There are few people who can claim to be as polarizing and influential as Dennis Lyxzen, best known as the vocalist for Refused and The International Noise Conspiracy. I’m not sure he is eager to take credit for it, but he is pretty much the man who laid the blueprint for what 99% of current screamo and post-hardcore bands are doing. Of course, they are 10 years too young to know they’re ripping him off, but as far as I am concerned any fashionable, skinny white dude in tight pants who screams over a keyboard part owes Dennis some money. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to get Dennis’ take on what Kids These Days are up to– I think he did an artful job of hating without being a hater!
Thanks to Dennis for his time, and check out his new hardcore band AC4- they’re doing an Australian tour this April, so if you happen to be in the land down under, hit him up and tell him Sergeant D sent you!
Pierce The Veil “Carphernelia”
He is so angry at his girlfriend that he is screaming into the phone. There is something wrong with their haircuts, I dont understand. They are writing music on the tourbus, They get to go on tour. They are on the tourbus, They have tattoos. They play music for small children. One guy is sad, one guy is angry. I have no idea why they are so sad and angry. Are they politicial? Did their Facebook account crash? Did they realise that the music that they play is unlistenable?
Fight Fair “Pop Rocks”
Oh man, I just love ironic poppunk without any meaning.
Terror “Return To Strength”
Never really been a fan. I always felt that hardcore was bands like Minor Threat, Black Flag, Bad Brains, Necros, Negative Approach, DRI, MDC, 7 Seconds, Youth Of Today, and so on and so forth. I always thought that bands like Terror and their like was just metalguys with short hair. But, in the present company this is really good. Raw and hard and agressive. Still not sure why they are that angry but… compared to all this music made for small small children this feel like a blessing.
Attack Attack “Smokahontas”
I’ve heard about this crab-core thing. I thought that it was a joke. I mean, it is a joke. One guy is angry, one guy is sad. One guy has dreadlocks. This is music for small small children. Horrible. Horrible. Horrible. The sad singer made me think of the finnish band the Rasmus. Not good.
Cash Cash “Party In Your Bedroom”
What the fuck. Boyband with Tattooes? One guy rocking out with a Synt. Vocoder and autotuned vocals. This has nothing to do with any music that I ever listended to.
This has more in common with Kate Perry than anything. Some sort of super commercial attempt at selling an “alternative” youth-culture. As about as alternative as Let’s Dance or American Idol.
Bring Me The Horizon “It Never Ends”
I have no idea what is going on. Maybe I am such an old school fart and so far behind on new music that I just don’t get it. But, I just don’t get it. Out of all the boybands and bullshit that I’ve been forced to suffer through this was the best. I think. There was an actual chorus somewhere. Still, not my cup of tea. Angry without a message or a meaning. When I got into punk and hardcore we were proper outcasts. We got into fights with the pretty boys that nowadays seem to be the bands. We were ugly and stupid and no girls liked us. They still don’t. Now it seems like all the jocks and pretty boys got themselves some fresh Ink and everyone loves them.
This has nothing to do with my life and the way I grew up or the music that I create or listen to. Damn, I am an grumpy old fuck.
Chunk, no Captian Chunk “In Friends We Trust”
Oh my god. Will this ever end. Music catered to small small children that never heard a proper hardcoreband. This is just another boyband. Maybe it is more appropriate to compare it with the 90s Hairmetal. Music that claimed some sort of metal stamp but was just supercommercial and substanceless music. Yeah, that’s what is happening. Music has no meaning, no substance. It just about haircuts and tattoes. We are living in horrible times.
I understand that people kill themselves if this is the outlet that they have. I understand that people shoot eachother at schools if this is their escape. Music for me explaind the world that I lived in and gave me the strenght to fight it. It was policital and radical and raw. This is has no meaning.
Crazy Town “The New Noise”
This might be one of the biggest misunderstanding in the world. To have missed EVERYTHING that we were. Which in itself is pretty impressive. History will no be kind on Crazytown and that feels good.
I told you that it was a bad idea to do this. I am not really making any new friends this way. Ah, fuck it. Who needs friends anyway.