David “spoonboy” Combs is a singer-songwriter activist from DC. He’s a member of the DIY punk band ‘The Max Levine Ensemble’ also located in DC, but I’m writing this to discuss his solo music. It’s catchy folk punk that covers a wide variety of topics like feminism, parental issues, religion from an atheists view point, the failing US economy, bullying, and how kids are learning too much from TV sitcoms. In a nutshell he’s very political, but that’s why I love his music. Our generation doesn’t have enough protest music while our country is arguably worse now then back when Bob Dylan and Neil Young were telling it how it was.
Spoonboy has a very nasally and high pitched voice that might turn you off from listening. Thats a huge mistake though because the messages are incredible and the songs are awesome sing alongs. His albums are all Do-it-yourself as I mentioned before so the quality is a little lo-fi. But do you trust polished up punk records? They usually suck if you couldn’t tell what I was getting at.
The music goes against THE MAN, THE SYSTEM, & THE MAN’S FRIENDS. It encourages you to educate yourself on issues that matter and to protest for what you think is right. Standing up for your beliefs is the important lesson, don’t conform to what you hate, & be FREE!
“We are all the victims of a culture that describes happiness in economics – Spoonboy”. That’s a line from the song ‘Gerald Lee Palmer’ and was my planned high school senior quote until my school scrapped that tradition. It really describes my generation and how they all want to be rich and famous. We can’t help it, we were raised to want that. It’s pathetic and seeing it pointed out so perfectly in a single song line really touched me.
Go download his albums now because they are all FREE. You’ll listen to one of them some day and know why I’m ranting. If your in the DC area go see him or his band one day, it’s a great show and will probably only cost you $10 to get in. If you’re not from DC don’t worry, he always tours!
Check out the music and download it by googling spoonboy or the max Levine ensemble. Have fun!
- Ramshackle Glory (thinksoul25.com)