Entries tagged with: Gwar
photo: Kim Dylla as Vulvatron at Riot Fest (more by James Richards IV
Last year, GWAR got a couple new members, including Kim Dylla as the character Vulvatron. After just a few months with the band, Kim is leaving, but GWAR say a new person will fill the role of Vulvatron. They write, "Kim did a great job, but we wanted to go a different direction with the Vulvatron character. You will absolutely see more of Vulvatron in the future, just not portrayed by Kim. There is no ill will, no acrimony, and no drama. We respect Kim's talent without question, it just isn't what we needed in the character."
GWAR's upcoming tour hits the NYC-area on September 17 at The Paramount in Huntington. Tickets for that show are still available. They also have their annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond coming up with Descendents, Down, The Dickies, and more.
All GWAR dates are listed below...
photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
2015 marks GWAR's 30th anniversary and the band is heading out on a tour this fall to celebrate. The "30 Years of Total Domination Tour" starts August 25 in Millvale, PA and closes out in Rochester, NY on September 18 with Butcher Babies and Battlecross on support for all dates.
NYC proper isn't on the tour's schedule but it comes to Long Island's Paramount on September 17. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM with venue presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
Down are heading out on a tour of their own around their appearance at the festival. The "Eastbound 'N' Down" tour stops at Jersey's Starland Ballroom on August 14. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/1) at 10 AM with AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at 10 AM.
All upcoming dates for GWAR and Down are listed along with a video of GWAR covering The Pet Shop Boys below...
photo: GWAR at 'Empire Records' celebration (more by Sachyn Mital)
GWAR, who were just in NYC for the Empire Records 20th anniversary, will be putting on another installment of their annual GWAR-B-Q this year. The fest happens in Richmond from August 14-16. Day 1 happens at two RVA venues, The National and The Broadberry, day 2 happens at Hadad's Lake, and the final day will have a "Brutal Brunch" at the new GWARbar.
Bands announced so far include Descendents, Down, The Dickies, Goatwhore, MC Chris and Dead Earth Politics, with many more TBA. Ticket info will be announced soon, and like in past years, part of the proceeds will benefit Ring Dog Rescue.
Meanwhile, the band are currently dealing with legal trouble from their late frontman Dave Brockie's father.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
We already posted pictures and a review of the first Empire Records 20th anniversary celebration at Rough Trade NYC, and now we've got a set of pics from the third and final night (4/10). Like the first one, actors were dressed as characters from the film, scenes were recreated, GWAR showed up, Johnny Whitworth (AJ from the movie) showed up, and Tyson Meade from Chainsaw Kittens did too, and there was music from local bands -- this time it was The Mosers, Born Cages and Vacations.
More pictures below...
words & photos by Sachyn Mital
For our generation -- a shoulder demographic between Generation X and the millennials -- this was one of our movies, a film that managed, however oddly, to capture the ineffable feeling of being a (white, straight) quasi-alienated teenager in a very specific time. But Empire Records was no hit: It grossed a mere $250,000 in its two weeks in release in 1995. With a budget that topped $10 million, it's not difficult to do the math: Empire Records was an unmitigated, unequivocal flop.Cult '90s film Empire Records turns 20 this year, and in celebration of that, Williamsburg record store/venue Rough Trade NYC is dressing up as the Empire Records store from the movie for three 'Rex Manning Day' celebrations (presented by BBQ Films). The first happened yesterday, April 8, the actual date of 'Rex Manning Day' in the film.
Yet like so many artistic disasters that go on to become cult classics, Empire Records flourished when it was ignored. Kids like me saw it in the video store, watched it on cable, found a random VHS copy, and thought the charm was their secret.
...It was the movie's depiction of misfit teens -- and the interactions between them, all of which seemed so pregnant with exceptional meaning -- that resonated. These characters -- a good girl, a slutty girl, a gothy girl, an artist boy, an adorable weirdo, a beatnik, a too-cool rocker, a hippy stoner, a wannabe -- with whom nearly any high schooler could identify or toward whom they could direct their desire. [Buzzfeed]
BBQ Films are known for creating immersive film experiences and this one was no exception. As BBQ co-founder Gabriel Rhoads told the Village Voice, he wasn't even considering to recreate this film when when he visited Rough Trade in Williamsburg for the first time but things inside his head clicked and he realized it would make a great Empire. Rough Trade and Bowery agreed, so Rhoads and his production crew put together an event true to the spirit of the film. Actors dressed as Corey, Joe, Lucas, Rex, Debra, Gina, Mark, shoplifter Warren, and more mingled with fans who were often garbed similarly. Even without a ticket to the screening, there are a few portions of the event accessible to regular shoppers. It's possible to pop into a photo booth to get a picture with Rex, make some pins and get your head shaved (which at least a few people committed to on the first night).
The Empire Records screening occurred inside the Rough Trade venue, which was also where the real treat for fans of the film happened. During an intermission, the metal band GWAR rushed out to recreate the dream-video scene where Mark is with them and eaten by a worm. This time though "Mark" was a raffle winner selected earlier in the evening. But moments after this Mark disappeared, actor Ethan Embry, Mark in the film, was pulled from the worm, and he, Johnny Whitworth, who played A.J., and GWAR selected the next two raffle winners, including a "Warren" shoplifting package. The proceeds were directed to Opening Act, a charity that supports arts education in NYC schools. The culmination of the night was when local band ARMS (who also performed pre-movie) wrapped up their set of '90s covers with someone dressed as Gina taking the mic for "Sugar High", her big finale in the film.
