Entries tagged with: Pygmy Lush
by Andrew Sacher
Des Ark (photo by Marc Krause)
Des Ark are opening for Hop Along and Radiator Hospital at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (12/12) (which is sold out), and after that they'll be playing more dates of their own. Two are with folk/post-rock collective Pygmy Lush, who haven't played live since before Death by Audio closed.
The first Des Ark/Pygmy Lush show is in NYC on Sunday (12/13) at Union Pool. Tickets are on sale now. Then they play a DC show on 12/16 with The City and I (members of Mannequin Pussy), who just played NYC last night (12/10). All dates are listed below.
Des Ark's latest album, Everything Dies, came out this past October on Graveface. It's a dark, rich-sounding album with folky songs, piano ballads, and contributions from Swans' Thor Harris and Engine Down's Jonathan Fuller. It's a little Feist-y too. Stream it below. Meanwhile, Pygmy Lush also have plans for a new album. They write:
We've also decided to finish up our writing here within the year and record a new record with our old friends at Robotic Empire. We are hoping to get into the studio with Kurt sometime early spring 2016. We have alot of new material and are very excited to get it recorded and start playing alot more shows! More news to come, as it greatly unravels!!!!!!!!They say they'll start recording on April 20, 2016. List of tour dates and the Des Ark LP stream below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher
Torche / Nothing's crowd
Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.
Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.
Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also below...
Pygmy Lush at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Pygmy Lush, the folk/post-rock collective with members of screamo bands pg.99 and City of Caterpillar, are going a short tour this weekend with Pink Wash, the new-ish band with members of Bleeding Rainbow and Hume who sound more like their resume would make you think they sound. The tour kicks off in DC tonight (10/3) and hits NYC at the soon-to-close Death by Audio on Sunday (10/5) with shoegazy punks Mannequin Pussy, and Alien Trilogy. $8 at the door gets you in.
The short weekend tour are the only dates for Pygmy Lush at the moment, but Pink Wash have several other dates this month including two more in NYC. First, they open the Bowery Ballroom (10/14) stop of the Ought tour which Nat Baldwin is also on (tickets). Then, they return to Death by Audio on October 18 for the show with Girlpool and Slutever, which now also includes Toronto's ripping Soupcans. All Pink Wash dates are listed below.
Pygmy Lush at DbA won't be the only place in NYC you can see screamo vets in NYC on Sunday. The reunited Blood Brothers play a BV-presented show with ex-Orchid band Violent Bullshit at Warsaw that night. It's sold out but we're giving away tix.
List of Pink Wash dates and some streams, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Boston's Fórn just released a new track from their forthcoming EP The Departure of Consciousness titled "Dweller on the Threshold," and it's a sludge-caked doom monster. Punishingly heavy, here's what we had to say about it over at Invisible Oranges:
"Dweller on the Threshold," the opening track (not counting an ambient intro) of Fórn's forthcoming EP The Departure of Consciousness, is a bit of a knock-down, drag-it-out bruiser. The sparse, punishing drums; the fuzzed-out big-riff brutality; the throaty, palpably disgusted, up-in-front vocals; the menacing anticipatory build; the insanity of the deathed-out blast release: these give "Dweller on the Threshold" a threatening, gruff quality. It's a killer opening track statement. While "Dweller of the Threshold" drags you through viscous sludge out back to the alley, though, note the rich, at times absorbing melancholic atmosphere...Look for the album on Vendetta Records later this summer -- it's going to be a goodie.
...The push and pull and knowing when to hit the jets makes for a really well conceived and, despite the pulsating gruffness of the track, polished song. Special mention has to go to the killer vocals--the throaty belch is mile-deep, and the hysterical shriek that comes in when shit hits the fan is gold.
Fórn is playing some West Coast dates which you can check out below, but, sadly, don't have much on the East Coast outside the New England region. They play Providence, RI with Sin of Angels and Lycus on June 29, and are also playing with the Thou & The Body in Worcester, MA on July 7 with Rozamov.
