5.30.2016

THE CULT OF DEVIANCE

THE CULT OF DEVIANCE

Also, bad handwriting. Lots of cool stuff planned for the week. See you later.

5.17.2016

AN INTERVIEW WITH JOSIAH HOEFLINGER

AN INTERVIEW WITH JOSIAH HOEFLINGER

(Photo by Sarah - Sarah Shoots People)
So, Zone 6 Music was slated to come out in spring but has been pushed back to summer, what happened?
Straight up, I have no idea. 
It’s in the plant, we’re gonna have physical copies in 3 weeks now, so it’s game time.

What are you most excited for people to hear on the new album?

I’m interested in what’s gonna happen. 
I feel like I write lyrics that kind of stand out. I’m not writing lyrics to appease people, I’m not trying to dumb my shit down so I’ll be able to walk in every social circle. 
A lot of bands will tailor their verbiage in accordance with the status quo, I try to just be true to myself. 

A lot of the more social sentiments someone intelligent would be able to break down and at the very least grasp what I'm saying, but topics like Self Evicted I could see people not agreeing. 
I mean it's nothing crazy, but it's about a dude from our past who we all genuinely hope dies tomorrow
Some people might find that excessive, but hey -the dude sucks.

You moved to LA earlier this year, how does the music scene differ from what you’re used to?
 I haven’t been to enough shows to tell, honestly. It’s mostly similar.
 I haven’t met too many people, I guess it’s really too soon to tell. 
I went to some bigger shows like the Bane last tour, and a Turnstile gig, but shows like that are similar everywhere - just fucking packed and wild.

Have you started any new bands in LA?
Yeah! I’m working on a band with Taylor Young and a couple other people but it’s called Midnight Sons and we’re almost done with it actually. 
It’s just a hardcore band, I’ve never been in a band that’s on the heavier side of things. 
Everything I’ve been in has been on the faster side because that's what I like and gravitate to. 
This came together because I’ve always wanted to do a band like that, it’s on the Cold As Life side. Lyrically, it's themed heavily from the mind of a gambling addict.

You’ve been going to shows since you were 10, you’ve obviously seen some things. 
What are the worst trends in hardcore to you? 
My first instinct is to go on all day about this but sometime I try to reason with myself because I don’t want to let shit bother me. 
I try to not get mad and usually fail.1. Kids thinking they have to be one type of hardcore kid. 
A kid in a 3x bulldoze shirt and camo pants is obviously a beatdown kid. It’s all he likes. 
Then the b-side hyper youth crew kid. Punk rock kids who hate everything about hardcore. 
Kids who confine themselves to one aspect of hardcore. 
I'll listen to Deep Wound one second and put on 25 Ta Life the next. I just like hardcore.

2. The new witch hunting social justice warrior. I hate that term. 
People who pick apart hardcore kids, when REAL problems exist in the REAL world, but they'd rather stick to spewing well accepted views over the mic or on a keyboard. 
Like people who say racism is rampant in hardcore as if hardcore is some Nazi Germany. 
You’d read some things some of these people say and think hardcore is some kind of Racist Disneyworld. 
To say that it’s a problem in hardcore is a little insulting to people who had to deal with insane sketchy nazis at shows and fought real hard to make them feel quite unwelcome.

Racism is definitely a thing but people act like it doesn't get taken care of.

 Exactly.
 Hardcore is a piece of the world where racism can exist but for the most part DOES NOT and if it pops up it's stamped out.  
The fact is our world has evolved and ESPECIALLY HC has evolved to the point where these problems are dying more each day. 
But, being some kind of martyr or a victim is the new badge of honor, so people will stop at nothing to try and dig a problem out of a place where there might not be one.


How do you feel about hardcore in 2016?

