Anonymous asked: i don't think i can ever get out of bed again
Anonymous asked: Melt-Banana
Way punk. Go see them.
tonedead asked: That advice was wrong you should absolutely be going to see the cromags.
Anonymous asked: TO THE PUNK ASKING ABOUT GOING TO SHOWS ALONE: i went to my first big punk show last month and i went alone but it was still great like i was a little nervous at first but talking to other punx turned out to be really chill and then moshing and singing along just got rid of any weirdness, nervousness etc.
Anonymous asked: I wanna go to a punk show, like an actual punk show but I'm scared. Would it be weird To go alone? Not sure how I'm gonna even find any local shows though
Nah, I used to go to shows alone a bunch. Until through going to shows, I met a bunch of people that I saw all the time at shows, which will happen, eventually, no matter how socially awkward you are. It happened to me and I have had, and still have, struggles with that social anxiety bollocks.
Finding local shows: use google, use messageboards, ask people you see with punk shirts, go to record stores and check the window for flyers, hang around in storage units in the hope a generator show spontaneously happens. Use your imagination.
Anonymous asked: Why should I care about punk?
You shouldn’t. Fuck off.
Anonymous asked: why should you care about punk
Cos it saved my life.
Anonymous asked: How do I deal with all the hypermasculinity bullshit tied up in punk?
I don’t really know but here are some ideas.
1. Don’t go to Cro-Mags shows.
2. I’m not sure what you mean by hypermasculinity. Like what I see that word matching is the kind of goofy liftviolence of Harms Way where it’s that bro-y hardcore macho stuff heightened to an almopst parodic extent. That stuff is just so dumb. Sometimes I google pictures of the Harms Way singer when I’m bummed to just giggle for a while.
3. But yeah, unchecked masculinity sucks and in this crap world we live in things that suck like that, like racism and homophobia, are inevitably gonna pervade any corner of it, no matter how hard you try, but in punk rock, shitty as it might often be, there are plenty of people who are working against that, it’s a big enough scene that there are bands, zinesters, festivals, labels, all working to challenge and subvert traditional notions of masculinity and feminity and pretty much everything else. A large number of rad fucking people dedicated to carving out spaces that reject all the structures and pressures that try and push you into holes you don’t wanna be pushed into, dedicated to the general dismantling of shitty unpunk shit.
4. It’s true you’ll never escape it fully and it’s hard work to maintain these places, to further that struggle, every activist I know, no matter how bad-ass, faces burnout at some point or another, when you’re face with an impossible task you’ve set yourself. You’ll get tired, frustrated, depressed. And then you don’t know what to do. I get that and I’m not even an activist, I have no idea who people with their nose to the grindstone on those issues continue to do it for so long. Just really no idea there. All I can do is suggest that you try and find, in those moments, the bits of punk rock that inspired you in the first place, to remember the things that make it worthwhile and meaningful to you.
5. I know that certain elements of punk rock probably reinforce traditional notions of masculinity, like violence, drinking, male-bonding etc, but then who says they’ve got to be something you can’t have, something you can’t use in some way, and then even if you’re not into that still in that, in the mess of it, many find bits of empowerment (I know that’s kinda a shitty word) and freedom. I think the most insightful thing I’ve ever read on that sort of artistic duality comes from Ellen Willis, who was a straight-up genius, when writing about the Sex Pistols and their vile song Bodies:
"And there lay the paradox: music that boldly and aggressively laid out what the singer wanted, loved, hated-as good rock-and-roll did-challenged me to do the same, and so, even when the content was antiwoman, antisexual, in a sense, antihuman, the form encouraged my struggle for liberation. Similarly, timid music made me feel timid, whatever its ostensible politics."
That’s punk rock.
Anonymous asked: WHERE ARE YOU FROM
Straight outta the pit.
Anonymous asked: Any documentaries about punk rock that aren't just old men blowing themselves about that one time they were relevant?
The ones that were made when they were relevant! That’s why Another State of Mind is great but American Hardcore just gets boring. Best punk documentary I’ve watched this year is The Punk Syndrome.