Mikey Borens died recently. Some will recognize his name from his time in The Romans or maybe his part of the LA music scene over the past 35+ years, but for many Phoenicians, Mikey was best known for his role as the bass player from The Consumers, the first punk rock band in Arizona. Borens’ death is a stunner for us here at Slope because without his work with the Consumers, as well as his influence on his fellow musicians in the early years, the Phoenix punk rock scene would have been very different.
Dan Clark of Exterminators/Victory Acres/Feederz said: “Wouldn’t have ever played music without him.”
Borens, a Navy vet, would have turned 60 years old in 2017 and was part of Victory Acres in the early stages as well, according to Clark. The two would spend time in the early 1970s searching for empty swimming pools to skate, as well as riding the fabled “Pink Sidewalk” which is still up there on the south side of the Squaw Peak (or Piestewa Peak, for some) recreation area. Borens was a talented painter and illustrator and even had his work featured in a book about picking psychedelic mushrooms in Mexico. According to those who knew him, there really wasn’t much he couldn’t do.
A few years ago, Mikey Borens told us a little bit about the old days and it’s amazing how the importance of his message still rings true for us today as he talked about the spirit of the early punk scene.
At Slope Records, we will keep Mikey Borens and those who loved him in our thoughts, that’s for sure. We’re going to put on our copy of the Consumers’ All My Friends Are Dead (which Borens did the cover art for as well) and turn it up. You should do the same.
RIP Mikey Borens. You are truly missed.