Entries tagged with: Mina Caputo
Since vocalist Mina Caputo (who was known as Keith Caputo at the time) first left Life of Agony, shortly after the release of 1997's Soul Searching Sun, the band have reunited more than once, but usually just to play shows (which are always heavy on the material everyone loves from their classic first album River Runs Red).
Their big January 2003 reunion shows at Irving Plaza were especially glorious for the band and fans, though the excitement for many was short lived. In 2005 they released a new album called Broken Valley on Epic Records. It wasn't very successful, they were dropped from the label, and many fans were left with a bad taste in their mouth.
They didn't go away though and 2014 was an especially great year for them. Still with the complete original lineup, made even more complete with the fully transitioned Mina Caputo, their shows have been especially great again (two in their hometown of Brooklyn included). I guess it's not too surprising then, that Life of Agony will again give new material a try.
A Place Where There's No More Pain will hit sometime this year via Napalm Records, their first new material in over 10 years.
And now the band has come back to stay, as they are about to continue touring the world and release their 5th studio album, the first in over a decade, since 2005's Broken Valley.No word yet on more U.S. shows, but we can assume this means there will be some of those on the way. They just played one at Starland Ballroom in early December. Check out a Scott Weiland tribute they did and more videos from that Mina birthday show, along with a bigger version of the new cover art (presubaly designed by bassist and comic book artist Alan Roberts), below...
Bassist Alan Robert comments: "I think our fans know that our music comes from a very real place of suffering, from all of us in the band. Many of our fans have told us over the years that sharing our personal struggles has been cathartic for them in healing the pain in their own lives. That uplifting energy we share at the shows, gives us hope that there's light at the end of the tunnel. And for us and hopefully our fans, that short time when we're all together is a place where there's no more pain."
"Life Of Agony is without a doubt one of the most exciting and energetic Rock bands of our times. It is an honour to work with such talent, we are excited to announce their signing to Napalm Records and release the band's first album after over a decade." states Thomas Caser, CEO of Napalm Records, about the recent signing with legendary LIFE OF AGONY.
Life of Agony at East Coast Tsunami (photo by Jimmy Ferrari)
Life of Agony have been slowly becoming more and more active lately. Mina Caputo & co. recently played their first two hometown shows in ages, and the Brooklyn band made their way to Reading, PA this past weekend for the East Coast Tsunami festival with Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, Body Count, Madball and more. Anyone go to that? There's a picture above and you can check out a video below.
Now they've announced that they'll celebrate "Mina Caputo's Birthday Bash" in NJ on December 6 at Starland Ballroom with Walls of Jericho. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (9/30) at 10 AM. They're also touring Europe in 2016. All dates here.
It's been a while since Life of Agony played a NYC show, let alone a Brooklyn show. Last year they returned with Mina Caputo on vocals to play a single area show at NJ's Starland Ballroom. It was a sold out, packed, sweaty (and bloody) affair. Keith, now Mina, sounded great, and it's awesome that now the Brooklyn band will play a show in their home borough, and at a perfect place like The Wick in Bushwick. Tickets for the May 1st NYC show go on sale Friday (2/13) at 10am.
Even sooner, Floridians can catch LOA at Southbeast II. Over the summer, it's off to Europe. All dates are listed along with video from the 2014 NJ show, below...
bloody nose at LOA's show @ Starland Ballroom earlier this month
Stage diving is the hot topic of the week with Joyce Manor speaking out publicly against it happening at their shows. It reminded me of all the attention stage diving was getting after a kid died jumping off the stage at a Life of Agony show at L'Amour. I looked it up, and that kid was 18-year-old Christopher Mitchell, and the sad incident happened on Dec. 18, 1994, almost exactly 20 years ago. It resulted in charges (reminiscent of the Lamb of God situation), court cases, and made the NY Times. Not much has changed. Here's an excerpt from that 1996 NY Times article:
...Bands welcome it, and in some cases, have come to demand mosh pits, as an energizing form of feedback from the fans. Audiences have taken to it as a freeing physical release.Read the rest in the NY Times.
