Don't Write It Off - Documentary Film
If I said the words ‘Punk Rock Band’ some people might think of extravagant hair styles, brash attitudes, and crude lyrics.
I think of something different. I think of progressive minded men and women who don't define themselves by retro fashion. They might look your average person or they might look different, but they are people who have something different or unique to say, and they use fast, loud music to express genuine emotions. To me, punk rock has become more inclusive and sincere, using the energy and outspokenness of the earlier punk movement to deliver new messages.
Most punk rock bands that I see today are playing modest venues and saving money from their day jobs to record and tour. With songs steeped with feelings of powerlessness, uncertainty and existential angst, these bands reflect something profound about today’s world.
But what is it that drives these people to do what they do and persevere in such a small scene? It costs money for equipment touring and recording, most of these people don't ever expect to make any serious money from playing music, all of this commitment and passion to work musically whilst working and living at a particularly tough time, strikes me as inspiring.
Do they reflect a large proportion of young adults today? If so are these messages inspiring people to take charge of their futures and be assertive? There definitely commentating about social issues going on today, I feel they are doing so in a sincere way and with the best interests at heart.
I really feel that the punk bands I listened to when growing up helped me to become a better person. Bands who were singing about things that I was and still am experiencing, bands who delivered really positive messages. About understanding, equality, and fairness.
I first thought about this project whilst I was on the other side of the world. I heard ‘ Church Street’ by Bangers. I was like ‘ Whoa’ Listening to people with similar feelings, referencing the same street I used to walk down every day for 3 years. That gives me a sense of interconnectivity that perhaps wasn't as global a decade ago.
I remember listening to a podcast in which a band member touched upon how he thought about all the hard work and experiences that were going un documented and that in years to come it would be like none of it had ever happened.
I want to take a closer look at these artists. I want to know their take on what they do. What their music means to them, 'How they want to impact the world, and people around them.'