Entries tagged with: American Nightmare
photo: Wes with American Nightmare at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Wes Eisold was just in NYC with his hardcore band American Nightmare playing an insane show at Saint Vitus (the day after playing NJ's Skate & Surf), and he'll be returning in July for a show with his synth pop project, Cold Cave. Cold Cave plays The Wick on July 22 with killer support coming from Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV's Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
Tickets go on sale Friday (5/22) at 10 AM with a BrooklynVegan presale starting today (5/20) at 10 AM. PASSWORD = CCBV.
The only other Cold Cave date announced at the moment is LA's FYF Fest. Cold Cave's next release is a compilation of his 2013 EPs and 7"s called Full Cold Moon, which is due June 16 via Deathwish. Listen to "Nausea, the Earth and Me" from that, below.
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
American Nightmare / mewithoutYou / crowd
Asbury Park's 2015 Skate & Surf Festival went down this past Saturday (8/16) and Sunday (8/17) with a handful of great bands both days. The festival takes place right on the oceanfront by the boardwalk, with the two main stages in the grassy Bradley Park (overlooked by Convention Hall), two smaller side stages on a fenced off section of Ocean Avenue, and an even smaller tent with bands too. It was super easy to move around and see at least a portion of everyone you wanted to. It wasn't one of those festivals where you spend time waiting around for a band to come on.
An early highlight for me on Saturday was the shapeshifting mewithoutYou, who have a new record coming. They played the recently-released "Red Cow" from that, as well as one other that hasn't been released yet. Plus we got a good sampling from the rest of their catalog -- the heavy ("January 1979," "Bullet to Binary"), the epic ("In A Sweater Poorly Knit"), the whimsical ("All Circles"), and more.
I then caught a bit of Nora and I would have seen American Nightmare after that, but my misjudgment of time and the festival's long food lines (they only had two vendors besides a stand in the alcohol tent with wings and nachos) caused me to only catch two songs. On the bright side, I caught their last-minute Saint Vitus show on Sunday night, which was the best thing I saw all weekend.
The best thing I saw at the actual festival though, was Thrice. It was their first NYC-area show since ending their three-year hiatus, and despite Dustin Kensrue saying on stage that he was rusty, they were anything but. They opened with the atmospheric sludge of "Firebreather," a song that in hindsight has more in common with Baroness or Torche than most of the artists considered similar to Thrice, and immediately you knew you were watching a seasoned, impossibly tight band. They thrashed around on stage in the most natural, un-choreographed way possible, and the level of musicianship each member has is really a remarkable thing to see.
After "Firebreather" came "The Arsonist" into "Stare at the Sun" into "All That's Left," and it pretty much seemed like this set was unstoppable. It wasn't perfect though. If you ask me, Thrice are at their best when they're at their heaviest, and their decision to follow "All That's Left" with five softer/slower songs (mostly from the latter half of their career), was kind of a lull in the set. (Personally, I would have taken more than just one song off The Illusion of Safety over that whole slower section.) Those complaints aside though, Thrice came back in strong with "The Artist in the Ambulance" into "Silhouette" (the heaviest song in the set next to "Firebreather") into "Deadbolt," the oldest song they played and still a monumental Thrice song after 13 years. Their full setlist is below.
Other highlights throughout the day included raspy punks Iron Chic, the grungy Superheaven, melodic hardcore bashers Defeater, metal/punk rippers Cancer Bats, and Celtic punk lifers Dropkick Murphys. Pictures of those bands, everyone mentioned above and more, continue below...
by Andrew Sacher
American Nightmare at Saint Vitus - 5/17/15 (photo via JC Photo & Media)
Following American Nightmare's set at Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival on Saturday (pictures here), the hardcore greats announced a last-minute intimate late show for Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Sunday night (5/17). It sold out very quickly (naturally), and the place was as PACKED as I'd ever seen it. And the fact that it was such a late show on a Sunday didn't stop anyone from making it a totally wild night.
