Entries tagged with: Black Bananas
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Black Bananas / Shockwave Riderz @ Seaport Music Fest 8/8/2014
Well, this was definitely the weirdest Seaport Music Festival show since Suicide and The DeathSet in 2007. The current project of Jennifer Herrema (Royal Trux and RTX), Black Bananas have added electro elements to the garage/Stones/whatever rock that's been her bread and butter. Her new album, Electric Brick Wall, is kind of a mess but one with discernable songs and hooks. Live, at least on Friday (8/8), it was just a mess. I think they were having equipment problems, it was definitely not loud enough, or maybe an off night. Also, while the astroturf on Fulton St is nice for sitting, people seem happy to sit through the entire performance -- even right up front -- which isn't exactly rock n' roll. But it was a freak scene for sure, and subjecting the Wall St. TGIF happy hour crowd to its own perverse pleasure.
Pittsburgh's Shockwave Riderz, on the other hand, were pretty great. They're definitely a band you can't easily sum up. There are garagey elements, but its entirely played on samplers and keyboards but with a live drummer (onetime Modey Lemon singer Phil Boyd) to give it oomph. Shockwave Riderz would be better someone smaller and more in-your-face, like Cake Shop (or Baby's All Right where they played on Saturday), but they definitely made it work.
This week's Seaport Music Fest show is a good one, with Brazil's Boogarins and the Netherlands' Jacco Gardner. It's free. More pics from Black Bananas and Shockwave Riderz, below...
Places to Hide - 'Almost Nothing' artwork
Pittsburgh motorik garage rockers Shockwave Riderz (ex-Modey Lemon) are coming to NYC to open for Black Bananas at the the free Seaport Music Festival show on August 8. After that though, they'll stick around to headline a smaller show at Baby's All Right (8/9) the next night with Atlanta punky indie rockers Places to Hide, who made quite the impression on us when they came to NYC for Indie Pop Prom earlier this year. Also on the bill are scrappy California punks G. Green and Black Pony. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Those are the only two Shockwave Riderz dates we're aware of at the moment, but Places to Hide have other shows coming up including The Fest. All of their dates are listed, with streams of the bands on the Baby's show, below...
Joanna Gruesome @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Seaport Music Festival is back for its 13th season though, like 4Knots, somewhat reimagined. With the Pier 17 being redeveloped, the stage will now be on Fulton St. at Water St. with the stage facing East (meaning the audience will be on Fulton from Water down to South St.). We're told the stage is slightly smaller than the one at River Rocks.
More importantly, the Seaport Music Festival is back up to a robust eight Friday evenings from July 11 - August 29. Like the stage, the acts are a little smaller this year. The initial lineup:
Friday, July 11 Protomartyr, AlvvaysAs always Seaport Music Festival shows are free and open to the public.
Friday, July 18 Calvin Love, Las Rosas
Friday, July 25 Torres, TBA
Friday, August 1 Snowmine, The Casket Girls
Friday, August 8 Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz
Friday, August 15 Boogarins, Jacco Gardner
Friday, August 22 Dead Gaze, TBA
Friday, August 29 Joanna Gruesome, Big Ups
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
photos by Ebru Yildiz
Neil Michael Hagerty @ Saint Vitus, 12/8/2012
In the continuing confounding genius of the Royal Trux legacy, Neil Michael Hagerty assembled the cast of the 1988 Royal Trux lineup - literally a cast, other people he's met recently that resembled the 1988 lineup, to perform their notoriously difficult and drugged out album... Twin Infinitives.... the show was actually the antithesis of a reunion on purpose - not only were the other members not there, but the twin infinitives material was hardly even played live 20 years ago... (and they did a pretty damn good job...)Neil Michael Hagerty performed Royal Trux's Twin Infinitives at Saint Vitus on Saturday (12/8), a rare, one-off showcasing of the 1992 LP. Pictures from the show are below (though none of supporting band Pigeons).
neil even announced the title of each song before they played it, and counted off the end of each one - "ONE TWO THREE FOUR" - in as close recreations of what these mini-disaster songs could sound like live. No surprises, but that's the point. and also very uncharacteristic for a guy who's known to frequently play only brand new material live and has continously said in interviews that he'll never reunite the original trux lineup. -[Gary Canino]
Meanwhile Jennifer Herrema (also ex of Royal Trux, but not part of this show) participated in a store window installation called She's Crafty at New Museum which ended on Friday. Herrera's current band Black Bananas is slated to play Austin Psych Fest in 2013.
More pictures from Saint Vitus are below.
Sasquatch! 2012 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Quincy, WA music festival Sasquatch! has announced that it will return for its 12th installment to The Gorge over Memorial Day Weekend (5/24 - 5/27) in 2013. A limited number of discounted four-day festival passes will go on sale Friday (11/23) at 9 AM PST at the Sasquatch! website. The lineup will be announced in February.
In other US festival news, as recently mentioned on BV Austin, Austin Psych Fest will go down in Carson Creek Ranch from April 26 to 28 with Deerhunter, The Black Angels, Boris, Spectrum, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Clinic, Warpaint, DIIV, and many more. More info HERE.
Royal Trux's 'Twin Infinitives'
Do you ever hear your influence on new bands? Do you often hear something and say, "Oh!"That's Jennifer Herrema of '90s indie rockers Royal Trux, reminscing about her old band's 1998 album Accelerate that was just reissued by Drag City. The record got the "Best New Reissue" tag from Pitchfork and can be picked up in basically any non-cassette format of your choice.
