When it comes to 90s hardcore bands that have stood the test of time and then some, DOWNSET are at the top of the list, combining sweet mosh parts with rap in a way that few have equaled before or since. From my earlier post about them:
Their music was awesome enough on its own, but I really fell in love with Downset because they were the purest possible product of crossing the Southern California graffiti and hardcore scenes, with members representing legendary crews UTI, THC, and CBS. For someone like me who grew up fully immersed in both graffiti and hardcore of that era, it’s hard to find a band that does a better job of capturing what the West Coast was like in the 90s for pissed off kids like me. AND they had smart lyrics about self-improvement, being mad, and other stuff that hit home with me– it’s pretty much like you took everything I liked, put it in a blender, and pressed it onto vinyl.
this video = everything good about 90s hardcore
I caught up with their drummer Chris aka KRASP and talked about some old man bullshit like the 90s LA hardcore and graffiti scenes, which parts of the 909 are best for raising your family, and some news about his new band. Thanks to Chris for his time, and if you aren’t jocking DOWNSET, you’re doing it wrong!!