Entries tagged with: Hull
Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Arkansas doomsters Pallbearer, whose 2012 debut album Sorrow and Extinction was one of the buzziest metal albums of that year, are about to hit the road with another buzzy metal band, Deafheaven, with Wreck & Reference along for the ride too. That tour doesn't hit NYC but Deafheaven play Governor's Ball and Pallbearer will play a Northside Festival show on June 12 at Europa, presented by Pitchfork's Show No Mercy & Hell Awaits. Also on the bill is Hull, Planning for Burial, Yellow Eyes and Vilkacis. Tickets are on sale now or you can also try to get in using your Northside badge. All Pallbearer dates are listed below.
Pitchfork is also presenting two Northside shows at Saint Vitus which include Perfect Pussy, Hop Along, Frankie Cosmos, Marissa Nadler, Pharmakon and more.
Meanwhile, that Northside show is one of three chances to catch Planning for Burial, whose excellent new album can be streamed now, in NYC. He also plays the Metal Cats release party at Union Pool on Saturday (5/17) and his tour hits Grand Victory on July 7 (tickets).
Speaking of Hull, the band play Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Saturday (5/17) with Bloody Hammers. The show, dubbed "Liz & Luis: The Unholy Fucking Union," is actually an afterparty for a wedding but is open to the public. If you go, please give the happy couple your congratulations. Tickets are on sale.
Updated Planning for Burial dates are also listed, with the list of Pallbearer dates, below...
by Zach Pollack
Brooklyn-based psychedelic sludge purveyors Hull welcomed their new Legend of the Swamp Goat 7" last month via their own Iron Orchestra Works label. The tune has been bouncing around for a number of years--according to the band, it was originally recorded in 2007 and laid dormant while they wrote material for their 2009 debut Sole Lord, then was subsequently forgotten about as they continued to tour and prep 2011's Beyond the Lightless Sky. Emerging from the depths, the single aims to blow your proverbial doors off with searing and bluesy thunder. Take a listen to "Legend of the Swamp Goat" at the bottom of this post. You can grab a 7" via Hull's bandcamp.
Hull will be properly celebrating their new 7" with a record release show at Saint Vitus on April 4, with support from fellow NYC outfits Anicon and Iron Force. Tickets are on sale now. After that, they'll be touring Europe surrounding their appearance at Roadburn 2014.
All Hull dates and a stream of "Legend of the Swamp Goat" lie after the jump...
by Doug Moore
Full of Hell at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Welcome to this week's HLD! There's a shitload of cool live stuff going on this weekend, so let's get that all out of the way first:
Tonight (2/28): Three good options to choose from! Local(ish) prog-sludgsters East of the Wall are kicking off their SXSW-bound tour with Diamond Plate at The Omega Order Warehouse, with support from fresh Prosthetic Records signees So Hideous (whom we've been fans of for a bit), Meek Is Murder, Hammer Fight, & Dead Empires. The show is sponsored by Gun Hill Brewery, is BYOB, and carries a $5 suggested donation. Meanwhile, Full of Hell & Mutilation Rites are bringing their own tour to a close with a show at the Acheron with Blackest (tix). Additionally, the Psalm Zero-curated Chaos Bodies series is continuing at Trans Pecos with appearances by Oneirogen, Feast of the Epiphany, and my buds Epistasis, whom we debuted a new song by yesterday. Stream it below if you missed it.
Tomorrow (3/1): Brooklyn Night Bazaar is getting unusually heavy with Caspian, Junius, A Storm of Light, & Advaeta (RSVP for line skippage). Boston crust/doom wrecking ball Morne is hitting Saint Vitus alongside Force & Fire (AKA the clearest successor to defunct local greats Unearthly Trance) & Iron Force (tix). Tech-death stalwarts Malignancy are returning to Blackthorn 51 in Queens with Orbital Frame & Immortal Suffering in tow.
Sunday (3/2): No Shields are playing the Acheron with Richmond's Ravn and Pittsburgh's Dendritic Arbor, along with locals Throaat (tix). Don't forget to keep an eye on our metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.
Some other miscellaneous news items:
Maryland deathgrind institution Misery Index have announced that their upcoming fifth album will be entitled The Killing Gods. It will see a May 23 release via Season of Mist.
