Sameer Rao went from hiding his figure out of insecurity and fear to embracing himself and the pants he loves.
“I attended a homophobic, hyper-masculine all-male high school, and I listened to a lot of punk and hardcore as an outlet for my feelings there.”
The new Fishbone documentary is in theaters!
Editor’s note: What follows is as close a reconstruction of the “lost” Brian Powell Story as we could manage under these difficult circumstances. Reader discretion is advised. [THE NEIGHBOR, played by David Leisure (aka “Joe Isuzu” from that memorable series of commercials), is IN THE DOORWAY TALKING.] THE NEIGHBOR – It’s just the music and […]
The melding of styles was as widespread as it was seamless and, perhaps, inevitable; as a genre, punk was always as defiantly resistant to clear definition as it was to authority, with bands like Fishbone, The Clash, Fugazi, Bow Wow Wow, and the aforementioned Bad Brains merging rock with dub, calypso, funk, jazz, and any imaginable musical form. Still, the starkness of The Vidablue’s approach—the instrumental arrangements so delicate and tender, with vocals so scrapingly abrasive—suggested a sort of identity crisis, an inability to move too far in one direction.
When a seemingly conventional person makes an unconventional statement, everybody around them notices. Maintaining a mohawk is harder than you might initially think. You need “Ice” spray, or egg whites, the right comb, and a lot of time. There was a time when punk music was relevant, exciting, and anti-authoritarian. It may not sound the […]