Entries tagged with: Union Pool
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Dam-Funk @ Union Pool
Union Pool already has a taco truck, so It might have been physically impossible to get a low-ridin' Impala to bounce in that outdoor courtyard. But I'm guessing that's what was needed last night (10/26) to complete the atmosphere of a surprise appearance from electronic-funk great Dam-Funk & Master Blazter with DJ Matthewdavid and Lone Wolf & Cub. Here are some pictures of the party.
The show, announced yesterday, followed a show at Highline Ballroom with Matthewdavid the night before and was part of a string of East Coast dates for the Westside-Zapp & Roger-devotee. All tour dates and more pictures from last night's show are below...
A singer/songwriter in the subversive Greenwich Village folk scene of the late '60s and '70s, with several songs lent to the Holy Modal Rounders, Michael Hurley maintained an infrequent solo career into the '90s but was more famed for his writing credits. Born on December 20, 1941 in Pennsylvania, he migrated to Greenwich Village by the early '60s and was ready to sign a major record deal when he contracted mononucleosis; after spending several years in the hospital, Hurley returned to music and released a Folkways album in 1964 titled First Songs. Though he was inactive through the rest of the '60s, [the self-titled LP of his 1976 project with Holy Modal Rounders leader Peter Stampfel, Have Moicy]... was critically praised, landing recommendations for Album of the Year by The Village Voice and Top 20 LPs of the '70s by Rolling Stone. Hurley's prominent place on the album -- guitar, fiddle, several lead vocals -- gave notice that he was ready to resume his solo career, and he signed to the folk label Rounder in 1977. Hurley released only two LPs for the label (Long Journey and Snockgrass), spending most of his time on his farm in Vermont or playing sideman on several albums. He resurfaced occasionally, recording LPs in 1984, 1988, 1995, and 1999.Michael Hurley has remained active in the past few years, releasing material on Banhart's Gnomonsong imprint and dropping an album as recently as last year (2010's Blue Hills).
Hurley continued to record in the 21st century. In fact, from the late '90s he was embraced by hip indie singer/songwriters such as Devendra Banhart and Chan Marshall, who were attracted to the singer's unconventional vocals and esoteric sensibility. -[allmusic]
Hurley is knocking the door to his 70s, and though no retirement is in sight, you never know, so try and catch the influential folk singer either at Union Pool TONIGHT with Meg Baird (10/4) or at Zebulon on 10/6 with Rain Machine (aka Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio, who also play this week). The shows are part of a set of select East Coast dates that last through the weekend and are listed below.
Tour dates, a 2007 live video from Union Pool, and a documentary short on Hurley is below.
Twin Sister @ Bowery Ballroom on 9/19 (more by Diana Wong)
Twin Sister's previously mentioned tour now begins at Union Pool tonight (9/28). Lost Boy? (who just played Glasslands) opens the 9pm show ($10, no advanced tickets). All tour dates, including Mercury Lounge tomorrow (9/29) with Ava Luna, and a brand new video for "Kimmi in a Rice Field", below...
ELKS @ Union Pool
While 40 Watt Sun was playing slower somber pieces at Public Assembly on Friday, Elks were headlining Union Pool with Heliotropes and Iron Tides as part of their record release for the Destined for the Sun EP. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Elks have a few tour dates in the coming weeks including a Pop Montreal showcase on 9/22 with Quest For Fire, NAAM, and Burning Love, and the Tee Pee CMJ showcase on 10/21 at Union Pool (which had Hull, who have since dropped off to be replaced with "TBA"). Hull WILL, however, play NYC at Mercury Lounge on 10/10 as part of their own Beyond the Lightless Sky release party presented by BrooklynVegan. Tickets are on sale.
All ELKS tour dates and more pictures below...
