There are many who know the estuary of a river, but few who know its sources.
How it sounds
Like a tougher imitation of English Punk. Pure, strong, and raw, but always with a slight Californian sense.
It’s essentially an early version of Skate Punk.
Why listen to it
Because it is from California, it is pure and raw genuine.
Sounds very teenage and we do not like California! In the end, we want a dark, arctic winter.
Where we meet it
California, specifically in the Oxnard suburb of Silver Strand Beach and Port Hueneme in Ventura County.
When did it start
The late 70s, early 80s
Who are the pioneers
The name comes from the Oxnard area and Hardcore and probably the first band was some the Rotters, who in 1977 started playing at school parties… a little wilder.
They just found out how it’s done and so they can play wilder.
Later members of the band formed Dr. Know and Ill Repute.
The term belongs to the first guitarist Ismael Hernandez.
Also, False Confession, Habeas Corpus, were the first wave of the scene.
You must listen
Rich Kids on LSD, The Missing 23rd, Flower Leperds.
Days of glory
Somewhere in the ‘80s, but always locally and mainly thanks to the support of the scene by some fanzines and the promotion by Mystic Records.
The local character of the genre essentially makes it a scene.
The bands have to show great solidarity between them, which really looks very good.
But it is actually another Hardcore clique, which works in specific contexts.
What is it confused with
With Hardcore Punk, Thrash, and Skate Punk
How do you describe it to an irrelevant
Some kids with jockey hats upside down, playing wild Punk when they’re not skateboarding.