Entries tagged with: Saint Vitus (bar)
by Zach Pollack
Brooklyn-based psychedelic sludge purveyors Hull welcomed their new Legend of the Swamp Goat 7" last month via their own Iron Orchestra Works label. The tune has been bouncing around for a number of years--according to the band, it was originally recorded in 2007 and laid dormant while they wrote material for their 2009 debut Sole Lord, then was subsequently forgotten about as they continued to tour and prep 2011's Beyond the Lightless Sky. Emerging from the depths, the single aims to blow your proverbial doors off with searing and bluesy thunder. Take a listen to "Legend of the Swamp Goat" at the bottom of this post. You can grab a 7" via Hull's bandcamp.
Hull will be properly celebrating their new 7" with a record release show at Saint Vitus on April 4, with support from fellow NYC outfits Anicon and Iron Force. Tickets are on sale now. After that, they'll be touring Europe surrounding their appearance at Roadburn 2014.
All Hull dates and a stream of "Legend of the Swamp Goat" lie after the jump...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Hop Along / Swearin' @ Saint Vitus - 2/24/14
Hop Along, Swearin' and Great Thunder took over Saint Vitus in NYC last night (2/24) as part of a free show presented by Shiner in conjunction with Transmission in Austin, and us at BrooklynVegan. It was a great show and the second time in three days that I saw the Crutchfield sisters sharing a stage in Brooklyn.
Great Thunder, the side project of Katie Crutchfield (who currently fronts Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (of Swearin' and the current drummer of Waxahatchee's live band), kicked off the night with Katie and Keith trading songs, switching between acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and keyboard. Especially since both members have such active bands, Great Thunder can come off like a "just for fun" kind of project, but the songs they played last night were too strong for that. Some rivaled the best moments of the members' main bands.
Great as they were, there's no denying when Keith took the stage again for the Swearin' set that followed, the energy in the packed room drastically increased. Swearin' have put in many solid NYC appearances over the last few years, but this had to be the best I've seen them. With their great new album, Surfing Strange, which is bigger, heavier, and more collaborative than their still-great debut, Swearin' have developed into a serious live force. The interplay between co-lead singers Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride is spot on, and it increasingly diversifies the set. They've got the passionate slow(er) burners ("Movie Star"), the rockers ("Unwanted Place"), and the in between ("Dust in the Gold Sack").
The show wrapped up with the great as always Hop Along. They're finally getting around to following up 2012's excellent Get Disowned, and they used the show to try out some new material, which was sounding pretty great. The new album is definitely one to look forward to. The crowd seemed into it too, but of course it was the older stuff that really got them going. New-ish single "Sister Cities" didn't feel new-ish anymore, as it's now a live staple and most of the crowd seemed familiar, and on closing song "Tibetan Pop Stars," from just about anywhere in the room you could hear the crowd shouting along over Frances Quinlan's own voice. Really fun night, and you can check out pictures of the whole thing in this post.
Hop Along return to NYC to open for Paint It Black at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 8 with Night Birds and Bad Canoes (fronted by Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster). Free. Hop Along are also planning to tour with Title Fight and Waxahatchee on the west coast surrounding those two bands' appearances at Coachella. Tour flyer (with all dates) below.
More pictures and videos from Saint Vitus below...
RSVPs quickly filled up after we first announced tonight's free Hop Along, Swearin', and Great Thunder (aka Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band), but we've OPENED RSVP BACK UP - HERE. Hurry up before those slots are filled up, and see you tonight! UPDATE: RSVP is now closed again.
Note: RSVP admission is on a first come first served basis, subject to capacity of the venue.
Mayor Bill looks down lovingly at his metal loving daughter...
Her be-my-best-friend appeal doesn't end there. Like a true city kid, Chiara doesn't have her driver's license (yet) and loves going to concerts. Her music of choice? All metal everything: "Old school metal, thrash metal, death metal, the new wave of British heavy metal. In terms of more modern stuff, I've gotten into Scandinavian, folk, and Viking metal. Dante loves metal now too, thanks to me." No, she doesn't mosh (anymore, that is), and her taste only spreads out from there, from classic rock to the Wu-Tang Clan.Viking metal?!? Chiara has done her research! How many people can get as specific as "new wave of British heavy metal"? I wonder if she reads Invisible Oranges. Too bad she's not 21 because she lives really close to metal bar Lucky 13 Saloon (though her drinking days may already be over).
by Doug Moore
What are you doing on January 11, 2014? What's that? You can't plan things that far in advance? Welp, you have a plan now: Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain are playing a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Saint Vitus. The very funny Dave Hill is hosting. Entrance will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). There is a 100% chance that it will be an utter shit show.
