The Month In Hardcore – February 2020

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Restraining-OrderSomebody grabs the microphone and bellows, “This is hardcore! Love it or leave it!” This person is about four feet away from me, but the bodies are jammed into the living room tight enough that I can’t tell whether it’s a member of the band or of the crowd. (The distinction isn’t really important.) The … More »

Drug Church – “Bliss Out”

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Drug-Church-Bliss-OutDrug Church fucking rule. The Albany-based band has been around for the better part of a decade now, combining chunky hardcore drive with bleary melodies. The band’s sound is raw and immediate, but there’s also a whole lot of craft and panache to it, and they have some serious hooks. In 2018, Drug Church came … More »

The Best Hardcore Albums Of 2018

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hardcoreOne of the best moments I witnessed at this year’s Damaged City, the DIY punk festival in our nation’s capital, came when Wildhoney, a Baltimore shoegaze band, covered Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me.” There was no irony in that cover. There was only warm, nostalgic affection. And I didn’t see any irony in the … More »

Drug Church – “Unlicensed Hall Monitor” Video

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Every time I hear the name Drug Church, I can’t help but associate it with J Church: an incredible Bay Area punk band that came up in the early ’90s alongside Jawbreaker, Rancid, and Green Day, but failed to find success on the scale of those bands. This was a criminal oversight, of … More »

Drug Church – “Avoidarama” Video

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Drug Church - CheerYou guys know the Hold Steady song “Stay Positive”? I love that song so much, and there’s this one verse that always gets me so fired up. It goes like this: … More »