Sometime in the mid 1990s four teen girls in DC formed a band called Meltdown. They played technical punk rock and scream-sung and generally were everything teenage girls "aren't supposed to" be—foreboding, powerful and, last but not least, total guitar shredders. Meltdown is one of the bands FADER editors Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Matthew Schnipper first bonded over three years ago. And so it is appropriate that this is Julianne's last-ever post for the FADER, perfectly suited farewell: Super8 footage of the Meltdown ladies practicing in '96, a good year for punks and a beautiful, porous, grainy document of youth energy in action. As for Julianne, she is looking forward to not writing about herself in third person on the internet. Love you!
October 29, 2010