Entries tagged with: Pick Your Side
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Its been quite a ride for me personally and as a photographer in 2012. I've had the distinct honor to cover some of my favorite bands in the world this year, including legends and favorites that vary as widely as Morrissey (HERE), New Order (HERE), Autopsy (HERE and HERE), Godflesh (HERE), Dead Can Dance (HERE), Swans (HERE), Jesus & Mary Chain (HERE), Chain of Strength (HERE) and many many more.
But I'm also very interested in the new, and 2012 afforded me the ability to shoot great younger bands like Terrible Feelings (HERE), Whitehorse (HERE), White Lung (HERE), Milk Music (HERE), Nude Beach (HERE) and loads more. Its been a great year, and though I still have some shooting left in the tank for 2012, here are my favorites as of right now along with brief blurbs on why . We'll start with the above photo....
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
In the wake of the sell-out of A389 2013 in Baltimore, the label has expanded the two-day fest into a full extended weekend! A389 Anniversary will kickoff with a pre-fest show at Ottobar on 1/17/13 featuring Integrity, Withdrawal, Vilipend and Dead Gods , then come to a close with a Sunday matinee on 1/20/13 at Charm City Art Space with Left for Dead, Iron Reagan, God's America and Eddie Brock.
In addition to the previously discussed Friday/Saturday shows at Ottobar, Saturday (1/19) will now feature a matinee at Sidebar with Despise You, Gehenna, Dead in The Dirt, Ancient Shores and WarXGames AND an afterparty with Nothing (who recently toured). None of the newly announced shows will have advanced ticketing; you can only buy them at the door. Full show details are below.
Catharsis has only one show during A389 festival, so what does that mean? Could a tour be in the works?
In other A389 news, the label will release Devoid of Everything, which collects Left for Dead's entire 1996-97 studio output remixed from the original 1/4" multi-track reels. Check out the art above and you can stream a track below. Left for Dead members went on to play in bands like Cursed, Haymaker, Pick Your Side, Burning Love, and many many more. This rare one-time reunion (I was assured!) is not to be missed. Check out some thoughts on the reunion via Chris Colohan here.
If you're wondering who Iron Reagan is, the band is prepping to release their 20-track debut Worse Than Dead via A389 in 2013. The band features half of Municipal Waste and members of Darkest Hour and you can stream their demo below alongside details of the A389 festivities.
Pick Your Side, the new project from Jeff Beckman (Haymaker, Left For Dead, Chokehold, etc) and members of Fuck The Facts, have welcomed their new LP Let Me Show You How Democracy Works. The release, along with new/re-released material by Eddie Brock, Children of God, Countdown to Obilvian, The Love Below and more, is currently available for order via A389 Records. Stream it below.
In other A389 Records news, the label will shocase some of their bands at a showcase in Pomona, CA as part of a FREE Scion event in May. Bands on board include Integrity, Ringworm, Seven Sisters of Sleep, The Love Below, and Young and In The Way and you can RSVP now.
Stream all of that PYS 12" below for the first time.
words & photos by BBG
Integrity & Pulling Teeth @ A389 Anniversary
After Weekend Nachos played Sonar's smaller stage on Saturday, the party then moved to the larger stage, where Young and In The Way played their blackened-crust on a candle-lit stage. Black Metal aesthetics and a taut set made YAITW's performance one of my favorites of the day. Make sure and check out the band's new LP V: Eternal Depression, as well as their forthcoming 2LP Amen/I Am Not What I Am compilation due on the label this week.
Junior Bruce, featuring Scott Angelacos of Bloodlet on vocals, played stoner-doom which was a perfect lead-in to the great Seven Sisters of Sleep. The latter, who played Friday at Acheron (pictures on the way), play sludgy-hardcore and ripped out an excellent set of mid-paced pummeling. The always dependable Magrudergrind helped speed things up directly afterword.
Pulling Teeth played their final show after Magrudergrind, and had the crowd bouncing around and singing along to their set. Vocalist Mike Riley spent the final two songs bouncing between the stage and the crowd, as his backing band played material from across their output, including latter works like "From Birth" and "At Peace" from their latest LP Funerary. It's always sad to see a band of that caliber go away, but at least the Baltimore quintet does it with style and grace. Check out my interview with Dom of Pulling Teeth that we posted last week.
The caustic-negativity was ratched up for Gehenna, who played their black-metal-infused hardcore to a somewhat quieter audience. Mike Apocalypse staggered across the stage like a wide-eyed madman for the duration of their set, which seemingly confounded those looking to do some good old-fashioned moshing.
