Entries tagged with: Cloud Nothings
Speedy Ortiz @ Mercury Lounge - 11/2/14 (via Marc Viloria)
The killer double bill that is the Speedy Ortiz / Ex Hex tour rolled through NYC over the weekend hitting Glasslands on Saturday (11/1) with Aye Nako and Mercury Lounge on Sunday (11/2) with Big Ups. Speedy headlined the first night and they switched it up on night 2. Did you catch either one? How were they?
The tour wraps up in Durham, NC on Friday (11/7) and after that, Speedy will return to NYC to play one of the final Death by Audio shows on November 11 with Hunters, Palehound and Bong Wish (ex-Fat Creeps). That's a pretty solid lineup, and $10 at the door gets you in. Updated dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Speedy singer Sadie Dupuis is one of the artists contributing to the new Keep In Touch (KIT) 7" subscription series which also includes Cloud Nothings (who just announced a Chicago show), Mutual Benefit, Big Ups, Into It. Over It., Girlpool, TOPS, The So So Glos, Ava Luna, Ricky Eat Acid, Playlounge, "and a few surprises." It's a year-long subscription and the idea is "each month you'll receive a 7" x 7" postcard with a record pressed directly into a full color image curated by that month's artist." You can subscribe here.
List of dates and a live video from this past SXSW below...
Former Cardigans singer Nina Persson released solo album Animal Heart earlier this year and you can watch the video for its title track below. Having already played NYC a couple times this year, Nina has a few shows lined up next month, starting with two more in the NYC area: Webster Hall's Marlin Room on October 15, and the day before (10/14) at NJ's Mexicali Live. She'll then hit the West Coast for LA's Culture Collide Fest with Cloud Nothings and more, plus a couple other California shows.
All dates are listed, along with the "Animal Heart" video and a poster for the 2014 Culture Collide Festival, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Cloud Nothings at MHOW in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Post-hardcore-leaning indie rockers Cloud Nothings have been touring a lot this year in support of the great Here and Nowhere Else. They were last in NYC in April (and we just caught them in Portland), and now the band have added yet another leg of dates for the fall. The newly-scheduled run is with Detroit garage punks Tyvek and it hits NYC on October 7 at Irving Plaza, Cloud Nothings' largest headlining show here yet. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) and there will be a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (7/10) at 10 AM. Check back here Thursday morning for the password. All dates are listed below.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Meanwhile you can catch Tyvek in NYC sooner at the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show at Secret Project Robot on Saturday (7/12) with Big Ups, Alex G, Pile, secret band "Muscle Car" and many more (set times). Tickets for that show are still available.
Cloud Nothings also just put out a video for "Psychic Trauma" off the new album. Watch that, with the list of dates and a Tyvek video, below...
photos & videos by Autumn Andel
Cloud Nothings / METZ / The Wytches in Portland - 7/2/14
Cloud Nothings, who played NYC in April, are currently touring the west coast with METZ and The Wytches, making for some triple attacks of rawk. That tour hit Portland's Hawthorne Theatre last week (7/2) and pictures of that sweaty mess are in this post.
More, plus videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
UK pysch/garage/punk trio The Wytches are set to release their debut album via Partisan this summer. While we wait for that, the band have made a video for last year's "Robe for Juda" single. Shot on VHS, it's like a very twisted school play. You can watch it below.
Last here for SXSW, The Wytches will tour North America properly this summer, including West Coast dates with Cloud Nothings and METZ. They're also playing some East Coast headlining shows, including two in NYC: Mercury Lounge on July 24 and Glasslands on July 25. Tickets to Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (4/18) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/16) at noon. Tickets for Glasslands go on sale Friday at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with the new video and an NPR "Field Recording" with singer Kristian Bell from SXSW, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 4/13/14
Cloud Nothings brought their tour with Ryley Walker in support of this year's fantastic Here and Nowhere Else to Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (4/13) for their first of two sold-out NYC shows. Pictures of the MHOW show are in this post.
Accompanied by an electric guitarist and a keyboardist, the highly skilled acoustic guitarist Ryley Walker kicked off the show. His complex fretwork and fingerpicking patterns are indebted to the psychedelic folk and raga rock of '60s/'70s artists like Mark Fry and John Renbourn, and his voice echoes that era too. His style also brings to mind acoustic virtuosos like Michael Hedges, but the songs themselves are strong enough that it didn't come off like a schtick. And despite playing the kind of psychedelia you could really zone out to, Ryley snapped you out of it after each song with his loud, very funny stage banter. Definitely a memorable opening set.
