Punk’s most celebrated icons have long been largely white and male figures—from The Ramones to The Sex Pistols to The Descendants, the punk rock stage has been constructed as a white, male space. Not only is this idea of a punk performer’s demographic not an accurate representation of the participants in the subculture’s origins or modern offshoots, it’s not conducive to punk’s central ideologies.
When I was thirteen years old, music became my entire life. As a socially awkward middle school kid who had, until that point, only wanted to emulate the action heroes of the movies and TV shows I so cherished, the discovery of rock music gave me purpose. It gave me a sense of identity that I treasured nearly as much as the music itself.
Before Jake McElfresh, who performs under the name Front Porch Step, performed at Warped Tour’s Nashville stop on July 1st, he was given a lengthy introduction.