Entries tagged with: I Hate Our Freedom
by Andrew Sacher
Long Island post-hardcore band Sainthood Reps have announced that they'll release a new album, Headswell, the follow-up to their 2011 debut, on October 22 via their new label home, No Sleep Records (Braid, La Dispute). The opening track/first single, "Shelter," opens up like it's going to be a long lost Nirvana single, but then once the vocals come in, it transitions into total hardcore punk attack. Other elements of alt-rock and and a bit of shoegaze/post-rock fill the track out too, making for an anthemic and diverse recall of the '90s. Check it out below, and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order the record. That's the album art above.
As discussed, Sainthood Reps are also touring this year, and they'll play NYC on October 24 at Knitting Factory with I Am the Avalanche, I Hate Our Freedom, and Sad and French. Tickets for that show are still available.
Song stream and album tracklist below...
photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore
Future of the Left at Europa 6/17/2012
The identity of the "super-secret headliners" at last night's Saint Vitus (6/18) show was spoiled the preceding day at Europa -- by a member of the headliners themselves.
"We'll be playing tomorrow night at Saint Vitus!" thundered Andy "Falco" Falkous of the ex-Mclusky quirk-punks Future of the Left during their Sunday night gig at Europa. Wales's FOTL, who recently released their third full-length The Plot Against Common Sense (stream it), drew on a trio of local powers for support: Freshkills, With Knives, and I Hate Our Freedom.
When Brooklyn's excellent Freshkills opened the show at 9pm, it looked as though the "secret" gig might remain that way. They delivered their warbling post-punk to an appreciative but sparse audience.
With Knives features Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy and The Damned Things on guitar and vocals. The band serves mostly as a showcase for Trohman's surprisingly extensive chops. His soloing carried their set, despite his noticeable frustration with his gear.
By the time I Hate Our Freedom took the stage, Vitus had filled to near capacity. Their post-hardcore (the black bangs kind, not the buzz cut kind) affectations seemed slightly errant at Vitus, but their delivery befitted their professional pedigree--IHOF features members of Thursday and Texas Is the Reason, among others.
When I think of Future of the Left, one word comes to mind: efficient. The four-piece have mastered musical economy: the songs are short, the guitars are cropped (Falkous often plays a four-stringed SG), and the members are happy to switch instruments when necessary. But FOTL are master showmen, too. Falkous laid about with his acid tongue throughout the evening -- belittling the audience for their lack of athleticism, demanding "more exact heckling," and accusing his own keyboard of racism. Their set, which included three Mclusky tunes ("To Hell With Good Intentions," "Without MSG I Am Nothing," and "Lightsaber Cocksucking Blues"), ended with a fan-friendly deconstruction of the band's gear and drum kit.
Future of the Left will play a free gig with Freskhkills tonight (6/19) at Generation Records. Pictures from Saint Vitus last night and Europa from the night prior (with Me You Us Them and Bomb The Music Industry) are below.
Future of The Left's gear lands at Saint Vitus (via Squish 108)
BV-SXSW alums Future of The Left played Europa last night(6/17), burning through material from their current LP The Plot Against Common Sense as well as McClusky favorites like "Lightning Cocksucker Blues". If you missed out then you can catch the Welsh band at one of TWO surprise shows! The first goes down TONIGHT (6/18) at Saint Vitus. The band will be joined by I Hate our Freedom, With Knives and Freshkills. Tickets for that tonight's show are on sale.
The second FOTL show will take place at Generation Records on Tuesday (6/19), will also feature Freshkills, and is free/open to the public.
Last week, FOTL premiered a new video for "I Am the Least of Your Problems" on Rolling Stone. Check it out, along with a list of all dates below...
photos by Jason House
West Village record store Generation Records celebrated Record Store Day 2011 by releasing two new records (Off! and Bouncing Souls, both "Live At Generation Records"), and with a day full of in-store performances by Obits, I Hate Our Freedom, The Jay Vons, and Spa Castles. There were also DJ Sets from Yo La Tengo, Tom Scharpling (WFMU's Best Show), and Eric Davidson (and a special appearance by Fred Armisen who also played a secret set before Joan as Policewoman at Mercury Lounge two nights earlier) during the afternoon of 4/16. J Edward Keyes reports that, "Obits [turned] in a great all-covers Record Store Day set at Generation w. special guests: Ira & Georgia from Yo La Tengo!" You can see the action in the pictures from the whole day, above and below.
Obits play NYC again on Wednesday, and they'll play covers again, but this time at Union Pool as part of a tribute to Brendan of Orphan with Krallice, Mira Bilotte (of White Magic & Quix*o*tic), and Dope Body. Tickets are available at the door, and all proceeds go back to Brendan's family. Bands will be playing reworked material by Orphan, other Brendan material, and possibly some of their own material as well.
More pictures from Generation Records, below...
Obits @ the Bell House Saturday night
Obits celebrated the release of their new record with a Brooklyn show at the Bell House on Saturday night. Some video evidence lies below. Those up in Northampton can catch the band Thursday night as they tour up to Canada. Their full list of tour dates is below.
Later this month you can catch Obits help pay tribute to Brendan Majewski in Brooklyn, though don't expect Obits songs if you go to that April 20th Union Pool show (though maybe they'll play some).
Do expect Obits songs though at the NYC gig Obits is playing even sooner. You can catch them for free (but you should buy a record while you're there) at Generation Records on April 16th aka Record Store Day with The Jay Vons (mems Reigning Sound, Robbers On High Street), I Hate Our Freedom (mems of Texas Is The Reason, Thursday), and Spa Castles. DJ sets from Tom Scharpling from WFMU will sweeten the deal, and the shindig kicks off at 1PM (doors at 11AM). The show will also double as a release party for The Bouncing Souls' "Live At Generation Records" 12-inch and OFF!'s "Live At Generation Records" 7-inch.
