Entries tagged with: Bad Powers
As mentioned, White Fence's new album, Cyclops Reap, is out this week on John Dwyer's Castle Face label. Tim Presley doesn't seem to be running out of songs and this is another quality batch of paisley-scented psychedelia. You can stream "To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley" below and hear the whole record over at Pitchfork.
White Fence will be in Brooklyn for the Northside Festival in June, playing two shows: the Panache showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13 and then a late show at Knitting Factory on June 14. Tickets to the Knitting Factory show are on sale now; no word on Brooklyn Bowl tickets just yet.
The whole Panache showcase line-up is still forthcoming but we do know its being headlined by Mac DeMarco and we have updated dates for him below as well.
These are just a couple of the additions to the 2013 Northside line-up that includes that free Walkmen show in McCarren Park. Other new additions, Kylesa, Torche, Sonny & the Sunsets, Nü Sensae, Kisses, The Luyas and more. Northside line-up as it stands now is below.
photos by Caroline Harrison
Photographer Caroline Harrison has weighed in on her favorite photos that he took in 2012, dropping off the following chronological list. Harrison joins BV photographers Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya and Fred Pessaro // BBG who have all dropped off their favorite shots of 2012. Check out her list below.
photos by Caroline Harrison and words by Doug Moore
Bad Powers at Saint Vitus, 9/21/2012
Over the last year or so, The Year Is One has become one of the NYC metal scene's perennial openers. Despite featuring members from screamo/skramz legends Saetia and Orchid, The Year Is One don't deal with histrionics -- they performed their polymorphous grind stoically and efficiently. Instead of the usual guitar/bass pairing, the band has two bassists -- one bassist fills the guitarist's role with a six-string bass while the other holds down the bottom end. Weirdly, this configuration doesn't make for a wildly unconventional sound; it just produces less washed-out treble than a guitar/bass combo might.
Sannhet has also become an opening mainstay as of late and their elaborate presentation makes them hard to forget. They've got a full-on light show at their disposal, complete with projected visualizations, rhythm-synced strobes, and even incense jammed into amp grills. The spectacle befits Sannhet's booming post-metal, which is viscerally satisfying in person -- albeit too familiar for its own good.
I was a huge fan of Made Out of Babies's scathing noise rock, and it bummed me out when the band recently split up after just three albums. As happy as I was to hear that most of the lineup was carrying on as Bad Powers, I was also a little skeptical -- charismatic MOoB vocalist Julie Christmas isn't easy to replace. That Bad Powers's album was mostly written before Christmas's departure complicates matters; the new material was originally intended for her voice.
Bad Powers vocalist Megan Tweed thus finds herself in a difficult position: replacing an acclaimed predecessor in a setting that automatically sets up comparisons to her. To Megan's credit, she acquitted well for herself vocally, matching most of Christmas's vocal and performance tics step for step, though with somewhat more underwear-flashing than was strictly necessary. The rest of the band has retained the stringy muscle and songwriting chops that made them so exciting in the MOoB days. Bad Powers is off to a strong start, but I'm excited to hear what they can do when they start writing explicitly for Tweed's voice.
More pictures from Saint Vitus are below.
If you can't tell from the above photo then yes, Bad Powers contains Brendan, Coop and Matt from Made Out of Babies... but that isn't Julie Christmas. Bad Powers is a wholly new direction for the trio, having added vocalist Megan Tweed to the mix. The results share some aesthetic choices with the band's former identities (now kaput), yet also with an artier side beyond simply pummel and bludgeon.
Bad Powers is prepping their debut LP for The End Records, due on the label on September 18. Preorder yours here. BrooklynVegan is proud to premiere the LP track "Electricity Should Be Free," which you can listen to along with the previously-released "New Bruise."
All streams are below.
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Altar of Plagues
Altar of Plagues played Saint Vitus on Wednesday (9/5) alongside hard-touring Chicagoans The Atlas Moth and the incredible Brooklyn instrumental trio Sannhet. Altar of Plagues featured a pair of additional hands in Stavros of The Atlas Moth and Joe of Wolvhammer, who each filled in as a touring member of the Irish black metal crew. Pictures of the US incarnation of Altar of Plagues, as well as all other bands at the venue tonight, are below.
Sannhet will join Bad Powers (essentially Made Out of Babies sans Julie Christmas) and more TBA for a show at Saint Vitus on September 21. Additional details are on the way, but tickets are on sale now.
Pictures from Saint Vitus are below.