Mainstays of the New Brunswick DIY scene, James Bauman and Josh Claps of American Lions join us for Episode 5 of Racket Radio. The crew’s been keeping themselves busy as of late with the release of their debut full length album Serf Rock while also running Mount Moon, one of the most active show houses in Hub City. I was lucky enough to be able to hang out at Mount Moon for the recording of this episode and see what the space when it’s not overflowing with punks. Not to spoil the episode, but it’s still pretty wild.
It’s pretty common for a band to find their sound and just exist within that niche. You do something well and you keep doing it. Play it safe and the fans know what to expect with each album that comes out. No surprises, no disappointments. But it takes a certain boldness for an artist to venture outside their wheelhouse and try something new and to allow their music to naturally grow and evolve. With their new album, Serf Rock, New Brunswick’s American Lions demonstrates that exact boldness.
In many ways, the concept of D.I.Y. is what binds this scene together more than anything else. And I know the obvious response to that is, “Hey jackass, what about music?” But what this scene really means and is about isn’t necessarily the music as an art form in and of itself. The Philharmonic is music; Top 40 is music. The true defining characteristic of this scene is the do it yourself mentality, the pure creative drive to make what isn’t there and to do so under your own authority. D.I.Y. has given us more than just the music. It has given us record labels, publications, festivals, merchandise, venues – and no place in the world feels more like home than a good D.I.Y. venue. Last weekend marked the end of a good one
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