U.K. rocker Ginger Wildheart has just released 3 records simultaneously. He financed these recordings through Pledge Music (kind of like Kickstarter), and perhaps the best and most real punk rock song in a long, long time has sprouted as a result. "How I Survived The Punk Wars" off of the Hey! Hello! record actually stunned me. This song speaks to the regular-guy/gal-every-man/woman ethos that we can all relate to, and the anger is pointed and founded. Again, another record done without major label backing.
I'll keep this column short. Watch this video of this song. Listen to the words. Go out and change something for the better. Go work harder than everyone else, and don't complain about it when you do. Put your head down and forge the fuck ahead.
So, there it is, just listen to Ginger Wildheart. And maybe go listen to The Off! after that.
Maybe Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Saints too.
Some Germs, "Lexicon Devil."
Killing Joke, "Requiem."
Or, go see D.O.A. somewhere on this farewell tour of theirs. They were the first, and the leaders and the champions of D.I.Y. touring and releasing records and putting gigs on.
Oh, also listen to...
Zeke, "Chiva Knievel"
Minor Threat, "Betray"
U.K Subs, "New York State Police"
Stiff Little Fingers, "State Of Emergency"
Refused, "New Noise"
Joy Division, "Something Must Break"
Or, start your own band....even if you don't know how to play. More than a fair share of the above bands did just that.