Entries tagged with: Geoff Rickly
photo: Geoff Rickly w/ No Devotion at BV/Collect CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
2015 has been quite the up and down year for Geoff Rickly and his label Collect Records. After saying just three weeks ago on stage at the BV/Collect CMJ showcase that he wasn't sure if the label would be able to continue after severing ties with the controversial Martin Shkreli (who had been a financial backer of Collect), things are now looking more promising. In a series of tweets, Geoff writes:
Collect Records is starting to bounce back. Finding new investors. Working on relaunching. The Wax Idols record has been an unqualified success. Out of print already! And No Devotion charted!!! Didn't expect that! So regardless of the past, I'm looking forward to the future. And holding our ethics and art to a higher standard than we ever have. xxThat came after Geoff linked to an interview with Martin Shkreli by HIV positive journalist Josh Robbins, which he said, "makes me wonder if we jumped too soon in cutting ties." He then continued:
I think Capitalism as a whole can be pretty gruesome and Pharma especially. But I am starting to wonder where all the patients that have been denied access to Daraprim are. And--obviously-- my first duty is to my bands and artists. To make them feel comfortable about being on an ethically responsible label. Their comfort and perception of safety can even trump reality. I live to serve art. I always have. And art is 99% perception.Well let's hope things do in fact get better for Collect. Watch videos off the Wax Idols and No Devotion albums below...
videos by (((unARTig)))
photo: No Devotion at BV/Collect CMJ showcase (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already posted pictures and a writeup of the BrooklynVegan/Collect Records official CMJ showcase on Wednesday night (10/15) at Baby's All Right, and now we've got videos from the whole thing, courtesy of (((unARTig))). It included Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion (who since played Vintage Vinyl and Maxwell's), Hether Fortune's band Wax Idols, Philly shoegazers Creepoid, and ambient pop duo Foxes In Fiction (who had main member Warren Hildebrand joined by Emily Reo). Check out the videos below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by BV collective
No Devotion / Wax Idols / Creepoid / Foxes In Fiction
The BrooklynVegan + Collect Records official CMJ showcase went down last night (1014) at Baby's All Right with label head Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion, Hether Fortune's band Wax Idols, Philly shoegazers Creepoid, and Orchid Tapes artist Foxes In Fiction.
Foxes In Fiction kicked things off as a duo with Emily Reo (sometimes it's just main member Warren Hildebrand), and they sounded really nice. They had a sorta Beach House-y dream pop thing going on, making use out of keyboards, drum machines, heavily effected guitars and more. They play again at the Orchid Tapes show with Owen Pallett on Sunday (Owen was at Baby's Wednesday too, but didn't play).
Then it was Creepoid who are good everytime we see them, but this may have been one of the best. They're no slackers as performers or musicians in any way, but it really is the fog and light shows accompanying their sets that brings them to the next level. And those two things were very on point Wednesday night. They were loud, and they really know how to build up quite the wall of sound.
This was Wax Idols' first NYC show in two years as well as the first supporting new album American Tragic. Like the album, which is not shy about its late-'80s Big Goth sound, Hether Fortune is more of a commanding presence than ever before, putting down the guitar for most of the set to be in pure frontperson mode. With the light show and fog machines set to maximum, Wax Idols were not holding back.
Finally to wrap things up, No Devotion played (only their second NYC show ever). If you're gonna compare them to Thursday, while Geoff gets his hardcore side out in United Nations these days, he uses No Devotion to further explore the epic atmospheric sides of A City by the Light Divided and No Devolución. Their sound is definitely ready-made for huge venues, but we're not gonna complain that we get to see them up close and personal. Everyone on that stage was obviously a pro and they acted like it the whole time (well, unless you count the antics of bassist Stu Richardson, whose level of wastedness was outed by Hether Fortune yelling from the crowd).
As you may know, Collect Records went through a lot of trouble leading up to this show, and we were happy that the show was just able to go on (even without Nothing whose cancellation may actually have had nothing to do with the controversy). Geoff mentioned from the stage that he's not sure if the label will be able to continue, but he thanked all the people who made it an amazing experience while it lasted, and he sounded grateful just to be able to put on a label showcase for a sold-out crowd. We'd like to thank Geoff, Norman, Shaun and all the bands from Collect, Vinyl Me, Please who were giving our free records at the show, and everyone who came out too.
BrooklynVegan returns to Baby's for Friday and Saturday shows too. Pictures from the BV/Collect showcase continue below...
