Ever have a friend who is awesome in every way except for the fact that he’s into some super embarrassing thing?? Like, he’s the best dude ever and you love him, but sometimes it makes you cringe because he brings up LARPing, parkour, or how he’s building a rollerblade course in his backyard? Every time he mentions it you sharply inhale, wince and think to yourself “Bro… I love you but fuck… you’re not making it easy for me.”
For example, I consider FIGHT FAIR/SEEING MEANS MORE vocalist Alex Bigman one of my top bros. I just try to overlook his cringeworthy obsession with 90s screamo aka skramz. As someone who was actually there for all the vegan bake sales, basement benefit shows for Mumia, and debates over whether barcodes and CDs were ‘punk’ or not, I have no idea why a 25 year old rich Jew from the Bay Area suburbs would be into one of the most embarrassing eras of hardcore. But he’s my bro, and I’m always here for my bros!
Also check out Alex’s new online video property SkraMtv, featuring exclusive tracks like “Black Swag” by All Stars Of Screamo (f/t Loma Prieta, Comadre, and Ampere)
I know some of you guys are also into teh skramz, so check out his new project, the official SKRAM LIFE blog! He told me he wants to be Tumblrfamous (srs, those were his exact words), so please help him with his being Tumblrfamous goals for 2012. From his inaugural post, “WHAT DOES SKRAMZ MEAN TO ME?”
(dude from 3oh3! repping the skull split)
Skramz is not just a genre of music to me….Skramz is a LIFESTYLE. It’s an elite way of going about everyday life. Whether it’s watching obscure science fiction movies from the Soviet Union, wearing custom/limited dry denim from overseas, making fun of people not from California, or even as simple as getting shots of Agave tequila at the bar instead of vodka…I live, breathe, and BLEED skramz.
And that’s just SKRAM LIFE.
(me and steven init records repping the skull split)
When it comes down to it, the skramz lifestyle is great but the MUSIC is all that matters. Playing in skramz bands, collecting records, putting out zines, posting on CMHWAK, owning the SKULL SPLIT, and GOING TO SUPPORT LOCAL/TOURING DIY SKRAM BANDS. This is what’s important….everything else comes second.