Counterfeit Culture manage to do more with a three track EP than some manage to do with an over-saturated full-length. The only thing I can find fault in with Deathwish is that it is too short. 30 seconds in, I wanted to enjoy at least ten songs worth of this dysphoric, resentful bundle of fun.
Eager for a punk fix? Check out two brand new songs from New Jersey band Singaya that we’re premiering exclusively right here on HXC Magazine! The two new songs, “Toxic” and “Get Away,” are hard-hitting punk jams that aren’t afraid to get a little heavier. Fans of The Offspring and fans of metal and hardcore can all get in on these tracks. Listen to the brand spankin’ new songs right here and see what the band have to say about the new material below. You can also watch their music video for previously released song “You’ve Got The Bite.”
Famous Last Words and Manafest hit the Championship Bar & Grill in Trenton, NJ May 9th; a venue splattered top to bottom with graffiti, plastered with band stickers and decorated with eclectic memorabilia (rusted bike handlebars, flowers, Sherlock Holmes tales, etc.). Check out some photos from their passionate performances right here!
Down in central Jersey in a venue called Gamechanger World we found a pretty unforgettable night. From openers Bad Seed Rising to headliners Memphis May Fire, this date of the March of Madness Tour lived up to it’s name. Check out some absolutely insane shots of all of the bands below! You won’t want to miss ’em.
If there is a reason you need to pay attention to local NJ hardcore it is the chaotic natural force that is Hell Mary. Their self-titled record claims 10 tracks, most of which never make it past the 2-minute mark. It’s classic, rage-fueled hardcore meets the eclecticism and speed of bands like Every Time I Die. And yet, you’ve most likely never heard of them unless you’re a Jersey local. They’re a gem very much kept under the dirt, and perhaps they like it that way, but you’re missing out if you haven’t had them tear your ears off and throw them underneath their drummer’s bass pedal. So do yourself a favor and give the record a listen and check out a live show whenever you get the chance.
A kiddie pool, a beyond smashed piñata, neighbors crashing the party to take photos and pick up merch, birthday cake, and insane decibel levels the likes of which a suburban NJ backyard has never seen. We’re talking, of course, about the second HXC Magazine house show. Since the weather permitted it, we set up the stage outside and only by the middle of the last band’s set, To Live As Wolves, did the cops show up. (Success!) Check out some shots from this amazingly fun day with Ellipses, Pulling Punches, Hollow Bones, REPS, and TLAW right here, and make sure you come out to the next one!
Photos by Alexander Chan
When someone says you’re making a scene, they might mean that you’re being too overdramatic in public for comfort. But here at Staten Island’s Overspray music venue, where the walls are as covered in artwork as most of the show-goers skins, a bunch of punks, rockers, hardcore kids and metalheads (including an eight-year-old who is most definitely cooler than you) came together for August 5th’s Summerfest to make a scene that’s about more than just being overly loud and in your face.
The second episode of HXC Magazine‘s Cellar Door Sessions podcast is here and this time we talk about the records that changed it all. The key records that shaped our music tastes and who we are today. Not only do we talk about blasts from the past, but we name a few contemporary records that you definitely need to check out right now! If you like Whitechapel, Senses Fail, Get Scared, Hundredth, Vanna, Beartooth, Taking Back Sunday and more, listen to this episode of The Cellar Door Sessions ~creeaaaakk~.
Finding music that is consistently compelling is definitely a challenge nowadays, but New Jersey metal band Monument Of A Memory accomplish the task with just one EP. In five songs, Catharsis keeps you on your toes and excites at all turns. From opener “Affliction” to the appropriately named final track “Departure,” Monument Of A Memory shred, scream and chug with a genuine fire. At the very first listen of the opening lines “Run, run, run for your life!”, you will be captivated and won’t want to go anywhere else. Keep an eye out for Catharsis, due to be released July 8th. In the meantime, check out their bandcamp and give them some love!
One more thing about the Not So Summer Slam Festival that we still need to tell you: The entire day was riddled with technical difficulties. From blown out speakers to failing microphones to screeching feedback, it’s probably safe to say no one made it through the day without some kind of issue. But that’s what makes it DIY, right? Punks ain’t supposed to give a shit anyway.