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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.

Straight Edge

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.


Hardcore Unity and Respect

Revisiting the Hardcore Scene: A Raw Look at Unity and Respect

Explore the hardcore music scene's transformation, as we dive into the challenges of respect and unity. Join the call for a return to the scene's roots, echoing the powerful ethos of the posi-core era
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Henry Rollins- Record Nerd-

Interview: Henry Rollins -Record Nerd Extraordinaire

Explore the world of Henry Rollins, the quintessential record nerd and music icon. Discover his two homes in LA dedicated to his massive record collection, his eclectic taste spanning from hardcore to bebop, and his adventures in radio broadcasting
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The never enders

Review: The Never Enders, Air Raid Romance

Originally Posted on on Saturday February 11, 2006 Released by: Indianola Records The Never Enders are a catchy rock group. Their debut on Indianola records, “Air Raid Romance”, is solid, well produced, and banal. The Never Enders aren’t covering any new ground. Their style is tried and true, formulaic and predictable. But, it works […]
86 Mentality

Review: 86 Mentality Goin Nowhere Fast

Straight out of DC, 86 Mentality are throwbacks to a time when hardcore was about being hard and fast. Low-end eighties-sounding production is just the icing on the cake. ‘Goin Nowhere Fast” features all of 86 Mentality’s recorded material:

Dear Hardcore Men: Challenging Sexism and Toxic Masculinity in the Scene

Explore thought-provoking questions and reflections on the hardcore scene in 'Dear Hardcore Men: Challenging Sexism and Toxic Masculinity.' Join the conversation on gender dynamics, representation, and the journey to a more inclusive hardcore community.
Girl Moshing

A Response: Girls Get Out of the Pit

a personal exploration of the hardcore music scene from the perspective of an individual seeking authenticity and a unique outlet. This article offers a candid reflection on the journey to find belonging, the challenges of being different, and the embrace of moshing as a form of self-expression and release in a music genre that defies mainstream norms.
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