Entries tagged with: Indecision
by Doug Moore
Ryan Lipynsky w/ Unearthly Trance, 2010 (more by Markus Shaffer)
Unearthly Trance were one of my favorite New York metal bands during their decade-long run -- they combined doom, sludge, black metal, and psychedelic weirdness with an uncommon degree of songwriting sophistication. Though all three members still work together in Serpentine Path, UT's 2012 breakup was a serious bummer for me.
Former UT frontman Ryan Lipynsky -- who also plays in the excellent black metal band The Howling Wind -- is now singing and playing guitar in a project called Force & Fire, which also features members of the classic New York hardcore band Indecision. Of all of Lipynsky's many non-UT projects, this new act bears the strongest similarity to his former band's later work. Like Unearthly Trance, Force & Fire play comparatively up-tempo doom that balances warbling dissonance with genuine hooks; it's a real pleasure to hear Lipynsky's excellent clean singing and hard-fought guitar solos bubble to the surface again. You can stream their under-the-radar 2013 demo below.
Force & Fire will be putting in a live NYC appearance on March 1 at Saint Vitus Bar alongside the great Boston sludge/crust crew Morne (who just announced a European tour) and locals Iron Force. Tickets are on sale now. This one should be a rager.
Stream the Force & FIre demo below...
Paul of Kill Your Idols/Deathcycle/Black Anvil at Acheron (more by Rebecca Reed)
After releasing the full lineup for Black & Blue Bowl with Judge and immediately selling out, a second Judge show was announced for May 19th that featured many bands in the TBA column. Now those holes have been filled via a video trailer for the fest. Look for appearances from Kill Your Idols (!), Crown of Thornz, Indecision, Overthrow (LIHC), Bitter End, Strength Approach, Blind Justice and Coldside. Tickets are on sale online, or in person at Generation Records, NYHC Tattoo and Lotus Tattoo.
Check out the video trailer below.
"Finally, sad skinny guys get a chance to mosh hard without fearing for broken bones or glasses." -- Anonymous concertgoer, American Nightmare, July 22
Friday (7/20) and Sunday night (7/22) at Webster Hall, Cold Cave's Wes Eisold rejoined former American Nightmare (Give Up the Ghost) bandmates for sold out shows at the large NYC venue. I went Sunday when the hardcore legends were supported by Damnation A.D., New Lows, and Prurient, the solo noise project of the other half of Cold Cave, Dominick Fernow (who also played Saint Vitus on the night before). The Friday show, which is pictured in this post, was opened by Horror Show and Indecision.
Thanks to the band's cult following, the grand ballroom at Webster remained packed with aggressively enthusiastic concertgoers from start to finish. American Nightmare was never known (or loved, for that matter) for sticking to the hardcore tradition. No doubt more than one "sad skinny guy" or girl in attendance received a bit of ribbing from their more stalwart hardcore friends when they told them where they were headed that night (I know I did). What American Nightmare fans lack in tough guy cred, they make up for with unrivaled passion and dedication to their pack.
Prurient kicked off the night to a flurry of confused looks and awkward shuffles as he unleashed his signature sonic assault on the audience. Though it was an obvious divergence from the typical "hardcore show" tone, a fair number of concertgoers seemed interested in Fernow's performance.
Damnation A.D. and New Lows brought the moshers into the fold and set the night on the fast track for the crazed American Nightmare set to follow. For all their heavy riffs and breakdowns, the two supporting bands couldn't hold a candle to the fervor that the headliners incited when they came onstage. From above, the crowd appeared less as a group of individuals and more a military outfit acting in chaotic unison: not one lyric went unsung, no finger point went up alone.
More pictures from Friday, and videos and the setlists from both nights, below...
Support for the American Nightmare shows (via)
New Lows have posted the lineups for the pair of Webster Hall dates for the American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost reunion. As pictured above, the sold-out 7/22 show will feature support from Damnation AD (who last played NYC with Unbroken), New Lows and Prurient (who will also play Saint Vitus the night before) while the 7/20 show will feature support from Indecision and Horror Show. Tickets for the latter are still available.
American Nightmare/GUTG recently added a show at FYF Fest in LA alongside Quicksand and many notable others.
words by Lauren Jackson, photos by Shaun Regan
Rorschach at LPR - 5/26/12
After a killer set at Maryland Deathfest, Rorschach performed three times in one day this past Saturday (5/26) -- first at ABC No Rio, then in the early evening at Le Poisson Rouge and, finally, at a late night surprise show at Brooklyn's Acheron.
