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"Chadwick Johnson (Hundredth/ Hope Into Humanity)"

After reviewing his band’s latest album Let Go, and throwing a fundraiser for his organization Hope Into Humanity, it was time to sit down with Chadwick Johnson to ask him some questions. Read below about how his luggage got stolen on tour, about Hundredth tracking demos on tour and about the future plans of Hope Into Humanity.

This is the second-last show of the tour. How has this second European tour been so far?

Good, a lot better than the first time we came over here. The shows have been better and people knew about us more. We’re on tour with awesome bands; Vanna and The Greenery are great. It’s definitely one of the best tours we’ve been on so far. There’ve been a couple of crap things that happened… In Scotland someone broke into our trailer and stole my and our drummers luggage. So it’s kind of funny… what I’m wearing now is all I have. Luckily we still have our passports and laptops and they only took clothes. I don’t really care, luckily Primark exists and we were able to get some cheap stuff there.

The shows are definitely different than in The States. You have the obvious language difference, but also the vibe and culture of hardcore is much more appreciated – especially in mainland Europe. The UK is a lot similar to the US; there are so many shows there that people are a little more choosy about which shows they’re gonna go to. It’s more a rarity that shows come through here, so when they do people get excited and want to support music. They go to a show for a band, while in the US people go to shows to see friends. Which is cool too, because it is a social hangout. But I feel that in Europe they take the music more serious.

You have released Let Go in the summer of 2011. Are you already planning and writing its follow-up record?

It’s a little soon, but we’ve been demoing some songs on this tour. Our guitarist has been laying down some tracks and they’re actually really cool. I don’t know if we’re gonna do a full length record next, or maybe a 7?; something to touch on some issues, rather than releasing a whole record.

In another interview I read that your approach to the recording process of “Let Go” was quite different from “When We Will Surrender.” Can you shortly explain how you recorded “Let Go,” and if you’re planning to use the same approach for its follow-up?

When We Will Surrender was the first album we ever recorded; we had the songs down, and some vocals still needed to be worked out. On the new record we had live recordings of us playing the songs instrumentally and I had demos of me doing vocals over the songs. Everything was really organized on the second record. We recorded Let Go at the same studio as When We Will Surrender, but we had a different engineer; his name was Taylor Voeltz. After we got the drums done, we recorded the majority of the rest ourselves. We just started going in there at night and like listening to it and like changing things. There were only three of us in the studio – drummer [Matt Koontz], guitarist [Alex Blackwell] and me – and we had total creative control. We were able to look into the record, try things out and try to put melodies over parts. We could track everything down ourselves, and it’s pretty much self-produced, so it was the best possible thing we could come out with. It was just cool, it’s cool to be able to have that much hands-on control on your own record, whereas the first one we had an engineer who was kinda like coaching us with stuff. I don’t know, we might go to a producer [for the next record] or we might not, I’m not really sure. I’d like to keep it as DIY as possible because no one will ever change our sound, unless we wanna change our sound.

Name three records that inspired you through the years?

I think Thursday, Full Collapse, I love that record. I’m just gonna stick to Verse, Agression, and Shai Hulud‘s first record Hearts Once Nourished with Hope and Compassion. That’s a rad record, I love it lyrically and artistically. Those records mean a lot to me. I’m not even gonna get to other genres ’cause then you have classic bands coming in like The Smiths, The Cure, and Joy Division, but that’s probably not the ones readers wanna hear about, haha.

What would you be doing if you weren’t in a band?

Honestly, I don’t really know at this point. Probably something like journalism or maybe music production. Something still music related.

In the meantime you started non-profit organization Hope Into Humanity. It’s 2012; you still have hope in humanity?

Yes, absolutely. Our definition of hope is inspiring people to help other people like we are helping other people. Regardless of my religion, or my political stand I believe that there’s something bigger than that, there’s the actual fact that we’re all humans, and we’re all the same. We can sit around and wait for a messiah to come or whatever we may believe, but there’s nothing bad about trying to reach world peace ourselves. When people get involved, I don’t want them to get involved for religious reasons, I want them to get involved because they’re human and its our human responsibility to take care of other people, to treat people with love and respect. It’s the basis of the whole thing.

How did the idea and organization come about?

