The price a group pays for "calling it as it sees it" (i.e. political and editorial independence) is the price of scraping by on sheer ingenuity for funding (with nearly zero help from the recording industry). This means everything from loading up the T-shirts and stickers and taking to the road with, say, Guns & Roses and Metallica to doing (or friends doing) rock and rap (and most recently) poetry-reading benefits to keep R.O.C. afloat.
November saw a couple hella-cious R.O.C. benefits in NYC (at the Downtime Club) and in New Jersey (at the Cricket Club), both organized by NYC ROC's Lord Bishop Souave and Diane Shein. The NYC gig saw 11 bands: Salt Peter, Culture Shock, The Flurries, Total Sexual Freedom (unplugged), Dead Bishop, Dibversity, Spitfire America, Scarred For Life, Kill By Inches, Be-Original, Marble? and M.O.P., while the New Jersey gig saw Savior Soul, Gas House Gorillas, Intuition, Social Harmony, UUU, Stagger Lee, Scooby Groove, Marble?, and THC (up from Florida). You guys and gals were awesome, one and all.
Another recent benefit was the March 25 ENVIRONMENTAL HAZZARD, PLAYGROUND and CONCUSSION benefit gig at the Quaker in New Philadelphia, Ohio (with another at the site this May 21 (with GOT LOD, HEMLOCK, MASDECAY and MONKEY'S UNCLE).