Entries tagged with: hardcore
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
California hardcore band Downpresser are currently blazing down an interstate with Take Offense, touring their way towards NYC for an appearance at the sold-out Black & Blue Bowl this weekend (some tickets at door), but soon after the band will celebrate the release of their new LP, which is out via 6131 Records. The release titled Don't Need A Reason will hit on May 28, and you can stream the opening track from the LP, "Twist of Fate" for the first time below. Order yours via the label.
All of you non-NYCers can still catch Downpresser as part of their current tour. Those dates are listed, along with that new track, and the title track from the LP, below.
Nails at Saint Vitus, 5/3/2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
The monster IO-sponsored bill of hardcore-influenced favorites Nails, Xibalba and Early Graves featuring Nails, Xibalba and Early Graves came to a close in Philadelphia, one day after a showing at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on May 3. Brooklyn's White Widows opened the evening, and riled up the crowd with a surprise appearance from Incendiary vocalist Brendan Garrone. Check out video and more photos from the show at InvisibleOranges.
In related news, both Xibalba and Nails will return to the East Coast to play This is Hardcore at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia on August 8 - 12, joining names like Sick of it All, Trapped Under Ice, Kid Dynamite, Modern Life is War, Rival Mob, Ringworm, Absolution and others. Four-day passes are on sale now and full lineup is below.
Crazy Spirit (and fan) at 285 Kent (more by Tod Seelie)
If you were anywhere near The Acheron, 285 Kent or Le Poisson Rouge this weekend, you might have notices the masses of leather jackets, studs, spikey hair, and general attitude. For four days (April 18-21) New York's Alright took those venues with sold-out shows at 538 Johnson, Acheron, Saint Vitus & 285 Kent and featuring bands from as far as Japan and Spain. Nihilistic, explosive punk rock shows took place during the day and at night, and included names like Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Rival Mob, Culo, Hoax, Crazy Spirit, Green Beret, Dawn of Humans, Glam, Stagnation and many many more. Check out some pictures of the insanity at InvisibleOranges.
As discussed at InvisibleOranges, queercore punk gods Limp Wrist have returned to the fray, and will play a string of East Coast dates in mid-June that will include TWO NYC shows. The five dates in four cities will include Union Pool on June 15 (fixed) as part of a "Queers, Beers and Rears" show with a dance party directly after; and June 16 at Le Poisson Rouge. Ticket details for both are on the way.
Limp Wrist features Martin Sorrondeguy, who is part of the also-reunited Los Crudos who are scheduled to play this year's Chaos in Tejas. Sorrondeguy also recently released a photography book titled Get Shot!.