Entries tagged with: Crime In Stereo
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
The Movielife @ Irving Plaza - 2/6/2015
"Thanks for coming out guys, we've got demos at the merch table, we're playing a VFW hall in Huntington tomorrow and one in Asbury Park the next day, and this next song goes out to Kill Your Idols and Vision of Disorder," joked Movielife frontman Vinnie Caruana on the second night of their reunion tour. Fitting, because though this was the second of two sold-out nights at NYC's Irving Plaza, not much about The Movielife has changed since they were a young Long Island punk band playing makeshift venues and thanking their hometown heroes on stage. While their LI pals Taking Back Sunday and Brand New went on to sign to major labels, dominate radio and MTV, and tour big venues across the world, The Movielife broke up before any of that could happen. But after briefly returning in 2011, they're now back for another well-deserved victory lap.
Staying true to those roots, The Movielife came out to the under-30-seconds blast of melodic hardcore, "I Hope You Die Soon," the kind of song that's hard to imagine seeing played anywhere but a VFW hall. From there on out, their 19-song set included just about all the fan favorites from the last two albums and the Gambling Problem EP, as well one song ("Dead to the World") from their 1999 debut, It's Go Time. We got "This Time Next Year," "Face or Kneecaps," "Pinky Swear," "Walking On Glass," "Kelly Song," "Hand Grenade," "Hey," "Self-Destruct" (their first time playing it live since the initial breakup) and more highlights from their short-but-great career. Obviously it wasn't literally everything, but it didn't feel like anything was left out.
"It feels great to be playing Movielife songs for you again," Vinnie said on stage. He was in genuinely great spirits the entire night, and he made it seem like these shows wouldn't be the last we'd be seeing of The Movielife. And the crowd was as appreciative as Vinnie and the rest of the band was. He ditched his mic plenty of times, only for the music to still be overpowered by the whole room singing along. The band got a circle pit going for one song, and there were moshers and crowd surfers aplenty for all the others. It wasn't an uncomfortable crowd by any means if you weren't trying to get rowdy, but almost no one was standing still. Certainly no one was during the night's best and heaviest moment, "Jamestown," the closer to the 90-ish minute set that felt like it flew by in half that time.
Direct support at both Irving shows came from their old Long Island pals Crime In Stereo, who were one of the more similar bands from that scene to The Movielife and a great start to the night. Night 2 was opened by Zumo Kollie (who I missed); and night 1 (which the pictures in this post are from) was opened by Pass Away, the band of Mike Ireland and Kellen Robson (both formerly of Vinnie Caruana's other band I Am the Avalanche) and current Crime In Stereo bassist Eric Fairchild.
More pictures from night 1, both setlists, a video, and the updated list of their tour dates (including West Coast shows with Onelinedrawing), below...
photo: Desaparecidos at Voodoo Fest 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Brand New and Conor Oberst's punk band Desparecidos were both already announced for the Sundays of Coachella, and now the two bands have added two club shows together happening not long before the fest (unfortunately nowhere near NYC). Also on the Sundays of Coachella is Joyce Manor, who we just caught in NYC, and who toured with Brand New but didn't meet them, and were covered by Desaparecidos while touring with them. All BN dates (including Shaky Knees Fest) are listed below.
UPDATE: Desaparecidos also play a San Francisco show in between their Coachella performances with Joyce Manor and Touche Amore (who are also on the Sundays of Coachella).
In related news, Crime In Stereo were added as openers to three of The Movielife's reunion shows, including both sold-out NYC shows at Irving Plaza and their not-sold-out Philly show on 3/6 at TLA. Night 1 of Irving also has Pass Away (Mikey & Kellen formerly of I Am the Avalanche + Eric of Crime In Stereo), and Zumo Kollie will open Irving night 2 and Philly.
