Entries tagged with: Weedeater
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: TITD at Gramercy Theater in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
UXO, the collaboration between Chris Spencer and Steve Austin of Unsane and Today is the Day, are streaming their new album in full, and you can listen to that below. The self-titled album, out now on Reptilian Records, is a crusher, a legitimately terrifying hybrid of what the two bands have done so consistently well for years. The noisy squall of TITD and the ferocious riffing of Unsane merge into one entity, and the result is one of the heavy highlights of 2016 so far.
UXO have a few dates coming up, including NYC's Saint Vitus on February 26 with Primitive Weapons and The Austerity Program. Tickets for that show are still available.
Today is the Day also just announced a stacked west coast/southern tour with Weedeater, Author and Punisher and Lord Dying. They also just premiered a video for "Animal Mother," off their recent album of that title. Watch that, check out the tour dates, and listen to the UXO album, below...
Maryland Deathfest 2016 already announced two rounds of bands, and today they added a bunch more. Additions include Testament, Discharge, Repulsion, Paradise Lost, Ringworm, Severed Head of State (who also play NYC soon), Buzzov'en, World Burns to Death, Tragedy, Satan, DOOM, Crypt Sermon, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, Horrendous, Infest, Nuclear Assault (who are supposedly breaking up soon), Weedeater and more.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/22) at noon. Full list of additions, and full updated MDF lineup below...
As a young band, Weedeater plied their trade touring. They logged countless hours on the road, and it's that work ethic centered around bringing the riffs to the people that continues to guide the latest version of the group, one that features former Zoroaster bassist Travis Owen taking over behind the kit after Kirkum's departure. "For us, it's all about the live show," Collins says. "Bands just sound better live than they do on record. If you think you're better on record, then you're not as good a band as you thought you were." From that vantage point, Goliathan, the band's fifth full-length, is a smashing success.Stoner doom crushers Weedeater recently dropped album #5, Goliathan (their first for Season of Mist), and the quote above is from Invisible Orange's piece on the record, by writer Chris Brown (not that Chris Brown). Read the rest here.
Not only does the record capture the spirit of Weedeater's live performances, but it's also a culmination of the work that came before it. Acoustic, mellow bits that were only ever hinted at before find room to breathe on long-player number five. Tracks like "Bow Down" and "Claw of the Sloth" already sound like battle-tested numbers ready to be deployed on eager fans, but the most earth-shattering moment on Goliathan comes at the very beginning.
Like that quote says, Weedeater are relentless road dogs. They already visited us once this year and they're set to do so again this summer. The new dates are with '70s-inspired doomers Kings Destroy (who put out their self-titled third album earlier this year), and they hit NYC on August 11 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with streams of Goliathan and Kings Destroy, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Bang at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:
'70s proto-metal band Bang, who played their first-ever NYC show in 2014 and opened for Pentagram here later that year, will return to NYC again on May 10 at The Shop (234 Starr St in Bushwick). That show's with three much newer bands who owe a lot to the '70s hard rock scene Bang hail from, Ruby the Hatchet, Blackout and Mirror Queen. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Maine black metallers Falls of Rauros return to NYC on June 6 at Saint Vitus with Wayfarer, Hivelords and Belus. Tickets are on sale now.
French drone doomers Monarch play Saint Vitus on August 14 with local support from the back-in-action Unearthly Trance and Gnaw (tickets).
Sludge duo Jucifer continue to tour constantly and will hit NYC on June 7 at the Acheron with Vaporizer and Family. Tickets are on sale.
Other heavy shows announced this week include GWAR, Down, Opeth, 1349 / Necrophagia / Vattnet Viskar / Black Anvil, and Power Trip / Foreseen / Red Death. Head to last week's roundup for way more, including Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Goatwhore, Ringworm, Crowbar, Bongzilla, Conan, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
photo: Noisem at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
There's also some good new music streaming this week. Last we posted three songs from the new Noisem album, Blossoming Decay, due June 6 via A389. Now the whole album is streaming, and it's a thrashy, hardcore-leaning record that will seriously kick your ass. Listen below. Their tour with Iron Reagan hits NYC on June 4 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.
