WORDS: LUCA CESCSON
Come on, let’s be serious: have you ever listened to a better intro in hardcore music than Your Demise’s “MMX”? This year, their game-changer record “The Kids We Used To Be” will turn ten, and we really feel about celebrating one of the best records in melodic hardcore’s recent history.
But let’s step back for a moment and focus our starting words to how this St. Albans / Brighton outfit reached its highest point as a band. Formed in 2003, Your Demise has always faced the usual members changes that affect every bands, whilst still releasing actually a good amount of records, with a couple of self-released demos and a bunch of EPs. Among them, their impressive “The Blood Stays On The Blade” paved the way to the hardest metallic hardcore records ever produced: “Ignorance Never Dies” (2009). Released via Visible Noise Records, this fourteen-tracks album really changed the idea behind hardcore music, introducing dubstep interludes in the middle of stop-start riffs and breakdowns. Yes, this records meant a lot to us and helped us adding some more heavy assaults to our usual musical palette. Despite having released such a banger, and despite having toured Europe with Deez Nuts and More Than Life afterwards, the band parted ways with former singer George Noble to start creating a different blend of UKHC music. This turning point led Your Demise to an even higher point in their already amazing musical path.
On September 20th, 2010 vocalist Ed McRae and the remaining band’s members saw their first full length as a new band being released. A rebirth. 2010 was an important year for heavy and mainstream music itself: albums like Bring Me The Horizon’s “There Is A Hell …”, Ceremony’s “Rohnert Park” and Cruel Hand’s “Lock & Key” were released during those twelve months, defining that year as a crucial one for the hardcore and metalcore community.
Your Demise’s record is not a concept album, but it spreads some teenage-nostalgia-oriented vibes that actually pushed it well beyond its musical aspects, letting us appreciate (new) clean vocals and melodies that the old St. Albans band had never explored before. At first glance, it was such a surprise to hear new vocals arrangements and guitars riffs. But this is where music becomes art: experimentation pushes hard in order to cancel any boundaries around musicians and aficionados, fighting the law of genres to be played the way we know forever. From the starting snare in “MMX” up to the record’s title track and its amazing sing along, Your Demise really made a step forward in a new direction that led them to tour most parts of the world.
This record is turning ten, but that “alone, alone, so alone” chorus will be forever stuck in our heads, even a decade on. For a band, this is the most important achievement ever: there’s no need to sell out hundreds of shows or physical copies, since the most romantic aspect in music is to have fans who remember your music with time passing. “The Kids We Used To Be” anniversary will bring the band together in the coming months after their disbandment. There’s no better occasion to spin this record from start to end, appreciating its dynamism and styles over its tracks. This is not just a hardcore record, since it encompasses more punk, pop-punk yet metal core features that prior to this release may have seemed so alien. The Your Demise sound is stronger than ever in this release, with songs like “Shine On”, “Like A Broken Record” and “Give Up, Get Dropped, Lose Out” that really show how the band was not only focused in putting breakdowns and 2-steps double parked in their music. Moreover, the coolest tracks are the ones in which the band really put its new musical direction, with more melodic riffs (“Life Of Luxury”), heart-breaking emo-oriented lyrics (“Miles Away”) and even funny yet incomprehensible words (“Get The Fuck Out Of Little Rock”). The record also features two amazing singers and collaborations (Mike Duce, from Lower Than Atlantis, and Mike Hranica from The Devil Wears Prada), raising the bar of the overall musical result.
“The Kids We Used To Be” is still showing us how to turn a band’s break-up into one of the most hard-working outfits in the game. From being a UK band with touring experiences, this band became an international heavyweight in its genre, developing its own way to play hardcore music. Their record is now ten years old, but it seems not having aged a bit. Its passion still breaks our mobile phones, our computers to attack us with its unreachable strength. “The Kids We Used To Be” will forever be a manifesto of those who grew up with this hardcore genre in their headphones. From the kids (we used to be) to the kids (we’ll always be).
Your Demise will be at both of this year’s Slam Dunk Festivals. Grab your tickets HERE.