ADVENTURE[s] was also on board to DJ for the evening. Rough Trade does it again tonight (4/9) and Friday (4/10), both of which are sold out. Pictures from last night are in this post and continue below...
photos: Oderus @ GWAR-G-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
As you may know, Dave Brockie, aka GWAR's Oderus Urungus, died of a heroin overdose last year. The surviving members of the band paid tribute by alighting his costume and setting it afloat. at a Viking ceremony during their annual GWAR-B-Q weekend. Stereogum notes that Brockie's father is suing the band, accusing them of having stolen his son's cremated remains, instruments and artwork. The suit was filed on April 2 in state circuit court in Richmond, Virginia by William Brockie and seeks "$1 million in compensatory damages plus punitive damages for alleged breach of contract and unauthorized use of Dave Brockie's image, as well as the return of Brockie's cremains."
As to the latter charge, the lawsuit alledges that when Brockie's father asked for his son's remains from the band's Slave Pit management HQ, he was denied entry and then given "a small fraction of his son's ashes which were delivered in a used plastic bag with Discover credit card logo on it." The suit also claims, among other things, GWAR still owes the Brockie estate for his last tour with the band, and that they're using his likeness without permission.
GWAR, meanwhile, have issued a statement on the lawsuit:
We did not steal Dave Brockie's ashes, or anything else that belonged to him. In fact, all of the items mentioned in the article, including Dave's ashes have been available to his attorneys for weeks. At all times, and under very trying circumstances, we have acted in good faith to honor the wishes of our dear friend. Dave left no will or instructions for final arrangements, and so we have done the best we could to honor what we believe Dave Brockie would have wanted.You can read the whole response below.
The accusation concerning Dave's ashes is particularly troubling for us. Following Dave's passing, the first thing we did was notify his father, who signed over Dave's body so we could have him cremated. We were told by Dave's father that he did not want to be involved in making Dave's final arrangements. For this reason, Slave Pit assumed that responsibility, paying for his cremation, arranging two memorial services (one public and one private), and purchasing a plot for Dave in Richmond's famed Hollywood Cemetery. Dave's father did not attend either of the services held for his son in Richmond.
GWAR are in NYC this week for the sold-out Empire Rercords 20th Anniversary events at Rough Trade.
Mark meets GWAR in 'Empire Records'
The three sold-out Empire Records' 20th Anniversary "Rex Manning Day" events are coming up at Rough Trade on April 8-10. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when Ethan Embry's character, Mark, gets pulled into the TV and into a GWAR music video. (Watch it below.) We're excited to announce that GWAR will be making a "live cinematic appearance" at the three Rough Trade events, stepping out of the screen. Says GWARs Jizmak Da Gusha:
I can't wait for the album throwing contests in NY. Whatever happened to the frisbee? Going back in time to Empire Records is way better than the future. The future sucks.Gabriel Rhoads from BBQ Films (who are presenting these events) adds:
We live to make movies immersive, and we are thrilled that the BBQ Films EMPIRE RECORDS event will host an appearance from GWAR, one of the greatest live experiences of all time.In addition to GWAR's appearance, there will also be Empire Records "Rex Manning Bands" at each event and those have been announced as well: ARMS and DJ Adventures on 4/8, Charly Bliss, Locksley and The Falling Birds and DJ LeahV and DJ Vacations on 4/9, and then The Mosers and Born Cages on 4/10. Says Leah, Music Director, BBQ Films:
"EMPIRE RECORDS embodies the spirit of independent music, and we simply couldn't tell that story without having live music and DJs at our event. We're proud to include all these bands and artists."Watch the GWAR Empire Records scene below...
by Andrew Sacher
You may remember that last year for Record Store Day, Father/Daughter Records put out Faux Real, a compilation of punk and indie bands covering fictional TV and movie bands. RSD rejected the idea of putting out a sequel, but Father/Daughter are going ahead with it anyway and will release Faux Real II on April 28. It features Chumped, Krill, Allison Crutchfield, LVL UP and more taking on songs from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Billy Madison, Doug, Almost Famous and more. Listen to LVL UP's take on "Somebody Kll Me Please" from The Wedding Singer, with the full tracklist, below.
There's also a release show happening in NYC on April 28 at Palisades with Bellows, Small Wonder, Rivergazer and Sharpless. Tickets are on sale now.
In other music movie news, Empire Records turns 20 this year, and Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg will be hosting a high-concept anniversary celebration on April 8. Presented by BBQ Films, they're even calling it Rex Manning Day and will have the whole place turned into the actual Empire Records store from the movie. Here's the event description:
Twenty years - to the day! - since the original Rex Manning Day, BBQ Films invites you to "Say No More, Mon Amour," damn the man, and save The Empire. For one night only, Williamsburg's Rough Trade is transformed into the legendary Empire Records, with all the staff and characters you've come to love (and hate).Tickets are on Internet presale now (anyone know the password?) and the general on-sale begins Friday, 2/20, at noon. A portion of proceeds will go to a TBA charity.
