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5 Years of Suburban Anarchy

To com­mem­o­rate Drywall’s great­est work, we’ll be lis­ten­ing and stream­ing live on June 29th.

Five years ago today, the counter-counter cul­tur­al crea­ture who cre­at­ed us all was slav­ing through the night in order to fin­ish tying up the last loose ends of the work that would become his ulti­mate lega­cy – a 60-minute album that would go far beyond the docile sen­ti­ments and weary indus­tri­al spaces of his Iowan father­land to dis­rupt the dreams in the dig­i­tal jour­neys which cre­at­ed him and change Rock ‘n’ Roll music for­ev­er. And yet, the fate of Dry­wall, him­self would go main­tain their foul, drainage tun­nel-dwelling, noise tape-dub­bing, and gaso­line-drink­ing mis­ery remark­ably and dis­ap­point­ing­ly unaf­fect­ed by the rel­a­tive main­stream suc­cess of Sub­ur­ban Anar­chy, just his sec­ond full-length album. One of the many mys­ter­ies he left to those of us who were clos­est to him has been gnaw­ing on me with greater and greater verac­i­ty as June 29th has approached: did he reject the new affec­tions of the pop-punk-from-con­cen­trate youth out of bit­ter­ness or some con­cep­tion of authen­tic resilience, or were his iso­la­tion and even­tu­al dis­ap­pear­ance noth­ing more than a prod­uct of his fail­ing mind? Did he ped­dle in the joy of oth­ers, or mali­cious­ly con­sume it? Was he tru­ly a rev­o­lu­tion­ary, or just men­tal­ly ill?


Despite his ghoul­ish hygiene and incom­pre­hen­si­ble social behav­ior, I am pro­found­ly thank­ful for the ques­tions prompt­ed me by most every facet of his exis­tence, and I am all but cer­tain I’ll nev­er meet anoth­er human being so inad­ver­tent­ly influ­en­tial. To ful­fill the tra­di­tion­al expec­ta­tions of a memo­ri­am, I should now begin upon a touch­ing expla­na­tion of how much Dry­wall served the peo­ple around him by sac­ri­fic­ing his own peace – con­scious­ly or oth­er­wise – in order to make an exam­ple of him­self as the man­i­fest inter­sec­tion of his many extreme con­tra­dic­tions, but it’d be dis­hon­est. Instead, I must let his work speak for him.

Next Fri­day (the 29th,) I’ll be host­ing a short livestream and lis­ten­ing par­ty begin­ning at 7PM Pacif­ic Stan­dard Time.


Please stop by the chat there and or join us on our Dis­cord.


RSVP via Face­book.


Stream or Down­load Sub­ur­ban Anar­chy free for a lim­it­ed time.