"We wrote “Not That Nice” in reaction to the Asian hate crimes born from the pandemic. The sad stories of innocent, good civilians falling victim to racial violence.
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SPEED are about to take over. The hardcore, Eora/Sydney based outfit is a bundle of hype, having just released their latest single, NOT THAT NICE alongside the announced their EP GANG CALLED SPEED will release on the 24th of June.
Comprised of longtime friends, the group is currently in a whirlwind of anticipation, at levels very rarely seen in emerging Australian music. They’ve performed nine shows, with every single one sold out, off the back of the release of their two song project flexi in 2020. Despite only a year or two on the scene, the band have become one of the most in demand names on the circuit, with their unique blend of 90s New York Hardcore combined with a distinct, Sydney/Eora multicultural influence.
SPEED are breaking down boundaries in an era of hardcore music that is being revolutionised by new and diverse voices. Their music is a rousing call to arms, a wake up call for all music communities against intolerance. They consistently cross racial barriers with their members diverse cultural perspectives, as well as calling out racism, xenophobia and toxic masculinity that exist in the hardcore scene.
On this distinct ethos and their place in the hardcore scene, in reference to their latest single, the band said, "We wrote Not That Nice in reaction to the Asian hate crimes born from the pandemic. The sad stories of innocent, good civilians falling victim to racial violence. I found myself thinking, “This is someone’s grandma, grandpa, mum, dad, child…”
"Unfortunately, much of this stems from the often perverted portrayal of Asian stereotypes in the media. To be submissive, weak, passive, silent… to the scared and uneducated few, the sad reality is that this rhetoric translates to oppression and real-world violence.
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"So this song is simply about taking control of your own identity, writing your own narrative. I think the experience of misrepresentation is a common one for many. I feel privileged to live a life of confidence in speaking out and walking my own path… hopefully, this song in some way can empower others to feel a similar sense of courage."
You can pre-order the GANG CALLED SPEED EP HERE, and check out NOT THAT NICE BELOW.