Entries tagged with: DC Hardcore
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Tim of Clutch at Emo's East, December 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of my first ever live shows (not including arena jams with mom and pop) was seeing Clutch at the original 9:30 Club in DC. I remember it vividly, vocalist Neil Fallon strutted on stage and sang like he was reading from a bible, ripping out page by page and throwing it into the crowd. Along with the thundering groove-oriented instrumentation, that left quite an impression on my young mind (early teens at the time), as did Transnational Speedway League's mix of hardcore and stoner metal. The early days of Clutch, the always bountiful DC hardcore scene, and another little semi-local band from the area, The Obsessed, helped form my early tastes.
It's hard to believe that show was close to twenty years ago and that Clutch is approaching a quarter-century as a band. Older is wiser in my book though, and the Maryland stoner/hard rock crew are back with Earth Rocker, their tenth LP due on March 19 via their own Weathermaker Music imprint. The LP is definitely a departure from their last few efforts, which climbed further down the blues rabbit hole, and a return to the band that penned riff-y rockers like the ones found on their self-titled, The Elephant Riders and Pure Rock Fury. We've got the premiere of the new album's title track which you can stream below.
With the band's new LP on deck and more than two decades behind him, I cornered Clutch guitarist Tim Sult to ask him a few questions about the release and their history. You can read that below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Salad Days documentary was celebrated over two days in Washington DC, when six hardcore bands of yesteryear reunited to play Black Cat on December 28 and 29. As discussed, the shows featured a reunion of Dag Nasty, along with appearances from Government Issue, Kingface, Black Market Baby, Youth Brigade and Scream. Check out video of all the bands below, including the full Dag Nasty appearance.
Also among the videos below are a pair of appearances from HR (of Bad Brains), who played the BB classic "Right Brigade" with Black Market Baby and "American Justice" with Scream, as well as apperances from Alec MacKaye (of The Faith) and John Stabb (of Government Issue) on a cover of "Steppin' Stone."
Regents LP art by Brian Montouri
Regents is the amalgamation of members of Sleepytime Trio, Frodus, Acid Tiger and Thursday in to a singular, spazzy post-hardcore beast. After releasing a 7" last year, Regents did their share of touring, hitting Acheron and eventually shooting down to SXSW to play a memorable BrooklynVegan/Chaos in Tejas event on Lamar Pedestrian Bridge. Live shows are their forte, but only because they haven't had much recorded material to use as a basis for comparison.
Until now. Regents are welcoming their new LP, Antietam After Party, via Lovitt Records on November 20. Featuring the insane cover art of Brian Montouri (above, part of a bat-shit-crazy-gatefold), the quartet again returns to the spazz on their new effort, as the track "Night Soil" can clearly attest. Stream it below for the first time, and if ya dig then scoot on over to Lovitt for some pre-order action.
Vocalist/guitarist Drew Ringo commented on his thoughts on "Night Soil":
Lyrically the song focuses on the power, furtiveness and patience of addiction. The song also takes a personal tact, commenting on the unexpected impacts of recovery on ego and emotion. As for the song title, while traveling in China I learned of the practice of using human excrement as farm fertilizer, termed night soil. It's a dangerous practice because of the potential to spread disease. I couldn't help but note the similarities - disease feeding on disease, human's poisoning themselves, shit and desperation.And here I thought it was just about ripping guitar and being a wildman. #knowingishalfthebattle
Song stream and Southwest tour dates for Regents, which include Fun Fun Fun Fest, are listed below.
Government Issue, who were previously supposed to share the bill with Dag Nasty, have moved to a newly added second night (!) on 12/29, this time with headliner Scream! Tickets are on sale for that as well.
Both shows are in celebration of the forthcoming Salad Days documentary, which chronicles the evolution of DC punk.
Dag Nasty, 2012
In celebration of the forthcoming Salad Days documentary, the Black Cat in Washington DC will host an evening of DC hardcore/punk on 12/28 that will include the reunion of the original Can I Say lineup of Dag Nasty!
PLEASE JOIN US ON DECEMBER 28 AT THE BLACK CAT FOR A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT!Ticketing info for the show is forthcoming. No word on whether this reunion will blossom into something larger (meaning more dates) or be a single one-off. The show also features Government Issue who reunited in 2010 and has done so on occaision since then.
Scheduled to appear:
Dag Nasty (and their original "Can I Say" lineup of Shawn Brown, Brian Baker, Roger Marbury, and Colin Sears)
Black Market Baby
and special guests!
This is a night to celebrate the filming of 'Salad Days' and the enduring legacy of these bands and this fine city!