On April 8, 2015, join Lucas and his couch cushion, boss Joe (but don't touch his drums!), Gina and her "Sugar High," and, of course, Corey and her crush, Rex Manning... Immerse yourself in the world of Empire Records with a screening of the film, live music, a Rex Manning autograph, and, if you're brave enough, a chance to shave your head for Debra's funeral. Music-veto power available, pending Mark's approval.
• 1 free drink and free BBQ Films gourmet popcorn
• A Rex Manning autograph
• 1 custom button at the DIY Button Station
• A fabulous Rex Manning Photobooth
• Screening of Empire Records (1995)
• A live set from the Empire house band, and potential additional sets TBA
• A head shaving station (first five folks who shave their heads drink free)
• A limited-edition event poster by Todd Ian Goldstein
• ...and all the theatrical immersion BBQ Films guests have come to expect...
Limited edition! For brave souls, special secret experiences will be auctioned off the night of. Think: A Warren shopping spree. A Gina Sugar High. An Oh Rexy You're So Sexy one-on-one with Rex himself... Come with a few extra bucks if you're game!
Empire Records is filled with memorable music moments, like when Eddie eats a special brownie and watches a GWAR video (only to hallucinate that GWAR attacks him on stage), when Joe gets behind the kit for AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You Got It)," when most of the cast dances on the rooftop to The The's "This Is The Day," and of course when Gina joins Berko (played by actual rock musician Coyote Shivers) to sing "Sugarhigh." (By the way, if Faux Real III happens, someone should really do "Sugarhigh.") And for the real nerds, the post-credits scene when Eddie and Mark argue over whether Primus or the Pixies have better bass lines.
Revisit some of those moments below...
Blothar at Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Vulvatron at Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
After some confusion about who GWAR's new members are and what they do, most notably Vulvatron, GWAR have issued a public statement:
GWAR, the most brutal band in existence, has bolstered its ranks leading up to the GWAR Eternal Tour. The Berserker Blóthar and Vulvatron are the latest intergalactic warriors to be banished to the pathetic mudball known as Planet Earth. Blóthar; a fat, filthy, frozen space viking, will take over as GWAR's lead vocalist. The role of the red-hot cybernetic spitfire known as Vulvatron is more mysterious...Both will feature prominently in the anticipated GWAR Eternal Tour - which promises to be the most shocking and entertaining rock show of the year! Get to know your new masters before they grind you to a bloody pulp!As previously mentioned, Blothar is played by Michael Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty. More details on each character are listed below.
It was recently reported (and re-reported all over the place) that Vulvatron was "co-frontperson", but as we can see now, she is actually just "more mysterious". Both characters were already seen live at Riot Fest Chicago (and Blothar played the GWAR-B-Q). Both can be seen again on all the tour dates listed below...
GWAR played Riot Fest Chicago last weekend, with the return of Blothar (aka Mike Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty) as vocalist who is leading the intergalactic band on a tour/quest this fall to, as their ongoing mythology goes, find the lost leader Oderus (the late Dave Brockie). He's actually co-leader of the band now, with new female warrior Vulvatron also on vocals. Vultatron, who made her live debut at Riot Rest, is the first female member of GWAR since Slymenstra Hymen left in 2000. In real life Vulvatron is Kim Dylla who also plays in Kung Fu Dykes (who played GWAR-B-Q 2013) and Thismeansyou, is also a visual artist, and more. Kim Kelly had a bit to say about Vulvatron over at Wondering Sound:
Why is it so important that one of the biggest bands in metal has just added a female member to its ranks to replace one of metal's biggest personalities? How could it not be? It's no secret that metal's demographics still skew heavily towards straight white cis men, but this decade has marked a definite shift; audiences are diversifying. But there is still a lot of work to be done. Representation matters, and now, all of a sudden, there's a big, brash, bold new female personality on stage with a legendary band. Moreover, she's just as gross and goofy as her male bandmates, whether she's slaying dinosaurs or disemboweling Nazi skinheads onstage or drenching her minions with the aforementioned boob-blood (a move which, as a bit of trivia, references Slymenstra's past crotch-spewing exploits).Update: Despite initial reports that Vulvatron is a frontwoman, she is actually one of several vocalists, but not the lead.
Vulvatron's costume is skimpy, but so are those of her bandmates; it's not a Gwar show unless everyone's arse is out. She occupies a powerful role. She's nobody's girlfriend, or groupie or background dancer; Vulvatron is in charge. She gets to be a monster instead of a princess, and that is immensely important for younger girls who are just starting to explore heavy metal.
While in Chicago for Riot Fest, GWAR stopped by the AV Club to perform a punishing version of The Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" for an upcoming episode of AVC's "Undercover" series, so keep an eye out for that. Soon, Vulvatron, Blothar and the rest of GWAR's scorge will hit NYC on their tour this fall.
photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack
Jane's Addiction / GWAR fans / Title Fight
Riot Fest Chicago is currently underway at Chicago's beautiful Humboldt Park. It kicked off on Friday (9/12) and that first day was plagued by light to heavy rains that pretty much continued from doors until the headliners. But the weather didn't seem to slow down the bands or the audience much at all, and it was an opening day with something for everyone. On the heavier end, there was American thrash kings Slayer performing Reign In Blood in its entirety, resilient interplanetary scumdogs Gwar, and Mastodon; classic punks Stiff Little Fingers and ALL; alternative rock flag bearers Jane's Addiction; anthemic and melodic punks The Offspring (performing Smash), Gogol Bordello, The Hotelier, Pity Sex, and Title Fight; the excellent Pussy Riot -- Discussion Panel; and much more packed in there.