Chicago sludge/black metal act Lord Mantis have debuted the first song from their upcoming Profound Lore debut, Death Mask, which drops on April 29. Stream it below, but watch out for the NSFW art.
As we discovered on our East Village Radio show this week, members of Tombs, Batillus, Hull, and Vaura have teamed up to work on an album that will almost certainly draw many uses of the dreaded "SG" word. This week's show was sponsored by the Halo of Blood tour, featuring Children of Bodom, Tyr, & Death Angel. Tune in every Tuesday at 10pm for interviews, ticket giveaways, and great metal jams both new and old.
Over on Invisible Oranges, we checked out new music by Epistasis & Noneuclid, and we gave ongoing faves Gridlink the review treatment. We also announced our official SXSW showcase and took our best guess at the 100 most overused metal band name words. And, as ever, we ran down all of the new riffs fit to buy.
Streams below. Anything else?
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Yob @ Saint Vitus, 2/10/2013
Yob played their first of two NYC shows last night at a sold-out Saint Vitus (2/10), snagging support from Hull and Bezoar. The show is part of a BV/Invisible Oranges-sponsored short run of dates for the Portland crew, who play again at Saint Vitus tonight (2/11) with Batillus and Sea of Bones. Tickets are still available for tonight's show (which is on the verge of sell out), highly recommended.
There are plenty of doom bands out there that understand the power of a great riff and an impressive vocal, but what separates Yob from the pack is something entirely different. The trio's live show incorporates a swing -- a groove that deviates from standard pacing and hits off of the traditional downbeats. They're almost hard to headbang along to for the most part, but when they do lock in it just makes those parts seem more muscular and menacing.
More pictures and video from Sunday's show are below.
Yob at Beat Kitchen in Chicago, Sept 2012 (more by Carmelo Espanola)
Nanotear, BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges are proud to welcome incendiary gods of doom, Yob for a two night stay at Saint Vitus on Feb 10 & 11! Support for will come from Hull and Bezoar on the first evening, while night two will feature an appearance from Batillus. That show is a rare, one-off appearance for the Oregon doom killers, and not part of a larger planned tour. Tickets are on sale for both 2/10 and 2/11.
The Fouth Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show is more than just a parade of killer bikes, it will also feature drinks, photography and live music at its 131 N.14th St (in Williamsburg) location on Saturday (9/22). Starting at 3 PM and lasting until midnight, you can head by the otherwise lonely stretch of Williamsburg block to catch performances from Endless Boogie, Hessian, Multitudes, Hull, Brothers and Psychic Limb starting at 5PM. What's more, the entire event is free and open to the public! So get in on it.
The Brooklyn Invitational will kick off with a pre-party tonight (9/20) at Lone Wolf (1089 Broadway in Brooklyn) featuring Cocaine and Abel and Multitudes. Friday (9/21) will be occupied by a party at The Gutter at 9PM, where the organizers promise "Bowling Beer Bikes Bromance". Sounds enticing.
Endless Boogie also play ATP NY on Sunday (9/23).
Jef Whitehead, aka Leviathan/Wrest, who was arrested in January 2011 and charged with sexually assaulting his then-girlfriend, has been acquitted of all but one (aggravated domestic battery) of the 34 charges against him and will now serve probation as reported in the Chicago Reader. Look for Whitehead on the road as part of Chrome Waves when they tour later this summer. We posted the first taste of Chrome Waves songs in January, and the band has a new self-titled debut LP due on Gravedancer.
Drew Mack is leaving Hull, but not without one farewell show! The final triple guitar-attack version of Hull (though no word on if he'll be replaced) show will go down on June 29th at Acheron with guests Praetura, Gang Signs and Blackout.
North, from Arizona, are currently in the midst of a US tour and will play The Charleston on June 23rd with My America. Full tour schedule is below.
Mutilation Rites will team with Blood of Kings (ex-Wolves in The Throne Room) and Brohammer for a show at ABC No Rio tonight (6/22).
Sons of Tonatiuh will team with locals Pyrrhon for a show at Saint Vitus on July 19th, one of a few select dates for the Atlanta sludge team. Tickets are on sale.
All Evillive-approved NYC shows and a widget for the new "Profound Lore live" EP that hit via Scion is below.
