Entries tagged with: Tiger Flowers
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Black Breath at Precious Metal, May 2009 (more by Paul Birman)
I can't tell you how many great bands I have seen over the years at Precious Metal at NYC club Lit Lounge on Mondays. The series, curated by Wetnurse/Today is the Day member Curran Reynolds, is responsible not only for the first appearances from some favorite bands but also many many personal friendships forged in that dingy basement. Now after more than six years as a series, Precious Metal is coming to an end:
Friends, I am proud to announce the Grand Finale of Precious Metal. After 6.66 years and over 300 events, the series I started in May of 2006 will come to an end on January 21, 2013.Upcoming events at Precious Metal include this Monday (12/17) with Tiger Flowers, Meek is Murder, I am Heresy and Black Table; January 7 with Ghostlimb & The Year is One and yours truly on DJ duties; January 14 with Jar'd Loose, Gentlemen, End it and DJ Mike SOS; and the finale on January 21, a benefit for South Sound featuring Hivesmasher, Fashion Week, Flaming Tusk, SOS and DJ Zeena Koda. Make sure and get to the shows and wave goodbye to metal in the Lit Lounge basement. It will be missed.
We had a good run! Monday after Monday, we brought all sorts of heaviness from across the city and around the globe (Iceland, Italy, Australia...) into the den of Downtown grime and glamour that is Lit. These forces combined and added up to something special. I like to think we played a part in the resurgence of a New York City metal scene, one which now looks stronger than ever.
Head below for the full statement on the end of Precious Metal NYC.
Art for Shiner's The Egg
Shiner was a band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003. The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996, and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7" single of the group's songs "Sleep it Off" and "Half Empty". Following this the band toured with Hum in 1998. A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of The Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002.Shiner called it quits with a show in their native Kansas City in January of 2003, with its members taking to projects like Every Time I Die, The Damned Things, The Life & Times, With Knives, and many others.
Close to ten years later, the band is back for a quintet of reunion shows in the US in celebrate of The Egg's reissue, due on August 7th. The dates include stops in Lawrence, Kansas, Chicago, LA and NYC at Irving Plaza on August 11th with Errortype:11. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Errortype:11 shares members of Primitive Weapons, who will team with Whores, Family, and Tiger Flowers at Saint Vitus on June 13th. Tickets are on sale. As previously mentioned, Whores will also play Union Pool on June 15th with Harkonen, The Atlas Moth, and Fight Amp as part of a Brutal Panda/BV-BBG Northside event. Tickets are still available, or get in with your Northside badge.
A listing of all Shiner tour dates and a teaser video for The Egg reissue are below.
Kiss It Goodbye
As discussed, the recently reunited Kiss it Goodbye is now an active band, albeit missing some of their original personnel. The band recently announced the addition of Jim Winters (Starkweather, Turmoil, Earth Crisis, The Promise) to their lineup and with that intact, it was just a matter of time before KiG announced an NYC show. That day has come. Kiss it Goodbye will play Acheron on June 1st with Tiger Flowers and Fashion Week. Details on additional shows, if they exist, are still on the way.
Let's be honest, the prospect of a band featuring a member of Fall Out Boy isn't the most enticing. But if you read deeper, you might recall that Andy Hurley of said band was always the one to sport shirts by Disfear, At The Gtes, Coliseum, Black Breath, Trap Them and more. Andy Hurley recently joined Milwaukee's Enabler (alongside members of Trap Them, Today is The Day, Harlots and others), and is currently on the road, making their way toward the studio to record a new LP, All Hail the Void. Look for that LP on April 24th through Creator-Destructor/Halo of Flies, but meanwhile catch their live show TONIGHT at Lit Lounge (1/9) with, as previously mentioned, Tiger Flowers and Brickeater. The show is part of the Precious Metal series.
Tiger Flowers played ABC No Rio with All Else Failed/A Life Once Lost over the weekend, and Saint Vitus with Whores/Javelina/Psychic Teens on Wednesday (pictures from that show HERE).