I just woke up one day with the idea, told our drummer and me, him and the guy that does our merch for us now [Michael Dean Wheatley, who also shot the video for 'Hurt'] pretty much started it up. One of our friends took care of the business aspect of it, and it was pretty much just us four. It’s been really cool so far, and it’s definitely in its beginning stage, so we’re still trying to get the word out about it.

The goal of the first project, “The Water Cause,” is to raise 20.000 dollars in 90 days to provide 1.000 people with clean drinking water. Once the 20.000 dollars is raised, what are the next steps?

Through an organization called Charity Water, we’re gonna sponsor a well project and it’ll be for a health clinic or a school. This will give a thousand people access to clean water, and this project costs 20,000 dollars. After we give them that, it takes up to 18 months for them to finish the project and they’ll make GPS coordinates of where the well is. Hopefully we’ll be able to put “Hope Into Humanity” on the well, they’ll send us pictures and we’ll make a little video about the people in that village. After this project, I’m not sure if we want to stay focused on the water cause or if we want to move to another thing.

Where is “The Water Cause” you’re financing located?

The organization Charity Water allots it to wherever they decide the water is needed most at that time. 80% of their projects are run in South Saharan Africa, so our money will most probably go there, but they also do water projects in South America.

What are future goals for Hope Into Humanity?

We’ve talked about doing some other projects, but we want to focus on the water cause totally right now. We know where we want to go with it, we want to have an alternative means of fund raising, and we want other people to fundraise, like Legends Arising did. We just want other people to take action, so it’s like a vehicle that influences other people to take action and give them means to fund raise to give to us, so we can give it to the cause. That’s where we wanna go, and we know what our mission is, but for now we want focus on the water cause and not get too far ahead of ourselves. Balancing this, a band, and other stuff we have going on, we wanna give ourselves space to do it, but for now we just want to focus on the water cause. It’s the basic necessity to do anything. You need water to live, to get sex trafficked… And God, I hope you don’t get sex trafficked, it’s an equally bad problem, but right now it’s about water. -

"Chadwick Johnson of Hundredth"

How are you fed spiritually while out on tour?

We always try to stay rooted in the truth while we are out. And we are always talking about spiritual stuff in the van, whether it be questions, or new ideas. We always try to keep it fresh and be open and honest with each other about what we are going through. We are always reading different books. Before the band really got going, we all gave a good read through the book Jesus For President by Shane Claiborne, and it wrecked us all super hard and got us ready to get out and do something with our lives. I would definitely recommend that book to everyone along with The Irresistible Revolution. We are always looking for new books to read that will push us and our outlooks one step further.

How do you think faith and politics affect each other? How do you think they should affect each other?

I think our Kingdom should be of another world. I think we need to begin to question the presence of secret societies within our government. I think Believers everywhere need to begin thinking for themselves rather than blindly supporting something that is based on corruption and greed and renowned for killing and invoking death upon the innocent. Its time for us to create our own ‘New World Order’ and to end injustice and sweatshop labor. Where the nation isn’t rising up, the Church needs to be tenfold. We have a mandate to stand up for the weak and weary. We have to get out of the comfort of America’s lavish lifestyles, and get our hands dirty. It all starts with the question of who we are supporting. Are we supporting corporations based solely on greed and an eye for an eye mentality? Are we seeking ‘low prices’ at the cost of bloodshed overseas? Do we refuse to believe it because we enjoy being comfortable and saving our dollars on which ‘In God We Trust’ is printed? Do we really trust or is that just apart of the lie we’ve been fed? Are our leaders really aiming to change the world in a good way? It’s time for a revolution. We cannot just believe everything we are told by our Nation. We have to dig deeper and pray that God will use us and deliver us from what we have pledged to for our entire lives. I say this not for controversy, I say this to spark thought and question. Jesus came to turn the world right side up. If we focus on him rather than politics, and pledge to his Kingdom, we will be an unstoppable force.

What do you think of the label “Christian Music” in a genre/scene that is not very open to Christ?

