Entries tagged with: Youth of Today
photo: H2O at Irving Plaza in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
H2O already have four hometown NYC shows coming up in celebration of their 20th anniversary (all sold out), and they since announced that they'll be touring after that with Cruel Hand.
The tour includes another show just outside of NYC at Long Island's Revolution Bar on June 26. That show also includes '80s-era NYHC vets Breakdown, as well as Criminal Instinct, Friend or Foe and High Card. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.
H2O singer Toby Morse recently contributed to the new album by his friends Agnostic Front, The American Dream Died, which is out now on Nuclear Blast. We also just interviewed Agnostic Frontman frontman Roger Miret over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt from IO writer Rhys Williams' interview:
When you're a teenager, you are often quick to fly off the handle, but the more you learn, the better a perspective you have about the world. You mentioned often being controversial: do you feel that the Agnostic Front aesthetic has changed from 1981 to the new record? Back in the '80s you had a lot of songs written about the American skinhead scene, then kind of moved into a punk look, then into the old school hardcore look. Has the look and aesthetic of the band changed and do you feel that, if it has, it has been a logical progression?Read the rest here. There's also an ongoing Kickstarter campaign for a new Agnostic Front documentary called The Godfathers of Hardcore. The goal is already met, but you can still donate to receive the various rewards, including a signed, hand-numbered DVD of the documentary, a haircut from Agnostic Front bassist Mike Gallo, and more.
Personally I don't think we ever put ourselves with a particular scene. I think Agnostic Front, from the very beginning, has always talked about A. unity and bringing scenes together and B. overcoming oppression. People just put us in different categories. If you ask me about Victim in Pain, it's a punk record. People say "it's a hardcore record," or whatever they wanna say, but that's a Grade A punk record, you know? People are quick to judge books by their covers. The bottom line is: we love living in this country, this is a beautiful country, but we've always questioned authority and the oppression of society and our government. And that's where you may get some of the different things going about controversy or or scenes, or people saying "oh, they're Pro-American" or whatever. Whatever people think about us, if anything we're more American than a lot of people because we truly fight for liberty and justice. People are quick to throw us into different categories, but the one category we will always stay strong to is New York punk and hardcore. And the great thing about a lot of these different movements colliding with each other is that without them we wouldn't have had the great movements that made us possible, like crossover or hardcore. People are quick to point fingers, but the truth is we're just a real American band that want to fight and overcome oppression by any means necessary. We can't change the world, but we understand that we can make a difference, and that's what we're trying to do.
Noisey also recently launched their new 'Under the Influence' documentary series with a 25+ minute installment on New York Hardcore. The doc features interviews with Agnostic Front, Youth of Today, Incendiary, Cro-Mags, Texas is the Reason and more, and Rancid's Tim Armstrong narrates. Towards the end, Title Fight talks about Walter Schreifels, followed by a scene with Walter playing TF's "Secret Society" on piano. You can watch that below too.
List of H2O tour dates and the NYHC videos below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Dead Heavens / Cayetana @ Saint Vitus - 2/10/2015
Post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) began a residency for one of his two recently-formed bands, Dead Heavens, at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus last night (2/10). Dead Heavens sees Walter & co. tapping into the heavy psych and garage rock sounds of the late '60s (and one member -- Paul Kostabi of White Zombie, etc -- really looks the part), and while you don't always see guys who used to write minute-long hardcore songs wailing on wah-pedal guitar solos, Walter is as much a natural with this stuff as he is in his other bands.
Opening was Without who count The Hold Steady's Bobby Drake as a member (and who I missed), and Philly indie rock trio Cayetana who sounded as great as they did two weeks ago at Baby's. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
In related news, Walter and fellow NYHC vet Richie Birkenhead (Underdog, Into Another, Youth of Today) will join Tony Rettman, author of the new NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990 book, for an NYU-presented discussion at 20 Cooper Square on February 24. It's on the fourth floor and starts at 6:30 PM. Kelfa Sanneh (New Yorker, New York Times) will moderate.
