Hearts Revolution

I was a bit skeptical when I was first introduced to Hearts Revolution – one of their big tracks features Cory Kennedy so I immediately assumed they were just another ‘hipster band’ and not worth wasting my precious blogging time on. And then I came to the realization that I could categorize pretty much every band I listen to as a ‘hipster band’…. and does that title even matter?! I get called a ‘hipster’ everyday – I work at Urban Outfitters and last year I was a slave to those god awful headbands. Well, I used to scorn everyone who labeled me as such but I’ve recently taken a new outlook on the whole situation: So what if I am a ‘hipster’ and so what if Hearts Revolution are a ‘hipster band’?! Being cool is not a crime, it’s a privilege. And on that note…if you enjoy a little electro thrash/metal/noisy hipster goodness then you will probably take a liking to these bad ass New Yorkers.

‘Switchblade’ is epic. It has one of those weirdly and unexpectedly catchy beats that you just can’t help busting a move to. However, it did take me a few listens to really get into it, but it is so worth hitting that repeat button for.

Hearts Revolution – Switchblade

And as can be expected of any hip new band, Hearts Revolution have been getting the remix treatment from pretty much, um, everyone. Well, at least everyone whose myspaces are worth frequenting. L.A. Riots‘ remix of ‘Switchblade’ seems to be a favourite in the blogisphere, but in my opinion, the kids who really put the acid-washed denim in this track are Montreal’s Nu Ravers on the Block. So how about heading on over to their myspace to check it out.

More remix candy comes in the form of Brooklyn’s Lauren Flax and her re-working of ‘C.Y.O.A’. It feels as though Miss Flax went a tad Miss Kittin and the Hacker on this one – and I like it!!!

Hearts Revolution – C.Y.O.A. (Lauren Flax remix)

Hearts Revolution – Prism Effect

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this is why.

http://www.adbusters.org/magazine/79/hipster.html

— hipsterdom, October 27, 2008

hmm..

— Justine, October 27, 2008

i have no idea what to say about that article other than that i think it argues the same point modern sociologists and anthropologists have been making since the beginning of the pre-punk movement.

it’s a shame that certain gems can’t be kept a secret forever and that mass-culture absorbs them … but being a hipster isn’t about the process of exploiting these gems, it’s about finding them to being with. Today’s keffiyeh wearer is yesterday’s DESTROY t-shirt consumer and i don’t think there’s anything wrong with that at all. mass-culture and anti/sub-culture will always exist along side each other and feed each other … and i kind of think the dude that wrote that article is just bitter that his Pabst now costs a lot more than it used to in the good ol days …

on that note, the CYOA remix is hot fire Dunkster. sweet post.

— Sal, October 27, 2008

Personally, I think that the adbusters article describes the worst parts of “hipsterdom”- image-obsession under the guise of apathy and irony – but I don’t think that describes everyone who wears a keffiyeh or listens to indie rock or drinks PBR, etc etc. There is a danger in falling victim to the idea that a band’s enjoyability is inversely proportional to the number of people who know about them, or that you can only dance if it looks like all your moves have quotation marks around them (I love that description in the article), because there is that natural human desire to be seen as different and unique among your peers while simultaneously not wanting to step so beyond the pack that you’re considered an outsider. And I don’t disagree that hipster culture at its darkest can take these polarizing aspects of our insecurity to the extreme, in ways that past couter-culture movements did not because they demanded out-and-out enthusiasm and proud self-identification with their movement. But I think these things can be disproven on an individual level – by simply loving what you love – others be damned! (And if what you love wearing/listening/dancing happens to also be enjoyed by others- hooray! Someone to share your interests with!) So in proudly labelling yourself as a hipster, Justine, and rocking out to music you love with abandon, I think you instantly exclude yourself from being the type of hipster that this article is talking about.

— Joan, October 29, 2008

“There is a danger in falling victim to the idea that a band’s enjoyability is inversely proportional to the number of people who know about them” – you couldn’t have said it better Joan.

Totally agree with you.

— Sal, October 29, 2008

Interesting debate for sure.

Youth culture has always been based on consumerism. Find me a time and place where it hasn’t. Consumerism is inherently attached to expressionism.
What was not clear in the adbuster article was the link from the image-defined hipster to moral and social thought. Fashion conscientiousness does not equal apathy and why should it?
Wear whatever political party, revolutionist or social justice issue on your sleeve, but that still does not equal the rebellious youth fighting for what he/she believes in.
It’s just clothes and accessories people. Let thought and conversation define people, not what they wear, because Adbuster your apocalyptic vision of the future of youth is very, very superficial.

Doc Martens, keffiyah, DESTROY t-shirts, it’s all the same, just different eras. I doubt that a 16 year old kid wearing a DESTROY shirt in the 70s had a lot of insight into what all the symbolism meant, at the same token a 16 year old kid now wearing a keffiyah has a lot of insight into what it represents. Nothing has changed.

— Just Hip, October 29, 2008

While reading John Hodgman’s More Information Than You Require (IN STORES NOW LOL), I came upon a section that applies to this situation quite nicely:

“All ‘hipsters’ are actually jocks who want to be geeks but are afraid to admit it. This interior struggle manifests itself outwardly in the adoption of a different kind of uniform…and distinguished by the jockist’s endemic cringing cynicism. As currently incarnated, this uniform may include an ‘ironic’ ‘joke’ t-shirt, sarcastic jeans, cynical tube socks, derisive sneakers, and a morose belt.”

Kevin, October 30, 2008