Entries tagged with: Hank Wood and the Hammerheads
by Ian Chainey
Ratos de Porão
Brazilian punk/crossover thrashers Ratos de Porão aren't leaving the United States just yet. Following their appearance at Maryland Deathfest, the rats with wings have scheduled a Brooklyn show for tonight (5/27) at 538 Johnson Ave. #201 in Brooklyn. The band will be supported by Hank Wood & the Hammerheads -- who played New York's Alright last month -- and Warthog. This is RxDxPx's second stop in New York this month, following their Blackthorn 51 show on May 23.
Formed in 1981, Ratos de Porão's initial incarnation played crusty, Discharge-ing punk. Crucificados pelo Sistema, Crucified by the System, was recorded before the band split in 1983. The classic holds up, burning with a speed and aggression that foreshadows their return as thrashers in 1985. For the rest of the '80s, the group got progressively more metallic, culminating in 1989's Brasil. The LP found its way onto Roadrunner Records thanks to RxDxPx superfan Igor Cavalera from Sepultura. (Ratos' drummer on that one? A guy named Spaghetti. Because metal is awesome.) The '90s found the outfit returning to their punk roots, then back to thrash, then back to punk, and on and on. The lone constants were singer João Gordo and guitarist Jão. João Gordo later became a popular MTV Brasil VJ. Jão is Ratos' last remaining original member. However, through it all, the band's spirit never seemed to diminish.
Showmates Warthog certainly exhibit the same passion. Their latest seven inch, the Iron Lung Records-released Prison, is a punk steamroller powered by a thrilling motör. Its charging riffs and n' roll propulsion is one of the highlights of NYC punk out this year.
Flyer for tonight's show, along with streams from RxDxPx, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, and Warthog below...
photos by Matt Schiels
The second annual NYC punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright went down last month (April) with shows at various venues, including the recently-opened Bushwick venue The Wick, which we're highlighting today. We also just posted pictures from their April Unsound show.
We caught both NY's Alright shows at The Wick, including 4/17 with Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps: and 4/20 with Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Die, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads. A set of pictures from both of those days are in this post.
unARTig was there too, and got videos of many bands at the festival, including Lumpy and the Dumpers at 538 Johnson on 4/19 which resulted in the slow-downed 11-second viral video of a boy in the audience getting hit by fireworks. Check out The Dumpers' full set, the fireworks meme, and more pics from The Wick, below...
Back in 2011, it was announced that new Brooklyn venue The Wick would open in a former brewery at 260 Meserole St (next to the barely-open outdoor venue The Well), and that venue is finally set to open this March.
Four shows have been announced so far. The first is experimental Japanese musician Keiji Haino on March 27 before he heads to Tennessee for the Big Ears Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Then, as discussed, The Wick is one of the venues that NYC's experimental music festival Unsound happens in. That fest will have Porter Ricks, Vladislav Delay, Miles, Leisure Muffin, Ital & Halal and Le Petit Garcon on April 5. Tickets are on sale now.
The Wick will also be one of the venues used for hardcore/punk fest New York's Alright. That includes the Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps show on April 17 (tickets) and the Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, DiE, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads show on April 20 (tickets). The other NY's Alright shows happen at Le Poisson Rouge, Acheron, and ABC No Rio. Updated schedule below.
videos by Sixdust
Pharmakon at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Industrial noise-meets-art pop musician Pharmakon played a hometown museum show at The Print Shop at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (1/25) with two local punk bands: the insane (and naked) Dawn of Humans and the Farfisa-filled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads. Did you go? How was it? Check out (what appear to be) full set videos of all three artists below.
The show was part of MoMA PS1's ongoing Mike Kelley retrospective which Kim Gordon plays this Sunday (2/2). That show is with collaborator Jutta Koether, starts at 4 PM, and tickets are still available.
Pharmakon also plays another NYC show this week at Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos on Wednesday (1/29) (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space). That show is with Faten Kanaan, Jessie Stead, and Angus Tarnawsky.
by Wyatt Marshall
Crazy Spirit at New York's Alright 2013 (more by Tod Seelie)
Punk and hardcore festival New York's Alright is back for a second year and will run at various venues around the city from Thursday April 17th to Sunday April 20th. The line-up (which includes several bands that played the fest last year) features solid locals like Anasazi, Dawn of Humans, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Nomad, Warthog, La Misma, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads and some select imports like Wiccans, Infernöh, Omegas, No, and Stoic Violence, to name a few, making for a strong bill. Full lineup below.
