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Interview with Itarya Leo of Legendary Divorce

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People need to stop telling me that punk is dead. Like for (super) cereal, guys. Why? Because when you listen to up and coming bands like the Philadelphia-based Legendary Divorce there is no denying that punk, grunge, hardcore and all sorts of underground music genres are still thriving in their own scenes.

Here at HXC, we got a chance to chat with Legendary Divorce vocalist and guitarist Itarya Leo, one bad ass female killing it in the east coast music world.  As part of our ongoing Women of Hardcore series, we got to learn all about Leo’s love of Nirvana, Legendary Divorce’s latest EP Make Me, and, of course, Leo’s thoughts on the current state of the scene.

What was the mindset going into writing and recording this EP?
We wrote these songs over about six months, then decided to record with a friend. They are the first songs we wrote as a band and we were just excited to record them!

You began as a Nirvana cover band back in 2012.  Clearly Cobain must have been a big influence on you guys.  What about Nirvana inspired you to form this band?
The Nirvana cover set was for a Halloween show. I think we wanted an excuse to get together and play Nirvana songs. [Laughs.] They are some of our favorite songs. Nirvana, for all of us, was our first introduction to punk. I know, personally, I was not aware music could sound like that–Nevermind completely blew me away. There is such sense of purity and carelessness and frustration. It’s noisy, real, and SUPER fucking catchy, like dissatisfied pop music on drugs.

What have been some other major musical influences you guys have had?
I am really obsessed with the Wipers. Especially their albums Over the Edge and Is This Real? But, we all have a pretty diverse taste in music, digging everything from soul to grindcore to pop.  Tim and I can kill entire mornings listening to Deicide or watching L7 videos. We are all serious lovers of music.

You guys recently released a music video for the song “Easy.”  What made you want to do a video for that track?
It is the first song we wrote as a band! I believe that is the reason. It’s about a deteriorating friendship. Throwing stones at glass houses.

Do you have a favorite track on the EP?
Probably “Satisfaction” because it’s a total blast to play.

A lot of media has been saying there aren’t enough girls in the hardcore or punk scene.  How do you feel about that notion?
I am not sure if the issue is that there aren’t enough girls in the hardcore or punk scene (though there could never be enough). I know A LOT of super talented girls playing great music within both of those genres, and all genres. I don’t think female musicians are celebrated in the same way male musicians are in most circles. Though, we’ll progress! I believe music is a great uniter. Lots of girls go to shows, too. Some of the most avid show goers I know are female.

What first inspired you to  pick up a guitar or microphone?
I’ve been singing from a very young age. I performed in musical theater throughout my childhood. I’ve always loved music and performing. I kind of took a breather for about 10 years and then, when we decided to do the Nirvana show, I had to learn how to play guitar! Now it’s my favorite thing. Also, screaming into a microphone and playing loud, rowdy music is the most amazing therapy. It makes me a better person.

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We’re currently running a series on the women of hardcore and the punk scene.  Several of our interviewees have unfortunately had experiences in which many people have mistaken them for groupies or roadies.  Do you think gender should have any weight on the output of music nowadays?
I have never been referred to as a “groupie” in my own band, but have been called that when seeing my husband’s other band, Ladder Devils, play. It’s such a ridiculous term/concept to me. Everyone is there for a wonderful reason: they love the music and/or love the environment that the music thrives in; provides. We all want to hang out with and be liked by people we think are cool and respect. We all want to participate in music. I don’t think gender should have any weight on the output of music today. I do think that it is important to be able to express yourself however you want to. Sometimes gender, or lack thereof, has a big part in that, but shouldn’t be judged solely on that.

What’s a Legendary Divorce live show like?
It varies, but usually we get to play with great bands who end up being the loveliest people, so we’ve lucked out in that way so far. Audiences have been super kind and seem into it. Our best friends come out. We play very loudly.

What’s your favorite track to play live?
“Satisfaction!” Though, I am REALLY excited to start playing new songs out.

Are there any upcoming events from Legendary Divorce we should be on the lookout for?
We hope to have a full length finished by the end of the year which will be released on Reptilian Records. We don’t have another show scheduled until August, with The Cloth, but who knows what will come up!

10 Things You Do Post-Show

A few weeks ago we gave you a list of 10 Things You Do Pre-Show, from freaking out over buying your ticket to rocketing through the ceiling like Family Guy’s Peter Griffin when you’ve had one too many energy drinks. But just as important as your pre-show rituals are your post-show ones. That’s what this list is for. Let us see if we can pinpoint exactly what goes down after you and your friends leave the venue.

