Entries tagged with: Brooklyn Night Bazaar
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photo: Pixies in Northampton in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Memorial Day Weekend is this weekend and, as usual, there's no lack of things for music fans to do. Maybe you're taking the opportunity to get out of town and head to a festival. Metalheads surely know it's that time of year again for Maryland Deathfest (Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Inter Arma, DRI, Mobb Deep, more). Those who want to dance could head to Detroit for Movement (Squarepusher, !!!, Disclosure DJ set, Method Man, Hudson Mohawke, Dog Blood, Danny Brown, DJ Snoop Dogg, more). Punks may want to hit Bled Fest (Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, The Early November, Small Brown Bike, Pianos Become the Teeth, more) or Punk Rock Bowling (Refused, Rancid playing And Out Come the Wolves, Discharge, Sick Of It All, Murder City Devils, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Muffs, more). And indie rock fans can head to Boston Calling (Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Sharon Van Etten, more).
A couple good New York options that are just a few hours away from NYC are electronic festival Mysteryland, which happens at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the original Woodstock took place) and has Diplo, Skream, Matthew Dear, Classixx, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Giraffage, iLoveMakonnen, Moon Boots and more; and there's the first free concerts of the summer at Montauk's The Surf Lodge. They have Mac DeMarco on Friday (5/22), Escort on Saturday (5/23), and Capital Cities on Sunday (5/24).
But if you'd rather stay in NYC for the weekend, there's plenty to do here as well. We've made a list of ten shows we think are worth seeing. Browse that list, along with a few honorable mentions at the end, below...
We are proud to announce that the National Park Service has granted Brooklyn Bazaar a 5 year lease to develop programming, food, and beverage services at Jacob Riis Park Beach beginning Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 23) 2015. Just as the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a new take on the traditional flea market, Riis Park Beach Bazaar will reimagine the beach experience on Jacob Riis Park's historic and pristine waterfront. We look forward to hosting abundant activities, entertainment, shopping, food, and drinks, which when combined with the sea and sun, will result in a New York beach experience unlike any other.Most importantly, they say "Riis Park Beach Bazaar will continue our tradition of FREE concerts every Saturday and Sunday afternoon." Shows are being promised through the end of September, but meanwhile only a few shows are announced, including this:
Noisey/VICE presentsUPDATE: Some previously-announced Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, such as Cheap Girls and Old Gray, were moved to Riis Park Beach Bazaar. Those and more on the full initial schedule, and much more information on what they'll have there, below...
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photos: Brooklyn Night Bazaar (more by Greg Cristman)
Brooklyn Night Bazaar's landlord let them know that a new tenant is taking over their Brooklyn space and they need to be out by June 1st. The Greenpoint music venue, food and shopping space, where shows are usually free, still has a few shows coming up though.
Breakdown Brass Band headline on 5/15.
A Place to Bury Strangers is 5/16.
For just $35, the Ultimate pass provides you and a friend with expedited entry to skip the line, and four beers from the Brooklyn Night Bazaar beer garden (choose from Sixpoint Brewery, Budweiser and Narragansett). Dinner for two is included, consisting of five complimentary tastings from Brooklyn Night Bazaar's standout food trucks and carts, including Oaxaca Taqueria, Crafty 'Cue, Brooklyn Crab, Daly Pie and more.The Jeff Rosenstock show for 5/30 is cancelled.
Plus, receive a free game of black-light mini golf or table tennis, and score access to our VIP area for the Time Out Live music showcase so you can get up close to the bands. Copious eats, free-flowing booze and two bills packed full of cutting-edge rock? Your weekend is made.
UPDATE: Here's a statement from the venue:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the Brooklyn Night Bazaar will be vacating its home of almost 2 years as of June 1. The building owner of 29 Norman Avenue has reached a deal with a large multinational company that included an enormous rent increase we could not possibly match. While we are excited to be starting our inaugural summer Riis Park Beach Bazaar this Memorial Day weekend, we are saddened and extremely disappointed to lose a space we built from the ground up and poured our heart and soul into over the years. In the end, the ever skyrocketing cost of Brooklyn real estate was something that made staying at this location an impossibility.Nice knowing you Brooklyn Night Bazaar, but welcome Riis Park Beach Bazaar by the same people, but in the Rockaways!
