5 Songs, 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Colorado's leaders of the crunkcore scene delivered this manifesto of blaring, fluorescent danceable screamo in 2007. Introducing the world to archetypal crunkcore anthem, "Freaxxx," Bc 13 seems to divide music listeners right down the middle, with people either loving their exaggeration (and intentional subversion) of hip-hop stereotypes or vehemently reacting against the band. For their part, these are the exact reactions the members of Brokencyde are after. Auto-Tune vocals, club-worthy synths and beats, wraith-screech rapping and spastic screams at the chorus are all piled on top of one another and delivered at maximum volume. In the wake of "Freaxxx," the four subsequent tracks on Bc 13 feature the same heart-attack energy levels and avalanche of styles, with screecher Se7en's pig-like "bree-bree" on the closer a major highlight. Whether you consider their music an obvious gimmick or the product of kids looking to have fun, it can't be denied that when Brokencyde appeared on Total Request Live and performed "Freaxxx" before Bc 13 hit the shelves, few, if anyone, saw their insolent takeover of the emo scene coming.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Colorado's leaders of the crunkcore scene delivered this manifesto of blaring, fluorescent danceable screamo in 2007. Introducing the world to archetypal crunkcore anthem, "Freaxxx," Bc 13 seems to divide music listeners right down the middle, with people either loving their exaggeration (and intentional subversion) of hip-hop stereotypes or vehemently reacting against the band. For their part, these are the exact reactions the members of Brokencyde are after. Auto-Tune vocals, club-worthy synths and beats, wraith-screech rapping and spastic screams at the chorus are all piled on top of one another and delivered at maximum volume. In the wake of "Freaxxx," the four subsequent tracks on Bc 13 feature the same heart-attack energy levels and avalanche of styles, with screecher Se7en's pig-like "bree-bree" on the closer a major highlight. Whether you consider their music an obvious gimmick or the product of kids looking to have fun, it can't be denied that when Brokencyde appeared on Total Request Live and performed "Freaxxx" before Bc 13 hit the shelves, few, if anyone, saw their insolent takeover of the emo scene coming.

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About Brokencyde

Self-described "scene" kids from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brokencyde (as in "broke inside") mix pop-rap, dance music, and some screamo vocals into a love-it-or-hate-it brew dubbed "crunk punk." Members Se7en, Mikl, Phat J, and Antz first unleashed this sound in 2007 on the indie release The Broken!, an album that bounced between intense screamo dance songs and emo power ballads with a bit of rap. In late 2008, the Suburban Noize label -- home to the stoner rap group Kottonmouth Kings -- signed the group and released the BC 13 EP. Their lyrics were still filled with sick jokes and emotional outbursts, but the music was now much more polished with plenty of studio trickery and vocals treated by the popular Auto-Tune device. The EP also contained the single "Freaxxx," which would reappear on the band's 2009 album I'm Not a Fan But the Kids Like It. The band supported the album by joining the annual Vans-sponsored Warped Tour that summer. The next year the group followed up with its second full-length outing, Will Never Die. The critically divisive quartet stayed busy in 2011, self-releasing both the mixtape DJ Sku Presents: BrokeNCYDE, Vol. 1 and their third official album, Guilty Pleasure. ~ David Jeffries

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