The writing, observations, and general solid ideas of John-Michael Bond
Punk is a big part of my life. The first records I can remember buying with my own money were Descendents “Everything Sux” and Mxpx “Life in General”. It’s been there for breakups, graduations, and even directed my comedy career. For the last three years I’ve been a featured comedian at The Fest in Gainesville, and my hope each time has been that one of the Menzingers would come to the comedy show, see my act, and decide they need to take a comedian on tour.
I first heard about the Menzingers on a message board in 2006 from a friend who wrote for Punknews.org. He was talking about this young band of ex-ska dudes from Philadelphia who were writing incredible harsh melodic punk. In the years since the Menzingers have become one of my favorite bands, releasing a new album every few years usually coinciding with a major event in my life:
2007: A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology - I stopped drinking for the first time upon realizing I couldn’t handle my shit in my early 20s. Whenever I’d get depressed that I’d already ruined drinking for myself before I was even 23 this record would give me hope and make me work on art or writing projects.
2010: Chamberlain Waits - This album come out the month I started doing standup comedy, and was incredibly important to just being okay as a person while putting myself out there for the first time. Of course the first “year” I did standup I had one show every month. The first real show I did, where it was run professionally and everyone stayed to time was one I booked with Kyle Kinane in Chattanooga that August. He got into town and took a nap on my sofa. Death of the Party inspired me to give comedy a try and my hero at the time was sleeping on my couch. It was the first show where I walked on stage with something to prove. To this day I’m pretty sure spending the afternoon listening to Chamberlain Waits on my headphones while working on my set and staving off a panic attack is the only reason the set went as well as it did. You can watch it here. Keep in mind this is basically my seventh time on stage.
2012: On The Impossible Past - This record was the soundtrack to my wife and I’s move to Atlanta, GA to pursue riches in tattooing and comedy. “Gates” from this record was our “Welcome to the Jungle,” the song we blasted as we drove into the big city from our small town life in Chattanooga, TN. It took me a few months to make friends after I moved, but the Menzingers filled the spot real nicely while I waited.
Now they’ve got a new album coming out in April, and I’m wondering what new life change will come along with this record. Whatever it is, after hearing the first song from the album, “In Remission” posted below, I’m sure I’ll still be listening to the Menzingers too loud for the better part of the year. Maybe the major life event this year is we’ll somehow become amazing friends and they’ll want to take me on tour. A fan can dream. Hope you folks enjoy this.
Mia Jackson (via dueordie)
This Valentine’s Day I got my wife a Walt Whitman’s sampler. It’s just a box of creek water.
I envy my father. He grew up in an era where rock and roll was still new, a family could survive on one income, and we let grandparents die while they were still fun. It was a glorious era, where you could go from throwing a ball with your Granddaddy behind a church, to burying your Granddaddy behind that same church a week later. And after each there was a nice chicken dinner. It was awesome.
Death still hurt, but for most people it came suddenly. It was a surprise that left you only with the memories of a person’s life, and their sudden exit.
Now science has removed the sudden peacefulness of death, and we can prolong life until it no longer resembles life. Personally life has always been about quality, not quantity, but thanks to the miracle of science mortality is now a hot dog eating contest. Get as much as you can, dignity be damned.
I’ve updated my shows page with all the non-open mic stuff I’ve got coming up. Give it a gander if you’d like to know.