New Jersey hardcore
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Evolution from punk rock
New Jersey had many early punk bands, circa 1975 - 1979, including The Misfits. Many of these fledgeling early punk bands heard many sounds in the early 80's when hardcore punk originators like Black Flag, Bad Brains, and Minor Threat toured and gained national exposure.
1980-1985 - The first wave
New Jersey had developed several regional, overlapping hardcore punk scenes by 1981-'82. During this period several New Jersey-based record labels were formed and released albums specializing in hardcore punk. The most prominent were Mutha Records from West Long Branch, Buy Our Records of Union County.
- The Undead - formed 1980 in New Milford
- Adrenalin O.D. - formed 1981 in Elmwood Park
- Hogan's Heroes - formed 1984 in Toms River
1986-1990 - The second wave
During the mid and late 1980s, hardcore bands started to experiment with their sounds, taking their cues from other national scenes. Some would utilize the crossover thrash/skate punk of Suicidal Tendencies, while others would incorporate more melodic sounds similar to the early emo scene developing in Washington, D.C.. Others would draw influence from the nearby New York hardcore scene.
- Mucky Pup - formed 1986 in Bergenfield
- Turning Point - formed 1988 in Moorestown
- Rorschach - formed 1989
- Dog Eat Dog - formed 1990 in Bergen County
- Lifetime - formed 1990 in New Brunswick
1991-1999 - The third wave
During the mid and late 1990s, hardcore bands continued to experiment with their sounds, taking their cues from other local and national scenes. Drawing influence from many regions and genres. Hardcore Punk, Heavy Metal, Metalcore and youth crew, were some of the vocal and musical influences.
- Mouthpiece - formed 1991 Mercer County
- NJ Bloodline - formed 1992 Elizabeth
- Deadguy - formed 1994 New Brunswick
- Fury of Five - formed 1994 Asbury Park
- Bigwig - formed 1995 Nutley
- E.Town Concrete - formed 1995 Elizabeth
- Ensign - formed 1995 New Brunswick
2000-2009 - The fourth wave
During the mid and late 2000s hardcore bands.
National and international recognition
By 1994 some first and second wave worldwide bands were releasing material with American, European and Japanese labels drawing even more attention to the NJHC scene.
As these scenes started to grow and gain popularity, so did the bands that emerged from these scenes. Alternatively, some first and second generation NJHC bands signed to larger national labels and became internationally recognized. In 1995 Dog Eat Dog were voted Breakthrough Artists of the Year at the MTV Europe Music Awards. This drew more international attention to the NJHC scene. By 1996, third generation bands were pushing NJHC further through extensive touring, recording and outspokenness of the NJHC scene.
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