Entries tagged with: Young Widows
Gainesville punk bonanza The Fest has added more bands to its 2015 lineup. There's reunited hardcore legends Government Issue (who also play NYC this month), party animal Andrew WK, Ramonesy punks Mean Jeans, Gainesville vets Radon, one of Mikey Erg's many bands Hatrabbits, a solo set from KJ of Chixdiggit, emo revivalists Football etc, and more.
The lineup also includes a lineup of late '90s/early '00s Florida punks The Beltones, who played a few other reunion shows this current decade like Punk Rock Bowling 2012. To quote a 5-star Punk News review of their second and final album, 2001's Cheap Trinkets:
The Beltones possess a wide variety of influences-from rockabilly to the Pogues-and the convergance of such varying styles while maintaining a strong punk feel is no easy task. But the Beltones do it really well, and such talent recalls the brillaince of a band like the Swingin' Utters. Another reason this band stands apart from the rest is the emotional depth of the songs. I'm not going to make absurd comparisons by calling the lyrics Dickinsonian or whatever, but singer Bill McFadden is a pretty adept song writer. His lyrics of alienation, pain, lost hope are a refreshing substitute to the "beer guzzling because my girl left me so I'm gonna go to the pub and get in a fight with my bros backing me up" b.s. that is so prevalent in punk today.Stream Cheap Trinkets, and check out the full list of Fest additions and updated lineup, below...
photo: Title Fight at SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Gainesville punk festival The Fest returns for its 14th year from October 30 - November 1, and today they added a bunch of more bands to their lineup. Additions include Title Fight, Modern Life Is War, another reunion show from The Progress, Into It Over It, Pet Symmetry, As Friends Rust, Pianos Become the Teeth, Smoke Or Fire (playing Above the City), Bigwig, Loma Prieta, TWIABP, Cayetana, Superheaven, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Told Slant, War On Women, Pujol and many more. Full list of additions below.
The newly-added bands join Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, The Jazz June, Beach Slang, Iron Reagan, Modern Baseball, Lagwagon and many more.
Tickets go on sale June 1. Lineup additions below...
Gainesville's annual punk festival The Fest returns in 2015 for its 14th year (hence Fest 14) from October 30 to November 1, and like in previous years, a handful of the bands play Pre-Fest in Little Ybor from October 28-29. This year's initial lineup was just announced and it includes Desaparecidos, The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Tim Barry, The Jazz June, Drug Church, Pup, The City on Film, Kepi Ghoulie, Beach Slang, Frameworks, Foxing, Iron Reagan, Crocodiles, Cult Leader, Young Widows, Xerxes, Jeff Rosenstock, Restorations, Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, Chumped, The Sidekicks, Mikey Erg, Night Birds, Tiltwheel, Lagwagon, Off With Their Heads, Teenage Bottlerocket and many more.
Tickets are set to go on sale via The Fest's website June 1.
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher
Torche / Nothing's crowd
Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.
Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.
Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also below...
Young Widows at Saint Vitus in January 2014 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Noisy Louisville post-punks Young Widows have announced a run of tour dates for March 2015. They'll be joined on the whole tour by Shannon Wright (formerly of '90s indie band Crowsdell), who Young Widows are already outspoken fans of. They'll also be joined for all but three dates by NYC post-hardcore duo The Austerity Program, who released their first LP since 2007, Beyond Calculation, earlier this year.
The tour will hit NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on March 17. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday (12/19) at noon.
All dates listed, along with video of Young Widows playing their excellent LP Easy Pain in its entirety at Saint Vitus in January (via Pit Full of Shit), a stream of a track from Shannon Wright's latest album, and a full stream of The Austerity Program's Beyond Calculation, below.
Topshelf Records has had a pretty great year, putting out records by several rising young bands across various rock subgenres (not just emo!), as well as long-awaited returns from veteran bands. Some of those artists, like You Blew It!, are already ending up on 2014 year-end lists, and we asked a few bands on the label to tell us their favorite albums of the year. Below, you'll find year-end lists from You Blew It!, The Jazz June, Cut Teeth, Nai Harvest, and label co-founder Kevin Duquette.
