Entries tagged with: Gorilla Biscuits
by Andrew Sacher
World Be Free -- the new band featuring Terror vocalist Scott Vogel, Gorilla Biscuits/CIV's Sammy Siegler and Arthur Smilios, Strife's Andrew Kline, and Joe Garlipp of Despair and Envy (the NY band) -- release their debut album The Anti-Circle this week (2/5) via Revelation Records (pre-order). We've already posted a few songs, and now we've got the premiere of the whole album. Gorilla Biscuits and other classic Revelation bands are the main reference points here. World Be Free is basically a trip back to the youth crew era, but they do it so convincingly (and have guys who were actually there) that it doesn't come off like mere revival or imitation. They've also got their old pal Walter Schreifels guesting on "I'm Done." Give this thing a rip for yourself, below.
The band is also touring, including NYC on February 21 at Saint Vitus with Manipulate, Blind Justice and Jesus Piece. Tickets for that show are still available. Other dates on the tour are with classic Rev band Judge (another band of Sammy Siegler's).
All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Dead Heavens at Saint Vitus in 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Walter Schreifels' garage/psych band Dead Heavens are releasing a new two-song 7" on February 12 via Thrill Me Records (pre-order). The b-side is their cover of Can's "I'm So Green" that came out last spring, and the a-side is the newer single "Feel Low." The new song is up that same '60s-inspired alley as the other stuff we've heard from this band. Check it out below.
Dead Heavens are also going on a short tour in February, including a NYC show on February 4 at Grand Victory. Tickets for that one are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
In related news, Walter's Gorilla Biscuits bandmates Sammy Siegler and Arthur Smilios are playing in the new band World Be Free, fronted by Terror's Scott Vogel, featuring a member of Strife, and more. Their upcoming album The Anti-Circle, due February 5 via Revelation, pretty much sounds like classic Gorilla Biscuits/Youth of Today/etc, and they recently dropped a new song from it. Check out the video for "Shake the Ghost" below.
Scary news as Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm got into a car accident in LA last night. Jeremy posted about it on Instagram:
So my night got really shitty after practice. I'm very thankful to be alive. I was third in a four car crash. The car behind me thankfully swerved and just clipped me so I wasn't smashed on both ends. This happened on the 5 freeway north right by dodger stadium. I was going 55 when I hit. Airbags are terrifying but saved me. Everyone is okay including myself. Very sore.Glad to hear that he's okay. Hopefully Touche Amore will play NYC again sooner than later, but for now they're about to tour Europe with the amazing bill of Gorilla Biscuits and Modern Life is War. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Judge at FFF 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
New York hardcore greats Judge's shows are pretty rare these days, though they do play a few a year and they're promising East Coast shows for 2016. So far they announced Albany, Philly, and Cambridge shows and wrote, "Ok East Coast friends. We heard you and we are coming back around in 2016. Let's start with this. Stay tuned for a few other dates." Let's hope they play another hometown show. Their last one was in 2013.
All of those dates are with World Be Free, the new band of Judge drummer Sammy Siegler (also of Youth of Today, CIV, Gorilla Biscuits and more). The whole lineup's pretty impressive, with Terror's Scott Vogel on vocals, Strife's Andrew Kline on guitar, another Gorilla Biscuits member Arthur Smilios on bass, and Joe Garlipp of Envy (the NY band, not the Japanese band) and Despair on guitar. Their debut album, The Anti-Circle, comes out on February 5 via Revelation Records (former home of Judge, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, etc). From the sound of the two singles, "World Be Free" and "Breakout or Busted," this is right up the alley of those classic youth crew bands that Sammy and Arthur played in. Check them out below.
