Entries tagged with: Sick of It All
Gavin [Van Vlack]: Everything is very instantaneous now, and you can access almost anything with the flick of a finger. Not to sound pretentious, but there's a craftsmanship that goes into songwriting and the performance, and that's what separated Burn from other bands. We crafted our songs differently than other people did theirs. Everything; from the way we dressed, to even our social conscience was just our own.Back in February, NYC hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl (happening 5/16-17 at Webster Hall) announced what was supposedly the full 2015 lineup, but it turns out one more band was added: Revelation Records vets Burn.
Chaka [Malik]: Plus hardcore itself just lets you express emotions and feeling that otherwise maybe aren't safe to display or even access.
Gavin: This whole thing is a catharsis; for the band and those coming to the show. For someone, this is going to be their first Burn show...maybe their first hardcore show, and I don't want to let them down.
Chaka: I want whoever's there to have something to remember...something to take away. With the other bands playing, I'll partake on the other side of that window. It's a transaction for everybody. [Noisey]
Burn put out their now-classic self-titled EP on Rev back in 1990, then split a few years later before regrouping to release its followup, Cleanse, in 2001 on Equal Vision. The following year they put out their previously-unreleased 1992 demo Last Great Sea on Revelation, and soon after disbanded once again. Now original vocalist Chaka Malik (also of Orange 9mm) and guitarist Gavin Van Vlack (also of the previously-reunited Absolution, as well as The Big Collapse, Die 116 and Pry) teamed up with bassist Manuel Carrero (who played on Cleanse) and drummer Durijah Lang -- who are both current Glassjaw members -- to reunite for Black N' Blue Bowl. According to the Noisey interview quoted above, they're not sure if this will be their only show back or not, so catch them while you can.
Burn play the Sunday (5/17) with Crumbsuckers, Sick Of It All, Dave Smalley and more. The Saturday (5/16) lineup has Madball, Earth Crisis, The Regulators (mems Bad Brains, Cro-Mags) and more. Tickets for each day, and 2-day passes, are still available.
Updated BNB poster, with a stream of 1990's Burn EP, below...
NYHC legends Agnostic Front are releasing their eleventh album, The American Dream Died, on April 7 via Nuclear Blast. They made it with a little help from their friends: Madball's Freddy Cricien produced and also appears on the record, as does H2O's Toby Morse, Sick of It All's Lou Koller, and former Agnostic Front/Madball member Matt Henderson. Get a taste of the album from the video for "Police Violence" and an LP trailer, below.
Agnostic Front are celebrating the album with two release shows at Bowery Electric: one on April 24 which is sold out, and another on April 25 which goes on sale today (3/27) at 10 AM. 4/24 is with The Mob, Urban Waste and DJ Sid; and 4/25 is an all ages matinee with Razorheads, Pure Disgust and Ache.
Agnostic Front also play Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil and have a handful of other shows coming up too. All dates are listed, with those videos, below.
The previously-mentioned annual NYC hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl takes place on May 16 & 17 at Webster Hall this year, and now the complete lineup and ticket info has been revealed. The Regulators (aka Darryl Jenifer and Dr. Know of Bad Brains and John Joseph and Mackie Jayson of Cro-Mags), The Wilding Incident (featuring Lord Ezec on vocals, Jimmy Williams of Maximum Penalty on drums and Sacha Jenkins on guitar), and Earth Crisis join a lineup that already included Crumbsuckers, Madball, Sick of It All, The Rival Mob, Dave Smalley (playing Dag Nasty, ALL, and Down By Law songs), and more. Full lineup below and on the flyer above.
Two-day passes are on sale HERE, and you can get single day passes for Saturday HERE and Sunday HERE. You can also purchase tickets in person from NYHC Tattoos (127 Stanton St), Generation Records (210 Thompson St), and Lotus Tattoos (291 W Main St).
The Regulators last played NYC in September at Bowery Electric (that time just as "Regulator"). Watch a video from that show, with the updated BNBB lineup, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Quebec's Amnesia Rockfest goes down from June 18-21 in Montebello, QC and the lineup was just announced, including the back-in-action Refused, Pixies, Slayer, Melvins, Buzzcocks, Descendents, ALL, Tenacious D, Deftones, Bad Religion, Snoop Dogg, Propagandhi, Gogol Bordello, Bouncing Souls, Ministry, Down, The Exploited, GBH, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Bolt Thrower, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Snapcase, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), The Offspring (who toured Smash last year but will now play the less good Americana) and more. Full lineup here. Tickets are on sale now.
