The Anti

Let’s take a moment to step back a review popular trends in Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B, etc. What is the re-occurring theme throughout the majority of the songs we hear from these genres that’s played over the radio? Partying.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with partying. In fact, musician Andrew W.K. is a big believer in positive partying. I’ll defer you to him for further information on that particular subject. What I’m referring to, however, is the party activities that are uplifted. Mostly alcohol and drug abuse.

I’m not here to preach or anything, what I wanted to bring up is the polar opposite of these songs: the Straight Edge movement. It all started several years ago with Ian McKay’s punk band Minor Threat. Straight Edge promotes living a clean lifestyle, and living life to the fullest absent of drugs and alcohol. I think it’s brilliant, personally.

In fact, I went Straight Edge myself back in November of 2014, and I’ve never regretted it. Granted, I was never a drug user, but I loved beer!

Again, I’m not here to preach or push my beliefs, I just wanted to bring attention to this positive genre of music that gets shadowed by today’s chart-topping hits. It’s a genre that has survived the last couple of decades, and goes strong today with bands like Wolfdown and even Davey Havok & Jade Puget’s (of AFI & Blaqk Audio) latest musical venture XTRMST.

If you’re a fan of Punk and Hardcore, I really encourage you to check out some of the Straight Edge bands, as they’re putting out some really good music. If Straight Edge is a subject that piques your interest, check out these links for more info:

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