Entries tagged with: Nuclear Spring
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Priests / La Misma @ DbA - 4/5/14
DC's Priests kicked off their tour with London's Good Throb in NYC at Death by Audio on Saturday (4/5) with a show that also included locals La Misma and Nuclear Spring (who share a member), and Boston's Exit Order. Pictures of all five bands are in this post.
The show got off to a solid start with Nuclear Spring's catchy punk, which was followed by Exit Order, who were probably the heaviest band on the bill. Up next were Priests, whose set was interrupted multiple times by a faulty tuner, but when they were on, they were on. The music's structured by sturdy post-punk basslines, but singer Katie Alice Greer is closer to a punk singer, switching between passionate shouts and aggressive growls, and pretty much owning the stage. (Fun fact: Parquet Courts singer Andrew Savage could be seen rocking out in the front of the crowd.)
Their tourmates Good Throb followed with a similar mix of punk and post-punk, and NYC's La Misma wrapped up the show with their powerhouse singer who sings entirely in Portuguese and had possibly the night's wildest mosh pit.
Priests' tour with Good Throb treks on and returns to Death by Audio on April 18, this time with Household and Arm Candy. Their first album for Don Giovanni, Bodies and Control and Money and Power, will be out on June 3.
More pictures below...
by Andrew Sacher
Priests (via Unruly Factions)
DC postpunks Priests have a few shows coming up this month, including opening the DC stop on the Pissed Jeans / Purling Hiss tour tonight (2/7), and as discussed, they come to NYC for the Don Giovanni showcases this weekend. Those showcases kicked off at DbA last night (2/6), and they continue at MHOW tonight with Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Nude Beach, Upset and Worriers. Priests play Saturday (2/8) at MHOW with Screaming Females, California X, Brick Mower and Black Wine. Tickets for tonight and Saturday (including a 2-day pass option) are still available. Priests also return to NYC later in the month on February 16 at The End (94 Bogart St) with Lazyeyes, Truthers and more TBA.
Priests have also announced that they're planning an April tour with UK punks Good Throb. And that's with an emphasis on UK punks. Good Throb use a strong accent in the brash, crude way that the Sex Pistols did, though musically they're more of the dissonant '80s/'90s post-hardcore variety. It's great stuff, and though not too similar to Priests, if you're a fan of one band you'll likely dig the other. You can stream two recent 7"s below and download them for free at bandcamp.
Most dates for that tour are still tentative, but we do know the two bands will hit NYC together on April 5 at Death by Audio. And if you're into the kind of punk that Priests and Good Throb make, that DbA show has a great all around lineup. There's local support from Nuclear Spring, whose 2013 7" was one of my favorite punk records to come out of NYC last year (they haven't played a hometown show in a while either). There's also local support from the great La Misma, and Boston punks Exit Order round out the bill. Admission is $10 at the door.
If you haven't checked out Exit Order's 2013 7-song demo tape, the whole thing is a total ripper. Of the DbA bill, Exit Order are probably the most straight-ahead, in-your-face punk band. The singer sounds like she's literally putting everything she's got into it, with all kinds of pent up anger and aggression coming out in every word. She's matched in intensity by the mile-a-minute band, and as a whole this Boston crew is delivering the kind of power some bands never manage to recreate in the studio, let alone on a demo tape. You can download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it below.
All known Priests dates are listed, along with streams from each band on the DbA show, below...
Hank Wood & the Hammerheads
Montreal punk/hardcore festival Varning is returning for its seventh year from November 7-9 at MTL venue Katacombes. A bunch of NYC bands will be there, like Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Nuclear Spring, La Misma and more, plus Sweden's Institution, Portland's Criminal Damage, San Francisco's Ruleta Rusa (ex-Born/Dead and Peligro Social whose last show was Varning VI), Boston bands Bloodkrow Butcher and Koward, and many more. Full lineup and flyer below. Advance tickets will be available through 10/28 via paypal with the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. More info here.
A number of those bands have NYC shows coming up ahead of the fest too. Nuclear Spring don't at the moment, but related band Failed States are playing with two Bloodkrow Butcher-related bands, The Combat Zone and Lude Boys, on Friday (10/25) at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave). NYC's MIssionary and dark W Mass mid-tempo punks Longings are on the bill too.
The actual Bloodkrow Butcher team up with Ruleta Rusa and La Misma, plus two Canadian bands that aren't billed for this year's Varning Fest -- Montreal's Omegas and Toronto's S.H.I.T. -- for a show at Acheron on November 2. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The super-fun, Farfisa-loving punks Hank Wood & the Hammerheads team up with Koward and NYC goths Anasazi for a show on November 7 at 538 Johnson.
And speaking of Anasazi, they play another local show on 11/20 at Acheron with Green Beret, Condition, Rank and The Three Muskateers (mem. of Perdition and Nomad). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Full Varning lineup and flyer, along with some live videos and streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Portland punks The Red Dons are going on a tour this month which kicks off in Brooklyn on 7/17 at Death by Audio with Blake Schwarzenbach, Nuclear Spring, and Ylajali. The tour also includes three NYC-area shows with Night Birds: New Brunswick at The Alamo on 7/24, Manhattan at Cake Shop on 7/25 with Livids, and Long Island at No Fun Club on 7/26.
