Entries tagged with: hardcore
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!.
photos by Keith Marlowe
Negative Approach @ Grand Victory, 4/14/2013
Hardcore legends Negative Approach played the tiny Williamsburg venue Grand Victory last night (4/15), snagging support from Violent Bullshit, Two Man Advantage and Crushed. The show was part of a weekend of dates for the band that also included a stop at festival Damaged City in DC where the band teamed with bands like Dropdead (who also played NYC last night).
More pics from Grand Victory (minus Crushed who we missed), plus NA's setlist, are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Dropdead at Acheron last night (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Providence powerviolence greats Dropdead hit Acheron in Brooklyn last night (April 14), a show on their return trek from Damaged City Fest. The night featured an eclectic lineup that ranged from punk by No Sir I, Won't, Brooklyn early-Earache-worshippers Trenchgrinder (members Skullshitter/Anicon/Gang Signs), noise/crossover punks Shoxx, police-themed powerviolence crew NARC (members of Dawn of Humans, Rosenkopf) to sludgy punk from Occult 45. Pictures from the Dropdead appearance are available at InvisibleOranges.
Small Brown Bike began in 1996 in the small suburban town of Marshall, Michigan. After two self-released seven-inches, the band was offered a helping hand from No Idea Records (Gainesville, Florida). The band immediately went to work on the new songs and recorded their first full-length entitled, "Our Own Wars" (July 1999) and went on to release three more full length albums, and countless additional releases. In their history, the band toured the States relentlessly performing and touring with acts such as Against Me!, Cursive, At The Drive In, Alkaline Trio, Hot Water Music, Desaparecidos and more, and performed at the Van's Warped Tour and at Louisville's Krazy Fest and Gainesville's The Fest.Post-hardcore crew Small Brown Bike have logged more than fifteen years as a band. An accomplishment to be sure, but like any big milestone, that accomplishment also comes with reflection.
SBB have aggregated b-sides, alternate tracks and demos for Recollected, a compilation of rarites due on May 28 via Old Point Light Records which you can preorder now. The release features seventeen tracks in all, including "My Unanswered Whys" a version of which originally made its appearance on a limited split with Cursive in 2001. Stream that track and check out a video trailer for the compilation below.
by Fred Pessaro
As discussed, The Dillinger Escape Plan is proclaiming One of Us is the Killer with a brand new LP, celebrating it with a set of new dates with The Faceless and Royal Thunder. Brooklyn's date at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 27th will also feature a set by Converse Rubber Tracks recording artists Primitive Weapons and a DJ set by yours truly. The Brooklyn show is totally free/open to the public, but you need to RSVP aka grab a free ticket. They become available at noon on Wednesday (4/10),
The Brooklyn show is part of the ongoing Converse Rubber Tracks Live series. The last one was with Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Heliotropes and Eternal Summers.
DEP recently dropped a new tour promo, as well as a snippet from their forthcoming LP. Check them both out below along with all tour dates and a short documentary on Primitive Weapons and Saint Vitus...
Los Crudos in Chicago earlier this year (more by Carmelo Espanola)
The great Los Crudos have returned to the stage off and on since initially splitting in 1998, most recently in Chicago for a pair of shows (pics/review). Now comes word that "That Spic Band" will return from slumber yet again to play Chaos in Tejas, their first appearance at the festival since 2008. The band is scheduled to play one more US date, the This is Not A Step festival in the Bay Area on June 28 - 30 happening at and benefiting DIY space 924 Gilman, featuring The Body, Iron Lung, No Statik, Talk is Poison and more.
Los Crudos recently played a string of dates in South America in addition to that doubleheader in Chicago in March 2nd. Check out video of full sets from both shows, along with a video of their 2008 appearance at Chaos in Tejas, below.
photos by Sarja Hasan
Goosebumps @ Saint Vitus, 2/26/2013
Acheron just got a little bit wilder. New York punk crew Goosebumps have been added to the previously discussed White Lung suprise show at Acheron on April 15. Tickets for the Brooklyn-Vegan co-presented show, which also features appearances from Syphilitic Lust and Boca Raton, are still available. White Lung's other area appearance, supporting Iceage at Bowery Ballroom, is sold out.
Goosebumps, meanwhile, joined D.R.I., Deathcycle and Concrete Cross for a show at Saint Vitus on February 26. Belated pictures and video (plus a bonus Goosebumps video), minus Concrete Cross (who our photographer missed), are below.
photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Loma Prieta @ Saint Vitus 4/2/2013
Cali post-hardcore gang Loma Prieta played Saint Vitus last night (4/2) as part of a string of dates with UK's Goodtime Boys, Descender (who also played the night before with Russian Circles) and Crushed. The date followed their appearance at the Paint it Black record release show in Philadelphia. More pics from Saint Vitus, including all bands except Descender, are below.
photos & words by Caroline Harrison
Russian Circles @ Saint Vitus 4/1/2013
Russian Circles played Saint Vitus last night (April 1), supported by locals Primitive Weapons and Descender. The post-metal band played Highline Ballroom on their last headlining tour (and Radio City Music Hall recently), so it's no surprise that they sold out the Greenpoint bar long before any openers had been announced.
