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words and photos by Caroline Harrison
Circle Takes the Square
Circle Takes the Square's long-awaited comeback tour with rapper B. Dolan hit Saint Vitus Bar last Sunday (11/10), with local support from BK supergroup United Nations. We've got a set of pictures from the show over at Invisible Oranges, plus a writeup:
Saint Vitus played host to an interesting crowd on Sunday. The venue hosts a variety of shows, but as readers of this site are certainly aware, it tends to lean towards metal and harsher rock music. Sunday's show hosted the NYC date of Circle Takes the Square's national tour with rapper B. Dolan (with live band) and local support from screamo/metal supergroup United Nations. Circle Takes the Square had not played New York in recent memory, so it was no surprise that the venue sold out.Head to Invisible Oranges for the pictures, and check out more in this post.
The whole night was a mix of genre-blending music -- not that many artists fit neatly inside one category these days. I think we've all seen enough permutations of "blackened crusty doomcore sludge," or, as our own Wyatt Marshall summed it up, "the works/supreme pizza", to agree. CTTS and United Nations both get the screamo/post-hardcore labels. United Nations' most noticeable influences come from Geoff Rickly, former singer for Thursday, but Ben Koller's (Converge) brief stint in the band around 2009 left a lasting imprint. Current drummer David Haik of Pianos Become Teeth plays with a skill and jaw-dropping intensity that recalls but does not simply mimic Koller's style. Rapper (yes, you read that correctly.) B. Dolan is signed to Sage Francis's label Strange Famous Records. Much like the Minnesotan label Rhymesayers, SFR is a hip-hop outfit that encourages genre-blending from its roster of artists. B. Dolan was definitely the odd man out on Sunday, but played to a receptive crowd regardless.
Circle Takes the Square is like nothing else that's out there. Sure, it's easy to point to certain obvious influences that shaped their sound -- some -cores (hard-, emotional hard-, metal-, noise-), some jazzier, proggier strains, and some blisteringly technical metal. Lots of things with the word "post" in them. A lot of people just call them screamo. Given all these variables, it's understandable that Sunday's crowd was equally diverse.
The group gave it everything they had from the word "go." They tore through the incredibly complex compositions with furious energy, hitting every transition with clock-like precision. While CTTS's unique genre-blending is definitely one of the key differentiators for the band, it's always been Kathleen Stubelek's voice that has pushed them from being really good to being truly memorable. The band was rewarded with an elated audience, many who had been waiting for years to see them. I overheard more than one conversation about how people had been waiting since they were teenagers to see CTTS. It was well worth the wait.
Also, at Invisible Oranges, we're giving away a 180-gram vinyl copy of CTTS' 2012 album, Decompositions: Volume One, and a t-shirt in the size of your choice. Details on how to enter to win are at IO.
More pictures from Saint Vitus and a stream of Decompositions: Volume One below...
Touche Amore / United Nations @ 285 Kent - 10/9/13
Geoff Rickly took a break during United Nations' ripping set at 285 Kent last night (10/9) to dedicate a song to Touché Amoré, the band they were opening for. He said it's amazing and inspiring that in 2013 a hardcore band plays with as much heart as they do, and he's right. Watching the sea of people fight their way to the front of the oversold scrum just to scream a single lyric within earshot of TA frontman Jeremy Bolm was a life-affirming experience in itself, to say nothing of how life-affirming it was for everyone in the crowd to be seeing this band in the flesh.
Touché Amoré doesn't traffic in trends. Despite being lumped in with a "New Wave of Emo" that's reared its head this year on the blogosphere, the Los Angeles five-piece is purely itself, not just some bullet-point on a list. Their brand of hardcore is simultaneously shimmering and abrasive, and Bolm's self-obsessed, wounded lyrics and vocals help set them apart from the bands they're ostensibly sharing a movement with. They are emo in the sense that they emote, but they have a lot more in common with Converge or Moss Icon than, say, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. (Not throwing shade; TWIABP is a very good band as well.)
Their gorgeous cacophony comes off live exactly how you'd expect. At 285 Kent, they played basically every fan favorite, which is to say, they played basically every song they've ever written. The energy level in the crowd barely wavered from set opener "Just Exist" from this year's Is Survived By to closer "Honest Sleep" and unplanned encore song "Face Ghost." Bolm's vocals were mixed high - the only way to mix a Touché Amoré show - but he was matched in volume and intensity by a chorus of fans on nearly every line. Of course, the vocals wouldn't be nearly as effective if they weren't anchored by the incredible guitar tones of Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, sturdy bass lines from Tyler Kirby and some surprisingly off-kilter drum work by the tireless Elliot Babin. Despite Bolm being the center of attention, it's impossible to forget that you're watching a band up there.
