courage and a brick is now a member of a new found (radical) diy collective based in gradec/graz.
NO PUNKS IN GRADEC* is a collective made up of people who have been doing things like organizing diy-shows, booking/playing tours, publishing fanzines or releasing records for quite some time past. In our opinion, DIY means: “Do it yourself”, but certainly not “Do it alone”, which, in terms of its omnipresent “dogfight-mentality”, would much more apply to present-day capitalist society. Even more, DIY also means “Do it together” for us. This collective was created for the cause of helping each other out in order to make passionate music possible. We are well aware of the fact that we are compulsorily still part of capitalist society. By being passionate about punk music in all its facets, be it catchy pop-rock sounds, d-beat, crust or whatsoever, we are capable of perceiving it as means of aestheticization, as well as criticizing it as such. Punk is Punk, at least sometimes. DIY, or “Do it together” – acting collectively, can only be understood as organizational necessity to avoid further growth of capital. Nevertheless, we again and again have to face certain obstacles, which are to overcome somehow. Despite being part of the spectacle, we try to address social asymmetries and to exercise emancipatory behavior.
This is the basis we build on. Even if motivation and opinion often differs among the individuals involved, we always conduct self-reflexive discourse in order to be able to make decisions based on consensus and to roughly position ourselves as collective.
To solemnize the formation and the new homepage (diy-gradec.at*) the collective is organizing 4 shows in 5 days with 14 bands as:
sailing on (de),
run with the hunted (us),
left in ruins (it),
the fight (pl),
aussitot mort (fr),
nine eleven (fr),
no omega (se),
my turn (gr)
* if you check out the homepage, make sure to activate the crust-mode!