You Blew It! recently announced an upcoming EP on Jade Tree and a tour with Rozwell Kid (who are on their list), Tiny Moving Parts (who are an honorable mention) and Sorority Noise. As discussed, that tour hits NYC on 2/20 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/5).
The Jazz June are going on a tour with labelmates Field Mouse (who are on their list) soon, which hits NYC on 12/27 at Saint Vitus (tickets). They put out their first album since 2002 this year, and also headlined the BV CMJ showcase which also featured Beach Slang, who are on their list.
In other Topshelf news, they've got a Caravels / Octaves split, a new Suis La Lune album, and new music from Kind of Like Spitting on the way. And as discussed, Bob Nanna is releasing the first City On Film album since 2005 on the label this month. He already released the first Braid album since 1998 on the label earlier in the year.
Browse the Topshelf lists below...
Pontiak at Austin Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Virginia psych rockers Pontiak released their newest album INNOCENCE earlier this year via Thrill Jockey, and they've got more Northeast dates in support of it this weekend and early next week. Opening most shows is Jaye Jayle, aka the solo project of Young Widows frontman Evan Patterson who has a new 7" on Jade Tree coming out next week (9/9). The Pontiak/Jaye dates include a Brooklyn show happening on Monday (9/8) at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with streams from both artists' recent releases, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Jaye Jayle is the solo project of Young Widows frontman Evan Patterson. He put out "The Road to New Mexico" 7" earlier this year on Hawthorne Street Records, and he's now set to follow that with another single, "The Beast Keeps Cool," on September 9 via Jade Tree Records who also put out the first Young Widows album. Unlike the abrasive noise rock of his main band, with Jayle Jayle Evan makes creepy psychedelic music. It's indebted to some of the cult bands of the late '60s (the label's description namedrops Silver Apples which is pretty apt) without being complete worship of that era. Watch the video (by Allie Beyer) for the a-side with a stream of the b-side, "It's Jayle Time," below.
Jaye Jayle's only two dates at the moment are in his hometown of Louisville, one with Disappears and the other with Endless Boogie. Those dates in list format, with the video and stream, below...
We were just saying Jade Tree Records is back (though they say don't call it a comeback). The label has now uploaded their entire catalog to bandcamp with full streams of all the albums and downloads available for $5 or less.
That means if your iTunes is missing say, The Promise Ring's Nothing Feels Good, Lifetime's Jersey's Best Dancers, Jets to Brazil's Orange Rhyming Dictionary, Pedro the Lion's Control, Cap'n Jazz's Analphabetapolothology, Owls' self-titled, Fucked Up's Hidden World, Joan of Arc's How Memory Works, Avail's 4AM Friday, New End Original's Thriller, Paint It Black's Paradise, Kid Dynamite's self-titled, or Young Widows' Settle Down City, you can now easily remedy that. Plus there's tons more, including new releases like the upcoming Dark Blue single.
In related news, Owls are touring and hitting NYC on July 11 at Bowery Ballroom with Hop Along and Glocca Morra (tickets). And you can hear Pedro the Lion frontman David Bazan reworking some of that band's material on his new album and tour with the Passenger String Quartet.
Check out their bandcamp here and stream a few of the classics below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
Young Widows / Helms Alee / Highness
Louisville noise rockers Young Widows brought their tour in support of their goth/post-punk-oriented new album Easy Pain> back to Saint Vitus, where they played it in full ahead of its release. They played it in full again this time, and also encored with a Stooges cover. Opening the show was their noisy sludge tourmates Helms Alee and Highness, the new-ish band of Christie Front Drive guitarist/vocalist Eric Richter who definitely keep some of that '90s emo sound alive.
Pictures of all three bands are in this post and continue below...
by Doug Moore
Young Widows at Saint Vitus Bar in January 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
As we've noted before, the new Young Widows album Easy Pain is more or less publicly available already -- they played the whole album straight through in front of a camera-laden audience at Saint Vitus in January, and there's at least one high-quality video of the set floating around on the internet. You can watch & listen below if you missed the first time.
