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Reagan Youth pit @ Punk Island 2014 (via the_alouth_band)
From the crustiest of street punks, to the tamest of ska fans -- all punk appetites were met at the 2014 Punk Island music festival.Punk Island 2014 went down in Staten Island Saturday. Who were your highlights? Check out some videos from the free 'Make Music' event below.
Thousands of music fans flocked to the "Coast Guard" pier, a space located 100 yards from the ferry terminal in St. George, to take in the all-day festival. Starting at 11 a.m., 90 bands from across the country performed among seven stages.
All punk genres and variants were accounted for, including ska, grunge, hardcore (and all its subgenres), pop punk and early emo. It sounds overwhelming, but the stages were positioned close to one another and each served as its own genre hub. [Staten Island Advance]
Reagan Youth have had a busy two weeks touring the east coast, playing Punk Island, opening for the Dead Kennedys at Irving Plaza, and playing a show at Grand Victory in Brooklyn. Today, 6/27, tickets go on sale for another Brooklyn show, this time at Saint Vitus on 9/27 with fellow 70s punk band Angry Samoans who they also play at least one other show with that week: 9/26 at TT The Bear's in MA.
Meanwhile, speaking of Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine's tour with the legendary Negative Approach (who played Punk Island in 2010) hits Highline Ballroom in NYC TONIGHT (6/27) with All Torn Up! (who played Punk Island this year, recently opened for Sheer Terror at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, and shared a bill with Reagan Youth at the Rock Shop).
Negative Approach and Jello is a pretty early show, so you might have time to head from there to see the first of two shows Infest is playing in NYC this weekend.
Speaking of Sheer Terror, they just dropped another new track from their forthcoming LP (their first in 18 years). You can listen to that with the Punk Island videos and dates below...
by Ian Chainey
The massive Punk Island 2014 fest now has set times. As part of Make Music NY, the free-to-attend, DIY concert at Coast Guard Plaza in Staten Island, New York on Saturday (6/21) features the likes of Darkside NYC, Cop Problem, Raw Nerves, Two Fisted Law, the reformed Reagan Youth, and over 90 more (!) bands split across seven stages. Over 90 bands. Attention van salesmen: Get business cards printed now. The full list of set times and a map appears below.
In related news, the Jello-less Dead Kennedys show tonight (6/19) at Irving Plaza will be opened by Reagan Youth, who themselves are operating with more new members than old, though for different reasons than DK (RIP, Dave Insurgent).
For Portland's Raw Nerves, Punk Island is part of a bigger tour that also includes a Death By Audio show in Brooklyn later that night with Oblivionation (MA), Demonbrother (MA), and Concrete Cross. All of their dates are listed with the Punk Island stuff and some videos, below...
by Ian Chainey
NYHC hardcore legends Sheer Terror will be playing a few shows this year, including a free show in their hometown at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on May 23. They'll be supported by Agitator and Cop Problem, the latter of which is also slated to play June's gigantic Punk Island. All dates are listed below.
While the word 'legend' is usually misused, applied to bands that don't actually have any legends propping up their mythos, it seems earned in Sheer Terror's case, if only due to singer Paul Bearer's patented, oft-recounted stage banter. Forming in 1984, Sheer Terror sought to amplify the aggression and heft of hardcore, upping the ante for a new breed pulling influences directly from the world of metal. Their breakthrough, 1989's Just Can't Hate Enough, discharged a thick, buzzing guitar tone that was more indebted to thrashers/proto-deathers like Martin Ain (Hellhammer/Celtic Frost) than those listed on the typical punk's template. No big deal? Well, the reason that sentence doesn't read oddly today is largely because of Sheer Terror and their likeminded scenemates' widespread influence.
Through numerous break-ups, Paul Bearer has kept the Sheer Terror torch lit, producing a total of seven LPs with a rotating cast of members. Their last, 2011's Spite, came after a 13 year long hiatus. (Not counting the few reunion dates in between.) But, the band's home is on the stage, allowing the confrontational and charismatic Bearer to let loose torrents of verbal abuse.
To get you prepared, check out two live sets from YouTube's large library of Sheer Terror documentation, with the list of dates, below...
by Ian Chainey
No man is an island. A punk fest? Yeah, we'll allow it.
