The Descendents were the Buzzcocks‘ equivalent on the early American hardcore punk scene: they were a lot more melodic than their contemporaries, and they were fronted by a nerd. But they were much more than that. They invented melodic hardcore (or melodycore), paving the way for NOFX, No Use For a Name, and almost every popular punk band in the golden years of Epitaph and Fat Wreck. Continue reading
Yesterday we got a reminder from MySpace that we could upgrade our artist profile to the new 3.0 version, so we did. Since we didn’t really have a MySpace design, we didn’t have much to lose, and the upgrade was relatively painless.
The new profile editor lets you choose modules for your site, which you can drag and drop to their preferred positions. All the html in the old profile got dumped to the new html box, and it took some time to figure out that it needs to be edited there, and not in the bio section. This was the only issue to be solved after the upgrade, and we’re happy with the new cleaner layout of profile 3.0. The new marquee header lets visitors see the latest status update immediately, and the video slider is a great tool to present your videos if you have 10 of them, like us. However, if your band has a MySpace design based on custom css, you’ll have a hard time keeping your layout after the upgrade, since profile 3.0 doesn’t support css customization. Continue reading
Here’s our selection of the Top 5 funny punk rock videos. Like all best of lists, this is highly subjective, and we may have also forgotten about some gems, so you’re welcome to comment with your suggestions of what else could have been included here. Continue reading
The great thing about punk was that finally even totally uncool weirdos like the guys from the Buzzcocks got a chance to form a band and get on stage. And they proved that losers write the best pop punk songs.
They formed in Bolton, near Manchester in 1976. Their early output featuring Howard Devoto on vocals was distinctly different (less pop, more punk) from their classic sound defined by the high-pitched, whiny vocals of Pete Shelley and the more gruff voice of fellow guitarist/songwriter Steve Diggle. Continue reading
When MySpace got big around 2005, a lot of bands decided to center their web presence around their MySpace profiles, and abandoned their own websites. It seemed like the best and easiest way to present your band. All the other bands you liked were there, the labels were there, the zines were there, and most importantly, your audience was there. Three years, and about a billion friend requests later the audience had enough and decided to leave. Continue reading