Studio cuts are nonetheless trickling out in advance of the album's upcoming May 13 release via Temporary Residence. You can hear the latest, "King Sol," below. It's a ripper, and to make matters better, you'll have another chance to hear it live soon -- Young Widows are touring again in May, including a stop at Saint Vitus Bar on 5/18. The awesome post-metal unit Helms Alee, who have a killer album called Sleepwalking Sailors out on Sargent House this year, will provide direct support. (You can stream Sleepwalking Sailors below, too.) Tickets go on sale Friday (3/28) at 1 PM.
All Young Widows, including a few April appearances with Japanese post-rockers MONO, with the streams of "King Sol," the Helms Alee album, and that handy full performance of Easy Pain, below...
As for the material on the album itself: it's exciting. Young Widows took a turn towards minimalism on their last album, In and Out of Youth and Lightness, but their finest moments come when they build up into a mesmerizing pummel. Easy Pain plays to this strength, regularly thrumming along to the thump of Jeremy McMonigle's big toms.We wrote the above when Louisville noise rockers Young Widows played their new album, Easy Pain, in full at Saint Vitus back in January. It's due out on May 13 via Temporary Residence, and they band has now given us a taste of the studio version with the LP's first single, "Kerosene Girl," which you can stream below...
photos by Caroline Harrison; video by Pit Full of Shit; words by Doug Moore
Young Widows @ Saint Vitus 1/26/2014
Young Widws' decision to debut Easy Pain live strikes me as canny for a few reasons. It allows the band to get out ahead of their own press cycle; they're building hype for their new album before it even has a public release date. It allows them to get extra mileage out of the debut -- they'll almost certainly do a conventional blog-hosted stream at some point, but this video a) will travel more easily from site to site, and b) will likely reach some people that the 'normal' album stream does not. This format also showcases Young Widows' considerable potency as a live band. Their performance and visual aesthetic are both airtight....Louisville noise rockers Young Widows played two nights at Saint Vitus on Sunday (1/26) and Monday (1/27): they played their new album Easy Pain in its entirety on Sunday, with support from Swans guitarist Norman Westberg; and their second album Old Wounds on Monday, with support from Phantom Family Halo. They'll be repeating the same pattern starting tonight (1/28) in Philly at the Boot and Saddle, playing Easy Pain with support from Fight Amp tonight and then revisiting Old Wounds tomorrow with backup from Pigmy Lush.
As for the material on the album itself: it's exciting. Young Widows took a turn towards minimalism on their last album, In and Out of Youth and Lightness, but their finest moments come when they build up into a mesmerizing pummel. Easy Pain plays to this strength, regularly thrumming along to the thump of Jeremy McMonigle's big toms.
We've got a full writeup (quoted above) & photos of the Sunday show over at Invisible Oranges. You can check a few of the photos out, plus good-sounding full videos of both Young Widows' and Norman Westberg's sets in this post -- which means that you can hear the entire new Young Widows album.
In related news, Swans recently announced that they'll release a new album, entitled To Be Kind and featuring guest spots from St. Vincent plus several others, this spring.
Check out the YW/Westberg videos and photos below...
by Doug Moore
Young Widows at Le Poisson Rouge, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Though Young Widows have only been around since 2006 and only have three LPs under their belts, they already feel like something of an institution -- noisy rock music is becoming increasingly popular, and their ventures into the field have been as strong as anyone's.
Young Widows have also changed their approach substantially with each album, which makes their upcoming two-night NYC stand at Saint Vitus on 1/26 and 1/27 exciting. On Sunday the 26th (tix here), they'll be playing their as-yet-unreleased fourth album Easy Pain in its entirety, with a supporting set from longtime Swans guitarist Norman Westberg. On Monday the 27th (tix here), they'll be trotting out their second album (and my personal favorite) Old Wounds, with support from Phantom Family Halo. They'll be doing the same thing at The Boot & Saddle in Philly on 1/28 and 1/29, with Easy Pain & support from Fight Amp on the 28th (tix here) and Old Wounds plus Pygmy Lush on the 29th (tix here).
