Loma Prieta is a bay area hardcore band who, to our benefit, seem to have anger management issues. They’re grindy, They’re screamy, and throw down lots of nice low-end interludes. This new track remind me a lot of Nails, whose Unsilent Death record has been on heavy rotation on my iPod and in my nightmares.
Loma Prieta – “Trilogy 4 – Momentary”
Yes, most of their older stuff can be described as “screamo,” which I think deserves a little explanation.
A brief history of the bastardization of the term after the jump.
Portraits of Past. These were bands influenced by 80s D.C. post-hardcore bands like Rites of Spring, Grey Matter, and Embrace – bands that were initially described as emocore (portmanteau for emotional hardcore), and later simply emo. These bands were still pretty heavy for their time, but graduated from the three-chord hardcore of the early 80s.
Embrace’s Ian MacKaye dropping science on skate magazines that call his music “emocore” in 1986.
backpack squad. There was definitely no “-core” there, but the bands still wrote songs with thoughtful lyrics that were just out-of-reach for commercial radio.
In the early-to-mid 2000s, any remnant of “core” was scrubbed from emo and it was just a label slapped on any pop band (not even pop punk) that sang about how sad they were about girls. I was apparently asleep when this happened because one day I was at a hardcore show at my college and everyone was
talking about these “emo” bands they loved like Midtown, Saves the Day, and New Found Glory. Every kid in my dorm made me offers for my out-of-print Jawbreaker CDs to impress their new girlfriends who had bangs and barrettes. I refused to sell at any price on principle.
Eventually, some genius added screeching to the mix. So the “screamo” that many of the younger generation came to know is some of the worst music ever created. It’s a copy-of-a-copy-
of-a-copy-of-a-copy. It’s just really bad music about being sad where the singer alternates between whining and wailing. Thrice? The Used? My Chemical Romance? Crap. Crap. Total crap.
Loma Prieta has nothing to do with these bands and I just wanted to make that clear.