THE ACACIA STRAIN's Vincent Bennett Says Modern Metalcore Nostalgia "Doesn't Really Stand The Test Of Time"
You might've noticed in recent years that nü-metal and metalcore are making a comeback with the younger generation. Which isn't to say I blame them – every generation seems to have that one nostalgic thing they latch on to that they weren't there for. Though for someone like The Acacia Strain vocalist Vincent Bennett, who's been there through it all, the nü-metal and metalcore nostalgia doesn't make a ton of sense.
In an interview with BREWtally Speaking, Bennett says the whole thing is pretty misguided.
“Yeah it’s very odd to me, because I was there, and I saw the weird shit that happened and all the terrible bands. I was talking to David from Sanction, like the first day of tour and he’s like ‘this bands sick, and that bands sick’ and I’m like no they’re not. Those bands are terrible, they didn’t even know how to play their instruments.
Kids are hanging onto something they think was cool, but in reality it was just kinda dumb. I don’t even remember what bands he was talking about, but a lot of the bands he was mentioning I was like what? Nobody liked that band when they were a band, there’s no way you like them now.
There’s so many kids trying to recreate what happened back then, which is cool, some of the bands do a very good job like Vatican and Chamber, bands like that are doing a great job recreating what happened back then. But then there’s some bands are just missing the boat, and some kids are holding onto the wrong things.
It’s really hard to explain, cause I was there and I understand why this kind of music went away. I don’t understand why people are trying to hold onto something they weren’t a part of… It’s called progress.”
Bennett also talks a little bit about nostalgia as a whole in music, and how it doesn't exactly work.
“Nostalgia only works once. People my age, they like the bands from their childhood or their teen years because it was their first time hearing anything like that, and they were young. So it was new and everything was great because you have all this energy and everything is brand new.
Fast forward 20 years and you’re still trying to hold onto that. It doesn’t really stand the test of time because you’re not young anymore. You can’t relive it for the first time again.
So, better make more memories and make new nostalgia by listening to newer bands and hearing that for the first time and being surprised and excited for the first time again.
People confuse the ‘Oh, music was better when I was a kid’, no it wasn’t, you were just a kid and you thought everything was new and everything was fun.
Music is better now, trust me.”
Here's Vincent eight years ago on "The Cool Tour:"