THE TEAM BEHIND FIGMENTS "PUNK OFF!"
Laramie's FIGMENT MISSION STATEMENT:
We won't waste your time getting too political, oh what the hell!!!
Stock piling nuclear weapons is uncalled for when it only takes a few to destroy the entire earth.
Spending trillions of dollars on "Doomsday" in part could go for the homeless, from medical treatment
to housing to rehabilitation, as well as work programs, education, child care services, re-building
mental health facilities, a more efficient, "COMMUNITY" based police force, preserving National Parks, forests,
highways, byways, bridges, keeping the country safe, enforcing child predator laws for which they have
violated, clean air, solar power, and factories to make quality products in the homeland, supporting the
arts, placing music and art back into schools, as well as other after school programs, affordable
colleges and a better life for the bottom 98%.
*Oh yeah, and legalize marijuana already!!!
ISSUES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE CONCERNED WITH:
2. Human Rights
3. Animal Rights
4. Equal Rights
5. A living/fair wage
6. Police Brutality
8. The Environment
9. The Innocence Project
10. The Gorilla Fund and many more.
HELLO FIGMENT FANS.
I WAS BORN THE ONLY CHILD TO A VIRGIN AND A CARPENTER. (IF YOU THINK THAT DIDN'T GO OVER RIGHT NOW, YOU
SHOULD HAVE SEEN THE FACES ON THE 16 PSYCH DOCTORS AT UCLA WEST WOOD WHEN I HAD TO STAND UP AND INTRODUCE
MYSELF.) AFTER OFFICER GALLAGHER OF THE SANTA MONICA P.D. BADGE # 3359 KICKED THE SHIT OUT OF ME, AND SAID
THAT I (ALL 118 POUNDS OF ME, KICKED THE SHIT OUT OF HIM.)
FUNNY HOW THAT WORKS!
HE VIOLATED MY CIVIL RIGHTS TWICE, AND PUT ME ON A 72 HOUR HOLD AFTER I ASKED HIM TO PUT ME ON A 72 HOUR
VOLUNTARY HOLD DUE TO MEDICATIONS I WAS ON FOR A SEVERE STOMACH INFECTION IN WHICH THEY GAVE ME 15 DIFFERENT
MEDICATIONS. THEY WERE A COCKTAIL FOR DISASTER. A BIG, FAT, FULLY ARMED DISASTER NAMED JOHN GALLAGHER!)
I SAID TO ALL 16 PUZZLED, AND SURPRISED PHYSICIANS "WELl, WHEN MY MOTHER GOT MARRIED SHE WAS A VIRGIN AND MY
FATHER WAS A CARPENTER!" THEN I SAID, "WOW, TOUGH CROWD, TOUGH CROWD, NO RESPECT, NO RESPECT, CRICKETS, ALL I
HERE ARE CRICKETS.
AND THAT WAS IT, I WAS OFFICIALLY CRAZY! (Now, I should fit right in, but I spent so many years trying NOT to
IN ALL ACTUALITY THAT STORY IS TRUE, BUT IT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THE BEST VENUE TO START UP MY COMEDIC
DEBUT, but what did I know, I was completely NUTS!!! (According to the "experts!")
I'm part Scandinavian, British, Irish, German, English, Swiss, a bit of Italian and a vast combo plate of DNA.
I, nor my family were ever considered "privileged", and I suppose that's part of where I get my writing idea's
and internal "light" from. My father worked construction for years, and was incredible at doing so. I went to work
with him and lasted three days! I also worked at more than 150 jobs, some only lasting an hour or less, as I
had to leave because: "I left my lights on, on my car!" (background laughter!)
Being an only child was and is lonely, and if our family dared to have a celebration, or small cook out,
there would usually be some sort of disturbance from a fist fight, name calling, those who would over imbibe,
visits from the police (no they weren't invited, or on the guest list), and that went for the holidays as
well. (Go ahead, cry me a river, because I'm' building an Arc!)
