Entries tagged with: Hard Skin
by Ian Chainey
As discussed, Brooklyn's Burning Volume 1 is set to ignite on September 19 and September 20. The two-day event takes place at the Acheron (9/19) and The Wick (9/20) and features a killer lineup of crust, d-beat, and punk heavies including the legendary Doom playing both nights. The UK crusties released Corrupt Fucking System back in December and digitally re-released the Doomed Again compilation in April. You can get your dose of Doom with full streams of both below. In addition, the band has announced they're working on new material, per their Facebook: "Coming along nicely. All sound totally different but still sound like doom, not sure how that works...but it does." With that, let's break down the rest of the bands.
The festivities begin Friday, September 19 at the Acheron (tickets). In addition to Doom, attendees will get the scuzzy psych punk of Lecherous Gaze. The Annihilation Time/Witch/Saviours-related Oakland group -- who will also be joining the packed bill at Uninvited Fest -- released Zeta Reticuli Blues this year on Tee Pee Records, a fun romp through acid-saturated heavy rock and proto-punk filtered through an SST-centric vibe. They'll be joined by Boston's Aspects of War, a d-beat lover's dream that have been building quite the fanbase based on their demos. Finally, New Jersey's Razorheads will supply an ultra-distorted wallop that mixes d-beat rhythms with a penchant for tinnitus-inducing noise.
The Wick's night on Saturday, September 20 (tickets) brings in Oi!-sters Hard Skin, a band including internet-infamous Sean "Fat Bob" Forbes. The outfit plays rowdy anthems that subtly play around with what their punk can be. For instance, the alt-version of last year's On the Balls titled Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear handed over vocal duties to a number of unexpected guests including Joanna Newsom. Their showmates include Oakland's Kicker -- featuring members of Neurosis, Filth, and Dystopia -- who are just as fun and are working on a follow-up to their Tankcrimes-released pure punk rager Not You. Pittsburgh's EEL, on the other hand, add all manner of powerelectronics adornments to their punk, creating quite a squall. Their new Endless Fucker LP is a highlight for those who like it loud. Brooklyn's Nomad operate in the same frame of mind, giving the noisecore of Japanese deafeners a U.S. take. San Francisco's Crimson Scarlet respin anarcho punk with a deathrock sensibility, releasing the texturally intriguing Athens Cave Sessions back in June. And Trenchgrinder infuse Brooklyn's Burning with a metal flavor. They shook speakers on their January split with Skullshitter that fused thrash, Bolt Thrower-esque chugs, and grindy crust.
The show flyers along with streams from the bands appear below...
by Ian Chainey
DOOM at Maryland Deathfest in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The initial lineup for Brooklyn Burning Vol. 1, a two-day event taking place at Bushwick's The Wick and nearby neighbor The Acheron on September 19 & 20, has been announced. UK icons DOOM, who released the long-awaited Corrupt Fucking System in December, will be headlining. Other bands on the bill include oi pranksters Hard Skin, Oakland psych punkers Lecherous Gaze, fellow Oaklanders Kicker, NYC's noisy Nomad, and more. Tickets for the 9/20 show at The Wick with DOOM Hard Skin, EEL, Crimson Scarlett, Kicker, and Nomad go on sale Wednesday, July 9 at noon. Details on Acheron shows are still TBA. Flyer below.
In related touring news, Lecherous Gaze -- featuring members of Annihilation Time, Witch, and Saviours -- are currently touring on the West Coast in support of their Tee Pee-released Zeta Reticuli Blues. Kicker, who themselves are something of a supergroup with current/ex members of Neurosis, Filth, and Dystopia, have a number of late summer dates laid out, though only two California events have been confirmed.
All of the dates are listed, along with the Brooklyn Burning lineup and streams from the bands, below.
