R.I.P. Since By Man, 1999-2008
a year and a half of inactivity, the
“We still enjoyed playing together, and our shows were great,” explains singer Sam Macon, “but the writing process was becoming stressful, and we were having difficulty coming up with material for our third album. Creatively, we were growing apart.”
Since By Man’s formation nearly a decade ago coincided with a creative renaissance for hardcore music. Influenced by the complex chording and irregular rhythms of ’90s math-rock and the relentless experimentation of Fugazi, a new generation of late-’90s hardcore bands pushed against the conventions of 1980s hardcore punk, which in its purist form had been hard, fast and simple.
hardcore bands I listened to were more creative, a lot less constricted by what
a hardcore band was supposed to be,”
course, this is not the kind of hardcore music that fills giant venues these
days. As the 2000s progressed, intelligent, challenging hardcore was eclipsed
by poppier, more accessible hardcore that took the genre to new commercial
heights, but left idealists like
funny how that ’90s hardcore renaissance gave way to some of today’s worst
“Today’s heavily melodic hardcore is music that doesn’t mean anything,” he continues. “The second you take the edge off of hardcore and replace it with some empty teen angst, you’re defeating the purpose. If the music isn’t dangerous and it’s not edgy, then what is it?”
Even though Since By Man was touring with popular bands like Underoath and playing some of the biggest shows of their career, the disconnect between the band and the greater hardcore scene wore at them, hastening their breakup.
was one of the biggest things we learned to appreciate while touring,”
“When I was a kid,
it always seemed like the music scene was such a tight, inaccessible clique, so
we wanted to make it more accessible by actively throwing shows with different
bands, and having them be fun and an event, something inviting for everybody.
That tradition has carried on, I think. The kids now are throwing their own
shows in their house, or out in some VFW in the ’burbs. There are so many
people doing shows in every empty room they can find.
Since By Man play their last show Saturday, April 26, at the Bay View Post with Seven Days of Samsara, Call Me Lightning and Decibully.