Hardcore is a truly North American phenomenon.
Sure, Scandinavia, Japan, and Latin America have all left serious imprints on the genre.
But guess where the punk rock subgenre was invented? California. And straight edge? Washington D.C.
And then there's Boston, arguably the United States' capital for old-school tough-guy HC. Yeah, New York City invented the model with Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today and Judge. But Massachusetts's capital perfected the approach via SS Decontrol, Negative FX, Jerry's Kids, and Gang Green.
Itching to learn more about New England mosh music? Well, Beantown scene vets Slapshot and Miami's best extreme music curators, Speedfreek, will be offering the perfect crash course at Churchill's Pub on January 5.
Slapshot arrived a wave after the OG Boston hXc scene. And it's emergence marked a distinct intensification of hardcore's already humorless attitude.
While moshing has always occured at one's own risk, your average mid-'80s Boston show looked more like a dojo than the goofy, pogo pits of The Ramones. In a parallel fashion, the substance-free straight-edge movement saw the development of its own extremist wing via the "hardline subculture."
Thankfully, those particular punk politics of the past are largely behind us. So when Slapshot comes to Churchill's at the beginning of 2013, you should be less concerned about getting jumped by militant straight-edge droogs and more wary of getting caught in a killer mosh.
Slapshot. Presented by Speedfreek. With Get The Ammo, Homestretch, and Trust No One. Saturday, January 5. Churchill's Pub. 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-757-1807 or visit churchillspub.com