Friday, May 30, 2008

On Our Own

City: Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
Years Active: 2001 - 2006
Type of Music: Hardcore
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From an email written by the band:

On Our Own started out in late 2001 as an attempt to bring some real hardcore into the South Florida scene, which had died out at the time in favor of metalcore bands. We spent a couple of years going through lineup changes and refining our sound before finally releasing our first proper demo in 2003. The demo was released just in time for our first tour, a seat-of-our-pants affair in a rented minivan that included dates in PA, NJ, TX, and the west coast. On the momentum of that tour and the demo, we signed with Perfect Victim records and released Now And Forever in 2004. The release of this album led to a couple more tours, including a coast-to-coast trek with Kids Like Us and Down To Nothing. The following year, we went back into the studio to record four tracks for a split on True Destiny Records with Under One Flag and Your Mistake. That release was followed by a lengthy tour with Die Young and Let It Die. We broke up shortly after that tour and played our last show on February 26th, 2006.

It could easily be said that dysfunction was On Our Own's middle name. We never had a steady lineup but we always managed to pull it together and handle our business when we needed to. Our shows occasionally stirred violence in the crowd, which eventually led to us being banned from playing shows in Naples. Another staple of On Our Own's live show was Carlos The Jackal's on-stage banter. This usually resulted in taunting and berating the crowd, referring to them as "fucking degenerates," among other things. While the kids usually ate it up as shtick, they never seemed to realize that he was 100% serious.

We were never South Florida's most popular band, but we played music by kids who loved hardcore and for kids who loved hardcore. We didn't necessarily play whatever style of hardcore was trendy at the time and we definitely didn't rely on clever merch and other stupid gimmicks to get people's attention. We put in work and stood by every fucking word we said, which is more than can be said for a lot of other bands. Members of the band have since gone on to play in Know The Score, American Gladiator, Time Ends, Our Battle, and Protagonist.

On Our Own - 2003 Demo + a live set at the Factory

On Our Own - Now And Forever

On Our Own - their tracks from the 3 way split

On Our Own - Live at WMUC 7 - 27 -05


Nate R said...

Check out the new blogspot I am making for Tallahassee bands.
Thanks for the inspiration!

The South Florida Scene Past And Present said...

Thank you. I just left you a comment on your page. Get at me

Nate R said...

Please re-up!