Kurt: You know i wanted to hear punk rock forever. Of course,they didn’t have it in our records shop in Aberdeen,Then,finally, Buzz Osborne ,Who had been a friend of mine off and on, made me a couple compilation tapes. And i was completely blown away,I would lip-sync to those tapes and i wore them out , and i’d play them every day,you know? It’s the greatest thing . it expressed the way i felf socially and politically, and it was the anger that i felt,the alienation. And i realized that this is what i’ve always wanted to do.
Punk had his first round of harness training today! He did really well and seemed to enjoyed his grape pieces!
We’ll do another short round of training tomorrow. I’m looking forward to being able to take him out in the backyard!
“Can’t believe these sluts drew dicks all over my cashmere.“
Victoria muttered to herself while driving back to her apartment from the cleaners, hanging her now stainless shirt on her car’s clothes hanger, wondering if she made the right choice to move in with them. It’s been two months since she did so, and she already has a few complaints:
Max and Chloe’s shameless, or at least in Chloe’s part, PDA and also the pair’s infamous pranks on Victoria. It was funny the first time, but then it gets a bit bothersome, although Victoria secretly likes living with the two; it’s never a snooze-fest with them, not that she’ll ever admit it anyway.
“Having to drive to the cleaners to get it fixed. Fucking hilarious.”
Victoria said to herself bitterly, pulling over once she reached her apartment.
The blonde sighed and opened her car door, picking up her shirt and purse in the process. She got out and walked over to the front door, opening it with her keys, closing the door behind her as she got in.
“Home sweet home.” Victoria sighed.
She made her way up the stairs towards her room. When she reached said room, she paused as she heard noises coming from it.
“Are you fucking kidding me?” she muttered to herself.
She twisted the door handle angrily and let herself in.
“ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! IN MY ROOM? AGAIN?” Victoria repeated, only this time adressed to Max and Chloe.
when did you first start getting into punk? and what made you start getting into it?
I got into punk when i was 15, so about 2013. I got into it because the band Against me! in 2012 the lead singer came out as trans, and it caught my interest. i listened to them fell in love, started looking up other punk bands, fell in love with them. started learning more about punk culture and it fit me and it took off from there.
i remember hearing this daft punk “human after all” remix and later a rage against the machine one (killing in the name of, you should check this if you can- so good)…. i knew nothing of the creator at the time- sebastiAn- a french dj/producer on ed banger records… his music made me think and feel different like the way punk rock did when i first heard it. we began a correspondence through email…. my friend brian hiatt tweeted “the problem with modern rock is it isnt modern”- something i and we had been feeling in general. rock should not be relegated to a quaint little corner of guitar center for dads to find. in reaching out to sebastiAn we wanted to make something that was a throwback instead futuristic. angry. primal. as the producer i think sebastiAn nailed this in a way we hadnt expected. patrick and i were floored when i heard his idea and the track…. we knew immediately that this would be the title track of the record…. his art moved me too much not to share it with you…
here is one of sebastiAn’s tracks that i really dig called “embody”, check out more if you dig it too….
… i wish i dreamt in the shape of your mouth, but its the thread count i really care about.
In the space of three months I have come across the band ‘5 seconds of summer’, I saw pictures of these kids in a band who I assumed played music. I read about them on their Wikipedia page, saw they toured with One Direction, Then I saw their classification as band being Pop punk.
This at first did not anger me as I had not heard a single song by them at all. I am in no way a expert on music in general but I am a big fan of pop punk. When I was 12 or 13 I got into Blink 182 after my brother got enema of the state. From there I liked band after band in punk and pop punk. It wasn’t until 2010 where I fell madly in love with The Wonder Years. From their I just ventured into any band the toured with or knew, like the swellers, real friends, neck deep, knuckle puck, fireworks, handguns, mixtapes, all time low, the story so far, ect. I had a clear idea of what pop punk sounded like, looked like, and was all about.
In the above list of bands I would say the most commercialised band is All Time Low. In no way is that a bad thing it’s great for them with success and everything. But the fan base, in my opinion, is really aimed at teenage girls, boys, and more of that type (Tweens). In saying that they are no where near the creation of what is 5 seconds of summer. Four kids from Sydney who did pop song covers on YouTube that attract major record labels and are then thrusted into the fame machine.
My point of view on all of this is this: a giant label want to spit out another money making machine of attractive boy that make teen girls froth and buy everything from posters to I’m sure the toy line on it’s way. This label has a handful of interns on YouTube looking for the next big star, since it worked so well with Justin Bieber back in 2007. So this fortunate or unfortunate kids from Sydney are found. A man in a suit swoops them up, sign a deal, but wonders to himself what are kids into these days? Then an intern says “pop punk is trending on most social networks”. Boom! Market them as pop punk, it’s edgy, it’s new, let’s make some money.
Now before writing this I did listen to some of their music. In fact my dad a month or two ago asked me if Fall Out Boy had a new song out, I said no not that I know of, and he played me this song he heard on the radio, at the time I had no idea who it was but it wasn’t fall out boy. Move to now and it was 5 seconds of summer, and it wasn’t pop punk. You can dress it up like they are but they are not. I can get a canvas and paint splattered dots, call it abstract expressionism, but in no way am I in the same league as Jackson Pollock.
When I see pop punk, I see suburban kids, struggling with life and personal issues. Living life, pushing themselves as a band, touring to shitty bars, basement shows, DIY, building a fan base locally, then branching off. Have 3 maybe 4 eps under your belt. Lyrics that speak to you personally about shit that’s just fucking true and real. Pop punk isn’t easily defined. But 5 seconds of summer isn’t pop punk, they might have some of those things, but overall are not pop punk. Why? Well let’s compare lyrics:
“I’m not a self-help book; I’m just a fucked up kid.
I had to take my own advice and I did.
Now I’m waiting for it to sink in.
Expect me standing tall, back against the wall,
'Cause what I learned was
It’s not about forcing happiness;
It’s about not letting the sadness win. ”
-The Wonder Years
“You look so perfect standing there
In my American Apparel underwear
And I know now, that I’m so down
Your lipstick stain is a work of art
I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart
And I know now, that I’m so down (hey!)
In no way does my opinion matter. But to me personally 5 seconds of summer is not pop punk. Immersed in all these bands that are known to be pop punk, 5 seconds of summer is not among them. They are the new Bieber, new one direction, new Jonas brothers, new Miley Cyrus. Not the new All Time Low.