Entries tagged with: Raspberry Bulbs
by Fred Pessaro
Raspberry Bulbs at Saint Vitus in January (more by Fred Pessaro)
Brooklyn's Raspberry Bulbs, who perfectly stitch together raw punk and black metal influences, have announced a new LP, Deformed Worship. Look for that record to land in July via Blackest Ever Black, and you can stream the new track "Groping The Angel's Face" below. As mentioned, Raspberry Bulbs play 285 Kent on May 23 with Total Control.
Shadow of the Destroyer, who are preparing to release their new self-titled LP via Inherent Records, will hit NYC with guests Anicon and Belus at The Acheron on May 31. Stream two tracks from the LP below. Recommended!
As usual, we are grinding away at InvisibleOranges and preparing for Maryland Deathfest 2013! Head over to the site for a stream of the new Tribulation and the Arabrot / Rabbits split, interviews with Eight Bells and Witch Mountain, an amazing piece on African Metal, a review of the new Grime and more!
All Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks, plus that new Raspberry Bulbs jam, are below.
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by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Yesterday news broke that UV Race were heading out on the road as part of a tour toward Chaos in Tejas. Part of those dates were with the great Total Control, though the band were not involved in the UV Race show scheduled in NYC for that week. (TC is some of UV Race plus Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring.) Now comes word that an NYC show has indeed emerged for Total Control, and the bill is a whopper! Look for the band to headline 285 Kent on May 23 with Raspberry Bulbs, Crazy Spirit and Survival. $10 gets you in.
If you haven't checked out Total Control's recent 7"s (compiled into a single digital release) and their incredible 2011 LP Henge Beat you can stream some of those below.
Bill wrote in the post about Mikey Young's other other band, Oooga Boogas, "Trying to keep up with Eddy Current Suppression Ring-related bands can be a fulltime job." Now comes word of yet another related project, Lace Curtain, which is "James, David & Mikey from Total Control, Rat Columns, Rank/Xerox, Eddy Current Suppression Ring et al." Lace Curtain (singular) are not to be confused with Lace Curtains (plural) which is Michael Coomer of Harlem's band. Though it is confusing. Anyway, Lace Curtain have an EP coming out on DFA Records next month and can be pre-ordered here and you can stream samples over at Juno.
Updated UV Race/Total Control dates, plus those TC streams, are below.
words by Phillip Pantuso, photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Iceage @ 285 Kent
Iceage blew into 285 Kent last night (1/25) in the wake of an actual snowstorm, but if the inclement weather deterred any from venturing out to see the Danish post-punk band, you couldn't tell by the room. 285 Kent was overpacked, the usual cigarette-and-sweat melange augmented by dirty slush tracked all over the floor. Anticipation was high, and you couldn't move for being thrown to the ground.
Deformity got things started with a raw-as-fuck set of scalding punk, the drums hitting like a combo move. Raspberry Bulbs were next. Over a 25-minute set of fuzzy, blackened punk--cut one song short by a malfunctioning amp--the band destroyed eardrums. The bass, distorted and aggressive, was louder than on their record, choking the low end while corrosive twin guitars squalled above it. Faint intimations of melody ghosted beneath the noise and frontman He Who Crushes Teeth's abrasive vocals.
Nomad upped the ante and left the room broken and bleeding, no mean feat given that they played a ten minute set. There is nothing that can really prepare you for Nomad, and it seemed that many in the crowd, having come for Iceage, where not prepared for the hardcore audial assault of the NYC three-piece, nor for, say, a dude in a helmet cannonballing helmet-first off the stage, which happened about thirty seconds into their set. Their songs are holocaustic rippers that sound like your brain being cleaved through the corpus callosum; all you can feel is the hot blade.
