Entries tagged with: Helmet
by Klaus Kinski
photo: Helmet at Bowery Ballroom, night 1 (more by Mathieau Bredeau)
New York City alt-metal behemoths Helmet wrapped up their run of three NYC shows on their ongoing tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their seminal third album "Betty". We already posted pictures of night 1, and here's our review of night 2 -- Saturday (2/21) at Bowery Ballroom -- an unbelievable two and a half hours of bowel-loosening heviosity that had the packed, sold-out crowd in a pushy-shovey, high-fivey, singin' along frenzy.
Singer-guitarist Page Hamilton is the only original member of this band who has had a number of personnel changes since their inception in NYC in 1989. There are legions of insufferable Helmet line-up purists who will no doubt take to the comments section any second now to remind the world that, without drummer John Stanier, the current iteration of Helmet is impure. As much as I agree that Stanier is a solid drummer, to poo-poo this band and this tour because there is no Stanier is a little unfair. Current Helmet drummer Kyle Stevenson absolutely crushed it Saturday night. Not only is he a fantastic drummer, but he completely understands the music of Helmet and knows how to do it right. He was simply incredible. Guitarist Dan Beeman and bassist Dave Case completed a rhythm section that was tighter and more crushing than Helmet has sounded in years; you could shake a house off of its foundation with Case's bass tone.
Mercifully, there were no openers for this show and the band got right to it at 9:15pm on the nose with a spotless performance of the album "Betty" in full. In my opinion, Saturday night's performance of "Betty" sounded better than the album ever did. It was so much heavier, more violent and more scorching. I always liked "Betty," but ever since I first heard it in 1994 I always thought it was a little anemic. The skeleton for heaviness was always there, but I always felt that the potential for heaviness never fully gestated. Saturday night, though, tracks like "Wilma's Rainbow," "Biscuits for Smut," "Rollo," and "Speechless" simply ground my eardrums to a watery pulp. There was a physical component to the loudness and heaviness that you could feel in the pit of your stomach, and it never relented.
After "Betty", Helmet performed a 10-song second set of greatest hits that included "(High) Visibility," "Role Model," "FBLA II," "Unsung" and more. It was a really solid selection of tunes that spanned their entire career and it really kept the apeshit momentum of the show going strong. This second set was followed by a three song encore featuring "Sinatra," "Repetition," which was an audience request, and finally "In The Meantime." I don't get out to shows as much as I used to, but this Helmet show was hands down one of the most satisfying show-going experiences in recent memory. Helmet's level of performance is better than ever and NYC was so lucky to have three opportunities to see these masters of heaviness. If you missed this show because you're hung-up on the current line-up, I pity you. Aside from the hot fart smells that seemed almost inescapable no matter where I was standing, this was Helmet in peak form.
Night 1 pics here. Night 2 setlist and a video below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Helmet @ Bowery Ballroom - 2/18/15
"That album was the sound of us being obscure and weird," he says. "And one thing I've found from doing these Betty shows is it's also a difficult album to play live. A song like 'Sam Hell,' where it's just me alone, and I'm essentially playing this blues groove and singing? That was nerve-racking at first. But it's been a great challenge, and apparently the music means something to people. So I'm happy to do it." [Page Hamilton talking to Rolling Stone]NYC alt-metal vets Helmet are currently on tour playing their boundary-pushing third album, Betty, in full for its twentieth anniversary. The quote above is from singer Page Hamilton's interview with Rolling Stone, where he also included a retrospective track-by-track breakdown of the album. The tour began in Helmet's hometown with a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (2/18). They opened by playing the album in full, and then followed it with 16 more songs from throughout their career.
The tour comes back to NYC on Saturday (2/21) at Bowery Ballroom and Sunday (2/22) at Saint Vitus, which are both also sold out. More pictures and the full setlist from Wednesday's show, below...
by Andrew Sacher
While we're still waiting for Sunny Day Real Estate to get back in action again, here's something that's kind of close. Bassist Nate Mendel (also of Foo Fighters and SDRE spinoff The Fire Theft) is releasing a guest-filled solo album under the name Lieutenant, and one of those guests is none other than SDRE frontman Jeremy Enigk himself. The other guests are impressive too: Helmet frontman Page Hamilton, former Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, Foo Fighters (and No Use for a Name/Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) guitarist Chris Shiflett, and The Head and the Heart singer Josiah Johnson.
