Everybody knows that Southern California has the most advanced culture on the planet, which in turn means that it has the most advanced bands on the planet. Sure, there are good bands from lulzy places full of fail like Europe, Philly and Boston, but they are the exception not the rule. At best, they’re one-trick ponies that are decent, but solidly locked within the confines of a given genre with all the familiar tropes that go along with it. This is why it’s so easy to mock Eurocore bands who check off all the items on the “we are an easycore/beatdown/srscore/etc band” list, predictable Boston-pride moshcore bands, etc. Sad 4 their entry-level, one-note concepts :/
On the other hand, So Cal bands always have more advanced, nuanced concepts that reflect the area’s diverse, sophisticated culture that’s always looking for what’s next. For example, BLEEDING THROUGH were part moshcore, part symphonic metal, and part fashioncore, with roots in fun, DIY posicore– a very advanced-level concept that Euros and East Coasters are still trying to catch up with a decade+ later!
For a more recent example, peep the new track from the 818 band GOLIATH and lettuce discuss why it is so advanced:
- Song title is very punk; could easily be an album by some shitty, entry-level band like Casualties or Total Chaos. Makes u want to fuck shit up and/or question authority!
- Opens with Slayer-esque ‘creepy clean guitar,’ then there’s a massive breakdown, then a semi-GOTHENBURGCORE part followed by a blast beat and a bass drop at 2:16. Oh, and dat BLEH! at 3:17, which is a nice nod to ignorant mosh. It’s like a potpurri of moshable musical elements!! But note than unlike entry-level, crappy bands who haphazardly cram genres together and call it originality, GOLIATH combines all of this in a way that feels completely natural.
- Breakdown at 2:16 where they are all ‘NO MAN IS SAFE FROM LIFE ITSELF!!! I H8 U DAD DONT MAKE ME GO AN HERO!!’ IMO this is the most advanced part about GOLIATH– I can only hope that this kind of self-hatred/depression/existential angst is The Next Big Thing in hardcore, especially when paired with DYSTOPIA-like vocals.