Coming from a deeply dysfunctional family has many hurdles and stumbling blocks as some of you know. One's
that may last a lifetime, possibly causing many problems throughout each and every day, making decisions,
making the RIGHT decisions, (which I still have a problem with today,) problems at school/work, in
relationships, friendships and other important life events. I managed, somehow to get out alive, but your
mind holds all of that crap inside for a very long time, if not forever. and I certainly didn't get passed
over by the "gene pool". I myself do see a shrink, once a week. (and it's NOT court ordered, YET!!!)
My mothers side of the family was/is Democratic, creative, talented, some what eccentric, mixed with many other
problems including mental health issues which usually do go wonderfully with embibbing in ""all things tempting." I lost a 2nd
cousin, on my mothers side to a drug overdose. (I myself am far from an angel, but I am in no means a bad
My fathers side: Republican, military, Mason's, police, and constable's.
*I really can't get into too much more detail, as I have to leave something for Rolling Stone Magazine,
if and when that time comes. (Hint, Hint: GARY BAUM!)
My parents were "middle class" when there still was a middle class. I'VE LIVED FAR BELOW THE POVERTY LINE FOR
DECADES! I have a broken back, broken ankles, a broken jaw, nose, and probably a few concussions from my
difficult times in Los Angeles, and the police! I'm currently in a small apartment and have only been homeless for a
few weeks in my entire life. The best experience (if there is such a thing) I had being homeless was planting
my tent on Vevice Beach for two weeks from 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m., then sleeping in my car from 7 p.m to 7 a.m.
I even put up a white picket fence!!! I SPENT SEVERAL NIGHTS IN THE WAL~MART PARKING LOT, WERE ANYONE CAN
CAMP OUT AS LONG AS ITS OPEN FOR 24 HOURS! I'd rent a movie and watch it on my computer in the car, and grab
a drink or snacks, and also do a little shopping with the money I saved on a hotel.
There I was, tossed into the middle of a luke warm mess, with no where to turn, so I started a band
and today, after many years of listening to my family scream at eachother, fight, throw things, break things,
behaving like out of control children at a toy store, I have created, in my own opinion, my best works to date.
I never really liked my music, as it was never "good enough!", and that was backed up by a family member, who
stated that I should have been a plummer, as there were far better musicians out there than myself.
(And without a doubt there are.) A plummer? They make $90.00 an hour & up at times, which is college money
these days, but how about a drug conselor or psychologist? I have many years of experience with both.
Or how about maybe, a musician?
LIFE ISN'T EASY BY ANY MEANS, I WON'T LIE TO YOU, BUT THERE IS HELP OUT THERE.
Please check out our YOUTH @ RISK badge on our home page (for youth, but does includes all of us), for some
assistance if you are having trouble with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, including
being bullied, discriminated against, suicidal thoughts, or for any other reason.
Sometimes it can be a chemical imbalance, hereditary, or just a shitty ass life. Therapy and the
combination of the correct medications, which is very difficult to find can help.
JUST BECAUSE YOU GO TO A SHRINK, DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE ANYTHING WRONG WITH YOU!
It could merely mean that you don't want to grow up to turn into your parents, or other ""unbalanced" family
members, if that indeed is the case, or perhaps you're having too much pressure at work, bullying in school,
being over stressed, over worked, are having thoughts of hopelessness, anxiety, depression or other
common side effects of life itself!
EVERYONE WHO IS ANYONE HAS A SHRINK. FROM MUSICIANS, TO ACTORS, TO POETS, DESIGNERS, AND THE MOST
CREATIVE/FAMOUS/WEALTHY INDIVIDUALS HAVE PSYCHOLOGIST'S (Even the president has one, but I'm betting
I consider "PUNK OFF" to be my most trying, anxiety filled, panic provoking, project to date. I would sit
down and record for up to 16 hours per day until I had completed all of the songs. It took months.
I also consider it my best attempt at acquiring success, and in connecting to all of you who have had the
same sort of life as I did, and actually those of you have had it a lot worse. I have to admit, I have it
better than half of the population. (Give or take a billion.)
