Entries tagged with: John Reis

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Rocket from the Crypt

After teasing the reunion earlier this year, Rocket From The Crypt have announced a string of European dates but so far none in the US. The band has also taken time out to answer a few pertinent questions regarding the reunion. That FAQ list, the 2013 lineup, and more is below alongside a list of all dates.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Rocket From The Crypt

Rocket From The Crypt have posted the above image on their official Facebook page, leading to specualtion that the John Reis project, which called it quits in 2005, will apparently rise from the grave for more shows or recorded output next year. Reis recently reunited with Hot Snakes to play shows, so a RFTC reunion can't come as much of a surprise, but it is still very, very welcome.

Check out some RFTC video below, including one of Speedo with Petey X playing the RFTC favorites "Young Livers" with The Aquabats at ComicCon in San Diego this year.

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Cloak/Dagger - "I Don't Need A" (MP3)


You know what separates a John Reis project from almost every other punk band out there? The man has soul. Richmond punks Cloak/Dagger understand the power of the groove and are back to prove it with a new album due this fall! Lost Art is due on 11/3 and the band has dropped of the first taste of the LP in the form of "I Don't Need A" available for download above! Preorder Lost Art at their label, Jade Tree.

Cloak/Dagger fit in the fold between punk and garage, and the band aims to prove it when they hit the autobahn (aka Europe, and specifically Germany) this week starting in Berlin. They currently only have one US tour date, at The Fest in Gainesville, FL with a plethora of killer punk bands such as Coalesce, Torche, Asshole Parade, Kylesa, Coliseum, Iron Lung, Light Yourself on Fire, Magrudergrind, Pulling Teeth, Trash Talk, and about 150 others! If you can't make it down to The Fest, no worries. Although Cloak/Dagger doesn't have any additional US dates currently scheduled, knowing their habits in the van, expect that to change soon. Tour flyer, full tour dates, and track listing is below....

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The Night Marches @ SXSW

John Reis (b. 1969 and also known by the pseudonyms Speedo, Slasher, and The Swami) is an American musician, singer, guitarist, record label owner, and disc jockey. He is best known as the singer and guitarist for the rock band Rocket from the Crypt, which he formed and fronted (as Speedo) for the entirety of its career from 1990 to 2005. Prior to this he was the guitarist in the post-hardcore band Pitchfork, and also played in Drive Like Jehu during the early 1990s. In 1999 he formed the Hot Snakes, and in 2000 also formed the Sultans, in which (as Slasher) he sang and originally played bass before switching to rhythm guitar. He played in both these bands until their breakups in 2005 and 2007 respectively. He also released a solo recording under the name Back Off Cupids, which was recorded in 1994 but not released until 1999. Over the years he has performed in many other musical acts including Conservative Itch, Stacatto Reads, Custom Floor, and Beehive and the Barracudas. He is the owner of Swami Records, a label he founded in 1999 (he uses the title The Swami in this capacity). He frequently works with bands in a studio capacity and releases albums by many southern California groups through his label. He also hosts the "Swami Sound System" program on San Diego radio station 94.9 (KBZT). Reis remains an influential figure in the San Diego underground music community and is currently performing with a new band named The Night Marchers. [Wikipedia]
The Night Marchers have been on tour for a while and tonight (May 7th) is the night they play their show at Mercury Lounge in NYC. In honor of that, here are some photos I took of them on March 15th in Austin (as the Mess With Texas festival.... that many comedians and bands including The Breeders also played).

The Night Marchers' new album See Your In Magic is out now on Swami/Vagrant.The rest of those SXSW pics are below...

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