Entries tagged with: Girls Against Boys
Photo: Soulside @ Saint Vitus - 12/18/14 (via Mike McCann)
Twenty-five years to the day since the band's final gig, Soulside took the stage at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus. Over two nights, from the rumbling opening bass riff of "God City" to the lean punk of "Under the Glare," the band draws from their entire body of work. Many of us relative newcomers too young to have experienced Soulside during their initial run encountered the band via the CD collection, Soon Come Happy, which gathers the better known Dischord albums Trigger and Hot Bodi-Gram. Each of those albums is well represented here. From Trigger, which was recently reissued by Dischord and expanded to include the Bass • 103 single, we get some of Soulside's signature tracks: "Baby," "Trigger," and "Name in Mind." They play almost all of their final record, Hot Bodi-Gram, the highlights of which are "God City," "Pembroke," and the duo of "New Slow Fucky" and "New Fast Fucky."DC/Dischord post-hardcore vets Soulside were only around briefly from 1986 to 1989 before disbanding and having three of its members form Girls Against Boys, but the band finally got back together this month to play their influential, 25+ year old material at NYC and DC shows. The shows happened on either side of the DC premiere of Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC 1980-1990, which premiered in NYC back in November
For longtime devotees--or simply those old enough and hip enough to have been there--"Under the Glare," and "Lookin' Around" date back to 1984 when the band was called Lunchmeat. And from the band's first album Less Deep Inside Keeps, originally released in 1987 as a joint venture between Dischord and Sammich (another essential DC Hardcore label), they play "Pearl to Stone," "Fresh Air," "Other Side," and a cover of Wire's "Ex-Lion Tamer." [NYC Taper]
The NYC shows took place at Saint Vitus this past Wednesday (12/17) and Thursday (12/18) with support from Have Heart/Verse/Dropdead/Soul Control-related band Sweet Jesus. Both shows sold out well in advance. Were you one of the lucky ones that got in? How was it?
NYC Taper caught both Vitus shows and wrote the review that's quoted above. He's also got downloads/streams of both nights at his site. Watch a full set video of night 1 (via unARTig) and check out the setlists for both nights, below.
Other guests in attendance at Vitus included Ted Leo and Rick Froberg (of Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes and Obits, who play NYC on NYE), who Soulside/Obits drummer Alexis Fleisig took an Instagram with:
Saint Vitus video and setlists below...
Obits @ BK Bazaar - 11/22/14 (via Kyle Page)
Brooklyn garage punk greats Obits played a one-off in their hometown this past Saturday (11/22) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Survival Knife, Hungry Ghost and Pink Avalanche. Anyone catch that? How was it? You can check out a video of them from that show, below.
Obits have now announced their next hometown show which happens New Year's Eve at Acheron, which is a pretty small venue and it sounds like this will be one of the rowdier NYE options in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Obits frontman Rick Froberg is also one of the many Brooklyn artists taking part in this year's Brooklyn Rock Lottery which also includes members of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Parquet Courts, Dismemberment Plan and more. Plus, since we last spoke, members of Girls Against Boys, Mutilation Rites, St. Lucia and more were added, as well as MC Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav). Updated lineup below.
Rick Froberg's Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes bandmate John Reis also has a collaborative surf rock album and tour planned with The Blind Shake.
Obits video and Rock Lottery lineup below...
The group's sound could be described as clean, heavy, and warm, with lyrics focused on politics. Soulside was one of the first DC bands to bridge the hardcore emo sound of "revolution summer" (see Rites of Spring) and move into a sound of post punk deconstruction. Scott McCloud's SG sound greatly influenced the sound heard from Ian MacKaye's SG in the band Fugazi. [Last.fm]Soulside, the Dischord-signed DC post-hardcore band who were around from 1986 to 1989 before they broke up and three of its members formed Girls Against Boys, have reunited. They've already announced a hometown show for 12/20 at Black Cat with Moss Icon (sold out) and have a second Black Cat show happening a day later (tix on sale Fri), and they've now scheduled a NYC show too. They'll play Saint Vitus on December 18 with a special guest TBA. Tickets for the Vitus show are on sale now.
UPDATE: 2nd Saint Vitus show added.
Watch a live video from 1989, 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...
"girls against boys. last time i saw these dudes i was 15 years old. @ Bowery Ballroom" - @silenziosa
Girls Against Boys w/ David Yow at Bowery Ballroom - 9/11/13 (via Irene Tien)
Post-hardcore veterans Girls Against Boys came back in action earlier this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Venus Luxure No 1 Baby, but they're not just doing the nostalgia thing. They've now got a new EP on the way, and they're continuing to tour even with the Venus Luxure No 1 Baby tour behind them. Last night (9/11) they headlined a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom, and were joined on stage by Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid frontman David Yow, as you can see above. A newer band carrying the post-hardcore torch, Coliseum opened the show. Did you go? How was it?
DOWNLOAD: Girls Against Boys - "It's a Diamond Life" (MP3)
Girls Against Boys - 'The Ghost Life'
As discussed, post-hardcore vets Girls Against Boys are touring again and will be playing NYC on September 11 at Bowery Ballroom. It's already been announced that newer (and also great) post-hardcore band Coliseum will open that show (and a few others), and since we last spoke, the shows got even more exciting. The Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid frontman David Yow (who released his first solo LP this year) will be making a special appearance at all of GVSB's September shows, including the MHOW one and DC's Black Cat 20th Anniversary, which includes Ted Leo and others. Tickets for the MHOW show are still available.
