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We Ride – Empowering Life (Victory Records)

We Ride makes hardcore music great again

We Ride on Selective Memory

You have to go out of the country to discover one of the more powerful hardcore acts of our century. We Ride incorporates the east coast hardcore fervor with the spirit of punk rock rage. What results is Empowering Life.

The band began when vocalist Mimi Telmo and guitarist Borja Trigo met on the streets of Vigo, Spain, and wanted to make a hardcore album. Their sound emits from their love of pop punk, metalcore, and R&B. We Ride discovered what they could take from each genre and how it could be incorporated into the hardcore spectrum. “When we started WE RIDE, we all came from different musical styles, from pop-punk to metalcore to R&B. In the Vigo scene, we wanted to mix that all with a direct line in our own style of hardcore,”” explains Telmo.

This debut for Victory Records is the new soul of the fragments of each band member’s input.

“Do It Again” is a great example of driven hardcore that emits an impressive fury. But it underlays with a sincerity that only builds immediacy when combined.

Telmo presents an interesting take on being a hardcore vocalist. She often seems on the verge of losing her mind while maintaining control of the situation. It’s a way of pushing her rage through socio channels. “They tried to break me,” she vocally punches on “Self Made.” In reality, she is at the forefront of a force that no one wants to mess with. It’s empowering, which is what hardcore should be.

With songs like “I’mpossible” and “Time Is Now,” you can feel yourself getting sweaty over its immediacy. This is as much reactionary as it is a release. Empowering Life is one of my favorite albums to hit the Victory roster this year.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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