Toronto’s punk scene has always been a melting pot of diverse sounds and spirited bands. With the city’s rich history of producing punk giants, it’s easy for emerging talent to get overshadowed. Toronto-based hardcore/punk crossover band, Iodine, who recently launched their EP “Once Bitten Twice Shy“, have curated a list of the top underrated punk bands from their hometown that you need to check out in 2023.
“Once Bitten Twice Shy” comes as a punchy, masterful amalgamation of melodic hardcore, crossover, rap and metalcore. The EP draws its profound energy from iconic influences like Aglio e Olio, Rage Against The Machine, and even Faith No More.
Delving deep into the depths of human resilience, “Once Bitten Twice Shy” lyrically grapples with poignant themes—overcoming adversities and the undying spirit of standing unyielding in the face of adversity. Each track serves as a defiant anthem, resonating with the listener’s soul and echoing the unbreakable spirit of rebellion.
Overflowing with raw energy, it promises to recharge your spirit, making you feel invigorated and ready to tackle any challenge the week throws at you.
The band sat down with us to give you their picks for best Toronto bands in punk and hardcore worth a good listen in 2023.
Nightwell – Hate Me
Nightwell is a Toronto staple in the Punk Emo scene with songs ranging from crowd sing a longs to heavy breakdowns. Plus, Kyle Marchant mixed our EP so be sure to check them out!
Dragged in – Hear me out
Dragged in throws down hard on live local shows matched by their raw authentic sound. A Toronto local must see Band!
Maybe teetering more on the hardcore side, they still embody punk. Absolute chaos on record, and live. A must listen!
Choices Made – Reason For Conflict
One of the hardest working bands in the City, you can find Choices Made tearing it up locally supporting major punk acts like Lagwagon and Ten Foot Pole!