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PUNK’S DEAD CONCERT SHOOT WITH INDIEGOGO FANS @ THE COMPLEX 06.20 WITH SCREECHING WEASEL, THE DWARVES, EIGHT BUCKS EXPERIMENT (EXTREME CORPORAL PUNISHMENT), ULTERIORS, DOG PARTY

Ben Weasel’s barrage of snotty pop punk riled up the loyal punk crowd. Photo: Brian van der Brug


Opening up tonight’s festivities, Gwendolyn Giles (Dog Party) shouts out “We are Dog Party from California and we are here to party!” This is perhaps the most appropriate thing to say to the hundreds (with still many more piling in) of punk rockers, many of whom have braved long journeys and the intense Utah heat to come be a part of movie history. The popularity of director James Merendino’s cult classic SLC Punk! is more than evident, as more than three quarters of the crowd appears to be from out of town. The filming of this new movie is not without some criticism. Local punk rocker and concert-goer who goes under the name Goblin says “It’s cool seeing this many people at the show, but it’s a bummer because of the circumstances. I’d say that 70% here are not from here and they’re supporting a movie about our town, our home.”

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PUNK’S DEAD? AN INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR JAMES MERENDINO AND A BEHIND THE SCENES PREVIEW OF SLC PUNK 2

James Merendino–an SLC Punk original.

The cult-like following behind James Merendino’s film SLC Punk! is somewhat legendary among those who participate or are even aware of the subculture. Even during my travels, whenever I mention that I live in Salt Lake City, two things are always asked. One—Am I Mormon, and two—is SLC like the movie? Needless to say it has become a classic. This is evident as I walk toward The Complex and come across an assortment of punks, both local and foreign. They are waiting for their chance to be an extra in this spin off….

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