Then, ah: Iceage. They crawled out from somewhere looking like beautiful enfants terribles, buttoned all the way up, babyfaces touched by no razor. The heraldic manumitters of the angry and disenchanted youth of today. When their debut album, New Brigade, blew up eighteen months ago, it was as if the music media machine had turned over a new log and voila, Iceage were the brightest beetle. After that came the flood: Iceage were nebulously connected to an underground Copenhagen scene centered around the Youth House, a music venue and rendezvous point for various leftist groups before it was demolished following a police-enforced eviction in 2007. The swirl of hype crested with questions like, "Are Iceage the Saviors of Punk?" and write-ups in outlets like The New Yorker, the New York Times and the Guardian. And there's been controversy, too, primarily about racially-loaded imagery in the band's music videos and a fanzine called "Dogmeat", illustrated and published by frontman Elias Rønnenfelt. Defenders and detractors came out swinging on both sides of the debate. Now they're signed to Matador and readying the release of the second record, You're Nothing.
But you know all that. You're also angry and confused at the state of things, or you used to be, or you're just curious about this band. In the presence of the storm, the crowd at 285 Kent last night immediately bifurcated into those who throw firecrackers and spin-kick in the middle of the pit, and those who press to the sides with an admixture of fear and awe.
Iceage pummeled through a set culled almost entirely from You're Nothing, two exceptions being "New Brigade" and "You're Blessed" from the first record. During the latter cut, a burly figure leapt on stage and then tackled Rønnenfelt into the crowd, kicking the heads of the unsuspecting on the way down, thereby collapsing the opposing punk rock impulses to both terrorize and protect the stage into a single meaningful move. Rønnenfelt seemed unfazed, though. He might have been rendered insensate by drink or just the tumultuous noise; it seemed as though he might pass out at any moment, and I'd guess that little more than half of his barked vocals actually made it to the mic. He wailed on the platform like a pipsqueak Henry Rollins, incautious of his own safety. A stagehand wisely removed the mic stand after two songs.
Iceage played loose and brazenly apathetic, often turning their songs into chaotic barrages of masochistic squall. They're too musical to be called punk, too clangorous to be called post-punk. When it cohered, as it sometimes did, you experienced an ecstatic fever dream of power. Dan Kjaer Nielsen's furious drumming had the same effect on the guitar and bass as a blender has on whatever you put in it. The crowd responded in kind, or some of them did anyway, meeting violence with violence. Firecrackers, flying beer cans, etc. I have a jacket that might forever smell like whatever hot, cinnamon-y drink the tiny girl next to me was drinking when it was body-slammed from her hands.
The set was assaulting, furious, sloppy and aggressive. When it unceremoniously ended after thirty or so minutes (a long set by Iceage's standards), the audience filed out to the Williamsburg waterfront, bruised and vertiginous. At the eye of the hypestorm Iceage have generated is the blackthroated, hook-laden punk of New Brigade that's still irrepressible. The glimpse we got of album number two suggests we're in for more of the same.
Catch Iceage again tonight (1/26) at Home Sweet Home with Pharmakon and Dream Affair. More pictures (unfortunately none of Nomad) and Iceage's setlist, below.
Raspberry Bulbs at Saint Vitus, 1/13/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro //BBG)
Raspberry Bulbs concluded a set of dates with Salvation and Pharmakon last night at Saint Vitus (1/13), bringing their stomping and unique brand of punk-laced black metal to a ravenous, moshing audience. Check out more pictures at Invisible Oranges.
Raspberry Bulbs (mems Bone Awl, Rorschach, Violent Bullshit) recently recorded a new LP at Heaven Street studios, though no word as to when we'll see the LP.
DOWNLOAD: Iceage - "Coalition" (MP3)
Iceage at LPR in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned, Danish punks Iceage are releasing their new album You're Nothing on February 19 via Matador and they've just revealed the first taste of that album with the new track, "Coalition," which you can download above or stream below.
The band already announced that they'll play a NYC show on January 25 at 285 Kent, which Raspberry Bulbs, Nomad, and Deformity open (tickets) and they've just revealed that the show is part of a whole tour which includes two other NYC dates. The day after the 285 Kent show, Iceage will play Home Sweet Home (1/26) (131 Chrystie St) with Pharmakon and Dream Affair. Admission for that show is $10 at the door (more info on the flyer below).
Then in April the band will do an east coast run with Vancouver punks White Lung which hits NYC on April 20 at Bowery Ballroom.
Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom show are not on sale yet but you can check ticketmaster for updates. Other tour dates include support from Merchandise, Milk Music, Hoax, and more. All dates are listed below.