The lineup is also includes the first announced reunion date for Thrice, who went on hiatus about three years ago. It's arguable that they didn't go out on the best note, but those early records are pretty great -- 2002's The Illusion of Safety and 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance especially -- so it should be cool to hear that stuff live again. Revisit some old highlights below. They also recently reissued stuff on vinyl.
Assuming the reunion includes bassist Eddie Breckenridge, he'll be pulling triple duty this year. He's a current member of the reunited Knapsack (who have dates coming up), and he plays with former (?) blink-182 member Tom Delonge in his arena rock band Angels & Airwaves. blink-182 (without Tom) have a similarly-themed festival that they curated coming up, too.
And ahead of Amnesia Rockfest, Thrice singer Dustin Kensrue (who has a new solo album coming) will go on a tour with Manchester Orchestra singer Andy Hull, which hits NYC on April 30 at The Bell House. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
FIRST A BLIZZARD, and NOW THIS?!?!
Today, the Travis Barker-presented Musink Festival was announced for March 20-22 in Costa Mesa, CA with Bad Religion, Rancid, Yelawolf, OFF!, Sick of It All, Ignite and Travis's own band billed as blink-182 w/ Matt Skiba (who you may know as the frontman of Alkaline Trio).
It's billed that way because, as Radio.com reports, Tom Delonge has quit blink-182:
"We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors." Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project. "No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans." Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.Tom also quit via an email from his manager in 2005, but the band didn't continue without him that time. The Mark... Matt, and Travis show?
UPDATE: Tom is now saying that he didn't quit the band. He posted the following:
To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in... Apparently those releases were 'sanctioned' from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ..... #Awkward #BabyBackRibs"The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I'm not leaving," he added, to Entertainment Weekly.
UPDATE 2: Mark and Travis open up about in a new very revealing interview with Rolling Stone. Travis says "I think he's just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest," and "It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful." Read more here.
Tickets to see "blink-182 w/ Matt Skiba" and other bands at Musink Fest go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (1/30). Full lineup below...
Like New York City contemporaries such as Agnostic Front and the Cro-Mags, the Crumbsuckers were one of the original purveyors of 1980s crossover: the bridging of metal and hardcore that temporarily united the two divergent tribes of metalheads and punks into one bloody unified mosh pit. Getting their start in 1983, the band were soon an integral part of New York's Lower East Side-based hardcore scene, cutting their teeth at the legendary dive A7 before moving on to CBGB's famed Sunday matinees, as they and the movement gained strength. [Allmusic]Long Island crossover thrash vets The Crumbsuckers last reunited for their 20th anniversary in 2006, and they'll be regrouping yet again for this year's Black N' Blue Bowl, the annual NYC hardcore fest happening May 16 and 17 at Webster Hall.
Since we last spoke, more bands were added to BNB Bowl, including Candiria, Madball, Dave Smalley (performing Dag Nasty, Down By Law and All Songs), The Rival Mob, Fury of Five, Devil In Me and Booze & Glory. They join other previously-announced bands such as Sick Of It All (who also play NateFest). Ticket info still TBA. Updated lineup below.
In related news, Richmond, VA's United Blood Fest was announced for March 27 & 28, the weekend after NateFest. It happens at The Canal Club with Judge and Breakdown (who both played BNB Bowl 2013), plus Code Orange, Cold World, Terror, Rotting Out, Give, God's Hate, Heavy Chains and more. Full lineup below. Breakdown's only other announced show at the moment is opening night 1 of No Warning's reunion shows in NJ.
As previously mentioned, Nate Gluck of NJ hardcore mainstays Ensign is sadly battling cancer, and now Ensign have teamed up with a handful of other hardcore bands to put on NateFest in his honor, on March 21 & 22 at a TBA New Jersey venue.
The lineup includes long-running NYHC legends Sick of It All, as well as recently back-in-action NY veterans such as Kill Your Idols, Indecision, and Killing Time. There's also a handful of regrouped NJ vets including Endeavor, Mouthpiece, NORA, and two of Nate Gluck's other bands Strength 691 and For the Love Of.
There will also be a few long-running NJ bands who never went away like Ensign themselves, None More Black, Shai Hulud and Bigwig, reunited Canadians Grade (who just played with Ensign), and newer NJ bands Old Wounds and Stag Party.
Lastly, two particularly interesting bands on the lineup are the reunited Purpose (pre-Thursday/Saves the Day) and 45 Revolutions, whose lineup includes vocalist Mike Ferraro of Judge, bassist Arthur Smilios of Gorilla Biscuits, guitarist Charlie (Moose) Garriga of CIV, and drummer Vinny Hooliganz. They played Santos last month. Watch a video below.
