Earlier this month, Diffuser. Hardcore Punk Scenes from s Southern California,' a new book about the second wave of angry guitar bands to have washed over the Golden State. The photos tell part of the story, showcasing snotty young kids in dilapidated concert venues, yelling into microphones, but to truly understand SoCal hardcore, you've got to hear the music. With that in mind, we asked the book's creators, David Markey and Jordan Schwartz, to email us their 10 essential Southern California hardcore songs. True to the music, their responses were short and to the point -- no longwinded rhapsodizing from these scene vets. We jotted down our own thoughts on each track and plopped in links to YouTube clips, so that you might rage along to these Cali classics.
Punk rock in California
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Since the mid s, California has had thriving regional punk rock movements. Many figures from this earlier scene would play notable roles in the later punk scene. In the mids from to a wave of proto-punk bands emerged from Los Angeles, including the Flyboys and Atomic Kid. Starting in , following recent releases of recordings by punk bands such as the Ramones , a number of punk bands formed in the Los Angeles and Orange County area.
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I've been listening to the quintet's Lies EP a ton since it was released earlier this year and it scratches both my metal and hardcore itch in one thunderous swoop. For me, the intersection point between hardcore and metal encompasses everything from Merauder to Amebix. And everyone in the band has played in a bunch of hardcore bands over the years.
If you're looking for a place to lay the blame on the cultivation of hardcore in the early '80s, then lay it smack dab down on the suburbs of Southern California. From the humdrum tract housing of the Orange and Los Angeles counties came a punk roar that was utterly unique. There was no artsy posturing like the kind found at the time on New York's Bowery scene with bands like Talking Heads or Television. There was no pretense of working class struggles like the ones found in groups from across the pond such as The Clash.