Adrenalin Addiction presents:
All girl hc/punk from Olympia!
One of the most essential hardcore EPs of late came from Hysterics, a fierce Olympia band led by 23-year-old Stephie C.– a whiplash-speed screamer who asks profound questions in brutal form. “Take a good fucking look at the world you live in!” Cristol roars on that 7″, which mixed personal and political messages without pretense. A Hysterics song can resist sexism or explore the complexity of being conscious among the toxicity of modern corporate brainwash. Their band logo evolves the Black Flag icon into a row of bloody tampons. One of their local fans, K Records founder Calvin Johnson, called them “a musical cement-mixer [that] can’t be stopped, pulled apart, or dismissed.” When I spoke with Kathleen Hanna last year, she said her favorite new bands were Pussy Riot, Wild Flag, and Hysterics.
The blurred blast of “Outside In” rips open the band’s new EP, Can’t I Live. “Get me out of this body/ Get me out of this world,” Cristol shrieks, a thrashing message of discontent that I am surely slighting by not typing in all-caps. “Outside In” tackles generational distraction and disconnect, the voids of disengagement they find plaguing us all. Hysterics’ sound is just as savage as any of the best hardcore today without succumbing to its prevailing tendency towards nihilism, something Cristol spoke about with the website YellowGreenRed. “All trends come and go,” Cristol said. “Widespread injustice will still be there when the trend is over.
Shopping includes members of some of our favourite bands: Trash Kit, Wetdog and Cover Girl.
“If you had to describe your music in 3 words, which words would you choose and why?
Punk because that word is still the best way to describe our ethos, funk because the bass just makes you gyrate, and … riffalicious?”