Is This Punk? (LIVE 7​-​20​-​2019)

by Less Than Expected

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We wanna know, Is this punk? Is it? What is punk? I mean, we see this question asked constantly! Gate Keepers stand at the doors of the internet and insist that only what they deem to be punk is in fact punk! This is the story of that question!


I woke up this morning, put my converse on
Pulled my adolescent's shirt on and then I walked my dog
Some kids were laughing, pointing right at me
I asked them what was up, and they explained you see

My shirt wasn’t punk rock, they claimed I wasn’t punk
My shoes and socks AND hair and pants weren’t punk enough
This declaration to me didn’t make any sense,
Does this mean I should question my existence?

Oh, I don’t know,
Oh, This can’t be so?
Ohhhh, Is This Punk?
Please tell me, What is punk rock supposed to be?

I read on the internet, punk rock was dead
I swear on everything, these kids are now in my head
I bought the new GBH and Pennywise LP’s
What’s going on, can someone explain this to me?

Is this punk? That question makes no sense
Punk is freedom from answering stupid shit like this
I read that I ‘d aged out, that I shouldn’t even try
I’m not supposed to feel this old When I’m only 35


It’s all an oxymoron, I think we’re being deceived!
I don’t know where to stand, What does all this mean?
Are the Germs punk rock?
What about Minor Threat?
Do my punk rock friends know we’re posers instead?

My generation was left behind,
these kids weren’t at all
They know what punk is,
it’s on their facebook wall
We’re not real punks, so what would we know?
They went to college and are
drowning in student loans



released August 20, 2019
Written By: Martin Dunn


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Less Than Expected Ashtabula, Ohio

Hailing from the frozen tundras of North Eastern Ohio, Less Than Expected burst onto the scene with their unorthodox mixture of noisy feedback-driven hard rock. Mixing Grunge/Punk infused power chords with melodic overtones and sardonic but veraciously introspective lyrics. Less Than Expected were quickly labeled “Sludge Punk” by the locals and have devotedly embraced the title. ... more

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