It’s pretty well known that Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach has his roots in the hardcore and punk scenes, attending his first hardcore show at 14, and never really looking back. A cursory look at his social medias shows that the roots run very, very deep – and even at 40 years of age, his love for those scenes have clearly never faded.
While Killswitch Engage puts the finishing touches on a brand new record (which will be their first since 2016), Jesse recently took in an Agnostic Front show at the famous Blackthorn 51 in Elmhurst, New York – and he got front and center in the action. For him, this is therapy – and we think any fan of metal, hardcore, punk rock, or outsider subculture can probably agree, as well.
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I don’t get too prideful about many things. I try my best to remain humble fairly calm and centered. However when it comes to my culture, Hardcore, the music, the tribe and the movement…I take a ton of pride in those roots. The truth of it is Hardcore music saved my life, time and time again. There are a few bands that I will loose my mind over and let loose on the dance floor to. Yes even at 40 I still get in the pit and throw down there is nothing like that release! The legendary @agnosticfrontnyc is one of those bands that cut right to the core of me and a big part of what makes me the man I am today. If you know, you know. Hardcore music is much more than just music to those of us who were raised in it from a young age. I went to my first hardcore show when I was 14 and nothing has been the same since then. I look to @rogermiret as a tribal leader and honestly a living legend. He’s a very humble man and I am honored to know him and been able to interview him. I needed last night, hearing those songs that were my therapy. Watching guys who were a part of laying the groundwork for a music, a culture and a Tribe that embraced a odd kid that just couldn’t fit in to the “normal world of society.” Hardcore and Punk gave me an identity and a purpose to life outside of a seemingly hopeless and mundane existence. Massive respect and gratitude to The Godfather’s Of Hardcore and big love to my ride or die @matadora for capturing the moment I couldn’t stand in the back and just watch anymore. I had to be up front to get my fix of that energy that keeps me alive and makes me feel like I belong somewhere in this messed up world. Lastly thank you Roger for giving me an AF shirt the the OG Skinhead screen print! I’m gunna frame it and put it up in my home when I buy one someday. #AgnosticFront #HardcoreKid #HardcoreCulture #NYHC #JesseLeach #RogerMiret #ItsNotJustMusicItsALifestyle #punkrockmetalhead