World Be Free have other dates without Judge, including Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on 2/21. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon. All dates are listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Dead Heavens / Cayetana @ Saint Vitus - 2/10/2015
Post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) began a residency for one of his two recently-formed bands, Dead Heavens, at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus last night (2/10). Dead Heavens sees Walter & co. tapping into the heavy psych and garage rock sounds of the late '60s (and one member -- Paul Kostabi of White Zombie, etc -- really looks the part), and while you don't always see guys who used to write minute-long hardcore songs wailing on wah-pedal guitar solos, Walter is as much a natural with this stuff as he is in his other bands.
Opening was Without who count The Hold Steady's Bobby Drake as a member (and who I missed), and Philly indie rock trio Cayetana who sounded as great as they did two weeks ago at Baby's. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
In related news, Walter and fellow NYHC vet Richie Birkenhead (Underdog, Into Another, Youth of Today) will join Tony Rettman, author of the new NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 book, for an NYU-presented discussion at 20 Cooper Square on February 24. It's on the fourth floor and starts at 6:30 PM. Kelfa Sanneh (New Yorker, New York Times) will moderate.
In more related news, Cayetana recently put out the video for "Scott Get The Van, I'm Moving" from their 2014 debut, Nervous Like Me. Watch that, with more pictures from Vitus below...
As previously mentioned, Nate Gluck of NJ hardcore mainstays Ensign is sadly battling cancer, and now Ensign have teamed up with a handful of other hardcore bands to put on NateFest in his honor, on March 21 & 22 at a TBA New Jersey venue.
The lineup includes long-running NYHC legends Sick of It All, as well as recently back-in-action NY veterans such as Kill Your Idols, Indecision, and Killing Time. There's also a handful of regrouped NJ vets including Endeavor, Mouthpiece, NORA, and two of Nate Gluck's other bands Strength 691 and For the Love Of.
There will also be a few long-running NJ bands who never went away like Ensign themselves, None More Black, Shai Hulud and Bigwig, reunited Canadians Grade (who just played with Ensign), and newer NJ bands Old Wounds and Stag Party.
Lastly, two particularly interesting bands on the lineup are the reunited Purpose (pre-Thursday/Saves the Day) and 45 Revolutions, whose lineup includes vocalist Mike Ferraro of Judge, bassist Arthur Smilios of Gorilla Biscuits, guitarist Charlie (Moose) Garriga of CIV, and drummer Vinny Hooliganz. They played Santos last month. Watch a video below.
Venue, ticket info, and even more bands for NateFest TBA. Meanwhile donate some money to help cover Nate's medical bills at the GoFundMe page.
There's a few other chances to catch some of the NateFest bands in the area too. Sick of It All play Black N' Blue Bowl in NYC, Shai Hulud play Coco66 (3/19) right before NateFest (tickets), and Indecision open for NJ vets E-Town Concrete in their home state on Valentine's Day at Starland Ballroom. That show is also with LI vets VOD, plus The Banner, Suburban Scum (also playing BNB Bowl) and Razorblade Handgrenade (tickets).
Check out a few videos of some of the bands playing NateFest below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
photos by Tim Griffin
Gorilla Biscuits @ FFF 2014
The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.We wrote the above about Gorilla Biscuits' sets at Fun Fun Fun Fest this past weekend. Now we've got a set of pictures from their set in this post.
GB guitarist Walter Schreifels stays busy with plenty of other projects too, one of which is his blues rock-inspired Walter Schreifels and the Dead Heavens, who recently played a BV co-sponsored CMJ show. That band has since scheduled another NYC show happening on November 23 at Shea Stadium with Sneeze, Raw Blow and Vomitface. It's their only upcoming date at the moment. Walter also recently released a 7" with his other new group Vanishing Life.
More Gorilla Biscuits pics from FFF below...
by Andrew Sacher
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest went out on a high note on Sunday (11/9) after two previous days of fun fun fun. While I spent the first two days hopping from stage to stage, I spent the entire final day on the punk/metal-centric Black Stage, besides taking one brief break from the distortion to catch Angel Olsen's always-mesmerizing folk rock early on at the Orange Stage.