White Lung released one of the greatest punk records of 2012 with Sorry and towards the end of the year they released a 7" for their European tour with two new songs, "Two of You" and "Hunting Holiday." You can stream both of those below.
Raspberry Bulbs at Saint Vitus, Oct 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The previously discussed Raspberry Bulbs / Salvation / Pharmakon show at Saint Vitus on January 13 (tickets) has expanded to an extended weekend tour. Check out the dates of the four-day run below. Raspberry Bulbs contains members of Bone Awl, Rorschach, Italian Horn and more, and the band recently reissued Demos 2009/2010 via Personnel Records (a subsidiary of Seed Stock).
Pharmakon is hitting the road for a string of dates with Soren and Foreplay on the West Coast next week.
All tour dates are listed below along with video.
Salvation at Power of The Riff East, August 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
With their dates with Night Sins now behind them, Salvation have plotted a course back to NYC for a show on January 13 at Saint Vitus. There the band will join NYC black metal favorites Raspberry Bulbs and noise terrorist extraordinaire Pharmakon. Tickets are on sale.
Similarly, support for the previously discussed Nachtmystium show has changed yet again, this time with Mutilation Rites, Batillus, Sannhet and Lord Mantis. Tickets are still available for the 11/19 show at Saint Vitus.
Meanwhile, support for the previously discussed Eyehategod shows at Saint Vitus have been announced, with Magrudergrind, Clean Teeth and The Communion taking on 11/27 (tickets) and Mortals (Record Release), White Widows and one more TBA taking on 11/28 (tickets).
In other Saint Vitus show news, look for the great Pinkish Black to team with Naam for a show at Saint Vitus on December 1st (tickets).
Raspberry Bulbs at Saint Vitus (more by BBG)
Blackened punk meets nihilistic hardcore when Raspberry Bulbs teams with BV-SXSW alums Salvation to play a show at WEIRD (131 Chrystie ST #1 in Manhattan) on 12/14. Raspberry Bulbs released Nature Tries Again earlier this year via Hospital Productions, while Salvation is preparing a new four song collection called House of the Beating Hell due on Youth Attack Records.
Tickets are now on sale for Hail! Hornet, Zoroaster, and Slow Southern Steel (the movie) at Europa.
More suggested NYC shows, a stream of the new Kim Phuc LP, and some video, below...
Kuxan Suum at Acheron (more by BBG)
Though previously listed with the same lineup as the show they just played at Acheron, this Friday's 9pm Black Twilight Circle show at The Charleston will feature an almost entirely different lineup with Raspberry Bulbs, Volahn, Arizmenda, Shataan, and The Haunting Presence. Black Twilight Circle also visit WFMU that day (10/7).
The show is also one of two upcoming shows for Raspberry Bulbs who will also join Villains, Occultation and Skull at Saint Vitus on 10/18 (tickets).
Speaking of black metal, the.... New Yorker wrote a piece:
The fertile and fractious U.S. scene in the genre known as black metal can be understood through a familiar moment in rock history. In the sixties, British bands like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones mined American blues, first copying their heroes and then creating something vivid and novel. In the nineties, a range of American acts began drawing from the work of Norwegian metal bands that were famous mostly for a look and for several unpleasant events. The Norwegians were largely faithful to the "corpse paint" costume, in which the face is covered in white makeup, with black circles drawn around the eye sockets. Upside-down-cross pendants and spiked bracelets were common accessories. The tabloid-worthy events centered on a musician named Varg Vikernes, of the one-man band Burzum, who encouraged and participated in the burning of churches. In 1993, while playing bass in a band called Mayhem, he murdered the guitarist, a man known as Euronymous.The article goes on to talk about Wolves In the Throne Room's recent show at The Bell House.
Until recently, it was a legacy that the genre couldn't shake. But now American bands such as Liturgy, Krallice, Absu, Leviathan, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Inquisition have left a fair amount of the pageantry behind--not to mention the violence--and helped to create a community, as well as a musical moment that is rife with activity...
