Hysterics are a hardcore four-piece band of Olympia, WA. We can’t help but get excited over a band that plays in videos like this one, from a show at 29th Street Ballroom in Austin. These women have something to give and they’re not holding anything back.
What you can’t see in the video: Sandals flying, elbows meeting faces and some serious moshing and stage diving. I myself got elbowed once or twice and I lost my phone but it was well worth it to be able to witness the raw energy that Hysterics exuded.
Hit the jump to read a portion of a soon-to-be-published interview!
A little inside story about last night’s show: While watching the band before them, one of the hysterics got harassed by some asshole in the crowd that justified his actions with ” you’re at a rock show, what do you expect?”. Obviously pissed off they let him know why that wasn’t OK as he clenched his fist - who knows what would have happened if there wasn’t someone there to step in.
In an interview that we did after the show (That you can read in issue #1) Hysterics say this in response to the situtation of that night and similar ones that they deal with as women in the hardcore scene:
“You see a lot of shitty stuff but then you realize that we’re trying to do something and we’re in control of the situation and like, we are here to play a fucking show and if you’re going to watch our band, we’re trying to convey something. If you’re going to disrepect our space, if you’re gonna fuck with us it’s our job to take control of it and make sure that we feel comfortable.
“We feel safe and to stand up and make sure that everyone knows that my voice can be just as loud as yours, I can raise my arms and be just as big as you and also that everyone at the show—women, trans people, queers—people who are usually marginalized (at least historically) in this kind of scene [are safe]. In the world by and large though, it’s a stance. We[women in the hardcore scene] have a hard stance.”