Entries tagged with: STATS
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Brooklyn's Black Black Black are prepping their second album. It's called Altered States of Death and Grace and it's due for release on March 25 via Aqualamb Records. We're premiering the first song, which is called, "Let's Bloodlet" and features guest vocals from Unsane's Dave Curran.
Dave's screams lend a ferocious edge to this catchy but raw slice of stoner rock. Black Black Black traffic in the kind of good-natured misanthropy of bands like Whores or KEN Mode, but the musical gestures beneath the noisy exterior are all forward-charging, Kyuss-worshipping sludge 'n' roll. It's basically underground metal's version of a radio banger, and you can stream it blow.
Black Black Black have a couple of shows coming up. They'll be opening up that Craw reunion show with STATS at Saint Vitus on March 12 (tickets). More imminently, they'll also be playing a show in NJ on Saturday (2/6) at the Cheap Thrills Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet in Asbury Park.
Speaking of Unsane, frontman Chris Spencer's new band UXO are streaming their new album and playing some shows.
Stream "Let's Bloodlet" by Black Black Black below...
photo: Built to Spill at 50 Kent in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Front Bottoms @ Rough Trade
The Front Bottoms' new album Back On Top is their first for a major label, but it's actually more subdued and often folkier than its predecessor. Tonight they celebrate with this 7 PM in-store, and to get in you have to purchase the album from the Rough Trade store.
Built To Spill, Crosss, Clarke and the Himself's @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock guitar heroes Built to Spill play their first of four NYC shows tonight. Also on the bill: Toronto's doomy Crosss who are worth catching.
Eliot Glazer, Ilana Glazer, Aaron Glaser, Jon Glaser, Glazer (The Band) @ The Bell House
They're not actually all related (or spell their names the same way) but it's a great idea to bring all the funny Glazer/Glaser folks together for one show they're calling "The Glas/zer Family Reunion." Rounding things out: NJ band Glazer. Was having Glasser too much of a stretch?
Dan Melchior, Nick Forte, Krissi Kathrin, Ning Nong @ Trans-Pecos
Dan Melchior is a prolific musician but hadn't released a new record with Broke Revue in 10 years. Lords Of The Manor breaks that decade absence and its good to have their warm sludge back.
Black Uhuru, Top Shotta Band, Screechy Dan @ Brooklyn Bowl
One of the great second generation reggae groups, Black Uhuru helped bring the sound into the '80s with electronics and dub. (Early singles comp Showcase is a classic.) Still fronted by Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, the band remain a positive force.
Ride, The Besnard Lakes @ Stone Pony
Following two nights at Irving Plaza, revived shoegazers Ride head to Stone Pony. Opening are Montreal's Besnard Lakes making for a great double bill.
Shifted, 400PPM (Shawn O'Sullivan), Skarn (Alessandro Cortini) @ Saint Vitus
The Tinnitus Music Series and Nothing Changes are teaming up for this night of extreme music, showcasing artists on Avian Records. Label boss Shawn O'Sullivan performs as 400PPM, and Nine Inch Nails' Alessandro Conrtini will play as Skarn. Wear earplugs.
Of Monsters and Men, Highasakite @ Beacon Theatre
Iceland's masters of sweeping "whoa-oh" style folk pop play their second of three Beacon shows tonight. If you're going, Norway's Highasakite are worth showing up early.
Phil Cook, The Dead Tongues @ Rough Trade
After the TFB show, Rough Trade hosts Megafaun member Phil Cook, who's supporting a new solo album Southland Mission. Opening is fellow North Carolina artist The Dead Tongues.
G.L.O.S.S., Aye Nako, Moor Mother Goddess, Cristy C. Road @ Silent Barn
G.L.O.S.S. stands for "Girls Living Outside Society's Shit," and the Olympia punk band make exactly the kind of confrontational music you'd expect from a group with that name. Locals Aye Nako are worth catching too.
Jose James (Billie Holiday tribute) @ Blue Note
Billie Holiday would have turned 100 this year. In addition to being an inspiration for the new Lana Del Rey album and the first artist to "play" The Apollo's upcoming hologram concert series, neo-soul singer Jose James will perform her music at a series of shows at the Blue Note this week. 8 and 10:30 PM sets every night through Sunday.
