Yes, you read right. The name of this week’s artist is indeed ’68 and definitely not ’69 like you juvenile wisecrackers reading this wish it was. Anyways, moving on. If you haven’t heard of ‘68 by now, you need to.
With only two members, ex-Chariot and Norma Jean frontman Josh Scogin along with former Becoming The Archetype member Michael McClellan, this duo has created a new and raw racket of hardcore music many of us have never heard before. Imagine a more in-your-face White Stripes doing their best Nirvana rendition. Actually, let’s take that a step further. Imagine the Black Keys. Now imagine the Black Keys opening for Slayer.
Okay, maybe too much on the analogies.
What we’re getting at is that ’68 kicks ass. Their unique and erratic approach to rock music is fresh. Combining elements of the Chariot’s do-what-you-want song structure and vocals (see Evan Perks) with grungy/blues-esque guitar riffs and blistering drum rhythms, ’68 have absolutely brought a new sound to the hardcore scene.
If you’d like to see them live, which you do, they will be on tour this summer with Listener and the Homeless Gospel Choir. Check out the dates here. Also, be on the lookout for their debut full-length album, In Humor and Sadness which was released on EOne Entertainment/Good Fight.