First up for me was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash "supergroup" with members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse and Darkest Hour. You couldn't have asked for a better start to the day as Iron Reagan made good on their promise to play more songs than any other band on the festival and still be off stage before they were supposed to. With only minimal breaks for banter, they ripped through songs from both of their albums and various EPs and included a cover of Cannibal Corpse's "A Skull Full of Maggots." These dudes definitely look and act the part, with no lack of '80s thrash hair swings and stage moves. They almost never smiled on stage, but if a song like "Your Kid's An Asshole" doesn't give it away, nobody was taking themselves too seriously.
After catching that Angel Olsen set, the next band on Black Stage was Deafheaven. Though you'd think the they would really be better fit for a dark room, they looked readymade for a festival set under the sun. The band's black metal/post-rock blend was tight as ever, but in daylight frontman George Clarke is even more of a sight to see. He's all about showmanship and crowd interaction and spends so much of the show reaching his hands out Nick Cave-style over the eager fans who can't wait to reach back.
Then came Hot Water Music, as much veterans of the '90s punk/emo scene as Mineral and Knapsack who played two days earlier, just with many more albums and only a two-year breakup period. They sounded awesome as always, with the highlights off their 2012 comeback album Exister sounding as great as their more classic material. Like they did at The Fest the weekend earlier, they brought out Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause to split lead vocals on "Trusty Chords" and you can check out a short clip of that below.
After Hot Water Music, the veteran punk continued on the Black Stage through the end of the festival. The next band up was New York hardcore OGs Gorilla Biscuits. I caught their set at the festival and their FFF Nites show at the very tiny Mohawk Indoor later that night. Both were great but needless to say the late show was the one to be at. It's hard to believe this band formed over 25 years ago because they were still one of the freshest sounding bands of the weekend. Civ said on stage at both shows never to lose yourself, to stand up for and believe in the same things you did when you were 16 at 20, 30, 45. If anyone can preach that at a show he can, he's living it. GB played just about every song you wanted to hear -- "High Hopes," "Big Mouth," "No Reason Why," "Degradation" and so many more favorites. The Mohawk show didn't have a mosh pit so much as the entire room was a constantly-moving swarm of bodies both on and off stage. It was the kind of show where everyone left grinning and covered in each other's sweat. And after midnight on Sunday (or Monday morning by then), it was the best possible way to wrap up the weekend.
After GB on the fest was Rocket From the Crypt, one of the many bands of John Reis (Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc), who made it seem like their short reunion was over before this but luckily they had more in them. RFTC were great -- their many-membered lineup, two horn players included, took the stage in their matching outfits and delivered plenty of fan faves. We got "Middle," "On A Rope," "Heart of a Rat," "Im Not Invisible," "Glazed" and plenty more from their initial 10+ year run as a band.
Following them and headlining the Black Stage for the night was Murder City Devils, who were pretty much the perfect match for RFTC given they were around at the same time for a while in the '90s/early '00s and shared an approach to blending rock n' roll and punk. One difference though is Murder City have a new album out and they played some of that but we also got plenty from their prime era like "18 Wheels," "Press Gang," "Idle Hands" and more. Whether it was an old one or a new one though, Murder City were on fire. They were incredibly tight, loud, and full of a serious amount of energy. Catching their set was my personal biggest conflict of the weekend (I had to miss Neutral Milk Hotel), but with a set like the one they played I have no regrets.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Cecilia Alejandra
Earlier today we mentioned that post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) would be playing the Iron Pier CMJ showcase (BV co-presents) with his new band The Dead Heavens, along with Self Defense Family and Dee Pockets. That's not the only new band Walter has though. He's also fronting Vanshing Life, for which he's joined by two Trail of Dead members, Jamie Miller and Autry Fulbright, and Rise Against's Zach Blair. Their debut 7", "People Running" b/w "Vanishing Life," is due out October 14 via Collect Records, the label Thursday/United Nations' Geoff Rickly runs with Texas is the Reason's Norman Brannon. Walter's produced a variety of sounds over the years, but so far Vanishing Life is sounding pretty in line with his '90s post-hardcore stuff. Hear it for yourself by streaming the a-side of the new single below.