I met "Punk Rock Girl", in the summer of 2017, at the Butler library. I sat down at computer station number
16 and she at number 17, and it was love at first site, as nobody grows on me, and if they do, I have to find
a way to remove them. We met during the making of this c.d.and I even wrote that song about her. It didn't
turn out well, or at all due to a miscommunication breakdown. That one really hurt! (but hey, she has my
I ALSO LOST A GOOD FRIEND FROM BUTLER IN THE SUMMER OF 2017.
His name was Jordan, and we were going to pay a visit to The Andy Warhol Museum in down town Pittsburgh but
he wouldn't answer the phone. I called again and again, and text him a few times as well. After it was
getting a bit too late to go, I went on his Facebook page and it said that he was dead.
(Jordan committed suicide at the age of 26. We had recently met and we had a lot in common. He was my
stability, my drive, and with us both being musicians who were going to help each other out on our projects.
He motivated me to start writing again.
I spent many years in Los Angeles, but now reside in Butler, Pennsylvania. Butler does get a bad name, but
it can be a very friendly, ""easily approachable" town. A town where so far I met several very interesting and
considerate eople (Except the GASH next door who side swiped my Camaro and then backed out of the investigation and said that she didn't. (KARMA is all I need & will say!!!)
By the way. I just got my police report today (for a fee of $17.00), "I know, right?", "and the officer
sided with me 100%! GOOD COP, DOUBLE CREME FILLED, CHOCOLATE COVERED DOUGHNUT!
THE POLICE: While I find some police officers to be non law abiding, crooked, and having the ability to shoot,
kill, when it's unnecesarry, and "get away with it" without ANY accountablity, (and with this next
statement, I'll probably lose half of our fan base,but I don't believe that 100% of ALL officers are bad
The Beverly Hills Police Department helped me out BIGTIME, where I also earned, and I do mean EARNED the
moniker ""Beverly Hills Hero!", and the Butler, PA. Police department, got me out of a "crime" which carried a
$250,000.00 fine and an added bonus of a 10 year prison scentence. (it was actually
an accident, but one officer knew it, and again sided for me) while saving me thousands in legal fee's!
Another Butler officer sided with me 100% on a hit and run involving a neighbor, and wrote up it was completely her faul
and wrote in detail what she did. And just tonight, February 12th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. I was speeding with my
tail light out, (they always get you on that one.) I was afraid to reach for my wallet as it was in my
pocket, and my owners card was in the glovebox, so I told him I was afraid to "reach" and he said with
officers and flashlights o both sides of me "Listen, don't worry, as long as you don't pull out a gun,
everything will be alright. Then he said, I like your patch by the way. (It was my BAD COP NO DOUNUT
[doughnt] patch. I said ""well, I guess there goes any chance of getting out of that speeding ticket."
He said, "no, I like it" He ran my info and said goodbye without giving me a ticket, we bumped fists,
and he drove away.
But as you probably have seen, Officer Gallagher, wasn't trained in using pepper spray/mase as he
gave me an almost deadly "tune up!" and the "tune up" was found legal, lawful, and proper by "The Police,
Policing The Police committe in Santa Monica. DUH!
PUNK OFF is a c.d. of "HEALING", a "coming of age", of looking back, and moving forward into the future.
Of connecting, and sharing our experiences with others who are like us, and an extrememly long awaited
release of deeply held in angst, loss, anger, emotional pain, and PURE BULLSHIT!!!
It is music to change live's for the better in some small way, and it is a c.d. in which in part was created
for each and every one of you. So, party on!, Skate on!, Live on, and Dream on!
This c.d. is not only for the young, but for those of any age, and through all of those difficult &
troubling years, I have come up with a c.d.in which I hope you will share throughout your daily lives this
summer of 2018 and on. From skating, to the mosh pit, from driving, (watch your speed), to the beach,
hanging out with friends, and/or just "relaxing"!
I hope ""PUNK OFF" will give you a lot of good times & better memories!
ThanX for your support, XO FIGMENT
Recording vocals to The Hills Are Bleeding @ Buffalo Studio, Arcadia, California with Dave Domingez