Coliseum are also streaming their new album, Anxiety's Kiss, which drops next week (5/5) via Deathwish. The post-hardcore/heavy punk formula they've been perfecting for over a decade is in full force here, as are some new sounds like the desolate Bad Seeds/Patti Smith-style trip, "Driver At Dusk." Listen to the whole thing below. Their tour with Child Bite hits NYC on June 10 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.
Vattnet Viskar put out the title track from their upcoming album, Settler, which is due June 16 via Century Media. Some of their atmospheric black metal roots are intact here, but it definitely moves far beyond black metal, including a middle section that's closer to straight rock than metal (besides the harsh vocals). Listen below, via Stereogum. In addition to their above-mentioned NYC show with 1349 (5/31 at Vitus - tix), they also have their tour with Early Graves hitting NYC on May 21 at Saint Vitus with Anaal Nathrakh and more (tickets).
Also out now is three tracks off Weedeater's upcoming Steve Albini-recorded album for Season of Mist, and a new one from the Baroness-related Valkyrie. Listen to those below.
photo: Weedeater at Saint VItus in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Stoner metal weirdos Weedeater have announced a US tour with Australian thrashers King Parrot kicking off in Austin during SXSW and ending in their home city of Wilmington, NC in April. The tour swings through NYC for a show on April 13 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Weedeater signed to Season of Mist last year and said they'd be releasing a new Steve Albini-recorded album on the label. That album's now been finished. Stay tuned for more details. Before that though, they'll re-release 2007's God Luck and Good Speed and 2011's Jason... The Dragon on their new label home on January 26 and February 23, respectively.
Watch a full set video of the Saint Vitus show they played this past November, with the list of tour dates, below...
Weedeater in Chicago in 2013 (more by Jimmy Farabi)
North Carolina stoners Weedeater signed to Season of Mist not long ago, and are planning to release a new album for the label recorded by Steve Albini. Not many other details on that yet, but they did just announce a tour with hardcore rippers Full of Hell and the proggy Lazer/Wulf. That tour hits NYC on November 7 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.
Full of Hell are also gearing up to release a collaborative album with noise veteran Merzbow on November 25 via Profound Lore. You can stream a track "Gordian Knot," which is one hell of a racket, below.
Weedeater tour flyer and Full of Hell/Merzbow stream below...
by Ian Chainey
Uninvited Festival will be kicking off on September 18 - 21 at Brooklyn's Nihil Gallery. The festival promises to bring together skate sessions, art, and a loaded lineup of metal that includes stoner favorites Weedeater, Orchid, Elder, SubRosa, and many, many more. Tickets for each day of the event are available now. The full list of bands appears below.
According to the Uninvited Festival's About section, the event's itinerary is as long as the bill. Skate sessions will take place "on an undisclosed sponsored ramp." Bands will play on an "undisclosed sponsored stage." The Nihil Gallery will host an art exhibit tying the themes of the event together. And at night the gallery "becomes a cinema, showing relevant films on big screen and offering a place to relax." Afterwards, "a DJ will take over and Nihil Gallery becomes an afterparty until daybreak." All of it reads like a dream pitch instead of a settled and scheduled fest, which may account for why it's seemingly coming out of nowhere.
Regardless, the bands Uninvited have curated are impressive. Aside from those mentioned above, September 18 includes Mothership and reformed hardcore band Bl'ast. September 19 features appearances by the touring Black Cobra and Lo-Pan (who also play Saint Vitus on September 18 for an Invisible Oranges-presented show). And the weekend continues bringing the riffs with the Shrine, Lecherous Gaze, Electric Citizen (who were recently confirmed for Roadburn 2015), and breakout band Secret Cutter.
The complete lineup is listed, along with the Uninvited Festival's flyer, below...
Vivian Girls at their last show (more by PSquared)
As previously mentioned, Cassette Store Day is returning this year on September 27, and since we last spoke, the first round of releases has been announced. There will be cassettes from Foxygen, Vivian Girls, Mutual Benefit, Dntel, Kevin Morby, Fear of Men, They Might Be Giants, Weedeater, Zero Boys, Kurt Braunohler, Enslaved, Immortal, Suffocation, Testament, Typhoon, The Rural Alberta Advantage, PUJOL, Chuck Ragan, The Gaslight Anthem, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Restorations, R. Stevie Moore and many more, as well as still more being added.