Urfaust @ Union Pool
That powerful crooning voice and mid-tempo black metal reverberated Union Pool on Saturday (9/17), the second US date for Urfaust as part of their East Coast weekend with Black Anvil. Like some sort of maniacal Octoberfest, the Dutch pair had a good portion of the crowd swaying and singing along (in German!) to their headlining set with beers raised high, while another batch of fans moshed (albeit slowwwwwly) to songs like "Der Halbtoten Dichters Schein-Existenz" and "Dämmert, Gelähmt Und Mit Scheinbar Erloschenem Geist" from Auerauege Raa Verduistering (known to me as tracks two and four from their split with Circle of Ouroboros, ha). While the lyrics are indecipherable to most Americans, Urfaust's distinctive vocal melodies and mid-tempo delivery make their songs, and this band, instantly memorable.
Black Anvil was direct support for Urfaust, bringing out the NYDM contingent and tons of on-stage energy. It had been some time since I last saw Black Anvil (since Cake Shop with Trap Them/All Pigs Must Die), and either their live show has gotten wilder or bassist Paul Delaney was feeding off of the sold-out crowd. Either way, excellent set from the NYC trio.
The Saturday show was also the second of two dates with Krallice on said tour and possibly Krallice's final show of the year. I feel so privileged to have seen Krallice as much as I have these past few months, (with Wolves in The Throne Room, and for free with Converge) especially considering their somewhat sporadic live activity. Another great set from the Brooklyn band.
Ruin Lust opened the night, drawing from Revenge-style chaotic war metal with atonal and shapeless qualities. Brutal stuff, made all the more frightening by drummer Michael Rekevics wide-eyed maniac stares and evil grins. Frightening and incredible, especially considering that Ruin Lust are a relatively new band with only a cassette demo to their name.
More pictures from Union Pool are below.
Lo-Pan's new riffy stoner rock LP Salvador, out NOW on Small Stone Records, is one hell of a triumph. Check out "Seed" from Salvador streaming below.
The band will hit the road for a victory lap around the East Coast/Midwest that includes a stop at a Small Stone Showcase in Philadelphia and a Brooklyn show at Union Pool on 9/20 (which is also a mini Small Stone showcase). The Brooklyn show is with the like-minded New Orleans riffy trio Suplecs (who also play a bunch of shows with Lo-Pan on the tour), and The Brought Low. The NYC show is a joint BrooklynVegan/Obelisk production, and tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
Suplecs also have a new baby, Mad Oak Redoux, out now on Small Stone. Check out "Stand Alone" from that record, with some other songs and all dates for both bands below...
As previously mentioned, you have two chances to see SAFE during this last week of August. One is tonight (8/27) at Union Pool where the drunken crazies are promising us the show is NOT cancelled. They write...
Definitely happening, the Weekly Revue back in Brooklyn with a Lunatic Fringe evening to stain your flowncy blouses. Acts to pump pressure into your head, chest, and groin include:Slowdance, who played a free pre-hurricane show at Brooklyn Bowl Friday night, are no longer on the bill, but Jonny Corndawg, who cancelled a few shows due to the hurricane, has been added! The party starts at 9PM for all of you ambitious ones. Those who prefer to play it safe, can also see SAFE instead at Cameo on Monday (one night before Male Bonding & Love Inks now hit the North 6th Street venue), and see Jonny Corndawg again at Union Pool on Tuesday.
- SAFE - C.F. Edley incredible music
- We're Leaving - Sundance selected short film about man + wife + pet alligator gettin kicked out they trailer park.
- Paul Korzan and Kate Bryant heave truth up and all over professional photoshopping (including before and after shots of Fergie and your host Toby Lou).
Slowdance (band) - Good smash!
- Jonny Corndawg!
- Ray Tintori and Bob Weisz, and MUCH WAY MORE!!! Plus YOUR HOST, YOUR UNCLE, TOBY LOU THE NASTY ONE! BE THERE! WITH EVERYONE YOU LOVE!
WE ARE THE HIGHEST GROUND!
