I am a modernist and a futurist. I appreciate art that makes a break from the past, like the work of painters such as Miró, Duchamp and Braque who were all “we seriasly like do not care about the rules of art we’re basically just like totally random and we do what we want and if u don’t like it that’s ur problem.” I mean, why regurgitate some half-assed, contrived version of shit someone else already did when you could do something new and different?? This is why I am annoyed by trends like SLIPKNOTCORE, bands releasing their shit on cassette, 90s worship, and anything else that clings to and rehashes the past instead of doing something new and groundbreaking.
And when it comes to doing groundbreaking shit in the -core scene, imo ATTACK ATTACK take the crown. Looking back, they’re arguably not only among the most influential bands of the last decade, but also the most innovative (srs). So how about instead of doing the usual musicfag thing where we wait until they have been broken up for 10 years before we acknowledge the validity of their work, let’s get stoked on them while they are (kind of) still around. Let’s look at the facts:
I remember the first time I heard “Suddenly Came Someday:” I was partying with my friend Jon and some like 20 year-old “Christian” scene girls at their house. This came on the stereo and I paused in the middle of my conversation with/attempt to smash Afton (yes that was really her name)– “Dude, what the fuck is this??” I asked Jon, “This is amazing!” I had never heard anything like it.
If u are old enough to remember the old website Myspace, you’ll also remember how a lot of bands thought it was really funny to have zany genre listings like the one above– AA basically just took that idea and made an actual band out of it.
What was so awesome about AA is that their style came out of nowhere, a crazy mish mash of genres that made no sense but also made perfect sense at the same time. It’s a very postmodern collision of styles that perfectly illustrates the fact that a lot of Kids These Days are genre-agnostic: if the song is sweet they’re into it, and that’s all that matters. They basically don’t care about genres, at least not how kids did Back In The Day, where you identified as a Punk Rocker, Hardcore Kid, etc and you did NOT listen to anything outside the extremely narrow confines of your self-assigned genre prison.
“Stick Stickly” and this video are basically a note-for-note, pixel-for-pixel template for a whole generation of bands: The haircuts, v-necks and destroyed jeans; the running in place in a grassy field; the synchronized crabbing. The dissonant breakdowns set against the trance parts. Even the Joey Sturgis production became (and basically still is) the sonic template for a whole genre (he has gotten a lot better since this album but the point remains).
While I’m sure there are other bands who did the “top 40 screamo cover” thing before AA did, they were definitely among the earliest metalcore bands to do it and had a big hand in making a top 40 cover a staple of every scene band’s setlist
While nowadays we look at crabcore/risecore as an example of a creatively bankrupt genre full of generic clone bands, the truth is that it was one of the freshest, most shockingly original new styles in years when it came out. Sure, you can point to where they took the bits and pieces (riffs from TDWP, crunk imagery from LIL JON, trance parts from CASCADA or whatever lol, etc) but that’s not the point. The point is that they put all those pieces together, and wrapped it in an image that for whatever reason was exactly what kids were looking for.
IMO “Smokahontas” is the pinnacle of crabcore/risecore, the genre’s single finest moment. Flawless production, br00tal breakdowns, and epic trance/dubstep parts, but unlike the majority of the genre it actually has hooks
Of course, you don’t have to like them, but that doesn’t change the fact that they defined a groundbreaking, unique sound and look that now has thousands of imitators all over the planet. Pretty fucking impressive considering they were just derpy little high school kids from Westerville, Ohio when they did it– and for any haters or doubters, please let us know what YOU did when you were 16 that was more creatively and commercially successful than this.