Entries tagged with: Daylight
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Basement / Superheaven / Pity Sex @ Webster Hall - 8/19/14
I walked into Webster Hall on Tuesday (8/19) around 7:20, about three quarters of the way through Ovlov's set, the first set of a four-band bill, and it was packed. I've been to a handful of Webster Hall shows, but unless the headliner was someone like Paul Simon, I've never seen the 1,500-capacity venue that full so early on. But this was a special show. Basement, the UK post-hardcore band who put out two much-loved albums in 2011 and 2012 before going on a 2-year hiatus which just ended, were headlining the sold-out gig. And it was their second New York City show ever.
This wasn't just Basement fans waiting around for their favorite band to go on though. The crowd was appreciative of every band that played, and for good reason. Ovlov, who I've never seen outside of a DIY venue let alone a place as big as Webster Hall, had no trouble on the big stage. And their usually-scrappy indie rock sounded cleaner than ever. Pity Sex were up next, one of the few shoegaze bands around who can incite mosh pits, and it didn't take long for that to happen on Tuesday. It wasn't as crazy as their last NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (though that show was crazy for bad reasons too), but they sounded great. And most excitingly, they did an excellent cover of the Pixies' "Gigantic" which will appear on their upcoming split with Adventures. Pity Sex's Britty Drake does a great Kim Deal and the band really did justice to this one. Keep an eye out for that split.
They were followed by Superheaven (formerly Daylight). I had yet to really become a fan of Superheaven's recent debut album, Jar, but they won me over as a live band. With Jar, they come closer to post-grunge and alt-metal than any other band on the bill, and whether or not that sound is your style (it's not really mine), it's hard to deny that they do it right. Their tones were heavy as fuck, they were effortlessly tight, and they were no statues on stage either.
Then Basement came on, and if there was ever any doubt of how beloved this band is and how missed they were in NYC, that was erased within the first minute. I was upstairs when they started, and the crowd screaming to set opener "Whole" instantly echoed through the entire venue, louder than anything had been all night. That didn't change for the entire set, save for the two songs they played off their brand new EP. The band expressed more than once on stage how grateful and shocked they were to be playing to such a large crowd and getting the kind of feedback they were. Their last and only other NYC show was at the MUCH tinier Acheron in 2011 (also with Daylight, but that time Basement were the openers), and they said on stage that there couldn't have been more than 50 people there. To say Tuesday's show was a triumphant return to NYC would be an understatement.
Pictures from Webster Hall are in this post. More, with Basement's setlist, below...
Pity Sex at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
As previously discussed, UK post-hardcore band Basement ended their hiatus and will be touring North America this year, which includes a NYC show at the Grand Ballroom in Webster Hall on August 19 (moved from the Marlin Room, which had been moved from the Studio). Since we last spoke, two of Basement's Run for Cover labelmates, the shoegazy Pity Sex and the '90s alt-rock-loving Superheaven, have been added to the most of the US dates. Another '90s-loving band, Ovlov (but more Dino Jr/Sonic Youth-style love) also open the NYC show, and a few other Northeast dates. Tickets for Webster Hall are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Also, you won't have to wait that long to see Pity Sex, because as previously mentioned, they're first touring with other RFC labelmates, Tigers Jaw, and hitting NYC on 6/18 at MHOW with Petal and Loose Planes (tickets).
Superheaven are also touring sooner with Nothing, which hits The Studio at Webster Hall on 6/14 (tickets). When we last spoke, we mentioned that Superheaven is actually Daylight, though at the time we thought it was them being billed under a secret name. Turns out, Daylight have actually officially changed their name to Superheaven. You can read their letter explaining why (legal reasons), with the lists of their dates and Pity Sex's dates, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Nothing at Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Heavy shoegazers Nothing just never seem to stop touring (which is good, because their live show is really something else). The Philly band just wrapped up some dates, including a post-SXSW NYC show earlier this month. They're already set to return to NYC for a show with DIIV on Friday (4/4) (RSPVed out), and they've just announced another full tour for the spring. That tour includes yet another NYC show for Nothing happening on June 14 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
According the tour flyer (also below), support on that show comes from "Superheaven," which doesn't actually seem to be a real band. They aren't listed on Webster Hall's site yet, but from show listings for Philly, Chapel Hill, Dallas and others, it seems pretty likely that Superheaven is actually '90s alt-rock lovers Daylight, who may need to keep this tour on the DL until their tour with Bayside ends.
