One of my favorite things about the recent Man Man show was that they looked like a band on stage. I love when bands put some thought into how they will present themselves to the public while performing. Nothing turns me off more than a band that has every member dressing differently (unless of course it's animal costumes). It just reeks of laziness and unprofessionalism in my opinion.
In the case of Man Man, they all wore white. No, they didn't wear the same excact outfits, but they did all wear some version of white (e.g., t-shirt, button-down shirt, etc.). To me, it showed unity in their objective to entertain the audience.
Eric and I recently had a debate about looking like a band on stage. From my recollection (and he can correct me if I'm incorrect), he believes that band members should dress how they want to on stage with no preconceived objective. I, however, have no problem with preconceived objectives.
Take the Beatles for instance; they all dressed the same on stage. Even before their suit-and-tie days, they all wore leather jackets. They looked like a band. They looked like a unit. They looked like a group of people sharing a common interest.
Let me back up here for bit and state that I don't agree with manatory school dress codes or for all of society to have to wear the same things. What I'm expressing is that bands are ultimately entertainers, and when they're out entertaining, dressing up for the part makes them look a whole lot more professional to me.
Eric said on the same day we had our debate that he was a musician and not an entertainer. I disagree; one can be both at the same time. Once a musician steps out of the practice space and performs in front an audience, he or she is now considered an entertainer.
And the entertaining part of a live show is one of my favorite things about music. I think back to some of the best shows I've ever witnessed (Les Savy Fav, the Faint), and they're the best because they visually stimulated me. The music was great, and the live show was the icing on the cake. And one common thing these bands had? You guessed it, they looked like a band on stage. Whether it was indie-chic tight t-shirts/white belt or all gothic-black they looked like musical gangs ready to conquer the audience.