“If someone asks me what kind of music I play, I say I play in a punk band,” said bassist Ryan (Defiance, Ohio). “I think we identify much more with the way a band conducts itself than we do to it stylistically.” Cellist and banjo player Sherri added, “I would say DIY punk…I prefer this term to ‘folk punk’ because, at least for me, it seems to reference the ethic beyond the music, and speaks as much about the people listening to it as the people performing it.”
Thick Red Wine is a DIY Punk-Folk project with the intention of unveiling my small truths, untruths, secrets, and emotions. Back in high school, I started writing songs about people who needed to leave the New Jersey suburbs where I grew up. In college, I moved to Chicago and wrote songs for my friends back home and elsewhere around the country/world.
Lo-fi demos were recorded to Garage Band or crappy Radio Shack mics and shared via drunken emails. The songs were mostly about growing up. But eventually they were about love, heartbreak, pain, substance abuse, friendship, community, politics, bullshit, etc.
After college I moved to Austin to throw all of my money and time into being a musician. Here I've played shows in the woods, gotten kicked out of supermarkets and shouted songs on top of tables. Having an intimate music experience with an audience will always be much more important to me than the stereotypical beacons of success.
For a year I blogged about obscure musicians on an awesome site called Tiny Mixtapes. I'm still more of a writer than a musician and I spend more time writing lyrics than writing music. But maybe that will change. Either way, I'm just appreciative to have listeners and hopefully bring about a positive change in this world through my music.