Cloud Nothings came on around 10 PM for an hour-plus set that included almost the entirety of their last two albums, Here and Nowhere Else and Attack on Memory. This was my first time seeing them with their new power trio setup, and though guitarist Joe Boyer was always a key element of their sound, to say they still pull it off as a three-piece would be an understatement. It's no secret that drummer Jayson Gerycz is the driving force behind the band (and just one of the best rock drummers out there right now), but with each musician needing to occupy a bit more space than in a four-piece lineup, really everyone shined. The new record is the closest they've come to straightforward punk, but Dylan Baldi rarely plays like a straightforward punk guitarist. He's instead playing like both a rhythm and lead guitarist at once. Bassist TJ Duke also filled much of that rhythm guitar void himself with driving, downpicked basslines that were about as classic as punk basslines get (and in a very good way).
The new and old material blended together really well -- the highlight for me was probably "Separation" from Attack on Memory, but I never felt myself wishing for a particular song or feeling like anything was out of place. The closest thing to a "Wasted Days"-style noise jam on the new album is "Pattern Walks" (both of which were played), but this time around those noise/dissonance parts are carefully worked into most of the songs in between verses and choruses. Sure, Cloud Nothings are a rowdy, anthemic band and they give the moshers up front plenty to yell along to, but their avant-leanings are becoming more and more pronounced. The ending of "Pattern Walks" or the dark middle section of "Just See Fear" were as integral moments to their set as the "I miss you 'cause I like damage" refrain of "Cut You." Great show all around, if I had to complain it'd be only be that I wished it was longer.
Cloud Nothings and Ryley Walker do it again at Bowery Ballroom tonight (4/14), which is also sold out. More pictures from MHOW below...
Protomartyr @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Detroit's Protomartyr will release their second album, Under Color of Official Light, next week (4/8) via Hardly Art. There are a lot of bands out there mining post punk territory these days, but few do it as well, such conviction and great song after great song, as Protomartyr do here. (When singer Joe Casey chants "nothing you can do" over and over in "Scum, Rise!" he means it.) It's one of my favorite albums of 2014 so far and you can listen to the whole thing now via NPR.
Protomartyr will be spending a lot of time on the road this year. Their tour with Austin's Spray Paint starts next week and hits NYC for two shows -- Death by Audio on April 12 and Cake Shop on April 14. After that, Protomartyr will join up with Whatever Brains, then a string of midwest shows with Cloud Nothings.
Then in June, they'll be out with Parquet Courts (who have a new album soon), including the show at Brooklyn's Sugarhill Supper Club on June 11 with Future Punx and Xerox. Tickets for that are still available.
They are definitely worth catching if they're playing near you, they were one of my favorites at SXSW this year. Updated Protomartyr tour dates are listed below...
The initial Pitchfork Festival lineup was announced last month, and now many new artists have been added, including St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Cloud Nothings, Hudson Mohawke, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Dum Dum Girls, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz, Kelela, the Field, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, FKA Twigs, Isaiah Rashad, Empress Of and Twin Peaks.
They join previously announced artists Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Sun Kil Moon, Slowdive, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated day-by-day lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
by Andrew Sacher
this dude goes hard on this song (more by Chris La Putt)
Cloud Nothings will follow 2012's excellent Attack on Memory with the punkier Here and Nowhere Else on April 1 via Carpark/Mom + Pop. Our first taste of it was the melodic closing track "I'm Not Part of Me," and now we get another track from it, "Psychic Trauma." What starts as a mid-tempo alt-rocker turns into punk fury with the monster behind the kit that is Jayson Gerycz going apeshit by the song's finale. Check it out below.
by Bill Pearis
Post punk sounds and industrial towns seem to go hand in hand. Detroit's Protomartyr have a sense of urgency and anger that could've sprouted from somewhere like Manchester or Cleveland in 1979. The band's second album, Under Color of Official Right, will be out April 8 via Hardly Art and while it doesn't specifically sound like Joy Division or The Mekons or The Fall (ok maybe the Fall a little bit) or Pere Ubu, there is definitely a similar approach, attitude and intelligence. Two of the album's most immediate songs -- the angry, sneering ripper "Scum, Rise!" and the moodier, more atmospheric "Come & See" -- can be streamed below.
Last in NYC in November, Protomartyr will be on tour next month, starting in Austin for SXSW (they're playing a lot of shows there) and will hit the Midwest and East Coast afterwards. The tour includes two shows in NYC: April 12 at Death by Audio and April 13 at Cake Shop. Both those shows are with tourmates Spray Paint, and during other sections of the tour they'll do stints with Whatever Brains and Cloud Nothings.
