Words by Agatha Donkar
In North Carolina, everyone has six bands: their primary project, their secondary project, their bassist’s secondary project, their drummer’s instrumental surf-noise band, their next door neighbor’s primary project, and the covers band they play in twice a year for benefits. Luckily for us, most of those bands are all really good — even the covers band.
JKutchma & The Five Fifths is the second project of Jason Kutchma, who spends a lot of his year fronting Durham, NC punk band Red Collar — the venue for the songs that don’t fit with Red Collar’s high energy destroy everything approach to rock and roll. His songwriting in both places is exquisite, but with the 5 Fifths, his songs wear their broken hearts on their sleeves instead of in their two guitar attack and fierce punk drumming.
“I Will Not Be Broken Nor Will I Be Denied” is not just one of my favorite songs of 2012, it’s one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s part protest song and part personal prayer, and I think it’s devastatingly lovely every time I hear it.
Agatha Donkar is the mastermind behind Brand New Kind of Photography. Do you like rock and roll and pretty pictures of shows and baseball and cats? You do? Then you will absolutely love Agatha’s work.