Entries tagged with: Voivod
by Jayson Green (of Violent Bullshit, Orchid, etc)
Jon Fine of Bitch Magnet, Don Caballero, 'Your Band Sucks', etc
Unlike most rock memoirs, Jon Fine's YOUR BAND SUCKS: What I Saw At Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) is not a tale of triumph. It's something much more relatable. His band, Bitch Magnet, never made it big. They never defied the odds and overcame. None of that mattered. They did it anyway. YOUR BAND SUCKS is a true window into why we make art at any cost even when it seems like the world doesn't care. Jon has been making weird, loud fucked up rock music for over thirty years in bands, along with Bitch Magnet, like Vineland, Coptic Light and Don Caballero. You can hear Jon talk about it in person with Ted Leo at McNally Jackson in NYC Tuesday May 19 at 6:30 PM. After that he'll be touring the country talking with people like Mark Arm of Mudhoney and Clint Conley of Mission of Burma. All of his live dates are listed at the end of this interview.
I recently sat down with Jon over a Meat Hook sandwich in his old neighborhood Williamsburg to talk about his truly excellent book.
BrooklynVegan: I was surprised when I read the book. I thought it was going to essentially be an anecdotal history of independent rock music...
Jon Fine: ...like Our Band Could Be Your Life.
BV: Exactly, or Please Kill Me, but this is not that. It's an intensely personal memoir about your obsession with rock music. Did you know right away that's how you wanted to structure it?
JF: I knew it was going to be a memoir, but the other books that have been written as memoirs about this time period were written by people who were famous. I knew I was not and kind of had to make a virtue out of that. I was interested in the bands that I knew, and I really liked, who weren't the big bands. I mean no one knows these fucking bands. People kind of know Slint very vaguely, but Bastro, Slovenly...you probably hate these bands.
BV: I hate some of them, but it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if you like the bands or even if you know the bands because it's not about the bands necessarily. It's about you and your relationship/addiction to music.
JF: That was kind of what I was hoping for. To me this was a very interesting moment in American culture. This isn't the kind of book that gets into it like "and on this alternate version of 'Rocks Off' is the 8th take that they did in Montreux and you can hear Keith nodding off..." (laughs). You don't need that level of interest.
It's a really personal book. I couldn't think of any other way to write it. I didn't want to write a history because that's kind of been done, but at the same time I wanted to bring other people into it. I just really wanted to know what it was like for these other bands that were in this middle to lower tier with us. Most of them eventually have to stop doing it. The other rock memoirs from this genre, like Dean Wareham, Bob Mould, Juliana Hatfield they all kind of end with them still "doing it" in a fashion. With a lot of these bands in the book, we all had to stop because it wasn't an option to support yourself. I'm not talking about getting rich; I'm talking about paying rent and feeding yourself. Whether it's Anne Eickelburg of Thinking Fellers, or Mark Robinson of Unrest, or Justin Chearno and Scott DeSimon of Pitchblende, you hit this wall in your thirties. I just find that really interesting and not just because it happened to me. I hope other people do too.
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Andrew Sacher
Napalm Death / Voivod @ Gramercy Theatre - 2/2/2015
Monday's (2/2) cruddy winter weather in NYC didn't stop the totally stacked Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate tour from rolling through Gramercy Theatre and packing the venue to the gills. This six-band bill went hard from its 6:30 start time to its end around midnight, with almost no low points.
It did start off a little slow, with openers Black Crown Initiate. They weren't bad, but on a bill of bands mostly derived more or less from early hardcore, their love of machine gun breakdowns just felt a bit out of place.
Things shifted into full gear when metallic hardcore greats Ringworm took the stage. They put tracks off their influential 1993 debut, The Promise ("Necropolis") right up against stuff from last year's killer Hammer of the Witch (title track and a couple others), but you wouldn't have guessed the songs were released 21 years apart if you didn't know any better. The whole band tore through every song with insane precision, and singer Human Furnace was basically never not in beast mode. You couldn't possibly stand still for them, and that would be true of each subsequent band as the next five hours flew by.