Check out the full initial list below...
by Ian Chainey
The picture above is Riley Breckenridge's fractured jaw after the Puig Destroyer -- the baseball themed grindcore group -- drummer took a pitch to the head. After posting to his Instagram, Riley said, "Don't try to hit fastballs with your face, kids. #themoreyouknow #luckybreaks." Noted. That must've been terrifying, but not as terrified as Puig Destroyer's namesake is of thunder.
Speaking of breaks, classic thrashers Rigor Mortis have one more record in them before they call it a day. The final collection will be called Slave to the Grave, out on October 7 via the band's own Rigor Mortis Records. The album was recently crowdsourced into existence. You can check out the details below. In other album news, sludgesters Weedeater are repressing Sixteen Tons through Season of Mist on CD and LP (preorder). The record has been out of print for a bit and you can stream it in full below.
Returning to the athletic theme, if you're in Brooklyn, you can start cycling to Slayer. SYNCstudio will be holding a "metal themed indoor cycling class" on July 24. "This next song is called. . . "BLACKNESS WITH SCHWINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN."
Finally, want the deepest teeth cleaning experience? Polyrhythms, man.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
If this week was good for something, it was a wealth of new music videos. The form is alive and well with contributions from UltraMantis Black, Corrosion of Conformity, Goatwhore, and Enabler. All four bands have live engagements in their future. UltraMantis Black will be playing This is Hardcore. CoC are going to be in Australia (the continent and the country) and then will head back to the left side of the US for a slate of dates with Bl'ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band, and Lord Dying. Goatwhore are currently out with the Summer Slaughter mega bill. And Enabler are set to hit Chicago on August 5 with Power Trip and Mammoth Grinder. All of the updated dates along with the videos appear below.
For the full-album previews: Blackened rippers Mutilation Rites have offered up all of Harbinger (preorder). The Brooklyn bashers are at Gilead Media Fest this weekend. Then, Swedish d-beat superheroes Martyrdöd unleashed Elddop (preorder). Both albums hit the streets on July 22, and you can hear the goods below.
For single tracks and teasers: Midnight covered Venom's "Too Loud (for the Crowd)" for Decibel's Flexi Series. As a reminder, Midnight (who play with Samhain in November) will be appearing at a stacked New York Deathfest. Entombed A.D. -- the LG Petrov iteration of the Swede death n' rollers -- put out "Vulture And The Traitor" from Back To The Front (August 5, Century Media - preorder). Sounds like Entombed, but so do a lot of bands. The slow and low Monarch unveiled "Mortes" from Sabbracadaver (July 22, Profound Lore - preorder). Make sure you set aside the full 18 minutes for that one. And finally, doomers Cardinal Wyrm debuted "Dreams of Teeth" from Black Hole Gods (August 5, self-released). All streams appear below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 7/18): Free show alert: Ceremony, Iron Lung, and Nothing will play Brooklyn Bazaar. The doors are at 7 PM and you can RSVP to skip the line. Want something more metallic? Mortals, Godmaker, and Mammal are playing the Acheron (tickets). That's Mortals record release show, so go and congratulate them.
SUNNNNNNNNNDAY (7/20): Flip the impending work week the bird by hitting Black Anvil, Psalm Zero, Fantom Warior, and Yellow Eyes at Saint Vitus (tickets). Maybe you can get Black Anvil to play their Kiss cover.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It might've been your vacation, but, as always, we were working to find the best metal. Upcoming Metal Releases tracked all of the new things. We premiered a new ass-kicker from the nasty Rabbits. We went review-crazy with critiques of Bastard Feast, Martyrdöd, and Peculate. We remembered At the Gates before they blew up. We unearthed some seriously solid black metal. We also gave some shine to albums we missed. And we took a long look at the announced bands for 2015's Maryland Deathfest.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
by Doug Moore
Weedeater at Ultra Lounge, Chicago (more by Jimmy Farabi)
We just premiered a new Weedeater song over on Invisible Oranges today. It's called "Hot Doughnuts Now." It's about, well, doughnuts.
