Just a reminder that there are loads of really good contemporary punk bands, and we need them now more than ever.
If you think music isn’t all that and hasn’t been for years, then we suggest you check out Ian Glasper’s superb ‘The Scene That Would Not Die’ where he writes in detail about 111 bands, all active since 2000, many current and rocking it.
This book contains hundreds of interviews and previously unseen photos, and explores the many insidious challenges faced by the scene: hedonism, nostalgia and apolitical apathy, not to mention coronavirus, Brexit and the rise of social media completely removing the mystique that drew many to punk rock in the first place.
All could have derailed lesser genres. But the reality is, if you scratch beneath the surface, punk has gone underground once again, and is as vibrant and relevant as it’s always been.
There are still thousands of angry youths making vital music the length and breadth of the nation, and they still don’t need permission from anyone to have their say.
'The Scene That Would Not Die: Twenty Years of Post-Millennial Punk In The UK' by Ian Glasper, with a foreword by James Sherry, is available now from Earth Island Books and all good book stores, and even has an accompanying double CD.