Next was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash supergroup, fronted by Municipal Waste shouter Tony Foresta, with the most flat-out fun set of the night. They look and sound straight out of thrash's early days, down to the outfits, hairstyles and stage moves. But with a level of homage approaching parody, and 12-second songs called "Your Kid's An Asshole," it's clear (and refreshing) that Iron Reagan aren't taking this too seriously. That doesn't mean they don't rip though. Their shows are a grin-inducing nostalgia trip, but also every riff and every drum fill is tight, locked in, and bold as fuck. Don't look to Iron Reagan if you want groundbreaking, but their shows are unmissable if you want a helluva good time.
Then came California death vets Exhumed, who are about to release a re-recorded version of their 1998 classic debut, Gore Metal (which they half-jokingly apologized for on stage), and they played a good chunk of that album. It was their first NYC show since new bassist/growler Matt "Slime" Ferri joined, and while I'm not the best judge for this stuff (death growls aren't usually my thing -- band leader Matt Harvey's higher-pitched shrieks are much more my speed), he seemed to carry his weight and mesh with Harvey well. There was no doubting that Harvey is a master though. He shined as a frontman, and maybe even more so when he made his way to the edge of the stage for some terrific soloing.
The place noticeably turned up when the first of the two co-headliners, Voivod, took the stage. The crowd packed in closer, the mosh pits got fuller, and chants of "VOI! VOD! VOI! VOD!" punctuated songs. Frontman Snake took the first of those chants as an opportunity to introduce their new bass player, Rocky, who replaced original bassist Blacky last year ("We love him so much... he's greasy"). He fit the band well -- younger guy in a tight Motorhead t-shirt who certainly knew his way around a bass, and really did seem to feel right at home with the other members. But of course the real star of their set was Snake. That dude is ageless, maniacally fronting the band like they're still a bunch of young punks. They gave us classics from their prime '80s era, right up through new single "We Are Connected" off their upcoming split with At the Gates, and all of it crushed. Their set (like all of the night's sets) was encore-less, and the crowd really didn't want them to go.
That high didn't subside at all when Napalm Death came on to give us yet another set from a band with over three decades behind them and zero signs of slowing down. They had a fill-in for guitarist Mitch Harris, and though it would've been nicer to see them with Mitch, lead screamer Barney Greenway called the fill-in a "virtuoso" and it was hard to disagree. His playing was razor sharp, and from the crowd's apeshit reaction to the entire set, I don't think anyone was getting too picky about who they had up there. Part of that was also probably due to the fact that all eyes were mostly on Barney, who was in a literal frenzy for the entirety of the set. ND were supporting their new album, Apex Predator - Easy Meat, and while some people see bands this far into their career strictly for the classics, the new songs were actually highlights of the all-killer set. Sure it got wild for "Scum" and their version of Dead Kennedys' "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," but this was no nostalgia set. Barney ran around stage all night in a Swans t-shirt, which is pretty apt. Like Swans, Napalm Death's groundbreaking beginnings took place in the '80s, but they're still making vital music and putting on brutal live shows in the '10s.
More pictures from most of the show (our photographer missed Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate), and some videos from the show, below...
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
As always, there are tons of good metal and metal-related tours swinging through NYC and other one-off heavy shows happening here. We don't get around to posting all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the local heavy shows coming up that we're excited about:
Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play the Acheron TONIGHT (1/8) with support from Meth Valley and Mammal. When we first wrote about them, we said, "If you've never experienced the over-the-top spectacle that is Hellbent Hooker, you're in luck. Prepare for a gross-out session... in the best ways possible." Tickets for tonight are on sale.
On Sunday (1/11) at Saint Vitus, mathcore shredders Meek Is Murder team up with Vomit Fist, Aminals and Budd Dwyer. Tickets are on sale.
Brooklyn trio Mortals, who put out a great album on Relapse last year, were already announced to open the first night of Eyehategod's 2-night stand at Saint Vitus (tickets), and they've since added their own show happening soon after on February 15 at Acheron. The Black Antler and Nerve Shatter open. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
As a reminder, some previously discussed metal tours are about to hit NYC too. There's the unmissable High on Fire / Windhand double bill hitting Vitus on Friday (1/9) for two shows, but unfortunately both are sold out.