UV POP at Home Sweet Home on Wednesday night (photo by Phil Maier)
As discussed, UV POP played their first NYC show on Wednesday, 4/18 as part of Wierd Wednesday at Home Sweet Home. The band continues its attack on NYC with a late show at Saint Vitus tonight (4/20) when they team with Lost Tribe. Tickets are still available.
Before UV POP, Hull will team with Caltrop and Family to play a BrooklynVegan-presented early show at the venue. Doors open at 8 and the show starts soon thereafter. Tickets are still available (if not online, then at the door).
Check out a live video of UV POP from Home Sweet Home below.
Horna in Paris
The previously discussed Horna show on the June 6th at Saint Vitus is one of TWO at the venue, with the second (actually first) going down on June 2nd. Kommandant are on board for both nights, with Abazagorath and Woe on board for June 2nd and Mutilation Rites and Mortum hitting the June 6th show (the prior is celebrating a new LP). Tickets for both June 2nd and June 6th are still available. Kommandant will ALSO play Saint Vitus on 5/22, this time with Sweden's Demonical as part of a string of dates for the band. Tickets are on sale, and all Demonical and Horna dates are listed below.
Baltimore punks Deep Sleep are on the road starting next week, and will play on 4/23 at Black Light in New Brunswick NJ with Real Cops, Radio Exiles, Easy Rider and Attitude Era. Unfortunately no NYC dates in this go-around, but you can check out some of their other dates below.
Supporting acts for the Negura Bunget show at Cameo on 4/20 have changed. The band will now be joined by Din Brad (side project of Negura Bunget's keyboardist), Inia Dina, and Heathen. Tickets are still available.
Naam will play Glasslands on May 12th as part of a Record Release show for their new baby, Starchild. Hull, who are also on board to play Saint Vitus on 4/20 (tickets), will join them and Rainbows at the venue, and tickets are on sale.
Spazzy noise-core Frenchmen Escarres will team with Hessian and Only Child for a show at Acheron TONIGHT (4/13). Stream some Escarres material below.
Stream tracks from the new Mammoth Grinder 7", video from that Veins/Hoax/Raw Nerve show with all previously mentioned streams and dates, and this week's list of suggested shows. below. What did I miss?
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
Hull will team with Caltrop and Family for a Brooklyn show at Saint Vitus on April 20th. U.V. PØP plays the same venue later that night. The early show will open doors at 8PM and will set you back $10. Tickets are on sale.
The show is part of a string of dates scheduled for Caltrop in celebration of their new LP Ten Million Years and Eight Minutes, out via Holiday For Quince Records on April 3rd. All Caltrop dates are below.
Speaking of U.V. PØP, that 4/20 appearance recently completed its lineup, adding the awesome Lost Tribe and DJ Plastic Flowers to the bill. Tickets are on sale. You can also catch U.V. PØP two nights earlier at Home Sweet Home.
Hull recently played a homecoming show at Acheron on 3/23 with Mutilation Rites, Batillus and Trenchgrinder. Pics & video from that show are in this post. More below...
A Storm of Light at the Tone Deaf showcase (more by Greg Cristman)
A Storm of Light plays NYC TONIGHT as part of a round of dates with Mustard Gas & Roses (mem Isis) and Magic Circle. Tickets are still available for the Saint Vitus show. The band recently played a round of dates surrounding SXSW including the Tone Deaf showcase (pictures). Tonight's show is in direct competition with Hull, Mutilation Rites, Batillus and Trenchgrinder at Acheron, the latter two of which played Lovejoy's as part of the BV Day Party. Hull also played Red 7 with Fear on 3/15, which was down the street from Pallbearer, Screaming Females, Ringworm & Power Trip (pictures).
Punk rock crew Kim Phuc will team with Family Curse and Herzog Rising to play Death By Audio on April 7th. The show is one of a few notable and recently added shows at the space, including April 14th with White Suns (who have a new LP on Load, stream a song below), Pop 1280, and Richard, April 28th with Dysrhythmia, Kayo Dot & Vaura, and 4/29 with a mystery guest, Child Abuse, Behold...The Arctopus and PAK.
Check out the recent Decibel Flexi of In Solitude covering Samhain's "Mother of Mercy".
