Local label Total Punk celebrates three years with music festival Total Fuck Off Weekend
Their first major music festival invites 15 punk bands for Total Fuck Off Weekend
Published: March 5, 2014
TOTAL PUNK TOTAL FUCK OFF WEEKEND
“I’m sorry your shipment has been delayed. I was jumping trains, and I got caught by yard police. I spent the last two months in jail. But I’m finally out, and I already spent your money. Your record has been shipped. It’s been a tough time for me, but this won’t happen again; thank you for your patience.” If you were a rabid record collector – the type who seeks out limited batches featuring dutifully hand-stamped labels – and you got this message, you’d react in one of two ways. You’d accept your fate, politely, and continue waiting until the record you ordered ages ago at last arrived. Or, you’d go straight to your favorite punk forum and bitch until your fingers numbed and your “K” key quit registering. Fuck this crook.
Our world has become persistently impatient. Message boards are riddled with whiners. Opinions are king, and the king is kind of a moron. You’d have to be a total punk to actively seek out bemoaners. But that was the original idea behind local label Total Punk: to make it a joke. To push people’s buttons. To feed the hate. It’d be run under a fake name, of course, and the yarn told as an excuse would change with each release.
Luckily for serious punk fans and vinyl collectors, the label ended up becoming a much more earnest DIY endeavor. Working out of a Colonialtown house, Total Punk is managed entirely by Rich Evans, who some might know better as the drummer for notable Orlando punk band the Golden Pelicans, or as the show organizer who fosters a regional garage-punk community by delivering national headliners like King Khan & the Shrines, Cheap Time, Peach Kelli Pop and a slew of others to town. Evans was also the force behind Orlando label Floridas Dying and formerly ran Vinyl Richie’s Wiggly World of Records.
His Total Punk distro, which just celebrated three years of existence, is done through online orders on floridasdying.com, pop-up shops at shows and, for those in the know, an email request and impromptu drop-in to what would otherwise be a dining room, but instead is a den of shelving featuring some of the best current garage and punk releases on vinyl. But it’s not just that Evans is plugged in and an active member in this particular vein of punk – the appeal of Total Punk for hard-core fans, whose numbers grow with each release, is the doggedly DIY nature of the label.
Over the past three years, Total Punk pressed 23 releases, each hand-stamped – usually by Evans himself – and uniform, with the only visible change from record to record being the change in band names. They’re collectible, and some fans order copies four or five at a time because each pressing is limited and known to sell out quickly.
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