Entries tagged with: Modern Life is War
Modern Life Is War ended a four-year hiatus in 2012 and released their very solid comeback album, Fever Hunting, the following year. But their finest hour remains 2005's Witness, an essential record in melodic hardcore that helped set the precedent for Touche Amore (who had MLIW vocalist Jeff Eaton sing on their first record), Defeater and many others in the genre's current wave. So it's exciting to hear that for Witness's tenth anniversary, Modern Life Is War are reissuing it and playing it in full on tour!
According to the press release, the album "has gotten a complete revamping as well as a spectacular remastering by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Packaging for both CD and vinyl formats of Witness has also been drastically improved; for the first time ever, the vinyl version is presented in a deluxe gatefold jacket with a 12-by-12-inch 28-page booklet. While the CD version comes in new eco-friendly packaging, both formats also include additional liner notes from listeners worldwide." The reissue comes out June 2 via Deathwish.
Their tour has them playing it in full on their June/July US run, which hits NYC on June 6 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/3) at noon.
The band were also part of today's stacked lineup announcement for Atlanta's inaugural Wrecking Ball Festival that also includes Descendents, Judge, Desaparecidos, The Get Up Kids, The Movielife, Title Fight, American Nightmare, Samiam, Braid, The Appleseed Cast, Knapsack, Blacklisted and so many more.
All dates are listed, along with a couple standout tracks from Witness, below...
Atlanta venue The Masquerade celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with the inaugural Wrecking Ball Festival. The lineup was just announced and its loaded with punk and punk-related bands from several generations, including Descendents, Judge, Desaparecidos, The Get Up Kids, The Movielife, Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, American Nightmare, Samiam, Braid, The Appleseed Cast, Knapsack, Thrice, Glassjaw, Blacklisted, Small Brown Bike, Cave In, The Lawrence Arms, Pianos Become The Teeth, Yuck, Beach Slang, Girlpool, Frankie Cosmos and so many more. Check out the rest of this amazing lineup below.
The fest happens August 8-9, and there's also a Karaoke pre-party on August 7 with reg Hetson of Bad Religion, Derek O'Brien of Social Distortion and The Adolescents, Eric Melvin of NOFX, and Stan Lee and Edward Tater of the Dickies. Festival tickets and pre-party tickets go on sale Monday, April 6 at 10 AM.
Full lineup 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.
J Mascis' Heavy Blanket at Summer Thunder 2013 (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
The long Labor Day Weekend (8/29-9/1) is upon us already, which for many is one last chance to enjoy the freedom of summer. It's a good time to get away for a weekend, but if you're staying in NYC for it, there's plenty to do here as well. We've put together our top 10 live music options going on in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, and you can check those out below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Speedy Ortiz @ 4Knots 2014
Modern Life Is War recently announced two club dates to happen this summer at Philly's First Unitarian Church on 8/29 and NYC's Bowery Ballroom on 8/30. Since we last spoke, openers have been announced for both shows. Direct support on the Philly date will come from MLIW's Deathwish labelmates Self Defense Family, and on the NYC show it's heavy shoegazers Nothing (who were in NYC a few days ago for a free show with Ceremony and Iron Lung). Opening both dates will be DC punks Give and Iowa psychedelic band Land of Blood & Sunshine. Tickets for Philly and NYC are on sale now.
Speaking of bands who just played free NYC shows being added as openers to hardcore shows, Speedy Ortiz, who just played 4Knots, were added to the Fucked Up show happening at Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show are still available. Speedy will return to NYC not long after that for two shows on their tour with Ex Hex.
We already posted one set of pictures of 4Knots, and another batch of Speedy's set is in this post. They continue, with lists of Speedy and Nothing dates, below...
The Modern Life Is War reunion continues. The melodic hardcore greats have already put out a solid comeback LP and have done some touring. So far this year they have upcoming appearances booked at Deathwish Fest (next week, 7/22-23) and The Fest in October, and now two club dates have been added for August. Those include Philly on 8/29 and NYC the next day at Bowery Ballroom (8/30). Tickets for that show go on sale Monday, 7/21 at noon.
All dates are listed, with a stream of their 2013 LP and a live video from the Witness era, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Converge at Saint Vitus, May 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Deathwish Inc.'s inaugural Deathwish Fest announced that it will be switching venues, moving down the street from the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA to Cambridge go-to The Middle East Downstairs, a bigger venue that allows for the two-day event to be all ages. The hardcore/metal fest is still happening on July 22-23, and tickets already purchased will be honored at The Middle East. With the move comes fifty more tickets for each day and, unfortunately, Code Orange Kids' cancellation.
