I'm talking shit obviously, but I do want to believe it's different for a Sunn O))) gig. Biggest plus is them not having much or any mids or highs, so it's a lot more bearable? I never had much trouble with the ears after a Sunn gig, but most stuff live is torture without earplugs. Especially the last time I saw Venetian Snares, that really fucked my ears up.Even at 104dB the "safe" exposure time without earplugs is about 8 minutes per 24 hours. You don't start getting down to manageable 1-hour chunks until 91dB or so. I don't know why the standard for a lot of venues is to try to rip your ears off these days, but I put my earplugs in before I even get to the doors now.Yeah, can't wait to see Sunn at 104db.
I don't get why having to wear earplugs at gigs is even a thing - why don't artists just play quieter?
Yeah I could see heavy stuff being a little more tolerable but stuff like Snares or Squarepusher would be hellish without plugs. I forgot plugs for Migration Fest (a metal fest) and my ears felt fine, but if I hadn't had plugs at DfN I would have been miserable (big ups to xxx for saving my ass day 1)