I’m pretty bummed out about what the term “Christian” means these days to begin with. Its become synonymous with abstaining from sex, alcohol, and drugs, and then that’s where it stops, so that’s why it’s a term I rarely use. We’ve created these three rules and we think that is what it takes, when in reality its a transformation. That being said, I believe some bands are called to hugely label and promote themselves as a ‘Christian’ or ‘Ministry’ band, where they are very forward about their message on stage. For our band, however, we aren’t necessarily an evangelical band. We like to think of our band as an honest outrage of Spirituality. We get up on stage and attempt to let every emotion out of us in a positive way. We are firm believers people can be moved without spoken word. Music is powerful and we believe that’s where the Revival is coming from, heavy music especially. The amount of passion inside of a hardcore or metal show is leaps and bounds higher than most churches on Sundays. People can come as they are, and not feel like they are inferior to anyone. It’s a collection of the outcasts, who all enjoy the same thing. So while our beliefs, opinions and convictions may be different, there’s no way around arguing we are uniting under one roof. Our vision is that while we are all united, to bring an honest and desperate call for true unity. For a purpose higher than our own. I think that there is an entire different realm of faith-filled bands about to rise up. And it’s going to be birthed out of desperation and raw emotion. It’s time we get real with everyone. The message isn’t an easy and happy-go-lucky one, but thankfully, it is one of hope.

Has anyone ever talked to you at a show about Christ?

Definitely. Other than what is included in our songs, we are definitely a bit of a mystery to a lot of people when we play live. So we definitely get questions about what we are about, which is awesome. It gives us a chance to get personal with people who are really seeking and feeling something bigger than just us playing. We’ve been able to talk about some serious stuff with people on the road so far, and its been great. Everyone appreciates a personal one-on-one conversation. That’s where the respect is earned. And that should be the first step in discipleship.

Is Hundredth more of a band or a ministry?

We play and write really personal songs that mean everything to us. They are honest struggles and questions and just what we are really going through deep down. Our songs are very personal, and our band is a huge outlet for us. Being able to release raw, intense emotion, everything is somewhat therapy for us. If we can relate to people while doing that, then we are beyond stoked. Whether we are a band or a ministry is in the ear of the listener. If our songs minister to their lives, there’s no arguing our band is a ‘ministry’.

How has God impacted you guys as individuals through the bands good times and bad times?

2009 was the craziest year of our lives. We lost so many friends its unbelievable. One of them being a merch guy we had out with us for a bit. We left for another tour and he stayed back to take care of some things and was murdered the first night of our tour. That was the beginning of a long and super hard couple months. It’s been a journey of ups and downs. Its even as recent as this tour we are out on now. We got word one of our friends was killed by a drunk driver; two of our other friends were in critical condition after a head-on collision with a different drunk driver, and one of our friends committed suicide, all within three days. That along with four other deaths back home within six months, we have learned so many things. We’ve cried, laughed, and were forever confused trying to figure out “why”. We’ve come to realize we will never be able to explain the things that happen on this Earth, but what we can do is adjust our minds and prepare for the future. We can’t change the past, but we can use it to take the next step in maturity, and the ability to deal with things that we are inevitably going to have to deal with many times in life. We’ve grown up in the world of experience, but still hold closely our youth, and I don’t see us losing that any time soon. Most of all, we’ve learned to keep our chins up and to make every second count. God has used this year to stretch us like never before, and in 2010 nothing can stop us. We’ve been walking through hell for the past 4 months, but we refuse to let it grab a hold of us. We have a purpose far too great to hang our heads in shame and sadness. That’s the word our band is standing firm on right now.

What is your best show so far and what made it your best?

July 8th, 2009 at Crazy J’s in our hometown, Myrtle Beach, was probably the most special show we have played thus far. Luckily, we caught it on tape. Two of our friends who passed away not long after are up front most of the video either singing along or just getting absolutely wild. It was the middle of summer in the only basement in Myrtle Beach. It was an absolute sweat-fest. Halfway through the first song everyone was already drenched. There was so much unity in that room. I’ve never felt anything like it in my entire life.

Where do you guys see yourself as a band in the next 5 years?

Still touring. Still writing songs that mean everything to us.

We heard Chadwick likes to punch the floors during shows, has he ever hurt or broke his hand doing that?

Ha-ha! I’ve had no broken bones so far. I’ve definitely had some killer bruises though. It’s all in good righteous anger though, right?

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you on stage?

Not too much has happened, but we have had a pretty close call. One of our friends was filling in for us on guitar and played an entire show with his zipper down. When he took his guitar off after our set, he had a little surprise hanging out. Luckily he doesn’t play his guitar too high and we don’t do any of those meltdown head bangs or he would have turned up the party big time.