Venue, ticket info, and even more bands for NateFest TBA. Meanwhile donate some money to help cover Nate's medical bills at the GoFundMe page.
There's a few other chances to catch some of the NateFest bands in the area too. Sick of It All play Black N' Blue Bowl in NYC, Shai Hulud play Coco66 (3/19) right before NateFest (tickets), and Indecision open for NJ vets E-Town Concrete in their home state on Valentine's Day at Starland Ballroom. That show is also with LI vets VOD, plus The Banner, Suburban Scum (also playing BNB Bowl) and Razorblade Handgrenade (tickets).
Check out a few videos of some of the bands playing NateFest below...
Photo: Sick of It All @ FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Annual NYC hardcore fest Black N' Blue Bowl is returning in 2015 on May 16 and 17 at Webster Hall, and the initial lineup is announced. It includes NYHC veterans Sick of It All, as well as Turnstile, Agents of Man, Wisdom In Chains, Suburban Scum, Heavy Chains, Mizery, 100 Demons, Bitter End, Crumbsuckers, Expire, Freedom, King Nine and Rude Awakening. More bands will be announced Wednesday (1/7), so stay tuned for that and ticket info.
Punk Rock Bowling 2015 already announced its initial lineup which includes great names such as Refused, Rancid, The Muffs, Murder City Devils, Discharge and more, and now the rest of the fest has been revealed. Joining those bands will be Sick of It All, Turbonegro, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, A Wilhelm Scream and more. Tickets go on sale January 10 at 1 PM PST.
Full lineup below...
Phosphorescent at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
"Top Secret" @ Death by Audio
There are just three nights left of much-loved Death by Audio and none of the remaining lineups have been announced. Who could it be tonight?
Phosphorescent (solo), Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (solo) @ Knitting Factory
Knitting Factory's 5th anniversary in Brooklyn continues tonight with a great double bill that has the leaders of two local folk rock bands in solo mode.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus performing 'Black Mountain Songs' @ BAM
In addition to The National's Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry being members of two of the biggest indie bands around, they're also regulars in the indie/classical scene and they've now co-curated a new piece 'Black Mountain Songs' that makes its world premiere, performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, tonight. The piece features music by Dessner and Parry, as well as by Jherek Bischoff, Tim Hecker, Nico Muhly and others. There are also performances Friday and Saturday.
Ryan Hemsworth, Tennyson, Maxo @ Bowery Ballroom
While Ryan Hemsworth has helmed beats for rappers like The Underachievers and Deniro Farrar, he's also got a good amount of solo material and has been dropping singles ahead of a new upcoming release. Before we get that though, we get two NYC shows from Ryan, this being the first.
Les Sins (Chaz of Toro y Moi), Lauren Flax @ Verboten
Not satisfied with just one pseudonym, Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick just released an album as Les Sins. It's a little more arty/experimental than his other stuff, but his ear for melody and a good beat are still in effect.
Mykki Blanco @ The Jewish Museum
The newest installment of The Jewish Musician's 'The Wind Up' series which features "art, live music, activities, and an open bar is focused on the From the Margins exhibition, created by artists Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, who as a woman and an African American, respectively, were overlooked in the mainstream criticism of their time ('40s and '50s). The musical guest for the night is NYC rapper Mykki Blanco, whose work should fit the premise of that exhibition well.
Shamir, Yvette, Mister Small @ Baby's All Right
New XL signee Shamir has only played a few shows in his career, but was already pretty fun at his first one during Northside. This show also features his onetime GODMODE labelmates Yvette who are worth going for alone.
Teengirl Fantasy, Gatekeeper (DJ), Lafawndah (DJ),Pictureplane (DJ) @ Palisades
Brooklyn duo Teengirl Fantasy have a new EP out this week which is filled with more of their atmospheric, chilled-out electronics. This is the release show and it's a late one (midnight start) so get ready to dance the night away. This would probably be a good nightcap to that Mykki Blanco show too.
Natur, Iron Force, Ditch Witch, Mammal @ Union Pool
It's a night of mostly local metal with thrashers Natur, speedsters Iron Force, the ungoogleable Mammal and Austin's Ditch Witch.
Sick of It All, Negative Approach @ Asbury Lanes
NYHC legends Sick Of It All still rip like it's 1989, but they're not just caught up in nostalgia. They've had the same lineup for years and put out their 11th album just a couple months ago. Negative Approach are also punk veterans and were initially around for much shorter, but they've been going pretty strong after reuniting 8 years ago.
