Directed by Lisa Barros D’as and Glenn Leyburn.Good Vibrations is a film based in Belfast at the height of the troubles. You could call it a kind of a love story between Terri Hooley, ex-hippie and record store owner, and music itself, Specifically punk. It’s one of the few films, if not the first I [...]
I am a photographer from New York. One of my ongoing series is documenting the energy and emotion of the crowd at punk shows and many of those images can be seen on my recently updated website.
In my punk days back in high school, I listened to a lot of oi and non-racist skinhead music. Cock Sparrer were one of my favorites, and I’m only now rediscovering them. Such a great band.
Electra’s new single, Radio On, is a ‘no-frills garage track with nods towards The Stooges and The Buzzcocks’. No wonder we like it so much! [audio:http://girlieaction.com/music/electra/downloads/Radio_On.mp3]
I haven’t been even the least bit interested in punk-derived music in a long time, particularly bands taking their cues from 90s hardcore. Baltimore’s Witch Hat is changing that by being just weird enough (they used to lean more in the spazzy direction of Men’s Recovery Project), and just heavy enough (there’s a strong tinge [...]
The Parking Lot Movie is a great little punk rock documentary about a clash of cultures between the motley crew of attendants at a Charlottesville, VA parking lot and the people who park their cars there — a sort of allegory for the American experience.
Josh Pogue’s style reminds me of old DIY punk and metal demo covers, but he takes things to a different level with his intricately patterned, fantastical scenes that look like pages out of a demented storybook.
For a person with the musical history of ex-The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite frontman, Mick Jones, he is a very unassuming man. I meet him on a humid afternoon in West London as he and a team of helpers are madly trying to finish putting together the Mick Jones Rock n Roll Public Library — an exhibition of some 10,000 pieces of musical and pop culture memorabilia that Jones has been collecting since childhood. While I wait for my time to speak with the man, as he poses for a photo shoot with a London paper and finishes putting pieces of jewellery into a glass case in a room titled American Artefacts, his press officer relays to him: ‘Southampton University want to offer you an honorary doctorate.’ Jones’ response is: ‘Why would I want to do that? I haven’t done anything.’ But that’s far from the truth.
Punk was at least partially a rebellion against prog rock, but now it’s drawing new inspiration from the sort of music it once derided. Upsilon Acrux is firmly rooted in aggressive, snarling post-punk, but their music owes its complexity to bands like Magma, King Crimson, and Henry Cow. Of course, the LA-based band isn’t merely [...]
The latest band to make LA proud is tropical-nu wave act Abe Vigoda. These guys are so new and so exciting that even your grandparents don’t know who they are. Yet! They describe themselves as tropical punk, but I like to think of them as nihilistic rockers — no form, no shape, just chaos. If [...]
Days Off is an incredibly catchy but smart punk band from Chicago. While they’re the best of what pop music through the ages has to offer, they’re by no means pop-punk. As infectious as their hooks and choruses are, there are enough off-kilter rhythms and complex guitar work to give their music a layered feel, [...]