Entries tagged with: Madball
photos (and some of the videos) by Jammi York
"BURN & Crumbsuckers sounded great. NYHC on top nothing can compare to the Black N Blue Bowl this year." - Joey
"Burn was one of the best sets I've ever seen. Black n Blue was perfect. Can't wait to do it again next year." - @YaDingoid
Burn / Crumbsuckers / SOIA
NYC's annual hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl returned for its 2015 edition this past weekend at Webster Hall on Saturday (5/16) and Sunday (5/17). The festival included a few exciting reunions, including post-hardcore OGs Burn, who had original members Chaka Malik (vocals) and Gavin Van Vlack (guitar) with onetime bassist Manuel Carrero and new drummer Durijah Lang (which is also Glassjaw's rhythm section, and was briefly Saves the Day's too). We got almost their entire discography, including all of their seminal 1990 self-titled EP, all of Last Great Sea, and all but one song on Cleanse (they didn't play "Strata").
The fest also had crossover thrash vets Crumbsuckers getting back together once again, and '80s hardcore/Oi! band American Eagle back together too. Candiria played their first show in years at the fest, and still very-active veterans like Sick Of It All and Madball played as well. The Regulators, who have members of Bad Brains and Cro-Mags, played a bunch of Bad Brains favorites like "Sailin' On" and "Big Takeover," Dave Smalley played material from his bands Dag Nasty, ALL and Down By Law, and chuggy veterans Earth Crisis played. We also got sets from newer bands keeping alive the older hardcore style like The Rival Mob and Turnstile (who just announced a tour with Backtrack).
More pictures, videos, and setlists from a handful of the bands that played, below...
Gavin [Van Vlack]: Everything is very instantaneous now, and you can access almost anything with the flick of a finger. Not to sound pretentious, but there's a craftsmanship that goes into songwriting and the performance, and that's what separated Burn from other bands. We crafted our songs differently than other people did theirs. Everything; from the way we dressed, to even our social conscience was just our own.Back in February, NYC hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl (happening 5/16-17 at Webster Hall) announced what was supposedly the full 2015 lineup, but it turns out one more band was added: Revelation Records vets Burn.
Chaka [Malik]: Plus hardcore itself just lets you express emotions and feeling that otherwise maybe aren't safe to display or even access.
Gavin: This whole thing is a catharsis; for the band and those coming to the show. For someone, this is going to be their first Burn show...maybe their first hardcore show, and I don't want to let them down.
Chaka: I want whoever's there to have something to remember...something to take away. With the other bands playing, I'll partake on the other side of that window. It's a transaction for everybody. [Noisey]
Burn put out their now-classic self-titled EP on Rev back in 1990, then split a few years later before regrouping to release its followup, Cleanse, in 2001 on Equal Vision. The following year they put out their previously-unreleased 1992 demo Last Great Sea on Revelation, and soon after disbanded once again. Now original vocalist Chaka Malik (also of Orange 9mm) and guitarist Gavin Van Vlack (also of the previously-reunited Absolution, as well as The Big Collapse, Die 116 and Pry) teamed up with bassist Manuel Carrero (who played on Cleanse) and drummer Durijah Lang -- who are both current Glassjaw members -- to reunite for Black N' Blue Bowl. According to the Noisey interview quoted above, they're not sure if this will be their only show back or not, so catch them while you can.
Burn play the Sunday (5/17) with Crumbsuckers, Sick Of It All, Dave Smalley and more. The Saturday (5/16) lineup has Madball, Earth Crisis, The Regulators (mems Bad Brains, Cro-Mags) and more. Tickets for each day, and 2-day passes, are still available.
Updated BNB poster, with a stream of 1990's Burn EP, below...
NYHC legends Agnostic Front are releasing their eleventh album, The American Dream Died, on April 7 via Nuclear Blast. They made it with a little help from their friends: Madball's Freddy Cricien produced and also appears on the record, as does H2O's Toby Morse, Sick of It All's Lou Koller, and former Agnostic Front/Madball member Matt Henderson. Get a taste of the album from the video for "Police Violence" and an LP trailer, below.
Agnostic Front are celebrating the album with two release shows at Bowery Electric: one on April 24 which is sold out, and another on April 25 which goes on sale today (3/27) at 10 AM. 4/24 is with The Mob, Urban Waste and DJ Sid; and 4/25 is an all ages matinee with Razorheads, Pure Disgust and Ache.
Agnostic Front also play Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil and have a handful of other shows coming up too. All dates are listed, with those videos, below.
