanging and singing along to every word from Love Me Butch's songs.
You can walk into a moshpit wearing studs and chains and look like you're about to kill someone and be a total wimp when somebody knocks you in the head and you go "OWWWWWWWW... that hurttttttttttttt."
So no one has the right to judge what kind of person you are based on what you wear or how you look.
A music lover is a music lover. If you go to an event, and enjoy the right way, the way expected, the way you should, who the shit gives a flying fart if you decide to go in your boxers huh?