Pig Destroyer fully deserve their reputation as modern grindcore's most vital band; this show will mark their first NYC appearance with new (and first-ever!) bassist Scott Jarvis in the lineup. Dysrhythmia, who may well put on the most thrilling live show of any New York metal band, will put in a breather set (kinda, sorta, not really) between Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston's touring duties with Gorguts, whose Colored Sands is deservedly among the most acclaimed metal albums of 2013. Fellow locals Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain will deliver dirty death metal and maniacal grind, respectively -- both bands work hard and shred harder.
This is the first IO-curated Red Bull Sound Select show, but it's the third BV-curated one overall; our previous installments included Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.
I seriously could not be more stoked about this lineup. Clear your calendars and stream music by all four bands below.
by Doug Moore
Kurdt Vanderhoof (right), pictured with a dude who is no longer in Metal Church
Serious question: do defunct metal bands that have any remotely plausible claim to "legendary" status ever really die? The answer increasingly appears to be no, as long as at least one original member is still interested in playing live under the name. (And not even that is necessary; see Napalm Death.) While certain highly (or moderately, or kinda-sorta) influential bands from metal's golden age have gone permanently to their graves, the Diamond Head and Anvil types, who endure perpetual lineup changes while periodically touring or releasing critically-ignored variations on their early material, may actually be more common.
Metal Church are another example of this phenomenon. Like Diamond Head, they're a turn-of-the-'80s band that straddles the line between thrash metal and NWOBHM; they're also best known these days for their association with Metallica. In Metal Church's case, that association comes by way of Lars Ulrich, who drummed for them very briefly in their early days; James Hetfield also lobbied successfully on their behalf with Elektra Records, who picked them up in 1984.
Metal Church's star faded with metal's fortunes as a popular music genre in the early '90s. The group has flickered in and out of existence since, splitting for a few years in the mid-'90s and again in 2009 before reforming in 2012. Only main guitarist and songwriter Kurdt Vanderhoof remains in the band from their original lineup; almost two dozen musicians have been in and out of the group since its inception 33 years ago. They released a new album to minimal fanfare back in October, and now they've announced a February/March 2014 tour that includes a stop at Saint Vitus Bar on March 4. Tickets are on sale but the supporting lineup hasn't come together yet.
Shows like this one (or like Diamond Head's gig at Vitus earlier this year) always pose dilemmas. On one hand, the prospect of seeing a band that was so massively popular and influential at one time in such a tiny venue is enticing if you're a fan of their classic-era material. On the other, Metal Church 2013 is literally not the same band as the Metal Church that recorded Metal Church and The Dark in the mid-'80s. Rickety or phoned-in live shows are always a risk with such fourth-gen lineups (though most of the current Metal Church unit have been associated with the band for about a decade). I doubt that most of this show's attendees will be old enough to remember the band's performances from their prime , but it's still possible to sully the recorded material from the era.
How many of you are fans of this band? Will you check this gig out? Stream a cut from their new album and check out the full run of dates below while you ponder your answer.
By Doug Moore
Brooklyn metal club Saint Vitus Bar wasn't originally intended to be a mostly show-oriented establishment; it only became one after its initial round of shows succeeded dramatically. Still, the venue puts on other types of events at times. For instance, it's got two (metal-related) art shows coming up in October.
The first is a daytime Entartete 'Kunts' signing/slideshow exhibit this Saturday (10/5). Entartete 'Kunts' (get it?) began as a series of art shows curated by Dennis Dread, who got his start running the Destroying Angels metal art zine back in the '90s. The most recent show was in Portland last month, but Dread has also compiled much of the series into a snazzy art book. The Vitus event -- which will run on a matinee 2pm-5pm schedule -- will involve projections of the art from the book and an opportunity to get your copy signed by Dread. Several of the contributing artists will be present, including Erik Danielsson of Watain (who are touring later this month and playing Irving Plaza on 10/8, for which we're giving away tickets on IO's radio show tonight) and Pasquale "Lino" Reca of NYC's own Villains, who have a new album out on Nuclear War Now!. That's the album art above. Stream it below.
