If you’re a fan of a band, BE a fan of the band. Not just an album or a song, but the band in general. Especially if that band doesn’t play shows very often and people would kill to be in your position. Hearing people walked out on Brand New tonight because they played Daisy infuriates me. Sure it might not be everyones taste, but you paid to be at a show that sold out in a minute, so live it up. Personally I would have much rather been at tonight’s show and seen TDAG/Daisy(as they are my favorites), but I’ll be at tomorrow’s with presumably YFW/Deja and still have a blast because I am a fan of the band. The beauty of a concert is that you don’t always know what your getting every time, but enjoy it because you’re fortunate enough to be there.
Next week I get to see(in order): The Wonder Years, Vinnie Caruana, Young Statues, O’Brother, Sainthood Reps, NGHBRS, The Early November, Allison Weiss, Oh Honey, BRAND NEW(twice), The Front Bottoms, Kevin Devine.
“I’m also a massive Tegan and Sara fan. I just got a Tegan and Sara tattoo yesterday, from the song “I Know I Know I Know.” I don’t really just get tattoos. Me, being a heterosexual male at a hardcore show, obviously I have this dominance already, but I was raised by women. I used to live in shelters my whole life. Three years of my life, I lived in three different shelters because they were for battered women and me and my mom and my brother were trying to get away from my stepdad. All the strongest people I grew up admiring were women. I think it’s cool that not only these girls do what they do and can progress with the sound they have into different genres, but they’re also queer and they promote it. I think that’s the coolest thing ever because when I was a kid, you grew to accept “gay” being an insult, especially in ghettos. I lived in the projects. You get older and you wonder where that fits in, realizing how wrong it is. It just doesn’t feel right. These terms are so insulting to people that have done nothing, no harm in what they do. Why is their love life any of my business? Why do I have some say in what they want to do with their lives, where they’re going, who they want to marry, who they care about? Who am I to demean them because the generation above me did it or because the generation above them did it even worse? To me, the whole essence of punk rock is to accept no matter how different, whatever cloth you’re cut out of. Even if you’re black, white, hispanic, asian, lesbian, gay, straight, queer, trans, it doesn’t matter. This is a place people can go to. There’s still issues within the scene that haven’t been covered because you can’t move mountains overnight – you have to start with stones.”—