Posted in metal | music | pictures on July 25, 2012

photos by Alyssa Tanchajja, words by Lauren Jackson

"Finally, sad skinny guys get a chance to mosh hard without fearing for broken bones or glasses." -- Anonymous concertgoer, American Nightmare, July 22

American Nightmare

Friday (7/20) and Sunday night (7/22) at Webster Hall, Cold Cave's Wes Eisold rejoined former American Nightmare (Give Up the Ghost) bandmates for sold out shows at the large NYC venue. I went Sunday when the hardcore legends were supported by Damnation A.D., New Lows, and Prurient, the solo noise project of the other half of Cold Cave, Dominick Fernow (who also played Saint Vitus on the night before). The Friday show, which is pictured in this post, was opened by Horror Show and Indecision.

Thanks to the band's cult following, the grand ballroom at Webster remained packed with aggressively enthusiastic concertgoers from start to finish. American Nightmare was never known (or loved, for that matter) for sticking to the hardcore tradition. No doubt more than one "sad skinny guy" or girl in attendance received a bit of ribbing from their more stalwart hardcore friends when they told them where they were headed that night (I know I did). What American Nightmare fans lack in tough guy cred, they make up for with unrivaled passion and dedication to their pack.

Prurient kicked off the night to a flurry of confused looks and awkward shuffles as he unleashed his signature sonic assault on the audience. Though it was an obvious divergence from the typical "hardcore show" tone, a fair number of concertgoers seemed interested in Fernow's performance.

Damnation A.D. and New Lows brought the moshers into the fold and set the night on the fast track for the crazed American Nightmare set to follow. For all their heavy riffs and breakdowns, the two supporting bands couldn't hold a candle to the fervor that the headliners incited when they came onstage. From above, the crowd appeared less as a group of individuals and more a military outfit acting in chaotic unison: not one lyric went unsung, no finger point went up alone.

More pictures from Friday, and videos and the setlists from both nights, below...

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American Nightmare / Give Up The Ghost at Webster Hall NYC 7/20/12

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American Nightmare -- July 20 Webster Hall setlist
(Its Sometimes Like It Never Started)
Love American
we are
Protest Song #00
Hearts
I've Shared Your Lips So Now They Sicken Me
Fuck What Fireworks Stand For
The Ice Age Is Coming
Please Die!
AM/PM
Shoplifting In A Ghost Town
I Saved Latin
Postmark My Compass
(And Its Sometimes Like It Will Never End)
Young Hearts Be Free Tonight
Calculation Nation
There's A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru
Encore:
Your Arsonist
Farewell

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American Nightmare -- July 22 Webster Hall setlist
(Its Sometimes Like It Never Started)
Love American
we are
AM/PM
Shoplifting In A Ghost Town
I Saved Latin
Postmark My Compass
Hearts
I've Shared Your Lips So Now They Sicken Me
Fuck What Fireworks Stand For
The Ice Age Is Coming
Please Die!
(And Its Sometimes Like It Will Never End)
Young Hearts Be Free Tonight
Calculation Nation
There's A Black Hole In The Shadow Of The Pru
Encore:
Protest Song #00
Your Arsonist
Farewell

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Comments (73)

pussies

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:28 AM

There were a lot of angry white people at this show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:34 AM

Goofy band and their 'cult' following are indeed a bunch of pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:35 AM

Ratbones doesn't mosh to this band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:37 AM

all the white people who moved to greenpoint from boston were stoked for this!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 10:24 AM

Watched the vids. That ain't moshing. That's pussy dancing.

"Finally, sad skinny guys get a chance to mosh hard without fearing for broken bones or glasses." -- Anonymous concertgoer, American Nightmare, July 22

This quote is like when the criminal accidentally confesses to being at the scene of the crime. So pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 10:26 AM

Wow, finally someone who can actually write on BV !
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Posted by ME | July 25, 2012 10:40 AM

10:26 has been smoking some kind, kind bud. Too stupid to make sense. Ahhh, the days of youth.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 10:59 AM

Was D there?

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 11:16 AM

10:24 - boo! not true.

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I'm a sad skinny guy and I wouldn't be caught dead at this show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 11:19 AM

LOL @10:59 yelling at clouds
Go kick a cat, angry man. The day's too nice to pay your lunatic rants any mind.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 11:32 AM

11:32's got to be 18.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 11:42 AM

10:40 doesn't actually know what "writing" is.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 12:32 PM

Well, it looks like someone is just in a snappy mood today! What, skip last night's Lithium?

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 12:50 PM

SOEGIRLS WAS BETTER THAN THIS SHIT AND THAT COLDCVE SHIT

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 3:17 PM

10:40 must be the actual writer, or the writer's mom, because the "review" sucks. "No finger point went up alone"? Ughhhh, I cringed so badly at that line. That is a pathetic sentence.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 5:28 PM

I bet Wes spent weeks picking the right outfit for this show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:43 PM

his voice sounds shot

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I have no idea what these pictures of even of?
there's a band playing?

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Anyone know why this band is called American Nightmare? Are they so worse? Their songs are not so bad i think!

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