The second upcoming Vitus art show is the Skulls: A Death's Head Gallery exhibit on 10/24. This event is also a bit unusual; curated by John LaMacchia (of Candiria among others) and Joseph Milazzo (who played with John in A Family Plot), it's both a group art show and a live music event. The band lineup consists of LaMacchia and Milazzo's as-yet-unheard project Tree of Death (who have a rare band Facebook page with zero likes!), Raw Dogs (presumably this one), and Grandfather. The arts lineup features a ton of notable locals, including prolific metal album artists Seldon Hunt and Karlynn Holland (who also curates the Vitus-hosted Dreams Were Made for Mortals group show series), Batillus frontman/Jarboe live band member Fade Kainer (who recently released a spooky video), jack-of-all-trades musician/artist Matt Kepler, and a host of others. You can nab $8 tickets in advance..
Check out the flyer and get in the mood by streaming the new Villains album below.
Missed them at one of their two large Manhattan shows earlier this year? Well, chances are you'll miss them again because not many people will fit into Saint Vitus on October 11th for the Invisible Oranges-presented JUDGE show happening there as part of the CBGB Festival on that night in the intimate Brooklyn venue with Manipulate and more TBA. Tickets will go on sale Friday (9/27) and limited CBGB Fest badges will also get in at the door. Stay tuned for the ticket link, listen to Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio every Tuesday night, follow @InvisOranges on Twitter, and good luck.
Judge also play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in November.
by Doug Moore
Vision of Disorder (more by Kurt Christensen)
In other crowdfunding-related news, a pair of Long Island hardcore fans named Nick and Chris Lilli are raising money for a documentary on the region's legendary DIY hardcore tradition, titled Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene. Of particular note are the incentives, which rely largely on contributions from Saint Vitus Bar (whose owners were heavily involved in the 90s/00s LIHC scene). $300 will get you five show passes to Vitus, plus a DVD, a t-shirt, and thanks in the credits. $500 nets you a one-year unlimited Vitus pass plus the same goodie package, and $1000 scores lifetime unlimited access to Vitus gigs. If you plan to attend more than 100 Vitus shows before you kick the bucket, it's actually kind of a steal. (You may want to spring for earplugs, too.)
Contribute to the fund for Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene here.
Trailer for the film below...
words and pictures by Caroline Harrison
Witch Mountain @ Saint Vitus -- 11/2/2012
Doom bands Witch Mountain and Castle played Saint Vitus Bar during their US tour on Friday night (11/2). With support from local act Kings Destroy, the show was the first ticketed event at Vitus in the wake of Frankenstorm Sandy.
Despite a lack of functioning subways in most of Brooklyn and a Mad Max-like fuel situation in the tri-state area, local openers Kings Destroy made it to Saint Vitus. Their bassist had to walk six miles from Manhattan to get to the gig, but if anything that only bolstered his enthusiasm. The only shaky parts of their set were a few pitchy notes before the singer got a feel for the sound in the room.
Castle presumably had an easier time getting to Vitus since they came in with Witch Mountain from Worcester, MA--pronounced WUHSTAH for you non-Massholes. Castle's music is more dissonant than that of the other bands on the bill, and a bit less strictly doom-oriented.
There was a pretty sizable audience by the time Witch Mountain took the stage, a testament to the band's power to draw a crowd. Witch Mountain may be a pretty traditional bluesy doom band, but powerhouse vocalist Uta Plotkin takes their sound to an entirely different level. Uta's impressive vocal range is more akin to that of an operatic mezzo soprano, and she effortlessly transitions from belting alto to wailing high notes hair metal bands could only dream of. Their set included both "Beekeeper" and "Shelter" off their recent album "Cauldron of the Wild."
Witch Mountain and Castle play Asheville, NC tonight before heading to Knoxville, TN. Full dates for the remainder of the tour are below. You can catch Kings Destroy at Union Pool for a free show with Black Pyramid and Clamfight on Friday, 11/9. More pictures from Saint Vitus are below.
Water line in the basement at Saint Vitus on Tuesday
Saint Vitus may have sustained some minor water damage to the basement, but the Greenpoint metal bar is open for business tonight (10/31) for a special Halloween event featuring Bottoms Up (a David Lee Roth era Van Halen tribute band). Entrance is free (or save your spot with a $1 ticket, on sale now), and the party starts at 9PM with complimentary booze (Red Bull and vodka) from 9 - 10 PM and continues until the time of "you-probably-should-be-in-bed".
