|Diego Lee Rot, Music Reporter|
for the Brownsville Observer
by Diego Lee Rot
There was no cover charge to see The Hormones last month at the Kraken Lounge, when we joined nearly a dozen local fans to experience the punk group. As is my custom, I bought a couple beers that night without knowing if the punkers got any sort of cut from the bar. That's between the Kraken and The Hormones. My suspicion is that the band played for free to build and extend their fan base.
Two days after their Brownsville appearance, The Hormones opened up a "GoFund!" page soliciting $8,000 from their fans to "make an album." The collections eventually totaled $830, which the group said was used for "studio time" in what pictures indicate was a private home in Austin.
Sparsely attended gigs by The Hormones this month in Harlingen and Corpus Christi, the group's hometown, showed that Brownsville's tepid support of this punk band was not unique. As the band's leader, Tim "Napalm" Stegall lamented on Facebook:
|Andy Ly, Singer, Guitarist for Swikid|
Several Brownsville residents responded on Facebook to Stegall's remarks, one calling him a drama queen, another saying The Hormones sported Green Day haircuts. Martin Camacho, Jr. drummer with local band, Undermine Authority, questioned why this blog failed to promote local bands.
|Martin Camacho, Jr., Drummer|
for Undermine Authority
Undermine Authority, a self-described "thrash punk" and "skateboard punk" outfit, has played at the Brownsville/Olmito Sports Park's skater bowl. The group's drummer, Martin Camacho, Jr., seems to resent the coverage given to out-of-town bands.