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Heres The Album Art I illustrated for some awesome and talented people down in my hometown:) Go give the tunes a listen if you get the chance. Im very proud to be representing their music with my art.
So its official folks. Ive decided to add interest in music for this blog. So if you want to follow different Music look at this and what I post please.
Sucked Dry is the very first diy(do-it-yourself) hardcore punk band i ever started listening to, thanks to my good friend Noah Hayes. They are currently on tour for their newest LP “Dog Children”. I highly encourage seeing their set if they visit your town. Even if you don’t move or get energy flowing to their live music they are still an incredible execution as far as hardcore punk goes. Always on point, with an insanely fast (or slow) played toms. They are an angsty aggressiveness that flows through my slam dance movements. Sunday was the first time i have seen them live, and they play a spectacular show. From Kansas City, I’m proud to say these guys are local.I haven’t yet attended very many punk shows yet, but let me tell you they are probably my favorite energy I’ve ever seen and experienced at a concert.
Like I’ve said before, i enjoy all music, and all live music is even better. For a while my favorite shows to attend were metal shows for energy and performance, crowds, and craziness. Which still are really fun. But there is indeed a difference between push-pits and throw-downs versus slam dancing and skanking.
I tried looking up a decent Definition in the urban dictionary but none reflected the way i truly feel about it. Its hard to decipher the difference from a picture, so ill just explain it.
Slam Dancing: Originated from Punk music most likely in the 70-90’s era, slam dancing is a movement to enjoy music with an aggressive dance syncopated to the melody and beat of the song. It usually consists of a circular motion or back and forth continuation. Slamming ones feet to the beat and hunching your back low to the ground swinging arms one after the other in the direction of which your going. When a slower “breakdown” or less fast paced punk riffs occur, its usually polite to kick your feet high in the air as if marching and try rotating or falling seemingly with little balance or interest in being stable. Sometimes there is a motion with ones feet that is specifically called skanking. The best way for me to explain this is a forward “jerk” dance. Moving one foot forward while the other is still then slightly readjusting the stationary foot beneath you, and quickly returning your foot in a forward motion back beneath your body to execute the same motion with your feet in the opposite positions.
Moshing: Originated from the likelihood of punk music and slam dancing, or skanking that has evolved into the more edgy metal music and less attended brain to the song. Moshing usually involves pushing and shoving within a pit, that does not usually fall into place with the rhythm of the song, but more just the fact that the song has commenced a breakdown. When someone knows the lyrics to a song, its usually fun to crowd surf your way to the vocalist, shouting back what you know. Sometimes there is no push pit or moshing that is visible, due to tiredness, or there are too many people throwing down in a pit. Throwing down usually is another form a slam dancing, but mostly stationary. It consists of constant arm swinging in circular or punching motions and stomping, syncopated to the song. It doesn’t always require a direction of motion besides standing in the same spot.