Dr. John at Bonnaroo (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Katrina activist Dr. John and friends are playing (ironically) a soulfire4thegulf benefit show at Public Assembly tonight (8/26) with Sera Solstice, Mz. Imani, and Aliza Hava and the Rhythm Shamans. Tickets are still available.
Tonight's show will be the last at Public Assembly until next week because the Brooklyn venue is closed for the weekend due to Hurricane Irene. All events scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday are postponed until further notice.
In other show cancellation news, Union Pool's Summer Thunder Series, which was scheduled to continue this Saturday with Blues Control, Soldiers of Fortune, Coconuts, and DJ Dream Weapon is cancelled. According to Union Pool's facebook, they will "work their hands chapped to reschedule the bill."
All Dr. John dates below...
Tunde Adebimpe with TVOTR at Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The free summer shows at Union Pool continue Saturday (8/6). When we first announced the Summer Thunder series, Saturday's lineup was TBA. It's since been confirmed that Stabbing Eastward (featuring Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio and Ryan Sawyer of Tall Firs), Path of Least Resistance (with Sean Kennerly of Samiam) and Wilder Zoby will play the Brooklyn venue on Saturday. The FREE event kicks off at 4PM and will also have "TOO MUCH FREE JAMESON" (note capital letters).
In other Union Pool Summer Thunder Series news, the 9/24 lineup, which initially listed Lord & Master with Special Guests, now lists Test House, Free Blood (featuring John Pugh formerly of !!!), and Devin, Gary, & Ross, who have a new album out on Pete Nolan's (of Spectre Folk) label Arbitrary Signs.
Updated Summer Thunder schedule below and all dates...
Jucifer's 69 speaker backline blasted away on a crowd at Union Pool on Friday night (7/15). The show was part of Jucifer's eternal tour that is currently preparing to dot Canada in late July. Full dates are below.
Support came from an awesome batch of young bands. Ohio's Mockingbird, who was coming to the conclusion of a set of East Coast dates, were on the road in celebration of a new and self-titled EP. Check out the new EP of sludgy-noise rock now, which is streamable in part at CD Baby. Philadelphia's Ominous Black's sludgy post-hardcore was also well loved, bringing to mind bands like Russian Circles and Isis. Stream some material from their Split with Sadgaqacea below.
More pictures from Union Pool are below...
this is the actual show flyer, and a screenshot of Little Shalimar's Facebook...
My first guess, based on multiple clues above, is The Phenomenal Handclap Band, though then I don't get what the secret is all about. Who do you think is playing with Little Shalimar and Tit n Twat at Union Pool tonight (7/12)?
K-Holes on a boat in 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Brooklyn venue Union Pool is bringing back their free 'Summer Thunder' IN 2011. The series consists of free shows in Union Pool's backyard with the El Diablo taco truck and new backyard bongo bar. All shows start at 4 PM. This lineup of this year's series is not fully announced yet, but so far features performances by K-Holes, Silk Flowers, Warm Ghost and many more. it's all listed below.
K-Holes, who headline the June 25th free show, also play Union Hall on July 14 with Gary War and Pop. 1280. Tickets are on sale now for that not-free show. If you're in Chicago, catch the band May 27th at BlackOut.
Silk Flowers, who play the August 27th free show, play the Irving Plaza show with Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore on June 2nd. Tickets are still available.
words & photos by BBG
After an awesome show the night before at Public Assembly, Coliseum played a second show in Brooklyn at Union Pool last night/Sunday (5/15), this time with The Austerity Program, The Year is One, and Masakari who was added to the bill late on Saturday night, and ended up playing four shows during their two-night NYC stay (Public Assembly, ABC No Rio, and C-Squat as well).
If you missed Coliseum last night or Saturday, it may be some time before you catch them again. Guitarist/vocalist Ryan Patterson announced that this tour would be their last for a while, as the band is taking some time to focus on their follow-up to their well-crafted LP House With A Curse.
