Entries tagged with: A389
Nothing's noisy odes nod their head to My Bloody Valentine and the soaring epics of M83, which is evident in "The Dives (Lazarus in Ashes)," the band's new video from the Downward Years to Come EP out now on A389 Records. Check that out below for the first time. The band (mems of Horror Show) are currently on the road with the similarly great Whirr, touring toward the annual clusterfuck called SXSW where they'll play three shows including the massive "March Madness" triple-stage bill featuring names as varied as Power Trip, Mutilation Rites, Kill the Client and more. Full details on that show, which goes down on Friday (3/15) at Club 1808, are HERE.
All dates and that video is below.
Opium Morals art
Just when you thought it was safe, California's Seven Sisters of Sleep have returned with Opium Morals, the band's new LP due via A389 Records on March 20. Sludge, doom, hardcore and blasts all pepper this mammoth release, and you can stream two tracks from the LP below including "Orphans" which is making its debut here.
In addition, SSoS will share a Record Store Day split 7" with DC doom steamroller Ilsa. Details are sketchy thus far, but look for that alongside Ilsa's The Maggots Are Getting Hungry limited 12", a reissue of Ringworm's 1991 demo, and Like Rats' self-titled 7" on RSD13 (April 20). Also, Ilsa is scheduled to play the upcoming Damaged City Fest.
So far Seven Sisters of Sleep has only one tour date on the way, On February 7 in LA at Blue Star with Fuck The Facts, Final Draft, and Buried At Birth. Until more surface, prep for Opium Morals below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Catharsis at The Acheron, Jan 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Influential metallic hardcore crew Catharsis took over The Acheron on January 19, playing to a sell-out crowd alongside the reunited Deathcycle, Gehenna, and Withdrawal. The show was one of only four dates for the band, one of which included an appearance at the A389 Anniversary (along with a reunited Left for Dead). Check out a full set of pictures from The Acheron on Invisible Oranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Gehenna at Acheron, Aug 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Good news/bad news situation here. Bad news? Radiation Blackbody has dropped off the previously discussed Catharsis show at Acheron on January 19. The good news? They've been replaced...... by GEHENNA. That's right, the infamous ones will team with their old split-mates to bring their nihilistic black-metal-induced hardcore back to NYC. The band will join Deathcycle (reunion) and Withdrawal for a whopper of a show that will follow ANOTHER whopper of a show the same day, the previously-mentioned late matinee with Vile Gash, Society Nurse, Slices (who released one of my favorite LPs of last year, this is their final NYC appearance!) and Believer/Law. Tickets are on sale for Catharsis/Gehenna, Vile Gash, or both together.
Of course Gehenna is on the East Coast to play A389 in Baltimore that weekend. Though advance tickets for the shows are sold-out, most of the bands will ALSO play pre-shows/matinees that have tickets at the door.
Catharsis's dates have grown since we last spoke, blossoming into an East Coast tour. All Catharsis dates and Gehenna video are listed below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
A389 has been like Fort Knox with respect to bands slipping out to play other shows on the East Coast. Word is that Left for Dead's one-time reunion at A389 will stick, but fortunately not so for Catharsis:
Catharsis was an influential American hardcore punk band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina that was active from 1994 to 2002. Catharsis were known for writing extremely lengthy songs (sometimes broken into multiple parts) with complex title names and unusual time signatures. They were related to anarchist collective Crimethinc...BrooklynVegan is proud to present the return of Catharsis along with a reunion from Deathcycle (who's last appearance was with the BV presentation of Winter) and A389's Withdrawal at Acheron on January 19. More details are still TBA, but tickets are on sale.
Catharsis took appreciable influence from Integrity, Neurosis, His Hero Is Gone, Breakdown, Starkweather, Amebix, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Diamanda Galás, GISM, Refused and the early demo recordings of Belgian hardcore band, Negate. - [Wiki]
Head below for streaming video and audio from Catharsis, Deathcycle and Withdrawal, and stay tuned for additional announcements.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
In the wake of the sell-out of A389 2013 in Baltimore, the label has expanded the two-day fest into a full extended weekend! A389 Anniversary will kickoff with a pre-fest show at Ottobar on 1/17/13 featuring Integrity, Withdrawal, Vilipend and Dead Gods , then come to a close with a Sunday matinee on 1/20/13 at Charm City Art Space with Left for Dead, Iron Reagan, God's America and Eddie Brock.
