Entries tagged with: Fucked Up
by Bill Pearis
Meg Remy has announced details of U.S. Girls' first album for 4AD, titled Half Free and out September 25. She made the album with frequent collaborator Onakabazien and it features contributions from Slim Twig, Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Guv), Amanda Crist (Ice Cream) and Tony Price. Following "Damn That Valley," the album's second single is "Woman's Work," an icy dance track warmed by Remy's impassioned vocals. You can check out the video for the song, which Remy directed, below.
U.S. Girls will open for Peaches on West Coast dates this fall. Before that, U.S. Girls will open for Yuck at Hudson River Rocks on August 6. All tour dates are listed below.
Toronto's Doomsquad have made a video for "Two-Way Mirror" from their Pageantry Suite EP which came out last month via Hand Drawn Dracula. The video, directed by Chris Boni, was filmed around Roswell, NM and involves aliens and ice cream. It's more of a short film than your standard music video and you can watch it below.
As mentioned, Doomsquad will be in NYC this week for Northside Festival, playing a late show Saturday (6/13) at Rough Trade with PINS. 10:30 PM doors for that one and tickets are still available, or you can get in with a Northside badge. After that, they'll be on tour with Fucked Up as part of their 'Zodiac' big band. That tour comes to Brooklyn's The Wick on June 26 (tickets) and WFMU Monty Hall in NJ on June 27 (tickets). If you'd like to go to the Wick show for free, we're also giving away a pair of tickets. Details, plus a list of Doomsquad tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Fucked Up in London in May (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
We've mentioned that Fucked Up's new single "Year of the Hare" is over 20 minutes of genre-defying hardcore, but we've only heard its b-side "California Cold," which clocks in at a mere eight minutes. Now the a-side is finally here too, which you can hear in this interactive video that director Trevor Blumas made with the band. The physical 12" comes out June 16 via Deathwish.
That song is the newest installment in Fucked Up's Zodiac series, which they're currently on tour supporting (with some help from openers Doomsquad on certain songs). We just caught the tour in London, and it makes it way to NYC on June 26 at The Wick (tickets) and NJ on June 27 at WFMU Monty Hall (tickets).
photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr
Fucked Up / La Dispute
Enigmatic frontman Damien Abraham retains the vocal mannerisms and imposing stage presence that underpinned the band's hardcore years, yet the evident shift in sound now sees Fucked Up generate an unrelenting wall of considered noise, both distorted and indistinguishable ...Fucked Up have evolved from their hardcore roots, providing carefully crafted chaos that pushes the senses to breaking point. Bewildered some may be, especially the considerable numbers who are unquestionably here for the next act, yet Fucked Up are bringing something new to the table - and then setting the table on fire.Fucked Up are currently on their Zodiac tour, which has them playing material from their Zodiac singles series and collaborating on stage with tourmates Doomsquad. If you're unfamiliar, the Zodiac songs push the boundaries of hardcore even further than their regular songs, often going into psychedelic territory and passing the 20-minute mark (like upcoming single "Year of the Hare"). They did also play other FU stapes though, like "Son the Father," "The Other Shoe," and more.
[La Dispute's] performance is tight. Very tight. The heavier moments thunderous; the quieter moments serene. For a band based on poetry, they have more than found their artistic voice. La Dispute provide a challenging combination of intensity and honesty that sees the crowd react with aggressive force to some brilliantly foreboding subject matter. [Punktastic]
The tour recently stopped in London for a show at Koko on May 26, which was doubly excellent as it was a co-headlining show with fellow hardcore boundary-pushers La Dispute. Two Inch Astronaut opened but we missed them. Pictures of the co-headliners are in this post.
The Fucked Up/Doomsquad tour hits NYC on June 26 at The Wick (tickets) and Jersey City on June 27 at WFMU Monty Hall (tickets). Doomsquad also open Pins' Northside show at Rough Trade on June 13 (tickets).
More pictures and setlists from London below...