The previously-mentioned annual NYC hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl takes place on May 16 & 17 at Webster Hall this year, and now the complete lineup and ticket info has been revealed. The Regulators (aka Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know of Bad Brains and John Joseph and Mackie Jayson of Cro-Mags), The Wilding Incident (featuring Lord Ezec on vocals, Jimmy Williams of Maximum Penalty on drums and Sacha Jenkins on guitar), and Earth Crisis join a lineup that already included Crumbsuckers, Madball, Sick of It All, The Rival Mob, Dave Smalley (playing Dag Nasty, ALL, and Down By Law songs), and more. Full lineup below and on the flyer above.
Two-day passes are on sale HERE, and you can get single day passes for Saturday HERE and Sunday HERE. You can also purchase tickets in person from NYHC Tattoos (127 Stanton St), Generation Records (210 Thompson St), and Lotus Tattoos (291 W Main St).
The Regulators last played NYC in September at Bowery Electric (that time just as "Regulator"). Watch a video from that show, with the updated BNBB lineup, below...
Like New York City contemporaries such as Agnostic Front and the Cro-Mags, the Crumbsuckers were one of the original purveyors of 1980s crossover: the bridging of metal and hardcore that temporarily united the two divergent tribes of metalheads and punks into one bloody unified mosh pit. Getting their start in 1983, the band were soon an integral part of New York's Lower East Side-based hardcore scene, cutting their teeth at the legendary dive A7 before moving on to CBGB's famed Sunday matinees, as they and the movement gained strength. [Allmusic]Long Island crossover thrash vets The Crumbsuckers last reunited for their 20th anniversary in 2006, and they'll be regrouping yet again for this year's Black N' Blue Bowl, the annual NYC hardcore fest happening May 16 and 17 at Webster Hall.
Since we last spoke, more bands were added to BNB Bowl, including Candiria, Madball, Dave Smalley (performing Dag Nasty, Down By Law and All Songs), The Rival Mob, Fury of Five, Devil In Me and Booze & Glory. They join other previously-announced bands such as Sick Of It All (who also play NateFest). Ticket info still TBA. Updated lineup below.
In related news, Richmond, VA's United Blood Fest was announced for March 27 & 28, the weekend after NateFest. It happens at The Canal Club with Judge and Breakdown (who both played BNB Bowl 2013), plus Code Orange, Cold World, Terror, Rotting Out, Give, God's Hate, Heavy Chains and more. Full lineup below. Breakdown's only other announced show at the moment is opening night 1 of No Warning's reunion shows in NJ.
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Boston Strangler at Acheron in 2012 (more by Sarja Hasan)
As is generally the case, there's a whole bunch of cool hardcore/punk shows in NYC in the coming months. Here's a rundown of upcoming local shows and tours passing through NYC that you might want to check out:
The excellent UK sludgy hardcore outfit Shrapnel are touring the US and will be landing in NYC for a matinee show at The Acheron on December 6 with their tourmates, DC's Red Death, and New Jersey mainstays Razorheads. It starts at 3 PM and Tickets for the all ages show will be $10 at the door. All dates are listed below.
The following Saturday (12/13), the Acheron will play host to a loaded Massachusetts-centric hardcore bill that will bring appropriately-named Boston-based HC rippers Boston Strangler to town. They'll be joined by fellow Massholes Waste Management, Peacebreakers, Oblivionation, Jock's Blood and Moron. Despite everyone being from the same state, this is actually a pretty varied bill as these things go, with the classicist approach of Boston Strangler, Waste Management's slower chug, and the surprisingly rangy (dare we say poppy) sound of Moron providing some great contrast. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
Just one week later, there will be yet another stacked hardcore show at Acheron on December 20. This one will feature Spain's Orden Mundial, who are also playing that previously-discussed Puce Mary show at Palisades a day earlier (tickets). They'll be joined by Philly crew Blank Spell, as well as locals Mommy and Pox. Tickets are on sale now. Both shows are part of the Spanish band's tour, and those dates are all listed below.
After you flip your calendar to 2015, head to Saint Vitus for more HC on January 1. This show will bring the great Austin band Glue together with local ragers Warthog and the post-punkish Gainesville crew Allergy. The lineup will be filled out by locals Nandas, and tickets are on sale now. Glue have that great, sludgy, groovy Texas sound on lock, Warthog's local reputation speaks for itself, and this should be a great show.
On January 4 at Palisades Montreal post-punk inflected band Proxy will take the stage with Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, who put out the great Stay Home LP earlier this year. They'll be joined by Pox, who are also playing that Orden Mundial show. Tickets for this show are not yet up, but they'll likely be available via Ticketfly.
Long Island's Backtrack will rep New York Hardcore at the Every Time I Die show at Webster Hall on December 12. Also on that show are The Ghost Inside, Architects UK and Hundredth. Tickets are still available.
