Entries tagged with: Iron Lung
by Andrew Sacher
Into It. Over It. at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Mimi Hong)
Evan Weiss is just about everywhere in the emo world right now, whether it's in Into It. Over It., Their/They're/There (with Mike Kinsella), Pet Symmetry, Stay Ahead of the Weather, or any other active band we may be forgetting, or producing records for The Jazz June and You Blew It!, or running his record label. He bridges the gap between old school and new school as far as his tourmates go, and sometimes you'll find him somewhere totally un-emo like Lollapalooza.
One of his most beloved bands though, is one who only put out one full length and two EPs in the early-mid 2000s before breaking up, The Progress. Their sole LP, 2006's Merit, was keeping the indie rock-oriented mathy style of '90s emo alive way before it was trendy to do that. It's one of the true gems to have come out during emo's (for lack of better words) "hair metal phase." And now it looks like The Progress may be reuniting.
In November, Absolute Punk pointed to to a tweet from Evan that reads "oh yeah, that thing i confirmed is a show. for a band that hasn't played a show in 7 years" and hashtagged "US Camera." That was pretty convincing on its own, but now Evan has posted a show announcement confirming a show for December 30 at Boot & Saddle in Philly with the caption "take the hint" and a show flyer that looks suspiciously similar to the Merit artwork. Hint taken. The only technically announced bands for that bill are Sleep In and Dryjacket. Tickets are on sale now. If it is in fact a Progress show, let's hope it's not the only one!
Meanwhile, Evan has given us a list of his favorite LPs and EPs of 2014. It's a cool, diverse list ranging from ambient pop to powerviolence, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Into It. Over It. also has an upcoming solo tour with Kevin Devine and Laura Stevenson (doesn't hit NYC), and he recently put out the video for "Spinning Thread" (dir. Max Moore) from last year's Intersections LP. Watch that, with his year-end list, some Progress song streams and the Philly show flyer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nothing brought their tour with Superheaven to NYC this past weekend for a headlining show at The Studio at Webster Hall (6/14) with UnWed. The band were in typically great form, thrashing around on stage to their heavy shoegaze, and singer/guitarist Nicky Palermo launched himself into the crowd on more than one occasion.
Nothing have since announced that they'll join the previously announced Ceremony / Iron Lung tour, including the FREE NYC show happening July 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That is a hard triple bill to pass up for $0.
Nothing also recently filmed an Audiotree session. Watch that, with the list of updated tour dates, below...
Ceremony at FFF Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
California punks Ceremony are finally getting ready to record the followup to 2012's Zoo, and though details on that are still sparse, the band did just announce a lengthy summer tour. The tour includes a run with Seattle powerviolence duo Iron Lung (which should actually be a pretty great pairing considering Ceremony's PV roots) which hits NYC on July 18 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That show, like all BKNB shows, is free.
All dates are listed, with some great live videos of both bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bay Area hardcore band No Statik released their debut album, Everywhere You Aren't Looking, back in 2012 via Prank Records, and now they're set to follow it with a new record, Unity and Fragmentation, on December 4 via Iron Lung Records (who also released their 2010 7"). Its first single, "The Owl," misleadingly starts as a mid-tempo punk song, until they fade out the recording and come back for a 90-ish second blast of raw hi-speed fury. Check out the song below.
No Statik will also be heading on an east coast/southeast tour in late December into January. Some of the venues are still TBA, but we do know that they'll come to NYC for a show on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Acheron with local punk openers Nomad, La Misma, and Grudges. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and flyer for the NYC show, below...
Infest @ 1100 Warehouse (more by Fred Pessaro)
Destruction Unit at Cheer Up Charlies (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Kromosom on the Lamar Bridge (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chaos in Tejas 2013 has come to a close, taking over Austin for four days across multiple venues and featuring bands as varied as Andy Stott, Kromosom and Framtid. If you missed it, live through the experience in pictures by checking out photos of The Damned and The Marked Men at 1100 Warehouse and The UV Race at Red 7 on 5/30; DIIV, Deep Time, Survive and more at Mohawk; Bolt Thrower , Full of Hell, Iron Lung and more on 5/31.
Wait, there's more: check out pics of The Men, Merchandise, Total Control and more at Cheer Up Charlie's; Framtid, Crudos, Criminal Damage, Akitsa and more on 6/1; and Infest, Manilla Road, Mind Eraser, Rival Mob and more Day 4 (6/2) coverage.
