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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Friday To-Do: (hed) P.E.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 8:33 AM

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(HED) P.E.
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It's time once more for a round of Learn About a Band by Watching One of that Band's Most Popular Videos on YouTube with the Sound Turned Off. This time the band is So-Cal heavy rap-rockers (hed) P.E. and the video is for their song "Renegade" (4.07 million views).

OK, we start with a punker dude drinking at a park. He looks like he should be at a Casualties or Civil Disobedience show in 1995. He's getting sloshed and appears to be frustrated (you can tell because he smashes his bottle). He takes off skating down the street, does an ollie off of a sidewalk and then we're watching the band play in a parking lot. Singer Jared Gomes is walking down a street toward the camera and he is singing and moving his hands around. Punker dude is also walking down a street and he starts harassing people. He knocks a newspaper out of this one guy's hands.

Then he messes with another guy, grabbing him and pushing him against a wall. Not a good idea, punker dude! Because then another dude comes up behind him and tosses him into a pile of cardboard boxes. The band is playing the whole time. Punker dude gets up, shakes it off and takes off walking again. He has an interesting style of walking that involves a lot of wild gesticulations and arm movements and sneering. He sneers at people while doing his unique walk. Then the video is over.

I think what we learned about (hed) P.E. from this video is that the band has some sympathy for outcasts who feel frustrated by the confines of social and cultural mores and thus lash out with violence. But there is also a more nuanced message to the video: You are free to do your sneering/strutting thing all you want, but if you grab someone and push them against a wall, another guy might come up behind you and throw you into a pile of boxes.

Also performing at this all-ages show will be Righteous Vendetta and At War's End.

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