Crime In Stereo @ BK Bazaar in October (via BV Instagram)
Long Island melodic hardcore crew Crime in Stereo are playing the mostly pop-punk Glamour Kills Holiday Fest at Webster Hall on December 16. Aside from them, that show features PA pop-punks The Wonder Years and a ton of other likeminded bands. Tickets are on sale now.
On a similar note, Comeback Kid will be back on their tour supporting Four Year Strong to play Irving Plaza on January 22. Expire, Handguns, and Heart To Heart are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale now.
This Saturday (12/6) is Madball's 20th anniversary celebration of their debut album Set It Off at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. They'll be joined by Turnstile, Death Before Dishonor, Take Offense and Downpresser. Tickets are still available.
For something a little less hardcore and a little more street punk this Saturday, Blanks 77 are playing NYC at Grand Victory before they play the Bouncing Souls holiday shows in NJ later in the month. They'll be joined by Dead Tricks, Parasitix and Breaking Sounds. Tickets for that are on sale now.
That about does it for the coming weeks. Did we miss anything?
Check out a whole mess of song streams from these bands, as well as tour dates for Orden Mundial and Red Death/Shrapnel, below...
photo by Randy Blythe
NYC hardcore vets Madball are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Set It Off, by playing it in full on a tour this December. They'll be joined by former guitarist Matt Henderson who was with the band when they made that album. Opening on all dates will be Turnstile, Death Before Dishonor, Take Offense and Downpresser, and it hits the band's hometown on December 6 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed on the tour flyer, with a full stream of the album, below...
Sick Of It All at Rev25 (more by Rebecca Reed)
NYHC vets Sick Of It All have announced that they'll release their tenth album, The Last Act of Defiance, on September 30 (album art and tracklist below), and will play a hometown show soon after that on October 4 at Irving Plaza with fellow NYC punk vets H2O as well as Pennsylvania's Wisdom In Chains and White Collar Crime LLC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, if you're headed to Philly (or already there) for This Is Hardcore (which began yesterday, 7/24), you can also catch Wisdom In Chains there on Saturday (7/26). A ton of other great bands have still yet to play too, like Converge, Blacklisted, Title Fight, CIV, Bold, Nails, Madball (with guest ex-guitarist Matt Henderson making a special appearance), Power Trip and plenty more. Remaining day-by-day lineups for TIH, below.
If you're not headed to This Is Hardcore, you can have your own mini TIH celebration in NYC this weekend. Xibalba, who played the PA fest last night, play a free show Saturday (7/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Harm's Way, The Banner and Crushed (Trap Them and Coliseum just played the same venue). And, as discussed, UK vets Subhumans are coming over for TIH and playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (7/27) with long-running NYHC band Sheer Terror, as well as White Collar Crime LLC (fka White Collar Crime) and Mischief Brew. Tickets for that show are still available.
SOIA LP info, TIH daily lineups and Madball's new video for "Born Strong", below...
by Ian Chainey
From Wisdom to Baked Album Art
Richmond, Virginia pun-packing pot smokers Cannabis Corpse are now streaming the entirety of their new album From Wisdom to Baked, out June 24 via Season of Mist (preorder). The record continues on in the verdant vein of their previous work, combining chunky death metal with a wry sense of humor that both sends up and fully embraces metal culture. The project includes the talents of Phil "Land Phil" Hall, also of Iron Reagan and Municipal Waste.
Speaking of, Hall's summer is particularly hectic. First, both Cannabis Corpse and Municipal Waste will be at Denver Black Sky II on August 2 and August 3 at the Gothic Theatre, the second annual Colorado fest featuring Brutal Truth, Nails, Cephalic Carnage, and Phobia, among others.
Then, Municipal Waste and NYHC icons Madball -- who shot a video today and are playing the Body Count record release show tonight (6/12) -- will head out on a short East Coast run that includes Heavy MTL fest. All dates are listed below.
Finally, Municipal Waste will be jumping on the Overkill and Prong tour date at New Jersey's Starland Ballroom on September 27 with Apathy and Midnite Hellion also added to the bill (tickets). Jeeze, if only there was some kind of relaxing herb Hall could take to ease the stress of a slammed schedule. . .
All Municipal Waste dates along with the full Cannabis Corpse stream appear below
By Ian Chainey
NYHC heavies Madball are shooting a video for their next song "Born Strong" and they're on the lookout for extras. Per the band's Facebook:
MADBALL video shoot this THURSDAY, June 12th @ NOON sharp. All you LADIES, All you FELLAS.....come out and represent for the BORN STRONG shoot!!!!"Born Strong" features Walls of Jericho's Candice Puopolo and is off of Madball's next album, Hardcore Lives, which will be released June 27 via the band's own Black N Blue label (preorder). We recently premiered the summery "Doc Marten Stomp" from the record, saying it was ". . .set to score many future drives from now until September."