The Thou/The Body tour, though, does hit NYC on July 5 with a matinee at ABC No Rio. Then that night they'll play Bushwick's Palisades with Ghastly City Sleep, and Pygmy Lush. Tickets for the previously unannounced Palisades show are on sale now.
All Forn and Thou/The Body tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
PygmyLush @ Saint Vitus 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
"While Pygmy Lush's pedigree wouldn't exactly scream (pun intended) soft-spoken folk, psychedelia, and post-rock, the former members of pg.99 and City of Caterpillar handle the duties well on their current LP, Old Friends. The Kurt-Ballou-produced record, which appeared via Lovitt earlier this year, is exactly as their surname implies, lush. It's also spacious, pensive, emotional and enthralling." [Fred Pessaro, 2011]Pygmy Lush, who we last caught in 2012 when they opened for Young Widows at Saint Vitus, are hitting the road for some shows including one this Sunday (June 8) back at Saint Vitus with The Body collaborators Braveyoung, Oakland hardcore band Nervous (mem. of Loma Prieta & Lewd Acts), and CT's Nerveshatter.
All of PygmyLush's dates are listed below, and include another show with "anarcho grungy noise punk" band Nervous who have a fuller tour also listed in full below (the tour we teased was coming.
For Portland post rock band Braveyoung, Sunday's Vitus show is the 2nd of two NYC shows. The first is free tonight (6/6) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar as part of a Gorilla Vs Bear presented two day event. Also on tonight's show is the often naked Ejecta, the Ninja Tune signed Joey Bada$$ affiliate Lee Bannon, and friend of Animal Collective Dent May. Saturday is Austra affiliate DIANA, Las Rosas, and a secret guest (hint: hip hop) TBA Saturday morning. Flyer below.
In 2011, Braveyoung released a collaborative album with The Body who more recently released a collaboration with Thou who they're touring with in July (two NYC shows included). All of their dates are listed with everything else and some songs, below...
Moss Icon @ Mohawk - 6/3/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Moss Icon played their first show in more than ten years last night at Mohawk (6/3). The Chaos in Tejas event was the band's only scheduled show thus far, and the "rock band" (their words, from our recent interview with Tonie Joy) were joined by performances from Iceage, Ceremony, Give, and Thou with a second stage featuring Pygmy Lush and Gun Outfit. Head to BrooklynVegan Austin for a full set of Moss Icon photos.
After Refused at Terminal 5 (pictures), I headed to Greenpoint to try and catch the tail end of the Young Widows/Pygmy Lush/Primitive Weapons show at Saint Vitus Monday night (4/23). Though I missed Primitive Weapons entirely, I arrived just in time for the first song of Pygmy Lush, catching all of their set before Young Widows took the stage a little before midnight.
Young Widows played mostly older material but with some new songs mixed in. No word on a home for the new material, but it definitely had that latter-Young Widows post-punk meets gothic noise-rock feel. The band played with no house lighting whatsoever, counting on their own rigs built into their guitar cabinets for stage lighting and using those to punctuate moments within the songs.
The bands played at the exact time that Refused was taking the stage at Acheron. Pictures from Saint Vitus are below...
photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Andrew Sacher
Tim Harrington @ Death by Audio 3/31/2012
All ages Williamsburg venue Death by Audio celebrated its fifth anniversary last month with sets by Tim Harrington (of Les Savy Fav, playing solo), Free Paint (Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and Flying's Sara Magenheimer), Grooms, and Neckbeard Telecaster. Check out more pictures from the anniversary party below. Meanwhile, they have a number of solid upcoming shows this month and next, which are highlighted in this post.
This Wedneday (4/18), Brooklyn's Hunters will play the venue. We profiled them when they toured with The Kills and Jeff the Brotherhood, after releasing a James Iha-produced, Nick Zinner-mixed EP, which you can stream/purchase at bandcamp. The bill also includes Oakland bands Sister Fucker and Generation, and Brooklyn-via Oakland band Buddy Bag.
