Entries tagged with: Mewithoutyou
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
The Menzingers / Pianos Become the Teeth / Restorations
The stacked tour of The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and Restorations hit NYC at Webster Hall on Friday (11/27). It was the final date of the tour, and all the bands mentioned on stage how much they had been loving it. Pianos singer Kyle Durfey said of his band, "I think I speak for the five of us when I say we could tour with these three bands for the rest of our lives."
The venue was still gradually filling up as Restorations abruptly took the stage for their very early 6:15 set time, going right into "Separate Songs" without so much as a "hello" or anything. Each band on this bill was distinctly different from every other, and with Restorations' post-rock-infected heartland rock, they managed to occupy the exact middle ground between The Menzingers and Pianos Become the Teeth. They sounded awesome as always, with a set mostly pulled from last year's LP3 (but with a few older ones too). It was a great start to a night that just kept getting better.
Pianos Become the Teeth followed, with the most dead-serious set of the night. Kyle's sincerity is always disarming, and the band continue to be one of the most intense live bands on the post-hardcore circuit (thanks in no small part to the inhuman ability of drummer David Haik). It's not often you'll see a huge chunk of the crowd screaming their lungs out for the second band on a four-band bill, especially one who finished their set well before 8 PM, but that's exactly what happened for Pianos Become the Teeth. They're the kind of band that elicits fiercely emotional reactions from their fans at just about every show.
Next was mewithoutYou, whose career began something of a second life this year thanks to their great new album Pale Horses. They released two post-hardcore classics before the rest of the bill commercially released even one song, yet they fit in seamlessly with the other three bands. It seems entirely possible that a portion of the crowd gravitated to mewithoutYou more recently, and Pale Horses is a fine entry point to the band. They focused most heavily on that album, but if you did come hoping for older stuff you got plenty of that too. "Torches Together," "Messes of Men," "Gentlemen" and "Son of a Widow" were all played and sounded great next to the new songs. Not many bands can smoothly transition from acoustic guitars and accordions to distorted guitars and screaming, but mewithoutYou seem to pull it off effortlessly.
And finally it was The Menzingers. The first three bands were the more difficult/ambitious bands of the night, but The Menzingers bring total fun. Beers were flying, bodies were endlessly moving, and the crowd never stopped screaming. The band members were in great spirits too, smiling the whole time and loading their set with favorites like "Good Things," "Gates," "The Obituaries," "I Don't Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore," "In Remission," and so many more. As killer of an end to the night as you could ask for.
The tour is over, but The Menzingers will play their holiday show in Scranton with Tigers Jaw and more this December. More pictures from Webster Hall, below...
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For our first show, BV editors Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Dave sat down to talk about some of our favorite music of 2015 so far, and other digressions. We taped the show in late July, so keep that in mind if any of it sounds slightly dated. (A segment where Bill bets Dave a million dollars that Lush will never ever reform was cut.)
Anyone can listen, though you will need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber to hear our lovely speaking voices.
Other Spotify In Residence shows/hosts include former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, dance act Jungle, and UK grime artist Big Narstie.
Stay tuned for a brand new BrooklynVegan episode in December. Meanwhile, listen to November's...
photo by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Pianos Become the Teeth @ Le Poisson Rouge - 8/22/2015
The Menzingers / mewithoutYou tour was already going to be a killer double bill, and this thing just turned into a killer quadruple bill. Heartland punks Restorations and gripping post-hardcore band Pianos Become the Teeth were both added.
The tour hits NYC on November 27 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
photo: mewithoutYou at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
The Menzingers recently announced a short tour with mewithoutYou and a show at NYC's Webster Hall without mewithoutYou. Now the two bands have added many more tour dates together, and mwY were added to that NYC show.
The Webster Hall show happens November 27, and tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
mewithoutYou recently wrapped up a headlining tour, which we caught in NYC.
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
mewithoutYou @ Bowery Ballroom - 7/17/15
mewithoutYou wrapped up their tour with Foxing and Field Mouse over the weekend, hitting NYC at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (7/17). mewithoutYou haven't ever stopped making good records or putting on good live shows, but this year's Pale Horses does still feel like a "we're back!" moment for them, and the Bowery show did too. Not counting last year's Catch For Us The Foxes 10th anniversary tour, this was the biggest and most energized crowd I've seen for them in NYC in a while. If it wasn't sold out, it was definitely close, and people were singing and clapping along all night.
