Entries tagged with: Boris
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher
Torche / Nothing's crowd
Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.
Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.
Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also below...
NYC shoegazers Asobi Seksu went on indefinite hiatus in 2013 and guitarist James Hanna now has a new band, Youth Worship, which formed early this year. Youth Worship finds Hanna in more rocking mode, and "Pink Snow" from their just-released debut EP is a real stomper. (The rest of the EP is a little more in Asobi style.) That song's video, directed by Bradley Cantor, makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it, and stream the whole EP, below. The band have put the finishing touches on their first album which features guest appearances by some of the Boris folks and will be out in early 2015.
Youth Worship will play a hometown NYC show on November 3 Trans Pecos with new Captured Tracks artist Dinner, as well as Night Squad. That's their only upcoming date.
photos by Adela Loconte
The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.
One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]
More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...
by Ian Chainey
Boris at Le Poisson Rouge in 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
Japan's genre chameleons Boris will begin touring North America at the end of the month with a number of supporting acts. On August 3, they'll be dropping into NYC's Bowery Ballroom with the Atlas Moth and SubRosa. They've since added another NYC show happening day after, August 4 at Saint Vitus, where they'll play a special "drumless drone" set with Youth Worship opening. Tickets for that show are available now.
Boris released their newest album, the summery and rocking Noise, in June. Youth Worship is the new project of former Asobi Seksu guitarist/vocalist James Hanna. The band released an EP, Youth Worship EP1, in January that pairs pop with overdriven guitars. They'll also be playing Rough Trade NYC on August 14 with Weeknight and Bootblacks. Tickets for that show are available now, as well.
Updated Boris dates are listed, with a recent two-hour Boris performance with Merzbow and a Youth Worship stream, below...
by Ian Chainey
Mastodon at Terminal 5, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Big membership shake-ups for old-guy thrashers: Exodus said farewell to singer Rob Dukes and welcomed Steve "Zetro" Souza back into the fold. This is Zetro's third stint with the Bay Area band. Before the reintroduction, he was biding his time in Hatriot, which is a music group and not what happens during a rowdy Lids sale. Stream a Zetro-era Exodus classic below. Elsewhere, ex-Slayer Dave Lombardo is suddenly in Amen. The Los Angeles punk outfit just turned 20 and is back in the studio with Ross Robinson.
Ultra-heavy doomers Yob have released more details regarding their forthcoming Neurot release. Clearing The Path To Ascend (also what my bud calls his weed ritual) now has pretty neat cover art and a track listing. In addition, the mad triffid Botanist will hammer away at VI: Flora on August 11 via The Flenser. What's the drunkest instrument? A hammered dulcimer, of course. Stop booing. Art and tracks are down below.
A few groups are hitting the road. Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, and Black Anvil will be setting out on a nationwide roadtrip in September. Plus, you can finally break the seal on your 2015 planner. The melodeath -- and spellcheck infuriating -- Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium are heading to the US in January. They'll play NYC's Gramercy Theatre on January 4. Tickets are will be on sale soon. All of the dates appear below.
Can't make it to a fest this weekend? You can live vicariously through some YouTube sets. (And have easier access to a bathroom, that can't be understated.) Opeth's full performance from Rock am Ring in Germany is up. And snippets of Emperor at Sweden Rock Festival have made their way online, too. It's the black metallers first live gig since 2007 and they closed it out in style by killing a Bathory cover. Both are available below.
Finally, progsters Between the Buried and Me explained why you won't hear old songs on tour:
Unfortunately, when we add some of the more obscure older songs to our set, they either detract from the flow of the show, or just generally go over like a wet fart at a funeral. So to sum it up and get crazy specific, you will still likely hear Mordecai or Selkies on occasion. Maybe even a couple others. But if you want us to play Naked By the Computer or Destructo Spin, you may have to wait until our reunion tour.So. . .no "Freebird"?
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
A few new flicks are out for your viewing pleasure. The post-punk Beastmilk have gone the creep-o propaganda route with their visual accompaniment to "The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls." (Also how Shakespeare described burping.) And Eyehategod have cut a clip for "Medicine Noose." Reminder, you can catch Eyehategod on the absurdly loaded July 15 show at the Acheron that includes Iron Reagan, Vektor, and Strong Intentions (tickets). All eye candy is below.