Watain at Irving Plaza in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Just a few days after that, you'll probably want to head to Webster Hall (2/28) where two death metal legends, Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse, bring their co-headlining tour. Aeon and Tribulation open. Tickets are still available.
March is stacked so far as well. Legendary Swedes Nifelheim are making a rare and very anticipated NYC appearance on March 15 at Saint Vitus with Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos), Slutvomit and Iron Force. Get tickets.
The following weekend gets pretty nuts. West Coast black metal greats Dispirit finally make their East Coast debut at Saint Vitus on March 20 and 22 with different sets and different openers each night (tickets). And right smack in the middle of those two shows, the killer Enslaved / Yob / Ecstatic Vision tour hits Gramercy Theater (3/21). You can still get tickets for that one too.
Looking forward a bit to the spring, Electric Wizard's first North American tour in over 10 years hits Webster Hall on April 2. That's unfortunately sold out, but you can try your luck on StubHub or something. This one's not to miss.
Only 10 days later, you may find yourself back at Webster Hall (4/12), where the At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer / Vallenfyre tour will be blowing minds. Tickets for that one are still on sale.
Of course these are just a few options and there's always more. What else?
Oh, and in one last bit of non-show news, Torche recently dropped another ripper from their upcoming LP on Relapse. Stream it below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Napalm Death at Knockdown Center (more by Greg Cristman)
There's yet another absolutely loaded, must-catch, all-star metal tour on the horizon, giving metalheads still more reason to get excited about 2015. Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, and Black Crown Initiate are joining forces for the "Through Space and Grind" tour. This is just an absurdly stacked bill, and as if you needed more reason to go, they'll also be joined by Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories, and Phobia on select dates. These bands run the gamut from absolutely legendary to young and on-the-rise, from death-grind to political thrash, and they all have a reputation as absolute crushers in the live setting.
The tour will make a stop in NYC at Gramercy Theater on February 2, where Ringworm will mercifully be on the bill. Tickets for that show will be on sale Friday (11/7) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
All of these bands have been varying degrees of busy lately. Napalm Death have been playing festivals and touring internationally all year. Voivod released an album last year and have been playing some festival gigs in 2014. Iron Reagan, featuring "Landphil" Hall of Cannabis Corpse and Municipal Waste, and otherwise known as the busiest man in metal, have a new album out and released a split on Tankcrimes with tourmates Exhumed earlier this year. Ringworm dropped a ripper this year too.
All dates listed, along with a stream of the Iron Reagan/Exhumed split EP, a video of Napalm Death playing live in Chile earlier this year, Voivod's video for "Target Earth" and the Ringworm LP stream, below...
By Ian Chainey
Ruining Lives cover art
Long-running metallers Prong will be going on tour this year. A long tour. A really long tour. Starting in July, Tommy Victor and his two compatriots will start their epic trek in Italy and will loop around the European festival circuit. Then they'll fly back to the US with an occasional co-headlining slate with vet thrashers Overkill. To wrap things up, Overkill and Prong will do another Euro run, ending up in the Netherlands. Total number of dates: 64. Total number of days: 116. Total haul: So much Frequent Flyer swag. Check out the full list of dates below.
Prong have kept surprisingly busy since reforming in 2002 after an initial run from 1986 to 1997 that saw the band break out thanks to post-thrash classic and request-line favorite "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck." The outfit started life as something of a crossover act before finding the groove and machine precision of industrial. Unfortunately, over their career, they've been something of a revolving door when it comes to membership. Still, they've had their share of impressive musicians including Paul Raven (Killing Joke), Ted Parsons (Swans), and Troy Gregory (Flotsam and Jetsam). Current bassist Jason Christopher joined the group in 2012 and Arturo "Art" Cruz in 2014. But, through it all, singer/guitarist Tommy Victor has been the lone Prong constant while splitting time as Danzig's shredder. No word if Victor will be handling six-string duties for the reformed Samhain at Riot Fest.