The future of Geoff Rickly's Collect Records looked uncertain after he severed ties with backer Martin Shkreli, who was revealed as a greedy price gouger of a drug often used to treat AIDS patients, but the label is pushing forward. The Collect Records & BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase is still on for October 14 at Baby's All Right, though unfortunately Nothing have dropped off the bill. Tickets are still available and ALL proceeds go to Callen Lorde, a health center that "provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities -- in all their diversity -- regardless of ability to pay."
The lineup is now No Devotion, Wax Idols, Creepoid and Foxes In Fiction. It's an early show. Our curfew is 11:30pm. Stay tuned for any more updates and for the lineups of the unannounced BrooklynVegan day parties at the same venue. Meanwhile, listen to music from the bands playing below...
Geoff Rickly has been running into some bad luck lately. Just days after the Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion frontman had to sever ties with his label's controversial financial backer (and said "this is going to end the career of the record label"), he was poisoned and robbed during No Devotion's European tour. The band posted the above Instagram and the caption reads:
Just a little note to say that I was poisoned & robbed (outside our @reeperbahn_festival venue on Friday) and spent the night in the hospital in Hamburg. I'm recovering and will be in Paris tonight. <3 Sorry to anyone that was at our show for the cancellation. The outpouring of love & support for @collectrecords @nodevotionband & @normanbrannon @shaundurkan is nothing short of remarkable.It isn't clear how he was poisoned, but AltPress points out, "Seasoned travelers say these types of crimes (poisoning someone's drink and then waiting for the effects to kick in order to rob them) targeting tourists are quite frequent." Best of luck to Geoff.
photo: Geoff Rickly w/ United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Yesterday we mentioned how drug price-gouger Martin Shkreli, the current most hated man on the internet, was revealed to be the sole backer of Geoff Rickly's Collect Records, and how in lieu of Shkreli's actions, Rickly and several Collect bands acknowledged their future was questionable. Now, as Pitchfork points out, Rickly has released a statement announcing the label has severed ties with Martin Shkreli:
Today, Collect Records -- with the support and encouragement of all of our artists -- have agreed to fully sever our relationship with Martin Shkreli, effective immediately.Wax Idols already tweeted, "I'm staying with Collect bc I know they'll do the right thing & we'll get through this. Fuck Martin. I won't be defined by his actions." Nothing have yet to comment further, but they did reveal that their new record will be called Tired of Tomorrow.
When I decided to get into business with Martin, we took him on as a patron. He was completely silent and allowed us to do business as we pleased. His only ask was that we sign bands that we believed could make great art given the right environment and not to focus on a profit, no matter how dire the bottom line.
Never in a million years did any of us expect to wake up to the news of the scandal that he is now involved in. It blindsided and upset us on every level. As such, we know it is impossible for us to continue having any ties with him. For my part, I've always strived to make Collect a place that was so liberal, encouraging, and artist-friendly that no one would ever walk away from us willingly, though to do so at any time would be very easy. To that end, I hope that our bands continue to believe in our guidance and passion. Any of them that have had an incurable crisis of confidence will be allowed to leave with nothing but the kind of encouragement that we've built our label on.
For all the kind words of encouragement that I've received over the past two days, I'm forever grateful.
From all here at Collect Records, thank you.
UDPATE: A NY Times article came out today, revealing more info about Geoff's situation with Martin:
Mr. Rickly said he was aware of Mr. Shkreli's past business dealings, which included controversial investments and lawsuits from former employees, at the time of their partnership. "Of course I Googled him," Mr. Rickly said. "I had apprehensions and I talked to him about it. He has a cavalier attitude about things. At the time, one on one, it was soothing, but in public now it comes across as borderline sociopathic."The article also points out that the future of Collect may not be looking good:
"You take any capitalist money and you never know. It's a dirty system and usually people do something questionable things," Mr. Rickly added.
Mr. Rickly said he had hoped to use the money to fund struggling artists. "At the very worst, if Martin was a bad guy, then you're taking his terrible money and giving it to artists who never get any," he said. "I wanted to make something great out of it -- the stupid Robin Hood narrative that everybody knows."
Mr. Rickly said losing Mr. Shkreli's financial support might result in the label's closing. "This is going to end the career of the record label, no doubt," he said. "If I were a band on the label I would be having a serious crisis of faith right now. The amount of money I have in the bank doesn't cover my outstanding invoices. It's devastating."Lastly for now, Geoff has tweeted the following:
Because there are some conflicting things, I feel the need to say this plainly. I have always been an honest and caring person. Collect has been a labor of love from the beginning. The bands on my roster are the best, the brightest, the most forward thinking, rhe most diverse group of people. I'm so proud of all of them and they didn't deserve this. Tonight I'm running on nothing but faith. Faith that any missteps I make in the next few days will be forgiven by people that matter to me. Because I'm human and I hurt. Faith that tomorrow will be better and I'll use my 20 years of punk rock resourcefulness to fulfil every promise I've made. Faith that all of you that have sent their love to me today will help pull me up and teach me a better way to make this label work. And some bands will leave and I will love and support them and some will stay and I'll bleed for them like I do. And I'll make new mistakes. But I'll do it in the best, most honest, most caring way that I can. With my friends and family @SkeeterNYC and persevere.We're wishing for the best for Geoff, Norman, Shaun, and all the bands involved with Collect.