Child Abuse, Silk Purse, Lydia Lunch / Weasel Walter / Sandy Ewen "PLUS SPECIAL GUEST" @ Acheron
No wave legend Lydia Lunch plays this show with her Retrovirus bandmate Weasel Walter and a special guest, and another Retrovirus member, Tim Dahl, headlines with his band Child Abuse.
El Ten Eleven, Sego @ Le Poisson Rouge
Post rock duo El Ten Eleven are back with a new album this year, Fast Forward. It's got a lot more instruments than two people can play, but the band recorded it entirely themselves with loop pedals, so presumably they'll be recreating it with ease tonight.
Acid Dad, Dinowalrus, Cloak, The Flag @ Union Pool
One particular band of note on this bill is Cloak, who make dark synthy pop that's probably at least a little influenced by Pretty Hate Machine era Nine Inch Nails.
STATS, Survival, Couch Slut @ Baby's All Right
STATS' debut album is out now, and it subscribes to no particular genre: bits of hardcore, math rock, operatic prog and more all appear. Openers Couch Slut are not to miss either.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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by Andrew Sacher
STATS, the band featuring drummer/vocalist Hank Shteamer who's also in Aa and is a music writer (sometimes for Invisible Oranges), are finally ready to follow their 2010 EP, Crowned, with their first full length. It's called Mercy, and was produced by Ben Greenberg (of Uniform, ex-The Men). It's due August 7 via New Atlantis Records.
We've got the premiere of the new single, "The Freeze, The Fritz," which brings together pissed-off noisy hardcore, math rock technicality, and a weird operatic part that sounds like Converge backing Renaissance or something. It's out-there stuff, man. Check it out, with the tracklist and artwork, below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
I know what you're thinking by looking at the above promo photo, but Survival is light years away from the "transcendental black metal" or possibly "white metal" that shot guitarist/vocalist Hunter Hunt-Hendrix into the spotlight with Liturgy. In fact, the new project explores some completely different themes, delving into post-hardcore while dabbling into the vocal experimentation that marked some of the Liturgy releases. Check out the new track "Tragedy of the Mind" below from the band's forthcoming self-titled LP due on May 14 via Thrill Jockey.
The release of the new LP will be celebrated with a show at Acheron on May 9, when the band joins Alan Watts, STATS and Vaporizer as part of a Record Release celebration at the venue. Tickets are on sale.
Two members of Survival also play in the more hardcore-oriented Crushed, who are readying a release around the same time too. The band will drop their new Losing Shit EP with a celebration at Acheron on 5/8, joined by Sabertooth Zombie, Power and Go Deep (tickets). Stream that EP in full, and the new Survival track, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Roomrunner at The Bell House in 2012 (more by Tracy Allison)
Baltimore punks Roomrunner wrapped up a very promising 2012 with the release of their noisy, punchy Super Vague EP, and they're finally ready to release their debut full length, Ideal Cities, which will be out on May 14 via Fan Death. It's first single, "Weird," kicks off with huge riffs and culminates in a chorus which finds Roomrunner at their catchiest but with only more power than we've heard from them before. You can stream that track and check out the album artwork below.
Roomrunner play NYC on Thursday (2/28) at FUZZ NYC with Speedy Ortiz, STATS, and Sea Monsters.
Roomrunner also have a few upcoming shows with Marnie Stern, and though they won't be at her Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/11), they will end up in NYC two days after that to open for Pissed Jeans, whose tour hits Bowery Ballroom on April 13. Yi is on that bill as well and tickets for that show are still available.
All Roomrunner dates are listed, along with that song stream and album art, below...
photos by Jonathan McPhail
Dysrhythmia @ Public Assembly
Dysrhythmia finished their round of dates in celebration of Test of Submission in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on Saturday (11/17). They were joined by a rare appearance from Loincloth (who we profiled here) and NYC's STATS and Rivers of Nihil. Though the latter band leans more toward the death metal end of things, the other three made it clear to see that the night was dedicated to math-y technical metal in different variations. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Dysrhythmia will join Wreck & Reference (profiled here and here), Soren (of Rosenkopf, who played his debut show at WIERD) and Planning for Burial on January 5th at Saint Vitus. The show is a rare appearance for Wreck & Reference, who are are visiting from their native Bay Area. Tickets are on sale.