Who is the prankster on Hundredth? What are some memorable pranks?

I wouldn’t say we have a single hoodlum; we are all pretty much out of our minds at some point in the day. The only way for us to stay sane on tour is to accept that we are losing our minds. It’s a weird situation. We are always joking with each other and doing absolutely ridiculous things. We recently brought on a new guitarist full-time and he’s got comedy in his blood, or so he says. So he’s always up to something. It keeps tour fresh for sure.

I am sure you guys have heard of the punk goes pop series and August Burns Red’s take on Brittany Spears. Is there any song of a different genre you guys would like to cover?

We sit in the van all day long and talk about covers we should do. We rarely listen to a lot of heavy music on tour, so we do have some plans for some old ‘emo’ classics to come out at some point. But apparently ‘emotion is dead.’ If you get my drift, then sweet.

I was told to ask you about “Naked Homo Dodge Ball.” Feel free not to answer if you want. A reader insisted we should ask you.

We did a tour with our friends in Alcina and created a new tour sensation, that we coined, ‘Homo Burrito Dodge Ball.’ Our friend Andy was tour managing and was referee and egged us on until we all felt miserable. Here is the premise. Basically its normal dodge ball, except it feels like its never going to end. Every time someone gets out, they have a way to get back into the game. Either they can drink 2 full glasses of chocolate milk or eat one bean burrito. If anyone is vegan, it’s two cups of sweet tea. Also there is a special colored ball floating around that when struck by, one must remove an article of clothing and continue playing. Needless to say, in the end its usually a half-naked vomit-fest and everyone feels miserable. Since we are so competitive we push ourselves entirely too far. I ended up hiding burritos all around the gymnasium and pretending I ate them. Guilty. Sorry Alcina if you end up reading this. And Andy, I don’t know how you didn’t catch me. Our team ended up losing anyways. But I will say, on a regular game of dodge ball, we are always up for a challenge. ‘Homo Burrito Dodge Ball’ is only for special occasions. -

"Q&A w/ Chadwick Johnson of Hundredth"

Hundredth will headline Shane's Birthday Bash on Saturday at The Peanut Warehouse, 8 Main St., Conway. For full details on the show and an more from Shane Michael Harris check out our preview article here.

How was your recent European tour?

It was really cool. It was our first time over there, um, so we really didn’t know what to expect, but it actually turned out really, really good. It was a lot of fun, and um, a good chance to get our feet wet over there I think.

Were there any places in particular you liked the most?

Our best show was probably in Slovenia, but um, I think my favorite spot was, probably Austria or Switzerland. Just beautiful places that were cool to see and walk around.

Is there anyone you would like to tour with in the future?

We’ve always wanted to tour with bands that we kind of grew up on like Thursday, we always wanted to tour with them.

Underoath, we hope. I’m sure both of those are within reach, hopefully soon. Who knows.

We're going out with Bury Your Dead this summer, which is crazy because a couple of us kind of grew up thinking that they were like the biggest band in the world. And, you know, it’s weird that you find out their not really as big as you thought they were when you were a kid. It’s fun.

Myrtle Beach Music: Chadwick Johnson, second from left, will perform with Hundredth during a rare show in Conway Saturday.

Hundredth has been around for a while. How did you get to join the band?

They pretty much were at the point where the band was breaking up — like completely breaking up — and then we pretty much started a new band and we just decided to drop "The" [out of the name], and just be a new band.

I mean it’s pretty much, since the last record, it’s a completely different band with different members. It has two original members that are [bassist] Matt Kootz and [guitarist] Alex Blackwell and we just kind of kept the name and changed the style and everything.

We just thought the name was still good, and it had a little bit of a reputation on the East Coast so we were like "OK, that’ll be a good little start," you know.

But the material is completely different. We don’t even really acknowledge that first little CD. It was self-released and you know there was no tour done on it, it was just kind of as a local band, you know what I mean?

We're not really [a local band]. I mean, you know, we play locally a lot, but the majority of our shows aren't local, so I think it’s a completely different band.

I was actually living in Australia at the time, and I came home [to Myrtle Beach] for Christmas, and I was just hanging out with them as friends and they were talking about the band being done and I was like "Well, you know, I’ve been wanting to start a band like this" and we kind of just started jammin.