Yeah, I have. And people from other bands have told me that. But I think it's more signifiers than people being able to get the sounds that we got. Because nobody has my voice, nobody can play the guitar like Neil, nobody can write songs like we can. But I think a lot of signifiers have been utilized in the spirit of Royal Trux, for sure. A lot of bands have been really vocal about us influencing them, and then there's been a lot of people who don't talk about it because...they don't like giving props, or whatever. (laughs)
Do you listen to a lot of new rock bands?
I've definitely heard some cool stuff. I like the new Blues Control album that came out. I think we played with them once. I don't remember what they were all about live, but I liked the record. We played a show with friends of ours, Wild Yaks. I like their show, but I never heard any of their recorded stuff.
As far as big, big records mostly rap. I'm just kind of stoked for the new Bones Thugs n' Harmony. - [L Mag]
Meanwhile, if this can be believed, Royal Trux will perform their 1992 album, Twin Infinitives, in full at Saint Vitus on December 8 with openers Pigeons. It's their only live date currently and, of course, the real question is, is this an actual Royal Trux reunion with Herrema and Neil Hagerty or just one of them. Hagerty has been making music under The Howling Hex moniker; Herrema carried on as RTX but now fronts Black Bananas. One thing we do know for sure: tickets are on sale.
UPDATE (10/13): Mystery solved. Saint Vitus' ticket page now reads "Neil Michael Hagerty performing Royal Trux - 'Twin Infinitives.'" This post's title has been changed to reflect this too.
In other news, Black Bananas have a new video for "It's Cool," the lead track from their album, Rad Times Xpress IV, which came out early this year. Watch it below.
photo by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"The Kills at pier 63 were incredible tonight! Jamie Hince you are the king!" - @gibsondaniel
The Kills on Pier 63 - 8/18/12
The Kills wrapped up their tour over the weekend with a free Converse City Carnage show on Pier 63 in NYC with Black Bananas and Viva Viva (which was "sold out") and a show at Montauk's Surf Lodge the next day (8/19). The Kills played material off all four of their full length albums, focusing mainly on 2011's Blood Pressures, and also including a good chunk of their 2003 debut.
More pictures, videos, and the setlist from the show are below.
Black Bananas at Terminal 5 in February (more by Chris La Putt)
Black Bananas (formerly RTX) will be in NYC next month for the previously discussed free Hudson River Park show on August 18 with The Kills and Viva Viva. Though the show is free, physical tickets are required and it appears to be "sold out."
One day before that show, Black Bananas will play their own, not-free smaller show at Mercury Lounge (8/17) with Bosco Delrey and Wild Yaks. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (7/11) at noon.
Black Bananas recently made a video for "Foxy Playground" off their 2012 LP, Rad Times Xpress IV. Check that out below, along with a list of all dates...
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.
Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.
Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.
The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.
In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Sleigh Bells' Reign of Terror has begun, first with a show at Terminal 5 on February 17th with Black Bananas and Wet Witch (that was streamed online) and then with a Saturday Night Live appearance the next night. Pictures and videos from both NYC events are in this post.
Reign of Terror is the band's latest LP which hit store shelves this week (2/21). You can check out some live videos of some of the tracks below along with video from their Saturday Night Live appearance, which the Washington Post called "lousy". Judge their tunes for yourself at the New York Times.
Pictures from T5, live videos from the stream & SNL, and more tour dates are below.
Ed Askew @ MHOW in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Black Bananas (formerly RTX) kick off their tour with Sleigh Bells tonight (2/16) in DC and hit NYC at Terminal 5 on Friday (2/17). That show is sold out but if you don't have tickets you can stream it live at 10:30 on Friday at the Bowery Presents YouTube page. Black Bananas' new album, Rad Times Xpress IV is out now on Drag City and you can watch the new video for its single "TV Trouble" along with a new tour diary video below.
Speaking of Drag City artists, psych/folk singer Ed Askew has
three four upcoming NYC shows including two this week. He plays Union Pool TONIGHT (2/16) with Neal Morgan and Metal Mountains and Vaudeville Park on Friday (2/17) in Brooklyn with Neal Morgan and Jay Pluck. After a long break, he'll play another NYC show in May at Judson Church on May 8 in Manhattan. All dates are listed below.
In other Drag City news, a Drag City-signed special guest will appear at the upcoming Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem show at LPR (3/5) with Matteah Baim. Any guesses?
All dates and videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Black Bananas - "Rad Times" (MP3)
Jennifer Herrema soldiered on with RTX following the demise of Royal Trux on 2001. Now RTX has evolved into Black Bananas, who are welcoming their debut LP Rad Times Xpress IV via Drag City on 1/31. Art below.
Here's how Black Bananas was described in a recent press release:
"Black Bananas is set for the next all-inclusive rock and roll crusade, the one that includes even and especially all the shit you don't like, woven into all the shit you can't live without. This has been the name of Jennifer's game from day one; she owns the blueprints and if you don't know by now, don't even bother to Google it, cuz understanding is an investment not an action. Jennifer Herrema is not schizophrenic nor does she don many hats. She is simply a singer and simultaneously, a pioneer of comprehensive non-exclusive opposition rock, and Black Bananas is the latest addition to the oeuvre."Why do I have a headache all of a sudden? Check out "Rad Times" from the LP above and a video album teaser below.
Black Bananas will celebrate Rad Times Express IV with an LA release party, followed by a string of dates supporting Sleigh Bells. Those dates include the now-sold-out Terminal 5 on February 17th. Full tour schedule, the album art and that album teaser below.