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American hardcore music is experiencing a creative burst in the mean time, owing to bands including Gulch, Scowl, Drug Church, Drain, Mindforce and End It. The scene has its own network of YouTube channels, podcasts and web sites that catalog it. And last month’s Sound and Fury Festival in Los Angeles was a robust statement of purpose.
There have been some recent precedents for this current moment — the continuing crossover success and musical evolution of the Baltimore band Turnstile; the best way the California act Trash Talk made inroads into hip-hop, skating and streetwear communities. But these have been moments through which outsiders took a gander at hardcore. Without delay, the middle itself is growing and thriving.
On this week’s episode, a survey of latest hardcore bands, a take a look at the genre’s purposely porous boundaries, and a discussion of the hardcore scene as music, ethic and feeling.
Tom Breihan, senior editor at Stereogum
Chris Ryan, editorial director of The Ringer and co-host of The Watch podcast
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