Entries tagged with: Fight Amp
by Andrew Sacher
photo: KEN mode at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Winnipeg crushers KEN mode recently played some stuff off their upcoming sixth album, Success at one of the BV-SXSW parties, which we mentioned sounding closer to AmRep noise rock than their previous material. Now they've revealed the first studio recording from the LP, "Blessed," and the AmRep comparisons are even more apt here than we realized seeing it live. It seems very appropriate that the album was engineered by Steve Albini, mastered by his Shellac bandmate Bob Weston, and features an appearance by Oxbow's Eugene Robinson. (It also awesomely features members of Full of Hell.)
Success will be out on June 16 via Season of Mist. Watch the video for "Blessed," via Noisey, below.
KEN mode also announced a tour with fellow AmRep worshippers Fight Amp. That comes to NYC for a show on June 18 at Saint Vitus with killer local support from Pyrrhon and Couch Slut. Tickets for Vitus should be on sale soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Fight Amp have announced the followup to 2012's Birth Control. It's called Constantly Off and will be out on June 9 via Brutal Panda. You can watch an album trailer with clips of new music, below.
by Ian Chainey
Fight Amp at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Markus Shaffer)
How many bands does it take to make a concertgoer deaf? WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU. I WAS AT A FIGHT AMP SHOW.
Fight Amp, the Philly noise rockers keeping the old AmRep flame lit, will be embarking on a short tour in July. They'll be joined by their sonic twinsies in the ten-tons-of-grit that's San Francisco's Kowloon Walled City -- who are making their sole East Coast stop for 2014 -- and the catchy hook slingers of Baltimore's grungy Roomrunner. The tour begins in Philadelphia on July 15, darts towards the coast for two days, and then comes to a close in Columbus, Ohio. On July 16, the three bands will add Primitive Weapons for their Saint Vitus engagement in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All three bands have found success with their take on the ultra-heavy guitars, lurching basslines, and tight rhythms that categorized early '90s bands like Cherubs, Tar, and Unsane. Yet, don't call them revivalists as each twist the feedback squalls with their own identities. Fight Amp, who are hard at work on a follow-up to 2012's Birth Control, find a way to integrate hypnotic repetition within their pummel. Same goes for Kowloon Walled City, adding a much needed dynamic sense to their sludgier songs. Then, Roomrunner reads like an outlier, what with their bordering on power pop infectiousness, yet they whip their equipment into a similar frenzy, using a low wum as a weapon. Should be fun.
All dates are listed, with streams from the bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
When you hear a band name like Creepoid and hear that they're on No Idea Records, you probably think you know what you're getting: a punk band. But this Philly band are anything but. Their self-titled sophomore LP (due out on 3/4) has more in common with '90s slowcore bands like Red House Painters or Low than it does with most of their labelmates. They can still get intense, but in a different way. Clean guitars and dreamy vocals make up most of the album, pulling you in via entrancement rather than full-throttle attack. And though they can pile on the distortion in some parts (like the psychedelic-sludge drone at the end of "Tired Eyes"), it's more of a rare secret weapon than their main tool to fall back on.
They don't pile on the distortion at all on the new record's single, "Sunday," which is all strummy acoustic guitars and a twangy electric lead. The black and white video for that song makes its premiere in this post, and you can watch it below.
Creepoid also have a number of dates coming up, including SXSW and two NYC shows. The first is the NYC stop of the Graveface Roadshow at Shea Stadium on February 17, which we already knew The Casket Girls were playing, and since we last spoke, The Stargazer Lillies and Dreamend were added too. Tickets for that show are on sale now. They also open the NYC stop of the Whores / Fight Amp tour, which happens on March 28 at Saint Vitus with No Way. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
By Doug Moore
Whores at Union Pool, 2012 (more by Markus Shaffer)
Fresh off the successful release of their second EP Clean and a sold-out show at Saint Vitus in November, Atlanta's Whores are already gearing up for 2014. On February 11, they'll participate in Brutal Panda's latest series of covers-driven split 7"s; their side features a sludgified version of The Cure's "Jumping Someone Else's Train." (The other side features Rabbits, who cover "Give It to Me" and "A Reflection" on their side.) Preorder the split here and stream the Whores cover below.
