Entries tagged with: Skate and Surf
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
The Gaslight Anthem / The Front Bottoms / Cloud Nothings
After a successful day 1, the 2015 Skate & Surf Festival held its second and final day at the Asbury Park oceanfront on Sunday (5/17). While most of the exciting stuff on Saturday started later on (for me at least -- maybe Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! have fans?), Sunday kicked off in a big way with Modern Baseball taking the opening slot on the main stage (the Gameloud Stage). I had been wondering how a band who's risen as quickly as them could be put so early on the main stage, rather than getting a mid-day or evening slot on a side stage, but once Modern Baseball came on I knew the answer. Their crowd probably wouldn't fit anywhere else. The park was filled with fans who came early to see them, and it wasn't just people there to check out the hype. A majority of the crowd knew every single word.
As great a turnout as Modern Baseball had though, the band who had their crowd going off more than anyone -- even more than headliners The Gaslight Anthem -- hit that same stage a few hours later: The Front Bottoms. They're actually kinda likeminded to Modern Baseball (both bands reminded me of The Weakerthans at first) with their knacks for nasally vocals, super specific lyrics, and music with the drive of punk but cleaner guitars. It's kind of amazing to see stuff like this catch on too. Both bands have pretty indie/DIY approaches, and on a festival which still gets called a "pop punk festival," they're not exactly your typical fare. More importantly though, both bands are a hell of a lot of fun.
Over on the smaller stages, Sunday had a lot of good stuff too. There was Beach Slang, who were on the small East Stage mid-day, but played like they were headlining the festival. Not that it was a surprise. They may only have nine songs out so far, but they've been putting on shows like they're the biggest band in the world since the beginning. We of course got all those usual favorites, as well as "Ride the Wild Haze" (heard earlier this year in Brooklyn) and another new one, both presumably off their upcoming debut LP on Polyvinyl.
Unfortunately, Beach Slang's set was disrupted by a power outage due to a faulty generator which affected the adjacent East and West Stages a few more times throughout the day before they got a new generator hours later. More than one of those times was during the band who immediately followed Beach Slang, Hot Rod Circuit.
Beach Slang and Hot Rod Circuit getting some air
Hot Rod Circuit were back with their Sorry About Tomorrow/If It's Cool With You, It's Cool With Me lineup for this show and their Connecticut show a day earlier (which were their first shows since 2011 and reportedly the only two they're doing), and their set leaned most heavily on that era. They kicked off with the ripping "Radiation Suit," and you really couldn't have asked for a better opener. It's the one where their punk energy and pop hooks come together the strongest, and taking that one right into the fist-pumping "At Nature's Mercy" had the crowd amped enough to sing an entire verse a capella after the power cut out for the first time. The band picked the song back up once the power came back, but it very quickly went out again, at which point Andy Jackson got out his acoustic guitar and played "Camo," the acoustic bonus track on The Underground Is A Dying Breed. It was hard to totally make it out with all the other sounds of the festival -- including Cloud Nothings' set on the World Stage (which I unfortunately missed due to it overlapping with HRC, but we did get pictures of both) -- but a cooler experience than having us just wait around.
Once they came back, we got a few more favorites including "Stateside," "Now Or Never," "Irish Car Bomb" and "The Power of Vitamins." And even though the flow of the set was interrupted, when HRC were on, they were on. Casey Prestwood's lead guitar was flawless, which was even more amazing considering he was either jumping around or rolling on the floor for most of the set. And really the whole band sounded fantastic on every song. It's a bummer they aren't playing more shows.
A couple slots later on that stage was Small Brown Bike, another veteran band who had been silent since 2011, and who played that same CT show with Hot Rod the night earlier. Their 7:05 set was completely delayed until a new generator was brought in, not starting until closer to 8 PM. Delays aside though, when SBB got up there, they sounded great. We got stuff from all four of their albums -- "The Cannons and Tanks"," See You In Hell," "Tragically Ending," "Onward and Overboard" and plenty more. And while you did kinda get the vibe that they would've gone over better in a small venue (I was hoping their set would've looked a little more like it did at Cake Shop in 2010), SBB still gave it their all.