I love you friends. I love you kind strangers. I love you who have been outraged. We need to rage against things sometimes. Now is one. Mostly I love our brilliant bands and @normanbrannon and @shaundurkan leonora Liza and @BraceYourselfPR --- thank you brothers and sisters.
Good night from Germany. Xoxo
As you may know, BrooklynVegan is co-presenting a CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right with Collect. As it currently stands, the lineup is Geoff's band No Devotion, Nothing, Wax Idols, Creepoid, and Foxes In Fiction.
photo: Geoff Rickly w/ United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
By now you've probably seen the dude in the Brand New shirt causing outrage for raising the price of a drug (Daraprim) from approximately $13.50 a tablet to $750. The drug is often used by people with compromised immune systems due to AIDS, and treats life threatening parasitic infections. The person responsible is 32-year-old former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli who is now the founder and chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals. We've heard rumors about a rich Thursday fan who invested in Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion frontman Geoff Rickly's Collect Records, and it was revealed last night that Martin, the most hated man on the Internet right now, is in fact that man.
We've been waiting to hear what Geoff had to say before posting anything. He didn't immediately give a statement or tweet about it (or email us), at least in part because he was flying to Munich to start a tour as this news was breaking. We were especially interested in the situation since it just so happens our official CMJ showcase this year is in partnership with Collect Records.
Geoff broke his silence late this afternoon via a brief interview with Noisey:
My head is still spinning, and though I want to believe that there is some reason that [Martin] would do this that is some remotely positive way, the only thing I can see is that it is totally and completely heartbreaking.Noisey also spoke to Dominic Palermo, frontman of Collect band Nothing, who told them "Nothing will never be a part of a label that involves Martin." He left a longer comment on Facebook, where he added "Like [Geoff] has helped me with my problems the past few months, I plan on helping him in anyway I can."
I can't see my future at all in the label. I have to see what the bands want first, and see if there is any meaning or any mission following all of this. More than anything, I want the bands to see that I hold art as the guiding force in my life. Ultimately I see this going in the same way it always does, where all the artists get blamed for everything and capitalism is never held accountable. I really think that if Collect is going to be scrutinized as being capitalism, but that is how music survives. I'm not making excuses for what has happened, but there is no corner of the music industry that doesn't live and breathe from subsidies from business. It's reductive and hypocritical to hold us and only us accountable though, we are all at fault in some greater way.
Hether Fortune, singer of Collect band Wax Idols, also posted a statement. An excerpt reads:
I personally 100% am NOT FUCKING OK with this guy and his business tactics. If any of you have learned anything about me through being a fan of the band, I hope that you would know by now that this kind of advantageous rich guy greed goes against everything that I stand for.She also points out: "I use the word "patron" rather than "investor" because as far as I know, Martin does NOT recoop a dime from Collect Records. He essentially donates money to the label."
I love Collect Records. Geoff Rickly is an incredible person who I've known and admired since I was 13 years old. I stand behind him and know that he would never willingly put himself OR me into a situation like this had he been aware of what was really going on. We are going to handle this.
Another Collect band, Sick Feeling, told The FADER: "One thing is clear; as long as he has a part in the label, we, Sick Feeling, cannot. Our experience with Geoff, Norm, and Shaun has been nothing but positive, however, we cannot continue to work with Collect as long as Martin Shkreli has any part in it."
Creepoid posted a a statement too:
...we were heartbroken to come to learn that this man was a major financial contributor to Collect Records. As you all know, we released an album with Collect this past summer. From the start we have only ever dealt with people we respected and trusted (Norman, Geoff, and Shaun) and have never met, seen or spoken to Martin Shkreli.Collect employee Norman Brannon (of Texas Is the Reason) has yet to comment, but did say "I haven't said anything because I was blindsided and because I am not interested in writing hot takes when everything is already on fire."
In the whirlwind that has followed, some details concerning the future of Collect remain very blurry (see attached link). We would like to make one thing clear - we would never knowingly work with Martin Shkreli, or anybody willing to walk across the backs of the sick and dying with a smile on their face for the sake of making a profit. As long as Shkreli is involved with Collect Records, directly or indirectly, we cannot be.
