Entries tagged with: Lo-Pan
Putting a bird in your ear: Torche 7" art
More sunny sludge from Torche, who have released the new track "Keep Up," which will be found on the fothcoming Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club 7. Stream it below and look for the 7" to surface in physical form in July.
As mentioned, Torche will perform at 285 Kent on June 14 with Lo-Pan, KEN Mode and Inter Arma as part of an Invisible Oranges presented Northside showcase. Tickets are still available or you can try and get in with your Northside badge.
Torche at Saint Vitus in March (more by Harriet Roberts)
Invisible Oranges have announced their inaugural Northside Festival showcase for June 14 at 285 Kent. The punk venue will return headliners Torche back to their roots, and they'll be joined by stellar support from KEN Mode, Lo-Pan and Inter Arma! Tickets are on sale or you can get in with your Northside badge The show is a stop on Torche and KEN Mode's tour, dates of which are listed below.
Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for an announcement regarding a day show on June 15 at a space TBA. Promises to be a rager. In the meantime, check out a Torche video below.
by Laina Dawes
Matt Pike's High on Fire
Writer/photographer Laina Dawes has just released her new book, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. The book recounts her journey as a black woman in heavy metal and examines these genres with respect to racial and gender issues. Its a fascinating read, and available now via Bazillion Points. Reccommended.
Laina has seen her fair share of shows this year and as such, we asked her to chime in on her favorites of 2012. Her thoughts and photos are below.
by Klaus Kinski
High on Fire at Music Hall of Williamsburg (photo by Lukas Hodge)
On Friday November 30th, BV's intrepid master of metal content BBG caught the High on Fire / Goatwhore / Primate / Lo-Pan show at Bowery Ballroom. On Saturday (12/1)December 1st, it was my turn to see this epic line-up, only on this night the show was happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg in your man Klaus' back yard. Was the show a total sausage-fest? Absolutely. Did each and every band thoroughly kick ass and take names? You bet your ass, motherfucker.
My primary reason I wanted to check out this show was the fact that Primate was on the bill, but boy am I glad I got to the show early and stayed late because from start to finish every metal itch I had was thoroughly scratched. The surprise of the evening has got to be how mightily and thoroughly the completely-unknown-to-me opener Lo-Pan absolutely crushed their 8pm sharp opening slot. Lo-Pan plays sludgy, stoner rock that is heavy as hell and manages to incorporate tasty riffs that remind me of old Sabbath with hints of slowed down Thin Lizzy and Kill Em All era Metallica. What sets Lo-Pan apart from most sludge metal you hear nowadays (besides the fact that Lo-Pan is effing awesome) is the fact that they have a singer who, god forbid, has abandoned the played-out 'craft' of screaming and grunting incoherently and actually sings. Like, melodically and articulately. Think Maynard James Keenan with a little more stank. As the first of four bands, Lo-Pan was playing to an unfortunately underpopulated audience. But after their set it was so obvious that everyone there thought they totally kicked ass, and I heard many people remark how glad they were they got to the show early and caught their set. Check em out!
After Lo-Pan, Primate, my primary reason for being at the show, took the stage. For those keeping score, Brutal Truth is one of my favorite bands of all time. BT frontman Kevin Sharp is the frontman for Primate and happens to be one of the greatest frontmen of all time. I'll basically buy into any project he's associated with. Primate plays loud, relentless grindcore at very high volumes which was a sonic departure from Lo-Pan and which finally got the crowd moving a little. As a barefooted Sharp prowls the stage screaming his balls off under the shadow of a ragged cowboy hat, his bandmates unleash hell. The thing I like about Primate, aside from the aforementioned speed and volume, is the fact that there is a touch of humor to their approach. Whereas Brutal Truth is super earnest grindcore, Primate comes across as a bit more playful. It's like how Murphy's Law is an antidote to the super earnest, straight-laced hardcore scene. Yes, Primate is grindcore, but there's something less rigid about them. They were awesome and vastly increased the energy level of the room.
With the energy level of the audience at a good pitch, blackened thrash metal greats Goatwhore took the stage, giving the audience a glimpse at yet another sub-genre of heavy metal. Makes sense. We already had our sludge and our grindcore. Going into this show I honestly had very little familiarity with Goatwhore but based on last night's performance I have to say they are effin great and I loved their set immensely. And, whoa boy, were they ever loud. I was up front for the entire show, but during Goatwhore's set there were moments where the double-bass drumming was so fast and furious that I thought it was going to loosen the contents of my bowels and create an unpleasant situation for everyone in my immediate vicinity. Jesus Christmas... for a four piece these guys make a lot of noise. And I have to give props to frontman Ben Falgoust; this guy absolutely owns the stage. From whipping his hair around in time with the music, to air guitaring furiously along with the guitar solos, to fist-bumping members of the audience, Ben succeeded in whipping MHOW into a frenzy. Some good ole fashioned pushing and shoving and beer spilling and people slipping and throwing up devil horns. It was awesome.
