From dubstep to Dischord: the London duo injects UK soundsystem culture with elements of post-hardcore, or maybe it’s the other way around?
There aren’t many places on earth where the bassweight of the UK hardcore continuum and guitar-centric post-hardcore can exist side by side, so it makes sense that Raime hails from London. The duo of Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead grew up surrounded by soundsystem culture and their homeland’s various strains of low-end-heavy dance music, and infused those influences with bits of goth and industrial on their early releases, which actually inaugurated the Blackest Ever Black label in 2010. The pair’s debut album, Quarter Turns Over a Living Line, ventured into cinematic territory, something expertly complemented by Raime’s live show, which incorporated a specially commissioned film that perfectly suited the music’s widescreen feel. Even as the accolades continued to pour in, Andrews and Halstead sought to continue evolving, and launched the (initially anonymous) Moin project to experiment with more guitar-oriented sounds. Not surprisingly, these dalliances eventually found their way back to Raime as well, as the duo’s 2016 sophomore album, Tooth, had a minimal, stripped-down aesthetic that pointed back to the ’90s post-hardcore sound once characterized by classic labels such as Dischord and Touch & Go.