There are several keys to spotting a Street Punk band in
the wild without having to engage a lick of music. First, keep your eyes
peeled for a name indicating social havoc, destruction (especially the
kind caused by the military), corruption or abandonment. (Ideally, the
band name's official typeface is vaguely Metal-band-like or in a
stenciled script.) A Global Threat, The Virus, Vice Squad, Lower Class
Brats — see, there's a pattern to these monikers. Song titles should
espouse similar viewpoints. Fashion-wise, you want brightly colored hair
dye, mohawks, leather jackets and enough studs and chains to make it
seem like a Hot Topic got ransacked.
Violent Affair fits all the above requirements and,
unsurprisingly, sonically holds true to its Street Punk allegiances too.
Formed in the late ’00s, the Oklahoma City quintet has happily
reaffirmed its ties to the genre in any way possible, whether by
covering the fantastic Blitz or noting that they cribbed their name's
inspiration from a song by an obscure Massachusetts group named Self
Violent Affair reportedly came together to fill a local Street
Punk niche no one else was filling — “We felt like if you wanted to
hear a certain type of music, go and play it,” lead vocalist Dave
Williams wisely said in a 2012 interview. Keep an eye out for The Cockroach Theory, the group's fantastically titled new full-length, which should land in July.
VIOLENT AFFAIR performs Tuesday, May 21 with The Casualties and Formerly Lethargic at Thompson House in Newport. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.