They say history goes in cycles. They say those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Just the other day, someone on here was talking about how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Word is that the new Zero video feels like a tepid rehash of an old Zero video, but thanks to Peter Sidlauskas, we won’t have to watch the new Zero video.
But what if you do learn from the past and use its lessons to steer your ship forward, with a Fred Gall front shove as your guiding north star?
On first glance, Bronze’s Hardware For The Masses winks at the past. It has a fling with noseslide crooked grinds. Its production involved car rides to Staten Island’s P.S. 4 and Paterson’s Eastside High, which were most commonplace before Lil Wayne observed that he felt like dying. It includes gratuitous jump cuts into slow mo and an old half-a-Daft-Punk-song that would feel at home in a pre-Girl Ty Evans production. Dick Rizzo arrived to find larger versions of the spheres from Trust to turn into a flat gap, while McFeely is every bit goat-like as he was in the Flipmode days. Aaliyah’s swan song from Solo Jazz even pays us a visit.
But these nods to Bronze’s run as the 2010s’ most-bitten video franchise and to skateboarding’s greater story never feel like a rally against what lies ahead. Hardware For The Masses is their most expansive video — it covers three continents and a Caribbean island worth of spots — the crew is at its largest, and the skating is somehow better than ever, which is saying a lot given how good It’s Time was.
Bronze’s latest is without-a-doubt, the first video from the 2020s that we will remember, and that means we are off to a good start ♥ Can’t wait for the next reader survey in 2029 :)