We began day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago by catching Boston-based melodic punks Somos at the Revolt Stage -- one of the festival's two smaller setups. The four-piece drew a decent crowd with their punchy output, including the especially catchy "Dead Wrong" and "Lives of Others" from their 2014 debut Temple of Plenty. Title Fight were up next, over at the larger Roots Stage. The Pennsylvania-based road dogs impressed with tunes from their debut LP, huge-sounding 2012 album Floral Green, and their many EPs. They got the crowd moving with the Hot Water Music-like "Secret Society," and kept the momentum up throughout their set, which closed with the thrashy "27." After the combination attack opening of "Numb, But I Still Feel It," "Shed," and "Like a Ritual," the band brought things down a bit with the great Floral Green shoegaze number "Head in the Ceiling Fan."
GWAR have a hell of a lot to be proud of, and not just the troves of blood-caked fans who were easy to spot throughout the park for the remainder of the day. The Oderus-less (RIP) outfit are indeed back in fine form, with a thrilling new stage show in Dave Brockie's honor. The interplanetary warriors delivered seven-songs (or acts) throughout their set, each coming from a different album. Bloody Pit of Horror's "Hail, Genocide!" was the absolute highlight, with blood baths both by way of a rotating circular saw and vocalist Blothar (aka Michael Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty)'s chest. Yummy.
Taking things down a notch from GWAR were Worcester, MA's The Hotelier, who we caught next on the Revolt Stage. Christian Holden and his band gave 110% while delivering nearly all of their anthemic second album Home, Like Noplace Is There. The packed crowd braced along with Holden and co. for the multiple cathartic full-band crashes, as well as the din of the album's more subdued and vocal-only moments. After a few tunes, Holden seemed as if he couldn't help but to share that this was the largest crowd that had ever paid attention to the band at once. He also had his bass turned waaaay up, which cranked up the intensity for punchy numbers like "The Scope of All of This Rebuilding" and "In Framing."
We then headed over to the one-day Riot Fest Speaks stage to watch a bit of the Pussy Riot Discussion Panel go down. The Henry Rollins-moderated panel consisted of Pussy Riot/Zona Prava members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina, with guests Greg Graffin (Bad Religion), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Marcelle Karp (writer/activist), and Michael A. Petryshyn (Riot Fest Founder - aka Riot Mike). As we approached, Rollins and Karp were in the middle of a back-and-forth about feminist journalism in relation to the now six-month-old Zona Prava. Karp spoke of writing provocative messages on her and friends' bare chests, and Rollins brought up the old flyers he made while in Black Flag (ie "cop with a boner handing a child a lollipop with Black Flag scrawled across the top of the page"). It was an insightful discussion. Hopefully they bring the Riot Fest Speaks stage back in years to come.
Mastodon was the next mark we hit, over at the Rebel Stage. Touring on this year's classic rock-ish Once More 'Round the Sun, the band delivered a few tunes from that album -- including the fun single "High Road" -- some from The Hunter, as well as a bunch of their older meatier tunes. We got "Aqua Dementia" and "Hearts Alive" off Leviathan, "Bladecatcher" and "Crystal Skull" from Blood Mountain, and Crack the Skye favorites "Divinations" and "Oblivion." They were as tight as ever.
We capped off the night by catching alternative rock giants Jane's Addiction, who were performing their 1988 debut studio effort Nothing's Shocking in its entirety. Pit against American thrash gods Slayer playing Reign In Blood at the other side of the park, Perry Farrell and co. went for a much flashier approach while delivering the attitude-packed hits like "Jane Says," "Mountain Song," and "Ocean Size." It was nice to finish off the night with a feel-good set of songs.
Day 2 pics and review are HERE. Day 3 HERE. Pictures of all the day 1 bands mentioned above, plus a few others like Clutch, NOFX (they performed Punk In Drublic) and Radkey, are in this post. They continue below...
by Ian Chainey
GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Style Weekly dug deeply into GWAR this week and for good reason: the band have had a year like few others. Certainly, the sad news of Dave Brockie's passing will be the lasting memory for many, but after their downs, GWAR also had their ups. They've released a mountain of atypical merch and marketing ideas -- some good, some not so much. They're going back out on the road with Decapitated, Corrosion of Conformity, and American Sharks. When they've played Oderus-less, they've looked in good form. And now there's going to be a GWAR documentary.
The nine minute trailer for Let There Be GWAR details the band's beginnings, showing how frustrated art school castaways built a band to fit their fantasies. It's actually a rather inspiring story and a clever piece of cinema, utilizing a picture-in-picture talking head technique to great effect. Of course, GWAR aren't just any band, but their origins are similar to other lifers that keep on doing it out of love. If you've winced at their recent capitalistic streak, it's a nice palette cleanser. A date and other release information for the Don Drakulich-directed documentary hasn't made the rounds yet, but you can watch the full nine minute trailer below.
