“We’re rock ‘n’ roll, but we’re punk human beings.”
Long-time San Francisco punk band The Dwarves have been playing the scene since the eighties. They’re old school punk: loud and thrashing, crass and cursing. But they’ve got other sides, too. ‘We’re surf and rock and 60’s garage rock and rockabilly… and we’re just fun. We’re the last band to make good punk records,” says front man Paul Cafaro, known in Dwarf land as Blag Dahlia.
“What about all those other bands out there, though! None of them are good?”… We’re talking about the lineup at this year’s Burger Boogaloo. I start listing bands: “The Scientists, Shannon and the Clams, Jesus and Mary Chain, King Tuff. These new kids, The Chats, are pretty good.”
I can hear him laughing on the line as he agrees that the bill for Boogaloo is pretty great. But as far as punk? True hardcore punk? “It’s just different these days. Everyone has just gotten so safe,” he says.