In more related news, Cayetana recently put out the video for "Scott Get The Van, I'm Moving" from their 2014 debut, Nervous Like Me. Watch that, with more pictures from Vitus below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens at CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Walter Schreifels has to be one of the most consistently busy musicians in rock. He was a member of a few legendary bands, including but not limited to Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand, and those bands have played live as recently as November's Fun Fun Fun Fest and New Year's Eve in NYC, respectively. He's also got an ongoing solo career and two recently-formed bands: Vanishing Life (with members of Trail of Dead) and The Dead Heavens (with former members of Youth of Today, White Zombie and Cults). Vanishing Life put out a single last fall, and now we're finally getting a studio-recorded taste of Dead Heavens.
They've already played live a few times, including a CMJ show (pics) (co-presented by BrooklynVegan) and a Shea show in November, and now they've announced that they'll release the "History In My Hands" b/w "36 Chambers" 7″ on February 17 via Thrill Me (pre-order). Walter has said this band is inspired by Cream and Black Sabbath, and there's definitely some of Clapton's Cream-era wah guitar throughout the song, but it's a bit lighter than that description may make you think. Check it out below, via Stereogum.
The Dead Heavens have also announced a NYC residency happening in February at Saint Vitus. Here's the schedule:
* 2/10 w/ Cayetana and Without (tickets)Philly indie rockers Cayetana just played a BV-presented NYC show and covered New Order over the weekend (pictures and video), and Without count Bobby Drake of The Hold Steady as a member.
* 2/17 w/ Gates, Twin Strike and Descender (tickets)
* 2/24 w/ The Golden Grass, Black Black Black and These People (tickets)
New Dead Heavens song below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Cecilia Alejandra
Earlier today we mentioned that post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Quicksand, Rival Schools, etc) would be playing the Iron Pier CMJ showcase (BV co-presents) with his new band The Dead Heavens, along with Self Defense Family and Dee Pockets. That's not the only new band Walter has though. He's also fronting Vanshing Life, for which he's joined by two Trail of Dead members, Jamie Miller and Autry Fulbright, and Rise Against's Zach Blair. Their debut 7", "People Running" b/w "Vanishing Life," is due out October 14 via Collect Records, the label Thursday/United Nations' Geoff Rickly runs with Texas is the Reason's Norman Brannon. Walter's produced a variety of sounds over the years, but so far Vanishing Life is sounding pretty in line with his '90s post-hardcore stuff. Hear it for yourself by streaming the a-side of the new single below.
The band are set to make their live debut on October 18 in New York with two in-stores that day: one at 2 PM at Generation Records in NYC and another at 6 PM at Looney Tunes Records in West Babylon. They'll be playing a brief set and doing a signing at each.
Song stream below...
Judge back in the day (photo by Chuck Miller)
Hardcore fest Black and Blue Bowl is returning to NYC this year on May 18 on Webster Hall. Today East Village Radio announced the lineup on the live stream of their mobile/web-cast, and the headlining set will be a reunion from NYHC legends Judge (!), who were formed by members of Youth of Today in 1987 and broke up in 1991. Stay tuned for the rest of the lineup and ticket information. UPDATE: Full lineup announced.
A classic live video below..
Youth of Today at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Ray Cappo, 46, one of [Revelation Records'] founders, took his place on the stage as the singer for the band Youth of Today, and shouted at the mosh pit, "It's been 20 years but the message is still the same: Tear down the waaaalllll."The New York Times piece details "heavy metal rocker" Raghunath's (aka Ray Cappo's) journey upstate and his career as an "anti-gravity" yoga instructor. Check out his site for more information on attending a class, in person or online.
...Raghunath left rock in a search for a personal true north... He found comfort in studying ancient yogi texts, meditation, chanting and long stints at an ashram in India. "My passion is how to apply ancient philosophy in the modern world," he said. "I teach a fun class so people come. A strong acrobatic class is the best way to get New York type-A personalities on the mat, and then the class is peppered with song and chanting and philosophy and ancient sacred texts."
The classes, playfully dubbed Flight School, developed name recognition among yogis -- especially fellow teachers -- and they can credit or blame Raghunath's influence with the grade inflation on the mat these days, where open-level classes integrate a crow pose, or what children call frog, transitioning into handstands.... [NY Times]
Check out more pictures from Youth of Today's appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest HERE and HERE. The band will play the Chicago edition of Revelation 25 in early January. They played the NYC one, which the NY Times refers to in the article, in October at Irving Plaza.
After teasing folks with a few names here and there -- like Run DMC most recently -- Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov 2 - 4) has revealed it's full line-up, including Public Image Ltd, De La Soul, Superchunk, Santigold, Refused, X peforming Los Angeles, and lots, lots more. 3-day passes go on sale at 10AM CST.