Bellows, Breakfast in Fur, Cold Foamers, Slippertails, Old Table @ Shea Stadium
Bellows are part of a group of artists called The Epoch Collective (including Told Slant, Sharpless, Small Wonder, Eskimeaux and more) who all share members and are known for overly passionate live shows. Here's a chance to check one out for yourself.
Kid Millions (of Oneida), Tony Diodore, Laurie Anderson (special guest) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Oneida drummer (among other things) Kid Millions is one third of trio The Symptoms that includes Tony Diodore (who played in Lou Reed's band) and NYC arts-scene icon Laurie Anderson. Could be interesting.
We Are Scientists, TEEN, Cookies @ Brooklyn Bowl
Popular in the first wave of '00s Brooklyn bands, We Are Scientists continue on, having released their fifth album, TV en Français, earlier this year. TEEN and Cookies offer support.
Nils Frahm @ Glasslands
Nils Frahm is currently on tour with Dawn of Midi, but tonight takes a moment to play soon-to-close Glasslands for a stripped-down "special set."
Delicate Steve, Luke Temple @ Mercury Lounge
Delicate Steve just wrapped up a tour with Tame Impala and you can now catch him in more intimate surroundings on a bill with Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple.
Bridgett Everett @ Joe's Pub
While she's gotten much acclaim for her show Rock Bottom (which returns to Joe's Pub early next year), here she plays with her band The Tender Moments (which includes Beastie Boys' Ad Rock) to sing "all her favorite love songs and share the stories of the men that made her...feel?"
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
words by Andrew Sacher, photos via BV Austin Instagram
Fun Fun Fun Fest continued in Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday (11/8) with another amazing and eclectic lineup (and hopefully better lines). I started my day at the Black Stage for Fat White Family. The crazed psych band was a little calmer than they tend to be in a small venue, but even for a festival set so early on in the day, the Fat Whites brought it.
The energy on the Black Stage quickly rose significantly as Glassjaw followed, quenching the same early 2000s post-hardcore thirst that The Blood Brothers did a day earlier (not to mention they had a shared love for tight tees and theatrical stage moves). They leaned heavy on the early material and really put on a classic Glassjaw set, looking and sounding like no time had passed since 2002. The crowd followed suit, with a pit open and endless stage divers the whole time.
I hung around the Black Stage for a bit of METZ's wild-as-always set, and then headed to the Orange Stage where Courtney Barnett was playing. I hadn't seen Courtney in about a year since she played CMJ 2013, and not that I doubted her but after Saturday's set I'm sure of it that her rise to bigger stages is well deserved. One person said of her recent Webster Hall show, "Courtney Barnett's ramshackle gigs are now serious fucking rock shows" and that's exactly how I felt seeing her at FFF.
The Orange Stage continued to be the place to be as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart took the stage followed by their tourmates The New Pornographers. Pains, who have been on the road with their killer new lineup this year, brought it once again with a lot of the new album, a good mix of the first two, and another of the high energy shows this new lineup is becoming known for. Then the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar and Neko Case included, followed with another excellent set that kicked off with the title track from this year's Brill Bruisers and went on to include plenty more from that album. They apparently had some technical difficulties that they didn't mention until after they were fixed, but you wouldn't have known it. New Pornographers sounded flawless.
Over at the Black Stage, NYHC legends Sick of It All were playing a set pulling from Blood, Sweat and No Tears and Scratch the Surface. SOIA definitely partied like it was 1989, started a wall of death ("a game we used to play before all the metal bands and ska bands took the idea"), and though they talked on stage about not getting too sucked into nostalgia (they mentioned they have a new album out but couldn't play anything off of it because of "contractual obligations"), they clearly had a lot of fun with those old songs.
Another nostalgia set then went down on the Blue Stage, where Nas played all of the unfuckwithable Illmatic. His DJ came out, played "The Genesis" over the PA, and then once he dropped that beat to "NY State of Mind," Nas finally took the stage and was on fire the whole time. Not to throw shade at his other albums, but as good as a Nas set usually is, previous times I've seen him don't compare at all to seeing Illmatic in full. It's no secret that it's a timeless album, but he really made it feel like it was on Saturday. Unlike Sick of It All's set, this didn't feel like nostalgia. There's a handful of good rappers on FFF's lineup, but Nas playing his 1994 album still sounded ahead of all of them.
Wrapping up the day on the Black Stage was the face-painted metal legend King Diamond. Like the other shows on his current US tour, he and his band had a haunted house-like stage set up with staircases, a fence in front of them, light-up crosses, a guest dressed up as a spooky old man, and more props. The operatic singer ran through a set of his songs and a few by Mercyful Fate, all while being a character in the stage show himself.
