DNA

Punk rock is formalism. It’s got strict rules, a heightened sense of repetition, a rigidity. Right angles. It’s minimalism; abject formalism. The brief blast of noise that we now call No Wave, that followed fast on the exhaust of punk in the late 70s? It’s abstract expressionism. It’s Jackson Pollock; action painting; Viennese actionist gesture. Anarchy. There were no rules, just texture, nihilism; a compelling urge to make as much of a racket as humanly possible, and to flee the encroaching commercialization of punk as it began to soften and market itself as new wave — hence the name... Read More

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