Buggin’s “Not Yours” Addresses Tokenization In The Hardcore Scene

[Cover photo credit to Farrah Skeiky]

Chicago Hardcore band Buggin will release their debut full-length, Concrete Cowboys, on June 2nd, 2023 via Flatspot Records. Following first single “All Eyes On You,” the band have shared the next taste of the record with “Not Yours.”

The lyrics takes on a more serious tone for the band, “delving into the tokenization of women and non-binary folks in the hardcore scene,” as vocalist Bryanna Bennett proclaims: “Call us female fronted you can eat my fist.”  

Expanding on “Not Yours”, vocalist Bennett states:

A more personal one about dealing with the tokenization of being seen as a girl in hardcore. I’m non-binary and I hate being thrown in ‘female fronted’ categories. We just want to rock without people making it weird or only liking us for that reason.

Formed in 2019, Buggin created a demo that year and the title Concrete Cowboys comes directly from that release. The album follows 2021’s Buggin Out EP, and singles “Brainfreeze” (2021)  and “Attitude” (2022). Working with producer Andy Nelson at Bricktop Studios and with mastering by Brad Boatright at AudioSiege, Buggin have created 12 new songs. The subject matter ranges from “fun takes about everyday occurrences to anthems of self-empowerment.”

Buggin is Bryanna Bennett (vocals), Dewey Hendrik (bass), Peyton Roberts (guitar), and Michael Rasmussen (drums).

Tour Dates:

6.4 – Detroit, MI @ Tied Down Fest

25.6 – Manchester, UK  @ Outbreak

w/ Spaced

26.6 – Newcastle, UK @ Head of Steam

27.6 – Newport, UK @ The Cab

28.6 – London, UK @ New Cross Inn

29.6 – Brighton, UK @ The Prince Albert

30.6 – Antwerp, BE @ AMC

01.7 – Rennes, FR @ Superbowl of Hardcore

02.7 – Paris, FR @ Esspace

03.7 – Frankfurt, DE @ Exzess

04.7 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo

05.7 – Hannover, DE @ Bei Chez Heinz

06.7 – Berlin, DE @ Cassiopeia

07.7 – Velke Mezirici, CZ @ Fajt Fest

08.7 – Halle, DE @ Halt Mich Fest

09.7 – Ieper, BE @ Ieper Fest

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