Arthur Parks has been at on-again, off-again war with the Avengers and other Marvel Comics do-gooders for almost 46 years now, but his visage isn't about to be splashed across cinemas soon. Parks is a profoundly B-grade adversary — a light-manipulating, traditionally orange-and-green-clad research scientist gone rogue who creators pull from the shelf every once in a while. But even with his lack of notoriety, he's earned one distinction. A two-and-a-half-year-old melodic hardcore punk band from Hudson Valley, NY, have nodded to Parks by cribbing their band name from his alias of Living Laser. “I've always loved comic books and comic book villains in particular,” says Jay, the group's 32-year-old vocalist who responds to questions with a self-deprecating, 'aw, shucks'-y sweetness. (On the surname front, he says, “Let's just leave it at Jay.”) “I wasn't even that much of a reader of Iron Man but definitely Avengers. I more just liked the way the name sounded. That's about it.”

Yet probing further reveals another possible connection between villain and musicians. Parks was born in New Brunswick, N.J. — a city that's bred punk notables such as Thursday, the Gaslight Anthem and Bouncing Souls. For hardcore kids, the place is especially synonymous with '90s genre heavyweights Lifetime. Is there perhaps a deeper tribute driving this name? Sadly, no, Jay answers, even though he enjoys Lifetime and is impressed by the theory. Instead, he points to a league of '80s acts — Bad Brains, Supertouch, Minor Threat, Leeway, Cro-Mags, Burn — as Laser's key influences. “We were all in other bands that were active that had nothing in their sound like Living Laser, and we wanted to start a band for fun that reminded us of hardcore punk rock mixtapes we used to get in high school in the '90s, and just how young we were and how fun it was. We just began getting into our thirties. I hope that had nothing to do with it,” the front man says. “We wanted a sound that gave us energy — a fountain of youth sound.”

Living Laser aren't rewriting the hardcore book, and Jay gives little impression that they want to do any stylistic twists to what they have. He talks about the importance of a “less is more” ideology to the four-piece — a perspective that resonates within their steak-knife-like sound, which sports the sturdy, straightforward anxiety of Propagandhi, the Suicide Machines and Lifetime sister band Paint It Black during those bands' less experimental hours. Living Laser rage within the confines of having “pretty big responsibilities in our lives with families and adult stuff” — elements that limit how much they get to play. Jay relates his reasons for sticking with hardcore over the years with a humble sincerity. “It's so weird — I've seen so many people try to run from it, and it just feels like it's always a part of you. It's hard to explain [my attraction] — just the culture and the energy and the no apologies mentality. It's always been a refuge for me. It's always been a place I could go where I could be myself,” he says before assessing his own group's lifespan. “I think we could do it pretty long — as long as our bodies hold up. Right now, our bodies feel fine. I'll challenge any 16-year-old hardcore kid to a rocking match.”

Living Laser w/ Converge, Torche and Kvelertak. Oct. 12, 8 p.m., $15-$18, Club INT, 16 Broad St., New Britain,