Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording by Ian Harris, Video By Jake Lyle Words by Landon Kuhlmann
If you're listening to the audio session, you might be surprised to find out that this band is made up of only two people. But if you're watching the video session, the duo's chemistry reveals itself to be powerful enough to make all that noise.
'68 is the passion-child of hard rock veteran Josh Scogin. He was a founding member of both Norma Jean and The Chariot, so there's a good chance you've heard this guy destroy a microphone at some point in your life. '68 is a completely different monster from everything he's done before. The intensity is taken to an all-time high, yet the songwriting has never felt so personal. Lyrics like "I could have been anyone from anywhere / But I chose to be me" give '68's music an undeniable sense of humanity, no matter how much despair the rest of the song might be in.
'68 mixes pure metal instrumentals with a punk essence. A sense of rebellion matches their sense of introspection, and occasional melodies parallel the noise rock—which goes on to smash those melodies into a wall of sound. The strangest thing about this band is that sometimes tradition folk and blues elements will make themselves apparent in the songs. This all leaves the listener with a lot to pick through. If I may say so, this might just be the heaviest band I've ever seen take on the Horseshack.
'68 Official Site