On September 30, Prong will hit Gramercy Theatre in NYC sans Overkill. Ticket details are TBA for that one, but tickets are on sale for the show they play with Overkill at Starland Ballroom in NJ three days earlier.
In August, Overkill join Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, D.R.I., Exodus, Municipal Waste, Body Count (who also have a Gramercy Theatre show coming up), Voivod, Hatebreed, Madball, Fucked Up and many more for the three day "Heavy Montreal" festival. Get yourself to Canada.
All Prong dates along with a cut from Prong's newest album Ruining Lives and a few classics appear below.
Away, as you may already know, is Michel Langevin of Canadian thrash legends Voivod. For his latest venture, Langevin has stepped away from the kit to deliver Cities, his solo debut due on July 27 via Utech Records. Cities is far from a thrash record, and in fact is a melange of field recording, musique concrète and sound collage culled from his time in Montreal, Chicago, Europe and Mexico City over the past two years. The result is a fascinating record that recalls the eclecticism of life in the city. Stream it in full below, and order yours via Utech Records.
Away recently released a video with Voivod, the robot-heavy "Target Earth" from album of the same name. Check out that video and all of Cities below.
Jason Newsted is back on the road with a band that isn't Metallica or Voivod. The bassist's new project, named simply Newsted, features a stripped down three-piece approach, and he's taking the show on the road for a North American trek. Full tour dates are below including a stop at Highline Ballroom on May 21(tickets) and Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on May 23 (tickets).
For the curious, yes, Newsted (the band) is running on the steam of his new and poetically titled EP, Metal. Out now, you can check out the first single "Soldierhead" below.
Voivod at Fox Theater, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
There's a reason why Neurosis hand-picked progressive thrash gods Voivod to play their album-release party. Thirty years in, these Canadian legends are still cranking out vital and ripping tracks, with the latest surfacing on their new album, Target Earth which hits January 21 via Century Media Records. We are proud to stream the first, second and fourth tracks from the LP below. Check out "Target Earth," "Mechanical Mind" and "Kluskap O Kom," the latter of which makes its first appearance here.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Voivod at Fox Theater, Nov 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Voivod has been trickling out new tracks from their forthcoming LP Target Earth, which is due on January 21, 2013. First the band dropped "Mechanical Mind" in Youtube form and now comes the release of the title track which first saw the light of day via MetalSucks. Check out both tracks below.
Voivod was handpicked to support Neurosis at their recent album release show in Oakland (pics here). So far no additional announcements from the band regarding an NYC show, BUT additional shows are popping up all around the country including dates in Atlanta, Seattle and Los Angeles. Current tour dates are below... I'd suspect that an NYC show announcement is right around the corner.
In related Neurosis news, the band has announced the departure of visual artist (and A Storm of Light honcho) Josh Graham. Though Graham has never committed a single note to the band during his tenure, he has helped shape the band's visual aesthetic via live projections, art, merchandise, etc. Statements from Graham and the band regarding his departure are below alongside a list of all tour dates.
photos by Taylor Keahey
Neurosis / Voivod at Fox Theatre, 11/17/2012
Neurosis celebrated the release of their new LP Honor Found in Decay with a mega-show in their native Oakland, CA. The record-release event, which went down on Saturday night (11/17) on Fox Theater, featured appearances from legendary prog-thrash gods Voivod and doom titans Yob. Pictures, video and the Neurosis setlist are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Neurosis at Maryland Deathfest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Neurosis have let another track from Honor Found in Decay slip past the goalie! The band have released a second track from said forthcoming LP due via their own Neurot imprint on October 30. Stream the album opener "We All Rage In Gold" below along with the previously released "At The Well."
So far only one domestic Neurosis date to speak of... but its a fucking whopper! Neurosis will celebrate the release of their new LP with a show at the Fox Theater on 11/17 in their hometown of Oakland, California, joined by Yob (!) and Voivod (!!). Tickets are on sale. Besides that, the band is scheduled to play the previously discussed ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas curated by Shellac (with Oxbow) and a show with Godflesh in London. NBD.
All tour dates and song streams are below.
