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Punk Rant #2- William Marsolek

January 24, 2011

This is my buddy William's reply to comments we were disgussing on my previous pop punk note, good read:

i think we may have misunderstood each other about how i said most "punks" aren't "punks."

I guess what i meant to say is that there were always phonies in the punk scene. New punk and old school punk both had/have people in it who just play(ed) the part.
The Sex pistols, who are practicley worshiped by old school punks, were complete sell-outs. They only made one recording, which was carefully produced by EMI to mimic everything about "the punk sound." the sex pistols were a creation of a large media machine to create a paradigm of culture, sort of like the Spice-girls. (a cultural paradigm is everything punk is against, its about being your own person in a world where people are discouraged from on being authentic, to belone to a paradigm.) It worked, because from then on, the "punk" image became EMI-backed "Sid Vicious". There were people who bought into that image, acted all bad-ass, wore spiked clothes and mohawks, talked "punk" and treated everyone like trash. (Punk, i think, is about being who you are, letting everyone just be who they are, and rebeling against a system which doesn't, so when people go around treating other people like trash, they are, in my opinion of punk, being completely anti-punk.)
So there were people back then who called themselves "punk," played the part of a "punk," but were absolutely not what punk really was. Same with today, as we both can see. Only except "Sid Vicious" is no longer the paradigm of punk, its more like "Billie Joe Armstrong" or any one from "Blink-182". There are people who dress like these people, act like these people, in order to be part of the punk scene. Those people who want you to do more breakdowns, even if you don't want to, are part of this paradigm (inasmuch as they want you to play "punk" and not punk) . Its the same concept, but a different paradigm.
But there are still people, both way back then and today, who are not in the paradigm and know what its all about.
Unfortunately for me (this is what i was trying to say using less words before) i have built up a kind of Wall of Suspicion and i assume most people who call themselves "punk" aren't at all punks, both old punks and new punks. Its not a correct thing to assume, because its completely against the "not treating people like trash" part of punk that i hold dear to the scene, but nonetheless i haven't been able to shake it from me. Its a barrier, and i wish i could break it down. This is what i meant when i said that i missed the scene.
I don't look like a punk--but i try to be who i am and i try to rebel against a world where being who one is is discouraged. For my definition of punk, i am a punk.
I figured out that there were phony punks when i was a freshman, and i stopped listening to new punk (I grew up on Blink-182, dilinger4, greenday) and, hoping to find something authentic, delved into old school punk. I didn't find anything better as far as phony-ness goes. The only reason why I listen to more old school punk (i don't much anymore) than new school punk is I'm not a fan of melody-based music. Melody, for me, is more entertaining if it is an after-thought and shouldn't distract the listener from what i think is more important (Bass under-rhythms, Lyrics, atmosphere, pacing, etc.) This is purely a matter of subjective taste in music. It has nothing to do with who i think are *real* punks. There were phonys back then as there are phonys now. There were real people back then as there are real people now.

I just wanted to quickly clear this up, i didn't want you to think that i was taking a shit on the punk scene as it is today, my thought process is not nearly that black-and-white. I think we both agree for the most part what punk is, as a positive scene that most people only see on its surface. (again, very anti-punk)
-William Marsolek

 


 
UnsignedPUNK

NEW FEATURES

January 24, 2011

Ok guys and you sexy girls on our site. We hope you guys are enjoying our video blog (USP TV) We feel it is very important to develop a personal relationship with you, it truly means the world to us. Also the success we have seen in our site is amazing and we cant thank you enough for it! With a few new features you can now search for whatever band/artist you want. 2nd we made an about us page which has our contact info on there so feel free to hit us up with questions or on facebook or whatever you want. 3rd now if you missed a blog or something you wanted to read you can now just click "view more blogs" and your golden. Oh and 1 more thing you can make your songs down loadable as well so if you want people to download them dont for get to make them down loadable. We will keep making improvements to our site as well as keeping our site as simple and user friendly as we can. Thanks again everyone and we love you!

