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Le Cafard

Le cafard – What Happens Next?

I say this every time a What Happens Next? song comes up, but What Happens Next wrote songs about some worldly things. I think it’s a matter of reading books – in the 100, 300 and 900 classes – and also the places they decided to travel and experience as a band, but also now i’m seeing it as a want to just sing hardcore songs about other things. Things they were interested in.

Anyway, this song is about…

Le Cafard literally means “the beetle” but in the vocabulary of the French Foreign Legion stationed in North Africa it referred to a state of temporary insanity caused by long periods of inactivity and boredom in the desert. They would blame this mental state on insects entering ones head, rather than the effects of being stuck in the middle of nowhere with too much time to think, and being mentally and physically exhausted from building roads when they weren’t preoccupied with being shot at by snipers.

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Ahora mas que nunca – What Happens Next?

Another What Happens Next song with lyrics sung in a language other than English. This time in Spanish. Take it, Devon:

In the past few years I’ve been experiencing a total revitalization in the punk/hardcore scene; the energy of the bands and people and their creativity continually charge and inspire me. I haven’t felt this excited about the scene since I was first introduced to it. This song is in Spanish and is about this enthusiasm I feel. It’s dedicated to our good friend Tommy Delmar from Argentina who shares the sentiment and helped write/translate the lyrics.

I felt exactly the same thing at the same time, although for me it was my first time. Things were so exciting back then. Things are exciting now. Things are always exciting.

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Salamat Kaibigan

Salamat kaibigan – What Happens Next?

I’ve often extolled here the value of non-English bands singing in their own language (usually at a loss for something else to write about). It’s just something i see as very important. It is as well often something overlooked and sacrificed to the hegemony English holds in music. I am thankful for and applaud every band that doesn’t succumb to it, even if i myself then cannot understand them. So what if i can’t? I have enough already.

I do not know to what extent What Happens Next? shaped my view on this subject, but it was an issue they saw important as well and tried in their way to redress. This often came in the form of them singing songs in those other languages, like this one in Tagalog.

Salamat Kaibigan means “thanks friend” in Tagalog. This song started out as a thank you to all the friends Craig and I have in the Philippines. Our old band had toured there and it proved to be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding experience of our life. The effects of hundreds of years of colonialism by Spain and the United States was painfully apparent. We witnessed crime, corruption, pollution and poverty, yet throughout it all our friends and hosts went out of their way to treat us with kindness and hospitality. We will never forget what they did for us and the experiences we shared together. This song is for them as well as the all the other unsung hardcore kids from “less privileged” countries throughout the world. Battling against popular opinion and authority on a regular basis. Where conviction and determination take president over glamour and success.”

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Who are you playing for? – What Happens Next?

I know my view of this skewed nerdly, but i can’t believe how much live music is still dictated by, funneled through and reliant on licensed venues. When wonderful example after wonderful example have been set as alternatives to this bottle feeding, why is it every non-punk thing i go to is still held in some age-restricted, unsupportive dive. I know there’s money involved, and money expected from band and promoters both, and infrastructure and patterns of practice all laid out, but… jeez… Break free from this, show some amount of imagination, of care! There are many reasons why, but at their sum is just plainly things are better without. Duh.

Simple fact of the matter is that if you play an age-limit show, you’re letting the alcohol industry discriminate against people that are too young to purchase their product. I don’t want to exclude anyone from the opportunity of enjoying our music. How can you be playing for the kids if the kids can’t see you play?

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