The latest torchbearers of Long Island hardcore, RULE THEM ALL, have shared their new single “Teacher” today. Taken from their label debut Dreams About…, out December 6th on Flatspot Records, “Teacher” is about a life-changing conversation that Jon Gusman (vocals) had this year that made him stop worrying about “existential nonsense” and instead to focus on what was in front of him – his art and being a good person. Thematically, Dreams About… uses first person narratives, stories, and dreams to shed light on the ideas of personal accountability and mindfulness. Without losing their energetic aggression, the band focuses on thoughtful lyrics and melody over pure anger, making them unlike anything else in the underground.
RULE THEM ALL was created with one goal in mind: deliver gimmick-free hardcore that speaks truth to power.
The band was formed in 2017 by Richie Armour and Jon Gusman, who have since completed the lineup with members of diverse experience that spans a wide range of musical disciplines. Their carefully constructed and deliberately paced songs call to mind both the emotional intelligence of classic D.C. hardcore and the raw aggression of the Long Island scene they call home. The result is a confrontational blend of vintage and modern styles that force the listener to reckon with their own notions of what it means to be independent in today’s fractured society. Sonically, RULE THEM ALL expertly synchronize hard-hitting drums with harmonic riffs to form an unshakeable foundation over which the message in the vocals can be easily heard and understood crystal clear.
To date, RULE THEM ALL have released two crucial EPs while honing their sound live alongside groups like Backtrack, Vantage Point, Dead Heat, and Fixation. In the Fall of 2019, the band stands ready to release their most thought-provoking batch of songs yet in the form of their upcoming EP, Dreams About…, on Flatspot Records. This 5-song manifesto – tracked by Chris Rini at Shellshock Audio and mixed and mastered by Brian McTernan – seamlessly integrates modern production, NYHC aggression, and Revolution Summer ambition to form a potent concoction that will undoubtedly leave its mark on the Hardcore genre for years to come.
11/30 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution w/ Backtrack (last show), Terror, No Warning, King Nine, Hangman
12/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus w/ Shelter, Mil-Spec, Constant Elevation
1/11 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall w/ Killing time, Crown of Thornz, Hangman