Speaking of GWAR-related documentaries, you can catch them in Riot on the Dance Floor, the new film about Trenton, NJ rock club City Gardens, which makes its BV-presented NYC premiere TONIGHT (8/28).
Let There Be GWAR trailer below...
by Ian Chainey
GWAR at Housecore Horror Fest 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
Following a successful GWAR-B-Q where the Oderus-less GWAR appeared up to snuff, the remaining Scumdogs have announced they're heading back out on the road after their Riot Fest Chicago appearance in September. The GWAR Eternal Tour 2014 will bring aboard openers Decapitated (for select dates), Corrosion of Conformity (ditto), and American Sharks. The gore-soaked celebration will start rolling in the middle of October. The two-month long trek will hit cities like Hollywood, Philadelphia, and Buffalo, along with a stop at Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival. NYC and surrounding areas get shows on October 16 at Starland Ballroom in NJ with Decapitated and American Sharks; November 30 at NYC's Irving Plaza with Corrosion of Conformity and American Sharks; and December 12 at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT with the same lineup as Irving. Tickets for the NJ and NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/22) at noon and 10 AM, respectively. There's a presale starting Thursday (8/21) at 9 AM for NJ and a MetalSucks presale starting Thursday at 10 AM for NYC. Ticket info for the New Haven show here. All dates are listed below.
Of course, as most GWAR tours do, this one has a theme. According to BalSac The Jaws of Death:
Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny's final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader's favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: 'Where is Oderus Urungus?'It's going to be like Snoopy Come Home! with slightly more blood, semen, and (*sniff*) tears.
As for the tour's openers, Polish tech-deathers Decapitated -- who are opening the first leg -- have a new album on the way via Nuclear Blast named Blood Mantra that will hit the streets on September 26 (preorder). The long running Corrosion of Conformity -- who are picking up the second leg -- released IX back in July. The group has slimmed down to a trio since reforming in 2010, recapturing the crossover/punk spirit of their early career. (Former COC member Pepper Keenan has taken on Down full-time, though Pepper has indicated there are talks of his return.) And newer-comers American Sharks are quickly becoming seasoned tourers, having hit the road with Whores and Clutch this year.
All of the dates along with streams for all of the bands appears below.
By Ian Chainey
GWAR-B-Q took place over the weekend, beginning with a special Viking memorial to former singer Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie. Jello Biafra and Randy Blythe paid their respects, with the latter snapping the pic of Oderus's gear set ablaze above on his Instagram while sharing these words:
Tonight we sent Oderus home in a fitting manner at the public memorial for Dave Brockie. A blazing Viking ship with Oderus laid out in it, the cuttlefish pointing proudly straight up. Watching my friend Dave's costume go up in flames in front of a thousand fans was so much more intense for me than the private memorial for friends & family we had April Fool's Day. I spoke at both of them, as GWAR asked me to, & both times as I spoke I was sad. But watching his alter-ego burn tore me up way more than the first memorial, maybe because there was Dave, the human who was my friend who just "left us"- I never saw his body- & then there was Oderus, who was something entirely else. To watch his stage gear burn was like watching part of my life literally go up in flames. I was sobbing my eyes out as I took this photo. It was just a super-intense moment. Very beautiful, but overwhelming. Fly free, Oderus- you are missedYou can also watch a video of the event below.
The festival started in earnest the next day with performances from Body Count, Hatebreed, Goatwhore, and a fresh off a court victory Misfits, culminating in the new-look GWAR taking the stage. All members shared singing duties and Mike Bishop was indeed brought back into the fold to take the lead on a few songs. This will probably be what GWAR will look like at Riot Fest and their likely upcoming tour. And, crisis adverted, it's not bad at all. A seriously shaky fan-shot video of the full set also appears below.
About to be the first (and prob only) person to pierce my genitals at GWAR-BQ today. This tweet sponsored by my death.
-- Jena Mason (@Bruce_wang69) August 16, 2014
Congrats? Definitely check out her Twitter feed for more.
The Oderus send-off along with the full GWAR live set appears below.
By Ian Chainey
At the Gates
So, as Tomas Lindberg made clear at this year's MDF, this At the Gates thing is actually happening. At War With Reality, the melodeath band's first album since 1995's Slaughter of the Soul, is set for an October 28 release date through Century Media Records. Good to know they're not fossils.
Speaking of classics, Death's Spiritual Healing is getting re-done by Relapse. The deluxe edition will come on LP or CD and it's available for preorder now. You can also catch Death to All -- the tribute act manned by ex-members -- on the road soon. Check out a trailer for the reissue below. IN A WORLD WHERE WAVEFORM PEAKS AND VALLEYS ARE SCRUTINIZED. . .
The slightly younger Bat signed to Hells Headbangers for their debut LP. The band will also be dropping a 7" titled Cruel Discipline, too. The speed metallers featuring links to Municipal Waste, D.R.I., and Volture are getting in the van soon, starting things off by checking into NYC's The Acheron on August 22.
