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The Fest, day 3

November 11th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

All day I heard different accounts of the “riot” that happened at the house show the night before. From different accounts I heard that people tried to tip over cars. I heard that some people tried to rough up a cop, that someone got tazed by a cop, that the cops got surrounded only to […]

Fest 8 Day 2: Kickball and Costumes

November 1st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I started my second day at the fest playing kickball. I know that plenty of people have traumatic experiences with sports from their youth and that, even with punks, its easy for things to turn ugly, but I do love the feeling of big groups of people being involved in something together. As Bepstein was […]

November 1st, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I get to the hotel where we’re staying for the fest and start paging through the dense, brightly covered booklet that describes the bands playing and other events over the course of the weekend. Bz tells me, “just read the first sentence of the description,” and I do. It says, “Welcome one and all to […]

Defiance, Ohio Northwest Tour Day 1

April 4th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m going to try to write about tour this time.  It comes and goes so fast that sometimes all I feel is left are these “remember when …” snippets that come up between people I’ve been on tour with that are nice to remember but alienating to everyone else in the conversation. I told Florence […]

Re: Your Music

March 17th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Someone e-mailed Defiance, Ohio with some questions for a school project that produced this brain dump on the Britney Spears, the band, digital distribution, and media-based economies. They wrote: I know that big artists (for example Britney Spears??) are angry because of course they want the money, but I was wondering, do you think it’s […]

“Oh, Susquehanna” and the geography of race

February 8th, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | 2 Comments

In the Defiance, Ohio song Oh, Susquehanna, I always envisioned rivers and the Susquehanna, familiar to me from where I grew up, as a metaphor for organic connectedness and aknowledgement that our lives have implications on our neighbors.  The metaphor is imperfect since, when used for our means, rivers become not only connectors but barriers.  […]

Michael Chabon on entertainment

January 23rd, 2009 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I love this statement from The Best American Short Stories 2005 : Yet entertainment – as I define it, pleasure and all – remains the only sure means we have of bridging, or at least of feeling as if we have bridged, the gulf of consciousness that seperates each of us from everybody else.  The […]

awesome punk rock shows, kids, and change

September 10th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

For more than a decade, I’ve identified with and invested myself in punk music and subculture.  As I get older, I struggle with feeling like punk as I know it can be a little too much like Project Runway, “one day you’re in, the next day you’re out”.  Perhaps that’s overly cynical, but I do […]


September 2nd, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | 2 Comments

Reported from the Defiance, Ohio site: Two nights ago, at our show in Bloomington, I talked about why I’m voting in this election and why I’m frustrated that many of my punk and activist friends feel like not voting somehow changes all the things that are wrong in our world and all the things that […]

go outside and play

August 25th, 2008 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

We’ve been playing Oh, Susquehanna pretty much every night on tour.  In part it’s a song about how childhood mobilities have been affected by a changing environment.  But, as this editorial suggests, its not just the loss of natural spaces that is changing childhood. From Remember ‘go outside and play?’ – Los Angeles Times: Increasingly, […]