At long last Alex Anesiadis massive new book, 'We can be the new wind', about the pop-punk crossover in the hardcore scene, is finally ready to go to the printers!
Inspired by conversations he had whilst writing his first book, 'Crossover: The Edge' Alex recalled the liner notes of the Moving Targets’ The Taang Years, where Welly Artcore mentioned that in the 1980s the hardcore punk scene had two major crossovers, one with heavy metal and one with pop influenced independent rock. And Welly was right. A significant number of early hardcore punk bands incorporated more melodic, challenging and experimental elements in their music while retaining their punk backbone and by doing so, they went on to create something new.
This book’s structure is organised according to country, and then regionally. The USA obviously has the lion’s share, since it was source of much of this new sounds melting pot, but the UK is also present as is the rest of the world. More than 160 bands were interviewed and even more reviewed, resulting in a total of more than 1000 bands covered in over 1300 pages! Flyers and pictures were obtained with permission from the bands, and many of them that have never seen the light of day. Until now.
The first band interviewed was 7 Seconds, so put New Wind on and turn it up, because very soon it’ll be time to begin the journey…
(Some things take time but are worth it and this book is one of them. A pre-order will be up in the store soon with special Brian Walsby art posters and bookmarks for the first 250 orders).