Over the weekend, hardcore Philly band, Kaonashi dropped a single "Look Like Me" which confronts their issues with the popular alternative publication Alternative Press. They're also not the first group to voice their distaste with the magazine, seeing as AP continues to publicize the same rotation of cis white men while advocating for diversity in the alternative music scene. Never mind the blatant disregard of victims of abuse from certain musicians & a slew of other problematic articles, too.
"Look Like Me" begins with spoken words: "when I open AP Magazine, I don't get the comfort of seeing someone who looks like me." It then immediately kicks off into an upbeat punk-en rage of frustration. Frontman, Peter Rono, describes what it's like to live as a black man himself & how the people like the white-washed editors of AP Magazine, will never truly understand. Rono also mentions the everyday hypocrisy of non-black people claiming they aren't racist as they regularly say the n-word. We hear the screams of Rono over the breakdown at the very end: "You will never understand what it's like, in every gas station, in everyone's eyes." A hard-hitting finish.
Kaonashi's single is one of 46 tracks from the Shut It Down: Benefit for the Movement for Black Lives which can be downloaded here with all of the proceeds going directly to M4BL. This collection consists of 45 other hardcore, punk, & metal bands (including Minority Threat, Jesus Piece, & Neckbeard Deathcamp) speaking out against societal & industrial injustices.
If punk music isn't really your vibe but you'd like to support the cause, we urge you to donate directly to M4BL here.
Written by Deirdre Kelly
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