The album's called If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week, and it's due March 10 via Dine Alone (Canadian home of Trail of Dead, Single Mothers, Sylvan Esso and others). Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Helmet, etc) produced it. The first single, "Believe The Squalor," is a nice dose of clean-sounding somber indie rock. Check it out, via Stereogum, below.
Lieutenant's live band has Nate joined by Fleet Foxes member Christian Wargo, The Bronx drummer Jorma Vik, and Snow Patrol bassist Paul Wilson, though no live dates are announced at the moment.
Meanwhile, Nate will be on tour when the Foo Fighters go on their massive stadium tour that hits NYC on July 16 at Citi Field. In other news related to this album, a new Modest Mouse song came out this week, and Helmet are touring Betty in full in February.
Lieutenant song stream and album tracklist below...
Helmet at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Alt-metal boundary pushers Helmet recently announced a 2015 tour where they'll be playing their classic 1994 album, Betty, in full, including NYC shows on 2/21 at Bowery Ballroom and 2/22 at Saint Vitus. Those shows sold out pretty quickly, but the band have now added a third NYC show happening February 18 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (12/19) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Wednesday (12/17).
Updated dates are listed, with a stream of Betty, below...
Helmet at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Chris LaPutt)
'90s heavy genre-defying legends Helmet recently celebrated their classic 1994 album Betty on a European tour, and they've now begun announcing North American dates for 2015. One of those is a Betty show happening in NYC on February 21 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the Bowery show go on AmEx presale Wednesday (11/19) at noon and to the general public at noon on Friday (11/21).
only other currently announced dates are a festival in Chile in December and a DC show happening a few days after the NYC show. It seems likely that more could be announced, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: A full tour has been announced including a second NYC show happening February 22 at Saint Vitus. Each show will feature Helmet playing a Betty set and a full second set, no opener. Tickets for Saint Vitus also go on sale Friday at noon.
All dates are listed, with a stream of Betty, below...
by Bill Pearis
Wire at Bowery Ballroom in July (more by Greg Cristman)
In their nearly 40 years of existence Wire have never been a band to keep still or rest on their laurels. Although sometimes, wrongly, defined within certain narrow musical genres Wire's oeuvre has always ranged across a wide range of styles and influences whilst the membership, individually and collectively have always had good relationships, both working & personal with artists across a number of fields. So it is perhaps not surprising that in 2013 Wire launched the first of a series of Festivals entitled DRILL in London in March 2013. The concept is simple, it's an unpretentious city festival featuring artists from across all genres actively curated by Wire with a lot of input from local, informed media partners (in the case of London, The Quietus; in the case of Seattle, KEXP) The concerts take place in small venues with great sound systems. There are no big ticket acts playing for over inflated fees. Wire go for the best in upcoming local talent combined with friends who just want to be part of it.The Wire co-curated DRILL:Seattle will happen across three nights in November, each at a different venue:
- Colin Newman
11.21 @ Barboza - Earth, Pillar Point, Drill (tickets)A couple notes on the line-ups. "Drill" is a collaborative group, and the Wire Pink Flag Guitar Orchestra will close the final night (11/23) at Neumos. Will will also be playing unannounced, opening for another band -- "you'll have to figure that one out yourselves!" says the band.
11.22 @ The Crocodile - Helmet, TBA, FF (tickets)
11.23 @ Neumos - Wire, Chastity Belt, Vestals (tickets)
Wire, who were in NYC over the summer, play some other West Coast dates before DRILL:Seattle and all are listed below. DRILL:London took place back in March and you can watch video of that version of the Pink Flag Guitar Orchestra below.
Moby's audition did not go well...
As maybe you're heard, The Postal Service are back together for a 10th anniversary tour, including two shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. What you may not know is that Ben Gibbard was one of many singers who auditioned for Jimmy Tamborello. Aimee Mann, Moby or even Duff McKagan (plus others) could've ended up in the band... or so this Funny or Die clip (directed by Tom Scharpling) purports which you can watch below.
photos by Chris La Putt
Toadies/Helmet/Ume at Webster Hall 8/02/2012
For a band of only three people, Ume had incredible power -- they blasted sound and strength out into the crowd at Webster Hall.Webster Hall celebrated the 1990s last night (8/2) with a pair of bands that cut their teeth in the era, and another that worships at the altar of some it's biggest names. Helmet and Toadies joined forces with Austin's Ume to play the East Village venue, part of the latter two's ongoing set of dates together and a short set of dates with Ume. Pictures and video from Webster Hall are below, including a video of "I Burn" during Toadies set that featured members of Helmet and Ume.