As for the streams, blackened sludge slingers Goatwhore check in again with "Schadenfreude" from Constricting Rage Of The Merciless (July 8, Metal Blade - preorder). Origin have put up a lyric video for "Absurdity Of What I Am" (hint: it's tech widdles) from Omnipresent (July 8, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Both bands will be on the Summer Slaughter tour.
Mutilation Rites thrash the hell out of "Contaminate" from Harbinger (July 22, Prosthetic Records - preorder). Mutilation Rites will also be playing Obnoxious Noise Fest 2014 on August 9 at Even Flow Bar & Grill in Bay Shore with Malignancy, Pyrrhon (Doug, come home), Artificial Brain, and more. Tickets are $20 at the door. The full lineup for that one is down below.
More: Icelandic cowboys Solstafir have posted the title track from Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). Nasty cult death metallers Nunslaughter hammered out "Three Nails, One Liar," pulled off of the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder). Blackened doom pack Wolvhammer dropped "The Desanctification" from Clawing Into Black Sun (July 8, Profound Lore). The blackened Bastard Sapling, featuring members of Windhand, are streaming "Lantern At the End of Time" on NPR. Instinct is Forever, their dual disc full-length, will be out August 26 via Forcefield Records. Check out all the brand new things below.
For full albums, genre chameleons Boris are offering the entirety of Noise on NPR (June 17, Sargent House - preorder). Boris will be touring with Atlas Moth and SubRosa soon. Stoners Wo Fat want you to take a toke of The Conjuring (June 17, Small Stone Recordings - preorder). And the powerviolence kick-puncher Boddicker -- who just started their tour with Nuclear Hellfrost -- have stuck all of Crime Upheaval up on Bandcamp. Scope Wo Fat and Boddicker below.
Lastly, for little guys and oddities, we got a new Black Sabbath funk take from Brown Sabbath and Ending Quest took a streamroller to OSDM. Both are below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (6/13): The crushing Trenchgrinder, Death of Kings, Vermefug, and Drones for Queens will shake the Acheron (tickets).
TOMORROW (6/14): Looking for an eclectic collection? How about drone, noise, folk, and death metal? Marissa Nadler, PHARMAKON, Youth Code, Pyrrhon (Another Doug sighting, take a shot), and Couch Slut play Saint Vitus as part of Pitchfork's Northside Festival showcase (tickets). Wanna go noisier? Erroraeon, xiphoid dementia, Bereft, and Penchant are over at the Acheron (tickets).
SUNDAY (6/15): Take your pops to a black metal show for Father's Day. Watain, Kosmodemonic, and T.O.M.B. are at Brooklyn Bazaar (tickets). If you're more into punk, there's Violent Bullshit at the Grand Victory. Tickets are $8 at the door, doors are at 2 PM. Finally, there's the sold out Chain Of Strength, Turnstile, MINDSET, Praise, and Caught In A Crowd over at the Acheron. Hey, click faster next time.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It was an incredibly stacked week for new releases and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We also streamed new stuff from Chicago's doomy Novembers Doom and Norway's Brutal Blues, who are, uh, grind. We also premiered the front-runner for band name of the year with Denmark's Piss Vortex. (Yeah, we streamed Piss Vortex. Laugh it up, get it out of your system.) Great chats were had with Watain's Erik Danielsson and Greyhaze Record's J. Neto, the latter of which gave us a lesson on Brazilian metal just in time for the World Cup. Speaking of, Wyatt also dropped Stream in the Northern Sky #4 with an all U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A collection of patriotic blarghers. And, finally, we posted the final part of Avinash Mittur's crazy-deep look at the Bay Area metal scene.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
And try to avoid Camp Crystal Lake today, okay?