All tour dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Cloud Nothings at SS Coachella 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cloud Nothings officially announced they'll release, Here and Nowhere Else, the much-anticipated followup to 2012's Attack on Memory (after performing it in Brooklyn), on April 1 via Carpark/Mom + Pop, and now a full tour in support of it has been announced too. The tour brings the band back to Brooklyn on April 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and April 14 at Bowery Ballroom. Both shows (and others on the tour) are with Chicago psych-folk guitar great Ryley Walker. Tickets for the NYC stops go on sale Friday (2/14) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/12) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a stream of CN's new single, below...
Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.
The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.
Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.
Full lineups for both weekends below...
One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.
Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.
Cloud Nothings recently performed their new album in full at a Brooklyn show, and they've just announced more details on it. It's called Here and Nowhere Else and is due out on April 1 via Carpark and Mom + Pop in the US. John Congleton (also behind the upcoming Swans and St. Vincent albums) produced. They also just revealed its first single, "I'm Not Part of Me," which you can listen to, along with the tracklist, below...
by Bill Pearis
After catching Cate Le Bon at Mercury Lounge last night (1/16), I took the J across the bridge to catch Cloud Nothings at Baby's All Right where the band debuted their forthcoming new album in full. The place was packed to the gills, certainly more people than they would've been able to fit at Rough Trade where the show was originally supposed to happen. Now a trio, the band tore through the still-unnamed album which is the noisiest, most adrenalized thing they've done yet. The crowd took it all in, and saved going mental for the few older songs they pulled out at the end, especially set-closer "Stay Useless."
While we wait for a release date and title, you can listen to a live recording of last night's show (via Consequence of Sound). Stream it below.
Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Though it looked like the new Rough Trade NYC, which put its shows "on hold for a while," would be back this January, it's unfortunately not ready yet, and almost all January shows have been moved.
Against Me!, The Sidekicks and The Shondes, who would have played this Thursday (1/9), now play at the larger Music Hall of Williamsburg, which also means the previously sold-out show is back on sale.
Cloud Nothings (1/16) was moved to Baby's All Right (sold out).
Francis and the Lights (1/17) was moved to Baby's All Right (sold out).
Saintseneca (1/18) was a free in-store performance and will happen as planned.
Royal Bangs and Bad Suns (1/19) was moved to Baby's All Right (tickets).
It's now looking like things will be back for The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger's show (1/29) (tickets).
by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The new Cloud Nothings album is set to drop in 2014, and while we still don't know the title or release date, some exciting news about it has just been announced. You'll get to hear every track on it when the band plays it in full at Brooklyn's new Rough Trade NYC on January 16. From the sounds of the clips in the album trailer, this is something to look forward to, and they're promising old stuff too. Tickets go on sale Friday (12/20) at noon.
In addition to the new album, Cloud Nothings will also be releasing a single as part of Polyvinyl's 7" series which also includes upcoming releases from Mikal Cronin, Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), Into It. Over It., Hospitality, Foxygen side project Diane Coffee, and others.
Album trailer below...
by Andrew Sacher
Cloud Nothings at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Luis Ruiz)
Around this time last year, Cloud Nothings mentioned they were planning a "noisier" album for 2013, and though we heard some new songs at their shows, the album didn't come out this year, but it's being promised for 2014. They haven't announced an exact release date or title yet, but they just posted a 43-second album teaser that features a number of Cloud Nothings-sounding riffs and is enough to get us excited for the new record.
Check out the video below...
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight at Europa in 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
"Emo is a style of rock music characterized by melodic musicianship and expressive, often confessional lyrics. It originated in the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement of Washington, D.C., where it was known as "emotional hardcore" or "emocore" and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace." [Wikipedia]If you've been closely following along with the blogosphere lately, you've probably noticed talk, especially amongst the indie rock community, about an "emo revival." Some sites, like Stereogum and Buzzfeed, have directly written about the "revival," whereas others like Pitchfork -- a site which has previously derided even the most classic albums of the genre -- didn't explicitly call it a revival, but offered a valuable spotlight on the modern emo scene. NPR weighed in, asking, "Is Emo Back?," but still some, like Noisey, claim, "There's no emo revival, you just stopped paying attention." A writer at NYU Local agrees. Meanwhile, bloggers and local papers, like OC Weekly and Baltimore Sun, are running with this.