Seeing Coliseum twice this past weekend confirmed what I already knew, that this Louisville band has a deep and varied catalog that not only destroys, but also challenges. Coliseum could easily churn out record after record of well-crafted by-the-books d-beat, but they want more. And with their excellent songwriting, I think they'll get it. It'll be interesting to see where Patterson & the boys take it next.
More pictures from Union Pool below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Let it be known, Batillus was officially the heaviest band in Brooklyn on Saturday night (4/23). The band's earth-shaking volume forced a premature ending to their record release set at Union Pool due to a "neighbor's noise complaint". It was fun while it lasted (they finished most of their set) and, once again, a guest appearance from the always incredible Kat (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, ex-Salome) was a welcome/unholy addition. I've said before that Batillus is a band that improves with every outing, and I thought Saturday night was their crowning achievement.
Co-headlining were the always malicious Morne, whose crusty prog-sludge set of over an hour was fantastic. The band played material from their forthcoming LP Asylum. Their set was amazing, and definitely topped their last NYC performance at Studio B with Tragedy.
Belus, featuring members of the once-great Curandera, opened the show and were an excellent way to set off the night.
Saturday was a disappointment and a huge triumph in equal measure, but that just makes room for an exciting set at Batillus's next appearance, May 14th at Acheron as part of a one-year-anniversary celebration of the venue with Trenchgrinder (pretty much Atakke sans Chloe and avec a new vocalist), Mutant Supremacy, Mortals, Defeatist, Tournament, Bad Dream & Beer & Cable.
More pictures from Union Pool below...
Brian Majewski honors his brother @ Union Pool
The life and legacy of Brendan Majewski was celebrated last night (4/20) at Union Pool, as Krallice, Obits, Mira Bilotte, and Dope Body banded together to play a show in his honor. Though a somber tone permeated through the night, there were flashes of sheer beauty, the most powerful of which was when Brendan's little brother Brian "Bri Guy" stepped to the stage to perform a song he had written for his fallen brother. Emotion dripped through Brian's fingers and though the somber-yet-uplifting piano ballad was breathtaking on its own, with the added subtext it made for the most heart-wrenching moment of the evening.
Dope Body's spazzy post-hardcore stomp (the band shared a split with Brendan's band Orphan) started the evening with tons of on-stage energy. Following Brian Majewski's gorgeous piano composition, Mira Bilotte delivered eastern-influenced vocal/piano and vocal/percussion pieces that were delicate, emotional and gorgeous. Obits and Krallice's sets touched upon material by Orphan, with the latter devoting the majority of their stage time to blackened covers of the material before closing with the incendiary "Forgiveness in Rot" from their first LP.
Quite the lineup at the small stage of Union Pool, and all in tribute of one man who will definitely be missed. I didn't know Brendan personally, mostly just through his catchy LPs. But all of the love in the room last night made me wish I did.
More pictures and some video from the show, below...
The Blow at BV CMJ (more by Andrew St. Clair)
A Special Video Shoot Performance by The Blow.
(A performance of a video shoot, and a video shoot of a performance.)
Saturday April 9th, 7:30pm sharp.
Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn NY
Free. Capacity limited: RSVP to email@example.com
Post-show to be followed by dancing fueled by Spoolwork
Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens
Brooklyn bar and music venue Union Pool will host a Japan Benefit on April 10th (Sunday), and for $10 you'll get seven bands, a raffle ticket, and piece of mind in knowing that all proceeds go towards AmeriCares & Direct Relief International. Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens will headline the festivities, which will also feature The A-Bones, The Live Ones, Mighty Fine, The Dixons, The Back CCs, and The Underthings. There will also be DJ sets from WFMU DJs Dave The Spazz, Gaylord Fields, and John Funke, as well as DJ Kongress and DJ Shimmy. The show kicks off at 4PM. The flier and more details are below.