Here's what the fest organizers said in their announcement:
No one thought we would be foolish enough to do it again, but here we are, "proud" to present New York's Alright 2014. This festival will be taking place Thursday, April 17th through Sunday, April 20th, at various venues around the friendly city of New York. We will be bringing together some of the best bands in contemporary DIY punk and hardcore from different parts of the world for your enjoyment.Tickets go on sale on Valentine's Day, February 14---the same day the Acheron's D-fest kicks off in Mexico City. Love is very much in the air this year. Stay tuned to New York's Alright 2014's Facebook page for details on lineups and venues.
Several bands playing the fest have upcoming NYC shows even sooner. Goth punks Anasazi are teaming up with La Misma and Santa Ana's Damages on Friday (1/10) at Lulu's. The show is Damages' east coast tour kickoff and will also celebrate the release of a La Misma 7". All Damages dates are listed below, as well as a stream of their recent EP.
Sweden's Infernöh and Brooklyn's Nomad are teaming up for a tour before the fest, which includes a TBA Brooklyn show on April 12. Dates and an Infernöh stream below.
London's No and Long Beach's Stoic Violence will also be hitting the road together immediately after New York's Alright, which brings them back to NYC for a TBA Brooklyn show on May 1. Dates and streams below.
Pleasure Industry are also playing a hometown show at a TBA venue on February 8 with Asylum, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos and others TBA.
All lists of dates, streams, and the New York's Alright 2014 lineup, below...
Hank Wood & the Hammerheads
Montreal punk/hardcore festival Varning is returning for its seventh year from November 7-9 at MTL venue Katacombes. A bunch of NYC bands will be there, like Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Nuclear Spring, La Misma and more, plus Sweden's Institution, Portland's Criminal Damage, San Francisco's Ruleta Rusa (ex-Born/Dead and Peligro Social whose last show was Varning VI), Boston bands Bloodkrow Butcher and Koward, and many more. Full lineup and flyer below. Advance tickets will be available through 10/28 via paypal with the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. More info here.
A number of those bands have NYC shows coming up ahead of the fest too. Nuclear Spring don't at the moment, but related band Failed States are playing with two Bloodkrow Butcher-related bands, The Combat Zone and Lude Boys, on Friday (10/25) at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave). NYC's MIssionary and dark W Mass mid-tempo punks Longings are on the bill too.
The actual Bloodkrow Butcher team up with Ruleta Rusa and La Misma, plus two Canadian bands that aren't billed for this year's Varning Fest -- Montreal's Omegas and Toronto's S.H.I.T. -- for a show at Acheron on November 2. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The super-fun, Farfisa-loving punks Hank Wood & the Hammerheads team up with Koward and NYC goths Anasazi for a show on November 7 at 538 Johnson.
And speaking of Anasazi, they play another local show on 11/20 at Acheron with Green Beret, Condition, Rank and The Three Muskateers (mem. of Perdition and Nomad). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Full Varning lineup and flyer, along with some live videos and streams, below...
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
J. Spaceman, Kid Millions, Eric Copeland @ Le Poisson Rouge
Spiritualized played Webster Hall last night and now here's your chance to catch frontman Jason Pierce in a much more intimate setting, with a little help from Oneida (and current Spiritualized) drummer Kid Millions. Eric Copeland of Black Dice opens.
Mountains, Date Palms, Goodwill Smith, Plankton Wat @ Union Pool
This bill is being presented by Thrill Jockey Records and features three of their artists (everyone on the bill except Goodwill Smith) that lean towards sparse post-rock. A must-see for any experimental music fans not going to J. Spaceman tonight.
Girls Against Boys, David Yow, Coliseum @ Bowery Ballroom
Post-hardcore vets Girls Against Boys are fully back in action, having celebrated the 20th anniversary of Venus Luxure No 1 Baby earlier this year, and continuing with more dates and an upcoming EP. Tonight they headline Bowery Ballroom with an excellent lineup that also includes Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid frontman David Yow and post-hardcore new(er)comers Coliseum.
Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. The line-up is usually held pretty close to the vest, but you can check his Twitter for the line-up. For more laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
Youth Code, Night Sins @ Home Sweet Home
Tonight's Nothing Changes party hosts a couple acts that recall the heyday of EBM and industrial (Youth Code) and gothy postpunk (Night Sins). Both have new albums too.
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Anasazi, Contingent, La Misma @ 285 Kent Avenue
Farfisa-fueled garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads headline this show which is a benefit for the Sam Vincent Foundation, run by family of a good friend of the band's that passed away recently.
Kate Boy, ASTR @ Mercury Lounge
This Swedish outfit -- who channel Big '80s pop like Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush -- are in NYC for two shows, tonight being the second. ASTR open and it's an early show, doors at 6:30 PM.
