SACRAMENTO — Local band Meerkat Infanticide has asked Die Society, the headliners of today’s PUNKDEMIK streamed benefit show, to allow them to use their Zoom account due to the restrictions on their free, basic plan.
“We’re thrilled to play this show. There were 12 people at our last gig — who knows how many might watch us online? Gotta be at least over 100,” said Meerkat Infanticide singer Dennis Graham. “And we can’t just have a show with that many people cutting out 40 minutes into it. Fans would be so pissed! Which is exactly why we need access to a premium account. I really hope Die Society actually logs in and watches our set — I’ve been a fan of theirs for years.”
The headlining band and debit cardholders alike remain unconvinced by Meerkat Infanticide’s plea.
“I understand their frustration, but they have to pay their dues like the rest of us,” said Die Society drummer Loren Sheffield. “We started doing these online shows at the outset of the pandemic, and built up a sizable following over the last few weeks. We’re not running a charity here. But any donations can be made to our Kickstarter — $16.04 per month doesn’t just come up with itself.”
However, some side with Meerkat Infanticide, citing the difficulty of toggling multiple Zoom calls.
“It makes zero sense, honestly. They’re basically promoting two entirely separate shows at the same time,” complained ticket holder Allison Miller. “Casual fans aren’t going to have tabs open to watch both… and honestly, they’re lucky I’m watching at all. If it weren’t for the fact that the scene likely won’t exist without these things, I’d never in a million years show up to see either of these bands. I can’t leave my house to watch it, and I’m still only considering going.”
Thankfully, just before their set, Meerkat Infanticide secured access to a premium Zoom account after stealing the login for Graham’s mother’s work account.