NEW GENRE ALERT: FORMULAICORE
As you may know, I am a big fan of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Critics may cry foul, but the simple fact of that matter is that originality is highly overrated. Who wants a car with two steering wheels, pants with three legs, or bands who color outside the lines?? Not this guy!
That’s why I am thrilled by the upcoming FORMULAICORE scene, which is an exciting group of hungry young bands that take standardization to a whole new level. If you’ve ever said to yourself “I really want to like Sumeriancore/Risecore, but those bands just take too many chances for me,” then you’re in for a treat!! Take a look at two of the most buzzworthy artists in the genre:
Fig 1: DREAMING IN COLOR (see also my earlier post on them)
Fig 2: SPIES LIKE US- is it too soon to whisper “the next big thing in FORMULAICORE”??
As you can see, simply using the same interchangeable Killswitch riffs is only the beginning for FORMULAICORE. Realizing the importance of a consistent visual identity, they also made videos that are carbon copies of each other, right down to the singers’ identical haircuts, stage moves and neon microphone tape. I think I speak for all of us when I say BRAVO, this kind of attention to detail is a sight for sore eyes!!
Sergeant D. shuns innovation every day at Stuff You Will Hate.