SYWH seems never to tire of joke bands (AKA notsrscore). I was thinking about this the other day when suddenly GCF came to mind. I then wondered what SYWH would think of them, hence, this post :) Basically, they seem to align with the SYWH mentality uncannily well in some ways, yet are diametrically opposed in other ways. On one hand, they are all about not taking themselves seriously, making fun of the hardcore scene, and having fun. The word FUN is even in the band name! On the other hand, they take social/political causes very seriously and seem like the type of people who would give you a stern language lecture if you said the word “faggot” at a show, and also seem kinda serious about tr00 hardcore :( OR DO THEY? The songs are so lighthearted and zany that I really can’t figure out whether some of them are ironic or not. They generally range from somewhat annoying/lulzy to genuinely hilarious/insightful. Here are a few choice examples:
For those unfamiliar, this song is a parody of Earth Crisis’ ultraxmilitant straight edge anthem Firestorm. Excellent jab at militant sxe/veganism, and definitely a hardcore classic imo. This is probably their best material, and even most people I’ve met that hate this band can agree that this track is great.
Open this video up and click on the link to the lyrics for a full dose of unabashed feminism. This song is about how “sexism didn’t end in the 80′s,” and how feminism is more important than ever in the modern world, especially that of the hardcore scene (srs). While this might trigger some of you to guzzle a gallon of rageohol, this is actually pretty mild by tumblr standards, and at least attempts to be humorous about it. Actually, this is where I become confused: this song and these lyrics are so corny/lulzy/stereotypical that I’m not sure if the joke is about how hardcore is sexist and needs 2 change, or a joke about that attitude itself. Normally I’d guess the former, but these lyrics are just so dumb in such a specific way that it almost seems too good to be true…
Unlike the previous sample, I really don’t see how this song could be rage inducing, but I could see it being somewhat cringeworthy. Either that, or way fucking ahead of its time. Regardless of which, this is such a strong case study of beta-ness that I’m honestly shocked that such low hanging fruit went unnoticed this long by SYWH. Some notes:
- @ very beginning: “Paula came from DC, she was a whole lot like me, grew up on star wars. This song wastes no time shifting gear into full beta mode.
- Female #1 is a somewhat chubby white girl with a cute-ish face whose attire clearly identifies her as “alternative.” Perfect beta bait.
- Dem CRT monitors. Obviously used because even 6 years ago they were worthless and disposable for later scenes, but still funny nonetheless
- @ 1:10: retrobro picks up his tr00 90′s boombox. U myron, Title Fight?
This song is obviously a joke, but I’m not sure which parts of the joke are intentional and which aren’t. I guess I could say the same of the whole band. In spite of this, I overall like GCF and consider them a good satire of tr00 hardcore. At the risk of sounding even more beta, I even think tracks like “Song for the Ladies” have their truths. After all, while male feminism is definitely beta, it’s arguably just as beta to have one’s life revolve around a music scene of an unlistenable, unprofitable genre made up almost entirely of male fuckups.
Did you LOL @ “In Defense of All Life” or any of the other songs? Is this band rageohol inducing? Am I a beta fggt for liking this band? Did “The Myspace Song” remind you of the glory days of scene? Would you bone any of the girls (or guys) from that video under any circumstances? Is this too many questions?