Interview: Kink Shame

One of the freshest new bands currently coming out of the Galveston area, Kink Shame is composed of Sara Sims and Blaine Lunz. Photo: Kink Shame.

Julian:  How did it all start?

Sara:  Uh…at an illegal show. *laughs*

Blaine:  We met at the SLBBR KNCKR [“Slobber Knocker”] show at The Clam. Yeah, that’s the night we met. So, we just kind of became best friends and started jamming together.

Wait, what’s SLBBR KNCKR?

Blaine: Yeah, that was at the Clam, and it was me and Chris Williams playing loud and sloppy punk music.

Sara: I was there with my friends. I made them come with me. I didn’t want to go by myself. I didn’t really plan on going that night either.

Then, did you just meet after the show, or jive with the sound he was making or what?

Sara:  Well, yeah. It was like a psychedelic band that was playing that night, which is cool, you know. I didn’t know that many people who played punk music. So, when I heard [Blaine] I was like, “Fuck yeah, that’s tight dude, let’s jam sometime!”

So, you guys just met up sometime and started jamming? How did those first sessions go?

Blaine: It was really cool. It took us a while to kinda figure out each other’s style, and you know, get a cohesive sound, but it really didn’t take long. It took maybe two practices, and we just kind of figured out where we fit together and the sound we have together.

You mentioned that you each have a different style. Could you tell me more about that? How would you describe each other’s sound?

Blaine:  I was pretty new to playing drums at the time, so I was still figuring out drums in general. I guess playing with Sara is different because I’m more used to playing guitar. It’s different playing drums with someone while they’re playing guitar when you’re used to playing guitar, you know?

So it was a shift getting into a different mindset?

Sara: It’s kind of weird. Like, I’ve never really played electric in a band. I usually do just acoustic stuff. Playing an electric was kind of like…well, with punk music, it was the first time. I always wanted to be in a punk band, but all my friends who play punk music are from Houston. So, trying to play in Houston was always kind of inconvenient.

And what is it like up there?

Sara: The punk music is coming up. I used to like metalcore and deathcore music, but it’s kind of lame, in my opinion. I just kind of got tired of it—the same generic breakdown over and over again.

The punk music now is like kind of angsty, and a little violent, but at the same time everyone’s really cool with each other. Like, if you get hit in the pit, someone will come up to you, and be like “Oh, I’m sorry.” Especially if you’re a girl, someone’s going to knock the shit out of you and be all sorry. Everyone is so open minded and talented. I don’t know if you’ve heard of Lesser Degree, but they kind of sound like Backtrack or Expire, or Norma Jean. I don’t know if you know those bands.

Nope, you’re teaching me.

Sara: Well, one of my favorite bands, Privilege Abuse, broke up recently. They had a girl front person. Her name was Gracie. Also, Common Ignorance had a girl front person. Lately, the scene has been coming up with getting girls into hardcore music, because it [having a girl front person] has been an issue before.

Do you see Kink Shame being one of those forerunners, too?

Blaine: Well, it’s the first time I’ve ever been in a band like this. Like, the other bands I’ve been in have always been me and a couple of buddies, you know? It’s definitely tight. It’s different. You get a really cool sound. Like, I think her vocals are amazing—I love the way she sounds. It brings a whole different dynamic to the punk sound.

How much stuff have you guys put out so far?

Blaine: We’re working on our first EP right now. We have like, what, five songs done?

Sara:  Yup. Five. *nods*

Blaine:  We just played our first show in Houston at Notsouh, a few weeks back.

It was super fun. We played with GWO [Gnar World Order], and there was a good crowd. We were pretty well-received. I had never played drums at a show before. I was kinda like, “Oh man, I’m gonna totally screw this up.”

Can you guys name your biggest influences?

Sara: Knocked Loose, for sure.

Blaine: GG Allin, Stone Cold Steve Austin.

Sara:  Oh my God... *laughs*

So actually I don’t know too much about the punk scene in Galveston. What exists outside of you guys and GWO?

Blaine: We’re trying to help make it. I would even consider what Flynn does, EVAK, kind of punk in its own way. There’s a lot of amazing musicians down here.

Seeing the shows at the VFW, [the musicians are] bringing in a lot of really good bands. Every show there has been great, and what Michael [Allison] is doing with the Clam is awesome, too. That’s punk in its own way, and it’s perfect because it’s hiding in plain sight. That show me and Chris played, I was like, “God, we’re so loud, how are people just walking past this and not like, ‘What are they doing?’”

So what is punk to you guys?

Blaine: I think it’s breaking the mold of complacency. Like, when you see things kinda floundering around you, and you just wanna like punch it *smacks his fist* and make it exciting and put danger in rock and roll.

Sara: I kinda feel like punk is…you can state your opinion all day but no one’s gonna listen unless you’re sitting there screaming at them. What better way to get someone to listen to you then to just yell it at them?

Blaine: Yeah…Music for me is like riding a rock-and-roll guided missile, and wherever your target is, you hit it hard, and hit it loud as you can.

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Experience: January 20th, 2017 at VFW Post 880 | Facebook Event Page

Kink Shame performs as part of the “Primordial of Human Experience” event. Presented by the Galveston Synergist Project, the event showcases the musicians participating in the compilation album “Primordial of Human Experience.” The multi-media project includes the performance, an album presented on CD, and an art zine.