There wasn’t a lot to choose from for the comp post this month. This one fascinates me though. Coming to you from Scumbag Productions in New Orleans is Dude That’s What I Call Punk Rock #4. Incase you’re wondering, all of the previous editions of DTWICPR have equally as bricky artwork. One of theme even states clearly “PUNKS ONLY” on the bricks. It’s also nice that there’s a statement at the top of the bandcamp page with a definition of punk from myspace circa 2004. What’s really remarkable though, is that this is just a mix tape of someones favorite songs. It’s like a mix tape I would have made when I was 13. It’s EXACTLY like a mix tape I would have made when I was 13! There’s some really good songs on here too. If you wanna shell out $23.40 USD (35% off!!!) it could be yours!
I guess there’s no French word for Interstices. I can’t see why there would need to be. I’ve sure as hell never used that word before, and I’m positive I never will again. Actually I think maybe it is a French word. I have no fucking idea, ok. Boy is it a good album though. Hailing from Toulouse, in Southern France (home of fancy bridges and Airbus), CHAVIRE, is a crumbly political emo band. Political Emo? Yeah, especially with lyrics as dismal and poetic as these:
I walk. Mainly, I walk. We have used our saliva to speak of downgrading, to feel ourselves nowhere and guilty of history, and at every corner of the street, it is my cowardice that I catch and trail.
Remember when Crime played a show in a prison? If you’re not familiar, they were one of the OG punk bands from San Francisco. They were on the front lines of the first wave and they made a name for themselves as the band that always dressed like douchebag cops when they were on stage.
That’s what they did in the summer of 1978 when they performed at San Quentin State Prison in California. Some say they were wearing prison guard uniforms. Why? Yeah, I don’t know. Apparently their friendly criminal audience couldn’t figure it out either. “Nobody there knew what to make of us” said Hank Rank in an interview. I guess handing out show posters of a bare-assed dominatrix-style female cop to the inmates didn’t win them over, but I’m sure they came in “handy” if you know what I’m sayin’. In the video you do notice a few guys enjoying the show. A lot of confused faces too. I mean, what the hell is this?
FUN FACT: Hank Rank, later in life, produced the beloved Devil & Daniel Johnston documentary.