Entries tagged with: Ensign
Flemington, NJ melodic hardcore band Purpose were a band ahead of their time. Big things may have happened for them if they hadn't broken up in 2001. Their last show was at Westwood Garage in June of that year, and they haven't played since. They weren't completely forgotten though. Their entire 27 song discograpy was released by Black Numbers in 2007. Punk News reviewed it at the time:
One of New Jersey's better kept secrets over the course of the `90s and into the tip of the early 2000s seemingly had, well, a purpose. That purpose -- conveying real, profound and inspired emotion -- comes across pretty well in this nicely done, career-spanning overview.Listen to Discography: 1994-2001 in full, courtesy of Spotify or Bandcamp, below. Pick it up for $6 at Bandcamp.
Missed them the first time around? Maybe the biggest surprise on the just-announced lineup of NateFest is that Purpose are reuniting! It's unclear who will be a member this time though, but stay tuned for updates.
Led by John Waverka (who went on to front The Break), with constant member Brian Fahey, the band had a rotating cast of characters during its lifespan. Other members included Mikey Allen, Chris Oliver, Cass McGrath, Ed McGrath, Shaun Weeden, Anthony Anastasio (who went on to play in Saves The Day), and Bill Henderson.
Purpose member Bill Henderson is/was also in The Procedure, x One Way x, Between The Wars, Helcaraxe, AND Thursday! Though Bill left Thursday in 2000, he was one of the five original members, and one of the three original members of Thursday from Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington -- where Purpose formed, and where Kid Dynamite's Jason Shevchuk also went to school. Jason later formed None More Black, who are also playing NateFest.
Listen to all of Purpose's songs below...
As previously mentioned, Nate Gluck of NJ hardcore mainstays Ensign is sadly battling cancer, and now Ensign have teamed up with a handful of other hardcore bands to put on NateFest in his honor, on March 21 & 22 at a TBA New Jersey venue.
The lineup includes long-running NYHC legends Sick of It All, as well as recently back-in-action NY veterans such as Kill Your Idols, Indecision, and Killing Time. There's also a handful of regrouped NJ vets including Endeavor, Mouthpiece, NORA, and two of Nate Gluck's other bands Strength 691 and For the Love Of.
There will also be a few long-running NJ bands who never went away like Ensign themselves, None More Black, Shai Hulud and Bigwig, reunited Canadians Grade (who just played with Ensign), and newer NJ bands Old Wounds and Stag Party.
Lastly, two particularly interesting bands on the lineup are the reunited Purpose (pre-Thursday/Saves the Day) and 45 Revolutions, whose lineup includes vocalist Mike Ferraro of Judge, bassist Arthur Smilios of Gorilla Biscuits, guitarist Charlie (Moose) Garriga of CIV, and drummer Vinny Hooliganz. They played Santos last month. Watch a video below.
Venue, ticket info, and even more bands for NateFest TBA. Meanwhile donate some money to help cover Nate's medical bills at the GoFundMe page.
There's a few other chances to catch some of the NateFest bands in the area too. Sick of It All play Black N' Blue Bowl in NYC, Shai Hulud play Coco66 (3/19) right before NateFest (tickets), and Indecision open for NJ vets E-Town Concrete in their home state on Valentine's Day at Starland Ballroom. That show is also with LI vets VOD, plus The Banner, Suburban Scum (also playing BNB Bowl) and Razorblade Handgrenade (tickets).
Check out a few videos of some of the bands playing NateFest below...
Sad news from NJ hardcore mainstays Ensign. Guitarist/bassist Nate Gluck has been diagnosed with cancer in his stomach and esophagus. On top of that, his family is facing hard financial times, and Nate's friend launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for his cause. Here's an excerpt from what she wrote:
My neighbor and very close friend, Nate Gluck, has recently been diagnosed with cancer in his stomach and esophagus. A lof of you guys know him too, since he has played in pretty much every hardcore band in NJ ever at one point or another (including Ensign and Strength 691) . He is the sweetest guy, and all of us who know him love him dearly. He's always smiling, always warm, and always there when you need him.If you want to help out, you can head here to donate. As of this post, they've reached just over half of their $100k goal, which so far has been enough to get Nate and Christy out of foreclosure.