Updated Movielife dates and the list of Brand New dates, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Boston Strangler at Acheron in 2012 (more by Sarja Hasan)
As is generally the case, there's a whole bunch of cool hardcore/punk shows in NYC in the coming months. Here's a rundown of upcoming local shows and tours passing through NYC that you might want to check out:
The excellent UK sludgy hardcore outfit Shrapnel are touring the US and will be landing in NYC for a matinee show at The Acheron on December 6 with their tourmates, DC's Red Death, and New Jersey mainstays Razorheads. It starts at 3 PM and Tickets for the all ages show will be $10 at the door. All dates are listed below.
The following Saturday (12/13), the Acheron will play host to a loaded Massachusetts-centric hardcore bill that will bring appropriately-named Boston-based HC rippers Boston Strangler to town. They'll be joined by fellow Massholes Waste Management, Peacebreakers, Oblivionation, Jock's Blood and Moron. Despite everyone being from the same state, this is actually a pretty varied bill as these things go, with the classicist approach of Boston Strangler, Waste Management's slower chug, and the surprisingly rangy (dare we say poppy) sound of Moron providing some great contrast. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Just one week later, there will be yet another stacked hardcore show at Acheron on December 20. This one will feature Spain's Orden Mundial, who are also playing that previously-discussed Puce Mary show at Palisades a day earlier (tickets). They'll be joined by Philly crew Blank Spell, as well as locals Mommy and Pox. Tickets are on sale now. Both shows are part of the Spanish band's tour, and those dates are all listed below.
After you flip your calendar to 2015, head to Saint Vitus for more HC on January 1. This show will bring the great Austin band Glue together with local ragers Warthog and the post-punkish Gainesville crew Allergy. The lineup will be filled out by locals Nandas, and tickets are on sale now. Glue have that great, sludgy, groovy Texas sound on lock, Warthog's local reputation speaks for itself, and this should be a great show.
On January 4 at Palisades Montreal post-punk inflected band Proxy will take the stage with Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, who put out the great Stay Home LP earlier this year. They'll be joined by Pox, who are also playing that Orden Mundial show. Tickets for this show are not yet up, but they'll likely be available via Ticketfly.
Long Island's Backtrack will rep New York Hardcore at the Every Time I Die show at Webster Hall on December 12. Also on that show are The Ghost Inside, Architects UK and Hundredth. Tickets are still available.
Crime In Stereo @ BK Bazaar in October (via BV Instagram)
Long Island melodic hardcore crew Crime in Stereo are playing the mostly pop-punk Glamour Kills Holiday Fest at Webster Hall on December 16. Aside from them, that show features PA pop-punks The Wonder Years and a ton of other likeminded bands. Tickets are on sale now.
On a similar note, Comeback Kid will be back on their tour supporting Four Year Strong to play Irving Plaza on January 22. Expire, Handguns, and Heart To Heart are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale now.
This Saturday (12/6) is Madball's 20th anniversary celebration of their debut album Set It Off at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. They'll be joined by Turnstile, Death Before Dishonor, Take Offense and Downpresser. Tickets are still available.
For something a little less hardcore and a little more street punk this Saturday, Blanks 77 are playing NYC at Grand Victory before they play the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in NJ later in the month. They'll be joined by Dead Tricks, Parasitix and Breaking Sounds. Tickets for that are on sale now.
That about does it for the coming weeks. Did we miss anything?
Check out a whole mess of song streams from these bands, as well as tour dates for Orden Mundial and Red Death/Shrapnel, 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...
by Fred Pessaro
After a strong showing at Black & Blue and again at This is Hardcore, Kill Your Idols have returned to NYC area for another date, this time at Santos Party House on November 29 with Crime in Stereo (who reunited last year after calling it quits in 2010 initally) and Altered Boys. Tickets are on sale.
The show is one of three total dates, with Kill Your Idols supporting Modern Life is War on a pair of dates in the Chicago area (one of which is at Cobra Lounge). All dates are listed, along with video from B&B 2013, below.