"The kids would mosh to Paul Anka right now," said John Dittmar, president of Pinnacle Entertainment, a New York booking agency. "It almost doesn't matter what band it is, the kids want to get out there and move around."
Ron Delsener, a New York concert promoter whose company handles events at arenas like the Roseland ballroom and Madison Square Garden, said that moshing is to the 1990's what jitterbugging was to the 1940's. "Moshing is getting out your stress and tensions," Mr. Delsener said. "America is pretty wild these days. Now it is not only, 'I touch you,' but 'I push you.' "
Victims of moshing are increasingly seeking damages for their injuries. According to Entertainment Insurance Agency, which specializes in insurance for performing artists, concert venues and promoters, claims are about six times what they were 10 years ago.
"We've grown into a more litigious society," said Walter R. Howell Jr., who owns Entertainment Insurance. "A lot of these are mosh pit cases."
In the same year as Mr. Mitchell's death, two young men became quadriplegics as a result of moshing injuries, according to Crowd Management Strategies, and the Woodstock concert accounted for 7,000 injuries alone.
"It ranges from chaos with etiquette where the physical contact is light, to literally a raging brawl, where there are people in the pits who come to hurt people or to sexually assault women," Mr. Wertheimer said.
Those involved in the production of concerts, however, say security is usually good and that incidents associated with moshing are the exception, not the rule.
"Maybe you'll have a broken bone or two every now and then, but the real serious injuries that you see a lot of press on is not what is happening on a day-to-day basis," said Mr. Dittmar, the booking agent, whose clients include the Spin Doctors and White Zombie. "Is it a little bit more aggressive these days? Yes, but everything is more aggressive."
Life of Agony were never the same after they witnessed someone die at one of their shows (how are Miss May I and the family of Alberto Scott doing?). LOA singer Keith Caputo (now Mina Caputo) was/is always warning the crowd to be extra careful, including at their most recent gig which was a sold out, packed house at Starland Ballroom in NJ earlier this month. Despite the warnings though, not everyone walked out of the 2014 show unscathed. The girl in the picture above suffered a bloody nose, and one dude left with blood running down his face. Neither seemed upset though, and Mina later posted: "Girl breaks nose at gig last night, Boy splits his head! Sending U both love. i Feel terrible about it! Obviously last night was incredibly amazing! Dangerous & Inspiring #LIFEOFAGONY pits R like fuckn war zones, but ironically full of love. Unreal." Love was in the air (as was bassist Alan Roberts who closed the show as usual by riding for a bit on top of the crowd).
Since our last post about bands speaking out against stagediving, others have joined in the conversation too, like The Hotelier, whose singer Christian Holden told AltPress:
I hate stage diving both as a listener and performer. When I'm playing, I don't care about the spectacle of the "wild crowd" and more so just find myself worrying if the people up front are getting kicked in the face, if the smaller folks are getting crushed and if someone is going to trip on my cable and rip the head off my bass cab or step on our pedal boards. My energy onstage correlates to the energy in the crowd, and when I see that someone is annoyed because he or she is getting crushed, it bums me out. I'd rather see peeps in the crowd yell at a stage diver or let the person fall on his or her face. There is more power in small or shy people speaking for themselves and affirming themselves in the spaces they occupy.Andrew W.K. (who almost got sued for stagediving) and Dan Ozzi of Noisey "give you in the ins and outs on how to successfully stage dive and how to take part in a mosh pit", in the recent CoS video below...
Against Me! put out six studio albums in the past 12 years, and arguably just keep getting better. Brooklyn's Life of Agony put out classic metalcore album "River Runs Red" in 1993, two more albums before 1998, and then just continued to reunite every so often without new material, not counting their short-lived attempt at a comeback with their mostly-ignored new album on Epic in 2005. Nobody should be surprised then that Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel's transformation to Laura Jane Grace received tons of attention, while LOA's Keith Caputo's transformation to Mina Caputo received much less (it was cool of Laura to have Mina open some shows for her though).