Still, lyrics won the day, and I imagine most people in attendance will remember the show for how loudly the crowd was able to sing along. It was a little strange to see the words that Bolm wrote proudly, selfishly for and about himself being screamed by hundreds of people who felt they were written for them. It's amazing that 285 Kent wasn't sucked into a vortex of self, but somehow, amid all the shouted, narcissistic neuroses, a sense of community was forged. That's the gift Touché Amoré gives: laying bare their insecurities so we can indulge our egos. Hardcore is weird, but man, hardcore is awesome.
The show, which we at BrooklynVegan presented, was a headlining stop for Touché in the midst of their tour with AFI which hits NYC tonight (10/10) for a sold-out show at Webster Hall. Like we said above, last night's show was opened by Geoff Rickly's band United Nations, in addition to Topshelf-signed screamo band The Saddest Landscape. Pictures of all three bands are int his post.
Speaking of Geoff Rickly, he just teamed up with a few members of Made Out of Babies to form the new band, Strangelight (also featuring members of Goes Cube and Red Sparowes), who released their debut EP, 9 Days, this week via Sacrament Music. You can stream the EP in full (via Noisey) along with more pictures from the 285 Kent show, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Touche Amore at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As discussed, LA's Touche Amore are heading out on a tour supporting AFI this year, which hits NYC on October 10 at Webster Hall. That show has long sold out, but we at BrooklynVegan are thrilled to announce that they'll headline a BV-presented show in Brooklyn at 285 Kent (10/9) a day earlier. Support at the show comes from Touche collaborator Geoff Rickly's (of Thursday) screamo supergroup United Nations, and another likeminded group The Saddest Landscape. $12 Tickets for the all ages show are on sale now.
Touche Amore are set to release their anticipated third album, Is Survived By, on September 24 via Deathwish, and it's their strongest and most complete work in an already very-solid discography. You've heard the opening track, "Just Exist" and a live version of "DNA," and they've now released another track from the album, "Harbor." Give it a listen over at Rolling Stone.
The Saddest Landscape's most recent release is the Exit Wounded EP, which came out via Topshelf earlier this year. Stream that, along with streams from the other two bands, and the updated list of Touche Amore tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Circle Takes the Square (photo by Danin Drahos)
As discussed, Gainesville's The Fest is returning this year from October 31 to November 3, and they've just expanded their lineup to include more artists. Additions includes post-hardcore/screamo giants Circle Takes The Square, who have been reunited for a bit but still only rarely play US shows; Geoff Rickly's United Nations, who are also back, but have not been as active as Geoff's solo project; punk vets ALL; Titus Andronicus (who have multiple NYC-area appearances coming up); Fake Problems and more.
Those recent additions join previously announced names like Torche, White Lung, Bouncing Souls, Ceremony, Braid, Paint It Black, Samiam, Knapsack (reunion), The Draft (reunion), The Menzingers, The Lawrence Arms, Hop Along, Code Orange Kids, Creative Adult, Pity Sex, Mean Jeans, Retox, Lemuria, Greys, Tenement, Tim Barry, Toys That Kill, The Night Marchers and more. Tickets for The Fest are on sale now.
Circle Takes The Square returned in December, 2012 with Decompositions Volume Number One, their first album of new material since reuniting and second overall. It's not the instant masterpiece that their 2004 debut, As the Roots Undo, is, but it's still damn good. Download it in its entirety at bandcamp (name your price) or stream it in its entirety, along with the updated The Fest lineup, below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
United Nations at Union Pool, Feb 2010 (more by Paul Birman)
United Nations, the shrouded supercrew containing vocalist Geoff Rickly at the helm, are playing shows in middle January, including one at Saint Vitus on January 18 with support from Brooklyn crews Primitive Weapons, Descender, and Black Clouds. Tickets are on sale. Look for the rest of UN to be comprised of Ben Koller (Converge), Lukas Previn (Thursday, Regents), and Jim Carroll (The Hope Conspiracy).
In related news, The Hope Conspiracy have stepped out of hiding to announce work on new material. No details on said material or when/where it will emerge yet.
More United Nations tour dates and some streams are below.
words by BBG, photos by Paul Birman
Unsane are KILLING it dead. -[MetalSucks]
Made Out Of Babies rrrarrrr!!! Julie rockin' amazing Blade Runner makeup - [terryhope]
Unsane played their first show in two years to a packed packed packed Union Pool with Made Out of Babies, United Nations and Dark Vibe on 2/12 (a BV/Osiris production). Besides a few bumps and bruises, blown eardrums, a chunk of eyebrow missing (sorry Julie Christmas), and the fact that some folks couldn't get in, the show was a huge success.