Stream a few Old Wounds-era Young Widows jams below...
by Caroline Harrison
Boris @ LPR, 5/6/2013
Japanese trio Boris finished night one of their two night residency at LPR last night (5/6, the night after playing Boston- pictures are HERE). Last night's sold out show, with support from Young Widows and Ornament (a member of Growing), featured "All Time Classics" spanning much of Boris's career. Tonight Boris plays Flood, as well as what they're describing as a drone/experimental set.
Ornament's brief experimental droning gave way to Young Widows' hypnotic compositions. The band grooves harder than most acts out there, layering trance-inducing drum patterns and buzzing walls of noise with irresistibly catchy post-punk.
The "All Time Classics" set was ripping, and smartly avoided most of the band's recent material. Guitarist Wata was as cool and composed as drummer Atsuo was frenzied and dramatic. The sound was loud and furious enough to justify the sale of the Boris branded earplugs available at the merch table. After trotting out crowd favorites like "Pink," "Hama," and "1970," Boris closed out their set with the fittingly titled "Farewell."
You can catch Boris at Le Poisson Rouge tonight, supported by Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In) and Amen Dunes, before the tour moves on to Cleveland and then to another two night residency in Chicago. Tickets for LPR tonight are still available.
Set list from night one and more pictures are below.
Boris at Brighton Music Hall last night (more by Tim Bugbee)
Boris is currently on their previously discussed "residency tour" and completed a two-night stint at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA. The dates kicked off with their "classics" night on May 4 and continued with Flood on the following evening, featuring special guests Doomriders. More pictures from that show are over at InvisibleOranges. The "residency" tour continues in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge with Young Widows and Ornament tonight (5/6) and Cave In's Stephen Brodsky and Amen Dunes on Tuesday (5/7). Tickets are still available for both shows.
Deafheaven in the studio recording 'Sunbather' (more)
Boris has announced their supporting bands for their run of residency shows, including Deafheaven, Young Widows, Marriages and more. Look for Young Widows to support on the string of dates including Le Poisson Rouge on May 6 (the show dedicated to "all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the US"). Openers for the second LPR show on May 7 (dedicated to their 2000 LP, Flood, as well as some drone/experimentalism) have not been announced. Tickets are still available for both shows.
In a related note, Deafheaven will be in the NYC area soon too, tagging Saint Vitus on February 22 with Sannhet, Clean Teeth and Theologian. Tickets are still available.
If you missed it, Deafheaven recently stopped in to Invisible Oranges to drop off a studio diary detailing the recording of their new LP Sunbather. Check that out HERE.
All Boris dates plus video of Young Widows are below.
Inquisition wishes Saint Vitus a happy birthday
in their own unique way (photo by Wyatt Marshall)
Happy Birthday to Saint Vitus, who celebrated the start of their second year with a string of shows at the venue that started with Young Widows (pictures), ended with Revocation and included sold-out appearances from Inquisition on 4/26 and 4/27. The pair of shows featured two completely different lineups, including Black Anvil, Woe and Trenchgrinder on the first night and Castevet (with new bassist Nick McMaster of Krallice) with Villains on the second. Pictures from both shows are below.
Black Anvil, who is also scheduled to head out on the road with Watain on their make-up dates, is playing a second NYC show in the near future at Saint Vitus, this time with Phobia. Tickets are on sale.
Pictures and video from both nights of Inquisition at Saint Vitus are below.
After Refused at Terminal 5 (pictures), I headed to Greenpoint to try and catch the tail end of the Young Widows/Pygmy Lush/Primitive Weapons show at Saint Vitus Monday night (4/23). Though I missed Primitive Weapons entirely, I arrived just in time for the first song of Pygmy Lush, catching all of their set before Young Widows took the stage a little before midnight.
Young Widows played mostly older material but with some new songs mixed in. No word on a home for the new material, but it definitely had that latter-Young Widows post-punk meets gothic noise-rock feel. The band played with no house lighting whatsoever, counting on their own rigs built into their guitar cabinets for stage lighting and using those to punctuate moments within the songs.
The bands played at the exact time that Refused was taking the stage at Acheron. Pictures from Saint Vitus are below...