Well, whether it was because of Geoff or one of the bands or the entire Internet or Hillary Clinton, it looks like Shkreli has actually backed down. CNBC reports that he's given in and lowering the price as a reaction to the outrage:
Yes it is absolutely a reaction -- there were mistakes made with respect to helping people understand why we took this action, I think that it makes sense to lower the price in response to the anger that was felt by people.Shkreli, who over the past two days has been tweeting in his own defense while countless people were tweeting death wishes at him, has now made his account private (which means you can no longer see the picture of Pianos Become The Teeth he tweeted from the front row of one of the BrooklynVegan SXSW shows at Red 7 this year) (a fact we learned in the Bullett article) (and a show United Nations also played). No word yet on what price he plans on lowering it to.
It's very easy to see a large drug price increase and say 'Gosh those people must be gouging,' but when you find out the company is not making any money, what does that mean?
And I think in the society we live in today it is easy to want to villainize people, and obviously we are in an election cycle where this is very tough topic for people and very sensitive. And I understand the outrage.
As you may know, we're big fans and supporters of Geoff Rickly, his various bands, his label, and the bands his label has signed. We wish the best for him, Norman and Shaun, and hope they work this all out. As mentioned above, we announced earlier this month that we're co-presenting a CMJ showcase at Baby's All Right with No Devotion, Nothing, Wax Idols, Creepoid and Foxes In Fiction. From a purely musical point of view, we hope this show goes on, as we were really looking forward to the whole night. We'll keep you posted if anything changes with that though.
by Andrew Sacher
No Devotion, one of Geoff Rickly's many post-Thursday projects, are streaming their debut album Permanence, which Geoff's label Collect Records releases this Friday (9/25). They already shared five of its tracks, so as you know if you've been following along, it's a very diverse album. Listen to the whole thing below (via NME).
The band are supporting the new album on a tour, which includes the BrooklynVegan + Collect Records CMJ showcase on October 14 at Baby's All Right with labelmates Nothing, Wax Idols and Creepoid, plus Orchid Tapes' Foxes In Fiction. Tickets are on sale now, and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted.
No Devotion also playing more east coast shows in October.
No Devotion photo by Tom Barnes
The show will be headlined by
heavy shoegazers Nothing, and before them it's UPDATE: Nothing cancelled! (stay tuned for a replacement or something).... Geoff's band No Devotion, post-punks Wax Idols, more shoegaze from Creepoid, and ambient musician (and the one non-Collect artist on the bill) Foxes In Fiction. Show starts at 7 PM. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/11) at noon and a limited amount of CMJ badges will be accepted. 18+. Vinyl Me, Please will be at the show giving away records and gift bags.
BrooklynVegan also have two TBA free day parties, also at Baby's All Right (for the third year in a row). Stay tuned for more on those.
No Devotion have other tour dates, including an in-store at Vintage Vinyl in NJ. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion have released the fifth single off their upcoming debut album, Permanence, "Permanent Sunlight." No Devotion is the more mainstream-sounding of Geoff's two current bands, and this one is the closest they've come to arena alt-rock yet. It opens with U2-style guitars, and then layers them with synths taken right from The Cure's poppiest moments. The album comes out September 25 on Geoff's Collect Records. Listen to the new song below...
by Bill Pearis
Wax Idols are back with a new album, American Tragic, and a new label, Geoff Rickly's Collect Records. (Their first two were on Slumberland.) That's the cover art above and the LP is out October 16. Hether Fortune, who spent a good chunk of the last couple years playing in White Lung, has yet to make the same sounding record twice, though American Tragic bears more similarity to 2013's Discipline And Desire that that did to their garagey debut, No Future. This one's still got some of the gothy elements, but here Fortune (who played everything on the LP except drums) swings for the fences for a more widescreen appeal. (She's still in the '80s, but this is more 1987 than 1981.) You can hear that on first single "Lonely You" which is streaming below.
While there's no North American tour announced yet, Wax Idols will be playing some shows in California this summer, including Berserktown II, and those dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
Try The Pie
Impose Magazine is throwing a festival at Brooklyn venue Secret Project Robot on August 8 with a great and eclectic lineup of Yvette, Geoff Rickly, Jawbreaker Reunion, Malportado Kids, Show Me The Body, Abdu Ali, Destiny (Princess Nokia), Dan Friel, Try The Pie, Ellie Herring, Sneaks, Vagabon, VHVL and Adult Mom. It's part of their "Summer of Robot " 10th anniversary and tickets are on sale now.