Full FFF Fest lineup is below.
Thursday, October 11, 2012Revelation 25 happens October 11 - 14 at Irving Plaza in NYC. Tickets are currently on artist presale for all dates (day one, day two, day three, day four, four day pass), with regular sale hitting Friday (7/13) at 10AM. Anyone have the password? What do you think of the lineup?
Texas Is The Reason
On The Might Of Princes
Friday, October 12, 2012
Chain Of Strength
Curl Up And Die
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Chain Of Strength
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Youth Of Today
(Still waiting for that Quicksand show.)
Is this flyer real?
The above flyer recently popped up on Facebook and though there is not any concrete confirmation on the dates, it seems to go along with recent reports of a set of NYC shows to counter-balance the 25th Anniversary spectacular on the West Coast. No word on who may play the event, the significance of the "X" (other than the obvious straight-edge connection), but rumors have names like Quicksand (who reunited for the celebration), Chain of Strength, and some of the other usual suspects from the recent Pomona shows. Fingers crossed.
Check out some recently surfaced video of full sets by Sick of it All, Youth of Today and Quicksand from the California shows below alongside an old Chain of Strength set from the 90s.
Porcell of BOLD on stage with Youth of Today (more by Jason House)
NYHC greats BOLD will apparently reform to play Lit Lounge tomorrow night (2/29) as part of a showcase that will also feature "Navegante (Electronic/Funk), Young Gliss (Hip Hop/ Rock), Meridian (New Age Rhythm Blues), ZAKEE (Alternative/Soul/Hip Hop), and The Better Letters (Rockabilly/Pop/Funk)." Interesting. BOLD 2012 is reportedly their original lineup, with "Zulu, Matt, Drew, Tim and Porcell" all on board. Check out the flyer below.
With the NYC show that makes three total Bold dates, with the second and third being the now-sold-out Revelation Anniversary Shows on 6/8 - 6/10 in California (Bold plays the first two).
Highly influential streetpunk band Sham 69 will reunite their 'classic' 1977-1979 lineup (or at least most of it) to play a pair of US shows including Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas and Chaos in Tejas Austin. The 1977-1979 lineup is:
Jimmy Pursey: vocalsThis lineup, also known as the Pursey/Parsons lineup (which may or may not have Mark Cain on drums this time around), is not to be confused with the version of the band led by Tim V (otherwise known as the Tim V lineup) (that's Tim V, Neil Harris, Ian Whitewood, Tony Feedback, and Al Campbell). The Tim V lineup operates out of Sham69.com, and both versions are currently playing live.
Dave Parsons: guitar
Dave Tregunna: bass
Mark Cain: drums
Sham 69 (Pursey/Parsons lineup) joins names like Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, The Adicts, Youth of Today, Street Dogs, Toys That Kill, and many more for Punk Rock Bowling 2012 in Las Vegas, NV on May 25-28, 2012. The fest also features pool parties, a bowling tournament, late-night club and much more in addition to the outdoor festival appearances. Tickets go on sale soon.
Rancid also have some anniversary shows coming up with Cock Sparrer.
Youth of Today are also playing the Black N Blue Bowl this year in NYC with many other hardcore bands incluiding The Mob who also play Chaos in Tejas this year (May 31-June 3).
Sham 69 (Pursey/Parsons lineup) is one of many new additions to Chaos in Tejas which also added No Age, pygmylush, Screaming Females, Secret Prostitutes, Slug Guts (Australia), S U R V I V E, and Tenement. These additions are not to be confused with the set of bands that were announced earlier this week. Latest Chaos in Tejas lineup listed in full below.
Lineups and videos below...
Youth of Today at Acheron (more by Jason House)
Black & Blue Bowl 2012 has been announced and includes appearances from Sheer Terror, Youth of Today, Outburst, The Mob (who are also playing Chaos in Tejas), DYS (who we recently interviewed), A Tribute to Raybeez (with mems of Warzone and other NYHC all-stars) and much more. Tickets for the May 19th show at Webster Hall "will be announced within the next week."
