damn, shes cute. hopefully she’s easy in more than one way xD
With Tr00 Pop Punk (also known as Post-Easycore™) in its stride and Soft Grunge quickly gaining more and more popularity, the days of First Wave Easycore are long gone and in the past. Devout fans have been anticipating the Second Coming of EZ for quite some time now. Their newest sign of hope being Four Year Strong’s Instagram videos of them playing some surprisingly EZ sounding material from their upcoming album, which could potentially be a return to form after the Dad Rock abomination they released a few years back. But what about all those forgotten Old School Easycore bands that broke up before they got a chance to go tr00 and rename their band “We Were Neon” or something like that?
I seriously don’t know how these guys didn’t get at least kind of big. A lot of Easycore bands were formed back then because it wasn’t as hard to play as Deathcore, while neglecting the key fact that songwriting ability is crucial. These dudes definitely had the songwriting ability on top of great musicianship and recordings that don’t sound like they were recorded live off the floor in a basement with a dollar store mic. Somebody was courteous enough to upload their entire discography on Youtube (somebody = probably a member of the band) so go check that out if you want to hear some hidden EZcore gems.
Talk Is Cheap took a more Neon approach to the EZcore sound, kind of like if All Time Low got heavy. I love the autotuned falsetto singing and the backup gang vocals. This is seriously one of the catchiest songs ever!
Here is a little bit of a history lesson. Although Easycore historians have been debating endlessly on what the first Easycore song was (it’s either Goonies Never Say Die by Set Your Goals or At least I’m Known For Something by New Found Glory), Bangarang was definitely one of the first Easycore bands and the first to make a song that starts AND ends with a breakdown. Seriously, who else was doing that in 2005? So advanced. This demo admittedly is not a good representation of them as a band. Check out anything from their split with The Wonder Years or their full length album if you want to hear their best stuff. One of the guitarists (Taylor Madison) now sings and plays guitar in the popular Soft Grunge band Daylight. Apparently Nik from Man Overboard was in this band for a brief period of time too.
Kid Liberty might be a bit too successful to be included in this post but they were on some seriously next level shit for their time. Most Easycore bands back then didn’t take it to the level of heaviness that Kid Liberty did. The part with the glitchy vocals and the Chango Studios-esque sound effects during the breakdown are totally Proto-#EZcrab.
Pilot Around The Stars admittedly did not do much to stick out amongst the hundreds of other Easycore bands and even their bio was something super generic like “We’re a just a bunch of hardcore dudes who wanted to try something a little bit more upbeat, but you’ll probably hear the hardcore influences in our songs, lolz!” They do yell “OH SHIT” before a breakdown though, which is pretty bad ass imo.
In what appears to be the nerdiest music video of all time, this band has recorded themselves playing some sort of old school RPG. This song is about staying home and playing video games instead of going and hanging out at shows. You know you’re beta when you’re too nerdy to hang out with Pop Punk kids! Regardless, these guys played some of the best First Wave Easycore ever and they went completely unnoticed. Go check out their Grape EP, MMORPgirl is such a jam.
On the complete opposite end of the lyrical spectrum, The Fight Night had the most alpha lyrics of any Easycore band ever. Literally all of their songs are about drinking, fighting and fucking bar sluts. They even made a concept album of doing all of said things, with each song depicting a different time/event of the night.
Now we’re delving into extremely obscure territory. I’m not sure if the members themselves even remember this band. Taking your name from a kids movie seems to be trendy in Pop Punk but it’s cool to see that these guys didn’t go the obvious route by using a Goonies reference (so played out) and instead naming themselves after The Land Before Time, which was one of my favorite movies as a child (I’ve never even seen The Goonies srs).
I don’t remember much about Trophy Boys except that they had a very limited discography and they were really fucking good. I also think they ironically had a girl in their lineup if I’m not mistaken? Listening to this makes me mad that they only have three songs. That breakdown near the end is so sick.
Ready Set Low didn’t disappear per-say; they changed their name to Decade and became one of the more popular British Pop Punk bands. Their debut EP is Easycore gold though!
Have You Heard brought the posi-mosh in a major way (get it? cause their breakdowns are in major xD) and their super unique lyrics tackle themes like staying true to your friends and never giving up. I love the part near the end after it gets all slow and they’re like “shit, we haven’t put a breakdown in this song yet, let’s add one, last minute!”
Timeless (with an explanation point) is super old school. I think their songs date all the way back to 2008, so, rly rly old. The lyrics about walking away from a fight are super beta and match the music perfectly! Could you picture a Pop Punk kid fighting someone? LOL. How would they even attack? By stage-diving onto the person?
Who are your favorite Old School Easycore bands? Do you anticipate the Second Coming of EZ? Is it better to have loved and moshed than to have never moshed at all?