pop punk Archives - The Punk Rock MBA

June 4, 2017

Create your own scene, and other lessons from Green Day, 924 Gilman and MRR

Back in 1992 or so, my friend Kevin showed up to school with a tape by some random pop-punk band in his Walkman. They were called Green Day, and I'd heard their name a lot from their shows with other Lookout bands like Operation Ivy and Crimpshrine as well as some of the Bay Area crust/hardcore bands I was into like Neurosis and Stikky. They were an integral part of the 924 Gilman St/MRR scene, and for all its many faults, that scene was truly something special and unique. Although I only went to Gilman a couple times, the culture of that era was incredibly influential and in many ways still the template for how I think and approach projects. It was DIY to the core, smart and focused not on the dumb, self-destructive stuff that kneecapped a lot of earlier punk but on CREATING things. It was fundamentally a maker…
Read More
Alumni Profiles
April 19, 2016

Alumni profile: Chase Clymer of two70 and City Lights

I met Chase Clymer back in 2010 at a We Came As Romans show, when he played bass in City Lights, one of my favorite bands of the 2000s. I think he was only 19 or 20, but even then I was impressed by his natural hustle and how easily he fell into the role of the band's salesman. We ended up becoming good friends, and I watched him turn into a show promoter, graphic designer, and then (after the band called it quits) an entrepreneur as the co-founder of two70, a full service digital marketing agency in Columbus. I've been really stoked on watching Chase's career grow since I met him, and anyone who dreams about working for themselves could learn a lot from his unstoppable work ethic and networking hustle. Keep your eyes on this guy, he has a bright future ahead of him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy290JLvjIg Give us your life story in…
Read More