If you've heard Weedeater before, you probably already know whether you're interested. If you haven't, then expect some thick, ugly stoner sludge, complete with agonized vocals. About doughnuts. All that's left for me to add are the release details (via IO):
This song is the product of Weedeater's appearance at an installment of Scion's monthly show series at the Satellite in LA alongside Pins of Light back in January. Each band that plays one of these shows also records a new song that Scion then presses to a 7″ that they distribute for free at a later installment of the series. "Hot Doughnuts Now" is evidently what they cooked up.If you happen to be in Atlanta tonight (4/22), Weedeater are playing a one-off show at The Earl with Dropout and Wolves & Jackals. Even if you're not, enjoy "Hot Doughnuts Now," now, below...
As promised, we've been busy planning a surprise for Chicago this upcoming Lollapalooza weekend and it includes nine bands, two free shows, one not-free show and a lot of free beer. Join us at Ultra Lounge this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for headlining sets by Weedeater, The Thermals and Russian Circles. More details in the flyer above, and below....
Thursday's show, part of a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-sponsored tour, will set you back $15 and you're on your own for beverages, but Friday and Saturday are both free (the ticket price and the Sapporo!). The free shows are first come, first served (and 21+). No RSVP necessary.
Joining us and BV Chicago on Friday with The Thermals will be two bands both flying in just for this show from NYC. You'll get some fuzzy indie rock courtesy of Heliotropes and get to experience the lo-fi/indie pop punk sounds of Aye Nako. Saturday we keep it completely local with opening sets by instrumental rock quartet An Aesthetic Anaesthetic and Chicago's own Carbon Tigers. DJ Cool Hand Luke will keep the tunes going until 3am on Friday and Saturday night. Hope to see you there.
Weedeater at Maryland Deathfest 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
InvisibleOranges and BrooklynVegan are proud to present the Weedeater North American tour, which includes shows state to state throughout the summer (unfortunately no NYC, though). The band, who recently played Saint Vitus and Maryland Deathfest around Memorial Day, will share dates with ASG and Lo-Pan along the way. Full tour schedule is below.
Weedeater at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Weed metal gods and sizzurp connoisseurs Weedater are playing Maryland Deathfest during Memorial Day Weekend, but recently announced a set of dates in conjunction with that trek. The shows include stops throughout the Northeast in the days leading up to and following the massive Baltimore appearance, including Saint Vitus at May 29th (tickets). Tour dates are below.
Dixie Dave of Weedeater recently appeared in a new video for Noisey show Heavy Dicks (featuring IO/BV contributor Fred Pessaro, interviewed here). In the episode, Dixie Dave pairs cheeses with his favorite on-stage beverage... cough syrup. Check out video below alongside all tour dates.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Saint Vitus at Saint Vitus, Sept 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Doom metal legends Saint Vitus are still in the midst of their US jaunt with Weedeater which hit Brooklyn in September, right before they opened for Down in Manhattan.Remaining dates, leading up to a tour-ending Austin show, are listed below.
In June, Saint Vitus also shared a bill with Down, and Sleep, at Scion Rock Fest 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Their set was one of the highlights of the fest. Check out video from that, of the doom metal greats ripping through "Blessed Night" along with an interview with frontman Wino, below.
photos by Samantha Marble
Saint Vitus @ Saint Vitus 9/25/2012
Saint Vitus, formed in the late 1970s and back from a nearly 16-year layoff, has become a touring and recording band again. (Its new album, "Lillie: F-65," is named after a barbiturate.) Mr. Chandler's long hair and beard went gray some years ago -- he's 54 -- and he relates to an audience in nudgy, sarcastic uptalk. It's the opposite of his riffs, which are simple and concise, often very slow but occasionally fast, and self-contained.... The riffs are based in an offshoot blues language that descends directly from Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath recorded a song in 1972 called "St. Vitus Dance." St. Vitus's Dance is a neurological disorder, also known as Sydenham Chorea, associated with an uncontrollable jerking of the feet, hands and face. Saint Vitus was a fourth-century Sicilian martyr who became the patron saint of entertainers and epileptics.And to answer two pertinent questions: yes, Saint Vitus did play "Saint Vitus" at Saint Vitus on 9/25 and no, it didn't rip a hole in the space-time continuum. But the doom legends did rip, though, along with dependably great sets from fellow doom favorites Weedeater and Sourvein. Pictures from the show adorn this post.