Hard Skin at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The UK kings of hilarious oi return to the US for a set of appearances on our shores, including known dates in Philly, Chicago and NYC. Look for Hard Skin to return to Acheron on September 12th, snagging support from Brooklyn punks La Misma (check out their demo) & Vanity. Ticketing information is on the way.
Hard Skin recently released their first LPs since 2004's Same Meat, Different Gravy. If you listen to them back to back, you may find that the pair of releases -- On The Balls and Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear -- are pretty similar.
This is a CLASSIC! Well, it's actually TWO CLASSICS! We got some of our sexiest lady mates round to the studio, got them drunk on cheap plonk, and after a few days we had a second version of the album recorded with HARD SKIN as you've never heard us before.Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear? features vocal appearances from Alison Mosshart (The Kills, Dead Weather), Joanna Newsom, Beki Bondage (Vice Squad), Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit), Miki Berenyi (Lush), Roxanne and Marion of Veronica Falls' and many many more. (Stream at Spotify and get your copies at Feral Ward.
All known dates are listed, along with a video for "Council Estate" are below.
UPDATE: new dates have emerged. Full tour schedule is below.
Hard Skin at Acheron, 8/13/2012
One part hilarious comedy act and one part damn good oi band, Hard Skin played Acheron to a sold-out house last night (8/13) as part of a short string of dates surrounding their tour around This is Hardcore. Hard Skin was joined by appearances from the fantastic metallic d-beat crew Murderess, NYC punks Sad Boys, Family Fun and Coffin Fit. Pictures from the show are below.
Hard Skin spent half of their set playing uber-catchy Oi and the other half making fun of the crowd, but it was all in the name of a good time. Fat Bob, who you may recognize from the Record Store Dude series (and who is also reportedly an A&R man at Rough Trade), quipped:
"We've come to take your shit American dollars. We've done that so you can all leave."
"Hello New York, the place so shit you had to name it twice."
After a short set (30+ minutes?), the band announced their last song to the grumble of the crowd. Fat Bob responded:
"Shut the fuck up. You pay peanuts, and you get monkeys."
Fat Bob, I disagree.
If you missed Murderess, make sure to get out to Acheron on August 20 where they'll team with Trenchgrinder and Death First to put a cap on their East Coast tour. Dates are below, along with a stream of one track, "For What?" Probably the biggest surprise of the evening and a fantastic live band.
Pictures from last night's Acheron show, that Murderess stream and all Murderess dates are listed below.
Hard Skin during CMJ 2010 (more by Konstantin Sergeyev)
Hard Skin will bring their UK oi comedy show back to US shores this summer when they kick off a round of dates with their previously discussed appearance at This is Hardcore. From there, the band will play one more East Coast show (in Brooklyn at Acheron on August 13th with Murderess, Sad Boys & Coffin Fit) before skipping around the country to play shows on the West Coast and in Texas. Full tour schedule and some audio below...
Negative Approach at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
This is Hardcore returns to Philadelphia, PA for four days in August at Union Transfer (on 8/9) and Electric Factory (8/10 - 8/12). Both shows will have no barricades for you headwalkers/divers and in the case of Electric Factory, the venue will actually construct a stage in front of their usual stage (!) to get around the existing barricade. Now thats dedication/brutality.
As for the lineup, as usual the cast of hooligans gracing the stages of TIHC are a cast of notables, including Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Gorilla Biscuits, Breakdown, Blacklisted, Killing Time, Nails, Ringworm, Gehenna and many many more. Full lineup is below and tickets go on sale on May 17th at noon.
Power Trip is part of said lineup, and reminder, the band will hit Acheron on May 15th as part of a string of East Coast dates. All tour dates are below.
photos by Konstantin Sergeyev
Hard Skin at Bruar Falls on 10/25/10
There are few punk/hardcore shows on the way in the next few weeks, but we'd be remiss without mentioning the surprise Hard Skin show that took place at Bruar Falls on 10/25/10. The show was one of two NYC shows for the comedic UK Oi band, as they also played Europa with Forgetters on Friday, 10/22 with The Rival Mob.