The venue announced that Blackgates, which features Dan Nelson (ex-Anthrax) and Paul Bostaph (ex-Slayer), have cancelled their appearance on 11/3, but still no word on whether the rest of the bill will go on as planned or be scrapped entirely.
Meanwhile, The Acheron is proceeding with business as usual as well. The venue sustained no damage due to Sandy, and will host a show tonight featuring Author & Punisher with Panther Modern. DJ Derek Rush is also on board and $10 gets you into this 21+ show.
More pictures from Saint Vitus and Greenpoint on 10/20 is below...
tree down near Prospect Park on PPW - 10/30/2012
"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which left a trail of deadly destruction, devastating power failures and extensive flooding, millions of people in the New York metropolitan region spent Tuesday assessing the damage and preparing for the possibility that it could be days or even weeks before life returned to normal.As a quick perusal of our "hurricanes" and "Hurricane Sandy" tags will prove, we've been keeping busy this unprecedented hurricane. One glance at our "pictures" category and you'll see that we also like to post pictures taken by an assortment of BrooklynVegan photographers. Here's another post about the hurricane and some more original pictures. They continue below...
Throughout the day on Tuesday, there were reports of daring rescue operations as people began to grasp the magnitude of the damage done by the violent winds and lashing rains that transformed the landscapes of New York City and the wider region into tableaus of destruction both stark and unprecedented..." [NYTimes]
Lets face it, we're barely into CMJ 2012 and already in overload. So, we've decided to add a healthy alternative to the glut of Friday night showcases...Welcome The un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Friday (10/19)!
Sure we have some of the same things at our party that makes CMJ great- complimentary PBR, Sailor Jerry and Mercy Drink while supplies last, as well as some buzzy bands, but The un-CMJ has something else to offer as well... a chance for YOU get in on the action! Infinity Spaceship, which features current & former members of Primitive Weapons, Nakatomi Plaza, Ludlow Lions, On The Might of Princes, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear and The Judas Knife, will headline the evening with one of their signature punk/hardcore/indie karaoke sets!
Sign-up to get in on the action - the Infinity Spaceship karaoke shows are always an amazing time. Check out some video of Infinity Spaceship in action below. What song are you going to sing?
Absolutely Free is the new project from 80% of the band known as DD/MM/YYYY, and the band is preparing to release their debut 12" via One Big Silence, the label run by Mike of Fucked Up. Stream half of that release, the song "UFO", which recently got 'best new track' at Pitchfork, below.
As recently discussed, Aussie guitarist Kirin J. Callinan is in town for CMJ and we can't wait to check out his gothic soundscapes in one of a very few select appearances the show.
This event goes down TOMORROW NIGHT (10/19) and will cost you absolutely nothing (it's absolutely free) to get in! So head to Saint Vitus for the 7:30PM opening ad grab a free drink at the bar. Prepare by streaming some material from both bands and checking out Infinity Spaceship below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Yakuza at Gramercy, October 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
I am proud to announce the official BV-BBG CMJ showcase, going down in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on October 20th! The show will feature six bands, all of which will be exclusive to this show:
Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY October 20, 2012:Headlined by avant-garde metal favorites Yakuza featuring frontman Bruce Lamont, the show marks the band's first appearance in NYC in two years, this time to celebrate the release of their new LP Beyul, due on 10/16 via Profound Lore. Royal Thunder's return engagement is their first since a jaw-dropping appearance at Knitting Factory last month, and the noise-punk stylings of Fight Amp, the vicious crusty hardcore of Enabler, cello-explorations from Helen Money and Brooklyn post-rock/hardcore favorites Sannhet round out the night. Tickets are on sale and a paltry $5 or you can use your CMJ badge (a limited amount of badges will be let in, first come, first served).
Yakuza (only East Coast appearance)
While you're at the show, make sure and take advantage of the complimentary Pabst Blue Ribbon and Sailor Jerry rum, while supplies last, And take advantage of drink specials for both on through the night! Oh, and to save you afterwards, we'll also be serving free Mercy hangover prevention.
Listen to all the bands below...