The band sounded very consistent too. When they first came out with the whimsical indie folk of a song like this, it was a little jarring coming from a band who once made heavy post-hardcore like this. (They're good at both sounds though.) Pale Horses ties their many styles together without ever leaning too far in a particular direction, which helped their live set do the same. They included all three "spider" songs from Brother, Sister, but instead of having them lead into songs from that album, each led into a different Pale Horses song seamlessly. They opened their encore with the opening song of Catch For Us The Foxes ("Torches Together"), and then brought out their old pal Kevin Devine to wrap up with two very different album closers. First they did the campfire folk of "Allah, Allah, Allah" and then shifted to the intricately-layered art rock of "In A Sweater Poorly Knit." Hearing those three in a row showed in one batch of songs how diverse mewithoutYou can get. And hearing this year's "Red Cow" right into 2006's "Nice & Blue, Pt. 2" earlier in the night showed just how well the new material works with their more classic songs.
Kevin Devine wasn't the only guest during their set. They also brought out Conor Murphy, frontman of opening band Foxing, to play trumpet on "Cattail Down." He got massive cheers when he came out, which is pretty amazing considering he's of the opening, much-younger band. But it makes sense -- the two bands are a great fit. Like mewithoutYou, Foxing bring their vocals to a scream just enough times that they'll probably get called "post-hardcore," but they're more interested in making ambitious, genre-defying rock music than sticking to the typical characteristics of any one genre. Conor's voice is a beautiful falsetto as often as it's a rough yell, and instrumentally the band nears Caspian or This Will Destroy You-style post-rock. I've seen them a few times before, but Friday's set had to be the best. They were aided by a violinist/keyboardist for the whole set, a sax player for one song and a clarinet player for another, which had them sounding even more epic than usual. (I don't like to throw that word around, but this set really was epic.) And while Foxing probably won over a few mewithoutYou fans on this tour, I wouldn't be surprised if the opposite happened as well. They're a talented young band, and rising quickly. Maybe some of their fans who missed the boat on mewithoutYou discovered that band through this tour too.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom, and mewithoutYou's setlist, below...
photo: The Menzingers at BV-RBSS in New Brunswick in April (more by Drew Gurian)
Philly punks The Menzingers have announced a short fall tour, surrounding their appearance at The Fest (which recently added bands). All dates are with the also great and very different Philly band mewithoutYou (who also play The Fest), except the NYC show.
The NYC date is November 27 at Webster Hall, and the rest of that lineup is TBA. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/10) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (7/9) at 10 AM (password = MENZ2015). All dates are listed below.
All dates for both bands are listed, with some music/videos, below...
Gainesville punk bonanza The Fest has added more bands to its 2015 lineup. There's reunited hardcore legends Government Issue (who also play NYC this month), party animal Andrew WK, Ramonesy punks Mean Jeans, Gainesville vets Radon, one of Mikey Erg's many bands Hatrabbits, a solo set from KJ of Chixdiggit, emo revivalists Football etc, and more.
The lineup also includes a lineup of late '90s/early '00s Florida punks The Beltones, who played a few other reunion shows this current decade like Punk Rock Bowling 2012. To quote a 5-star Punk News review of their second and final album, 2001's Cheap Trinkets:
The Beltones possess a wide variety of influences-from rockabilly to the Pogues-and the convergance of such varying styles while maintaining a strong punk feel is no easy task. But the Beltones do it really well, and such talent recalls the brillaince of a band like the Swingin' Utters. Another reason this band stands apart from the rest is the emotional depth of the songs. I'm not going to make absurd comparisons by calling the lyrics Dickinsonian or whatever, but singer Bill McFadden is a pretty adept song writer. His lyrics of alienation, pain, lost hope are a refreshing substitute to the "beer guzzling because my girl left me so I'm gonna go to the pub and get in a fight with my bros backing me up" b.s. that is so prevalent in punk today.Stream Cheap Trinkets, and check out the full list of Fest additions and updated lineup, below...
photo: Foxing at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in January (more by Mimi Hong)
Our hearts are truly broken.Sad to hear. As the above message says, if you'd like to help them out, you can pick up some merch or donate via PayPal (FoxingTheBand@gmail.com).