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The video shoot for "Born Strong" occurs the same day as the Body Count record release show at the Gramercy Theatre, which features Madball and Wisdom in Chains opening. Body Count's somewhat improbable Manslaughter saw its nationwide release this week (6/10) through Sumerian Records. The long-player includes a 2014 update of Suicidal Tendencies "Institutionalized" (DAMN COCO, can't the man play X-box?), a song titled "I Will Always Love You" (which isn't a Whitney/Dolly cover, shockingly), and the regrettably named, not-really-empowering anthem, "Bitch in the Pit." All in all, it's Planters nutty and that's it's greatest virtue and vice. Par for the course for Ice T.
Madball's "Born Strong" video shoot flyer along with the full stream of Body Count's Manslaughter appears below.
by Ian Chainey
photo by Randy Blythe
"They've been talking us down for so long, I almost started to believe them all."
Those are Madball singer Freddy Cricien's first unassisted words on new single "Doc Marten Stomp." He's not kidding about the "long" part. Freddy has fronted the NYHC DMS crew heavies since 1988. Back then, he was 12 and Madball was the fun Agnostic Front spinoff featuring bigger half-brother Roger Miret on bass. In 1989, Freddy yelped "hardcore lives" on debut EP Ball of Destruction. 25 years later, that ad-lib turned into the title for Madball's new album to be released by the band's own Black N Blue Label on June 27. (Preorder.) According to Freddy, it also continues to be a driving inspiration:
I've always felt that 'we as a scene' had to scream just a lil louder... to be heard! That said, Hardcore Lives, at least to us, is not just about a cool 'catchphrase,' it's about that rebellious spirit that doesn't give in... in life, music, whatever. It's about growing, evolving, and maintaining your integrity in the process. It's about family, overcoming adversity, and respect. All the things that matter inside and outside of the music realm. It's for everyone and anyone with an open mind and heart.The key word is "family." Madball are all about inclusion if you're down to be included. Lyrics are purposefully anthemic and every-man. There are a lot of "brothers," "us," and assurance this is done for "you." The group take on nameless persecutors for you, providing a vicarious outlet to vent your real world obstacles. That's why "Doc Marten Stomp" is relatable. That's why it will mean something to a lot people. It's also why it's a killer summer song.
That's no typo. "Doc Marten Stomp" is set to score many future drives from now until September. Drummer Mike Justian putters with the lumbering rumble of a muscle car. Guitarist Mitts and bassist Hoya Roc temper punk riffs with NYHC's recognizable bounce. Cricien roars and croons with a throat full of grit. Using those elements as a foundation, the song builds towards a catchy crescendo. It's powerful pop as much as it Madball. It's earworm stuff, causing those within earshot to whisper-sing "for the black, for the blue" later on without noticing. It's not the Demonstrating My Style you might expect, but it's still a spirited call to arms; just one in a different key. You'll carry on heeding their order and you won't doubt it because, hey, you're one of them. That's the reason Madball will never die.
A stream of the new song premieres in this post and can be listened to, along with the "DNA" lyric video and Hardcore Lives details, below.
Madball also have a number of dates coming up this year, including This is Hardcore, Heavy Montreal, and opening slot at the Body Count record release show happening in NYC on June 12 at Gramercy Theatre, also with Wisdom In Chains opening. All upcoming Madball dates are listed below.
And though Madball didn't play this year, they (or at least Freddy) are among the producers of the Black N Blue Bowl which recently went down in Bushwick . Black N Blue's East Village Radio show ended the same week, they've already found a new home on Long Island.
Speaking of Wisdom In Chains, they also open for H2O (whose Toby Morse appears on Hardcore Lives) in NJ on July 29 at Asbury Lanes, along with Ensign, Krust and White Collar Crime. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/30) at noon.
Meanwhile, White Collar Crime (the new band of Jake from Rocks Off, not to be confused with the other band of that name), make their NYC debut two days before the H2O show, opening the Subhumans / Casualties show at Le Poisson Rouge (7/27) which Rocks Off is presenting. Mischief Brew are on that bill too and tickets are still available.
Madball streams, with the list of tour dates and LP info, below...
By Ian Chainey
Ruining Lives cover art
Long-running metallers Prong will be going on tour this year. A long tour. A really long tour. Starting in July, Tommy Victor and his two compatriots will start their epic trek in Italy and will loop around the European festival circuit. Then they'll fly back to the US with an occasional co-headlining slate with vet thrashers Overkill. To wrap things up, Overkill and Prong will do another Euro run, ending up in the Netherlands. Total number of dates: 64. Total number of days: 116. Total haul: So much Frequent Flyer swag. Check out the full list of dates below.
