It's easy to make friends at a punk show. Last night I hugged 40 men and filtered 40 beers through my precious vessel. Doctor's orders. The room was sloppy and supportive. A fantastic gathering of friends offering love and liquor from their high-fiving hands. Proudly yelling along with the beautiful bands.
My friend Shafer is the president and CEO of Bad Boy City, USA. He never once suggested cancelling the show. It was immediately "How are we going to do this and still have fun?" Makes me proud, makes everyone proud. Maybe this is a new trend? Force all bass players to become key-bassers! It's a new wave of sweet synthesization! One of Shafer's keyboards wasn't even plugged in, he just thought it looked dumber that way. Made me so happy.
My friend Tim bleeds enthusiasm into this scene. We are lucky to have him. His investment of passion is a true gift to the local punk community. Seeing buds from other local bands at the show made me extra huggy. Support is important for our communal success. We all win when we all like each other. Aggressive music attracts great compassion. It's a cool secret we share. No one will believe that Theo from Gob was there.
So what's next? Shafer heals his ladder match injury and we finish up the new album. Then launch it like a torpedo into the hearts and minds of millions of donair lovers everywhere. With all the sauces, tasty and sweet, from the hummus to the heat. Always with a fresh-made pita. Crafted with creativity, crafted with mercy.
Christmas in July is coming, and Santa is thirsty.