Hardcore Punk MusicHardcore punk music is a genre of punk music characterized by furious, fast and loud sounds. Hardcore punk appeared in the 1970’s and began to pick up in the 1980’s when drum lines and guitar sounds amplified into more frenzied themes. Hardcore punk songs were also shorter than normal punk songs and more fast and heavier.
In its early days, hardcore punk appeared only as a street phenomenon in the United States. Singers that were raised with heavy metal music, but liked the punk philosophy, adopted this mix of heavy and punk and transformed it into a new musical genre. The key to hardcore punk was to take punk musical elements and speed them up, hardcore style.
Hardcore music scenes became popular with the help of the DIY ethic that enabled musicians to start recording their own albums and doing their own distribution and promotional work. By the mid 1990’s, almost each major US city had a hardcore punk band: Nevada has 7Seconds, Boston had Gang Green, while Misfits were rocking in New Jersey. From America, hardcore punk spread all over the world.
The hardcore shows are an important element of hardcore punk music. The band gathered on the streets, in basements, in garages to do live shows. They also began their own t-shirts selling businesses. Hardcore bands used to advertise themselves with the help of self-made fliers, as part of the DIY, or Do It Yourself movement.
The only thing hardcore punk bands have in common is the unified, heavy and loud sound. But everything else from lyrics, to musical messages and life style varies from band to band. For example, some hardcore bands advocate drug and alcohol filled existences, while some Christian hardcore groups have a strong religious message. The only thing that keeps them in the same music box is the hardcore, punk sound and punk philosophy.