Prong have kept surprisingly busy since reforming in 2002 after an initial run from 1986 to 1997 that saw the band break out thanks to post-thrash classic and request-line favorite "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck." The outfit started life as something of a crossover act before finding the groove and machine precision of industrial. Unfortunately, over their career, they've been something of a revolving door when it comes to membership. Still, they've had their share of impressive musicians including Paul Raven (Killing Joke), Ted Parsons (Swans), and Troy Gregory (Flotsam and Jetsam). Current bassist Jason Christopher joined the group in 2012 and Arturo "Art" Cruz in 2014. But, through it all, singer/guitarist Tommy Victor has been the lone Prong constant while splitting time as Danzig's shredder. No word if Victor will be handling six-string duties for the reformed Samhain at Riot Fest.
On September 30, Prong will hit Gramercy Theatre in NYC sans Overkill. Ticket details are TBA for that one, but tickets are on sale for the show they play with Overkill at Starland Ballroom in NJ three days earlier.
In August, Overkill join Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, D.R.I., Exodus, Municipal Waste, Body Count (who also have a Gramercy Theatre show coming up), Voivod, Hatebreed, Madball, Fucked Up and many more for the three day "Heavy Montreal" festival. Get yourself to Canada.
All Prong dates along with a cut from Prong's newest album Ruining Lives and a few classics appear below.
by Ian Chainey
The "legendary" Body Count, Ice-T's rap metal group known primarily for upsetting old white men in the early '90s, are releasing a new record. Titled Manslaughter, the LP will hit the streets on June 10 and will surely continue mining the same thought-provoking material as previous treatises like "Evil Dick," a song about Ice-T's evil dick. To ring in the event, Body Count will be playing a record release show in New York City The Gramercy Theatre on June 12. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/16), we promise the NSA isn't tracking your click.) Madball, the legendary NYHC outfit that can rightfully proceed their name with 'legendary,' will open the show, as will Wisdom in Chains. Apologies to most of you for burying the lede: There is a Madball show.
UPDATE (5/15): Tickets are now on Noisey presale (password: MUSICISDOPE).
Body Count's career has been interesting, not so much for their musical contributions (HI, THERE IS A SONG NAMED "EVIL DICK"), but for the controversy they've inspired. "Cop Killer" is their claim to fame, a police protest song that landed the outfit in a heap of trouble, earning condemnations from various police organizations, George Bush and Dan Quayle, the PRMC, and even Charlton Heston, who held the lyrics in his cold dead hands and read them aloud during a Time-Warner shareholders meeting. The track was subsequently pulled from Body Count's '92 eponymous debut, partly in reaction to the LA Riots that exploded following the acquittal of officers involved in the Rodney King beating. Millennials, I'll wait while you Wikipedia all of this.
Granted, the music doesn't hold up and most of the contemporary news blurbs and reviews read like a '90s version of the gas leak year. (For instance, Ice-T was accused of "selling out," which doesn't really read as inflammatory unless you remember when Ice-T was kind of awesome.) But. . .the project has a certain charm in the time capsule sense, along with the reams of oddball bar trivia tied to it. (Black Sabbath - Forbidden: Ice-T appears on the album, Body Count guitarist Ernie C. produced it. Yes, that Black Sabbath.) Not to mention, Ice-T's acting career (if they segue songs with the Law & Order drop, worth every penny) and reality show antics means this one-off show could be, well, kind of fun. At the very least, if you're an owner of the original Body Count CD†that's still bedecked in foot-long cardboard (this was a thing), now might be the time to sell.
Samples of Body Count's work and a couple golden oldies from Ice-T appear below.
This Is Hardcore returns to Philly's Electric Factory from July 24-27 and as usual it's got a great lineup spanning generations of hardcore including Converge, Title Fight, Madball, Blacklisted, Bl'ast, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Noisem, Power Trip, Incendiary, Full of Hell, Crowbar, Coke Bust, Ringworm and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale April 12 via the festival's website.
Full lineup, with a playlist of all bands playing and the announcement video, 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.
After selling out immediately and hearing the roar of outrage at not being able to get tickets, thankfully there will be quiet. Reunited NYHC greats Judge have added a second show at Webster Hall on May 19, this time with Madball, Crown of Thornz, Strength Approach, Coldside and more TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/1) at 10 AM at Webster Hall or Pitchfork NY, with additional tickets available at NYHC Tattoos, Generation and Lotus Tattoo.
As discussed, Judge's first show is now sold-out but includes names like Breakdown, Bane, Altercation and more.
Agnostic Front are celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing the 1989 LP Live at CBGB on select dates, including at their recent shows in Long Island or Asbury Park. They'll do it again in NYC at Webster Hall on July 5th with support from Madball, Murphy's Law and Maximum Penalty. Tickets are on sale for the show which is one day before the Cro-Mags/Sick of it All show at the same space. Both shows are part of the the CBGB Festival which has badges of its own and which also recently added a Superchunk/Redd Kross show to its growing schedule.
