Big Boss, “May Not Be Strong”

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Big Boss Demo '15

If, like me, you’re already feeling that the first few weeks of 2016 have been extraordinarily heavy, this new hardcore anthem by a Siberian one-woman project called Big Boss may help provide the energy to power through. Harsh and strident, this short and furious track channels the best of Japanese noisecore-style song structure and recording and heavy NYHC-style riffs (an Outburst cover finishes out the short but essential demo) and adds lyrics about persistence at the very point where one feels one has no strength left, a necessary flip of the script to macho hardcore tropes that brag on a constant (and often puffed-up) display of strength.

Demo ’15 is available for free via Big Boss’ Bandcamp. You can stream “May Not Be Strong” below.