Misery Index at Europa (more by Samantha Marble)
Due to a series of unfortunate events, we're not doing any shows on any shockwave/Fear Factory/Voivod etc. tour. It's cancelled. Sorry for the confusion, we are extremely upset about this and sorry to any fans who bought tix. [Misery Index]To say that the Shockwave tour, which featured Misery Index with Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, Fear Factory and more, was an unmitigated disaster is probably an understatement. All dates were cancelled in the wake of cancellations by Voivod and Fear Factory (the tour did not have a planned stop in NYC).
That said, Misery Index is picking up the pieces and scheduling dates on the East Coast in the wake of this, crossing paths with a burgeoning tour from Baltimore grind greats Triac and Amputee for a show at Saint Vitus on August 16th. Tickets are on sale for the show that will also feature Radiation Black Body and Strong Intention.
All Misery Index dates and some video is below.
If you're anything like me, you spent the weekend wishing you were at Roadburn 2012. This year's Tilburg festival included Voivod performing Dimension Hatröss in full. Luckily youtube allows us to live vicariously through the weekend, and you can stream the entirety of Voivod's set, along with video recaps of each of the four days of this year's fest, below.
Roadburn announced their 2013 edition recently as well... featuring curator Jus Osborn of Electric Wizard!
As curator, Jus Oborn will personally select the bands that will play during the special event at Roadburn, and Electric Wizard will perform a special headline show... Their horror film fixation and psychedelic tendencies are completely in tune with Roadburn and their music is loved by all who come to our festival, so it makes perfect sense that Jus Oborn will be the next in the select group of curators that includes David Tibet, Neurosis, Tom Gabriel Warrior, Sunn 0))), and Voivod. In addition to Jus curating, Electric Wizard will be bringing their live show to Roadburn on Friday, April 19th, 2013.Sounds more like a good trip to me.
Jus also shared these thoughts regarding the event "I am planning the ultimate ELECTRIC ACID ORGY...its gonna be sick...only the heaviest, most evil drugmetal possible and we will bring our mind altering light show and visuals. Also we are gonna have a room showing all our favourite horror and sleaze movies...Roadburn 2013 is gonna be a real 'bad' trip ...hahahahaha."
Electric Wizard (with a reportedly all new rhythm section?) will play Maryland Deathfest this year.
2012 Roadburn video reports, Voivod's performance and the NSFW Roadburn 2013 flyer, below...
Voivod at Maryland Death Fest (more by BBG)
We already knew that Voivod was in charge of curating part of the program, but the ante has been upped with the announcement that the influential Canadian band will play all of their seminal Dimension Hatross LP and that they've invited Yob to play the fest! What's more, Yob will play two complete albums in two different sets at Roadburn 2012, including all of Catharsis and all of The Unreal Never Lived.
The announcement comes with a new round of additions to the lineup including Black Breath, Celeste, Red Fang, Black Cobra, Pelican, Tombs (who just played CMJ), Saviours (who play Saint Vitus on 11/30), Necros Christos, Bongripper, Jesu, La Otracina (who just played Union Pool), Virus, Ulver, Final,Church of Misery, Ancestors, Horisont, Dragged Into Sunlight and Christian Mistress among many others. Current lineup is below alongside some vide, and tickets go on sale 11/26 at 4AM EST.
Voivod at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
Voivod will curate 2012's Roadburn, following names like David Tibet, Neurosis, Tom Gabriel Warrior (of Celtic Frost/Hellhammer/Tryptikon), and Sunn 0))) who curated days during previous years. The band will be responsible for the 4/13 day of the four day festival (4/12 - 4/15/12).
Voivod recently released a live record, Warriors of Ice via Sonic Unyon Metal. The band has no upcoming tour dates thus far. Check out some live video from earlier this month below.
DOWNLOAD: Washed Out - Eyes Be Closed (Steve Moore Galaxy-Class Remix) (MP3)
Steve Moore (of Zombi/Titan) (not to be confused with Zomby) will team with Jesse Reiner (Jonas Reinhardt) for a "live electronic improv set" at Silent Barn TONIGHT (7/15). The duo will be joined by support from Long Distance Poison, Lussuria, ODO (Mark Dwinell of Forma), Andy & Zeus. DJ Jah Fe Ryan (Excepter) is on the 1s and 2s. $7 will get you into the all ages event.