Frontwoman Lauren Larson's frenetic energy and distorted guitar meant lots of movement -- Ume is perfectly suited to playing on a huge stage with ample room to move about.
While some may prefer the raw energy of their live show, I prefer the nuances on their album. The standout tracks on album Phantoms are "Captive," "Destroyer," and "Dancing Blind."-[After The Show]
John Stanier of Battles/Tomahawk (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Tomahawk is back! The supercrew featuring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantomas, etc), Duan Denison (The Jesus Lizard), Trevor Dunn (Melvins Lite, Fantomas) and John Stanier (Battles, Helmet) has returned with a new LP Oddfellows, due this January via Ipecac. Check out an album teaser below.
So far Tomahawk has only one US date scheduled, at Voodoo this year. The show will be their first in nine years. Pray for a round two on the East side.
In the meantime, Mike Patton is still cranking out releases like his name was Robert Pollard. Luciano Berio Laborintus II is Patton's latest opus, due on 7/3 via Ipecac, and features the eclectic musician's reinterpretation of Luciano Berio's "Laborintus II". Get your copy at Ipecac.
Faith No More also have some shows scheduled this summer, as do Faith No More member Roddy Bottum's band Imperial Teen.
In related news: Melvins tickets for motherf*ckin' 6/30 Lit Lounge show go on sale today at the venue at 7PM. In still more related news, Gay Witch Abortion, who is also on the show, will play Union Pool the next night (July 1st) as part of a bill with Fashion Week and Gentlemen. $8 gets you in. Melvins also have lots more dates coming up too.
Tomahawk teaser is below.
by Bill Pearis
Helmet at Irving Plaza, March 2012 (more by BBG)
'90s alt-rockers The Toadies and Helmet are hitting the road this summer for a co-headlining tour, stopping in NYC on August 2 for a show at Webster Hall. Tickets to that show go on sale TODAY (5/18) at noon.
While the good times vibes of The Toadies and the math-rock blast of Helmet probably didn't cross paths a lot back in the day, it makes a little sense through the haze of '90s nostalgia. Hair-flying Austin trio Ume open on all dates and are absolutely worth showing up early to see.
The Toadies have a new album, Play.Rock.Music, that will be out July 31. Helmet most recent album is 2010's Seeing Eye Dog. As for openers Ume, the band (who played Hotel Vegan during SXSW) will go on a co-headlining tour with The Life and Times before hooking up with the Toadies and Helmet.
All Toadies/Helmet and Ume dates are listed below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by BBG
Without the mega-firepower of the Metalliance lineup with Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Kylesa (who play NYC on 10/22), Red Fang (who support Mastodon), Howl (who plays the Metal Suckfest) and The Atlas Moth (who recently played NYC) backing them, Helmet headlined a different kind of show at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (10/11), with support from Skeleton Key. This time the focus was NOT on their classic LP Meantime but quite the opposite; Helmet pretty much avoided the LP entirely save for a performance of "Give It". Full set-list is below along with more pictures from the show.
In semi-related news, the Metal Suckfest has completed its lineup for the the two-day festival (and pre-game with Mayhem), adding appearances from All Pigs Must Die, This is Hell, 3, and Last Chance to Reason. Tickets are still available.
More Helmet pictures and all tour dates are below.
Helmet at Irving Plaza (more by BBG)
Page Hamilton's latest incarnation of Helmet have a few scattered dates that look like the makings of a burgeoning US tour in September-October. The shows include a stop at Riotfest Chicago, as well as an NYC date at Bowery Ballroom on October 11th with support TBA. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wed, 8/17 and regular sale two days later. More dates are listed below.
Helmet, who's last NYC date was playing all of Meantime at Irving Plaza with Saint Vitus, Crowbar, and many others as part of the Metalliance tour, will join a star-studded line-up at RiotFest Chicago, including "Danzig Legacy".
All known Helmet tour dates and some videos below.
