Entries tagged with: Rival Mob
by Fred Pessaro
Radigan with Magic Circle at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Magic Circle's lyrics communicate depression via loneliness, betrayal, death, and suffering, but Brendan Radigan's as likely to lash out as lament when he sings them. His voice cuts across Magic Circle and it, not the music, sets the album's tone. Even during the album's slowest and quietest moments, Radigan is there, howling, but never lacking for melody. Doom metal's not supposed to be cathartic like this.The above review comes from Invisible Oranges, where we discussed the mammoth Magic Circle LP, undoubtedly one of the best doom releases of the year and released, somewhat curiously, by a gang of guys known for being in bands like Rival Mob, Mind Eraser, No Tolerance, Boston Strangler and a gang of other stellar hardcore bands from Massachusetts. If you aren't familiar with Magic Circle, I'd suggest two things:
1) Listen to their S/T LP in full ASAP, which is streamable in this post.
2) Catch them live at Acheron on September 7 with Trenchgrinder and more TBA. Tickets to this one-off show are on sale now.
Album stream below.
Ceremony at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
As mentioned, ever-evolving punks Ceremony are set to play this year's This Is Hardcore festival in Philly (they play on 8/10) alongside Kid Dynamite, The Suicide File, Modern Life Is War, Judge, Blacklisted, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Paint It Black, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Defeater, No Redeeming Social Value, Gwar, and more. Head to TiH's site for tickets. Updated lineup and schedule below.
Around the time of that festival, they'll be doing some other East Coast shows with Baltimore post-punk duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Those shows include one in Brooklyn on August 17 at 285 Kent, one in NJ on August 14 at Asbury Lanes, and a little farther out from NYC, they'll also play The El 'n' Gee on August 16 in New London, CT, but it might be worth the drive considering Joyce Manor and Glocca Morra are on that bill too. (It's also a day after Joyce Manor play a free NYC show at House of Vans with Kid Dynamite, Red Hare, and Swearin'). Tickets for the 285 Kent and El 'n' Gee shows go on sale Friday (6/21) at noon, and tickets for the Asbury Lanes show are on sale now.
You can also catch Ed Schrader's Music Beat in NYC even sooner at Death by Audio on June 28 with The Hussy, Barkley's Barnyard Critters (feat. Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt), and Shark Muffin. Admission for that show is $7 at the door.
Ceremony have a few other coming shows, like one of those free Converse shows in San Francisco, which they'll play on June 27 with Suicidal Tendencies, Rocket from the Crypt, The Bronx, and the Shrine. All dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.
Infest @ 1100 Warehouse (more by Fred Pessaro)
Destruction Unit at Cheer Up Charlies (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Kromosom on the Lamar Bridge (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chaos in Tejas 2013 has come to a close, taking over Austin for four days across multiple venues and featuring bands as varied as Andy Stott, Kromosom and Framtid. If you missed it, live through the experience in pictures by checking out photos of The Damned and The Marked Men at 1100 Warehouse and The UV Race at Red 7 on 5/30; DIIV, Deep Time, Survive and more at Mohawk; Bolt Thrower , Full of Hell, Iron Lung and more on 5/31.
Wait, there's more: check out pics of The Men, Merchandise, Total Control and more at Cheer Up Charlie's; Framtid, Crudos, Criminal Damage, Akitsa and more on 6/1; and Infest, Manilla Road, Mind Eraser, Rival Mob and more Day 4 (6/2) coverage.
Crazy Spirit (and fan) at 285 Kent (more by Tod Seelie)
If you were anywhere near The Acheron, 285 Kent or Le Poisson Rouge this weekend, you might have notices the masses of leather jackets, studs, spikey hair, and general attitude. For four days (April 18-21) New York's Alright took those venues with sold-out shows at 538 Johnson, Acheron, Saint Vitus & 285 Kent and featuring bands from as far as Japan and Spain. Nihilistic, explosive punk rock shows took place during the day and at night, and included names like Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Rival Mob, Culo, Hoax, Crazy Spirit, Green Beret, Dawn of Humans, Glam, Stagnation and many many more. Check out some pictures of the insanity at InvisibleOranges.
photos by Lukas Hodge
Rival Mob @ 285 Kent, 2/23/2013
It got a little incestuous at 285 Kent on Saturday (2/23), when Massachusetts band The Rival Mob played their record release show with special guests Stick Together, Give, Waste Management, WW4, Prisoner Abuse and Brain Slug (NY's Inside Out cancelled). Members of Rival Mob also serve in Prisoner Abuse and WW4 (with members of Floorpunch), while Waste Management contains members of some of Rival Mob's related projects, so it was definitely a show that kept it "family" for the duration.
