September 13, 2010

In the past two days I saw two of my favorite bands, Bane and The Bouncing Souls. Now I'm home, I flip through the TV and the MTV Video Music Awards are on. I just can't help but think of how special the punk rock/hardcore scene is. In punk rock, our favorite artists aren't idolized through a television screen. They say hi to us, greet us with a smile and a hug. We jump on stage, grab the mic and sing along with them. It often baffles me when I think how some kids will never know anything beyond MTV or what's being played on the radio. I don't want to devalue that stuff or try to downplay it because there's value in almost anything, and if it makes you happy then that's great. The past two days have reaffirmed something I've always believed though, that there's something special happening in these small clubs, venues, basements and VFW's. There's something that you can't find anywhere else and it's still alive and well, no matter who says it's dead.

Here's two songs, one from Bane and one from The Bouncing Souls. Both these songs are about the relationship between fan and artist that doesn't involve a TV screen or a seat hundreds of feet away.

Bane-What Keeps Us Here

"The best reason I can think of to have come all this way
You are what this means to me
You crouched in the corner
Rolling dice before the show
With a smile and a hug
"I've been counting down the days""

The Bouncing Souls-Dub Says True

"You say we have been there for you
In all the tough times of your life
Remember you have been there too
Greatest friends I've ever seen,
Know what I mean"

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