Both later shows were brimming over with enthusiastic fans of Rorschach as well as the supporting bands, especially at Le Poisson Rouge. Much like the venue itself -- polished, cool, even a bit too cool -- so too was the show. Decidedly more star-studded than its later counterpart, the penultimate line-up included noisy newcomers Xaddax (mem Dazzling Killmen), local heroes Indecision and the ever-popular Converge, who played alongside Rorschach to a predictably sold out LPR.
Those in attendance were a curious mix of young and old (see: potbellied old schoolers surrounding a pit of fresh-faced and angsty teenagers). Most of the former faction left before Rorschach took to the stage, obviously drawn to the show less by the legends of both the headliner and Indecision and more by the celebrity of Converge.
Converge acted as a peculiar, if not entirely misplaced, bridge between Rorschach and Indecision. Their younger fan base and undeniably "edgier" aesthetic (frontman Jake Bannon sported a t-shirt for the band Master's Hammer, an obscure and experimental Czech black metal band) added a singular and ever-so-slightly awkward segue between bands. Their performance, however, was as brutal as fans have come to expect of Bannon and company.
In similar fashion, Rorschach delivered the night's crowning performance, bringing the show at LPR to a shrill crescendo. Though one might expect their final performance of the night to be more subdued than the two prior, their set at the Acheron was perhaps more uproarious than at LPR.
The show at the Acheron was significantly more intimate--and more raucous--than the two that came before... and not only because both frontmen of Concrete Cross and Psychic Limb ended up in various states of undress during the night. The true, dedicated, and bedraggled few trekked to Rorschach's final performance of the night, bringing with them an air of camaraderie and familiarity that Le Poisson Rouge lacked.
Characterized by sweat, laughter and grown men in underwear, Rorschach's last hurrah on Saturday was definitely the one everyone should have attended... if not for the striptease, then definitely for the fraternal atmosphere that shows these days too often lack.
More pics from LPR and a video from ABC No Rio are below...
photos by Johnathan McPhail, words by BBG
There's this awkwardness that I love at a hardcore show, the moment when a beloved band plays a new song. It's clear that the crowd wants to dance and go nuts (especially, in the case of Converge who have a rather large hit rate), but no one knows what to do. I can see the Converge-fan's thought process now:
Do I swing my arms now?
Is it time to make the pizzas?
Should I start pacing in circles?
Is this the break?
Is this the end of the song?
That awkwardness happened a few times at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 14th, when the Massachusetts band played with Pianos Become The Teeth, Git Some and Birds in Row. Converge's new tracks, not suprisingly, sounded exactly like you would expect (no left turns on these) and had names like "Aimless Arrow", "No Light Escapes" and "Empty on The Inside". Check out a video of the band performing "No Light Escapes" below. Of course it wasn't all about testing the waters; Converge also broke out the requisite favorites like "Eagles Become Vultures", "Concubine" and "Jane Doe" among many others (setlist below).
The confused Converge-fan will have the ability to get more familiar with the new tracks when the band teams with Rorschach, Indecision & Xaddax at Le Poisson Rouge on May 26th (!). Tickets are still on sale.
"Last time we were in New York was in 1993 and we were supposed to play ABC No Rio. We got there and were told the show was cancelled" - Rob Moran of Unbroken
Santos was definitely not cancelled, and was packed to the brim with Unbroken fans on Saturday 4/9, as the band played one of two remaining gigs left on their schedule (the other being Chaos in Tejas). The two floor extravaganza was also marked by an appearance from Indecision, a reunion of Jesuit, a reunion of Damnation AD, and appearances from Portland's Unrestrained and NYC's Psychic Limb.
Psychic Limb opened the show in the basement of Santos at the clockstrike of 5:45, playing material from their new LP Queens in addition to a cover of Youth of Today's "Wake Up and Live". Mixing fierce grind with hardcore, the packed basement saw singer Brian Montouri thrash about during his unhinged performance... throwing drums & cases, swinging around the monitors, hanging upside down from railings, and whipping around the crowd to incite some movement. Though the audience was mostly stoic (a somewhat deer-in-the-headlights look prevailed) the band delivered a dependably good set.