Rival Mob's new LP Mob Justice is out now, and definitely worth a listen for fans of brutal, late 80s-style hardcore. More pics from the wild straight-edge show at 285 Kent are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Vocalist Brendan Radigan opened The Rival Mob's set at This is Hardcore with an arguably flawless statement of purpose:
"This first song we're gonna play is not for some political bullshit. It's not for some tough guy pose. It's not to make us sound like a bunch of fuckin' romantic poets trying to be sensitive. It's made for one fuckin' thing, moshing really fuckin' hard.
And so began the stagedives with "Intro Grunt," the band's answer to classic, mostly-instrumental hardcore anthems like Integrity's "Vocal Test." Check out video of the mayhem below.
The Rival Mob's ferocity is not a simulacrum of NYHC cliches, unlike much of the hardcore bands that litter the landscape. There is a fury, and that simmering anger has never been more apparent than on their latest LP Mob Justice due on Feb 26 via Revelation Records ("Intro Grunt" opens the LP). "It Must Be Nice..." from that record is streaming below. Fans of 80s hardcore like Warzone, Breakdown and Negative Approach, take note.
The Rival Mob have a pair of NYC shows set for the near future, including the previously discussed record release show at 285 Kent on Saturday (2/23) (tickets) and an appearance at New York's Alright at the same venue on April 20. Want to go to Saturday's show? We have a pair of tickets AND a copy of Mob Justice on vinyl available for giveaway. Details on how to win, along with that song stream and video, are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Crossover/hardcore crew Iron Reagan, who we profiled here, have added another date set to blast off on Feb 25 at Saint Vitus with Meek is Murder and NARC (tickets). The show is in addition to the previously-discussed date at The Acheron with the mighty Trenchgrinder (tickets).
Invisible Oranges also has the scoop on U.S. tour dates for Japanese sleaze artists Abigail, who will bypass NYC (bummer) on their way to Chaos in Tejas from MDF. Details are HERE.
All Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks and a stream of a recent Rival Mob track is below. What did I miss?
Rival Mob at LPR, Feb 2012 (more by Sarah Coulter)
The Rival Mob are readying the release of their Revelation Records debut, Mob Justice, which is due on February 26. As such, the Boston hardcore crew has assembled a whopper of a show to celebrate the occasion, with Stick Together, Inside Out (NY), Give, Waste Management, World War 4, Prisoner Abuse and Brain Slug also on thisa mega-bill which goes down at 285 Kent on Feb 23. Tickets are on sale for this all ages, must see show.
A list of all Rival Mob dates, plus a great live video, are below.
The Damned at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chaos in Tejas has announced yet another round of bands, including The Damned, Gehenna (who play next weekend in NYC with Catharsis), Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Rival Mob, New Zealand's The Bats, Andy Stott, Power Trip, Hoax (who play NYC this weekend), Iceage (who have a new song/tour coming), Anhedonist, Akitsa, Parquet Courts and many more. Full list of names are below, which join the previously announced names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, Abigail, Integrity, Iron Lung (who play DBA soon), Final Conflict, Manilla Road, Merchandise, Milk Music, Total Control, and many many more.
The announcement comes on the same day that passes for the Austin festival, which happens May 30 - June 2, go on sale. Passes are on sale.
by Fred Pessaro / BBG
The Boston Strangler at LPR, 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Not Dead Yet is a Toronto-based festival that features some of the best current punk/hardcore bands in existence right now. The six-day festival will feature photography, matinees, night and day shows across various venues in the Canadian city and will features the likes of Grass Widow, Leather (who recently played Acheron), The Inmates (who last played NYC with Systematic Death), Hoax, Crazy Spirit, Pick Your Side, The Men (who recently played Pitchfork), Give, Burning Love (who recently played Acheron), Creem, Omegas, Waste Management, Vile Gash, Magrudergrind, Iron Lung, Walls (who recently played Acheron), Vaccine, Raw Meat, Rival Mob, Boston Strangler (who played LPR with Tragedy), Urban Blight, Death Evocation (who recently played Acheron), Hounds of Hate and so many more. Full festival details are below. Tickets for Not Dead Yet go on sale Saturday, September 1.
