Cider Mag Winter 2015 Issue 52 - Page 28

PUNK IN THE Park By Robb Way D espite a prior attempt by the city in years past to squash the alternative music scene, 2015 marked the 10th Anniversary of Punk in the Park in Rutland, VT. It was in 2001 when it all started. Former band members of The Scams created the idea for a full day of punk music on the grounds of Main Street Park. Tommy Mohawk, of The Scams, took over the following year, keeping Punk in the Park alive. The local band, Morpheus, then took grip for the next three years, until the town’s Park Department shut it down in 2005. Punk in the Park was not invited back in the years to come. 28 • CIDER MAG • By the time 2011 came around, Morpheus was looking for the return of Punk in the Park. After a five year break, the festival was reintroduced with a new family-friendly approach that welcomed all ages to a full day of festivities featuring a whole lot of punk and rock music. Fast forward to its 10th time around, on August 1, 2015 more than 10 bands came out to jam at Punk in the Park. “This time we revamped how things got done and got sponsors to help out with the costs and equipment etc., which made the event more family friendly, with added activities for the kids such as coloring and face painting,” said John “Spanky-Payne” Ellis, lead singer of Morpheus who helped with the organizing Punk in the Park. “This year we made Punk in the Park even better, with more rules so things wouldn't get out of sorts with the local neighbors,” Ellis went on to say. The sound was kept at a steady level and there was no alcohol or drugs allowed at this event. “We also tried to get bands to sing songs without any swearing, ya know for the kids.” Two person band The Burnouts from Contoocook, NH, started the show and warmed up the crowd with their unique sound of fast-paced guitar riffs and heavy drum beats, similar to that of Green Day, Rancid or Bad Religion. Chodus, from Claremont, NH, took the stage next and killed it with their own interpretation of alternative punk. In August 2013, two 13 year old kids with no ambition, a shitty guitar, non-existent drums and no bass player, became known officially as Chodus. Lead singer and guitarist Loren David Howard, got serious about his music after the pass- Winter • 2015