I’ve been seeing a lot of posts from my friends about boycotting Rockaway Records because they stocked records by a Neo-Nazi band.
I love seeing people so against injustice, racism, discrimination etc. but the only thing is - the injustice wasn’t committed by the record store.
Sure, I get where you’re coming from but I believe the solution to the problem is exposure not censorship. Censorship is NOT moving forwards, it’s the opposite.
As a person, I have been exposed to the injustices of the world. I have experienced first hand the bad and the good. I have been educated.
But as a person living in a first world country, I have the privilege to make my own informed decisions about my actions, choices, beliefs, ideologies etc. I have the privilege to not buy that record.
Many beloved places stock this content. Archives has books not only expressing fascist ideologies but books that express all kinds of things that I strongly do not agree with. Are these representative of the people running it? Of course fucking not.
If you disagree with this then send me a message, I am still growing and developing my own ideas about the world, I would love to hear your opinion. No one will read this though.
This year has been the most confronting, difficult and emotionally draining year of my life. I’ve spent so long investing myself and my life in other people. Trying to be the best person for them. The truth is, I’m a wuss. I’m so scared of upsetting people - it kills me. It eats me up whole and I think about it for days on end. It’s taken me a long time to realise but people that constantly bring you down don’t really care about you, they just want you to care about them. Now is the time to focus on myself. Be the person I want to be. Do the things I want to do. No more excuses.
This has taken quite a fair bit of time to finally come into fruition but my band Stone Hearts has released what could be considered our “debut” EP I guess. 6 songs that I’m (surprisingly) not sick of after about a year of playing them. Anyone who has come and seen us in the last year has probably heard all of these songs already but I’m glad to finally get this out for everyone else to hear. Thank you for anyone who has supported us and to Josh Howes at Death’s Grip Records for releasing it on cassette (and for his description of the ep/insight into a confronting experience in his life…..fuck).
Anyway, we are playing with Basement at The Lab on Saturday so if you live in Brisbane and are attending make sure you come out early and see us play the EP in full. Hope you enjoy it :)