We previously discussed Phily's Riot Fest East that will feature an appearance from the mighty Descendents and The Suicide Machines who they also play with in NYC. Riot Fest East, an offshoot of the Chicago festival, happens on September 24th.
The Chicago version of the festival, October 5-9, previously announced that Weezer, Social Distortion, Descendents, 7 Seconds, ALL (two different eras!), Helmet, and X (playing Los Angeles) were all on the lineup, but left one big announcement for today...
On Friday October 7, 2011 Danzig will headline Riot Fest and perform a career spanning show featuring sets of Danzig, Samhain and Misfits songs with none other than Doyle joining on guitar the Misfits set. We've waited years for this and we can't wait to see the inside of the Congress Theater turn into a churning sea of humanity.Tickets for both Riot Fest Chicago and Riot Fest East are now on sale, and more band announcements are stil to come(!).
Riot Fest show flyers and some videos is below.
by Kim Kelly
"Grim" Kim Kelly just got home from being on the "Metalliance" tour. She served as crew for the mighty Saint Vitus and rode in the van (read: school bus) with The Atlas Moth. That tour, which also featured bands like Helmet, Kylesa, Crowbar, Red Fang and Howl, hit Irving Plaza in NYC on 3/26, and ended 4/5 in Hollywood. Kim kept a diary and took some pictures on the road. Here is the first half:
words & photos by BBG
Crowbar @ Irving Plaza
"Helmet promised and delivered the entire "Meantime" album and more. Never got to see them in the early 90's when they were all the rage, cuz' I was already really not into going to shows in 92' and much more into smoking pot and making videos at the School of Visual Arts, but that "Meantime" CD, I remember, sure did get a workout for awhile.The Metalliance tour hit Irving Plaza on Friday, 3/26, kicking off at the early hour of 6:30 PM with The Atlas Moth. At that hour it's a bit optimistic to expect a full crowd, but there were quite a few folks that made it in for the duration of the sold-out show. Headlined by Helmet (who played Meantime, and in order), the rest of the show was rounded out by Crowbar (who were awesome as usual), Saint Vitus (ditto), Kylesa (again), Red Fang, and Howl (along with the previously mentioned Atlas Moth).
Paige Hamilton, probably the most infamous post-hardcore millionaire ever, has always been an interesting fella in the annals of the mini-major/independent controversies that sort of started and ended in the post Nirvana, halcyon days of 90 whatever, with A & R's running around and signing every art school weirdo, whilst taking all the blue M&M's from their green rooms. Interesting to see them after all these years and ponder, "Has it really been 20 fucking years since film school?" Jeez. Paige looks good and his guitar was quite loud and supra, ahem, "staccato". Just a really weird bill, what with Helmet sort of inheriting that weird art school place they once lorded over. Not really metal, not really alternative, not really punk. Couldn't help but wonder how much of that one million bucks he still has? Great set, nada banter, just loud and sing alongish..." [TrashmansReader]
Metalliance is in Merriam, Kansas tonight (without Helmet). All dates and more pictures and some videos from Irving Plaza are below...
Metalliance photos by Samantha Marble, Whitehorse photos & words by BBG
Helmet @ Dirty Dog
Metalliance swoops in on NYC TONIGHT (3/25) at Irving Plaza (tickets still available). The tour moves into its East Coast leg after hitting SXSW and the south last week. Pictures of Saint Vitus, Helmet, Crowbar, Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth and more from the Austin stop adorn this post.
A friday night during SXSW is always nuts, but nothing could compare to the scene at Dirty Dog which was packed to the gills on 3/18. With a line snaking down the block through the already heavily trafficked 6th Street, Dirty Dog was clearly beyond capacity (and then some) with people itching to see the traveling festival to the riff, as well as the SXSW addition of the almighty Weedeater (the show also featured Witchburn, who I/we missed). Dirty Dog was the place to be that night for metal fans in the area and it showed; during Kylesa's set the venue frantically removed tables to add extra capacity and even reportedly/unfortunately told a few bands that they had to remove their merch table as well. Venue issues aside, the bands sounded great and there was a reason why everyone wanted in; Metalliance is stacked with killer bands and performances.
