Ok so last night I decided to go to the Thekla check out ab band that the youth of today are getting excited about, Hacktivist. I did not know much about this band, other then they are effectively trying to reignite the whole rap rock scene, taking flashbacks to the late eighties early nineties cross over scene, drawing on elements of the likes of Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, Body Count and the whole guitar tones from the likes of Coal Chamber, Rage Against The Machine and Korn, bands who heavily dominated the whole American Cross Over scene.
I mean musically what Hacktivist do is nothing really that’s that new, but they pulled it off with enough energy that it brought back memories of the kind of music that I found exciting as a teenager. I’ll admit that I have a prolonged fondness for the whole rap rock scene because of growing up listening to both genres simultaneously at the same time, being brought up listening to both an 80’s hip hop mix tape and Guns N Roses. I love a good lyricist with something to say and always have done.
What was amazing was watching how the band were connecting with their audience and that you could that too these kids the lyrics of Hacktivist’s songs really meant something to them and the fact that to certain extent the songs had personal messages behind them. It was refreshing to see connecting with music that has a social political edge to it because in my mind it brings out that music has the ability to communicate with just about anyone.
To see a band like Hacktivist engage, disenfranchised youth in a way that mainstream music has music has to a certain level been ignoring in favour of fashionable cool is great and energetically revitalising because they will encourage people to sing from the heart and maybe engage people like the socialy isolated in the creative arts.
My only one slight criticism is that I dont think they had quite enough materiel to warrant a headline slot, but then again if they are encouraging people to be pro active then who am I to criticize?.