In 2002, when Josh Jubinsky founded his
independent record distribution business,
Dead Tank Distro, he was a 22-year-old Jacksonville punk on a mission: To cultivate and distribute vinyl and CD releases from underground bands of all stripes from around the world. Not much has changed since then — well, as far as the mission is concerned, anyway. Jubinsky, now a 34-year-old father of a toddler and an established work-a-day librarian (yep, he's employed by the local government), recently resurrected Dead Tank and has recommitted himself to giving worthwhile punk, doom, black metal, goth and synth-pop bands a fast track into the musical marketplace.
One of those bands, Jacksonville-based vegan hardcore act Captive Bolt, recently released a split 45 with spoken-word artist Gary Francione. It's a short-but-vicious combination of blistering second-wave hardcore by the band and intellectual sermonizing by the Rutgers philosophy professor. A longtime vegan, Francione's contribution is a solid counterbalance to the furious minute-and-a-half blasts from Bolt.
The two songs featured on the split continue the conceptual thread introduced on Captive Bolt's debut 7-inch Rape, Slaughter, Slavery and Vivisection, released last year and also available on Dead Tank.
"I actually like the ethics behind what that band is doing," says Jubinsky. "And I really wanted to try and focus on at least one act in Jacksonville. The other acts [on Dead Tank] are kind of strewn across the globe."
If you're a fan of Rich Kids on LSD or D.R.I, the new Captive Bolt will find purchase in your twisted ear canals. Fast, angry and political, the songs "Property of None" and "Fates" constitute low-fi rants against the omnivorous status quo. And for anyone familiar with Dead Tank's roster, it's a perfect fit both sonically and philosophically. "Josh has been around for a long time. I've known him for probably 12 years and bought from his distro since the early 2000s," says Captive Bolt lead singer Lars Lundquist.
"He's a down-to-earth guy who understands what we're trying to do."
What the band is trying to do is make everyone who listens to them more aware of the benefits of veganism, targeting specifically, ironically enough, vegetarians. "The dairy and egg industries are pretty horrible," says Lundquist. "I'll take dairy cows, for example. A lot of people think that cows are able to just produce milk. They don't understand that every time [the cows] do, they have to be impregnated and forced to have calves. The calves are then taken away from them, and then they're forced to be impregnated once again."
Though Lundquist admits that the term "vegan" has its own troubling aspects — for instance, virtually everyone, even the most devoted vegan, benefits from petroleum use, which both directly and indirectly adversely affects animal populations — he hopes people will make an effort to become more aware of animal neglect and abuse, and do what they can within their chosen lifestyles to help limit that abuse.
"You have to do that the best that you can," says Lundquist. "The biggest change you can make is changing your diet. You have to start somewhere. You can't save the world, but you can try."
The Captive Bolt/Francione split is available at the Dead Tank display at Deep Search Records on Lomax Street in Five Points. For a complete list of Dead Tank releases, log on to deadtankrecords.com. o