That's ten days before the venue will host the previous discussed benefit for the late Brendan Majewski of Orphan. Krallice, Obits, Mira Bilotte, and Dope Body are all on board for this $10 show, which kicks off at 8PM with all proceeds going back to the Majewski family to help pay for expenses. Orphan material will be reinterpreted by the bands playing the show. Flyer is below.
You can of course also catch Naomi Shelton every Friday night at Fat Cat too.
More details on the benefit shows, and their fliers are below.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Wormrot, Winter, Deathcycle, and Kings Destroy played Union Pool on April 3rd, marking Winter's first show in many years and their warm-up for an appearance at Roadburn as part of the sunn O))) curated portion of the festival. The band played an hour-long set that opened with the crushing "Servants of The Warsmen" before transitioning into additional Into Darkness burners. Though admittedly nervous at the outset, the band hit their stride midset and ended with tons of "wow"s and "holy shit"s from onlookers leaving the venue. Winter's death-doom rep was intact, and I can't wait to catch them again.
Wormrot, who are coming off of a much larger US tour as part of their appearance at Scion Rock Fest, played their first show since the hurried release of their new LP, Dirge (available for free download). The Singapore band followed Winter, and were the perfect yin to Winter's yang with 1000 MPH drum blasts and jaw-dropping grind riffs. Menacing, and somehow more impressive than their showing in Austin at Lovejoys.
For Deathcycle, the show marked another reunion, and first since the band played a pair of shows in honor of fallen comrade Lee Altomare (who was shouted out at the venue that night, RIP). Vocalist Ron Grimaldi mixed it up with the crowd as he belted away vocals atop the searing hardcore riffery. Excellent set, I just wish that catching a Deathcycle show wasn't like seeing a shooting star... but as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
For Kings Destroy, the NYC date wasn't much of a special occasion-, but they impressed the early crowd with their thundering doom riffs (mission accomplished). With the glacially-paced Winter, the mid-paced hardcore of Deathcycle, and the lightning-grind of Wormrot, it was nice to have a mid-tempo doom band to cleanse the palette. Diversity is always a good thing.
More pictures from Union Pool and some video is below.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Stephen Flam of Winter @ Union Pool - April 3, 2011
Crushing down-tuned death-doom dealers Winter returned, for the first time since calling it quits in the early nineties, with an hour-long headlining set at a sold out Union Pool last night (4/3). They were supporting the lightning-fast Wormrot, and the bill was rounded out by the reunited DeathCycle and local doom thunder from Kings Destroy. For Winter, the show served as a warm-up for their appearance at the sold-out Roadburn overseas. Original members Stephen Flam and John Alman were both on board.
For Wormrot, Union Pool was their NYC date on a much larger tour organized to coincide with SXSW (check out pics from our show at Lovejoys) and Scion Rock Fest (pics here), and a it was a moment of triumph after a debacle caused the band to have to cancel their Boston show the night before NYC. The band posted this at the time:
"Apologies! WE ARE ALSO NOT PLAYING BOSTON @ O'Brien's pub.. due to PPA stole our licence plates and have no alternative transport atm and are still in stuck in Philly, we have been invited by Jo and Jamie to play in a show at The Barbary, 951 Frankfort Ave Philly 19125 at 2pm with Nails and more!"Though the issue still wasn't resolved as of last night, the band did find a way to make it to Brooklyn from Philly. Hopefully they work everything out before their next scheduled show which is April 5th in Peeksill, NY.
Wormrot recently released their new LP Dirge for free download.
A Deathcycle show in 2011 was a rarity, and the band currently has no additional dates planned. Kings Destroy does though, as the band will support Orange Goblin and The Gates of Slumber at Santos on May 28th with Naam. Tickets are still available.
