Entries tagged with: Descender
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens at CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Walter Schreifels has to be one of the most consistently busy musicians in rock. He was a member of a few legendary bands, including but not limited to Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand, and those bands have played live as recently as November's Fun Fun Fun Fest and New Year's Eve in NYC, respectively. He's also got an ongoing solo career and two recently-formed bands: Vanishing Life (with members of Trail of Dead) and The Dead Heavens (with former members of Youth of Today, White Zombie and Cults). Vanishing Life put out a single last fall, and now we're finally getting a studio-recorded taste of Dead Heavens.
They've already played live a few times, including a CMJ show (pics) (co-presented by BrooklynVegan) and a Shea show in November, and now they've announced that they'll release the "History In My Hands" b/w "36 Chambers" 7″ on February 17 via Thrill Me (pre-order). Walter has said this band is inspired by Cream and Black Sabbath, and there's definitely some of Clapton's Cream-era wah guitar throughout the song, but it's a bit lighter than that description may make you think. Check it out below, via Stereogum.
The Dead Heavens have also announced a NYC residency happening in February at Saint Vitus. Here's the schedule:
* 2/10 w/ Cayetana and Without (tickets)Philly indie rockers Cayetana just played a BV-presented NYC show and covered New Order over the weekend (pictures and video), and Without count Bobby Drake of The Hold Steady as a member.
* 2/17 w/ Gates, Twin Strike and Descender (tickets)
* 2/24 w/ The Golden Grass, Black Black Black and These People (tickets)
New Dead Heavens song below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Matt Dayak
Pittsburgh's Broughton's Rules, whose lineup consists of current/former Don Caballero and Blunderbuss members, are set to release the followup to their 2010 debut this year. It's called Anechoic Horizon, was produced by Justin Pizzoferrato (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr) and is due November 11 via Relapse. The first single, "Umbra," is out now and like their debut (or Don Cab) it's instrumental rock that's part math, part post and a good listen if you're into this kind of stuff. Check that out below.
The band are currently on the road, opening for Torche on their tour, which hits PIttsburgh tonight (9/26) and storms into NYC this Saturday (9/27) at Saint Vitus. Also on that bill are Descender and Black Black Black. Tickets for that show are still available. If you're in Chicago, you can also catch their Halloween show with Marnie Stern.
All of their dates are listed, with the "Umbra" stream, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
United Nations @ Saint Vitus 8/2/2014
The Geoff Rickley-fronted screamo/powerviolence supergroup United Nations played a sold-out show at Saint Vitus on Saturday (8/2), and we've got pictures of the show in this post. They were joined by Florida post-hardcore crew and current tourmates Frameworks, and Brooklyn-based heavy post-hardcore bands Descender and the death-ier Primitive Weapons. The packed house at Vitus got pretty rowdy, with some mosh pit and crowd surfing action punctuating the sets. United Nations played a bunch of stuff from their recent Temporary Residence-released full-length The Next Four Years and closed the set with fan favorite "United Nations vs. United Nations," about that time they got sued by the non-musical United Nations. UN member Jonah Bayer's sister Vanessa Bayer, who you might recognize from SNL, introduced the headliners, or should we say ROASTED the headliners (watch the video below).
Check out more pictures from all four sets in Brooklyn, as well as setlists for everyone but Frameworks, and the Vanessa Bayer roast video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
United Nations at 285 Kent in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
United Nations, the current (and much heavier) band of ex-Thursday singer Geoff Rickly, are releasing their new album The Next Four Years on July 15 via Temporary Residence Ltd. After revealing the menacing "Serious Business," UN are back with a new single from the record, "Meanwhile on Main Street." It's calmer compared to the last single, but that doesn't mean it's not still totally intense and filled with rage. Check it out below.
Song stream below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Doomriders are set to release their new album, Grand Blood, on October 15 via Deathwish and they just released a new single from it called "Dead Friends." It's pretty straight-forward party metal/rock, if a tad lighter on the melodic-guitar work that marked earlier Doomriders material. You can check it out below.
Doomriders were last in NYC when they played 285 Kent with Red Fang, who just announced a tour which hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 12/11. They also just released a new song, which you can stream below.
