Mosh pits, loud music, sweaty teens, and the desire to be different. Even those who don’t consider themselves to be punk can understand what it’s about.
“It can be incredibly diverse,” said Jake Pavlica, the drummer for Street Play, a punk band from Venice. “Its really cool seeing diversity in not only music but art.”
The Punk Rock genre first developed in the 70s where the rejection of mainstream rock was recreated into something social outcasts could enjoy. The punk rock genre takes its roots from “Garage rock,” a genre in which musicians played in their own homes or spaces, also known as ‘garage bands’. The new genre at the time consisted of brief, hard-hitting songs that were produced through independent record labels.
The common theme of most punk rock music is rebellion. Popular punk bands such as the Ramones and The Sex Pistols produced songs that fit the stereotype. Street Play is one of the rising punk bands who doesn’t follow the stereotype. The band’s members are Jenna Reynosa, the lead singer and guitarist, Jake Pavlica, the drummer and “Razz” also known as Ash Chavez, the bassist and back up singer.
“From what I have seen and what I’ve gone to, it’s really cool to see all the different people that are there and you don’t have to be a musician to identify or to be a part of it,” said Pavlica.
In the punk rock community, there are many different people and different experiences. “We used to go to my friend’s backyard and go to a bunch of punk shows,” Reynoza mentioned, “that was the first time I really saw garage bands playing and it really made me want to start a band more than I already did.”
Elizabeth Gonzales, a junior at DVC, considers herself to be more indie than punk. When asked if she had ever been to a punk show, she responded with a simple yes. She continued, “I like the people because they were genuinely living in that moment.” Gonzales listens to punk bands Fidlar, The Buttertones, The Growlers, The Frights, and Surf Curse.
Ashla Chavez, the bassist for Street Play, expressed that she loves the punk community. “I like how they integrate so many forms of art into this one scene under this one music genre where everyone can kinda express what they want to with no boundaries,” she said. “It’s honestly probably the most welcoming scene in Los Angeles that I’ve experienced.”
There are many different kinds of people no matter where you look. The punk rock genre is another opportunity to be in a select group of people who have the passion for what you care for and to be different from the rest.