Here at Stuff You Will Hate we pride ourselves on hard hitting, investigative journalist that hell, even Alter The Press would be jealous of. So we try to make important cultural assessment of the bands and the music scenes of yesteryear. Our story starts with the ‘scene’ (see here for a quick crash course). It is probably the weirdest of all counter cultures. By that I mean, a part from it’s lack of distinct naming it is extremely simplistic to be associated with the scene. No politics, no religion, no care; just a flamboyant haircut, neon-gore t-shirt with dangerously skinny jeans and a strange desire to chrip and death growl in public. But with this subculture debates have raised over each band and how they contributed to the scene.
Lets say we have a check list for what makes a ‘scene’ band: Cute singer with lots of tattoos, huge breakdowns, Impact font-ready slogans, relentless self-promotion.
Cute singer with lots of tattoos (the no homo section):
In fairness, Jeremy McKinnon is attractive, so he’s always had that going with him. But the band only started to get sleeves on their very clean skin in 2010. Is it only when they’re big they acquire tattoos? Well there’s no place for poseurs in the scene. UN CHECKED
Impact font-ready slogans:
I think this bands built on slogan breakdowns and impact font on the back attire. A thing found in the scene all the time.
Relentless self promotion:
To me this is a good thing and a bad thing. The good thing is that these are the kinds of bands that aren’t self righteous about their fame and willingly act as a support band just so long as they tour. And ADTR are just like that, they still tour underneath Bring Me The Horizon and Rise Against despite having a huge fanbase. The bad thing, they use to advertise themselves all the fucking time, like those bands on last.fm who won’t leave me the fuck alone. Fuck you polish electronicore band with 400 facebook fans. CHECK
Why aren’t ADTR scene:
Bottom line, they’re too clean, the fashion just doesn’t add up to a scene band. Also as you can see from the above promo shots they are far srs from 2009 onwards. However, a lot of their old shots show then as guys pulling stupid poses and showing themselves as chillbros. Their musical appeal is enough to make them scene while still capable of making a successful mainstream crossover. Obviously they had their share of fans who were scene, (i.e. most BMTH fans are ADTR fans) but I see them as fitting in best with garden variety pop-punk (ie, they are more like blink than parkway drive).
Do you believe ADTR are scene? Are they just in the pop punk scene or do they just appealing to both fan bases? Should this kind of research appear on the SYWH front page or is this just ridiculous?