VERMONT IS NOT COOL. We don’t have scenes like Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago or Los Angeles. Hell, we may not even be Fargo, North Dakota. You can see what we’re up against when an entire state is compared to singular American cities. In fact, there are more people in Boston than the entire state of Vermont. So naturally, you wouldn’t expect nomenclature like “punk” and “hardcore” to be well associated with green mountains, maple syrup and cow pastures. However, Vermont does have a hardcore/punk community. It is very small, but it is filled with passionate individuals who have used the music and subculture as a driving force in their lives against the daily pressure to “give in” and accept normalcy. The point of this compilation is to show that this subculture of punk and hardcore is ubiquitous. It can exist just about anywhere and doesn’t require a large amount of people, but just passion and drive. In Vermont, this drive has existed for nearly 30 years now. There are bands on this compilation as far back as 1982 and as recent as forming one month ago. In Vermont we have to work extra hard to get things off the ground because there are a lot less people. This is definitely something that has lured people to bigger cities on the east coast and the west coast. However, I think that because we have to work harder, there is a greater sense of pride when a great show is put on, a record is put out or a band from our state goes on tour. I also think that because we have to work harder, our scene embodies true D.I.Y. ethics and mentality. If you want to see what kind of punk and hardcore we produce in Vermont, you’ll probably have to drive a little further to experience it, but I think the trip will remind you why you got involved with this community in the first place.
- Matt Kimball/June 2011
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