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This past weekend, I saw Show Me The Body make a room full of people go nuts. They headlined a wild bill that also included Candy, Regional Justice Center, Tempter, and the debuting Earth To Heaven. I’m not totally clear on whether Show Me The Body count as a hardcore band, and I never really got their records. To me, they always sounded like King Krule if he was trying to sound like Unsane, and that shit was weird to me. In person, though, Show Me The Body made perfect sense. They threw themselves around the stage with absolute abandon, and they had kids losing their minds. Motherfuckers were literally hanging from the ceiling. A show like that is good for your soul. And shows like that can happen now. They are happening now.

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Only in the past few months has seeing shows become a viable option once again. Thus, just like last year, it’s been difficult to figure out which new artists hold up on the road, or which ones have such a spectacular live show that it forces you to reconsider their recorded output. But we here at Stereogum are still as determined as ever to compile our annual Best New Bands list, in order to provide a look at the musicians that make us most excited about the future and organize them all in one place.

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Spencer Chamberlain

It’s pretty funny when rappers try to get crowds to mosh. Moshing at rap shows isn’t new, exactly — Onyx made “Slam” in 1993 — but as a widespread phenomenon, it’s a pretty recent development. Some rappers know how to set that shit off. Some do not. When the $uicideboy$’ Grey Day tour came to Richmond a week and a half ago, some of the acts from the duo’s G59 label would try to get the kids in the crowd to circle-pit, but they’d do it in between songs, when there was no music playing. This did not work well, and it led to some frustration: “Run in a circle, you dumbfucks!” Some people need to learn the hard way that nobody’s going to mosh to stage banter. You need to start the song and then call for the circle pit. Turnstile didn’t have that problem.

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The Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania straight-edge band One Step Closer have been one of the most exciting things in hardcore ever since they released their 2019 EP From Me To You. The band writes huge, crashing, anthemic songs about personal apocalypse, drawing on the work of bands like Turning Point and Title Fight. Their sound is melodic, full of dynamic guitar-twinkles and heart-wracked screams, but it’s got serious muscle to it. They’ve had potential exploding out of them, and we made them a Band To Watch a few weeks ago. Today, One Step Closer make good on all that potential.

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Spencer Chamberlain

My first attempt to reach Ryan Savitski could not have come at a worse time. “Yo man! I’m actually walking into that Green Day / Fall Out Boy concert rn,” the One Step Closer frontman texts back. We got time zones mixed up, but beyond that, shots fired at Weezer. In yet another glaring example of the discrepancy between Music Twitter and Actual Life, online I’ve mostly seen Hella Mega Tour set up alley-oop dunks about washed bands and their washed fans. But let’s just take a step back and recognize that these are three of the most consistently popular rock bands of the past quarter century. If they do nothing more than “play the hits,” that’s probably a four-hour gig at least. Also, here’s something I’ve learned over the years: I don’t care if your favorite punk band skews mall-core or straight-up powerviolence or whatever, you do not question their love for early Green Day. “I’m not gonna front,” Savitski says. “I’ve wanted to see Green Day since I was 10 years old.”

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Wilkes-Barre hardcore gang One Step Closer effortlessly built up hype for their forthcoming debut with the ferocious lead single “Pringle Street.” The album, This Place You Know, follows miscellaneous material including the ingenious 2018 EP From Me To You.

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Michael D. Thorn

Someone took a kayak to the show. In Richmond, the first big punk show since the pandemic happened in a space that isn’t really a space at all. It’s an outdoor area underneath a bridge, next to a river. Between bands, my friend and I were sitting on a log down by the water, and we looked over to see someone strapping on a helmet and sliding his kayak into the river. We couldn’t tell whether he’d planned to kayak to the punk show or whether he just happened to be riding by and thought he’d check out whatever was going on over there. Either way, what a cool guy. We should all be taking kayaks to shows.

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Wilkes-Barre hardcore group One Step Closer recently signed to Run For Cover Records after some years of releasing vicious, memorable EPs like From Me To You and songs like “Lead To Gray.” Today, they’ve announced their debut full-length This Place You Know and released the lead single “Pringle Street.”

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Linkin Park 100 gecs

Last year, Linkin Park celebrated the 20th anniversary of their album Hybrid Theory. Now, it looks like the band are continuing the celebrations in 2021 with the help of 100 gecs. This week, the musical duo unleashed a wild new remix that is reimagining a Linkin Park classic released two decades ago. Read more: Hear […]

The post Hear 100 gecs give this Linkin Park ‘Hybrid Theory’ hit an intense remix appeared first on Alternative Press.

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