Things aren't very good right now. Nate is barely able to eat and will be beginning chemo and treatment really soon. He has lost a ton of weight and he is often too ill even to drive, and he is in a lot of pain. Despite all of that, he is in good spirits and ready to fight this thing. His optomism about all of it makes my eyes well up. But that's how Nate is. He handles everything with a smile.
Things have been incredibly hard on them as of late, and they desperately need our help. Nate's wife, Christy, is one of my best friends. She lost her job, has been unable to find a new one, and now desperately wants to be able to take care of Nate while he is undergoing treatment. To make matters worse, Their financial situation has become dire. They will lose their home if they are unable to pay their mortgage and the medical expenses are already mounting. It's horrible, and if they lose this house they will not have anywhere to go nor the funds to find a new home. They have no savings and the medical bills are already piling up.
Ensign posted on Facebook, writing:
This is a tough post to make, but a necessary one. Nate recently got some news that nobody ever wants to hear. Nate is the heart and soul of Ensign, and through this band's long and chaotic existence has always been the driving force pushing us to play shows, to write new music, to not rest on our past accomplishments but to keep going and be a better band tomorrow than we were today.Other bands have shown their support too, including Converge, Throwdown, boysetsfire, Shai Hulud, Strife, and more.
So if you can, please lend a hand to our friend, bandmate, and brother, because he needs it right now.
Ensign were recently in NYC opening the Grade reunion.
by Andrew Sacher
Canadian '90s/early '00s-era post-hardcore/emo band Grade have been active again for a few years now, and this fall they'll finally make their way back to the Northeast US for shows in NYC and Philly, both with NJ's Ensign. The NYC show happens November 28 at Saint Vitus with Jewel Heist and Regret. Tickets for that show are on sale now. The Philly show is the day after and they have a couple Canadian shows before then. All dates are listed below.
Grade released five full lengths in their time (as well as a handful of splits and EPs), the last being 2001's Headfirst Straight to Hell, and since reuniting they've put out a 2010 split EP with Bane which had them still sounding in good form. Their early records, including 1999's Under the Radar LP, their first full length for Victory Records and arguably their most influential release, merged melodic hardcore and emo and helped pioneer the screaming/clean-singing bands of the early 2000s. A couple years later, bands like Taking Back Sunday and Thursday would sign to Victory and help take this sound into the mainstream, but unfortunately Grade broke up before they had the chance to achieve that level of success themselves. Their stuff lives up well though. Revisit Under the Radar, along with a track from their 2010 comeback EP and their list of dates, below.
Cro-Mags at FFF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
NYC crossover vets Cro-Mags have a few local-ish appearances this week and next. First, members John Joseph and Mackie will team with Bad Brains members Darryl Jennifer and Dr. Know to perform Bad Brains material with other special guests at Bowery Electric on Thursday (9/25) (like John and Bad Brains members did last month at Afropunk). The show is benefit for The Children's Tumor Foundation. "They send kids to camp suffering from a deadly cancer called NF." Another veteran NYC crossover band, Subzero, and The Wilding Incident (featuring Sacha Jenkins who's in White Mandingos with Darryl of Bad Brains) are opening, and tickets are on sale now.
Then, this weekend Cro-Mags will team with Agnostic Front, Ignite, Sick of It All, a Pantera cover band and more at East Coast Tsunami in Reading, PA. After that, it's off to Asbury Park, NJ for a show at Asbury Lanes on October 2 with Ensign, Real Cops, White Collar Crime LLC and School Drugs (tickets on sale), and finally they'll be back home in NYC for their previously discussed Saint Vitus (10/3) show with Heavy Chains. Since we last spoke, The Wilding Incident were added to that one as well, as were Ache. Tickets for Vitus are still available.
Watch a video of John Joseph and Bad Brains at Afropunk 2014 below...
Ten Foot Pole in 2014 (photo by Denise Borders)
Punk veterans Ten Foot Pole, who formed as the hardcore band Scared Straight in the early '80s but changed their name before 1993's more melodic punk-styled Swill, have announced that they'll release their first new album since 2004's Subliminable Messages in 2015 via Cyber Tracks (El Hehe of NOFX's label). The band is currently fronted by original member Dennis Jagard like they've been since after their 1995 split with Satanic Surfers (when singer Scott Radinsky left to front Pulley and play major league baseball), and also features drummer Chris Dalley, bassist Chris Del Rio and guitarist Keith "DJ" Divel.