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Atlas Moth at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As previously discussed, Japanese metal titans Boris are releasing a new album and touring this year, and since we last spoke the support bands were announced for that tour. On the East Coast, including the NYC show happening on August 3 at Bowery Ballroom, support comes from Chicago post-metallers The Atlas Moth (who have a new LP on the way) and trad-style doomsters/Atlas Moth's Profound Lore labelmates SubRosa. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Support on the West Coast comes from Master Musicians of Bukkake and Boris' Sargent House labelmates Marriages. Marriages singer Emma Ruth Rundle (also of Sargent House band Red Sparrowes and Nocturnes) releases her new solo album, Some Heavy Ocean, next week (5/20) via Sargent House. Following her ambient/drone recordings, Some Heavy Ocean is Emma's first song-oriented album and it's quite a strong one.
Bits of Emma's other bands can be heard in this record, but it's really its own thing, stronger than just some solo/side project type endeavor. Throughout the album, she brings in elements of dark folk, psychedelia, shoegaze, and moody textures that recall her metal associations. Her labelmate Chelsea Wolfe would be a good comparison. Unlike some of her more lo-fi work, the production here is clear as day and benefits her often-huge voice. The songs are rarely bright or uplifting, but they'll get stuck in your head. You can listen to the entire thing over at Pitchfork.
Three of its tracks are also streaming, along with the list of Boris dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Boris at LPR in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Japanese metal shapeshifters Boris have announced that they'll release yet another new album, Noise, on June 17 via Sargent House. The band have always been known to experiment with many types of heavy music, and they pull that off in one song on Noise's first single, "Quicksilver." In its 7+ minutes, they go through double-time punk beats, creepy growls/screams, clean pop vocals, classic guitar solos and more. Check it out, with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Boris will also be touring North America this summer, including a NYC show happening on August 3 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show will be available soon at Boris' Ticketmaster page.
All dates are listed, with the new song, artwork and tracklist, below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Boris @ LPR 5/7/2013
Japan's Boris finished out their second of two shows last night at Le Poisson Rouge (5/7) joining Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In) and Amen Dunes for the event. Unlike the nMonday's show (5/6) which was devoted to "classics," last night's performance focused on Flood and some of their more drone-oriented material.
Although Boris have moved on, you've got another upcoming chance to catch Amen Dunes when they play the BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Selects show at Knitting Factory on Monday (5/13). Headliner is Foxygen and the show also has sets from LODRO and Prince Rupert's Drops. Tickets are $3 at the door for that one.
More photos from LPR and Boris' remaining "residency tour" schedule are below.
by Caroline Harrison
Boris @ LPR, 5/6/2013
Japanese trio Boris finished night one of their two night residency at LPR last night (5/6, the night after playing Boston- pictures are HERE). Last night's sold out show, with support from Young Widows and Ornament (a member of Growing), featured "All Time Classics" spanning much of Boris's career. Tonight Boris plays Flood, as well as what they're describing as a drone/experimental set.
Ornament's brief experimental droning gave way to Young Widows' hypnotic compositions. The band grooves harder than most acts out there, layering trance-inducing drum patterns and buzzing walls of noise with irresistibly catchy post-punk.
The "All Time Classics" set was ripping, and smartly avoided most of the band's recent material. Guitarist Wata was as cool and composed as drummer Atsuo was frenzied and dramatic. The sound was loud and furious enough to justify the sale of the Boris branded earplugs available at the merch table. After trotting out crowd favorites like "Pink," "Hama," and "1970," Boris closed out their set with the fittingly titled "Farewell."
You can catch Boris at Le Poisson Rouge tonight, supported by Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In) and Amen Dunes, before the tour moves on to Cleveland and then to another two night residency in Chicago. Tickets for LPR tonight are still available.
Set list from night one and more pictures are below.
