Earlier this year, Richmond, Virginia hardcore quartet Outsider released their debut demo tape via Flatspot Records. Featuring current and former members of Cold Touch, Upperhand, and others, Outsider is yet another band effectively modernizing a classic hardcore sound. Full of galloping rhythms, adrenaline pumping guitar riffs, and raw aggression, Outsider’s 2018 demo is a hard-hitting release that will serve as a precursor for what is to come.
We recently caught up with vocalist Joe Kincaid who agreed to discuss the meanings behind each of the release’s four tracks. Dive back into the riff-happy world of Demo 2018 and check out what Kincaid had to say after the break.
1. No Days Darker: This is a song about standing on the edge of failure, about facing the decision to quit or keep going. The cool thing about this song to me is that I decided which choice I was going to make while writing it. I thought to myself, “which message do I want this song/band to have?” , and I made the decision then. Something to remember is that you only ever truly fail at something when you entirely give up.
2. Suffocate: I feel like this songs meaning is pretty obvious. It’s about actual hatred towards another person. I don’t necessarily love songs like this, but writing it did in fact make me feel better about the situation.
3. False Needs: The lyrics for this song are my favorite. A lot of people have probably listened to this or will and think that it’s about being straight – edge, and it’s not. It is 100% about veganism. I wanted each line of this song to touch an argument topic that someone might have about not being vegan/plant-based or a way that they might contradict themselves. The first line, “addiction comes in more forms than one,” simply means what it says.You don’t have to be addicted to drugs, or be an alcoholic to be a true victim of addiction.. More people suffer daily from their tremendously terrible diet choices, that not only effect their body, but also their mind, than any other type of addiction. I mean if you really think about.. it’s people consuming food that surely, negatively effects them when they absolutely do not need to. The other lines “don’t tell me that you care, I’m sure you’re well aware, of the pain you’re causing,” are about people who say they love animals, or that they are passionate about the Earth, but yet still consume animal products. Don’t lie to yourself, you clearly don’t. I’m sure someone listening or reading the lyrics will be able to take away what they truly mean now. Going vegan is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, and I invite anyone who isn’t to unlock more of their potential by trying to. You will strengthen your body and mind in ways you wouldn’t believe, while saving animals lives and negatively impacting the Earth less.
4. Damnation: I used to sing in a band called Cold Touch, and that band had a song called Welcome Death. This is sort of a continuation of that song, lyrically. It is about fully accepting responsibility for your actions and where you are in life. Things are the way they are because of any and every decision you make. The more someone can realize that the further they can take themselves.