Photo taken by: Silvy Maatman
Even the legends are supporting Asian hardcore loud and proud! What’s your excuse? How many Asian bands are you aware of or more importantly, are you out supporting and promoting? Not a challenge…just posing a question. Just look through your t-shirt collection or the records you spin daily on your record player, iPod, etc…how many of those records are Asian releases? How many of the shirts you own are of Asian bands?
At least for bands like Sick of it All, Agnostic Front, etc – when they sing about “worldwide hardcore” – they mean it.
In recent years both Lou and Roger have laid down vocal tracks on Asian band’s records such as:
Roger singing on Indonesian hardcore band West Side Hoodz‘s track Fuck Fake Friendship:
Roger wearing a West Side Hoodz t-shirt:
Lou singing on King Ly Chee’s track Lost in a World:
David Wood singing on Overthrown’s track Hold Strong:
Recently, a track called Unite Asia by King Ly Chee was released that included 7 singers from Asian bands around the region. The bands included: 13 Steps (South Korea), Overthrown (Singapore), Final Attack (Indonesia), Badburn (Philippines), Unregenerate Blood (Beijing), King Ly Chee (Hong Kong), Kids on the Move (Malaysia) and can be downloaded for free here:
There are many of us who are trying to keep the momentum going for our own scene…hardcore bands from around the world have always gotten on stage and yelled the words “support your own scene first” – and that’s not an empty statement but an actual call to action to coax those in attendance to go back home and put the same love and support that they show international bands (usually from USA) into bands from around Asia…
It once was okay to use the excuse “I have no idea what bands are from around Asia”. I used to understand this sentiment. But you now have this website where we scour tons of websites, Facebook pages, instagram, twitter, etc., DAILY…and have friends throughout Asia who are also tagging us to let us know about things going on…and we have for the past 3 months been putting up information daily about Asian bands, events, releases, etc…not one day has gone by in the past 3 months that we haven’t posted something about some band from somewhere around Asia.
So with this resource at your fingertips, we ask this question again – what’s your excuse?