Growing up in New Jersey up until I was 18, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with NJ hardcore. On one hand, there are definitely some solid ones (Vision anyone?).
On the other hand, when I was growing up there, most Jersey “hardcore” bands were actually screamo, tainted with “oh so emotional” breakdowns that every douche bag in NJ started listening to because their girlfriend liked Finch and From Autumn To Ashes. These kids would go to shows with the intent to pick fights with everybody (including some dude’s mom, who was hit in the back with a chair) trying to impress their girlfriend in some sort of tough-yet-emotional mating ritual…. (I wish I was making this shit up).
Needless to say, although I love my homestate and most of it’s music, I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth as far as hardcore goes and whenever I saw flyers for One Win Choice, I simply assumed they were one of those screamo bands. One listen to Define/Redefine blasts those assumptions right out of the murky Jersey water.
Playing hardcore in the veins of early Static Radio NJ (think “One For The Good Guys” EP), Define/Redefine adds a bit more melody than the average hardcore band. While their newest EP isn’t exactly groundbreaking, with every band trying to be “something different” these days, it is kind of refreshing and groundbreaking in it’s own way to just listen to some straight up hardcore. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of melodic hardcore.
Jump Start Records