Bouncing Souls at Bamboozle 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jersey punks Bouncing Souls, who released their new album, Comet, over the summer, have already played New York and New Jersey a bunch this year, but there are still more chances to catch them in the area. The band have just announced their sixth annual Home For the Holidays shows which will go down from December 26 to 29 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Openers will be announced on October 25 and tickets will go on sale the next day (10/26). All dates are listed below.
As mentioned, 'Souls frontman Greg Attonito is also playing an Asbury Park show with his wife Shanti Wintergate as the children's music duo Play Date on October 20 at Asbury Lanes.
In other NYC area punk news, Crime In Stereo, who called it quits back in 2010, have announced via facebook that "two years was long enough" and they plan to return to recording and releasing new music. They also announced that they'll play one show in 2012 and it happens in NYC on November 24 at Gramercy Theatre with I Am the Avalanche. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/5) at noon.
In more NYC/NJ area punk news, Geoff Rickly of Thursday and Zena Rd (aka Garrett Klahn of Texas is the Reason) are teaming up (not the first time this year Geoff has teamed with a member of TITR) for a tour of people's houses in the Northeast (that's been big lately too). The tour is with The Black Numbers and Fred Mascherino and you can head to The Black Numbers' website for more details and to request hosting a show in your house. Once all the dates and cities are figured out, the tour announcement and ticket info will be revealed.
As mentioned, Texas is the Reason play two NYC shows this month.
A list of all Bouncing Souls dates and a stream of the opening track on Comet are below.
Crime In Stereo 2010 (photo by Meghan McInnis)
We'd like to thank everybody for the kind words and well wishes. Many of you are requesting that we reveal the reasons behind the breakup. Like any divorce, there's no one reason. It's the cumulative effect of many problems left unchecked/unresolved over the course of years. Many of these reasons are personal and we ask that you respect our decision to move on. We appreciate the support that's been given to us over the years, and we feel truly blessed to have done this for so long. I think the longevity of Crime in Stereo was more a testament to you than it was to us...Crime in Stereo has officially called it quits, but will play a farewell show at Europa in Brooklyn on November 6th. Tickets go on sale at midnight tonight (technically on 9/24). No word yet on the other promised shows.
The last CiS shows are being booked as we speak. There will be 3 or 4 more shows, all of them in the Northeast. -[Crime In Stereo blog entry]
Back in April we posted an interview with Jonah Matranga who is putting out a new Far album, and playing Mercury Lounge solo on May 21st (tickets). Since then he added a NJ show at Maxwell's. That happens to be TONIGHT (5/19). Tickets are still available.
Poison the Well is co-headlining every date on a "10 For $10 summer tour" - ten bands for $10. Bands will vary at each stop.
Freddy Cricien of Madball said, "This 10 for 10 tour concept is way overdue in my opinion. I'm glad and thankful, that the people involved, stepped up to actually make something like this happen! Our genre (Hardcore) in the states, is in a "strange" place right now. There is somewhat of a lack of appreciation for this "sub-culture". A lot of people want to say they know certain bands, or are affiliated with this underground scene,etc,etc... Because it gives them some credibility, it sounds cool! Well, this is everyone's chance to re-introduce themselves, and actually get involved with a very unique and authentic genre/movement. It's also a chance for all of us, the bands, to show our stuff as well!"Tickets are now on pre-sale for the tour that stops at Starland Ballroom (NJ) and Terminal 5 (NYC). NYC (tickets on sale Friday) gets Madball, Poison the Well, Terror, Vision, War of Ages, The Ghost Inside, Death Before Dishonor, Trapped Under Ice, Crime in Stereo, and This is Hell. NJ (tickets on sale Friday) has VOD (Vision and Vision of Disorder on the same bill) instead of Madball.
Tickets also recently went on sale for H2O, Sick of it All, Agnostic Front, and many other shows. All 10 for $10 dates below...