Have you seen the stars tonight?
Punk ethics can sometimes seem elusive when first discovering a band. Take for instance locals The Asskickers. Their shows lately have been attracting larger and larger crowds, and at last week’s performance in Redding, a mosh pit threatened to take out John LaPado’s pedal steel. Punks in cowboy hats?
Other bands have no problem flying their punk colors, and, straight from the sticks, it’s the NOGOODNIX. Chico based, tight laced and, according to the liner notes, Osama Bin Laden says their new CD has “10 tracks that will pummel you like hand grenades.” Their new live line-up features Jimmy Lo on vocals, EL on guitar, Saint Ann (P.A.W.N.S.) on bass and ultra-new drummer 12er on sticks. The NOGOODNIX are one of several bands (Smeat, Gruk, Face Down) whose lyrical content is focused on correcting social ills while maintaining a sense of humor in the process.
I’ve always thought young people have far better creative ideas and solutions to societal woes, and that if the elders don’t help implement these voices into our community, the WTO situation in Seattle will be mirrored in every city across America, and perhaps the world. Then again, revolution seems to be as natural to society as ebbs and flows are to the tide (there’s a movement in town that swears our fantasy we call "history" all comes crashing down in less than 10 years). Personally, I have a vision of saucers landing looking for a few good humans. And, in 2012 I’ll be 50, the perfect age for a starship commander.