Pianos Become the Teeth
Other highlights that day included the grungy, headbanging Manchester Orchestra, reunited post-hardcore band Poison the Well, headlining home state heroes The Gaslight Anthem, singer/songwriter Kevin Devine and his rocking band (Kevin also joined The Front Bottoms on stage for "Twin Size Mattress"), and a highly intense set from Pianos Become the Teeth. One of the best times I've ever seen them.
Day 1 pictures HERE. Day 2 pictures continue below...
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
FATA @ Skate & Surf 2015
Long Island post-hardcore/metalcore band From Autumn to Ashes ended a seven-year hiatus this past weekend with a hometown show at Revolution on Friday (5/15) followed by a set at Asbury Park's 2015 Skate & Surf Festival. We caught the latter, which leaned most heavily on the first two records, giving us old faves like "The Royal Crown vs Blue Duchess," "The Switch," "Take Her to the Music Store," "The After Dinner Payback," and more. Pictures from Skate & Surf, videos from Long Island, and the setlists from both are in this post.
FATA already had a summer tour announced too, and now that those two NYC-area dates are behind them, they've tacked a NYC show onto the end of the tour too. They play Gramercy Theatre on July 23 with support from Emery. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/22) at 10 AM.
Update: As a few commenters pointed out, the reunion lineup is without lead screamer Benjamin Perri, who's on the first three albums but left in 2006. Francis Mark, who moved from drums/clean vocals to frontman for their final record, is fronting the band for this reunion too. The rest of the lineup is the same one they left off with pre-hiatus: Brian Deneeve (guitar), Mike Pilato (bass), Rob Lauritsen (guitar) and Jeff Gretz (drums). Ben, meanwhile, is a popular bartender in Seattle.
UPDATE: The band have been forced to cancel dates, including the NYC show. They write:
Hey Everybody,Affected dates are listed below...
Unfortunately, due to a personal emergency beyond our control, we will not be able to play our upcoming west coast shows with our friends in Hawthorne Heights, Sleepwave, and Extinction AD, nor will be be doing the NYC date with Emery and Fashion Week.
We apologize to everyone who was planning on coming out to see these shows. We'll be making up shows as soon as we can.
Thank you all so much for your continued support, we are incredibly grateful to every one of you for sticking by us throughout the years.
We'll keep you updated on when the make-up shows will be.
As always, thanks for everything...we'll see you soon!
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
American Nightmare / mewithoutYou / crowd
Asbury Park's 2015 Skate & Surf Festival went down this past Saturday (8/16) and Sunday (8/17) with a handful of great bands both days. The festival takes place right on the oceanfront by the boardwalk, with the two main stages in the grassy Bradley Park (overlooked by Convention Hall), two smaller side stages on a fenced off section of Ocean Avenue, and an even smaller tent with bands too. It was super easy to move around and see at least a portion of everyone you wanted to. It wasn't one of those festivals where you spend time waiting around for a band to come on.
An early highlight for me on Saturday was the shapeshifting mewithoutYou, who have a new record coming. They played the recently-released "Red Cow" from that, as well as one other that hasn't been released yet. Plus we got a good sampling from the rest of their catalog -- the heavy ("January 1979," "Bullet to Binary"), the epic ("In A Sweater Poorly Knit"), the whimsical ("All Circles"), and more.
I then caught a bit of Nora and I would have seen American Nightmare after that, but my misjudgment of time and the festival's long food lines (they only had two vendors besides a stand in the alcohol tent with wings and nachos) caused me to only catch two songs. On the bright side, I caught their last-minute Saint Vitus show on Sunday night, which was the best thing I saw all weekend.
The best thing I saw at the actual festival though, was Thrice. It was their first NYC-area show since ending their three-year hiatus, and despite Dustin Kensrue saying on stage that he was rusty, they were anything but. They opened with the atmospheric sludge of "Firebreather," a song that in hindsight has more in common with Baroness or Torche than most of the artists considered similar to Thrice, and immediately you knew you were watching a seasoned, impossibly tight band. They thrashed around on stage in the most natural, un-choreographed way possible, and the level of musicianship each member has is really a remarkable thing to see.
