William Palicte (aka @xpokiix) has been playing guitar in some of the best new bands around Salt Lake City lately (as well as filling in for a few notables like Cool Your Jets and xReflectx). His latest band, Chained Down, just released a new track, and have a record out at the end of the month.
How were you introduced to the Salt Lake Hardcore scene?
When I was in high school, I met my really good friend Jeff Pons and he pretty much showed me the ropes. Before I met him, I was always curious about hardcore and Straight Edge. I had already been listening to bands like Minor Threat, Youth Of Today and Gorilla Biscuits, so I knew a little bit about hardcore. I just didn't know it existed in Salt Lake. He then introduced me to the rest of the Straight Edge kids that went to our school and I started hanging out and going to shows with them.
What are some of your greatest SLHC memories?
Some of my favorite memories, not only in SLHC but in my life, came from shows at Artopia. That was hands my most favorite venue we have ever had. Every show there was always packed. No matter what band played, people always showed up. It was always the same people and it was almost always the same bands, minus one or two touring bands. I didn't care if I had already seen the bands that were playing, I just knew that if there was a show happening at Artopia, I wanted to go.
That's a really tough question to answer. Salt Lake has so many talented and amazing bands, that it's hard to pick one. So, I'll name a few and I'll go from oldest to new(I stole that from Tyler's interview). I think my all time favorite to come out of SLHC is Lifeless. I remember the first time I heard that band and hearing the angry grunts and yells and after I was hooked. Cool Your Jets is another band that had a huge impact on me. I hadn't heard anything like them at the time. I'm not very into the whole "keep hardcore negative" bull shit and when I heard CYJ, I found that I wasn't the only one. Not that they're the most positive, but lyrics "Don't give up on us, we won't give up on you." Have always stuck with me. It's an honor to play bass for such an amazing band. xReflectx was always a good time to see. Those dudes played the same songs for I don't know how long and I loved it equally every single time. I got to play for them twice and they were some of the Funnest shows I've been able to play. Other bands like Cherem(obviously), The Lazarus Project, Insight, etc. have always been some of my favorites as well. As of right now, I think that my favorite local band would be Close Grip. Those dudes are all super super talented and put on a great show. I wish there were more hardcore bands right now, but I'm sure some will turn up.
How has hardcore and the Salt Lake scene impacted your life?
Hardcore has been such a huge part of my life and it's become so much more than just the music. I've met so many people through hardcore and not just in Utah. Hardcore music in salt lake has always been an inspiration to me. It made me want to try my hardest to make a band that will make someone feel something. I know it sounds cheesy or whatever, but bands like CYJ, Lifeless and all the bands I already named have all had something to do with why I play music. They make me feel sad or mad or happy and I just want to be able to play a song and have someone have an emotion attached to it. I can't confidentially say that I'm doing that, but I can say that I'm trying.
What are your thoughts on the state of hardcore today and its future?