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American hardcore music is currently experiencing a creative eruption, thanks to bands such as Gulch, Scowl, Drug Church, Drain, Mindforce and End It. The scene has its own network of YouTube channels, podcasts, and websites that catalog it. And last month’s Sound and Fury Festival in Los Angeles was a powerful statement.
There are some recent precedents for this present moment – the ongoing crossover success and musical evolution of the Baltimore band Turnstile; the way California act Trash Talk made its way into hip-hop, skate and streetwear communities. But these have been times when outsiders took a peek at hardcore. At the moment, the center itself is growing and thriving.
In this week’s episode an overview of contemporary hardcore bands, a look at the deliberately porous boundaries of the genre and a discussion of the hardcore scene as music, ethics and feeling.
Tom Breihan, Editor-in-Chief at Stereogum
Chris Ryan, editor-in-chief of The Ringer and co-host of The Watch podcast
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