Youth Attack have updated their site with orders for the new Salvation House of the Beating Hell EP, new second Hoax EP, a new ARTS LP Thousand Wounds of War, and so much more. Head to their site for more details (I recommend the Hoax, ARTS and Salvation records).
If you missed it, we posted two sets of pictures from Deatmatch during SXSW (SET 1, SET 2), a set of pictures from Lovejoy's during SXSW, my official showcase during SXSW, and pictures from our bridge show. We welcomed a new EP from Cop Problem, interviews with Black God, new shows from Ilsa, Rorschach, Old Man Gloom, D-Clone, Young Widows, Autopsy and more. Got stoked and then immediately diappointed with the Kiss it Goodbye reunion and scratched our heads in disbelief at the "Death to All" reunion and Wolvhammer cover of The Cure (the latter in a positive way).
More suggested shows, a stream of a new Horseback song, the Split Cranium LP (with Aaron of Isis and members of Circle) a 16 song, an Author & Punisher song, a White Suns song and more is below. What did I miss?
Alcest @ Lovejoys
By the time that Hull hit the stage at around 2:20pm, the deal was sealed; intimate Austin bar/venue Lovejoys was officially one-in-one-out until we closed the doors. The Saturday BrooklynVegan day show during SXSW included the awesome lineup of Alcest (their only Austin show), Nachtmystium (with Will Lindsay and Sanford Parker in tow), The Atlas Moth, Pallbearer, Speedwolf, Hull, Bruce Lamont with Man's Gin (their only show), Mutilation Rites and Vestiges. All of the bands ruled and I can't thank them enough.
Vestiges opened the party at 12:15 to a relatively large crowd of people (considering the inevitable hangovers from the night prior), and proceeded to wake us all with their spacey hybrid of black metal, hardcore, doom, and crust. A truly amazing band that is definitely worth looking out for. Mutilation Rites followed with new bassist Ryan Jones (Wetnurse/Today is The Day) in tow, but seemed no worse for the changeover; the band's punk-y black-metal-thrash ripped as usual.
Bruce Lamont and Man's Gin collaborated next, using everything from guitar, sax, and bass ukelele in their renditions of Man's Gin songs. It was a special one-off collaboration during the festival, and one that I was grateful to be hosting in such a small space. Hats off to Erik, Josh & the Man's Gin crew, as well as Bruce Lamont.
After that relatively low-key set, of course Hull brought it up a few notches with their thundering post-metal stomp, the first of three shows for the band that day. The rattling doom power of Hull live cannot be denied, but neither can the Motorhead-y beer-swilling pummel of Speedwolf who followed directly after. Speedwolf is currently on a US tear, so look for them at a town near you (including NYC).
Pallbearer @ Lovejoys
Pallbearer, one of my favorite bands from SXSW this year, are undeniably great and just destroyed after Speedwolf. Their melodic doom riffs and soaring vocals owe a lot to the doom-fathers of yesteryear but still reimagine some of those approaches on their stunner of an LP Sorrow & Extinction. Pick it up if you can, and don't miss them when they come to NYC with Loss!
The Atlas Moth and Nachtmystium, out on tour together, played the following two sets with the latter featuring Sanford Parker on keys and Will Lindsay (Indian, Middian, etc) on bass. The Atlas Moth was also in a different configuration, with Andrew Ragin out with medical issues and replaced with his brother-in-law and former member of Stabbing Westward Marcus Eliopulos. Despite configuration changes, both bands were fantastic.
Alcest, who in no way resembles a metal band other than in pedigree, closed out the night. The French quartet's focus is on shoegaze-influenced beauty and were a perfect way to end the hectic and brutal day at Lovejoys. Alcest are on the road in the US, and will play NYC at Public Assembly next week with another BV-SXSW-show-alumnus, Deafheaven (I'll be DJing).
Yet another successful year at Lovejoys in Austin, and I'd like to send a big thank you to the staff, Jester King for the free suds, all of the bands, and most importantly all of the fans who came for the day. Thank you so much, and I can't wait until next year!
More pictures from the whole day, below...
