12/29/17: The Offspring “Gotta Get Away”
In a time when the punk rock genre was foundering in a sea of grunge, hip hop and new age rock, The Offspring were part of the California collective — made of bands like Green Day, Bad Religion and Rancid — that revived the scene. With well over 40 million records sold worldwide, The Offspring were (and are) one of the most commercially successful punk bands of all time. While mainstream success and wheelbarrows full of cash don’t exactly conform to the punk ascetic, it can’t be denied that The Offspring found their audience and delivered the guitar-smashing stage-thrashing goods.
“Gotta Get Away” is a perfect example of the kind of punk rock anthems that The Offspring is so famous for. It deals with themes of self-loathing and paranoia, and those concepts are showcased hard and fast among drums, guitars and the frantic vocals of lead vocalist — and the songwriter for this particular track — Dexter Holland. The music video features monochrome mosh pits and stadium audiences, while lyrics like “sitting on the bed / or lying wide awake / There’s demons in my head / and it’s more than I can take” are easily shouted along. In a world where the word “punk” loses a little more meaning every day, bands like The Offspring can remind us of what it’s all about: dealing with feelings you can’t deal with elsewhere through some good ol’ fashioned moshing in a judgement-free zone.
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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November, the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.
At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!
The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!
Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!
Locally owned, locally operated, locally staffed, locally sourced instruments, and locally built!
You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!
Learn how to play a real rock and roll song in just 30 minutes!
AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!
Sign-up at chapelhill.schoolofrock.com, or call 919-338-1011.
Open for Rocking!
‘Music in My Head’ airs every morning @9:15AM. Over the air on 97.9FM and streaming on chapelboro.com