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South Florida According to Brooklyn: Punk and Hardcore History Is Important

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This week I would like to talk about how the punk rock and hardcore scene here really has no support anymore. Today, kids see "punk rock" on MTV and channels like that, but the truth is that shit's not real. The bands you see there are bands that really didn't do any footwork to get were they are -- they just happen to have been very lucky. Today's trend is have your mom and dad pay for nice equipment and buy your band a van so you can play crappy pop punk.

And there is not a whole lot of respect between this generation and even the previous crop of bands from the '90s! It wasn't that long ago, and I remember bands like Lifetime, Sick Of It All, and local heroes Poison The Well were all in vans, working their asses off to get from one show to the next. And trust me, there were days were these guys didn't eat because they didn't make enough money at a show, or their van broke down and they had to have it fixed to get to the next one.

I remember when even pop-punk icons Blink-182 were in a van -- they played the legendary, now-defunct Cheers in Miami. Even those guys struggled in the beginning!

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that new bands should just respect their elders for struggling and paving the way for "punk" or whatever to become more acceptable. To the new bands, they made it possible for you, in 2009, to sit on a plush bus and not worry. So keep that in mind the next time you little jerks open up your mouths to say something negative about the older guys.

Five Albums I'm Listening to This Week: 1) The Get Up Kids, Something to Write Home About. 2) Harvest, Living With a God Complex. 3) Clear, Deeper the Wound. 4) Glassjaw, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. 5) The Explosion, Flash Flash Flash

Quote of the Week: "Patience is the companion of wisdom." -- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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