Entries tagged with: Government Issue
photo: Murphy's Law at Warsaw in April (more by Keith Marlowe)
Murphy's Law frontman Jimmy Gestapo turns 50 this year, and he and the band are celebrating with a hometown show on August 12 at Bowery Electric with Drunken Rampage, Caught In A Trap and Agitator. Happy birthday Jimmy! Tickets are on sale now.
Murphy's Law's only other upcoming show at the moment is opening for Nuclear Assault and Whiplash on September 12 at Gramercy Theatre (tickets). That show is part of Nuclear Assault's "final tour" but they just got announced for Maryland Deathfest 2016 today -- along with a ton of other great bands (Testament, Discharge, Repulsion, Ringworm, Tragedy, and more) -- so it looks like that tour is at least extending until May 2016.
The Agitator are the Bowery Electric show is the one from NYC, not to be confused with the one from Philly whose final show is at This Is Hardcore, which begins on Thursday (7/23). The NYC Agitator also opens for another veteran band, Government Issue, when they play Brooklyn's Acheron this Saturday (7/18). Tickets are still available.
Speaking of This Is Hardcore, the lineup also includes Detroit's Build and Destroy, who are streaming a new EP today. They have members of RZL DZL, Violent Minds and Cold World, and the EP features Ben Cook of No Warning/Fucked Up/Young Guv and Scott Vogel of Terror. (They're both on the song "All Hail The Dopeman".) The EP, titled Map of the Heavens, comes out physically next week via Lockin Out, but you can stream it now below (via Noisey).
Gainesville punk bonanza The Fest has added more bands to its 2015 lineup. There's reunited hardcore legends Government Issue (who also play NYC this month), party animal Andrew WK, Ramonesy punks Mean Jeans, Gainesville vets Radon, one of Mikey Erg's many bands Hatrabbits, a solo set from KJ of Chixdiggit, emo revivalists Football etc, and more.
The lineup also includes a lineup of late '90s/early '00s Florida punks The Beltones, who played a few other reunion shows this current decade like Punk Rock Bowling 2012. To quote a 5-star Punk News review of their second and final album, 2001's Cheap Trinkets:
The Beltones possess a wide variety of influences-from rockabilly to the Pogues-and the convergance of such varying styles while maintaining a strong punk feel is no easy task. But the Beltones do it really well, and such talent recalls the brillaince of a band like the Swingin' Utters. Another reason this band stands apart from the rest is the emotional depth of the songs. I'm not going to make absurd comparisons by calling the lyrics Dickinsonian or whatever, but singer Bill McFadden is a pretty adept song writer. His lyrics of alienation, pain, lost hope are a refreshing substitute to the "beer guzzling because my girl left me so I'm gonna go to the pub and get in a fight with my bros backing me up" b.s. that is so prevalent in punk today.Stream Cheap Trinkets, and check out the full list of Fest additions and updated lineup, below...
GI in 1981
DC/Dischord hardcore legends Government Issue reunited for their first show in 21 years in DC in 2010 (a benefit show), and have since played other shows like DC in 2012 (a 'Salad Days' celebration), DC in 2014 (Damaged City fest), and Houston and Baltimore earlier this year. And now they're finally going to play NYC!
The band will hit Brooklyn's Acheron on July 18 with Blockhead and Agitator. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon.
We're not positive what the lineup for this show will be, but stay tuned for that as well. Vocalist John Stabb was the only constant member. The 2010 reunion included bassist J. Robbins (who achieved a lot more success post-GI with Jawbox, Burning Airlines, and as a producer for several bands), but he wasn't with them at the 2014 show. There was also a 2007 one-off billed as "Government Re-Issue" which included onetime guitarist Brian Baker (also of Minor Threat, Dag Nasty and Bad Religion).
UPDATE: The band's current lineup is John Stabb (vocals), John Barry (guitar), Dwayne Bruner (bass), and Karl Hill (drums). They also play Pittsburgh's Skull Fest in August.
Watch a full set video of GI playing Maxwell's in Hoboken in 1988, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Salad Days documentary was celebrated over two days in Washington DC, when six hardcore bands of yesteryear reunited to play Black Cat on December 28 and 29. As discussed, the shows featured a reunion of Dag Nasty, along with appearances from Government Issue, Kingface, Black Market Baby, Youth Brigade and Scream. Check out video of all the bands below, including the full Dag Nasty appearance.
Also among the videos below are a pair of appearances from HR (of Bad Brains), who played the BB classic "Right Brigade" with Black Market Baby and "American Justice" with Scream, as well as apperances from Alec MacKaye (of The Faith) and John Stabb (of Government Issue) on a cover of "Steppin' Stone."
Government Issue, who were previously supposed to share the bill with Dag Nasty, have moved to a newly added second night (!) on 12/29, this time with headliner Scream! Tickets are on sale for that as well.
Both shows are in celebration of the forthcoming Salad Days documentary, which chronicles the evolution of DC punk.
Dag Nasty, 2012
In celebration of the forthcoming Salad Days documentary, the Black Cat in Washington DC will host an evening of DC hardcore/punk on 12/28 that will include the reunion of the original Can I Say lineup of Dag Nasty!
PLEASE JOIN US ON DECEMBER 28 AT THE BLACK CAT FOR A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT!Ticketing info for the show is forthcoming. No word on whether this reunion will blossom into something larger (meaning more dates) or be a single one-off. The show also features Government Issue who reunited in 2010 and has done so on occaision since then.
Scheduled to appear:
Dag Nasty (and their original "Can I Say" lineup of Shawn Brown, Brian Baker, Roger Marbury, and Colin Sears)
Black Market Baby
and special guests!
This is a night to celebrate the filming of 'Salad Days' and the enduring legacy of these bands and this fine city!
Government Issue was an American hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C. active from 1980 to 1989. The band experienced many changes in membership during its nine-year existence, with singer John Stabb as the only consistent member in an ever-fluctuating lineup that at various times included notable musicians Brian Baker, Mike Fellows, Steve Hansgen, J. Robbins, and Peter Moffett. Government Issue originated from the Washington, D.C. hardcore scene but added elements of heavy metal, New Wave, and psychedelic rock on later records. Though this has caused the band to be sometimes overlooked in relation to other Washington, D.C. hardcore acts, their stylistic diversity made them influential to later punk rock groups. -[Wiki]Government Issue will reunite for a single show in DC at The Black Cat on December 11th with The Goons and Set To Explode, their first show in 21 years. The band, which will feature John Stabb, J. Robbins, Tom Lyle, and Pete Moffett, will play the venue as part of a benefit for DJ Stereo Faith (aka Steven McPherson of the defunct DC band Brace), a local DJ who is recovering from removal of a tumor from his auditory canal. Tickets are on sale. If you can't make it to the show, you can paypal donations for Steven McPherson to keepingthestereofaith (AT) gmail DOT com.