PUNK ROCKERS ANTI-FLAG BRING MUSIC AND HUMANITARIAN CAUSES TO ASBURY PARK

Words & Photos by Diane DiMemmo

November 15, 2021

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On Wednesday, November 10th, I mixed it up a bit to catch punk rockers Anti-Flag, Bad Cop Bad Cop, and Doll Skin dominate the stage at the House of Independents. It’s not that I don’t like punk rock. I actually love it. But music photographers tend to fall into a comfort zone of a certain genre; and in the past few months I had settled into a predictable pattern of hard/alt-rock shows.

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What I found that night in Asbury Park is that a genuine punk rock show is an experience all music lovers should have, as it’s characterized by three unique elements. First, you have the high-octane, in-your-face music that electrifies everyone in the room, spurring fans to express themselves through dancing, crowd surfing and camaraderie. Then you have the message and the anthems of the genre which universally call people to action to make the world a better, more positive place. Lastly, you have a fanbase filled with the nicest, most accepting humans you’ll ever meet who genuinely want to carry on those giving causes and be catalysts for change.

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Perfect example is one of the organizations that was there that night – Punk Rock Saves Lives. PRSL defines their mission as being a “catalyst at events allowing the punk rock community to start focusing on Health and Wellness (with an emphasis in mental health), human rights, and equality.” Their initiative that night was to encourage the crowd to be bone marrow donors and have a direct hand in physically saving people’s lives. Although their causes are many, Punk Rock Saves Lives strategically focuses on one mission at a time and provides concrete steps for fans to follow, thus having an immediate impact on the community. For more information on how you can be a part of these amazing causes, visit their website.

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Now I know you’re thinking. When is she going to start talking about the music that night?? Well, I have to unequivocally state that Anti-Flag, Bad Cop Bad Cop, and Doll Skin were three of the most entertaining, passionate, and galvanizing bands I’ve ever seen. Their performances were stellar and exact; and every single musician was utterly engaging ... connecting with the crowd in very meaningful ways. I didn’t want to take my eyes off the stage because their sets were THAT good, but you absolutely have to spend time watching the crowd’s exuberance, celebration, and “Joie de vivre.” Punk rock music electrifies and ignites celebration in its fanbase, thus bringing strangers together in friendship. It really was a beautiful thing to witness.


So, I absolutely encourage you to check out the music and musicians of Anti-Flag, Bad Cop Bad Cop, and Doll Skin. (See below.) They truly are stand-out bands that elevate the genre.


But the driving message for me from the show was that punk rock is not just a genre of music. It's a movement, a community, a celebration, and a lifestyle!

ANTI-FLAG PHOTO GALLERY

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ANTI-FLAG ~ "AMERICAN ATTRACTION"

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DOLL SKIN PHOTO GALLERY

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BAD COP BAD COP ~ "WOMANARCHIST"

DOLL SKIN ~ "CONTROL FREAK"

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Diane DiMemmo is an avid concert fanatic and former musician who snuck cameras into venues for years before entering the pit as a professional photographer. After her first visit to Asbury Park, she immediately fell in love with its music community and recognized the need for a Jersey Shore publication to highlight the accomplishments of local and national musicians through photos and press. Asbury Park Vibes has been her labor of love ever since, along with her Golden Retriever – Cooper – who you’ll often see walking Diane through the streets of Asbury.

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