By Michael D. Thorn 2. Welcome to , the year where the month of January felt like 17 years of hell and they added an extra day to February just to allow the misery to fester a little longer. While we trudge through this winter of discontent, perhaps these eleven blasts of hardcore and punk will help ease us into a glorious summer—and may we avoid the fate of poor Ethan Hawley. Excellent, full-speed-ahead hardcore from Virginia Beach—great hook-driven riffs and enough rocking breakdowns to allow you to take a break from all the thrashing now and then.
Street punk sometimes alternatively spelled streetpunk is an urban working class  -based subgenre of punk rock , partly as a rebellion against the perceived artistic pretensions of the first wave of British punk. A key band in defining the aesthetic was The Exploited. Street punks generally have a much more ostentatious and flamboyant appearance than the working class or skinhead image cultivated by many Oi! The Casualties achieved underground success in the s. Street punk music is characterized by single-note guitar lines and short solos. Unlike similar genres, such as traditional hardcore punk , street punk bands sometimes consisted of two guitarists, one of which plays guitar melodies while not singing.
Hardcore punk often abbreviated to hardcore is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism , the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock "  and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics. Hardcore sprouted underground scenes across the United States in the early s, particularly in Washington, D.
The sleepy-eyed character sitting behind the drum kit in a rented rehearsal space off Cameron Road suddenly lights up — beginning at his blazing pupils. Not that he's been impassive for the past half-hour of conversation. Dark hair parted at the side and slicked back with pomade, tattooed arms emerging from a white tank-top undershirt, he animates instantly with purpose. It's an attitude.