Killyourstereo.com continues its new column based component today where we give musicians freedom to offer a unique, personal and individual voice.
This month and the months thereafter, we will host the thoughts of various industry members, which aim to allow readers a new insight and perspective into a variety of music based topics.
Whether you agree or disagree with the points of contention, the focus is to generate discussion and receive a different side of the page with the respective opinions.
I Killed the Prom Queen guitarist Jona Weinhofen offers the first entry in his monthly column.
Sh*t, C*nt, F*ck, where has my hardcore scene gone? Rant.
I don’t really know why young bands in the last two or three years feel the need to resort to horrendously slanderous “lyrics”, usually directed at an individual female who has wronged them in some way, or promoting the drug field party lifestyle, in order to gain popularity.
Bands come up with lyrics like ‘you stupid f*cking wh*re’ or ‘you filthy f*cking c*nt’, slap them on a t-shirt and bam, the band is huge. How is the youth of today relating to such lyrics? Maybe it’s just the shock value young people want to get out of wearing the word c*nt on a t-shirt in public, or boast about how hard they party? I know everyone has an ex they’re not particularly fond of but man, they must have killed someone or chopped your d*ck off to warrant this sort of diss.
These types of bands are obviously popular and negative catch phrase cuss and party lyrics are becoming quite a trend. Maybe I’m just becoming old and jaded and am adopting the PMA attitude a little too much? Cue ‘back in my day’ intro, but back in my day, bands from ‘the scene’ were about promoting some kind of message and the overall message was usually positive. Lyrics didn’t always have to be positive, in fact many of the bands were pissed, and it’s good to be pissed, because we took that angst and channeled it into something positive – the shows we were going to. It was a chance to get a group of misfits together, who felt they didn’t necessarily have a place in society as youths, and we shared something awesome: friendship through live music. I’m sure this isn’t entirely lost and that there are still bands and hardcore communities holding onto what really matters to them, but a lot of bands in the heavy music genres these days seem to be about getting signed, getting massive and making as much money as they can, overnight.
Now I’m not saying that these bands shouldn’t find success, and I’m ecstatic with the success and career myself, and many of my friends have found through playing music. What I’m saying is, you shouldn’t expect it from day one, shouldn’t have to rip off the generic musical template floating around of what is popular with ‘hot topic kids’, and you shouldn’t have to slag off your high school girlfriend for being a wh*re to gain popularity amongst young fans. You’re in a position of power and influence, so say, do, promote something positive to your fans instead of singing about how awesome it is to do drugs and party and how your ex girlfriend is a b*tch.
But hey, this is just my opinion, I’m old.
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