American Nightmare went on some time close to midnight, following an opening set by Brooklyn locals Sick Feeling (ex-Ink & Dagger), and there was hardly a moment of downtime in their 45 minute-ish set. At least half the crowd was just one constantly-moving sea of people, and I don't think more than 20 seconds passed in any song without a stage diver. The band is pure fury -- you certainly wouldn't guess they haven't made a record in 12 years -- and Wes Eisold is a no-bullshit kind of frontman. He never smiles, no jokes in between songs, no preaches, no encouraging the crowd to dance a certain way or sing a certain song. Not that he'd have to -- basically the whole front half of that room was screaming every song back in his face the entire time. And AN were giving that crowd plenty to scream to. "AM/PM," "Crime Scene," "Farewell," "Love American," "Hearts" and plenty more favorites were played in their all-killer set.
UPDATE: unARTig uploaded a video of the full set. Watch that, with their setlist and a few more pics, below...
photo: American Nightmare at Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Festival 2015
American Nightmare, one of the 10 bands we were most excited to see at Skate and Surf this weekend (and who we did catch today... more on that later), are playing a JUST ANNOUNCED SHOW AT SAINT VITUS IN BROOKLYN SUNDAY NIGHT (5/17) with Sick Feeling. Tickets are on sale!
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Cloud Nothings at NYU Strawberry Fest last week (more by Mimi Hong)
Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival returned in 2013 after being inactive for eight years. This weekend (May 16 & 17) it's back for its third consecutive year, and the 2015 lineup is by far the best of the three. This year, there's only a few bands that we wouldn't want to see, so to narrow things down a bit, we made a list of the ten bands we're most excited to see at Skate & Surf 2015. Hopefully this will help you out if looking for some suggestions, or maybe it'll help you decide if you're on the fence about attending.
By the way, we're also giving away tickets. You can enter to win, and check our our list (in alphabetical order), below...
Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival is this weekend (May 16-17) with a pretty great lineup of punk, pop punk, indie rock, post-hardcore and more. There's a few conflicts (fans of both Hot Rod Circuit and Cloud Nothings have a tough choice to make), but it mostly looks like a pretty convenient schedule. Check out the full thing (including a few recently-added bands) below.
Atlanta venue The Masquerade celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with the inaugural Wrecking Ball Festival. The lineup was just announced and its loaded with punk and punk-related bands from several generations, including Descendents, Judge, Desaparecidos, The Get Up Kids, The Movielife, Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, American Nightmare, Samiam, Braid, The Appleseed Cast, Knapsack, Thrice, Glassjaw, Blacklisted, Small Brown Bike, Cave In, The Lawrence Arms, Pianos Become The Teeth, Yuck, Beach Slang, Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos and so many more. Check out the rest of this amazing lineup below.
The fest happens August 8-9, and there's also a Karaoke pre-party on August 7 with reg Hetson of Bad Religion, Derek O'Brien of Social Distortion and The Adolescents, Eric Melvin of NOFX, and Stan Lee and Edward Tater of the Dickies. Festival tickets and pre-party tickets go on sale Monday, April 6 at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
This year marks the 10th edition of Philadelphia's annual This Is Hardcore festival, and the lineup is stacked as usual. From July 23-26 the festival brings hardcore to Philly including the Danzig-less Misfits playing the Danzig-written Earth A.D. in its entirety, The Exploited's first US show in over a decade, the newly-reunited Chokehold, American Nightmare, The Suicide File, Cro-Mags, H2O, Snapcase, Slapshot, Nails, Code Orange, Defeater, Power Trip (who just played our SXSW party), Bane (apparently making their last TIHC appearance ever), and many more.
Tickets for the fest go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon, including 4-day passes, 3-day weekend passes and single day passes. Day-by-day lineups are coming later this week, and afterparties at Underground Arts, Voltage Lounge and KungFu Necktie are TBA.
Check out the full lineup below...
Asbury Park festival Skate & Surf has expanded its lineup once again, and this thing just keeps getting better and better. Cloud Nothings, Iron Chic, Defeater, Defeater alt-country side project Alcoa, Hot Rod Circuit (first show announced for their Sorry About Tomorrow-era lineup reunion), and Thrice (first US reunion date announced) have all been added, joining a lineup of The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.
The day-by-day lineups have also been revealed, and you can check those out below. Tickets are still available.
