WORDS : Gillian Puma
If you were to tell hardcore kids back in the day that rap and punk rock would collide, they’d probably laugh. However in the mid 2010’s to early 2020’s, names like Post Malone and Lil Peep have inspired a whole new era of hardcore music. Hardcore pioneer Radell “Isaac” Shane took advantage of this new opportunity by creating EU1OGY, a solo project mixing together electronic trap and hardcore instrumental elements.
Shane described his music as having undertones of ‘cockiness’, but expressed pride in doing his own thing
Shane is no stranger to the hardcore scene. Shane was a member in numerous hardcore acts including Dead Above Ground, The Defect, Normally Important, and ANML. While ANML had some of the similar musical styles in EU1OGY, EU1OGY was Shane’s official reemergence in the scene as an independent artist. Under EU1OGY, Shane has released an EP titled Flawless Victory and a full length album titled Daggers.
Daggers is set to be re-released in late summer/early fall under the record label known as Cell Laboratories. “It’s almost unheard of to be getting a second chance in this scene. I’m really lucky to have Cell Laboratory give me a second chance,” he said. Shane described his music as having undertones of ‘cockiness’, but expressed pride in doing his own thing. Each track has high energy that fans of rap and hardcore can enjoy.
Shane saw the sides of the New York and Baltimore hardcore scenes.“Kids would travel for this kind of music. It was normal at the time to go to one show and then go to another show in the same night,” Shane said. The passion these kids had for music was indescribable, however the scene wasn’t without its flaws. The lack of diversity was something that Shane had continued to see in the hardcore scene. “I wanted to make EU1OGY a full band in 2015, but no one really was the full vision,” Shane said.
“Hardcore in 2005, I always felt left out as a black man in the scene,” Shane said. “There weren’t many black guys in the scene that were also making music
He didn’t decline any offers as he was being featured in local rap headliners and hardcore shows at the same time. He even got in connection with Aaron Heard from Jesus Piece while performing as EU1OGY. Heard and Shane’s friendship is a lot more than giving advice and supporting their music. Aside from giving Shane advice, Shane said that seeing Heard’s position in hardcore reminded him how different times were. “Hardcore in 2005, I always felt left out as a black man in the scene,” Shane said. “There weren’t many black guys in the scene that were also making music. Seeing and meeting them reminded me that this was what I stood up for.”
Even though COVID-19 has affected musical artists all around the world, Shane hasn’t stopped building the EU1OGY brand. “I should be touring right now, but I found an appreciation for writing music,” Shane said. The time allowed him to focus on the visual aspect of creating and releasing new music as opposed to relying entirely on live performances.
Shane is also working on releasing a comic book with artist Chris Dazzo. “Every couple of months we come up with an idea and then distribute it physically,” he said. While the comic is currently released online, Shane plans on selling the comic book along with other pieces of merchandise. He plans on opening a EU1OGY themed pop-up when the world is back in place. When asked about where he saw the future for EU1OGY, Shane responded “I see I will be embraced more. My music always had the ‘we need change’ vibe. Not for what it is, but what you feel. We’re at a point now where it’s a lot more about the actual feeling than the meaning.”