Alcest at Gramercy Theater (more by Greg Cristman)
On March 17th, 2012 (Saturday), BrooklynVegan will return to the scene of the crime (where we hosted two shows last year) for a FREE show at Lovejoys in Austin during SXSW! From noon until just before 7PM we'll host a lineup that includes:
Alcest (their ONLY appearance during SXSW)This is the ONLY time you can see Alcest (from France!) during SXSW (and for FREE), so head to Lovejoys on March 17th. Get there early and down some FREE Black Metal Stout on draft courtesy of Jester King Brewery (while supplies last).
The Atlas Moth
The show is one of several shows that BrooklynVegan is hosting during SXSW including four days at Hotel Vegas, and our back-to-back day party as part of Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch followed by one of our (with an exclusive appearance from Black Breath) three official SXSW showcases. Stay tuned for more details on Hotel Vegas and the other two showcases.
Nachtmystium is currently in the studio sawing away at their new LP Silencing Machine due on July 31st via Century Media. The band will be hitting the road for a set of Midwest dates right around the album release, with an assist from Krieg and Murmur. Details are on the way.
The Atlas Moth and Pallbearer will both play an upcoming Scion showcase in LA on March 31, and for free! RSVP now. Pallbearer recently released their monster new LP Sorrow & Extinction via Profound Lore and are heading to NYC with Loss for a rare one-off show.
Alcest is heading out on the road for a string of dates with Deafheaven (who play our Deathmatch day party in Austin) including NYC at Public Assembly on 3/31 with Vaura (who have a new album) and yours truly on the turntables. Tickets are still available.
All Alcest dates and some streams and video below...
Jackie of Giant Squid at BV/Profound Lore SXSW (more by Samantha Marble)
Fight Amp, Giant Squid, East of The Wall and special guests will team up for Translation Loss showcases at North Star Bar in in Philadelphia on 4/20 (with Rosetta) and at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on 4/21 (with special guest TBA). Tickets for both shows are on sale (at the links).
Giant Squid, who released the Cenotes EP last year, is celebrating its vinyl release with these shows. The band currently have no other new releases on the way but their labelmates Fight Amp do...
Studio time is officially booked for our next full-length! Starting April we're recording to 2" tape at Gradwell Studios here in South Jersey, same place we used for our splits with Black Tusk, Kowlloon Walled City, and Ladder Devils. Here come the bummer jams...Or is that boner jams?
Meanwhile, East of the Wall are hitting the road for a string of US dates with Hull and Black Tusk. You can also catch Brett from East of the Wall at Union Pool as part of Argonauts. All tour dates and some video is below.
Rosetta at Gramercy Theater (more by Di Lynn Ring)
The Brooklyn show is one of a few select dates coming up for Rosetta, including an interesting show with Batillus, Restorations, and Sunburster in Philadelphia on 2/10 as part of a celebration of the art of Bruno Guerriero
Decibel Magazine presents the art of Decibel's head designer and chief illustrator Bruno Guerreiro with a special Kung Fu Necktie art show and musical showcase February 10th at 8pm....NYC folks can catch Batillus with the SXSW bound Hull and Mutilation Rites as well as Trenchgrinder at Acheron on March 23rd.
- Collection of original metal and rock show posters
- Original illustrations featured in Decibel
- Other original Bruno Guerreiro works
In other news, King Destroy will welcome their new LP And The Rest will Surely Perish via The Maple Forum this year. In the meantime, if you can't make Saint Vitus, then head to Chaos in Tejas (which is officially on sale) to catch them, and check out their new video for "The Toe" below.
Kevin Baker of All Pigs Must Die @ Power of The Riff (more by Taylor Keahey)
Here is our third and final installment in a series where we asked our favorite artists about their highlights of 2011. This batach includes contributions from members of All Pigs Must Die, Altar of Plagues, Hull, "Grim" Kim Kelly, J.Bennett, Chris Bruni (Profound Lore) and many others. Part 1 is HERE. Part 2 is HERE. Part 3 is below...
photos by Greg Cristman
While Coke Bust/Masakari/Sick Fix/Grudges was tearing down Acheron on 11/19, a much larger show was brewing at Terminal 5 featuring Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang as part of the trio's tour together. Mastodon's set covered their entire recorded output, including newer tracks like "Curl of The Burl" all the way to earlier favorites like "March of The Fire Ants" and, according to the set-list, "Iron Tush" (aka "Iron Tusk").
