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by Andrew Sacher

Hysterics

Olympia's Hysterics have been circulating the blogosphere for some time now, and for good reason. Their most recent EP, Can't I Live?, is an excellent six-track collection that evokes the best moments of early hardcore but doesn't feel regressive. My personal favorite song on it might be the closing track, "No Vision," which has a similar sense of urgency (and similar guitar riffs) to Nervous Breakdown-era Black Flag, but actually sounds angrier.
I wrote the above about Olympia punks Hysterics when we highlighted them recently and mentioned they had TBA shows planned. Those shows have now been announced. The band will play a few dates in their home state this month, and then before a European tour they'll hit NYC on May 2 at 538 Johnson with Exit Order (who just won us over at their show with Priests), New Crime and Sorrows; and May 3 at Death by Audio with Ajax (mems of Creem, Nuclear Spring) and God Mode (not to be confused with the record label).

All of their dates are listed, with a stream of the Can't I Live? EP, below...

Continue reading "Hysterics touring, playing 2 NYC shows, one w/ Exit Order"

by Andrew Sacher

Plague Vendor

Now that SXSW is behind us, life is back from spending most of the day in Austin venues to spending way too much time on the internet. In what ended up being a pretty nice coincidence, two killer punk songs were released this week, and in my time back in front of a screen, I came across a few other (slightly older) ones as well. So as sort of a weekend kick-off, here's five quick and dirty songs you can get down to:

PLAGUE VENDOR: Somehow this band is playing Warped Tour, but don't let that turn you off. They are 1000x better than 99% of the bands playing and nothing like any of them. Plague Vendor make raw, psych-y garage punk with a shouty vocalist that belongs in a grimy basement sooner than it belongs on the same stage as this. Their debut LP, Free to Eat, comes out on April 15 via Epitaph and you can hear its lead single "Black Sap Scriptures" in the blurry music video below.

HARD GIRLS: These guys are all also in Classics of Love, backing former Operation Ivy singer Jesse Michaels (one of Jesse's best post-Op Ivy bands IMO), and they're at least as good without Jesse too. Their next record, A Thousand Surfaces, comes out June 24 via Asian Man, and its first single "Plan," is the kind of scrappy melodic punk that their labelmates Joyce Manor make. Far too unpolished to call "pop punk," but it's definitely catchy stuff. Listen below.

Arctic Flowers
Arctic Flowers

ARCTIC FLOWERS: Portland's Arctic Flowers put out their sophomore album Weaver last month via Deranged Records (formerly home to White Lung, Eagulls, etc). It's a great mix of stripped down punk and the darker textures of goth and post-punk, and it's highly melodic too. Hard to pick a favorite song, but take a listen to Weaver's title track below and stream/purchase the entire album here. They've also got two shows coming up -- Portland on 3/27 with LA garage punks Neighborhood Brats and a New York's Alright afterparty on 4/19 at Saint Vitus with Survival, Human Particle, La Cruor and more TBA.

BRAIN F≠: The North Carolina band (whose name is actually pronounced "Brain Flannel") released their newest album, Empty Set, last month via Grave Mistake (Big Eyes, Night Birds). The female/male dual lead vocals are in constant tradeoff over speedy power chords and a drummer who's in constant attack mode. Get a taste of the record with its minute+ opener, "Dry," below and stream/purchase the whole thing here.

HYSTERICS: Lastly, Olympia's Hysterics have been circulating the blogosphere for some time now, and for good reason. Their most recent EP, Can't I Live?, is an excellent six-track collection that evokes the best moments of early hardcore but doesn't feel regressive. My personal favorite song on it might be the closing track, "No Vision," which has a similar sense of urgency (and similar guitar riffs) to Nervous Breakdown-era Black Flag, but actually sounds angrier. Listen to that one below, and check out the whole EP at the M'Lady's bandcamp. Hysterics are planning TBA NYC shows for May 2 and 3. Stay tuned.

All song streams below...

Continue reading "5 new-ish punk songs to listen to: Plague Vendor, Hard Girls, Arctic Flowers, Brain F≠ and Hysterics"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Damaged City Fest

DC's Damaged City Fest has been announced for middle April, with some overlap of bands scheduled for NYC's punk fiesta New York's Alright. Look for names like Culo, Coke Bust, Double Negative, Dropdead, No Tolerance (who's members play with Rival Mob soon), Negative Approach, Night Birds, Prisoner Abuse, Tenement and many many more. Full lineup for the festival, scheduled to take place at long-time DIY space St. Stephen's Church on April 12 and 13, is below. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Wisconsin band Tenement, look for them to hit Grand Victory on April 11 with touring partners Night Birds, Marvin Berry & The New Sound and Dipers. Tickets are on sale. Stream a few Tenement songs, including their split with Culo, below.

In other news, Night Birds are prepping a new split for Fat Wreck Chords. Look for the four-song EP Maimed for the Masses via the label on May 7, with the title track providing a primer for the band's forthcoming LP Born To Die In Suburbia due on Grave Mistake this summer.

In more punk news, for a taste of what' you're in for at New York's Alright 2013, head to 285 Kent tonight (2/1) where Who Killed Spikey Jacket? will team with Sad Boys, Perdition, Goosebumps and Murderer. Four of the five bands scheduled for tonight will perform at the festival which happens in April.

Check out the DCFest lineup, as well as song streams, below.

Continue reading "Damaged City Fest tix on sale (Dropdead, Negative Approach, more), Night Birds ready LP/7" ++ more punk news"

Dawn of Humans at 285 Kent, December 2012 (more by Lukas Hodge)

After teasing us with a promise of an "international punk and hardcore" fest in NYC, organizers have announced New York's Alright 2013. The festival will happen April 18 - 21 in NYC and will feature everything from local favorites like Perdition, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, to names like Double Negative, Culo, Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Stagnation, The Rival Mob, Hoax, and many many more. Full lineup announcement is below, individual show lineups and venues are still TBA.

Both Hoax and Warthog, who are on board for the NYC fest, play with Inmates at Acheron on January 12.

Full statement regarding New York's Alright is below.

Continue reading "Punk festival 'New York's Alright' announced for April (line-up)"