In addition to the previously discussed Friday/Saturday shows at Ottobar, Saturday (1/19) will now feature a matinee at Sidebar with Despise You, Gehenna, Dead in The Dirt, Ancient Shores and WarXGames AND an afterparty with Nothing (who recently toured). None of the newly announced shows will have advanced ticketing; you can only buy them at the door. Full show details are below.
Catharsis has only one show during A389 festival, so what does that mean? Could a tour be in the works?
In other A389 news, the label will release Devoid of Everything, which collects Left for Dead's entire 1996-97 studio output remixed from the original 1/4" multi-track reels. Check out the art above and you can stream a track below. Left for Dead members went on to play in bands like Cursed, Haymaker, Pick Your Side, Burning Love, and many many more. This rare one-time reunion (I was assured!) is not to be missed. Check out some thoughts on the reunion via Chris Colohan here.
If you're wondering who Iron Reagan is, the band is prepping to release their 20-track debut Worse Than Dead via A389 in 2013. The band features half of Municipal Waste and members of Darkest Hour and you can stream their demo below alongside details of the A389 festivities.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
As discussed, gothic post-punk crew Night Sins (mems of Salvation, Mother of Mercy) are out on the road with A389 signees Nothing, logging their first date on the road last night as part of their joint tour together. Much like Nothing, Night Sins are also proudly welcoming a new baby, the New Grave LP freshly birthed via Avant! Records. Check out the video for "Playing Dead" and the track "Wild Eyes," is making its debut here.
All streams and tour dates are listed below.
Nothing album art
A389 Records is known for their annual whopper of a festival (sold-out!) populated by some of the vicious hardcore miscreants on the label, but maybe that mindset is changing. Between the recent Anne releases and some forthcoming efforts, A389 is showing a different side of the meaning of heavy.
Shoegazers Nothing are the latest addition to A389's roster, and are gearing up for a new release due later this fall. Preorders for Downward Years to Come hit on October 31 (spooky!) and you can hear the title track below for the first time.
The Philadelphians are touring the East Coast in the tail end of October in the weeks leading up to the release, roping in support from Night Sins as part of a US/Canadian campaign. The shoegazers hit St. Vitus on October 23 with NYC's Italian Horn.
All tour dates are listed below, along with the track stream.
We always thought the Lannisters would be Romney supporters...
Neil might not approve but you can stream every single A389 release ever in its entirety at their Bandcamp which is pretty cool. He probably isn't a fan of Eyehategod anyway.
More streaming: give an online listen to Tame Impala's new album Lonerism.
Watch Ty Segall perform on WGN's morning news show... at 8AM. Wonder if he had even been to bed yet?
Axl Rose is giving an extremely rare interview to Jimmy Kimmel on 10/24, though that is unfortunately before Jimmy starts filming in Brooklyn.
Conservative blowhard Glenn Beck loves bombastic UK rockers Muse and wrote an open letter to the band to show them just how much. Needless to say, it is nuts.
Radio biographer and historian Alex Cosper discusses the "expanding definition of indie" at the Sacramento Press.
Music Publishing firm ASCAP has just launched a new program called ASCAP OnStage that will pay musicians royalties when their songs are played live.
Jay-Z played his fourth of eight shows at the Barclays Center last night.
LA via Sri Lanka rapper DeLon traces the reason for him having to drop off a tour with America's Got Talent artist Lindsey Stirling, back to his 2008 criticisms of M.I.A.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
A389 Anniversary returns to Baltimore for 2013 with a new venue and an absolutely jawdropping lineup. The previously single-day affair (last year at Sonar) has expanded to two and moved to the considerably smaller Ottobar, and this time added reunions of vicious Canadian brutalizers Left for Dead and Chapel Hill hardcore greats Catharsis (holy. shit.) in addition to appearances from Integrity, Gehenna, Lack of Interest, Despise You, Full of Hell, Cynarae, Ilsa, Old Lines, Weekend Nachos, Pick Your Side and Sick Fix. Early bird weekend passes are on sale now.
Art for the new (!) Eyehategod 7"
Is this a dream or reality? Eyehategod are releasing their first new material in eight years in the form of 7" on the way via A389 Recordings! Check out a snippet of "New Orleans is the New Vietnam" below; the track is an ode to Hurricane Katrina, who caused much pain to the much revered band. Order your copy via A389.
So far no scheduled shows for EHG on the eastside, but look for the crew to hit the West Coast next week as part of their campaign to destroy Bumbershoot. All tour dates and that stream are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Sonar compound during Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by BBG)
Greetings, everyone. In case the rumor hasn't made it to your ears, we can let you know that Sonar (the home of MDF since 2006) is closing. Why? That's not important.I guess its not really that much of a shock that Sonar in Baltimore is closing their doors, considering the troubles they had recently (they closed and reopened in 2011). That said, I'm sad to see it go, especially after years of Maryland Deathfest (pictures from 2012 are HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) at the venue and recently, the A389 Anniversary shows (2012 in pictures are HERE and HERE). Goodbye Sonar, but thanks for all of the amazing memories.
