Entries tagged with: York Factory Complaint
by Bill Pearis
Royal Trux (photo by Nine Gouveia)
The Berserktown II festival is happening August 14-16 in Los Angeles and they have expanded their lineup quite a bit since we last posted, with some potentially exciting additions. First and foremost is duo Royal Trux, with Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema performing under the RT name for the first time in 15 years. Herrema will also play with her current concern, Black Bananas and Hagerty is part of Dan'l Boone who are also playing the fest.
Also on board for Berserktown II are another Royal: Australia's awesome Royal Headache who haven't been to the US in three years (and haven't really played a whole lot since then anywhere). Other notable Berserktown II additions include Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Power Trip, Sheer Mag, The Ukiah Drag, Lust for Youth, Helm, Puce Mary, Vexx, Wax Idols, and The Mob (who visited from the UK earlier this year). Those join previously announced artists Dead Moon, Total Control, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests and more.
Tickets and festival passes are on sale now. Full daily lineups are listed, along with Berserktown II poster, below.
In related news, Neil Michael Hagerty will play Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 28 with fellow noisemakers PC Worship and long-running CT-based band Sore Eros. Tickets are on sale.
Total Control, Dead Moon, Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement, Amen Dunes, Gun Outfit, Milk Music, and more will play Los Angeles festival Beserktown II from August 14 - 16. This marks the first US show for Total Control since 2013 -- main man Mikey Young is not a fan of touring -- and festival organizers are saying it's the band's only North American date of 2015. (Apparently it's their first show period since releasing Typical System.) The fest also marks a reunion of Denmark's No Hope For The Kids. Festival passes are on sale now. All announced Beserktown II acts are listed below.
Reformed Pacific Northwest punks Dead Moon will also be in NYC in June.
When Gary Mundy formed Ramleh and the Broken Flag label in 1982, he was a primary participant in the UK power electronics scene, which attempted to outdo the industrial template first drawn by Throbbing Gristle. Very much a product of their time, his recordings were violent sonic bursts laced with proto-fascist and misogynist imagery, given vulgar titles meant to shock. Mundy and co-conspirator Philip Best quickly rose from this noise ghetto by applying the scene's best aspects (experimentation, improvisation, volume) to a more traditional rock format. Along with its sister group Skullflower, Ramleh laid the foundations for improvisational noise rock with a stubborn intensity that catered to no one. The band rarely issued records in quantities greater than 500, live shows were few and far between and cover art and liner notes were filled with cryptic drawings, photographs and abstract writings. Their sound remained reliably rooted in an unwavering formula: plodding heavy drums, an endlessly repetitive low-end bass groove and wave upon wave of guitar screech. - [Trouser Press]British power electronics and noise rock pioneers Ramleh, who are currently Anthony di Franco, Gary Mundy, and Martyn Watts, will be playing two rare NYC shows in NYC in early 2015: January 28 at Home Sweet Home for Nothing Changes with JFK and Kleistwahr, and then January 29 at Saint Vitus with JFK, Alberich, Theologian, and York Factory Complaint. Ramleh are promising each night wil completely different, divergent sets. Tickets to both shows go on sale Monday (11/3) at noon.
JFK is one of Anthony di Franco's solo projects, and Kleistwahr is the solo moniker of Gary Mundy. The three local acts on the VItus show fit the bill well too, and you can also catch Alberich at the same venue on 11/6 (tickets). These are Ramleh's only North American dates that we know of. A few Ramleh streams below...
by Wyatt Marshall
York Factory Complaint at Saint Vitus, January 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
If you're not familiar with the NYC duo York Factory Complaint, you may know some of their other projects--Ryan Martin is the co-founder of Dais Records, and Michael Berdan also is/was in Believer/Law, Uniform, Veins and Drunkdriver. Their new album, Lost In The Spectacle (preorder) is a hellish, disgusted trip through noise-drenched industrial waste. A track, "Loved," is streaming at NPR along with a Q&A with the band in which they expound upon the theory-intensive concept behind the album. Here's a bit:
Otis Hart: Lost In The Spectacle is the name of your new album as York Factory Complaint. Is that the same "Spectacle" French philosopher Guy Debord addresses in his book The Society Of The Spectacle?The rest of the interview and song stream are over at NPR.
Michael Berdan: It is indeed the situationist idea of the Spectacle that we're referencing, yes. Ryan and I both stand in agreement that the Spectacle is a very real social constraint and encompasses the whole of our psychic and spiritual existence. The individual idea no longer exists. The individual feeling disappears the more we allow our computers to socialize us. We believe what we are told to believe, we feel how we are told to feel, we make what we are told to make and we buy what we are told to buy. There is no such thing as a subculture in 2014. Any a------ can manufacture the full illusion of a clandestine identity within 10 minutes on Tumblr.