GWAR hit MetalSucks' podcast and said new characters are coming, thus ensuring GWAR are the viscera-soaked metal version of Menudo or something. They're also blazing new merchandise options with a GWAR cigar named, wait for it, a Cigwar. I'm all for blunt names. Hey-yo. GWAR-B-Q starts today (8/15).
Speaking of GWAR, one of the clubs they played a lot back in the day was City Gardens in Trenton, which is the subject of a new documentary called "Riot on the Dance Floor". BrooklynVegan is proud to present the NYC premiere of that doc along with a Q&A afterwards with the director, John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Howie Abrams (In-Effect Records, etc) and more. Tickets are still available.
Lastly, Metallica, er, Mastodon's Brent Hinds was. . . interviewed. . . I think. Mastodon also updated their upcoming North American tour dates. You can find both below, and an interview we did with Bill Kelliher at Invisible Oranges.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of BrooklynVegan's metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions that are streamable below.
Let's hit the flicks first: Windhand now have a video for "Orchard." They'll also be touring soon, including a stop on September 20 at NYC's Saint Vitus.
As for the streams, the Iron Lung-related Pig Heart Transplant are offering two tracks from For Mass Consumption (September 2, 20 Buck Spin).
Trad doomers Cardinals Folly have premiered another from Out Cult Continues! at The Obelisk (August 19, Shadow Kingdom Records - preorder). Invisible Oranges debuted the initial transmission last month.
The drone project BLACKWOLFGOAT, from the mind of Black Pyramid/Milligram member Darryl Shepard, dropped "Notausgang" from Drone Maintenance (August 26, Small Stone Recordings).
Num Skull have another peak available from their Relapse remaster of the lost thrash classic Ritually Abused (September 16, Relapse - preorder).
Denton, Texas weirdos Bludded Head plopped out "Shitsucker Blues" off of Reign in Bludd (October 6, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia).
And finally, blasters 1349 covered Voivod for the always-fun Decibel flexi series. Aside from Cardinals Folly and 1349, you can hear all of the streams below.
Got it? Good. To NYC shows we go:
SATURDAY (8/16): Blackened thrash nuts Ketzer are making the trip over from Germany for the first time. They'll be joined by Natur, Throaat, and Occult Burial at Saint Vitus (tickets). If you're still in a punk frame of mind, The Acheron has ZEX, Process, Vermin, Symptom, and Heathen (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: As we have a compulsion to do, we rounded up the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. (Hint: Check out the punk section of Things We Missed.)
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by Ian Chainey
GWAR and Tampa's Cigar City Brewing have brewed up a batch of beer, called "Killsner," for the upcoming GWAR-B-Q which happens on August 16 at Hadad Lake, VA. According to Cigar City, Killsner is "a light, crushable pale ale brewed with an obnoxious amount of hops. In fact, we used 7 different hop varieties which gives the beer enough hop flavor to blow your head off into a few thousand pieces." Otherwise known as a hangover. Anyway, they actually made enough Killsner to sell online. So, if you can't make GWAR-B-Q and don't mind a brewery's name evoking notes of the mouth of Bunk Moreland, there are some suds to drown your sorrows.
In related news, GWAR's theme restaurant called GWARbar did not make it's $50,000 Indiegogo campaign goal, but they're forging ahead with the place anyway. Which is good, the world needs a GWARbar. Unlike attending their shows where the threat of being doused in fake viscera and body fluids, GWARbar promises to only be a five-napkin type of joint:
"I'm making foodie food for people who aren't foodies," Derks says.That said, be careful when requesting "extra sauce." GWARbar hope to be open in September.
It turns out that 46-year-old Derks (stage name: Balsac the Jaws of Death) has worked in restaurants and bars for more than three decades. Other than touring with GWAR, which describes itself as "Earth's only openly extra-terrestrial rock band," Derks said hospitality work "has been the one job I have been able to keep." - [Washington Post]
Of course, with all of this GWAR news and merch still hitting the market, one wonders whether GWAR will just keep on GWAR-ing along, even without Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie. Metalinsider.net stopped wondering and took the time to ask. Turns out the answer is, well, yep. Jizmak Da Gusha:
There will be a fall US/Canadian tour from Gwar this year, and it will address the mythos of what happened to Oderus Urungus and give the fans, the Gwar fans that we love so much, a way to come pay their last respects and see the band that they love. It's an exciting time, and it's also scary because it's a daunting task, but Gwar is always up to the challenge. We gotta saw off a couple heads to get there, no problem.While those dates have yet to be nailed down, you can catch the band at GWAR-B-Q and Chicago's Riot Fest in September. Or you could get drunk. GWAR have offered either option.
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
by Ian Chainey
GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
The Medical Examiner's Office of Richmond, Virgina has confirmed Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie, former GWAR frontman was in fact 'drug related'. The man, who in 2010 started throwing crack fundraisers, died of an accidental heroin overdose. Brockie was 50 years old at the time of his passing on March 23.
Months later, Brockie's passing is still felt throughout the metal community. GWAR set up the Dave Brockie Fund to honor their mate, "a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts." An official send-off will take place on August 15 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, location of the annual GWAR-B-Q which will still be taking place and includes a live set from the band despite the void left by Brockie. GWAR's Riot Fest date has also been kept on the books. And recently, one of Dave Brockie's dreams, GWARbar, announced a fundraising effort to help out in refurbishment costs (currently at $12,664 of the $50,000 goal).