Ten Foot Pole have also announced a tour which hits NYC on July 25 at The Grand Victory with Boston's Burning Streets (who opened for Dead Kennedys and Reagan Youth at Irving Plaza last night [6/19]) and NYC's Sad and French. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
You can also catch Sad and French at that venue even sooner on July 9 for their record release show that also includes Arliss Nancy, Gameday Regulars, The Reveling and Spirit Houses (tickets). And even sooner than that, they'll open the previously discussed Captain, We're Sinking show at Union Hall.
Burning Streets and Reagan Youth (who both play Punk Island on Saturday [6/21]) will team up on a bill again at Grand Victory on Sunday (6/22), this time to open for another veteran melodic punk band, Sloppy Seconds, who haven't released an album since 2008's hiatus-ending Endless Bummer, but are still an active live band. Tickets for that show, which also includes The Basicks, are on sale now. All Sloppy Seconds dates are listed below.
That same day (6/22) but earlier (2 PM), another band playing Punk Island, Empty Vessel, hits the venue with OC45, Blest Mess and Harm (tickets). You can check out some of their Kurt Ballou-recorded tracks on bandcamp.
On Monday (6/23), California punk vets D.I. bring their ongoing tour to Grand Victory for a show with Runny and Spewing Cum. Tickets for that one are on sale. All DI dates are listed below.
NYHC vets Antidote, who put out their first new album in over two decades back in 2012, plays an all ages matinee show (2 PM) at the venue on August 3 before their European tour. That show is with Beyond, Manipulate, Downlow and Point Blank. Tickets are on sale now.
Italian hardcore band Raw Power (active since 1981) come over to NYC to hit Grand Victory on August 7 with Wartorn, Agitator and Miscegenator. Tickets are on sale.
'70s-era British punks Slaughter & The Dogs (who reformed in the '90s) will be touring North America and hitting Grand Victory on September 25 and 28. Night 1 will be opened by Stalkers, 45 Adapters and The Rats, but no openers announced for night 2 at the moment. Tickets for both nights are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Back to the '90s melodic punk: Lagwagon singer Joey Cape (who's also in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes who have a new album and play Riot Fest this year) brings his solo tour to Grand Victory on September 23. That tour is also with Flatliners singer Chriss Cresswell and Brian Wahlstrom (who plays in Scorpios with Joey). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
And one last bit of previously-mentioned related news, Ensign are playing some shows this year including Grand Victory on July 20 with Livefastdiefast, The Last Stand and Silence Equals Death. Tickets for that show are still available.
All lists of dates, and streams for some of the bands mentioned, below...
by Ian Chainey
photo by Randy Blythe
"They've been talking us down for so long, I almost started to believe them all."
Those are Madball singer Freddy Cricien's first unassisted words on new single "Doc Marten Stomp." He's not kidding about the "long" part. Freddy has fronted the NYHC DMS crew heavies since 1988. Back then, he was 12 and Madball was the fun Agnostic Front spinoff featuring bigger half-brother Roger Miret on bass. In 1989, Freddy yelped "hardcore lives" on debut EP Ball of Destruction. 25 years later, that ad-lib turned into the title for Madball's new album to be released by the band's own Black N Blue Label on June 27. (Preorder.) According to Freddy, it also continues to be a driving inspiration:
I've always felt that 'we as a scene' had to scream just a lil louder... to be heard! That said, Hardcore Lives, at least to us, is not just about a cool 'catchphrase,' it's about that rebellious spirit that doesn't give in... in life, music, whatever. It's about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. It's about family, overcoming adversity, and respect. All the things that matter inside and outside of the music realm. It's for everyone and anyone with an open mind and heart.The key word is "family." Madball are all about inclusion if you're down to be included. Lyrics are purposefully anthemic and every-man. There are a lot of "brothers," "us," and assurance this is done for "you." The group take on nameless persecutors for you, providing a vicarious outlet to vent your real world obstacles. That's why "Doc Marten Stomp" is relatable. That's why it will mean something to a lot people. It's also why it's a killer summer song.
