Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"The Hormones" vs. "Undermine Authority," Corpus Christi vs. Brownsvllle

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.

The Hormones
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:

"Not a lot of our regulars showed up in either Corpus Christi or Harlingen this weekend. But we had fun. Gonna be a while before we see you again. Halfway back to Austin now. Ciao."

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.

Punk fan Rocco Marziano hints that Brownsville's Undermine Authority may even be more talented than The Hormones.  Martin Camacho, Jr. replies:  "Hell yeah!"

Undermine Authority, Brownsville, Texas


  1. Better name for Undermine Authority: THE ILLEGAL ALIENS

  2. It's never been about "talent," Diego. Plunking the guitar like a moron is Punk, dude.

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  4. Yesterday an anony poster on Montoya's page concerning the runway attacked me with a level of ignorance which is surreal.  The comment never should have been approved.

  5. These dudes look gross. I get it. You want to appeal to the younger groups. Your Pokémon Go hat does not impress me. I was born in 1980. I'm probably way beyond your target market. I remember punk rock in the 80's. The pink hair mohawks, studded jackets, I grew up with it. Jem, etc. This just seems kind of like a weird low-key rip off.

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