Intro to the 2007 Lakai full length team video “Fully Flared”, directed by Spike Jonze
Seriously, even if you’re not into skating or have any knowledge of skating at all this intro was a fucking masterpiece, love it. One of my favourite skate film parts.
So everyone is doing this, and i figured i’d add some input. For the most part there weren’t too many releases that i can actually remember as being that good in which i’d even remember that they were released this year, and furthermore due to me being involved in my own band so much this year, i was almost exclusively listening to Hardcore Punk this year (Not to say i exclusively listen to Hardcore and nothing else, i listen to lots of music, this year has just been very Hardcore oriented) So i’m not going to fuck around with rankings or “Top ____” or anything, just the records that i liked a lot.
OFF! - OFF!
I pretty much knew this record was going to be amazing even before it was formally released. Seriously, until Keith Morris dies punk won’t die. There have been so many Hardcore Punk bands that were initially active during the first wave Hardcore movement that whilst have still survived until now, no longer have the impact that they once had anymore. Whilst H.R from the Bad Brains now fronts Bad Brains shows wearing a white Suit and releasing borderline Rap Rock/Nu Metal records, OFF! is a band whose members were based in 80’s Hardcore bands, and the entire band collectively still maintains and brings that fire that those original bands had. Seeing them live is just like seeing a band like Black Flag or Circle Jerks in the 80’s.
Dead Swans - Anxiety and everything else.
Such a bummer this band broke up. This record is amazing, it was released kinda early in the year so went kinda unnoticed by people in Australia. Dead Swans were from England and sound kinda similiar to Blackhole (the band of Frank Carters brother Richard) The record had the same ferocity as early Hardcore Punk releases with an amazing blend of the heaviness of contempory Hardcore Punk releases (think a Trash Talk or American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost kind of heaviness) Vocally at times it has a kind of Melodic Hardcore feel which only mixes it up for the better even more (As in More Than Life/Touche Amore kind of vocals) Shame to see this band break up especially because i never got to see them live.
Verse - Bitter Clarity, Uncommon Grace.
It’s weird, never thought i’d ever put a Verse album in any new “favourite albums” list. Furthermore, after the 2008 release of Aggression some people might have said that it was impossible to release a record to match that one. Bitter Clarity, Uncommon Grace feels a lot like Aggression at times, but there’s a lot of diversity still present, especially with a lot of the guitar sections having clean tones used, there are even some guitar sections which have an almost “rocky” feel to it. Like Aggression it’s a great blend of Melodic Hardcore and more heavier sections. Never thought i’d see Verse release a new record, especially after that whole Chris Berg breaking Straight Edge fiasco essentially caused their initial break up/Hiatus, but it’s great to have them back.
Also, Dem Lyrics. Nuff’ Said.
Endless Heights - Lady Wisdom
Fuck. This band is great. With the break up of prominent Australian Hardcore band Break Even, i can honestly see Endless Heights taking their place as being one of the biggest Australian Hardcore bands. Similar to Break Even, Endless Heights are a band that are accessible in the sense that you don’t have to be a “Hardcore Kid” to enjoy their music. Great blend of melody in conjunction with more traditional mosh oriented Hardcore riffs. Endless Heights are a band that are constantly evolving with their sound and style, formerly called “Your Ghost Is a Gift” they were playing a Hardcore/Metalcore sort of hybrid, but with the release of the prologue EP they transformed into a more melodic Hardcore punk sort of band. Their next EP Dream Strong and the new 3 track release Lady Wisdom has shown that they’re very much being influenced by the bands they’re touring with, Especially in regards to the vocals. Whilst they still have their face paced melodic Hardcore sound, the vocals are very much similar to bands like Basement and Title Fight. Very promising band that i’m sure can only get bigger.
Propaghandi - Failed States
Generally when Hardcore Punk and Thrash Metal meet up together, an amazing beautiful thing called “Crossover Thrash” is created. What is rather strange about this record is that this isn’t crossover thrash. It definitely has elements of both Hardcore Punk and Thrash Metal, but doesn’t sound like Crossover Thrash. In order to label it as a genre, for the most part it’s Melodic Hardcore, kinda like in a Bad Religion Suffer sort of era, however with SICK FUCKING RIFFS. Seriously, these riffs are amazing. Vocally it can go from very nice vocal harmonies to very harsh traditional Hardcore Punk Vocals. Seriously though, it’s an amazing record, check it out.
Trash Talk - 119
Initially i was going to list this record as being one of my “Biggest let downs” but upon listening to it again, i actually realized i like it. I think my main issue was initially the song “Blossom and Burn” which is an incredibly slow doom sort of song, kinda like B Side My Rules Black Flag, and Man is the bastard, only issue is it features Hodgy (who does incredibly well on the track) and Tyler the Creator, who unfortunately for the most part fucking ruins the song. In my opinion whilst it’s still a good record, it isn’t Trash Talk’s best, with that title going to either the Walking Disease, or Awake EP/s. Trash Talk is in a very interesting position right now, with the exposure they’ve now gotten from their relationship with the Odd Future Collective, they are a band who now really “represent” Hardcore to mainstream audiences (along with OFF!) A young generation of kids who have previously never gotten into Hardcore now will consume Trash Talk and undoubtedly call them things like “Cool, Different, Edgy, Grungy” and most likely also destroy them. However if Trash Talk manages to play their cards right, they are in a very pivotal position of potentially being the band which starts a “Punk Revival” in the mainstream. Interesting huh?
My boy Pat did a panther flash, check it out.
A list of some of the best hardcore Australia has to offer.
I don’t want to be the guy who keeps adding shit, but don’t forget Jaws, Jungle Fever, The Dead Walk! and Word Up!
Mike V’s new company, some of the demo videos are so sick, love the throwback name and designs. Mike V was my favourite skater as a kid, still is.Also, Minor Threat is in the video which makes it even better.