I normally don’t reblog shit, but I feel the need to say something about this.
When I was 13 years old I discovered hardcore, I’m 29 now, so that was 16 years ago. Not soon after discovering it I was going to shows weekly. I have seen trends and fads come and go through hardcore over and over and over again. With the rise of the internet, fads and trends spread faster and faster through the community. This being said, another trend always sweeps through… Kids writing long winded speeches about how fucked up hardcore currently is. Reflecting on their “youth” and how different hardcore used to be. Soon after these rants, these “kids” drop out of hardcore and start indie bands, or do whatever hardcore drop outs do.
Here’s the thing, to the person who wrote this article, you’ve been going to shows for 5 years. You’ve been around long enough to see the fall of one fad and the rise of the next. This shit goes in waves, and it always will. The thing is though, most of the young new jacks who give kids grief for being different will drop out, and the ones who were accepting of everyone will be old fucks still going to shows when they’re my age and older. Talking shit about the majority of the scene who is into a fad though just makes you a pompous dick… And what does that in turn make people think of you? They think of you like you think of them; a pretentious ass hole who thinks he’s above the rest of these “kids” in their 5 panel hats and vans.
You want to make a real change in hardcore? Stop talking about old ass bands that stopped touring regularly long before you discovered hardcore, and start supporting bands that go out and tour now. Go to shows, have fun, mosh, and be carefree. I’m sure in your 5 years of going to shows you have made some friends, and I’m sure those friends have other friends too, so expand your network of friends. I toured off and on from 2006-2012 with various bands from the midwest, and I could have moved to any major city in this country and known people except for the city I ended up in last year, Vegas. You know what I did? I went to some local shows, I met some kids in this scene, and I’ve developed another network of friends all because of a common interest in hardcore. Not all of us dress the same, not all of us like the same bands, but we all like aggressive music and the feeling of being crammed in a shitty space, going side to side and going off for any and every band that comes through this city.
Hardcore legitimately made me a better person. I found my passion through hardcore (photography), and through that passion I found a career. I found my fiancé through both photography and hardcore, and through her I ended up in Vegas with that career I mentioned. 90% of my friends I have I met through hardcore. Whenever I travel I almost always have friends to see and hang out with, and it’s all because of hardcore. Hardcore has been there for me when no one and nothing else was. The lyrics to songs have pulled me through shit nothing else could have. I got OVERCOME tattooed across my stomach when I was 22 because at a time in my life, the lyrics to that song were my anthem to get through each day. No matter what fads hardcore goes through, no matter what the young guns in the scene are doing, hardcore will always mean so much more to me than just about anything else.
I don’t give a fuck who you are or what you dress like, but if you show up to a show, you go off for the bands, and you don’t start drama, then you will always be welcome in this scene in my eyes. This scene is littered with kids who try to act like they are so into hardcore and always have been, but truth be told, no one is born into this. Before I discovered Blood For Blood and Hatebreed I liked Korn, Limp Bizkit, Prodigy, The Offspring, Green Day, and a bunch of other random shit. At the end of the day though, being into this music, moshing, piling on top of your friends, stage diving, all that shit, it puts you outside the “norms” of society. So no matter how different we all are at shows, at our core, we are all into the same shit. We are all on the edge of normal and fucked up.
In my personal opinion, hardcore is stronger and better than it has ever been. A lot of this is thanks to the internet in my opinion, but bands are coming together formed by friends from different states, music spreads faster, and friendships grow stronger. It’s not uncommon for kids to be at shows/fests on opposite sides of the country from where they live now days, but in the late 90’s and early 00’s that shit was almost unheard of unless you were on tour with a band. Kids are bringing tons of bands together to play benefit shows and doing other great things through hardcore. I have friends who have made livings for themselves off of booking bands and printing merch for bands, and if you had told me 10 years ago that would be possible, I would have laughed right at you.
Long story short, hardcore is alive, hardcore is well, and hardcore is still kicking ass. Hardcore did not ruin hardcore, the only thing that could ruin hardcore for you is you.
Aside from the references to straight edge (I’m not edge, nor ever been) the lyrics from Count Me Out by Bane speak volumes of how I feel about hardcore kids who talk shit on the current state of the scene. (I copied the lyrics from a website, don’t step on my dick if they aren’t perfect, you get the point)
"I can still see the reasons
that I opened my eyes to this scene in the first place.
I can still feel my beliefs growing stronger - stronger everyday.
I can still count the ways but for you its all over.
The feeling is gone and you’re moving on
and tearing us down with you.
You’ve shed your past.
Grown up fast, demanding that we all mature at your pace.
But here I’ll remain refusing to change remembering
when we were the same I support your decision,
I believe in change and hope you find just what it is that you are looking for.
But when you sit around and talk shit about everything
that you once based your whole life on,
well that is where you can count me out.
Because I will be here tomorrow, and I will be here next year, just like this X on the back of my hand, I’m not going nowhere.”
Cheer up dude, hardcore goes through fads, the next one is right around the corner. Go to a show, scream along with your favorite band, and mosh like no one is watching.
Written by Anthony “Tony” Tripoli