Entries tagged with: With Knives
photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore
Future of the Left at Europa 6/17/2012
The identity of the "super-secret headliners" at last night's Saint Vitus (6/18) show was spoiled the preceding day at Europa -- by a member of the headliners themselves.
"We'll be playing tomorrow night at Saint Vitus!" thundered Andy "Falco" Falkous of the ex-Mclusky quirk-punks Future of the Left during their Sunday night gig at Europa. Wales's FOTL, who recently released their third full-length The Plot Against Common Sense (stream it), drew on a trio of local powers for support: Freshkills, With Knives, and I Hate Our Freedom.
When Brooklyn's excellent Freshkills opened the show at 9pm, it looked as though the "secret" gig might remain that way. They delivered their warbling post-punk to an appreciative but sparse audience.
With Knives features Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy and The Damned Things on guitar and vocals. The band serves mostly as a showcase for Trohman's surprisingly extensive chops. His soloing carried their set, despite his noticeable frustration with his gear.
By the time I Hate Our Freedom took the stage, Vitus had filled to near capacity. Their post-hardcore (the black bangs kind, not the buzz cut kind) affectations seemed slightly errant at Vitus, but their delivery befitted their professional pedigree--IHOF features members of Thursday and Texas Is the Reason, among others.
When I think of Future of the Left, one word comes to mind: efficient. The four-piece have mastered musical economy: the songs are short, the guitars are cropped (Falkous often plays a four-stringed SG), and the members are happy to switch instruments when necessary. But FOTL are master showmen, too. Falkous laid about with his acid tongue throughout the evening -- belittling the audience for their lack of athleticism, demanding "more exact heckling," and accusing his own keyboard of racism. Their set, which included three Mclusky tunes ("To Hell With Good Intentions," "Without MSG I Am Nothing," and "Lightsaber Cocksucking Blues"), ended with a fan-friendly deconstruction of the band's gear and drum kit.
Future of the Left will play a free gig with Freskhkills tonight (6/19) at Generation Records. Pictures from Saint Vitus last night and Europa from the night prior (with Me You Us Them and Bomb The Music Industry) are below.
Future of The Left's gear lands at Saint Vitus (via Squish 108)
BV-SXSW alums Future of The Left played Europa last night(6/17), burning through material from their current LP The Plot Against Common Sense as well as McClusky favorites like "Lightning Cocksucker Blues". If you missed out then you can catch the Welsh band at one of TWO surprise shows! The first goes down TONIGHT (6/18) at Saint Vitus. The band will be joined by I Hate our Freedom, With Knives and Freshkills. Tickets for that tonight's show are on sale.
The second FOTL show will take place at Generation Records on Tuesday (6/19), will also feature Freshkills, and is free/open to the public.
Last week, FOTL premiered a new video for "I Am the Least of Your Problems" on Rolling Stone. Check it out, along with a list of all dates below...
Art for Shiner's The Egg
Shiner was a band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003. The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996, and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7" single of the group's songs "Sleep it Off" and "Half Empty". Following this the band toured with Hum in 1998. A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of The Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002.Shiner called it quits with a show in their native Kansas City in January of 2003, with its members taking to projects like Every Time I Die, The Damned Things, The Life & Times, With Knives, and many others.
Close to ten years later, the band is back for a quintet of reunion shows in the US in celebrate of The Egg's reissue, due on August 7th. The dates include stops in Lawrence, Kansas, Chicago, LA and NYC at Irving Plaza on August 11th with Errortype:11. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Errortype:11 shares members of Primitive Weapons, who will team with Whores, Family, and Tiger Flowers at Saint Vitus on June 13th. Tickets are on sale. As previously mentioned, Whores will also play Union Pool on June 15th with Harkonen, The Atlas Moth, and Fight Amp as part of a Brutal Panda/BV-BBG Northside event. Tickets are still available, or get in with your Northside badge.
A listing of all Shiner tour dates and a teaser video for The Egg reissue are below.