Sub Pop 1000, the Record Store Day compilation with tracks from Peaking Lights, Iron Lung, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Starred, My Disco, and others that we recommended in our RSD2013 guide, is streaming now on Pitchfork.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
Los Crudos in Chicago earlier this year (more by Carmelo Espanola)
The great Los Crudos have returned to the stage off and on since initially splitting in 1998, most recently in Chicago for a pair of shows (pics/review). Now comes word that "That Spic Band" will return from slumber yet again to play Chaos in Tejas, their first appearance at the festival since 2008. The band is scheduled to play one more US date, the This is Not A Step festival in the Bay Area on June 28 - 30 happening at and benefiting DIY space 924 Gilman, featuring The Body, Iron Lung, No Statik, Talk is Poison and more.
Los Crudos recently played a string of dates in South America in addition to that doubleheader in Chicago in March 2nd. Check out video of full sets from both shows, along with a video of their 2008 appearance at Chaos in Tejas, below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Finnish punk crew Terveet Kadet will headline Saint Vitus on May 23, joining Iron Lung (who just played DBA), Massgrav, Wake and Lotus Fucker (tickets). The show is part of Terveet Kadet's campaign toward Maryland Deathfest and on to Chaos in Tejas, dates of which are below. Stream some material while you're down there.
Two big reminders for this weekend... Evil Army will play Acheron tonight (4/5, tickets). If you missed the Invisible Oranges stream, then get over to check out their latest ripping 7"... its a doozy.
Also, as mentioned before, Zozobra & Kowloon-Walled City are touring together as part of an IO-sponsored trek, and the bands will play Saint Vitus on Saturday (4/6) with The Austerity Program. Tickets are still available. If you missed it, we interviewed Caleb of Zozobra/Cave In fame on Invisible Oranges.
Writer Laina Dawes will celebrate the release of her new book, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal with a show at Saint Vitus on April 15, enlisting Tamar-kali, Militia Vox and Kudisan Kai for live sets. I am happy to report that I (Fred Pessaro) will join my friend Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork) to help DJ the event. Entry is free and open to the public (21+) and donations will be accepted at the door for the bands. Make it out if you can. WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal is out now via Bazillion Points.
All Evillive approved shows for the next two weeks are listed, along with a flyer for the book launch and a few song streams, below.
What did I miss?
photos by Keith Marlowe, words by Fred Pessaro
Iron Lung at DbA, 3/30/2013
Seattle powerviolence duo Iron Lung have been out on the road for close to a month now, playing dates with Dream Decay including Saturday at Death by Audio (3/30) in Brooklyn, NY. Support at the show came from the trio of Brain Slug, the always amazing Shoxx (now with a pair of guitarists) and the crusty No Tomorrow. The show was one of the first NYC dates for Shoxx since drummer Elsner Nino departed to join Merchandise.
One of the biggest disappointments of the evening was amplifier hum on Jon Kortland's guitar, not so much that it hindered the Iron Lung's performance, but that the first half wasn't peppered with drummer Jensen Ward's dry & sarcastic jokes in between songs. That changed as the evening rolled on, and the band's start-stops and thundering blasts surpassed the razor-sharp onstage wit.
Dream Decay was the most surprising act of the evening, channelling noise rock and Swans-y no-wave into a single slithering, feedback drenched pummel. Drummer/vocals are at the center of this Seattle band's sound, which also featured a saxophone to add Contortion-y squeals over top of it all. Fans of Pissed Jeans and Swans, take note.
Iron Lung are touring in support of White Glove Test, the band's new LP that comes in three versions: the regular LP, a companion noise LP and a combination of the two. Dream Decay also has a new LP, N V N V N V, out now via Iron Lung Records. Stream both below and get hard copies on the road, or snag a digital of both LPs at the Iron Lung bandcamp.
More pics from Saturday's show at DbA are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Couple of important changes to note: Psychic Limb has been added to Floor/Thrones show at Saint Vitus on March 29, and tickets are still available but not for long. Call of the Void's previously discussed show has been moved to Left Field on March 25 (87 Ludlow).
Russian Circles at Saint Vitus is now sold out! Hope you got tickets.
Is KEN Mode responsible for the Brooklynization of metal? Check out the article, which neglects to mention the fact that Pitchfork covered metal for years before writer Brandon Stosuy moved the column to Stereogum.
Grind and Punishment has a must-read oral history on the great Anodyne.