Malportado Kids is the other band of Downtown Boys singer VIctoria Ruiz, and they put their new record Total Cultura out earlier this year on Dead Labour. It's more electronic than Downtown Boys' political punk, but you'll probably dig this if you dig DB. Listen to three tracks below.
Downtown Boys used to be on Priests' label Sister Polygon Records before signing to Don Giovanni (like Priests), and that label also has synthpunk band Sneaks who play Impose Fest. You can listen to them below too.
Abdu Ali makes what could sometimes be described as rap, but it's very experimental and seems to pull more from outside of the genre than from other rappers. Check out one of his recent singles below.
Try The Pie are a San Jose punk band who will also play the NYC-area with Waxahatchee in October, and their latest Domestication LP is definitely up a similar alley. (It was mastered by Kyle Gilbride, who plays in Swearin' and also worked on Waxahatchee's latest.) The record's out on Salinas (Swearin', All Dogs, Radiator Hospital) and fans of that label's other output will dig this too. Stream it in full below.
Yvette have a new EP coming. Geoff Rickly's band No Devotion have a new LP coming, and he also opens the Creepoid / Marriages show at MHOW on 7/24 (tickets). And Adult Mom put out a new song off of their Tiny Engines debut today. Listen to that below too.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Alcest at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The tour hits NYC on September 22 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now. All dates are listed below.
Emma Ruth Rundle also fronts the band Marriages, who recently put out their very good debut album Salome on Sargent House. Their tour with Creepoid hits NYC on July 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Geoff Rickly. Tickets for that show are still available.
Listen to some Alcest and Emma Ruth Rundle highlights, with the list of dates and the tour flyer, below...
While Shaun Durkan has been busy working on Tamaryn's new album (and playing in her band), his own band Weekend are getting back into gear. (Their last album, Jinx, came out in 2013.) No word on new music but they'll be playing shows, including Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on July 30 with Regal Degal, Laced, and Shaun's Collect Records partner Geoff Rickly (of Thursday, United Nations, No Devotion, etc) on DJ duty. Tickets are on sale now.
After the Shea show, Weekend head to California for shows in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. All dates are listed, along with tour flyer and YouTube stream of Jinx, below...
No Devotion, one of the current bands of former Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly, have finally announced their debut album. It's called Permanence and will be available on September 25 via Geoff's label, Collect Records. It features previous singles "10,000 Summers, "Stay" and "Eyeshadow," plus new song "Death Rattle" which you can preview in the album trailer below. The band was formed by Geoff and members of Lostprophets, but drummer Luke Johnson left the band last year and the album was finished with former Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong.
It was produced by Stuart Richardson and Alex Newport (who's also worked with Bloc Party), and mixed by Thursday (and Flaming Lips) collaborator Dave Fridmann. Pre-orders will be available soon. Check out the tracklist and listen to the singles, below. Artwork above.
Geoff's other band United Nations recently wrapped up a tour with Modern Life Is War, which hit NYC earlier this month.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Nothing at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
So, a lot of the writing that you're doing, do you feel like you're going into different directions from the older material? It's going to be somewhat similar because of the personnel, but are you trying to spin something different this time around?Philly shoegazers Nothing revealed in the above-quoted interview with Noisey that they're in the studio working on the followup to 2013's excellent Relapse-released Guilty of Everything. They had a one-album deal with that label, and for this one they opted to sign to Collect Records. Label head (and Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion frontman) Geoff Rickly says, "I've heard demos. Can not wait." This time around, they're working with producer Will Yip, who's done recent records for Title Fight, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.
There's never really been a solidified recipe for anything, and it all has been kind of loosely based on whatever was going on at the time. With Brandon's involvement later on, that just expanded. I feel like every release, there's at least one song on that's way further out than the release before. Then when we did the full-lengths, we tried to really like get a little loose with what we had available in the studio, so this time around we're, we have much more of a palette to play with. There's a bar upstairs and a beer distributor everywhere, and everyone is fully stocked with painkillers and we're just here for 12 hour days. There's a baby grand piano that Billy Joel recorded on and Will has access to string ensembles, so we're pretty excited. We are going try to completely come out of left-field with a lot of shit. There are gonna be similarities, but it's never gonna be the same. The second I start doing shit and it sounds repetitive, I'm gonna start doing something else. [Nothing interview with Noisey]
From that interview, it seems like they've got some new sounds coming at us. That shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, considering their 2014 split with Whirr already had them going in a different direction than Guilty of Everything. Read the rest of the interview here and revisit "July the Fourth" from that split, below...
