As you may have heard, REFUSED recently played some reunion shows in NYC. Of course, washed up hipsters jizzed in their pants as soon as they heard about it on Brooklyn Vegan, and they sold out 5 nights at a 2000-cap venue. In this video, Scott Vogel shares his thoughts on these ‘legendary reunions,’ which pretty much mirror my feelings (Via B9):
“[these bands] disappear, they don’t go to shows, they don’t support new bands, they don’t buy demos, they don’t give a fuck about me or you. But for some reason, we give them our dollars to come back and play for us, a fake shell of what they were.”
The really ironic part IMO is that the kind of people who go to things like the REFUSED reunion shows are the biggest dickbag fuckholes that are always quick to give you their unsolicted, excessively strong opinions on what is and isn’t hardcore, despite the fact that they haven’t actually paid attention to hardcore in 10 years and never really liked it in the first place. Like IKEACORE fggts, the truth is that they were never really into hardcore, they just went flirted with it for a little while before moving on to indie rock, hipster metal, being an iPod DJ, or whatever other gay shit posers do when their 1.5 year ‘hardcore’ phase is over. They couldn’t tell you a single current band, haven’t been to a local hardcore show in a decade, but that doesn’t stop them from telling you (at length) why hardcore sucks in 2012 and how [insert oldfag band] is REAL hardcore unlike all these new bands!
I’m with Vogel on this one: support bands like SOIA, Madball, Terror, New Found Glory and Hatebreed that never ‘grew out of’ hardcore. Support sweet newer bands like Xibalba, Nails, Harms Way and City Lights that play DIY shows and make kids lose their minds. Disregard pretentious assholes who sit on the sidelines and talk shit on hardcore, except when it’s time to cash in on hipster-filled reunion shows. Go be cynical somewhere else, fggts.