The band will also embark on a North American tour in March and April. Lo-Pan and Fight Amp will join them on certain dates (which are listed below). The tour will hit both SXSW and Spillover Fest in Texas; the Fight Amp leg will stop in NYC at Saint Vitus on March 28. Keep an eye out for tickets.
Check out the Whores/Cure cover tune, the cover art for the split 7" with Rabbits, and their full run of tour dates below.
photos by Caroline Harrison
Today is the Day played Saint Vitus last night (March 6th) joined by touring partners Black Tusk, KEN Mode and Fight Amp with Brooklyn band Fashion Week rounding out the evening. Pictures from the show are at Invisible Oranges. Saint Vitus was the second date on the touring package's North American tour that will take them to The Studio at Webster Hall tomorrow (3/8) all the way to SXSW. Look for half of that bill, Today is the Day and KEN Mode, to play the Invisible Oranges stage at BrooklynVegan's SXSW day party at the old Emo's location on March 15.
If you missed out on Saint Vitus last night, head to The Studio at Webster Hall on Friday (3/8). Tickets are still available OR you can try your luck at winning a pair! Details on how to win are below.
Today is The Day at Maryland Deathfest, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Noisecore favorites Today is The Day will hit the road in March on a campaign toward SXSW. The band will be joined by a formidable supporting cast of Black Tusk, KEN Mode and Fight Amp with the tour kicking off with TWO NYC dates: Saint Vitus on March 6 (tickets), followed by a second show at The Studio at Webster Hall on March 8 with a "special guest" TBA (tickets). All tour dates are listedbelow.
photos by Nate "Igor" Smith; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Yakuza / Royal Thunder @ Saint Vitus, 10/20/2012
Fueled by Sailor Jerry's spiced rum and PBR (both were free for a limited time), the BrooklynVegan - BBG CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/20 (a measly $5 door fee at the door if you didn't have a CMJ badge), sold-out the venue with an eclectic mix of bands that exemplified "heavy music" in many different ways: the searing post-rock/post-hardcore/black metal of Sannhet, brooding cello loops by Helen Money, crusty metallic-hardcore from Enabler, Am-Rep-y hardcore by Fight Amp, searing bluesy hard rock from Royal Thunder and experi-metal from Chicago's Yakuza (check out our recent interview with Bruce Lamont). It was all six bands' only CMJ show.
If you missed Royal Thunder (shame on you), you can still catch them on tour with COC.
Special thanks goes out to Saint Vitus, Sailor Jerry, PBR, Raw Rev and Mercy for help making the show a reality. More pictures and video from Saint Vitus, though unfortunately no pictures of the amazing Sannhet, below...
Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, with Bloodiest, Aug 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chicago experi-metal-ists Yakuza are welcoming their new monster, Beyul, via the venerable Profound Lore Records next week (specifically, 10/16). The record is currently available for preorder and "The Last Day" from the record can be found at Pitchfork, but now you can stream the entire Beyul record in full below!
Yakuza have two dates scheduled in celebration of the LP, a record release show in Chicago with Dysrhythmia on 10/16 at Empty Bottle and the official BV-BBG CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/20 with Royal Thunder, Enabler, Fight Amp, Helen Money and Sannhet. Tickets are still available and $5 (or use your CMJ badge), plus complementary PBR/Sailor Jerry/Mercy drink while supplies last.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Yakuza at Gramercy, October 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
I am proud to announce the official BV-BBG CMJ showcase, going down in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on October 20th! The show will feature six bands, all of which will be exclusive to this show:
Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY October 20, 2012:Headlined by avant-garde metal favorites Yakuza featuring frontman Bruce Lamont, the show marks the band's first appearance in NYC in two years, this time to celebrate the release of their new LP Beyul, due on 10/16 via Profound Lore. Royal Thunder's return engagement is their first since a jaw-dropping appearance at Knitting Factory last month, and the noise-punk stylings of Fight Amp, the vicious crusty hardcore of Enabler, cello-explorations from Helen Money and Brooklyn post-rock/hardcore favorites Sannhet round out the night. Tickets are on sale and a paltry $5 or you can use your CMJ badge (a limited amount of badges will be let in, first come, first served).
