SMASH WALLS OKLAHOMACITYPUNKROCKZINE
. W O N IS N IO T C A R O F E IM T E H T
Five years ago the Oklahoma City punk scene all but vanished. All the socalled punk kids, for some reason, migrated to meta l, “hardcore” and other genres of music that are considerably less exciting than punk rock. It’s taken the entire interval between 2006 and now to rebuild, and even now the scene is only a vestige of what it must’ve been . We say “must’ve been” because we weren’t around then. We’re relatively new to the scene here, and while we like what we see there’s a bit of evid ence that shows that if we don’t take preventative steps, we could see a repeat of 2006 very, very soon.
One way we can see to prevent another scene death is to create a culture around the scene. Punk rock is so much more than just bands randomly floating from venue to venue collecting random hangers-on who may or may not show up at the next show. We know that punk rock is a lifestyle, and as such it should be our job to perpetuate a kind of “living breathing organism,” with the bands, kids and other artists as its organs. There are punk rock artists, punk rock photographers, punk rock writers - you name an art form, and the chances are good a punk has been there to leave his or her indelible mark upon it. hasn’t had a in. For the longest time, OKC of years ago, That’s where this zine comes e unfortunately died a couple Zin Non t: sal its th wor e is the zin punk thing the Gazette is good for y onl the and ing low e. fol is ArtBeat d with numbers) the Sudoku gam goo ’re you (if and e pag ix the scene. Doonesbury com scene or issues pertaining to that void, fill It’s never been focused on the y this zine will automaticall say to Not rs. ste hip for ourselves s e It’ ing is, we’d rather do a zin say are we t wha ’t; won y come it e becaus conglomerate publishing compan s big e som ch wat n tha e els ne for everyo ng said, thi e better than that. That bei ine where this in and do it for us. We deserv erm k. You det pun , you ut abo s It’ . all at zine isn’t about us or dies. shit goes, whether it lives
“CUT TO THE CHASE: WHAT DO YOU WANT?”
Well, now, see, that’s re latively simple. We want albums to review. We want punks to tell us what’s on their mind. We want pe ople to get off their asses and run to the wind ow and open it wide and stick their heads out an scream, “I’M MAD AS HELL d , AND I’M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!” Oh, wait. Wrong monologue. We want audience particip ation. Send us writing, photography, art, short films, long films, band in terviews, localer-than-l ocal scene reports. They don’t have to be professi onal, you just have to be into it. As of right now, the first (real) issu e hasn’t even been put to ge time to write, shoot, pl ther. You still have ay, film something to subm it to us. The deadline for first issue submission s to Smash Walls will be on the last page of this “prezine.”
Good luck! - KYLE K
PHOTO BY CHRIS HULTNER/HULTNER PHOTOGRAPHY/EDMOND ACTIVE MAGAZINE
OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE FIRST ISSUE OF SMASH WALLS!
Have an idea for something to put in the pages of this zine? Want to make your voice heard without going through all the bullshit of writing a stuffy ol’ letter to your local “community” newspaper editor? LOVE PUNK ROCK? Then we have a job for you. We currently need columnists, scene/show reports, photos (THIS IS IMPORTANT AS HELL), music to review, band interviews - the works. We’ve already collected a portion of the content ourselves, and you’ll see that stuff here, but we need MOAR. Not to mention, it’s important that you can feel like this is your zine. You’re our bosses. Tell us what to do! So you can send stuff to Trevor Hultner, PMB 341115 100 N. University Drive, Edmond, OK, 73034-0003. Or you can email us at email@example.com. And you have until Midnight on September 30, 2010 to do so. SO GET CRACKIN!
DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT SEPTEMBER 30, 2010! GET GOIN’, PUNK.