“Society accepts this force of neglect” – The message that Incendiary are trying to get across to a blind generation of youths was clear and still hangs in the ears for many to this day. Capitalism is not working for the American people and the world was [and still is] fucking up. 

Having released the anti-religion album ‘Crusade’ four years prior to ‘The Cost of Living’, the tight knitted Tumblr Hardcore community had long expected Incendiary’s return with a second LP. But oh… Oh no, they didn’t expect it to be as explosive. COL was crammed full of 15% rebellion, 20% brutality and 65% of it was a kick in the balls to the American establishment. The emotion anyone can feel listening to this piece of work is overwhelming to say the least. 
Having come from the depths of what was a record year for police brutality in America, Incendiary reflect their surroundings and give a voice to everything that is wrong with North America through the means of the main ingredient in the creation of a hipster: Tumblr! Such was the voice; the pretenders of the hardcore scene (you know, those people who don’t listen to the genre but pretend to take an interest in order for social popularity) even did their part in backing up the argument laid out by the product of New York. Soon enough, those who were interested in anything relatively heavy or punk were throwing themselves to the ear shredding and sound shattering produce that Incendiary had let loose on the world. And months after the release, the US government shut down temporarily – leading to a resurface of Anti-Capitalist voices in the wind and a feeling that society doesn’t care about the troubled youth. And who’s face was leading the unnerving revolution via the social media site of Tumblr? 
Incendiary with their cramped train cart album cover for Cost of Living. 
Whether or not the band are anti-capitalist, who knows? We get it though. Things were and are fucking up on a monumental level. Even today we appear to be going through major global and political uncertainty, and you can’t help but relate to the 2013 release of a Cost of Living where lyrics such as You killed the very person that you swore to protect” and “You serve nobody but yourself” really begin to come to life. And aside from the political and anti-police message COL gives off, all those khaki short wearers with their pocket logo shirts will know and understand that this was most definitely the best album from the hardcore punk genre in 2013. And hell, it’s got a fighting chance to be the best album of that genre from the 21st Century. It may not have much to compete with, but it’s still an absolute killer. 
It’s just a shame that 99% of society do not care about the way others are treated. 

Published by Alex Raworth