A big shout out and thanks to all the incredible bands, rad vendors, killer food stands, creative artists, great staff, and the hundreds of thousands of visitors that made BKNB a truly unique and special place. We'll miss you all.
We are continuing to look at new spaces for the next incarnation of Brooklyn Night Bazaar. This is the third time since 2011 we've been booted out of somewhere for someone bigger with a shit ton more money. It sucks, but that's what happens when you're a DIY business in 2015 NYC. But we'll come back, we always do.
The last BKNB shows will be May 22 and May 23.
UPDATE 2: Apparently BMW is moving in to the space.
photos by Mimi Hong
Into It. Over It. at Brooklyn Night Bazaar - 4/25/15
One of Evan Weiss's many bands, Into It. Over It., brought their tour to NYC this past Saturday (4/25) for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with math rock trio Tiny Moving Parts, as well as Major League, Collect Yourself and Safety (who we missed). Coming on around midnight, Evan opened the set solo with "Anchor," and the rest of the set included a good mix of their albums (Intersections, Twelve Towns, etc.) as well as a new song.
More pictures of Into It. Over It. and Tiny Moving Parts, and IIOI's setlist, below...
APTBS @ DbA's final night (more by PSquared)
A Place to Bury Strangers are currently on tour in Europe (they play Amsterdam tonight) but will be back in North America next month for Levitation fest in Austin. Shortly after that, they'll play a homecoming show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 16 with Sleepies, Pill, and Bambara. That show is free and if you'd like to skip the line you can RSVP.
The band, whose new album Transfixiation came out earlier this year, have added a few more shows as well, including a few opening slots on the Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking tour, including the four NY-area dates. Tickets for the NYC proper show (Brooklyn Bowl on May 13) just went on sale.
All tour dates are listed, along with live video of APTBS performing "Now It's Over" live on KEXP, below...
photo: Perfect Pussy at Baby's - 4/4/15 (via @bannedinjc)
Perfect Pussy wrapped up their tour over the weekend in Brooklyn with a two-night stand at Baby's All Right. The shows were presented by the band and singer Meredith Graves' new label Honor Press, and featured Sick Feeling, Meat Wave and Mannequin Pussy on night 1 (4/3); and Honor Press signees So Stressed, plus Wreck & Reference and Laced on night 2 (4/4). Perfect Pussy's Captured Tracks labelmate Mac DeMarco was in attendance on night 2, as you can see in the instagrams from the shows, below.
Perfect Pussy's next Brooklyn show is a free one, happening May 23 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. They'll be joined by a handful of other local punk bands, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Nine of Swords and Nonsense.
That show is part of a Time Out Live-curated weekend, which includes another punk show at BKNB the day earlier (5/22) with Priests, Greys, Skating Polly and Done.
Perfect Pussy and Mac DeMarco instagrams below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: Quilt @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Quilt will be coming down from Boston to visit NYC this weekend to play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (2/21) with The Mystery Lights, King Cyst, and Monograms on the bill as well. The band, who were last here to play one of the final Glasslands shows, don't have any other dates lined up -- perhaps we'll get some new songs. It's been almost a year since they released Held in Splendor (one of my favorites of 2014). They're terrific live, the rest of the lineup is good, and the show is free, so that's a great option if you're looking for something to do. RSVP to skip the line.
Tonight (2/20) at BKNB it's JD Samson will be performing live tonight as part of a a new group with her MEN bandmate Tami Hart, plus Lorna Dune and Aaron Harris. Other upcoming Night Bazaar shows of note: Word Inferno Friendship Society on March 7; Ex Cops, HEAT and more on March 13; Craft Spells,The Bilinda Butchers, Heavenly Beat and more on March 14; Teen Suicide, Amanda X, Lvl Up, Crying, Flagland and Washer on March 27; and Pity Sex and more TBA on April 17. All upcoming Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are listed below....
by Bill Pearis
After two albums on Captured Tracks, John Peña self-released Euchraist, his third album as Heavenly Beat, late last year. The record, which he calls the final segment of his "Prelude To Greatness" trilogy, doesn't stray from the Heavenly Beat formula: nylon-string and slide guitar, steel drums, pizzicato strings, hushed vocals and simple, funky beats. (Kings of Convenience covering New Order's Technique? It's kinda like that.) Eucharist is maybe a little too much like Prominence (one of my favorites of 2013), but it's still a breezy, enjoyable listen and you can stream the whole thing below.