The sold-out show also featured an appearance from original DEP vocalist Dimitri Minkanakis (now a member of Argonauts) who joined the band on stage for performances of "Sunshine The Werewolf" and the classic "43% Burnt". Video of that is below.
While Argonauts have no upcoming dates, Brett of Argonauts will play Public Assembly on 12/14 with his other project East of The Wall. They'll be joined by Tournament (who play an Acheron benefit tonight with Hull/Naam), Family, and Fashion Week. The band is finishing up their US tour post-the release of their latest LP The Apologist.
Pictures, video and the Mastodon setlist from Terminal 5 is below...
Hull at Red 7 (more by BBG)
Hull is scheduled to join Eyehategod and Doomriders at Europa on 12/4 (tickets), but they'll also play another show a bit sooner. Hull will join Naam, Tournament, and Sannhet for an Acheron benefit show on 11/22 as part of Hull's return back to Brooklyn post-touring with The Fucking Wrath. The show kicks off at 6:30PM with a BBQ (FREE with entry to the show) and the whole thing will only set you back $10. Support DIY and all-ages venues, and get out to Acheron on 11/22!
I'm on a mission. A mission to see as many bands as I can this weekend as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest. The festival hasn't officially kicked off quite yet but will do so in a few hours, so last night (11/3) meant a gang of pre-parties as part of Fun Fun Fun Nites. Those included sets from bands like Ty Segall, Underground Railroad to Candyland, The Coathangers, Ramesh (ex-Voxtrot), and the show that I attended, Toxic Holocaust with Hull, The Fucking Wrath, and Pushmen at Red 7 (as part of the larger Hull/TFW tour).
I missed Pushmen (mems Made Out of Babies, Heartless Bastards, Ratking) and have obviously seen my share of Toxic Holocaust and Hull shows so I won't delve too deeply into my thoughts on either (both were great, and the crowd was especially nutty for the former), but The Fucking Wrath were pretty damn amazing. If Matt Pike forgoed his jaw-dropping finesse and concentrated only on his own punk/Motorhead roots, HoF would sound alot like TFW. Live, TFW definitely up the ante thrown in for their recent Valley Of The Serpent's Soul. More pictures from last night at Red 7 are below.
If you're in Austin, come check us out at Red 7 TONIGHT (11/4) for Doomriders, From Ashes Rise, Touche Amore, Phobia, and much much more as part of the Fun Fun Fun Nites series.
Flyer and more pics below...
photos by Markus Shaffer, words by BBG
Hull @ Mercury Lounge
Hull is currently on the road with The Fucking Wrath, and is also scheduled to play a Fun Fun Fun Fest Nite show in Austin with Toxic Holocaust and Pushmen at Red 7 on 11/3.
Hull have also been added to the previously mentioned Doomriders / Eyehategod show on December 4th at Europa with Knight Terror.
By my count, my CMJ 2011 consisted of 13 metal sets. Not every one was great, but what impressed me overall was the willingness many of the bands displayed to cut across the genre's constrictive sub-borders. Locals Raspberry Bulbs and Tombs--whom I caught, respectively, at Saint Vitus on Tuesday and on Rock Off's East River-faring Jewel on Saturday--each drew on black metal; but while the former spiked the style with grimy punk, the latter took a more expansive and emotive path. Likewise, Norway's Kvelertak (who also played the Jewel) juxtaposed dire metalcore breakdowns with primitive, almost Queens of the Stone Age-ish rock & roll. Best of all, though, was Hull, a local quintet that toggled gracefully between doom and thrash stylings. On Friday night at Union Pool, the band's riffs, ground out by a trio of heavy-bearded six-stringers, rolled forth from the stage like massive boulders, and its stage presence oozed conviction; these were players who had clearly pored over everything from Sabbath to Mastodon, synthesizing their research into epic treatises on the nature of heavy. --Hank ShteamerHere is a second set of pictures from Hull's Mercury Lounge show. They continue below...
photos by Greg Cristman, additional Rwake photos & words by BBG
Rwake / Hull (by Greg Cristman)
"Hey man, I'm Gravy," he said as he shook my hand.
The man was guitarist Kris Graves of Rwake. I wondered whether that nickname came from his abilities as a guitarist and where he is from (the comfort-food lovin' South - specifically Little Rock, Arkansas), or if it was simply a play on his last name. I'd like to think the former, judging by the soulful and unique sludge-doom of Rwake at Mercury Lounge last night (10/10).
