Entries tagged with: Geoff Rickly
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...
by Andrew Sacher
United Nations at 285 Kent in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
United Nations, the current (and much heavier) band of ex-Thursday singer Geoff Rickly, are releasing their new album The Next Four Years on July 15 via Temporary Residence Ltd. After revealing the menacing "Serious Business," UN are back with a new single from the record, "Meanwhile on Main Street." It's calmer compared to the last single, but that doesn't mean it's not still totally intense and filled with rage. Check it out below.
Song stream below...
United Nations at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
United Nations, the "emo powerviolence" band of Thursday's Geoff Rickly which also includes/included members of Converge, Glassjaw and Pianos Become the Teeth, have signed with Temporary Residence Ltd. (Explosions in the Sky, Young Widows) who will release The Next Four Years, their first full length since their self-titled 2008 debut, on July 15. No music has been released from it yet, but you can watch a video of them playing one of its songs "United Nations Vs. United Nations" at Saint Vitus, below.
Meanwhile, catch UN at The Fest this year if you're going. Cover art above. Video and LP tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Gainesville, FL multi-venue punk festival The Fest just announced even more bands, including Melvins, United Nations, Coliseum, Small Brown Bike/Casket Lottery-related Able Baker Fox (who haven't played in a while), Whores, Vacation, Plow United's Brian McGee and more. Full list of additions below.
The new additions join Descendents, Lifetime, Paint It Black, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Mineral, Hot Water Music, Screaming Females, Touche Amore, Into It Over It, Circle Takes the Square and many, many more. Passes are still available.
Meanwhile, Melvins singer Buzz Osborne, or King Buzzo, recently released another song from his upcoming acoustic solo album, This Machine Kills Artists, which is due out on June 3 via Ipecac. Like previous single "Dark Brown Teeth," it's acoustic but it's not like Buzzo is going singer/songwriter on us or anything. It's pretty much a drum-less, distortion-less metal song. Check out the new track, titled "Instrument of God," below.
And in more related news, United Nations singer Geoff Rickly (who also used to sing a band called Thursday) recently wrote for The Talkhouse on how he paid $2,000 on StubHub to attend one of The xx's 40-person shows at the Park Avenue Armory in March. Here's how he described the show:
As the set progresses, the room changes. The night turns magic. The lights drop and "Fiction" starts playing. Now the beat is booming somewhere behind us. It's becoming increasingly clear that this small room is a facade and we're in a massive space. The walls turn into screens that are being projected on from outside. The ceiling starts rising above us, first one story, then two, then three. Liza grabs my hand as the soundtrack to her loneliness throbs in the air around us.Read the rest of his interesting (and pricey) story about how and why he ended up forking over two grand for the show, at The Talkhouse.
The walls blow off the room and lights come streaming through the air from great distances. The band is slinking through one number after the other. Music has never been sexier or more vivid. It felt like being inside the record sleeve. The sound roaring in the void around us, the lights echoing the artwork -- this is the closest I've ever been to the realization of a musical vision.
Stream the new Buzzo song, with the full list of Fest additions, below...
words and photos by Caroline Harrison
Circle Takes the Square
Circle Takes the Square's long-awaited comeback tour with rapper B. Dolan hit Saint Vitus Bar last Sunday (11/10), with local support from BK supergroup United Nations. We've got a set of pictures from the show over at Invisible Oranges, plus a writeup:
Saint Vitus played host to an interesting crowd on Sunday. The venue hosts a variety of shows, but as readers of this site are certainly aware, it tends to lean towards metal and harsher rock music. Sunday's show hosted the NYC date of Circle Takes the Square's national tour with rapper B. Dolan (with live band) and local support from screamo/metal supergroup United Nations. Circle Takes the Square had not played New York in recent memory, so it was no surprise that the venue sold out.Head to Invisible Oranges for the pictures, and check out more in this post.
The whole night was a mix of genre-blending music -- not that many artists fit neatly inside one category these days. I think we've all seen enough permutations of "blackened crusty doomcore sludge," or, as our own Wyatt Marshall summed it up, "the works/supreme pizza", to agree. CTTS and United Nations both get the screamo/post-hardcore labels. United Nations' most noticeable influences come from Geoff Rickly, former singer for Thursday, but Ben Koller's (Converge) brief stint in the band around 2009 left a lasting imprint. Current drummer David Haik of Pianos Become Teeth plays with a skill and jaw-dropping intensity that recalls but does not simply mimic Koller's style. Rapper (yes, you read that correctly.) B. Dolan is signed to Sage Francis's label Strange Famous Records. Much like the Minnesotan label Rhymesayers, SFR is a hip-hop outfit that encourages genre-blending from its roster of artists. B. Dolan was definitely the odd man out on Sunday, but played to a receptive crowd regardless.
