With Hot Snakes invoking memories of classic punk outfits like Suicide, the modern associations that go with the punk tag place the band in an unenviable situation. “I think, unfortunately, we’re at the mercy of what popular opinion is to define the term ‘punk rock’,” John ‘Speedo’ Reis tells Australia’s Time Off magazine. “When you look up the dictionary to see what a word means, you get the popular definition. I think ‘punk rock’ has become the same thing, where the definition has more to do with the bad cliched style that it’s painted itself into a corner with and less to do with attitude and rebellion and maverick ideas. I just think it’s pop music that you hear now, and bad pop music at that.” Timeoff.com.au has since removed the article.
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