More pictures from Public Assembly, though unfortunately none of Rivers of Nihil (who we missed), below...
STATS at Public Assembly (more by Justina Villanueva)
In celebration of its release, the band will team with Chicago art-rock band Cheer Accident, jazz-punk trio Inzinzac, and Xaddax at Cake Shop TONIGHT (11/15). $10 gets you in to the 8PM show. Get there early to catch Xaddax, which features Nick Sakes formerly of the great Dazzling Killmen.
Speaking of The Path Less Traveled Records, another band on the label, Pristina, will play Precious Metal at Lit Lounge tonight. They'll be joined by Hero Destroyed, Iron Thrones, and Empyreon. $6 gets you in. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Today Is The Day's Steve Austin and featuring appearances from Austin as well as Bloodlet's Scott Angelicos and Starkweather's Rennie Resmini, Pristina's new LP The Drought (ov Salt and Sorrow) is out now on CD via Trendkill. Look for limited vinyl on TPLT Records.
Stream all of STATS's Crowned EP below.
STATS at Public Assembly (more by Justina Villanueva)
The city is always brimming with great art, whether from MSG to a loft in Bushwick. Here are some more NYC shows that are definitely worth a look over the coming weekend...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Liturgy - "Ecstatic Rite" (MP3)
Liturgy in a moment of "om"
Liturgy's killer new album Renihilation has only been out around eight days now, and Hunter and the boys are already swimming in accolades. A short US tour kicks off next week, but until then look for them at one last hometown show to sate those who haven't seen them live and can't wait until The New Yorker Festival in October or Halloween with Malkuth and Mount Eerie.
The last time that Howl played NYC was at a FREE show at Fontana's, and ANOTHER one of those takes place TONIGHT (9/3)! Black Anvil will be celebrating the re-release of their awesome 2008 LP, Time Insults The Mind, on Relapse. The band will be joined by a very special guest and The Binary Code. Flyer is below, and again, it is FREE.
Also this sunday (9/6), the previously mentioned Show No Mercy at Public Assembly featuring Gnaw, Mick Barr, Castevet, and Period. Period shares a member with Extra Life.
All Liturgy tour dates as well as flyers for Show No Mercy and the Black Anvil Fontana's show are below.
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
One look at their merch table (below) and you can tell that the Dysrhythmia boys are slightly busy. The story that it doesn't tell is all of the production projects that Colin Marston is taking on at Menegroth (his studio), the in-process Krallice LP, or the Gorguts reunion with fellow Dysrhythmia bandmate Kevin Hufnagel. With all of this on their plate, the NYC boys have decided "What the hey! Let's also headline a full US tour!" Sounds great guys. Full tour dates are below, including a string of dates with recent Show No Mercy / BV-BBG alumni STATS which culminates in their final show of the tour, Nov 1st at Union Pool.
Dysrhythmia are touring off of their new LP Psychic Maps, and played a record release party at Union Pool on July 18th. Pics from that show which included opener La Otracina, as well as a video of the band barreling through "Festival Of Popular Delusions", and all dates, below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
"...I am a huge fan. Keelhaul is a very esoteric band, and an only sporadically active one at that. But still, more people should know them. This is because they are simply outstanding at playing rock & roll. The show of theirs I caught last December--a warm-up for the recording of their latest album, Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity (two tracks stream here), which comes out August 18 on Hydra Head--was solid, but this was much better. They'd been on the road for a few days, and their performance had that bullish energy that can only come from consecutive gigs..."The BV-BBG Show No Mercy event was a success, thanks in part to killer performances by Keelhaul, Minsk, Unearthly Trance, Defeatist, and STATS, but mostly due the people who made it out on a Sunday night! Thanks to everyone who was involved, especially the guys in Keelhaul who were stuck in the car for eight hours just before arriving/setting Public Assembly ablaze.
