At what point is the line drawn between taking influence from bands and ripping them off?
This is a question I'm constantly asking myself with our music. At what point do we draw from Led Zeppelin or The Who as influences and when do we borderline rip off? This question is really quite relative. Last night our drummer was arguing the point that he thinks creativity has sunken in the band and we've become a Zep rehash. However, I am comforted by people who will watch a show and say things like "you remind me of this band or that band". In fact, I can count the number of times on 1 hand that I've heard a direct referrence to Zep. We get everything from Chicago to The Doors to The Jam. Some people hear our punk rock roots. At shows, the comments are all over the place.
And that's cool. That's how it should be. We don't want to be anybody's rip off. Especially great bands like Zep. There was only one Zep and we by far are not it. Thank God for that.
I think what scares us about being a rip off of something is the fact that all around us we see tons of crap bands doing covers of Superman or Puddle of Mudd songs. That's the last thing we want to be.