Boris at Brighton Music Hall last night (more by Tim Bugbee)
Boris is currently on their previously discussed "residency tour" and completed a two-night stint at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA. The dates kicked off with their "classics" night on May 4 and continued with Flood on the following evening, featuring special guests Doomriders. More pictures from that show are over at InvisibleOranges. The "residency" tour continues in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge with Young Widows and Ornament tonight (5/6) and Cave In's Stephen Brodsky and Amen Dunes on Tuesday (5/7). Tickets are still available for both shows.
photos by Tim Griffin
Deerhunter/Kaleidoscope/Man or Astroman @ APF 4/27/2013
Deerhunter took a long time setting up, and a long time scuffling through a needlessly elaborate twinkle-rock atmospheric intro, but at their peak they've got an impeccably sharp sound that cuts through the self-conscious drone from the rest of the weekend. Imminent new album Monomania mixed in with enough old favorites to keep the unfamiliar material from sounding too austere.Spirits at Day 2 (4/27) of Austin Psych Fest were literally dampened, a little, with an shower that interupted Os Mutantes' set, but the rain couldn't wash away the good vibes at Carson Creek ranch, especially with a line-up that also included Deerhunter, Boris, Black Mountain, Man or Astroman? and Black Mountain, to name just a few. Saturday also welcomed '60 cult band Kaleidoscope (best known for minor hit "Flight from Ashiya") whose Psych Fest appearance was part of the band's first-ever U.S. tour:
The star of the show was, as usual, Bradford Cox, the effusive, easily annoyed frontman at the center of the band's artistic posture. Sometimes we get the pensive, pissed-off Bradford who rips through the set as fast as possible. Other times you get the casual, extremely talkative Bradford who keeps things as unpredictable as possible. The latter showed up Saturday wearing a dress and wig.
At one point, upon hearing their van's car alarm going off, he casually retorted, "Hey, this is a psychedelic festival, let's just jam on that." Sure enough, he and his band used that bleat to launch into a beautiful stargazing instrumental. It was as impressive as it was funny, and certainly not something you're going to see every night.
That's the beauty of having a guy like Bradford Cox around. - [Austin Chronicle]
Backed by a all-star band that included Rob Campanella from Brian Jonestown Massacre along with Nick Castro and Christof Certik from the Young Elders, Daltrey unloaded a treasure chest of vintage, late-Sixties British psychedelia. If the setup and line checks took longer than normal, it was only because the band had a passion for getting the sound and feel just right. Even the vintage keyboards rang with authenticity. - [Austin Chronicle]That Kaleidoscope tour didn't hit NYC unfortunately but Boris and Man or Astroman? will both be here soon. A set of photos from Day 1 are HERE and you can check out more shots from Day 2 below.
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.
by Andrew Sacher
Cave In guitarist/vocalist and Converge collaborator Stephen Brodsky is releasing his new EP, Hit or Mystery, on April 16 via Little Black Cloud Records. Like past solo work of his, it's a nice slice of psychedelic folk, and a welcome contrast to his heavier projects. To preview the new EP, he's releasing a series of trailer videos, and you can check out the first one, which features a clip of the title track, below.
Stephen Brodsky will also be a support act for a few of the upcoming Boris shows, including the NYC show on May 7 at Le Poisson Rouge (Young Widows opens the 5/6 show). At the 5/7 show, Boris will be performing Flood in its entirety, along with some drone/experimentalism. Tickets for both NYC shows are still on sale.
All Stephen Brodsky dates are listed, along with that video, below...
Deafheaven in the studio recording 'Sunbather' (more)
Boris has announced their supporting bands for their run of residency shows, including Deafheaven, Young Widows, Marriages and more. Look for Young Widows to support on the string of dates including Le Poisson Rouge on May 6 (the show dedicated to "all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the US"). Openers for the second LPR show on May 7 (dedicated to their 2000 LP, Flood, as well as some drone/experimentalism) have not been announced. Tickets are still available for both shows.
In a related note, Deafheaven will be in the NYC area soon too, tagging Saint Vitus on February 22 with Sannhet, Clean Teeth and Theologian. Tickets are still available.
If you missed it, Deafheaven recently stopped in to Invisible Oranges to drop off a studio diary detailing the recording of their new LP Sunbather. Check that out HERE.
All Boris dates plus video of Young Widows are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Ghost at Roseland, April 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Citing legal reasons, painted Swedish metal crew Ghost have changed their name to Ghost B.C., which will be reflected on their forthcoming LP, Infestissumam, due on April 9. Could the name change be related to the Michio Kurihara project?
Meanwhile, Michio Kurihara, the guitarist of Japan's Ghost, will perform as a member of Boris during their upcoming "residency tour"; while Ghost B.C. will hit the road with Ides of Gemini. Fan presale for the Ghost B.C. tour begins Wednesday(2/6) at 12PM (password is "Infestissumam").
