So about a week ago during my normal 9-5, I’m discussing music with a co-worker and I said something I never thought I would say without it being a joke: “I just don’t understand kids these days.” I was mortified. Clearly I had just had a lapse in thought or some kind of Tourette’s that makes me say things I don’t mean. But no, there I was, being the guy I told myself I’d never be. I had always said that I wouldn’t be like other older folks and that I wouldn’t get stuck in my ways musically. I said I’d always keep my ear to the ground and give everything a fair shake. Apparently I am not good at keeping promises to myself.
The subject we were discussing was hardcore dancing, an offshoot of moshing which is performed during hardcore punk/rock shows. Similar to moshing in that there is a (usually) large group of people knocking into each other, hardcore dancing differs in that instead of simply bouncing around, there are actual “moves” to be performed. The most common moves involve flailing one’s arms wildly either forward or backward, and can also incorporate various kicks and/or flips. This is done within a group and often times folks will get knocked around. Most of the time this is done in good-faith and no one is out to hurt anybody, but there are also instances of this dancing where the goal is to actively cause carnage.
Let me state one thing for the record: I love rock and metal and I can get down with moshing. However, hardcore dancing is, to me, pointless. I don’t see the point in performing fighting moves to the beat of a song, much less actually fighting to the beat of a song. I’d rather bounce around or headbang, or perhaps just enjoy the song. To me, moshing was never an aggressive sort of dance (if you can call it that). It was always something done to show that the music kicked ass and we really dug it.
In all the silliness I saw while watching YouTube videos of kids hardcore dancing, there was one thing that caught my eye at those shows: The Wall of Death. Rather than attempt to explain it, I’ll leave you with a link to a short video of it and a final thought.