Well said. That was what kept me coming back to shows. It was a constant feeling of being constantly in danger while being completely safe. It was an exhilarating feeling that was amplified and played into the music I was going to see.
I think that despite some of the true awfulness that the internet is capable of bringing in terms of cruelty to people, I think it has also functioned, when positively, much like those spaces we’d go see those shows. There was no internet, so walking into, say, The Rat in Kenmore Square in Boston brought you that feeling of community I think many young people find on the internet in certain corners. These were MY kind of “freaks”; these were people who got me. It wasn’t all sunshine and lollipops and kumbaya, but on the other hand, it WAS often a very positive experience with people who looked out for each other and had respect for their fellow outcasts. I seriously wish all marginalized teens could have an experience like that.
This just came on my Spotify shuffle and I was immediately into it. One of my favorite things about punk is how it is completely ok not to take yourself too seriously. Sometimes you just want to have some fun.
I’m gunna be in the Seattle area later this month. Are there any good Punk/Hardcore venues that I could look up?
Oh woooooooooord. New Tragedy album out of nowhere.
The latest one from Gouge Away is good. Didn’t know they got signed on Deathwish.
Oh man is this the thread for me. Been jamming so much lately.
Really good “nerd core” pop punk stuff. I almost feel stupid for not having gotten into The Ergs sooner!
I’ve been obsessed with this 7" since it came out and I can’t wait until their full length drops next month.
Seeing that Ian MacKaye and Tony Hawk met up in DC yesterday to talk about music & skateboarding brought me back to my teenage years where they were my big heroes.
I saw that picture on Instagram! Tony Hawk has been doing some collection video thing on Youtube lately, or at least he did one episode on his giant collection of skateboard shit. So I’m hoping he does some cool thing on the Dischord House, although I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Been listening to Anti-Flag lately & while a lot of people have issue with them signing with a major label they really never changed their messaging ever & I still enjoy their sound.
Huh. I had Less Talk, More Rock on compact disc, but I had forgotten it said that around the edge. I feel like at the time I bought it (~2000 maybe?), it’s not something which would have stood out for me. The punk scene as I encountered it in the mid-90s to mid-00s felt more progressive on average than society at large (which was reasonably progressive at the time in my neck of the woods). Still a lot of problematic shit going on, but on balance, more space for acceptance. Then again, I was typically read as a cis-het, white dude, so it’s hard to say how much I put that perception of acceptance for women and LG[BTQ+] people to the test. I used the square brackets because back in the 90s I felt like people had moved much further with regard to the LG than the BTQ+.
Punk for me has become an exercise in nostalgia. I was thinking about Propagandhi recently. How to Clean Everything was one of my favourite albums back in the day.
Maybe a few months ago I was making an effort to find more punk and hardcore featuring more women and people of color and started listening to the Razorbumps. Their new single came out earlier this month. Their song Freak Baby is so good.