The band have now just announced that after the tour is done, they'll release a new EP, Notes on the Underground, in mid-August via Grave Mistake (Night Birds, Big Eyes). The first taste of the EP is the new track "Dead Ender," which is a real ripper indebted to late '70s/early '80s down-strummed punk, and with some classic "Oh-Aye-Oh"s thrown in there too. That track makes its premiere in this post, and you can stream it below. That's the EP's cover art above.
Regarding the band's Death by Audio show, Nude Beach were initially announced as part of that bill, but were quickly removed from their show, and Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil/Forgetters frontman Blake Schwarzenbach has since taken their spot. You can also catch Blake in Brooklyn on Friday (7/12) at Acheron with Fever Dream, Shady Hawkins, and Little Waist (tickets), and he was just announced for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin.
Red Dons song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Brooklyn's Nude Beach have a new 7" due out in July (stream both tracks below) and are currently on a tour that will culminate in a hometown show on July 5 at Knitting Factory with Prince Rupert's Drops and Pop Zeus. Tickets for that show are still available.
Not long after that show,
Nude Beach will play another hometown show on July 17 at Death by Audio with a solid lineup of Nuclear Spring, The Red Dons, and Ylajali. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Updated Nude Beach dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Nude Beach, it turns out, are NOT playing the DbA show after all (though it was listed on DbA's site).
Nuclear Spring in Budapest - 6/10/13 (photo by Tamas Bernath)
Brooklyn punks Nuclear Spring, who have past/present members of CREEM and Nomos, will be returning home from a European tour (pictured above) with CREEM for this show. Earlier this year, they put out a 7" on Hysteria Records, which contains 6 tracks of menacing punk in just over 10 minutes. Not unlike contemporaries White Lung or Neon Piss, Nuclear Spring's melodies and riffs pull more from post-punk, but they play with the speed and ferocity of hardcore. If you're into that kind of stuff, don't sleep on this. You can download the EP for free (legally) on MediaFire and stream two tracks below.
For Portland's The Red Dons (ex-The Observers), the Death by Audio show is the first date on their July East Coast tour. That tour also includes three NYC-area shows with NJ/Brooklyn surf punks Night Birds. The first of those is in New Brunswick on July 24 at Alamo with Loose Ends and Easy Rider; then Manhattan on July 25 at Cake Shop with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) new band Livds and Brooklyn garage punks Foster Care; then Long Island on July 26 at No Fun Club with Iron Chic. The Red Dons are a pretty likeminded band to Nuclear Spring and Night Birds, and any of those shows should be a great way to see them. You can stream their most recent full length, 2010's Fake Meets Failure, in its entirety below, and download it for free at bandcamp. All of their dates are listed below too.
Night Birds at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Meanwhile, you can catch Night Birds, whose new LP, Born to Die in Suburbia drops 7/9 via Grave Mistake, in NYC even sooner when they play a release show for the new album on July 12 at Death by Audio with Omegas, Don Giovanni-signed Nuclear Santa Claust (who also play with Iron Reagan and Dropead on Friday, 6/28), and Give, plus Chris Gethard is hosting. Night Birds also play Europa on August 29 with Zero Boys (tickets). Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from their LP, below.
by Andrew Sacher
California X at Tommy's Tavern in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned Amherst, MA rockers California X are releasing their impressive self-titled debut next week (1/15) via Don Giovanni. The album takes cues from hometown legends Dinosaur Jr. and packs an endlessly great punch of sludge guitars and earworm pop punk melodies. If you haven't got a chance to hear it yet, you can stream the entire thing over at SPIN, and two album tracks, "Pond Rot" and "Spider X," are below.
As mentioned, Cali X are playing a NYC show this Friday (1/11) which was previously at a TBA venue but we now know it will be at Acheron (57 Waterbury St) with No Sir I Wont, Bortgang, Nuclear Spring, and Yjajali. Tickets for Friday's show are on sale now.
Cali X will also be back in the NYC area for night 1 of the Don Giovanni Brooklyn showcases, which takes place at Death by Audio on February 7 with Nuclear Santa Claust, Brick Mower, House Boat, and Plastic Cross. Admission for that one is $8 at the door. That showcase will be followed by two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson, Waxahatchee, Hilly Eye, Lemuria, Stormshadow, and more (tickets for night 1, night 2, or both).
An updated list of dates and song streams below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bay area punks Neon Piss released their self titled LP back in May on the consistently great Deranged Records, the label currently home to White Lung and once home to Fucked Up. And if you're a fan of the no-bullshit punk of either of those bands, you'll dig Neon Piss too. It's in the lineage of fast, ferocious Cali punk penned by Black Flag, The Germs, The Adolescents, and their peers. [The Damned / Alternative TV too - Bill] And like those bands, strong underlying melodies are always hiding behind their buzzsaw guitars and pummeling drums. You can stream the release in its entirety below or purchase it at bandcamp.
