Dave Teirney, front-man of Brooklyn, NY punk act The Sharp Lads, recently sat down to write about his experiences growing up with punk rock, and how the music and lifestyle shaped his life, and what it still means to his this very day.
You can read Dave’s piece below.
“I fell in love with rock n roll as soon as I discovered it when I was around 4 years old. In some ways getting into punk was an extension of that, but it changed my relationship with music in many ways. I got into punk in middle school. I first started listening to the more well-known contemporary and classic punk bands, but I soon discovered the local scene and got really into that. Growing up in the Boston area in the 90’s I was lucky to have lots of great bands around like The Trouble, Showcase Showdown, and the Dimestore Haloes. I still love those bands. I remember hearing Nirvana for the first time when I was about 9 years old and it totally blew my mind. When I got into punk, I experienced that feeling over and over as I discovered new bands that really moved me. Punk made you feel like you were part of things from the very beginning and not just some fan or observer on the outside. You didn’t have to be playing an arena to be relevant. Bands like The Misfits and Dead Kennedys were totally legendary even though they never had that Led Zeppelin kind of success and most people didn’t even know who they were. Also, punk music was just so energetic and insistent.
Every moment of every song felt like it was the most important thing ever, and I think that’s a great way to view life. After getting exposed to that point of view and that general outlook there was no going back. It changed the way I looked at the world, or at least provided a new way of expressing things I had already been thinking and feeling. Punk can also be a gateway to so many other cool things like poetry, politics and other kinds of music that I became exposed to because of punk. Also, it gives you a nice easy way to say “Fuck you” to all sorts of things in the world that you think are bullshit.”
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