My People Were Here

RECEIVED Tue., Aug. 1, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Re: The Back Room article [“Welcome to the Jungle,” News, July 28]: I really liked your article, 'twas a good read, you know. I guess all good things come to an end (Liberty Lunch, Sound Exchange, the Cavity, etc.) but it almost seemed that every time I ended up at the Back Room there was this twinge in the (h)air, some kind of feeling of "nothing can hurt me," almost a "my people are here, I can't be touched," and I never really dressed the part. Well I had the jeans with holes in the knee and most likely an Exodus or Slayer shirt but just never did the glam thing, but those people were the metaphorical family that I'd see on the weekends and such. Oh and before I forget, I started to write this because you mentioned you were in Zero Tolerance and you did a show on KTSB (RIP). I actually have the flier for the KTSB Underground Metal Onslaught at the Back Room. Bands included the likes of Agony Column, Civais, Dread, and you guys. Didn't get to that one though, and man, KTSB, we would stay up after Headbangers Ball and call in and request all kinds of shit. I could safely say that KTSB (and access television) are responsible for a good 80% of any of the "off" music I got into – the true metal shit, weird crap like Crust and Butthole Surfers, all the Ministry, Skinny Puppy, RevCo shit. KTSB fed me up until and well into KVRX, and now I do my little radio stint on KAOS959.com or on the dial if you're lucky (95.9FM and 92.7FM). Let's get back to the subject: the Back Room article. The only flaw was not one word about the whole Ed Hall, Fuckemos scene. I miss that obnoxious, bottom-heavy noise that came and went. There's a little bit out there now (Gorch Fock, Castle Siege, Assacre) but not enough! I'm done now, thanx for your time and thanx for the reading material.
Billy Boykin
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