There will always be a segment of a popular punk band's fanbase maintaining their debut will never be topped, based on its "rawness" and "honesty." For Thursday, this cohort appears to be smaller than most. In fact, the overwhelming consensus is that Waiting is their least potent work, an opinion that's less uncomfortable to hold knowing that it is also Geoff Rickly's. But that's more a reflection on the overall strength of their catalog and how every Thursday record managed to be superlative in its own way: Full Collapse is the most influential; War All the Time the heaviest; A City by the Light Divided remains their most melodic, A Common Existence their most brutal; and No Devolución their most comprehensive. Waiting simply stands as Thursday's most promising and earnest album. [Pitchfork]The now-defunct Thursday reissued their 1999 debut, Waiting, for its 15th anniversary on frontman Geoff Rickly's Collect Records earlier this year. It comes with three bonus tracks, new artwork and liner notes, and more. They also made two new videos, including one with old footage of the band for "This Side of Brightness" and a lyric video for "Where the Circle Ends." You can watch both below.
Geoff is currently playing in two bands, United Nations and No Devotion, and he's still keeping his solo career going too. His next solo show is in Thursday's home state of NJ on May 29 at Maxwell's, which recently re-opened with new owners and is actually getting a few cool shows. This one is with Meghann Wright, Gatherer and Help Me | Help You. Tickets are on sale.
That show's a throwback to old Maxwell's, which booked Thursday on more than one occasion. Watch a video of them playing "Dying In New Brunswick" at the NJ venue, along with those new Waiting videos, below...
photos by Tim Griffin, words by Andrew Sacher
Rat Fist / Pianos Become The Teeth / Single Mothers
The three 2015 BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 continued on Friday (3/20), once again bringing a handful of bands to the venue's two stages from noon to 6 PM. This one was co-presented with Invisible Oranges.
Unfortunately, Walter Schreifels' band Vanishing Life had to cancel at the last minute due to illness, so Creepoid were moved from the outside stage to the inside stage and the show got a slightly later start. But other than that (and some rain), day 2 went off without a hitch.
Philly's Creepoid, who since ran into some legal trouble, started the day on a psychedelic note, with hazy smoke machines filling the room and their bass and their swirly logo (emblazoned on their bass drum) lit up from inside the drum. It was the perfect setting for their rocking shoegaze. After them it was Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. The band's currently a power trio, and while Kevin's equally (or better) known for acoustic singer/songwriter stuff, they stuck mostly to their harder material which was a great fit for the day's bill. After them was The Velvet Teen, the shapeshifting rock band who are about to release their first full length in nine years on Topshelf. They played mostly stuff off that album, and the new songs sound good: like a mix of their indie rock early years and the artier tendencies they took on later on.
After Velvet Teen, the inside stage went officially into heavy mode with Canadian punks Single Mothers. They were in beast mode as usual and got a good amount of the crowd rowdy as well, with a handful of people up front shouting along. Then came their Canadian neighbors KEN mode who have a new bassist and a new album on the way that they previewed a handful of songs from. The new stuff has them sounding a little less metallic and a little more AmRep noise rock. It sounded great. They were followed by Power Trip, who recall a handful of early thrash and crossover bands but sound way too urgent to come off as retro. Like they tend to do, they had the whole room turned into a total madhouse. Wrapping up the inside stage was United Nations, one of Geoff Rickly's current bands. Their album makes a joke out of punk rock (while also being a killer punk album), and they did the same at their show, pairing their crushing set with stage banter that sarcastically poked fun at things like McDonald's' presence at SXSW. And for one song, Geoff broke out his old mask.
Meanwhile, the outside stage began around 12:30 with Rat Fist, a trio featuring members of No Age and Pissed Jeans who played a solid set indebted to garage and early punk. They were followed by Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, who are currently on their first US tour and were one of the bands we were very excited to finally check out. They sounded great, and their singer's excitable stage presence was fun to watch too. Then came their Run for Cover labelmates Pity Sex, whose hard-hitting shoegaze sounded as good as ever. Up next was Pianos Become the Teeth (who share a rhythm section with United Nations), who played an intense set pulling almost entirely from their newest album, the post-hardcore band's first without screaming. Then the day ended with two veterans: first Mac McCaughan of Superchunk who previewed his upcoming debut solo album, and then shoegazers Swervedriver who just put out their first album since 1998 that (perhaps thanks to bands like Pity Sex and Creepoid) doesn't sound dated at all.
Thanks to our sponsors Dropkloud, Esurance (who let 30 people skip the line each day) and MailChimp for helping make the party possible. If you unlocked our party playlsts on your phone with the DropKloud app, you can go listen to them now. If you're still in Austin, you can still unlock them when at Red 7 with the app installed on your phone. Thanks also to Sailor Jerry for helping keep our artists relaxed.
