I’ve been concerned for the future of scenecore for quite some time now but now that 3 of the biggest bands in the scene have just released new tracks, I think we can get a pretty good feel for the state of the genre.
First off, I just wanna say that Denis Shaforostov, now known as Denis Stoff (I guess he changed his name to sound more Anglo) is one lucky dude. It seems like the band he was in before he replaced Danny as the vocalist for AA really wasn’t going anywhere. And now he’s the front-man for one of the biggest bands in the genre. How AA became one of the biggest bands in the genre is baffling to some, considering they started out as a British Attack Attack rip off band (at times in a very literal sense). Then Attack Attack slowly lost relevance and broke up while Asking Alexandria catapulted their way to the top. It’d basically be like if Neck Deep got 20 times bigger than The Story So Far and then TSSF disbanded and became borderline forgotten. I think Denis’ old band Make Me Famous copied quite a bit from Asking Alexandria so I guess it’s like a dude cheating off a dude who cheated off a dude in an exam. Nothing wrong with that, they all got high grades IMO. The question is will they be able to remain relevant? Or will the hype only fade? This song is pretty watered down and boring to me and I wish they would go back to tr00 scenecore but I guess tr00 scenecore might not be what kids want to hear these days. Seems as if their party days are over. Srs/meaningful rock songs only.
Speaking of tr00 scenecore, I’ve got to hand it to Memphis May Fire, they seem to really not want to back down from their OG risecore sound. Perhaps they have noticed the dangers of bands changing their sound because it can jeopardize their fan-base (like when Four Year Strong went dad rock for one album). Perhaps Matty already fulfills all his desires to make frivolous music through his solo material. I predict that Memphis May Fire will become the Pennywise of scenecore and just keep releasing the same album over and over. Unfortunately this album includes high levels of mediocrity and often times cringey lyrics. But it’s still tr00 risecore so I commend them for that. No traces of hard rock or nu-metal to be found.
Speaking of hard rock, WOW, We Came As Romans totally ditched their scenecore roots on this new song, which I can’t find on YouTube so here’s a video of a guy reviewing it (link to the song is here). No dirty vocals. No breakdowns. Minimal synth. Are We Came As Romans even relevant anymore? Their last album charted a lot higher than I thought it would (8 on billboard) but at the same time, it seems like not many people really care about them or talk about them anymore ever since their original fan-base decided to start jocking La Dispute and Touche Amore or whatever other wannabe-euro tumblrcore act. I predict that they will become the Nickelback of scenecore. Like, a super big band but hard to trace where the massive fan-base is coming from.
So that’s my take on it. What are your opinions on these bands’ new songs? Are you anticipating any of their new albums?