Overall it’s sick. 
Lately what I’ve been trying to do is kind of just, in a weird way, put blinders on. 
Ignore the weird status quo, go to shows, support bands I think are sick. Take a step back. 
I like not knowing people in bands anymore. 
It’s like being 14 again like just listening to a good band. 
Like Countdown, it was a super refreshing feeling to not know anything about the dudes in the band and not know who’s in the band. It’s like a mystery in someways to me. 
It was really cool.

Name 3 bands that everyone should know about.  
King Nine, Regulate, Abuse of Power

How does country music influence CI?
In a pretty huge way. That’s my bread and butter. 
I didn’t grow up on it really young but I really got into it when we moved back to America when I was 10. I found out about Hank Sr. and from there I just dug and dug and became more obsessed. What I appreciate about country is how genuine it is and how unfiltered it is. 
Every song is like "I’m sad and here’s why. I wanna kill this dude, here’s why. I wanna kill myself, here’s why." 
If you read my lyrics I take a pretty similar approach. I just appreciate the realness in it. 
It’s a realness that’s hard to find in not only music but life.
It’s a huge influence on how we write music, for sure.

So, you’re not into internet culture, but what’s your favorite meme and what meme do you hate?

It’s not that I’m not into it, it just eludes me, man.

You're not a huge meme guy, it's okay.

Yeah! Haha. But this Rob Zombie meme fucking killed me. You saw it. The "this could be us but you won't dig through the ditches" one.

Okay, so what meme do you hate?

I mean, I hate what I don’t understand so 90% of them.
 I guess it’s just an insecurity cause I never get the joke. 
The frog thing is one, I don’t get what’s going on.

Describe yourself in five words.
Excessive. Gambler. Realistic. Uhhh, okay help me out here.

Remember when I called you frustrating?
 
Oh, that's a good one. Frustrating. Rambler. A rambler and a gambler. Actually. Fuck rambler, loyal.

Finally, any words of wisdom for the youth?
Speak your mind and don't ever let anyone make you feel like you can't. 
Don't be ashamed of who you are - no matter what you are. 

You can listen to Criminal Instinct on Bandcamp and follow them on Twitter.

5.13.2016

REVIEW: LOVE. HATE. – ACCIDENT PRONE

REVIEW: LOVE. HATE. – ACCIDENT PRONE

Accident Prone is a band from Norfolk, VA. 
Affectionately called "spazzy" by their bass player, they've been experimenting with various genres and influences to create their unique sound.
Love. Hate. was released on May 12th and they'll be touring on it in June.

The album is five tracks long and has a run time of about 11 minutes.

"Renaissance Lost" is the first track on the album, rightfully so because with its mix of interesting drums and chaotic guitar parts it is the very definition of putting your best foot forward.
It also covers a range of emotions lyrically, as well as talking about reanimated corpses.

"Dead By Dawn" follows close behind with the same recipe of shrill guitar and fast drums which give the singer's voice a proper vehicle for its range and grit.

"Freak Fatale" 
The title of the album is derived from a lyric in this song. 
You all know how I feel about songs about your ex but I think this one is well executed lyrically.
Instrumentally, it's more put together and focused than previous tracks, straying slightly from their spastic sound.

"Teaching A Dumb Dog New Tricks" is a song about bigotry fueled by Christianity.
Instrumentally it doesn't exactly stand out like the previous track but lyrically is where it truly shines.
Unlike previous tracks it isn't laden with metaphors, it's very direct and to the point of the message they're choosing to convey.

"Placebo" is the final track on this album and a perfect show stopper.
It is the essence of Accident Prone on a track.
The bass comes through clearly, the dichotomy of chaotic and (almost) soothing riffs giving way to the drums, and the lyrics all flow so well on this track.
It showcases the angst and thought patterns of the band as a whole.

I give this three out of three dice.

You can stream Love. Hate. on Bandcamp and follow Accident Prone on Twitter.

5.11.2016

SPOTLIGHT: DISMAL DREAM

SPOTLIGHT: DISMAL DREAM

Alabama is hidden gem when it comes to the world of subcultures.
 Many bands call this state home and they're all (unsurprisingly) absolutely fucking insane.
Dismal Dream is one band that is clearly doing everything in their power to make us pay more attention to Alabama. 

