Olds — i.e., anyone over the age of 25 — who grew up on hardcore, take heart. Sure, much of the mid- to late-’00s were a very dark time, full of a confusing array of sub-sub-sub-genres that bore little resemblance to the original thing. The jokes really wrote themselves as the Warped Tour and similar package outings drowned in a sea of soundalike bands more concerned with trendy aesthetics than what made hardcore exciting in the first place.
That was raw fury and heaviness over gimmickry, and luckily, in the past few years, the pendulum has swung back. A new generation of ’90s babies, grossed out by much of the watered-down mewling on which they grew up, has turned to the recent past and given hardcore an extra shot of energy.
Which is why you should dust off your stomping shoes for tomorrow night at Churchill’s — not just because hardcore/punk/whatever lifers H20 are playing with Terror, but because this tour also represents the next wave. Pittsburgh act Code Orange Kids are technically openers, but should be among the main attraction: They’re ’90s babies who have taken hardcore back to its pummeling basics.
The quartet also got the ultimate seal of approval in getting signed to Jacob Bannon’s label Deathwish, in a deal that almost amounts to a symbolic passing of the torch. To wit, just stream the group’s debut album for the imprint, Love Is Love/Return to Dush, below. Its 10 tracks are no-frills, heavy, and short — one track clocks in at just 49 seconds — just as proper hardcore should be.
Also interesting to note, as we’re pro-woman here at Salty Eggs: Code Orange Kids features, yes, a female, Reba Meyers, on guitars and vocals. There’s no need for any kind of what-does-this-mean-for-hardcore analysis about this; hardcore has been, and likely will always be, male-dominated. But, it’s nice to see a woman pop up in one of the genre’s buzz bands without having to make her gender a specific marketing angle.
Stream the album below, and check out Code Orange Kids at Churchill’s Pub Tuesday night.
Code Orange Kids, with H2O, Terror, and Backtrack. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. at Churchill’s Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Admission is $15; age 18 and up. Call 305-757-1807, or visit churchillspub.com