Cultural origins Hardcore was born in U.S.A. in early 80s Connected with bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains (Washington D.C), Sheer Terror, Warzone, M.O.D. (New York), SS Decontrol, Slapshot, Blood for Blood (Boston), Black Flag(Los Angeles) Its a faster, heavier version of punk rock, characterized by short, loud, and often passionate songs. Hardcore lyrics often express righteous indignation at society, usually from a politically left perspective.
The first bands Black flag Bad Brains Minor threat
Black flag Formed in 1976 in Los Angeles They popularized the punk rock in U.S. Characterized by their raw, aggressive style DIY philosophy (Do It Yourself) Henry Rollins- singer, hes known from TV, radio, etc.
Bad brains Formed in 1977 in Washington D.C. Group of young African-Americans Influences of funk, soul, but in their sound you can recognize a little bit from bands like Black Sabbath or Sex pistols too
Minor threat Formed in 1980 in Washington D.C. The essential hardcore band (at least for me ) Because of them people started call this style hardcore Frontman Ian McKaye came with the Straight Edge Movement (sXe)
Straight Edge Kind of lifestyle characterized by a negative stance to drugs (alcohol, cigarettes and coffee too) and promiscuity Also connected with veganism sXe has got a dangerous millitant fraction called a Hard Line or Pro Life, who can attack you if you are drunk, but the original sXe people condemned them The symbol of straight edge is the cross, which barmans drawed on the under ages wrist (it meant that the person is under 21 so cant drink
negative publicity Unfortunately, the hardcore scene became associated with violence. Conflicts with police Especially in N.Y. where played the skinhead HC bands were problems with fascist boneheads, cause they liked the HC style too Journalists wrote that bands like Agnostic Front are the fascist ones and that wasnt true (now its OK) But violence is still present, especially in Boston
80S- 90s bands The change from oldschool HC to newschool (mainly in 90s) with bands like Sheer Terror, Cause for Alarm, etc. Newschool sounds rather like trash metal, usually its called metalcore or hatecore (for example a band Hatebreed) The 80s legends are Sick Of It All, Madball, Warzone and from sXe for example Gorilla Biscuits or Youth Of Today (most of them still plays) From the present very popular are bands like Hatebreed, Endstand, Death Before Dishonour, Hoods sXe: Outlast, Champion, Good Clean Fun, Darkest Hour, Projekt X or Vitamin X
Hardcore dancing Its a form of mosh(or slam dancing), an activity performed in a mosh pit at HC music shows. The practice grew mostly out of the East Coast hardcore scene, especially in New York City. Dances like "Ninja Dancing", "Karate Dancing", "Straight-edge Ballet".
Czech bands In Czech Republic therere not very much bands Very significant band is Kritická Situace, they played till 80s Present bands are Street Machine, Better Way, Balaclava and for example Who Ate My Skate
Czech clubs plays hardcore Klub 007 Strahov- i think the club with the best atmosphere Futurum, Rock Café, Matrix- clubs which usually not present HC, almost the famous bands plays in these clubs Jet Club- a new club smaller than 007, but great shows there Abaton- big factory hall for great gigs or festivals Modra opice-club rather for young bands or crust punk shows Squat Milada- its squat so normal people usually dont get there, but everybody is welcomed