Speaking of Liturgy, The Quietus recently interviewed Aaron Weaver of Wolves in the Throne Room . They discussed, among other things, Liturgy and its place amongst the "black metal elite": Aaron Weaver says:
"Wolves in the Throne Room has absolutely received the same kind of criticism, because over the years I've said the exact same thing [as Hunter regarding black metal's ability to be positive and optimistic]. That's something that I believe very strongly. I think that maybe the difference is that I've always said that we don't play black metal. I refer to Wolves in the Throne Room as a black metal band just sort of out of convenience. But I've also been really clear over the years that I do think that true black metal, which is a worthwhile and very powerful thing, does need to be negative. It does need to be rooted in the darkest aspects of the human experience - bitterness, negativity, hatred, violence, tribal warfare, mass murder, these sort of things lurk in the human experience, and it's always been there. And true black metal channels that incredibly destructive and insane and violent energy."Read the whole thing HERE.
Wolves in The Throne Room (more by Paul Birman)
Wolves in The Throne Room are here, and will begin their campaign of NYC darkness with Thou TONIGHT (9/12) at The Bell House with Krallice. Tickets are still available. The fun continues Wednesday (9/14) at Death By Audio in Brooklyn with Mutilation Rites (who replaced Krallice when Krallice switched to the Bell House show). Tickets for Death by Audio, previously unavailable, go on sale at 11AM (UPDATE: either we're crazy or the ticket on-sale has changed to 9/13 at 11pm).
Those opting for the Wednesday show still have a great option for tonight if you still feel like hitting some black-metal induced madness. Prescious Metal will host Raspberry Bulbs (mem Bone Awl), FFH, and Endless Humilation at Lit Lounge, one of two shows scheduled thus far for Raspberry Bulbs before they take a timeout to work on new material. If you can't make it, head out to Raspberry Bulbs' CMJ appearance at Saint Vitus on 10/18 where they'll team with Villains, Occultation (mem Negative Plane) & Skull. Ticketing info for the CMJ show is still forthcoming.
Krallice will also play Union Pool on Saturday with Urfaust/Black Anvil/Ruin Lust. Tickets are still available. The show is one of two BrooklynVegan heavy events scheduled for this weekend, with a second taking place on 9/16 at Public Assembly with 40 Watt Sun and the recently added Woe.
Wolves in The Throne Room welcome Celestial Lineage this week via Southern Lord. Cop it.
All tour dates and some recent video, including a full Raspberry Bulbs set, is below.
DOWNLOAD: Soul Swallower - "Greed & Disgust" (MP3)
Mind Eraser at Chaos in Tejas (more by Keith Marlowe)
Lots of good options tonight. Europa will host Toxic Holocaust/Holy Grail/Krum Bums/Salo (tickets) with a FREE afterparty with Windhand/Belus at Acheron (doors at 6 and 10 respectively). Dry Rot will team with Soul Swallower, Hoax, Blind Dead, and Brain Slug at Stolen Sleeves, and finally, Sete Star Sept, Penis Geyser, The Communion, Radiation Blackbody will hit The Charleston. After tonight, pickins get a little slimmer for the next week or two, heating back up for the fall.
Soul Swallower's appearance at Stolen Sleeves is a rare one. The members of Mind Eraser (who are on hiatus) are celebrating the release of their new Devoured LP via Painkiller Records. Check out "Greed & Disgust" available above.
Both Hull and The Atlas Moth have new songs streaming at Pitchfork. Not coincdentally, Brandon Stosuy recently started working at Pitchfork again.
Check out download a Raspberry Bulbs live set from WFMU. Check them out Sunday (8/21) with Iceage, Crazy Spirit and Perdition at Secret Project Robot.
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Some vintage Infest video from 1990, a vid of Noothgrush in SF, and more suggested shows below.... What did I miss?
Burning Fleshtival is an annual noise and experimental music festival taking place July 29th and 30th at their performance space in Far Rockaway, the Red Light District.As previously mentioned, Raspberry Bulbs (members of Bone Awl) will play Burning Fleshtival as well as Secret Project Robot with Iceage, Crazy Spirit and Perdition on August 21st. Raspberry Bulbs also recently added another show as part of Precious Metal at Lit Lounge on September 12th.
Burning Fleshtival set times and more info below...