Yakuza (only East Coast appearance)
While you're at the show, make sure and take advantage of the complimentary Pabst Blue Ribbon and Sailor Jerry rum, while supplies last, And take advantage of drink specials for both on through the night! Oh, and to save you afterwards, we'll also be serving free Mercy hangover prevention.
Listen to all the bands below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Birth Control album art
Philadelphia noise-punks Fight Amp are back with their latest LP Birth Control, which hits next week (9/25) via Translation Loss. The record, their third overall, sees the band wading in the same Am-Rep-y infested waters as previous releases but this time with a stronger sense of melodicism. Stream the entire LP for the first time below.
We sat down with Mike McGinnis of Fight Amp to ask him a few questions about the new record, future touring plans, and more. The results of our conversation are below.
Fight Amp at Union Pool, June 2012 (more by Markus Shaffer)
Fight Amp is preparing to release the new LP, Birth Control, via Translation Loss! Check out two new tracks from Birth Control below and look for it in the flesh on September 25. Preorder your copy here.
All suggested shows for the next two weeks and streams are below. What did I miss?
photos by Markus Shaffer
Ben Verellen of Harkonen
Harkonen reunited for a trio of shows on the East Coast, including a stop in NYC at Union Pool on June 15th as part of a BV-BBG/Brutal Panda Northside Festival showcase. Though the Tacoma band had technical difficulties, they nonetheless sounded amazing in the packed out room.
Harkonen was joined by The Atlas Moth, Fight Amp and Whores, the latter of which played Saint Vitus two days prior with Primitive Weapons. Pictures from Union Pool are below.
Ladder Devils, which features members of The Minor Times, have teased us with a few tastes of their Am-Rep style post-hardcore, but it wasn't until recently that the band had ventured into the studio to knock out a full exhibition. Enter Nowhere Plans, the band's debut LP for Brutal Panda which is due June 26th and available for preorder now. Limited to 500 pieces of vinyl, the album spans nine tracks, one of which, "Good Enough Methodology," is available for streaming for the first time below.
Ladder Devils are on board to support Harkonen (as part of their East Coast jaunt) at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie with Whores and The Atlas Moth. The day before, look for Harkonen to play the BrooklynVegan/Brutal Panda Northside showcase which is happening June 15 at Union Pool. Tickets to the Brooklyn are still available (or use your Northside badge). Tickets to the Philadelphia show are still available too.
Stream that new Ladder Devils track below, along with some previously-available material.
Art for Shiner's The Egg
Shiner was a band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003. The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996, and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7" single of the group's songs "Sleep it Off" and "Half Empty". Following this the band toured with Hum in 1998. A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of The Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002.Shiner called it quits with a show in their native Kansas City in January of 2003, with its members taking to projects like Every Time I Die, The Damned Things, The Life & Times, With Knives, and many others.
Close to ten years later, the band is back for a quintet of reunion shows in the US in celebrate of The Egg's reissue, due on August 7th. The dates include stops in Lawrence, Kansas, Chicago, LA and NYC at Irving Plaza on August 11th with Errortype:11. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Errortype:11 shares members of Primitive Weapons, who will team with Whores, Family, and Tiger Flowers at Saint Vitus on June 13th. Tickets are on sale. As previously mentioned, Whores will also play Union Pool on June 15th with Harkonen, The Atlas Moth, and Fight Amp as part of a Brutal Panda/BV-BBG Northside event. Tickets are still available, or get in with your Northside badge.
