Posted in music | pictures on June 10, 2011

photos by Helena Van Leirsberghe & Jeff "STRESS" Davis

Gorilla Biscuits

Gorilla Biscuits needs little in the way of introduction for fans of hardcore. When they were ready, a pair of horn players came out and played the intro to "New Direction." This was an awesome touch, definitely better than playing a sample. After the intro, as the first few guitar notes to the song rang out, pandemonium exploded on the dance floor. In addition to "New Direction," the Biscuits played a wide selection of their most popular songs including "Standstill," "Good Intentions," "Sitting Round At Home," "High Hopes," and "Cats and Dogs," among others. They also managed to find time for two covers: "Do Something" by CIV and "New York Crew" by Judge. Anthony Civarelli partly dedicated the song to Mike Judge, who was in the audience, but Mike declined to perform the song with the band, much to everyone's disappointment.

Watching Gorilla Biscuits play, you'd swear it was 1991, not 2011. Every song sounded great, and the whole band was full of energy. For their last song, "Start Today," Civ invited the audience on stage to sing along: "There is no barricade here. There are no bouncers here. Trying to control something that should not be controlled is impossible. That is what this is about. You cannot control a tiger in the jungle. You cannot control gorillas in the jungle. We are the animals here. This is our jungle, so for the next two minutes, the stage is yours, the floor is yours, act like the fuckin' animals you are."

The audience took his words to heart, and quickly swarmed the stage, nearly overwhelming the band. They played on, as people crowded around them and flew over their heads. Surrounded on all sides, Civ relinquished the mic to the audience. Walter, who abandoned his guitar, climbed on top of the drum set with his microphone to play the harmonica part, and sing the final chorus with the audience." [Verbicide]

Gorilla Biscuits headlined the Black & Blue Bowl back on May 28th at Webster Hall. We'll have more pictures of the whole show coming soon, but for now check out more pictures, videos and the setlist from the reunited hardcore band's set (confirming much of what is written above), below...

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photos by Helena Van Leirsberghe

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photos by Jeff "STRESS" Davis

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Gorilla Biscuits, 'New Direction' - 5/28/2011

GORILLA BISCUITS New York Crew BLACK N BLUE BOWL 2011 Webster Hall NYC

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Gorilla Biscuits Concert at Webster Hall, New York, NY, USA
Setlist on May 28, 2011

New Direction
Stand Still
Degradation
Good Intentions
Things We Say
Big Mouth
Sitting 'round at Home
High Hopes
Competition
Do Something (CIV)
Hold Your Ground
Two Sides
First Failure
Slut
Forgotten (this song may not have been played here)
Cats and Dogs
Gorilla Biscuits
Time Flies
New York Crew (Judge)
Start Today

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Comments (9)

Amazing, always a good time. Those horns had the place going absolutely nuts. I believe this is their last show. From 1988 to 2011 thanks for the stagedives...

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 5:45 PM

Glad I got to see the Gorilla Biscuits live again. So far the best show of 2011!

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 6:11 PM

bros

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 8:04 PM

when is CIV gonna play a proper show?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 8:41 PM

In 1996

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 10:41 PM

Walter is the best.

Posted by word | June 10, 2011 11:05 PM

my room's a mess
and i can't get dressed
gotta be out by 8 o'clock
and the dog ate all my homework last night
ridin' low in my chair
she won't know that i'm there
if i can hand it in tomorrow
it'll be all right!

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2011 6:36 PM

Yeah Walter's the man

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2011 3:34 AM

Does anyone have an affinity for Walter's vox? I always liked that bootleg but nothing beats Civ when his voice cracks :)
too bad they don't do it now....

Posted by jeff | September 12, 2013 3:07 PM

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