Start the beatdown week with the Blood for Blood show at Highline Ballroom on June 30th. Tickets are on sale for that as well, and it also features The Unseen, Wisdom in Chains & Cruel Hand. Blood for Blood will also hit Club Lido in Revere, MA on June 29th.
Murphy's Law's Webster Hall appearance is one of at least two for the NYC band in the near future; they will also board the Half Moon as part of a Rocks Off boat cruise on August 12th. Tickets are on sale for what is basically an annual party on the sea (as long as the cops don't intervene)
A listing of all Agnostic Front dates and a live set from 2004, and more, below.
words by BBG, photos by Jason House
Youth of Today @ Acheron
Formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, [Revelation Records] is now based in Huntington Beach, California. It was founded in 1987 by owner Jordan Cooper, along with Ray Cappo of Youth of Today, with the sole intent of producing the Warzone Lower East Side Crew 7". Within the year, they put out two more releases and a limited 4th pressing of Youth of Today's Can't Close My Eyes 7", which had been originally released on Positive Force Records, just for the two of them to trade for vintage G.I.Joes and other action figures. In the first three years, the label put out 23 releases and pressed approximately 50,000 records, and it has continued to release an average of 7-8 albums a year.Revelation released a few records since then, most recently the Mouthpiece retrospective Can't Kill What's Inside: The Complete Discography. The label will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a trio of shows at Glasshouse in Pomona, CA in June, featuring Youth Of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Underdog, No For An Answer and Statue, with "more Rev alumni to be announced." Despite the fact that Revelation was formed on the East Coast and a good number of the participating bands are too, so far it doesnt look like the celebration will be bi-coastal. We'll let you know if that changes though. Meanwhile, tickets go on sale March 1st for Gorilla Biscuits with Youth of Today on 6/8 and 6/9 (No For An Answer is also on 6/9), and Gorilla Biscuits with Underdog & Statue on 6/10.
Cappo left the business in 1988, to focus on his band Shelter and to start his own label Equal Vision Records (which he later sold to Youth Of Today roadie, former Revelation employee and friend, Steve Reddy), though his albums were still released by Revelation after that, and he also operated Supersoul Records.
The label put out several definitive hardcore and metalcore records in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with notable releases coming from Damnation A.D., Will Haven, Shai Hulud, Curl Up and Die, and Himsa. However, by the mid-2000s, Revelation Records had seemingly fallen by the wayside, with very few releases between 2004 and 2006.
In related news, Breakdown, who was on the Revelation compilation New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is (with Youth of Today, Bold, Gorilla Biscuits, Warzone and others) will play Chaos in Tejas with their 87 demo lineup (their first show like that in 25 years). Also no NYC shows for them at the moment.
Meanwhile, The Last Stand open up for Madball, Maximum Penalty, Dead End Path, and Suburban Scum TONIGHT (1/20) at Gramercy Theater. Tickets are still available.
The Last Stand supported Youth of Today and Mouthpiece when the pair played a surprise show at Acheron in 2011. A set of belated pictures from Acheron are in this post, along with the Pomona show flyers. More below...
photos by Jason House
Agnostic Front @ Santos Party House
Agnostic Front are currently out on tour with Mongoloids in support of a somewhat new record...
"My Life My Way was released on March 22, 2011. The album features 13 new powerful and anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.) at his Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, FL under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The record was mastered by Alan Douches (NILE, MASTODON, etc.)."The tour hit Santos Party House in NYC on 11/4. Some pictures are in this post. More them with all remaining dates below.
Fellow DMS crew band H2O also has a new record coming out, but not of their own songs. As their own press release reads...
"H2O has been a mainstay in hardcore and punk since their inception back in 1995 and have had many influences along the way. The band is thrilled to pay homage to those influential artists by covering their songs on the forthcoming album, Don't Forget Your Roots, which will be available November 15th from Bridge Nine Records.No Agnostic Front on the tribute album, but there is Madball, Descendents, Bad Brains and many more. The full tracklist, all tour dates, and more Agnostic Front show pictures, below...