1. Immediately begin repeating the phrase “That was fucking awesome.”

2. Head to the merch table and buy all the things.

3. Whether it’s those 99cent Iced Teas or some Gatorade, you get your hydration on like you’ve spent a week in the Sahara.

4. Make your way to the same IHOP, McDonalds or Denny’s you’ve been going to post-show for the last five years.

5. Run into people from the show you just came from at said IHOP, McDonalds or Denny’s.

6. Instagram, Instagram, Instagram.

7. Compare notes about the bands you saw.

8. Start obsessively researching that one opening band that was surprisingly awesome.

9. Fall in love with this new band and vow to see them next time they tour. You’re gonna be the reason they make it big.

10. Collapse. You’ve earned it.

Escape The Fate are Obsessed with Dubsmash and It’s Hilarious

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Craig Mabbitt does Gollum impressions with Dubsmash.

While we at HXC Magazine pride ourselves on writing editorial content that makes you think, we do like to goof off every now and then. That’s what our ‘Shit Hardcore Kids Say’ section is for; those pieces of the scene that make us laugh (at ourselves) and those random corners of the internet that you like to share with your friends. Apparently, Escape The Fate love goofing off, too.

Anyone who follows ETF vocalist Craig Mabbitt and guitarist TJ Bell on Instagram is aware that these two never fully grew up, and you’ve got to love them for it. It seems they’ve been getting really into the Dubsmash App lately, which allows you to sample soundbites from your favorite songs, movies, shows, etc. and make videos with them. Who knows how much work these guys are getting done on the new album–which they’re recording right now–but they’re definitely adding bullet points to their comedy resumes.

Catch these fools and the rest of Escape The Fate on Warped Tour this summer!

Interview with Jenna McDougall, Whakaio Taahi of Tonight Alive

Photo taken from band's Facebook page.
Photo taken from band’s Facebook page.

The following is an interview in our ongoing serial “Women of Hardcore.” For more from the serial click here

Pop punk band Tonight Alive have earned themselves some serious attention over the years. They’ve played festivals like Warped Tour and Soundwave, had their song “The Edge” featured on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack, and toured with the likes of Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens, and All Time Low. HXC Magazine correspondent Liz Rainey recently had the opportunity to speak with Jenna McDougall (vocals) and Whakaio Taahi (guitar, vocals) at JBL Live at Pier 97 in NYC on the May 23rd date of the Future Hearts Tour. In the interview, they talk about exploring more of the U.S., the recording process of their third album, and what “punk” means to them. 

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Jarrod Alonge Releases Album, ‘Beating A Dead Horse’

A lot of people like to make fun of metal and hardcore, but no one enjoys it as much as metalheads and hardcore kids do. It turns out the old saying is right: If you can’t beat ’em, join em. Literally. One of the foremost satirists of the underground, Jarrod Alonge, dropped his parody album today, appropriately titled Beating A Dead Horse.

Satirizing major tropes of the scene from idolized misogyny (“Misogyneric feat. Mattie Montgomery”) to Chiodos and The Devil Wears Prada-style song names (“The Distance Between You and Me is Longer Than the Title of This Song”), it’s clear that Alonge wants you to laugh, but just maybe to think a little bit, too. The YouTuber pokes fun at everything from pop punk to breakdowns, and also the fact that he’s totally getting away with it.

So take a few minutes out of crying over your ex and ordering pizza to listen to the album and let us know what you think! For a taste of the (almost) plagiarism, check out the lyric video below to “Hey Jarrod, What’s That Song Again?” and see how many bands you can name that get ripped off in four minutes.

10 Things You Do Pre-Show

If you’re a regular show-goer, you know all of these apply to you. Don’t deny it. Just embrace it. LET’S GOOOOOO!!

1. You and your friends find out your fave band is going on tour and coming to your city.

2. You bought your tickets. OMG.

3. The show is tonight and you may or may not be freaking out. 

4. Time to get fresh as fuck.

5. Throw on that leather jacket.

6. Put that eyeliner on.

7. Where did I put my ticket again?

8. Even after years of going to shows, you still don’t know where to put your wallet so it won’t fall out. 

 9. But you know exactly where to put your keys. 

10. You down that Red Bull or Monster Energy Drink like it’s your job. 

And when you finally get to the venue, your body is ready. Let’s do this.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what YOU do pre-show!