“Rest assured. This is sincere. This is true.”

It truly saddens me that most people will never get to experience the feeling of being at a hardcore show. What’s worse is that many won’t even give hardcore a chance. I’m almost certain that some of you reading this have no idea what I mean by  “hardcore.” If not, no worries, I’m hoping this post will shed some light on something that means a lot to me (and a very few others).

Whether you listen to pop, country, hip hop, jazz, and/or any other genre, one thing that always stays true through the test of time is passion. While I respect and appreciate just about every style of music, I believe the passion in hardcore is one that will be continuously overlooked. It’s a shame, really, considering how much work hardcore bands put in to go on tour, let alone come up with the money to buy expensive equipment and rent out studios to practice, write and record their music in (I’m going to stop myself from going into detail in regards to the funding and logistics of it all, but for now, just know that, like many artistic fields, it isn’t easy and it sure as hell isn’t cheap).

More often than not, the average person views hardcore (and just about everything with screaming vocals and loud instruments) as music for rebellious, devil-worshipping, quite possibly anarchist punks. They see the mosh pits and stage dives. They see the “sex, drugs and rock n roll.” They see everything different from what they’re accustomed to, but what they fail to see is the sense of community. The reality is that this culture is just that much more passionate about the music they play, write and/or listen to. It goes above and beyond something you enjoy or love. It’s a lifestyle.

Don’t believe me? Go to a hardcore show.


Coal “Frenna” Beanie | Levi’s Trucker Jacket | American Apparel Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie | AnvilTerror – Keepers of the Faith” Baseball T-Shirt via God Damn Tour | J. Crew Webbed Belt | Levi’s 511 “Slim Fit” Trousers | Stance “Armada” Socks | Vans “Rata Vulc” Shoes

Oh, and another one of my brother.

Ray-Ban “Clubmaster” Eyeglasses | Uniqlo Flannel Shirt | Timex “Weekender” Watch | Levi’s 511 “Slim Fit” Jeans | Vans “Pritchard” Shoes

San Pedro, California


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