It’s always awkward when pop starlets have their “I R SRS ARTIST NAO” phase and put out an album of horrible, boring songs that flops really bad and is most notable for the SNL sketches mocking it (eg Christina Augilera “Dirty”). As hard as it is to watch them try to be taken seriously, I guess it’s to be expected when you are a hot, rich famous girl who is barely old enough to drink and have already conquered the world. What makes a lot less sense to me is when hardcore bands do the same thing, a phenomenon that I like to call SRSCORE.
Perhaps the poster children for srscore are The Ghost Inside/Hundredth. I’ll just lump them into one band because lettuce be cereal, they might as well. Black and white period-piece videos, black t-shirts, and lyrics about “we gave it our all”? SO SRS.
Essentially, srscore is what happens when scenebros turn 24, grow out of crabcore/easycore, and want to be tr00 hxc, only they don’t actually know anything about hardcore. Ever do a double take because you see some kid who had scene hair and a neon Blessthefall last time you saw him, only now he has short hair and a Terror hoodie and you’re like “Wat? Since when did THAT dude like actual hardcore?!” That’s srscore!
Counterparts straddle the fine line between sweet hardcore and srscore. Like the beginning of the song is pure mosh, but then after about :55 it gets all melodic and he starts crying about “I will be remembered!!”
The other important detail is that srscore bands still get sweated by Tumblrsluts/Is Anyone Up hos, because they aren’t quite ready to leave their scene phase behind them. Srscore is all about having your hxc cake and eating it too: people will think you are deep and inspirational like a true hxc band, only you don’t have to be an actual hardcore kid, because that usually entails being a loser/scumbag/fuckup with a drug habit and/or criminal record.
For The Fallen Dreams used to be a generic but pretty sweet ADTR ripoff, but now they are srscore. No idea what this song/video are about other than the bro walking around and looking like he “has a lot on his mind.” Also dat OTW = wood smash.
We have already covered that Liferuiner are a srscore band now and what a bummer that is, so I won’t go into more detail here, but it’s hard to think of a band who did such a sudden and abrupt 180 like this. Feelsbadman…
Stick To Your Guns aren’t exactly 100% srscore, but compared to their old shit which was way more scene/Atreyu you can definitely see how they’ve moved in that direction (U MIRIN MY BITTER END SHIRT?? AM I DOING IT RITE????)
How to be SRSCORE:
- Wear all black/grey. All band shirts must white prints on a black tee and plaids should be black, white and grey.
- Throw away your Dunks and Air Max 90s; get some Toms
- Stick to oldfag guitars like Les Pauls and Telecasters– NO SCHECTERS.
- Disregard career, acquire lots of corny Sailor Jerry tattoos on your hands/neck– this will make you ‘look like you’ve been through a lot’
- Write vague lyrics that don’t really make any sense, but sound like they are about making tough decisions
- Keep banging hot scene girls, because srscore is the Next Big Thing for tumblrsluts
Please not that I actually like a lot of srscore, because even though it has a lot of fggty qualities in common with tr00 pop-punk and ikeacore, a lot of these bands actually bring some mosh and are most likely cool guys.
What do you think about SRSCORE?? Is this the natural reaction to BMTH and Attack Attack, or just a bunch of buttholes who wish their lives were harder than they really are? Does it make you think less of me that I mostly like srscore??