Nothing also just made a video for "Bent Nail," one of the more upbeat tracks on their excellent debut album, Guilty of Everything. The video features a cameo from fellow Philly musician Kurt Vile, and was directed by Don Argott. Check out the new video, with the list of dates and tour flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jason Shevchuck w/ Kid Dynamite at House of Vans (more by David Andrako)
Producer Will Yip has become a go-to guy in the punk scene, sitting behind the boards for Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pity Sex, Sainthood Reps, Citizen and many others, and on October 8, he'll release a compilation titled Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation (pre-order) with previously unreleased songs from those artists and a number of others he's worked with. Proceeds from the album will go towards funding his partnership at Studio 4.
One of the songs on the compilation, which makes its premiere in this post, is "That Thing That Separates Em," the first new song in years by None More Black, the band fronted by Jason Shevchuk of the once-again defunct Kid Dynamite. Check it out, in all its scrappy punk glory, along with the comp's album art and tracklist, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Native made their mark on the math rock/post-hardcore scene with their 2010 debut album, Wrestling Moves. Since then they've toured relentlessly, and they're now finally set to release that record's followup, Orthodox, on August 20 via Sargent House (Chelsea Wolfe, Russian Circles). The first single from the new album, "Kissing Bridge," goes from familiar noodly guitar/raspy vocals into borderline-shoegaze, and finally ends in a noise guitar freakout. Check it out, along with the album artwork and tracklist, below.
Native will be supporting the new record on a tour with O'Brother and Daylight this year, which hits NYC on September 12 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and album info, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Tampa garage rockers Dads share members with Merchandise (Carson Cox and David Vassalotti) and are also regulars on the same underground scene that Merchandise came from before they began extensively touring decent-sized venues across North America. Dads are about to release a new 7", Invisible Blouse, next week (7/9) via Brooklyn's Wharf Cat Records. You can stream the rowdy title track from that 7" below. They have no tour scheduled at the moment.
Meanwhile, there's also a NJ duo named Dads, who have a new EP, Pretty Good, coming out on August 6 via 6131 (you can stream a track at the AV Club). Though a bit too '04 MTV-emo for our tastes, they have an ongoing tour with Ann Arbor shoegazers Pity Sex, whose great debut LP was recently released, and that tour hits Brooklyn on July 20 at
Suburbia Death by Audio. Also on that show (and others) is The World Is... and Daylight.
UPDATE: As a commenter pointed out, the July 20 show has been moved to Death by Audio.
And just to keep things a little more confusing, there's a Chicago band called My Dad, who we recently caught in their hometown. Check out pictures on BV Chicago.
All Dads (NJ) dates are listed, along with a stream of the recent Dads (Tampa) single, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Ann Arbor, MI four-piece Pity Sex may have ties to the emo scene (they're about to tour with The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and they're on Run for Cover Records), but their new album, Feast of Love, which is due out on June 25, is straight up shoegaze/dream pop in the realm of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and it may very well win over fans of that scene. No music has been revealed from the new album yet, but you can check out a video of them playing one of its songs, "Drown Me Out," along with "Coca Cola" from 2012's Dark World EP at Brooklyn's Suburbia this past October along with a stream of the whole of that EP, below.
Pity Sex are about to wrap up a tour with Run, Forever which hits Long Island tonight (5/20) for a show at Zebra Club in Copiague, NY, and in June they'll kick off that tour with The World Is A Beautiful Place and Dads which hits Brooklyn on July 20 at Suburbia. Daylight are on that show and a few others too.
UPDATE: The band just released the first single from the record, "Wind Up," which you can listen to below (via Stereogum).
All dates are listed, along with that video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Jealous Sound at Terminal 5 in 2009 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Emo vets The Jealous Sound have been doing a good amount of touring this year, following the release of their comeback album, A Gentle Reminder. The new album hasn't fully captured the spirit of their 2003 debut but it's a solid return that shows the band have aged well and it's been great to see them back and spending a lot of time on the road.
They'll spend even more time on the road this winter, opening for the much newer emo band Balance and Composure, who fit in better when they toured with Circa Survive. Daylight is also on the tour. It culminates in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on February 24. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates.
A list of all dates, the tour flier, and a stream of The Jealous Sound's 2012 LP, A Gentle Reminder, below...