As usual, Ryan Avery had a hundred other things to worry about that night. He had booked two touring sludge bands at a small venue in downtown L.A. All night the bartender was rude to audience members trying to buy drinks, loudly complaining about the quality of the bands.
Adam L. Murray Danish sludge band Bottom Feeder performing at an Ear/Splitters show at Five Star Bar
Then the bouncer, who had been sneaking people in for free, told Avery to send any patrons looking for powder his way. The 30 year-old booker had had enough. "I don't want to jeopardize what we're doing," Avery says. "Truth told, I will not hesitate to throw out that person who's basically fucking over the crowd and the bands playing."
The bouncer ultimately fell in line, but the story reveals the high standard to which Avery holds himself. He is very protective of his creation, the influential booking agency Ear/Splitters.More »