Heavenly Beat is in Columbus, OH tonight, the kickoff show for a February tour that takes them to the West Coast and back. There are no NYC dates for this tour (dates below), but Heavenly Beat will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 14, opening for Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers. Foxes in Fiction also play and, like most BKNB shows, it's free but you can RSVP to skip the line.
That show is the day after Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers' show at Mercury Lounge (3/13) with Ski Lodge (tickets). Craft Spells and Bilinda Butchers' tour has added other dates too, and all are listed below.
Girlpool at Death by Audio (via Todd Midler)
Sadly no longer playing Brooklyn Bizarre tonight or Vassar tomorrow :( voice is MIA— girlpool (@girlpoolband) October 31, 2014
One of your many Halloween options tonight is the Diarrhea Planet / Hop Along / Mitski / Desert Sharks show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which is free, and includes a costume contest, face painting and more. Girlpool, who left quite the impact during CMJ, were supposed to play too but unfortunately dropped off as you can see in the above tweet. Bummer.
Girlpool will be back in NYC next week though to open for Jenny Lewis.
photos by Chris La Putt
Girlpool at BV day party at Baby's All Right - 10/25/14
LA duo Girlpool played about ten shows right before and during CMJ, and they'll be back in the area next week to play NYC and Long Island on their tour with Jenny Lewis. They must really love it here, because now they've added yet another show. They were added to the Halloween show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which already has a stacked lineup of Diarrhea Planet, Hop Along, Mitski and more. That show is free and includes a costume contest ($500 cash prize), face painting and more. Sounds like a pretty good way to spend Halloween.
One of Girlpool's many CMJ shows was our Saturday day party. We already posted pictures of that show and we've got another set of Girlpool in this post. More, with their updated list of dates, below...
Rivers and Frances (via Hop Along Instagram)
Weezer brought their current tour playing their new album in full to Philly for a show at the Trocadero this Saturday (10/25). At that show, Hop Along singer Frances Quinlan joined the band on stage to duet with Rivers Cuomo on "Go Away" (Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sings with him on the album version." WXPN's The Key spoke to Frances about it:
She tells us she was on tour opening for mewithoutYou when she found out about the opportunity. "I was literally hopping up and down at a rest stop outside Baltimore when our booking agent, Merrick, told me the news."Weezer's tour hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom tonight (10/27) which is sold out. Will any guests be there tonight too?
Quinlan says she was nervous upon arriving at The Troc and watching Weezer soundcheck from backstage, but the band and the crew were total sweethearts, which put her at ease. "Rivers had me rehearse the song backstage with him and Brian [Bell, guitarist]," she says. "We ran through it once and an hour later I sang it onstage with them. It's the craziest thing that's ever happened to me."
Hop Along will also celebrate Halloween in NYC at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for a free show with wild garage rockers Diarrhea Planet headlining, plus Desert Sharks, Mitski and Banker$. They're also promising "costume cash prizes, light show, face painting, art debut and fun." Hop Along also play New Year's Eve in Philly.
Watch the video of Frances and Weezer below...
The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
The Menzingers already had two NYC-area dates on their tour schedule -- Long Island's Revolution Bar on 10/24 with Iron Chic, Spraynard, Casavettes and Lee Corey Oswald, and Taking Back Sunday's holiday show on 12/27 in NJ -- but nothing in NYC proper. That's now changed, as they've added a free show happening on November 7 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with more TBA. Updated list of their dates, below.
That show's part of an all-punk weekend at BKNB, with their Revolution billmates Iron Chic headlining the venue the next night (11/8) with Beach Slang, Blessed State and Collect Yourself (also free).
Beach Slang also play Saint Vitus on October 14 with Cheap Girls, Lee Corey Oswald, Signals Midwest and Chumped (buy tickets or win some), and they play the official 2014 BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase happening October 25 at Baby's All Right with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Cayetana and Sport (tickets).
Other upcoming punk shows at the Night Bazaar include the Lemuria show that we mentioned earlier today and one this Friday (10/10) with Crime In Stereo, Sorority Noise, Mannequin Pussy, Nine of Swords and Push Ups.