[Hank Shteamer of STATS]
The next TWO Show No Mercy events are already mapped out! September will showcase the first EVER show for GNAW featuring Alan Dubin of Khanate (we profiled them here), as well as a solo Mick Barr, and Castevet with one more TBA. As discussed, the October edition will take place at Market Hotel and will feature Mt Eerie, Liturgy, and the recently added Malkuth.
More pictures from Sunday below...
by Black Bubblegum
Only four days left (July 31st) until the upcoming NYC debut of grind gods Repulsion along with the unfathomable support crew of Brutal Truth and Pig Destroyer at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets are still available.
The show will double as a book release party for Decibel's new book Precious Metal, which compiles 25 of their favorite "Hall Of Fame" LPs like Slayer's Reign in Blood, Napalm Death's Scum, Eyehategod's Take as Needed for Pain, Darkthrone's Transilvanian Hunger, Sleep's Jerusalem, The Dillinger Escape Plan's Calculating Infinity as well as the centerpiece for July 31st, Repulsion's Horrifed (Brutal Truth's Need To Control was also a Hall of Fame recipient, but didn't make the book). Decibel will also release a special "Decibill" at the show featuring pieces on all three bands by Decibel greats J. Bennett and Jess Blumensheld (cover of that is below).
In celebration of this momentous show, we asked Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth), JR Hayes (Pig Destroyer) and Col Jones (Repulsion) to discuss one of the other bands on the bill, what they mean to them and extreme music. Their thoughts are below... a must read!
In addition, we'd be remiss if we didn't (again) mention another major show going down this weekend.... the Show No Mercy/BV-BBG event on Sunday, August 2nd at Public Assembly with Keelhaul, Minsk, Unearthly Trance, Defeatist, and STATS! So to get even MORE celebrate-y up in this mutha, we are happy to announce a MEGA-giveaway for BOTH shows. The prize includes tickets to both shows, records, the Decibel book and more.
Details on that prize and how to win it, the above-mentioned interview, as well as flyers for both shows, and more, below...
photos by Jason Walker, words by Black Bubblegum
Call me greedy, but when I recently posted the Show No Mercy/BV-BBG lineup of Keelhaul, Minsk, and STATS, followed by that lonely "+1 TBA"... I got a little sad. Why just one? Luckily, Brandon Stosuy & I (we came up with the lineup together) were on the same page, so that +1 TBA is now +2, AND we are proud to announce the addition of Unearthly Trance and Defeatist to the August 2nd lineup at Public Assembly!
Defeatist, which contains members of the much lamented Anodyne (with Mike Hill of Tombs), recently dropped Sharp Blade Sinks Deep Into Dull Minds on Willowtip. The LP is actually a compilation of previously released EPs and splits that will have to sate us while we await the arrival of Sixth Extinction, featuring 19 new tracks recorded by Colin Marston. The band is scheduled to take on the destructive Texas duo of Mammoth Grinder (who we profiled here) and Hatred Surge (who I loved at SXSW) on July 17th at The Charleston.
Unearthly Trance recently played the BV-BBG bash at Europa, and are scheduled to take on Lit Lounge on Monday (7/13) with the mighty Harpoon, one of two dates for Harpoon (they headline The Charleston on 7/14). Full Unearthly Trance & Harpoon dates are below.
In possibly related news, Pollution, a band that may or may not contain members of Unearthly Trance and/or Villains, has been added to the kick-ass Harvey Milk/Torche shindig at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 26. Tickets are still available. The band is also scheduled to play Don Pedro's on Saturday (7/11) with The Choke and Bukkake Boys. Pollution dropped the nasty.DNA cassette, which will reportedly surface on LP via Feast of Tentacles. Check out "Tiny Black Burns" from that release above. Feast of Tentacles is responsible for the recent 2LP of another fave, Cough.
More pics and some thoughts on Unearthly Trance, Cough, Howl, Javelina, Doomriders, Sourvein, and Clouds at the BV-BBG at Europa on 6/14, as well as tour dates for Pollution and Harpoon are below....
by Black Bubblegum
In my opinion, Keelhaul should be enjoying the same level of success as bands like The Fucking Champs and Pelican. - Mike Hill of Tombs
I agree with Mike. And if there is such thing as justice, maybe Keelhaul's ironically titled new album, Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity will have just the opposite effect. Due via Hydra Head on August 18th, Triumphant Return (is what I am calling it) marks their fourth LP in their ten years as a band, and their first LP since 2003's Subject To Change Without Notice.
