#liveformusic – ’68


#liveformusic – ’68

When mathcore band The Chariot broke up in 2013, we were nothing short of heartbroken.

But as the clichés go, all good things must come to an end AND from the ashes a phoenix will rise, because frontman Josh Scogin is back and as far as easing the pain of The Chariot split goes, his new project ’68 is doing a fine job.

Pairing up with drummer Michael McCellan, this two piece are here to shake things up. Their first full length record In Humour And Sadness has just landed, and with a re-issue of their original EP Midnight by No Sleep Records earlier this year we’re struggling to listen to anything else. It’s unrelenting, brutal noise with Scogin’s signature vocals. The fury is still there, but there’s something we can’t quite put our finger on with ’68, taking a step away – but not turning their back completely – on their metal and mathcore roots, there’s something overwhelmingly refreshing about their sound. In part one of their own documentary, Scogin asks the camera man “what genre do you think this is?” His answer? “I have no idea”, and therein lies the nature of ’68.

Interestingly, as part of the promotion for In Humour And Sadness, two videos were released on YouTube that, only when played together, could you hear the track ‘Track Two: e’. Frustrating yes, but innovative and a lot of fun, something which the band were more than aware of. And with Scogin blasting the track through a vintage Marshall in the video, it looks as impressive as it sounds.

About the fiddly but nonetheless quirky videos, Scogin said, “Someone will have one computer and invite a friend over that has another computer, they will spend several minutes struggling and laughing at trying to sync up the two videos perfectly.” Well, it’s nothing if not different and when it sounds that good, we’re happy to let it slide.

It’s chaotic and mind blowing, and if The Chariot and their live shows are anything to go by we’re in for a treat whilst also fearing for our lives a little. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Currently touring the States, ’68 will be over in the UK in August playing a series of intimate venues, just how it should be. This kind of music is raw, enigmatic and a little terrifying, and should be experienced in the smallest, sweatiest venues around. This is real grass roots stuff, this is what Marshall is all about.

Smitten? Us? You bet.

In Humour And Sadness is out now.

(Photo Credit: Maclyn Bean)