I was thinking about how to sculpt my personal brand for 2K10, and I decided that easycore will be my fave kind of music for the new year because it is the subgenre that best captures what is in the hearts of teens who like 2 mosh. Since you all “have your finger on the pulse of youth culture” I am asking for ur help in finding the best new easycore bands so I can position myself as an expert on this important new youth movement/subgenre.
What is EASYCORE??
Starting an easycore band is not that hard, all u have to do is write pop punk songs and put in some breadowns and maybe gang vocals on some of the most meaningful choruses. It’s pretty simple, just imagine if u played Blink-182 covers only at least once in every song you busted a Hatebreed mosh part (but in a major key). It’s like taking 2 things that are awesome on their own and putting them together so it is at least 2x as awesome!
Back in the 90s, before we had autotune and Zumiez only had like 200 stores, it was a new idea to combine mosh and melody. We all thought that those two things could never go together, like strip clubs and bingo, but we were wrong. Gorilla Biscuits were probably the first band to sound like NOFX playing hardcore songs, and bands like Lifetime, H20 and Lifetime tribute band Saves The Day followed in their footsteps. They were rad bc sometimes hot girls would go to their shows, which was cool.
However, most scholars agree that New Found Glory were the first band to truly perfect the formula for easycore, putting together melodies that ur little sis can get into with x breakdowns x that u could mosh to while she makes kissy faces at Jordan. They also coined the term “easycore” on some shirts they made for gas money while on tour. When they started, we all laughed at Chad for quitting the popular hardcore band Shai Hulud to join the unpopular pop punk band A New Found Glory, but the joke is on us bc nobody under 30 rmbrs Shai Hulud and NFG are still popular with teens who shop at Zumiez. I have been a big NFG fan since their first album and I still listen to them on the regular– if you haven’t yet, you should prob download some of their songs to your Zune right now!
Embarrassing levels of earnestness/optimism/enthusiasm 4 life
Easycore is not for ppl from broken homes, it is for kids who are good students, nice to their parents and help old ladies cross the street. A lot of their songs are about growing up and how they hope that they will be positive and happy when they grow up, or mb about how they are having the time of their lives “being in a touring band with their bros” and traveling across the country. They are so happy to be alive that it seems silly/immature/naive if u are like me and have had ur passion for life extinguished a long time ago and just want to “listen to Terror and feel sorry for yrself.”Oh, and I don’t think u HAVE to be straightedge to be easycore but I would say u prob should be, just to play it safe. You def can’t chug 40s, do coke in the bathroom, or anything else that would be in a Skarhead video.Witty song titlesThe kids in these bands are probably in honors English classes, which means two things: they are dorks and they like to flex their English skills as often as possible. I think that’s why easycore bands have long song titles with puns and stuff in them. For example, “My Other Car Is The Next Bus,” “Buzz Aldrin: The Poster Boy for Second Place,” or “Beatdown In The Key Of Happy.”
Kind of annoying, huh?? Seems like they are trying too hard, like the “zany” kid in high school who watched too much Monty Python/British comedy and would sometimes blurt out “Monkeys! Cheese!” and u would be like “Dude pls stop being so zany nobody likes u or thinks ur funny.”Mosh 4 Christ (optional but recommended)
A lot of easycore bands are into praising Christ. U don’t have to be a Christian to be easycore, but it can’t hurt. I would say that it’s prob best to just write lyrics that sound vaguely Christian but not ever use the word “God” or whatever, that way in case anybody gets mad u can always deny it but Christian kids will still buy your merch bc they will think ur Christian too. Also mb you should play Truth drums.
Some of my faves for 2K10
There are a lot of rly good easycore bands out right now so it’s a really good time to be getting into this exciting new subgenre. Here are some of the more popular artists who are “spearheading the easycore movement”; pls peep them and tell me what u think!Check out Easycore Is Sexy And Fun to download all of these songs for free and keep easycore DIY.
Former easycore band Fight Fair is prob more accurately categorized as PROGRESSIVE EASYCORE these days but u should still check them out! I think u will see big things from this band in 2K10. Vid by Ilene Powell.
SYG are kinda weird dudes but they know that the kids love pirates so they put them in their video. I dunno, I think it was just so that they would seem like “wacky/chill guys” not “uptight buttholes who hate fun” but what do I know.
Four Year Strong “Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die”
I saw this band a few months ago with Fireworks. The singer was real bummed when I heckled him for having a “One Life, One Chance” tattoo. But can you blame me? An H20 tattoo, srsly bro???
V/A Popcore breakdowns that go hard
This video proves that hardcore is not the only genre that can make u mosh!!
City Lights “Hang Out”
These bros are an upcoming easycore/powerpop band from Columbus. They are def more on the pop tip than many easycore bands but I am real into them and u prob should be too. Pls add them on MySpace and follow them on Twitter to enhance the value of their digital brand.
Can’t Bear This Party 2k10 promo
Bands like Can’t Bear This Party will be the “next generation of easycore” so if u want to be an opinion leader and tastemaker in youth culture u should prob tell ppl you like them!