Weareripcord is a Glasgow based collective who create and work on charitable projects, the second of which is RE:MIND VOL 1, a compilation released on Bandcamp with the aim of raising funds for the mental health charities MIND and SAMH, with each download charged at £4. I came across this compilation after it was recommended to me by a member of one of the bands who are on it (Ithaca), so yeah, full disclaimer right there.
The 22 tracks that make up this compilation are what I like to think of as emo living up to its potential; heavy, confessional, angsty, and a bit arty with the musical substance to back it up. The bands all share these properties and the common elements of metal, hardcore and emo, yet they are all chopped and reworked so well that each band has their own vibe. Combined with often intelligible lyrics, this results in a diverse and captivating listen. Inevitably, I preferred some bands to others, but the quality level is consistently good and often great. Of particular note are Svalbard, Ithaca, Home Ties, Regression, Brightside, In Arms, No Honour, and World Weary, the last of whom finish Head Check with the furious yet entertaining lines ‘Shame on you! Don’t fuck with my head! I hate this world!’
On a final note, these bands are from all over the British Isles, so I don’t really get the impression that this compilation represents a scene; these sort of bands are timeless, and have always been around (Weak Teeth), rarely getting big (except for you Touché Amoré) but just being excellent at what they do. I am speculating, but I get the impression that these musicians listen to a very diverse range of music whilst keeping what they write heavy, and have the ability to blend it all into something imaginative. Give it a listen, smash a vase, follow the link below, and buy it.