Last night while we sleeping our trailer stolen. Literally all of our gear, a lot of Lithuania's gear, most of our clothes, personal items, and all of our merchandise was taken from us. We've contacted the police and filed a report; but as most bands who have been in our position can attest to, chances of recovery are low. We've known so many bands who have gone through this ordeal; at this point in history it truly feels like it's not a matter of if but rather when. Still, there is a difference between witnessing it and living it, and we are definitely 'living it' right now. I gotta tell you, it's just as soul crushing as one might imagine. There are a myriad of emotions running through our collective right now; just writing this is a bit overwhelming. I am grateful this isn't a message in regards to a car accident or a personal injury, we are all together and trying to remain positive, but like I said at the beginning: this is truly heart breaking.
This may be self-aggrandizing but I look at musicians, and artists a whole, as social servants. It is function and duty of the artist to bring something to other's lives; in a very small way offer ourselves and our work to the world and hopefully bring people together. Perhaps this is trite, but simply put, the arts saved my life. I know I can speak for everyone in the band when I say that our lives have been forever changed by witnessing and playing music in a live setting. Further more, from meeting and talking to strangers around the country, I believe that we are not alone. Our joy comes from playing our songs for friends and strangers alike, and in so, our instruments were an extension of ourselves; whoever took our things last night took our ability to perform; they took away a part of all of us. We are devastated.
-We are putting all of our shirt designs up on our store; if you've ever felt like you want a Foxing shirt, snagging one now would directly help us stay above water: http://foxing.merchnow.com/
-Also, this is really hard for me to write because we've always prided ourselves on our self-sufficiency, but we are hurting right now--if you feel like making a donation, you can send something via PayPal: FoxingTheBand@gmail.com
If you've read this far down: thank you for your time. We will update you as soon as we can.
Today is a sad day; let's hold onto to love
The tour with mewithoutYou hits NYC on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that are still available.
All remaining dates are listed, with music from both bands, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: mewithoutYou at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
mewithoutYou are a week away from releasing their sixth album, Pale Horses (due 6/16 via Run for Cover), and now they're streaming the whole thing ahead of its release. We mentioned how lead single "Red Cow" most immediately recalled their great 2006 album, Brother, Sister, and that's pretty much the approach that all of Pale Horses takes. Brother, Sister was the transitioning point from their heavy post-hardcore beginnings to their whimsical folk rock period, keeping their earlier roots intact on songs like "Wolf Am I! (And Shadow)" and "Nice And Blue (Part 2)" while introducing what was to come on "Messes of Men" and the "Spider" trilogy. Similarly, Pale Horses combines elements of both of those sounds, and it does so without sounding like a trip back to 2006.
Like Brother, Sister, the new album opens with a soft song, "Pale Horse," before kicking things up a notch on track two, "Watermelon Ascot." They get quiet again on "Dorothy" and "Magic Lantern Days," loud again on "Mexican War Streets" and the epic 6+ minute closer "Rainbow Signs." But more often than not, Pale Horses has them sounding like the band who wrote "January 1979" and the band who wrote "Every Thought A Thought of You" on the same song. Aaron Weiss is often switching from his sung vocals to his speak-shouted ones, and the guitars are back and forth between eccentric clean-toned patterns and crushing distorted ones. If you're already a fan of the band, you probably don't need my or anyone's suggestion to listen to this record. But if you're new to them, it's the kind of music that Fugazi, Radiohead and Neutral Milk Hotel fans could all agree on (that may sound far-fetched, but this band really is diverse). And if you're into the comparatively newer (and by now, probably more popular) band La Dispute but haven't checked out mwY, this is a must-listen.
Updated list of tour dates and the new album stream (via Noisey) below...
