Arrogantly opinionated rant #406
It was inevitable, and here it comes. How fucking bad is modern hardcore punk.
Fucking Parkway Drive. I’m not going to sugar coat this, they’re boring as shit to me. I get that they’re bloody hard working and have persevered tirelessly to bring hard rock back to the masses. They won a goddamn aria and anyone should be proud of that. Not because they won an Aria, but because they made the dickholes at the aria charts pull their heads out of their arses (however momentarily) and realize that kids these days really do love their heavy shit. But in doing so make it really fucking awful and generic. Many of you that have met me in person will know my next argument.
12 years ago this song was released on the album “The Shape of Punk To Come” by the band Refused. Listen to it, now listen to it again. Its spectacular. It has nuance, it is fucking heavy. It infuses synth, tension and buildup into the composition with a ball shriveling voice, with nothing cliche and retarded like we see today. i.e. blast beat, rif, breakdown, rant about living pure. 12 years ago. Horizons was released 3 years ago and the only way I could compare them is this. A 10 year old down syndrome child with vision in only one eye saw the Impression, Sunrise in his youth, and was later asked to draw it when he was 17. Bands like Refused, Minor Threat, Black Flag and the Dead Kennedies are the original painting, you join the dots. In fact I think I think thats actually how the Amity Affliction started.
This is why we can’t have nice things!
The Shape Of Punk To Come is one of the more critically acclaimed albums of all time. Now go to a hXc show, find a sweaty kid that just kicked a girl for wearing an Amity Affliction shirt (because they totally suck now) and is wearing a House’s Vs Hurricanes (because they haven’t quite started sucking yet) shirt. Ask them about ANY hardcore band prevalent prior to 2001. You will be greeted with blank stares and confused mumbles. He’d rather be talking about living clean while chugging 5 litres of Red Bull with in his hands over his eyes pretending he hadn’t seen the memo that caffeine is a fucking drug. An addictive one at that. Learn the history of your music cock juggler.
To add insult to injury, Australia (and especially Brisbane) has had such a long, awesome history of amazing punk, post punk and some brilliant metal and hardcore. Yet this is what is put into the spotlight as a representative for what we can do. Fuck right off. I know, marketability. They’re heavy, but garsh they’re handsome, well rounded looking gentlemen, if you had to choose ANY band for your daughter to be a groupy for, it would be Parkway Drive. THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING.
I think I’ve just about run out of Steam here, I could go on and on about the terrible attitude in moshpits, and undeserved arrogance but I think I’d just descend into self hatred further than I already have. I’m going to get a beer, and fucking enjoy it. Assholes.