Music is a safe haven. Hardcore, we believe, doubly so. Guitarist and vocalist Sharon Malfesi of New York melodic hardcore band Hollow Bones reinforces this sentiment for us when she talks about her band’s upcoming record, Lionheart, as well as her road to self-realization within the LGBT and hardcore music communities.
If you want to know what a hardcore show can be like, look no further than Terror’s “Live By The Code.” The iconic band have been a staple of the hardcore scene for over a decade and this video can give you a glimpse as to why that is. Between the simple chords and the half-barked vocals are the people that make up a community. To the unfamiliar eye, it may seem like they’re all abusing each other, but really a show like this one stands for the very ethos of the genre. It’s aggressive, sure, but it’s also a home. The lyrics themselves are a kind of ode to that belief: “Desperation,the broken, we found honor/ Live by the code, the music and our culture/ Live by the code, the roots and the ethics they have taught us.” It’s what hardcore was founded on way back when, and it still looks like a hell of a lot of fun to me.
“Dear Youth (Day 52)” was the first track to be released off the new The Ghost Inside album and is essentially an embellished lyric video, but what makes it worthy of our “Music Video of the Week” nomination is who’s toting the lyrics here. The video for the title track of Dear Youth, one of our Top 10 HXC Approved Albums of 2014, embodies what we stand for at HXC Magazine. Music, especially hardcore, is about community. Bands like The Ghost Inside wouldn’t be what they are without their fans, and to showcase that fact the band made their fans the stars of this video. The record itself is a loose concept album surrounding a letter vocalist Jonathan Vigil wrote to his younger self, capturing his determination of purpose and loss thereof; sentiments to which we all can relate at one point or another. It only makes sense that those who mosh to his every word should be the ones to disseminate the message. Whether they’re sitting on the toilet or serving in the army, they’re the people who make the scene what it is. So this writer would like to take time to address you all, too: Dear Youth, thank you for carrying these words around with you every day. Sincerely, one hardcore kid to another.