Are there things you are angry about? Is it your parents? Teachers? Boss? Politicians? Systems of oppression? Yourself?
Do you like to express that anger through fast & aggressive guitar & yelling? Perhaps there isn’t all that much yelling. If you said yes to any of these questions Punk music may just be for you.
Let’s discuss why you enjoy punk music. How did you discover punk? What are your favorite bands? What have you been listening to? Who have you seen and was it a good experience? Are there new bands we should all look into? Let us know here.
I’ll start with my dad was a punk during the 70s in Los Angeles & would regularly see The Germs, Ramones & Black Flag growing up. He got me into punk music driving me to swim class on Sundays listening to Forming & Richie Daggers Crime off of the Germ’s Complete Anthology. In middle school I fell in love with Green Day & Sum 41 although I have since fallen away from their music quite a bit but I want to make clear (all punk music should be accepted here (except Nazi punk)). When I moved back to DC I learned about Minor Threat & Bad Brains & instantly fell in love with the former as a child. To this day they are still my favorite punk band and a few years ago I made a fool of myself (imo) when I was starstruck by Ian MacKaye at a screening of the Bad Brains documentary & couldn’t find words to say as my Uncle (who apparently is personal friends with him & Henry Rollins) introduced me to him.
As for the concerts I’ve been to, I saw Flag (Black Flag without Greg Ginn because he’s a jerk) with my partner which was great, although it was a little weird to hear middle aged men yell about how they hate their teacher. However, The Dirty Nil & War on Women opened for them and they absolutely stole the show. Both are really good & I recommend anyone check them out if y’all haven’t already.
I also went to watch Suicidal Tendencies & Bad Brains in Argentina with my dad & according to him the ST concert had the biggest moshpit he had ever seen after the one he was in during a Butthole Surfers concert in the 80s. Bad Brains was probably the best concert I’ve been too even though they were all in their 40’s or 50’s. The switch from punk to reggae fit perfectly because you could get a respite & by the end of the concert people still had that PMA.