punk music full time going forward to our coverage! You may be wondering what took us so long to formally fold non-hardcore punk genres into our range of local bands & concerts, but over time, it's made more and more sense. While I myself am a metalhead first, I've always loved punk and listen to bands like The Misfits, The Exploited, Pennywise, and many others with regularity, even if one local band called me "some metalhead" in their bio. I'm also well aware of how strong and vibrant the punk scene was in the Soo in the 1980s and 1990s, as vividly depicted in Paolo Colasacco's book "Going Underground", and through the available songs, albums, and videos from the era. Plus, our band range on the site has slowly included more and more punk bands over time just from natural evolution and the amount of hardcore punk shows that crossover into both metal & punk realms.
This should be an exciting time as we begin giving punk bands the attention they deserve on the site, so be sure to follow along in the coming weeks and beyond, and if you're a diehard metalhead, never fear, as metal & hard rock are still getting ample coverage like always! Thanks everyone, and for our Yooper readers, Happy Fourth of July!