Back in the early-1990s, Sebadoh made hardcore hip to the skinny pants set by switching instruments at the end of their shows and blasting out Minutemen, Necros and SSD covers. Over the years, the hardcore scene has returned the favor, with hardcore labels putting out indie rock records in the hopes of broadening their market share / actually putting out records that the owners listen to, rather than the kids they sell too.
This expansion was disastrous when Lookout! records stopped paying punk bands like Avail, Operation Ivy and Green Day their royalties in order to fund indie rock bands like the Reputation. But it looks like it is going to work out for Boston-based Bridge 9 records. On tuesday, B9 will release Pebble, the latest record by Buffalo, NY female-fronted trio Lemuria. As Lemuria's previous album was released by ska-punk label Asian Man, and the trio has toured with punk and hardcore bands their entire career - commercially it's not that much of a stretch.
Sonically however, it's a huge leap from Bridge 9's bread and butter thug rock. While Lemuria's core members have played time in hardcore bands, it's pretty hard to imagine their sunny, Belly-meets-Jawbox power pop in an ipod shuffle with OG New York hardcore label-mates Agnostic Front. But when your younger brother comes home from college, it could be fun to upload a a B9 mash-up of AF's"victim in pain"/ and Lemuria's "gravity" on his ipod before he gets on the treadmill and see if he trips. Or better yet, go down to Churchill's saturday night and tell him you watched Bridge 9's hottest new band right from the middle of the "pit" the whole night - and didn't even spill your drink.