When I went back to Australia, we co-wrote back and forth overseas and then when I came home, we just hit it hard, recorded an EP and just haven’t stopped since.

So it’s been a fast, little journey and it’s been fun. It’s been a lot of fun.

What was your inspiration for the new album on the material the band wrote about?

We mostly just wanted to stay like uplifting and positive and stuff, but at the same time, be real about problems going on, and you know, everyone runs through problems and you can’t be overly positive about it.

I feel like being real is like the first step to being positive about so much stuff.

The album’s called "Let Go," it’s pretty much about, you know, holding on to stuff. Like how I held onto stuff that just brought me down so much and got me stuck in these little ... almost like stuck in a box where I couldn’t think outside of it.

It’s just about letting go of stuff that’s holding you back, and things that bring you down and make you think negatively, like that you can’t do something and you should give up on a dream, or stuff like that. That’s pretty much the theme for the whole record.

What does it mean for you to play in Myrtle Beach since you're from here?

I see new faces every time we play here, you know. People who I haven’t met, which is weird because it’s our local scene, but I guess we miss out on so much cause we’re gone.

It’s definitely a better spot here just because it’s our friends and everyone likes to have fun. But, it’s almost like we have a couple of towns around the nation that are almost one-upping our hometown, which is weird.

I mean, it’s just because we’ve been gone so long and we’ve hit that place almost more than we play locally.

We don’t ever have that many places to do shows here, so it’s like we’ll try to find a place, cause we put the shows on ourselves pretty much and just kind of hang out.

You know, we can’t play the House of Blues. It’s like 2,500 capacity. It would be like a tiny amount of people in a huge room.

But with Myrtle Beach shows the adrenaline’s always much higher and just more fun to look around and see your friends.

Did the band ever play at The Hazmat back in the day?

Yeah, we played there. All of our old bands played there. And we played at The Hazmat II in December. We put on a show there, like a little last-minute type thing.

It turned out awesome. I love The Hazmat. That place is really, really cool. Little punk rock place. It’s cool.

What did you think about the recent speculation of The Rapture coming?

Um, I thought it was absolute garbage.

Pretty much, I thought it was like a preacher that just needed to pay some bills. So he just started saying some stuff and maybe he really believed in it.

But, I think he’s kind of crazy. It’s like, coming from a Jesus perspective, cause I’m trying to base everything around Jesus, I just feel like he made Jesus look bad saying stuff like that.

It’s like going that public about something that you think that you’re sure of is… I don’t know. Didn’t he do it in 1990 or something too? He did it in the 90’s and said it was gonna end then too?

Yeah, he did sometime in the early 90’s.

Yeah, it kind of sounds like a popularity thing to me.

We were in Europe when it was happening. Everyone was like, "yeah it’s the end of the world." Obviously when we played I was like, "welcome to the end of the world" and was playing around with it. But I thought it was more funny than anything. -

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"Hundredth-When Will We Surrender Album Review"

Hundredth - When Will We Surrender
Reviewed by: AaRoNpUnK (11/29/10)
Hundredth - When Will We Surrender
Record label: Mediaskare
Release date: March 30, 2010

So, I understand some people may not like that I have a thing for reviewing hardcore albums and bands. However, I simply review what is important to me, not whatever anyone else wants. That being said,I just want to say thanks to people who like to read my reviews. But enough of that, I'm here to talk about a band that has been making HUGE waves in hardcore music and are defining their genre. I'm talking, of course, about Hundredth. Hundredth is a Christian hardcore band from Myrtle Beach. Their brand of hardcore, while consisting of seering barks, ambient riffs. and the usual modern detuned guitars, is derived and reminiscent of bands like Bane, Lionheart and Have Heart. There debut full length, When Will We Surrender, is spreading like wildfire and I'd like to shed light on why.

The album opens with "Catalysts," which knocks you off your feet off the bat. It surges with busy drums and some of the thickest chord progressions heard in hardcore. While it may sound furious, throughout the song the melodies begin twisting together and it's clear they're determined to craft somethiing meaningful instead of just meat-head hardcore. Vocalist, Chadwick Johnson's, voice is always firing on all four cylinders until during the breakdown (one of the very few breakdowns of the record, to my delight) where Mattie Hastings makes a surprise appearance. The song ends in a fury of gang vocals of bringing hope back into the world again. The following track, "Willows," isnt as fast paced but is just as inspiring with its double timed beat and vocal melodies at the end.

