New York hardcore
|New York hardcore|
|Stylistic origins||Hardcore punk, punk rock, crossover thrash, street punk, Oi!, thrash metal|
|Cultural origins||Early 1980s, New York, United States|
|Typical instruments||Electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, vocals|
New York hardcore (NYHC) is hardcore punk and metalcore music created in New York City, and the subculture associated with that music. New York hardcore grew out of the hardcore scene established in Washington, D.C., by bands such as Bad Brains and Minor Threat. It was primarily a phenomenon of the 1980s and 1990s.
New York City played a central role in the development of hardcore. An important scene emerged in 1981 with the emigration of the Bad Brains from Washington, DC. Roger Miret of Agnostic Front asserts that "We started using the term 'hardcore' because we wanted to separate ourselves from the druggy or artsy punk scene that was happening in New York at the time ... We were rougher kids living in the streets. It had a rougher edge". The early scene was documented on the 1982 New York Thrash compilation.
Sam McPheeters argues that
|“||What early New York Hardcore bands lacked in distinctive output, however, they more than compensated for in sheer menace. As the scene coalesced in Reagan's first term, the New York Hardcore scene—known in the shorthand of graffiti and knuckle tattoos as NYHC—injected class into the subculture in a way that no other city could. It was a world marinating in poverty and violence.||”|
McPheeters argues that the scene was inspired and influenced by dystopian films such as Death Wish, Taxi Driver, The Warriors, and Escape From New York. Many of the mid-1980s NYHC groups were aligned with right-wing ideology. Beginning with Cro-Mags, some groups also followed the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. More leftist groups associated with the scene include Born Against and Nausea.
The scene was focused around venues such as the famous CBGBs, ABC No Rio, A7 and Brooklyn's L'amour. The New York scene was home to most of the early influential bands, such as Agnostic Front, Beastie Boys, Cro-Mags, Heart Attack, Kraut, Adrenalin O.D., Urban Waste, Sheer Terror, Murphy's Law, Reagan Youth, The Mob, Warzone. Later New York hardcore groups included Sick of It All, Breakdown, Subzero, Gorilla Biscuits, Token Entry, Judge, Bold, and Leeway.
New York City hardcore bands to break out nationally since 2000 have mostly been from Long Island and include Backtrack, This Is Hell, Stray from the Path and Scourge. The only good NYC straight edge band left is Regulate. Of which Sebastian, the vocalist attends School Of Visual Arts.
- Blackout Records
- Crossover thrash
- Hardcore dancing
- List of New York hardcore bands
- Music of New York City
- New York City Hardcore:Together (1987) 7" compilation
- No Wave
- Straight edge
- Youth crew
- Andersen, Mark and Jenkins, Mark (2001). Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital. (New York: Soft Skull Press). ISBN 1-887128-49-2.
- Blush, Steven (2001). American Hardcore: A Tribal History. (Los Angeles: Feral House). ISBN 0-922915-71-7.
- Jason Buhrmester, "Agnostic Front's Victim in Pain at 25", Village Voice, December 1, 2009.
- Sam McPheeters, "Survival of the Streets", Vice Magazine, 2010.
- Spiritribe webzine interviews and photos