List of Menzingers dates below...
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Modern Baseball / Beach Slang @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar - 9/5/14
Modern Baseball and Beach Slang kicked off their tour together in NYC this past Friday (9/5) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with strong local support from Chumped and Crow Bait. We already posted pics of Chumped, and pictures of the rest of the show are in this post.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar was the most packed I'd seen it in a while, with a long line forming to get in before doors even opened. (It was no trouble to get in later on though.) The crowd seemed like they were there for everyone, though, with the openers getting a ton of appreciation. I mentioned Chumped's crowd had a bunch of people who knew the words, and Beach Slang's did too, even for the song they released a day earlier.
Beach Slang will next be in NYC to open for Cheap Girls in October. Modern Baseball will be nearby with The Wonder Years on Long Island in October (tickets). Chumped's next announced gig here is on their tour with PUP in November.
More pictures, with Modern Baseball's setlist, below...
No Joy @ Mexican Summer 5 (more by PSquared)
Montreal's loud/ethereal No Joy are going on tour with Deafheaven and Indian Handcrafts -- a tour that kicks off in Brooklyn next month -- but before that they'll be below the border for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday with Black Pus, Cousin Brian and Flagland. It's part of Ipsum/Dead Labour's End of Summer Blowout (one of our top Labor Day Weekend picks) that also includes the Single Mothers show happening a day earlier. Like most all BKNB shows that is free and if you can skip the line by RSVPing. This will be the second time they've played the Bazaar this year.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the video for No Joy's "Hawaii," below...
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
Sick Of It All at Rev25 (more by Rebecca Reed)
NYHC vets Sick Of It All have announced that they'll release their tenth album, The Last Act of Defiance, on September 30 (album art and tracklist below), and will play a hometown show soon after that on October 4 at Irving Plaza with fellow NYC punk vets H2O as well as Pennsylvania's Wisdom In Chains and White Collar Crime LLC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, if you're headed to Philly (or already there) for This Is Hardcore (which began yesterday, 7/24), you can also catch Wisdom In Chains there on Saturday (7/26). A ton of other great bands have still yet to play too, like Converge, Blacklisted, Title Fight, CIV, Bold, Nails, Madball (with guest ex-guitarist Matt Henderson making a special appearance), Power Trip and plenty more. Remaining day-by-day lineups for TIH, below.
If you're not headed to This Is Hardcore, you can have your own mini TIH celebration in NYC this weekend. Xibalba, who played the PA fest last night, play a free show Saturday (7/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Harm's Way, The Banner and Crushed (Trap Them and Coliseum just played the same venue). And, as discussed, UK vets Subhumans are coming over for TIH and playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (7/27) with long-running NYHC band Sheer Terror, as well as White Collar Crime LLC (fka White Collar Crime) and Mischief Brew. Tickets for that show are still available.
SOIA LP info, TIH daily lineups and Madball's new video for "Born Strong", below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Ian Chainey
Trap Them / Coliseum @ BK Bazaar - 7/19/14
Before heading off to Deathwish Fest, Trap Them and Coliseum dropped into Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 19 for a free show that also featured White Widows Pact and Incendiary. Trap Them are gigging around in support of Blissfucker, their new album out on Prosthetic Records. In his Invisible Oranges review, Rhys Williams said of the album:
Blissfucker, however, is now eternal, a testament to a singular moment of discord and loathing writ large for hardcore kids to play while punching holes through their bedroom walls for years to come. That moment, that time, there was nothing but rage. Rage and the familiar sound of that buzzsaw guitar, dragging discordant riffs across your veins.And while punched-holes in the pics below are conspicuously absent, there's no doubt Brooklyn Night Bazaar patrons were hit with big buzzes of HM-2 rage.
Brooklyn's White Widows Pact opened the night with a blast of '90s-styled metalcore. They cut a self-titled EP in 2013, which they followed this year with a cover of "Negative Creep" that honored "...Nirvana's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their huge influence on our music, and our contemporaries." You can check that one out below. They were followed by Incendiary, whose style skews more towards tough guy hardcore. They're set to hit This Is Hardcore this weekend (7/27) and the Mongoloids' final show at Back to School Jam 2014 held at GameChanger World in Howell, New Jersey on August 23. Lastly, before Trap Them hit the stage, there was Coliseum. The Kentucky punks just put out a deluxe set of remasters that freshens up their self-titled debut full-length and eight bonus tracks culled from their many splits and singles. You can also check out the new-sounding "No Salvation" below.
