With the troowave trend taking the scene by a storm, being in a Real Hardcore band has never been cooler. But let’s be honest: the idea of being a Real Hardcore dude is cooler than the reality of it. I mean, that’s a big commitment, and maybe you just want to try it out for a little bit while your schedule at community college is light. Wat do??
If you are intrigued by the sound and image of Real Hardcore, but don’t want to be a fucked up loser/scumbag who hates himself, I have good news for you. You’ll love the exciting new genre known as HARDCORE-CORE, which is basically when scene kids who aren’t fucked up enough to be into real hardcore start bands that look and sound like hardcore, but without all the baggage. You can have fun dressing up like a hardcore kid for a few years without being one of those embarrassing losers who is down for life– it’s like having your cake and eating it too!!
In this post, I will discuss a few of the most popular HARDCORE-CORE bands and outline what you can learn from them about how to start your very own HXC-CORE band– don’t be intimidated, it’s easy!!
The kings of HARDCORE-CORE are without a doubt THE GHOST INSIDE. A key ingredient is songs like this about meaningful, srs topics like addiction– don’t worry if you are straightedge, from a stable middle-class family and obviously have no personal experience with the subject. None of the little girls who listen to your band do either so they won’t be able to tell.
Bonus hxc points for filming this video at the home of CHAINREACTIONCORE!
To co-holder of the HARDCORE-CORE crown is without a doubt STICK TO YOUR GUNS. They have the uplifting, inspiring “persevering through adversity” message of Real Hardcore bands like TERROR, but without the TERROR members’ staggeringly long list of poor life choices and grim career prospects. It’s like having your cake and eating it too!! Think of it as “One with the ppl who aren’t rly underdogs but think it’s kinda cool to pretend like they are.”
Remember, don’t go full hardcore. You never go full hardcore!! As you are constructing your image as a credible member of the hardcore community, make sure you keep doing scene-relevant stuff like this zany promo pic so little girls can reblog them and comment on how “adorable” you guise are.
STRAY FROM THE PATH illustrate a key principle of HARDCORE-CORE: the simplest of allusions to Real Hardcore is enough to make kids defend ur honor on Tumblr and insist that you’re “not some fake-ass scene band.” SFTP’s whole gimmick is simply that they use a ridiculous amount of BLEH!s, and that’s all it takes for kids to jizz over them. Remember, don’t overthink it– less is more in HARDCORE-CORE!
In the case of YOUR DEMISE, it’s not that they do anything especially great so much as that they’re a great example of how much you can learn about the hardcore lifestyle and image from the internet. God bless technology– how else could a bunch of pasty British people do such a good job of acting the part of trendy West Coast hardcore kids?? If there’s no hardcore scene in your area to copy, don’t worry– that’s what Youtube and Tumblr are for!!
Also, lol @ how much this song sounds like TOKEN ENTRY with better production although I am 100000% sure nobody in YD has ever heard that band.
Don’t limit yourself to jocking old bands– repping current bands is a great way to show that you’re ‘rly in touch with whats happening in hardcore nao.’ For example in this pic of STICK TO YOUR GUNS he’s all ‘as u can see by my BITTER END shirt we are like sooooo not scene’
In general COUNTERPARTS are great at coming off as a credible band with one foot in the Real Hardcore scene, like in this video where he explains their song about people who drop out of hardcore. But I would have edited the part out at the beginning where he says he wrote it at his friend’s “cottage.”
Which is better, Real Hardcore or HARDCORE-CORE??? Do you feel empowered to start your own HXC-CORE band?? What ‘credible hardcore’ merch will you wear in your first promo photos??? Have you already written your ‘rly passionate stage banter’ for when you play the Fleshlight Stage at Warped Tour 2015?????