The band are set to make their live debut on October 18 in New York with two in-stores that day: one at 2 PM at Generation Records in NYC and another at 6 PM at Looney Tunes Records in West Babylon. They'll be playing a brief set and doing a signing at each.
Song stream below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
Gorilla Biscuits / Bouncing Souls / Turnstile @ HoV 7/10/2014
On Thursday (7/10), The House of Vans became the foggiest and most humid locale on earth as they welcomed the Gorilla Biscuits, the Bouncing Souls, and Turnstile to their fourth free bash of the 2014 summer season. The show was very free and the RSVP list was so overbooked that the line to get in stretched from the venue to somewhere in Staten Island, leaving scores of people to be turned away at the door. It blows my mind that in this city and in this day and age I was able to see two of the most legendary hardcore/post-punk bands and double fist decent beer the entire time without ever opening my wallet (except to tip, of course). But that's what House of Vans does, and for that I am forever grateful.
I haven't been to a House of Vans show since the very first summer they started doing them, so I couldn't remember how soon the bands started playing after their 7:00pm doors. Therefore, by the time I got checked in, into the venue, and acquired my first coupla beers, the opener Turnstile had already finished their set. Did you see them? How were they? Pictures of their set -- and all the bands (our photographer was on time) -- are in this post.
The Bouncing Souls, who are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, took the stage next at about 8:30 PM, and by this point the room was absolutely cram-packed and a sweltering, hot, foggy, humid mess. I've been into the Bouncing Souls since about 1995 but they are one of those bands whose albums I never really listen to in my spare time because it's nothing compared to the live show. I know that sounds stupid, but whatever. They tore through what felt like a somewhat extended setlist that had the crowd in a frenzy. Almost everyone in the room knew the words to all the songs so there was plenty of crowd participation, fist-pumping, and bro-y fellowship. Pits these days are simply pedestrian compared to how they used to be, but last night things definitely got a little bonkers throughout the Souls' set which was pretty awesome. Good to see people still have it in them to pummel the shit out of each other now and then in the name of hardcore.
Many, many, many, many beers and about an additional 20 degrees later, it was time for my main reason for being there: NYHC legends the Gorilla Biscuits. I got into the Biscuits in about 1993, but by that point they had since disbanded. My first attempt to see them live was when CBGB was about to close its doors for good. I waited in line for several hours, got completely drenched during what felt like a passing hurricane, yet never ended up getting into the show. I FINALLY had my chance to see them when they played BB Kings on September 2, 2006 and that show was so insane and kicked so much ass that I almost threw up. So last night was only my second time seeing them, and holy shitballs did they deliver. Their discography isn't that huge, so it's safe to say that they practically played everything last night (setlist below). "High Hopes," "No Reason Why," "Hold Your Ground," and "Start Today" were among the gems they unleashed on us. They even played a blistering rendition of "Do Something" which is from frontman Civ's other band Civ. A highlight of the evening for many people (except for me because shit like this doesn't really impress me) was when the Biscuits were joined by Judge frontman Mike Judge for a fantastic rendition of "New York Crew" (videos of that are below). Sick of it All front man Lou Koeller was seen watching the show from the audience and I hoped he'd hop up there for a song as well, but that didn't happen. The Gorilla Biscuits sounded absolutely incredible and I really think the world would be a better place if they took the time to tour a little more often. It really is a sight to behold.
