today, while slowly driving through rush hour traffic, 1905 came on the old shuffle. this happens every so often, and when it does, it reminds me how much i really like these guys. they are, by far, the most positive punk rock band i’ve ever heard. all their songs ooze with passion, honesty, and sincerity, and you can tell that they are playing music for all the right reasons.

i really don’t know much about 1905, other than they’re from washington d.c., they formed in 2000, released an album in 2003 on exotic fever and “Amor y Lucha”, and that they love freedom.

they are a ‘punk band’, but definitely don’t fit into the standard ‘punk rock’ mold. the album, “Voice”  has more than one instrumental track, more than one acoustic track, and even a spoken word track. don’t worry, though, there’s plenty of screaming, gritty guitars, sloppy performances, and raw energy.

another thing is that there really aren’t any songs that are “just a good song”. it feels like every song truely means something to them, that they are trying their hardest to speak to anyone who is willing to listen. and unlike many musicians that are trying to say something, the sociopolitical lyrics come across more as introspective and candid, rather than preachy or xeroxed. example:

Just because i can’t change everything,
doesn’t mean i can’t change anything.
Dance on the ashes of what was and fall head first in what could be.
Beyond the barricade…is there a world you long to see?
To envision a world without chains but recognize that we,
as individuals, can only chip away at the links.
One at a time, day by day.
To have the ability to wage quiet wars in our everyday lives,
and recognize the subtle victories when they happen….
An opinion changed by something you said.
A lifestyle adjusted by what you suggested.
A brighter path taken with directions you gave.
A world revealed by what you did.
One brick today is one less for tomorrow

i saw these kids play in des moines FOREVER ago. if i remember right, it was at the fallout shelter? ah, the good old days…

oh! and i’m assuming the band name refers to the russian revolution of 1905, but i could be completely wrong. (if anybody knows, please leave a comment.)

i really wish i knew more about these people, because then i could actually write something other than “this band is cool!”, but… i don’t, so… hopefully the music will speak for itself…

Can’t Change Everything:



A Conversation:


AND… i stumbled across these live performance videos tonight:



here’s an interview with Jess (vocalist) and Brian (bassist)

and the unofficial 1905 myspace page



nick (guitarist) has also put out a solo acoustic album under the moniker “Songs Of August”…
sorry, all i could find were:
some bits and pieces of songs
a last.fm page


2 responses to “1905

  1. i love this post, it was really heartfelt and straightforward. does that sound sarcastic? it’s not, i promise!!

    also, although i don’t love this band, i definitely appreciate them. have you said that line before to me? ‘just because i can’t change everything, doesn’t mean i can’t change anything’? i love that line.

  2. throw. :D

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