I know I seem to drill this point in the ground, but the word “punk” has never really meant a genre of music to me. It’s more meant to be an umbrella which surrounds a certain approach to music. I know some people can be even somewhat worried their music might not fit our zine because of the word being so prominent, then there are others that completely get it and understand we’re open to helping those that bask in the word for what it really is as mentioned previously. Personally, my musical tastes spread across many spectrums of underground music and I would feel like I was cheating myself to look at this word in a such a narrow view. Sure I like some straight forward punk stuff, but my mind is open to hear the beauty behind most types of music, just not that plastic stuff, ya know?
Why am I telling you all this? Because I got one of the most heartfelt submissions a couple of weeks ago. The submission came from Chris Martin who heads the project which goes by the name Artist Drowning. The submission came from the Boulder/Longmont area of Colorado and I immediately responded because I felt what he wrote was exactly what we’re about. I’m putting the submission verbatim below because I’m hoping to grab all of your attention in the same way I reacted.
Chris Martin wrote:
Hey there FtLP! I’m from the Boulder/Longmont area and released my debut album back in November. Found out about you guys when I went to see the Mats at Riot Fest in Byers. Your “bio” says you go for honest, so here goes . . .
Lost a great friend in a freak train accident when I was nineteen. Lost my mom several years later to oral cancer. Had to deal somehow. Wrote a memoir that I decided not to publish (yet?), and a 19-track companion/soundtrack that I’m letting fly on its own to tell the story.
As Ringo said of the White Album, “It’s a lot of information,” so here’s one that pretty much captures the spirit of what I’m doing.
He then submitted the song, “Just Passing Through,” which was in fact a great representation.
All of these experiences have transpired into an album titled Driving Home In Reverse which you can check out below in its entirety. You can also buy the CD, download digitally to support future projects.