|JOURNEY TO THE END OF EAST BAY - BAYLEY BROWN AND THIRD WAVE SKA AND THE NEW AMERICAN PUNK - MFG - DEC 21 2007|
Bayley Brown has a radio programme called SKA SHACK on which she plays Third Wave Ska and American Punk every tuesday between 1 and 3 pm. It can be found on Pensylvania's WVYC station. www.wvyc.com
Whilst over here in London she was kind enough to drop in to Resonance and record an hours worth of sounds for MFG this is her playlist
The punk and ska that is exhibited on the show are just a few of the many that have been with me through a lot, providing a base in which to build on the repertoire. In some ways, they have been my lifeline. In the states, there are many that share this same base, with a few variations as you move around the country. But after coming here, I've met several people who listen to punk and ska, but we all have completely different bases. I've had many conversations here, wondering how someone could not have heard of so and so and vice versa. It surprises me when people play music for me over here and I personally cannot believe that I had never heard of this band before! It's been a musical journey over here, expanding my repertoire with amazing bands at a speed that I never imagined possible.
I get my music information primarily through these websites:
Alternative press magazine
I mostly find out about bands through meeting people and talking to them, though. Also going to show is anther way I find out about bands.
I was born in Morgantown, WV in USA to an arborist who happens to play jazz bass recreationally and a wonderful mother who absolutely adores children. Morgantown is on the east side of the States in the Appalachian Mountain range. It's only a few hours drive from the Capital, DC.
I later moved to a small town just outside of Philadelphia (east coast). My dad got me interested and helped me out with learning how to play the bass.
Playing bass taught me theory and what it was like to compose music.
Playing with bands later led to me to learn how to record and run live sound, which is the one thing that I love doing besides playing music on the air. I was dragged to a concert when I was 14 by a friend.
At that point and time I was into more pop music, unfortunately. There were several different genres, but one of the last was ska. The band amazed me with how energetic and fun the music was! I still haven't been to a ska concert that amazed me that much; there's really nothing like hearing it for the first time.
The band was called Buck Enterprises, and it was especially sweet because the horn players would jump over their trumpets and trombones!
Which was definitely sweet as hell.
Broadcasting at Resonance was amazing. Johny is a great guy, along with everyone else that I have met there. I really wish I would have come sooner.
It was also especially sweet because it opened new doors and I could finally play music on the air that I was previously unable because of restrictions put on by the Federal Communications Commission in the USA.
The free form station that I work at (WVYC) is technically educational, so unfortunately you cannot have anything that cusses beyond hell and damn and absolutely nothing offensive.
This narrows what you can play of course, but the people are as amazing as the ones the ones I met at resonance.
The other station I work at is commercial (WCLG), so I can't play any songs I want and its more rock oriented. But the people are like a really cool family. I have learned a lot from them as well.
Last year I was the FM Director at WVYC. That entailed me making sure that there were enough people during the day to fill up the schedule and then making sure that nothing offensive/illegal went over our airwaves.
My favorite perk of the job was showing students the art and fun to sharing music with a town of people that, most of which, you have never met.
London is amazing! It's been a complete whirl since I have been here.
I lose track of time all of the time, because sometimes it feels like it should have been one day, but in reality it's been a whole weekend.
I have been to as many ska and punk concerts as I could, both financially and physically.
During the first few weeks I didn't know about how you can find the concerts out for free on timeout's website, so I missed Reel Big Fish. But, I have seen them five times, two of which this summer, so that doesn't matter.
One amazing band I have come across here has been the JB Conspiracy. But then again I have come across several sweet bands, so many that I have had to start a Word document and by now it's almost full!
I have been drinking everywhere and everything.
No matter where I go, I always seem to manage to get alcohol, and that's pretty sweet. I had never had cider before getting over here, and I realized that I really hate it! Also, I've gotten back my taste for rum, and also vodka.
I really love Polish vodka.
Hangovers seem to be the same everywhere, well at least to me.
Here, initially they were worse, but once I got used to the higher alcohol content and consumption it was about the same.
|More on Third Wave American Ska and American Punk can be found at Alternative Press and also try www.antimusic.com|