The colossal Punk Island show spanning various stages in Staten Island on June 21 still requires your support. Last Thursday, the free, all-ages fest presented by MMNY and a Bunch of Punx hit its Kickstarter goal of $9,000. However, this only covers the "bare essentials," per the organizers. Thus, additional support has been requested, along with the news that benefit shows will also be scheduled to help lighten the financial load.
As it currently stands, Punk Island will feature a bill of nearly 100 bands and will encompass seven stages. Beginning in April, Punk Island's Facebook page has announced sets of 14 bands every Monday. Both the stages and currently confirmed bands are listed below. Needless to say, there's a ton more to come.
In other NYC punk news, Sad Boys have scheduled one last Brooklyn date before leaving to tour Japan. The Ground Zero compilation contributors will be joined by Survival, Creeping Dose, and Closet Case at Lulu's on May 8. Tickets are $7 at the door. The show description also mentions, ". . .a fucking balls to the wall 90s ass dance party," following the event in case you weren't sold already.
Find below the announced-so-far roster for Punk Island, a list of stages, and a particularly infectious Sad Boys set recorded for KBOO in 2013.
By Doug Moore
Philly's Cop Problem and Milwaukee's Enabler have a lot in common. Both bands blend metal, hardcore, and grind; both bands released fierce EPs last year. And now they've got another shared characteristic: they'll be on tour together in April. The two bands are meeting up at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest on 4/17 and playing a run of shows down the US East Coast, including an NYC stop at Grand Victory on 4/19. (Tix here.) These are high-energy bands; they should be fun to watch in such a small space.
Enabler have a ton of other North American dates lined up both before and after the Cop Problem run, too. Check them all out, as well as both bands' 2013 EPs, below...
by Doug Moore
Kerry King of Slayer (more by Caroline Harrison)
Now that we're in December's not-terribly-icy-so-far clutches, things have finally begun to slow significantly on the heavy music front, but the newswire never goes cold! There was a lot to talk about this week, and some totally killer shows coming up this weekend -- most notably, Canadian war metal horde Revenge's two-night NYC debut at Saint Vitus, which starts tonight (12/6) with support from Abazagorath, Krieg, and Woe and which continues tomorrow (12/7) with support from Masoleum, Engorge, and Mutilation Rites. We celebrated this rare event with a war-themed East Village Radio show.
Here's some other stuff you might've missed:
This was an unusually busy week for music videos in the metal world. We debuted two: a Deicide video at Invisible Oranges and a Rabbits video here at BV. High on Fire popped one out too, and Watain tried their hands at the form for the first time. (Converge posted a teaser video for their upcoming Live at the BBC 7", if that counts.) But Behemoth won out easily, both with the quality of the video and of the accompanying song, which heralds their first new LP since 2009.
We also had some face time with big names: we interviewed Dave Vincent of Morbid Angel and Joakim Stermer of Necrophobic over at IO, plus some extensive thoughts regarding recent live performances by Slayer and Monster Magnet.
Some other odds and ends: Carcass, Gorguts and more will be on the road next year for the 2014 Decibel Tour. Metal Church, or what remains of them, announced a tour and a show at Vitus. Somewhat less-aged local phenoms Unlocking the Truth got their first taste of rockstar ad revenue. A ton of metal bands posed for photos with their cats at Obituary's behest for the benefit of feral cats in Tampa. And we ran down all the new metal releases that are fit to buy, as we do weekly.
Some other noteworthy shows this weekend: Negative Approach & the Casualties at Europa on Friday; Valkyrie with Sinister Haze & HASJ at the Acheron on Friday too; Cop Problem w/ Passage & Capacity at Acheron on Saturday (12/7); & Zevious, Hyrrokkin, and Pants Exploder at Union Pool on Sunday (12/8). Keep an eye on our snazzy NYC metal show calendar for your heavy show needs. It rules.
by Doug Moore
We mentioned a few weeks back that Philly hardcore act Cop Problem were preparing for both an eastern US tour and a new EP release. We've debuted a stream of that EP, Buried Beneath White Noise, over at Invisible Oranges. From the IO writeup:
Cop Problem play a metal-leaning style of hardcore that often gets tagged as "crust", but that doesn't sound especially crusty -- it's of the hard-charging but melodic Tragedy / Catharsis variety. The band evidently recorded Buried Beneath White Noise in just two days. Good decision. This type of music does not benefit from excessive polish. The tones on this 4-song EP are clear but live-sounding, as punk recordings should be. Urgency and despondence come in equal measure: guitarist Randon Martin's melodies are sometimes so bright that they sound naïve, especially over Joshua Cohen's occasional blasts. Eventually, though, they always return to earth.You can check out the full writeup over at IO.