Steve Moore, who also plays PS1's Warm Up on August 6th, has been steadily producing remixes of bands like Washed Out, Voivod, and Melvins. Check out those impressive remixes, some of which he did under his alter-ego Lovelock, below. There are two different remixes he did of Washed Out song "Eyes Be Closed", one of which you can also download above.
Washed Out headlined Bowery Ballroom the other night.
Steve Moore's band Zombi released the awesome Escape Velocity earlier this year on Relapse Records. Highly recommended.
words & photo by BBG
After Cathedral and Neurosis on days one and two respectively, Voivod headlined the large outdoor stage at Maryland Deathfest on Saturday (5/28), with Inquisition heading up the indoor stage at Sonar.
Though there are no pictures of Masakari, Mammoth Grinder, Creative Waste, Cretin, & Blood Freak, I did catch sets from the headliners as well as Avulsed, The Kill, Drop Dead, Doom, Defeated Sanity, Acid Witch, Hooded Menace, Cyanide, In Solitude, Impaled Nazarene, Hail of Bullets, Nunslaughter, and Exhorder.
A crusty and furious set from Doom, an awesome and energetic set from Voivod, blackened doom destruction from Hooded Menace, Austrailian grinders The Kill and Detroit doomers Acid Witch were definitely my favorites, but I also thoroughly enjoyed what I saw of Hail of Bullets (around half of their set) as well as the political and furious Drop Dead.
Hooded Menace play Union Pool TONIGHT (5/31) with Negative Plane, Anhedonist, and Ilsa (who we interviewed) as part of a BrooklynVegan event. Online ticketing is not available, but there are tickets at the door for $13. Doors are at 8PM and the show starts at 8:30.
Tragedy, who played MDF Day One, also plays a show in Brooklyn tonight.
More pictures from the third day at Maryland Deathfest are below...
Will Sheff & Roky Erickson
"Welcome to Montreal -- how do you like the Weather?" - Martin Cesar, Think About Life.
After three lovely days of sunny, mild weather, the skies went grey and cold for the last day of SXSW, Saturday, March 20th, with temperatures dropping to around 45 degrees. Almost no one seemed prepared for it, judging by the throngs of under-dressed shivering all over town. With a lot of the Austin venues being outdoor, it especially hurt. Our final party of a very busy week of parties was a free badge-less official SXSW event that we did with the M for Montreal folks, at the two-stage Galaxy Room (formerly Radio Room & Bourbon Rocks). The main stage was outside -- under a tent, which helped just a little -- and while temperatures were low, spirits were high and it was maybe the most fun I had all week.
My favorite set of the day came early. Think About Life are so much fun live, so much genuine positivity, it's hard to be in a bad mood with them on stage. An instant hangover cure. I think this was the first time a lot of the audience had ever seen them play, if the number of people who asked me who they were was any indication. At one point singer Martin Cesar left the stage as if their set was over, only to appear in the middle of the crowd dancing, hyping people up. That they didn't do "Johanna" is my only complaint. NYers can see them on April 27 when Think About Life play Mercury Lounge. It's part of a fairly extensive U.S. tour, do go see them.
I was also super-pumped to see The Besnard Lakes whose new album The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night is pretty fantastic. Specifically, I wanted to hear its epic opener, "Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent," and have it knock me back. Like a lot of Montreal bands, The Besnard Lakes' line-up ebbs and flows. Theirs does so around the core of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas. I've seen them seven strong before, but here they were a lean mean quartet and did not disappoint. They're on tour in May, including a 5/28 show at Bowery Ballroom.
