Entries tagged with: Gwar
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.)
We took a deeper look at blackened buzzer Panopticon.
And we debuted death metal standout Diskord.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
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...
Gwar at Housecore Horror Fest 2013 (more by Trent Maxwell)
The founder and lead singer of renowned metal band Gwar, David Brockie, has died, numerous sources close to the band tell Style Weekly.David Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, the frontman of graphic, theatrical metal band Gwar, has passed away at 50 years old. Cause of death has not been revealed, but police do not suspect foul play. You'll be missed Oderus Urungus. Thanks for all the maniacal shows over the years.
A member of the Richmond Police Department confirmed early Monday that the 50-year-old musician was found dead in his home Sunday between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. by his roommate.
"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known," former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop says. "He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art."
"His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great front man, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice."
The news comes in a year the Grammy-nominated band marks its 30th anniversary and recently returned from a long-awaited first performance in Japan. It recently announced that it would hold its fifth Gwar-B-Q concert Aug. 16 at Hadad's Water Park. [Style Weekly]
None of Gwar's or Brockie's representatives have confirmed the death yet, but NME reports that Gwar's management will issue a statement later today (3/24). UPDATE: Gwar's manager Jack Flanagan (Sleazy P Martini was apparently unavailable for comment) issued a statement confirming the death:
It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014. His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.Watch a Gwar video below...
My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.
photos by Chris La Putt
Heliotropes @ Cake Shop 11/16/2013
Brooklyn's Heliotropes released their riff-heavy debut, A Constant Sea, over the summer and if you haven't heard it yet you can stream it below. Seeing them live is where it's at, though, and luckily these ladies like to play shows. Your next chance to see them is at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on December 27 where they'll open for the first of Psychic TV's two shows there. House of Blondes are also on the bill and that should be an interesting show to say the least. Like all BK Bazaar shows, it's free.
We've also got a belated set of pics from Heliotropes' 11/16 show at Cake Shop and those are in this post. Also, we've been asking bands to give us the 2013 Best Ofs, and Heliotropes singer Jessica Numsuwankijkul gave us a rather interesting list, her "Top 6 Musical Torture Scenarios of 2013." Check that out, along with those Cake Shop pics, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Iron Reagan at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
Iron Reagan, the thrashy hardcore punk band made up of Municipal Waste's Phil Hall and Tony Foresta and former Darkest Hour members Ryan Parish and Paul Burnette, will be releasing a split with Exhumed, with whom Iron Reagan just kicked off a tour. The split's due out on January 7, but you can now hear Iron Reagan's contribution "Mini Lights," which we premiered on Invisible Oranges today. It rips, of course. Give it a listen below.
Last we heard from Iron Reagan they earned 30th on Decibel's best of 2013 list with their debut full-length Worse Than Dead, but before that it was announced that Iron Reagan would be touring with GWAR and playing the Invisible Oranges sponsored A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash, the two-day Baltimore party for the label that Iron Reagan calls home. In addition to the tours with Exhumed and Gwar, Iron Reagan will fit in a couple of dates with Mammoth Grinder and Power Trip. The GWAR/Iron Reagan tour hits NYC on 12/27 at Irving Plaza (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Power Trip and Iron Reagan don't share a bill in NYC, but Power Trip will be here for their own show on January 15 at Saint Vitus with Suburban Scum and Manipulate, so there's no shortage of crossover thrash around these parts any time soon. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check Ticketfly for updates.
Listen to "Mini Lights" and check out all of Iron Reagan's and Power Trip's tour dates below...
Flatbush Zombies at North Coast Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to stuffing your face on Thursday, it also means looking for good deals on all your holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and probably the rest of December). NYC music venues Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre are getting in on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday fun, and offering no Ticketmaster fees for all shows happening in December and January at Irving and Dec-Feb at Gramercy.
Starting at 12:01 AM on Friday (11/29), and running through 11:59 PM on Monday (12/2), you can get fee-less tickets to Flatbush Zombies (tix), A$AP Ferg (tix), Gwar (tix), Andrew WK (New Year's Eve) (tix), Mykki Blanco (New Year's Eve) (tix), Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz (tix), and more.
by Wyatt Marshall
Eyehategod / Down / GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
New Orleans sludge masters Eyehategod announced yesterday that Aaron Hill of New Orleans bands Missing Monuments and Mountain of Wizard will be the drummer for Eyehategod going forward, including a date at Saint Vitus on November 14 with Mutilation Rites and The Communion (tickets). The question of a permanent drummer has been in the air since the death of original Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze in August. Dale Crover of Melvins filled in this past weekend during Eyehategod's Joey Lacaze tribute set at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. Check out Eyehategod's scheduled tour dates below, and look for additional dates in the coming weeks.
The four-day Housecore Fest (10/24 - 10/27) was hosted by Phil Anselmo and featured a stacked line-up, including Melvins, Gwar, Pallbearer, Goblin (performing their score to Suspira in full), Down and many more. You can check out pics from day 2 and days 3 & 4 over on BV Austin. IO sent guest writer David Hall down to the fest, and you can check out his two part review and additional photos on Invisible Oranges.
