Plan-It-X Fest

-- A happy girl outside Rhino's.

I first time I ever heard of Plan-It-X records a few years ago I was passing by a theatre and there were a bunch of punk kids standing outside. I did a double take because I thought Punk really was dead ever since Green Day and some other bands made it commercial. Hardcore and straight-edge punk had come and gone as well.

I guess I’m sort of an old punk myself … sure we had a scene out in the California Central Valley where I’m from. But, we were two hours from LA proper and bands didn’t perform much in my town. We had a local band from the next town called Plaid Retina and they played a VFW hall once and that was it.

So, I came to learn about bands like Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Crass and others when my skateboarder friends and older punks would bring over mix tapes. I had built a 16-foot-wide-half-pipe in my backyard because the city leaders had made skateboarding illegal in places all over town.

We were getting harassed not only by the cops but by rednecks driving 4X4s as well. So, I helped take the local skateboarding scene underground and the punk rock I was hearing fit in with my frustration with so called authority in my town. But, this was in the late 1980s and to be honest at that time the actual California punk scene was mostly over.

So, years later, living in Indiana, I come to learn there is a punk label located in Bloomington bedroom in a house up in a section of town called the hill but being a little bit older I wasn’t part of the local scene. It’s called Plan-It-X records and it was started as a joke but now it’s a serious punk rock label.

For over a week I documented up to six shows per night and tried to show in photos what this new counterculture is like. These images are just a sample of what I saw. Some of the music I heard was pretty good too.

This is a group of kids doing things for themselves and they have a message that is somewhat kinder than the message of the first punk years in the late 1970s and early
1980s.