Destruction Unit, Pharmakon, Ukiah Drag @ Mercury Lounge
If you like your shows noisy, Mercury Lounge is the place to be tonight. The bill's being headlined by Destruction Unit, who bring loud-as-fuck psych-punk and a killer live show, and it also features industrial-noise artist Pharmakon and the dark, minimal sounding Ukiah Drag.
blink-182, New Beat Fund, DIIV @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
blink-182 are on the third of three intimate NYC-area shows -- which inspired us to make the argument they're actually an important and influential band for some -- and tonight's is also a benefit. Proceeds benefit burn treatment centers, plus research for cancer, diabetes, and others life-threatening diseases. The show is being opened by Red Bull Records-signed New Beat Fund, whose t-shirt sales will support those charities as well, and Brooklyn indie rock band DIIV (who could probably headline MHOW themselves at this point). Sold out.
The Both (Ted Leo, Aimee Mann) @ The Bell House
Ted Leo and Aimee Mann went on a tour together last year which resulted in some on-stage collaboration, and now they've taken those collaborations a step further, by actually forming a band together. The band, called The Both, is on tour now and tonight is their first NYC show. Should be pretty interesting to see what they have in store.
Flume, Chet Faker, Touch Sensative @ Webster Hall
Australian producer Flume keeps getting bigger and bigger. Back in April he was here for a packed Music Hall of Williamsburg show, and tonight he's at the much larger (and also sold out) Webster Hall, where it's likely going to be a dance party all night.
Taking Back Sunday (performing TAYF), Bad Rabbits, Get Involved!, Lost In Society @ Starland Ballroom
Last year, Taking Back Sunday went on a tour performing Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, a record that left a pretty big impact on a whole generation of kids when it came out. If you missed your chance at seeing them play that record, or just need to see it again, you're in luck because they're doing TAYF again tonight and tomorrow at Starland Ballroom before heading to Chicago for Riot Fest.
Laura Marling @ St. Ann's Church
British folk singer Laura Marling's music may be highly indebted to the genre's early '70s period, but it's some of the most genuine material in that style being written today. She just did two sold-out nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and tonight she does a free (if you RSVPed and got in) intimate show at St. Ann's Church.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Hoax supporting Ceremony/Pissed Jeans at LPR (more by Sarah Coulter)
It's exciting to see the hyper-violent and uber-pissed Massachusetts hardcore band Hoax absolutely exploding on the strength of their incendiary live show. The band, who recently sold out a new EP via Youth Attack and is preparing to release another via Painkiller, have graduated from supporting role (at 538 Johnson on Easter Sunday) to leading men with Thursday's show at 285 Kent (5/17) where they'll team with Sewn Leather, Hank & the Hammerheads and 2 Ton Bug. $7 gets you into this all ages show.
The show is a tour kick-off for Hoax and Sewn Leather who will also stop at Chaos in Tejas where they'll cross paths with Hank Wood & The Hammerheads. Look for tour-only flexis at the merch table. The tour flyer, and video of the band in action at LPR and 538 Johnson, below.
Converge at MHoW (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced plans to release a split under the moniker Wear Your Wounds with Revelator (Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe's backing band) on the other side.
We've already mentioned how Converge has been added to a monumental show with Rorschach and Xaddax (who are throwing a record release show on Tuesday at DBA).
It might be cause of today's status as an unofficial holiday of sorts, but there are a hefty amount of shows going on in the next few days... one bigger show that has seemingly flown under the radar is sweep-picking death-metal lunatics Origin with Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, Face of Ruin at Europa on April 24th. Tickets are still available, OR you can try and win a pair. Details are below. The show is part of a larger tour for the band and dates are also below.
On their way to Chaos in Tejas, The Mob (UK) will stop into Brooklyn to play Death By Audio on May 29th. The UK anarcho-punk band will be joined by Sickoids, Nomad, and Anasazi at the venue, and it'll set you back $10 at the door.
Speaking of release parties, Levil Uniform, the skater/extreme music zine, will be throwing a shownext friday at the Grand Victory for their fifteenth issue with local crew Syphilitic Lust and others playing through out the night. That same night, the great Hank Wood & The Hammerheads will bless Don Pedro's.. details are below.
Obnoxiously fun punk band Beer & Cable will officially christen the recently relaunched Acheron on May 5th as part of a show with The Regressives, Agitator, ZTs and Trepanning.
Some interesting additions to some May shows also happened this week. Meek Is Murder was tacked onto the coming Tournament show at Acheron on 5/4, while the supporting bill for the previously discussed Power Trip bill was fleshed out to include Crushed and Brain Slug.
More suggested shows, a stream of the new Rwake 7" (which only be available at their merch booth for Maryland Deathfest X, don't forget about their NYC show), a Code Orange Kids video, Homewrecker featuring Dylan Walker from Full of Hell, and a Black Breath video from their latest LP is below (don't forget about their NYC show). What did I miss?
Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).
Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.
In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.
The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.