All Enabler tour dates and a bunch of streams are below.
words by BBG, photos by Greg Cristman
Javelina @ Saint Vitus
Javelina, Tiger Flowers, and Psychic Teens hopped on for the Brooklyn date of noise-rock team Whores' East Coast tour at Saint Vitus on Wednesday (1/4). Pictures from the show are in this post.
Tiger Flowers, who also played ABC No Rio on Saturday, play again at Lit Lounge with Enabler and Brickeater on Monday (1/9).
More pictures from Saint Vitus and a few album streams below...
DOWNLOAD: Whores - "Fake Life" (MP3)
The new Whores LP is another in a long string of wins for Brutal Panda, who will release the band's sludgy noise-core debut Ruiner on December 20th. Stream two songs by Whores below including the new track "Fake Life" (which makes its debut here) and check out other tracks that recently surfaced on Decibel and Metalsucks. Pre-order your copy at the Brutal Panda site - for fans of Unsane, Today is The Day, and latter favorites like Fight Amp.
The trio will follow-up the release with a string of dates that will include New Year's Eve at The Earl with Kylesa and Royal Thunder in their hometown of Atlanta, as well as Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on January 4th with sludge-monsters Javelina (!), the always amazing Tiger Flowers and recent gothic punk favorites Psychic Teens. Ticketing info is forthcoming, but $10 gets you in the door for this 8PM show.
All streams, the tour poster and dates are below.
Defeatist at Shea Stadium (more by BBG)
Defeatist have announced that "this turd has been circling the bowl long enough, so we have decided to flush it for good." The trio have a pair of NYC dates left on the calendar before they call it quits. on Saturday, 11/12 they play Acheron with Gaza, Tiger Flowers, & Don't Give A Fuck, and then their final date is on 12/17 at Death By Audio with the great Triac, Psychic Limb, Disciples Of Christ (mems of Magrudergrind), and Backslider. Advance tickets are not available, so make sure you get to the Acheron early to send-off NYC's best grind band right.
Defeatist recently released their final LP Tyranny of Decay. Stream it below in full and order your copy before they (the band and the LP) disappear for good.
Reminder: a pair of bands featuring members of Magrudergrind, Coke Bust & Sick Fix, will hit NYC on 11/19 at Acheron with Masakari and Grudges. Grudges will ALSO play Saint Vitus the night before (11/18) as part of a show with Black Anvil, Bloodiest and Mutilation Rites. Tickets are on sale for the BA show.
Stream that Defeatist, as well as other material from Masakari, Bloodiest and others below.
CYHSY @ Littlefield in August (more by Ryan Barkan)
Deerhoof in Boston in 2010 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
Vivian Girls @ Emo's in May (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* comedy @ Union Hall
* The Bad Plus @ City Winery
* Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
* Scott H. Biram @ The Rock Shop
* Barrington Levy @ Highline Ballroom
* John Zorn improve night @ The Stone
* Me & Mars, The Suzan @ Cake Shop (free)
* Tune-Yards, Prussia @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Taj Mahal, Fredericks Brown @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dirty Beaches, Frankie Rose @ Mercury Lounge
* Suplecs, Lo-Pan, The Brought Low @ Union Pool
* Reading Rainbow, Eternal Summers @ Mercury Lounge
* Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Polica @ Bowery Ballroom
* Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Amy Klein @ Knitting Factory
* NewVillager, Mirror Mirror, Matrimony @ Santos Party House
* Deerhoof, Mick Barr, White Suns @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Washington @ Irving Plaza
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Gull, Filthy, Ritz Riot @ Bruar Falls
* Netherfriends, CJ Boyd, Sewing Machines, Life Size Maps @ Death By Audio
* Iain Matthews (of Fairport Convention), Sore Eros, James O'Malley @ Public Assembly
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, who kindly provided the wallpaper design you see on the site today, play a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom tonight in support of their new album Hysterical (out today). Polica open.
