Entries tagged with: hardcore
Blacklisted at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Brian Reilly)
Boston hardcore traditionalists The Rival Mob, Philly boundary pushers Blacklisted, World War 4 (fronted by Mark Porter of NJHC band Floorpunch, plus other members of that band, The Rival Mob, and more), and Wilkes-Barre straightedge band Stick Together (whose lineup includes Ned Russin of Title Fight, plus members of War Hungry and Bad Seed) all played This Is Hardcore in Philly last year, and they'll soon team back up for what will be a very solid quadruple bill in NYC on June 7 at Le Poisson Rouge (co-presented by Hardcore Gig Volume and Noisey). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Le Poisson Rouge still feels like a weird location for hardcore shows, but they do happen there. In fact, as previously discussed, two will happen there this month as part of the second annual New York's Alright (which Rival Mob played last year). This year's shows at LPR include Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, Proxy, Warthog and Mercenary on 4/18 (tickets), and Infernoh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, and Murderer on 4/19 (tickets). You can check out the lineups for other NY's Alright shows here.
Meanwhile, even sooner than that is Damaged City Fest in DC this weekend (4/11 & 4/12), which The Rival Mob also play, in addition to Infest, Los Crudos, Boston Strangler, Priests, Good Throb, Coke Bust and more.
And speaking of This Is Hardcore, the 2014 lineup for the Philly festival was recently announced, including Converge, Title Fight, Blacklisted, Bl'ast, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Full of Hell and many more. This year's fest happens from July 24-27 and tickets for that go on sale Saturday (4/12).
Converge also headline both nights of the inaugural Deathwish Fest which happens in Boston right before TIH (July 22 & 23), and also includes Blacklisted frontman George Hirsch's solo project Harm Wulf, plus Code Orange Kids, Modern Life Is War, Oathbreaker, Trap Them, Cult Leader, Self Defense Family, Doomriders and more. Tickets for that fest go on AmEx presale today (4/9) at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (4/11) at noon.
Stream some Rival Mob, Blacklisted (and Harm Wulf), World War 4 and Stick Together below...
Hardcore legend and Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph is as known as much for his healthy lifestyle these days as he is for his music. Be healthy like JJ. Drink your juice and smoothies. Learn how below...
Back in 2011, it was announced that new Brooklyn venue The Wick would open in a former brewery at 260 Meserole St (next to the barely-open outdoor venue The Well), and that venue is finally set to open this March.
Four shows have been announced so far. The first is experimental Japanese musician Keiji Haino on March 27 before he heads to Tennessee for the Big Ears Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Then, as discussed, The Wick is one of the venues that NYC's experimental music festival Unsound happens in. That fest will have Porter Ricks, Vladislav Delay, Miles, Leisure Muffin, Ital & Halal and Le Petit Garcon on April 5. Tickets are on sale now.
The Wick will also be one of the venues used for hardcore/punk fest New York's Alright. That includes the Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps show on April 17 (tickets) and the Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, DiE, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads show on April 20 (tickets). The other NY's Alright shows happen at Le Poisson Rouge, Acheron, and ABC No Rio. Updated schedule below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Crazy Spirit at New York's Alright 2013 (more by Tod Seelie)
Punk and hardcore festival New York's Alright is back for a second year and will run at various venues around the city from Thursday April 17th to Sunday April 20th. The line-up (which includes several bands that played the fest last year) features solid locals like Anasazi, Dawn of Humans, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Nomad, Warthog, La Misma, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads and some select imports like Wiccans, Infernöh, Omegas, No, and Stoic Violence, to name a few, making for a strong bill. Full lineup below.
Here's what the fest organizers said in their announcement:
No one thought we would be foolish enough to do it again, but here we are, "proud" to present New York's Alright 2014. This festival will be taking place Thursday, April 17th through Sunday, April 20th, at various venues around the friendly city of New York. We will be bringing together some of the best bands in contemporary DIY punk and hardcore from different parts of the world for your enjoyment.Tickets go on sale on Valentine's Day, February 14---the same day the Acheron's D-fest kicks off in Mexico City. Love is very much in the air this year. Stay tuned to New York's Alright 2014's Facebook page for details on lineups and venues.