That's it for this week. A list of all Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks, a stream of all of the new Iron Lung, along with streams of new Altar of Plagues and Uncle Acid, are below
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
The Damned at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chaos in Tejas has announced yet another round of bands, including The Damned, Gehenna (who play next weekend in NYC with Catharsis), Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Rival Mob, New Zealand's The Bats, Andy Stott, Power Trip, Hoax (who play NYC this weekend), Iceage (who have a new song/tour coming), Anhedonist, Akitsa, Parquet Courts and many more. Full list of names are below, which join the previously announced names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, Abigail, Integrity, Iron Lung (who play DBA soon), Final Conflict, Manilla Road, Merchandise, Milk Music, Total Control, and many many more.
The announcement comes on the same day that passes for the Austin festival, which happens May 30 - June 2, go on sale. Passes are on sale.
Jensen with Walls at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Iron Lung will team with Dreamdecay, Brain Slug and Shoxx as part a rager set for March 30 at Death by Audio. $8 gets you in.
So far additional dates have not been announced, though Jensen of Iron Lung is confirmed to serve as a member of Society Nurse (with members of his other project Walls and others), when the band plays with Vile Gash, Slices and more at Acheron on January 19. Tickets are on sale, or you can buy them with a limited bundle with Catharsis ticket for later that night.
In other news, Shoxx, who you might have seen at 285 Kent over the weekend, play Acheron on January 5 with No Power Swaath and In School. The band's drummer Elsner Nino played with Merchandise on both nights of their 285 Kent shows (New Year's Eve included) as their newly-appointed member.
Head below for new Iron Lung streams, as well as a Society Nurse video.
Chaos in Tejas 2013 (5/30 - 6/2) expands yet again with some mammoth additions to their lineup! Among today's announcements are names like Framtid (from Japan, playing their first and only US show!), Infest (who are also playing MDF), Total Control, the Men, Iron Lung, the Marked Men, Effluxus, Absu, Mammoth Grinder, Mitochondrion, Screaming Females, Step Forward, UV Race, Wiccans and Wrathprayer.
Full lineup so far is below, with 100+ bands still TBA. The announcement comes on the heels of last month's batch of bands that included Bolt Thrower, Final Conflict, Abigail, Manilla Road, and more. Ticketing info for the weekend are forthcoming.
Check out the current Chaos lineup, as well as releated video, below.
Merchandise at Mouse Trap in Chicago last month (more by Jimmy Forabi)
Merchandise's Children of Desire has been on heavy rotation since the LP dropped a few months ago via Katorga Works (download it for free). When not on the road, the band has been busy releasing tons of videos from the effort, including the recently released "Time." That video, along with some streams and more videos from the album are available below.
The only East Coast dates that Merchandise have scheduled at the moment are a few in their native Florida. One of those shows is the impeccably curated 305 Fest featuring names like Bastard Noise, Iron Lung, Dropdead (who played Europa recently), Torche, Floor, Mauser, Full of Hell, Black Mayonnaise, Fistula, and so many more. Full lineup is below and tickets for the fest are on sale.
All Merchandise dates, videos, streams, and the 305 Fest lineup is below...
DOWNLOAD:Noisear - "Endless Reincarnation" (MP3)
Unearthly Trance at Saint Vitus (more by Greg Cristman)
Unearthly Trance shows are few and far between nowadays, but the band will awaken from their live slumber to play Acheron on March 1st as part of a bill that includes The Communion, Water Torture, and Syphilitic Lust. $8 gets you in the door. Check out the flyer below.
Horseback has completed their new LP Half Blood due via Relapse this Spring. Details are limited so far, but Roadburn has more details about the record and its "amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors." Yep, sounds like a Horseback record!
Check out a new Noisear track from their upcoming three-way split with Antigama and The Kill above. The track features vocals by Mitchell Luna of ex-Maruta fame.
Perdition will join Varix, Murderer and Sad Boys at Heaven Street Records TONIGHT (2/3). Door entry will cost you zilch and beers will cost you a dollar. Sounds like a winning night of furious, crusty punk to me.
Drainland will share a split 7" with Crows due on Suburban Mayhem Records. Stream the material from that release below.
One interesting and important footnote to the upcoming Behold the Arctopus show at Saint Vitus on Feb 24th... Support will come from Mindless Blasting and Geryon, two bands which feature Mick Barr with Nondor Nevai and Nick McMaster with Lev Weinstein respectively. Basically, a night of Krallice-related projects... should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.
No NYC dates, but Ringworm, Cancer Bats & Primitive are touring from Ohio to SXSW and then back to Ohio together. OFF! were also recently announced on the SXSW lineup.
Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tickets went on sale earlier today.
