Drummer Alicia Warrington (Kate Nash, Gore Gore Girls) talks to us about her gear for Backline.
So many of the sites we rely on have big money behind them and even bigger profit motives in front of them. We have to think critically about where we build our communities, what data we give to corporations, and how (not if) they plan on monetizing us.
If you’re organizing, thinking about a protest album, or working on art critical of your government then encryption matters to you, as do privacy and safety.
I know some are clamoring for a new Fugazi but I don’t know that I’d want to sit through another “Guilty of Being White” to get there.
I found something that not only distracted me from my anxious thoughts, but also soothed them and loosened their hold over the limited space in my brain.
I’m done being in a cramped van every day. I’m done being in a loud, dirty club every night. I’m done living in a world in which alcohol is more prevalent, and considered more valuable, than food.
I believe that we have a deep responsibility to care for one another and for the people who come to see us play, and that though any kind of independent musical community is immensely fractured, some of those fractures can be healed by everyday thoughtfulness.