Walter Schreifels covers Agnostic Front, playing Punk Slope
by Black Bubblegum
Walter Schreifels @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
…And the punks will say “Oi To The World”! And by punks, I mean Walter Schreifels during a FREE live set at the Punk Slope “Xmess Party” at Bar 4 (444 7th Ave @ 15th St) in Park Slope on Dec 20th (not the first time Walter played that party). The shindig kicks off at 10PM and along for the ride on the wheels of steel are Chris Daly (ex-Texas Is The Reason, 108 & Jets To Brazil), Jay Gotrian (Eye For An Eye), and Josh Grabelle (Trustkill Records).
Walter recently completed a music video for a cover of Agnostic Front‘s “Society Suckers” from the hardcore landmark Victim In Pain (viewable below). Why cover a classic track from a classic album? Let the man speak:
Agnostic Front vs. Mozart
Victim In Pain by Agnostic Front is one of my favorite records of all time, it’s classical music. If you don’t know this album I highly recommend that you get familiar with it. Don’t be scared away by the misleading artwork, although that’s part of the album’s “Power” (title of a song on VIP) AF’s music fights against fascism and the attitudes of fascists (“Fascist Attitudes”)
I think cavemen would have liked Victim In Pain better than anything Mozart ever came up with, or the Beatles. If you had to get psyched up to kill a Wooly Mammoth, would you listen to The Beatles with Sgt. Pepper on french horn or Victim In Pain with Vinny Stigma on lead? I can almost hear the cave men screaming (if they had developed language) STIGMA!!!
It’s timeless music, post apocalypse Mad Max people will be rocking to it in a thousand years. Do you think anyone is gonna give a shit about The Shins when you could be raped, lit on fire, dragged by a motorcycle and killed for a liter of gas (which kind of defeats the purpose)? Shit, Apes from Planet Of The Apes would love AF, though the Chimps and Orangutans maybe not as much.
Anyhoo, it’s not a music competition, I like The Shins and there is a place for them too but I think that Victim In Pain is more important and unique in the evolution of music, art, mankind, that it goes beyond indie rock and steps into Smithsonian Institute territory.
For that reason I covered AF‘s “Society Suckers” from Victim In Pain. My version doesn’t approach the aggressive power of the original but I had fun interpreting it, an homage. I think of it as classic folk song like “This Land Is Your Land”, I wish Woody Guthrie would do a version in the time/space continuum. -Walter
Word. Walter and Rival Schools recently played Mercury Lounge, Irving Plaza with Bad Brains, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and the Brooklyn Vegan Day Party during CMJ on Oct 25th. Walter also recently played The Studio At Webster Hall with The International Noise Conspiracy. Read part one of our interview with Walter and Sammy from the band, and stay tuned for part two (I swear).
The video and Punk Slope flyer below…
Walter Schriefels “Society Suckers” video