Several bands playing the fest have upcoming NYC shows even sooner. Goth punks Anasazi are teaming up with La Misma and Santa Ana's Damages on Friday (1/10) at Lulu's. The show is Damages' east coast tour kickoff and will also celebrate the release of a La Misma 7". All Damages dates are listed below, as well as a stream of their recent EP.
Sweden's Infernöh and Brooklyn's Nomad are teaming up for a tour before the fest, which includes a TBA Brooklyn show on April 12. Dates and an Infernöh stream below.
London's No and Long Beach's Stoic Violence will also be hitting the road together immediately after New York's Alright, which brings them back to NYC for a TBA Brooklyn show on May 1. Dates and streams below.
Pleasure Industry are also playing a hometown show at a TBA venue on February 8 with Asylum, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos and others TBA.
All lists of dates, streams, and the New York's Alright 2014 lineup, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Bay Area hardcore band No Statik released their debut album, Everywhere You Aren't Looking, back in 2012 via Prank Records, and now they're set to follow it with a new record, Unity and Fragmentation, on December 4 via Iron Lung Records (who also released their 2010 7"). Its first single, "The Owl," misleadingly starts as a mid-tempo punk song, until they fade out the recording and come back for a 90-ish second blast of raw hi-speed fury. Check out the song below.
No Statik will also be heading on an east coast/southeast tour in late December into January. Some of the venues are still TBA, but we do know that they'll come to NYC for a show on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Acheron with local punk openers Nomad, La Misma, and Grudges. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and flyer for the NYC show, below...
Hank Wood & the Hammerheads
Montreal punk/hardcore festival Varning is returning for its seventh year from November 7-9 at MTL venue Katacombes. A bunch of NYC bands will be there, like Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Nuclear Spring, La Misma and more, plus Sweden's Institution, Portland's Criminal Damage, San Francisco's Ruleta Rusa (ex-Born/Dead and Peligro Social whose last show was Varning VI), Boston bands Bloodkrow Butcher and Koward, and many more. Full lineup and flyer below. Advance tickets will be available through 10/28 via paypal with the email@example.com email address. More info here.
A number of those bands have NYC shows coming up ahead of the fest too. Nuclear Spring don't at the moment, but related band Failed States are playing with two Bloodkrow Butcher-related bands, The Combat Zone and Lude Boys, on Friday (10/25) at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave). NYC's MIssionary and dark W Mass mid-tempo punks Longings are on the bill too.
The actual Bloodkrow Butcher team up with Ruleta Rusa and La Misma, plus two Canadian bands that aren't billed for this year's Varning Fest -- Montreal's Omegas and Toronto's S.H.I.T. -- for a show at Acheron on November 2. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The super-fun, Farfisa-loving punks Hank Wood & the Hammerheads team up with Koward and NYC goths Anasazi for a show on November 7 at 538 Johnson.
And speaking of Anasazi, they play another local show on 11/20 at Acheron with Green Beret, Condition, Rank and The Three Muskateers (mem. of Perdition and Nomad). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Full Varning lineup and flyer, along with some live videos and streams, below...
Missed them at one of their two large Manhattan shows earlier this year? Well, chances are you'll miss them again because not many people will fit into Saint Vitus on October 11th for the Invisible Oranges-presented JUDGE show happening there as part of the CBGB Festival on that night in the intimate Brooklyn venue with Manipulate and more TBA. Tickets will go on sale Friday (9/27) and limited CBGB Fest badges will also get in at the door. Stay tuned for the ticket link, listen to Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio every Tuesday night, follow @InvisOranges on Twitter, and good luck.
Judge also play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in November.