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
American Nightmare / mewithoutYou / crowd
Asbury Park's 2015 Skate & Surf Festival went down this past Saturday (8/16) and Sunday (8/17) with a handful of great bands both days. The festival takes place right on the oceanfront by the boardwalk, with the two main stages in the grassy Bradley Park (overlooked by Convention Hall), two smaller side stages on a fenced off section of Ocean Avenue, and an even smaller tent with bands too. It was super easy to move around and see at least a portion of everyone you wanted to. It wasn't one of those festivals where you spend time waiting around for a band to come on.
An early highlight for me on Saturday was the shapeshifting mewithoutYou, who have a new record coming. They played the recently-released "Red Cow" from that, as well as one other that hasn't been released yet. Plus we got a good sampling from the rest of their catalog -- the heavy ("January 1979," "Bullet to Binary"), the epic ("In A Sweater Poorly Knit"), the whimsical ("All Circles"), and more.
I then caught a bit of Nora and I would have seen American Nightmare after that, but my misjudgment of time and the festival's long food lines (they only had two vendors besides a stand in the alcohol tent with wings and nachos) caused me to only catch two songs. On the bright side, I caught their last-minute Saint Vitus show on Sunday night, which was the best thing I saw all weekend.
The best thing I saw at the actual festival though, was Thrice. It was their first NYC-area show since ending their three-year hiatus, and despite Dustin Kensrue saying on stage that he was rusty, they were anything but. They opened with the atmospheric sludge of "Firebreather," a song that in hindsight has more in common with Baroness or Torche than most of the artists considered similar to Thrice, and immediately you knew you were watching a seasoned, impossibly tight band. They thrashed around on stage in the most natural, un-choreographed way possible, and the level of musicianship each member has is really a remarkable thing to see.
After "Firebreather" came "The Arsonist" into "Stare at the Sun" into "All That's Left," and it pretty much seemed like this set was unstoppable. It wasn't perfect though. If you ask me, Thrice are at their best when they're at their heaviest, and their decision to follow "All That's Left" with five softer/slower songs (mostly from the latter half of their career), was kind of a lull in the set. (Personally, I would have taken more than just one song off The Illusion of Safety over that whole slower section.) Those complaints aside though, Thrice came back in strong with "The Artist in the Ambulance" into "Silhouette" (the heaviest song in the set next to "Firebreather") into "Deadbolt," the oldest song they played and still a monumental Thrice song after 13 years. Their full setlist is below.
Other highlights throughout the day included raspy punks Iron Chic, the grungy Superheaven, melodic hardcore bashers Defeater, metal/punk rippers Cancer Bats, and Celtic punk lifers Dropkick Murphys. Pictures of those bands, everyone mentioned above and more, continue below...
photo: Title Fight at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gainesville punk festival The Fest returns for its 14th year from October 30 - November 1, and today they added a bunch of more bands to their lineup. Additions include Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, another reunion show from The Progress, Into It Over It, Pet Symmetry, As Friends Rust, Pianos Become the Teeth, Smoke Or Fire (playing Above the City), Bigwig, Loma Prieta, TWIABP, Cayetana, Superheaven, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Told Slant, War On Women, Pujol and many more. Full list of additions below.
The newly-added bands join Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Iron Reagan, Modern Baseball, Lagwagon and many more.
Tickets go on sale June 1. Lineup additions below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Cloud Nothings at NYU Strawberry Fest last week (more by Mimi Hong)
Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival returned in 2013 after being inactive for eight years. This weekend (May 16 & 17) it's back for its third consecutive year, and the 2015 lineup is by far the best of the three. This year, there's only a few bands that we wouldn't want to see, so to narrow things down a bit, we made a list of the ten bands we're most excited to see at Skate & Surf 2015. Hopefully this will help you out if looking for some suggestions, or maybe it'll help you decide if you're on the fence about attending.
By the way, we're also giving away tickets. You can enter to win, and check our our list (in alphabetical order), below...
Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival is this weekend (May 16-17) with a pretty great lineup of punk, pop punk, indie rock, post-hardcore and more. There's a few conflicts (fans of both Hot Rod Circuit and Cloud Nothings have a tough choice to make), but it mostly looks like a pretty convenient schedule. Check out the full thing (including a few recently-added bands) below.
by Andrew Sacher
'Pale Horses' artwork
The ever-evolving mewithoutYou recently announced that their Will Yip-produced sixth album Pale Horses will be out June 16 via Run for Cover, and now they just revealed its first song. "Red Cow" most immediately recalls the art rock/post-hardcore blend of 2006's Brother, Sister, which is a pretty great thing. (Their whole discography is great, but that's their best album if you ask me.) Aaron Weiss sings the verses, brings his speak-shouts back in the huge choruses, and plenty of the kind of indie-prog riffs mewithoutYou became known for the mid-2000s are here too. Check it out below.
Gainesville's annual punk festival The Fest returns in 2015 for its 14th year (hence Fest 14) from October 30 to November 1, and like in previous years, a handful of the bands play Pre-Fest in Little Ybor from October 28-29. This year's initial lineup was just announced and it includes Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Tim Barry, The Jazz June, Drug Church, Pup, The City on Film, Kepi Ghoulie, Beach Slang, Frameworks, Foxing, Iron Reagan, Crocodiles, Cult Leader, Young Widows, Xerxes, Jeff Rosenstock, Restorations, Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, Chumped, The Sidekicks, Mikey Erg, Night Birds, Tiltwheel, Lagwagon, Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket and many more.
Tickets are set to go on sale via The Fest's website June 1.
by Andrew Sacher
mewithoutYou (photo by Amie Santavicca)
Philly shapeshifters mewithoutYou will follow Ten Stories with their sixth album this year, and to release it they signed with fast-rising label Run for Cover who have been killing it lately with Pity Sex, Makthaverskan, Tigers Jaw, Cloakroom and so much more. Here's what the label said about the signing:
We could not be more excited to announce Run For Cover has signed the legendary mewithoutYou. We will be releasing the bands 6th LP (produced by Will Yip) this summer, which is the incredible follow up to 2013's Ten Stories. The band's forthcoming LP is a carefully focused and personal album that spans the band's impressive career. From the frightened intensity of Catch Us For the Foxes and [A -> B] Life to the subdued and urgent Ten Stories, the band has truly created an album that complements and expands on their incredible 15 year existence.The new album's called Pale Horses and it will be out on June 16. As mentioned in the quote above, it was prodcuced by Will Yip, who's recently worked on great albums by Braid, Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and many more. Check out the album trailer below.
mewithoutYou are playing NJ's Skate & Surf festival in May, and after that they'll go on a tour with Foxing, another band with punk rock roots and art rock tendencies. The first leg also has Lithuania (mem Dr. Dog) opening, and the second leg has alt-popsters Field Mouse. (Both Field Mouse and Lithuania also open select dates of the Hop Along tour, and Hop Along not long ago opened for mewithoutYou.)
The run with Field Mouse hits NYC on July 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/15) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the tour flyer, album trailer, and some videos from the bands on the tour, below...
photo: Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Studio in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Pianos Become the Teeth went on a short headlining tour last year in support of their great 2014 album Keep You, and they've now announced a much longer one. Like last time, this one will include support from Gates, as well as hardcore rippers Loma Prieta.
Pianos also play two nearby festivals: Long Island's Spring Mixtape Fest on 3/28 with Title Fight, Defeater and more (tickets); and Asbury Park's Skate & Surf on 5/16 & 17 with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more (tickets).
In addition to those, they also play SXSW and two other fests. Before Skate & Surf they play Cleveland's Spring Fling Festival (5/15) with The Movielife, mewithoutYou, Defeater, Iron Chic, Loma Prieta and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.
And a few days after Skate & Surf they play Michigan's Bled Fest (5/23) with Touche Amore, Modern Life Is War, The Early November, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Restorations and more. Tickets are on sale. Full lineup below.
Asbury Park festival Skate & Surf has expanded its lineup once again, and this thing just keeps getting better and better. Cloud Nothings, Iron Chic, Defeater, Defeater alt-country side project Alcoa, Hot Rod Circuit (first show announced for their Sorry About Tomorrow-era lineup reunion), and Thrice (first US reunion date announced) have all been added, joining a lineup of The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.
The day-by-day lineups have also been revealed, and you can check those out below. Tickets are still available.
In related news, Alcoa recently announced a tour which hits NYC on March 13 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Choir Vandals, AJ Smith and Owel. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. All dates are listed below. Defeater also play Long Island in March with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and more (tickets).