Boris at Sled Island 2012 (more by Parker Langvardt)
Japan's Boris will return to the US for a string of "residencies" from coast to coast, tagging seven cities for two-night stays. Each citiy will get themed-night shows, with the first evening devoted to "all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the US" and the second devoted to their 2000 LP, Flood, as well as some drone/experimentalism too. NYC is part of that campaign, so look for the band to hit Le Poisson Rouge on May 6 and 7. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/1) at 10 AM.
This is not the first time that Boris has visited a full album, they did all of Feedbacker at ATP NY in 2009.
Boris is also on board as part of Austin Psych Fest. Check out those dates as well as their entire tour schedule and a teaser video 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.
Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed will be on tour in Europe this month doing photo exhibits and book readings/signings, and upon returning to the US he'll play a NJ show at Englewood's Bergen Performing Arts Center on December 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Right after that show, he'll head to Miami for UR1 Festival, which goes down in Bayfront Park on December 8 and 9. In addition to Lou Reed, performers include Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Dead Can Dance, Animal Collective, Peter Murphy, Flying Lotus, Slash, Zola Jesus, Wild Nothing, and many more listed below, plus more TBA. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.
The UR1 Festival is timed to happen simultaneously with Art Basel, which happens from December 6 - 9 in Miami Beach with "more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries."
A list of all Lou Reed dates and the UR1 Festival lineup below.
photos by Zach Pollack; words by Parker Langvardt
Boris / Russian Circles at Dickens, Sled Island 6/20/201
The sixth annual Sled Island festival is in full swing, happening at over 40 venues (and makeshift venues) all over Calgary, Alberta. Aircraft problems delayed our arrival till early evening on Wednesday, with barely enough time to check in to the hotel and the festival before heading over to Dickens for a Sargent House Records centric show.
Calgary metal outfit The Weir opened the sold out show with slow, sludgy doom, complete with growled vocals, dissonant riffing, and droning ambience.
Next up was Barrie, Ontario hard rock duo Indian Handcrafts who opened their set with a spoken word sample over slow, clean guitar. Then fast drumming came in, sending them into them into the heavy, distorted stoner rock of "Starcraft.". The band bantered about their hometown, causing audience members to yell that they had family there. Drummer Brandyn Aikins responded, "That's what everyone says," and proceeded to say, "My cousin's from there!" in a goofy, redneck Cookie Monster voice. Guitarist Daniel Allen then looked at Aikins and said, "Whistle!" and the pair began whistling to open "Centauri Teenage Riot." A split second before the song started, someone yelled, "Get a theremin!" and Allen responded, "No money!" right as they launched into the pulverizing main riff. Later on in the set, they were joined by a guest vocalist to cover Nirvana's "Negative Creep." They followed with the quick, punk-ish "Terminal Horse," which is featured in the promo video for their upcoming album, Civil Disobedience For Losers.
Belfast, Ireland instrumental rockers And So I Watch You From Afar delivered a positive and energetic performance. They opened with "BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION," which covers a broad spectrum of the band's styles -- crashing chords, tight, fast guitar melodies, and chill melodious sections. They opened with "Gang (starting never stopping)," following that with two songs from their EP Letters, "S is for Salamander" and "D is for Django the Bastard." ASIWYFA won't be there when the Russian Circles/Chelsea Wolfe/Marriages tour hits NYC at Highline Ballroom (8/18), but they play their own NYC show on July 27 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Chicago instrumentalists Russian Circles began with "309," blasting through the supercharged intro riff with several dramatic mood swings. Drummer Dave Turncrantz broke into the final, heaviest section before falling into the floor tom-based intro of "Harper Lewis," rather than the outro of "309." He occasionally added exaggerated rests in songs to play with the audience's expectation of their otherwise fairly precise representation of their recorded music. They followed with "Geneva," which is highlighted by a serpentine bassline that guitarist Mike Sullivan compliments with a bizarre Middle Eastern-like countermelody. The band then busted through the angular and twisting "Youngblood," kept up the momentum with their classic "Death Rides a Horse," and closed the show with "Mladek."