If you have never seen Unsane, these NYC noise rock legends are an absolute MUST SEE. Chris's jangly guitars cut through the mix like a razor blade while Vinny's big drums and Dave's distorted bass punch up the low end. To me, this band should be mentioned in the same breath as pioneers like The Jesus Lizard, Shellac, Helmet, and others... their live show is just pummeling! Essential.
Made Out of Babies were destructive as usual - with their instruments and to themselves. Part way through one of the bands' songs, Julie Christmas cut her eyebrow (presambly in her flailing around) and was GUSHING blood (the squeamish shouldn't look at the pics below). The band are currently working on new material and opened with one massive new jam devised in the past week.
My main beef with United Nations is that although I enjoy the individual projects of it's members in varying degrees (Converge, Thursday, HopeCon, Acid Tiger), I wish United Nations were a full-time endeavor. Incredible live show! UN is a must see, just wish it happened more often!
Bear in Heaven side project Dark Vibe opened the show. More pictures, setlists and videos below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Much like my experiences with Lightning Bolt, I spent a portion of The Hope Conspiracy show at Cake Shop on 1/15 testing out my quads. By pushing back on the crowd from the front, I did my personal best to pacify the onslaught of fans behind (and above!) so they didnt come crashing down on me AND the band. My best wasn't good enough.
Pointing in broad circles at the floor directly in front of their amps and the drum kit, HopeCon's vocalist Kevin Baker said, "I love that you guys are having fun, but we do need to be around HERE to actually play our instruments."
Of the times that I have seen a packed out Cake Shop, this was the most fierce crowd. Burnt By The Sun's tight front rows and rabid pit had nothing on the chaos of 1/15 that included people crowdsurfing underneath the low Cake Shop ceilings.
All opening acts impressed. Mother of Mercy's riffy hardcore comes off more metallic and muscular live even though their energetic and distinctly hardcore vocalist brings it back to their roots. As usual, Blacklisted>'s heartfelt, thundering hardcore was never better with George Hirsch's dynamic lyrical content matching his empassioned performance. Make sure and catch them again at Cake Shop on 3/8.
The real surprise for me was United Nations. Thursday has never been my bag, but this side project featuring Geoff Rickley in addition to Ben Koller of Converge (drums), Jim Carroll of HopeCon (bass!), Lukas Previn of Acid Tiger (guit), and Jonah Bayer of The Lovekill (guit), ripped through insanely great post-hardcore-y screamo powerviolence. They were tense, powerful and beyond awesome and I can't wait for their return at Union Pool on 2/12 with Unsane and MOoB.
More pictures from the show below...
It's with an extreme amount of delight that Osiris and BrooklynVegan are proud to present the return of Unsane with Made Out of Babies at Union Pool on 2/12! The show marks Unsane's first NYC show in two years, and Made Out of Babies first since playing CMJ 2008. In addition to that must see pairing, we are happy to report United Nations and Dark Vibe will also be on board to round out the evening. Can't wait!
You can also catch United Nations (who just played with Dillinger, Glassjaw and Thursday at Starland Ballroom) next Friday (1/15) at Cake Shop with The Hope Conspiracy, Blacklisted, Mother of Mercy, and Black Anvil. Advance tickets are gone, but a few are left at the door. It's one of three shows that BV is a part of in January. The other two are 1/22 at Union Pool (with Tombs/Rosetta/City of Ships/Battlefields) and 1/23 at Cake Shop (a matinee with Magrudergrind/Defeatist/Black Kites/Psychic Limb/Ramps).
A few videos are below...
The Hope Conspiracy (photo by Meghan McInnis)
We are proud to present, in conjunction with 1000 Knives and Chronic Youth, The Hope Conspiracy, Blacklisted, United Nations, and Mother of Mercy at Cake Shop on Jan 15th! The date is one of a select few for HopeCon, and the only east coast date scheduled so far. No advanced tickets. Stay tuned for giveaways to what may be the first must-see hardcore show of the new year.
The Hope Conspiracy released the True Nihilist 7" earlier this year on Deathwish. Their last LP was 2006's Death Knows Your Name.
Blacklisted played Santos Party House on 10/24 along with Bane, Maximum Penalty, Cold World, and a host of others as part of the Deathwish - Chronic Youth Day Party at Santos Party House. Blacklisted shares members with the incredible Mother of Mercy who recently played Cake Shop with Iron Age. We profiled Mother of Mercy here.