Parts & Labor (who are on hiatus) member Dan Friel plays the venue on April 25 and again on May 2. The 5/2 show is with ex-Parts & Labor member Sarah Lipstate aka Noveller, who can also be found at Glasslands on Thursday (4/19) with Lotus Plaza and Disappears (tickets). Dan Friel also plays The Stone on May 4 at 8 PM before Bunnybrains plays at 10 PM. All Dan Friel dates are listed below.
The next night, May 12, pg.99 offshoot Pygmy Lush, who opens for Young Widows at Saint Vitus on 4/23, plays with PC Worship, Horse Lords, and Spa Castles. You can catch PC Worship at DBA again on May 25 with Psychic Ills and Ex Cops.
Toronto garage punks Teenanger, who will be in the Northeast US to open for Ty Segall and White Fence in Philly (5/18), will stick around to play Death by Audio in Brooklyn one day later (5/19) with Family Curse.
More pics and dates below...
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
Primitive Weapons @ Saint Vitus
Pygmy Lush, whose Old Friends album was a 2011 favorite, will join Young Widows on a string of dates that will include the band's stop at Saint Vitus on April 23rd with Primitive Weapons. Tickets are on sale. All April dates are listed below.
Primitive Weapons just returned from a string of dates with Ringworm and Cancer Bats that included a stint at SXSW (where Ringworm played our official showcase at Scoot Inn). Primitive Weapons played a homecoming/record release show at Saint Vitus on March 24th. Some pictures (though none of the support) are in this post. More below...
Highly influential streetpunk band Sham 69 will reunite their 'classic' 1977-1979 lineup (or at least most of it) to play a pair of US shows including Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas and Chaos in Tejas Austin. The 1977-1979 lineup is:
Jimmy Pursey: vocalsThis lineup, also known as the Pursey/Parsons lineup (which may or may not have Mark Cain on drums this time around), is not to be confused with the version of the band led by Tim V (otherwise known as the Tim V lineup) (that's Tim V, Neil Harris, Ian Whitewood, Tony Feedback, and Al Campbell). The Tim V lineup operates out of Sham69.com, and both versions are currently playing live.
Dave Parsons: guitar
Dave Tregunna: bass
Mark Cain: drums
Sham 69 (Pursey/Parsons lineup) joins names like Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, The Adicts, Youth of Today, Street Dogs, Toys That Kill, and many more for Punk Rock Bowling 2012 in Las Vegas, NV on May 25-28, 2012. The fest also features pool parties, a bowling tournament, late-night club and much more in addition to the outdoor festival appearances. Tickets go on sale soon.
Rancid also have some anniversary shows coming up with Cock Sparrer.
Youth of Today are also playing the Black N Blue Bowl this year in NYC with many other hardcore bands incluiding The Mob who also play Chaos in Tejas this year (May 31-June 3).
Sham 69 (Pursey/Parsons lineup) is one of many new additions to Chaos in Tejas which also added No Age, pygmylush, Screaming Females, Secret Prostitutes, Slug Guts (Australia), S U R V I V E, and Tenement. These additions are not to be confused with the set of bands that were announced earlier this week. Latest Chaos in Tejas lineup listed in full below.
Lineups and videos below...
While Pygmy Lush's pedigree wouldn't exactly scream (pun intended) soft-spoken folk, psychedelia, and post-rock, the former members of pg.99 and City of Caterpillar handle the duties well on their current LP, Old Friends. The Kurt-Ballou-produced record, which appeared via Lovitt earlier this year, is exactly as their surname implies, lush. It's also spacious, pensive, emotional and enthralling. Stream Old Friends below.
Pygmy Lush is on the road now, and will hit Death By Audio on 11/5 with Ancient Sky, Ghastly City Sleep, and Alex Drewchin. $8 gets you in.
Full tour dates, a recent live video and that LP stream is below.