Saint Vitus at Maryland Deathfest (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
That one-off with Down at Best Buy Theater always looked so lonely, so Saint Vitus have scheduled a tour around that appearance that includes another stop in NYC! The Brooklyn-Vegan sponsored trek kicks off in middle September for a gang of dates with Weedeater and Sourvein which last through the tail end of October. The stops include a show at Saint Vitus on September 25 and tickets go on sale 8/3 at 1PM. Yes, Saint Vitus at Saint Vitus... I hope that doesnt cause a wormhole in the universe or something.
Weedeater and Sourvein, however, will NOT be on the Best Buy Theater bill, but you can catch the gang at the dates below.
All tour dates and video are below.
Black Cobra @ Saint Vitus
Black Cobra played a thundering set at Saint Vitus last night (6/25), joined by tourmates Gaza and with opening sets from Sannhet and Marching Teeth. Due to technical difficulties I missed Marching Teeth, but I managed to catch the last few moments of Sannhet's set which was accompanied by a highly impressive light show. I only got pictures of Black Cobra and Gaza and they are in this post.
Gaza's set saw vocalist Jon Parkin pacing along the floor for the majority of their tenure, playing songs from their latest LP No Absolutes in Human Suffering, as well as favorites like "Calf," "He is Never Coming Back" and "Slutmaker" from previous LPs. The crowd parted for the close-to seven-foot tall frontman, forming a mini-melee around him as he bounced from end to end, encouraging crowd singalongs at strategic moments. Gaza is a live juggernaut.
Black Cobra are a bit of an enigma to me; I will forever be puzzled at how two guys and only one amplifier can churn out some of the heaviest punk-influenced sludge-doom. Though Black Cobra has been anything but flawed on the live stage in my recent memory, their Saint Vitus set was a stunner. The crowd was positively electric and performances of songs like "Chronosphere" from 2009's Chronomega LP rank amongst the best I have seen them (I have seen that song performed quite a few times). Great set, so much so that I almost didn't mind that someone spilled an entire whiskey and soda on my camera (adding to my already ongoing gear issues).
More pictures from Saint Vitus are below.
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 Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Bone Awl @ Saint Vitus
Bone Awl celebrated their tenth anniversary with a sold out show at Saint Vitus on Friday (4/6), one of two area shows for the primitive black metal trio (who played Red Light District the next night). Bone Awl was joined by Negative Plane and Villains (who performed as a trio for the weekend) at Saint Vitus, with the latter then going on to play another whopper of a show at Acheron the next night with Midnight, Parasytic & Trenchgrinder (pictures on the way).
Check out pictures and some live video of Bone Awl, Negative Plane & Villains at Saint Vitus, below...
Morne @ Saint Vitus
Morne played Saint Vitus on March 30th, part of a round of dates for the band before they head out for shows with Antisect in June. Morne's weekend of dates also intersected with The Swan King's tour AND Git Some's tour, with the former eventually heading back to their home turf of Chicago and the latter hopping on tour with Converge and returning to NYC to play Music Hall of Williamsburg next week.
Pictures and video from the Saint Vitus show, which included an appearance from Gang Signs, below.....
Yosh, the pint-sized terror that leads Bloody Panda, will headline a bill of shadowy beauty at Saint Vitus on March 15th with fragile post-rock from Picastro and the delicate and haunting Sondra Sun-Odeon (who recently impressed while supporting Religious to Damn). Tickets are on sale for this BrooklynVegan-BBG/(((unartig))) production.
Picastro's last outing was last year's Fool, Redeemer, a semi-collaborative split with Nadja that saw the light of day on Alien8 Recordings. Stream all of that split at the label, and check a video of "Hortur" from Whore Luck below, a release that also featured contributions from Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart and former member Owen Pallett.
Head below for some video by Picastro and Sondra Sun-Odeon, who is preparing her solo debut for release.
photos by Rebecca Reed
Lifetime @ Europa
"We never could [get back together full-time and tour]. It would just be absolutely impossible. There's ... Let me try to count. One, two, three, four... There's like, nine kids between all of us. [laughs] There is just no way any us could get that kind of a free pass. It's just not possible. Ari [Katz] just had his third, Pete [Martin] just had his second; they're lucky they can get away for a weekend, you know what I mean? I guess it goes back to having people do stuff for us with management and whatnot. It's something that we all could do for ourselves, but the people that work for us are our friends anyway. They've been doing it for however long. And it's to the point where we barely function as a band as it is, so when we get together the last thing we want to have to do is have to worry about a bunch of little stuff. We're all best friends, we enjoy each other's company, we enjoy writing and playing music together, but aside from that, that's about as much of a commitment as we can all give." [Lifetime's Scott Golley]Lifetime reunited again to play Europa in Brooklyn on Saturday night (1/7). The show also included a special appearance from Title Fight as well as Iron Chic. Pictures are in this post.