More details, all dates and those Bell House videos, below...
Sick Of It All at Gramercy (more by Chris Roque)
Sick Of It All have announced: "OK NYC! March 26th @ Webster Hall, Our 25th Anniversary Show with very special guests SNAPCASE!!! Brooklyn's finest MERAUDER and N.J.'s RAZORBLADE HANDGRENADE! Tickets go on sale Feb. 11th! Spread the word!!!" This show comes after Sick Of It All return from a string of dates in South America. It is currently Snapcase's only date, so make sure and jump on that... they ruled Fun Fun Fun Fest.
In other punk news, veterans Subhumans and MDC will team up to play Santos Party House on April 1st. Tickets go on sale at noon on 2/4. Citizen Fish, which features members of Subhumans, will welcome their new LP Goods via Alternative Tentacles on 3/1/11.
Three weeks prior, the venue will host Samiam with I Hate Our Freedom and I'm With Cupid. Tickets are on sale for the March 11th show.
All SOIA dates, and some video is below.
Rival Schools have announced their new LP, Pedals, due on March 8th via Photo Finish/Atlantic. The release will be celebrated that day at Santos Party House as part of a short stint of tour dates for the band. Ticket info is forthcoming. Dates are below.
Pedals is currently up for pre-order at the band's site in various different incarnations (Rival Schools shoes? wow). The band also has a new video from the LP, for "Shot After Shot", which you can watch below.
Meanwhile, Sammy Siegler's old band Glassjaw were the secret guest headliner at Knitting Factory on Sunday (12/12) for the Sons Modern Holiday Party which also featured Unearthly Trance and Ultrageist. Much like they did last year at Maxwell's, Glassjaw's appearance was unannounced as they have a second upcoming show in the near future, January 1st at the sold-out Best Buy Theater. Pictures from the Brooklyn show are in this post.
Glassjaw/Thursday/Acid Tiger member side-project United Nations doesn't have any dates coming up, but both Acid Tiger and Thursday have some.
I Hate Our Freedom is another now-active Thursday side-project. Or to be more specific, they are Joseph Grillo (GARRISON, GOD FIRES MAN) Justin Scurti (MILHOUSE), Scott Winegard (TEXAS IS THE REASON, HOUSE & PARISH) and Tucker Rule (THURSDAY). I Hate Our Freedom plays Maxwell's on Thursday, 12/16 with Something About Death Or Dying who are "a new hardcore band featuring The Gaslight Anthem guitarist Alex Rosamilia."
Tucker Rule has also been playing drums in Murphy's Law lately. Maybe you'll see him behind the kit when Murphy's Law plays Trash Bar on New Years Eve with THE KRAYS, YUPPICIDE, SETBACK, CAUGHT IN A TRAP, and RUNNY.
Rival Schools' last NYC show was opening for Gaslight Anthem at Radio City Music Hall. A set of pictures from their set at that show is in this post too.
More Glassjaw pictures from Knitting Factory (sorry, none of Unearthly Trance or Ultrageist) and all Rival Schools tour dates, pictures and videos, below.
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
"This is the first night of our European tour," Dave Verellen said as Narrows took the stage a shade past 11PM at Cake Shop on 4/24. As the first date of their tour before the band shipped off tour Europe, I guess he was technically right. The NYC show almost didn't happen though; guitarist Jodie Cox resides in the UK and was delayed due to the volcanic ash in Europe. But the hardcore gods were smiling upon the sweaty basement at Cake Shop, and molten magma could not stop the destruction to come.
Narrows was on point. The instrumental portion of the band were noisy and powerful, furious and tight - you would never know their members live on different continents. Over it all, ex-Botch mainman Verellen spent a good portion of the show leaning on the front row of the crowd. He spent the second portion doubled over and screaming his lungs out. There is a reason why some consider him to have one of the greatest voices in hardcore.
The BV/1000 Knives show also featured the badass Acid Tiger (celebrating their new LP, and with guitarist Jim Carroll of HopeCon on second guitar), the post-hardcore stylings of I Hate Our Freedom, and antisocial grind greats Psychic Limb. All four bands executed well, with Acid Tiger sounding particularly huge with the addition of the second guitarist.
Pics and tons of video from the show below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Errortype:11 - "Better Than The Superbowl" (MP3)
Post-hardcore/emo-y NYCers, Errortype:11 will play a reunion show at Mercury Lounge on August 8th with Joshua English (ex. Six Going On Seven), and I Hate Our Freedom. Tickets are on sale. Pilot To Gunner was also originally scheduled to play the show, but has cancelled.
"Errortype: Eleven was formed in 1998 shortly after the demise of World's Fastest Car, the Walter Schreifels-led band [Arthur Shepherd, Guitar] had joined the year before. Over the years, band members included Phil Hanratty, Adam Marino (Saetia), Scott Martin, Erik Matheu, Keith Moore, Sammy Siegler (CIV, Gorilla Biscuits, many others), and Ty Krek. ET11 released their S/T debut as well as their follow-up, Amplified to Rock, on Schriefels's imprint Some Records, with the The Crank EP appearing on (you guessed it) Crank in 1999. The band toured the US and UK and eventually split in 2002 when Phil Hhanratty left the band. The remaining members went on to form Instruction with Tom Capone (Quicksand)Walter Schreifels has a few shows of his own coming up: one "solo" show going down on June 17th at The Studio @ Webster Hall (tickets now on sale), and a short tour in Rival Schools with Eagles Of Death Metal including Webster Hall on August 6th (tickets here).