Integrity's metallic hardcore followed Gehenna, closing with the unfuckwithable trifecta of "Vocal Test" into "Hollow" into "Micha: Those Who Fear Tomorrow". The night at Sonar ended with Eyehategod, who dipped into all of the old classics for their set, as well as their "new" song "New Orleans is The New Vietnam" (which they have been playing for a few years now).
Overall, a great night with my personal highlights of the evening being Young and In The Way, Pulling Teeth, Weekend Nachos, Gehenna, Full of Hell, and Integrity. One final note... as much as I love Eyehategod both live and on record (a lot), the band is in desparate need of some new material... its been 12 long-years since Confederacy of Ruined Lives and they definitely have some creative-life left in them (see Soilent Green, Down, the recent Kill Life flexi and Mike's work in noise music, Hawg Jaw, Outlaw Order, Arson Anthem, etc).
Pictures from the first part of the day are HERE. The rest of the pictures from Saturday's A389 Anniversary show, aka everything mentioned above, are below...
words & photos by BBG
A389 Records descended upon Sonar in Baltimore on January 21st with sixteen bands, hailing from from places like Belgium and Canada, and all over the US. The 9+ hour show was headlined by Eyehategod and included repeat A389 Anniversary offenders Integrity, Gehenna, and Seven Sisters of Sleep. It featured bands, that while rooted in hardcore, dipped their toes into crust, powerviolence, grind, doom, sludge and everywhere in between.
The first portion of the show took place on the smaller stage at Sonar, where Eddie Brock kicked off the evening followed by Homewrecker featuring fill-in bassist Joe Yanick of Masakari. John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos (who is touring with Homewrecker, and recently played ABC No Rio) and Dylan Walker of Full of Hell both dropped in to do vocals for Homewrecker.
Hatewaves, which features members of Pulling Teeth and Triac, followed the pair, opening their set with an appropriately absurd announcement: "Direct from a supporting slot from Don Ho, you wanted the second best, you got the second best... Hatewaves."
The crew deals in ridiculous lyrics over brutally fast hardcore, and delivered on both fronts despite an absurdly short-and-to-the-point set. Triac's blistering grind followed Hatewaves.
Low Places, who were a bit loose at times, played following Triac and pounded the crowd with their negative hardcore, eventually trashing the stage before Full of Hell got on. Full of Hell's noise-peppered hardcore brutality was the first set of the day to get the crowd really moving.
Pick Your Side, a new project featuring Jeff of Haymaker/Left for Dead/Chokehold and two members of Fuck The Facts, followed Hatewaves, and by the end of the second song Beckmann had already incited a pit and stage-dived. The band is prepping to release their new LP Let Me Show You How Democracy Works on A389, but had a select set of the LPs with special screened covers at the show.
Weekend Nachos batted clean-up on the small stage, which was packed to capacity by the time they took the stage. Possibly the most violent pit of the day, the Chicago crew had plenty of stage dives and singalongs to go along with their uber-brutal set.
The party then moved to the larger stage. More on that (with pictures) HERE. More pictures of everything mentioned above, below...
Jeff Wilson on stage with Doomsday,
his project with Bob Fouts (more by Carmelo Espanola)
You may not have heard of them yet, but Chrome Waves is on the move. Featuring Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium), Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber, Apostle of Solitude), and Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth, Twilight), the trio are set to release a six song EP that features the tracks "Blackbird", "Height of The Rifles", and "Light Behind a Shadow", Listen to all three below. The latter makes its debut here today. Look for the band's self released, self titled, six song EP on January 31st on limited hand printed/hand numbered CD with "an exclusive shirt, patch and sticker". Vinyl info still forthcoming.
Fresh on the heels of Macabre Eternal, Autopsy will welcome their new LP All Tomorrow's Funerals via Peaceville on February 20th. The record contains new tracks, as well as Autopsy's past EP's & rarities and is up for preorder now via Peaceville. Speaking of Autopsy, checkout a Morbus Chron cover of Autopsy's "Mauled to Death", along with a few tour dates, below.
Check out some new tracks from Pick Your Side at Facebook. Pick Your Side features members of Fuck The Facts, Haymaker and Left for Dead.
Check out a new To Live a Lie sampler featuring new tracks from Unholy Grave & Backslider, a clip from the Hooded Menace/Horse Lattitudes split, and a new song by Tripmines below along with this week's list of suggested NYC shows...