Real hard core will always survive no matter what the trends are. It doesn’t mean that all hardcore has to have one sound forever time bound to the 80’s throwback styles with no room for experimentation, but the key element for a true hardcore band will always be a dedication to the spirit of “real life” music and an emphasis on heartfelt songwriting. By “heartfelt” I don’t mean weak in the knees sappy shit (and I love me some Bryan Adams “Summer Of 69” so I’m not a hater of some real pop music), but rather I mean hardcore has to represent the lifestyle, blood, sweat and dedication that as soon as you hear it registers on a “no bullshit” level in your gut as the real thing. Wisdom In Chains are undeniably a band strongly carrying the torch of true hardcore, superb songwriting and meaningful lyrics coupled with serious brutality that is felt rather than formulated. That said, the band is about unity and will uplift you as well as paint a stark picture, so this isn’t just about fighting.
It was a real honor to have such a great band come play The Basement in Kingston, NY where I book rock and punk shows. I sat down with the guys at a local Mexican restaurant called El Danzante (where I take every cool visiting band like DeMilitia or The Resurrection Sorrow who comes to my town). After some serious eating and lots of jokes I turned on the tape recorder and asked the boys about the state of hardcore, what inspires them and “everything they know”.
Check out the full interview here.