I split the end of my night catching half of King Diamond's set, and then catching half of Modest Mouse over at the Orange Stage. Though it's still been years since Modest Mouse put out anything new (they did just put out a couple reissues though), Modest Mouse have been having an incredible year on tour. They packed the end of their set with favorites -- "Float On," "A Different City," "Out Of Gas," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- and played them with this genuine energy that was a great reminder that they were once one of the most consistently great indie rock bands around. It might seem boring or obvious to say these things about Modest Mouse in 2014, but their recent live shows deserve it.
UPDATE: Day 3 is up.
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Klaus KinskI
Sick Of It All / H2O at Irving Plaza - 10/4/14
Saturday October 4 marked my 14 year anniversary of living in this overpriced hellhole we call New York City. In honor of yours truly and this personal milestone, New York City hardcore veterans Sick of it All headlined a sick quadruple bill at a very packed Irving Plaza. At least, I pretended the show was happening in my honor because I am a sociopath. In reality, the show, which also featured White Collar Crime LLC, Wisdom in Chains, and fellow NYHC vets H2O, was actually a record release party for Sick of it All's newest crusher Last Act of Defiance which came out on September 30, 2014. The evening was DJed by the great Gibby Haynes who spun everything from punk, to garage, to noise, to Steve Miller's 'Abracadabra'.
For once in my life, I got to the show before the first band White Collar Crime LLC hit the stage and I am glad I did. From start to finish this show was a relentless display of truly great hardcore without a single weak spot in the entire line-up. Though their set clocked in at under 30 minutes, White Collar Crime LLC were terrific and a bit of a departure from what one might expect from a NYHC show. Without the short-cropped hair often donned by members of the hardcore community, these four long-haired mofos unleashed a sound that was a fantastic mix of old school thrash and straight-up hardcore. Though their music had an extreme anti-establishment, anti-religion, anti-corporate-Disnification of America vibe, there was a certain level of humor inherent in the lyrics and the stage banter. Hardcore icon and renowned vegan John Joseph from the Cro Mags joined the band for a song called "FroYo." At this point in my life I am not actively seeking out new hardcore, but I am so glad I got to the show early and caught White Collar's set. They were super fun and intense, but had a sound that could fit bills beyond your standard hardcore.
The next band up was Wisdom in Chains and they had a sound much more typical for this sort of hardcore bill. Hailing from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Wisdom in Chains really whipped the crowd into a frenzy and really set the momentum for the fist-pumping, singing along, and circle pitting that would be coursing through the venue for the remainder of the evening. For anyone into Warzone, Madball, Cro Mags, and Agnostic Front (basically everyone in the room), Wisdom really brought the stank. Front man Mad Joe Black is an absolute tank of a human being. Built like a brick shithouse and with pipes that give Sick of it All's Lou Koller a run for his money, Mad Joe owned the stage. However, during their set venue security really started to get out of hand. Although a barricade prevented stage diving, there was plenty of crowd surfing going on. Inevitably, some of the surfers drifted up to the barricade area. At one point I saw a security person grab a crowd surfer and slam him face first into the floor. A few minutes later, another security dude did the same thing to someone else. It was a gratuitous, unwarranted, unbridled and completely barbaric show of force and the guys in Wisdom in Chains rightfully called them out on it, even going as far as challenging the security personnel to throw down right then and there against them. Smartly, personnel declined the invitation to have their asses handed to them and for the rest of the evening they were way more respectful to crowd surfers who drifted up to the barricade. Rather than pull them over and throw them to the ground, they changed tact completely and assisted barricade-bound crowd surfers to a soft and safe landing. Good on Wisdom in Chains for addressing the situation before it got out of hand; it was security personnel creating unsafe conditions, not concert goers. Beyond that, Wisdom in Chains destroyed. Crushing, aggressive, and heavy as hell. An absolutely unmissable act.
The next band up was New York hardcore icons H2O. Although this was a Sick of it All record release show, the inclusion of a band as great and as well respected as H2O made it feel like they were co-headlining as opposed to opening for SOIA. I thought the audience came alive during Wisdom in Chains.... However, H2O instantly whipped the room into a next-level frenzy that I have not seen at a show in ages. Their setlist was absolutely packed with crowd favorites, but classics like "Everready," "Family Tree," and "Guilty By Association" almost had an old pile of garbage like me in the pit throwing bones and singing along (almost). I have seen H2O many times since their inception almost 20 years ago, and each time they bring their A game. H2O is best experienced live. Trust me.
