Entries tagged with: Regents
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
United Nations at Union Pool, Feb 2010 (more by Paul Birman)
United Nations, the shrouded supercrew containing vocalist Geoff Rickly at the helm, are playing shows in middle January, including one at Saint Vitus on January 18 with support from Brooklyn crews Primitive Weapons, Descender, and Black Clouds. Tickets are on sale. Look for the rest of UN to be comprised of Ben Koller (Converge), Lukas Previn (Thursday, Regents), and Jim Carroll (The Hope Conspiracy).
In related news, The Hope Conspiracy have stepped out of hiding to announce work on new material. No details on said material or when/where it will emerge yet.
More United Nations tour dates and some streams are below.
Formed from bits of Frodus, Sleepytime Trio, Thursday, Acid Tiger and more, the voltron-like hardcore beast that is Regents have welcomed their new LP Antietam After Party via Lovitt Records. We're premiering a stream of the entire album which you can listen to below. Order your copy at Lovitt.
As you may remember, Regents have previously blessed NYC, SXSW (on a bridge!) and recently Fun Fun Fun Fest in live form. No shows on the horizon right now (they just played a record release show in DC this past Saturday [11/17]) but hopefully that will change soon.
Regents LP art by Brian Montouri
Regents is the amalgamation of members of Sleepytime Trio, Frodus, Acid Tiger and Thursday in to a singular, spazzy post-hardcore beast. After releasing a 7" last year, Regents did their share of touring, hitting Acheron and eventually shooting down to SXSW to play a memorable BrooklynVegan/Chaos in Tejas event on Lamar Pedestrian Bridge. Live shows are their forte, but only because they haven't had much recorded material to use as a basis for comparison.
Until now. Regents are welcoming their new LP, Antietam After Party, via Lovitt Records on November 20. Featuring the insane cover art of Brian Montouri (above, part of a bat-shit-crazy-gatefold), the quartet again returns to the spazz on their new effort, as the track "Night Soil" can clearly attest. Stream it below for the first time, and if ya dig then scoot on over to Lovitt for some pre-order action.
Vocalist/guitarist Drew Ringo commented on his thoughts on "Night Soil":
Lyrically the song focuses on the power, furtiveness and patience of addiction. The song also takes a personal tact, commenting on the unexpected impacts of recovery on ego and emotion. As for the song title, while traveling in China I learned of the practice of using human excrement as farm fertilizer, termed night soil. It's a dangerous practice because of the potential to spread disease. I couldn't help but note the similarities - disease feeding on disease, human's poisoning themselves, shit and desperation.And here I thought it was just about ripping guitar and being a wildman. #knowingishalfthebattle
Song stream and Southwest tour dates for Regents, which include Fun Fun Fun Fest, are listed below.
Narrows on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge in Austin
All was quiet on Austin's Lamar Pedestrian Bridge on the night of March 15th until around 2:15 AM. That's when Narrows and Regents kicked off a pair of short sets to around 300 people, as part of a bill brought to you by BrooklynVegan & Chaos in Tejas.
Sleepytime Trio (who I announced earlier that day via twitter) and Darkest Hour were also on the bill of the free show, but unfortunately didn't get to play due to cops breaking it up (which is actually a rarity), but it was definitely fun while it lasted.
Pictures of what did happen are in this post along with some video of Narrows playing the bridge.
Thanks to Sleepytime Trio and Darkest Hour for being a part of the show they didn't get to play, to Narrows and Regents for destroying, and to Chaos in Tejas for helping us make this happen. Hopefully we can do it again, but next time without the fuzz.
The reunited Sleepytime Trio's only other SXSW show was part of the Slip + Lovitt party earlier that day.
More pics and the video, below...
All Pigs Must Die (by Sarah Coulter)
On Friday March 9th, I toddled over to the Knitting Factory to see the triple bill featuring Clean Teeth, All Pigs Must Die, and Narrows. To be honest, All Pigs Must Die was literally the only reason for my being at that show, but the acts that book-ended them made me glad I got there early and left late.
Cleanteeth blasted off pretty much at 9pm on the nose. This particular show marked the first for their new drummer, who absolutely dominated the kit with incredible skill and aggression. The band was really great; they were heavy as hell and lacked a lot of the slow plodding monotony a lot of metal bands suffer from nowadays. It drives me absolutely fucking crazy that metal bands feel the need to drop their guitars down to some low ass note such as B; as though that somehow makes them heavier. Weren't the guitars on Obituary's Slowly We Rot, one of the heaviest albums to come out of the late 80s/early 90s metal scene, tuned to a standard E tuning? Yes. They were. Write heavy songs and stop leaning on the cliche low tuning crutch people. Anywho, Clean Teeth were great! They had my massive bald skull banging, that's for sure.
Next up was the centerpiece of the evening (for me), All Pigs Must Die. As a person very much into the whole late 80s, early 90s death metal stuff, newer metal is a lot harder for me to get into. There's is a lot of horseshit bands out there, bands who are covered in ink copping nice vintage gear and huge stacks and essentially just looking the part and producing nothing worth anyone's time. APMD, on the other hand, are the real article, creating some of the heaviest music to hit my ear drums in a loooong time. Sonically, they encompass a lot of elements that your man Klaus can't get enough of; speed and vocals bordering on Sick of it All, a guitar tone that reminds of me Entombed's monumental debut record Left Hand Path, and a dash of good old fashioned hardcore, grindcore, thrash, and death metal. I have missed every single NYC-area APMD since I saw their debut show at Union Pool in January 2011, so this was a show I had been looking forward to big time. Few front men have the power and presence of Kevin Baker. I've met him twice off stage and he couldn't have been nicer, but onstage he is the epitome of fury. If there was ever to be a systematic destruction of earth, whoever is in charge of the project should hire Kevin as project foreman. As he screams his way through the songs, his body language gives off the impression that he is about 1 second away from snapping and destroying everyone in the room. This was the first part of the evening where the crowd sort of woke up and started shoving which was good on two scores; first, it's great to see a typically flaccid NYC crowd actually get cranked about something. Second, someone dropped 10 bucks which I promptly ganked and used to buy an APMD shirt. Thanks, whoever you are!