A full set of pictures from Union Pool are forthcoming, but for now, check out some video from last night courtesy of (((unartig)))...
photos by Andrew St. Clair
"First of all I now realize no matter how loud I dial it up at home, praying the dude next to me isn't home, this is meant to be heard at full volume with all of it's floor shaking rumbling and silences. Union Pool was the perfect place to be close enough to hear Creston's vocals... They announced they were playing 'Human Kindness' straight through and then [would] play 'as long as we physically can as long as we don't have to play an encore.'" [7 Inches]Harvey Milk played the first show of a three night Union Pool residency last night (3/13) with Occultation (mem Negative Plane). The party continues tonight with Villains and wraps up on Tuesday (3/15) with Luke Roberts. Tickets for both nights (3/14 & 3/15) are still available.
More pictures from the first night are below...
Wormrot at Acheron (more by BBG)
BrooklynVegan is proud to present Singapore grinders Wormrot with very special guests Goden, the reunited Deathcycle, and Kings Destroy who will all band together for a very special show at Union Pool on April 3rd. Tickets are on sale and trust me you won't want to miss this.
Wormrot is prepping their new LP Dirge (a song is streaming below) for release on May 3rd via Earache Records and will tour the US in March hitting Scion Rock Fest on March 5th and heading down to SXSW to play a strong of dates including the BrooklynVegan/1000 Knives Day Party on March 18th at Lovejoys. Stay tuned for the full announcement!
The Union Pool show comes right in the middle of a Wormrot tour with Tombs who are not on the bill of the Brooklyn show, but are playing the BrooklynVegan Day Party at Lovejoys on March 19th (one day after Wormrot at the same Austin venue).
Deathcycle called it quits in 2009, but have reunited on occasion to play special shows such as the Lee Altomare benefits last year. Deathcycle features Gary Bennett and Paul Delaney of Black Anvil/Kill Your Idols.
Kings Destroy, featuring members of Uppercut and Killing Time, recently dropped their debut LP And the Rest Will Surely Perish via The Maple Forum. Download "The Mounty" and "The Whittler" above and pick up a copy of the LP. Kings Destroy will also support at the upcoming Orange Goblin show at Santos.
All Wormrot dates and the new track from Dirge, "Erased Existence", is below.
photos by Jonathan McPhail, words by BBG
Sweet Cobra had a helluva welcome at their very first NYC appearance on February 12th. A few short moments after the Chicago band took the Union Pool stage, the show sold out. It helped that they were the first band on a serious bill that included the heavyweight left-right punches of Thin-Lizzy-worshipping skate-punks Doomriders & dark-doom-lords Unearthly Trance.
The room was packed to the gills with moshpits breaking out during Unearthly Trance that were only later outdone by the crowdsurfing during Doomriders. More pictures and some videos from the incredible Saturday show are below.
Harvey Milk at LPR (more by Meghan McInnis)
Harvey Milk will play shows at Brooklyn's Union Pool on March 13th, 14th, & 15th, their only announced dates at the moment. Tickets for both 3/13 and 3/14 go on sale on Monday (2/7) at 9AM, but tickets aren't listed for 3/15 yet.
The Harvey Milk dates are presented by The Blackened Music Series, who also curated the previously mentioned Lustmord/Void Ov Voices/Robert Piotrowicz show on April 10th at The Abrons Arts Center as part of Unsound 2011. Tickets for that show also go on sale at 9AM on Monday.
photos by Meghan McInnis, words by Klaus Kinski
Trap Them draws some blood
On Friday January 14, 2011, BrooklynVegan hosted a pair of shows at two separate Brooklyn venues. One show was at Acheron and featured Castevet, Lake of Blood, Seidr, and Falls of Rauros. The other was at Union Pool (a BV/1000 Knives production) and featured All Pigs Must Die, Black Anvil, and Trap Them. Reviewing metal shows is not really my forte, and I didn't attend the show with any intention of reviewing it. But since BBG attended the Acheron show and the Union Pool show kicked so much ass, I can't help but want to pontificate about the proceedings.