By the time, the third song appears, one thing starts to become apparent: the band seems to enjoy putting catharsis and compassion over breakdowns and gimmicks. It also seems to be apparent that they like to channel older hardcore bands like the ones mentioned above. Being a Christian, its nice to see a band that ditches the things all scene kids adore to realy pour their hearts out. Songs like "Betrayer," "Brighter," and the brutal "Sinking" all showcase the band doing what they do best.

The milestones of this record come in the form of "Betrayer," "Desolate," and "Greater." The first being an emotional roller coaster dealing with the issue of domestic abuse through the eyes of a young daughter. Through the end of the song, it's hard not to be touched by the intense narration of the father commiting suicide while his daughter speaks through Johnson's lyrics: "I will always despise you betrayer. Where is your head? Where is your heart?" These kind insightful lyrics plague the album and make everything so cathartic to listen to. The second, "Desolate," is a steady but gripping song that yearns for God by talking about self-inferiority. This song has become the single for the album and the unofficial anthem for a lot of hardcore circles, and for good reason. My personal favorite song off the record has got to be "Greater," which is because it goes throught the most musical transitions and features the best gang vocals on the record.

While some attempts are forgettable ("Sun" and "Caving"), this album is sure to be remembered and WIDELY accepted by both generations of hardcore fans: older fans who grew up on Shai Hulud and newer audiences with a taste for The Ghost Inside (whose vocalist also appeared as a guest on this record). With Hundredth's honest, faithful and non judgemental lyricism and energetic punk/hardcore, they are poised to show the world why true hardcore just can't die. -

"Hundredth/ Staying Positive"

Hundredth | Staying Positive
Written By: Jeremy Seick

You want to see a hard working band? Chadwick Johnson of Hundredth can tell you about how they have only been home for one out of the last eighty days (touring without an album to sell), and how it has by no means been a walk in the park, after a run in with a drunk driver, a flipped trailer and many deaths back home, all the while staying positive about whatever comes next. There is only one reason why these guys continue to torture themselves, and it is not their love for Taco Bell, it is a strong conviction for the message that they are promoting through their music and their lifestyles on the road. My hat is off to the dudes in Hundredth for their hard work and dedication to being a positive testimony in this scene. It may not look like you pictured it, but this is the path to success.

For me it seemed like I had never heard of you and then over night I was seeing you everywhere. How long have you guys been at it before Mediaskare came along? Did the transition feel this quick for you?

Chadwick Johnson: Everything has happened really fast actually. Some of us had played together in bands before Hundredth, and once we got together again, things just seemed to pick up really quickly. We played our first show in August of 2008, recorded an EP in October of that year, which we sent to Mediaskare. We began touring full-time immediately after we got done recording the EP and we signed to Mediaskare in December of 2008. So the first couple months as a band were really eventful. All of that happened really fast. We knew we wanted to be out on the road full-time because we knew that was going to be the only way we could make things happen, so we had already financed a van and purchased a trailer and began booking tours on our own, before we even touched a contract. We’re still really early on as a band, but for how fast we got going and how busy we have been over the past year and a half, we have already been through a lot of things and are maturing as a band very quickly. We’ve been touring full-time for just over a year now on no record whatsoever, just trying to get our name out there and develop and mature as a band before our first release, which comes out March 30th, 2010.

“After facing so many things last year, we slowly learned that dragging our heads does nothing for us and it does nothing for those around us. Our chins stay up regardless of the situation and we refuse to let anything drag us down.”

After reading through your tour blogs it seems like you guys don’t take anything too seriously, no matter how bad your trailer gets smashed up or how much Taco Bell must continuously consume in order to survive. What keeps you guys on the road and always so positive?

CJ: We laugh at any situation we are put in, sometimes situations that totally shouldn’t be laughed at, but that’s what keeps us sane. At the moment, we haven’t been home but for one day out of the past 80. We’re at the threshold of losing our minds and we’re laughing at pretty much everything that happens. I feel like we have already been through a lot not only as a band but also as individuals in the past year. We’ve had a member change. We’ve dealt with the death of 8 friends at home over 4 months last year. We’ve flipped a trailer. We’ve been rear ended by a drunk driver. We’ve toured relentlessly and did what we had to do to make shows and still play with everything we have.

