SPYING ON THE SCENE #5: $3.00 or trade, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, photocopied, 28 pgs.

Nov 22, 2011

Enthusiastic punk zine from Tampa. It mostly consists of lengthy interviews. There’s one with Dave Tejas of Krum Bums. Krum Bums aren’t the kind of punk band that I would make an effort to check out, but the interview was solid. The editor, Oister, is a great interviewer and really got the lead singer to open up. He ended up talking passionately about Austin, which made me want to visit the town. The interview with Kingdom, a hardcore band out of Philly, was especially interesting and insightful. Normally, the last thing I would care about is a windmill-and-cum-faces-in-the-pit bro-core band or what they might have to say. However, people on the margins are always interesting—as is the lead singer of Kingdom, a politically aware and intelligent woman in a scene full of knuckle-dragging meatheads. She’s critical of her medium but still believes in it. This conflict makes for a great read. There’s also a story/show review where Oister finds out that a teacher he had in high school was in a hardcore band and goes to check them out. Oister’s self-critical subtext makes it a personal piece rather than another boring writeup of a show you weren’t at and wouldn’t go to. Then there are the mandatory record reviews. This is a solid music zine that I expect will only improve. –Craven Rock (Oister c/o SOTSHQ, 13049 Delwood Rd., Tampa, FL33624)

 

 

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