ARTIST / BAND: FIRST TO LEAVE
SONG (MP3): Drag the Lake
ALBUM: Forging a Future
FILE UNDER: Pop Punk / Indie / Rock
LABEL: Wednesday Records
There was a time, and not that long ago, when supporting punk music meant heading off to your local fire hall or basement on a Friday night to see five bands for five bucks. Friends manned small tables in the back of the room selling hand-screened shirts and patches. Meanwhile, the bands played as we stood shoulder to shoulder celebrating the alternative we created to crowded parking lots and thirty-dollar ticket prices.
On "Forging a Future," San Francisco's First To Leave suggest that perhaps somewhere amidst the fashion of the current scene, we have forgotten what is truly important about punk rock. It is the music and the ideals it carries. It is the concept of hope, and the promise that a network of kids working together can make a difference.