If there’s anything at all to be said about the California hardcore scene, it’s that it’s prolific. Thanks to the hard work and creativity therein, there’s a sea of great shows to go to almost every week and there’s a palette range of styles and solid bands for almost every taste in hardcore. Specific to the LA/OC based individuals responsible and affiliated with The Pit Studios and SOS Booking, there are bands that range from the fairly straightforwards (Rotting Out, Fury and Discrepancy) to the metal-infused (Nails, Xibalba, Take Offense, Soul Search, Downpresser) to the straight up weird (Twitching Tongues). As of recent, there’s the Troycore revival that Van Nuys’s God’s Hate brings. Conceived of by Twitching Tongues vocalist Colin Young, God’s Hate revives (with the touches of modern hardcore) the Troy, New York hardcore style championed by groups such as Dying Breed, Section 8 and Stigmata in all its part-death metal, part-Pantera/Exhorder, part-NYHC, part-somethingfromeverywhere glory. With the 90s sXe vegan sound and “beatdown” surging to popularity, it’s honestly a real pleasure to see the Troy style brought into the contemporary. I was recently able to interview Colin on God’s Hate‘s debut album, Mass Murder, the band’s formation, Twitching Tongues, Mortiis, Wrestlemania, Dr. Pepper and more. Check it out below.
Svbterranean: Hello Colin, I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for doing the interview. For the unknowing, can you briefly describe your current bands and what roles you play in them?
Colin Young: I sing in Twitching Tongues, the most confusing band you’ve ever heard, and play guitar in God’s Hate, a tribute to all things hard.
On God’s Hate:
I remember that God’s Hate sort of popped up out of nowhere early 2014. You guys played a special unannounced set at Backtrack’s Lost in Life record release in Pomona and shortly after, Divine Injustice came out. Could you talk a bit about God’s Hate’s formation?
In the fall of 2013, Nate and I talked about finally doing a band together after talking about it for years and years. I’d always wanted to play guitar in a harder band, but I wasn’t very good at guitar, nor did I properly own one that wasn’t acoustic… So I bought one, and played it every day for several months, and within a few weeks, 3 songs from the 7″ were written. A few weeks later, after trying to demo a few things, the other two songs were done. I also wanted the lineup to consist solely of people I hadn’t been in a band with before… Now both Cayle and Anthonie play in Twitching Tongues as well. Womp womp.
God’s Hate takes quite a bit from Troy, NY hardcore style. The name is from a Dying Breed song and the riffs speak for themselves. What are your top five favorite Troycore releases or bands?
1. Dying Breed – Take My Soul… Give Me Grave
2. Stigmata – Hymns For An Unknown God
3. Section 8 – 9 Ways To Say I Love You
4. We The People Compilation
5. Wartime Manner – Scorched Earth Policy
I was surprised to see Leo, Mike and Kyle quit Twitching Tongues so soon after the recording of Disharmony. A greater surprise happened when you guys announced the addition of Sean Martin to the fold. How’d you end up getting him to play for Twitching Tongues? Has he told you any cool stories or anecdotes from the Hatebreed days?
It was definitely quite a surprise, but something we understand now, and have come to terms with and moved on from. With Sean, it was honestly as easy as emailing him. It was fucking awesome. Having him in the lineup for the current touring cycle is the coolest thing in the world to me. We’ve now heard hours and hours of Hatebreed stories from the several weeks we’ve spent on tour together and I savor every minute of it.
You appear to be a well-rounded individual musically. You’ve drummed for Alpha & Omega and Ruckus, currently sing in Twitching Tongues and have done all instrumentals for Sorcerer’s Pledge and God’s Hate. Where are you most comfortable in a band and what are your perspectives on each role? Has experience in one position changed your handling of any other?
Playing guitar is still relatively new to me, so I’m still a little self conscious about my performance usually, but I’m a little more comfortable after every time I do it. Drums were my first love and what I am still best at, it’s just very rare I get to play or even have a reason to.
On Instagram, I saw that you snuck some hardcore posters into a TV show and were on Big Brother (?). What work do you do outside of your musical endeavors?
Haha, that show was “Catfish: Untold Stories”. I did production work on both that, Big Brother, and a couple other things here and there.
If you could pick between having Wingstop or Dr. Pepper as a sponsor, who would you choose?
03/19 – Van Nuys, CA @ White Oak Music w/ Minus, Disgrace, Mizery and Vamachara
03/25 – 03/26 Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club (United Blood Festival) w/ Burn, Floorpunch, Right Brigade, Foundation, Twitching Tongues, Incendiary
04/20 Tokyo, JP @ Antiknock *
04/21 Nagoya, JP @ Zion *
04/22 Osaka, JP @ Socore Factory *
04/23 Mie Yokkaichi, JP @ Club Chaos *
04/24 Tokyo, JP @ Garret *
05/27 – 05/29 Seattle, WA @ Neumos (Rainfest) w/ 108, Blacklisted, Burn, Terror, Trapped Under Ice
06/10 – 06/11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent (Sound And Fury) w/ Nails, Angel Du$t, Guns Up!, Down To Nothing