The current Black & Blue lineup, with more bands to be announced, is below.
words by BBG, photos by Jason House
Youth of Today @ Acheron
Formerly of New Haven, Connecticut, [Revelation Records] is now based in Huntington Beach, California. It was founded in 1987 by owner Jordan Cooper, along with Ray Cappo of Youth of Today, with the sole intent of producing the Warzone Lower East Side Crew 7". Within the year, they put out two more releases and a limited 4th pressing of Youth of Today's Can't Close My Eyes 7", which had been originally released on Positive Force Records, just for the two of them to trade for vintage G.I.Joes and other action figures. In the first three years, the label put out 23 releases and pressed approximately 50,000 records, and it has continued to release an average of 7-8 albums a year.Revelation released a few records since then, most recently the Mouthpiece retrospective Can't Kill What's Inside: The Complete Discography. The label will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a trio of shows at Glasshouse in Pomona, CA in June, featuring Youth Of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, Underdog, No For An Answer and Statue, with "more Rev alumni to be announced." Despite the fact that Revelation was formed on the East Coast and a good number of the participating bands are too, so far it doesnt look like the celebration will be bi-coastal. We'll let you know if that changes though. Meanwhile, tickets go on sale March 1st for Gorilla Biscuits with Youth of Today on 6/8 and 6/9 (No For An Answer is also on 6/9), and Gorilla Biscuits with Underdog & Statue on 6/10.
Cappo left the business in 1988, to focus on his band Shelter and to start his own label Equal Vision Records (which he later sold to Youth Of Today roadie, former Revelation employee and friend, Steve Reddy), though his albums were still released by Revelation after that, and he also operated Supersoul Records.
The label put out several definitive hardcore and metalcore records in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with notable releases coming from Damnation A.D., Will Haven, Shai Hulud, Curl Up and Die, and Himsa. However, by the mid-2000s, Revelation Records had seemingly fallen by the wayside, with very few releases between 2004 and 2006.
In related news, Breakdown, who was on the Revelation compilation New York City Hardcore: The Way It Is (with Youth of Today, Bold, Gorilla Biscuits, Warzone and others) will play Chaos in Tejas with their 87 demo lineup (their first show like that in 25 years). Also no NYC shows for them at the moment.
Meanwhile, The Last Stand open up for Madball, Maximum Penalty, Dead End Path, and Suburban Scum TONIGHT (1/20) at Gramercy Theater. Tickets are still available.
The Last Stand supported Youth of Today and Mouthpiece when the pair played a surprise show at Acheron in 2011. A set of belated pictures from Acheron are in this post, along with the Pomona show flyers. More below...
After the boat cruise on Saturday, my original plan was to hit Santos for Youth of Today but that was before I heard about the surprise show at the infinitely smaller Acheron later that night (10/22). Featuring appearances from The Last Stand (mem Inhuman) and Mouthpiece, the show sold out around 12 midnight with 150 lucky people crammed into the venue. I caught some of The Last Stand's NYHC before slipping out to catch a drink and returning in time for Youth of Today. As tight as ever, the "youth" crew played many highlights from their catalog including the entire Disengage 7", "Break Down The Walls", "Flame Still Burns", "Positive Outlook", "Take A Stand", and even a cover of "Minor Threat". Though the band was tight and well-executed, I noticed that Ray Cappo's screaming voice was gone, a fact that wasn't apparent at the Mohawk show during Chaos in Tejas. How was it at Santos? Regardless, the crowd was beyond pumped and so was I.
Pictures are on the way. Meanwhile check out the videos below...
We previously discussed Phily's Riot Fest East that will feature an appearance from the mighty Descendents and The Suicide Machines who they also play with in NYC. Riot Fest East, an offshoot of the Chicago festival, happens on September 24th.
The Chicago version of the festival, October 5-9, previously announced that Weezer, Social Distortion, Descendents, 7 Seconds, ALL (two different eras!), Helmet, and X (playing Los Angeles) were all on the lineup, but left one big announcement for today...
On Friday October 7, 2011 Danzig will headline Riot Fest and perform a career spanning show featuring sets of Danzig, Samhain and Misfits songs with none other than Doyle joining on guitar the Misfits set. We've waited years for this and we can't wait to see the inside of the Congress Theater turn into a churning sea of humanity.Tickets for both Riot Fest Chicago and Riot Fest East are now on sale, and more band announcements are stil to come(!).
