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Buggin address representation in hardcore on charged new single ‘Not Yours’

Buggin address representation in hardcore on charged new single ‘Not Yours’
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‘Concrete Cowboys’ LP out June 2nd on Flatspot Records.

Chicago hardcore band Buggin will release their debut full-length, ‘Concrete Cowboys’, on June 2nd via Flatspot Records. Following first single ‘All Eyes On You’ today the band shares the next taste of the record with ‘Not Yours’. The lyrics takes on a more serious tone for the band, delving into the tokenization of women and non-binary folks in the hardcore scene, as vocalist Bryanna Bennett proclaims “call us female fronted you can eat my fist.” The song itself highlights the band’s punchy, shout-along style built on potent rhythms and made for two-stepping. Expanding on ‘Not Yours’, vocalist Bennett states:

“A more personal one about dealing with the tokenization of being seen as a girl in hardcore. I’m non-binary and I hate being thrown in “female fronted” categories. We just want to rock without people making it weird or only liking us for that reason.”

Formed in 2019, Buggin broke out with a demo that same year and the title ‘Concrete Cowboys’ comes directly from that release. The album follows 2021’s ‘Buggin Out’ EP, and singles ‘Brainfreeze’ (2021) and ‘Attitude’ (2022). Working with producer Andy Nelson at Bricktop Studios and with mastering by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege, Buggin have created an enthralling 12 songs. The subject matter ranges from fun takes about everyday occurrences to anthems of self-empowerment. With the release of ‘Concrete Cowboys’, Buggin continues to keep their be true to yourself mentality and push towards a bright future in hardcore.

Buggin is Bryanna Bennett (vocals), Dewey Hendrik (bass), Peyton Roberts (guitar) and Michael Rasmussen (drums).

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