Posted in music | tour dates on June 9, 2009

by Black Bubblegum


It's a common tale of post-hardcore life: Four young, angry men form a band. They write songs, break strings, and pop blisters playing the deafening music of youthful discontent, traveling the country one dank, cat-hair-filled basement at a time. Then they break up and get real jobs. Years later, some Europeans e-mail them looking for leftover T-shirts and the spark is reignited. This isn't exactly what happened to 1.6 Band, but it's pretty representative. And now, thank god, the New York quartet has hit the reunion stage of their careers. Back when Long Island was still raging against George Bush Sr., 1.6 Band was the East Coast's answer to the Minutemen--using head-spinning rhythms, shouted vocals, and flinty guitar to bring politics down to street level. -[DC City Paper]
1.6 Band have lined up a few appearances to test out those reunion waters. After a June 17th show in DC, the band will head back north to play WFMU's The Pat Duncan Show on the 18th before playing a final show at Cake Shop the next day with Memories From The Space Age and Tournament.

1.6 Band came up in the early 90s NYC hardcore scene, formed by Kevin Egan in the wake of the collapse of Beyond (a band whose other members included Tom Capone & Alan Cage of Quicksand, and Vic DiCara of 108, Burn, & Inside Out). Beyond reunited in 2006.

In 1.6 Band's short lifespan (1991 - 1993), the band released a few 7"s (including a split with the mighty Rorschach), appeared on some compilations (with the likes of Nation of Ulysses), and released an LP, all of which was compiled for a 1995 compilation on Gern Blandsten entitled Broke Up.

Tour dates below...

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1.6 BAND - 2009 TOUR DATES
June 17 Velvet Lounge Washington, DC
June 18 WFMU Jersey City, NJ
June 19 Cake Shop NYC, NY



Comments (14)

I would imagine the RORSCHACH reunion shows also deserve a mention (if they haven't already):

Posted by frosty | June 9, 2009 11:59 AM

anyone ever remember soundviews fanzine? i remember all these bands from variety, rorschach, disassociate, lifetime, kiss it goodbye...

gern blandsten really did a good thing in the 90s.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2009 2:03 PM

yeaaaah boyee!

Why doesn't he bust out some Beyond songs?

Deeeeeeeeeeeeeew it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2009 3:06 PM

Wow. I was at their last show together at ABC No Rio back in 1993. It will be great to see them perform again.

Posted by kmc | June 9, 2009 3:23 PM

so there, now if only garden variety or merel hopped onstage!!!! fuck!!!!

Posted by james | June 9, 2009 5:29 PM

dude, great technical band that never got their due. def worth seeing at any cost at cake shop!

Posted by pdiddy | June 9, 2009 5:37 PM

one of the best from long island, if not the best. saw them many many time, helped to put on a couple of their shows, i can't fucking wait to see them again! i hope kevin gets naked again.

Posted by rusty | June 9, 2009 5:55 PM

This will be awesome! Sticks to the Skin!

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2009 6:12 PM

or at least more shows!

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2009 11:00 PM

please play chicago

Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2009 11:01 PM

So pissed that I missed the NYC show

Posted by Steve | June 21, 2009 1:01 AM

Posted by brooklynvegan | June 21, 2009 2:54 AM

Equally pissed. Play more shows! Bullet to the Brain is a classic and although it's cliche to say this band actually was very ahead of their time.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2009 4:16 PM

Band reunions are the best! Especially when they start singing and bring back songs pf the past and help people reminisce too! I hope fans would come to this band reunion of DC, WFMU & Cake Shop.

Posted by soakaways | May 9, 2010 3:03 PM

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