Shoutout: Typecaste

I am a firm believer that Long Island (or, in this case, Long Boston) has some of the best current hardcore bands at the moment.  From metalcore-leaning bands, to more traditional, straightforward hardcore, to knuckle-dragging beatdown - there’s something for everyone. Balancing many elements at once, Typecaste successfully stands in the middle of all of these subgenres.


The band released their first demo in 2017. Standing at just a little over 6 minutes, the demo established the band’s sound as fast-paced and intense, bass-heavy and full of that gun-reminiscent snare they’ve refined on their newer EP, Creature of Habit. They also started out with a bit more of a 90’s metalcore-leaning sound that remains in newer material.


Creature of Habit is what really sold me on this band. I had this on my releases of the year list before getting into an argument over whether it was long enough to be there. I still regret taking it off. Recording with Evan Perino, the man behind a ton of awesome records from bands in the area (Sanction, Jukai, Detriment), really helped amp up and perfect their sound. This is especially apparent in the re-recorded version of “Let Myself Die.” Leaning more towards the metallic side of things, this EP’s fantastic production helps replicate the band’s live sound. Each track is uniquely heavy in its own way, and the 1-2 minute length of each track means the band wastes no time in getting to the point. Additionally, the EP is extremely well rounded, with 7 tracks that all blend and harmonize well with one another, while still being different enough to stand out in their own ways. 


 One of my favorite parts of Creature of Habit is the lyrical content. “I started getting an urge to sing for a band after I finally started understanding myself more after a crazy psychotic depression,” vocalist Dylan Carlo told No Echo last summer. “I did my part of the writing over a span of a seasonal depression and that’s basically the vibe of the record.” After reading that quote and listening to the lyrics, the record’s feel definitely changed a little for me - each track is about a different aspect of depression. While this is not a unique topic for a hardcore band, what makes Carlo’s lyrics different is that it covers all steps to a depressive episode. From “Step One,” a track about Carlo writing his own suicide note, to “Spring,” a closing track about realizing the happiness he could find in his own life, listening to Creature of Habit is a cathartic experience that guides the listener through a multitude of feelings. His raw, emotional vocal style only serves to strengthen that vibe.


Another aspect that stands out to me about Typecaste is the fact that they only have one guitarist. In hardcore and metal, the rhythm guitarist position is a near-compulsory position to round out a band. Typically, this is what allows bands to have a more complete sound, with more complex riffs. However, I didn’t even notice until I saw the band in person. Despite this, Typecaste’s distorted, fuller guitar tones balance the other aspects of their sound perfectly.


Watching the band is just as fun as listening to them. I’ve watched them play to crowds and in venues of varying sizes, always with the same energetic performance style. Additionally, the last couple times I’ve seen them, they’ve added sound clips between songs that really help to set the vibe of the song to follow, serving as a smooth transition that keeps the energy going.


If you’re interested in checking out the band on tour, they’re on the last few days of their Summer of Fear III Tour, ending on the East Coast.




Additionally, if you’re interested in listening, you can check the band out on all streaming platforms, as well as on Bandcamp.




-Angie

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