Union Pool, the bar, is one of the saddest, most crowded, annoying, infuriating, meat market hook-up joints in all the land on any given Friday or Saturday evening. The gauntlet of amateur-hour drunks and annoying clucks one must pass through to get to the bathroom or the area leading to the live room and backyard area is like a cruel challenge of patience preceding the grand reward; the best small room in the world to see metal in. Once you pass through the doors to the live room, you are instantly greeted by a PA system cranking metal of all eras and genres as well as a roomful of your like-minded metal compatriots; you are immediately ready to rock and the trauma of the journey dissolves (until you have to go to the bathroom).
I arrived at Union Pool right at the start of All Pigs Must Die. I am glad I got there when I did because they played an absolutely pulverizing set and I would have killed myself had I missed any of it. Vocalist Kevin Baker, (yes, I mean Kevin Baker) noted during the show that this Union Pool gig was their first gig ever which I couldn't believe. I still can't. I even drunkenly asked Kevin after the show if he was serious about that being their first show and he said it most definitely was. First gig or not, the pedigree of these players combined (members of The Hope Conspiracy, Converge, Give Up The Ghost, Bloodhorse, etc) made for a supremely tight, aggressive, and flawless set. The drummer was superior and drove the music at a relentless breakneck pace. Add to that their super heavy bass, guitars, and vocals, and it was a sonic experience that made you want to punch someone. They played much longer than I thought they would, and that's a good thing. They're from Massachusetts and I hope they come back to NYC soon, and often. This band is an absolute can't miss. Also, they've got one of the best t-shirt graphics since this, and it's gracing my body as I type this.
After an intermission that saw half of the room evacuate for smokes and tinkle-time, Black Anvil menacingly took the stage. Black Metal, as far as metal goes, is borderline for me. Sometimes it can seem almost like parody. But Black Anvil are absolute pros. Paul Delaney is not only a ruthless vocalist, but he damn near beats the living shit out of his bass. The sludge of distorted bass bleeds from his massive amp and rumbles your guts and soul right out of your body. Guitarist Gary Bennett looms over his gear like a brooding spectre, occasionally interjecting his own heavy vocals into the mix. It's the sonic equivalent of being pummeled in the face but suddenly and without notice being kicked in the yams. I do wish the drums were mic'd/eq'd/whatever a little better because I felt like the blast beats were sort of lost in the rest of the chaos. Other than that, those mofos CRUSHED.
Last up was Trap Them. I really don't know what else to say about this band except that they were absolutely phenomenal. Straight away, the combined sonic boom created by both guitarists (Brian Izzi and Andy from Every Time I Die who added a second guitar for the weekend) and the bass player immediately made me think of Entombed's record Left Hand Path. Then, about three songs in, I noticed an Entombed sticker on one of the guitars. Whether it was a coincidence or a deliberate attempt to capture Entombed's guitar sound doesn't really matter I guess because whatever they were doing they did it right. The guitars were so freaking clear, yet completely lethal and crushing. And the drummer was sort of the highlight of the whole evening for me. This guy is GOOD. His blast beats were just as devastating as the slowed down, thrashy parts. I'm a dork about stuff like that, and consistency is everything, so to see this guy pummel his kit without losing any consistency or dynamics was a thrill. And I liked the singer right away too. When he took the stage, he took his mic and whacked some dude standing up front right on top of his head; it created such a satisfying popping sound over the PA. I totally LOLed, yo. I have to admit straight up that Trap Them got me about as close as I'll ever get to starting a bone breaking mosh pit. I am 33, a little paunchy, and completely uncoordinated, but the intensity of this band was almost enough to unleash a weird, psychotic spell of The Mosh outta me. But the reality is that I am 33, a little paunchy, and completely uncoordinated and the best I could do was stand there pumping my fist and banging my bald, rather large head, back and forth.
That night, the live room at Union Pool wasn't just a place where an incredible metal show took place; it was also the location of a true miracle. For on January 14th, 2010, your pal Klaus Kinski was the recipient of one of New York's rarest honors; a buyback. Huzzah!
More pictures from the show below...