This Pop-Punk Superstar Lives a Double Life As One of Hardcore’s Most Vicious Drummers

this-pop-punk-superstar-lives-a-double-life-as-one-of-the-best-hardcore-drummers
Chelsea Lauren / Getty Images
Published on:

While it’s not uncommon for a musician to work in multiple genres, it can be surprising if said artist works in genres that are quite different compared to one another. Andy Hurley is predominately known for his work in the Wilmette, Illinois pop-punk band Fall Out Boy, however, prior to his time with the band, and to this day still, he is crushing it as one of the best drummers working in the hardcore scene.

Throughout his career, Hurley has performed with a number of seriously heavy bands. Most noticeably, he’s the drummer for Racetraitor, who is one of the most furiously-sounding acts in powerviolence and hardcore (with much thanks owed to Hurley’s drumming). In fact, we gave Racetraitor a shoutout in our “10 Greatest Politically-Charged Metal Bands Ever” feature.

Along with Racetraitor, Hurley has also performed in Killtheslavemaster, Arma Angelus, The Kill Pill, xFor Death or Gloryx, Project Rocket, and SECT (the latter being a band he started).

Hurley’s work with Fall Out Boy is excellent, his drumming bringing a welcoming air of thrill and intensity to their music. That said, it’s pretty damn jaw-dropping to hear just how aggressive of a performer he can be when it comes to his heavier projects.

Below we have included songs from Racetraitor, SECT, and Killtheslavemaster so you can hear what Hurley is like when he’s going all out. Also worth noting, Racetraitor just recently dropped a new album. Also below you will find Fall Out Boy’s upcoming 2024 tour dates.

Upcoming Fall Out Boy 2024 tour dates

  • 2/28 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
    3/1 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
    3/3 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
    3/4 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
    3/7 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
    3/8 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
    3/11 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
    3/13 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
    3/15 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
    3/16 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
    3/19 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
    3/20 – Baltimore, MD – CFG Bank Arena
    3/22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    3/24 – Albany, NY – MVP Arena
    3/26 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
    3/27 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
    3/29 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
    3/30 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
    3/31 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
    4/2 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
    4/3 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
    4/5 – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center Arena
    4/6 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center