‘…SO, WHAT EX­ACTLY IS HARD­CORE?’

IT’S A ‘BIG WORD’ THAT MEANS DIF­FER­ENT THINGS TO DIF­FER­ENT PEO­PLE. CODE OR­ANGE’S FU­RI­OUS FIVE PICK IT APART…

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ERIC BALDEROSE (GUI­TAR/VO­CALS)

“Hard­core, for me, has al­ways been about the en­ergy at the shows. It’s that pal­pa­ble feel­ing that hits you when you walk in.the com­mu­nity. The ag­gres­sion. The re­lease. It’s al­ways been more about that ex­pres­sion than just lis­ten­ing to mu­sic.ter­ror. Crow­bar.trapped Un­der Ice.those bands peo­ple would go crazy for. I don’t ac­tu­ally lis­ten to much straight hard­core on a day-to-day ba­sis, but I’ll al­ways con­sider Code Or­ange a hard­core band. I’ll al­ways con­sider my­self part of that en­ergy, that scene.”

DO­MINIC LAN­DOLINA (GUI­TAR/SYNTHS)

“Hard­core means hav­ing the creative plat­form to ex­press your­self in a place where peo­ple want to sup­port you. I played gui­tar be­fore I got into hard­core, but I al­ways thought be­ing in a band was unattain­able be­cause I’d spent so long watch­ing Me­tal­lica play­ing are­nas on Youtube.when I found kids to play with and started form­ing teenage bands like Breach, my thoughts and feel­ings very quickly be­came con­sumed with when my friends and I could next get to­gether and write mu­sic.”

JOE GOLD­MAN (BASS)

“Hard­core showed me that, how­ever you want to live your life, it’s doable. When I first started get­ting dragged to punk shows I was a dru­guser, a huge burnout. Hard­core ex­posed me to dif­fer­ent peo­ple with dif­fer­ent life­styles [like straight-edge] that helped re-shape my own.you meet guys who are su­per-vi­o­lent; guys who are su­per-po­lit­i­cal; the type of peo­ple you don’t run into at school or your lo­cal neigh­bour­hood. Even be­fore I was in bands, it was about do­ing some­thing creative and con­struc­tive that mat­tered to me.”

REBA MEY­ERS (GUI­TAR/VO­CALS)

“Hard­core was there the whole time I was grow­ing-up.when I was younger, it gave me pur­pose and some­where to be. In­stead of just go­ing to a party or do­ing stupid shit, I’d write mu­sic with my friends or go to shows. It gave us that leg-up and the op­por­tu­nity to tour while we were in high school and push our­selves as a band. Now, it’s en­tirely how I iden­tify my­self. Code Or­ange has ob­vi­ously ex­panded on [that sound], but with­out hard­core we wouldn’t be here.”

JAMI MOR­GAN (DRUMS/VO­CALS)

“Can hard­core mean dif­fer­ent types of mu­sic? Yes. Is ev­ery­one call­ing their bands ‘hard­core’ re­ally hard­core? No. It’s not a badge you can slap on and sud­denly be­long. Hard­core’s a com­mu­nity that puts you through the wringer.you need to put your­self into that.you need to play the shows.you need to un­der­stand that his­tory, and, if you dis­re­spect that, there’ll be con­se­quences.we paid our dues.we were al­ways the weird­est kids at the table, but we kept show­ing up.we earned that re­spect.”

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