Filling the hole in the lineup on the fest's second day are Shipwreck AD and Coliseum (who just rejoined Deathwish), while Philadelphia's Blacklisted (whose singer George Hirsch's solo project Harm Wulf was already playing day two) will be added to day one for good measure. Both night's are headlined by Converge (whose Jake Bannon runs Deathwish) and Trap Them, so it should be a wild time whether you make it to one or both nights. Head below to see full lineups, which also include Modern Life Is War, Doomriders, Self Defense Family and more. Tickets go back on sale Wednesday (5/14) at noon.
Updated Deathwish Fest lineup below...
By Doug Moore
Converge at Saint Vitus Bar, 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Deathwish Inc. -- Jake Bannon of Converge's increasingly influential record label -- are following up what I can only imagine was their most lucrative year of operation to date (they released Deafheaven's Sunbather) with their first-ever standalone music festival. Creatively entitled Deathwish Fest, the bash will take place on July 22 and 23 at the Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. Both nights will be headlined by Converge (no surprise there) and Trap Them, who are preparing to release their first new album since 2011's Darker Handcraft. Both bands are restricting their 2014 Boston-area appearances to this fest. Some other notables include Modern Life Is War, Code Orange Kids, & Doomriders on 7/22 and Oathbreaker & Cult Leader (who will evidently be touring together as well; keep an eye out for updates here).
Tickets for individual days go on sale this Friday (4/11) at noonwith an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (4/9) at noon. Two-day passes are $50 and if that math doesn't make sense to you, it's because you're not taking the Jake Bannon limited-run silkscreen print that comes with the two-day pass into account. Fans of wings, skulls, and splatter textures rejoice! Check out the full fest lineup below.
The annual festival that sends tons of the world's best punk bands to Florida, The Fest, returns to multiple Gainesville venues for its 13th year from October 31 to November 2 and Pre-Fest happens once again in Tampa from October 29-30.
The initial lineup for The Fest was just announced and includes Descendents, Lifetime, The Menzingers, The Marked Men, Modern Life Is War, Strike Anywhere, Chixdiggit, Chuck Ragan, Into It Over It, Tim Barry, Laura Stevenson, Cheap Girls, Night Birds, You Blew It!, Self Defense Family, Circle Takes the Square, Lemuria, The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Mikey Erg, Dads, Gates, Banquets, Somos, Dikembe, Frameworks, Captain We're Sinking, The Hotelier, Prawn, Little Big League, Everyone Everywhere, Nona, Chumped, Worriers, Nai Harvest, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Places to Hide, Courtesy Drop, Foxing, All Dogs and many more. Tickets go on sale April 20 via the Fest's site (which is currently down at time of this post).
Full initial lineup below...
H2O at Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
NYC punks H2O have been on a tour supporting Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory, which just hit H2O's hometown on Sunday (11/10) for a big show at Terminal 5. But if you want to see H2O in a smaller venue and not opening for two big pop punk bands, you're in luck. About a month after the tour ends, H2O will be playing an all ages holiday show at Gramercy Theatre on December 27. Also on this show is LA punk vets Youth Brigade (who open for Bouncing Souls at their holiday show a day earlier), plus Cruel Hand, Angel Dust and ShitKill. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (11/15) at 10 AM with Live Nation/Mobile App and Music Geeks presales (password: "musicgeeks") starting today (11/14) at 10 AM. There's also an ongoing Rocks Off presale (password: "OLOC").
All dates, including Belgium's Groezrock 2014 with The Offspring, NOFX, The Hives, Modern Life Is War, The Menzingers, Doomriders, La Dispute, and more, are listed along with the Gramercy show flyer and a live video, below...
photos by Sarja Hasan
Zero Boys @ Europa, 8/29/2013
Reunited Indianapolis punk band Zero Boys headlined Europa on Friady (8/29), supported by tourmates Night Birds as part of a round of dates together. The show featured local support from Nuclear Santa Claust and SpEd, and pictures from their appearance together are in this post.
As discussed, the next NYC show for the Night Birds goes down at The Studio at Webster Hall on 10/12 supporting Modern Life is War. MLIW just added ANOTHER show at Saint Vitus after the appearance at The Studio.
More pics from Friday's show at Europa below...
by Doug Moore
Unsurprisingly, Modern Life Is War's October 12 show at the Studio at Webster Hall with Night Birds and Deathcycle has sold out. The recently-reunited Iowan hardcore band has consequently booked a second late-night set at Saint Vitus, also on 10/12. Tickets will go on sale Thursday (9/5) at noon, with support from Incendiary and Survival (the punk band, not the HHH-related project).