Speaking of backlash, Vivian Girls headline Knitting Factory tonight (and it's not even sold out). Widowspeak and Amy Klein open.
Not sure where the love/hate scale currently lands on Deerhoof (I think they were always kind of love em or hate em). They headline MHOW tonight. Mick Barr and White Suns open. Not sold out.
The new Tiger Flowers EP is out today via The Path Less Traveled Records. Stream it below.
Like pretty much any genre of music that dares to call itself a "scene", NY hardcore is littered with bands that ape a very shallow pool of few. Tiger Flowers is a NYC hardcore band, but they don't subscribe to many of the trappings that befall so many of the Madball/Terror worshippers of today. Instead, the band takes influence from elders who pushed the genre into new directions, like Deadguy, Converge, and Rorschach, and add in metal influences rooted in hardcore like Unsane and Today Is The Day. What emerges is a cocktail of furious hardcore interjected with chaotic blasts of screaming feedback, time changes, doomy-riffs and most importantly, delivered with tons of live energy.
Its a bit hard to believe that a live band as potent as Tiger Flowers have yet to release their debut EP, but The Path Less Traveled Records will right that wrong when they release it on September 20th. Fans of Tiger Flowers are most likely familiar with some of these live staples like "Drag" or "Last Horse". Listen to studio versions of both below, the latter of which makes its debut in this post. If Tiger Flowers can do this much harm on their first EP, its hard to imagine what they'll do with a long-player.
Tiger Flowers have a couple dates lined up in the coming weeks, including a FREE Record Release party on 9/19 at Saint Vitus with Meek Is Murder and State Graves. Tiger Flowers will also play Precious Metal on 10/10 with Toronto's Vilipend. Meek is Murder also plays Acheron on 9/18, the night before Saint Vitus, with Southern Lord signees Dead In The Dirt, In The Shit & Scowl.
Song streams and some video is below.
Gaza headlined Cake Shop on November 21st with Tiger Flowers, Meek is Murder, and Elitist, the first stop after their stint with The Red Chord on the "To Catch a PredaTOUR". In their first ever NYC appearance, Gaza's atonal and punishing riffs caused a ruckus on the floor of the venue as the band pummeled the moshing masses with tracks like "Calf", "Windowless House", and a new and unreleased track written since their mammoth 2009 release He is Never Coming Back. Fantastic live band.
Support was similarly impressive. Much like Gaza, Tiger Flowers also trotted out new material in their appearance but also relied on standards like "Last Horse" and "The Weight". Meek is Murder's tech-y screamo was highly energetic and powerful in the live setting, featuring a moshing bass player and a spastic frontman. Their Mosquito Eater EP is available for purchase or for free. Of the support, Elitist was the biggest surprise. The Portland band's gale force destruction reminded me of Trap Them, Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire, and a host of other bands that blend the intensity of hardcore, sludge, and grind with a blackened aesthetic. Look for their new material to be released on Season of Mist.
More pictures from the show are below...
Gaza at Dudefest (photo by Metal Jeff)
Ask anyone who caught them at Dudefest and they'll tell you, Gaza dropped-jaws and killed the crowd at the Indianapolis metal/hardcore festival, inciting on-stage moshpits and even dives into those moshpits. Things got a little looney.
That all said, BrooklynVegan and 1000 Knives are proud to present the discordant and destructive Gaza at Cake Shop with the great Tiger Flowers on November 21st. The show is the final day of their tour following a string of dates with The Acacia Strain, The Red Chord, Terror, and The Contortionist.
Full Gaza dates and some video is below.
words and photos by Ilya Blokh
Saturday (5/15) was my first time at the relatively new Party Expo, to see Divider, Beauty Apes, Chambers, Tiger Flowers and The Abominable Iron Sloth. Mixed feelings on the space - I like floor shows and the sound was better than expected, but the crowd was anemic at best. Not that I particularly miss windmills and spin-kicks, but I'll take them over glazed eyes and sullen stares any day.
