Entries tagged with: Kraut
photos by Konstantin Sergeyev
Stiff Little Fingers @ Gramercy
Stiff Little Fingers played two NYC shows last week, tagging Europa on June 2nd and Gramercy Theater on June 3rd as part of their tour surrounding their appearance at Punk Rock Bowling:
How do I even begin to describe the degree of epic-ness for an event like the 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival in Downtown Las Vegas? A lineup of rare punk bands from around the world? Sure! It takes place during a three-day weekend? Yes'm! A party venue? You bet your ass!Stiff Little Fingers, which features original members Jake Burns and Ali McMordie (in addition to Steve Grantley and Ian McCallum), are currently working on new material for a forthcoming LP and have three songs in the pipeline, all of which they have been known to play live: "Liars Club, "One Man Island" and "Full Steam Backwards". No word on when that album will be recorded/released as of now. Pictures from their NYC show at Gramercy Theatre with Kraut are in this post.
More than 24 bands performed at the yearly festival put together by BYO Records over the course of this past Memorial Day weekend. Bands included local greats such as the Descendents, as well as the forefathers of punk, Cock Sparrer...
The official first event of the festival didn't kick off until Saturday night, instead of Friday like last year's, but most attendees had rolled in Friday night, as several club shows with bonus bands were going on throughout the weekend. Saturday's diverse lineup included the '80s hardcore sounds of the Grim, the vintage tones of Stiff Little Fingers, and the comrade-like beats of Dropkick Murphys.
Stiff Little Fingers played most of their classics--"Wasted Life," "Barbwire Love," "Suspect Device," even their highly gratifying cover of the Specials "It Doesn't Make it Alright."-[OC Weekly]
Descendents, who returned at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2010, have since also played some Australia, European and California shows in addition to Punk Rock Bowling. Their upcoming reunion shows include NXNE (with Fucked Up and Off!) in Toronto, D-Tox Rock Fest (also in Canada), and Riot Fest in Chicago.
More pictures of the Stiff Little Fingers Gramercy show, video of one awkward moment, and videos of Descendents in Las Vegas too, below...
Warning: objects in picture may be older than they appear. Kraut in 1981
On June 11, 1981, Kraut made their first ever public performance, opening for The Clash at Bonds, and from that point on, theres no turning back. Though young (Johnny 13, Davey 15, Doug 18, and Don 22), they committed themselves to an irreversible course of action... [playing] a club called A-7, Maxs Kansas City, and just about anyplace that could hold a few punks. In August 1981, Kraut released their first single "Kill For Cash" B/W True Colour and Just Cabbage" , the songs from the original demo for The Clash, now re-recorded with the help of Ryk Oakley(producer).... Kraut was working on their first LP [An Adjustment to Society] , and Jones [Steve Jones of Sex Pistols] accepted their invitation to play on 3 cuts... This led [to]... several live appearances with Kraut [and Jones], joining them onstage to close the set with the LP tracks as well as a unbelievable version of " Bodies", Steves favorite Sex Pistols song.There have been a few reunions of NYC punks Kraut in recent memory (including last year at Gramercy with HR), but the band will reunite again for an NYC show on 3/27 at Cake Shop with The Krays, YDI, Everyday Dollars, Step 2 Far, and About To Break. Show flyer and some videos are below...
Kraut kept themselves in the public eye by touring the states. Self financed the tour lost money, but kept the band in the public eye. Taking tapes theyd made over the previous... months, they assembled their second album, "Whetting The Scythe". Enigma Records released the album in November 1984. A tour of the west coast with CHANNEL 3 , saw the year in right. But all was not right Doug Holland... wasnt happy with the niche Kraut had carved for itself in the music world... [and left] to join Cro-Mags. ... Chris Smith, formerly of Battalion of Saints [joined] and ...in the Summer 1985 Kraut went back in the studio to finish 4 songs they started before Doug left. ...They were rehearsing for recording their third album when fate took a turn. Chris Smith died in a freak accident slipping in the tub hitting his head and drowning.. - [Kraut Bio]