Unrestrained followed on the bottom floor and was also met with a mostly stoic reaction, though the band's cover of Inside Out's "Burning Fight" provoked the crowd into momentary floorpunching mayhem. The Portland band was clearly tight and well-rehearsed, but we would have to wait until Damnation AD to come on stage before the lid came off.
Damnation AD got the pit moving quickly - there was crowdsurfing, sing-alongs, and movement galore. Vocalist Mike McTernan bloodied himself, bashing the microphone into his head repeatedly until a trickle of crimson started to drip all over the stage. The DC band's hardcore peppered with noise punk was tight and energetic, and featured a return from Colin of Most Precious Blood/Indecision on drums.
After Damnation AD, the show moved to the larger space upstairs for a one-time reunion of Jesuit. The Virginia Beach hardcore band might be (unfairly) known as Nate Newton of Converge/Brian Benoit of Dillinger Escape Plan's previous project. Jesuit was hands-down the most jaw-dropping performance of the night, mixing booming sludge-metal riffs and hardcore with pinpoint accuracy. As usual, Nate Newton was as energetic as ever on stage, but the masses were not as batshit crazy as they were for Damnation AD. Or maybe, hopefully, they were too much in awe. Make sure and pick up the Jesuit discography out tomorrow via Magic Bullet Records and featuring art from Florian Betmer. And if you can make it, try and check out Jesuit at Best Friends Day 2011... it'll be worth the trip.
Indecision was next on the main stage, and followed by Unbroken who tore the place apart by the time they got to their second song "Blanket" from Life. Love. Regret.. Energy and intensity were on full-display from both the band & the crowd. The packed Santos folk brimmed with excitement. Excellent work from the defunct San Diego crew, but to me the night belonged to Jesuit, despite what the moshing masses said to the contrary.
More pictures and some setlists from the whole show, below...
Indecision at Knitting Factory (more by Meghan McInnis)
The previously announced Unbroken show taking place at Santos Party House in April will also host a pair of other notable bands. Indecision and Jesuit have been announced as the support! Still no word on the forthcoming Jesuit discography due on Magic Bullet Records, but we'll keep you informed. FYI, Jesuit featured Nate Newton of Converge/Doomriders.
Unbroken, not to be confused by the new book by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand, will also play Chaos in Tejas in the first week in June, reportedely their last ever show, alongside notables like Autopsy, Doom, D-Clone, Isterismo, Miasmal, Xibalba and many esteemed others.
In somewhat related news, Deathwish band Acid Tiger (featuring Converge/United Nations drummer Ben Koller, and guitarist Lukas Previn (United Nations, Thursday, The A.K.A.s) are opening for Thursday at Starland Ballroom on 12/30 (Thursday also play Terminal 5 on February 17th).
Deathwish-signed band 108 plays Cake Shop on January 8th.
words by BBG, photos by Meghan McInnis
Indecision makes all the ladies get rowdy!
Indecision emerged from slumber to play Knitting Factory, handing out beatdowns in bulk with some help from a supporting cast of Incendiary, Backtrack, Maximum Penalty, and Thirsty! on a Saturday evening (7/10).
No word on the next move for Indecision, but judging by the frequency that they play, expect their Knitting Factory appearance to be their last for a while. Pictures from Knitting Factory are below...
Indecision at Irving Plaza 2008 (photo by Jason Jamal Neklah)
NYC hardcore band Indecision technically threw in the towel in 2000, but since then the band (which contains members of Most Precious Blood, The Judas Factor, Millhouse and others) has periodically gotten back together for one off dates (like they did in 2008). The band is back again and have scheduled an NYC show at Knitting Factory on July 10th with Backtrack, Incendiary, (who are playing Black & Blue Bowl this weekend) and Thirsty!. Tickets are on sale.
Touche Amore killed it last week at Santos (and at Red 7 in March), and will be back again to whip the crowd into a frenzy when they support Strike Anywhere and Bane alongside Lowtaker at Knitting Factory on June 20th. Tickets are on sale.
And finally Off With Their Heads will headline Knitting Factory alongside Dear Landlord, Detournement, and Dirt Bike Annie on June 23rd. Tickets are on sale. OWTH will welcome their new LP and Epitaph debut, In Desolation, via Epitaph Records on June 8th.
Full Off With Their Heads and Strike Anywhere dates are below...