Additionally, H2O will be playing the Gramercy Theater on November 19th [with Killing Time], with a special set consisting of cover songs and originals- both new and old. This show will be a celebration of H2O's covers album available just three days prior, as well as a re-release of their self-titled album, available on LP also on November 15th. Vocalist Toby Morse had this to say: "NYC is H2O's roots - where we started - and couldn't think of a more perfect place to release our covers album and the re-issue of our first record. We'll be playing old songs, new songs and cover songs for our fans there! They'll also be able to pick up copies of our self-titled album on vinyl - Bridge Nine is re-pressing that and we couldn't be more excited. It was originally released back in 1996 and has been out of print for a long, long time. Also Don't Forget Your Roots will be available as well!" He continued, "Our covers album is a big personal accomplishment for us - being able to pay homage to the bands that have influenced us so much since we got into punk rock and helped get us where we are today is an amazing thing. We think we've done them justice!"
photos by Konstantin Sergeyev
Hard Skin at Bruar Falls on 10/25/10
There are few punk/hardcore shows on the way in the next few weeks, but we'd be remiss without mentioning the surprise Hard Skin show that took place at Bruar Falls on 10/25/10. The show was one of two NYC shows for the comedic UK Oi band, as they also played Europa with Forgetters on Friday, 10/22 with The Rival Mob.
"Fat Bob had mentioned at the forgetters show on Friday that Hard Skin were playing on Monday night before they skipped back across the pond. Given the the rarity of their shows and the proximity to Drew's place, it seemed prudent to make it across the water to Colonial Williamsburg....Pictures from the Bruar Falls show adorn this post. Forgetters will play Bruar Falls TONIGHT (11/2) with Younger Lovers and Little Victory.
...The Hard Skin boys took the stage around the 11 o'clock hour and stirred the room up with a whole lot of Oi! Bruar may be a little small to contain such friskiness, but it was a pretty polite crowd despite the large drunk punk contingent and truth be told, the JS-NYC/ab rock Voltron was no paragon of sobriety by this point either. I had a good time, even given the curious tire deflations I returned to find on my iron steed when we got outside. Luckily, they were deflated and not punctured and Drew had a pump, so the good guys lived to ride another day. Good times all around. Not sure where/if HS are maintaining the web presence in this day and age, but you would do well to spend your weak American dollar on some of their swag and bring them back. Set to Googling, fresh-cut, and remember Hard Skin are good clean-cut fun." [Jaded Scenester]
Madball will play The Studio at Webster Hall on 12/13 with Lionheart, Bitter End as part of a string of dates for the trio. Incendiary will join them as local support. Ticket info is forthcoming, but full tour dates are below. Madball recently dropped their new LP Empire and parted ways with drummer Jay Weinberg (son of Max Weinberg).
Easy Action, featuring John Brannon of Negative Approach, will team up with The Men to play The Acheron on 11/15. The all ages show kicks off at 8PM. Easy Action tour dates are below.
The Queers will play Mercury Lounge on Jan 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a short string of East Coast dates in 2011 that also includes Maxwell's one day before NYC; additional dates are below.
In a show dubbed "Brooklyn's Finest" (though BBG would beg to differ), Life of Agony will team up with Biohazard and Vision of Disorder to play Best Buy Theater on 12/16. Tickets are on sale.
And finally, LA's Youth Brigade (not the DC one with releases on Dischord) will play Mercury Lounge on 11/14. The show will be proceeded by a documentary on BYO Records and the band. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates and more pictures of Hard Skin at Bruar Falls are below...
words & photos by BBG
How do Cro-Mags relate to Goatwhore? Read on...
Get out your basketball jerseys. Black & Blue Bowl 2010 is billed as "The Return to NYC" and features the legendary Cro-Mags along with Madball, H20, Trapped Under Ice, Skarhead, and many others. It takes place this year at Webster Hall on 5/15. Tickets are on sale. Full show details with the poster are below.
It's not the only NYC show on the horizon featuring hardcore legends. The great Underdog will return with Inhuman, Billy Club Sandwich, and Staring Problem for a show in celebration of their forthcoming discography Matchless due on May 18th via Bridge 9. Santos Party House will do the honors on June 12th, and tickets are on sale.
Sick of It All's new LP Based On A True Story is due on Century Media on April 20th. The band's ninth full-length effort has sparked a hometown brawl in celebration; Tickets are on sale for their appearance at Gramercy Theater on 6/11. Support comes from Maximum Penalty, This is Hell, and Last Call Brawl. More dates below.
And lastly, the quest for animal liberation continues as Earth Crisis will kick off a tour with a headlining show at Gramercy Theater on April 22nd. Dudes in bandanna headbands are stoked. Tickets are on sale. The NYC date falls right before their appearance at the New England Hardcore & Metal Fest which also features Cro-Mags, Mastodon, Baroness, Gaza, Skeletonwitch, 1349, and a slew of others.
New England Hardcore & Metal Fest also made their presence felt at SXSW, where they featured a slew of bands including the unfucwitable Goatwhore, who headlined the day show at Emo's Annex on 3/19. Pics from that appearance, full Black & Blue details, SOIA & Earth Crisis dates, and videos are below...
