Entries tagged with: Mans Gin
In addition to the previously discussed appearance at Maryland Deathfest, Cobalt have confirmed that they will play an NYC show as well, scheduled for Saint Vitus on May 31. So far the lineup and ticketing details have yet to be revealed. The band has also revealed another show in the Boston area, set for Elks Lodge in Cambrige, MA on June 2 with Lord Mantis. The collective shows will be Cobalt's first on the East Coast and one of very few that the band has performed since inception.
Meanwhile, Erik Wunder of Cobalt's other project, Man's Gin, will release their new LP Rebellion Hymns on May 28th via Profound Lore. Cover art for the record is above.
Alcest @ Lovejoys
By the time that Hull hit the stage at around 2:20pm, the deal was sealed; intimate Austin bar/venue Lovejoys was officially one-in-one-out until we closed the doors. The Saturday BrooklynVegan day show during SXSW included the awesome lineup of Alcest (their only Austin show), Nachtmystium (with Will Lindsay and Sanford Parker in tow), The Atlas Moth, Pallbearer, Speedwolf, Hull, Bruce Lamont with Man's Gin (their only show), Mutilation Rites and Vestiges. All of the bands ruled and I can't thank them enough.
Vestiges opened the party at 12:15 to a relatively large crowd of people (considering the inevitable hangovers from the night prior), and proceeded to wake us all with their spacey hybrid of black metal, hardcore, doom, and crust. A truly amazing band that is definitely worth looking out for. Mutilation Rites followed with new bassist Ryan Jones (Wetnurse/Today is The Day) in tow, but seemed no worse for the changeover; the band's punk-y black-metal-thrash ripped as usual.
Bruce Lamont and Man's Gin collaborated next, using everything from guitar, sax, and bass ukelele in their renditions of Man's Gin songs. It was a special one-off collaboration during the festival, and one that I was grateful to be hosting in such a small space. Hats off to Erik, Josh & the Man's Gin crew, as well as Bruce Lamont.
After that relatively low-key set, of course Hull brought it up a few notches with their thundering post-metal stomp, the first of three shows for the band that day. The rattling doom power of Hull live cannot be denied, but neither can the Motorhead-y beer-swilling pummel of Speedwolf who followed directly after. Speedwolf is currently on a US tear, so look for them at a town near you (including NYC).
Pallbearer @ Lovejoys
Pallbearer, one of my favorite bands from SXSW this year, are undeniably great and just destroyed after Speedwolf. Their melodic doom riffs and soaring vocals owe a lot to the doom-fathers of yesteryear but still reimagine some of those approaches on their stunner of an LP Sorrow & Extinction. Pick it up if you can, and don't miss them when they come to NYC with Loss!
The Atlas Moth and Nachtmystium, out on tour together, played the following two sets with the latter featuring Sanford Parker on keys and Will Lindsay (Indian, Middian, etc) on bass. The Atlas Moth was also in a different configuration, with Andrew Ragin out with medical issues and replaced with his brother-in-law and former member of Stabbing Westward Marcus Eliopulos. Despite configuration changes, both bands were fantastic.
Alcest, who in no way resembles a metal band other than in pedigree, closed out the night. The French quartet's focus is on shoegaze-influenced beauty and were a perfect way to end the hectic and brutal day at Lovejoys. Alcest are on the road in the US, and will play NYC at Public Assembly next week with another BV-SXSW-show-alumnus, Deafheaven (I'll be DJing).
Yet another successful year at Lovejoys in Austin, and I'd like to send a big thank you to the staff, Jester King for the free suds, all of the bands, and most importantly all of the fans who came for the day. Thank you so much, and I can't wait until next year!
More pictures from the whole day, below...
The Body @ Saint Vitus
Though equipment issues kept their set on the short side, The Body headlined a rainy Tuesday evening (9/6) in Brooklyn. Bruce Lamont and Man's Gin (who are touring together) and locals Iron Tides opened the show at Saint Vitus. Pictures are in this post.
The Body are now on tour with LP collaborators Braveyoung. That tour was originally listed with an October 5th NYC show at a venue TBA, but that show has since been cancelled. Stay tuned for more info on where The Body will play in NY next. More Saint Vitus pictures below...
The Body at LPR (more by Greg Cristman)
BrooklynVegan is proud to present doom faves The Body at Saint Vitus on September 6th with special guests Bruce Lamont, Man's Gin, and Iron Tides. The show is the first of a string of US dates for The Body which will continue the following day with Braveyoung in celebration of the pair's collaborative LP together.