Another set I knew would be fun was Montreal's Duchess Says who played one of our CMJ day parties last year. While their more aggressive take on Devo-style protopunk is fun, it's all about singer Annie Claude who looks very cute and innocent... until the music starts. She shrieks, jumps in the audience, tackles people, pulls them to the floor, and causes general mayhem. It's more mischief than menace though. There are lots of other singers who do similar things, but never anything quite like her. After you've seen them once, part of the fun is watching other people experience them for the first time. The inside room was packed to the gills (it was warmer there). My favorite part of the show had her sitting down in the middle of the audience, methodically pulling people down with her, draping their arms over her into a giant pile of people. There's video at the bottom of this post.
The other major highlight for me was Roky Erickson with Okkervill River. I'd never seen him before and this was certainly a great live introduction to someone whose music I've loved for a long time. Will Sheff produced Roky's new album (first in 14 years) and Okkervill was his backing band on it, so the set was tight, rocking and just sounded fantastic. Roky was in great form too, and we got a few 13th Floor Elevators nuggets in there, as well as "Starry Eyes," one of my favorites of his solo material. They tour in May including a show at Webster Hall.
And there was lots more: the great Wye Oak kicked off the party with a lovely set despite cold fingers; Jason Collett was a class act with superbly-crafted country-pop (see video of his set below); Crystal Antlers filled in for BEAST who couldn't make it; Andrew WK was in full Meatloaf mode with a set of piano ballads; Plants and Animals were lush and harmony-laden; metal legends Voivod showed they've still got it; and a percussion-heavy set from L.A.'s Local Natives was probably the biggest draw of the day -- they were excellent.
Somehow I entirely missed sets by Holy Fuck (who I heard were great) and Suckers (who I've seen before many times here in NYC). A last minute addition, Nardwuar was there too, providing funny, heavily-researched band introductions as only he can. It was a great, if cold, day. Stay tuned for his video interview of Will and Roky.
Thanks to everyone who helped put this all together, and to our sponsors. More pictures and videos from the whole day below...
photos by Jessie Barber, Christopher Mumma
Matt Martinez of Landmine Marathon belts it out (by Jessie Barber)
While BBG and Kim Kelly were trolling about the blackened stage at Bernie's, getting southern-fried by the Louisiana frighteners Thou, and checking out the thundergods known as YOB, Chris and Jessie were on the case at the other Scion Rock Fest on 3/13 in Columbus, Ohio. Pictures from their travels which include some (more) shots of Landmine Marathon, as well as Shrinebuilder (right before they played NYU), Pelican, D.R.I., Black Tusk, Voivod (who then made their way to SXSW), Magrudergrind, Saviours, and so much more, below....
Nardwuar backstage @ Galaxy Room
Andrew WK on stage @ Galaxy Room
Andrew WK went from headlining Irving Plaza in NYC straight to Texas for a full schedule of SXSW shows before he left for Mexico where he played MtyMx. Then, unlike Andrew Frisicano (who went from NY to Austin to Mexico, then back to Austin and is now in Tennessee), Andrew WK came back to NYC before heading to Tennessee (where he performs at set at the Big Ears fest Friday night with the Calder Quartet) (and gives a talk there on Saturday).
Tonight (3/25), Andrew WK will appear at the Best Buy in Union Square...
"I have an in-store autograph signing at BEST BUY in Union Square tonight. It's at 8pm, on 14th street, at the corner of 4th Avenue. I'm giving away limited edition 7" records, color 8x10 photos, and posters. - Andrew WKOne of Andrew WK's SXSW shows was our Saturday BV/M For Montreal day party at Galaxy Room where he played a solo piano set after Voivod played a full legendary set of metal after Holy Fuck played their set of none of the above. All three bands were introduced by our special guest host Nardwuar who actually played a set at the Mint records showcase with Andrew on a previous day of the festival. I won't say too much more about that because we have a full post on the M For Montreal day coming, but some pictures and Nardwuar-filled videos of everything mentioned so far are below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Snake of Voivod!
