We here at Afends are constantly drawing from our roots, which began in the hardcore scene of Byron Bay. Even though we have changed and evolved and are not an exclusively hardcore label anymore, we still continue to be influenced by it. Watch the below documentary made by Vice about the Hardcore scene in New York. Words by Vice.
In the first episode of our series Under the Influence, we go from the streets of the Lower East Side all the way to South Korea to examine one of the most distinctive genres to sprout from the concrete of New York City: hardcore. Along the way, we’ll meet with everyone from tattoo shop owners to chefs to government workers—all of whom have been inspired by the teachings at musical meccas like CBGB’s and A7 and found ways to apply the lessons learned from the scene to their own lives. Join us—as well as members of Agnostic Front, Title Fight, Youth of Today, Incendiary, and more—as we explore a world living under the influence of New York Hardcore.