Saint Vitus, the excellent metal bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that opened in the spring of last year, was named after the band. Its proprietors have wanted to bring the father to the son from the start, and on Tuesday their wish came true. -[NY Times]
More pics and video from the show are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Repulsion at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2009 (more bu Justina Villanueva)
Maryland Deathfest 2013 expands with another round of additions, this time bringing exclusive performances from Pagan Altar & Vinterland, as well as performances from Pig Destroyer, Broken Hope, Weedeater (who hits the road with Saint Vitus, who played this year, this fall), Loss (who played NYC in May) and repeat offender Gride (who played Bushwick Bikes in addition to MDF in 2010). The additions come shortly after the news broke of the first round of bands, which included names like Venom, Antaeus, Righteous Pigs, Carcass and Midnight. Full 2013 lineup, as it stands, is below.
In related news, Repulsion will play NYC over Labor Day weekend as part of Power of The Riff East, joining names like sunn o))), Poison Idea, Pentagram, Agnostic Front, Double Negative, Coffinworm and more. Tickets are still available for each day separately (day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE) but two day passes are sold out.
Current MDF lineup and a few videos are below.
Saint Vitus at Maryland Deathfest (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
That one-off with Down at Best Buy Theater always looked so lonely, so Saint Vitus have scheduled a tour around that appearance that includes another stop in NYC! The Brooklyn-Vegan sponsored trek kicks off in middle September for a gang of dates with Weedeater and Sourvein which last through the tail end of October. The stops include a show at Saint Vitus on September 25 and tickets go on sale 8/3 at 1PM. Yes, Saint Vitus at Saint Vitus... I hope that doesnt cause a wormhole in the universe or something.
Weedeater and Sourvein, however, will NOT be on the Best Buy Theater bill, but you can catch the gang at the dates below.
All tour dates and video are below.
words by Jamie Ludwig, photos by Carmelo Espanola
BV Chicago contributors Jamie Ludwig and Carmelo Espanola were on the scene in Chicago at Reggie's on 2/3 to take in the ongoing Slow Southern Steel/Hail! Hornet tour. The tour hits NYC at Europa TONIGHT (2/8) and tickets are still available. -BBG
Hail Hornet! @ Reggie's
An enthusiastic crowd gathered at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago on Friday night (2/3) for a rare appearance of Southern metal super-group Hail! Hornet, with Atlanta psychedelic-sludge trio Zoroaster, and the Chicago premiere of the Slow Southern Steel, a documentary exploring the heaviest bands throughout the South [ED: it premiered in NYC last year].
Directed by Chris Terry (CT, front man for Little Rock, Arkansas-based Rwake) and David Lipke, and produced by Karim Kahn of I Am Better Than Everyone Records, Slow Southern Steel has been drawing attention among heavy music fans since production began in 2009. The devil horns that flew as the house lights went down and the opening credits started to roll seemed telling that many in the sizable audience had been awaiting the screening for quite some time.
Slow Southern Steel proved itself to be a smart, thoughtful film that sheds light on how regional culture and common experiences continue to shape art even in a time where the spread of technology and the homogenization / strip mall-ization of the American landscape can appear to render those factors invalid. Told exclusively through the musicians' perspectives and featuring interviews and concert footage from over 40 bands including Hank III, Kylesa, Eyehategod, Alabama Thunderpussy, Torche, Dark Castle, Sourvein, Music Hates You, and Weedeater, Slow Southern Steel is a testimony to the longevity, power, and rich diversity of sounds of an under-recognized genre. For the uninitiated, it provides an honest and compelling look into a music community where good riffs matter more than what you wear or how many records you've sold.
The film left the audience primed for a show, and thankfully the night was only just beginning. Zoroaster took to the stage in a haze of smoke and laser lights, visually matching the moody atmospherics of its dark, groove-laden metal. A slight muddiness that plagued the beginning the set was soon remedied, leaving guitarist/vocalist Will Fiore's winding, experimental guitar solos to soar over the rumble of Mike Morris' bass and Dan Scanlon's unwavering drum beat. The effect was heavy enough for the vibrations to resonate off the floor.
Hail! Hornet, comprised of vocalist T-Roy Medlin (Sourvein, Buzzov*en), drummer Erik Larson (Alabama Thunderpussy), guitarist Vince Burke (Beaten Back to Pure), and bassist / Slow Southern Steel narrator "Dixie" Dave Collins (also of Weedeater, Buzzov*en) capped off the night with a set of raunchy, fuel-guzzling metal. The same crowd that only an hour ago had sat so peacefully through a feature-length film combusted into a volatile pit, as if everything up to this point in the evening had just been foreplay before getting down to business.