Saturday's Ceremony, Pissed Jeans, The Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc, Gods and Queens show @ Le Poisson Rouge is now sold out.
Converge announced a tour.
YOB recently visited NJ with Tool. Right before that, they headlined their own show in Chicago with Anatomy of Habit and an opening set by YOB's Mike Scheidt who is going to release a solo album this year on Thrill Jockey. BV Chicago has pics from the Chicago show.
A list of suggested NYC shows with song streams, the "Beaten & Left Blind" video by Landmine Marathon, and a set of European SUNN O))) tour dates, below...
Jensen Ward of Walls on stage with Iron Lung at Chaos in Tejas (more by BBG)
Walls (mems Cold Sweat/Iron Lung) will hit the road for a string of West Coast dates with Aussies True Radical Miracle in the next week. The shows are celebration of both band's new releases due on Iron Lung Records (home of Total Control, Dead Language, Kim Phuc, Iron Lung, etc). Full tour schedule and flyer are below.
Both Walls and True Radical Miracle will welcome said releases, the new The Future is Wide Open LP and the Termites LP respectively, via their label on February 2nd or at the merch table on the previously discussed dates (EU fans, head to De Graan Republiek to get your copy). Stream the first four tracks from EACH LP below; fans of noisy, nihilistic hardcore will dig Walls while TRM contains strains of everything from post-hardcore, garage, noise, punk, and everything in between. Both are definitely recommended.
Total Control, who released Henge Beat via Iron Lung last year, was named one of our favorite LPs of 2011.
Stream that new Walls and True Radical Miracle material below, alongside more streams and all tour dates.
photos by Chris Boarts Larson, words by BBG
While a rain (and wind) delay is shutting down our city currently, a rain delay only shoved back set times by an hour at the final show of Best Friends Day 2011 on Sunday (8/21) at the Bike Lot. Featuring a headlining appearance from Corrosion of Conformity, Victims, Iron Lung, Magrudergrind, Little Ozzy and Dry Spell, the show also featured the final performance from the reunited Jesuit who played NYC in April.
Magrudergrind will hit NYC with Despise You at Shea Stadium on 9/11 as part of their tour together.
Disma at Union Pool last year (more by BBG)
Save the date folks. August 6th will unleash the most holiest of lineups as part of a record release for Disma's brand new tower of destruction, Towards The Megalith (due via Profound Lore in July). Disma will celebrate their record release at Saint Vitus with the return of Coffinworm (!), an exclusive east coast appearance from Loss (who I recently interviewed), and the mega-destructive Oak from Baltimore (who killed it at MDF)! Ticketing information is forthcoming, but the show will be $15 and kick off at 8PM. More details as they come available. The show is one of a few scheduled for Coffinworm this summer, and one of only two East Coast dates so far.
Dark Castle at Scion Rock Fest (more by Adam Murray)
There are a few must-see shows this summer, and Yob/Dark Castle/Batillus (yep! thats right... Batillus just added) is definitely one of them. The trifecta of doom killers at Le Poisson Rouge on July 12th is one of the biggest doom shows of the year, as the Yob/Dark Castle tour checks into the tri-state area as part of a larger US tour that preceeds a European one. Tickets are still available. Both Yob and Dark Castle played Scion Rock Fest (the former in 2010, the latter in 2011) and if you missed the LA show (like I did) then live vicariously through videos of the band at the fest, which make their debut below.
Batillus play NYC again 11 days later (7/23) with Mutilation Rites and Phantom Glue at Saint Vitus. The tour is part of a larger set of dates for Batillus & Mutilation Rites in celebration of their split 7" with Shinebox Recordings. All tour dates are below.
Painkiller have a few new releases including the new Scapegoat LP, the Brutal Supremacy 2x7" (with Mind Eraser, Hatred Surge, Scapegoat), a Stab cassette, and various represses by Vaccine and others. Check the webstore for more details, and download tracks from those releases above. In addition, Painkiller also has a new 7" by Put To Death, which features members of Mind Eraser and Hatred Surge playing "some good old fashioned No Comment style PV".
Pollution has called it quits. Bum. Out.
Sourvein have a new LP in Black Fangs (out now) , and the band will hit the road for a string of dates that will include Saint Vitus on July 8th. Full tour schedule is below.
