House shows and cops

11/22/2009 § 4 Comments

I wrote this tonight after the show at Britty’s house was busted by the cops. It is also in response to the dozen or so shows we’ve played or that I’ve been to that have been shut down for one reason or another, and how frustrating that can be.

There is nowhere left for us to go. We will always be running.
They don’t see it the same way we do. They will never understand.

There is something so pure about a group of people gathered in someone’s basement, with common ideals and uncommon backgrounds; passionate people, who pursue what they love and do away with the rest.

We are always being stifled. We are always being put down.

Why is this environment not able to survive? To experience longevity? The law is not on our side. Once they find us, they will do everything in their power to stop us; to make sure that it never happens again.

They cannot bind us. They will never hold us down.

But as soon as one beloved space dies, another is born. And we fight to keep it alive, to make it our home, hoping that maybe this time it will last. But something this fragile and this precious never lasts long.

We have hope. We are a flame that cannot be put out.

So we will run from house to house, because what we have can never be taken away from us. And no force in this world will keep our mouths from screaming against the pain and the injustice that we live in.

Do not stop. Do not give in.
Open your hands. Open your doors.
We will win.

-Chad

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§ 4 Responses to House shows and cops

  • VJESCI says:

    .reminds me of the

    “Go home
    This is the Minneapolis Police
    The party is over
    (HEY FUCK YOU MAN)
    If you all just grab your stuff and leave
    There won’t be any hassle
    The party’s been closed
    The party’s over with, grab your stuff and go
    Then nobody goes to jail”

    at the beginning of kids don’t follow by the replacements.

    .and this wee anecdote regarding a place to bury strangers:

    “As if taking over New York City wasn’t enough, APTBS’s recent gig at Loisada got crashed by cops after the second song because of noise complaints by local tenants. The police officers let them finish their third song, however: one officer said, “This band is sick.” – Taleen Kalenderian, Spin

  • Rae says:

    come play in our basement.
    we’ve housed a few house shows so far, all successfully over by the time the police showed up. Kalamazoo loves you.

  • Koji says:

    Reminds me of an infamous house show in the south where the police interrupted the last song ever performed by one of our favorites…

    Rather be dead,
    Than alive by your oppression,
    Rather be dead,
    Than alive by your design.

    Poisoned my fingers,
    Burned out my eyes,
    Cut up up my throat,
    To be alive.

    Rather be dead,
    Than alive by your social values,
    Rather be dead,
    Than alive by your tradition.

    Poisoned my fingers,
    Burned my eyes,
    Cut up my throat,
    To be Alive.

    But I’d rather be alive….
    Rather be alive
    Rather be alive
    Rather be alive!

    Rather be alive, rather be alive, rather be
    Rather be alive, rather be alive, rather be
    Rather be alive
    Rather be alive!

    Poisoned my fingers,
    Burned out my eyes,
    Cut up up my throat.

    <3k

  • But as soon as one beloved space dies, another is born. And we fight to keep it alive, to make it our home, hoping that maybe this time it will last.

    thank you for your perseverance and keeping us alive.

    our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. rwe

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