One of the premier music festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of Primavera Sound is just underway in Barcelona, Spain. If you can't make it, they're streaming many of the fest's performances live via two video channels on their website and below. Today's sets (5/28) you can watch include James Blake, OMD, Spiritualized, The Thurston Moore Band, Mikal Cronin, Baxter Dury and more. The fest's streaming schedule is listed below.
Meanwhile, WFMU will be broadcasting performances live on Friday (5/29) and Saturday (5/30) from 3PM to midnight. WFMU's broadcast schedule, below...
Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest returns in 2015 from November 6-8 at Auditorium Shores, and as usual the lineup is amazing. There's Jane's Addiction (performing Ritual de lo habitual), Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punks), The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), the first-ever Texas show and only US show of 2015 for '80s metal legends Venom, a reunion from DC hardcore vets Dag Nasty, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Blood Brothers/Locust side project Head Wound City, D'Angelo, NOFX, American Football, Ride, The Charlatans (UK), Wu-Tang Clan, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Cheap Trick, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes In Toyland, American Nightmare, Converge, Chain of Strength, Desaparecidos, Skinny Puppy, Afrika Bambaataa, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Hudson Mohawke, Joey Bada$$, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Power Trip, La Dispute, Title Fight, Shamir, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (5/28) at 10 AM CT (11 AM EST). Full lineup and announcement video below.
The lineup for the Dag Nasty reunion is the same one they played the Salad Days show in DC with in 2012: original vocalist Shawn Brown, plus Brian Baker, Roger Marbury and Colin Sears.
by Bill Pearis
Fucked Up are going on tour soon, playing songs from their Zodiac series as an expanded nine-piece band. That beefed-up lineup includes the members of Toronto's Doomsquad, which is made up of three siblings (Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas) and they'll open the shows as well. Doomsquad's new EP, Pageantry Suite, is agile funk that recalls Talking Heads' Remain in Light, although more chilled out. The EP's striking artwork was made by artist and filmmaker Chris Boni who also directed videos for two of its songs. Pageantry Suite is out Tuesday (5/19) via Hand Drawn Dracula (Bella Union in UK/EU) and we've got the premiere of "Apocalypso" which you can stream below.
The Fucked Up / Doomsquad tour hits NYC on June 26 at The Wick. Tickets are still available. That tour also stops at WFMU Monty Hall on June 27 (tickets). Doomsquad will also be in NYC before the US leg of that tour to open PINS' Northside show at Rough Trade on June 13 (tickets).
All Doomsquad dates are listed below..
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Fucked Up at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Toronto hardcore titans Fucked Up are releasing yet another installment in their Zodiac series, Year of the Hare, on June 16 via Deathwish. This one includes is the 21-minute a-side "Year of the Hare" and the eight-minute b-side "California Cold," which just premiered over at Stereogum. It pushes hardcore's boundaries pretty far, and spends more time sounding like a '60s-inspired psych jam. Listen below.
Fucked Up are also going on a tour to perform Zodiac sets, and for this tour they'll be a nine-piece band with members of Doomsquad. They're promising a different set every night, and many songs that haven't been played live before. The tour hits NYC on June 26 at The Wick. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/24) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
photo: Ben Cook w/ Fucked Up in 2013 (more by Maclyn Bean)
Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook has announced that he'll release a new 12" under his Young Guv moniker called Ripe 4 Luv on March 15 via Slumberland, Punk News reports. No music is out from that yet, but you can watch a live video of Young Guv playing the song "Ripe For Luv," below.
As discussed, Ben's pre-Fucked Up band No Warning are playing their first North American shows in ten years at NJ's GameChangerWorld on April 10 & 11. Both are sold out, but since we last spoke it was announced that the night 2 openers include NYHC vets Underdog, as well as Twitching Tongues, Get Real, The Wrong Side, Heavy Chains and God's Hate. Night 1 has Breakdown and others.
Updated night 2 flyer and Young Guv video below...
As discussed, Ben Cook's pre-Fucked Up band No Warning is playing their first North American show in ten years on April 10 at GameChangerWorld in Howell, NJ. That's since sold out, but the band have added a second date happening a day later at the same venue. Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/3) at noon and the full lineup will be announced then too.
