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Echoes of Redemption: A Journey from Despair to Strength Through Music and Straight Edge

For more than three decades, straight edge has ebbed and flowed through the hardcore scene.  The articles in this section span twenty years’ worth of ideas, feelings, and thoughts about straight edge from a female perspective.

Some of these articles were written by girls who are now women. Our thoughts were raw and unfiltered as teens.  We were (and some of still are) frustrated with the status quo. We are tired of having our voices drowned out.

As we have grown and evolved, so have our ideas about what it means to be straight edge.  These are our stories, our thoughts, our journeys.

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In the vibrant tapestry of hardcore history, Double Cross stands as a monumental chronicle, etched in the memories of hardcore kids. Founded in 2008 by the legendary Tim McMahon, vocalist of iconic straight-edge bands like Mouthpiece and Hands Tied, and his comrade-in-arms, Brian 'Gordo' Jordan, Dou
12-year-old Logan Kelly sits down with the legendary Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat. In this insightful conversation, Logan explores the essence of what it means to be Straight Edge and a Punk through the eyes of one of the genre's most influential figures.
Dive into the revolutionary role of Straight Edge women in the hardcore scene. Discover their history, challenges, and empowerment in the punk-rock wave of the '80s. Explore how they defy stereotypes and lead with resilience in a male-dominated space


In our latest feature, we spotlight Katja Schmitt, a 43-year-old single mother from Germany. Juggling the demands of motherhood and a full-time career, Katja dedicates her spare time to raising awareness about toxic relationships and PTSD. Recently embracing the straight edge lifestyle, she is part
In this interview, we feature Aesop Mongo, a 29-year-old graphic designer, and guitarist for No X Cure (Heavy Death/Dark/Metallic Hardcore Straight Edge out of Alabama). Keep reading to learn about her hobbies, how and when she claimed edge, and what currently driving her forward. Keep up
Join Mic and Stephen as they delve into the enduring influence of 108 on the hardcore scene, discussing its evolution since the '90s while retaining its essence. Explore the intersection of spirituality and hardcore, along with coffee reviews and a discussion on Mouth Full of Locusts' new EP.



An Interview With Northeast Straight Edge Band Anklebiter

Jade Ivy’s interview with Anklebiter, featured on, highlights this rising Northeastern straight edge band, known for their raw, fast-paced hardcore sound. Anklebiter, consisting of members Rachael, Nick, Evan, and Logan, has quickly made a name for themselves in the scene, particularly after their performance at the Act Like You Know (formerly PROMCORE) festival in […]

The Way I Learned: Making Memories in Denver’s Hardcore Scene

A personal journey through Denver's hardcore music scene, where the author recounts unforgettable moments at shows, connections with bands like Blacklisted, and the profound realization of what hardcore truly means.
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Fishface at the Wamleg CT- Dancing

Being Treated as a Novelty: Language and Equality in the Hardcore Scene

This article exposes the challenges of being a female fan and musician, confronting the derogatory use of terms like 'cute' and advocating for genuine respect and equality. It's a thought-provoking reflection on the deeper implications of language and the struggle against gender biases in a subculture that champions non-conformity
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The Breathing Process

Inside the Studio with The Breathing Process: Crafting Metal Magic

Step into the Echo Room studios and witness the creative journey of The Breathing Process. From intense sessions to lighthearted moments, get an exclusive look at the band's dedication to their upcoming album 'In Waking Divinity
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xat warx

Interview: Mitch from x The War x

Explore an in-depth interview with Mitch, the passionate vocalist of Australia's prominent Straight Edge band, xThe Warx. Uncover his perspectives on the hardcore music scene, the role of gender, and the ethos of the Straight Edge movement. The article offers insightful reflections on the scene's evolution, challenges of gender bias, and the influence of international acts on local bands.
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What Kind of Show is it: A Straight Edge Perspective on Live Music and Community

Dive into the camaraderie, challenges, and exhilarating experiences of a music scene defined by passion, mutual respect, and sobriety. Discover how this vibrant community unites under the banner of clean living and shared love for live music
Stephanie Zello