Pictures from Thursday HERE. Saturday coming shortly. More from Friday below...
photo: Mew at Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
photo: Power Trip at BV-RBSS in 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
The three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties at Red 7 in Austin begin TODAY (Thursday, 3/19). We're taking over both stages of the 6th & Red River venue from noon-6pm and doing it again Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) too. You can RSVP for all three days. If you're in Austin, hope to see you there!
Over the course of the three days there's sets from Mew, The Pop Group, Swervedriver, Frank Turner, Ceremony, Iceage, Screaming Females, METZ, Speedy Ortiz, Power Trip, United Nations, Pianos Become the Teeth, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, The Octopus Project, Broncho, Frog Eyes, Girlpool, Mitski, Chastity Belt, Alex G, Yumi Zouma, KEN mode, Kevin Devine, The Velvet Teen, Pity Sex, Makthaverskan and more.
Check out the flyers and set times for all three days, below...
We're happy to announce that we're returning to Red 7 for three FREE BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties this year on the Thursday (3/19), Friday (3/20) and Saturday (3/21) of SXSW. RSVP in one spot for all three days.
We'll be taking over the 7th & Red River venue's two stages from noon-6pm each day, Thursday's lineup is HERE. Saturday's lineup will be announced soon, here's the Invisible Oranges co-presented Friday lineup!
FRIDAY, MARCH 20 @ Red 7 (FREE)Please RSVP for all three days.
12:30 Vanishing Life (featuring Walter Schreifels & mems of Trail of Dead)
01:15 Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
02:00 The Velvet Teen
02:45 Single Mothers
03:30 KEN Mode
04:15 Power Trip
05:15 United Nations (featuring Geoff Rickly)
12:45 Rat Fist (No Age/Pissed Jeans)
02:15 Pity Sex
03:10 Pianos Become the Teeth
04:05 Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk)
The Friday inside show begins with Walter Schreifels' (of Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) new band with two Trail of Dead members, Vanishing Life, followed by a full-band set by long-running singer/songwriter Kevin Devine (who's in the midst of a series of splits with Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and more). Then comes The Velvet Teen, who just announced their first LP since 2006 on Topshelf Records. After that, the inside stage gets heavier, with snotty Canadian punks Single Mothers, sludgey post-hardcore band KEN mode, crossover thrashers Power Trip, and finally the screamo band of former Thursday singer Geoff Rickly, United Nations.
Outside, the day begins with Philly shoegazers Creepoid (who have a new LP coming), followed by Rat Fist, the new-ish punk band with No Age and Pissed Jeans members. Then it's Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan, their shoegazey Run for Cover labelmates Pity Sex, and atmospheric post-hardcore band Pianos Become the Teeth (who also have members in United Nations). The day wraps up with two veterans: Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan (who has his debut solo LP on the way) and reunited shoegazers Swervedriver.
This year we're proud to be partnering with DropKloud, a new app that is launching just in time for SXSW. Recently acquired by TuneCore, DropKloud uses GPS technology to allow people to unlock exclusive music content in specific geo-targeted locations. You'll be able to try it out at our parties at Red 7 where we'll have special content from the artists playing our shows. Once you unlock it, you can listen later. Stay tuned for more details, but meanwhile get that app on your phone via Google Play or iTunes.
Thank you also to esurance who will provide expedited access to our shows to some people who are following @Esurance on twitter each day, and to MailChimp who powers the daily BrooklynVegan newsletter you'll get on if you RSVP for our shows.
Listen to some of the bands playing, below...
photo: United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Geoff Rickly's screamo band United Nations have announced two homecoming shows for 2015, one in DC and the other in Brooklyn. Both are with two DC bands, post-rockers Black Clouds (who are Geoff's label, Collect Records) and punks Loud Boyz. The DC show happens 2/28 at Rock & Roll Hotel and the NYC show happens March 2 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
In related news, Geoff's synth rock band No Devotion are currently working on their debut album, and it's being recorded with (now former) Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong, as original drummer Luke Johnson has stepped down. Phil Jenkins from Kids in Glass Houses will be playing with No Devotion at live shows.
In more related news, Pianos Become the Teeth (who have a few members in United Nations) have two upcoming NYC-area appearances: Spring Mixtape Fest at Long Island's Revolution Bar on March 28 with Title Fight, Defeater and others (tickets), and Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Festival happening May 16 & 17 with The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and more (tickets).
Stream some UN, Black Clouds and Loud Boyz below...
