YUKON TERRITORY – The ’90s hardcore scene was found alive and well earlier this week in an isolated Canadian town. According a recently published paper, the ’90s hardcore scene vanished into the blizzard of ’93, landed — and apparently settled — in distant, uncharted territory.
Claude Leblanc, leader of the hardcore anthropologist team that uncovered the town, said the discovery “redefines the very notions of D.I.Y. and independent music scenes.”
Acting on a rumor, work began by gathering clues from zines and flyers from late 1992, which were cross-referenced with storm data to approximate a location. The team then set foot on an ambitious expedition into the Yukon Territory, though Leblanc refused to disclose the exact location in order to protect the scene’s integrity.
Upon arrival, the group was astounded by the level of cultural preservation. “It was truly amazing,” said one researcher. “It was like a time capsule — the flyers were actually made with cut-out letters, hardliners staffed animal-rights tables at every show, and D.I.Y. zine sales continued to grow.”
However, the team’s surprise doubled when they realized the scene had developed its own unique idiosyncrasies, most notably, “a highly-technical tribal dance that has largely supplanted traditional moshing.”
“We compared it to Sick Of It All’s Step Down video, the authoritative handbook of mosh moves from the era, and what we witnessed was entirely novel,” said Leblanc, describing the dance as “a series of synchronous stomps, spins, and flutters, dynamically adjusted according to tempo.”
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Data shows the scene also maintains a strict social hierarchy, with one Scene Elder wearing an elaborate costume composed of many layers of band t-shirts, although Leblanc added, “It was quite possible the shirts were simply worn because it was -30 degrees Celsius outside.”
When asked for similarities between the antiquated, preserved scene and modern hardcore, Leblanc was quick to point out common elements that remain. “Despite their live shows being listed with 8:00 p.m. start times, inexplicable delays of up to three hours were typical,” he said, “which is consistent with the experience at modern hardcore venues.”
The team’s complete findings can be read in the December issue of the Journal of Hardcore Studies, which is expected to send ripples through the tiny, mostly ignored academic community.
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