After a brief intermission it was time for the main event. Sick of it All have been doing their thing for nearly 30 years, and I cannot think of a single band in the genre (or any genre for that matter) who have been as consistent as SOIA, both in the studio and live. I have seen them dozens of times since the early '90s and I find it staggering that they are as heavy as ever and that Lou Koller's voice is as strong and as deafening as ever. In 1997 they released a record called Built To Last. I wonder if they realized how prescient that album title really was. From top to tail, SIOA gave a performance that never lost an ounce of intensity. Guitarist Pete Koller trains in Brazilian jiu jitsu which probably explains how he can, for an hour plus, jump 5 feet in the air, spin around, and run all over the stage non-stop without ever missing a note or dropping dead from exertion. He is a sight to behold. And although his brother, vocalist Lou Koller, has A LOT of help from the audience in the vocals department, that guy can scream as loud as ever. It is staggering. The cuts they played from their new album "Last Act of Defiance" were indistinguishable in terms of quality and bad assedness from their classic cuts. They closed the show with crushers "Scratch the Surface" and "Step Down" from 1994's Scratch the Surface album. There was no encore, but after the show they did hop down to the barricaded area and spend considerable time fist bumping and shaking hands with legions of fans. This was a show for the history books folks.
More pictures, videos and SOIA's and H2O's setlists below...
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
by Ian Chainey
Agnostic Front at Power of the Riff, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
After saving This is Hardcore Fest by filling in, Agnostic Front sit atop the first round of announced bands at East Coast Tsunami Fest 2014. The initial lineup posted on Stereokiller not only includes the NYHCers, but bands such as Ignite, Sick of it All, Cro-Mags, and. . . Obituary. Makes sense when you think about it. Anyway, the fest takes place on September 26 through September 28 at Reverb in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ticket information will be announced soon. Full lineup below.
Agnostic Front and many other hardcore bands, including Bad Brains, Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Born Against, Judge, Misfits, Murphy's Law, Quicksand, Rorschach, Sheer Terror, Sick of It All, Youth of Today and still more, have also been interviewed for the new book NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 that's coming out on Bazillion Points in November. The Tony Rettman-authored oral history takes on the formative decade and apparently goes pretty deep. According to Bazillion:
Tony Rettman's ambitious oral history captures ten years of struggle, including the scene's regional rivalries with D.C. and Boston, the birth of moshing, the clash and coming to terms of hardcore and heavy metal, the straightedge movement, and the unlikely influence of Krishna consciousness.That thing must be longer than John Joseph's resume.
Full East Coast Tsunami Fest lineup, along with classic Agnostic Front (plus Sick of it All and Gorilla Biscuits) live footage, below...
Sick Of It All at Rev25 (more by Rebecca Reed)
NYHC vets Sick Of It All have announced that they'll release their tenth album, The Last Act of Defiance, on September 30 (album art and tracklist below), and will play a hometown show soon after that on October 4 at Irving Plaza with fellow NYC punk vets H2O as well as Pennsylvania's Wisdom In Chains and White Collar Crime LLC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, if you're headed to Philly (or already there) for This Is Hardcore (which began yesterday, 7/24), you can also catch Wisdom In Chains there on Saturday (7/26). A ton of other great bands have still yet to play too, like Converge, Blacklisted, Title Fight, CIV, Bold, Nails, Madball (with guest ex-guitarist Matt Henderson making a special appearance), Power Trip and plenty more. Remaining day-by-day lineups for TIH, below.
If you're not headed to This Is Hardcore, you can have your own mini TIH celebration in NYC this weekend. Xibalba, who played the PA fest last night, play a free show Saturday (7/26) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Harm's Way, The Banner and Crushed (Trap Them and Coliseum just played the same venue). And, as discussed, UK vets Subhumans are coming over for TIH and playing Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday (7/27) with long-running NYHC band Sheer Terror, as well as White Collar Crime LLC (fka White Collar Crime) and Mischief Brew. Tickets for that show are still available.
SOIA LP info, TIH daily lineups and Madball's new video for "Born Strong", 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.
Suicidal Tendencies at Orion 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Suicidal Tendencies will hit the road for a full US tour in this spring, happily promoting their newest LP, which is due soon. Dates for the "Slam City" tour kick off in San Francisco and head eastbound, and include DRI (who also play Saint Vitus next week) and Sick of it All on select dates. Look for both to join ST at Best Buy Theater on April 20. Ticketing info is on the way.
All tour dates, plus a couple videos, are below.
photos by Rebecca Reed
Sick of it All / Chain of Strength @ Irving Plaza, 10/12/2012
The second night of the Revelation Records 25th anniversary (on 10/12) featured a headlining appearance from the recently added Sick of it All, along with sets from the reunited Chain of Strength (who played Acheron), NJ's Mouthpiece, DC favorites Damnation A.D. plus Popeye of Farside, who opened the evening with a solo performance. The show marked the halfway point of a four night stay at Irving Plaza (pics from the first night HERE).
