In order to enjoy Between Resistance and Community: The Long Island DIY Punk Scene, certain concessions need to be made. Yeah, you get early live footage of Latterman and On the Might of Princes, but that means hearing some of their half-baked ideas about what punk means circa their teenage years. And if there’s one thing kids are good at, it’s ruining punk rock for everyone.
But more on that later. Resistance succeeds in documenting the thoughts and hopes of a youthful scene. At the risk of injecting myself too much into the review, it reminds me of the semi-defunct hardcore scene here in
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The kids overreach a bit, but they do some good, like when a few folks set up a food donation service. That’s cool. Also, the shows look hella fun. Can you imagine hearing “For Someone So Easy Going, You Sure Wear Pants A Lot” like right after it was written? Resistance captures moments like that. It also boasts some solid tour footage, as Latterman, On the Might of Princes and the Insurgent encounter just about everything that can go wrong on the road (abusive cops, busted vans and medical bills).
Perhaps the documentary’s biggest strength and weakness is that it captures its subject too accurately. The live footage is of a surprisingly good quality, but interviews about societal ills come off as oversimplified. That’s what needs to be conceded, though. These are just kids. Their opinions can be very hard, even borderline fascist, like when On the Might of Princes takes shit for signing to an indie label. But they still formed a cohesive music scene, gave touring acts a place to stay and took every chance they had to fight for art. The results weren’t perfect, but they’re still commendable.
Also Matt Canino has a normal haircut here. He cleans up nice.