In the summer of 2021, SECTION H8 comes with their most definitive statement yet in the form of their debut full-length Welcome To The Nightmare, due out July 30th through the dependable Flatspot Records. Their new single is called “Track & Field”, and its out now!
Section H8 frontman Mexi says ““Track & Field” is about staying one step ahead of the law. The thoughts that race through your head, the paranoia, all the “what if’s”….. the pros and cons of someone who chooses to live a life of crime.”
Formed in 2018, in Los Angeles, California, Section H8 creates gritty and callously honest hardcore punk. Pulling from forbearers of music that was integral to the underground like Madball, Onyx, Agnostic Front, Suicidal Tendencies, Slayer, and Cold As Life, the quintet doesn’t always sound like those acts but are instead influenced by the enduring energy of that music. Alongside their two EP’s, Phase 1 and Winter Games, Section H8 built their name through their explosive live shows, sharing the stage with an eclectic list of notables such as Madball, Ghostmane, Show Me The Body, Lil Ugly Mane, Gulch, Gatecreeper, Jesus Piece and many more.
Welcome To The Nightmare is pure hardcore punk at it’s finest, with fast as hell instrumentals that quickly become formidable and pummeling on the turn of a dime. Section H8 have mastered their blend of blistering punk mixed with heavy grooves, as found on album opener “Nightmare” or “Mist-Head”. Lyrically the ten tracks each tell their own story, ranging from personal experiences living in Los Angeles, crime, and death, to the current political divide in America, the legal system and the corruption within it. On Welcome To The Nightmare, Section H8 give an honest and unfiltered look at life through their own eyes, or as vocalist Mexi says, “The goal isn’t to change the world, but to give you a glimpse into our world.”
Recorded and mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Studios in Southern California and mastered by Nick Townsend, Section H8’s debut comes with plenty of surprises among the ten pummeling tracks. Made up of Aldo (guitar), Chris (drums), Dan (bass, vocals), Mexi (vocals), Ryan (guitar, vocals), Section H8’s members aren’t new to this world by any means – playing in acts such as Product of Waste, Downpresser, Minus, Human Garbage, and Nomads to name a few – but their first full-length effort is refreshing and unique among the current trends of hardcore and punk.
Praise for Section H8:
“Now, they look something like folk heroes.” – Stereogum
“Section H8 have generated a ton of buzz within the hardcore community, and that buzz has expanded outside of hardcore too. Their upcoming Taylor Young-recorded/mixed debut LP Welcome To The Nightmare (due 7/30 via Flatspot) is shaping up to be a record with serious crossover appeal…” – Brooklyn Vegan
“Although their name brings to mind menacing beatdown, Section H8 are an L.A. band who split the difference between switchblade-flipping street punk and beefy metallic hardcore.” – Revolver
Section H8 live:
8/1/2021 Los Angeles, CA – 1720 Warehouse (Record Release Show)