Day 002/365 - La Dispute was absolutely amazing last week.
Ill tone down my Riot fest related posts now but I can’t believe I was fortunate to be one of the few fans watching them 5 years ago in a tiny little coffee shop venue to now leaning over the barricade for them as they took on one of the main stages at Riot fest. La Dispute never fails to bring me chills. I am so proud. My boys keep killing it (at Riot Fest)
Look at this beauty that I picked up at Riot Fest!
Holy shyt La Dispute was soooooo good.
Corey Stroffolino has been playing live for them since the end of their US tour, but I don’t know if he’s permanent or not.
I love stage-diving! It’s super fun! I love moshing, and I love crowd-surfing. You know what I don’t love? Broken bones, concussions, bloody noses. Giant bruises that make it hard to move. Being suffocated by someone else’s body. Being crushed between someone’s body and the stage. Being kicked in the head.
I think there are certain circumstances that need to be met in order for someone to stage dive. Here’s why:
- If your only concern at a show is your own level of enjoyment, and you don’t care that other people are getting seriously hurt and are having an awful time, you need to take a look out how you view the music scene as a community, and perhaps leave that community.
- As a small person, as much as I could work out and get muscular, and as much as I truly want to, I will never be able to catch a someone above 170 pounds jumping off of a stage at me. Especially when I am trying to pay attention to performers, and when my reactions may be delayed because crowds are usually very packed and it is often hard to move my arms up in time to not squished.
- As a person in the music scene, if you think that people who don’t want to get seriously hurt at shows should not go to shows, you are the problem. You need to take a step back and listen to what you are saying. Music is a cathartic experience for everyone involved, people go to shows not only to see music and have a good time but because it is a release. Especially punk kids, who are almost always struggling with depression or cosmic insignificance or extreme loneliness or being ostracized. For so many people, including myself, shows are a place where you come together with people who think like you and feel the same things as you to release all of your terrible emotions and separate yourself from the awful, grueling, shitty world that we live in. To deny anyone that experience makes YOU the bad person.
- YOU ARE NOT. ENTITLED. TO VIOLENCE.
But guess what! You can still stage-dive! You can still crowd-surf! You know how?
If there are no people big enough to catch you, don’t stage-dive! Jump for a few seconds in place on stage and make eye contact with people you are about to jump on! If they look like they’re afraid for their lives, try to jump gently or choose a different area to jump on!
PICK. PEOPLE. UP.
Pick up stage-divers who fall, pick up moshers who fall, pick up people who have fallen because people are falling on them!!!
If you want to be rough at shows, make sure that you don’t drag other people into the roughness that don’t wanna be in it.
Be respectful of the other humans around you.