Kelly addressed the commenter by speaking from personal experience and citing a few examples:
"See, the reason you all like Against Me! in the first place, the reason that theyíre even a band youíve HEARD OF is because Tom et al have ambition that canít be contained by playing dumb basement shows and working as waiters. They aspire to be career musicians. And before you get all snippy about that being a bad thing, let me remind you that selling tee shirts, sweaters, patches and beer cozies are the trappings of a lifestyle boutique, not a musical troupe, so ANY BAND that makes shirts is doing so for the purposes of commerce, even though realistically, it has NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH MUSIC. AND THATíS FINE! Thatís fucking great. Thatís the thing. Propaghandi, Tragedy, whoever, they all fucking deal in commerce. ... Finally, there are people out there (I was one of them) who say shit like ďall I want is to play music to two or three hundred kids a night. I donít want to be big. I think this is much cooler.Ē They say that because thatís an ambition point that they have not yet reached. Ask Avail. Ask the Suicide Machines. Ask the Lawrence Arms or Strike Anywhere or Matchbook Romance or anyone whoís gotten to that point and gotten stuck if that was where they hoped their career topped out. Go ahead. Ask them. Theyíre all working at bars and landscaping jobs and shit like that. Meanwhile, Tom [Gabel] is asleep on a bus and heís gonna wake up and write songs and then play some songs for a bunch of happy people tonight and itís because heís realizing his ambition. Whatís cooler? You tell me. Go ahead. Come into my bar today and see how many of your favorite songs I sing you. Yeah. Iím real glad I ďdecidedĒ not to play stadiums for thousands of people. "
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