Hey guys, it’s Hugh and I’m here to say goodbye. I’ve spent my entire high school career dreaming about, thinking about, planning for, and playing shows, and now that time has come to an end. I played the last Kids Luv Cops show this past Thursday with my dear friends James Putnam, Owen Schmidt, and Cooper Ernst. Being the only band of entirely seniors, it was a fucking emotional experience as we witnessed the end of our high school lives and the beginning of a new crop of bands. These are people who since watching them struggle at open mics a few years ago have grown into great musicians with fucking impressive original music.
The Concord scene shaped my life and the lives of everyone in our band. It’s such a supportive environment that dealt with us as we struggled to play shitty funk rock and encouraged and challenged us to get better. While we were doing a funk cover of “Hey There Delilah”, Skank Vendor invited everyone up on stage to mosh as they released a fucking brilliant 4 song grunge EP. That pushed us to change direction and get better. All of my friends inspire me to become a better songwriter, bassist, and singer, and I hope I’ve encouraged others to do the same.
If it weren’t for Concord DIY, I don’t know what the fuck I’d be doing with my life. I’m not into sports, I’m not really an activist, I’m not driven by academics. If it weren’t for literally every single one of you who cared enough to read this far into this post and some of you who didn’t I wouldn’t fucking be here. When I wasn’t playing shows, I was dreaming about playing them, planning them, and practicing. There’s a reason all of you saw me, James, and Owen crying our fucking eyes out after the show. It’s because all of you have shaped our lives so much and we’re so fucking sad to see all of it end.
This all means so much to me and I truly fucking hope you guys keep it going. I know I’m posturing like I’m some kind of scene elder when I’m only 18 but here’s some stuff I’ve learned over the years:
- Form a fucking band or solo project. Just do it as quickly as possible and as soon as you can start practicing. You won’t regret it, don’t wait on it.
- Practice all the time with your band. Try weekly, just do it all the time until you’re sick of your own songs, then play them some more until you’re no longer sick of them.
- Start writing originals as soon as you start. You will enjoy playing music so much more if it’s your own material. Songwriting is really hard but at the same time it’s way more simple than I thought it was. Just sling a few chord progressions together, write some lyrics, and you have a song. Shitty originals are far better to witness than shitty covers so get writing!
- Set up quickly, play your set, and get out quickly.
- Build a pedalboard, no one wants to see you set up everything on stage.
- Plan shows all the time, have shows all the time. Use all of your resources, invite everyone who might be remotely interested in music.
- Be nice and respectful of EVERYONE. Transphobia, racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism,etc. do not belong in punk rock.
Sorry for preaching to all of you, take everything I say with a grain of salt because I’m just a clueless kid like the rest of you. Be a clueless kid and love everything that you possibly can because there’s never enough of that. There’s so much hate and cynicism and while that stuff is important sometimes try your best to support each other. I made all of my close friends through Concord DIY and I’m going to miss them so fucking much once I’m gone. We talk about everything, from music to politics to relationships and we share our highs and our lowest of lows. We’ve been through shows where we fucked everything up and shows where we fucking killed it. I swear to Satan I did not cry for the entirety of high school until this fucking year when I realized how much I love all of you and now I’m literally crying as I write this. I’m filled with so much sadness writing this because jesus fucking christ I will miss all of you. Please keep all of this going because I derived so much joy and love and experience from all of this and I hope it helps all of you as much as it helped me. The Concord Scene made me ok with being an angsty emo kid and now that I realize that about myself I’m so much happier. You all made me into a better and happier person.
Love everyone because god knows how much I fucking love all of you.
Thanks for sticking with me all these years, it means a lot.
— hugh, for the last time.