Stream the title track from MLIW's new album Fever Hunting, which came out this Tuesday, below, followed by a multi-cam MLIW set from This Is Hardcore 2013. Details for the LP and all tour dates are listed below as well.
We already knew Modern Life is War, who reformed last year after a four-year abscence, were on for This is Hardcore in August, but have now announced more US dates and a new LP. The freshly released dates include an NYC stop at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 12 with Night Birds (who play with Zero Boys soon), Deathcycle and Wet Witch. Ticket info is on the way.
The shows are in celebration of the band's new LP Fever Hunting, due for release via Deathwish Inc on September 3.
All tour dates are listed, along with details on the new MLIW LP, below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Suicide File at ICC in Allston, MA in 2009 (via Reid Haithcock)
Boston hardcore band The Suicide File were only around for a couple years in the early 2000s for a career that included one full length record, Twilight, and equally essentially EPs, singles, and demos that were eventually compiled on the album, Some Mistakes You Never Stop Paying For. They made a similar kind of hardcore punk 'n' roll to other bands around at the time like The Bronx, and their records sound just as fresh today, especially with bands like Fucked Up keeping a similar sound alive.
The Suicide File have played a few reunion shows since their initial breakup, and earlier this year it was announced that they'd be reuniting at Philly's This Is Hardcore Festival. They play on the final day (8/11) along with Gwar, Sick of it All, Paint It Black, Negative Approach, Code Orange Kids, and more (tickets). They've since announced that right before that festival, the band will play a NYC show on August 8 at Saint Vitus with Panic, Incendiary (who both also play This is Hardcore), and Believer/Law. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are on sale now.
Another band reuniting for This Is Hardcore is Modern Life Is War, who just announced that their new album -- their first since 2007's Midnight in America -- Fever Hunting, will be out on September 3 via Deathwish. The album art and tracklist for the album are below.
Check out the MLIW stuff, along with some Suicide File song streams, below...
Ceremony at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
As mentioned, ever-evolving punks Ceremony are set to play this year's This Is Hardcore festival in Philly (they play on 8/10) alongside Kid Dynamite, The Suicide File, Modern Life Is War, Judge, Blacklisted, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Paint It Black, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Defeater, No Redeeming Social Value, Gwar, and more. Head to TiH's site for tickets. Updated lineup and schedule below.
Around the time of that festival, they'll be doing some other East Coast shows with Baltimore post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Those shows include one in Brooklyn on August 17 at 285 Kent, one in NJ on August 14 at Asbury Lanes, and a little farther out from NYC, they'll also play The El 'n' Gee on August 16 in New London, CT, but it might be worth the drive considering Joyce Manor and Glocca Morra are on that bill too. (It's also a day after Joyce Manor play a free NYC show at House of Vans with Kid Dynamite, Red Hare, and Swearin'). Tickets for the 285 Kent and El 'n' Gee shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at noon, and tickets for the Asbury Lanes show are on sale now.
You can also catch Ed Schrader's Music Beat in NYC even sooner at Death by Audio on June 28 with The Hussy, Barkley's Barnyard Critters (feat. Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt), and Shark Muffin. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.
Ceremony have a few other coming shows, like one of those free Converse shows in San Francisco, which they'll play on June 27 with Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket from the Crypt, The Bronx, and the Shrine. All dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
This is Hardcore have announced their initial 2013 lineup which, for the most part, doesn't have many uber-shocking additions unless you count a headlining set by Gwar (?). It includes names like Kid Dynamite, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Panic, Trapped Under Ice and more. Full lineup is below. Tickets for the festival pass and the weekend pass go on sale at noon.
The one interesting addition is the reemergence of Modern Life is War, who called it quits in 2008. Though some are viewing the band's reunion as part of an April Fool's joke, the reunion is in fact real according to a valued source. The band issued the following statement regarding their return:
"Modern Life Is War is an active band again. In September of last year, we wrote an album in John's basement in Marshalltown, which will be recorded at God City in May and released on Deathwish in September. The original lineup of Chris Honeck, Matt Hoffman, Jeffrey Eaton, Tyler Oleson and John Eich will be in place. For what it's worth, we are not approaching this as a 'reunion' but rather as a band with a new record that will be working to contribute something worthwhile. Extensive touring is not in the cards for us at this point. Our first show back will be at This Is Hardcore Fest in August, followed by a record release show in Iowa. We will announce an official release date as well as specific show dates and locations as soon as they are confirmed."Keep your fingers crossed for more dates.