More suggested NYC shows, tour dates and videos below...
photos by Tim Griffin & BBG, words by BBG
An uber-late Thursday night with Tragedy and Origin of M ruined me for Friday day shows (and daylight, for that matter), but I was not going to miss one of my favorite two-pieces, Iron Lung at Emo's outdoors on the 2nd day of Chaos in Tejas 2011 (June 3rd). The band was third on the bill that hot and sticky night. They played after Hatred Surge and Cider, and were followed by an amazing lineup of fast/brutal featuring Innumerable Forms, Extortion, Citizens Arrest, and the piece de resistance, a headlining set from none other than Autopsy. The show was a stark contrast to what was happeing on the inside state: Lower Dens, Milk Music, The Young, and Unholy Two. Allo Darlin' were supposed to play too, but they cancelled (their NYC shows seem to still be happenning though).
My "day" started with a mix of witty banter and powerviolence brutality from Iron Lung, the first of what would be several pits of the evening. The duo are bulldozer-strength despite their numbers, and incited stage dives & pits despite the early hour. After a set from the dependably great Innumerable Forms (though we need some new mat'l gentlemen!), which featured Justin of Mind Eraser backed by Mammoth Grinder, Extortion took the stage to play a fastball of a set to a highly responsive (and stagedive-y) crowd. The band's clean tone fast-core was great, and the band delivered a more powerful set than at Maryland Deathfest... possibly due to the lack of barrier?
Citizens Arrest followed Extortion. It was the NYC hardcore greats' last set in the foreseeable future, and the fans at Chaos in Tejas were definitely more receptive than the MDF bunch (also, barrier?). The show resembled the band's showing at Knitting Factory in December with plenty of stage dives, dancing, and general mayhem. Many of the dancing few were from band's themselves, so it was awesome to see members of great bands going apeshit just like the rest of us. Awesome set.
Autopsy headlined the evening, sitting comfortably in the middle ground between wide-eyed maniac and perfectly executed death metal veterans. The band played material from their latest Macabre Eternal, as well as earlier material during their hour+ set. From the moment that the band's intro music came on, the crowd was pressed up against each other in the front rows, with the audience swaying from side to side and front to back in the humidity. It was hot, but not hot enough for me to take my eyes off of Autopsy. Awesome set.
During Autopsy I poked my head into the Emo's indoor room where a sparsely populated crowd were enjoying Lower Dens (catch them on tour with Cass McCombs). I enjoyed the air-conditioning.
Rorschach at The Charleston (more by Ryan Muir)
Last year's jaw-dropping lineup at Chaos In Tejas was sick, and 2010 is proving to be no different. For four days across four different Austin venues, May 27th to the 30th at Emo's, Mohawk, Red 7 and Beerland, the festival will offer some of the most impressive names in the independent/underground scene including the indestructible Rorschach, the first ever US appearance from Australian punk greats X, a one-time reunion of Japanese crust-core band Bastard, the quirky cutesy indie pop-punk of Grass Widow, Gehenna (who just played A389), Subhumans, Bastard Noise (who have a new record), Bone Awl, BV faves Jeff The Brotherhood, The Spits, Psychedelic Horseshit, Ty Segall, The Ponys, Iron Lung (who recently played Cake Shop), Poison Idea, Inquisition, and many many many others.
In addition to the obvious mayhem that will ensue over the four days, Chaos in Tejas will also showcase art from some of the scene's most interesting names including Tim Kerr (of Big Boys), Winston Smith (responsible for tons of collage work, including the Dead Kennedys best album art), and Bryan Ray Turcotte (best known for his book Fucked Up and Photocopied).
The full (and intimidating) list is below...
DOWNLOAD: Magrudergrind - "Excommunicated" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magrudergrind - "Lyrical Ammunition For Scene Warfare" (MP3)
We are proud to announce the latest in the ongoing BV series of heavy music (this time in conjunction with 1000 Knives): Magrudergrind will team up with Defeatist, Black Kites, and Ramps to decimate Cake Shop on 1/23 as part of our first hardcore matinee. $8 will get you in the door, although you may need a stretcher to get out.
Magrudergrind are also on board for Maryland Deathfest 2010, which recently added a pre-party featuring greats like General Surgery, Birdflesh, Iron Lung, PLF, and many others. Tickets are available here. The full lineup for MDF is below.
Magrudergrind's new S/T full length was recently named one of Decibel's top 40 albums of 2009. The band is also scheduled to play Hellfest with Godflesh as well as team up with Pulling Teeth when DRI hits Baltimore on 12/13. DRI was originally scheduled to impact Gramercy Theater on 1/17/10, but tickets were taken off sale.
Full MDF lineup, and flyers for the BV/1000 Knives show as well as the MDF Pre-Fest are below.