As discussed, punk festival Skate & Surf is returning to Asbury Park on May 16 & 17 this year with a handful of great bands including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys and more. Now the festival's lineup has expanded and there's some pretty impressive additions including The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos Become the Teeth, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Runaway Brother, Spraynard, NORA (also playing NateFest), Poison the Well (who went on hiatus in 2010, six years after current Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller left the band), and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Elvis Perkins at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Jessica Amaya)
As discussed, Dr. Dog are releasing a live album and going on a tour which includes an eight-night run in NYC. Since we last spoke, openers for those shows were announced. Their schedule now looks like this:
01-09 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ TwainTickets for all shows except 1/10 and 1/17 are still available.
01-10 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ The Districts
01-11 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ Elvis Perkins
01-12 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY w/ mewithoutYou
01-14 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir
01-15 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ mewithoutYou
01-16 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Yellerkin
01-17 Bowery Ballroom New York NY w/ Field Mouse
Elvis Perkins is set to release a new album, I Aubade, on February 24 via his own MIR Records. He recently put out the album's first single, "Hogus Pogus," which falls on his softer folky side. You can stream that, with the album tracklist and artwork, below. The show with Dr. Dog is his only announced date at the moment but he plans to tour again in the spring.
mewithoutYou are also planning a new album for 2015. Most details on that are still TBA, but they recently put out a trailer for it called "Thy foes profanely rage" (album title?) which has a short clip of music and ends with "LP6 / MMXV." Stay tuned for more on that. After their two NYC shows with Dr. Dog, they open for them on several of their spring dates as well. All of those dates are listed below.
The show with The Districts is sold out too, but there's two more chances to catch them in NYC as well. They play the 12/29 show during Deer Tick's Brooklyn Bowl residency (tickets), and they've got a headlining tour kicking off at Bowery Ballroom on February 10 with Pine Barons (tickets). All of their dates are listed below too. They've also got a new album, A Flourish and a Spoil, due out February 10 via Fat Possum. You can stream a track from that below as well.
by Andrew Sacher
mewithoutYou @ Irving Plaza - 10/16/14 (via Vishal Manglani)
Back in the mid-2000s, before there was an emo revival but long after emo had become a dirty word, a few bands from "that scene" were coming out with boundary pushing music that could easily defy being pigeonholed into said scene (but often were anyway). One of these bands was mewithoutYou. While mewithoutYou were never emo, they were certainly grouped with those bands (perhaps being labelmates with Underoath and Futher Seems Forever had something to do with this), and even at this point almost anything remotely emo, post-hardcore, punk, pop punk, etc is called "emo revival." mewithoutYou shifted sounds several times throughout their career (which is still going strong), and arguably their most compelling stuff came when the post-hardcore of their early material took a turn towards art rock, resulting in two near-perfect albums. The first of those was Catch For Us The Foxes, which they're currently playing in full on tour for its 10th anniversary. I've always thought that its followup, 2006's Brother, Sister, is their crowning achievement so far (and my fingers are crossed for a tour of that one in 2016), but Catch is a close second for me and many fans consider it their best, which was very clear at last night's (10/16) NYC stop of the tour at Irving Plaza.
I've caught mewithoutYou a few times on recent tours, but neither the band nor the crowd have been as intense as the both were last night. It was clear that mewithoutYou are having a great time revisiting the album, with all of the members smiling and acting more lively on stage than they were even earlier this year. They sounded great playing those songs too. They were super tight, and those ten-year old songs sounded fresh (partially thanks to great newer bands like La Dispute keeping that sound alive). And the crowd was loving every second, yelling every word, and clapping surprisingly in time with a few of the more off-kilter drum beats. There was one moment when Aaron Weiss leapt into the crowd (something I've never seen him do) and the surrounding fans all mobbed the people who caught him.
mewithoutYou (via Kelsey Peters)
The band left the stage for only a minute or so after playing the album before returning for an 8-song encore that touched on all four of their other albums. Brother, Sister was really well represented, with five songs total including two of the "Spider" songs used as transitions. The other albums all got one each, and whether it was the dissonant post-hardcore of "Gentlemen" or the major key folk of "Goodbye, I!" the band stayed in great form and the crowd kept eating it up.
