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Some bands copy whatever scene is currently popular in their town. Other bands move to wherever their scene is currently happening. And a few brave souls kick off the party themselves, current trends be damned. Proudly selecting box number three is York's [DIGI]core, a group determined to bring their blend of industrial, metal and drum n bass to the north of England.

Born of a chance meeting between former bandmates at a local metal bar, [DIGI]core is the result of the variety of influences within its ranks. "As a child, I was exposed to old-school metal like Maiden which got me interested in the heavier side of music. Since then I've migrated through indie-boy to become the metalhead I am," says guitarist S-73. Vocalist Psy, who has been programming since he was 15, brings more of an electronic interest, citing Prodigy and Atari Teenage Riot as influences. And drummer DD brings the eclecticism, stating that he "grew up with Queen and Dire Straights in one ear and Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode in the other."


Who's in this band?
Psy: Vocals, Synths, Programming
S-73: Guitar, Vocals
DD: Drums
512MB: Bass
What do they sound like?
"Trent Reznor being mugged by The Prodigy at a Ministry gig"
Where can I hear it?

So what happens when these varying interests collide? It might be easiest to describe it as digital hardcore, a term that Psy says inspired the band's name, though the term "digicore" also serves as "a dig at the whole 'add the word 'core' to something and it's a musical genre' scene." So, perhaps it's best to simply go with Psy's explanation of the band's sound as "Trent Reznor being mugged by The Prodigy at a Ministry gig." A harsh affair indeed.

The most accurate way to understand [DIGI]core is simply to experience them, however, something the band hopes many will do, as they tour consistently. Though the band has played some choice gigs, including the Alternation festival with Sheep on Drugs, they've noticed that it's hard to find acceptance in their part of the country. "Unfortunately, it all seems to be going on further down south," says S-73. Psy concurs, stating that he'd like to see "more industrial gigs in the north of England," as well as "less emo scene-heads and more people who are actually into music." DD further points out that he's found their shows to be populated by "too many sweaty bearded metal-heads and not enough fine-ass groupies." But that's another issue altogether.

Despite the naysayers (and sweaty metalheads), [DIGI]core continue to persevere, believing that eventually the scene will catch up to them. Says S-73, "After hearing a lot of the bands currently on the scene, it's only a matter of time before industrial becomes a lot more popular in the UK." But whether it reaches the masses or not, these lads are still planning to "blow out the windows at every venue we play," according to S-73. And if that's not enough reason to check out what Psy describes as the "eight-legged killing machine" that is [DIGI]core, allow the vocalist to provide another: "We'll make your ears bleed. In a good way, of course. And frankly we're awesome. And you know it."

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