“Worst shirt. Keep closed-minded kids out of hardcore. 90% of people don’t know what real hardcore is anyway. The bands you all listen too don’t make you cool and are influenced by metal.”-Hammer from The World We Knew.
“Hardcore came from punk, the idea of hardcore punk came from punk bands based around rough neighborhoods, upbringings etc; metal and hardcore should never be confused and its a shame that there are bands which make it confusing to some so I think this shirt says it all.” -XHaltzX
“Ha metal kids are so ignorant, its not necessarily talking shit on metal, just to keep metal out of hardcore, what’s the big deal? Too much psycho shit runs though their minds to think clearly.”-Patrick
“Unless you listen exclusively to hardcore from 1980 to 1986 then this shirt doesn’t make sense…you cant keep out what’s already there.”-Straight Edge Fred
“Ok to clarify I’m just tired of people calling metal core bands hardcore. Hardcore at its roots came from punk not metal and people need to realize that hardcore is not what most people think. Hardcore is a passionate genre that deals with social ills and has a strong message, metal is about killing people and getting drunk not so much of a good subject. Hardcore is a great thing that has changed lives, in the shirt I get that we want to keep the metal mindset out of hardcore.”-Dillon
If you have perused the pictures of this shirt (on our Myspace/ Facebook) you will certainly find many interesting comments like the above examples both flaming and supporting the idea. To clear up some confusion and “hopefully” set the record straight, I figured I mine as well attempt to shed some light on just why we put this design out.
First things first, It’s merely a shirt with a statement, not a bomb set to alter the course of this genre. We certainly appreciate the attention but at the end of the day I think there are certainly larger issues in our culture to focus on versus differences of opinions on a T-shirt. Anyhow, as entertaining as your feedback has been, back to the matter at hand.
To explain the shirt let me take you back a little to when I was just getting involved in the scene. At this time metal-core was starting to really sink in and it seemed every other band and their mother was a part of the metal-core umbrella. Initially, there was an ever-present sentiment that many were talking about regarding metal. The belief was that the influx of this style would popularize hardcore and essentially change it for better or worse. Fast forward to today I doubt that there is anyone who can really deny that metal has not left its mark on the scene. While the initial metal core craze has since tapered down, today’s version is certainly present via thrash and “death-core.” Furthermore, can anyone really deny that this crossover has not brought the hardcore genre somewhat into the limelight of corporate interest (Ozzfest, Hot Topic etc.)? I’m not saying that this is a totally negative thing because it does give hardworking musicians a better chance at supporting themselves and also puts more authentic music into the public domain, but I think it’s certainly fair game to point out the correlation.
I put this shirt out not to flame every hardcore band out there that has some form of metal in their sound. There are many bands that do it well (which I happen to listen to) and of course others who do it horribly. Hell, even two of our sponsored bands have metal influences. We all know that metal is not going anywhere at this point and the real reason for this shirt is to bring back a sense of preservation and pride to the hardcore scene. I know that the meaning of hardcore is subjective to interpretation but to me, hardcore has nothing in common with pig squeals, chugs, being evil, rock star attitudes, devil horns or opening for Megadeth, it’s simply pissed off music( with roots in the punk scene) that comes straight from the heart. Now where that line falls is your opinion but I’m hoping now that you at least have a sense of understanding of where I’m coming from with this design. Make sense?
With that being said, let’s have a little fun with this. I’m going to knock off $5 from this shirt because I want to get it out there. I want it to turn heads and spark conversations as it already has. Pick one up and snap a pic of you spreading the word! I want to see some pile ons, stage diving and hell, wear the shirt in a picture with your favorite metal core band and send it to us 😮
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Thanks for listening and if you have some feedback (good or bad), drop it in the comments section of this post.