Spoken Word: Poetry is punk rock

Punk in the late 70s / early 80s was a strange concoction of weirdos, freaks, and outsiders.  Before the introduction of circle pits, and before the SFPD crashed through Jello Biafra’s door to confiscate his artwork, punk rock was a place of expression and experimentation by the marginalized.  Not everything was comfortable.  The scene fostered creativity in both music and lyrics, and the work of many poets adorned the pages of DIY zines around the country.  Richard Hell, Jim Carroll, and later Henry Rollins, stood bare in front of a microphone to tell stories, to express outrage, and to rally for social causes.  We think the punk scene (especially the JCHC scene) needs to continue this tradition of hard edged poetry, and the support of social causes in the Christian tradition.  Push beyond your comfort zone.  Create.  Be bold.  Share.  

Welcome to TPR’s Spoken Word series.  Our first two releases feature:

-   Eagle Spits and Friends are confirmed for a spoken word/poetry album mid-2017.  The album will feature new material with live and studio recordings, and includes several special guest appearances.  From Nottingham, UK, Eagle Spits is now bringing his rabble-rouser, antagonistic, working-class, up-the-punx Christian crusade to a microphone near you soon.  

“You put a knife in my back, so don’t blame me for getting blood on your shoes.”  Eagle Spits

Learn more about Eagle Spits in this interview:  https://freedomnews.org.uk/eagle-spits-interview/

-   Carlos Salazar, frontman of Kings and Daughters and formerly of Before There Was Rosalyn, is in the studio tracking a new spoken word project, Amor En Tierra Ajena (Love In A Foreign Land), with Aaron Isbell of Silverline Studios. The first single, “Time Does Not Forgive,” is available as a free download at the link below.  Salazar’s upcoming album is part of our Spoken Word series, and will be released later this year. 

Raw.  Brutally honest.  Punk poetry at its finest.  Not for the feint of heart.  Sometimes the loudest scream is a whisper.  The first track is also available for free download below.


Up the poets!