With 7th Realm Dismal Dream is making their statement in the scene. 
That statement is clearly "fuck you, we came here to play thrash and play it well." 
If you have ever thought yourself a crossover enthusiast, give this band a listen. 
You won't be disappointed. 

You can listen to 7th Realm on Bandcamp.
SPOTLIGHT: EASY MONEY

SPOTLIGHT: EASY MONEY

Arizona is a testament to man's arrogance. 
In a place where temperatures reach triple digits it's no surprise that bands who hail from there release what could only be described as "fuego." 
Easy Money is one such band. 
They released their first EP, Midas Touch, on April 20th.
I heard their first show was a banger and they're playing several shows with other bands to watch like Jesus Piece, Lost Souls, and Malfunction.

You can stream the EP on Bandcamp and keep up with them on Twitter.

5.10.2016

AN INTERVIEW WITH DUSTIN CARPENTER

AN INTERVIEW WITH DUSTIN CARPENTER

Singer of Funeral Chic and head bang enthusiast.


What's up Dustin?
Personally, nothing at all. Same shit, different day. Livin' the proverbial dream.

Good to hear it. So, what's your favorite thing about North Carolina hardcore?
There's a loyalty and stubbornness the people here have that I've always loved and admired. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
I've noticed that too. Everyone I love from North Carolina has a good head on their shoulders as well. What other bands were you in before Funeral Chic?
I played in a band called Narratives for a few years prior to Funeral Chic. We've all played in a few bands before this, they were mostly terrible so we try our best to pretend like they never existed and that the future is bright. It's probably not, but pretending is nice.
I was listening to Narratives the other day actually, it still holds up in 2016. So, I'm assuming you're the lyrical mastermind behind Funeral Chic's lyrics. Where do you draw inspiration from for the subject matter in your lyrics? 
It varies. The shortest possible explanation is that each song comes from a different realm of irrational anger, hatred or depression. The music of Funeral Chic is a catalog of bad form and poor mental framework.
Well in the words of Nathan Englander, write what you know. So, the new Funeral Chic release is called Hatred Swarm. What can you tell me about it and how did you guys settle on that name?
Hatred Swarm was the title of the first song we wrote for this record. The phrase seemed to aesthetically embody the record as a whole. So, we just ran with what felt right. I can tell you that making the record was exhausting and time consuming. 2 years of writing and one year of recording culminated into 18 sloppy minutes of sonic intolerance to the intolerant. Everything else that could be said will be announced in the next week or so, come hell or high water.
What would you say you're most excited for people to hear when it comes to this record?
Mostly, I'm just excited to for people to actually hear it in it's entirety. Having been working on it for so long, the day people will get to finally hear the record as a whole will be a really exciting thing for me.
Oh, this record will definitely end up on more than a handful of Album of The Year lists. 
Now, for the personal questions. You've been a contributing member of the scene for years now. What would you say is wrong with hardcore right now? What would you say is keeping it alive?
Personally, I think the state of hardcore is great right now. At home, at least. It's becoming way more inclusive and the importance of that can't be over stated and I hope places everywhere keep it up. 
I can't really speak on what is wrong with hardcore, just because it's been really good to me for the last few years, but my only real criticisms are with the jaded, "I was born in an Earth Crisis t shirt, things were better back then" type people. Shit is mad annoying and counterproductive. There's cool shit happening all the time, all over the place and it's more easily accessible now than it ever has been. Take part or go back home and live in the past.
A great answer. Do you have any words to the youth?
Always respect the members of your community and earn their respect in return. Exceptions can be made for shitbags. No respect for shitbags. Unchecked aggression is pointless. 

Be angry for a reason. Always be weird.         

    

You can listen to Funeral Chic on Bandcamp and keep up with them on Twitter