I Killed The Prom Queen’s album Beloved has been spinning non-stop all weekend and it still hasn’t gotten old. The band’s lead singer Jona Weinhofen took a few minutes out of his busy schedule in the lead up to Soundwave to write a column for Kill Your Stereo.
Have a read of what he had to say below!
Sh*t, C*nt, F*ck, where has my hardcore scene gone? Rant.
I dont really know why young bands in the last two or three years feel the need to resort to horrendously slanderous lyrics, usually directed at an individual female who has wronged them in some way, or promoting the drug field party lifestyle, in order to gain popularity.
Bands come up with lyrics like you stupid f*cking wh*re or you filthy f*cking c*nt, slap them on a t-shirt and bam, the band is huge. How is the youth of today relating to such lyrics? Maybe its just the shock value young people want to get out of wearing the word c*nt on a t-shirt in public, or boast about how hard they party? I know everyone has an ex theyre not particularly fond of but man, they must have killed someone or chopped your d*ck off to warrant this sort of diss.
These types of bands are obviously popular and negative catch phrase cuss and party lyrics are becoming quite a trend. Maybe Im just becoming old and jaded and am adopting the PMA attitude a little too much? Cue back in my day intro, but back in my day, bands from the scene were about promoting some kind of message and the overall message was usually positive. Lyrics didnt always have to be positive, in fact many of the bands were pissed, and its good to be pissed, because we took that angst and channeled it into something positive the shows we were going to. It was a chance to get a group of misfits together, who felt they didnt necessarily have a place in society as youths, and we shared something awesome: friendship through live music. Im sure this isnt entirely lost and that there are still bands and hardcore communities holding onto what really matters to them, but a lot of bands in the heavy music genres these days seem to be about getting signed, getting massive and making as much money as they can, overnight.
Now Im not saying that these bands shouldnt find success, and Im ecstatic with the success and career myself, and many of my friends have found through playing music. What Im saying is, you shouldnt expect it from day one, shouldnt have to rip off the generic musical template floating around of what is popular with hot topic kids, and you shouldnt have to slag off your high school girlfriend for being a wh*re to gain popularity amongst young fans. Youre in a position of power and influence, so say, do, promote something positive to your fans instead of singing about how awesome it is to do drugs and party and how your ex girlfriend is a b*tch.
But hey, this is just my opinion, Im old.