Eyehategod tour dates below...
by Doug Moore
new guy is second from left
Pig Destroyer has been a band since 1997. That's a long time; some of you reading this were probably born that year. During that 16-year run, various members have come and gone -- the band has had four drummers (if you count Municipal Waste/Burnt By the Sun drummer Dave Witte's brief stint) and three samples/electronics folk, but never once have Pig Destroyer included a bassist in their ranks.
Until now, anyway. In an interview with Terrorizer, guitarist Scott Hull has announced that John Jarvis (drummer Adam Jarvis's cousin) will be joining the band on the four-string. Here's Hull's explanation for the change:
"After so many years of remaining bass-less, why did you decide to welcome a bassist into the fold now?This decision was arguably overdue; Pig Destroyer have had a tough time replicating the thickness of their recorded material when they play out in the past, and a bass presence will make a huge difference for them. The Jarvises also play together in the awesome grind/death/hardcore outfit Fulgora, who hopefully won't throw in the towel now that both guys are working on Pig Destroyer.
Scott Hull: Well, the biggest reason we DIDN'T have a bass player, or another guitarist, for so many years was that we just didn't want the added complication of someone having to learn lines that I'd already written. Additionally, we just didn't want to have another person in the band because it adds complexity; travel arrangements for shows, space in a van/bus. . .etc etc. As the years progressed, we just thought "well we've gone this far without anyone else, why bother introducing a new headache now?" But honestly, I've been wanting to broaden the scope of our music for quite some time. It would be very difficult, for instance, to really do some Jesus Lizard-y type of material without a bass player, but we want to bring that sound into our material somewhat as well as some other styles that would really require a bassist, so that really made us think about it seriously. Luckily, the bass player we chose is a really good fit technically and personality-wise. He gets where we are at and knows we are picky about what we do and when, so he wont get impatient that we aren't touring 200 days out of the year.
Does this mean you'll be retroactively adding bass lines to your old classics when playing live?
Scott Hull: Yep, we've been doing that. And for the most part, it's added some real depth to the tracks, which is exciting. In some cases, like for the songs 'Terrifyer' and 'Starbelly', it's really changed them altogether. It's very cool. I feel like we kinda reinvigorated ourselves when Adam came into the band, and we're kinda doing it again with John. Change is good.
Pig Destroyer will debut their new lineup at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest, which starts on Friday (10/25) and runs until Sunday (10/27). Housecore has quietly become one of the best American metal festivals of the year, and it'll host a couple of other significant firsts: Goblin playing their Suspiria live with the film, and Dale Crover (of Melvins) drumming for Eyehategod. You can still buy walk-up tix for the fest or venue-limited badges; check out the full lineup of bands below.
GWAR at the 2013 GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA (more by Josh Sisk)
While we're still feeling aftershocks from MIA's bird-flipping incident during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show, there is currently an online petition to get GWAR for the 2015 Halftime show. So far, nearly 40,000 people have signed it. GWAR have officially endorsed this, with bandleader Oderus Urungus saying:
It has long been the joy of GWAR to submit the human race to any number of hideous tortures, and I can't think of anything more horrible than you having to watch acts like The Black-Eyed Peas and Bruno Mars perform. So the temptation to ignore this is great! But then you start thinking about all of the people that who have never experienced GWAR before, and will be forced to do so if we do get the gig, well, at that point my colossal mega-ego kicks in and I am all over it.You can sign the petition too.
Meanwhile, in the present, GWAR (who played Riotfest Chicago recently) released their new CD, Battle Maximus last week (9/17), and you can stream the title track below. They'll be on tour for most of the fall. While none of those dates hit NYC, they have announced a short run of holiday shows in December that includes a stop in NYC at Irving Plaza on December 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/27) at 11 AM. All tour dates are listed below.
photos by Kirstie Shanley
Gwar / Danzig
Not long after [Andrew W.K.'s set], on the Roots Stage, part-time UCLA professor and full-time punk rocker Greg Graffin joined his band Bad Religion. The great thing about the California punk veterans is that the majority of their songs (in true punk rock fashion) rarely pass the two-minute mark. We were treated to a nice variety of songs from their 30+ year career, including classics like "I Want to Conquer the World," "We're Only Gonna Die," and "Infected." They also performed a few tunes from this year's True North, such as "Fuck You," "Dharma and the Bomb," and the LP's title track. The members threw around some self-depreciating humor, poking fun at their age. "We've been around since the 80s!" said Graffin, now fully greyed. Their songs are timeless, and some are even more relevant now than ever. Just go re-listen to "21st Century Digital Boy." [BV Chicago]Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests this year) is currently underway. It's on its third and final day (9/15) as we speak (set times). The festival began this past Friday (9/13), and on the first day we caught sets by Danzig, Joan Jett, Bad Religion, Gwar, Atmosphere, Andrew WK, Smoking Popes, Saul Williams, Dessa, and more. Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.
More day 1 pics below...