A listing of all Shiner tour dates and a teaser video for The Egg reissue are below.
Mouth of The Architect is back from self-imposed exile to record a new LP and do a string of East Coast dates! The shows include stops in the Midwest and the East Coast, including on June 16th at Saint Vitus. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
With the reissue of Warrior Kids's Les Enfant De L'Espoir in the open (download it for free, buy it via Katorga Works), the band will hit the road for a string of US dates leading up to an appearance at Chaos in Tejas. The dates include two NYC stops at Acheron on May 22nd with Crazy Spirit, Creem and Goosebumps and Tommy's Tavern on May 24th with 45 Adapters and Offensive Weapon. Full tour schedule is below.
Fight Amp are currently working on their new LP Birth Control for Translation Loss. Reminder, Fight Amp will appear with Harkonen, The Atlas Moth and Whores for a show at Union Pool on June 16th. Tickets are still available, or get into this BV/Brutal Panda event with your Northside Badge.
Philadelphia punks Leather are working on a new long-player and will play a string of East Coast dates including a stop at Acheron on June 9th with Shoxx (ex-Pollution). Full tour schedule is below.
More suggested NYC shows, video from Autopsy last week (pictures are here), a new Ulver video, and more are below. What did I miss?
"Giant squid sound like June of 44, neurosis and system of a down made an awesome three way music baby." [SethCDiamond
"hey LADIES, it's a great weekend to be a WOMAN in PUNK! canadian riot grrrls WHITE LUNG are in town tonite @ 538 johnson + tmw @ the acheron" -Maria Sherman
Giant Squid @ Saint Vitus
Translation Loss celebrated their roster at two shows in the East Coast, including NYC at Saint Vitus on 4/21. The Philadelphia-based record label looped in west-coast cello-centric metal crew Giant Squid for the special occaision, filling out the rest of the bill with appearances from Rosetta (who headlined the evening), Fight Amp and East of the Wall. Pictures and video from Saint Vitus on Saturday are below.
Shortly after the close of the show, I braved the elements to head to the sweltering-hot-and-obscenely-packed Acheron to catch the tail end of Crazy Spirit before White Lung hit the stage for their second of two NYC shows (the first was at 538 Johnson the day before). Thankfully, I missed a fight that broke out at the venue during the show and managed to catch all of the bratty-punk set by White Lung who, despite microphone issues and too much stage volume (which forces the vocals too high in the PA), were totally fun and unique. Video from Acheron is below.
If you missed Fight Amp, the band will be in NYC very soon... look for the Am-Rep-meets-hardcore trio to bless Union Pool on June 14th as the special guest for the previously announced Harkonen/The Atlas Moth/Whores show as part of the BrooklynVegan-BBG/Brutal Panda Northside showcase. Tickets are still on sale OR you can use your Northside badge to get in.
All pictures and video from Acheron and Saint Vitus are below.
Rosetta at Gramercy Theater (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Whenever vocalist Mike Armine isn't handling vocals over spacey post-hardcore riffs with his band Rosetta, you can probably catch him crouching in the corner activating some of the samples and ambient tracks that provide texture and depth to their live show. Now Armine is welcoming an LP of tracks that further explore his ambient tendencies with Verse & Cleansing Undertones of Wake/Lift, a full-length that delves head-first into waves of noise, tones, and feedback, abandoning some of the clenched-fist approach of Rosetta in favor of introspection. Stream all of Verse & Cleansing Undertones of Wake/Lift below and look for the LP on Translation Loss Records this week.
Rosetta released a split with Junius and the The Determinism of Morality LP last year, and recently played with Kings Destroy at Saint Vitus on March 14th. The band will return to the space on April 21st as a special guest where they will join Giant Squid, Fight Amp and East of The Wall. Tickets are still available.
All tour dates and that Mike Armine stream below...
Jackie of Giant Squid at BV/Profound Lore SXSW (more by Samantha Marble)
Fight Amp, Giant Squid, East of The Wall and special guests will team up for Translation Loss showcases at North Star Bar in in Philadelphia on 4/20 (with Rosetta) and at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on 4/21 (with special guest TBA). Tickets for both shows are on sale (at the links).