"Fat Bob had mentioned at the forgetters show on Friday that Hard Skin were playing on Monday night before they skipped back across the pond. Given the the rarity of their shows and the proximity to Drew's place, it seemed prudent to make it across the water to Colonial Williamsburg....Pictures from the Bruar Falls show adorn this post. Forgetters will play Bruar Falls TONIGHT (11/2) with Younger Lovers and Little Victory.
...The Hard Skin boys took the stage around the 11 o'clock hour and stirred the room up with a whole lot of Oi! Bruar may be a little small to contain such friskiness, but it was a pretty polite crowd despite the large drunk punk contingent and truth be told, the JS-NYC/ab rock Voltron was no paragon of sobriety by this point either. I had a good time, even given the curious tire deflations I returned to find on my iron steed when we got outside. Luckily, they were deflated and not punctured and Drew had a pump, so the good guys lived to ride another day. Good times all around. Not sure where/if HS are maintaining the web presence in this day and age, but you would do well to spend your weak American dollar on some of their swag and bring them back. Set to Googling, fresh-cut, and remember Hard Skin are good clean-cut fun." [Jaded Scenester]
Madball will play The Studio at Webster Hall on 12/13 with Lionheart, Bitter End as part of a string of dates for the trio. Incendiary will join them as local support. Ticket info is forthcoming, but full tour dates are below. Madball recently dropped their new LP Empire and parted ways with drummer Jay Weinberg (son of Max Weinberg).
Easy Action, featuring John Brannon of Negative Approach, will team up with The Men to play The Acheron on 11/15. The all ages show kicks off at 8PM. Easy Action tour dates are below.
The Queers will play Mercury Lounge on Jan 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a short string of East Coast dates in 2011 that also includes Maxwell's one day before NYC; additional dates are below.
In a show dubbed "Brooklyn's Finest" (though BBG would beg to differ), Life of Agony will team up with Biohazard and Vision of Disorder to play Best Buy Theater on 12/16. Tickets are on sale.
And finally, LA's Youth Brigade (not the DC one with releases on Dischord) will play Mercury Lounge on 11/14. The show will be proceeded by a documentary on BYO Records and the band. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates and more pictures of Hard Skin at Bruar Falls are below...
Forgetters at Red 7 in Austin (more here)
Few hardcore and punk shows to put on your radar....
Forgetters will team with Oi band Hard Skin and Boston hardcore The Rival Mob for a killer three-way at Europa on Oct 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three on Blake Schrazenbach's horizon. Forgetters will also play Cake Shop with Pregnant, These Days, and Bells on 9/10 and support Obits at Knitting Factory on 11/12. Their first 7" is out on September 21st.
Word is that Veins (with Mark McCoy of Das Oath, Charles Bronson, etc) was originally on the Hard Skin bill, but had to drop off, and speaking of Mark McCoy, his other project Failures has another show coming up. Australia's Straightjacket Nation will headline 538 Johnson with Failures, Vile Gash, Scapegoat, and Confines on 10/2. Veins, which also features members of Drunkdriver, Das Oath, and Castevet, recently pressed their great cassette on 7" vinyl. Pick up a copy via Youth Attack, it rules.
Speaking of Youth Attack, Brutal Chicago hardcore band Raw Nerve released their incredible self-titled LP on the label earlier this year. Though copies of that are long gone, you can still catch the band when they headline Acheron on 10/16 along with Manipulation, Perdition, and Concrete Cross (members Disnihil/Celebrity Murders).
And last but certainly not least, look for a double dose of Danish Hardcore punk from Hjertestop when they play NYC twice in early November. On 11/8, look for the band to play The Charleston with Night Birds, Nomos, and Crazy Spirit while 11/9 gets Acheron with Swedes Fy Fan! and Crazy Spirit.
A video of forgetters playing Generation Records in 2009, below...