All photos by Sophia Zucker
Where We Are Now, The Sun Sets Here for Vanna
For over a decade, Boston’s Vanna have been creating aggressive music for us to sing along and swing our fists to. Vanna has helped me get through some tough times and made others great. They will remain a part of my life through their music that I will continue to listen to even after they’ve closed the curtains.
Remember when your grandpa would tell you it only cost a quarter to see a “moving picture” when he was a teen? Or how he used to walk five miles a day just to get to school? Well, if we make it to that ripe old age, we’ll probably be saying kooky stuff, too. Here are some phrases you may find yourself groaning out in the nursing home, if you make it that far.
After coming off their Ides of March Tour in support of their new record, If Life Were A Book, I’d Skip This Chapter, the guys in I Hate Heroes took some time to answer a few questions for us. Check out the Q&A below to get to know IHH a little bit better and which villains they’d be if they had the chance. Also, if you haven’t yet, check out the new record as well as their recent cover of Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”!
If you weren’t lucky enough to catch Hundredth on Warped Tour, or if you want to relive those wonderful moments, here’s your chance! Hundredth have released a music video for their killer song “Break Free” and all the shots are taken from this summer’s stint on the Monster Energy Stage. A little different from your typical live video, this one is all about constant motion. And if you’ve been to a Hundredth show before, you know that’s what you get. Check out the video below and tell us your favorite Hundredth moments!
A lot of bands fall into the easy trap of spitting out the same brand of metalcore that’s been heard a hundred times so long as they’ve got the leather jackets to back up their image. While Evacuate The City definitely hold true to the standard metalcore sound, their EP The Catastrophe switches it up with intriguing and fresh new elements. Tried and true chord progressions are sliced through with exciting embellishments on the guitar. Jonny Craig-esque melodies and killer uncleans mix with MIW-like keyboards and dubstep-inspired synth tones. And this all mixes together in a way that somehow manages to not only be coherent, but damn fun. Evacuate The City can hold their own and then some, even making it onto the Orlando, FL date of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. And it looks like they’re just getting started.
Check out Evacuate The City’s music video for “Recollection” and stream The Catastrophe EP below. If you like what you hear, make sure to pick it up on the band’s bandcamp.
Once a month, in the epicenter of hipster culture in Los Angeles, the Echoplex opens its doors for Taking Back Tuesday—a night that brings every “emo” kid together to listen to their favorite 2000-2006 jams. A group of DJs spin their favorite emo tunes and a special guest DJ usually plays later in the evening; everyone from members of Senses Fail to Blink-182 have played a set. So this June, two friends and I caked on the eyeliner, pulled on our band t-shirts, and headed into Silverlake to see what Taking Back Tuesday (or #EmoNightLA, as it’s also known) was all about.
The Echoplex, as a venue, has seen rock stars of all types, including The Rolling Stones, Beck, NIN, and The Mars Volta. It’s a small venue (capacity caps at 700) and it has that rock ’n’ roll smell of stale beer and deodorants mingling together. Taking Back Tuesday looked like every My Chemical Romance concert I went to over the last decade. But even more importantly, it felt like every My Chemical Romance, every Taking Back Sunday, every Blink 182 concert I’ve ever attended. All these people, men and women with varying degrees of dyed hair and tattoos, came together to celebrate this music and what it does for them.
This is music that grabs hold of someone and sticks to them like sap on a car windshield. No matter how hard you scrape, this shit is on you. It pulled me into a strange time warp, where it didn’t matter that no one was playing an instrument on stage because I felt like I was back at my first concert. It took me back an entire decade, back well before this kind of music was popular—back to a time when I got shit for being an emo kid.
When emo first gained popularity in the early 2000s, the word was widely used derisively. People used it to put down the music and the people who identified with it. Being an emo kid was almost like wearing a target to school that said “I FEEL MY FEELINGS HARDCORE,” giving other insecure middle and high school kids the opportunity to pick on them.
Once I got to the Echoplex and saw the enthusiastic crowd and the excitement, however, I realized things have since shifted. Now, emo kids—or former emo kids who like to dabble in the culture—have taken back the word. There was a feeling in the room, which was amplified by the DJs, that being an emo kid is cool now. The DJs asked, “How are all you emo kids doing tonight?” to which they got an uproarious response from the crowd. No one felt picked on or shamed for being there. It was about celebrating the music and the culture associated with it.
If you look closely at actual lyrics, it’s easy to see why these bands resonate so strongly with confused adolescents (and struggling 20somethings). In the My Chemical Romance song “Thank You For The Venom,” frontman Gerard Way croons, “You’ll never make me leave/ I’ll wear this on my sleeve/ Give me a reason to believe.” Lost, lonely, and searching for anyone to understand, these lyrics hit close to home for emo kids everywhere. The universal feeling of being misunderstood doesn’t go away entirely when you grow up. People will always misunderstand and overlook and be sort of shitty. You’ll always have to deal with that, and finding a healthy way to channel those feelings constructively, like with music, will always be important.
The feeling emo music gives me is one of acceptance and recognition; like someone turned to me in a moment of my own intense weakness and said, “I get it, this sucks, but you’ve got to stay strong.” That was the feeling that washed over me, like a warm shower, the moment I stepped into the #EmoNightLA crowd. It felt like I had found an old pair of Vans, well worn and held together by colored duck tape, that slipped on like no time had passed. It was like stepping back into my skin.
People jumped, bopped, and moshed to Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, and Brand New. The moment the opening lyrics of “Fat Lip” blared from the speakers, (“Storming through the party like my name is El Niño/ When I’m hangin’ out drinking in the back of an El Camino/ As a kid, I was a skid and no one knew me by name/ I trashed my own house party cause nobody came”) 300 screaming attendees pushed forward and a mosh pit appeared like a sink hole, pulling in bodies from every direction. The songs that amped up the crowd most were songs about rebellion and being misunderstood, eliciting instant recognition and nostalgic joy.
Emo Night at the Echoplex gives people who never stopped being emo a place to jam together; a place to scream, jump, and enjoy the music that has become part of their soul. It’s a place where the year is 2006, and you’re watching the best damned Warped Tour of your entire life. The fact that this still exists, a decade later, is a testament to how much this music and this community still care. If every night could be Emo Night, then you would know where to find me: Jamming in Silverlake with a bunch of fucking emo kids.
EMO NIGHT IS THE FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH
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by Maria Spiridigliozzi
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!
It’s been three years since San Diego natives Pierce The Veil released their monumental album, Collide With The Sky. Fans have been waiting eagerly for the post-hardcore band’s fourth album to drop ever since–an album that was supposed to be ready to go come spring 2015. After months of pushing back deadlines, PTV have released their first new single, “The Divine Zero,” via Fearless Records.
After a successful last album, finding ways to make exciting new material can be difficult. (Perhaps this is why fans have been kept waiting.) That in mind, “The Divine Zero” does have a lot in common with the sound of the band’s previous record. What elevates the track, however, are the dark and exhilarating bridges; the first at the 2-minute mark and the second that fades into the outro. It’s the trademark pop-infused post-hardcore we’re used to with a slightly more menacing flare.