Last up was Narrows who really shut things down with a big sweaty bang. Holy. I've been a huge fan of Botch forever, so for a Dave Verellen project to be happening in my backyard (with APMD no less) was double dope. What a phenomenal band to follow up APMD. I don't want to trivialize what they do by comparing them to other acts or bringing up their related projects, but Narrows is absolutely crushing. Do yourself a favor and seek them out any way you can; buy their shit, look at their vids on youtube... I cannot think of a better pairing than APMD and Narrows.
APMD and Narrows play together again at the BV-BBG/Thrasher/Power of The Riff Official Showcase at Scoot Inn on 3/16, part of an all day BV/POTR event at the venue. Narrows will ALSO play the BV/Chaos in Tejas bridge show scheduled for the night of 3/15 at 2AM with Regents, Darkest Hour, and a special "Nighttime" guest. Make sure and see that bridge show... don't sleep!
More pictures from Knitting Factory below...
Drew of Regents/Sleepytime Trio (more by BBG)
Minneapolis hardcore band Threadbare have announced their return to the stage with an NYC date at Saint Vitus on May 12th (tickets). The show, their first since 2009, will also mark the record release party for All About Friends Forever, a compilation of tracks from various hardcore-and-related bands including Botch, Coalesce, CR, Steve Brodsky, Regents/Ladder Devils with J.Robbins, Helms Alee, and many others.
Double LP limited vinyl release of 1000 (333 on colored vinyl) on silkscreened, hand-made covers (art shown is not final) with a 12 page full color booklet.That's if it ever sees the light of day.... AAFF is currently being funded via Kickstarter and is about 20% toward their full goal, which ends in two weeks.
Regents (mems Frodus, Sleepytime Trio, Thursday) is currently recording their debut LP for Lovitt Records and will play Austin as part of a string of SXSW dates that will include an appearance at the Lovitt/Slip show at Club 1808 on March 15th with the reunited Sleepytime Trio. Full details on the show are below.
Regents will also play the Shirts for a Cure 10th anniversary show at Red 7 (flyer below) with Hot Water Music, Braid, DYS, Darkest Hour, Comeback Kid, Coliseum, Tim Barry on Friday (3/16) and an official SXSW showcase with Braid, Forever The Sickest Kids, Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room, Zookeeper, and The Life and Times at Dirty Dog on Saturday (3/17).
Another band on the Lovitt/Slip/Artist Growth show is Narrows, the supergroup featuring members of Unbroken, Botch, and many others. As discussed, Narrows will play the BrooklynVegan/POTR/Thrasher/Southern Lord Official Showcase on 3/16 at Scoot Inn as well as Knitting Factory on March 9th with All Pigs Must Die (who is also on board at Scoot Inn). Narrows is also preparing to release their new LP Painted via Deathwish, and you can stream a track alongside all tour dates and details on the Slip/Lovitt/Artist Growth show below.
Defeatist @ Acheron
There was a definite family vibe at Acheron on Saturday (10/7), with touring band Regents (mems Sleepytime Trio, Frodus, Acid Tiger, Thursday) sharing the stage with NYC grind greats Defeatist, Psychic Limb, and The Year is One. Artist Brian Montouri of Psychic Limb is responsible for Regents cover art and the ties between Defeatist, The Year is One and Psychic Limb go deeper than just sharing this stage, so there was a definite air of friendship that went all around.
Regents' blistering punk rock is propelled by Jason Hamacher's (Frodus) pummeling drums, with Drew Ringo and David NeSmith's dueling guitar and scream vocals. Lukas Previn (Acid Tiger, Thursday) filled in on bass, as the band tore through material off of their debut 7". Stream it in its entirety below.
The show was one of two that I caught on Saturday, the first being Thou, The Body, Alkahest, and Argonauts at ABC No Rio (pictures/review).
More pictures from Acheron and that 7" stream is below...
Jason of Frodus spits at Death By Audio (more by Ryan Muir)
Regents, featuring members of Sleepytime Trio and Frodus, will hit the road for a short string of dates that will include a show at Acheron on 10/8 with Defeatist and Psychic Limb. Their full slate of dates are below. Regents recently dropped a 7" via Lovitt Records, which is streaming below in its entirety.
The great doomers in Earthride will team with When The Deadbolt Strikes and Archon at Acheron on 10/7.
Singapore black metal crew Impiety are touring the US this fall, and will hit Saint Vitus on 10/14 with Funerus, Sacristy, Discordia, and Warstrike 666. Full tour schedule and the video teaser is below.
Dysrhythmia will team with East of The Wall, Meek is Murder and City of Ships for a show at Union Pool on 10/22, a 1000 Knives CMJ event.
If you missed it, this week I interviewed Wolvhammer and we are streaming the new Dead In The Dirt, a new Landmine Marathon song, a new Wormrot song, and The Body/Braveyoung LP. Also this week we heard that English Dogs are touring on Forward Into Battle, and I reflected upon the amazing Urfaust/Black Anvil/Krallice/Ruin Lust show.
Deceased will team with Bitchslicer, Hellcannon, and Possessor at Saint Vitus on 10/7.
Stream a new Ghoul track, "Blood Feast", below alongside more suggested NYC shows and an Impiety tour teaser. What did I miss?