Divider opened with a jaw-clenching set of hardcore/metal crossover, followed by Beauty Apes' filthy sludgecore, though I wish the bands' Neurosis and Kylesa shirts showed through a bit more in their music.
Chambers - from NJ - were on-fucking-fire! Doomriders are a decent reference point, but Chambers tread much further into drunken, psychobilly-style guitar rock, colored by Dan Pelic's raspy shout-alongs. Though steeped in metal and punk, this is pure beer-swilling, fist-fucking, bar-fight rock'n'roll at the core. Their "Old Love" debut is out June 22nd.
Not sure why, but I dug Tiger Flowers much more here than at their Public Assembly show a few weeks back. Maybe it was the DIY venue and the floor set-up, but the boys put on a fierce, fluid and raw performance, despite the iffy sound.
After briefly blowing out the power, The Abominable Iron Sloth finally took the floor for a short but massive set. Guitars tuned down to the ground, The Sloth feels like one massive rhythm section, slamming a giant sledgehammer into your chest with every sludgy chord. Apparently they only had 20 minutes of material ready due to a new touring drummer (or is he full-time?) - a damn shame. Check out their recent The Id Shall Overcome album and the song "Hats Made Of Veal And That New Car Smell" off their first record - the riff will bury straight into your brain.
More pics from the show and dates are below...
Tiger Flowers at Lit Lounge (more here)
The previously discussed show scheduled for TONIGHT (5/14) with The Abominable Iron Sloth at Fat Baby has moved to Party Expo, adding some serious firepower along the way... Tiger Flowers and Chambers! Divider and Beauty Apes will open the show and doors open at 7:30. Get there!
Chambers are welcoming Old Love, the band's debut album which hits (digital) shelves on June 22nd. The band recently played Cake Shop alongside Tiger Flowers and Gods & Queens in support of Blacklisted.
Also tonight: Finland's Kyklooppien Sukupuutto play their first of two NYC shows happening this weekend.
All Chambers dates and some videos below...
It's a good thing that Nate Johnson has minty fresh breath!
Much like Shrinebuilder did, The Red Chord added a NYC show (and in their case, a date at New England Metal & Hardcore Fest) in the wake of their European tour cancellation. That show took place in Brooklyn on 4/25 at Public Assembly alongside the return of the fantastic Premonitions of War (with Nick Hale who recently toured with Burnt By The Sun), as well as sets by upstart bludgeoners Tiger Flowers and the riffy punks Descender.
Pics and some video from the 1000Knives/BrooklynVegan grind-fest, as well as current tour dates, are all below.
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble, BBG
Jesse of Tiger Flowers sings a lovely duet (pic by BBG)
I was already beyond excited about the NYC return of Premonitions of War at Public Assembly with the unreal Tiger Flowers and Descender. That lineup alone is worth a Sunday night (4/25). But NOW, BrooklynVegan and 1000Knives present our latest addition to the show.... THE RED CHORD! Blame it on Volcanofail 2010. The Red Chord was scheduled to be in Europe with Rotten Sound, Aborted and Those who Lie Beneath but are obviously stranded(?) in the US for the time being. Their loss, our GAIN.
For Tiger Flowers it will be their second NYC show in six days. The Tiger Flowers/Khann tour hit Lit Lounge on 4/19, teaming with My America and Pharoah (ex-The Banner) for a well rounded night of dissonant hardcore, ebullition style spazzy screamo, and am-rep punk bludgeoning. Jarboe was also supposed to play the show, but she got stuck in Italy (tonight's show at Union Pool is also now cancelled).
Even though 2/3 of My America reside two states away from NYC (in Delaware), the band always seems well rehearsed and fantastic live. Start-stops are done on a dime, and My America's take on noise rock is absolutely essential for fans of Young Widows, Shellac, Black Cross, Lords, and many others. Check them out on 5/28 when the band plays Union Pool with Ken Mode, Engineer, and the newly added Rosetta (!!!) as part of a BV/1000 Knives Presentation.