The full lineup for night 1 includes Breakdown (the '87 lineup), Foundation, Think I Care, Suburban Scum and King Nine. Updated night 1 flyer below...
Canada's 'The Globe and Mail' newspaper issued the following statement yesterday:
A number of readers were shocked and appalled to see profanity on the front page of The Globe and Mail on Saturday. The profanity was in the name of one of the bands involved in what was a wonderful feature called Broadsheet Music: a year in the review.Photo of the paper in question via Aux.tv. Stream the 'six original compositions' mentioned above, below...
The feature on the front of the Arts section answered the question: What would the year sound like if it were music? To answer that question, The Globe approached Arts & Crafts, an independent record company, and the Canadian Opera Company. There were articles in the Saturday paper explaining how the six original compositions by Canadian artists, including Broken Social Scene and, yes, Fucked Up, were created. It also links to a multimedia presentation, where you can listen to the music that interprets the year 2014.
As you may know, before Ben Cook (aka Young Governor) joined Fucked Up in 2007, he fronted the late '90s - mid '00s hardcore band No Warning. They regrouped in 2013 and put out the "Resurrection of the Wolf" single on Ben's Bad Actors label, then played their first show back at this year's Ieper Fest in Belgium. Now they've announced what will be their first North American show in a decade, and luckily for those in NYC, it's not far from here. No Warning will play Howell, NJ's GameChangerWorld on April 10, 2015 with special guests TBA. Tickets go on sale at noon on Saturday (12/27).
Stream "Resurrection of the Wolf" and check out the show flyer below...
As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's much loved, much missed The Best Show makes its return tonight (12/16) in live podcast form with the whole gang (Mike, Gary, Roy, Vance) in tow. Listen (and call in) live tonight from 9 PM - midnight. It will be available as a podcast as well through iTunes, etc. You can also relive some (ok, a whole lot) of Tom and comedy partner Jon Wurster's finest bits from The Best Show's WFMU years on the 16-disc The Best of the Best Show box set which will be out in March via the Numero Group.
While making sure he has all his mics plugged in and ducks in order, Tom put together a Top 10 For 2014 list just for us:
I kept my head down and didn't go out a whole lot so my list might not be as diverse as it would have been in past years. (Sorry, 4:35 PM!). These were some of the things I loved this year that I remembered before other things.Scharpling's list includes albums, live shows, movies and TV, and commentary as well. Read the whole thing below...
by Andrew Sacher
Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
Evan Weiss is just about everywhere in the emo world right now, whether it's in Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There (with Mike Kinsella), Pet Symmetry, Stay Ahead of the Weather, or any other active band we may be forgetting, or producing records for The Jazz June and You Blew It!, or running his record label. He bridges the gap between old school and new school as far as his tourmates go, and sometimes you'll find him somewhere totally un-emo like Lollapalooza.
One of his most beloved bands though, is one who only put out one full length and two EPs in the early-mid 2000s before breaking up, The Progress. Their sole LP, 2006's Merit, was keeping the indie rock-oriented mathy style of '90s emo alive way before it was trendy to do that. It's one of the true gems to have come out during emo's (for lack of better words) "hair metal phase." And now it looks like The Progress may be reuniting.
In November, Absolute Punk pointed to to a tweet from Evan that reads "oh yeah, that thing i confirmed is a show. for a band that hasn't played a show in 7 years" and hashtagged "US Camera." That was pretty convincing on its own, but now Evan has posted a show announcement confirming a show for December 30 at Boot & Saddle in Philly with the caption "take the hint" and a show flyer that looks suspiciously similar to the Merit artwork. Hint taken. The only technically announced bands for that bill are Sleep In and Dryjacket. Tickets are on sale now. If it is in fact a Progress show, let's hope it's not the only one!
Meanwhile, Evan has given us a list of his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014. It's a cool, diverse list ranging from ambient pop to powerviolence, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Into It. Over It. also has an upcoming solo tour with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson (doesn't hit NYC), and he recently put out the video for "Spinning Thread" (dir. Max Moore) from last year's Intersections LP. Watch that, with his year-end list, some Progress song streams and the Philly show flyer, below...
