Washington, D.C. hardcore

Washington, D.C. Hardcore

Washington, D.C. hardcore

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Washington, D.C. has had one of the first and most influential hardcore punk scenes in the United States since the early 1980s.

Among the earliest DC punk bands were the Bad Brains, Slickee Boys, Teen Idles, Minor Threat, S.O.A., Chalk Circle, Velvet Monkeys, Void, The Faith, DC Youth Brigade, Government Issue, Untouchables, Red C, Marginal Man, Scream, Black Market Baby and United Mutation. In the mid 80s came bands like Gray Matter, Embrace, Rites of Spring, Phlegm, Soulside, Three, Ignition and Rain during a time period quoted by some as "Revolution Summer." Other important DC hardcore bands from this time period are Fire Party, Dag Nasty, Second Wind, and no-wave influenced bands like No Trend.

Dischord Records, owned and run by Jeff Nelson, drummer for Minor Threat and Ian MacKaye, the frontman for Minor Threat, and later Embrace, Fugazi and the Evens put out records by many of these bands. Some other important record labels of the 1980s in D.C. include Fountain of Youth and DSI. Due to Dischord's popularity and influence, very few D.C. based bands who were not on Dischord have received much attention from outside of the DC Metro area.

Hardcore in D.C also has grown a...
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