After the show, Iron Chic played again at Saint Vitus for the Lifetime afterparty with Model Home. The Europa show was one of two for Lifetime/Title Fight/Iron Chic, who also blessed First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia the next night (1/8).
Pictures/video of the Europa reunion show and the Saint Vitus after party are below.
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
If you were to give a shortlist of the greatest guitarists in rock n' roll, I am sure that names like Pete Townsend, Keith Richards, and Jimi Hendrix would be on the tip of everyone's tongue. Tony Iommi should probably be named in the same breath. The guitarist helped to create a genre and a movement with his work as axeman in Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell (aka Black Sabbath), and as a solo artist.
Tony Iommi swung by Brooklyn metal venue Saint Vitus from 3-4pm on the afternoon of Thursday, 11/3 (same day the unrelated Of Stardust event) to sign copies of his new book Iron Man. Pictures from the event are in this post and continue, along with a video of Tony answering fan questions two days earlier via Livestream, below...
The Body @ Saint Vitus
Though equipment issues kept their set on the short side, The Body headlined a rainy Tuesday evening (9/6) in Brooklyn. Bruce Lamont and Man's Gin (who are touring together) and locals Iron Tides opened the show at Saint Vitus. Pictures are in this post.
The Body are now on tour with LP collaborators Braveyoung. That tour was originally listed with an October 5th NYC show at a venue TBA, but that show has since been cancelled. Stay tuned for more info on where The Body will play in NY next. More Saint Vitus pictures below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by BBG & Andrew Sacher
Chelsea Wolfe @ St Vitus
Cult of Youth (who headlined), Chelsea Wolfe, and one-man show Planning for Burial (who opened) played Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Wednesday (8/17). The packed out BrooklynVegan-presented show also featured opening and between set DJing from Robin of Tri Angle Records.
Though unfortunately without her band, who she prefers to play live with, Chelsea Wolfe still made a strong NYC debut. Conjuring up images of the demons she sings about, Chelsea stood veiled in a sea of fog before a backdrop of blood red visuals, as Ben Chisolm casted beats and atmospheres into the mix. Her set was way too short, but I enjoyed every second of it. She played some standouts off the upcoming Apokalypsis, which comes out this Tuesday, and some reworked material off the self-recorded The Grime and the Glow. Chelsea removed her veil for the last song, revealing a hypnotizing stare that never wavered for the entire song.
Cult of Youth started no later than 10 minutes after Chelsea's Set came to a close, with the band blazing through a heavy folk set indebted to gothic greats like Death in June, Angels of Light, Current 93, and others. Violinist Christiana Keys punctuated vocalist/guitarist Sean Ragon's fire-and-brimstone delivery (sidenote, how does he not break a string every song?) with similarly passionate string touches and texture, while the galloping rhythm section moved things along with a healthy thump. Despite the lack of a distortion pedal and even a guitar amp, it is clear that Cult of Youth is definitely a punk band.
More pictures and videos from the show, below...
The Body at LPR (more by Greg Cristman)
BrooklynVegan is proud to present doom faves The Body at Saint Vitus on September 6th with special guests Bruce Lamont, Man's Gin, and Iron Tides. The show is the first of a string of US dates for The Body which will continue the following day with Braveyoung in celebration of the pair's collaborative LP together.
After a collaborative recording session at Providence's Machines With Magnets (Battles, Daughters, Lightning Bolt, Chinese Stars) earlier this year, the end result has surfaced as Nothing Passes, a layered but cohesive voyage through cavernous, noise-laden tumult and chaos, ethereal horror-soundtrack creepouts and even serene acoustic passages, exploring new styles for both acts. The album also features vocal contributions from members of The Assembly Of Light Choir who have also previously collaborated live with THE BODY and BRAVEYOUNG, as well as a cover of Exuma's song, The Vision.Look for that LP on 9/27 via At A Loss.
Meanwhile, Bruce Lamont & Man's Gin are heading out for a weekend together, tagging Chicago and Philly on the way to NYC. Full tour dates and some video of that Body/Braveyoung collaboration below.