After a collaborative recording session at Providence's Machines With Magnets (Battles, Daughters, Lightning Bolt, Chinese Stars) earlier this year, the end result has surfaced as Nothing Passes, a layered but cohesive voyage through cavernous, noise-laden tumult and chaos, ethereal horror-soundtrack creepouts and even serene acoustic passages, exploring new styles for both acts. The album also features vocal contributions from members of The Assembly Of Light Choir who have also previously collaborated live with THE BODY and BRAVEYOUNG, as well as a cover of Exuma's song, The Vision.Look for that LP on 9/27 via At A Loss.
Meanwhile, Bruce Lamont & Man's Gin are heading out for a weekend together, tagging Chicago and Philly on the way to NYC. Full tour dates and some video of that Body/Braveyoung collaboration below.
Dax Riggs at a BV party in Texas (more by Samantha Marble)
After an early show with Kittens Ablaze and Voxhaul Broadcast, Mercury Lounge hosts Dax Riggs TONIGHT, 5/6 with special guests Man's Gin. Tickets are still available for the late show which begins Dax's two-day NYC run of swampy dark-blues.
After an early show Saturday with Julia Nunes and Allison Weiss, you can find the ex-Acid Bath/Deadboy & the Elephantmen front man at the Rock Shop (on 5/7), where he'll team up with support from Cristina Black. Tickets are also still available for that too. I guess Dax Riggs is a good late night soundtrack.
In related news, Man's Gin is also on board to team with Bible Of The Devil & High Spirits at Saint Vitus on May 15th. More info at the Facebook event page.
All Dax Riggs dates and some videos, below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
The Aquarian: What do you have coming out this year?Scott Kelly, Wino (and Scott Kelly with Wino) were the main attractions at Saturday's Mercury Lounge show (2/12), as the Neurosis/Saint Vitus frontmen each played respective sets before collaborating on stage together. The pair of underground legends were joined by NYC folk faves Man's Gin (who covered Cobalt's "Dry Body"!), and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix of Liturgy who started the show.
Wino: ...Premonition, this band I've been working with for... Well, I've known the one guy for 20 years and we never did anything, finally decided to make a record. And they liked the demos, so they said they'd put it out. We did a single, and we're right in the process right now of mixing a full-length.
Are Shrinebuilder going to do another record this year?
Wino: Yeah, we are. We're starting to get the songs ready. The songs are written. That's one good thing that came out of that volcano, actually. We couldn't get over to Europe, and it's the only time we all had together, so we all went to L.A., to the rehearsal room, and basically fleshed out the record. We played one part of it on this last tour we did, but yeah. It's gonna be cool. It's gonna be heavy as hell.
Actually, it's fucking really fucking heavy. Kelly's writing some amazing stuff, and we're all collaborating. He's a great guitar player. He won't tell you that he is, but he's a great guitar player. He may not be Yngwie Malmsteen but he knows the power of a song and delivery for sure.
Both Man's Gin and Liturgy have shows next week: Man's Gin plays Union Pool on 2/23 with Religious To Damn, Greg Peterson (Batillus), and Oscar Albis Rodriguez (GHOST ROBOT NINJA BEAR, ex-Nakatomi Plaza) and Liturgy plays 285 Kent Ave on 2/25 with Talk Normal.
More pictures from Mercury Lounge are below, including some video of Scott Kelly, Wino, the collaboration, and Man's Gin's cover of "Dry Body"...
photos by Harriet Roberts and Nikki Sneakers
Religious To Damn (mem Blacklist/Vaura/A Stom of Light) played their record release party at Glasslands on 1/13 in celebration of Glass Prayer, the band's new LP out via M'Lady's Records on February 8th. The LP features an appearance from Tamaryn who (despite a supposed last minute cancellation) joined the band on stage. Kevin Hufnagel (Dystrhythmia/Gorguts/Vaura) opened with a solo set on acoustic guitar after Charlie Schmid and his percussion ensemble 'I Sing The Body Electric' performed Steve Reich's 'Drumming'. There was burlesque from Anna Copa Cabanna, and records were played by Jonathan Toubin, Jeralyn Mason, and WIERD honcho Pieter Schoolwerth.
The Glasslands show was free, but unfortunately you will have to shell out a couple bucks to catch Religious to Damn at one of their next appearances: 2/6 at Glasslands with The Vacant Lots, Exit Music and ZaZa, on 2/23 at Union Pool with Man's Gin or on 3/25 at Cake Shop with Tog. Man's Gin also plays Mercury Lounge on 2/12 with Scott Kelly and Wino. Tickets are still available for that one.
Tamaryn will be back in NYC when she opens for the Raveonettes at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/20 (tickets are still on sale), and she'll be back even sooner to be part of this just announced February 19th event at MoMA PS1.
Saturday, February 19, 2011 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMAll Tamaryn dates, and more pictures from the Glasslands show, below...