Toby Morse of H2O on vocals for Gorilla Biscuits (more)
H20 celebrated 10 years of hardcore on Dec 30th, 2004. Five years later, the band is prepping to commemorate another landmark anniversary with a show at Gramercy Theater on 2/20/10 and a second at the Trocadero in Philly on 2/19. Tickets are on sale for the Gramercy show. Full dates are below.
The NYHC beatdown continues seven days later, when Killing Time teams up with Vision, Incendiary and Suburban Scum at Knitting Factory on 2/27. Tickets are on sale. Killing Time will be celebrating their new LP, Three Steps Back, which hits the shelves on 2/9/10. You can dig on sample tracks from the LP at their site and in a promotional video for the album below.
And finally, those in the mood for punishment on Valentine's Day (and not in an awesome, roughed up at a hardcore show way) can check out Freddy Madball the RAPPER when he opens up for the once great (Non-Phixion ruled) Ill Bill at Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale, if you feel so inclined (I don't). Freddy Madball has a few songs streaming on his myspace, including an atrocious rap remake of "London Calling". We miss you Joe Strummer, but not this much.
H2O dates and the Killing Time video is below...
Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
The 10 for 10 tour featured somewhat different bands on different legs of the tour, but NYC featured the following in set order: War of Ages, The Ghost Inside, Crime In Stereo, Trapped Under Ice, Death Before Dishonor, This Is Hell, Vision, Terror, Poison The Well, and Madball.
Pictures from the July 10th show continued below...
Back in April we posted an interview with Jonah Matranga who is putting out a new Far album, and playing Mercury Lounge solo on May 21st (tickets). Since then he added a NJ show at Maxwell's. That happens to be TONIGHT (5/19). Tickets are still available.
Poison the Well is co-headlining every date on a "10 For $10 summer tour" - ten bands for $10. Bands will vary at each stop.
Freddy Cricien of Madball said, "This 10 for 10 tour concept is way overdue in my opinion. I'm glad and thankful, that the people involved, stepped up to actually make something like this happen! Our genre (Hardcore) in the states, is in a "strange" place right now. There is somewhat of a lack of appreciation for this "sub-culture". A lot of people want to say they know certain bands, or are affiliated with this underground scene,etc,etc... Because it gives them some credibility, it sounds cool! Well, this is everyone's chance to re-introduce themselves, and actually get involved with a very unique and authentic genre/movement. It's also a chance for all of us, the bands, to show our stuff as well!"Tickets are now on pre-sale for the tour that stops at Starland Ballroom (NJ) and Terminal 5 (NYC). NYC (tickets on sale Friday) gets Madball, Poison the Well, Terror, Vision, War of Ages, The Ghost Inside, Death Before Dishonor, Trapped Under Ice, Crime in Stereo, and This is Hell. NJ (tickets on sale Friday) has VOD (Vision and Vision of Disorder on the same bill) instead of Madball.
Tickets also recently went on sale for H2O, Sick of it All, Agnostic Front, and many other shows. All 10 for $10 dates below...
Cro-Mags (jam) @ Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by Tyler Nutter)
Knitting Factory closes its Tribeca location for good on New Years Eve. I think that's one of the reasons so many good shows are starting to pop up there, one of which is the Anticon anniversary party on December 18th, and another of which is the Cro-Mags (jam) show happening in the main space of the club on December 28th...
Rocks Off Presents The Cro-Mags featuring John Joseph, Mackie, AJ from Leeway & Craig from Sick Of It All plus special guests Wisdom in Chains, Trapped Under Ice & more TBA!That's the same Cro-Mags lineup I just saw in Austin. Read/see/watch more about that HERE and get tickets to the NYC show HERE.
Also coming up at Knitting Factory:
- "Complete Control NYC & Guillotine present One Big Crowd: A tribute to the legendary A7 club w/ over 30 old & new school bands incl. Reagan Youth, Urban Waste, Jerry's Kids, False Prophets, Fatal Rage, Ism, Butch Lust & the Hypocrites, more!" This one is on December 6th, on all three floors. Tickets are only $20. flyer below.
- Tributary Productions Presents: Absolution, No Escape (reunion), Vision, Backtrack. This is December 21st. Tickets are on sale.
Madball (with Mackie on drums) are going on tour with Suicidal Tendencies in December. They play Irving Plaza in NYC on December 4th.
H2O's November 23rd show was moved from Fillmore/Irving Plaza to Blender/Gramercy Theater.
Murphy's Law play Trash Bar in Brooklyn on December 12th.
Killing Time, as recently seen opening for Bad Brains at Irving Plaza, play Fins Pub in Oakdale, NY (Long Island) on the same day as the A7 Fest (12/6).
The video, a whole bunch of flyers, and even more dates, below....