In related news, Alcoa recently announced a tour which hits NYC on March 13 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Choir Vandals, AJ Smith and Owel. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. All dates are listed below. Defeater also play Long Island in March with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and more (tickets).
As discussed, punk festival Skate & Surf is returning to Asbury Park on May 16 & 17 this year with a handful of great bands including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys and more. Now the festival's lineup has expanded and there's some pretty impressive additions including The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos Become the Teeth, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Runaway Brother, Spraynard, NORA (also playing NateFest), Poison the Well (who went on hiatus in 2010, six years after current Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller left the band), and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Code Orange @ Palisades - 10/10/14 (via @armando182)
As discussed, the great American Nightmare/Give Up the Ghost are playing LA and NYC on January 2 at Webster Hall and January 4 at El Rey Theatre, respectively. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for those shows. The NYC show gets Code Orange and Full of Hell, while LA gets B'last! and Rotting Out. Tickets for NYC and LA are still available.
Full of Hell have a collaborative album with Merzbow coming November 25 via Profound Lore, and they're also touring with Weedeater and Lazer/Wulf before the American Nightmare show, hitting NYC on November 7 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Tiger Flowers were recently added too, and you can also catch them sooner on 10/20 at the Acheron (tickets).
Check out the new-ish video for "Blue Litmus" (dir. Jim Thayne) from the Full of Hell/Merzbow album, below...
American Nightmare at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)
Though Wes Eisold is mostly busy with Cold Cave these days, he's still taken time to get back with his great hardcore band American Nightmare/Give Up the Ghost, who were last in NYC for two Webster Hall shows in 2012. American Nightmare have now begun announcing 2015 shows, including a return to Webster Hall on January 2. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at 10 AM.
Their only other announced date at the moment is in LA. Full tour schedule and a song stream below...
They say good things come in threes, so I'm still waiting for the last piece of news to drop.
First is Cold Cave have released a new video for "A Little Death to Laugh," which will soon be released for its third pressing via Heartworm Press. The 7" is one of three in the works including the one-sided God Made the World with etching (digital comes with an additional track) also due via Heartworm and the previously discussed Oceans With No End 7" (which is streaming in full) due on Deathwish.
Secondly, Wes Eisold has announced additional dates with American Nightmare, which include stops in Chicago and Toronto. The AN dates fall smack in the middle of two legs of a Cold Cave tour, which hits NYC at 285 Kent on June 29 (tickets).
This doesn't count as third, but updated Cold Cave dates are listed below.
photos by Debi Del Grande
Atlas Sound / Dinosaur Jr. / crowd
LA's FYF Fest wrapped up on Sunday (9/2) after kicking off one day earlier. Sunday's portion of the fest gave us sets by Yeasayer, Dinosaur Jr., American Nightmare, Atlas Sound, Wild Nothing, Desaparecidos (Conor Oberst's old band who reformed this year), Paul Banks, Ceremony, Cursive, and many more.
Pictures of day 1 are HERE and more pics of day 2 are below.
Baroness at Terminal 5 in May (more by Joe McCabe)
Earlier this week, we posted an update from Baroness showing that things were looking upwards for the band. Unfortunately though, with two members having broken vertebrae and frontman John Baizely having a broken arm and leg, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that Baroness have in fact cancelled some of their upcoming North American tour dates, including their NYC show at House of Vans and LA's FYF Fest. They will not be replaced on the House of Vans lineup, which happens on August 29 and now just includes Turbonegro, Doomriders, and Nightbirds. This is a bummer but it makes sense that the band takes the time they need to recover, and we wish them a speedy and successful recovery!
Meanwhile, FYF Fest, which Wild Flag also dropped off of, recently expanded its lineup. It now features The Faint (who just announced they'll be reissuing Danse Macabre and touring the album), Glass Candy, King Tuff, and newcomers The Orwells. Tickets for FYF Fest are still available. The updated lineup and flier are below.
"Finally, sad skinny guys get a chance to mosh hard without fearing for broken bones or glasses." -- Anonymous concertgoer, American Nightmare, July 22
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...