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Crosstown Collision

it was an awsome nite at the es jungle

January 23, 2011

Indy!!!! Crosstown Collision wants to thank you for being the most craziest crowd ever it was never a dull moment last nite there at the es jungle. bands like spectrum, fear no evil, shake, our bros track9, and crosstown ripped the roof off that place with some amazing punk rock and ska just packing that energy punch the whole nite. just wanna thank our fans that drove hours and hours away from home to see us play last nite. you guys are the best. its true fans are what makes bands so keep it up guys and gals from around the world let everybody know about crosstown collision check us out via unsingedpunk.com, facebook,twitter/ @ctc_band, and myspace.com/crosstowncollision0

 


 
Destructively Yours!

New Songs Coming Soon!!!

January 22, 2011

GET THE DEMO FIRST ON UNSIGNEDPUNK!!

 


 
Famous For A Day

Battle Of The Bands round 2 Tupelo, MS

January 22, 2011

Battle Of The Bands round 2 is Sat, January 29th show starts at 6 tickets are ten dollars message us on myspace or facebook if you need one ... oh yeah btw listen to our song :) tell us what you think :)

 


 
My Sweet Fall

Gorilla Productions Online Voting: VOTE FOR US!!!!

January 21, 2011

hey guys, whats up, this is nick from My Sweet Fall.
We have a lot coming at you all very soon.
we're gonna be working on a demo soon, to get more of a name out.
we're gonna be having more shows come up,
and Vlogs, and things!
just fun stuff, and awesome ways to interact with me, and the other band mates :D
we have a bunch of promo's up on our facebook, be sure to check that out!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Sweet-Fall/186357671381688

we have a youtube with some live videos posted!!

http://www.youtube.com/user/mysweetfall?feature=mhum

and finally the greatest news... i saved it for last ;D
we are in an online contest, and need your votes!
this could be huge for our band!!
we are in a contest where if we get enough votes, with all of your support, we could win A. 25,000$ B. a record deal, and C. A US TOUR!!
yeah thats sweet news, even sweeter... we're ranked9 out of 200 currently!!
so guys, please give us your support, and vote!! it truly means a lot to us!! :]

love you all!!
-Nick

P.s: i wanna say thanks to the unsigned punk crew, this site is really sweet! it's site like these that really help out newer bands like us!! so again, thank you guys :D

 


 
CeeSaw

1

January 21, 2011

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San Haven Chuckle

NKOTB

January 21, 2011

Greetings! We will definitely get some tunes uploaded here as soon as we can. In the meantime, follow one of our many links to other ChuckleWeb greatness....including a track or two.

 


 
Fight Cunning

EP! Shows! Trask!

January 21, 2011

Whats going on Unsigned Punk community?

We haven't blogged in a while but there are many exciting things happening in the world of Fight Cunning. We are currently recording a new EP with Producer/Engineer extraordinare Andy Mathison in Northeast Minneapolis. It's yet-to-be titled but it will feature six new hand-crafted tunes! We are very excited about how it sounds so far and can't wait to get it out to all of you! So keep an eye out for that, plus some sort of EP release show when we have it all polished up.

We also have a solid set of shows coming up in the next few weeks, including our first out of town show. Gasp!

1/29/11 at Big V's bar. 1567 University Ave W St. Paul, MN.

2/5/11 at The SOS Center. 1417 Helmo Avenue N, Oakdale, MN. (Cover songs +Originals)

2/11/11 at Club Underground. 355 MONROE ST. NE in MINNEAPOLIS, MN.

2/12/11 at the DEA Wreck Center. 1022 9th Ave S in St. Cloud, MN

Hope you can make it out to one or all of these!

Thanks gals and guys,

-Fight Cunning

Check out:

Propagandhi-Potemkin City Limits
The Great Explainer- The Way Things Swell
Anchors- Bad JuJu

 


 
Atlas On Strike

Yeah Yeah Yeah

January 21, 2011

We finally took some pictures of the band. Check them out on our Facebook or Myspace page, whichever be your preference.

In other news, we have a "Tribute Show" coming up where we will be playing some classic Blink-182 songs. Our friends Shot Memory (check out their page on this site!) will be playing as well, an acoustic set of New Found Glory I believe and Fight Cunning (also on this site) will be playing Propagandhi.

Anyways, that looks to be a great time and everybody should come on out if you can.

PS: The new album is going to be great. We start recording next week. We've cut the album down to the best/most fun 10 songs we wrote because we want you to love every song as much as we love playing them.

Also, I burnt my thumb today with steam. It sucks. I am in a lot of pain.

Good night Ye'all

 


 
 

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