RIP, Oderus. Video of GWAR's The Next Mutation, featuring a young Brockie, appears below.
By Ian Chainey
GWAR at GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (More by Josh Sisk)
These are cynical times. If announcements pimping the unabated flow of GWAR merch have made you wince once or twice, I don't blame you. Society has conditioned that reaction. But let's preface the following crowd-funding attempt with this: Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie really wanted this one and it's a bummer he passed before he could see it happen. Okay? Okay. Here we go.
There might be a GWAR Bar.
Cleverly named GWARbar, the collaboration with Richmond, Virgina restauranteur Travis Croxton now has an Indiegogo page and is seeking donations. The goal has been set at $50,000 with donor perks including barstools engraved with your name ($1,000), personalized cocktails ($2,500), and their undying scorn ($1). The eatery will be stocked with the band's own GWAR beer and GWAR-B-Q sauce. The accompanying PR statement is, as they all are, amusing, noting that head chef BalSac, the Jaws of Death is a shoe-in for that Michelin star: "My mother taught me the endless secrets of intergalactic cooking. And then I ate her." Hopes are this thing turns into the Rainforest Cafe of animatronic ejaculate.
GWARbar is another development in a busy post-Brockie period for GWAR. Previously, the band announced it would be keeping its GWAR-B-Q and Riot Fest engagements, along with a stream of other opportunities to, er, come.
Horse hockey? Again, Oderus wanted this. (I will also go to this if I'm in Richmond.) You can watch the GWARbar plea, which includes kinda heartbreaking video of a stoked Brockie, below.
by Ian Chainey
GWAR at GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
You just can't keep a good GWAR down? The show must splooge on? Never "Sick of You"?
Fans and amateur pun runners (*ahem*) were excited to learn that heavy metal liquid-excreters GWAR are, apparently, still performing. As of right now, the group have two dates on the horizon: one being the 5th Annual GWAR-B-Q (8/16 at Hadad Lake, VA) and the other the Chicago iteration of Riot Fest (Sept. 12 - 14). Maybe the rumor will float around that GWAR will back Danzig for his Samhain set, thus causing the entire internet to burst into flames. Hope you had the last 20 years written down somewhere.
Of course, jokes aside, there is something of a gigantic hole in the GWAR lineup currently: Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie. The singer sadly passed away in March, putting the outrageous act's future on ice. But, as long as this continuation is handled with class, it should be okay, right? So far, so good: The original Beefcake the Mighty, Mike Bishop, is reportedly back in the fold for GWAR-B-Q. Bishop played bass for the band from 1987 to 1993 and again from 1998 to 1999. The fact they're getting a past relation is a great sign. Tickets to GWAR-B-Q go on sale June 5.
So, GWAR-B-Q attendees, there will still be a GWAR for you. Riot Festers? Looks that way. The band's website posted the Riot Fest announcement as well, so it's not like a flier typo/mixed signals are at play. (The website announcement added, "Socialize, you human filth!" GWAR, immersion therapy experts.) Innnteresting. Very interesting.
The Live from Antarctica video from 1990 with Mike Bishop in the mix appears below.
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
by Ian Chainey
Beefcake the Mighty using a vaporizer/Link's recorder
Today, metal spewers of juices GWAR have announced a collaboration with Mount Baker Vapors to supply the world with GWAR Fluids, a set of custom flavored e-cigarette/vaporizer liquid. Starting May 1, you'll be able to take a deep pull of Jizmoglobin -- "a creamy blueberry blend with notes of nut and custard" -- at your favorite New York bar... hold up.
Actually, no. No, you won't.
In a stroke of bad luck for Mount Baker Vapors, New York City has amended the 2002 Smoke-Free Air Act to ban e-cigarettes from offices, restaurants, parks, bars, and beaches. The change goes in effect today (4/30). So, in public spaces, e-cigarettes are now, well, cigarettes. And, yep, if you're caught sucking on Spew -- "a primarily melon flavor with hints of mixed fruits and berries" -- you'll be tagged with a fine of $100, with the owner of the establishment your smelling-up getting slapped with a $200 to $400 punishment for a first time offense.
Ouch, Mount Baker Vapors. Not even German Chocolate Beefcake -- "a sweet cake flavor with the perfect combination of chocolate, coconut, and caramel" -- is likely to alleviate that headache.
Of course, the NYC ban isn't the only instance of unfortunate/questionable timing in this case, with the sponsorship deal coming a little more than a month after the passing of Dave Murray Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus. If you missed it, we ran a fitting tribute to the man at Invisible Oranges and here on BV. In addition, you can check out information on the Dave Brockie Foundation, set up in his honor, here. R.I.P.
by Wyatt Marshall
Gwar at the Housecore Horror Fest in Austin, 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
We lost Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, a couple weeks ago and now the surviving Gwar members have released an official statement on his death via a video. In it they talk about the memorial service that will happen just before August's annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA which will continue as planned in Brockie's honor. (The band added that Brockie passed away peacefully in his sleep.) Watch the video below, in which Gwar gives a forceful reminder that "Orderus would order you to be present and to pay tribute to Dave Murray Brockie, his own personal slave!" In just over two weeks, the universe has lost two ultimate overlords.