After "Firebreather" came "The Arsonist" into "Stare at the Sun" into "All That's Left," and it pretty much seemed like this set was unstoppable. It wasn't perfect though. If you ask me, Thrice are at their best when they're at their heaviest, and their decision to follow "All That's Left" with five softer/slower songs (mostly from the latter half of their career), was kind of a lull in the set. (Personally, I would have taken more than just one song off The Illusion of Safety over that whole slower section.) Those complaints aside though, Thrice came back in strong with "The Artist in the Ambulance" into "Silhouette" (the heaviest song in the set next to "Firebreather") into "Deadbolt," the oldest song they played and still a monumental Thrice song after 13 years. Their full setlist is below.
Other highlights throughout the day included raspy punks Iron Chic, the grungy Superheaven, melodic hardcore bashers Defeater, metal/punk rippers Cancer Bats, and Celtic punk lifers Dropkick Murphys. Pictures of those bands, everyone mentioned above and more, continue below...
photo: American Nightmare at Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Festival 2015
American Nightmare, one of the 10 bands we were most excited to see at Skate and Surf this weekend (and who we did catch today... more on that later), are playing a JUST ANNOUNCED SHOW AT SAINT VITUS IN BROOKLYN SUNDAY NIGHT (5/17) with Sick Feeling. Tickets are on sale!
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Cloud Nothings at NYU Strawberry Fest last week (more by Mimi Hong)
Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival returned in 2013 after being inactive for eight years. This weekend (May 16 & 17) it's back for its third consecutive year, and the 2015 lineup is by far the best of the three. This year, there's only a few bands that we wouldn't want to see, so to narrow things down a bit, we made a list of the ten bands we're most excited to see at Skate & Surf 2015. Hopefully this will help you out if looking for some suggestions, or maybe it'll help you decide if you're on the fence about attending.
By the way, we're also giving away tickets. You can enter to win, and check our our list (in alphabetical order), below...
Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival is this weekend (May 16-17) with a pretty great lineup of punk, pop punk, indie rock, post-hardcore and more. There's a few conflicts (fans of both Hot Rod Circuit and Cloud Nothings have a tough choice to make), but it mostly looks like a pretty convenient schedule. Check out the full thing (including a few recently-added bands) below.
photo: Cancer Bats at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Canadian hardcore band Cancer Bats, who crushed at our SXSW party last month, are among the final additions to Asbury Park's Skate & Surf festival happening May 16 & 17. Tickets are still on sale. Check out the rest of the new additions below, and the rest of the lineup here.
Cancer Bats and Pennywise were also both just announced as support on the upcoming Danzig tour, which hits Texas, Vegas, Vancouver and other cities this July. Unfortunately no East Coast shows. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Danzig's former Misfits bandmate Doyle will play the East Coast on his tour that's going on as we speak. After two more shows opening for Mushroomhead this week, Doyle heads out on a headlining run that wraps up in Brooklyn on May 3 at Saint Vitus. That show is also with Heavygrinder and Blackest. Tickets are on sale now. All Doyle dates are listed below.
Misfits without Danzig or Doyle are playing Earth A.D. in full this year.
Asbury Park festival Skate & Surf has expanded its lineup once again, and this thing just keeps getting better and better. Cloud Nothings, Iron Chic, Defeater, Defeater alt-country side project Alcoa, Hot Rod Circuit (first show announced for their Sorry About Tomorrow-era lineup reunion), and Thrice (first US reunion date announced) have all been added, joining a lineup of The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become the Teeth and more.
The day-by-day lineups have also been revealed, and you can check those out below. Tickets are still available.
In related news, Alcoa recently announced a tour which hits NYC on March 13 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Choir Vandals, AJ Smith and Owel. Tickets for Webster are on sale now. All dates are listed below. Defeater also play Long Island in March with Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth and more (tickets).
