The pandemic rages on
Decent people do their best to be clean Yet some dirty people with status have shown themselves as of recently Kelso and Jackie felt being clean was optional with them and their kids A certain rapper’s blonde wife only showered when she felt “icky” An internet media mogul didn’t know what a washcloth was until his tennis player wife taught him how to use it this year Why are people so nasty and why do people want to be like them? Bank accounts and fame weren’t substitutes for cleanliness The rumors spread like germs as society is far from godly and they’d be right according to that age-old adage Maybe the commoners with sense should stick to elbow-bumps and extra hand sanitizer should they meet the stars Even the destitute and disadvantaged at least showered once a day It makes one wonder why America ranked #1 with this virus The dirtiness should be severely dialed down to multiple degrees, so the doves of hygiene can soar
March 8, 2021
Cliques, Entitlement, Juvenalian, Mallcore, Metalcore, Poetry, Pop Punk, Satire, Spoiled, Subcultures, Suburbs
You’ve got downtuned guitars and heavy-gauged strings
You must be SO hardcore Claiming to be from this or that major city Despite living in cushy suburbs about an hour away Let’s not even get to the pop punk brats Whining about “this town”, breakups, and friends Put the pizza down and realize you’re not oppressed Twenty and even thirtysomethings have high school mindsets Disguising their cliques as “the scene” Thank the Divine for COVID world shutting your concerts down (No wishes for the pandemic to harm anyone, of course) And blocking your Hot Topic-core fashion shows that just happen to have live music The entitlement was so strong it’s actually pathetic As trust fund babies want to be fueled with hate (while secretly wanting the ramen, too) To look all big and bad There’s only so much that could help the scene Suburbia was certainly a matrix of sorts in blasting these dime-a-dozen wannabe Rise Records fake screamo tunes Drop A? For like dropping a reality from their perception Your subculture is a bloody sham
[Note: Let’s see how many references my readers will get in this satirical poem.]
Adoration was entitled to the emulators As I deserved the accolades for being best Who wants to be first, anyway? Fighting for medals was a reason of life I needed no antennae for such a goal Obstacles to being the pinnacle disappear With the snap of my gloved fingers Reaching 9999 levels of power helped Making sure I won no matter what I am acclaimed, more than just a carbon copy You’d be selling me short that way So all these originals are complaining of my existence, now? Too bad Life’s not fair, isn’t it? Is it really that insidious when you have thousands of adoring fans? This is the age where clones achieve coronation
Did it really feel like oppression?
Don’t misconstrue everything. Everyone isn’t faring so well with this environment at the moment. Job opportunities become ghosts, masks are everywhere, and hand sanitizer companies are raking it in. When the comparisons to slavery came up, there was a serious debate on whether to facepalm or to laugh at the sheer lunacy of a statement such as that. False equivalency detected! Funny enough (or sadly enough), those same people are paid handsomely for their careers. This worldwide inconvenience was a shock to everyone and there are no ill-wishes from me, but the level of stupidity and fallacious rhetoric is laughable if it wasn’t so offensive. Excuse me while I check to see how much sympathy I have…Sorry, I don’t seem to find any for that kind of argument.
January 15, 2018
ZAP Records Spotlight
20 Again, Anti-Cliche, Cross-Promotion, Germany, Greatest Hits, Hamburg, Hardcore, Praiser, Punk, Satire, ZAP Records, ZAP Records Spotlight
It’s been a little while since I talked about some other bands or artists from ZAP Records, but I’ve known these guys for a few years now.
This is Praiser. They are a hardcore/punk band from Hamburg, Germany. They just released a greatest hits album called “20 Again” on ZAP’s Bandcamp page. These guys make some fun music. I like how that can make legitimate punk tunes that are socially conscious, have meaning, and they subvert so many cliches associated with Christian rock despite having that world view. I can’t think of too many other bands of that ilk destroying the Prosperity Gospel, calling out hypocrisy in religious sociopolitical circles, and even criticizing Christians who hold racist, sexist, or homophobic views. Good on them for being brave like that.
You can get this 20 song album for only $8 on Bandcamp. That money goes to making quality DIY independent music instead of some faceless musical conglomerate.
Check out Praiser at the following sites…