Riot Fest show flyers and some videos is below.
photos by Tim Griffin and BBG, words by BBG
Youth of Today
After incredible shows with Cro-Mags/D-Clone at Emo's, Autopsy/Citizen's Arrest at Emo's, and Tragedy/Origin of M at Broken Neck, my third day at Chaos in Tejas started out at Emo's at 9PM where I caught a couple of songs by Spazm 151 before heading into see The Impalers on the inside stage. The Impalers is a supposedly short-lived project that features members of Mammoth Grinder, but from what I could tell, they could be taking it to another level. Brutal punk/crust with touches of metal.
After The Impalers, I hightailed it down to see one of my most anticipated shows of the fest, Youth of Today at Mohawk. Though Youth of Today had set-up but hadn't taken the stage (Ray Cappo was doing complicated yoga poses off stage), the energy was electric, with audience members literally moshing/stagediving to no music. Now that's excitement.
Ray Cappo, Porcell, Ken Olden, and drummer Vinny Panza are Youth of Today 2011, and as the band opened with the Break Down The Walls burner "Make a Change", Mohawk erupted with energy. The stage dives continued for the duration of their set as they played faves like "Disengage" and both a 7 Seconds ("Young Till I Die") and a Minor Threat cover ("Minor Threat"). Though I missed it, I heard from a few that there were people diving off of the top of Mohawk's balcony into the crowd below. Check out the video below. The show was one of the highlights of my night.... though there were a few.
After Youth of Today, I headed back to Emo's to catch a few minutes of the always fun Shitstorm (who also played Maryland Deathfest), followed by Feral Ward's signees Kieltolaki. Kieltolaki's crusty d-beat was great, but I cut out early to check out Iron Age at their last ever show (supposedly). It was good to see them one last time and the crowd responded appropriately, with fists raised, stage divers, and a pit. They will be missed.
After watching a good portion of Iron Age, I made sure to leave to check out all of Kriegshog, as the band was playing their first and last ever US show. The noisy Japanese crust band were furious, and the indoor Emo's crowd went insane for their short but incendiary live set which was comprised of material from their self-titled record, the Hardcore Hell EP, and various splits. Stage divers dove on top of each other, hung from the rafters, and ate up ever moment of the band's blistering performance. Check out their recorded material if you haven't already, its amazing.
Miasmal (who were also impressive at Maryland Deathfest) played the headlining slot on the indoor stage so I watched them until crusty hardcore legends Doom were ready outdoors. After Kriegshog the crowd outdoors were ready for more crusty hardcore, so the energy that the Tokyo band had built during their set only helped make Doom's set all the more incredible. Not to say that Doom was anything less than amazing on their own - their set was even somehow better than their showing at Maryland Deathfest, but it doesn't hurt to have a lead-in as amazing as Kriegshog was. Helluva way to finish off an amazing night three at Chaos in Tejas.
And while Tim and I were checking out crust, hardcore and metal, Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts were checking out garage and rock from bands like Guitar Wolf. Their set from Saturday is on the way. Ours continues, with video, below...
Tragedy fan at Chaos in Tejas 2008 (photo by joecurry666)
After an initial lineup was announced earlier this year, Chaos in Tejas is back for more with another set of bands confirmed for the June 2nd - 5th Austin festival. Get to booking your ticket if you're interested in seeing Kriegshog (from Japan, their last show ever), a Youth of Today reunion (Ray Cappo, Porcell, Ken Olden + a drummer who isn't Sammy), Low Threat Profile, Omar Souleyman, Hooded Menace, Lower Dens, Double Negative, FYP, Oneohtrix Point Never, Veins (their only show ever), Universal Order of Armageddon, and many many others. Oh, and by the way, the previously discussed Autopsy appearance will be their only US show of the year. Full list of bands playing the multi-venue party is below.
In related news, Low Threat Profile (members of Lack Of Interest/Infest/No Comment) released their debut LP via Deep Six Records before the new year. Pick it up at your favorite distro/webstore, like Tankcrimes or Phantom City.
Universal Order of Armageddon play NYC TWICE soon; on 1/21 at Cake Shop with Trophy Wife (and more TBA) and 1/22 at Death By Audio with The Body, Orphan, and (according to Youth Attack) Salvation. Take note, the lineups have changed since we first posted, and differ from what Kill Rock Stars has posted (click the link for Baltimore and Philly date info too).
Current Chaos in Tejas lineup (more announcements are due soon), below...