Category Archives: Punk

The 1865 Release Video For Buckshot From Don’t Tread On Me Album Out Today

The 1865 crew (Sacha Jenkins, Chuck Treece, Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman, Flora Lucini and Jason “Biz” Lucas) drop the video for “Buckshot” from their inaugural Don’t Tread On Me. The band describes itself as,

“Bad Brains meets Foo Fighters in a Black woman’s hair salon for a cup of tea.”

Their name automatically opens up a conversation about the year 1865 in America and the creation of the 13th Amendment which officially slavery. In the video for “Buckshot,” several clips from slaves picking cotton to Donald Trump speaking to the public are put together to form the question of how far did America evolve in regards to obliterating racism? A snippet of O.J.Simpson’s famous Hertz commercial from 1978 running through an airport is juxtaposed against slaves planning on doing the same thing on their plantation. Don’t Tread On Me is available now.  


Watch Angelo Moore Go Through Each Song Of Fishbone’s Truth and Soul

Twenty-nine years ago this month Fishbone released Truth and Soul. At the time they were budding punk funk ska band resistant to stereotypes about Black bands that shaped record company’s marketing plans for Black music. Truth and Soul went against the usual expectations of a Black band because Fishbone shamelessly plays multi genres with a mostly punk base. The album is influenced by everyone from Iggy Pop to Curtis Mayfield. Today Fishbone is still against being pigeon-holed and have achieved the status of respected OG Afropunk founders. Frontman and saxophonist Angelo Moore spoke with Riot Fest on the origins of Truth and Soul. Fishbone is on the road right now and Moore has also been making music with The Brand New Step.


Media Questions Of The Week

Has Afropunk lost its way due to commercial concerns?

Have NFL team owners agreed with each other to shut Colin Kaepernick out of work because of his national anthem protest?





Throwback: Saul Williams-List Of Demands (Reparations)

 “List Of Demands (Reparations)” is a poetic, punk and hip-hop sonic trek from Saul Williams’s self-titled second album. Williams’s frenetic but funky demand for justice with a video of Black partygoers in a semi-mosh pit was the very definition of Afropunk. The lyrics call for him to be seen as a man and not a fear fantasy over a beat that samples “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by The Stooges. In between his address to the establishment, he mentions his affection for a girl he wrote a song for and performed standing on his bed. “List Of Demands (Reparations)” was later used in a Nike commercial and covered by The Hives. In 2016, Williams released his sixth studio album MartyrLoserKing.


Finding Joseph I (Bad Brains Documentary On HR) Fireside Chat

Finding Joseph I is a documentary about Paul H.R. Hudson, who is the lead singer of D.C. punk legends Bad Brains. Film director James Lathos, author Howie Abrams and H.R. talked about the film and Bad Brains after the December 15th   screening at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn. Lathos and Abrams co-authored Finding Joseph I: An Oral History of H.R. from Bad Brains which came out today.