After facing so many things last year, we slowly learned that dragging our heads does nothing for us and it does nothing for those around us. Our chins stay up regardless of the situation and we refuse to let anything drag us down. We walked through Hell last year, but we kept walking and it taught us a lot. Tragedy brings out strength in all of us. It’s a time where we can crumble and put our faces in the dirt in defeat, or we can choose to rise above anything that stands in our way and move steadfast towards our dreams. Luckily, we chose the latter-half and we had each other and friends at home along the way.

You guys were working with Andy of A Plea For Purging for a stint, how did that relationship form?

CJ: Andy and all of A Plea For Purging are some of our best buds. We played a random show with them in Georgia on our first tour and we got to know each other and kept in touch. We played Nashville quite a bit and then ended up touring with them and Venia last fall. It was a super fun time. We always hit Andy up for random advice or just to check up on the Doo-Doo boys. (A Plea For Purging)

Talk to us a bit about coming up in the South Carolina scene?

CJ: We all pretty much grew up in South Carolina, going to shows all over the state. As far as Hundredth coming up South Carolina, I feel like we are really lucky. We have tons of support from South Carolina, and we are really appreciative of it. Our hometown shows are really personal, and our Charleston and Greenville shows feel like and are considered hometown shows to us also. It’s a really welcoming feeling when we come home from a long tour and have a solid show where we can just hang out with our friends. We are really stoked for the CD Release weekend we are about to do in South Carolina. We want to give South Carolina the first chance to pick up the record and we are going to play it live from front to back.

What would you say sets Hundredth apart from other hardcore acts?

CJ: Our band, both the lyrics and music are really personal to all of us. I feel like that translates live. Every lyric is personal, every riff and lead is felt and played with passion and emotion. We’re up-front and honest about the struggles we go through and we’re not afraid to get angry about the things we see wrong with the world. Every single show we give everything we have. If we aren’t drenched with sweat and flushed red from screaming the lyrics by the end of the set, we didn’t do our job. Our music is raw and so is our emotion. Our band is an emotional vent and outlet for us, so we always hope that translates live. This band means everything to us.

As a signed touring band you have been given an amazing platform from which you can promote absolutely anything that you want. What is it that you want to get across to fans?

CJ: Above all of our personal beliefs about how we believe the world can be “fixed”, we want in instill hope and positivity to everyone. We want to encourage dreams to be followed, and promote rising above fear and circumstance. We want to relate to those struggling, and walk beside them. We want to be the catalyst to help end negative mindsets and the idea that someone isn’t good enough or doesn’t belong at shows. We’re all outcasts and we’re all in this together. Above all, we want to put out records and a live show that helps people get through dark and tough times in their lives, because that’s what our songs have done for us. When someone at one of our shows tells us they felt something special, or they felt the emotion and it made them think about their life in-depth, that is when we get the confirmation that we are doing what we’ve been mandated to do.

What are some of your favorite cities to play in thus far? Tell us the story…

CJ: This is a tough question. Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Greenville in our home-state are always awesome. We love playing in Nashville always. On these past couple tours we have played some new favorite places. Salt Lake City and Southern California were both really awesome. Those are some notable places, just based off crowd participation and the overall vibe of the people that come out to our shows there. Our material is still pretty unknown, so I’m sure in a year, there will be loads of cities that will be our favorites. For now, kids have to go to our MySpace to listen to our music so it’s a bit limited, but pretty soon we hope our shows to be sing-a-long central.

What does the next few months hold for Hundredth?

CJ: Like I said earlier, we haven’t been home but for a couple hours in the past 80 days, so we are looking forward to relaxing month at home before our next tour, the Fist Pumps and Posi Jumps Tour with The World We Knew, Continuance and A Textbook Tragedy. While we are home for the month we are playing a South Carolina CD Release Weekend run with our friends in Blacklines. Our record comes out while we are at home. We are really stoked to do our first tour with the record out. After the tour in April, we have some more time off, and just confirmed an awesome tour for the summer. We will be on tour all of 2010, so stay posted for announcements! Make sure you pick up our debut-record “WHEN WILL WE SURRENDER” out MARCH 30th! If you are walking through darkness, keep your chin up. We’ll see you soon hopefully. - Hopecore


"When Will We Surrender" Mediaskare Records March 2010
"Let Go" Mediaskare Records September 2011