Offensive Weapon, offensive indeed, at Acheron - 9/21/13
Brooklyn punk/metal venue Acheron faced some controversy over the weekend when they booked an Oi! skinhead show with Oxblood, Offensive Weapon, Stormwatch, The Wolverines, and Maddog Surrender on Saturday (9/21). Certain events that took place at the show prompted the venue to apologize to their regulars. A Facebook post from the venue reads:
It's 2013 and this should not have to be said, but let it be known that the Acheron has no patience or sympathy for any form of intolerance or fascism. The bullshit debate over Death in June is nothing compared to the unfortunate surprise we were presented with tonight. To any regulars that felt they needed to leave, please accept our apologies and know that more vetting will be done on all future shows.In the comments they continue:
To be clear: this is not directed at the promoters of the show, but at a certain segment of the crowd who made my patrons and staff uncomfortable, and me as well.The show was initially kept somewhat of a secret; Acheron never listed the show on their Facebook or website, and didn't even reference any details in their apology. The venue and address are even absent from the show's Facebook event on the label's site and from the flyer. The show is practically non-Googleable, and in a YouTube video we found of Offensive Weapon's set at the show (which also doesn't list the name of the venue), the singer (at 5:50) mentions that they kept the show a secret because of their "friends in the Antifa" who they then dedicate a song called "Yellow Journalist" to.
...No one was out of line and the crowd was generally very polite and under control. I have no personal issue with anyone at the show and certainly not with the promoters. As a promoter myself for nearly 20 years. I am certainly sympathetic and understanding. Nonetheless, when a member of the crowd says to my door person "you don't get to talk to me. You're not even white". I have a responsibility to address that.
...I just want my regulars and those that see offensive things posted on the internet to know that we do not support the views espoused by some members of the crowd last night and would rather not, at the end of the day, be party to those who would literally wear intolerance on their sleeve. As a business owner, I will always be polite and treat customers with respect. However, I would rather not invite customers that would alienate other customers.
Antifa is an anti-fascism group who makes it a point to try and shut down shows they believe include bands with fascist beliefs (like Death in June for instance). Members of Offensive Weapons and/or their associates have been pictured wearing Anti-Antifa shirts (not to mention red suspenders). According to record label, Pure Impact, Offensive Weapon are "one of THE non-PC American skinhead bands of the moment, tough Oi! with a touch of hardcore, true heirs to the old Youth Defense League style." But according to some, "All 'no politics' means for these lowlifes is: boneheads welcome."
Regarding the political or non-political motives of the bands on the bill, in response to the venue's Facebook status, Heidi Cavegurl Witmann (self proclaimed girlfriend of Oxblood's drummer) commented:
Seriously? There WERE NO NAZI BANDS THERE LAST NIGHT...there was a mixed crowd there and a few with opposing viewpoints and sure, I saw a few white power skins there...but I actually had a GREAT time last night, as ALMOST everyone was on their best behavior...funny that it seemed like it was the "ladies" who caused the only real ruckus. Fuckin sad...I actually dug the Acheron and it's staff until this thread. This is just another reason why I don't even make it out to see my own boyfriend drum for Oxblood. I have known them all for years and and this racist talk about any of those bands is so fucking tired already. I don't date or cohort with racists and I certainly don't stay commited to one for 13 years. I went to see our best friends (Frank and Val Bruno) come from Texas and to see and hear some kickass Rock and Roll...oh yea...and to watch my man kick some ass on the drums!! FUCK THE POLITICS and enough with the bogus racist hype already! Sheesh...way to ruin a gurl's night out. Ug.Two videos from the show in question can be watched below...
by Doug Moore
Vision of Disorder (more by Kurt Christensen)
In other crowdfunding-related news, a pair of Long Island hardcore fans named Nick and Chris Lilli are raising money for a documentary on the region's legendary DIY hardcore tradition, titled Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene. Of particular note are the incentives, which rely largely on contributions from Saint Vitus Bar (whose owners were heavily involved in the 90s/00s LIHC scene). $300 will get you five show passes to Vitus, plus a DVD, a t-shirt, and thanks in the credits. $500 nets you a one-year unlimited Vitus pass plus the same goodie package, and $1000 scores lifetime unlimited access to Vitus gigs. If you plan to attend more than 100 Vitus shows before you kick the bucket, it's actually kind of a steal. (You may want to spring for earplugs, too.)
