FIRST STEP, THE: Open Hearts and Clear Minds: CD

Generally speaking, I hate mottoes. But the Discordians have a useful one: “Death to all fanatics.” I mention this here because I recently read an article in some mainstream, Big-Five media conglomerate ad-paper about militant edgies showing their intemperance by roughing up those who don’t share their taste for the temperance-heavy lifestyle. To those scared half-witted sheep I say: take your sex-starved pee hose and go fuck yerself. Now, it very well could be that the sXe gentlemen in The First Step are just as disapproving of the Neanderthal antics of those other edgies as I am; they may well be good eggs themselves. I have no way of knowing. Judging by the photos here, these guys wear the standard issue sXe outfit – complete with the nifty “X” wristwatches. They certainly sing about the same stuff as all the other straightedge bands. And like all real-life edgies, they possess that uncanny ability to defy the earth’s gravitational pull and float with their guitars just a few feet above the ground. Creepy. I wish I knew how to do that, but my body’s probably too weighted down with beer and sin and stuff. I’m not sure what to think. I like the music, but not the ideology. I think it was William James who once noted that religion is the “opiate of the masses” and I guess straightedge is too close to organized religion for me to feel comfortable about it. But I really do like the music. And, interestingly enough, I seem to like it the more beers I have.

 –aphid (Live Wire)