Khann from Orlando have a new record on the way via Black Market Activities, and the band had some serious riffs to back their spazzy ebullition-style screamo. Vocalist Ben zigged-and-zagged around the basement, spazzing out and landing smack on the floor quite a few times - when he wasn't barreling his way through the crowd. Tons of intensity from these guys.
Tiger Flowers delivered their most brutal performance ever at Lit, absolutely pummeling the crowd with their dissonant, noise-ridden take on hardcore. Vocalist Jesse was a maniac: bleeding all over the basement, attempting to crowdsurf (Lit has some low ceilings - not a good look), swinging from ceiling pipes, screaming in audience members' faces, jumping off of tables/chairs/the kick drum, all while belting it out and not missing a beat. Behind Jesse, the instrumental portion of the band was tight as ever, showing that their recent stints on the road have made them a machine. Make sure and catch them on SUNDAY at Public Assembly (with The Red Chord - see above!).
Unfortunately, Samantha and I both missed Pharaoh, so no pictures of them, but more pictures of the other bands at LIT (warning, not for the faint of heart), below...
Jarboe at Santos Party House (more by Justina Villanueva)
Kudos to Curran Reynolds and Precious Metal, as this is a simply unmissable night at Lit Lounge. Precious Metal will host the great Jarboe (!) with killer support from the unstoppable Tiger Flowers, Khann, and My America on April 19th! $10 gets you in the door.
Tiger Flowers are also scheduled to play on Friday night (3/26) with Shai Hulud at The Party Expo as well as May 7th at The Production Lounge with Hung.
My America is scheduled to tear down Union Pool along with Ken Mode & Engineer as part of a BV/1000 Knives Production on May 28th.
Jarboe's ex bandmate Michael Gira is getting Swans back together, though apparently without Jarboe. Full Jarboe dates are below, as well as a few videos.
words by BBG, photos by Brian Reilly
The progressive hardcore of Blacklisted and the noisy post-hardcore of Gods & Queens crash landed in NYC on Saturday, March 6th, at Cake Shop as part of a BV/1000 Knives production. Support came from dissonant hardcore greats Tiger Flowers and stoner punks Chambers. It was Blacklisted's second appearance in close to two months (last time was with The Hope Conspiracy). The show was one of the last of a string of dates for Blacklisted and Gods & Queens, culminating in a final homecoming show the next night in Philadelphia.
Blacklisted are one of many bands scheduled to play United Blood in Richmond, Virginia on March 26t. Also on the bill: Madball, Death Threat, Mind Eraser, Paint It Black, Alpha and Omega, and many others.
More pictures from the NYC show below...
words by BBG, photos by
Twas a late night, but a successful one. Meek Is Murder intersected with the ongoing Tiger Flowers/March of Echoes tour, adding in Flourishing (mem-Wetnurse) and the great My America for a show at The Charleston on 2/19. I unfortunately had to skip out before Meek Is Murder played their set, but caught all of the stellar support....
DOWNLOAD: Tiger Flowers - "The Weight" (MP3)
Tiger Flowers at Union Pool (more by Samantha Marble)
Even though The Hope Conspiracy with Blacklisted at Cake Shop on Friday (1/15) is close to sold out (only a few tix left at the door), we have on pair available for giveaway! Details are below. If you don't win and aren't one of the lucky few to scoop those door tickets, rest easy in the fact that Blacklisted will return to NYC with Gods & Queens, Tiger Flowers, and Chambers as part of a BrooklynVegan/1000 Knives production at Cake Shop on March 6th!
Though Blacklisted's recent and surprise LP No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me is still in diapers, the PA band isn't the only one who is working a new release. Tiger Flowers recently completed recording The Last Horse, their new EP due later this year. Dig on the angular, brutal noisecore of "The Weight" from that upcoming release available for download above. "The Weight" is blistering to be sure, but it says nothing of their live show which you can catch TWICE before the Blacklisted show: for FREE at Studio at Webster on 1/18 with Sleeping At The End Of The World and KID:NAP:KIN, and then again on 2/18 with My America at The Charleston as part of a tour with The March of Echoes.