Contribute to the fund for Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene here.
Trailer for the film below...
Chicago hardcore unit Weekend Nachos have announced their new LP Still, due via Relapse/Deep Six on November 8. That's the cover art above. The record features "S.C.A.B." and "Satan Sucker" that the band made available today at Mediafire. You can also stream them below.
Hoax @ 538 Johnson, 8/21/2013
Raw punk indebted to early hardcore met with industrial noise at 538 Johnson last night (8/21), when Hoax headlined a set with Crazy Spirit, Warthog, and Pharmakon. Hoax is readying the release of an undoubtedly primitive and vicious LP, and recently dropped a pair of tracks off from the record. Check out those tracks, not to mention video of full, sweat-drenched sets from all four bands in this post, courtesy of UN:ART:IG.
by Fred Pessaro
After a strong showing at Black & Blue and again at This is Hardcore, Kill Your Idols have returned to NYC area for another date, this time at Santos Party House on November 29 with Crime in Stereo (who reunited last year after calling it quits in 2010 initally) and Altered Boys. Tickets are on sale.
The show is one of three total dates, with Kill Your Idols supporting Modern Life is War on a pair of dates in the Chicago area (one of which is at Cobra Lounge). All dates are listed, along with video from B&B 2013, below.
Negative hardcore/raw punk band Hoax are gearing up for the release of their debut LP, featuring what will surely be a grip of all-new favorites for fans of the genre. No release date yet for the album, but you can stream "Anesthetize" and "Hide" from it below. Recommended.
UPDATE: Stream the LP in full now below
Hoax will lead off a positively stacked lineup of Crazy Spirit, Warthog and Pharmakon at 538 Johnson Wednesday night (Aug 21, more info here). Unmissable and all ages.
We already knew Modern Life is War, who reformed last year after a four-year abscence, were on for This is Hardcore in August, but have now announced more US dates and a new LP. The freshly released dates include an NYC stop at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 12 with Night Birds (who play with Zero Boys soon), Deathcycle and Wet Witch. Ticket info is on the way.
The shows are in celebration of the band's new LP Fever Hunting, due for release via Deathwish Inc on September 3.
All tour dates are listed, along with details on the new MLIW LP, below.
by Fred Pessaro
No Sir's DNA is comprised of members of Sabertooth Zombie and Creative Adult, but that is definitely not an indication of their direction. Far from it in fact, as No Sir lean more toward crusty, simpler hardcore punk direction that resembles favorites like Pissed Jeans or Slices (RIP). Ripping hardcore is first, everything else takes the backseat.
Their new LP, The Future Is Bright is due August 13 via Twelve Gauge Records, and is one short of a dozen doses of adrenaline, including "C.A.L.I.F.O.R.N.I.A." (available in video form) and "I Doubt You'll Ever Swim Again" (streaming), both which you can check out below.
Integrity at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Last week's surprising pay-what-you-want announcement for Full of Hell's mammoth Rudiments of Mutilation was a welcome surprise, but may be the start of a (very welcome) trend. A389 Records is NOW offering Integrity's brand new LP, Suicide Black Snake, for the same fan-friendly price at Bandcamp. While you're at it, catch up on the bulk of the Integrity catalog for free too via frontman Dwid Hellion. Purchase your physical copy of the LP at the merch table if you're in the EU, or via A389 Records. Tour dates are listed below.
