Punk is Not Dead Yet, Not on Valencia

Avi Ehrlich describes the Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club like this: “Mostly a mess, but also a group of buds that makes things and does stuff.”

Ehrlich lives and runs his business on Valencia Street, next to Aquarius Records.   Silver Sprocket has its home in the basement of The Future, the name of Ehrlich’s house, which follows the punk community’s tradition of  naming the house where they host parties or shows.

The record label has been around for about seven years, after Ehrlich decided to do what he knows how to do best: running a label.  This time around he’s focusing more on the graphic aspect of the music and also working with comic artists, making zines, patches, shirt pins and stickers.

The Mission was once a place where the freaks and weirdos, as Ehrlich says, came to live and get inspired and create.  It was cheap, diverse,  full of colors and people from different backgrounds and countries.

A lot of people from the community had to leave for the East Bay or other cities.  Along with Thrill House and a few others,  The Future is one of the few houses left that try to keep the punk legacy alive.




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