United Nations is a supergroup of sorts, featuring Thursday's Geoff Rickly playing what is described as "emo powerviolence". The Hopecon show isn't the only one that United Nations has lined up, as the band is also scheduled to play Starland Ballroom with Glassjaw, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Rickly's main squeeze, Thursday. Tickets go on sale at noon on 10/30. The show is part of a larger tour. All dates below
They never really seemed to miss a beat, save the quick breaks in among songs, and I think that could probably be attributed to the fact that a lot of these songs have been set staples for years, anyway. They were just stringing them all together here (Rickly's wide-radius mic swinging for the "rain rain down" part in "Paris in Flames" came right on time).Thursday and Far's set lists from Bowery Ballroom below.
Despite no barrier, Bowery was awesomely lax about crossing the stage threshold; some crowd-surfed, others stage-dove. In the pit, you could witness everything from goofy push-mosh and hardcore two-stepping to that silly watered-down version thereof I remember being amused by at "post-hardcore" shows like these around 2001-2003. Both cases made for a pretty good indicator of the crowd's diverse makeup.
But all loved it, and when the band came back out on stage for a bonus six-song encore it was even better. The audience was notably less responsive for the trio of tracks off Common Existence songs, but the band probably expected this; almost a dozen gigantic black balloon-type spheres were launched onto the crowd as Thursday kicked into the mournful, new wave-y, morose textures of "Circuits of Fever." But when it ended, everyone ceased slapping the buoyant balls into the air and bugged out when the band kicked into their best complex anthem in "Jet Black New Year." And speaking of anthems, "War All the Time" could not have demonstrated that stripped-down quality of Thursday's songwriting better as a closer. [Punk News]
The Cake Shop flyer, a few Hope Con videos, a recent Dillinger Escape Plan Studio vlog chronicling the making of their new LP Option Paralysis, and tour dates are also below.
There are also tickets on sale for a May 29th Walter Schreifels show at The Kyber in Philly (with McRad).
Agnostic Front is playing the same venue on June 12th. Tickets are on sale.
by Black Bubblegum
In their NYC debut and third show as a band, the mysterious United Nations will play the Delancey on May 23rd along with Acid Tiger and Gay for Johnny Depp. While we don't have full confirmation of the lineup, I think we can safely assume that Geoff Rickly (Thursday) and Ben Koller (Acid Tiger, Converge, Cave In) are probably on board.
Acid Tiger, who is currently streaming two new tracks at their myspace, recently recorded their new record with Kurt Ballou at GodCity. No word on a release date, or a home for it yet.... Cave In recently ended their hiatus.
Flyer and some videos below...
by Black Bubblegum
original (back?) cover art (publicity stunt?)
The new record by supersecret supergroup United Nations almost didn't hit store shelves due to controversial artwork. Hmmm.... I wonder what the controversy is all about?
Check out the new cover below and order a limited edition version with the original cover here.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: United Nations - The Spinning Heart of The Yo-Yo Lobby (MP3)
Hey wait! I know that hairless chest (photo by James Petrozzello)
A band of unknowns announced their new self-titled LP to be released on Eyeball Records on September 9th, as well as another EP and a seven inch. Ok, they aren't exactly unknowns... it's just that the true line-up of United Nations ISN'T known. Lets start with the facts.... Yesterday, Geoff Rickly of Thursday sat down with Alternative Press to discuss his new side project, United Nations, a "secret supergroup of mid=90's screamo revivalists", here's a snippet:
So who are the members involved with this project, and what do they do in the band? Besides you and vocals, obviouslyRead the whole thing here.
Well, I actually mostly played guitar and did some of the singing. The rest of the band are in contracts, so they're anonymous.
How did this idea first come up?
I was... This is really weird... I've known a kid named Daryl who plays in Glassjaw for a long time, and we used to go to shows, all the same hardcore shows, and we would get excited about a lot of the same bands. We both really loved what was going on on the West Coast in the early '90s, like Gravity Records stuff, really spazzy stuff. We also really loved the Ebullition style, mid-'90s, what they call the emo power-violence stuff.
So we have some kind-of-but-not-really confirmation that Daryl Palumbo is on board. That in and of itself is not a mindscrambler, but add in the fact that Converge has confirmed that drummer Ben Koller (also of Acid Tiger and ex-Cave In fame) is on board, as well as that message boards / the world's most accurate online encyclopedia are claiming Cooper of Made Out of Babies has joined on, UN takes on a whole new realm of possibilities.
United Nations is streaming their entire self-titled album at their myspace and you can download "The Spinning Heart of The Yo-Yo Lobby" from that record above.
In related Thursday news, Japanese badasses Envy will share a split with the band for Temporary Residence Limited, due on vinyl (with accompanying CD) September 15th. Spanning seven tracks, the record will have four new joints from Thursday and three new ones from Envy. The split was recorded this spring and Thursday enlisted Anthony Molina of Mercury Rev to remix one track, "Appeared And Was Gone", the lead in to Envy's first song. Pick it up at TRL when it drops....