Month: March 2017

Shattered Faith: Decades in the Underground Punk Rock Scene

Shattered Faith: Decades in the Underground Punk Rock Scene

If you’re a fan of the Southern California variant of late 1970s punk rock, then you’re probably a fan of Black Flag and Social Distortion. You may also like Circle Jerk and T.S.O.L along with The Adolescents and Agent Orange. But you may or may not have heard of Shattered Faith. That’s understandable because they’re one of the most overlooked bands from that era.

The History

Shattered Faith was formed by Kerry Martinez who’s now playing guitar for the band U.S. Bombs and Spencer Bartsch who’s doing lead vocals for the band Firecracker 500. They began like most punk rock groups of the late 1970s, which meant they started playing in their homes.

In fact, they first made their initial demo tapes in Bartsch’s home during that time. Bartsch lived in Fountain Valley, and the band just about made it their home base. That’s because the Bartsch parents actually lived in Singapore. Spencer’s dad was a salesman who sold spare airplane parts throughout Asia and a Honolulu carpet cleaning business owner.

The freedom they had led to the formation of the band, and they managed to release two albums entitled Volume 1 and Volume 2. They don’t quite get the fame they deserved as other bands got all the hype and the glory, but they persevered anyway.

They broke up by the 1990s, but then they got together again for a new album (Volume 3) and a tour in 2016. This 3rd album was actually made 35 years after the 2nd one!  Continue reading →

Posted by Firecracker 500 in Punk Rock Band Bios
The History of Punk Rock

The History of Punk Rock

Punk rock to the uninitiated isn’t just loud and fast. It seems feral and untamed, with a kind of ignorance that’s dangerous. It’s like a demented child holding a sharp knife out in a crowded mall—you want to get away from it as quickly as possible, yet the sight (or in this case the sound) is undeniably fascinating. So is the history of punk rock.

Punk rock is associated with the music of the 1970s and they were a cultural shock for adults. NBC News even featured it with the famous description: “This is punk rock and its purpose is to promote violence, sex, and destruction, in that order.”

The Seed of Punk in Detroit

The sound of punk rock can be traced back to Detroit during the late 1960s. Back then, bands such as Iggy & The Stooges and MC5 were stripping down sound of rock to just the basics as a way to counter the saccharine and overly produced music of the era.

The sound was brutal compared to the mild rock songs of the day, and the fans rejected the clean-cut looks of mainstreams music. They sported torn jeans and shirts, and their greasy hair often sported strange colors. The music wasn’t about peace and harmony, but about rage.  Continue reading →

Posted by Firecracker 500 in About Punk Rock