Today, we continue our Sonic Reducer series! In the series, Punknews writers compress a band, genre, theme, or time period into a playlist that would fit on a single CD. Along with the playlist, you'll get either an overview of the topic, such as a band introduction, or a story about how the music in the playlist moved or changed the writer.
Today, Punknews news editor Samantha Barrett reps the East Coast! She spins tracks by a host of East Coasters, including The Loved Ones, Paint It Black, and, of course, The Bouncing Souls! Check it out!
East Coast, Fuck You!
I am an east coast gal, living here all my life. I am fortunate to live in New York City, a great and frequent stopping point for most bands rolling up and down the East Coast. But, it was lots of New Jersey/Philadelphia bands that became my first gateways to the punk scene.
A lot of the bands on this playlist played in tiny spaces of the New York I used to know, spaces like Knitting Factory on Leonard Street, The Punk Temple in Bensonhurst and 538 Johnson in Bushwick, places I found myself going to on most weekends in my late teens and early 20â€™s. Stuffing ourselves in these spaces just to listen and rock out the best bill of bands that night, these places and bands are like a time stamp on my life. With the explosive joyous feeling of friends and people that would soon be my friends, screaming the lyrics that I would live my life by, I found myself immersed in the scene by 23, collecting like-minded friends and making great new memories along the way.
I have put together a playlist of some of these east coast bands that were so influential to me (I promise I tried to refrain from giving you a playlist of the entire catalogue of The Bouncing Souls.) I live here, I work here, I travel here, and it's where my heart will remain. ECFU!