Meanwhile, Friday night also featured another Revelation-related show, a sold-out appearance of night one performers On The Might of Princes at Saint Vitus.
More pictures from Rev25 night two are below.
Chain of Strength / flying trashcans at Acheron 10/11/2012
Chain of Strength played Acheron last night (10/11) joined by support from Clear and Creem, a prequel to their two-night stay as part of Revelation 25. As expected, the lines at Acheron were massive by the time door hit at 11PM, with Brooklyn's Creem hitting at 11:30 sharp and the entire affair all wrapped up by 1:30AM. The room was wall-to-wall stagedives, X'd-up hands and energy for the entirety of their set. Pictures and video from Acheron are below.
Meanwhile across town, the punk antidote to Chain of Strength was playing Lulu's: Japanese noise-punks D-Clone with Perdition, Nomad, Bortgang and more. Who went?
More pictures / video from Acheron are below, along with set times for the remainder of the Revelation shows.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Sick of it All at Webster Hall, 2011 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Sick of it All have been added as the special guest at the Revelation 25 show on Friday (10/12) at Irving Plaza, joining on Chain of Strength, Mouthpiece, Damnation AD and the newly added Popeye. Tickets are still available.
In related news, Texas is The Reason play a sold-out show with States & Kingdoms at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/10) and will be at Rev25 on Thursday with Underdog, Shades Apart, Gameface, and On The Might Of Princes. Both shows are sold-out.
In other news, Project X and Curl Up and Die have dropped off the Revelation shows entirely. Check out flyers for all Revelation shows below.
by Klaus Kinski
Sick of It All at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Kurt Christiansen)
When word got out that Sick of It All and Cro-Mags would co-headline a show at Webster Hall on Friday July 6th as part of the CBGB Festival, my water almost broke. I didn't even bother to wait and see if BV could somehow sleaze my bald ass into that sucker; I toddled over to Ticketweb and did the right thing and ponied up for a ticket. Your man Klaus was PUMPED. However, as you may or may not know, your man Klaus is sort of a mess in the old mental-stability department and on the day of the show I had an attack of the old agoraphbees. And it wasn't because of what the show was; it could have been a show featuring Devendra Banhart fluffing pillows and I still would have succumbed to the agoraphobic explosion occurring in my brain. So rather than put myself in a loud, sweaty, crowded room I opted to stay home curled up in a ball in the middle of my living room floor. As a matter of fact, the ticket for the show is literally still sitting in my bag.
As it turns out, my attack of agoraphobia may have been more a prophecy than a sign of my own mental weakness. For, as you all must know by now, the show was called off when Harley Flanagan went on an alleged rampage of alleged self-defense (depending on who you talk to), that resulted in stab wounds and bite marks. What luck! So the show was cancelled and everyone had to go home. I've been wondering since then if Webster Hall, Ticketweb, or the event organizers would make up for the fact that nobody got to see the two bands that clearly everyone was there to see. And then, WHAM, the following message landed in my inbox today:
Thank you for your patience in waiting for this rescheduled date.I know Cro-Mags are basically hardcore legends, and I am sure I am going to get raked over the ever glowing comments coals for saying this, but I'd take CIV over them any day. So for me, even though no other bands have been announced on the line-up (Quicksand?) (Please?), this is already a more than adequate make up date. See ya there!
Sick of it All is psyched to announce the rescheduled date for the missed performance on July 6th.
On September 7th, we'll be joined by our good friends and New York Hardcore legends CIV(!!), at Webster Hall with very special guests.
Due to the unfortunate events that resulted in the postponement, the Cro-Mags will not be playing.
All tickets purchased for the July 6th show through Ticketweb will be changed into WILLCALL list tickets, which means your name will be on a list at the door, and you just bring your ID - not your original ticket. Previously purchased tickets will be handled this way to avoid issues with the many people that may not have their original ticket.
If you have already received a refund, you will NOT be on the willcall list and your barcode has been invalidated on your existing ticket.
New tickets will be on sale Thursday (August 9th) at 10am at Ticketweb.
If you are unable to attend and would like a refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org - refund requests must be received prior to August 17th.
Got a question? We're here to help. Email us at email@example.com
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Agnostic Front at CBGBs in 2006 (more here)
East Coast Tsunami is returning to Reading, PA, this time shifting from June to September and adding names like Sick of It All, Biohazard, Cro-mags, D.R.I., H20, Agnostic Front (who play a special set at Power of The Riff East), Vision of Disorder, and twenty-three others to their ranks. It all goes down on 9/29 and 9/30 at Reverb and tickets are on sale in 2-day and single day increments. Full lineup is below, as well as a listing of all VIsion of Disorder tour dates, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th.