Cop Problem's tour hits Brooklyn's Acheron on Saturday, 12/7, along with Passage, Capacities, Lords of Death, and Old Lines (who are also touring). Tickets are available. Stream all of Buried Beneath White Noise and check out the full run of Cop Problem dates below.
by Andrew Sacher
Cop Problem (photo via Bora Chung)
Two crust/D-beat bands -- Philly's Cop Problem and Baltimore's Old Lines (featuring Mitch Roemer of Pulling Teeth and Ruiner) -- are going on tours this year and crossing paths for a few shows together along the way. One of those dates happens at Brooklyn punk venue Acheron on December 7. Advance tickets for that show are not on sale at the moment, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All dates are listed below.
Cop Problem just announced that they'll release the followup to their 2012 EP with a new one, Buried Beneath White Noise, on October 24 (it's being self-released digitally and will be out later in the year on 7" vinyl via The Compound). The EP was produced by Philly's go-to punk producer Will Yip, who's worked with Paint It Black, Title Fight, and just put out a compilation with a bunch of the bands he's recorded. Much like last year's release, the EP's first single, "American Spring" is punishing riffy d-beat, and thanks to singer Deb Cohen's vocals, it's actually kinda catchy. You can listen to that over at Pitchfork. Check out the EP artwork, tracklist, and the video for "Monuments" from their 2012 EP, below.
Old Lines are also releasing a new 7", If You See Something, Say Something, on October 22 via Reptilian Records (pg.99), which follows their late 2012 EP. Unlike Cop Problem, who have a melodic side, Old Lines are pretty much in brutal, growly attack mode the whole time, as you can hear on the EP's new single, "Stratford." You can stream that, along with the artwork and tracklist, below.
Old Lines' dates include a release show in their hometown as part of U+N Fest (10/18 - 10/19) which also includes Pissed Jeans, Roomrunner, Ex-Cult, Hunters, Jaill, Ed Schrader's Music Beat and more.
All dates are listed, along with all streams and more, below...
Make Music New York's Punk Island is back for a sixth year! From 11am until 10pm on June 22nd, hear more than 90 bands from every corner of the punk scene performing for 11 hours on seven stages, all curated by ABC No Rio's punk/hardcore collective.Check out the initial line-up for free Punk Island 2013 below...
Due to summer construction on Governors Island, Punk Island will move across the harbor to Staten Island's enormous "Coast Guard" pier, 100 yards south of the Ferry Terminal in St. George, Staten Island.
The Fest is back for round 11 (!) adding bands from across the spectrum of punk rock for the multi-day Gainesville, Florida extravaganza. The Fest announced its initial lineup earlier this month but has doubled that number, bringing the total tally to a whopping 217, and there are more to go! The lineup includes Lagwagon, Naked Raygun, Baroness, Red Fang, Off with Their Heads, Torche, Valient Thorr, 7 Seconds, F.Y.P., Braid, Titus Andronicus, Toys That Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Frank Turner and many more (see below). Tickets are now on sale (and sold out quick last year).
Full lineup is below, expect to see some surprises at The Fest as well; Sleepytime Trio reunited there last year.
Across the three songs that make up Philadelphia's Cop Problem debut 7", the foursome remind us of what started the crust movement before the fashionistas sunk their claws into it, political punk rock. Political leanings aside, the band's brand of crust mirrors that of Tragedy, employing clean guitar leads to give the galloping d-beat and piercing vocals of Deb Cohen a melodic direction that you can hum along to. Stream the band's debut 7" below and pick up a copy via the band. Want one for free? I have two available for giveaway. Details are at the bottom of this post.
Look for Cop Problem on the road in the coming weeks, though no NYC shows to speak of yet (they played ABC No Rio in February). All tour dates, the EP stream, contest details and some video, below...