Although this tour is Hail! Hornet's first as a unit, you wouldn't know it from watching. With the grace of a chainsaw the band barreled through songs from their second and latest record Disperse the Curse (Relapse) as well as a few tracks from their debut eponymous album. Chaos reigned as Medlin cooed from the stage, "I wanna see you fucking miserable in the morning." It's a guarantee that many of Friday's concertgoers weren't so chipper come Saturday, but it's doubtful that after such a celebratory night out anyone really cared.
The tour arrives in NYC tonight (2/8). More pictures from Chicago below...
Dixie Dave of Weedeater at Europa (more by BBG)
BrooklynVegan is proud to present the inaugural US tour of Hail! Hornet, the Southern supergroup consisting of "Dixie" Dave Collins (Weedeater, Buzzov*en), Erik Larson (Alabama Thunderpussy, Parasytic), Vince Burke (Beaten Back to Pure) and T-roy Medlin (Sourvein, Buzzov*en). The quartet recently released their second LP Disperse The Curse via Relapse and you can stream it in its entirety below.
In addition, the tour will feature TWO other notable appearances: Zoroaster (who play NYC next week with Black Cobra) and a screening of the excellent Slow Southern Steel which was directed by CT of Rwake (and which made its East Coast debut in August). Full tour dates are below, including Europa in Brooklyn on 2/8. Tickets for that show are $15/17 DOS and will be on sale soon.
All tour dates, that Hail! Hornet stream and the tour flyer, below...
Weedeater words by Lindsay Maharry, photos & Oxbow words by BBG
Weedeater headlined Europa Saturday night (9/10), playing alongside Oxbow, Bison BC, and Fight Amp as part of a larger tour for Weedeater & co. It was a rare one-off for Oxbow.
Weedeater as a band, and as people, are completely unaffected, giving their live show a remarkable jolt of undeniable authenticity. Beloved frontman "Dixie" Dave Collins' collision of dirty Southern grit and seemingly effortless talent is mesmerizing. Collins started the show off with a back pocket full of salami cold cuts and an arm full of American flag Budweiser. After riffing Sleep for the sound test, the band exploded into "God Luck and Good Speed". The room shook.
Cross-eyed madman Collins is also a jack of many trades. One minute he's knocking himself in the head, while the next he's straight-faced and seamlessly manipulating feedback in perfect sync with the rest of the band. Between growled lyrics, Collins shot strands of mucus in and out of his mouth, but not without casualties; spit strung through his beard for the rest of the set. He didn't wipe it away.
At one point, early on, he found a bottle of water on the stage. "What the fuck is this for? washin' clothes or something?," he muttered to himself, then threw the bottle over his shoulder and pounded the rest of his beer. He never missed a beat. - LM
Oxbow (my favorite band of the night) vocalist Eugene Robinson's well-documented knowledge of the combative arts translates to his moves on stage, punctuating big bang moments from the songs with uppercuts and downward fist strikes. Slithering to the band's bluesy-avant-jazz-meets-Am-Rep backing, Robinson would disrobe piece by piece- eventually grabbing, fondling and thrusting himself in his skivvies and a black leather vest. To say Robinson's performance is confrontational is an understatement, but also to discount Oxbow as a band with a novelty frontman would be a travesty. The trio of Dan Adams, Greg Davis, and Niko Wenner are exceptional musicians that write incredibly compelling tunes regardless of the vocal situation. David Yow knows it, so take notes young folk... this is how it should be done: raw, in your face, soulful, brutal and excellent.
Fight Amp and Bison BC also delivered my favorite performances yet. Bison are at the top of their live game. More pictures from the show, below...
Saviours during Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
There's a fine line between embracing your roots and aping them. While Oakland's Saviours wear their influences proudly ( Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and gods of the 70/80s riff), the band has always distinguished themselves from their retro-leaning peers with great songwriting and a fun live show. Now Saviours have put away the pipe long enough to craft a new set of beer-soaked stoner jams out on September 6th!