Circle Takes the Square is like nothing else that's out there. Sure, it's easy to point to certain obvious influences that shaped their sound -- some -cores (hard-, emotional hard-, metal-, noise-), some jazzier, proggier strains, and some blisteringly technical metal. Lots of things with the word "post" in them. A lot of people just call them screamo. Given all these variables, it's understandable that Sunday's crowd was equally diverse.
The group gave it everything they had from the word "go." They tore through the incredibly complex compositions with furious energy, hitting every transition with clock-like precision. While CTTS's unique genre-blending is definitely one of the key differentiators for the band, it's always been Kathleen Stubelek's voice that has pushed them from being really good to being truly memorable. The band was rewarded with an elated audience, many who had been waiting for years to see them. I overheard more than one conversation about how people had been waiting since they were teenagers to see CTTS. It was well worth the wait.
Also, at Invisible Oranges, we're giving away a 180-gram vinyl copy of CTTS' 2012 album, Decompositions: Volume One, and a t-shirt in the size of your choice. Details on how to enter to win are at IO.
More pictures from Saint Vitus and a stream of Decompositions: Volume One below...
Touche Amore / United Nations @ 285 Kent - 10/9/13
Geoff Rickly took a break during United Nations' ripping set at 285 Kent last night (10/9) to dedicate a song to Touché Amoré, the band they were opening for. He said it's amazing and inspiring that in 2013 a hardcore band plays with as much heart as they do, and he's right. Watching the sea of people fight their way to the front of the oversold scrum just to scream a single lyric within earshot of TA frontman Jeremy Bolm was a life-affirming experience in itself, to say nothing of how life-affirming it was for everyone in the crowd to be seeing this band in the flesh.
Touché Amoré doesn't traffic in trends. Despite being lumped in with a "New Wave of Emo" that's reared its head this year on the blogosphere, the Los Angeles five-piece is purely itself, not just some bullet-point on a list. Their brand of hardcore is simultaneously shimmering and abrasive, and Bolm's self-obsessed, wounded lyrics and vocals help set them apart from the bands they're ostensibly sharing a movement with. They are emo in the sense that they emote, but they have a lot more in common with Converge or Moss Icon than, say, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. (Not throwing shade; TWIABP is a very good band as well.)
Their gorgeous cacophony comes off live exactly how you'd expect. At 285 Kent, they played basically every fan favorite, which is to say, they played basically every song they've ever written. The energy level in the crowd barely wavered from set opener "Just Exist" from this year's Is Survived By to closer "Honest Sleep" and unplanned encore song "Face Ghost." Bolm's vocals were mixed high - the only way to mix a Touché Amoré show - but he was matched in volume and intensity by a chorus of fans on nearly every line. Of course, the vocals wouldn't be nearly as effective if they weren't anchored by the incredible guitar tones of Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, sturdy bass lines from Tyler Kirby and some surprisingly off-kilter drum work by the tireless Elliot Babin. Despite Bolm being the center of attention, it's impossible to forget that you're watching a band up there.
Still, lyrics won the day, and I imagine most people in attendance will remember the show for how loudly the crowd was able to sing along. It was a little strange to see the words that Bolm wrote proudly, selfishly for and about himself being screamed by hundreds of people who felt they were written for them. It's amazing that 285 Kent wasn't sucked into a vortex of self, but somehow, amid all the shouted, narcissistic neuroses, a sense of community was forged. That's the gift Touché Amoré gives: laying bare their insecurities so we can indulge our egos. Hardcore is weird, but man, hardcore is awesome.
The show, which we at BrooklynVegan presented, was a headlining stop for Touché in the midst of their tour with AFI which hits NYC tonight (10/10) for a sold-out show at Webster Hall. Like we said above, last night's show was opened by Geoff Rickly's band United Nations, in addition to Topshelf-signed screamo band The Saddest Landscape. Pictures of all three bands are int his post.
Speaking of Geoff Rickly, he just teamed up with a few members of Made Out of Babies to form the new band, Strangelight (also featuring members of Goes Cube and Red Sparowes), who released their debut EP, 9 Days, this week via Sacrament Music. You can stream the EP in full (via Noisey) along with more pictures from the 285 Kent show, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Touche Amore at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As discussed, LA's Touche Amore are heading out on a tour supporting AFI this year, which hits NYC on October 10 at Webster Hall. That show has long sold out, but we at BrooklynVegan are thrilled to announce that they'll headline a BV-presented show in Brooklyn at 285 Kent (10/9) a day earlier. Support at the show comes from Touche collaborator Geoff Rickly's (of Thursday) screamo supergroup United Nations, and another likeminded group The Saddest Landscape. $12 Tickets for the all ages show are on sale now.
Touche Amore are set to release their anticipated third album, Is Survived By, on September 24 via Deathwish, and it's their strongest and most complete work in an already very-solid discography. You've heard the opening track, "Just Exist" and a live version of "DNA," and they've now released another track from the album, "Harbor." Give it a listen over at Rolling Stone.
