the underground music scene was created in order for a safe space to thrive for all of the kids who felt rejected. all of the kids who felt like they were misfits in their school. they weren’t popular. they listened to weird music and had weird impulses. they found a scene, a high school scene where they could play or listen to music without judgement or feeling threatened. and lately, in the state of connecticut, there has been an alarming amount of threatening behavior especially in this new high school scene that is beginning to take shape.
i’m going to say this bluntly. if you use homophobic, racist, or misogynistic language while considering yourself a member of the scene, you are poison. you are killing the scene that you claim to love. and if you feel the need to rationalize your use of any sort of hateful slurs, it is unfathomable how much you are destroying such a beautiful thing. just because you are young doesn’t make using the pseudo-adjective “gay” okay. just because you have black friends who encourage your use of the word “nigga” mean that you can walk around at shows saying it to your friends. by creating exclusivity and naive hate, you are alienating groups of people who want to get involved. you are on the same level as the jocks you claim to hate. and you’ll make those people coming into this scene feel the same way. there are bands right now full of older people who are setting this example. use your brain. know that it’s wrong. don’t support them no matter how good their music may be. they are shutting out accessibility willingly by saying things that can be triggering or offensive to certain groups.
have a brain. if you don’t use it soon, your scene is in for a rude awakening.
A few things.
I LOVE ALL OF YOU! THE SCENE IS NOT DEAD! FOR GOODNESS SAKE, LET’S EAT SOME CAKE!
-Jack Christopher Tomascak
Life in Your Way, Hostage Calm, Manners, Forsaken, Endeavor
$16 - 7PM
Heirloom Arts (Danbury)
Life in Your Way, Shai Hulud, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, I am Alpha and Omega, Auburn
$16 - 6:30PM
Mooreland Hill School Gymnasium (Kensington)
Life in Your Way, even if you aren’t Christian, provide one of the most moving gig experiences you could imagine. Both of these shows have some ridiculous bands on them. Hostage Calm, Shai Hulud, The World Is…, Auburn, and Manners are all fantastic. Pick one, go to both, whatever. The 16 bucks is worth it.
Caravels is here from fucking Nevada. They are playing three CT gigs in a two day span. Holy shit.
Caravels, Like Beasts, Martin Luther King
$donate for caravels
Brian’s House (Bethel)
Message Brian DiCrecenzo on facebook for the address. 7PM/BYOB/no bullshit
Dangers, Caravels, Chris Zizzamia (spoken word), 1 TBA
A special matinee, show up at NOON
The Mannor - 69 Cheshire Rd. - Wallingford
Sofx, Heavy Breath, Caravels, Convulsions, Weak Teeth, Disobey
The Handsome Woman (Willimantic) - show up at 6PM promptly for food and hangs
ask Derrick Shanholtzer/email firstname.lastname@example.org for addy
So much hard shit this weekend! Get yr face melted off.
ALSO: i’m starting a zine. Check it. http://starredthoughts.tumblr.com
Hostage Calm is throwing a record anniversary show with The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Heavy Breath, and Suns on Saturday, September 24th at The Space in Hamden.
We are looking for a few good men/women/kids/whatever to flyer all around - specifically high schools and colleges.
If you are interested, please email allagesct(AT)gmail(DOT)com or theworldisa(AT)gmail(DOT)com with the subject line Hostage Calm Show Flyering. Be sure to mention what school you go to in the e-mail!