Six or seven beers, three bands, and one desperately needed bathroom break later, it was time for the highly anticipated set by stoner metal Gods High on Fire. At this point in the evening I, like mostly everyone else in the room, was hot, sweaty, hammered, a touch belligerent, and ready to rock my socks off. Matt Pike, who looks a little heavier than I remember (maybe a side-effect of rehab?), to me really is a living guitar god. No, he's not a shredder. No, he's not a brainiac genius inventing techniques and crazy gear. He just does what he does so well that he makes his MANY imitators look preposterous. He has a gift for creating the fattest, heaviest riffs of all time. And when you add bass player Jeff Matz (who was once in a band called Camarosmith which is basically the funniest band name ever) and pummeler Des Kensel into the mix, you get a slow burning wall of sound that is one relentless hook after another. Heavy. Heavy. Heavy. This was such a perfectly curated show that gave everyone a little taste of several different metal genres and I don't think my ears or my bowels will ever be the same.
Head below for the Bowery Ballroom setlist which, reportedly was identical to the MHoW show.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
High on Fire are on tour and played two NYC shows this weekend, the first of which was at Bowery Ballroom on 11/30 with tourmates Goatwhore, Primate and Lo-Pan. The shows marked not only a triumphant return for guitar god Matt Pike following his stint with rehab, but also a chance to document his return for all posterity: both Bowery Ballroom and the following night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg were recorded for a live album. Pictures from Bowery are in this post (and pics and a review from Music Hall are on the way). More, and a video of Primate performing Black Flag covers at the after-party at Saint Vitus, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
High on Fire at BV-PoTR Deathmatch 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Sure, Pike's stolen guitar still hasn't show up, but High on Fire have some other news to celebrate. Matt Pike is on the mend following his stint in rehab and now will team with Goatwhore and Lo-Pan for a US tour. Look for the tour to hit November 30 at Bowery Ballroom and December 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg along with Primate (who recently dropped an new LP this year). Tickets go on AMEX presale on noon on Wednesday (9/26) and regular sale on Friday (9/28).
All tour dates are listed below, along with a brand spankin' new video for "Death to the Architects of Heaven" by Goatwhore.
Lo-Pan's new riffy stoner rock LP Salvador, out NOW on Small Stone Records, is one hell of a triumph. Check out "Seed" from Salvador streaming below.
The band will hit the road for a victory lap around the East Coast/Midwest that includes a stop at a Small Stone Showcase in Philadelphia and a Brooklyn show at Union Pool on 9/20 (which is also a mini Small Stone showcase). The Brooklyn show is with the like-minded New Orleans riffy trio Suplecs (who also play a bunch of shows with Lo-Pan on the tour), and The Brought Low. The NYC show is a joint BrooklynVegan/Obelisk production, and tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
Suplecs also have a new baby, Mad Oak Redoux, out now on Small Stone. Check out "Stand Alone" from that record, with some other songs and all dates for both bands below...
Dead Milkmen @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The NYC Descendents / Suicide Machines show is one day before both bands descend upon the first-ever Riot Fest East at Festival Pier in Philly on 9/24! The killer lineup also includes Dead Milkmen, Naked Raygun, X (playing Los Angeles in full like they'll do two nights in NYC), Hot Water Music, Weston, Samiam, Plow United, The Menzingers (who play Santos on 6/24), Excitebike, Shot Baker, Larry and His Flask, The Holy Mess and more. Tickets for the Philly festival go on sale Friday (6/24) at 10 AM. A Flier and more info below.
Riot Fest East is also one day of the 2nd annual Philly F/M Festival: "A Four Day Event To Promote Music and Film In The City of Brotherly Love To Occur Thursday, Sept 22nd - Sunday, Sept 25th 2011."
The second annual festival will take place over four days, largely in the Fishtown / Northern Liberties neighborhoods of Philadelphia, which in recent years have become a cultural center for music and arts in the city. This year's festival will feature over 15 indoor and outdoor venues with capacities between 100-5,000. Participating venues include: The Festival Pier, Trocadero Theater, TLA, World Café Live and The Ukie Club.The whole initial F/M lineup and Riot Fest too, below...
Modeled after successful long-standing events such as SXSW and CMJ, Philly F/M looks to establish itself as the premiere multi-venue music and film festival for the U.S. East Coast entertainment and tourism market. Last year's festival took place in 30 venues with 300 artists and over 60 films from around the world. Philly F/M 2010 attracted 13,000 visitors across all events with little or no "headline" artists. This year the festival will host at least fifteen 'headline-level' artists of all music genres, more than 100 artists total. Attendance projections for the festival is more than 25,000 paid attendees, which will include a core group of at least 5,000 all-access badge holders.