And another takeaway from the evening is that, quite simply, Walter Schreifels is the man. I am speaking very generally here, but a lot of these old school hardcore guys never outgrew their safety-in-numbers, goonish, thuggish, and macho "crew" tough-guy ape mentality. And as they get older, it just looks so pathetic to me. After the Biscuits, Walter went on to amass a really eclectic CV of musical projects; from the post-hardcore icons Quicksand, to the more Brit-rock influenced Walking Concert, to his solo works, to post-hardcore outfit Rival Schools... the dude grew up, branched out. To see him step back into his hardcore roots, with his long hair and his lack of (visible) tattoos, and absolutely own it... that rules man.
More pictures from last night's mayhem, plus video and Gorilla Biscuits' setlist, below...
by Ian Chainey
Bold at Rev25, 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
In addition to playing Philadelphia's This is Hardcore 2014 with 'all of the bands' (a scientific measurement), classic youth crew hardcore group Bold have scheduled a set at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on July 24 with Give and other openers to be announced (tickets). The lineup consists of Bold's 1989 incarnation, featuring Matt Warnke (vocals), Tim Brooks (bass), Porcell (guitar), Tom Capone (guitar), and Drew Thomas (drums). Join with them, they have a plan.
In related news, Revelation Records reissued the compilation New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is. The 1988 collection documented NYHC at a crucial moment, rounding up the likes of Bold, Gorilla Biscuits, Breakdown, Youth of Today, Sick of it All, and others. The repress can be had on CD or gold vinyl and is available Tuesday (6/17).
Gorilla Biscuits also play a free House of Vans show in July with Bouncing Souls. RSVP for that is closed.
Streams of the compilation along with a Bold live video below...
House of Vans during last week's Zumiez party (more by Ryan Muir)
The June lineups for the free Vans House Parties at NYC's House of Vans (25 Franklin St) were already announced, and now the July and August ones were too.
July's shows include wild garage rockers Black Lips (who also play NYC on their tour with King Khan this fall) with local skate/surf punks Night Birds and a special guest on 7/3; and hardcore vets Gorilla Biscuits with NJ punk heroes Bouncing Souls (who also celebrate 25 years in NJ this summer) and a special guest on 7/10.
Then in August it's the dancin' Future Islands with Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman and Brooklyn indie pop musician Mas Ysa on 8/7; and DFA's Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Kim Ann Foxman and FIXED's Dave P on 8/14.
All shows are free (and all ages), but RSVP is required (though it doesn't guarantee entry). RSVP for the Black Lips/Night Birds and Gorilla Biscuits/Bouncing Souls shows open today (6/10) at noon. The series kicks off this Thursday (6/12) with Charles Bradley, Mac DeMarco (who also plays 4Knots) and Benjamin Booker. RSVP for that one is closed.
The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....
Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.
This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.
Ditto for emo vets Mineral
So much more greatness listed below....
Attention hardcore nerds and completists:
Hi Folks,Luke Abbey (Warzone, Judge, Gorilla Biscuits & more) is auctioning some impressive classic New York Hardcore from his collection, including 7"s by Side by Side, Slapshot, Underdog, Warzone, much sought-after compilations, rare shirts by Judge, Uniform Choice, and more. Head to Double Cross XX for more details and to his eBay account to place bids.
My name is Luke Abbey and I'm the drummer for the band Gorilla Biscuits. Recently, while we were playing in Chicago at the Revelation Records 25th anniversary show, I tore my biceps tendon. I'd already had a number of shoulder and arm injuries I'd been trying to manage on my own, but during our second song it finally gave out and completely snapped, forcing me to go in for surgery the following week. I underwent several repairs and am now embarking on a lengthy rehabilitation process while also facing considerable expenses.
Best of luck and godspeed to Luke Abbey, though I'm guessing he won't need too much of it judging by his bounty.
Walter Schreifels at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Nicole Kibert)
Walter Schreifels has been reunited with a number of his old bands in the past couple years, like Gorilla Biscuits, Rival Schools, and Quicksand, but he's still found time to squeeze in solo shows too. He just played one at Saint Vitus (11/10) for a Hurricane Sandy Relief benefit with Neon Indian (DJ), Buke and Gase, Bloodyminded, and Believer/Law. At the show, he performed the Quicksand track, "Delusional," which you can watch a video of below.