Doomriders frontman and guitarist Nate Newton does double duty as the bassist in Converge. Another Converge-related band, Mutoid Man, just announced a NYC show. The trio (aka Converge's Ben Koller, Cave In's Stephen Brodsky, and Brohammer's Nick Cageo) will hit Saint Vitus on Monday (9/23) with Godmaker, Descender, and DJ Jim Carrol, (The Suicide File, The Hope Conspiracy). Tickets for that show will be available at the door.
As discussed, Stephen Brodsky is playing his own Brooklyn show at Union Hall on Friday (9/20) with Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum (tix). He's also since announced another show happening at Silent Barn on October 2 with Wing Dam and Me You Us Them.
Meanwhile, speaking of Kvelertak, they just released a psyched-out cartoon video for "Evig Vandrar," a song from their sophomore album, Meir, which came out earlier this year. Check it out below, along with the full list of High on Fire/Kvelertak tour dates, which also include support at select shows from Windhand (who recently played Saint Vitus) and Pack of Wolves...
by Andrew Sacher
The Scandals (photo via Greg Pallente)
One of the artists chosen to open for The Gaslight Anthem at their free Red Bull Sound Select show at Irving Plaza on July 27 is fellow NJ band The Scandals. It makes sense that they were selected for the show, considering they share not only a hometown, but also a knack for post-Bouncing Souls/Hot Water Music punk rawk and heartland melodies (though they don't do as much Boss worshipping as Gaslight). If you're going to that show (which is free but you have to request a ticket), it's worth showing up for them. Also on the bill is Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause (who just wrapped up a tour with Social Distortion and Cheap Time) and Frances & the Foundation.
The Scandals also play another NYC show even sooner than that opening for Get Involved at Saint Vitus on Thursday (7/11). Get Involved is sort of a post-hardcore supergroup, whose members include Tucker Rule (Thursday), Brian Deneeve (From Autumn To Ashes), Lars Weiss (Judge), Derrick Karg (Death in the Park), and Todd Weinstock (Glassjaw, Cubic Zirconia). They're planning on self-releasing an EP at some point this year, which is being produced by Ross Robinson, who was behind the boards for classic albums by Glassjaw, At the Drive-In, The Blood Brothers, and more. They make a similar style of post-hardcore to many of their past projects, but with a goth edge on the clean vocals. You can listen to two tracks on Kickstarter and watch the video for a third below.
That Saint Vitus show is also with Descender, Let Me Run, and Skeleton Dealer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Get Involved also play a day later at the Court Tavern (7/12) in New Brunswick, and in September they open the first of two Taking Back Sunday shows (9/11-12) at NJ's recently reopened Starland Ballroom, where TBS will be performing Tell All Your Friends in full, like they did on tour last year. These are currently the band's only remaining TAYF dates (night 1 tix & night 2 tix).
In more related news, ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly recently released his second solo mixtape, Darker Matter, which you can stream below or download (name your price) at bandcamp. He also has an upcoming Starland Ballroom (9/28) show, opening for fellow Jersey band Saves The Day (tickets) two days after STD play MHOW without Geoff (tickets). You can also see Geoff opening for Yellowcard at Irving Plaza (9/9 & 9/10)... if you're into that sort of thing (tickets).
All lists of dates and song streams below...
photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Loma Prieta @ Saint Vitus 4/2/2013
Cali post-hardcore gang Loma Prieta played Saint Vitus last night (4/2) as part of a string of dates with UK's Goodtime Boys, Descender (who also played the night before with Russian Circles) and Crushed. The date followed their appearance at the Paint it Black record release show in Philadelphia. More pics from Saint Vitus, including all bands except Descender, are below.
photos & words by Caroline Harrison
Russian Circles @ Saint Vitus 4/1/2013
Russian Circles played Saint Vitus last night (April 1), supported by locals Primitive Weapons and Descender. The post-metal band played Highline Ballroom on their last headlining tour (and Radio City Music Hall recently), so it's no surprise that they sold out the Greenpoint bar long before any openers had been announced.
