In 1979, Bad Brains drummer Earl Hudson was playing a mid-tempo punk set in Washington D.C., when he spied a girl that he wanted to mack on. So sped up the songs in order to talk to her before it was too late - accidentally inventing hardcore punk.
Since then, hardcore has been the soundtrack for the young and wild - be they sanctimonious rule makers (straight edge) or beer swilling jocks (nardcore) or kids who can only get their party on when the music is jackhammer-fast.
Despite having its heyday in the 1980s, well before most current hardcore punk fans were born, the loud, fast rules of hardcore continues to scorch eardrums, thanks in part to token acts on the Warped tour (specifically NYC Exploited wanna-bees, The Casualties), the Hot Topic mall-rat chain, and the fact that studded leather jackets and Misfits t-shirts simply smell like rebellion and never go out of style.
Pushing the anachronism further, Miami hardcore bands Baker Acted and Meddling Kids are releasing a split cassette this Friday at brand new Allapattah DIY club Miami Chum Bucket- forcing their fans to hit pawn shops,flea markets and garage sales for boom boxes and stereos old enough to support the worst sounding sonic medium in music history.
But then, any medium with artwork and a physical shape is preferable to the de-evolution of music in mp3 form. And the cassette- blunt, noisy and cheap - is a perfect medium for cramming as many 4-on-the-floor scream-alongs as humanly possible. There will be 100 available for $3, and then it will immediately go out of print and into the ether of local punk rock history.
Baker Acted and Meddling Kids will perform a split set to celebrate their split-cassette release as part of "Would've, Could've, Should've" Friday at Miami Chum Bucket, 1545 NW 28th st, Miami. Admission is $5, plus $1 membership fee. For more information, check out the event page.