What is important is that we've known about this situation for months, and we were already searching for a new location only a few days after MDF X ended. Currently, we have THREE locations to choose from, all of which would be in Baltimore. Once some more logistical and financial planning takes place, we can make a decision on next year's location. With a little luck, we'll reveal that info before the end of July. Worst case scenario, we'll let you know sometime in August.
In the meantime, we will be announcing the first round of confirmed bands for MDF XI very soon, maybe even as early as next week.
Nihilistic hardcore crew Ancient Shores have announced that they will share a split with Cynarae for label A389 Records. The track features vocals from the one and only Chris Colohan of Burning Love (also, ex-Cursed), and both bands will team up at the Baltimore date of the Southern Lord tour, a free show at Talking Head on July 4th. We've got the premiere of "Omen," and look out for that split in the near future.
In related news, Cynarae recently released their self-titled 12" via A389 Records. Stream the track "Prescribed Burn" below and check out some live video while you're there.
In addition, A389 will also release the new Full of Hell/The Guilt of... 7-inch, which will feature a track from each band. Stream that in full below. For the unaware, The Guilt of... is Mike of Eyehategod with Ryan McKern of Wolvhammer.
Speaking of, the Southern Lord tour will swing through NYC at Bushwick club The Acheron on July 6th. Tickets are still available for the show which features appearances from Black Breath, Martyrdod, The Secret, Burning Love, Enabler and Grudges.
Videos and streams are below.
Gehenna at A389 Anniversary 2012 (more by BBG)
Gehenna mixes raw black metal and hardcore with tons of nihilism, and the California band will venture to the East Coast for a string of shows surrounding their appearance at This is Hardcore 2012. Outside of Baltimore dates at A389 anniversary, these shows are a rarity, but thankfully you can look for Gehenna to hit NYC at Acheron on August 10th.
Joining "The Infamous" Gehenna in NYC will be DC death-doomers Ilsa, NYC's Psychic Limb and North Carolina's Young and In The Way (who played the BV/Power of The Riff SXSW Showcase), as part of a rare weekend for the latter. $10 gets you into the show.
Ilsa is preparing to release the new Intoxicantation 12" via A389 Records and you can get the first song to appear from that release, "Deadbeat's Ballad", for free on their recent label sampler. The sampler also has new material from the likes of Sick Fix, Homewrecker, Seven Sisters of Sleep, Vilipend, and many many more.
Speaking of Vilipend, look for the Canadian band to release their new LP Inamorata (which features "Cutting Heartstrings" on that comp) in the coming months. The band has a few tour dates as well, including a pair of stops in NYC: June 9th at ABC No Rio with Hivesmasher, Ramlord and Dead//Beat and August 20th at Lit Lounge.
A listing of all known Gehenna tour dates, plus song streams and videos, are below.
Pick Your Side, the new project from Jeff Beckman (Haymaker, Left For Dead, Chokehold, etc) and members of Fuck The Facts, have welcomed their new LP Let Me Show You How Democracy Works. The release, along with new/re-released material by Eddie Brock, Children of God, Countdown to Obilvian, The Love Below and more, is currently available for order via A389 Records. Stream it below.
In other A389 Records news, the label will shocase some of their bands at a showcase in Pomona, CA as part of a FREE Scion event in May. Bands on board include Integrity, Ringworm, Seven Sisters of Sleep, The Love Below, and Young and In The Way and you can RSVP now.
Stream all of that PYS 12" below for the first time.
photos by Stephanie Crumley, words by BBG
Weekend Nachos @ ABC No Rio
Weekend Nachos teamed with Homewrecker for a string of dates that included a show last night at ABC No Rio (1/19), a stop on their way to the A389 Anniversary show with Integrity/Eyehategod/Gehenna and much more. The show also featured an appearance from Emetic. Pictures from the show are below.
A389 Anniversary will also feature appearances from Seven Sisters of Sleep and Low Places, both of which will team with All Pigs Must Die and Grudges at Acheron TONIGHT (1/20).
We recently interviewed A389 honcho Dom Romeo. Check it out.
All tour dates and more pictures from ABC No Rio are below.