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
Primitive Weapons @ Saint Vitus
Pygmy Lush, whose Old Friends album was a 2011 favorite, will join Young Widows on a string of dates that will include the band's stop at Saint Vitus on April 23rd with Primitive Weapons. Tickets are on sale. All April dates are listed below.
Primitive Weapons just returned from a string of dates with Ringworm and Cancer Bats that included a stint at SXSW (where Ringworm played our official showcase at Scoot Inn). Primitive Weapons played a homecoming/record release show at Saint Vitus on March 24th. Some pictures (though none of the support) are in this post. More below...
Some may see Louisville punk band Black God as a continuation of the mighty Black Cross, but with songs like these, they definitely should stand on their own. Black God, made up of BC members Ryan Patterson (also Coliseum) and Rob Pennington (also Endpoint/By The Grace of God) as well as Nick Thieneman (Young Widows/Breather Resist), and Ben Sears (Mountain Asleep), is welcoming their second seven-inch via No Idea TODAY and are streaming that in full for the first time below.
We asked Rob Pennington and Ryan Patterson a few questions about the Black God project, the comparisons to Black Cross, the current status of Coliseum and Endpoint, and more in an interview that you can read, along with the 7" stream and a full live show video, below...
Young Widows at Cake Shop (more by Markus Shaffer)
Hello,The Young Widows dates, listed below, are limited to eight nights of shows through the Northeast,including a stop at Saint Vitus on April 23rd. Ticketing info and support details are forthcoming.
We're hitting the road in April and we hope YOU make it out!
We'll be trying out some new material also, so keep an ear open for that.
The "new material" that the band will be testing out has nothing to do with Evan's new project Old Baby, but it is the first set of Young Widows material since their In and Out of Youth and Lightness LP from last year. Check out the video from "Future Heart" from that LP alongside all tour dates below...
Evan Patterson will step out of his role as honcho for Young Widows to front Old Baby, a new project featuring members that have served time with Slint, Shipping News, Phantom Family Halo, and many other projects. The band's new LP, entitled Misunderstanding Human Behavior, is due via Hawthorne Street at the end of February. Check out "Pale as Man" streamable below.
Phantom Family Halo is also welcoming a new release, and the Saint Vitus appearance will be its coming out party. When I Fall Out is due on 2/14 via Knitting Factory Records, and you can stream some material at their Facebook page.
All tour dates and that song stream is below.
Young Widows at Cake Shop (more by Markus Shaffer)
Always evolving on each LP is what Young Widows does best, and the Louisville trio is prepping to release their latest creation In and Out of Youth and Lightness for Temporary Residence Limited. Preorder the LP now via the label (it drops 4/12). Download "Future Heart" from the new album now for free above. The song also rears its head on a limited 7" with non-album track "Rose Window" which you can also download above.
Ever the road warriors, Evan Patterson & the boys will hit the pavement for a string of US dates with the also awesome My Disco (who toured with them previously) that will include dates from coast to coast, and one NYC show on May 7 at Union Pool with Xaddax (ex-Dazzling Killmen). All tour dates are below, alongside a brief chat with Evan about the direction of the new LP and its influences...
photos by Markus Shaffer, words by BBG
Ben of Helms Alee, gettin' rowdy-rowdy
Sleep? Who's that? While some band was filling the Brooklyn Masonic Temple with riffs and indo smoke on Monday (9/6), Young Widows, Helms Alee, and Marching Teeth were playing at a packed Cake Shop and earning beaucoup raves. Although NYCers are no strangers to Young Widows and they surely earned their own accolades from the night, Helms Alee featuring Ben Verellen of ex-(current?) Harkonen seemed to be the clear winner of the "OMG-I-didn't-know-they-ruled-so-hard" award. Cake Shop marked their debut performance in NYC and first East Coast tour since the release of Night Terror via Hydra Head in 2008.
The Young Widows/Helms Alee train has come to an end, with the Louisville boys currently at home and Helms Alee working a few dates in the Northwest on the way back out to their native Seattle. Current Helms Alee dates are below with more pictures from the Cake Shop show...