Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
none of the punk from my collection is appropriate for this forum
Please tell me you're a Bad Brains guy, or is that too obvious?
actually bad brains is rather tame compared to a lot of what I used to listen to and what I still dig into from time to time. I was a crust/anarcho/chaos punk when I was a youth, and that music is very hostile, aggressive, extremely political, and even rather nihilistic. It is a universality amongst punks to be bitterly atheistic in their approach as well, and so actually bands like Bad Brains and Rastafari in particular were very attractive cross-over cultures for me at the time, when I was a bit too ambitious a radical and needed something more akin to hope rather then anger. Being a punk made me very angry about the world, Rastafari gave me the answers to solve the problems through love and faith, and it directly carried me into Orthodox to find Salvation and Divine love for the world, to give back to what I was once so angry about.
I still love to get into a serious mosh pit at a good punk show, but I don't go to as many shows, lately only to bands with more integrity and intelligence amongst their lyrics and fans, not just mohawks and patches. A pit is something else entirely, it is a primal human bonding experience like a group hunt of wolves, it is not anger or fighting, but it is aggressive. It is not a fist fight, quite the opposite, in a good pit when people fall down everyone nearby goes out of the their way to pick em up, and most people in the circle are hugging, embracing, or leaning on each other as they slam dance around. It is almost a kind of angry political liturgy, where the music has frothed the people into a moment of Dionysian frenzy but in coming together in the circle of the pit and the density of the crowd, the people combine for a moment as one mind, and all that anger and pessimism about the world evaporates into the bliss of unison, in the sense of belonging and knowing other people agree. It is a release.. Even at Christian punk shows there are pits, and these pits serve a bit of the same purpose.
Of course, this is when it goes right, when a bunch of people thrash around things can go a bit wrong from time to time, especially of some folks have the wrong idea or intentions