As mentioned, his next solo show happens in NYC on November 30 at Matchless. Show flyer is below.
If you're in the Chicago area, you can catch Walter playing as a member of Gorilla Biscuits at the Revelation Records 25th anniversary in January with Youth of Today, Shelter, Texas is the Reason, Into Another, and more. Revelation 25 NYC went down this past October.
Show flyer, live video, and two recent song streams, are below.
Is this flyer real?
The above flyer recently popped up on Facebook and though there is not any concrete confirmation on the dates, it seems to go along with recent reports of a set of NYC shows to counter-balance the 25th Anniversary spectacular on the West Coast. No word on who may play the event, the significance of the "X" (other than the obvious straight-edge connection), but rumors have names like Quicksand (who reunited for the celebration), Chain of Strength, and some of the other usual suspects from the recent Pomona shows. Fingers crossed.
Check out some recently surfaced video of full sets by Sick of it All, Youth of Today and Quicksand from the California shows below alongside an old Chain of Strength set from the 90s.
Quicksand reunited at Revelation 25 (via)
It seemed somewhat inevitable, but Quicksand (Walter Schreifels, Tom Capone, Alan Cage, Sergio Vega), split since 1999, reunited last night, Sunday, June 10th, as part of the Revelation 25th Anniversary Celebration, a weekend of shows in Pomona, California at the Glass House from June 7-10. The stellar festival lineup featured names that graced and help shape the label's storied history, names like Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Into Another, Supertouch, Bold, Sick of It All, No For An Answer, Sense Field, Statue, Ignite, In My Eyes, Kiss it Goodbye, Gameface and Shai Hulud. Quicksand were not on the bill, though they did advertise "special guest".
Check out video below of the reunited Quicksand performing "Fazer" "Dine Alone" Omission" and their set closer "How Soon is Now?", The Smiths classic that graced the B-Side of the "Dine Alone" single. (Does anyone have the full setlist?) While you're down there, don't miss video of Underdog, Into Another, Gorilla Biscuits and more.
What does this mean? Is this their only appearance? I'm betting that someone has Terminal 5 on hold for a week (though someone wrote on Wikipedia that " It will be a one-time only reunion"). Videos below...
Negative Approach at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
This is Hardcore returns to Philadelphia, PA for four days in August at Union Transfer (on 8/9) and Electric Factory (8/10 - 8/12). Both shows will have no barricades for you headwalkers/divers and in the case of Electric Factory, the venue will actually construct a stage in front of their usual stage (!) to get around the existing barricade. Now thats dedication/brutality.
As for the lineup, as usual the cast of hooligans gracing the stages of TIHC are a cast of notables, including Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Gorilla Biscuits, Breakdown, Blacklisted, Killing Time, Nails, Ringworm, Gehenna and many many more. Full lineup is below and tickets go on sale on May 17th at noon.
Power Trip is part of said lineup, and reminder, the band will hit Acheron on May 15th as part of a string of East Coast dates. All tour dates are below.
words by BBG, photos by Jason House
Youth of Today @ Acheron
Formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, [Revelation Records] is now based in Huntington Beach, California. It was founded in 1987 by owner Jordan Cooper, along with Ray Cappo of Youth of Today, with the sole intent of producing the Warzone Lower East Side Crew 7". Within the year, they put out two more releases and a limited 4th pressing of Youth of Today's Can't Close My Eyes 7", which had been originally released on Positive Force Records, just for the two of them to trade for vintage G.I.Joes and other action figures. In the first three years, the label put out 23 releases and pressed approximately 50,000 records, and it has continued to release an average of 7-8 albums a year.Revelation released a few records since then, most recently the Mouthpiece retrospective Can't Kill What's Inside: The Complete Discography. The label will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a trio of shows at Glasshouse in Pomona, CA in June, featuring Youth Of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Underdog, No For An Answer and Statue, with "more Rev alumni to be announced." Despite the fact that Revelation was formed on the East Coast and a good number of the participating bands are too, so far it doesnt look like the celebration will be bi-coastal. We'll let you know if that changes though. Meanwhile, tickets go on sale March 1st for Gorilla Biscuits with Youth of Today on 6/8 and 6/9 (No For An Answer is also on 6/9), and Gorilla Biscuits with Underdog & Statue on 6/10.