Tour dates, a few videos, details on how to win tickets, and the show flyer are below...
words by BBG, photos by Sam Marble
Stevie Floyd of Dark Castle
Dark Castle, The Atlas Moth, Wetnurse, and Tiger Flowers played on 11/17 as part of a BV sponsored event at Union Pool - part of a super intense week of NYC shows.
Young badasses Tiger Flowers started out the show with a steely dissonant hardcore intensity, but seemed to have a few nerves. As the set progressed the band became more focused, taut, comfortable, and WILD on stage. By the time they finished with personal fave "Drag", I was ready to hear another few songs.
I've liked Wetnurse for many years, and the local band were their usual intense and fun selves. They seemed water tight, possibly due to the show being the last of their touring cycle with The Atlas Moth. Frontman Eugene was in prime wild man form.
Chicago's The Atlas Moth were up next. The band's recorded output has been a recent favorite, but it doesn't match their live intensity and exacting execution; unreal live. The juxtaposition of vox/guitarist Stavros's high & low pitched screams against David's soaring and spot-on clean vocals sounded great against the wall of slight synths and crunchy guitars. I already can't wait to see them again.
It's hard to imagine such unholy bellows and thundering six-string power coming out of Dark Castle's thin as a rail frontwoman Stevie Floyd, and Rob Shaffer matches her riff-tensity with an intimidating drum kit. He uses both a marching snare and bass drum, with a floor tom that could pass for a regular kick drum and a rack tom that could pass for a floor tom. It was loud when i saw them at Lit Lounge, but through the more significant PA at Union Pool, needless to say, it was even louder. If you've never seen Dark Castle, you are truly truly missing out.
More pictures and Dark Castle tour dates below...
Tiger Flowers @ Lit Lounge (more by Justina Villanueva)
I am proud to announce the final addition to the Dark Castle / The Atlas Moth / Wetnurse show at Union Pool on 11/17, the vastly underrated and incendiary Tiger Flowers. Fans of Botch, Gaza, A Life Once Lost, Ed Gein, and anything dissonant, chaotic, brutal, and tangentially hardcore should rejoice. By the way, for those of you who are Facebook inclined, a page for the show is here. (While you're at it, become a fan of the new BrooklynVegan page - still under construction)
Show flyer and some videos are below.
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
Karma to Burn is a desert rock/psychedelic rock band from Morgantown, West Virginia comprising guitarist William Mecum, bassist Rich Mullins and drummer Nathan Limbaugh (later to be replaced by Rob Oswald for Wild, Wonderful Purgatory). The band were noted for their uncompromising instrumental sound, echoing that of such desert rock bands as Kyuss and the Obsessed, although the band's preferred genre is "malternative". The band unofficially disbanded sometime in mid-2002, when bassist Rich Mullins joined Speedealer. Currently, Mullins is playing in the Los Angeles based band Year Long Disaster, Oswald is playing drums in Nebula, and Will Mecum is playing guitar for Treasure Cat. -[Wiki]Karma to Burn played their first NYC show, since reuniting earlier this year, at Lit Lounge on April 20th. They were joined by Mabus, and the awesome Tiger Flowers. I unfortunately got to the show moments before Karma To Burn, missing both openers, but I am a fan of Tiger Flowers' discordant take on hardcore.
The threesome blasted through their numbered setlist (all of their "number" songs, that is), concentrating on later, post-Roadrunner/post-vocalist material. These guys definitely still have it, and I assume that if they had some more lead-time and some PR, these boys would have (and should have) been playing a venue twice the size (not that I'm complaining.... just meant a more concentrated dose of stoner-y metal for those of us in attendance). Hopefully they'll come back again. In the meantime, Karma To Burn have a couple dates on the West Coast, including one with Year Long Disaster, before they hit Europe in June and part of July.
All tour dates and more pictures from the show, below...