The Pure Noise Records Tour brought some of the best bands hardcore has to offer right now, from young rising bands like Sanction and Year Of The Knife, to veterans Stick To Your Guns and Counterparts.
Stick To Your Guns / Counterparts / Terror / Sanction / Year Of The Knife
Revered Orange County hardcore band Stick To Your Guns has announced they’ll be returning to the road this fall, in support of their latest record True View, for a co-headline tour of North America with Emmure and support from Wage War and Sanction. You can find all dates below, along with a streamable link of True View to get re-acquainted with the band’s newest album they’re touring in support of.
Stick To Your Guns’ latest and 6th album, True View, was recorded at Jets to Mars Studio in Granada Hills, CA with producer Derek Hoffman (Seaway, To The Wind), and was mixed and mastered by Will Putney (Every Time I Die, Gojira, Four Year Strong).
With the band’s new album True View being released in October as well as a string of record release shows the same month, Stick To Your Guns are certainly about to be very busy. And STYG Josh James? Well, he just got married over the weekend – and is going to be even busier now as well.
According to the band’s Instagram account, Josh is an official member of the band now. Since both bands are playing some upcoming shows on tour together, he’s pulling double duty, which is indeed awesome. You can stream “Oath”, from the new 18 Visions record, below.
To me, hardcore has always been about two things – unity and brotherhood. To further that statement, hardcore has also always been about creating change through discussing (or yelling really loud) the issues that matter – whether it be racial tension and inequality, homophobia, sexual assault, or suicide, California’s Stick To Your Guns have always done this, really since day 1. They’re a band that thrives on creating dialogue without coming across as heavy-handed, and while the results aren’t always subtle (the anti-homophobia hardcore blast of “Life In A Box”), they are effective to be sure.
On Diamond, the band’s breakout 2012 album, this is done in a variety of effective ways – the deceptively catchy “We Still Believe” and passionate “Empty Heads”, but there’s also two tracks that truly stand out here. “Bringing You Down” is an angry, status quo-challenging commentary on the state of 2010-era social and political norms, while “Built Upon The Sand” is a desperate plea for a last stand of sorts – with possibly the most effective three words in the STYG catalogue. “I understand you.”
5 years on from Diamond, Stick To Your Guns are still one of the most important bands in the scene today. Diamond is a true statement album that will be remembered forever, as it’s just as much a snapshot of social injustice and righteous rage currently as it is a timeless work of art.