At least one of the American Nightmare / Give Up the Ghost Webster Hall reunion shows is listed as sold out, but now there's a way to get tickets to both:
Shirts for a Cure is excited to announce the American Nightmare ticket/shirt package deal. We have a VERY limited number if tickets for the American Nightmare Webster Hall shows in NYC and for a nominal donation of $100 you will receive two of these tickets to the show of your choice and two limited edition date-specific AN/SFAC shirts. Tickets will be issued at Will-Call and you will need to pick up your shirts at the show and the show only, no shirts will be shipped. Thank you for your supportEarlier today we announced that these shows also have openers (thx Hiro).
You can watch the band's reunion documentary trailer below...
Support for the American Nightmare shows (via)
New Lows have posted the lineups for the pair of Webster Hall dates for the American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost reunion. As pictured above, the sold-out 7/22 show will feature support from Damnation AD (who last played NYC with Unbroken), New Lows and Prurient (who will also play Saint Vitus the night before) while the 7/20 show will feature support from Indecision and Horror Show. Tickets for the latter are still available.
American Nightmare/GUTG recently added a show at FYF Fest in LA alongside Quicksand and many notable others.
Prurient at Public Assembly (more by Louis Caldarola)
No word on if Wes Eisold (Dominick Fernow's bandmate in Cold Cave) will join him as part of Prurient, but it seems probable considering that American Nightmare have the night off and are playing shows on the days before and after at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available for 7/20 at Webster Hall (7/22 is sold out).
The Prurient show, entitled Midnight Mass, will close out the night at Saint Vitus as the venue will also play host to Mike Scheidt/Nate Hall/Kevin Hufnagel earlier that evening. Tickets are available for that BrooklynVegan-sponsored show.
Cold Cave recently played NYC at Europa during Northside Festival.
Flyer and some video of Prurient's brutal appearance at Public Assembly last year is below.
FYF Fest. September 1st and 2nd, 2012WOW.
At the LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles, CA
Tickets are $77 and go on sale Friday June 22nd.
American Nightmare has two shows coming up at Webster Hall.
Full FYF lineup, in alphabetical order, below...
Wes of AN on stage with Cold Cave at Guggenheim (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You snooze you lose. Or maybe you didn't snooze and were perched atop your keyboard ready to strike at the moment when American Nightmare tickets went on sale at noon today (5/31) and sold out pretty much immediately. The good news: American Nightmare/GUTG have added ANOTHER show at Webster Hall on July 20th. Tickets go on sale TOMORROW (Friday, 6/1) at noon.
Wes of AN/GUTG with Cold Cave at The Guggenheim (more by Amanda Hatfield)
It seemed almost inevitable, and now it's a reality. After reuniting for a pair of shows late last year and being the subject of a documentary (with the longest "trailer" ever), American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost will come to NYC for a show at Webster Hall on July 22. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday, May 31 at noon. It's their only announced date at the moment, but hopefully more to come.
Meanwhile, Cold Cave has a Northside show coming up at Europa on June 14.
Some videos below...
Give Up The Ghost (aka American Nightmare) (more by Stephanie Crumley)
Deathwish have announced their intentions to release a new documentary on the recent Give Up the Ghost/American Nightmare reunion, due via the label "soon". Check out the eleven-minute "trailer" below.
Check out that GUTG Reunion trailer below.
photos by Stephanie Crumley, words by BBG
American Nightmare in MA
American Nightmare (aka Give Up The Ghost) reunited for two shows: Club Lido in Revere, MA on December 29th and one in Los Angeles on 12/31. The shows, their first in close to eight years, featured the lineup of Wesley Eisold (of Cold Cave), Timothy Cossar, Joshua Holden, Brian Masek, and Alex Garcia-Rivera, and featured notable support with the East Coast getting appearances from All Pigs Must Die, Colin of Arabia, and Salvation while the West Coast got Trash Talk, Touche Amore, and Weekend. Pictures, videos and the partial setlist from the MA show are in this post.
Jacob Bannon recently interviewed Wes & Tim for the Deathwish podcast, discussing the details behind the reunion. Stream that in full on the Deathwish player or download a copy via iTunes. Deathwish recently reissued We're Down Til We're Underground and Background Music on vinyl. Order yours at their eStore.