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.
The video for Marmozets‘ “Why Do You Hate Me?” throws it back to late ’60s/early ’70s era punk with mod fashion and avant-garde, Warholesque photography. Frame splicing, time dilations, and grainy black & whites mix with neon-saturated takes for an art piece rather than just a run of the mill music vid. Taken from the band’s impressive debut record, The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets, “Why Do You Hate Me” flaunts the UK act’s particular brand of hard alternative punk. The stellar songwriting combined with Becca MacIntyre’s dynamic vocals that shift effortlessly between smooth cleans and gritty screams are both vintage and modern, mimicked by the music video in its visual style. Marmozets have their hands in several genres at once and it’s clear anything and everything is up for grabs.
Fans of The Chariot have probably heard of vocalist Josh Scogin’s latest project, the highly unconventional duo that is the band ’68. Scogin, who plays guitar as well as sings for the duo, and drummer Michael McClellan formed ’68 back in 2013, but didn’t get their ten track debut full-length, In Humor and Sadness, out to the public until the summer of 2014. Having toured with bands across the scene from Chiodos to Stick To Your Guns, ’68 represents a side of Scogin that was formerly seen in underground house shows that The Chariot would play but amped up on steroids. With one of the best live shows out there right now, this experimental, in-your-face, stripped down, raw sound is incredibly conveyed both sonically as well as visually.
Scogin and McClellan feed off of one another more than the audience while performing live. They set their positions up to face one another and literally go all out. If you want to ever get lost in the music simply take a trip to a ’68 show and forget all of your troubles and worries within the duo’s crazy antics and love of distortion. Perhaps the best way to visually depict a ’68 performance is found in the music video for “Track 1 R,” sometimes also just referred to as “R.” This highly minimal video creates the true atmosphere of a Scogin-McClellan performance so much so that the pulled back visuals suddenly feel more complex and out of the box. So sit back, relax, and lose yourself with this amazing band and their first single off of In Humor and Sadness.
For All I Am aren’t afraid to sneer and growl with the heaviest of their hardcore counterparts, which is why their video for “Young Grave” provides such an emotionally striking contrast. Almost entirely composed of melodic vocals and relatively minimal instrumentation, this track expertly builds tension for the biting screams and bolder sounds to cut through at the climax. Set in a small, windowless room and never allowing any of the band members to appear in the same shot, the video itself matches the minimalist style of the song, except for intriguing little embellishments here and there; wind flipping through the pages of a book, a girl lighting a candle. Yet the most important thing here is clearly the message: “Write a song that’ll change your life one day / Where the harmful words of other people dim away.” Watch the video below and listen to a song that might just do the same for you.
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This week’s music video is a bit of a throwback. Say hello to Imora, a Pennsylvania based post-hardcore band who seemed to kind of fall off the face of the earth after 2012. However, their single off their debut release, “If The Shoe Fits” is an incredible effort that makes the fact that the group seemed to fade away even sadder. With catchy choruses (sung by the drummer no less), pounding unclean vocals, rolling guitar riffs and an overall intriguing visual aesthetic, “If the Shoe Fits” is a must listen to even if the band is seemingly no more. So take a look at the video below and let us know what you think! Can short-lived bands make a lasting impact?
“Who can tell me what the word ‘originality’ means?” is the question posed at the beginning of this video. And the answer? The Ongoing Concept can! The band play a killer set for a classroom of elementary school children in this music video for their song “Cover Girl,” a set up which is as hilarious as it is endearing. But it’s also didactic. The standout line, “Stop being the print of someone else’s painting,” puts us in the position of having something to learn as well as these adorable kids. The song itself is a lesson in originality, as the words ‘banjo’ and ‘hardcore’ typically aren’t found in the same sentence. So watch the video below and raise your hand if you wish these guys had come to your school as a kid.
This week’s music video pick is none other than “Younger”by letlive. letive. is one of the major forces in the scene constantly pushing the boundaries of what can be done with music. From their monumental record, The Blackest Beautiful, one of the few records in existence that sonicly captures the energy and charisma of a live show, we get “Younger.” Though “Younger” is one of the more toned down tracks on the album, its biting lyrics, catchy melodies, and dramatic flair carry the song as one of the best on the album. Check out the video below to see a new side of vocalist Jason Butler in this whirlwind depiction of religious hypocrisy and cult followings. This video is straight proof that Butler would also be fantastic as a maniac in any comic-book inspired thriller. So take a look and let us know what you think of Butler’s visual interpretation of “Younger” in the comments below.
Here at HXC we believe that no artist should ever separate the audience from the show. With barriers and crowd surfing bans constantly popping up in the scene, getting up close and personal with the music is an ever dwindling phenomenon. Luckily, there are bands like Sleeping With Sirens who haven’t yet raised themselves onto that pretentious pedestal. This week’s music video pick, therefore, is SWS’s first single off their upcoming record Madness, “Kick Me.” While SWS’s last record, Feel, felt like an overwrought montage of Kellin Quinn’s face, “Kick Me” represents the old school vibe of SWS that fans first fell in love with. With a catchy chorus, emotionally charged vocals, and lyrics that actually have something to say, “Kick Me” is an anthem with a video to prove it. For the first time in a long time, Quinn is not the central focus of the video, instead the band opted to bring out a bunch of diehard SWS fans and allow them to get their time to shine in the spotlight singing and jumping along with both the band and other diehards alike. So check out this video and let us know if you like where the new Sleeping With Sirens is headed!
Growing up is never easy. Sometimes you feel like no one understands you and sometimes you might even feel like you are nobody at all. With the latest video from Stick To Your Guns, “Nobody,” the band capture the story of growing up feeling invisible because you might think you’re the outcast. It’s something everyone in this scene can easily relate to, which is why STYG also offer up going to shows and finding those people and the environment similar to how you think, feel and act as the perfect outlet to truly being and owning who you are. With metaphorical visuals carrying the story this video portrays, “Nobody” and its accompanying footage work cohesively as the youth anthem they were created to be. Check out the video here and let us know what you all think!
This week’s pick for MVW is the 5 minute visuals paired with Opheon‘s “The Distance.” Though theme-wise the video is fairly minimal–the basic images of the band playing live cut to footage of the vocalist singing on his own–it is the song that we are so impressed with. The British melodic hardcore rockers went from a very djent-oriented sound that has been regurgitated time and time again to something far more progressive, innovative, and new to the -core scene. With stylized breakdowns, actual melodies, and even a guitar solo (can you believe those still exist?), this track reaches a level of sophistication that warrants a minimal video and lets the music speak for itself. Don’t believe us? Then check it out and see for yourself, because when they drop their upcoming 2015 EP it’s destined to hit the top of your favorite playlists.