In addition to touring again, GVSB are also releasing new music this year. Their new EP, The Ghost List, will come out on September 24 via Epitonic. That's the artwork above. You can download one of its tracks, "It's a Diamond Life," above, and stream another, "60 Is Greater Than 15," along with the album tracklist and the list of all tour dates, below...
Post-hardcore-leaning post-rock legends Slint haven't performed live in six years, but that will change this year when they play ATP End of An Era Part 2 at Pontins Holiday Camp in Camber Sands, UK. The festival runs from November 29 to December 1, and is being billed as the "last ever" UK Holiday Camp.
As mentioned, this year's festival is being co-curated by Loop, who are also performing, along with Mogwai, The Pop Group, Fennesz, Goat, Superchunk, Comets On Fire, Om, Girls Against Boys, Michael Rother (presents the music of Neu! and Harmonia), Ty Segall, Dirty Beaches, Hookworms, Balam Acab and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
Updated lineup, flyer, and a Slint video below...
Coliseum at Knitting Factory earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
Post-hardcore rippers Coliseum just brought their tour through NYC earlier this month for a headlining gig at Knitting Factory, and they've since announced that they'll make their return to NYC later this year. They'll be here to open the previously discussed Girls Against Boys show on September 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated Coliseum dates are listed below.
Coliseum released their very solid new album, Sister Faith, this past April. You can stream that album via a Spotify widget, along with the video for its single "Black Magic Punks," and a Girls Against Boys track that we recently premiered, below...
Girls Against Boys have released a new track "It's a Diamond LIfe" which the band recorded back in January and is their first new track in eons. Look for a new EP this fall, too, though no word as to whether this track will appear on the release.
Stream the new track, as well as some classic Girls Against Boys, below.
Girls Against Boys, aka GVSB, began as a studio lark for keyboardist Eli Janney (now also a busy record producer) and Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty, both regulars on the Washington DC punk scene. They were joined by Scott McCloud, singer/guitarist in the city's Soulside, for the industrial disco that would make up the "Eighties" portion of Nineties vs. Eighties. With the arrival of two more Soulsiders -- Johnny Temple joining on bass and Alexis Fleisig replacing Canty -- the second half of the six-song EP paints a more accurate portrait of the newly christened Girls Against Boys' future direction. On "Jamie" and "Kitty-yo," the more straightforward punk aggression is cut with a dose of sleaze, as McCloud's voice flirts with a decadent croon. - [Trouser Press]As mentioned, DC post-hardcore vets Girls Against Boys are back in action, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby. European tour dates were already announced and though a full North American tour hasn't been announced yet, GvB will play NYC on September 11 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (4/24) with the general on-sale happening Friday (4/26) at noon.
Did anyone out there go see GvB at Bowery in July '07 when GvB played Venus in full? All tour dates are listed, along with a YouTube stream of Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby, below...
Venus Luxure No 1 Baby art
It's hard to believe it's been two long decades since GvsB released their iconic sophomore album on Touch and Go in 1993. And the band will start the party at Austria's Donau Festival. David Yow (The Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid) will join the band as a special guest at the festival. David Yow's artwork will be on exhibit at Donau Festival, and David will also be performing several songs with Girls Against Boys. A performance that should not be missed!Obits hinted at it but now Girls Against Boys are officially back in action. The NYC post-hardcore crew will follow the above-mentioned show with David Yow in Austria with a string of European dates in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Venus Luxure No 1 Baby. Dates are below.
North American shows have been promised, but no word on details yet. A list of all tour dates and a stream of Venus Luxure No 1 Baby is below.
"Thank you, Brisbane!" - Obits Instagram
Like we've done with a lot of bands this year, we asked Brooklyn's Obits for a list of their favorite albums of 2012. Guitarist Sohrab Habibion wrote back saying, "It usually takes some time to figure out if a record is really going to stick with me, so even though I liked what I heard from Beak, Disappears, Oneida, Pontiak, Royal Baths and Zomes, I'll submit my best of 2012 in a few years," and instead said, "since Obits is working on a new record, here are the Top 10 songs we will do our best not to directly rip off." You can check out that list, complete with YouTube clips for each one, below. Drummer (and onetime Girls Against Boys member) Alexis Fleisig also submitted "Top Ten Things I Completely Took For Granted This Year" which is below as well.
Sohrab, who also reformed his old band Edsel for a couple shows this year, also gave a rundown of Obits 2012 activity and what's in store for 2013:
Despite not putting out a full LP, we kept pretty busy. We released two 7"s - one on Sub Pop with 2 covers and another on a Spanish label called La Castanya with 2 originals on it.Sorhab and Alexis' Top 10 lists are below...
And along with some east coast shows, Austin and Denver (a new US city for us), we went to Europe twice this year, getting to play in Greece, Portugal, Italy and Sweden for the first time. We also went to Australia, which was truly as cool as every band that goes there says it is.
On the horizon ... a couple NYC shows.
1. January 18 = Obits at Rock Shop with Browns & Wrong Dots (tickets).
3. Finishing our next album. We have bunches and bunches of song fragments in various stages. The next few months we will be deciding what's worth keeping or working on or tossing in the trash.
4. Going back to Europe in June. It'll be a combination of places we've been and haven't been, including Poland and Ukraine, which we're looking forward to.
Also, this year there were some Hot Snakes shows and an Edsel reunion & re-issues (http://www.comedyminusone.com/023.php), which was kind of unexpected. Next year there might be a handful more Hot Snakes shows, maybe an Edsel appearance or two (along with additional re-issues and tunes from the vault), as well as some Girls Against Boys activity.