Descender's no-frills post-hardcore kicked off the evening. Primitive Weapons, down a guitarist, ripped through an energetic set on home turf (guitarist Arty Shepherd was actually working the bar that night). Russian Circles' lushly layered sound translates beautifully live. The band expertly weaves in samples and loops, without obscuring Dave Turncrantz's impassioned drumming or Brian Cook's distinctive bass lines (ex-Botch/These Arms Are Snakes).
Primitive Weapons play Music Hall of Williamsburg later this month (4/27) with Dillinger Escape Plan, the Faceless, and Royal Thunder. We'll be posting the RSVP info for that free show as soon as it's available. And if you missed their set last night, you can catch Descender again tonight (4/2) at Saint Vitus supporting Loma Prieta and Goodtime Boys (tickets).
More pictures and a video of the entire Russian Circles set are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
United Nations at Union Pool, Feb 2010 (more by Paul Birman)
United Nations, the shrouded supercrew containing vocalist Geoff Rickly at the helm, are playing shows in middle January, including one at Saint Vitus on January 18 with support from Brooklyn crews Primitive Weapons, Descender, and Black Clouds. Tickets are on sale. Look for the rest of UN to be comprised of Ben Koller (Converge), Lukas Previn (Thursday, Regents), and Jim Carroll (The Hope Conspiracy).
In related news, The Hope Conspiracy have stepped out of hiding to announce work on new material. No details on said material or when/where it will emerge yet.
More United Nations tour dates and some streams are below.
Texas is The Reason at St. Vitus 10/10/2012
Texas is The Reason took the stage at St. Vitus Wednesday night (10/10) to perform a semi-secret late night mini-set at the end of the Gameface/Descender/Model Home show. The appearance was in addition to their showing at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg with States & Kingdoms earlier that night. Pictures from both shows are below.
Enthusiasm ran high in the lead-off sets by Descender and Model Home, which was quickly followed by the last minute addition of Long Island emo heroes On The Might of Princes. By the time OTMOP took the stage, the dim back room of St. Vitus was crackling with giddy, adolescent energy. Someone shouted, "Is anyone here NOT from Long Island?" a split second before all the lights went out. And as the stage lit up, frontman Jason Rosenthal's strident, melancholic voice pierced into the long-since-past malcontent suburban kid of yesteryear.
For their set, St. Vitus wasn't St. Vitus, but the VFW Hall in Bellmore ten years ago or the rec center in Huntington... whatever deeply personal and nostalgic place that hardcore was born for them. Out of nowhere, strangers draped arms over each other's shoulders, smiled, and sang together with total abandon because they weren't strangers, really -- they shared a collective memory of this band, and that was all that mattered.
That sense of camaraderie carried through Gameface into Texas is the Reason. Though their set was short, the die-hards stuck it out til the end and reaped the reward of an intimate performance -- much smaller than the Music Hall of Williamsburg they played earlier that same evening and the Irving Plaza last night (10/11). Texas rattled through fan favorites like "Back and to the Left" and "A Jack with One Eye," as well as the lesser known but beloved "If It's Here When We Get Back, It's Ours." Even when they finished playing, there was no usual refrain of "That's it?!" Everyone was sated --audience and band included.
Texas is The Reason went on to play Revelation 25 last night and pictures from Irving Plaza are on the way. Until then, check out pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg, pictures of Texas is The Reason and Gameface from Saint Vitus, and video of TiTR, Gameface and OTMOP all below.
Confirmed! Texas is The Reason, who sold out Irving Plaza and the show they are playing at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/10), will scoot on up Manhattan Avenue to play a surprise, second show as part of tonight's show at Saint Vitus with On The Might of Princes, Game Face, Descender and Model Home. Entry is FREE, 21+ only.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Speaking of Rev25, Chain of Strength, who are scheduled to play two nights of the celebration, have added a late show THURSDAY (10/11) at Acheron (!) with Clear (ex Have Heart) and Brooklyn's own Creem. There will be very limited tickets at the door for civilians, with many of the tickets allocated to VIP wristbands for the Revelation Records attendees. Get there early! It should be nuts.