As I just mentioned them, Hoax are scheduled to play the first night of Power of The Riff East, joining Pentagram (playing Relentless in full!), Agnostic Front (playing Victim in Pain/United Blood in full!), Xibalba and many esteemed others. Tickets are still available for 9/1 and 9/2 separately (with a free screened poster) or for a two-day passes with a Southern Lord vinyl pack.
Full NDY fest details are below.
Negative Approach at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
This is Hardcore returns to Philadelphia, PA for four days in August at Union Transfer (on 8/9) and Electric Factory (8/10 - 8/12). Both shows will have no barricades for you headwalkers/divers and in the case of Electric Factory, the venue will actually construct a stage in front of their usual stage (!) to get around the existing barricade. Now thats dedication/brutality.
As for the lineup, as usual the cast of hooligans gracing the stages of TIHC are a cast of notables, including Cro-Mags, Negative Approach, Gorilla Biscuits, Breakdown, Blacklisted, Killing Time, Nails, Ringworm, Gehenna and many many more. Full lineup is below and tickets go on sale on May 17th at noon.
Power Trip is part of said lineup, and reminder, the band will hit Acheron on May 15th as part of a string of East Coast dates. All tour dates are below.
photos by Sarah Coulter
Ceremony @ Le Poisson Rouge
As previously discussed, Ceremony headlined Le Poisson Rouge on 2/4 with a staggering lineup of support from Pissed Jeans, Rival Mob, Kim Phuc, Hoax, and Gods & Queens. Pictures and video from this show adorn this post.
Ceremony also swung by WNYU to play a live set as part of The New Afternoon Show. Stream that appearance in its entirety at WNYU.
Reminder: Hoax teams with Veins, Raw Nerve and Chain Wallet on April 8th.
Ceremony tour dates and more pictures and video from LPR, below...
DOWNLOAD: Ceremony - "Hysteria" (MP3)
Ceremony at LPR (via)
In the wake of their sold-out mega show at LPR, Ceremony have announced a US tour in support of their forthcoming effort Zoo due on Matador. The dates do not include an NYC date so far, but will stop in Austin for SXSW at Red 7 on March 17th. More details are forthcoming, but tour dates are below.
As discussed, Ceremony played a packed out LPR with Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc (who also played a late show) and Gods & Queens. Pictures from the show are on the way but until then, check out video below.
In related news, the great Hoax will also join on another upcoming NYC bill, this time with the mighty Veins and Raw Nerve, as well as Chain Wallet at 538 Johnson on April 8th. More details are available at the Facebook event page. The band, who will release a new EP via Youth Attack this year, will prepare for an upcoming tour with SQRM in the coming days and will play Chaos in Tejas this year.
All tour dates and videos, below..
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...
Jensen Ward of Walls on stage with Iron Lung at Chaos in Tejas (more by BBG)
Walls (mems Cold Sweat/Iron Lung) will hit the road for a string of West Coast dates with Aussies True Radical Miracle in the next week. The shows are celebration of both band's new releases due on Iron Lung Records (home of Total Control, Dead Language, Kim Phuc, Iron Lung, etc). Full tour schedule and flyer are below.
Both Walls and True Radical Miracle will welcome said releases, the new The Future is Wide Open LP and the Termites LP respectively, via their label on February 2nd or at the merch table on the previously discussed dates (EU fans, head to De Graan Republiek to get your copy). Stream the first four tracks from EACH LP below; fans of noisy, nihilistic hardcore will dig Walls while TRM contains strains of everything from post-hardcore, garage, noise, punk, and everything in between. Both are definitely recommended.
Total Control, who released Henge Beat via Iron Lung last year, was named one of our favorite LPs of 2011.
Stream that new Walls and True Radical Miracle material below, alongside more streams and all tour dates.
Ross of Ceremony is hungry at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
As discussed, Ceremony are playing a February an NYC show. Ends up its a whopper and taking place at Le Poisson Rouge on February 4th with the awesome lineup of The Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc, Gods & Queens, and "special guests". Best of all, it'll cost you only $5 in advance (!). Tickets are on sale.
Ceremony recently announced their Matador debut Zoo as well as some additional 7"s.
LPR will be Gods & Queens' first NYC show since their horrifying ordeal in Eastern Europe.