Dom with Pulling Teeth at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
2012 will be the third year that BrooklynVegan will be in attendance at the A389 Anniversary (check out pics from 2010 and 2011), and while the staggering lineup (which now includes Magrudergrind in place of the cancelled Starkweather) will surely mean a day of negative and brutal hardcore, there will also be a bit of sadness mixed in. Pulling Teeth, which contains A389 Records honcho Dom Romeo, will play their final show in their hometown of Baltimore. The band, which formed in 2005, was rooted in the nihilistic hardcore of bands like Left for Dead but experimented with different genres as they grew, eventually releasing last year's Funerary.
As A389 gears up for their annual anniversary show this weekend, and Pulling Teeth play their final practice in preparation for their final goodbye, we cornered Dom to discuss his thoughts on the band, A389 Records, the forthcoming show, and his attempts at a reunion of Bloodlet, Deadguy, or Integrity with the Melnicks. The results of said conversation is below.
FYI, tickets are still available for the A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore, MD on January 21st. See you there.
The body at Saint Vitus (more by BBG)
NYC's favorite non-local local band The Body, will team with Braveyoung for another string of dates that will include NYC at Saint Vitus on February 9th. Ticketing info is forthcoming. The band will play material from last year's collaborative LP Nothing Passes (stream it).
Julie Christmas will play a rare show at Saint Vitus on February 4th, backed by John Lamacchia (Candiria) , Fran Mark (From Autumn to Ashes), Andrew Schneider (Pigs), Tom Tierney (Tidal Arms) and Melvin Leiderman (Thalia Zedek). The show will center around her solo debut The Bad Wife, and will also feature an appearance from Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) and tickets are on sale. In related news, word on the street says that Made Out of Babies is no more.
Double Negative will return to NYC to play Saint Vitus on February 2nd. Tickets are on sale, and support comes from Murder, Tournament, and Acid Problem.
As revealed on Metalsucks, Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire have announced a round of tour dates that include March 26th at Lit Lounge. Full set of dates are below.
Stream the Nails/Skin Like Iron split, which premiered on Decibel, in full below.
All tour dates, that stream, a list of upcoming NYC shows, and a trailer for a forthcoming Boston Hardcore documentary is below.
Aaron with Defeatist at their last show (more by BBG)
I previously posted my highlights of 2011 but my opinion is obviously just one of many. To try and get a better feel for the year, we cornered some of our favorite artists and heavy music industry friends to ask them about 2011 in music, art, and memories. We have so many responses that we needed to split it into three posts. Here is the first. Head below to hear from members of Noisear, Monarch!, Mammoth Grinder, Pulling Teeth, Sulaco, Bloodiest, and many more...
Young And In The Way (photo by Reid Haithcock)
Young and In The Way have barely three years behind them, and already have logged two EPs and as many LPs, in addition to a split 7". The North Carolinian blackened crust band are now preparing to release another record with V.Eternal Depression, a limited edition 12" which is available for purchase TODAY (12/2) via Antithetic and streaming below in full.
Choirs, blackened shrieks, dark ambiance, tribal drums and an escalating feeling of dread dot the new EP which recalls moments of Wolves in The Throne Room, later Neurosis, and recent fare like Amenra. But all of that is an aside to the blunt-force trauma that is this band at full speed; think Cursed, Rot in Hell, Pulling Teeth, or any hardcore/crust band that dares to flirt with the darkside.
All the pieces are in place. The floral album cover. The lush arrangements that tip their hat to The Jesus & Mary Chain, Slowdive, Cocteau Twins, and My Bloody Valentine. The ethereal production. But while Portland's Anne clearly sit in the shimmering shoegaze groove, the band offer their own take on the genre with their new compilation LP Dream Punx via A389 Records. Culled from various recordings and demos, the record features nine tracks that concern themselves more with latter descriptor in the phrase "dream pop", never getting caught up in ambience at the expense of a propulsive, well-written song. Stream Dream Punx in its entirety below for the first time.
It may be hard for some to believe that the label responsible for records by Ringworm, Integrity, Gehenna, Seven Sisters of Sleep, and Rot In Hell is releasing Dream Punx. Expect wild packaging and limited pressing though. Order yours at A389 now.
So far no US dates to speak of but if you're in Portland, make sure and check them out at Mississippi Studios on January 15th. Meanwhile listen to that album below...
Ringworm / Mindsnare split 7" art
Now that Scars is in the open, Ringworm has teamed with Mindsnare for ANOTHER new release, this time a comic/7" split which is available NOW on vinyl/download via A389 Records. The release, which features a pair of tracks from each band, is being released concurrently with a new spit 12" from Seven Sisters of Sleep/Children of God AND a Ringworm flexi of the Madness of War demo from 1999. Order all three at A389. Stream the Rigworm/Midshare split exclusively below.