Saint Vitus @ Dirty Dog
It may sound blasphemous, but knowing I would see Saint Vitus tonight in NYC, I left halfway through their set to head to the WFMU showcase down the street. It was there in a relatively light Barbarella that I caught one of my favorite performances at SXSW, Australians Whitehorse who tore the place down with their crushing death-doom punctuated with noise. Absolutely sick band that deserves to be playing to the hessian masses, and luckily for NYCers, you'll be able to catch them with The Body at Acheron on 4/1.
More pictures from Metalliance and Whitehorse at WFMU, and tour dates, below.
Kylesa @ Santos in January (more by Samantha Marble)
The Metalliance tour featuring Helmet (playing all of Meantime), Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Red Fang, Howl & The Atlas Moth has expanded, adding dates on the west coast and adding the great Kylesa to the bill as well. All dates are now on sale including tickets to March 25th at Irving Plaza.
Crowbar's killer new LP Sever The Wicked Hand is out now via E1. Order a copy, it's definitely highly recommended and could be Windstein's best work yet.
Saint Vitus's Wino just completed a solo tour with Scott Kelly. Maybe you caught them Saturday night at Mercury Lounge.
The full updated set of Metalliance tour dates and some videos, below...
Crowbar at Santos (more by Samantha Marble)
As discussed, the "Metalliance" tour will join Helmet (who will play all of Meantime) with Saint Vitus and Crowbar. Tickets are currently on sale for the NYC stop which will hit Irving Plaza on March 25th with additional openers Howl, Red Fang, and The Atlas Moth (and even more bands TBA). The full lineup for the entire tour will be revealed in one week, but until then you can check out the routing below.
Meanwhile Kirk Windstein of Crowbar will be back in NYC to play Nokia Theater on April 28th and in NJ at Starland Ballroom on April 30th as part of Down. Tickets go on AMEX presale at 10AM on 1/26 and regular sale at noon on 1/28 for Nokia, and at noon on 1/28 for Starland Ballroom.
Don't forget that Crowbar's new LP Sever The Wicked Hand will hit store shelves on February 8th via E1 Music. Tour dates and some videos below...
Wino (of Saint Vitus) on stage with Shrinebuilder (more by Greg Cristman)
Helmet, Saint Vitus, and Crowbar. The three names alone are some of the most important in heavy music in the past two decades. And now BrooklynVegan is proud to co-present ALL THREE on ONE TOUR! That's correct, Helmet, who will be performing all of their 1992 classic Meantime, will team up with St Vitus & Crowbar to play a string of dates that will kick off on March 17th and conclude on April 5th. The trek, called the Metalliance tour, will also showcase some of my favorite names in underground music as opening acts. It's going to be a hell of a tour.
Look for some tour dates in the very near future! (including one in NYC? And maybe during SxSW?) More to come.
Helmet recently played NYC during CMJ with the great Intronaut and Fight Amp (who is playing Santos on 1/26 with Kylesa, tickets). Saint Vitus last played NYC at Europa with Saviours. And Crowbar destroyed NYC just in time for the holidays.
Wino (of St Vitus) will be in NYC in the very near future, and with his Shrinebuilder bandmate Scott Kelly. The pair will play Mercury Lounge on 2/10 (tickets) as part of a stint of tour dates for the pair.
Full press release, and some classic video is below...
SoSB @ MHOW - CMJ 2009 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival "has announced its first round of performing artists." The full list, BrooklynVegan showcase semi-included, and more is below.
One of those performing artists is School of Seven Bells who headline the Windish showcase at Santos Party House on Saturday, October 23rd. Tickets are on sale for that (or you can try to get in with your CMJ badge). SoSB played MHOW during CMJ last year.
Meanwhile School of Seven Bells will kick off a tour with Active Child at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg on September 9th. $5.00 tickets are still on sale.
All SoSB dates, the CMJ artist list, Bad Books info and more, below...
Page of Helmet, Dec 2006 (photo by Lauren Dukoff)
Ask me about some of my favorite albums of the 90s and you'll surely get a Helmet record in there. Henry Bogdan, John Stanier (who went to Tomahawk and then Battles), and even Chris Traynor are long gone now, and a new version of the band (with Page Hamilton alongside a trio of new members) will release a seventh LP Seeing Eye Dog. That LP is due in late August, and Helmet will hit the road shortly after for a string of dates that will include Gramercy Theatre in NYC on October 23rd. Tickets go on sale at noon on Wed (7/21).
All dates and some videos below...