Descender's no-frills post-hardcore kicked off the evening. Primitive Weapons, down a guitarist, ripped through an energetic set on home turf (guitarist Arty Shepherd was actually working the bar that night). Russian Circles' lushly layered sound translates beautifully live. The band expertly weaves in samples and loops, without obscuring Dave Turncrantz's impassioned drumming or Brian Cook's distinctive bass lines (ex-Botch/These Arms Are Snakes).
Primitive Weapons play Music Hall of Williamsburg later this month (4/27) with Dillinger Escape Plan, the Faceless, and Royal Thunder. We'll be posting the RSVP info for that free show as soon as it's available. And if you missed their set last night, you can catch Descender again tonight (4/2) at Saint Vitus supporting Loma Prieta and Goodtime Boys (tickets).
More pictures and a video of the entire Russian Circles set are below.
Negative Approach at Power of the Riff East (more by Greg Cristman)
Negative Approach was already scheduled to play the Damaged City Fest in DC next weekend (April 13), so it comes as no big surprise that the legendary Detroit hardcore band has added a date in our fair city. What IS surprising is the venue; Negative Approach will play Williamsburg's tiny Grand Victory on April 14 for what will undoubtedly be a cramped and insane night of classic 80s hardcore. Tickets are on sale.
One year after playing Black & Blue Bowl and issuing their 20th anniversary boxset, Rancid will return for dates in NYC and beyond! The Bay Area punk band will embark on a string of dates with related band Transplants and Crown of Thornz for a string of dates that will include two stops at Terminal 5 on June 20 & 21. Tickets go on sale at 10AM on Saturday (4/6).
Still no sign of new Rancid material, as the band havent released anything since dropping the "Fuck You" single last year. Meanwhile, check out Rancid's classic And Out Come The Wolves, along with their full tour schedule and the tour flyer.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
This is Hardcore have announced their initial 2013 lineup which, for the most part, doesn't have many uber-shocking additions unless you count a headlining set by Gwar (?). It includes names like Kid Dynamite, Tragedy, 7 Seconds, Panic, Trapped Under Ice and more. Full lineup is below. Tickets for the festival pass and the weekend pass go on sale at noon.
The one interesting addition is the reemergence of Modern Life is War, who called it quits in 2008. Though some are viewing the band's reunion as part of an April Fool's joke, the reunion is in fact real according to a valued source. The band issued the following statement regarding their return:
"Modern Life Is War is an active band again. In September of last year, we wrote an album in John's basement in Marshalltown, which will be recorded at God City in May and released on Deathwish in September. The original lineup of Chris Honeck, Matt Hoffman, Jeffrey Eaton, Tyler Oleson and John Eich will be in place. For what it's worth, we are not approaching this as a 'reunion' but rather as a band with a new record that will be working to contribute something worthwhile. Extensive touring is not in the cards for us at this point. Our first show back will be at This Is Hardcore Fest in August, followed by a record release show in Iowa. We will announce an official release date as well as specific show dates and locations as soon as they are confirmed."Keep your fingers crossed for more dates.
photos by Keith Marlowe, words by Fred Pessaro
Iron Lung at DbA, 3/30/2013
Seattle powerviolence duo Iron Lung have been out on the road for close to a month now, playing dates with Dream Decay including Saturday at Death by Audio (3/30) in Brooklyn, NY. Support at the show came from the trio of Brain Slug, the always amazing Shoxx (now with a pair of guitarists) and the crusty No Tomorrow. The show was one of the first NYC dates for Shoxx since drummer Elsner Nino departed to join Merchandise.
One of the biggest disappointments of the evening was amplifier hum on Jon Kortland's guitar, not so much that it hindered the Iron Lung's performance, but that the first half wasn't peppered with drummer Jensen Ward's dry & sarcastic jokes in between songs. That changed as the evening rolled on, and the band's start-stops and thundering blasts surpassed the razor-sharp onstage wit.
Dream Decay was the most surprising act of the evening, channelling noise rock and Swans-y no-wave into a single slithering, feedback drenched pummel. Drummer/vocals are at the center of this Seattle band's sound, which also featured a saxophone to add Contortion-y squeals over top of it all. Fans of Pissed Jeans and Swans, take note.
Iron Lung are touring in support of White Glove Test, the band's new LP that comes in three versions: the regular LP, a companion noise LP and a combination of the two. Dream Decay also has a new LP, N V N V N V, out now via Iron Lung Records. Stream both below and get hard copies on the road, or snag a digital of both LPs at the Iron Lung bandcamp.
More pics from Saturday's show at DbA are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
photo by Stefaan Temmerman
Belgium is fertile with vicious hardcore, a trend that continues with the release of the new LP from Hessian, the latest entry in Southern Lord's crusty hardcore onslaught. Featuring members of Amenra, the band skips the slow build/pummel of that band in favor of a more direct assault on Mánégarmr, due on April 30. Stream the new track "Plague Monger" for the first time, plus their contribution to a split with Amenra, below.