The Saddest Landscape's most recent release is the Exit Wounded EP, which came out via Topshelf earlier this year. Stream that, along with streams from the other two bands, and the updated list of Touche Amore tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Scandals (photo via Greg Pallente)
One of the artists chosen to open for The Gaslight Anthem at their free Red Bull Sound Select show at Irving Plaza on July 27 is fellow NJ band The Scandals. It makes sense that they were selected for the show, considering they share not only a hometown, but also a knack for post-Bouncing Souls/Hot Water Music punk rawk and heartland melodies (though they don't do as much Boss worshipping as Gaslight). If you're going to that show (which is free but you have to request a ticket), it's worth showing up for them. Also on the bill is Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause (who just wrapped up a tour with Social Distortion and Cheap Time) and Frances & the Foundation.
The Scandals also play another NYC show even sooner than that opening for Get Involved at Saint Vitus on Thursday (7/11). Get Involved is sort of a post-hardcore supergroup, whose members include Tucker Rule (Thursday), Brian Deneeve (From Autumn To Ashes), Lars Weiss (Judge), Derrick Karg (Death in the Park), and Todd Weinstock (Glassjaw, Cubic Zirconia). They're planning on self-releasing an EP at some point this year, which is being produced by Ross Robinson, who was behind the boards for classic albums by Glassjaw, At the Drive-In, The Blood Brothers, and more. They make a similar style of post-hardcore to many of their past projects, but with a goth edge on the clean vocals. You can listen to two tracks on Kickstarter and watch the video for a third below.
That Saint Vitus show is also with Descender, Let Me Run, and Skeleton Dealer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Get Involved also play a day later at the Court Tavern (7/12) in New Brunswick, and in September they open the first of two Taking Back Sunday shows (9/11-12) at NJ's recently reopened Starland Ballroom, where TBS will be performing Tell All Your Friends in full, like they did on tour last year. These are currently the band's only remaining TAYF dates (night 1 tix & night 2 tix).
In more related news, ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly recently released his second solo mixtape, Darker Matter, which you can stream below or download (name your price) at bandcamp. He also has an upcoming Starland Ballroom (9/28) show, opening for fellow Jersey band Saves The Day (tickets) two days after STD play MHOW without Geoff (tickets). You can also see Geoff opening for Yellowcard at Irving Plaza (9/9 & 9/10)... if you're into that sort of thing (tickets).
All lists of dates and song streams below...
crowd at Starland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, NJ venue Starland Ballroom is reopening this year after damages from Hurricane Sandy forced them to close. When we last posted, it had been announced that "something" would happen on June 4 (aka today), and it turns out that that "something" is the announcement of the venue's initial schedule for this September - December. Shows announced include Two Door Cinema Club (10/9), Clutch (12/28), and more.
Full current schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
Geoff Rickly w/ Thursday at The Chance in 2010 (more by Meghan McInnis)
The early '00s emo scene gets a lot of hate, a good deal of which is arguably deserved, but as with many hated music trends, there's a few gems that stick out and over ten years after their prime remain wildly influential. It's no secret that I'm a supporter of Thursday and their frontman Geoff Rickly's recent solo work. Plus, when Taking Back Sunday played Tell All Your Friends on tour last year, I wrote about the album's lasting impact for kids who were at impressionable stages of their life when they first heard it.
Those bands were both on Victory Records at the same time (and both expressed issues with the label), shared a producer, and have toured together before. So it might not be a surprising announcement, but it's a pretty welcome one that Geoff Rickly and John Nolan (who was a big reason Tell All Your Friends was so great, and left TBS after that record to front the relatively underrated Straylight Run) are going on a solo tour together this May. The tour kicks off in Brooklyn at the small, mostly-metal venue Saint Vitus on May 10, and for two frontmen who both had solid runs in bands on MTV, that's a pretty cool place to see them. Tickets are not on sale yet for the Brooklyn show but you can check Ticketfly for updates.
All dates are listed, along with the tour flyer and song streams of Geoff and John's solo material, below...
Tickets for the Don Giovanni showcases with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Stormshadow, Lemuria, Jeffrey Lewis, Waxahatchee, Hilly Eye, and more go on sale today at noon (2-day pass option included).
Tickets for the newly-added Desaparecidos show at Webster Hall with Joyce Manor and States & Kingdoms go on sale today at noon.
Tickets for the Ex Cops show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. TIckets for their Glasslands show are on sale now and tickets for tonight's Webster Hall show where they open for Paul Banks are still available.
Austra is DJing Glasslands on January 25. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A bunch of shows at Town Hall just went on sale.
Geoff Rickly of Thursday recently released his first solo material, and is playing an acoustic show at The Sutdio at Webster Hall on February 2 with Vinnie Caruana and others. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (12/18) at 10 AM.