Hundredth Singer On Controversial Sound Change: “We Drained Our ‘Hardcore’ Vein On ‘Free'”


Hundredth have been facing some criticism lately for their decision to walk away from the melodic hardcore sound they established themselves with and head into a post hardcore/shoegaze direction with their new album, “Rare“. Frontman Chadwick Johnson managed to stoke the flames of discontent recently when explaining that the band had grown tired of playing hardcore. Johnson took to the band’s social media accounts today to further explain his comments:

“I see some misunderstanding about what I meant in the CLRVYNT interview…

The truth is we didn’t want to keep doing the same thing over & over. Churn out a “safe” record to keep the train moving & food on the table.

We drained our “hardcore” vein on Free. After it, we felt unfulfilled & boxed in. We had nothing left to give without rehashing the same shit (for a “paycheck”).

We toured for two years on Free & it began to feel like a job (like a “paycheck”). That was never our intention when we started this band and we didn’t want it to become that.

Also — revisiting where we were mentally at age 19 for 200 days out of the year was exhausting. Our old records didn’t represent where we were anymore.

It would have been a spineless move for us to hang around, wring the sponge, & play pretend (for a “paycheck”).

We’ve never sugarcoated anything & there’s no sense in starting now. We felt we owed it to anyone who knew of our band to explain where we were & where RARE came from.

So I was as honest as possible in the CLRVYNT interview about where we were.

Like it, love it, hate it, ignore it— I just wanted to be real about it.”

Rare” will be released on June 16th through Hopeless Records.

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