Gwar has also announced the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation. Here's a mission statement from Gwar's site:
The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave's body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave's vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation's first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.
Donations can be made on Gwar's website.
Watch Gwar's message below...
GWAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
GWAR @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tim Griffin)
GWAR @ Irving Plaza - Zombie Prom (more by Chris La Putt)
Crack-a-Thon 2010 (more by Gabi Porter)
On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days. Knowing that we have such amazing family, friends and fans is truly helping us all get through this tough time.According to local Richmond, VA station WTVR, authorities are treating the death as drug-related, though TMZ said "one law enforcement source said, "There were no drugs found, as far as I know.". TMZ also points out that Brockie was sitting in a chair when found
We are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiners office to confirm the cause of death. The medical examiners office has informed us that the results can take one to three months to be processed. Standard protocol exists that a toxicology procedure be performed.
We have made funeral arrangements and a private memorial has been scheduled for close friends and family.
Just last week, GWAR announced the date for this year's GWAR-B-Q: August 16 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, VA. (We went last year.) It will still happen as planned (ticket info TBA), and the official Brockie public memorial will take place the day before (8/15) at Hadad's Lake. More info to come.
Some of the members of GWAR -- past and present -- talked to WTVR in a memorial piece which you can watch below.
Meanwhile, other tributes have been flooding in from all over. Jon Stewart, who used to bartend at NJ club City Gardens where GWAR often played (watch an entire 1988 concert shot there below), mentioned Brockie's death when interviewing Gibby Haynes earlier this week on The Daily Show; TOOL dedicated their show on Monday (8/24) in Cedar Park, TX to Brockie; FOX News show Red Eye, on which Oderus appeared many times, paid tribute on Tuesday (watch below); and Williamsburg's Vinnie's Pizza in Brooklyn has GWAR specials today on their well-known specials board:
The specials menu @ Vinnie's in Brooklyn today (3/28)
Over at Invisible Oranges, Scab Casserole penned a funny, moving tribute to Oderus:
Too often, we take metal too seriously. There's a reason for that -- many of us were lost before we found metal, so to laugh at the thing that made us complete seems like blasphemy. For many, the best metal is defined by how true-ness, by stern beliefs and hard limits held by musicians concerning everything from politics to production values. On top of that, good metal is created through hard work by ultra-dedicated musicians, which is no joke if your music of choice is incredibly technical and atmospheric. But metal is also gross. The majority of us are boozy, eczema-riddled, semi-literate jackasses, even those legendary figures we like to idolize. Cliff Burton took rank shits and Euronymous jacked off on his mother's sheets. GWAR were honest about all that, even under a hundred pounds of foam rubber. They were the KISS of the '90s, when things like KISS had been recognized as totally silly, even if they were also totally awesome. GWAR expressed their politics by beheading Ronald Reagan onstage. They didn't invite you into the GWAR Army, they threw you into the Slave Pit or fed you to the alien. Their songs contained traces of grunge, funk, alternative, and even hip-hop, because why not? Nothing is sacred, everything is awful, let's have fun.Read the whole thing -- and we highly suggest you do, it's great -- over at Invisible Oranges.
Closing in on my 10,000th tweet by reminding all of us by the frailty of your technological world. For you, I'm immortal.— Oderus Urungus (@TheRealOderus) March 13, 2014
Though we think "Scumdogs of the Universe" is a true classic, GWAR are probably the ultimate "must see live" band and there's really no better tribute to Brockie than to watch footage of his endless creativity and humor, onstage as Oderus. We've got lots of clips -- as well as some infamous TV appearances (Joan Rivers, Jerry Springer) and their Empire Records cameo -- below....
In celebration of her new book, Amy Yates Wuelfing appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night (3/25) to discuss her new book, No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens, which focuses on the long-closed, famed NJ venue City Gardens.
Along with her on the show was Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes, who Amy (and co-author Steven DiLodovico) interviewed for the book, and whose band was one of Jon Stewart's (who bartended there) first shows at the venue with Dead Kennedys. You can watch a video of Amy, Gibby and Jon discussing the book and past experiences at the venue, below. Also keep an eye out for "Gwar" written on Gibby's arm in honor of the late Oderus Urungus.
As discussed, there are some upcoming live events for No Slam Dancing, including a signing/reading in NYC on April 19 at Jonathan Levine Gallery (529 W 20th St #9) from 3-5 PM.
Gibby Haynes will also be in NYC soon. He's taking part in Michael Dorf's Paul Simon tribute show which happens on Monday, 3/31 at Carnegie Hall. Gibby will be performing as a duo with Bob Forrest (Thelonius Monster, The Bicycle Thief), and other artists include Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar), Isobell Campbell (ex-Belle & Sebastian) with Andy Cabic (Vetiver), John Doe (X), Judy Collins, Ben Sollee, Bettye LaVette, Allen Toussaint Josh Ritter, Mike Gordon (Phish), Madeleine Peyroux with Jon Herington (Steely Dan), and more. Tickets for that show are still available.
Daily Show video below...