Culture Shock's Geoff Diederich on straight-edge and why Denver can be boring

Hardcore bands are often the sum of their members' influences. Not so with Culture Shock: The band's music, lyrics and imagery come almost exclusively from the mind of frontman and founder Geoff Diederich. "The whole point of this band was to try and sound like SSD [Society System Decontrol] if they had made a record between Kids Will Have Their Say and Get It Away," says Diederich. "When you listen to those songs, they're angry and desperate and weird, and oftentimes they don't even make sense."