In other festival news, the 11th edition of Gainesville, FL's The Fest has expanded with some notable additions including Propagandhi, reunions of Latterman and Grade, Mean Jeans, Ceremony, Such Gold, DNF, Fight Amp, Hull, Mountain Man, Wild Tribe, and much much more. The current lineup is below.
All tour dates and lineups are listed below.
As we were saying, original Cro-Mags member Harley Flanagan told website NYNatives that he was acting in self defense when two members of his old band were injured by him at Webster Hall on July 6th. NYNatives since posted Harley's entire statement...
"According to Harley, he was invited to the dressing room back stage and instead of being welcomed as he expected he was jumped by a group of men. "When I saw that door get pulled shut I was literally fighting for my life. I was afraid these guys were going to kick me half to death, roll me down the back steps and that no one would see it... and there would be no witnesses and that would be that....and all I could think about was getting home safe to my kids...I wanted to save my life, to protect myself and these guys were trying to do me in."Current Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph, who was also in that dressing room, has since issued another statement that starts with the line, "[Harley's] been watching too many sci-fi movies." The rest below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
John Joseph addresses the crowd @ Webster Hall Friday night - 7/6/12 (video below)
Before things took a turn for the worse and got all stabby, Webster Hall hosted performances from Vision of Disorder, Sai-Nam and Absolution as part of a five band bill that would have also included Sick of It All and Cro-Mags if the CBGB Festival Friday show didn't end early. Pictures from the relatively peaceful opening to the show are in this post.
As discussed, things got ugly when ex-Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan, who is known for not being happy that Cro-Mags continue without him, allegedly assaulted current Cro-Mags members with a hunting knife before the Cro-Mags set. Harley has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
John Joseph and his version of Cro-Mags (that was scheduled to play Webster Hall but instead got cut) issued the following statement:
WE... as a band are truly sorry for the way it all turned out in every regard even the ex-member who's family is now effected by his choices. Our prayers go out to them as well as Mike C., and the others who were hurt, but it was 'his' choice to come to our concert with a hunting knife, standing by our dressing door. Who knows what his actual intent was, obviously he wasn't there with it to cut bread for a peace offering as he was heard saying outside he was putting an end to us playing without him. Let's move on now & stop the trash-talking. Keep that PMA - that's what we are all about.PMA indeed.
That's a picture of John telling the Webster Hall crowd that the show is over on Friday. You can watch video of it below.
The NY Times talked to John too:
John Joseph, the band's lead singer, said that Mr. Flanagan had been at odds with other members of the Cro-Mags since he left the band in 2000 and had not been permitted to rejoin.The NY Post points out:
"This dude has been a negative thorn in the side of this band forever," Mr. Joseph said. "I hope he gets what's coming to him."
Few bands were as energetic as the Cro-Mags during the heyday of the Lower East Side hard-core scene in the mid- to late 1980s. Their first record, "The Age of Quarrel," featured an illustration of a mushroom cloud on the cover and driving songs with shouted lyrics about existential fear and the limits of anarchism.
In many ways the songs were a reflection of the world as seen by Mr. Flanagan, who left school at an early age and began hanging out on the decaying streets of the Lower East Side, where rent was cheap, abandoned buildings proliferated and the drug trade flourished.
The hard-core scene gradually become less visible, said Clayton Patterson, a photographer on the Lower East Side who has documented many of the bands, but it has experienced a revival in recent years.
The crowd was waiting for the Cro-Mags on Friday night when Mr. Flanagan darted from the dressing room while yelling something that onlookers could not make out, according to a spectator, Elie Perler, 30.
Joseph warned CBGB Festival organizers that Flanagan wasn't wanted, but he wound up obtaining a press pass.For those people that "don't believe the hype", somehow have faith that this is one big government conspiracy, or that it actually wasn't Harley Flanagan that attacked two in the VIP area at "Weber Hall", you can contribute to the Free Harley Flanagan fund. 119 days to go on this crowdsourcing effort and they are currently at 0.988% towards their $50k goal. Good luck with that one.
"Get somebody on the door who knows what he looks like," Joseph said he warned. "They didn't take that threat seriously."
If you missed Vision of Disorder, you can catch them in NYC again at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th, tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wednesday (7/11) and regular sale on Friday.
More pictures of a peaceful Webster Hall before the storm, and video of John Joseph addressing the crowd, below.