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Much like the weather that greets their beach-surrounded, tourist-trap hometown of Myrtle Beach during the fall of every year, Hundredth seems to have taken the East Coast by storm in the 4 years of their existence. Forming in 2008, the band has already achieved many things, both in North America and Europe. Immediately after signing to Mediaskare Records 6 months after forming, the band began heavily touring the US. Playing over 150 shows and hitting every contiguous state the US and the majority of Canada in 2010, they don't seem to be slowing down. They have toured with the likes of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, The Ghost Inside, First Blood, Evergreen Terrace, Shai Hulud, For Today and many more. Their debut record "When Will We Surrender" has been claimed as a "breath of fresh air for hardcore" by many critics. Leaving gimmicks aside, the band is dead set on one thing: delivering real, authentic and emotionally-driven music. On September 27th, 2011, Hundredth released their sophomore record "Let Go" on Mediaskare Records.



Winter run w/ Saints Never Surrender
February 2009 (20 Days)

Summer run w/ Thick as Blood
(July 8-July 24)

Late Summer run w/ Fairground Avenue
(August 4-August 10)

Fall run w/ Kills and Thrills, Ambush and Alcina
(September 2- September 26)

Tour Up from the Floor Up w/ A Plea for Purging, Venia
(October 31- November 21)

WinTour w/ Betrayal, Murder Death Kill
(December 26- January 4)


Hardcore Meets Hardcore w/ American Me, Suffokate, Endwell, Murder Death Kill
(January 29- March 10)

Fist Pumps and Posi Jumps w/ The World We Knew, Continuance, Textbook Tragedy
(April 11- May 3)

Canada run w/ For the Fallen Dreams, Counterparts
(May 24- June 2)

Scream the Prayer 2010 w/ Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, For Today, Blessed by a Broken Heart, A Plea for Purging, The Color Morale, The Crimson Armada, I the Breather, The Great Commission, In the Midst of Lions
(June 28- August 8)

The Ghost Inside “Returners” North American Tour w/ The Ghost Inside, A Loss for Words, Deez Nuts, First Blood, Evergreen Terrace
(October 14- November 13)

Canada run w/ Shai Hulud, Lionheart, Counterparts
(November 18- December 11)


East Coast run w/ Death Before Dishonor, Casey Jones, The Mongoloids
(January 13- January 23)

Co Headliner w/ Scarlet O'Hara, No Bragging Rights, Letlive, Kills and Thrills
(January 27- February 8)

Fest to Fest Headliner w/ Venia, Counterparts, & Knuckle Up
(April 9- April 20)

The Kids Will Unite and Bring You Down (EUROPE) w/ Raised Fist & Confession
(April 30- May 14)

Triple H Tour Headliner (UK) w/ Heights & Hero In Error
(May 15- May 22)

Over The Limit Tour w/ Bury Your Dead, Evergreen Terrace, For The Fallen Dreams, In The Midst of Lions, Thick as Blood, Betrayal, and Murder Death Kill
(June 28- August 1)

Big Kiss Goodnight Tour w/ Trapped Under Ice, Backtrack, Betrayal, Take Offense
(October 22- December 12)


Casey Jones Final Tour w/ Casey Jones, Death Before Dishonor, No Bragging Rights
(January 12- February 1)

Europe & UK w/ Vanna, The Greenery
(February 3- February 25)

Texas In July Headliner w/ Texas in July, Like Moths to Flames, The Air I Breath, One Year Later
(March 30- April 28)

Canada w/ Counterparts, Your Demise, Gideon
(May 3- May 27)

Headliner w/ Counterparts, Gideon
(May 28- June 3)

Scream the Prayer 2012 w/ Demon Hunter, Emery, Sleeping Giant, My Children My Bride, Close Your Eyes
(June 22- July 12)

Defeater Headliner w/ Defeater, Rotting Out, Silver Snakes
(August 24- September 8)

Hell on Earth (Europe) w/ Walls of Jericho, Death Before Dishonor, Betrayal
(September 10- September 24)

Unshakable Tour w/ For Today, Impending Doom, Sleeping Giant, The Chariot, Texas in July
(October 11- November 11)


ETID Headliner w/ Every Time I Die, The Acacia Strain, Vanna, No Bragging Rights
(February- March)

Europe w/ Stick to Your Guns, First Blood
(April- May)