The whole BK Bazaar show is available to be streamed. More pictures, with those streams we mentioned, below...
The Men at Union Pool earlier this month (via Joe Melnick)
Brooklyn punks/folk rockers/jammers/whatever-ers The Men played a free hometown show earlier this month for Union Pool's Summer Thunder series (which recently announced its August schedule) and they've got more dates coming up, including another free summer show in Brooklyn. The band will play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 15 with Philly rockers Purling Hiss, Honey and Friend. All of The Men's dates are listed below.
Purling Hiss also recently announced that they'll release Weirdon, the followup to 2013's Water on Mars, on September 23 via Drag City. No music from that album yet but you can check out a teaser video below.
Modern Baseball at Marlin Room at Webster Hall in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Two Philly bands with great releases out this year, Modern Baseball and Beach Slang, will be heading out on a tour together this September. That includes a run with I Am the Avalanche which doesn't hit NYC (IATA play NYC tonight [7/18] with Somos though), but right before that, MoBo and Beach Slang will be here for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on September 5 with quality locals Chumped and Crow Bait. That run is leading up to MoBo's appearance at Riot Fest Chicago. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Chumped play NYC tonight (7/18) as part of the Gigawatts Festival. They go on at 12:30 AM at 97 Wyckoff (4th fl), right after Field Mouse. Not long after that, they play Suburbia on July 26 with Save Ends, Laureate and Cassevettes.
Crow Bait also have other local shows coming up, including Shea Stadium on July 23 with Deep Pockets (who were good at Saint Vitus last night), Eureka California and Good Grief; the Acheron on August 4 with their Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, The Elsinores and Giant Peach (tickets); and a previously mentioned Grand Victory show with Dead Stars and others in August.
All Modern Baseball/Beach Slang dates are listed, with album streams from all four bands on the BKNB bill, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Guerilla Toss - '367 Equalizer' Artwork
Massachusetts art punks Guerilla Toss followed 2013's Gay Disco LP today (7/15) with a new EP, 367 Equalizer, on Infinity Cat. Like the last LP, it combines elements of dance-punk, no wave, noise and more for its wacked-out sound. You can stream the EP in full below.
Though Guerilla Toss don't have a tour announced at the moment, we know they'll be playing Hopscotch and day 2 of the free Ipsum/Dead Labour End of Summer Blowout happening August 29-30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Day 2 also includes Flagland, who Guerilla Toss just played NYC with on Saturday (7/12), and two more TBA. Stay tuned.
As discussed, day 1 includes Single Mothers, Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit. While Single Mothers are here, the Canadian punks will also be getting in a smaller NYC show a day later at Cake Shop on August 30. Pricing info and more bands TBA. Hopefully we'll hear something off their debut LP by then.
Stream the new Guerilla Toss EP below...
by Andrew Sacher
Single Mothers in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Ontario punks Single Mothers have been promising their debut LP for a loooong time, and it looks like it may finally be coming soon. Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm (whose label Secret Voice released their self-titled EP) recently tweeted, "Hell froze over and Single Mothers finished an LP and it's very very good." The record will be released via XL imprint Hot Charity.
Meanwhile, we did just get new music from Single Mothers singer Drew Thomson. He put out a solo EP on Secret Voice last year and returned last week (6/24) with a new 7" single on No Sleep. It's more on the alt-country side than the punk of his main band, sounding something like a sad Wilco with some of the Craig Finn vocal stylings Drew also does in Single Mothers. You can stream both tracks, "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning" and "Oxy," below.
Single Mothers don't have a tour announced at the moment, but we do know they'll play The Fest and will be coming to NYC for a free show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on August 29 with Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and Vulture Shit, which is an all-around solid lineup of rowdy bands. It's part of Ipsum/Dead Labour's End of Summer Blowout which also includes a show the next day (lineup TBA).
