When I got into punk, something about seeing my new musical heroes right at the merch table, in the flesh, really changed the way I looked at music. And then I also quickly learned, through hardcore, that these people weren’t necessarily people I should be emulating just because they played in a band or whatever. They weren’t demigods, they were just dudes. Frail said, ‘Make your own noise.’ Hardcore was a total rite of passage for me.
Nodding my head vigorously to Wooden Wand and Hiss Golden Messenger (not hardcore bands, mind you) talkin’ about hardcore
, among other things