Now, it's a pointless exercise in futility to rebel against the Spectacle, as it absorbs all that it touches. So what can we do? We can acknowledge it for what it is and stare it dead in the eyes. Through a series of conversations, we decided that we wanted to make something that openly acknowledges the fact that taste and politics are bought and sold and how everything we create is just another cog in the Spectacle. This record is about our collective spiritual death.
York Factory Complaint will be celebrating (perhaps the wrong word, given that interview excerpt) the release of their record next Wednesday, 7/16, at the weekly Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home. The show doubles as the release date for a new LP from the industrial ambient noise project Thought Broadcast, who will be releasing their new album Votive Zero. Give that a stream below.
Michael's Uniform project next play on July 31 at Union Pool with Noothgrush and Trenchgrinder.
Stream that Thought Broadcast song, with the full upcoming Nothing Changes schedule, below...
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Nothing at Saint Vitus - 3/20/14 (via @nicoletteelvie)
After playing SXSW, Philly shoegazers Nothing brought their tour to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus last night (3/20) with Dark Blue, Sannhet and York Factory Complaint. During their set they covered Nirvana's "Sliver" (which they've done before), and unARTig was on the scene to capture it. Check out a video of their cover, plus one of them playing "Get Well" and videos of the three openers, below.
Nothing's tour has them back in NYC for a free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show on April 4 at Glasslands with DIIV, which is now also "sold" out.
And speaking of Nirvana, Seattle police reexamined Kurt's death case, saying "It's a suicide. This is a closed case." Nirvana also have other news, including a campaign to turn Kurt's childhood home into a museum, a Rock Hall update, a Record Store Day 7", and a cover of "Dumb" by Sivu. More on all that here.
by Andrew Sacher
If you're not familiar with Wisconsin trio Technicolor Teeth, you may be aware of drummer Amos Pitch's other band, Tenement. And while some Technicolor Teeth songs can pile on the distortion and angsty vocals, the hi-speed punk of Tenement is nowhere to be found. Their cassette full length, Can You Keep Me Out of Hell, which came out this week via Accidental Guest (and is only available at their shows), instead often pulls from the layered, swirling guitars of early British shoegaze and Spiritualized-style psychedelia. You can watch the videos for two of its tracks, "Blood Pool" and "Drips," along with a full stream of the album, below. You may have already heard the closing track, "Nocturnal Remission," on Accidental Guest's Beyond Inversion compilation.
Technicolor Teeth kicked off a tour in Chicago last night (3/5), and they'll be coming to NYC for show at Death by Audio this Saturday (3/8) for an Accidental Guest showcase that also includes the punk fury of Clean Girls, the industrial noise of York Factory Complaint, and the dissonant post-hardcore of Jail Solidarity. Next week, they'll join 6 million other bands in Austin for SXSW.
All dates are listed, with the stream, videos, and flyers, below...
Corrections House @ Saint Vitus, 1/21/2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Corrections House, the new supergroup comprised of Sanford Parker (producer/engineer, Nachtmystium, Minsk), Mike Williams (Eyehategod), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, etc.), and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, who played this past weekend), kicked off their US tour at Saint Vitus last night (1/21) which was also their first-ever show. The band was joined by opening sets from York Factory Complaint (mems Believer/Law, Veins, ex-Drunkdriver) and Theologian, and featured "solo sets of spoken word, acoustic and experimental music with an end times collaboration to close out the night."
More pictures and a review of the show are over at Invisible Oranges.
Mike Yaniro, in happier times
As you all may or may not know, a dear friend of mine named Michael Yaniro was a victim of violent robbery in the Ridgewood area of Queens (NYC). He was savagely beaten beyond recognition, and now he's got a long road ahead of him with many surgeries. To add insult to his injuries, he has no medical insurance!Twin Stumps recently released a new killer LP on Dais Records. It's what turned me on to the damaged, caustic noise rock (in a Clockcleaner, Drunkdriver, Brainbombs sense) band. Soon after, their bassist Mike Yaniro was viciously attacked. Since then a groundswell of support from the underground has surfaced, including a few benefit shows. The latest show is scheduled for Dec 4th (Friday) at Death By Audio, where Pink Reason, Sightings, York Factory Complaint (featuring Genesis P-orridge), and White Suns are all on the bill.
A brief description of his injuries: His right eye socket needs surgery as there is a bone protruding into it... so it needs to be repaired to restore his ability to move the eye. (He has had this surgery, and will need more work in the future). He has a fractured jaw and nose which will require surgery to repair, as well as multiple broken bones in his face. Pieces of titanium metal is to be inserted in his face to support the bones.
His girlfriend Abby is trying to get him Emergency Medicaid, but that is really tough to get approved, and its doubtful whether or not it will be rewarded. That is why this fundraiser was started. Its not registered as non-profit organization (so if you're looking for a tax break, this is not the time and place for it), but as a way to possibly raise a little money to help him through his crisis. [Julie Finley]
Pink Reason and White Suns tour dates, the show flyer, and a ton of videos are below...