Mind Eraser is PISSED.
Seattle's Iron Lung swung by Cake Shop on 11/8 to put the finishing touches on a tour that included dates at The Fest 8 in Florida (not to be confused with Festival 8 in California) a few weeks prior, and Fucked Up's Fucked Up Weekend 2009 with fellow Cake Shop performers Mind Eraser and Nomos (other FU performers included Cro-Mags (jam), Burning Love, Career Suicide, and even Metric). Pittsburgh's Brain Handle also came in to batter the Sunday matinee at Cake Shop that was part of Hardcore Gig Volume's on going series.
I missed Nomos completely, but caught all of Brain Handle, and though the vocalist was beyond wasted and spent literally half of his time either toppling monitors, stumbling or just plain on the floor, great performance from this quintet. Well executed old school 80s style hardcore with a special appearance from Jesse Gasface on vox for one song.
If there was ever a good thing about the whole Chuck Biscuits debacle, is it got me listening to Black Flag again. Mind Eraser's vocalist reminded me of (what was great about) Henry Rollins in Black Flag with his frumpled brow and searing intensity. As usual, Mind Eraser juggled between grind, sludge and hardcore, punishing the crowd with another excellent set. These Boston boys are a definite must see.
Powerviolence duo Iron Lung finished Cake Shop off in fine form, pummeling the early crowd with their incredible thundering down-tuned riffs and 1000 MPH blasts. Between song banter fell somewhere between joking crowd insults, and discussion about the past tour. It was my first time seeing Iron Lung, and as a fan of Sexless/No Sex, and it was good to see that LP as well as new material (!) represented. Look for Iron Lung's new one sided 7", Exposed, which the band did not have on hand at the show (but I did score a Pig Heart Transplant cassette).
More Iron Lung, Mind Eraser, and Brain Handle pics are below...
by Black Bubblegum
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Javelina @ the Northside BV-BBG Showcase (more by Jason Walker)
Alright! I get it. Doomriders rules. Revocation is up there. There's a new Converge and Baroness on the way. But even with all of those great releases, it suprises me that Javelina isn't near some of the top of those lists. The band's filthy debut was a monster and their new one, Beasts Among Sheep, only adds to their considerable reputation. If you are a fan of the last LP, this one is a must have. Dig on "Stepchild" above and preorder the limited edition LP version of Javelina's Beasts Among Sheep via Brutal Panda Records and the CD version via Translation Loss.
Speaking of that Doomriders album, Darkness Come Alive is out NOW via Deathwish Records. Though the party vibe that permeated through Black Thunder is mostly gone, it has been replaced by a propulsive punk rock fury and, at times, a Misfits-era Danzig croon (see "Come Alive")! There are quite a few killer moments on this long-player, but we present to you the most "fuck you" of them all, the galloping "Lions" downloadable above!
In our last round up, we shined a light on into the deepest fathoms of Australia and the truly frightening Portal. The band's claustrophobic and positively frightening new death metal LP, Swarth, relies as much on freak-out atmosphere as it does killer discordant riffery. Swarth is due out on 10/20 via Profound Lore and we have a second taste in the form of "Omenknow" above.
Misery Index have completed four new songs and are looking to enter the studio in early 2010 to record their follow up to Traitors! Stoked.
Iron Age @ Cake Shop (more by Jason Walker)
I still remember that kick ass Cake Shop show with Iron Age, Mind Eraser, and Sex Vid, and walking out of that show wanting more. Thankfully, I can add to those great memories with a PAIR of Iron Age shows in the coming weeks! First up, the rowdy Texans will team up with the great Mother of Mercy (profiled here) for a show at Cake Shop (10/16). The next day (10/17), look for the band
to pull a double header with a day show at Generation Records and a night show at The Charleston with Brain Killer, Naam & Descender. Speaking of Mind Eraser, the band will team up with the kick ass Iron Lung for a string of east coast dates which will include Cake Shop on 11/8! Full Iron Age and Iron Lung dates are below.
Black Skies will release the limited edition vinyl from their 2008 EP Hexagon on I'm Better Than Everyone Else Records. The Chapel Hill doom trio is currently on the hunt for drummer #5, but not before blessing us with some seriously killer riffage in the form of "Smoke & Mirrors" above. Preorder Hexagon here.
Church of Misery will release a live record culled from their recent set at Roadburn 2009! More details are to come, but look for Burning World to do the honors in November/December of this year. In the meantime, dig on this killer live video from Roadburn 2009!
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