I think most Life of Agony fans thought LOA was finished for good. They already aren't an active band, and it's just hard to imagine Mina Caputo fronting LOA at this point. Maybe Against Me!'s success at making it work inspired them though, because earlier this year LOA announced they would return to the stage with Mina to play some European festivals (they were always bigger in Europe), and now a local show is officially happening too...
Life of Agony will play Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Saturday, September 13th. Tickets on sale Friday, July 18th at noon.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Lukas Hodge
Laura Jane Grace @ Knitting Factory - 8/15/13
The tour first hit NYC last night (8/15) for a sold out show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Both last night's show and tonight's show were/are being opened by another transgender punk singer, Mina Caputo (formerly Keith Caputo of Life of Agony), and Allison Weiss. Pictures and a video from last night's show are in this post.
To preview the new Against Me! album and this tour, the band released a two-track free EP on their website. It's no longer available to download, but take a listen to the powerful closing track, "True Trans Soul Rebel," along with more pictures and the video from the Knitting Factory show, below...
Against Me! at FYF Fest 2012 (more by Debi Del Grande)
Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) recently finished tracking the new Against Me! record, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and while we're still waiting on an album release date, she announced that she'll be doing some shows this year billed as "Laura Jane Grace Sings the Transgender Dysphoria Blues." Those shows include NYC dates on August 15 at Knitting Factory and August 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, June 12. The Knitting Factory show at 10 AM and the Bowery Ballroom show at noon.
In related news, Mina Caputo (formerly known as Keith Caputo of Brooklyn's Life of Agony) has been playing out in NYC a lot lately and just released a NSFW new video for a new song and the launch of an indiegogo fundraising campaign.
All currently known Laura Jane Grace dates are listed below...
Silversun Pickups are playing The Capitol Theatre on August 5. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Pat Kiernan is hosting a night of pop culture trivia at The Bell House on July 24. Tickets to that show are still available.
Mina Caputo (formerly Keith Caputo of Life of Agony) is playing The Bowery Electric on June 26. Tickets to that show are still available.
Chrome Cranks are playing Mercury Lounge on August 16. Tickets to that show go on sale today at noon.
Bust Magazine is hosting a special anniversary celebration featuring performances by David Cross and others at The Bell House on July 25. Tickets to that show are still available.
As mentioned, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade was in danger of not happening this year, due to new costly regulations and restrictions (and Hurricane Sandy). We posted already that Amanda Palmer is headlining a Save the Mermaid Parade benefit that's happening on Saturday (5/25) at Bowery Ballroom. Since we originally posted about it, the line-up of talent has expanded and now includes Mina Caputo (formerly Life of Agony singer Keith Caputo), Spanking Charlene, Beautiful Small Machines and a "rare guitar solo" from infamous film director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York). Tickets are $25 and still available.
Meanwhile, the Save the Mermaid Parade Kickstarter is still kicking, currently at $83,486 of its $100,000 goal with 11 days to go.
With things looking positive, the Mermaid Parade has announced its 2013 King and Queen: Judah Friedlander (who did a Save the Parade PSA) and Carole Radziwill (princess, journalist and Real Housewife of New York). This year's parade, assuming everything works out for them, will happen June 22 at 1 PM, beginning at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue.
In other news, Weird Al Yankovic just announced that Amanda Palmer will guest on his new album. So there's something to look forward to.
Against Me! singer Tom Gabel reveals plans to begin living as a woman in the new issue of Rolling Stone. Gabel, who has dealt privately with gender dysphoria for years, will soon begin the process of transition, by taking hormones and undergoing electrolysis treatments.Against Me! will soon hit the road with The Cult and hit Terminal 5 in NYC along the way.
Gabel will eventually take the name Laura Jane Grace, and will remain married to her wife Heather. "For me, the most terrifying thing about this was how she would accept the news," says Gabel. "But she's been super-amazing and understanding."
Chuck Ragan's band Hot Water Music has some shows coming up and a new album.