By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
"I don't call myself a Satanist, but I agree with a lot of what LaVey says, like being against drug use," says Amalfitano, who like Felix is straight-edge. He describes his personal philosophy as "individualist, anarchist," adding: "My Satanism is a [casual] Satanism. It's like a high school kid drawing an upside-down cross."
At West Covina High, Amalfitano wore black jeans and T-shirts. He wasn't overtly punk but he was a bit of a troublemaker. After 9/11, he and his twin brother got into arguments with "jocks" over praying for America in school, which the two of them opposed.
Today, a big part of what makes the group who they are is their merch. They've sold everything from a ski mask with the medieval symbol for Lucifer to baby bibs and prayer candles. The band's most controversial item? iPhone cases. "We made 12 and sold them at cost," Amalfitano says. "People were pissed." (Apparently iPhones aren't punk.)
Amalfitano conceptualizes and commissions the merch himself; he prefers gear that's useful to both straight-edge and non–straight-edge kids alike. "We make cozies, because you can use those for beer and soda. I wouldn't make an ashtray, but I'd make an incense burner that could double as an ashtray." He gets all of ACxDC's merch from a screen-printing company, Grimoire Printing in San Fernando, which he owns with his brother-in-law and where he works full-time.
ACxDC's goods for sale are part of the reason Internet detractors groups complain that the band is all style and no substance. Ill-informed haters speculate that they're getting rich off merch, but all of the group members still work day jobs. In fact, they run a brisk merch business in part so that they don't have to get corporate sponsorship, like so many other groups these days.
"DIY is why a lot of people get into punk," Amalfitano says.
In any case, they certainly don't mind the misconceptions. "Punk-rock bands are supposed to piss normal people off," Felix says. "If you're a punk band pissing off punks, you're doing something right."
I'm sure all of your bands rule way more than theirs. I guess we'll see you useless fucks nowhere, huh? Keep on cluckin' if it gives meaning to the mundane. Or you could come out to a show and speak your piece, huh? Inter-twats. Do something useful.
Lame fucks. I almost got into a bar fight once. I was wearing a Black Flag tshirt and some dude starts talking shit. "Black Flag fucking sucks. I cant fucking stand punk rock. Your music sucks ass. Fuck you anarchists human rights fags!."
Oh yeah? What the fuck kind of music do your listen to? "Black death metal, satan metal. Unlike you punk fags, we stand for something real and more important. We believe in mass suicide and satan. Theres no point in living. Life is a waste of time. You are all cowards for not committing suicide!
So, you must be a coward then, your still alive?. Go jump in front of a car you fuck.
End of story.
PP - Awesome band, man! Their best song is "Donkey Shows are for Donkeys"