Saturday Sessions: Hosted by Lauren Devine and Patrik Sandberg featuring performances by Tamaryn, Mirror Mirror, and visuals by Thunder Horse Video
Lauren Devine and Patrik Sandberg present an audiovisual experience featuring performances by Tamaryn and Mirror Mirror, with an immersive visual landscape by installation crew Thunder Horse Video. The one-time-only collaborative event will produce a synthesized encounter with Tamaryn's colossal and dense sound and the natural landscape that inspired it, exaggerated to unnatural proportion within MoMA PS1's physical space. Mirror Mirror's lead-in performance, with costumes by Lauren Devine, will further feature a synchronized video by artists Robert Bittenbender and Casey Jane Ellison.
2 of these men will share a stage in the New Year (more)
Before you really do the math, the idea is staggering: one member of Neurosis, one member of Saint Vitus, half of Shrinebuilder, one member of The Hidden Hand, and one member of Place of Skulls will all bless one stage. Of course the above lineup is really just projects associated with two men, Scott Kelly & Scott "Wino" Weinrich, and they will hit the road for a string of acoustic dates in the new year including Mercury Lounge in NYC on February 10th with Man's Gin. Tickets go on AMEX presale on Wednesday, 12/8 at noon, with regular sale hitting at noon on Friday.
Besides these acoustic-only dates, Wino has only one show on his calendar and that's with Scott Kelly at Roadburn 2011 as part of Shrinebulder. Scott Kelly has plenty of other dates though, as Neurosis will play shows on the West Coast around the New Year and are also scheduled to play Maryland Deathfest 2011. All tour dates are below.
Neurosis played ATP's The Nightmare before Christmas over the weekend along with the reunited Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It was Godspeed's first reunion show and it went on despite concerns about the weather. NYC has to wait until March, but we get five shows. Updated dates below.
Video from ATP (of both bands) and all tour dates below.
You'll be reading from your new book A Long Slow Screw... The book resembles Fight in one way.... its gritty, and tough as nails, weaving a crime caper into your personal stories from NYC. Where did some of the inspiration come from for the novel?The above quote comes from an interview conducted with the great Eugene Robinson, who will hit the road to read from his latest novel A Long Slow Screw which may be followed by a Q&A. The author "promises to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth". You can catch that show at Union Pool on 10/26 (one week from today) where the the Oxbow fronman will be joined by Man's Gin (a musical performance).
Eugene: ...A LONG SLOW SCREW is much more a product of the Freudian iD... mostly as its focus is the functioning of filthy lucre and our relationship to the corrosive power of cash and all about what we WANT. it's also much more rollicking but in my mind is almost a book of philosophy for thems that are deep thinkers. for everybody else it's just good ol' crazy crime and chaos.
But as these are eternal preoccupations of mine the inspiration came out of spending much of my free time during a certain period of my life hanging around very very bad guys.
Man's Gin played Precious Metal last night with Goldhail, and recently released their debut LP Smiling Dogs via Profound Lore. The band, which made their NYC debut supporting Altar of Plagues at The Studio at Webster Hall, features Fade of Batillus (who play the BV-BBG CMJ showcase on 10/23 at Union Pool).
All tour dates and some video are below.
Kirk Fisher (aka K. Lloyd) of Buzzov*en (more by Samantha Marble)
Kirk Fisher and the rest of Buzzov*en destroyed Public Assembly with Black Tusk and Ramming Speed at their first show in NYC in 12 years last month. But Buzzov*en isn't Fisher's only persona. He also plays solo as K. Lloyd and in "supergroup" K. Lloyd & The Disciples with Jimmy Bower and Brian Patton, collectively of Eyehategod, Down, and Soilent Green fame. In both cases, think less dirge and riffy destruction, and more aching Southern blues.
K Lloyd will play a surprise show at Union Pool on TUESDAY (tomorrow, 10/12) with the great Erik Wunder (Cobalt/Man's Gin) at 9PM. $8 gets you in.
The Brooklyn show flyer, an (((unartig))) video from the Buzzov*en show, some other videos, and a few Eyehategod dates, below...
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
Altar of Plagues
A hearty thanks go out to all who attended the fantastic show at The Studio at Webster Hall on Sunday (8/1), where transcendant Irish black metallers Altar of Plagues and Chicago's similarly punchy Velnias teamed up with NYC's black metal/hardcore assualt team Castevet and rootsy Cobalt side-project Man's Gin as part of a BrooklynVegan/Haunting The Chapel production.
Most, if not all, of the Sunday turnout arrived early and stayed for the duration of all four bands, and those who did arrive early were treated to Man's Gin's second show ever and first with a full lineup (that included a piano and an upright bass). With Josh and Fade of Inswarm (Fade also plays in Batillus) backing Erik Wunder (of Cobalt), the soulful achy stomp of Smiling Dogs tracks like "Solid Gold Telephone" strongly revealed themselves live.