Reminder fellow East-coasters, A389 Anniversary 2012 goes down on January 12th, 2012. Eyehategod will headline the affair, which will also feature Integrity, Gehenna, Starkweather, Weekend Nachos, and many many others. Flyer below.
Eyehategod at Fun Fun Fun Fest Sunday
Eyehategod ALSO played Fun Fun Fun fest over the weekend, and pictures from that appearance, as well as the full Ringworm/Mindsnare stream is below.
Integrity at A389 in 2010 (more by Chris Bavaria)
The annual A389 Anniversary bash returns for its eighth year in 2012, expanding to TWO stages of acts at Sonar in Baltimore. The show goes down on January 21, 2012 and will feature appearances from Eyehategod, Integrity (a staple for the bash), Gehenna (who recently revisited their Land of Sodom 7" and Upon The Gravehill and played A389 in 2010), Starkweather, Weekend Nachos, Seven Sisters of Sleep, Starkweather, and Pick Your Side all in their only area appearances, in addition to appearances from Full of Hell (who is streaming their new record), Triac, Low Places, Hatewaves, and many others. Full lineup is below. Tickets are on sale now.
In related news, A389 will release a new flexi from Kill Life, a band featuring members of Integrity, Crass, Fucked Up, Magrudergrind and Pulling Teeth. Kill Life is joined by none other than Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod on the D.E.A. (Dead End America) 7", which is up for order now.
For those of you who can't wait until January, you can catch Integrity in Connecticut in October.
Full lineup is below, alongside some video.
California's Xibalba (not the Mexican black metal band of the same name) know their way around a downtuned groove. One listen to their new LP and it becomes apparent that not only does the band love its low-to-floor guitar sound (seriously doomy!), but they're not afraid to break it down for those in the mood to pick up some change. With their almost baritone guitar sound coupled with frontman Nathan Rebolledo's uber-pissed vocals, Xibalba distinguishes themselves from the droves of Hatebreed/Madball-sound-alikes.
Get therapy guys! Or maybe just keep on making brutal releases like the self-titled debut which is still available on vinyl via A389, and will soon be released via CD with additional material as Madre Mia Gracias Por Los Dias via the venerable Southern Lord on 6/21. Stream all of Madre Mia Gracias Por Los Dias below.
Xibalba are currently touring the East Coast and will play Party Expo TONIGHT at 7PM (6/16) with Cipher, Doomsday Mourning, and Brooksite as part of a string of dates with Foundation. Get out and try to buy some merch, they'll need all the dough they can get without a van... All tour dates, the LP stream, and a recent video for "Cold" is below....
Gehenna at A389 Anniversary 2010 (more by Chris Bavaria)
Vestiges are currently on a US tour that will take them from coast to coast in celebration of their new LP The Descent of Man, available HERE for free, and on CD/vinyl/cassette via the band and on tour. Lake of Blood will provide the assist on the West Coast, while the East Coast will get Full of Hell. Look for both Vestiges and Full of Hell (with Pharoah) at Stolen Sleeves on June 28th. Full tour schedule below.
Full of Hell are preparing to release a new 12", Roots of Earth Are Consuming My Home, at their new home, A389 Records.
In other A389 news, the infamous Gehenna will revisit their Land of Sodom 7" (reworked and re-titled Land of Sodom II) and Upon The Gravehill for a single release on A389 Records. The 7"/CD package will also include a poster and is one of several releases that the members of Gehenna will release in the coming months on the label. Gehenna also has a 7" with Rot In Hell, Integrity, Vegas, and Cape Ov Bats available now. Gehenna play Outsleazed Fest in Las Vegas on July 1st, and nothing else at the moment.
Another release due from A389 is the Practitioners of Fell Sorcery 12" by the mighty Gravehill! Limited to 500 copies, this early incarnation of the band that were so fun at MDF featured Mike Apokalypse of Gehenna on throat, as well as Shane BastardDemon on guitar who also serves as a member of another Gehenna project, Penetration Panthers. Penetration Panthers, which features DC Grave of Gehenna, will also release a new three song EP on the label entitled Perpetual 80s, which nods to early hardcore.
And last but not least, DC Grave is also involved in Witch-Lord, who will release their Atomized In The Black Solarian 12" via A389. Hardcore this is not. Witch-Lord fits more in the glacially-paced doom realm, while dipping it's toes into strong hallucinogens.