Geoff Rickly w/ UN at Saint Vitus in August (more by Greg Cristman)
Geoff Rickly's had a busy year with a new United Nations album and two singles with his band No Devotion. He's already set to kick off next year in style with a one-off solo show in Atlantic City on January 3, the first Saturday of 2015, at the Dante Hall Theater of The Arts. Opening that show is I Am the Avalanche/Movielife singer Vinnie Caruana and Back and Forth singer Matty Carlock. Tickets are on sale now, and there's a complimentary afterparty for the 21+ at The Boneyard. Show flyer below.
Vinnie Caruana has a few other solo appearances in the area, including The Studio at Webster Hall with John Nolan on 12/29 (tickets), and opening the NYC stop of Motion City Soundtrack's Commit This to Memory tour along with the ex-Passion Pit power poppers Team Spirit. He's also on the Boston and Silver Spring stops and you can still get tickets to all three.
A few days before the Webster show his band I Am the Avalanche plays a previously discussed NYC one-off at MHOW on Friday, December 26. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that IATA will be joined by the great newer Long Island punk band Iron Chic and The Gaslight Anthem's pals The Scandals. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Iron Chic also have a new split 7" with Low Culture (mems The Marked Men) on Dead Broke (Mike from Iron Chic's label) and Dirt Cult (Chris from Low Culture's label). Check out a stream of each band from that split (via Noisey) below...
by Andrew Sacher
Geoff Rickly's band with ex-Lostprophets members No Devotion have announced that they'll follow their debut single with a new EP called 10,000 Summers on October 27 via Geoff's Collect Records. The title track is out now and it's a bit more like latter day Thursday than No Devotion's last single. (Dave Fridmann, who produced those albums, mixed this.) Stream that below. No Devotion previously had a tour with Neon Trees announced which has since been cancelled (sigh of relief) so now their headlining NYC show will also double as their US live debut. As mentioned, that show happens on October 28 at Glasslands, and since we last spoke Ricky Eat Acid, Black Clouds and Creepoid were added to the bill. Tickets are still available. Creepoid will be here for CMJ too.
Stream the new song below...
Geoff Rickly w/ United Nations at Saint Vitus on 8/2 (more by Greg Cristman)
Former Thursday frontman Geoff RIckly has been a busy guy this year, having already put out releases with two bands he's currently singing in, post-hardcore art project United Nations and the synth rock band No Devotion that he formed with the remaining members of Lostprophets (the ones who are not in jail for unspeakable crimes). United Nations recently wrapped up a tour (check out pics from NYC) and now No Devotion will be hitting the road as well.
No Devotion's tour includes multiple dates opening for Neon Trees, but they'll be headlining some smaller shows too, including one in NYC on October 28 at Glasslands. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/29) at 10 AM. No Devotion also just put out a video for "Eyeshadow" from their debut single, which you can watch with the full list of tour dates, below.
Another band that hailed from the same NJ scene as Thursday, and whose debut album was produced by Geoff, My Chemical Romance, has also splintered into various new projects. Frontman Gerard Way has gone solo and is playing shows this year including NYC/NJ on October 20 at Irving Plaza, October 22 at Starland Ballroom and October 23 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale here for Irving and Starland, and here for Webster. MCR guitarist Frank Iero is now playing as Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration, and they've got some shows as well including NJ on September 6 at Gamechanger with The Scandals, This Good Robot and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All of Frank and Gerard's dates are listed, with the No Devotion video and dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
United Nations (photo by Pablo Van Winkle)
The tracks keep coming the highly anticipated sophomore album from United Nations, The Next Four Years (due 7/15 via Temporary Residence Ltd). You've already heard "Serious Business" and "Meanwhile on Main St" and the band have now unleashed a third, "United Nations vs United Nations." When I saw UN play this song at 285 Kent last year, singer Geoff Rickly introduced it by saying that the other United Nations sued them over their name, and said he thinks it's really easy for people with money and power to push around people without money and power, so they did a little pushing back. Hence, "United Nations vs United Nations." Check it out below.
United Nations isn't the only thing Geoff Rickly has been up to lately though. The former Thursday frontman also recently re-launched his label, Collect Records. The label was already responsible for releasing the first Touche Amore album (with 6131) and the first United Nations album (with Eyeball), and currently has new 7" releases planned from Touche Amore, Title Fight, Saves the Day and more.
Collect also just released the a-side of the new single from No Devotion, aka the new band of Geoff Rickly (vocals) plus the members of Lostprophets (you may know that Lostprophets' singer is in jail for some unspeakable crimes). The single will be out July 22 but you can now stream "Stay," a track more akin to arena goth than United Nations' searing hardcore. Check it out below.
Stream the new UN and No Devotion songs, below...