It's actually not surprising when there's some crossover between music and literature; I've gotten a number of fiction recommendations from Kurt Cobain and Pete Doherty, loved the writing of Richard Hell and Jim Carroll, not to mention the memoirs of others. And then, there are the bands who've provided me with history lessons where school quite sadly failed, like Zounds and Stiff Little Fingers. For people who create such simple music, a number of punk and rock musicians in particular tend to be quite literate, intelligent, and eager to share knowledge and ideas.
Next on the list, then, is an interesting case of the writer-turned-musician, Mike Fournier, who e-introduced himself to me as the writer of the Double Nickels on the Dime portion of the 33 1/3 series, and who also, perhaps not coincidentally, has taught college-level English and punk rock history. In the last couple of years, Fournier attended grad school at the University of Maine, started drumming for a band, published his debut novel, and used said band as a subject within said novel. Thusly, the group transformed from a fictional subject to a real-life effort, and their 2012 EP and tour served to promote the book -- it's all very Spinal Tap.
This band, Dead Trend, have decided to become a thing of the real world, and now that they've decided to eliminate the punch line, they're releasing a record as themselves (erm -- at very least, this one isn't said to have been "originally released 4/1987"). False Positive wears its influences proudly and well, and fuck if this isn't the closest anyone's come to recording an update on Black Flag's Damaged. In fact, "19th Hole" is a perfect hybrid of "Six Pack" and "TV Party" to the extent that I'd be asking for cash, were I Greg Ginn. But we need Dead Trend right now, because there's an unfortunate dearth of humor in current music, and they have a lot of potential to fill the proverbial hole.
Dead Trend are releasing one song off the album per week, leading up to its release on May 7.
Sixty-five dollars for a pastel shirt. Double-knit trousers for fifty more. Hundred dollar putter in your rental cart. My case of beer costs five bucks at the store.
To drink all day, I don’t need a 19th Hole.