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South Florida has mad love for Chelsea, who literally grew up in the punk scene, going to shows from a young age, often with her punk-rock mom, Debbie, and rockabilly dad, Joe. They were the people behind SceneMom Productions, which booked hundreds of shows in South Florida over the years.
"We're just working-class street kids," Flores says. "We can't give her the world. But every band gave a piece of themselves. Basically, we're saying we give a fuck, that we care."
For the first run of the first release, Hated for Trying produced 100 numbered copies of its Cadence to Valor compilation featuring 27 South Florida ska, punk, hardcore, country, and Americana tracks. All songs were donated by the 25 bands who participated, and all proceeds generated from its $5 price tag go straight to mom and baby.
Included on the comp are Charlie Pickett, Los Bastardos Magnificos, Severe Disappointments, Askultura, and Pool Party. "Shoutout to every band on there," says Flores. "It's been an honor. I came up with the name Cadence to Valor because it's like all one song, one tribute, one ballad for a Marine, his wife, and daughter. And the cover art is done by Chelsea herself."
The compilation was released at a fundraiser for the family in November at Five Points Lounge in Fort Lauderdale. "I have a feeling that just from the amount of bands that are on the comp and all the people who know Chelsea, Joe, and Debbie, we're gonna sell em' all the first night and have to make more," says Love. "If you have been involved in music here for any amount of time, you know them."