Flier for Wednesday, October 1st #BrickByBrick show in San Diego, CA #2014Tour
Next week Friday Reagan Youth kicks off their 9 daze tour. Starts off in NYC with GBH & Angry Samoans and ends October 5th in L.A. with Decry & many more. www.reagan-youth.com/events #2014Tour
Take a load off and read Trey Oswald’s latest blog about his tour-portrayal of England and Germany and make sure to follow him as well: www.oldirtytrz.WordPress.com/2014/09/15
Get all #ReaganYouth’s upcoming tour dates on www.reagan-youth.com #2014Tour
Saturday, September 27th we’re at mideastclub with GBH, Angry Samoans and Burning Streets.
SAT 9/27 DOWN
GBH / The Angry Samoans / Reagan Youth / Burning Streets
18+ // 8PM // $16/20 (at Middle East - Downstairs)
We’re taking a trip to Mesa, AZ again but this time for the #PHXSkaPunkBowling Friday, October 4th at #ClubRed & #TheRedOwl. For further details: www.phxprb.com
Read tibbie-x’s latest blog about her experience traveling Europe last month during ReaganYouth’s #RebellionEuropeTour and make sure to follow her as well: http://tibbie-x.tumblr.com/post/94616814081/rebellion-festival-germany
Today is September 5th, 2014 and it would have been Dave Insurgent’s 50th birthday had he not died when was 29. Now I was never in many bands, and the few that I was in had the best singer. Think about it, why join another band if the singer ain’t nowhere near the lyricist, vocalist, frontman, not to mention an amazingly talented songwriter and arranger as well as having that brilliant artistic mind that came up with the best images. He propagated the philosophy of no man or woman should ever hold any form of authority over another man or woman. True anarchy and real freedom for us all to embrace. What Dave and I did back during that summer between graduating junior high school and then getting ready to go to the same alma mater of The Ramones, Forest Hills High School, made us that more serious about making music and lyrics that could be considered artistic ways of exposing the evils of society. In the beginning we had a following because we were young enough to be “youth”, but when Reagan got re-elected everyone seemed to have lost interest in the band (except California! Thank You California). Dave wanted to have a song giving props to the New York Hardcore Family, a song, about unity and when I heard a heavy metal band, Kick Axe song “Heavy Metal Shuffle” on some college station stuck in Albuquerque, Dave loved the title. A bunch of Black Sabbath type riffs laid over a three chord groove and before you know it our pro NYHC unity song was composed. Dave mentions punk rockers from Astoria Queens, skinheads, homeboys from Jamaica Queens and Metal heads, his message was that we’re all the same and we should have each other’s back against a repressive society that likes to keep people at odds with each other over triflin’ bullshit like taste in music and/or skin color not mention a whole lotta other trivial things.
So today, yes, today, would have been the 50th birthday of the best singer I’ve ever seen let alone been graced to have had him sing alongside me and yes Dave and I did record after Reagan Youth, a band we called House Of God, because at that time we were grown men, not kids (youth) and instead of taking on politics we were ready to start taking on a higher authority. It was the best stuff we ever came up with and if you don’t believe, just listen to “In The Beginning” or any of the other six songs we recorded with Jay at Giant studios on 14th Street, and on an 8 track no less. If you can get by the grainy recording, then you could hear that Dave had his best years ahead of him, his lyrics more poetic, vocal melodies more complex, song structures sounding epic. But the disease of addiction took all that away. Drugs are not romantic, they are insidious and have cost too many people their lives way before their time, and it really sucks for me that someone so brilliant, so talented, could fall under such circumstances. I miss my friend, my band mate, the incredible human being I knew since we were playing in a schoolyard during 3rd grade recess. I miss Dave’s sense of humor. I wish he was still here and though he is not, his incredible words remain with us because he was a true punk rock poet and his message of Anarchy and that no one should hold authority over anyone else are as important as ever these days now and those to come. His message of Anarchy & Unity + Peace is too important to let slip away and maybe, just maybe, one day people will stop embracing hate and find out the only thing to hate is hate itself. So let’s all sing it together; I HATE HATE !
So he wasn’t the best dresser doesn’t mean he wasn’t the best singer. - #PaulCripple
Photographed by #AmieHertzig
#TBT #DaveInsurgent #50thBirthdayCountdown
Love where he was going with his unique look and it was leading to a even more unique sound. I don’t know who needs a shave and a haircut but it definitely wasn’t ‘the’ punk rock poet.
- his faithful Axe Meister Paul Cripple