Good Riddance and AFI

Two more collections have been added to the vinyl photo documentary…  Other than random local bands, Good Riddance and AFI were the first hardcore punk bands that I ever saw. They were also the first 2 bands that really stuck with me, mostly because I was able to see them play semi-regularly, growing up in Northern California. I was initially drawn into the passion and aggression of their live shows (obviously now I realize that these bands were relatively tame compared to any other hardcore/punk/metal, but compared to what I had seen up to this point, it was intense). As I got further into their material, I was increasingly drawn to the straight edge lifestyle and their animal rights focus. The first show I can remember feeling like “Yup, this is for me, I’ve finally found something that clicks with me” was an AFI / Good Riddance / Fury 66 show at the Zocolo Room in Chico, CA. The singers of all 3 bands just seemed to bring it, in such a different way than any other pop punk or goofy punk that I had seen up to that point. I was hooked on hardcore, and I never looked back. Over the years, my tastes have obviously changed somewhat, but I still regularly throw on Good Riddance “A Comprehensive Guide To Moderne Rebellion” and I think I love it today just as much as I did back then.

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