Record of the Week:
“Punx Don’t Drink” comp EP

January 21st, 2011 by

Right from the starting gun this comp is quite awesome. The first band here, POISON PLANET opens with a song called “The Victim,” which bears a postscript on the lyric sheet that reads, “Drugs and alcohol taken willingly do not make you any less culpable for your actions.” Right fucking on. I see my opportunity, and I’m taking it… This is such a simple concept to grasp, yet since we live in a world where everyone is “victimized” and “targeted” at a seemingly constant rate that excuses like “I was fucked up,” or “I was drunk,” have become just another acceptable reason to be late, reason why you ended up in the hospital, reason why you were unfairly targeted, reason why you started a fight, the reason why you crashed your bike, or worse, killed someone with your car. There have become so many “outs” to responsibility that actually carrying on as an actual human being has taken a back seat to finding a way to pull a fast one. This is nowhere more apparent than in the punk scene. Living in the Bay Area you see the (many) downsides of what happens when our little “progressive bubble” in which we live enables such a voluntary and careless abuse of self control to somehow convince an entire forward-thinking local culture to believe it’s “just the way it is.” At this point, I should mention that I am not edge, and in fact, drinking a beer right this very second, so this isn’t some sort of straight edge or various “–ist” type of rant, I just understand the concept of responsibility and realize that I’m not the only person that lives on this fucking planet, which a lot of people can’t fucking grasp. And to me that is what straight edge is really about—the ability to separate responsibilities from habits and to not embrace this “victimization” as some sort of cultural lighthouse to guide your life by and realize that your actions are just that—your actions—and to separate yourself from that mentality. I’m tired of paying for your mistakes with my time, with my money and with my patience. These concepts simply require the ability to use your fucking head, and we all need to remember that. Which, in a perfect world is why we are the fucking punx! Some are born to be mules, some generals, some sheep, but no matter who you are, in the end beliefs are beliefs, and if you actually have them and you hold true to them, you have a leg up on most people. Holy fucking tangent! On to the music… As one might expect, the majority of the tunes on here are classic fast hardcore with a few crewsh breakdowns here and there. The four bands that split this 7” are POISON PLANET, whom I already mentioned (and they drop some serious rippage), BOILING OVER, COLD SHOULDER and COKE BUST. All four seriously deliver angry tunes that have great fast parts and great mid-paced rogering, but COLD SHOULDER stands out most to me and are the fastest band on this comp. The inner sleeve boasts that this is the “new face and attitude of straight edge,” and I’m really glad it is. Ripping tunes. (Third Party Records)

11 responses to “Record of the Week:
“Punx Don’t Drink” comp EP”

21 01 2011
Vinnie (15:26:40) :

Based on this review (err…rant?), this record sounds like it totally fucking blows.

21 01 2011
jon (18:05:38) :

i’ve said this before..i’ll say this again…punk rock is like high school all over again, let’s face it. if there ever was a such thing as “rock n’ roll high school”, straight-edgers and skinheads would be the jocks of the school.

22 01 2011
kurtrussel (06:59:23) :

This review time traveled from the 90’s.

23 01 2011
frak johnson (18:59:04) :

Motherfucker looks too much like a Bush with a mohawk…How do you expect to find your mind if you don’t fuckin’ lose it?? Ask not what your corner Korean liquor store can do for you, but what you can do for your corner Korean liquor store..

24 01 2011
James (12:56:04) :

Is this the print review? I hope not. MRR needs to return to 4 and 5 sentence reviews and put all the half baked political screeds in a guest column. The multi paragraph rock journalist reviews can be sent to pitchfork.

24 01 2011
frak johnson (13:09:08) :

Not that its bad enough the punx and everything else is infiltrated and hijacked, you go to a fuckin’ AA meeting and there’s undercover agents and masons and shit, trying to make a Germany for the Germans, fuck this 1984 gnostic gnightmare piece of shit..

5 02 2011
Dan (13:53:30) :

I thought Justin’s review/rant was pointed and timely. Are people really this allergic to earnesty?

7 02 2011
Ben (Manager. Zine) (09:22:01) :

The rant is the greatest thing I’ve ever read.

7 02 2011
Dk (12:28:35) :

Taking responsibility for one’s actions is pretty much what it all boils down to – whether trashed or sober. Everybody (at least most people) have an excuse for why they did or didn’t do something that ends with a negative outcome. I don’t think it lends itself to one side or the other. Realizing the consequences of our actions and making decisions based on that might help to correct this. At least that’s my take.

10 02 2011
Blair (02:34:07) :

Constructive opinion ain’t a crime maaan, I liked this piece, the music included i cud take or leave to be honest but don’t baaa. Those who say forget the bolitix mite be right but it’s not a one horse race as it were.

23 06 2011
kimpunkrock (19:28:13) :

Oh my thank u so much for this record! As a straight edge punk I am so in agreement that being straight edge is more punk rock than being an alcoholic idiot fuck up.

I am in the opinion that by touting bands like the Ramones and the sex pistols on major labels, the New World Order that runs the govts and this planet meant to co-opt punk and make punk rock more about alcohol and drugs than about making change and revolution. they did the same thing to the hippies, they saturated the movement with heroin and other-narcotics and LSD for that matter to ruin their movement. The powers that be would rather have punks fucked up than creating REAL social change, revolution and spreading the truth about the tyranny of who really runs the govt in the US and Europe

Bands like the Sex Pistols and Ramones are FAKE co-opting punk with hardly a message but destroy yourself and each other. You can argue that the Pistols had some relevant lyrics but as a whole thanks to their handlers became more about fucking shit up and getting fucked up. Screw bands like this. Punk is not about alcohol. it is not cool to be a Drunk. Up the straight edge punks. we are more punk u!

PS. I dont think I am better than anyone because I am edge, I struggled with addiction for many years and understand, but as a community it is more important to get back to what punk is suppose to be about, not what the new World order made it to be, our future and freedom depends on it.

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