That's no typo. "Doc Marten Stomp" is set to score many future drives from now until September. Drummer Mike Justian putters with the lumbering rumble of a muscle car. Guitarist Mitts and bassist Hoya Roc temper punk riffs with NYHC's recognizable bounce. Cricien roars and croons with a throat full of grit. Using those elements as a foundation, the song builds towards a catchy crescendo. It's powerful pop as much as it Madball. It's earworm stuff, causing those within earshot to whisper-sing "for the black, for the blue" later on without noticing. It's not the Demonstrating My Style you might expect, but it's still a spirited call to arms; just one in a different key. You'll carry on heeding their order and you won't doubt it because, hey, you're one of them. That's the reason Madball will never die.
A stream of the new song premieres in this post and can be listened to, along with the "DNA" lyric video and Hardcore Lives details, below.
Madball also have a number of dates coming up this year, including This is Hardcore, Heavy Montreal, and opening slot at the Body Count record release show happening in NYC on June 12 at Gramercy Theatre, also with Wisdom In Chains opening. All upcoming Madball dates are listed below.
And though Madball didn't play this year, they (or at least Freddy) are among the producers of the Black N Blue Bowl which recently went down in Bushwick . Black N Blue's East Village Radio show ended the same week, they've already found a new home on Long Island.
Speaking of Wisdom In Chains, they also open for H2O (whose Toby Morse appears on Hardcore Lives) in NJ on July 29 at Asbury Lanes, along with Ensign, Krust and White Collar Crime. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/30) at noon.
Meanwhile, White Collar Crime (the new band of Jake from Rocks Off, not to be confused with the other band of that name), make their NYC debut two days before the H2O show, opening the Subhumans / Casualties show at Le Poisson Rouge (7/27) which Rocks Off is presenting. Mischief Brew are on that bill too and tickets are still available.
Madball streams, with the list of tour dates and LP info, below...
NJ hardcore band Ensign are playing a show in their home state on June 7 at Court Tavern and then hitting NYC on July 20 at Grand Victory with Livefastdiefast, The Last Stand and Silence Equals Death. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.
Living Colour are playing City Winery on June 1 & 2. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
Tickets for the Incan Abraham show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon. Tickets for their Northside shows at Glasslands and Cameo are on sale now, and you can also try to get in using your Northside badge.
Tickets for the Black Lips and King Khan & BBQ Show show at MHOW go on AmEx presale today at noon. No presale for their Irving Plaza show. You can also still get tickets to see King Khan & the Shrines at LPR and MHOW in June.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
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.
The Court Tavern is closed indefinitely, owner Bobby Albert said on Wednesday.Bad news for NJ, New Brunswick, Rutgers and music in general.
The venerable New Brunswick club was shut on Wednesday. Albert declined to comment further on the club's closing when reached at his North Brunswick home.
There was no notice of its closing posted at the club at 124 Church St., its website or its Facebook page. Music promoter Andy "Diamond" De Nicolo said that he was not alerted of the club's closing, nor did he known how the situation would affect upcoming shows scheduled there, including the high-profile concert by city punk legends Ensign on Friday. [myCentralJersey.com]
A hiatus, a reformation, a break-up, a departure and another reformation all were the prelude to 108's return to the stage on Saturday (1/8). The band played the first of two NYC shows that day (the first of three overall) at Cake Shop. The show took place earlier in the day, and was followed by the ill-fated Forgetters show that eventually led to the the Cake Shop basement being closed down by police (due to capacity concerns).
Cake Shop was predictably packed for 108 too, and the band easily delivered the best set of all the bands on the bill, much like they reportedly did a few hours later at an also-packed Death By Audio. Each show featured different sets and different support: Ensign, Incendiary, and Torchbearer opened Cake Shop, while DBA got Black Kites, Heavy Breath, and Primitive Weapons.
More pictures from the Cake Shop show below...
Rob Fish OF 108
After a bit of a false alarm, Rob Fish is BACK in 108 and BrooklynVegan and 1000 Knives are proud to present their return with Ensign and Incendiary at Cake Shop on January 8, 2011! Tickets are on sale, and going FAST. The show is part of a short tour that will be announced soon.
The band released the excellent 18.61 earlier this year on Deathwish Records.