Saviours are preparing Death's Procession, the band's latest set of ass-kickers due on Kemado. The new eight track LP features "The Eye Obscene" and "To the Grave Possessed", the latter of which makes its first appearance in this post. Stream both below, you can almost hear glasses clinking and motorcycles roaring in the background.
Though Saviours will be bypassing NYC on their current trek with Weedeater (are you kidding me?), they will be hitting a ton of East Coast dates. Weedeater though, plays a BrooklynVegan/Osiris event on September 10th at Europa with Oxbow, Bison BC, Fight Amp. Tickets are on sale.
Dates and songs below..
Dixie Dave on stage with Buzzov*en at MDF (more by BBG)
Apparently resurrected after their encounter with a frightening Mancoon, Weedeater (with a spankin' new website) will hit the road in early September for a round of dates through middle October. Support will come from Saviours, Bison BC & Fight Amp, except for NYC & Philly who Saviours will bypass, with NYC getting a rare appearance from Oxbow! The show goes down on September 10th at Europa (ticketing information is forthcoming). BrooklynVegan is the proud sponsor of the Europa date and the tour as a whole.
All tour dates and that "Mancoon/Turkey Warlock" video is below.
In related news, Hail! Hornet will release their new LP Disperse The Curse via Relapse Records next week (7/19). Featuring Dixie Dave (of Weedeater), Erik Larson (Parasytic, The Might Could), Vince Burke (Beaten Back to Pure) and T-Roy Medlin (Sourvein), check out "Beast of Bourbon" from that record streaming below.
Sourvein played Saint Vitus on Friday (7/8).
Metalliance photos by Samantha Marble, Whitehorse photos & words by BBG
Helmet @ Dirty Dog
Metalliance swoops in on NYC TONIGHT (3/25) at Irving Plaza (tickets still available). The tour moves into its East Coast leg after hitting SXSW and the south last week. Pictures of Saint Vitus, Helmet, Crowbar, Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth and more from the Austin stop adorn this post.
A friday night during SXSW is always nuts, but nothing could compare to the scene at Dirty Dog which was packed to the gills on 3/18. With a line snaking down the block through the already heavily trafficked 6th Street, Dirty Dog was clearly beyond capacity (and then some) with people itching to see the traveling festival to the riff, as well as the SXSW addition of the almighty Weedeater (the show also featured Witchburn, who I/we missed). Dirty Dog was the place to be that night for metal fans in the area and it showed; during Kylesa's set the venue frantically removed tables to add extra capacity and even reportedly/unfortunately told a few bands that they had to remove their merch table as well. Venue issues aside, the bands sounded great and there was a reason why everyone wanted in; Metalliance is stacked with killer bands and performances.
Saint Vitus @ Dirty Dog
It may sound blasphemous, but knowing I would see Saint Vitus tonight in NYC, I left halfway through their set to head to the WFMU showcase down the street. It was there in a relatively light Barbarella that I caught one of my favorite performances at SXSW, Australians Whitehorse who tore the place down with their crushing death-doom punctuated with noise. Absolutely sick band that deserves to be playing to the hessian masses, and luckily for NYCers, you'll be able to catch them with The Body at Acheron on 4/1.
More pictures from Metalliance and Whitehorse at WFMU, and tour dates, below.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Santos Party House
Weedeater played Santos on Feb 24th as part of an ongoing tour for the North Carolinians in support of their new LP Jason... The Dragon. The band's current trek has them splitting time with ASG (who played Santos and are now done with their part of the tour) and Zoroaster, who is currently out with the band. Shortly after this weekend's Scion Rock Fest, Kvelertak will link up with the tour and they'll head on down to Austin for SXSW, teaming up with Trap Them, Hull, Rwake, All Pigs Must Die, and the recently added Goes Cube to play the BrooklynVegan/1000Knives stage at Full Metal Texas on 3/17 (Emo's 12 - 7PM). More details are forthcoming.
Weedeater is also scheduled to join on to the Austin date of the Metalliance tour, which will also feature Helmet, Saint Vitus, Crowbar, Kylesa, Howl, Red Fang and The Atlas Moth. The Austin show goes down on March 18th show at Dirty Dog Bar in Austin. There are no advanced tickets for that, but tickets are still available for the NYC date at Irving Plaza on March 25th.
All tour dates, and more pictures from Santos are below.