The band are playing a hometown show with Nu Sensae next week and the following month, they'll bring their show on the road, hitting NYC on November 16 at Death by Audio with a genre-appropriate bill of Nuclear Spring, Survival, and Shoxx. The band also plans to have a new 7" out on Vinyl Rites by the time the tour begins.
A video of the band playing at long-running Bay Area venue 924 Gilman, their album stream, and a list of all tour dates (some are still TBA) below.
WIERD photos by Phil Maier, 538 Johnston videos by (((unartig)))
Merchandise at Home Sweet Home
Merchandise played their second of three packed NYC shows last night at 538 Johnson (9/13), this time joined by drummer Elsner Nino (ex-Pollution, current Shoxx) behind the kit and support from Shoxx as well as Worshit, Nuclear Spring, and Herzog Rising. Video from the show is below.
The band played WIERD at Home Sweet Home on Wednesday night (pictures in this post), and will play again in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus tonight (9/14) alongside Rosenkopf, Siamese Twins, and Dream Affair. Tickets may be now sold out (call the venue) -- but the band will be back for CMJ if you didn't catch one of these.
Check out the video from 538 last night along with pictures from Home Sweet Home and more tour dates, below.
Terrible Feelings @ Death By Audio
Sweden's Terrible Feelings kicked off their US tour with a show at Death by Audio last night (6/19), playing alongside Death First, Plastic Cross and These Days. From the melodic indie of These Days, the night got steadily more punk as the clocked ticked on and surprisingly didn't change wholly in temperament when the Swedes hit the stage. Though their shiny and slickly produced new LP Shadows suggests polish, Terrible Feelings's live show is much more raw, energetic and primitive in all of the best ways. Comparisons to Masshysteri seem appropriate. Shame on me for not knowing better, considering some of the punk rock company they keep.
If you missed the show, make sure and catch this highly-energetic punk-garage/power-pop band at Acheron on June 30th with another punk-leaning bill: Mutant Genes, Nuclear Spring and Sad Boys.
Mor eictures from Death By Audio are below.
DOWNLOAD: Terrible Feelings - "Intruders" (MP3)
After a string of 7" and EP releases, Terrible Feelings are preparing to release their debut LP Shadows via Deranged Records/Double Sun Recordings. The Swedish band, which toils in garage punk-infused power pop, have released a new video for "Intruders" from the effort and you can view that clip below. Look for Shadows in the US in mid-April via Deranged on vinyl and on CD via Double Sun.
Catch Terrible Feelings on the road on the East Coast this summer including TWO NYC dates: Death By Audio on June 19th with Death First and Acheron on June 30th with Sad Boys, Nuclear Spring and Mutant Genes.
More details on both shows are on the way and their full tour routing is listed below, but they need more help. If you can help with a show, send an email to freewheelbooking at gmail. All current tour dates, that "Intruders" video and streams of previous material. below....
Vancouver punks White Lung will release Sorry, the band's new LP via Deranged and follow-up to their well-received It's The Evil LP from 2010. Though the record won't see the public eye until May 29th, White Lung is scheduling a few dates on the East Coast in celebration, including a pair of shows in NYC at 538 Johnson on April 20th and Acheron on April 21st. Support at both shows will be stellar, with Brain F≠, Shoxx (mems Pollution, Nomos, Battletorn), Nuclear Spring (mems Natural Law, CREEM, Nomos), and In School heading up the 538 bill while Crazy Spirit, Rational Animals, Deformity, and Putrida join the Acheron bill.
Full tour schedule is below along with a stream of "Take The Mirror", the first song to appear from the new record, and some video....
Pissed Jeans at House of Vans (more by Chris La Putt)
Pissed Jeans, who haven't been very busy lately due to having kids, scheduled some shows this month including one in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (1/22), joined by Protect-U and Pop.1280. The show was another one-off for the punk band, but one of a few dates for Pop.1280, who are welcoming their new LP The Horror (stream the LP in full at SPIN). Did you go last night? How was it? blogTo was at the Toronto show:
"Beyond the onstage antics, the band played an incredible set. The crowd's favourite seemed to be the official last song of the night, "False Jesii Part 2." As soon as the band started playing it the intensity in the room skyrocketed and the structural soundness of the floor was tested to the max as the crowd bounced to the high paced rhythm. As the last song came to an end, fans were left wanting for more.If you missed Pissed Jeans, here's some BIG news that should ease your mind. Pissed Jeans have been added to the now RIDICULOUS lineup of Ceremony/Rival Mob/Kim Phuc/Hoax/Gods & Queens at LPR on Feb 4th. Tickets are still available and only $5 in advance.
Pissed Jeans were happy to oblige, on one condition: "a rousing clap" was needed, at the request of Korvette. The crowd complied and the band played on. Ending their encore, the drummer, Sean McGuinness, leapt over his kit and into the crowd."
Kim Phuc will ALSO play an after-party with the new-look Night Birds & Nuclear Spring (ex-Nomos) later that night.
A short video from a recent Pissed Jeans show in Philly, below...