Nothing to me is sadder than the loss of a beautiful form of expression.
I’m in a pop punk band, and we try to be original. Point is, though I love our music, we are one of many many pop punk bands.
When you see a local band doing something unique, and doing it well, it’s a breath of fresh air. Nothing should ever be an issue of fan-friendly. You will gain fans by being in love with the creative licks, riffs, and movements that you muster, and by showing that love to those who are willing to listen. Maybe they aren’t the fans you wanted. But why would you stoop to playing generic music to make the generic, boring, regular population like you?
It baffles me to no end. Music is about what’s in the heart of the musician, not what others want.
Never give up on originality.