All of this attention is only doing the genre a service. As Chad Jewett points out on Half Cloth, "How did you find out about Diary, person born in 1988? Because you would have to have been preternaturally cool to have picked up on it in 1994 when it came out." In other words, maybe in 19 years someone will hear Is Survived By, and they'll thank their lucky stars for all these listicles and thinkpieces that pointed out that record and so many other great records. But does the increased attention for these bands (many of which have been around for years) in indie rock circles warrant calling it a revival? Maybe it's that people are realizing these "emo revival" bands have a lot more in common with indie rock bands than a lot of people thought.
For one reason or another (perhaps because kids who grew up on Drive-Thru Records comps are forming bands now), emo has been sneaking its way more and more into accepted indie rock. Nobody was screaming "emo revival" when Japandroids went from a well-liked indie rock band to one of the genre's most beloved with 2012's Celebration Rock, a record full of heart-wrenching lyrics, youthful spirit, and fast, catchy power chords -- all common descriptors of emo. (Not to mention it was released by Polyvinyl Records, home to such emo classics as Frame and Canvas, American Football, Look Now Look Again, and more.) Likewise, no one said it when Cloud Nothings' 2012 LP Attack On Memory got tons of love from indie rock critics upon its release and went on to appear in multiple year-end lists, including Pitchfork, Stereogum, Spin, and more. It's an indie record, but one with a heavy resemblance to early Sunny Day Real Estate and similarly emo lyrical themes ("I miss you 'cause I like damage / I need something I can hurt").
Japandroids at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
These records had all too much common with the great emo releases of that year, including Title Fight's Floral Green and Joyce Manor's Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired. Both of those albums embraced raw production, honest, innovative music, and were not geared towards a radio-pop fanbase, but yet were largely ignored in indie rock circles. It's essentially what indie rock is, and a far cry from what pop bands tagged as emo like Panic at the Disco, Hawthorne Heights, and Senses Fail were doing. Those pop-emo bands, and countless others, dominated rock radio, MTV, and a major part of the conversation on emo during the mid-2000s, scaring away many indie rock fans and critics from the genre all together. The two weren't always enemies. Emo kids and indie rock kids both hold equal claim to bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Cursive, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, Rilo Kiley, and others. Perhaps part of the split was because it was somehow cooler to look like this than like this.
Title Fight, who didn't appear on Pitchfork until the-year-of-the-revival despite notable album releases in 2011 & 2012, cited many of the same influences as modern indie rock bands for Floral Green, including Sebadoh, Hum, Nirvana, and Sonic Youth. And Joyce Manor did the same, namedropping Guided by Voices and Weezer's Pinkerton in interviews. It makes sense that fans who latched on to Japandroids/Cloud Nothings would gravitate towards Title Fight/Joyce Manor. So what makes them so different? Ian Cohen says in his 2013 Pitchfork review of the new Title Fight EP, "You're more likely to hear electro-pop or major-label bands such as Chvrches or Haim called "indie" more often than Title Fight. How is that? Is it because most of time, genre tags are used to described the perceived fanbase than the music itself?"
The question Ian poses in that review seems to be a huge factor in the need some have to cite an "emo revival." If Japandroids and Cloud Nothings are your kind of indie rock, or punkier indie-approved bands like Titus Andronicus and Fucked Up, or classic bands like Dinosaur Jr, Built To Spill, Superchunk, and Archers of Loaf, chances are you're going to (or already do) find a lot to like in Title Fight, Joyce Manor, Pity Sex (essentially a shoegaze band), Cloakroom (sludgy slowcore), Placeholder (fuzz rock/'90s-style indie/etc), and many more. And as certain people, like Jaded Punk Dan Ozzi in his Noisey article pointed out, these bands didn't come out of nowhere. This comparatively underground scene of emo has been co-existing with the mall-emo scene for years, and perhaps it's getting called a "revival" because of the sudden interest for it from a fanbase who, for the most part, previously ignored anything associated with that three-letter word.
