I will definitely be there!!! This was the best article in LA WEEKLY in years!!! Thank you Nicholas pell!! Power violence!!!!!!
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Powerviolence, meanwhile, has re-emerged with a vengeance. Although it's still not nearly as big as mainstream punk, bands from Colombia to Japan specialize in the strain. Despise You shows usually draw a few hundred enthusiastic, hard-moshing fans, and a European tour is in the works.
Lyrically, Elder's focus has shifted. Sure, he's still pissed off, but as the father of a 12-year-old girl, he's now more concerned with issues like health care, education and municipal corruption.
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He notes that "3-26-00" — a track about the birth of his daughter — was "the first positive song we ever wrote." In fact, last year she attended her first powerviolence show, at California Discord Fest. Unfortunately, LAPD shut it down over permit concerns before his band could play. Elder remains unsure if the powerviolence scene is the right environment for her, but he hopes she'll at least pick up on its DIY aesthetic. "People just like her are starting bands and putting out records," he says. "You don't need a ton of money. And you can apply DIY to just about anything."
It seems that after reigning as mysterious underground legends for years, Despise You are finally getting their due. This is evidenced by the emergence of a new generation of followers.
"They request songs we don't even remember," Vera says. "I tell them to hum the first riff and maybe we can play it."
Despise You performs Friday, April 6, at Self Help Graphics.
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