Giant Squid, who released the Cenotes EP last year, is celebrating its vinyl release with these shows. The band currently have no other new releases on the way but their labelmates Fight Amp do...
Studio time is officially booked for our next full-length! Starting April we're recording to 2" tape at Gradwell Studios here in South Jersey, same place we used for our splits with Black Tusk, Kowlloon Walled City, and Ladder Devils. Here come the bummer jams...Or is that boner jams?
Meanwhile, East of the Wall are hitting the road for a string of US dates with Hull and Black Tusk. You can also catch Brett from East of the Wall at Union Pool as part of Argonauts. All tour dates and some video is below.
photos by Di Lynn Ring
Cynic @ Gramercy Theater
The inaugural Metal SuckFest had its final night on Saturday at Gramercy Theater (11/4) with a headlining appearance from Cynic, and support from Obscura, The Red Chord, 3, Fight Amp, Rosetta, Scale The Summit, Last Chance To Reason, A Life Once Lost and Ultrageist. Pictures from the show (none of Ultrageist) are in this post.
Before the show (on 11/2), Cynic headed to East Village bar Idle Hands to play an intimate acoustic show in celebration of their new EP Carbon-Based Anatomy. Check out an interview taken at that appearance, their Gramercy setlist as well as more pictures from the whole Gramercy show (night one HERE), below...
Weedeater words by Lindsay Maharry, photos & Oxbow words by BBG
Weedeater headlined Europa Saturday night (9/10), playing alongside Oxbow, Bison BC, and Fight Amp as part of a larger tour for Weedeater & co. It was a rare one-off for Oxbow.
Weedeater as a band, and as people, are completely unaffected, giving their live show a remarkable jolt of undeniable authenticity. Beloved frontman "Dixie" Dave Collins' collision of dirty Southern grit and seemingly effortless talent is mesmerizing. Collins started the show off with a back pocket full of salami cold cuts and an arm full of American flag Budweiser. After riffing Sleep for the sound test, the band exploded into "God Luck and Good Speed". The room shook.
Cross-eyed madman Collins is also a jack of many trades. One minute he's knocking himself in the head, while the next he's straight-faced and seamlessly manipulating feedback in perfect sync with the rest of the band. Between growled lyrics, Collins shot strands of mucus in and out of his mouth, but not without casualties; spit strung through his beard for the rest of the set. He didn't wipe it away.
At one point, early on, he found a bottle of water on the stage. "What the fuck is this for? washin' clothes or something?," he muttered to himself, then threw the bottle over his shoulder and pounded the rest of his beer. He never missed a beat. - LM
Oxbow (my favorite band of the night) vocalist Eugene Robinson's well-documented knowledge of the combative arts translates to his moves on stage, punctuating big bang moments from the songs with uppercuts and downward fist strikes. Slithering to the band's bluesy-avant-jazz-meets-Am-Rep backing, Robinson would disrobe piece by piece- eventually grabbing, fondling and thrusting himself in his skivvies and a black leather vest. To say Robinson's performance is confrontational is an understatement, but also to discount Oxbow as a band with a novelty frontman would be a travesty. The trio of Dan Adams, Greg Davis, and Niko Wenner are exceptional musicians that write incredibly compelling tunes regardless of the vocal situation. David Yow knows it, so take notes young folk... this is how it should be done: raw, in your face, soulful, brutal and excellent.
Fight Amp and Bison BC also delivered my favorite performances yet. Bison are at the top of their live game. More pictures from the show, below...
Magrudergrind at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by BBG)
Metalsucks have announced most of their lineup slated for the Metal Suckfest 2011 at Gramercy Theater on November 4th and 5th. Joining the previously announced artists will be God Forbid, Howl, Black Tusk, Ramming Speed, Prime Evil, A Life Once Lost, Scale the Summit, Fight Amp, and Ultrageist across the two days. Tickets are on sale for both 11/4 and 11/5, or you can buy them packaged with tickets for Mayhem who play the day before (Metalsucks Pre-Game). Lineups by day and the show flyer is below.