Rwake were in town to help celebrate the release of Hull's Beyond The Lightless Sky, out today via The End Records. Though performing as a five-piece due to the absence of keyboardist/vocalist Brittany Fugate (aka "B"), Rwake performed favorites like "Crooked Rivers" next to material from the new record Rest, out now via Relapse. The show, which ended past midnight, was the only current East Coast date for Rwake until a scheduled appearance at MDF.
Hull's focus was Beyond The Lightless Sky, performing the LP in its entirety with assists credited to Sarah of Bezoar, Joe Merolla (Death First), and Fade Kainer (Batillus). Their hour-long set featured tribal drums, synth/noise textures, and (quite clearly) a wall of loud rumbling 4x12s.
Primitive Weapons were the first band of the night after a DJ set from yours truly, bringing their sludge-influenced post-hardcore to a 2/3 packed room that filled significantly by the end of their last overdriven note. Pictures of them, Hull, and Rwake await below...
BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that fresh off of the release of Rest, Little Rock sludge-doom titans Rwake have been added to our show at Mercury Lounge on 10/10, as part of Hull's previously discussed record release party! The show is a rare one-off for Rwake and a prelude to the band's upcoming appearance at MDF. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show as well as MDF tickets, are on sale.
As mentioned, the suprise Rwake visit is part of a celebration of Hull's Beyond The Lightless Sky, the band's new LP due on The End on 10/11. Shortly after the release of the LP, HULL will hit the road for a string of US dates with The Fucking Wrath that will bring them into late November. Full tour schedule is below, along with a full album stream of Rwake's Rest.
ELKS @ Union Pool
While 40 Watt Sun was playing slower somber pieces at Public Assembly on Friday, Elks were headlining Union Pool with Heliotropes and Iron Tides as part of their record release for the Destined for the Sun EP. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Elks have a few tour dates in the coming weeks including a Pop Montreal showcase on 9/22 with Quest For Fire, NAAM, and Burning Love, and the Tee Pee CMJ showcase on 10/21 at Union Pool (which had Hull, who have since dropped off to be replaced with "TBA"). Hull WILL, however, play NYC at Mercury Lounge on 10/10 as part of their own Beyond the Lightless Sky release party presented by BrooklynVegan. Tickets are on sale.
All ELKS tour dates and more pictures below...
Hull at Union Pool on 9/10 (photo by Samantha Marble)
Hull played the final outdoor show of the summer at Union Pool on Saturday (9/10), a free affair with the new look Wizardry, Dead Sands and DJ Misery Creep. The band will lay low for exactly one month, hitting Mercury Lounge on 10/10 for their record release celebration for Beyond The Lightless Sky. More bands will be announced for this show ASAP, but for now, pick up your tickets when they go on sale at noon on Friday 9/16. The show is a BrooklynVegan presentation.
Meanwhile, the band recently wrapped up production on the video for the title track on the new LP. Check out a behind the scenes courtesy of MetalInjection below.
Elks at Le Poisson Rouge (more by Greg Cristman)
The knowledge that they have signed to Tee Pee, recent shows with Pentagram, and some of the band member's decidedly 70s look would indicate that Elks is another retro-leaning band hell-bent on reliving the golden-age of guitar rock. But you'd be wrong, Elks mixes the big bang of early Mastodon-ian riffs with Iron Maiden's melodic gallop and a host of others on their new EP Destined for the Sun due via the label on 9/13. Stream "White Fang Learns to Hate" and "Two Moons of Mars" below. The latter makes its first appearance here. Learn more about the first track in a recent interview with Revolver Magazine.
Elks will play Union Pool on September 16th as part of their Record Release party for the new EP. The band will also play the upcoming Tee Pee CMJ showcase at Union Pool on 10/21 with Hull and The Fucking Wrath. Full tour schedule is below.
In other news, Hull has released a new track from their forthcoming Beyond The Lightless Sky. And Hull will play a FREE show at Union Pool on 9/10 as part of the venue's Summer Thunder series, teaming the Brooklyn five piece with Wizardry. Stream that alongside the new Elks tracks and all tour dates below...