The Appleseed Cast (via Washed Up Emo)
mewithoutYou weren't the only band to get excited about at this show though. The whole East Coast leg of the tour has had a great triple bill with The Appleseed Cast and Hop Along. The Appleseed Cast are veterans themselves, and those guys actually do have emo roots -- their 1998 debut, The End of the Ring Wars, is an excellent SDRE-inspired album, though they'd never sound that way again and good luck hearing those songs live these days -- but like mewithoutYou, by the 2000s they were also operating in a realm that couldn't exactly be tied to one scene. It was still sorta emo, but more often it was gorgeous post rock, and that side of them was on display during last night's very solid set. They included a few tracks from their newest LP, 2013's Illumination Ritual, but otherwise picked major highlights from the early-mid 2000s years like the guitar noodling of "Fishing the Sky," the atmospheric pop of "Here We Are (Family in the Hallway)," and the truly beautiful post rock build of "On Reflection."
And while two veterans on one bill is a great time, you don't want to get too caught up in nostalgia so it was very welcome that the much newer and also great indie/emo/whatever band Hop Along opened. Hop Along basically always win us over and last night was no exception. Frances Quinlan is always on fire as a singer, but especially last night with her voice turning into a roar even more than usual. Like other recent sets, they included some new material (really, when are we getting that new album?) and we got live staples like "Kids on the Boardwalk" and "Tibetan Pop Stars" from Get Disowned and their great 2013 single, "Sister Cities."
mewithoutYou and The Appleseed Cast's setlists below...
by Andrew Sacher
Hop Along @ Bowery Ballroom - 7/11/14 (via Marc Viloria)
Philly indie rockers Hop Along just wrapped up a run as openers on the Owls reunion tour. That tour hit NYC this past Friday (7/11) at Bowery Ballroom where, despite being openers, Hop Along had the place packed and plenty of people singing along. New stuff sounded good too. They've now been added to yet another nostalgia tour, mewithoutYou's Catch for Us the Foxes 10th anniversary tour with post rock vets The Appleseed Cast. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on October 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for what is now a great triple bill are still available. Updated Hop Along dates are listed below.
That Owls tour was a rare chance to see Mike Kinsella back on the drums. He'll return to NYC, but on guitar/vocals this time, when the American Football reunion tour hits Webster Hall for three sold-out shows in October, as well as for his Owen show happening the day before.
In related news, Joyce Manor, whose new album for Epitaph Never Hungover Again features Hop Along's Frances Quinlan on the cover, are streaming that album on NPR. It's 19 minutes of scrappy punk goodness, so give it a listen if you've got a few. They're celebrating that LP with an in-store on release day (7/22) at Rough Trade NYC (we're giving away tickets) and they'll be back here on their full tour in September.
All Hop Along dates are listed, with a live video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
mewithoutYou already announced a West Coast/Southwest 10th anniversary tour for Catch For Us the Foxes with TWIABP and they've now finally added an East Coast leg with post rock greats The Appleseed Cast. That tour hits NJ on October 4 at Starland Ballroom and NYC on October 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/20) at 10 AM with a presale for NJ starting Thursday (6/19) at 9 AM and Live Nation/Music Geeks presales for NYC starting Wednesday (6/18) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
mewithoutYou have gone through many styles over the course of their 14-year career, and Catch for Us the Foxes (along with its 2006 followup, Brother, Sister) is when the band nailed a mix of art rock and post-hardcore. For good reason, it's from what's generally considered to be their most beloved period. It's home of some of their best songs, including "Paper Hanger," "Four Word Letter (Pt. Two)," "Torches Together," plenty more, and of course what may be the closest thing they have to a universal fan favorite, "January 1979." Refresh your memory with a couple CFUTF videos, with the list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
How many albums do you know of that feature guest appearances from two pioneers of emo, one of the finest vocalists in modern-day post-hardcore, two members of a certain Welsh indie pop collective, a shapeshifting art rocker, and one of the biggest pop punk frontmen of all time? Still counting? Well you can add the new Say Anything album, Hebrews (due out 6/10 via Equal Vision), to your list. Max Bemis & co.'s new album features the lead singers of The Get Up KIds, Braid, Touche Amore, Los Campesinos!, mewithoutYou and blink-182, not to mention The Front Bottoms, Manchester Orchestra, Saves the Day, Balance & Composure and still more. Oh, and don't forget Say Anything family members Eisley.
