Joel Weichbrodt –
Rap Sheet

Writer, Master Email Interviewer, Loyal Convict

Sound Convict: #00010

Alias: Less Punk Than You

AKA: Watch Joelself, Are You
Almost Done In There I Have To Pee

Date Convicted: 9/16/12

Location Convicted: Ridgefield, WA

Crimes Committed:

  • exposed at too young an age to punk rock
  • played in too many bands
  • thinks he can sing
  • scene quitter
  • gave Jello Biafra an unsolicited hug once
  • 2500+ shows attended
  • hatred of terrestrial radio/television
  • once lost a queen to a pawn
  • lost track of a number of records owned on multiple occasions
  • old enough to know better, young enough to pretend
  • delusions of grandeur

Cities Crimes were Committed:
the entirety of the Portland Metro area
Washington: Ridgefield

 Sound Convictions for:

Anything that tickles his fancy, usually falling somewhere between:

  • Punk Rock
  • Psychobilly
  • Indie Rock
  • Pianos
  • 80s Hardcore
  • Acoustic Guitars
  • Metal in all forms
  • Shoegaze
  • Neo-Folk
  • Pre-2000 Emo
  • Beats and Rhymes
  • whatever you would classify Atom and His Package as

Sound Convict’s Plea:

In a world ever-changing, and years passing at a ferocious pace, there has been one constant amongst the chaos: music.

The places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, the hours on the road, and the constant buzzing in my left ear all can be traced back to a boy wandering into his cousin’s bedroom at a family gathering. Upon entering, that boy heard the Dead Kennedys for the first time, and everything clicked. That was what made sense. The cousin made the boy several tapes, and those tapes changed his life and his mind. The music gave him something to believe in and something to rely on.

That boy turned into this man, who still loves, relies on and believes in what music can do. It turned me into a man with values and character that can’t be found through any other source. It brought friendships of a degree and nature not found through any other outlet. It took me to places I would never have been otherwise… like the show I met a young lady at, whom I married and have children with. It brings me to my guitar, where I play songs for my kids to sing along to.

I plead guilty to the sound conviction that music is an important, prevalent and powerful force in the lives of many, and if I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change anything.