As discussed, punk festival Skate & Surf is returning to Asbury Park on May 16 & 17 this year with a handful of great bands including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys and more. Now the festival's lineup has expanded and there's some pretty impressive additions including The Gaslight Anthem, American Nightmare, Pianos Become the Teeth, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, The So So Glos, Runaway Brother, Spraynard, NORA (also playing NateFest), Poison the Well (who went on hiatus in 2010, six years after current Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller left the band), and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Asbury Park's Skate & Surf Festival returns in 2015 on May 16 & 17, and the initial lineup was just announced, via Property of Zack. There's some cool names this year, including Small Brown Bike, Beach Slang, The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball, Manchester Orchestra, Dropkick Murphys, Dads, The Scandals, The Wonder Years and more (along with some less cool things like Atilla). Still more TBA too, but you can check out the full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale at 8 PM today (12/18).
Fucked Up at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
As you may know, Fucked Up have a new album, Glass Boys, coming out June 3 via Matador and multiple tour dates including a release show in NYC happening on June 6 at Bowery Ballroom with Big Ups and In School, which is now sold out.
Even if you didn't get tickets to the release show, you'll still get a chance to see Fucked Up in NYC. They also play Irving Plaza on September 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/9) with a BrooklynVegan presale starting on Wednesday (5/7) at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the password.
UPDATE: Password HERE.
Since we last spoke, they were also added to day 2 (5/18) of NJ's Skate & Surf Festival that also features Pianos Become the Teeth, United Nations, Tiny Moving Parts and more (tickets). Updated tour dates are listed below.
Fucked Up also recently released a new track from Glass Boys called "Led By Hand" which features vocals from J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, who Fucked Up opened for when Dino Jr played Bug in full at Terminal 5. You can stream that, with the list of dates, below...
Tickets to the Chuck Ragan show at Irving Plaza go on Live Nation and Music Geeks presales (password: "musicgeeks") starting today at 10 AM.
Matt Pond PA play Rough Trade on May 4 and Bowery Ballroom on May 5. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (2/21) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Bowery Ballroom starting today at noon.
Maximo Park, whose synthy new album Too Much Information just came out, will play Irving Plaza on May 23. Tickets to that show go on presale today at 10 AM (password is "earlybird").
After reviving NJ punk (or pop punk) festival Skate & Surf in 2013, it returns again this year on May 17 & 18 at Middletown Sports Complex. The lineup includes The Early November, Pianos Become the Teeth, Black Breath, Tiny Moving Parts, a few reunions like Midtown, Hidden In Plain View and Saosin with Anthony Green, plus DMX, and more. 2-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale March 18.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Tickets to see Demitri Martin at Wellmont Theatre go on sale at noon. Tickets to his shows at Gramercy Theatre, The Bell House, and the NYCB Theatre in Westbury, NY and Tarrytown Music Hall (Tarrytown, NY) are already on sale.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals sold out their February 23 show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre so they've added a second show the next night (2/24). Tickets go on sale at noon today.
The annual Lebowski Fest happens at Gramercy Theatre on April 19. Bring your bathrobe and get ready for some White Russians. Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/26) at 10 AM, a very un-Dude-like hour if you ask us.
Mic Check: Hip-Hop from North Africa and the Middle East goes down at BAM on March 7 in the Fisherman Space with sets from Amkoullel, Deeb, Brahim Fribgane, El Général, and Shadia Mansour. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Andrew WK at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Back before Bamboozle started hitting Asbury Park (or other nearby places in NJ) every spring, the similar Skate and Surf Festival used to go down there, but hasn't been in active in eight years. Following the announcement that there will be no Bamboozle in 2013 (but they say, "keep your eyes peeled for 2014 info"), it was announced that Skate and Surf Fest is being revived this year, and will happen from May 18 to 19 at Plaza Green at iPlay America (110 Schanck Road) in Freehold, NJ.
Though we'd never turn down a solo set by Andrew WK, the rest of the lineup is not one we particularly care about, much like most of Bamboozle's lineup in years past. Other bands playing include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Saves the Day, Bayside, Into It. Over It., Hopsin, and more. Tickets go on sale Saturday (1/12).
Full lineup and flyer below...