The birth of punk

The first wave of punk rock was aggressive and modern – it was rock and roll by people who didn’t have very many skills as musicians but still felt the need to express themselves through music. It was the most thrilling thing in England.

It gave people the freedom to be all they could be and offered an escape from the helplessness and frustration of a society in which they had no voice and were let down by the establishment.

Record labels were pushing the established, well-known artists, and the slump in the record industry signaled less money available to take a chance on new and un-proven talent. It became impossible for new groups to record songs through normal channels and be heard by more than their local fans. New groups could not make a living making music:

“What punk did was give a lot of little groups all over the country the start. Tiny little groups just getting up on the stage playing … singing about their experiences and the environments about them. ’Cos they didn’t have to copy anymore. Now they just got up and did it” (Jimmy Pursey, Sham 69)

One Faith – The Evolution of Punk

Punk will never die. But it will be constantly re-defined.

“It is a mind-set and you can’t steal people’s ideals. It will always exist in the back of peoples’ minds. Punk is the attitude and state of mind people can have when they want to do something different. Achieve something different. Change something in themselves and not conform to any set of fixed rules. A licence to do what you want, in what style you want” (Laurie Vincent, Slaves).

Enter the resurgence of punk; as a major cultural phenomenon it was inevitable, given the current climate. A genre of music that encourages fundamental questions, and challenges people to get up and do something with their lives.

One Faith is about providing a showcase for the next generation of punk bands. It’s about collecting the best young up and coming punk bands in the region, and setting them free to express themselves in their own way.