I'll just play devils advocate. These guys were in bands for years trying to pay the bills. Having spent some time with Nick and Ryan years ago, they are good at the job they have. That job being writing music and entertaining people. I'm not 20 anymore. If I wanted to keep making albums I'm sure I would have to change something. I don't get to ride around in a tour bus anymore. I broker healthcare professionals. I admire the fact that they are still doing what they love. I don't think they sold out. They adapted.
i agree that everybody needs to make a living for themselves. but there is certainly no long term success involved with being in a band like this. maybe if they werent writing songs that didn't sound like a broke ass metro station (who is god awful to begin with), they wouldn't come off like such bozo's. why couldn't they write a bit more mature sounding songs. i'm not saying they need play some whacky off the wall indie songs. but simple music, people in their mid 20's could connect with. i understand people in their mid 20's are probably spending the least amount of money on music, but there is absolutely NO longevity involved with this. not to mention i'm willing to bet, they are making enough to scrape by, but hey they get to ride around in a nice bus? if they wanted to MAKE money off this circus, they are certainly going about it the wrong way. the last thing i would be doing if i were in Runner Runner, is get a bus. unless of course they got that bus at an INSANELY low and retarded price. i don't know, i know i sound like a hater, i just expected more from these dudes in particular. just like you, i too used to tour. many tours with both dont look down and over it. and i know these guys are nothing but passionate. i just think its a shame for them dumb themselves down like this. it just doesn't work.