Touché Amoré, "To Write Content"
Touché Amoré is a bit of a genre Rorschach test: emo? Hardcore? Post-hardcore? All of them, I guess, and maybe folks will identify in whatever way that fits them into their tastes. Not me! I'll identify them as whatever genre fits best with whatever through line I'm desperately trying to spot on any given day.
Krallice, "Wastes of Ocean"
Like...uh...maybe I could talk about the distinction between the speed of hardcore versus that of extreme metal, and how to my ears one of the distinctions is that the drumming often becomes almost unmoored from the guitars in extreme metal for long stretches, while hardcore is usually more locked in. Which is all kinda bullshit, but this blog is all just bullshit anyway. Moving on!
M83, "Teen Angst"
Hmm. I think I'm going to squint real hard and decide wrongly that M83 is post-rock, just to I can get them in to the Post Rock Band Name Bracket with a crappy seed and have them get clobbered early.
Mad Caddies, "Preppie Girl"
I saw this fun Tiktok the other day that attempts to explain ska as fast as possible:
Ice Cube, "Better Off Dead"
Man, it's hard to listen to this (the opening of AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted) without getting to hear the next track.