As Kreator took the stage to "Choir of the Dammed," you could feel the excitement and adrenaline building in the venue. The band played with dead on accuracy, flawlessly mixing favorites from all eras to celebrate their 25th year in existence. There was extensive headbanging and a barrage of devil horns being thrown by the masses all night long. During the night, Mille informed us that after this leg of the tour, Kreator are heading back to Europe to do some summer festivals and then Kreator will get working on a new album.A veritable thrash-topia converged at Nokia Theater on 3/6 when legends Kreator shared the stage with Voivod, Evile, Lazarus AD, and the not-thrash-but-still-great Nachtmystium. The show was part of an ongoing tour for the thrash legends, which will terminate soon and culminate in Voivod taking on Austin during SxSW. The band is scheduled to play the official Relapse showcase on 3/17 at Red 7 but will also play the BrooklynVegan/M for Montreal party at Galaxy Room on 3/20 (at the same time as our Red 7 party... decisions).
Kreator played roughly an hour and twenty minutes and as the night came to a close, Mille had every voice in the venue bellowing "HATE" to introduce 'Flag of Hate" because when in New York at a Kreator concert on a Saturday night, how else do you show appreciation for the German Thrash veterans? - [MetalMachine.net]
More pics and some video from the NYC show (including shots of Kreator and Voivod's setlists), flyers and dates below...
I've been announcing individual bands on this party before now. Finally we have the full exciting lineup!
You know M For Montreal as the Canadian festival we've visited for two years in a row. Their yearly festival showcases bands from their home city in their home city, and they take that show on the road each year to both CMJ in NYC and SXSW in Austin (we already announced their official 2010 night showcase).
Being that we are such huge fans of so many Montreal bands, I thought it would be a great idea see if they wanted do a party together... and here we are. The lineup mixes some of our favorite Montreal bands with some or our other favorite Canadian (like Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene) and non-Canadian bands (like Andrew WK).
We have 13 bands total, a DJ set by another band, free ice cream from the Ice Cream Man (some of which is vegan), free vegan food courtesy of Austin's own Daily Juice and other surprises (drink specials on this particular party are pending). We're also proud to announce that KEXP is the official radio sponsor of all BV day parties this year. You'll find them, video cameras in hand, at many of our day parties throughout the week including this one. Those in attendance at this show will also have a chance to check out and win a pair of Nudie Jeans (another one of our kind sponsors).
Also unlike any other BV day party, this one is officially part of SXSW. That does NOT mean you need a badge. NO BADGES REQUIRED for this free show, but you will find the party listed on SXSW.com (and you can add it to your schedule on there). Full lineup with set times below...
Shrinebuilder at LPR (more here)
Atlanta no more! Scion Rock Fest 2010 will take place in Columbus, Ohio on March 13, 2010. The show will officially expand its reach from one to FOUR venues in Columbus: Circus, Newport Music Hall, Skully's, and Bernie's Distillery. 2010's lineup contains zero return bands from the 2009 festival but does contain sets from bands that released my favorite albums of last year (namely Magrudergrind, Yob, Absu) and played my favorite shows of last year (Lightning Swords of Death, Landmine Marathon, Trap Them, Black Tusk, Ludicra) in addition to sets from headliners Cannibal Corpse, Voivod, Shrinebuilder, Brutal Truth.
The rest of the lineup, the show flyer, and RSVP info is below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Weedeater - "God Luck & Good Speed" (MP3)
It's official... As previously discussed, Down, Melvins, and Weedeater WILL team up for a tour with Canada getting Voivod (!!!) while the US will split Danava and Evil Army (NYC gets Evil Army). Tickets for the Nokia Theater show on 9/11 are on sale and full tour dates are below.
Southern doom gods Weedeater recently released their 2007 album God Luck & Good Speed on LP via Southern Lord. Dixie Dave of Weedeater first came into the public eye as a member of the legendary southern doom troupe Buzzov*en, but went on to play bass in Bongzilla and his cousin T-Roy's band Sourvein before forming Weedeater. Dixie Dave also plays with Hail! Hornet with T-Roy.
Voivod, who counts former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted as a studio member, released their final album Infini on Relapse last week. The album marks the final release for the band and the last material written by founding member Dennis "Piggy" D'Amour before his untimely passing.
Bassist Bones of Evil Army recently passed away.
Full Weedeater tour dates as well as a video of "Downava", aka Down + Danava below...