#369 with Juan Espinosa: Razorcake Podcast
A long time ago, I’ve came to terms with the fact that I am not—nor will I ever be—a musician.
I picked up a guitar at age eleven only to find out that I didn’t much care for learning chords, scales, and reading notes on sheet music. I joined the string orchestra in junior high and learned a little of the basics but I knew the cello was not what I wanted to play. Later on, I started taking guitar classes with my brothers at a workshop where the instructor politely suggested that maybe the bass guitar was more of my style.
A few years after high school, I began playing bass with my brother’s band. You’ve never heard of them. I never thought the songs were very good. It was fun and we had fun playing backyards, bars, and the occasional hall, but I knew it was never going to amount to much.
Since then I’ve become comfortable with being a spectator in the DIY punk scene. Watching bands do their thing live is just as fun as listening to their records at home.
Don’t believe the hype: you actually do need a little bit of talent and know-how to write and perform music. Even in punk and hardcore. Here are a few songs from some talented folks who create the sounds that I will never be able to.
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The Simpletones: “I Have a Date” CaliforniaLP (Radiation)
Video: “Cult of Video” Cult of Video7” (Not Good)
Rixe: “Razzia” Coups Et Blessures 7” (La Vida Es Un Mus)
Boom Boom Kid: “I Do” Musica Sin la Intervencion de Cristo LP (SPHC)
Flesh World: “Poolside Boys” The Wild Animals In my Life (Iron Lung)
The Flex: “The Cull” Flexual Healing Vol. 5: Do You Think I’m Flexi? 7” Flexi (Milk Run)
DIE: “Monotony” Vexed 7” (Sonic Terror Discs)
Peacebreakers: “No One Cares” Various: Hardcore Gimme Some More 7” (Beach Impediment)
Despise You: “Centinela Park, Hosanna” All Your Majestic Bullshit 7” (Pessimiser)
Agnostic Front: “No One Rules” United Blood 7” (Last Warning)
Crossed Out: “Practiced Hatred” Split 7” with Man Is The Bastard (Slap A Ham)
Los Crudos: “En Mi Opinion” Split 12” with Spitboy (Ebullition)
Nazti Skinz: “No Accident” Sic Semper Tyrannis 7” (Youth Attack)
GG King: “Leigh” Unending Darkness LP (Scavenger Of Death)