This song, which plays at the end of the film and through the closing credits was written in collaboration with director and former bandmate Scott Crawford. Lyrics and vocals were added by Matthew Ryan. Here, Crawford creates a separate video for the song using old super 8 footage.
Making music for a film about music, I tried to create a sound that would contrast as well as compliment the vintage DC punk music in the film; evoking the era without falling into the genre.
An instrumental piece for a montage of 1980’s DC built around one of Scott’s solo guitar pieces to which I added drums, bass, guitar and piano.
“Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)” is a documentary film that examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows—without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny. Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry’s subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC’s original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction.