Judiciary, a hardcore band based out of Lubbock, is heading on tour in May and will perform in San Antonio and along the West Coast for its new EP, “The Axis of Equality,” which was released in January.
Austin Scott-Looney, a junior advertising major from Lubbock, said the band was started as a product of jamming with other people. Scott-Looney started going to shows with Jake Collinson, lead singer of Judiciary and a junior public relations major from Lubbock, when he was 15.
Scott-Looney and Collinson, as well as the other band members, started coming up with riffs and songs in Scott-Looney’s garage, he said.
The band’s style developed from a more melodic sound into something completely different, Collinson said.
“We just started jamming,” Collinson said. “But, we didn’t think that (being melodic and pretty) was working and we started writing heavy s---.”
This was not Collinson’s first experience in a band, he said. Collinson started developing his vocal style when he was younger by listening to bands he liked.
“The reason why I wanted to do vocals is because of the band Whitechapel,” Collinson said. “Their album ‘This is Exile’ is the reason why I am doing vocals today. When no one was home, I would turn up the stereo and started practicing. I started developing those vocals with practice.”
After they got the band together, they performed their first unofficial show at a friend’s wedding, Collinson said. Judiciary played this impromptu show only having three of its own songs.
After getting noticed at the wedding by some friends, Judiciary then released its first demo in May, Scott-Looney said. This demo gave Judiciary some national notoriety.
Judiciary released its original demo through social media and through word of mouth, Scott-Looney said. Social media is how Judiciary received most of its success.
“Through word of mouth on social media, other bands would get ahold of it and tell their fans to listen to it,” Scott-Looney said. “This demo is how we started touring through Texas.”
The demo was just fun for the band, but the members’ mindsets changed when they started to get show offers and merchandise orders from around the country, Scott-Looney said.
Collinson said Judiciary’s music is different from the music he has played in the other bands he has been in.
“Judiciary’s music then was a big step up from the music I was playing in other bands,” Collinson said. “I’ve never felt more behind a band in my life. If I was listening to it and it wasn’t my band, I would love them.”
After the original demo, Judiciary released an EP called “The Axis of Equality,” Scott-Looney said. The reaction they have gotten from this EP is 10 times more than they thought they would have.
“Every day, I get online just to see how many people have listened to it,” Scott-Looney said. “Every day, we have about 500 or so new listens. When you think about how much a mainstream song is listened to on Spotify every day, it’s not a lot, but us being from here where this scene doesn’t really exist, it’s important.”
Collinson said the goals of the lyrics the band writes, especially in the new EP, is to shed light on things people may have missed. Because hardcore is a worldwide genre, this gives people around the world an opportunity to hear what it is like to live in West Texas.
“There is a lot of ignorance that comes out of this area in terms of equality,” Collinson said. “(The lyrics are) shedding light on an area that you might not be aware of like racism and bigotry. I’m not trying to be a politically correct preacher. I’m just saying what I feel.”
Judiciary will be performing at the Paper Tiger in San Antonio on May 13, Scott-Looney said. In June, it will perform in cities in the West including San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The proudest achievement Judiciary has had is getting invited to play at the Sound and Fury Festival in June, Scott-Looney said. This Los Angeles festival is one of the largest hardcore festivals in the country.
“To get the sliver of notoriety that we have gotten, and in this area, as far as I know, it’s not common,” Scott-Looney said. “It doesn’t happen.”
The goal for Judiciary is to tour more with bigger bands, he said.
“We want to tour more and play bigger shows with bigger bands,” Scott-Looney said. “That’s always been our goal. We want to play music. I think that it would be cool to casually tour with some of the bigger bands in hardcore right now.”