Indie Filmmaker Will Mecca Captures Texas Punk and Hardcore Culture by Analog Means and Unleashes it on VHS with the Live Performance Mix-Tape PARANOID ANXIETIES!
That's Will surfin' on top with the killer boots about to kick some shit. This pic OWNS.LM: Tell us a little bit about yourself, Will. What’re you all about, mang? WM: Well, my name is Will Mecca; I come from a small town that lies near the Red River in Texas. I’ve always had a fascination with photography and video work, and I’ve had little to no formal training in either field. I shoot shows in the North Texas area on old analog cameras and as my day job buy old video games and related equipment and flip the stuff. I’m going to be 21 in one month.
You heard it here, folks! And it's all true! Clickity-click and see for yourself already!Tell us a little bit about the release. What can people expect from PARANOID ANXIETIES? You shot a lot of this on video, I believe? Well, PARANOID ANXIETIES for the most part was shot on Hi8, with a little bit of VHS/VHS-C stuff thrown in. It’s for dorks like myself that have a true love for punk and hardcore, and it’s me giving something back to a community that has given me everything.
Some grainy, wonked out rippin' wreckage on stage as featured in PARANOID ANXIETIES. Peep the teaser HERE.When was the bulk of this shot? The trailers look balls out ruckus, mang. The earliest bit of the footage is from April 2013, I believe; it’s of Stagnant Youth and Back to Back playing in a Taqueria in Denton. Much of the other footage was from different times around 2013, but I wrapped everything up for the filming in March of this year.
STAGNANT YOUTH in the middle of ripping it. DIG IT.Do you know of any other dudes putting together punk / hardcore video zines? Well, I kind of got the idea from a friend of mine named Brandon Young, who put out this VHS love letter to classic horror called VISCERAL CUTS with his roommate Justin. It was the two of them writing songs about their favorite old horror movies, then playing the song over clip collages from the films and then dubbing it onto VHS. Brandon has been a big help to me in getting this project done. I have a friend from SoCal named Marco Gonzalez… he’s been filming the same kind of stuff on the same kind of equipment for about as long as I have. He told me he’s going to start work on his own very soon. I have a friend from Australia who is in this band VAGINORS who’s working on his own, as well.
The cover art for VISCERAL CUTS. Damn, this looks rad. NEED IT.Are you a tape collector yourself? What is it about the VHS format that you really dig? Kind of just dabbling into the hobby, really. I have a lot of uncommon, oddball tapes that I watch on occasion for giggles. Recently picked up VIDEODROME at a flea market and that’s tight. As far as the quality, it’s hard for me to grasp what I really like about it. I love the way analog looks and sounds.
Some more kick-assery captured via analog means for PARANOID ANXIETIES. Watch out for that head stock, mang! SHIT IS LETHAL.What’s your take on all the VHS culture that’s been re-animated over the past couple years? It initially surprised me, really. Kind of like audio tapes and vinyl, as well… to not only find that they all had come back but in such a thriving force. Okay, so you say PA is made for punks, by punks, and not to pose. What’s punk, and what’s to pose? Punk is someone who likes punk rock, and not your cliché dude in a Mohawk and plaid jeans, but dudes who are just sick of the world, wanna jam some TOTAL ABUSE or SSD, and just go build a community up from the ground. For the most part true punk is something with a D.I.Y. aspect behind it, or at least that’s my view of it anyway
Dude from WICCANS givin' it the old whole mouth treatment. Dude to the right RULING.What’s your favorite punk rock flick of all-time? Have you checked out Zack Carlson’s book DESTROY ALL MOVIES? I haven’t
A scorching on-stage bass slam from one of the scenes in PA. Damn, it was awesome.Live and let fart is what I always say. What’s next for you, duder? Well, I’ve been working on getting the copies of PARANOID ANXIETIES dubbed and shipped out, which sucks when you have one functioning VCR
No doubt on some huge analog ups to Will for keeping that anti-digital dream alive, and for documenting a shit ton of gnarly gnashing tunes for the magnetic munching masses! Will: We VHSalute you! Be sure to groove on over to Will’s Storenvy to grip up your copy of PARANOID ANXIETIES and hit up his YouTube channel for a taste of the thrashin' and bashin' tunes you' re apt to see on his newest release. And, as always, stay tuned to this here analog-obsessed blog as we’ll be in touch with Will and keep you up-to-date on all his aural analog adventures as they unreel. We can’t wait to see What Happens Next.