Reminder: TWO of the artists slated to play the Metal Suckfest will play NYC this weekend. Fight Amp will support Weedeater/Oxbow/Bison BC at Europa on Saturday (9/10, tickets) and Despise You/Magrudergrind/Backslider/The Communion/Defeatist are at Shea Stadium (9/11).
More shows happening this weekend are listed in Evillive.
The almost-full Suckfest lineup and the show flyer is below.
Dixie Dave on stage with Buzzov*en at MDF (more by BBG)
Apparently resurrected after their encounter with a frightening Mancoon, Weedeater (with a spankin' new website) will hit the road in early September for a round of dates through middle October. Support will come from Saviours, Bison BC & Fight Amp, except for NYC & Philly who Saviours will bypass, with NYC getting a rare appearance from Oxbow! The show goes down on September 10th at Europa (ticketing information is forthcoming). BrooklynVegan is the proud sponsor of the Europa date and the tour as a whole.
All tour dates and that "Mancoon/Turkey Warlock" video is below.
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
Compared to fellow Georgians Mastodon & Baroness, Kylesa have always been sort of the underdog. Now entering their 10th year as a band, it seemed like sweet justice on Wednesday (1/26) to see the band pack a headlining show at Santos Party House, and play with another THREE underrated bands in their own right.
Rosetta, East of The Wall, and Fight Amp all deserve bigger audiences than they usually draw. East of The Wall's Isis-meets-jazzy-tech is technically astounding, brutal, and endlessly watchable. Fight Amp conjure the best of Am-Rep, leaning towards hardcore. Rosetta's post-rock-meets-hardcore is spacey, atmospheric, emotional, and a live juggernaut.
I could tell from not only the crowd's size, but from some of the faces, that Kylesa's new LP Spiral Shadow has been attracting attention from some different corners of the music world. Nevertheless, the bulk of the crowd popped for fan fave "Hollow Severer" (from 006's Time Will Fuse Its Worth). Material from personal fave Static Tensions received the same warm welcome... if by welcome you mean stagedives and windmills. It was another excellent set from this crew, who unfortunately had some extra work to do the next morning.
More pictures from the show and the setlist are below...
photos by Chris La Putt, words by BBG
Kylesa's latest release Spiral Shadow is garnering its share of year-end accolades, and the band continues to play shows through the end of the year after recently completing a tour with High on Fire and Torche that brought them to Webster Hall in October. But Kylesa isn't content; they've already announced another tour for the new year!
BrooklynVegan is proud to present Kylesa's Spiral Shadow January 2011 tour of the East Coast, featuring appearances from Zoroaster, Rosetta, and Fight Amp along the way. The tour makes an NYC stop on 1/26 at Santos Party House with Rosetta and Fight Amp. Tickets are on sale now for the BV/1000 Knives co-production. All dates are below.
If this were science class, I'd propose the hypothesis that NYC loves Kylesa. I would then prove said theorum with the evidence of their recent surprise show with Hull at Public Assembly that took place one night after the above-mentioned Webster Hall show. It was an excellent turnout on short notice, on that possibly-hurricane-threatened day, and the Savannah band were great as they ripped through staples from previous burners as well as new classics like "Don't Look Back". Pictures from that show are HERE and HERE.
And a second set of pictures from the Webster Hall show is in this post. They continue with the tour flyer and all tour dates below...
UOoA at Death By Audio (more by Keith Marlowe)
After a triumphant return at shows in Baltimore and Death By Audio in Brooklyn with No Age, Universal Order of Armageddon will play NYC again as part of a stint of East Cost dates in the New Year that will include Cake Shop with The Body and Orphan on 1/21, and a return to DBA with Fight Amp and Trophy Wife. Full tour dates are below.