As usual, Castevet delivered hardcore tinged black metal that was muscular and riveting. They will make an excellent match AND departure for KEN Mode's noisecore assault at Acheron on August 17th.
Velnias followed, and the band has expanded from a three to a four piece since I last caught them (December of 2008). The addition has increased their live firepower and bombast exponentially; Velnias gave a dynamic and emotional performanc, complete with swelling highs and crashing lows delivered by candlelight. Mogwai would be proud.
Altar of Plagues finished off the night with similarly powerful set culled from their recent output White Tomb and Tides EP. With a member of Lake of Blood filling in for departed AoP member Jer Spillane (who left the band two weeks before tour), Altar of Plagues made a triumphant NYC debut that night, and definitely felt more powerful than their recorded output suggests.
More pics and some video are below....
words by BBG, Elbo Room photos by Taylor Keahey
Smiling Dogs by Man's Gin
Simply put, Cobalt is my shit. In release after release of riveting blackened war metal (including recent fave Gin), Cobalt has proved a laser-pointed focus on well-crafted and incendiary songwriting. With half of the band (Phil McSorely) tending to the duties of soldier-at-war, multi-instrumentalist Erik Wunder delved into new directions with his solo project Man's Gin. Due at the end of August via Profound Lore is the band's debut album Smiling Dogs, an effort more akin to a southern-fried acoustic Alice-in-Chains that dips its toes into the same gothic blues-y gene pool that produced bands like Wovenhand (who is coming to NYC with Sareena Maneesh) and Dax Riggs (him too). Dig on the title track and "Solid Gold Telephone" which makes its first appearance above. It's a surprising turn for the man associated with such destructive output in the past, but a fascinating one nonetheless.
Man's Gin will play NYC on August 1st, alongside Altar of Plagues (who we interviewed), Velnias, and Castevet at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are still available. The show takes place two days before another BV event in the same venue with Black Cobra/Howl/Struck By Lightning/East of The Wall. Tickets are still available for that as well.
Altar of Plagues and Velnias are currently on the road together, and the band teamed up with Dispirit (who we profiled here) and headliner Inquisition (who played NYC in May) at the Elbo Room in San Francisco on July 16th. Pics from that show are below...
Mounds of Ash
If you're anything like me, you've probably been bumping the latest Altar of Plagues EP, Tides, for a few weeks now (order a copy). The EP is the follow-up to the band's incredible 2009 LP (one of my faves of the year) White Tomb and while I've thoroughly enjoyed all of their work thus far, I've yet to catch the Irish black metal combo live. That will change this summer!
BrooklynVegan and Haunting The Chapel are proud to present the NYC debut of Altar of Plagues with Velnias, Castevet, and Man's Gin on August 1st at The Studio @ Webster Hall! Tickets are on sale for the show, which is part of a larger tour for AoP and Velnias.
Altar of Plagues recently, and triumphantly, played Roadburn 2010 (twice!) alongside an amazing cast of characters despite the volcanic ash situation. Streaming sets from the band's appearance aren't currently available, but sets by Brant Bjork, Earthless, Firebird, Horisont, Nachtmystium, Pagan Altar, Shever, Trinacria and Yob are! Scoot on over to check them out.
Castevet will share multiple dates with the AoP/Velnias tour, and the band recently welcomed their new LP Mounds of Ash on Profound Lore Records. Check out the NEW track from the LP "Red Aura" available for download above. The band will celebrate that release with an absolutely unmissable lineup that will play alongside the NYC band at Lit Lounge on Monday 6/7: Woe, Batillus, and Flourishing!
While Man's Gin is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Erik Wunder of Cobalt, don't mistake his new project for a war metal assault. Man's Gin is more akin to a mix of Tom Waits, Alice In Chains, or Angels of Light, but is nonetheless a fascinating listen. A teaser for the band's upcoming LP is available above, look for it later this year on Profound Lore Records, and get to The Studio early!
The Justin Bartlett (!) designed NYC show flyer, some videos, and full tour dates are below...
Man's Gin will make their first NYC appearance (and first public outing, to my knowledge) TONIGHT (5/21) at Trash Bar in Brooklyn starting at 11PM. For the unfamiliar, Man's Gin features Erik Wunder of the great Cobalt. He's also a member of Jarboe's band (Jarboe is playing Union Pool next Tuesday).
In related news, another member of Jarboe's band, Fade Kainer, plays in Batillus who will play Union Pool on July 13th alongside Salome and Landmine Marathon. Batillus is currently recording their new LP with Sanford Parker and have a studio diary at MetalSucks.