The semi-mythical days of crabcore have fallen to the wayside as the age of electronicore and it’s leading forerunners Attack Attack! fade deep into legend. Though the band may have dissolved, many of the guys who made the MySpace–era band what it was are still rocking out today, however, they are doing so in a much less digital way.
In case you haven’t heard, former AA! vocalist, Caleb Shomo has been up to a lot recently. His band Beartooth, a hardcore punk outfit that has been dominating what it means to be old school and roughin’ it, have been playing almost nothing but house shows (yes, as in people’s basements and living rooms) for the last couple of months. Pretty cool, don’t ya think? Well, we definitely do. With roaring riffs, delightfully genuine and strained vocals, and a real message to send out to the youth, Shomo and Beartooth have helped round out not only the DIY aspect of contemporary punk and hardcore, but have also brought out a communal, local vibe so often lost in the web of touring, album sales and just the music industry in general. Check out the video for the Beartooth anthem “Beaten In Lips” to get a taste of a Beartooth house show alongside a deeper lyrical and visual message many of the kids in hardcore and punk scenes ought to hear.