Even though I already reviewed the original release I felt this was enough new content to warrant a review on its own.
Trends are a very difficult thing to notice in music especially as they happen. When exactly did hardcore turn into post hardcore? When did mathcore come about? Looking back now we can see the signs and recognize the bands that gave birth to those genres and trends, but in the moment it was surely impossible to know that. That brings me to Delinquent Youth's new EP A Great American Love Story. It's an EP that while subtle is pushing boundaries.
By now I’m sure you know all the sordid details of the sexual assault allegations levied against Ben Hopkins of New York queer punk duo PWR BTTM. The sad, sickening story broke just as the band’s second album, Pageant, was set to drop. Before the news of these allegations came to light, PWR BTTM were queer stars on the rise. The band’s two glitter-soaked and gender non-conforming members showed queer kids in the sometimes narrow-minded punk scene that there was room for us, too. PWR BTTM were touted by Noisey as “America’s next great rock band” by Noisey only two weeks ago, but now all of their music has been pulled from all streaming services and web stores. They had the platform, the praise, and the audience to take them into the stratosphere. All along the band had (allegedly) been taking advantage of the status gained from the endless support shown by the queer community and used it for nefarious purposes.
An interview with the emo revival band Misery Loves Company
Video review of progressive post hardcore band Softspoken's EP Pathways
Revisit The Black one year later.