Blast from the Past
In my teenage years, I loved and immersed myself in the punk/ska/metal scene. This type of music fit perfectly into my love of bodyboarding & surfing. Watching bodyboarding videos on VHS synced up with some classic punk bands, you couldn’t help but get super amped to surf. Pumping with teenage testosterone, all you wanted to do was run around the block 20 times and surf till it was past dark. This was my youth.
From bands like Rancid, Pennywise, Bad Religion, NOFX, Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Offspring, Less than Jake, Operation Ivy, Gold Finger, Save Ferris, to more hard core things like Marilyn Manson and Deftones (till this day, the best live rock/metal band I seen – Warped Tour 1996 Baby!). And most likely I left out many other bands that I loved during these defining moments in my history called life.
Fast forward to 2017 and I get to relive my teenager years over. I stepped into a new world of metal/punk. The bar dark, stickers and graffiti on the walls, that musky smoke in the air, piercing and tattoos on bodies, dark clothes being the norm… It all felt familiar, although I could not understand anyone (Language; Swiss-german) they were was still a familiarity. I was at home. I did not know why. I had to reel my mind back and think why did this feel so like home? Then I remembered. My days of my youth! I rejoiced and the night took me over. Standing by the speakers, no earplugs, taking pictures, videoing, and head banging. I couldn’t help but smile.
The next morning we found out that my wife’s brothers band “Ticket to Nowhere” won the night. Win or lose, I already decided I will be back, oh yes, I will be back.
Bonus: Here is me when I was a sophomore in High School were I started and mosh pit. No worries in the world. 🙂