“Eres un tonto de mierda. Hay un millón de primeras chicas para un millón de diferentes primeras cosas. Ahí está la primera chica con la que bailaste lento, la primera chica con la que vas a la cama. La primera chica para darle un beso, y luego la primera que llevas a casa de tú mamá. Ahí esta la primera chica con la que peleas y la primera chica por la que pelear. También la primera chica que tiene¡s que dejar ir. Ahí está la primera chica que te gusta, obviamente y la primera chica que rompe tu corazón. Siempre hay una primera chica, Rowdy, pero también está la chica que vendrá después de ella hasta llegar a la última chica. La última chica es la que realmente importa.”
The classism in the first part of the article is infuriating to me. Of course it is, not only as a teacher in Philadelphia public schools but also as a compassionate human being. The comments Dan Ozzi makes regarding high school drop outs and “GED mouthbreathers” are not only offensive in regard to class and privilege, but they are also seemingly ignorant considering the circumstances these people face and the abominable state the Philadelphia education system is in: 23 schools have closed and around 4,000 layoffs, including teachers and counselors, have occurred in the past year. This isn’t funny to me. This is fucking awful.
So, yes. It’s unnerving to have my bands listed below this kind of animosity and lack of understanding toward a city I love. And yes, people will tell me to lighten up, but do you know who never lightens up when you bad-mouth their city? New Yorkers. I know this because I was one for 28 years. So, don’t even.
But I digress. The above is not even the point I’m looking to make. If you’ve ever read Vice or Noisey, then you know that they don’t care at all about these political discussions. Calling Dan Ozzi out was easy. I did it because, as a woman listed twice in the article, I felt like I had to. I knew it wouldn’t make any difference besides having my voice heard:
The point I do want to make is this: I do not have to be grateful to Noisey or Dan Ozzi for mentioning my bands in this article. I feel as if some people expect me to shut my mouth and be thrilled that Philadelphia and our bands are featured. Well, guess what everyone: I’m not grateful.
We didn’t ask to be written about. Dan Ozzi made that choice. He also made the choice to ask Radiator Hospital to play the Marked Men show this Saturday in New York. While I am grateful we were asked to play with one of my favorite bands, alongside my good friends and their bands, it does not mean I have to like what’s being written about us and I do not have to be agreeable. It does not mean I have to bat my eyes or dole out false gratitude.
That is my point.
*** Edit: After I posted this and did some thinking, I decided to censor certain names from the screen shot above. This was of my own volition because I respect these people and realize it may have seemed like I was calling them out or accusing them of expecting me to be grateful. I was not. If anyone’s feelings were hurt, I truly apologize and please feel free to call me out on my shit.
Listen to Lemuria’s new song “Foggy Smoke” from Turnstile Comix #3 that we are releasing December 16th! The 40-page comic book by Mitch Clem and Nation Of Amanda tells the story of their harrowing 2011 tour through Russia. The 7" EP has three new songs produced by Marked Ryan of The Marked Men for the ultimate indie-pop-garage bliss!
Lemuria tour dates with Into It. Over It. and Prince: (Get advance tickets for a FREE bonus EP from Lemuria’s merch table!) 11/21 - McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey # 11/22 - Corpus Christi, TX @ The NASA # 11/23 - Houston, TX @ Fitzferalds (Upstairs) # 11/26 - San Antonio, TX @ 1011 # 11/28 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 (Inside) # 11/29 - Albuquerque, NM @ Gasworks # 11/30 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room # 12/1 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar # 12/2 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room # 12/3 - Fresno, CA @ Stummers # 12/4 - Oakland, CA @ New Parish # 12/5 - Portland, OR @ Slabtown # 12/6 - Seattle, WA @ Corazon # 12/7 - Boise, ID @ The Crux # 12/8 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court # 12/9 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive # 12/10 - Lincoln, NE @ VEGA # 12/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry $ 12/12 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen $ 12/13 - St. Louis, MO @ Demo $ 12/14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome $ 12/15 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahalls 20 Lanes $ 12/16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose $ 12/17 - Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall $ 12/18 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar $ 12/20 - New York, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar $ 12/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle $ 12/22 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter $ 12/23 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage $ # - w/ Into It. Over It. $ - w/ Prince