The Boston and Massachusetts scene is one of the founding pillars of hardcore music. From bands like Negative FX in the ’80s, Converge in the ’90s and Have Heart in the ’00s, it has consistently produced some of the best bands in the genre. With such a rich legacy, it’s no surprise that the scene continues to mould and cultivate new artists. Exploding from this scene is Move, with their recently released debut record, Black Radical Love showcasing unadulterated politically charged aggression.
With influences being bought from all over, they don’t shy away from how much their local scene has shaped them.
“When I’m getting ready to write music for Move, a lot of my influence has been 2000s Boston hardcore,” guitarist and founder Nick Hochmuth admits. He lists bands like The Rival Mob, Mental, and labels like Locking Out as influential, both sonically and in their approach. As Hochmuth channels these local influences he creates a pummelling canvas for vocalist Corey Charpentier to pen his, as he puts it, “political journal.”
“A lot of the songs I write are really coming from what I am studying at the time, what I am feeling at the time,” Charpentier remarks. Fervent yet articulate in his delivery, Charpentier’s lyrics act as a call to arms against political and social wrongdoings that affect him. Opener Double Death addresses police killings, while Trojan Horse is very to the point with Charpentier declaring “Capitalism ain’t a solution.”
The succinct nature to these lyrics drives home the messages that are trying to be conveyed. Something that Charpentier set out to do. “I’m not going to beat around the bush about what the fuck this is. I think that’s where I try to really fine tune the lyrics to push that message forward, and like I don’t want to have this be a guessing game. I’m like fuck the guessing game, this is what it is. There isn’t much interpretation outside of these words.”
While acting as his own political journal Charpentier also uses Move to bring in various other voices. Bringing in their peers from the likes of Aaron Heard (of Jesus Piece), Kristine Cadette (of Zulu) as well using spoken word interludes to give a platform to the feelings and voices of others in the black community. Charpentier describes the idea and process of using this record to showcase his peers, “Move is like a community band, even though we’re the ones performing this music, but like we make music for the masses of black people in the struggle every day at hardcore and outside of it.”
To be able to continue the sense of community intrinsic to the Boston scenes legacy is not lost on Move “It’s fun to be a part of it to kind of continue that legacy of Boston bands” explains Hochmuth. Coupled with the sheer quality of their debut Move look to have established themselves alongside the like of Vein.fm as one of modern hardcore’s best Boston bands.
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