Die Trying on Miami Punk Rock: "There's No Bullshit"

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Churchill's Pub. 1998. The U.S. Bombs are playing furious acid-drop skate punk. Lead singer Duane Peters' head is covered in blood, possibly from smashing a microphone into his own face.

The stage and the floor is slick with warm beer and sweat. A big guy in a plain blue t-shirt is dancing by himself, flailing his arms and rocking to the beat.

"That guy is dancing stupid," says an overgrown teenage skinhead. He walks over, punches him in the jaw, pulls his shirt over his head, and beats him to the floor, where several other ultra-violent youths gang up and kick him in the face till the empty whites of his eyes stare blankly toward the ceiling.

See also: Die Trying's Mission: "Destroy as Much as We Can"

It's called a boot party, and the victim is simply dragged outside by the scruff of his neck and thrown in the bed of a pickup truck. He lies unconscious for hours. Inside, blood swirls up with the sweat and the beer on the dirty floor. The band never misses a beat.

In the '90s, something like 90 precent of every punk and hardcore show at Churchill's saw fights of such unmitigated brutality that Mad Max would have felt like he was back in the Thunderdome.

Leather-jacketed punks covered in sharpened steel spikes with three-foot mohawks fought packs of oxblood-booted skinheads in white tees and suspenders. Outlaw bikers with three-foot beards snapped into alcoholic rages and heads went smashing face first into the bar top. Pool cues were weapons. Body parts flew through the glass in the jukebox with such regularity that it was eventually left broken.

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Those were the glory days of violent aggression. "Everybody was fighting everybody," remembers Tony Flores.

But now the house that punk rock built is as safe and welcoming as Cheers. And Flores (whose band Die Trying is celebrating the release of its self-titled seven-inch record on Oi! the Boat Records with a ten-band bash at the greatest rock club in America) says, "It's an open scene. Everybody is welcome. It's not close-minded, it's not exclusive, you don't have to be a punk rocker, and there's no elitist bullshit. Anybody can come here and make new friends. This scene is all about unity."

As part of Oi! the Boat, Die Trying is now labelmates with Lars Frederiksen from Rancid, and the new record will see worldwide distribution. So three cheers for putting Miami street punk back on the map. This time for doing something positive.

Die Trying's Record Release. With FWA, SSK, The Ruins, Low Visibility, Sandratz, Surfer Pig, Liberty Call, Hardware Youth, and others. Saturday, September 28. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. Admission costs $5 or $10 with a copy of the album. Call 305-757-1807 or visit churchillspub.com.

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Ed_Matus
Ed_Matus

@Jacob_Katel:  writers like you are the reason why no one takes the Miami music scene seriously.  While local papers in other cities take their music scenes seriously, here you are misrepresenting Churchill's pub as a violent place.  In case no one has explained it to you, a reporter is supposed to keep record, not make up facts and certainly not to make it about you and your half assed sense of humor.  You should be ashamed of yourself for trying to pass this off as a real record of the Miami hardcore scene and filling it all with hyperbole and unsubstantiated figures.  Having known so many people that work so hard to make these shows happen, it really pisses me off to see someone like you come along and try to make yourself look witty at their expense.  If you have any decency you will retract this story or publish a letter admitting that you made everything up as well.  And if there's any justice at all, you can stop pretending you're a reporter, stay the hell away from writing about the Miami music scene, and dedicate yourself to writing fiction full time.  The Miami music scene is in bad need of proper record keeping, and if you've actually paid attention to anything going on, you'll see that it's interesting enough without you making shit up.

smokedog
smokedog

* Die Trying, not Die Stinking. sorry boys. Have a great show.

smokedog
smokedog

You are painting a goddamn lie. Bikers have never patronized Miami punk rock shows.  Hardcore shows rarely happened at Churchill's until 2001 or so. Big fights went down regularly elsewhere, not there. Churchill's is not a violent place. It wasn't then, and it isn't now. This piece should be about Die Stinking, not about your violent scene fairy tale.

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mayachild

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smokedog
smokedog

As someone who promoted many, many shows in the 90s, the idea that "90%" of Miami punk shows  at churchill's had brawls is a flat out nonsense.Furthermore, I was at that US Bombs show, and the reason that dumb ass got stomped wasn't because he was "dancing stupid." It was because he was flashing a giant Swastika tattoo on his chest.

Jacob_Katel
Jacob_Katel

@smokedog No disrespect smokedog, take it easy, you are SUPPOSED to be able to tell it's bullshit. that's called "hyperbole." I was exaggerating. I made a bunch of lies up and produced a truth about an event I witnessed and how it relates to today. 

 And hardcore punk shows didn't start in 2001, so now you're the one making shit up

Jacob_Katel
Jacob_Katel

@smokedog 90% is nonsense, i made that up, there were no scientists with calculators and clipboards writing it all down...i'm just tryin to paint a picture....the U.S. bombs shit that i saw happened just like that though, that much is true

adammatza1
adammatza1

@Jacob_Katel @smokedog wow, a journalist who makes up facts. great. is that what it has come to? and you blithely admit it. pathetic. music journalism down here has seen much better days. do some reporting next time. accuracy matters. 


Jacob_Katel
Jacob_Katel

@adammatza1 Woah woah woah there buddy, insult me all you want, but please for fucks sake dont ever call me a journalist

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