Andrew Jackson Jihad
Folk punks Andrew Jackson Jihad returned this year with their fifth album, Christmas Island, and they've now announced they'll continue supporting it with a 2015 tour. It's a pretty stacked tour, with support from their Australian SideOneDummy labelmates The Smith Street Band, their American labelmate Jeff Rosenstock, and Brooklyn DIY pop punks Chumped. The A.V. Club-presented tour hits NYC on March 20 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show (and all other dates) go on sale Friday (12/12). All dates are listed below.
As usual, you've got other chances to catch Chumped in their hometown before that. They celebrate their great debut record, Teenage Retirement, on Saturday (12/13) at Suburbia, also with Jeff Rosenstock, as well as Cayetana, Chris Gethard and Adult Dude (tix at door). Then, they open for Plow United on 12/30 at Acheron (tickets). If you haven't checked out Teenage Retirement, you can change that by listening below.
Both Chumped and Andrew Jackson Jihad made Jeff Rosenstock's 2014 year-end list. Speaking of year-end lists, SideOneDummy, and Chumped, Chumped's SideOneDummy-signed recent tourmates PUP also gave us a list of their favorite albums of 2014. And (wait for it), it includes Cayetana, who play Chumped's release show (and whose release show Chumped played) and who toured with PUP when both bands opened for The Menzingers (who have dates coming up) who it also includes!
Check out their whole list/entertaining commentary, with the AJJ dates, below...
Earlier this week we started to hear rumblings of a super secret, giant Vice party taking place Friday night (tonight, 12/5) somewhere in Brooklyn. Many big names were rumored to be playing. Like the event they just threw in Toronto, it would be to celebrate the now-mega-company's 20 years of existence. Then last night Nick Zinner tweeted the above "Vice Confidential" memo which has the Yeah Yeahs guitarist playing as part of a house band which will be fronted by Karen O and a ton of other exciting guests, if it all comes true. Pussy Riot is even on there, as are a bunch of Vice Records artists, as you can see above.
The show is invite only, but apparently they'll at least be filming it all (for the benefit of those not in attendance, and for those who make it in but partake a bit too much in the open bar), and they gave away a few tickets.
It goes without saying that the timing of this, though surely coincidental, is just a bit unfortunate for everyone since the last time we used "Brooklyn", "Vice" and "party" in the same sentence, was to discuss the final night of Death By Audio less than two weeks ago (Glasslands closes on New Year's Eve).
For what it's worth, I don't think there's any crossover between the Vice lineup and who played the final month at DbA, though Hisham Bharoocha used to be in Lightning Bolt who played DbA's final night.
So, who's on the list?
Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.
You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).
The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.
In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.
Browse the Topshelf lists below...
Perhaps you've noticed that Arcade Fire's Will Butler (brother of the band's lead singer Win Butler) has played as a solo artist a couple times recently. Well he's now announced that he'll put out his first solo album, Policy, on March 10 via AF's longtime (but now former) label Merge.
In other Arcade Fire news, members Richard Reed Parry and Jeremy Gara recently talked about their punk roots on Fucked Up singer Damian Abraham's Turned Out A Punk podcast. You can listen to that below.
Richard Reed Parry also has a new work with The National's Bryce Dessner, Black Mountain Songs, making its world premiere at BAM tonight (11/20) (performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus) and happening again Friday and Saturday.
Punk podcast and a recent video of Will Butler playing solo in NYC below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Fucked Up @ Irving Plaza - 9/6/14
While the Buzzcocks and Titus Andronicus were tearing up Webster Hall on Saturday (9/6), another killer punk show was going down a few blocks away at Irving Plaza headlined by Fucked Up. The band brought their usual antics (aka Damien Abraham was shirtless and in the crowd for most of the show) and played a good mix of all their albums, including this year's Glass Boys which they're on the road supporting. It was a good night all around too with direct support from Northampton indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and DC punks Give opening.
