CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Sitting at a barstool at 11:45 a.m., recently-retired member of the punk community David Gorman insists the punk scene died at the exact same time he stopped going to shows.
“The scene is dead now,” Gorman explained. “I used to go out and see bands play all the time, but the second I stopped going to shows and started hanging around at this bar, it’s like the punk scene vanished. The same thing happened when I stopped reading comic books, I never see those things around anymore.”
Bar patrons in close proximity tried to explain to Gorman that people do in fact still attend shows and comic books are more popular than ever, but Gorman proceeded to put his fingers in his ears and chant, “La, la, la, la, la, I’m not listening to you, la, la, la,” in an obvious act of defiance.
When asked to reminisce about the last show he attended, Gorman had a hard time recalling the details.
“God, I haven’t thought about that in a while. I quit going to shows maybe four or five months ago. It was Drilldriver at The Outhouse,” Gorman said. “You have to understand, it was a different time. The music meant something back then. People were terrified because North Korea didn’t want us to see The Interview. It was winter, so people had to wear sweaters – even indoors, it was that chilly. Drilldriver was at the center of it all. Everything changed when they broke up.”
The Hard Times talked to Victor Alvarez from Drilldriver about the band’s breakup. “Drilldriver? Oh, that was just a joke band. We only played like four shows and we just fucked around,” Alvarez added. “You should check out my new band, Fuzz Top, next Friday. Bunch of people are gonna be coming out for that one.”
Although Gorman misses those few months when he was involved in the punk scene he does say things have gotten better. “I’m 21 now, so that’s pretty cool.”
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