Top Ten Florida Hardcore Bands of All Time
Hardcore punk is an art form as distinctly American as jazz and competitive eating. The legendary scenes of New York, Boston, and California lay claim to the vast majority of bands liable to be referred to as "important" -- those whose T-shirts have been deemed worthy for wear by random hipsters in need of authenticity points.
However, Florida -- and South Florida in particular -- sustained a scene that spawned some of the best hardcore acts to ever stomp a stage or incite a microphone brawl. And though we're undoubtedly a little biased, we thought we'd compile a list to prove the point to those of you who may have forgotten (or never knew) the might of Sunshine State hardcore.
The following list is in no particular order.
10. Poison the Well
PTW was a Miami- and Coral Springs-based band that successfully mixed elements of melody and a healthy dose of experimentation with the anger of hardcore in a way that made its sound instantly recognizable and completely unique.
The band's first full-length, The Opposite of December, is considered a landmark record, and subsequent albums grew exceedingly experimental and sonically adventuresome, alienating many fans. In our opinion, the band's late career output does not get the respect it deserves.
9. Shai Hulud
To the chagrin of Florida metal fans, we included Shai Hulud on our list of top Florida metal bands. However, although Shai Hulud, founded in Pompano Beach, certainly has enough metal in its sonic recipe and has been influential enough to be on the metal list, at its heart, it's a hardcore band.
Driven by guitarist/lyricist Matt Fox, this band has had a revolving lineup since its inception, having included the likes of Damian Moyal and New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert on lead vocals throughout the years. Most people will agree that Shai Hulud is the quintessential metalcore band.