I just found out Davey Bales (an originator of Dark Punk) passed away. This is a total kick in the guts. I came across The Wraith in an article about Dark Punk which is a cross between goth and anarcho punk. This led me down an extreme rabbit hole. I listened to The Wraith’s album album and reviewed it here. Davey was stoked and so gracious that people loved his music. May he dance in darkness with the other lost greats.
So I just (in the past 10 minutes) found out that Jake Phelps passed away. What the fuck? This did epitomizes skate punk. The editor of Thrasher magazine. I’m in fuckin disbelief and shock. He has been skate’s most important documentarian. He was our equivalent of Stan Lee. Only 56. Shit dude. I thought this mythical figure was gonna be around a lot longer. His contributions will always mean the world to me.
The entity known as Maty Almost was dumped lifeless into the sea off the coast of Long Beach about 3 years ago. The vestige washed away and a creature known as C-Fish which was a starting identity dating back almost 20 years emerged. The writing still exists. Though the band article column will now be called Fish Tank. It’s not the end of an era, but the evolution of one.