BY THE GRACE OF GOD

31. května 2011 v 12:05 | Banan
BY THE GRACE OF GOD + EMPTY HALL OF FAME
3.6.2011
Klub 007 Strahov
Start: 20.00

Pořád trochu nechápu, že ten koncert nakonec na Sedmičce bude. Po tolika letech se tam vrací kapela, která mi změnila život. Tenkrát v tom roce 1997, kdy spousta z vás chodila do školky, jsem byl naprosto u vytržení a absolutně šťastnej a přestože jsem byl v úplném tranzu, pamatuju si naprosto přesně některý detaily. Třeba jak měli By the Grace of God namalovaný X na rukou, co Rob říkal nebo jak Duncan skočil i s kytarou do lidí a když se vrátil zpátky, byl bez bot a říkal, že mu strčil někdo prst do zadku. Pak se dožadoval zpátky svých bot a asi po deseti vteřinách přilétla jen jedna. A všichni se skvěle bavili. Mě bylo 17 a nechtěl jsem aby to skončilo.

By the Grace of God tenkrát jeli turné ke své desce "Perspective", ale já na ten koncert dorazil hlavně proto, že jsem totálně miloval "For the Love of Indie Rock". Když tenkrát hráli skladbu "Goliath", měl jsem pocit, kterej jsem před tím ani potom už nikdy nezažil, doslova mi naskočila husí kůže po celém těle. Ta deska je ale dokonalá celá a když jsem přemýšlel, jak zprostředkovat to, o čem ta kapela byla (nebo vlastně je, když jsem otevřel email ohledně jídla na tomto turné, bylo tam silně zdůrazněno - NOTICE! ALL VEGAN!), napadlo mě, hodit sem, co napsali Rob a Duncan do bookletu právě "For the Love of Indie Rock". Je to sice jen anglicky, za to se omlouvám, ale je to tam úplně všechno. Čistá esence toho, o čem pro mě kdy byl hard core a straight edge a je až neuvěřitelný, jak je to pořád aktuální. Uvidíme se v pitu.


Rob:

In 1985 I first appeared, wide eyed and enthusiastic, into the Louisville punk/hardcore music
scene. it was an inevitable placement for me as I was having a hard time adapting to stagnant
suburban lifestle of my high school peers. This new mystical world held empowerment for me. It
celebrated diversity and bestowed upon each member a new voice, powerful and passionate. the
music was fast and the lyrics voraciously attacked serious issues that I held as important to my
generation. It revealed a new meaning of life for me. Now, in 1996 the media has manipulated that
movement into a lifeless trend. The majority of bands are more concerned with record sales and
esteem than their listeners. Many kids have segregated themselves by causes or music types. There
is no longer a sense of community. Fortunantly, there are still people who work towards creating
an alternate movement for young people, a haven for those who choose to embrace a more difficult
path. By The Grace Of God is a salute to those people because we recognize that without the
punk/hardcore movement most of us in the band would not have probably made it. Thank you...Rob


Duncan:

When this group began there were many speculations as to what the band would be avbout (i.e.
ideals and music). Many people expected the group to follow the increasing trend of bridge
burning. When I say bridge burning what I am referring to is the constant denial of punk and
hardcore roots. We began this group because each one of us wanted to be in a hardcore band. We
all still believe and love the music and the movement. As for the ideas expressed in the group, I
believe that straight edge is a rather large part of it. I shed the label of straight edge for
three years for personal reasons, I think there is a time when a person must detach themselves
from movements in order to completely cal themselves their own. I stopped using chemical
substances in 1985, and I made a vow to abstain from chemical substances for the remainder of my
life, I will hold true to that promise. My mother died in 1995, she chose her death as she became
a slave to the alcohol industry. I watched her last breath slip from her lungs like an angel
soaring towards heaven. Chemical abuse is not a stranger to my life, I grew to manhood in it's
lap, that is my reason to hate addiction. When i was younger straight edge was all I had, it was
my only shield from peer pressure, it gave me something to belong to. And when I see ignorant,
jock mentality, Marine types giving the movement a bad name, I become outraged, because I know
that self improvement is an inner decision which no tattoos, violence, or militant literature
will ever enhance. DJ, a friend of mine, and I were talking in California during the Guilt/Earth
Crisis tour in 1995, and he asked me why I shed the label of striaght edge, and I told him that I
did not want to be connected with a movement which had become so violent. DJ explained his
philosophy of building your own concept of straight edge, and for some reason it all came into
focus. Maybe it was because DJ was even older than me and still called himself straight edge, or
perhaps it was because my mother just passed away and I was open to more because of the loss,
nonetheless our conversation stuck in my mind. I came home and began thinking about straight
edge, and came to a realization of why it was that no one ever considered straight edge cool. Who
really sticks with the concept? How many people call themselves straight edge as they age? Not
many. Well, I have decided to sign myself to the list. I don't care if I am in Guilt, By The
Grace of God, or Big Black, I will always call myself straight edge, and set a positive example.
Violence is only justified in extreme cases, at any other point violence only serves as an icon
for ignorance. I want to see the fun restored in hardcore.
 

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1 Martin Hauzírek Martin Hauzírek | E-mail | 1. června 2011 v 14:50 | Reagovat

Taky jsem tam byl, a můžu potvrdit, že Banán, Nezval a spol. pobíhali kolem sedmičky jako v tranzu a ještě v autě před koncertem přehrávali kazetu BTGOG aby se doučili zbytek textů :)
Asi minutu po tomhle koncertu jsem si říkal, že to byl nejlepší koncert mého života a musím říct, že to tak zůstalo dodnes....

2 Jénik Jénik | 4. června 2011 v 12:25 | Reagovat

Dr. Banana!

3 tropicalfruit tropicalfruit | 4. června 2011 v 13:11 | Reagovat

Hehe, jo, sou to blbci, takhle mě už dlouho nikdo neuvedl do rozpaků. Jinak koncert nejvíc, díky všem co přišli!

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