In the meantime, A389 is gearing up for "Summer Extinction" in Baltimore, MD on August 16. Featuring a headlining appearance from Ringworm, look for Municipal Waste, Noisem, Power Trip, Full of Hell and Impalers (part of their tour with Vaaska) to all join in on the mayhem. Flyer for the show is below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Suicide File at ICC in Allston, MA in 2009 (via Reid Haithcock)
Boston hardcore band The Suicide File were only around for a couple years in the early 2000s for a career that included one full length record, Twilight, and equally essentially EPs, singles, and demos that were eventually compiled on the album, Some Mistakes You Never Stop Paying For. They made a similar kind of hardcore punk 'n' roll to other bands around at the time like The Bronx, and their records sound just as fresh today, especially with bands like Fucked Up keeping a similar sound alive.
The Suicide File have played a few reunion shows since their initial breakup, and earlier this year it was announced that they'd be reuniting at Philly's This Is Hardcore Festival. They play on the final day (8/11) along with Gwar, Sick of it All, Paint It Black, Negative Approach, Code Orange Kids, and more (tickets). They've since announced that right before that festival, the band will play a NYC show on August 8 at Saint Vitus with Panic, Incendiary (who both also play This is Hardcore), and Believer/Law. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are on sale now.
Another band reuniting for This Is Hardcore is Modern Life Is War, who just announced that their new album -- their first since 2007's Midnight in America -- Fever Hunting, will be out on September 3 via Deathwish. The album art and tracklist for the album are below.
Check out the MLIW stuff, along with some Suicide File song streams, below...
by Fred Pessaro
Phantom Glue definitely mirror some Boston bands' tendencies to mix post-hardcore, noise rock and sludge into a new entity, and they have done so for a while. The band's latest effort, called A War of Light Cones, is another seven songs that blur those lines further. Look for the new LP on July 16 via Black Market Activities, with the single "Captain Keith Pierce" available below (alongside another track "Perils"). The band describes the inspiration for "Captain Keith Pierce" as follows:
"It's from the perspective of a character landing in America in Colonial times. It's about a legend that anything buried in the soil will evenually come back in another form. Cryptids turning into Sasquatch, for example. Essentially anything buried is a seed - 'to be buried is to be born'..."Streams below....
The Impalers at Chaos in Tejas 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The Impalers, the more-punk leaning project of Chris Ulsh (Mammoth Grinder, Power Surge and more), are readying their self-titled debut for 540 Records. The follow-up to the band's revered demo and 7", the LP features a pair of new tracks, "Spider Sisters" and "Wrecking Ball," both of which are streaming below.
The Impalers will have copies of the release on hand when they hit the road with yet another Ulsh project, Vaaska, who will tour the East Coast in August. Look for the bands to hit Acheron on August 17 with Back to Back. Tickets are on sale. Vaaska have a release of their own coming with 540 Records, a split with Skizophrenia, though no word as to whether it will be ready by tour time.
The announcement of the new Impalers record comes on the same day that 540 Records readies another FOUR releases, including the pre-Ashes to Ashes 1985 demo by Cali-crust favorites Final Conflict, Framtid's Consuming Shit And Mind Pollution (a collection of early demos), Ego Summit's The Room Isn't Big Enough, and the classic Fun Fun Fun EP by Big Boys.
Tour dates and streams are below.
by Fred Pessaro
Trap Them @ Saint Vitus, 6/22/2013
It has been some time since we last saw hardcore/Swedish Death Metal favorites Trap Them pass through NYC, and we're quite lucky to even get a show out of them considering only two were scheduled for the East Coast. That's probably why Saint Vitus on June 22 was a sold-out affair, or it could have been their pairing with the Invisible Oranges-sponsored Full of Hell / Seven Sisters of Sleep tour that crossed into town that same night. Regardless, the show also featured appearances from grindcore quartet Psychic Limb and South Carolinian screamo crew Apart, making for a pretty killer bill (if we do say so ourselves), and pictures from a packed-out Saint Vitus are below.