The night ended with a secret headlining set from Japanese rockers Boris, who played a publicized Sled Island show the next night (6/21) where they played their droning, psychedelic one-song album Feedbacker in its entirety. Boris have also added another Sled Island show at The Distillery tonight (6/22) with Banff, Alberta trio Lost.Book.Found, followed by the bluesy hard rock of Edmonton, Alberta's Black Mastiff, and the Vancouver progressive metal band Ancients.
Sled Island continues through Saturday, June 23 and more BV coverage of the fest is to come. More pictures from Wednesday night are below.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...
DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains" (MP3)
The National have announced that they're headlining and curating at ATP in Minehead UK, which is happening from December 7-9, 2012. So far, in addition to The National, the lineup (not very surprisingly) includes Sharon Van Etten (who plays the sold out Mercury Lounge tonight), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Megafaun, The Antlers, Buke and Gase (FKA Buke and Gass), Lower Dens, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Kronos Quartet, Suuns< and Dark Dark Dark. More artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at 2 PM.
Maybe this lineup will shed some light on the bands Aaron and Bryce Dessner will be choosing when they curate BAM in May.
ATP's NJ festival happens in September and is being curated by Greg Dulli.
Speaking of Lower Dens, they've just revealed plans to release a followup to their 2010 debut LP, Twin-Hand Movement. The new album, titled Nootropics, will be out April 30 via the Domino affiliate label Ribbon Music. Grab the fast paced lead single, "Brains," at the top of this post and stream it below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.
My final day at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 ran the gamut from 90s-indie-worshippers Lemuria to the poppy-hardcore of Kid Dynamite, the Prince-clad hardcore of Ceremony to the glitchy dance of Flying Lotus, and the operatic/enigmatic Austra to the great Slayer. Of the bands that I was not familar with prior to that day (namely OBN IIIs and Les Butcherettes) OBN IIIs set was my favorite; high energy punk/garage was an excellent way to turbo-charge the day. Le Butcherettes were no slouches though, playing fun and spazzy garage-punk featuring the endlessly watachlbe Teri Gender Bender up front and surprise guest Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on bass.
I'll save the "Fun Fun Fun" knee-slapper for pretty much every single band's pre/intra-show banter ("Are you having fun? Are you having Fun Fun Fun?") but yes, Fun Fun Fun Fest lives up to its name.
More pictures from day three including shots of Lemuria, Le Butcherettes, OBN IIIs, Davila 666, Ceremony, Nobunny, Kid Dynamite, Zero Boys, Eyehategod, Austra, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Cannibal Corpse, Boris, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Slayer, Blonde Redhead, and much more, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Boris @ Irving Plaza
Japanese band Boris have been touring across America with a rotating cast of notable openers including Coliseum and Tera Melos (who they played with in Chicago), and Asobi Seksu and Liturgy who supported them in NYC at Irving Plaza on Thursday night (10/27).
More pictures from the NYC show, including a shot of Boris's setlist, below...
DOWNLOAD: Russian Circles - "Miladek" (MP3)
Russian Circles willl team with Deafheaven (whose former tourmates KEN Mode just played NYC) for a tour that includes a show at Bowery Ballroom on 11/14. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale on 10/7 at noon.
The tour hasn't been announced in full yet (UPDATE: it has now, dates updated below), but will also include an appearance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and a free show for FFF ticketholders on 11/5 at Red 7 with Boris as part of "Fun Fun Fun Nites", a string of post-festival after parties with a lineup almost as venerable as the fest itself. Full details on FFF Nites are below and tickets for Fun Fun Fun Fest are still available. BrooklynVegan is a proud sponsor of at least one party during FFF Nites, details are forthcoming.
Before Russian Circles hits the road for those dates, they'll be in readying the release of Empros, the band's new LP and follow-up to the awesome Geneva due on 10/25 via Sargent House. The LP features "Mladek" which is available for download above. LP art and album details are below.
Reminder: Boris plays Irving Plaza on 10/27.
More details on FFF Nites, as well as all known Russian Circles dates are below.