I do think, to some extent, that at one point the "emo revival" tag meant something. Now-defunct bands like Algernon Cadwallader (who have a new band, Dogs On Acid, in the works and whose guitarist Joe Reinhart is now a sometimes-member of Hop Along) and Snowing/Street Smart Cyclist (whose singer John Galm now fronts the excellent garage punk band Slow Warm Death) revived a very specific type of emo in the late 2000s -- the math rock-influenced kind done (perhaps most notably) in the mid-'90s by Cap'n Jazz. That sound, which some people bafflingly call "twinklecore," can be heard in late-2000s bands Castevet, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), 1994!, and bands who rose more recently, including The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Dads, and Prawn. But that's only a small sect of the genre as a whole. I recently said that Brand New's 2006 LP The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is my favorite emo album since Diary, and Devil and God only came out two years before Algernon's first, 1994!'s first, and La Dispute's first. Thursday's final record, No Devolucion, came out in 2011 and in my opinion it's one of their best. The genre had a rough period as it entered the mainstream (but so did so many other genres) but it never vanished.
Touche Amore at Riot Fest 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Why is it all happening now though? Perhaps with "indie rock's tuneful death rattle" and "the decline of guitar rock" in effect, with artists like Haim, Chvrches, Icona Pop, The 1975, and Lorde currently dominating the indie rock discussion, there are still people yearning for raw, scrappy guitar rock with DIY ethics and an alternative mindset. And a lot of us are finding that those cravings are satisfied by this large, thriving group of "emo" bands. In his "indie rock death rattle" piece on Grantland, Steven Hyden welcomed indie turning pop as a natural progression, but did point out some may be seeking something less pleasant, which he finds in Touche Amore's latest LP, Is Survived By.
Touche's record, another getting extra attention now thanks to the "revival," is one of the finest releases of this year, and embodies so many of the key factors of "underground rock." Its aggression is raw and unpolished, but it's melodically and dynamically exploring new ground for rock music. Lyrically, the themes won't be unfamiliar to indie rockers, exploring existential uncertainties ("To swallow mortality is enough of a task / And leaving your mark is just too much to ask") that aren't too different from a band like Titus Andronicus ("Okay, I think by now we've established everything is inherently worthless / And there's nothing in the universe with any kind of objective purpose"). They also happen to be musically and communally connected to post-hardcore bands like Converge and Thursday who have influenced forward-thinking underground rock bands, just as Pavement and the Pixies have.
At The Drive-In at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's not only newer bands though. Many now broken-up bands have been reuniting, and getting welcomed back very warmly. It's no surprise that the much-loved At the Drive-In caused excitement when they reunited, but in case there was any doubt how large that excitement would be in indie circles: They got huge spots on major indie rock festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella, and the reunion also got notable coverage on many indie sites, including Pitchfork, who weren't too kind to their classic Relationship of Command LP upon its release but scored it significantly higher upon its April 2013 reissue.
The fact that the idea of "indie rock" is so vague and encompasses so many things, many of which are not "indie" or "rock," is a great thing, but there are still kids who can't settle for Chvrches when a past generation got Fugazi. And luckily those kids won't have to worry. In addition to many of the bands mentioned above, there's Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee, Swearin', A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Courtesy Drop, Little Big League, Frameworks, Calculator, Iron Chic, Big Eyes, Single Mothers, Sundials, Aye Nako, Worriers, Caravels, Pianos Become the Teeth and so many more that all satisfy a similar craving, whether or not you call them "emo," "indie," or a "revival."
photos by Tim Griffin
Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013
Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.
After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]
We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1 HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.
by Wyatt Marshall
Andrew of Castevet at Lit Lounge, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Extreme sport junkie, Music Academy presenter, sponsor of cool Sound Select shows, magazine publisher and beverage maker Red Bull has put together a list of the 30 best guitarists under 30. In the two-part rundown, the list covers some territory, lumping Pallbearer's Brett Campbell, Liturgy's Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Mac Demarco, Danielle Haim, Ben Greenberg of The Men, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz, Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females and Fun guitarist and Lena Dunham-dater Jack Antonoff onto the list. You can check out the whole list below.
Music of the heavier persuasion was decently represented, and Castevet's Andrew Hock made the cut. You can catch him in action with Castevet at an Invisible Oranges sponsored show on October 25 at Union Pool with Churchburn, Oneirogen and Vorde. Also on the list, as a pair, are Inter Arma riff monsters Trey Dalton and Steven Russell. Inter Arma will be back in NYC soon to play Saint Vitus on October 30 with Black Tusk, Descender and No Way.
Ty Segall, who also made the list, will be here next weekend (but on drums) with his band Fuzz, playing a sold out show at Mercury Lounge on 10/12 with CCR Headcleaner. (There is also a show with "Buzz" and "DDT Shampoo" at Death by Audio on 10/13).
You can catch The Men at MHOW in November.
Speedy Ortiz, among others, will be here for CMJ.
Who'd they leave off the list? Check out the full list of Red Bull's 30 under 30 below...