Check even more photos from the show and video over at at Invisible Oranges.
by Fred Pessaro
Belgium is a hotbed for a certain type of hardcore sound, embodied in bands like Rise & Fall, Amenra and others. Oathbreaker is another band that flirts with that particular oppressive-hardcore sound, yet this Belgian crew also dabbles in epic screamo (ala Envy) on their new LP Eros|Anteros due via Deathwish on August 20. Sure, black metal, post-rock, and punk/metal riffs are all present, but the band's melodicism also adds a different spin, making tracks like "Condor Tongue" that much more interesting.
Stream "Condor Tongue," alongside the band's tour schedule (no dates in the US), below.
by Fred Pessaro
Cro-Mags at House of Vans, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Music Hall of Williamsburg, ready your metal detectors. A little less than a year after the infamous Harley incident that left the original bassist with a broken leg and another man knifed, Cro-Mags will return
to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 19.
UPDATE: This show has been rescheduled for October 20. Previously-purchased tickets will be honored for the new date.
The band is also scheduled to play a mega-show in Chicago with Rival Mob, Breakdown and others.
In addition to the upcoming MHoW date, look for Jon Joseph of 'da Mags to join on for a celebration of the release of punk rock photo book, Barred for Life:
Barred For Life is a photo-driven documentary highlighted and counterpointed with a compelling narrative which addresses the facts and fantasies associated with growing up a Punk Rocker in the early 1980's, and how Black Flag pervaded the scene's rumor mill like a mysterious specter all across the country and around the world. Revealing quotations supplement the austere black-and-white photography of Jared Castaldi and Stewart Dean Ebersole, Barred For Life's photographic teamThe show will feature appearances from Dez Cadena (ex-Black Flag, Flag) performing the "Six Pack EP" in it's entirety, Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror), Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy's Law), Rizzo (The Misguided), Drew Stone (Antidote), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand)and many more. Tickets are still available for this event at Bowery Electric on June 23.
If you missed it, Greg Ginn's incarnation of Black Flag played three shows over the weekend. Or maybe you, like me, didn't miss it one bit.
Harm's Way show their Swedish Death Metal influence on the new track "Mind Control," available on their forthcoming EP, Blinded. The release, due via Deathwish Inc on July 23, has spawned a video for that track which you can watch below.
For more, check out the EP's artwork (by Florian Betmer) at Invisible Oranges, and pray for an NYC show soon.
On the Might of Princes
Long Island hardcore gets repped to the fullest in June at Saint Vitus! First up, the venue has announced On the Might of Princes on June 16 with Wiretap Crash and The Conflicted. Tickets are on sale. The show is the band's first since reuniting for an earlier Vitus show and a date with Revelation Records. Videographer extraordinaire UN:ART:IG called their Vitus appearance one of his favorites of 2012. Video of that is below.
In addition, LIHC band Mind over Matter will play NYC at Saint Vitus on June 29, a one-off show for the band:
Seven years before the mainstream media was hailing screamo as the next big thing, Mind Over Matter were accidentally inventing the genre in front of floored hometown crowds. Unfortunately, the band never drew the same sort of enthusiasm outside of Long Island until after they'd broken up (and vocalist Arty Shepherd had moved on to Errortype:11, Instruction, ...God Fires Man [ED: and Primitive Weapons]); but it didn't matter. Those kids from Glassjaw and Thursday who were in the crowd at Mind Over Matter's gigs had already seen the future. -[LIHC Wiki]
Tickets are on sale.
You can also check out recent video of both OTMOP and Mind over Matter, below.
Converge at Decibel, 2013 (more by Shaun Regan)
Converge will team with Meek Is Murder, Trenchfoot and Dead Serious at Saint Vitus on May 25 and tickets are on sale. The show is part of a weekend that will see the Massachusetts hardcore quartet also head toward an appearance at Maryland Deathfest, joining names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, and more. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Maryland Deathfest, the festival recently announced the cancellation of Gehenna "due to pressing legal matters" and the addition of Ringworm. Tickets are still available for Maryland Deathfest.