5th COLUMN VI [THE KIDS WILL HAVE THEIR SAY] SPRING 2011 PREVIEW
II. [THE KIDS WILL HAVE THEIR SAY]
Motivated by what I learned as a youth growing up in the NYHC scene. It’s taught me pure revolutionary values, a love for different kinds of music and cultures and a proactive way of looking at life. As a kid, the older bands showed me the way through some tough times in a city and a world that was very different than it is today. Agnostic Front, 7 Seconds, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of today, Judge, Side by Side, Sheer Terror, Maximum Penalty all had different ways of getting across the same positive message to us. These lyrics still resonate with me, the lessons are still there even if that scene is not.
The straight edge bands from Boston : DYS, Slapshot, Impact Unit, and of course SSD (Society System Decontrol) had the same message but the sound was very different than what was happening in NY and I believe it molded what we all did in 90’s when the NEW youth crew emerged at A7.
For the center piece of 5th Column VI [THE KIDS WILL HAVE THEIR SAY] I wanted to bring back the same call to arms but revamp it for a newer generation of kids who haven’t had their say yet. Instead of rising up I see a younger generation being held down and silenced now more than ever, I fear it will take more than a positive message from a 7" record to lift these young minds from the grave. The youth will always hold the power, power of the mind and heart that will incite real change one day soon.