In other Revelation-extracirricular activites news, On the Might of Princes at Saint Vitus on Friday (10/12) is waaaay sold out, but luckily the band will play the venue TONIGHT (10/10) as well, part of a bill with Gameface, Descender, Model Home. The show is FREE and 21+. The show also promises "another possible special guest"... could it be Texas is the Reason (who have a sold-out show at MHoW tonight)?
Saint Vitus will also host the sold-out Into Another show on 10/13.
Portland duo Wizard Rifle switch gears constantly on their new LP Speak Loud Say Nothing, an amalgamation of sludge, noise-rock, punk rock, and areas in between. The duo, who are self-described as a "scrap-metal monster... drawing from the sounds of Lightning Bolt, Karp, Sonic Youth, Black Sabbath and High on Fire", are currently blessing stages across the country, knee-deep in a set of North American tour dates that include a stop in Brooklyn at Acheron on April 28th. Full tour schedule and a stream of Speak Loud Say Nothing is below.
Bezoar, Iron Tides, and Descender are also on board for the Acheron show. Descender, who are also on board to play with Hawks & Doves (ex-Planes Mistaken for Stars), recently released the And So We Marched EP. Stream that and the new Wizard Rifle below...
It's a good thing that Nate Johnson has minty fresh breath!
Much like Shrinebuilder did, The Red Chord added a NYC show (and in their case, a date at New England Metal & Hardcore Fest) in the wake of their European tour cancellation. That show took place in Brooklyn on 4/25 at Public Assembly alongside the return of the fantastic Premonitions of War (with Nick Hale who recently toured with Burnt By The Sun), as well as sets by upstart bludgeoners Tiger Flowers and the riffy punks Descender.
Pics and some video from the 1000Knives/BrooklynVegan grind-fest, as well as current tour dates, are all below.
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble, BBG
East of The Wall, in full on crushing mode (by Samantha Marble)
East of The Wall and Goes Cube are finally home. The pair hit the road for SXSW shortly after their 3/5 show at Union Pool and have been skipping around the US ever since, with Goes Cube tagging The End's official showcase on 3/18 and East of The Wall playing a succession of shows including Goodbye South By at Red 7 on 3/21 (pics of both below). The bands are finally back on tri-state soil and will play a FREE in-store at Generation Records TODAY (3/30) at 6:30 with Descender.
East of The Wall's appearance at Goodbye South By on 3/21 at Red 7 was a jaw dropper. The NJ band play a smoking instrumental prog/hardcore hybrid that is technical with out feeling wanky. Think Pelican with the occaisional hardcore vocal and a little more tech, but with TONS of energy.
Flyer for the record store show, more tour dates, and SXSW pics, below...
STATS at Public Assembly (more by Justina Villanueva)
The city is always brimming with great art, whether from MSG to a loft in Bushwick. Here are some more NYC shows that are definitely worth a look over the coming weekend...
words by BBG, photos by Chloe Rice,
Before any of this CMJ nonsense, Iron Age played (?) The Charleston along with Brain Killer, Naam, Dustheads, Descender, and The Banner, part of a two day stint that the Austin band was doing in NYC. Our photographer Chloe sent in the following report from the show:
"Iron Age took forever to set up, bragging about polishing off a bottle of scotch and making out with random ladies in between disappearances to a room behind a curtain. As they finally got ready to play, Iron Age realized they had not only drunkenly lost a guitar, but also guitar PLAYER. The crowd was getting more and more anxious while their tech searched for him, and once he was found, he was almost too wasted to stand, let alone play! Eventually, they started to play (borrowed Naam's guitar?) but took breaks to stumble through some bad jokes and to tell some PMS'ing broad to fuck off. The playing was shortlived; one guitar amp blew out, the second guitar player broke a string (and proceeded to restring mid-song), which left the drummer and bass player carrying the song. I think they played four songs within the hour or so that they were on."Yikes. Video and more photos from Iron Age & Co at The Charleston are below...
Naam played the BrooklynVegan Day Party on 10/23 along with Ume, Goes Cube, Crystal Antlers, and Nebula. Pics from that show will be posted very soon.