Cappo left the business in 1988, to focus on his band Shelter and to start his own label Equal Vision Records (which he later sold to Youth Of Today roadie, former Revelation employee and friend, Steve Reddy), though his albums were still released by Revelation after that, and he also operated Supersoul Records.
The label put out several definitive hardcore and metalcore records in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with notable releases coming from Damnation A.D., Will Haven, Shai Hulud, Curl Up and Die, and Himsa. However, by the mid-2000s, Revelation Records had seemingly fallen by the wayside, with very few releases between 2004 and 2006.
In related news, Breakdown, who was on the Revelation compilation New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is (with Youth of Today, Bold, Gorilla Biscuits, Warzone and others) will play Chaos in Tejas with their 87 demo lineup (their first show like that in 25 years). Also no NYC shows for them at the moment.
Meanwhile, The Last Stand open up for Madball, Maximum Penalty, Dead End Path, and Suburban Scum TONIGHT (1/20) at Gramercy Theater. Tickets are still available.
The Last Stand supported Youth of Today and Mouthpiece when the pair played a surprise show at Acheron in 2011. A set of belated pictures from Acheron are in this post, along with the Pomona show flyers. More below...
photos by Jason House
Agnostic Front @ Santos Party House
Agnostic Front are currently out on tour with Mongoloids in support of a somewhat new record...
"My Life My Way was released on March 22, 2011. The album features 13 new powerful and anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.) at his Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, FL under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The record was mastered by Alan Douches (NILE, MASTODON, etc.)."The tour hit Santos Party House in NYC on 11/4. Some pictures are in this post. More them with all remaining dates below.
Fellow DMS crew band H2O also has a new record coming out, but not of their own songs. As their own press release reads...
"H2O has been a mainstay in hardcore and punk since their inception back in 1995 and have had many influences along the way. The band is thrilled to pay homage to those influential artists by covering their songs on the forthcoming album, Don't Forget Your Roots, which will be available November 15th from Bridge Nine Records.No Agnostic Front on the tribute album, but there is Madball, Descendents, Bad Brains and many more. The full tracklist, all tour dates, and more Agnostic Front show pictures, below...
Additionally, H2O will be playing the Gramercy Theater on November 19th [with Killing Time], with a special set consisting of cover songs and originals- both new and old. This show will be a celebration of H2O's covers album available just three days prior, as well as a re-release of their self-titled album, available on LP also on November 15th. Vocalist Toby Morse had this to say: "NYC is H2O's roots - where we started - and couldn't think of a more perfect place to release our covers album and the re-issue of our first record. We'll be playing old songs, new songs and cover songs for our fans there! They'll also be able to pick up copies of our self-titled album on vinyl - Bridge Nine is re-pressing that and we couldn't be more excited. It was originally released back in 1996 and has been out of print for a long, long time. Also Don't Forget Your Roots will be available as well!" He continued, "Our covers album is a big personal accomplishment for us - being able to pay homage to the bands that have influenced us so much since we got into punk rock and helped get us where we are today is an amazing thing. We think we've done them justice!"