Revisit Single Mothers' self-titled EP, with streams of Drew's new songs, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Philly's Cayetana are currently wrapping up their tour with The Menzingers, Lemuria and Pup which hit NYC at Webster Hall back in May, but they're set to return to NYC after that tour wraps up. The band will hit Brooklyn Night Bazaar on July 25 for a show otherwise full of punk frontman solo projects. It's headlined by The Loved Ones' Dave Hause (full band), and also features Fake Problems' Chris Farren and Plow United's Brian McGee. Like all BKNB shows, it's free.
Cayetana's debut album, Nervous Like Me, comes out August 26 via Tiny Engines. Stream two very promising tracks from that, with their list of tour dates, below...
Beach Slang at Philly's Golden Tea House earlier this month (photo by Jessica Flynn)
Beach Slang, the new band of Weston's James Snyder, have been added as an opener to Titus Andronicus' free show happening July 11 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, making for an excellent double bill. Also on the show is Slothrust and DJ Pegasus Warning. Doors open at 7 PM, and like we said it's free, but you can RSVP to skip the line. Show flyer below.
Beach Slang put out an excellent EP earlier this year and have a followup coming out on Tiny Engines this fall. They made their NYC debut at Suburbia earlier this month, and since we last spoke about that, a video of the show emerged which you can watch below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nothing brought their tour with Superheaven to NYC this past weekend for a headlining show at The Studio at Webster Hall (6/14) with UnWed. The band were in typically great form, thrashing around on stage to their heavy shoegaze, and singer/guitarist Nicky Palermo launched himself into the crowd on more than one occasion.
Nothing have since announced that they'll join the previously announced Ceremony / Iron Lung tour, including the FREE NYC show happening July 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That is a hard triple bill to pass up for $0.
Nothing also recently filmed an Audiotree session. Watch that, with the list of updated tour dates, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Blood and fire: Watain @ BKNB 6/52014 (photo via @jullietmartine)
The Swedish black metal band Watain -- they of the bloody, fiery stage show -- played Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Sunday night (6/15) as part of the Northside Festival and the Blackened Music Series with Kosmodemonic and T.O.M.B. The show, the band's only one in North America this summer, was advertised as being the first time Watain has ever brought their full Euro-style festival stage show to the US. While there were Watain's burning tridents on either side of the stage, it wasn't quite on the Euro level, which, perhaps should have been expected -- how could you shoot fireballs into the air in an indoor venue, let alone a Brooklyn flea market? Those burning Ws did, howeve, make the showroom feel like a boiler room.
As anyone who has been to a Watain show knows, the band is comprised of showmen -- it's a total spectacle to catch Watain live, full of the gore and ritualistic elements that aim to turn five guys playing black metal into five guys who live black metal. Danielsson and his guitar wielding compatriots grimaced and stomped around, delivering faithful and enthusiastic renditions of their songs. The volume could have been turned up -- from the middle of the hall, it wasn't that loud.
Unless you're a particularly rabid fan, the back of the crowd is where you want to be. About halfway through the set, like he's done before, Danielsson doused the audience in pigs blood, thrown from a little horned skull statue/vessel. It was, at first, a moment of confusion with some commotion up front, and then a god awful, putrid, rancid and grossly bodily smell (we warned you). As someone put it, "It smells like every toilet in here backed up at once." About 100 yards away around a curtain that blocked off the vendors stands, Bareburger was selling burgers.
TMZ somehow caught wind (ha) of the act and put video of the blood tossing on its site along with pictures of some blood soaked fans. Their descriptions are gold:
A Swedish black metal band sprayed pigs blood on concertgoers during a Satanic ritual ... triggering a vomit-fest in the audience ... and we got the DISGUSTING footage...I didn't see anyone barfing and crying in the aftermath, let alone a full on vomit-fest, but if that did happen, it brings to mind the time that Chunk went up to the balcony and barfed on moviegoers, triggering a full on upchuck armageddon (Goonies reference). It was the worst thing Chunk ever did.
You hear audience members shriek ... and we're told some barfed and cried.
To wrap up -- pretty disgusting show, more of an experience than anything else (the box has been checked), could have been louder. I suggest seeing Watain in an outdoor venue.
Invisible Oranges recently spoke with frontman Erik Danielsson about the infamous stage show (and his thoughts on black metal), so head over there to read about it.
Check out the setlist and watch TMZ's video as well as of some of Watain's BKNB set, courtesy of (((unartig))), below...