For those who came of age in the first blush of punk rock, before it was codified into a “sound,” the movement known as “Rock Against Racism” was a clarion call of the new aesthetic. Even as it coalesced into a series of concerts in London’s East End, it sprang from a broader social movement that challenged and inspired bands to inject more political awareness into their sound. Nonetheless, it certainly was triggered by a musical event: Eric Clapton, during a 1976 show in Birmingham, launched into an anti-immigrant rant and endorsed U.K. ultra-nationalist Enoch Powell. It was the death knell, in a way, for any claim that classic rock had on the music’s original rebellious spirit. Taking up the mantle, and filled with disgust at the entitlement that Clapton expressed, was a new guard of punks and activists.
We played Local Memphis Live this past Friday to promote the Levitt Shell show. The other big guy in the hat is Jeff Holshouser, our friend from NC band Hank Sinatra. He helped us load in and out for the TV appearance. Thanks, Jeff!
Submitted for your approval, a few behind-the-scenes photos. Here’s Kram keeping it quiet while a guy in a suit and running shoes points at a green wall.
Interestingly, we were billed as “The Subteens Band.”
Running through a song before our live television appearance.
20 Years of the Subteens
The tumultuous punk band returns.
By J.D. Reager
This Saturday, one of Memphis’ most underrated bands in recent memory will celebrate their 20th year with a reunion concert at the Levitt Shell. In their heyday, the Subteens were one of the biggest draws in town, but for a myriad of reasons, both personal and professional, they eventually fizzled out, unceremoniously leaving behind a legacy of two rock-solid albums and a host of “Do you remember when?” memories for those who were lucky enough to catch one of the band’s frenetic live shows.