photos by Helena Van Leirsberghe & Jeff "STRESS" Davis
Gorilla Biscuits needs little in the way of introduction for fans of hardcore. When they were ready, a pair of horn players came out and played the intro to "New Direction." This was an awesome touch, definitely better than playing a sample. After the intro, as the first few guitar notes to the song rang out, pandemonium exploded on the dance floor. In addition to "New Direction," the Biscuits played a wide selection of their most popular songs including "Standstill," "Good Intentions," "Sitting Round At Home," "High Hopes," and "Cats and Dogs," among others. They also managed to find time for two covers: "Do Something" by CIV and "New York Crew" by Judge. Anthony Civarelli partly dedicated the song to Mike Judge, who was in the audience, but Mike declined to perform the song with the band, much to everyone's disappointment.Gorilla Biscuits headlined the Black & Blue Bowl back on May 28th at Webster Hall. We'll have more pictures of the whole show coming soon, but for now check out more pictures, videos and the setlist from the reunited hardcore band's set (confirming much of what is written above), below...
Watching Gorilla Biscuits play, you'd swear it was 1991, not 2011. Every song sounded great, and the whole band was full of energy. For their last song, "Start Today," Civ invited the audience on stage to sing along: "There is no barricade here. There are no bouncers here. Trying to control something that should not be controlled is impossible. That is what this is about. You cannot control a tiger in the jungle. You cannot control gorillas in the jungle. We are the animals here. This is our jungle, so for the next two minutes, the stage is yours, the floor is yours, act like the fuckin' animals you are."
The audience took his words to heart, and quickly swarmed the stage, nearly overwhelming the band. They played on, as people crowded around them and flew over their heads. Surrounded on all sides, Civ relinquished the mic to the audience. Walter, who abandoned his guitar, climbed on top of the drum set with his microphone to play the harmonica part, and sing the final chorus with the audience." [Verbicide]
Agnostic Front at The Bell House (more by Tod Seelie)
NYHC legends Agnostic Front are back, and just released their new LP My Life My Way via Nuclear Blast. Their latest effort features "That's Life", the subject of a new video by director Brian Darwas that makes its world premiere below. Check that out below along with details on how to win a 4-hour tattoo session courtesy of Agnostic Front, Nuclear Blast Records and NYHC Tattoos.
And make sure to check out Agnostic Front LIVE when they play a "special set" as part of an unfucwitable Black & Blue Bowl lineup of Gorilla Biscuits(!), Terror, Antidote, Absolution, and many others (including a secret guest) on May 28th at Webster Hall . Tickets are on sale now.
Tickets are also still on sale for the March 26th Sick of It All Webster Hall 25th Anniversary Show with special guests Snapcase, Merauder. Razorblade Hand Grenade and DJ Sid Da Kid. More dates and videos below...
Gorilla Biscuits at CBGB 2006 (more)
Gorilla Biscuits will return from the dead to play the annual Black & Blue Bowl (previously the Superbowl of Hardcore) on May 28th at Webster Hall alongside Agnostic Front (playing a special set), Terror, Antidote, Absolution, Down to Nothing, Maximum Penalty, No Turning Back, Backtrack, Take Offense, Bottom Out, and a secret guest. Tickets will be on sale soon on PitchforkNY.com, and at places like Lotus Tattoo in Sayville (Civ's tattoo shop), NYHC tattoos (Vinnie Stigma and Jimmy Gestapo's shop), Generation Records, and maybe other spots. There will also be some tickets saved to sell at the door, though the show will sell out.
In sort of related news, Sick of It All, Snapcase, Merauder & Razorblade Handgrenade play Webster Hall on March 26th.
Meanwhile, Walter Schriefels' more current project Rival Schools are readying the release of their new LP Pedals (out 3/8 on Photo Finish/Atlantic Records). The band begins a stint of dates in Chicago tonight (3/2) that include a record release party at Santos Party House on March 8th. Tickets are still on sale.
Want a a 180 gram vinyl copy of Pedals and a 24"x36" Pedals lithograph signed by Ian, Walter, Sam and Cache? Details on how to win all of that and a picture of it, plus two new Rival Schools videos, all tour dates and more, below...