More pictures of all three bands below...
by Bill Pearis
Canadian band Alvvays were just in NYC, playing a free show at Rough Trade on Monday (7/28, anybody go?). If you missed them -- and they've played NYC a few times now -- you can catch them on tour this fall. They'll be doing opening runs for Fucked Up in Canada and Real Estate in the UK, then in November, they'll dip back down into the US for a headlining club tour, including another visit to NYC at Rough Trade on 11/8. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/1) at noon. All dates are listed below.
In other news, Alvvays just released a video for the wistful "Archie, Marry Me," part of which was filmed out at Coney Island. Watch that, with the list of dates, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.
Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.
We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...
We were just saying Jade Tree Records is back (though they say don't call it a comeback). The label has now uploaded their entire catalog to bandcamp with full streams of all the albums and downloads available for $5 or less.
That means if your iTunes is missing say, The Promise Ring's Nothing Feels Good, Lifetime's Jersey's Best Dancers, Jets to Brazil's Orange Rhyming Dictionary, Pedro the Lion's Control, Cap'n Jazz's Analphabetapolothology, Owls' self-titled, Fucked Up's Hidden World, Joan of Arc's How Memory Works, Avail's 4AM Friday, New End Original's Thriller, Paint It Black's Paradise, Kid Dynamite's self-titled, or Young Widows' Settle Down City, you can now easily remedy that. Plus there's tons more, including new releases like the upcoming Dark Blue single.
In related news, Owls are touring and hitting NYC on July 11 at Bowery Ballroom with Hop Along and Glocca Morra (tickets). And you can hear Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan reworking some of that band's material on his new album and tour with the Passenger String Quartet.
Check out their bandcamp here and stream a few of the classics below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Sadly, tonight's (6/6) Fucked Up show at NYC's Bowery Ballroom with Big Ups is sold out, but if you are going, you might want to make sure you show up in time for openers In School (who also opened for Priests at Cake Shop earlier this week).
In School are a local NYC hardcore punk band with a demo and an EP, Praxis of Hate, to their name, one that is a reference to the fact that all four members of the band are (were?) in school at the time of its formation. Among the band's members are bassist Talya Cooper who sang for the now-defunct Household, and drummer Golnar Nikpour who was a one time coordinator at Maximum RockNRoll (she now edits B|ta'arof Magazine, an Iranian cultural magazine). Nikpour spoke with Fix My Head Zine last year about In School, and here's a bit from her interview (edited a bit for space), in which she talks about the band and its inspiration:
FMH: In School is an all-female hardcore band with queer and people of color members. Where do you find yourself located in New York? Within the predominantly white hardcore scene? With other people of color, queer or female-fronted bands? Or all of the above? Is that an issue at all?Musically, a few things things really stand out here--pretty killer guitar leads and distinct, sneering and PO'd, up-front-in-the-mix vocal delivery that sounds like it comes from the other side of the Atlantic. It doesn't hurt that all six songs on Praxis of Hate are catchy as hell. Give the EP a listen below.
GN: In School came together as a band because there was something natural and obvious about playing music together, not only because we are friends, but because I think we all feel some degree of insider/outsider-ness vis-a-vis the punk scene, even though we've all been involved with punk for a long time. That has to do with things like gender/queerness/race, etc. It also -- for me anyway, at this point in time -- has to do with being a bit older than a lot of the current hardcore/punk kids in NYC.
In truth, I think In School is a bit of an awkward fit in a NYC scene that is divided into a raw/crust punk scene that is younger and more drug-lovin' than we are, a largely whitestraightboy hardcore scene, some scattered emo kids, grrrl bands that are cool but not at all HC, garage & indie rock bands that are a world away from us in terms of DIY ethics, etc. When we show up to gigs all brown and kind of old and holding hands and wearing floor length dresses and shit (well, some of us to all of the above) but then play raging, angry hardcore, I think we confuse some people! It's no surprise (to me at least) that, while we have some great friends and supporters in these various NYC scenes, we've also garnered much of our support from outside of New York.
Stream Praxis of Hate below...