Nobodys Hero frontman and Against All Authority founding
member, Joe Koontz is punk rock. If you spend any time driving between Coral Way
and South Miami you'll see Koontz on his skateboard, wearing a sleeveless
T-shirt and headphones affixed deeply into his ears. Whether he's tearing up
Sub-Humans, Judge or Stiff Little Fingers; it's all the same to him. Koontz
explains, "when I was 14, we called it all hardcore punk. You'd go to a show,
it would be totally different bands -- like, Black Flag and the Descendents --
and the kids would go crazy for both bands just the same."
Koontz's take on punk rock as something to be lived,
breathed and grinded -- not a genre confined by strict rules. Nobodys Hero's music is abrasively
clear. Blending elements of street punk, tough guy
hardcore and California skate punk, Nobodys Hero's self-titled debut CD is the result of
years of studying punk rock history. "In school, they have music history classes,
but, there's no history of punk class. If you want to learn about punk rock,
you have to do it yourself," says Koontz.
Do it yourself is what he does. When Against All Authority
disbanded in 2007, Koontz didn't miss a beat. While playing in On the Account, the Crumbs and Danger US (to name a few), he connected with Vandals and Guajiro's
powerhouse drummer Doug MacKinnon to form Nobodys Hero. The two punk/hardcore veterans
are constantly challenging each other. One of their most aggressive and catchy
songs "Worldwide Fratricide" was born out of their unique relationship. Koontz
elaborates, "Doug and I like to give each other 'homework assignments.' Like,
ok, when you go home: write a song that is like both Bad Religion and Cro-Mags
AAA was one of Miami's most successful and beloved punk
bands in the '90s -- their fuck-authority-attitude is one kids all across the
globe love to bite into. In Nobodys Hero, Koontz and co. take the blind rage of
AAA and focus it sharply. On the song "Effective Aggresion," Koontz is just as
pissed as he was when he sung the AAA classic "Hard As Fuck," except on the new
track the music has harder edge than AAA ever did. Plus, it's not about
smashing a brick into a cop's face. Koontz says, "it's about turning that anger
into something positive. Getting up and doing something productive with that
This week Nobodys Hero is on the Florida leg of NOFX's tour.
For a band that's been around less than two years, that's a pretty big deal.
For a group of guys that have been at the heart of the punk rock scene for
almost two decades, it's just the start.
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Hero opens for NOFX, with Bouncing
Souls, Cobra Skulls, and Old Man Markley. 7 p.m. Friday, January 28, at
Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $24. Click here