Written by: Bernadette // Photos Courtesy of DC Jam Records
OG SKATE PUNK HEAVYWEIGHTS JFA AND SEMINAL PUNK PHOTO HISTORIAN ED COLVER TAKE YOU ON A “STAGE DIVE” INTO THE PIT WITH VIDEO COLLAB
‘The Last Ride’ Out June 9th
JFA, the OG thrashers of skate punk music who influenced the art of stage diving and also assembled thousands of stage dives, has come together to collaborate with the bona fide 80s punk photographer Ed Colver. JFA and Ed have teamed up for JFA’s latest music video, “Stage Dive ” which documents the true essence & energy of the early 80s punk scene and the wonderfully tumultuous untold stage dives.
The “Stage Dive” video for JFA’s latest album LAST RIDE LP (vinyl out on June 9th), is of its first single. The video takes its viewers along for a ride through the playfully daredevil dance move of which punk rockers call the art of stage diving. As JFA’s “Stage Dive” song plays throughout the video, Colver’s signature high-contrast imagery that captured the aerial chaos and slam dance mayhem of early 80s-era gigs with TSOL, Social Distortion, LA’s Wasted Youth, JFA and many others, visually takes its viewers back to the good times where stage diving was not just a thing to do, but part of the culture.
What makes this video unique is the metaphorical story of what stage diving truly is and the love yet danger of what it is to stage dive. Though the video is more so of a slideshow of still images befitting and complimentary of the 80s era, lead screamer of JFA, Brian Brannon, has some personal experience with this fate of passion, danger and adventure of stage diving as evidenced by the video’s last photo where Brannon is seen unconscious in the pit in a pool of his own blood — the only shot not taken by Ed Colver (photo credit: Lance Dalgart).
Stage divers, mad respect to your bravery for the love of punk…but…be careful…stage dive at your own risk!..
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/QQEg_cbvsTo.
Stream on DSPs: https://digital-delivery-services.lnk.to/7dmWirF5EM