Hebrews is Say Anything's sixth full length album and second on Equal Vision since leaving their major label. And like most of their recent releases, it faces the potential doom of living in the shadow of 2004's ...Is A Real Boy. When that album came out (and even more so when it really broke in 2006 when J reissued it and "Alive with the Glory of Love" was released as a single), it came as a breath of fresh air for the pop punk/emo world which was largely in its unfortunate mallcore phase. To quote The Progress from that same year, it was just similar haircuts with different names. But ...Is A Real Boy, which was only vaguely pop punk or emo, broke from that mold while still being associated with it. The album combined the unconventional with the conventional, let no song by without various bridges and unpredictable changes, and was filled with unstoppable ambition. It makes sense that the veterans of the genre want to be on his new album but trash many other bands that came in their wake.
Anytime a breakthrough is that ambitious and that successful, following it up becomes a treacherous task, and audiences will judge every move you make. Max, always one to be self-aware (see "Admit It!!!"), ahem, admits it on the new album's track "Lost My Touch," which premieres in this post. "Some say I've lost my touch at crafting Say Anything songs," begins Max, before addressing younger musicians on how they can take his place: "Just string together lines of smug self-loathing bile." It sounds tongue-in-cheek but also incredibly earnest, a somber piano ballad version of what made the more aggressive "Admit It!!!" so compelling. And at the end of the song, he brings in Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm to provide a very Touche Amore-like verse, the kind that anyone who's ever connected with TA's own piano ballad, "Condolences," should find rewarding. The great irony by the end of it is you realize Max has crafted a pretty damn good Say Anything song.
As previously mentioned, Say Anything is going on tour with some pretty great openers, The Front Bottoms (who have a new EP coming), The So So Glos and You Blew it!. That tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available.
Song stream and LP tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
Touche Amore @ LPR - 2/26/14 (via Robert Dodd)
Touche Amore and mewithoutYou brought their co-headlining tour to NYC for a sold out show at Le Poisson Rouge last night (2/26). This leg of the tour (which continues through early March), was opened by Caravels, whose blend of post-rock atmospherics, subtle technical tendencies and a vocalist who shouts more so than screams was an excellent primer for what was to come. The second band, Seahaven, wasn't totally my thing, but still a solid opening set.
mewithoutYou may not be as popular as they once were (the crowd seemed much crazier for Touche Amore), but they're veterans of the sound that bands like TA (and especially La Dispute) are currently doing, and they came off as such last night. As a live band, it feels like they only keep getting better, and their increasingly diverse discography gives them more and more to offer each time. We got "Bullet to Binary," a classic from their post-hardcore era, plus a handful of favorites from their beloved mid-period like "Nice and Blue Pt. 2," "Torches Together" and "A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains." But the newer material from 2012's unfairly overlooked Ten Stories shines as well, and sounds great mixed with the old.
Touche Amore took the stage after them, opening with the drum-less melancholy of "Praise / Love," and as soon as that song turned into "Anyone / Anything," LPR became a madhouse. Like any good Touche Amore show, the mosh pits hardly ever waned, and you could hear the crowd shouting over Jeremy Bolm at just about any given moment. Ending the show with "Honest Sleep" into "Condolences" gave him a final one-two punch of I-don't-even-need-my-mic songs, and on the other side of that spectrum, adding the post-rock build of "Non Fiction" into the set gave the band a chance to show they can be as powerful instrumentally as they are lyrically. Not a dull moment in their entire 20+ song set.
The Touche Amore/mewithoutYou tour continues for another week, and if you'll be in Austin for SXSW, you can catch Touche at the BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday, March 12 at Red 7 with Against Me!, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Harvey Sid Fisher and more.
Check out Touche Amore and mewithoutYou's setlists from the LPR show, with a video of mwY playing "Bullet to Binary," below...