Dropdead at Europa (more by Keith Marlowe)
Chaos in Tejas have announced another round of bands for their 2012 shindig (first round here), including rare appearances from legendary post-hardcore band Moss Icon (a one-time only reunion), as well as Japan's Reality Crisis and Skizophrenia (their only US dates), and repeat offenders/favorites like Dropdead, Municipal Waste, Midnight, Ares Kingdom, Puerto Rico Flowers, Xeno & Oaklander, Thou, the Rival Mob, Boston Strangler, Crazy Spirit, Brain Killer, Power Trip, Wiccans (who just played one of the final shows at Emo's), and many many others. A full list of additions and the new flyer is below.
Since the original announcement, two previously announced bands have dropped off the original lineup: Mexican black metal band Nyogthaeblisz disappeared from the lineup after their anti-Islamic/Semitic/Abrahamic stance and involvement in known NSBM (National Socialist) label Satanic Skinhead was pointed out by a few blogs. That led to Antisect and The Mob even threatening to not play. Word then spread that Disma's Craig Pillard released nazi-glorifying records under the name Sturmfuhrer. Disma then dropped out as well due to "the drama" that ensued. Craig would not comment on the matter, but other members of Disma say he has changed.
In related news, Thou will hit the road for a string of dates with The Body this week on the West Coast. Both bands will also be at the inaugural Gilead Media festival (chaired by the Gilead Media label) in Oshkosh, Wi on 4/28 and 4/29 which will feature appearances from (in alphabetical order) Arms Aloft, Aseethe, Ash Borer, Baby Boy, Darger + Plague Mother, False, Fell Voices, Get Rad, Hell, Loss, Mutilation Rites, Northless, Protestant, A Scanner Darkly, and Sleepwalker. More details are available at the site.
All tour dates, new additions to Chaos in Tejas, and the show flyer is all below.
DOWNLOAD: Give - "Boots of Faith" (MP3)
photos by Stephanie Crumley, words by BBG
The Rival Mob @ Acheron
The Rival Mob, Give, and Hoax teamed for the second of two NYC Airfix Kits/Young Offenders shows this past weekend, the latter's only East Coast dates. Pictures from the 11/5 Acheron show are in this post.
The Rival Mob have a couple of dates scheduled in the coming months including 9/3 at The Bank Vault in Waltham, MA as part of a Triple-B showcase with Dead End Path, Free Spirit, Stick Together, GIVE, Soul Search, United Youth, Minus, Wolf Whistle, Sweet Jesus and more. They'll also be in Baltimore on 1/7 at Sonar as part of a free show called Mass Movement with Trapped Under Ice, Next Step Up, Down To Nothing, Foundation, Backtrack, Mindset, Suburban Scum, and many others. RSVP for that show.
words by BBG
DOWNLOAD: Give - "Boots of Faith" (MP3)
San Francisco bands Airfix Kits and Young Offenders are swinging through NYC to play a pair of shows this weekend, hitting Union Pool tonight (11/4, not at Bruar Falls anymore, due to its recent closing) for a show with Freshkills & Only The Messengers and another show at Acheron on Saturday (11/5) with Rival Mob, Give and Hoax. The shows are the band's only East Coast appearances. Between both dates you'll be able to see bands that are both of the hardcore persuation (Acheron) and something that leans more punk/post-punk (Union Pool). More show details are below.
Both Hoax and Give are preparing releases with Painkiller Records, though details on both are still to be announced. In the meantime, check out some live video and song streams below, including a recent video for Freshkills' "The Wolves That Raised You" and some unreleased tracks...
photos by Konstantin Sergeyev
Hard Skin at Bruar Falls on 10/25/10
There are few punk/hardcore shows on the way in the next few weeks, but we'd be remiss without mentioning the surprise Hard Skin show that took place at Bruar Falls on 10/25/10. The show was one of two NYC shows for the comedic UK Oi band, as they also played Europa with Forgetters on Friday, 10/22 with The Rival Mob.
"Fat Bob had mentioned at the forgetters show on Friday that Hard Skin were playing on Monday night before they skipped back across the pond. Given the the rarity of their shows and the proximity to Drew's place, it seemed prudent to make it across the water to Colonial Williamsburg....Pictures from the Bruar Falls show adorn this post. Forgetters will play Bruar Falls TONIGHT (11/2) with Younger Lovers and Little Victory.