Keelhaul, who recently played a string of dates with Isis (that also included Tombs & Pelican at points), is currently streaming two new songs at their myspace, one of which, "Pass the Lampshade", is available for download above!
The band has scheduled a few shows for the coming weeks including a NYC show. More on that below, but first....
Long an admirer of both the Show No Mercy column, as well as the series of Brooklyn shows with the same name, it is my privilege and honor to announce the August edition at Public Assembly on the 2nd, co-curated by Brandon Stosuy (doy) and yours truly! Despite having one band still TBA, I'd say that we already have a pretty massive lineup. And it is: Keelhaul, Minsk, and STATS! More to come.
Minsk recently dropped With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone, easily my favorite album of theirs to date, and the picture perfect definition of the word epic. Check out "Three Moons" from Echoes above. Minsk is currently on the road with the great Wolves In The Throne Room, but recently announced a European tour with A Storm of Light. All dates below.
STATS recently dropped their new EP, Marooned for gratis (if you want) download. Download the EP above and don't forget to donate to the band if you can. STATS currently has one show on their calendar besides Show No Mercy. That is Death By Audio on July 19th with Talibam! and Altamira.
Show No Mercy JULY is this Sunday (7/5) at Public Assembly, and features performances by AxCx (recently played Europa), Fuck The Facts (who released Disgorge Mexico on limited vinyl), Locrian (playing twice this weekend) , Copremesis (who are giving away almost their entire catalog), and Gwynnbleidd. Want to go for free? I have two pairs of tickets to give away at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with a subject line of "AC". Please include your first and last name. Winners will be notified the afternoon of July 3rd.
Minsk and Keelhaul tour dates, as well as the album art for Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity, are below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: STATS - Marooned EP (Zipped MP3s) (donation button below)
Brooklyn mathematicians STATS (formerly known as Stay Fucked) are playing a show at Death by Audio in their home borough on 6/18 (tonight) with Upsilon Acrux and Clan Of The Cave Bear. It's STATS' first show since bassist Tony Gedrich returned from a European tour with his other band, Extra Life.
"STATS started life in the early days of the new millennium as three fourths of New York indie-pop group Super Lucky Cat. Bassist Tom Kelly, guitarist Joe Petrucelli (now of Hexa) and drummer Hank Shteamer (formerly of Aa) gradually discovered an affinity for stranger, more challenging forms of rock, and after SLC disbanded, the three regrouped to form Stay Fucked in 2002. This band, a largely instrumental trio, combined the driving force of punk with complex, eccentric song structures.STATS' NEW EP, Marooned, is currently available via the band or for download above. The three song effort was recorded in Sept 2008 by John Delzoppo (of Clan Of The Cave Bear), mixed by Ben Greenberg (of Zs) in Brooklyn and mastered by James Plotkin (of Khylst, Khanate) in Hoboken. If you dig, and my guess is that if Keelhaul, Don Cab, or Dazzling Killmen is your bag then you probably will, then consider donating to the Brooklyn trio by using the PayPal button at the end of this post.
This lineup dissolved in 2003 after self-releasing a debut EP, but Shteamer and Petrucelli soon reformed the project, working with bassists Ben Haberland and Andres Marino to record two more EPs and embark on a self-booked 2006 U.S. tour. Soon after, Shteamer and Petrucelli recruited bassist Tony Gedrich, also of Extra Life and Archaeopteryx, who has worked with the band ever since.
Meanwhile Ben Greenberg's band, Zs are prepping for a few dates of their own in the coming months, including local shows at Secret Project Robot on June 24th, Death By Audio on July 3rd, and Cake Shop on August 28th. The shows will serve as a coming-out party for their new 12" EP on The Social Registry, Music Of The Modern White, with the June 24th date serving as a record release party with 9/11 Thesaurus, Effi Briest, Grade 13, Earthbound, and DJ Jaiko Suzuki.
All Zs tour dates, the Marooned tracklist, and EP Paypal donation button, below...