I am a sucker for punk, especially good punk. Growing up I listened to bands like The Misfits, The Meatmen, The Ramones, Fear, The Descendents, The Circle Jerks, and Black Flag to name just a few of my favorites. Besides being old and particular about my music, I really enjoy the raw side of all these bands. For example the sloppy driving guitars of Black Flag, the emotion behind Ian MacKaye singing “guilty of being white,” or Lee Ving and the rest of Fear whipping up the crowd before each song they played live. So, when a band comes along that draws from influences that I count among some of the bands that hooked me into punk then it is worth noting. Let me introduce you to Unshackled. These guys are out of El Paso, Texas and are churning some serious punk out. For real, check them out, if you are a fan of any of the bands above then you will LOVE Unshackled. Plus, they bridge the gap, and dare I say, play some Oi! type songs???? Yup. Read below to learn more about these guys and you can pick up their new album NOW from Thumper Punk Records in conjunction with Caustic Fallout. Do as I say…..
Music Style: Punk/Street Punk/Oi!
Home Town: El Paso, Texas
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Q: I was reading that Unshackled formed in 2006; how come in 2011 we are just now hearing of Unshackled? Give us some detail about how
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So it seems like Chicago is a hot bed for hardcore right now. There are truly some great bands coming out of Chi-town, Psyche, Flatfoot 56, Sexually Frustrated, Man Made Hell, Beggars, and a band that in my opinion is another one to keep an eye on. Break The Curse. These dudes are putting out some fun “Chicago-Style Hardcore” and are solid Christian dudes with a great sound and a great message in their songs. If you are looking for a band that puts Christ first and pumps out some good hardcore, then this is your band. So read on and learn about our friends in Break The Curse, AND, at the bottom, there is a link to download their album for FREE for all the HXCChristian.com readers
Band: Break The Curse
Music Style: Hardcore
Home Town: Chicago
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Q: So, tell me the history of Break the Curse? I’ve learned from Alex that you met in Rockford of all places and now are in the Bolingbrook area. Ironically, both are close to my heart as I grew up in Rockford and lived near Bolingbrook for about 10 years. Were any of you in other bands? Any side projects currently?
A: A long, long time ago, in the Gold Coast Blended island of Bolingbrook (IL) sat four men doin an interview. Jah boi’z don’t play.
Jacob – History is HIS story on Break the Curse. (as Jacob puts some jams on)
Alex – SO Break The Curse all started
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Seems like Cornerstone 2011 was quick this year. HXCChristian.com had a tent this year located next to the Legacy Stage. Micah who runs the Legacy Stage reached out to us and asked if we could team up. Of course we said yes. So we were right in the middle of all the action. This year we had our great DIY Gatorade, gave our free stickers, and other freebies. We also did our annual spaghetti dinner on Thursday night. We cooked 36 pounds of spaghetti and made 7 gallons of sauce for our event. Every year, we are happy to serve hungry mouths at Cornerstone. We do what we do because 1. The Lord tells us to serve our fellow Christians, and 2. We love the Christian hardcore scene, its people, and the bands. What a better way to express our thanks and support than by feeding as many folks as we can. And a special thanks to everyone who felt moved to give a donation, no matter how small or large, this helps keep us going, so thank you!
There were so many great bands playing this year, in particular, Blood & Ink records did a B&I family and friends day at the Solace Stage (which spanned two different days). What was cool about this show is that it included such great B&I bands as Venia, Jawbone, Friends, Dependency, Thin Ice, Ironwill, Thirtyseven, Divide The Sea, and Debtor, but also bands including Cool Cough (side project of the guys
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This is our shirt design this year. Pretty cool huh?
Hey folks, the staff of HXCChristian.com will be descending on Cornerstone 2011. We really look forward to fellowship with all our friends, new friends, and folks that we have not met yet. This year we will be right next to our friends that run The Legacy Stage. For those of you don’t know, Legacy Stage is THE stage if you want to catch all the hardcore and punk bands at Cornerstone. HXCChristian.com will have our own tent this year and we will be having fun in the mornings. We will have meet and greets during the week with various bands including Officer Negative, Strengthen What Remains, Clear Convictions, and several other bands. We will be providing coffee for the meet and greets and probably some sort of breakfast, so be sure to stop in and check the schedule. We will also have some freebies, so stop in and grab some DIY Gatorade and some HXCChristian.com stickers.
On Thursday evening we will have our annual “Christian Hardcore Spaghetti Dinner.” This is where the staff of HXCChristian.com serves you, the fans of the site and anyone else in appreciation for supporting our efforts. After all, we are here to support the bands, labels, and fans and help spread the gospel. The dinner is free, but if you feel inclined, make a small donation and we can continue to feed as many hungry mouths as possible.
We will also have a special guest this year
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Every now and again there are still punk bands that are worth their salt, pushing the boundaries of punk music and making it their own. I have heard a lot of so called punk bands in my time, most are rip-offs of other bands or sing about the same boring old social fare that has been sung about so many times before. The Hoax is one of these bands that we should all be checking out, getting their music and going to shows to see them play. I received their first album and was impressed they did a Minor Threat cover, their newest album however “Stumbling Through” is a punk masterpiece. These guys are really branching out and even incorporating ska and rock-a-billy into their new tunes. Their music is sure to keep you interested and engaged. Anyway, read on about these guys, based on some shows they just played, I have a feeling they are turning some heads of some well know Christian punk and hardcore bands.
BAND: The Hoax
MUSIC STYLE: PUNK
LOCATION: Anaheim, CA
Q: The Hoax has been together for a while now, how and when did the band get it’s start?
A: We got together in early 2005, I don’t remember exactly when I think it was spring time. We were just a couple of bored kids who had just got instruments, except for Daniel he’d been playing drums for a while. and were inspired by Officer Negative and Headnoise. The hoax was originally a three piece, we added
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Every couple of years a band bursts onto the scene that has the momentum of a snowball rolling down a hill. Dynasty is a band like that. These dudes have been playing for a number of years but were recently signed to StrikeFirst Records propelling them into a whole new arena. So these guys are putting some solid NYC hardcore style music out with a slight twist of hip hop. Funny thing is these guys are from LA! So read the great interview below that John did with the guys from Dynasty and make sure to check them out on their upcoming tour with Call To Preserve and Dead Icons and at Cornerstone Festival this year (hint – they will be the hardcore band doing covers of Beastie Boys songs).
MUSIC STYLE: Straight Up Hardcore
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles
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Q: So can you tell me a little about the history of Dynasty? I see from press materials that you’ve been together for 6 years. How did you all come together? Were any of you in other bands? Are any of you in other bands at the moment? I’m guessing here but it looks like there may be some brothers/relatives in the band?
A: Well we started practicing and writing in 2004 but actually started gigging in 2005. My brother Marcel (guitar) was in the band in the early years but was actually the one who quit the band because of the drugs and alcohol issues going down in the band. He actually
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