...The Hard Skin boys took the stage around the 11 o'clock hour and stirred the room up with a whole lot of Oi! Bruar may be a little small to contain such friskiness, but it was a pretty polite crowd despite the large drunk punk contingent and truth be told, the JS-NYC/ab rock Voltron was no paragon of sobriety by this point either. I had a good time, even given the curious tire deflations I returned to find on my iron steed when we got outside. Luckily, they were deflated and not punctured and Drew had a pump, so the good guys lived to ride another day. Good times all around. Not sure where/if HS are maintaining the web presence in this day and age, but you would do well to spend your weak American dollar on some of their swag and bring them back. Set to Googling, fresh-cut, and remember Hard Skin are good clean-cut fun." [Jaded Scenester]
Madball will play The Studio at Webster Hall on 12/13 with Lionheart, Bitter End as part of a string of dates for the trio. Incendiary will join them as local support. Ticket info is forthcoming, but full tour dates are below. Madball recently dropped their new LP Empire and parted ways with drummer Jay Weinberg (son of Max Weinberg).
Easy Action, featuring John Brannon of Negative Approach, will team up with The Men to play The Acheron on 11/15. The all ages show kicks off at 8PM. Easy Action tour dates are below.
The Queers will play Mercury Lounge on Jan 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a short string of East Coast dates in 2011 that also includes Maxwell's one day before NYC; additional dates are below.
In a show dubbed "Brooklyn's Finest" (though BBG would beg to differ), Life of Agony will team up with Biohazard and Vision of Disorder to play Best Buy Theater on 12/16. Tickets are on sale.
And finally, LA's Youth Brigade (not the DC one with releases on Dischord) will play Mercury Lounge on 11/14. The show will be proceeded by a documentary on BYO Records and the band. Tickets are on sale.
All tour dates and more pictures of Hard Skin at Bruar Falls are below...
Forgetters at Red 7 in Austin (more here)
Few hardcore and punk shows to put on your radar....
Forgetters will team with Oi band Hard Skin and Boston hardcore The Rival Mob for a killer three-way at Europa on Oct 22nd. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three on Blake Schrazenbach's horizon. Forgetters will also play Cake Shop with Pregnant, These Days, and Bells on 9/10 and support Obits at Knitting Factory on 11/12. Their first 7" is out on September 21st.
Word is that Veins (with Mark McCoy of Das Oath, Charles Bronson, etc) was originally on the Hard Skin bill, but had to drop off, and speaking of Mark McCoy, his other project Failures has another show coming up. Australia's Straightjacket Nation will headline 538 Johnson with Failures, Vile Gash, Scapegoat, and Confines on 10/2. Veins, which also features members of Drunkdriver, Das Oath, and Castevet, recently pressed their great cassette on 7" vinyl. Pick up a copy via Youth Attack, it rules.
Speaking of Youth Attack, Brutal Chicago hardcore band Raw Nerve released their incredible self-titled LP on the label earlier this year. Though copies of that are long gone, you can still catch the band when they headline Acheron on 10/16 along with Manipulation, Perdition, and Concrete Cross (members Disnihil/Celebrity Murders).
And last but certainly not least, look for a double dose of Danish Hardcore punk from Hjertestop when they play NYC twice in early November. On 11/8, look for the band to play The Charleston with Night Birds, Nomos, and Crazy Spirit while 11/9 gets Acheron with Swedes Fy Fan! and Crazy Spirit.
A video of forgetters playing Generation Records in 2009, below...
Rorschach at The Charleston (more by Ryan Muir)
Last year's jaw-dropping lineup at Chaos In Tejas was sick, and 2010 is proving to be no different. For four days across four different Austin venues, May 27th to the 30th at Emo's, Mohawk, Red 7 and Beerland, the festival will offer some of the most impressive names in the independent/underground scene including the indestructible Rorschach, the first ever US appearance from Australian punk greats X, a one-time reunion of Japanese crust-core band Bastard, the quirky cutesy indie pop-punk of Grass Widow, Gehenna (who just played A389), Subhumans, Bastard Noise (who have a new record), Bone Awl, BV faves Jeff The Brotherhood, The Spits, Psychedelic Horseshit, Ty Segall, The Ponys, Iron Lung (who recently played Cake Shop), Poison Idea, Inquisition, and many many many others.
In addition to the obvious mayhem that will ensue over the four days, Chaos in Tejas will also showcase art from some of the scene's most interesting names including Tim Kerr (of Big Boys), Winston Smith (responsible for tons of collage work, including the Dead Kennedys best album art), and Bryan Ray Turcotte (best known for his book Fucked Up and Photocopied).
The full (and intimidating) list is below...