Shock-value isn’t the only facet of punk rock that makes it so appealing.
The ability to get lost in the music—to watch your troubles disappear in the sound—holds a certain appeal.
Muse Music will host its third Punk-O-Rama on Feb. 25, where six punk bands from across the state are scheduled to perform—Apocalypse Radio, Big Trub, Problem Daughter, Storming Stages & Stereos, CuddleSlut and Salt City Sound.
“You don’t want to miss this show,” said Gilbert Cisneros,* employee at Muse Music. According to Cisneros all the bands scheduled to play are very notable. “I shouldn’t say too much about the show, but I can promise there are going to be some amazing musicians,” Cisneros said.
According to Trey Bird, drummer for Problem Daughter, “Punk is a free expression… It draws people together, both our members and fans alike, because it’s simple to understand. It’s so easy to get the message across.”
Even though gratitude is felt from bands toward playing at Muse Music, concerns still arise from musicians about crowd etiquette. According to Meisenbach, drummer for Big Trub, he feels he shares the same thoughts as other musicians when he says he doesn’t like to see the crowd not expressing themselves.
“I want to see the crowd participate,” said Meisenbach. “I don’t understand why anyone would go to any concert and just stand around.”
The fact that people constantly neglect, according to Meisnbach, that important piece of etiquette, means they are simply losing out on the opportunity to have a good time.
“It’s insulting when people come to only see their friends and leave right after the performance,” said Meisenbach. “Every performance brings new insight and should be valued.”
So go to the show and practice good etiquette by letting loose.
By Chris Drew