This shunning of the mainstream/music industry machine could also be another reason for this new wave’s sudden popularity. In a world where bands are marketing themselves as brands, with music available to buy from billion-dollar corporations like Amazon, there’s something admirable about stripping music back to an old-school, DIY, more authentic form.
“There’s an exclusivity to it, which is not necessarily, ‘You can have this but other people can’t.’ It’s like, ‘This is a thing that if you get it, you really get it,’” says Justin. “And you can’t just get it anywhere, it’s a thing you have to get through us, you have to go to our pages or our social media to get certain aspects of the band. You can find it, but it’s a lot more personal than that, and I think that’s something a lot of people identify with.”
As you’d probably expect with a band named Wristmeetrazor (taken from a Usurp Synapse song), Justin doesn’t have much by way of mainstream aspirations. But he’s not alone, all the bands we speak to take pride in being so anti-accessible, in some cases actively trying to make themselves even more obtuse to human ears.
“I take pleasure in knowing that the band – the name, the aesthetic, the lyrical content – all speak to a very specific kind of person,” Justin explains. “It’s definitely not accessible to a lot of people, I don’t think it’s accessible to mainstream society. I don’t think it’s accessible to people who can’t relate to mental illness, but for some people it’s very accessible, maybe so much so that they create identities based around the same things that we write about.”
“We definitely feed off that feeling and are leaning into that while we’re writing new music, and want to be even less mainstream and even more abrasive,” says Zak with a wry smile.
“The next record, I don’t even want it to be music, honestly,” adds Michael. “I want it to go to that level of rhythmic noise that’s blasting these ideas into your head. I don’t want there to be riffs, I just want it to be crazy fuckin’ rhythm that’s somehow effective on an emotional level.” He laughs, “I hope you hate it, dude.”