Reader, if you have not yet been cajoled to join a circle pit in a sweaty basement I invite you to steel yourself against inevitability. One day your time will come and you will be faced with a choice whose proportions will only in retrospect reveal their true shape. Will you join the circle, or will you lean against the wall? Despite all indications, it is for you and only you to decide. Though I myself have participated in but two earnest circle pits in my short life, one of those was at a Casualties show, a fact that I carry with me every day as an unfortunate mark against my otherwise sterling record.
Anyway, if you're looking to get some practice circling up while you're cooking dinner or walking the dog or studying for an exam, I've got just the playlist for you. It's a ten-song slice of MFT"s tremendous archived swath of punk and hardcore inflected music. Some of its already been enshrined in the halls of the stone cold classics (shout out Gizmos, shout out Annabel Lee, etc. etc.) but others of it might still manage to be new even to some of the most dedicated listeners to Indiana music.
Of course, the playlist is hardly a complete reckoning of the deep years of Indiana invention in a genre that is deeply, deeply dear to me. Do you, kind reader, know of a band I missed? A whole scene? The holes here are surely gaping and I'd love to make a second, a third, even a fourth edition of the Musical Family Tree punk rock round up. Yell at me about your picks! My email is here!
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