Predator (Hardcore) - Bakersfield, California

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"Predator" EP Review
Predator are a young up and coming band from Bakersfield, CA who recently released this three track EP. The hype is real with these guys as their blistering live show reputation is quickly spreading as well as the raw Hardcore sound that they have. Let's dive in and see what they're all about. The opening track "Heavy Days" opens with a head banging inducing riff before blasting into guttural goodness. The track is hard and heavy in all of the right places. It pulls the listener in with ease. "Running Blind" is fast and pulls no punches. The track isn't even two and a half minutes long and has shades of the New York Hardcore sound. The breakdown will surely get the floor moving if played live. It's tremendous and sets things up nicely for the closing track. "The Answer" closes out the EP with a wallop of a sound. From the opening bass riff to the ending which is filled with chaos, this track pulls out all of the stops. The band might be young but their sound is gritty, intense and will leave a mark on the current Hardcore scene.

Predator perfectly encapsulates everything that California Hardcore is all about in their EP.

-Interview- (12/9/17)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Predator” and is there any meaning behind it?

I was in a band called Great Expectations and the rest of the band was in a band called Visual Noise then GE broke up so I went to them with a Hardcore idea and they were down, Tristin (the drummer) thought of Predator because they had just watched the movie and here we are now.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

We just want to create an intense, energetic experience for anyone who listens and comes to shows.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

We are Hardcore. Our sound can vary from slow tempo Metal to fast Punk. we just play what we want to.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Trapped Under Ice, Knocked Loose, and Steel Panther.

5. What are your three desert island albums that you'd never get tired of listening to?

"Songs for the Dead", "Enema of the State", and "Big Kiss Goodnight".

6. What’s your take on the current state of Hardcore?

Hardcore music is going in a great direction, and the great thing is that no matter how popular it gets it will always stay underground.

7. What’s the current music scene like there in California both locally and state wide?

Locally in Bakersfield it’s small but strong but it’s strong. California HC is second best to East Coast Hardcore.

8. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Illegal downloading sucks for an artist but if you’re gonna listen to us do what you have to do any exposure is good at the end of the day.

9. What’s next for Predator?

Album, touring , world domination, 2018 will be our year.

10. Any shoutouts?

Shouts out to all of our supporters, thank you.