City Paper is not for tourists
To outsiders, the story of the D.C. punk scene most likely ends when Fugazi announced its indefinite hiatus in 2002. At least, that’s what one would gather based on the scores of documentaries that make it seem like punk in the District is defined by Dischord Records. This could not be further from the truth. The fact is, the MacKaye and Rollins-era of harDCore inspired a new generation of young punks to forge their own scene; bands like The Max Levine Ensemble, Magrudergrind, Coke Bust, Ilsa, Sick Fix, and The A.K.s became staples through both Positive Force shows at St. Stephen’s and in grungy basement spaces, just as the generation before them did. But for the first time, D.C.’s DIY punk scene of the mid-’00s onward gets the same reverential treatment as the ’80s and ’90s scene through a new book, This Was My Night & This Was a Lot of Other Nights, which compiles show reviews, interviews, articles, and stunning concert photography from shows between 2005 and 2013. It’s a rich and dense book that proves today’s scene is as strong—if not stronger—than it ever was. At the book’s official release party on Monday, newish locals Scanners and Mirror Motives—both made up of longtime scene veterans featured in the book—will perform. This book might be the first document of the cultural importance of D.C.’s current DIY punk scene, but it surely won’t be the last. Scanners and Mirror Motives perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.