Entries tagged with: hardcore
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.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Paint it Black at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Pennsylvania's Paint it Black have returned with a new 7" due on No Idea Records, Invisible, which is available for preorder now. It marks the melodic hardcore band's first effort in four years, and they've has offered a pair of tracks for streaming in anticipation of its mid-April release. Check out "Greetings, Fellow Insomniacs" and "Headfirst", the latter of which makes its debut here today.
In celebration of PiB's righteous return to the studio, we cornered frontman Dan Yemin (also Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, etc) and bassist Andy Nelson (also Ceremony, etc) about the new release, being an elder statesman in punk and what the future holds. The results of that conversation, those song streams are below.
California hardcore crew Nails are streaming the entirety of their new LP Abandon All Life, which is currently causing quite the stir. Stream it in full below courtesy of Revolver, and get yours at Southern Lord.
Nails will hit the East Coast in late April / early May as part of an Invisible Oranges sponsored tour with Xibalba and Early Graves. Tickets are still available for the NYC show at Saint Vitus on May 3 with White Widows.
All dates, tour flyer and the album stream are below.
Dropdead at Europa, May 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already knew that Rhode Island political hardcore crew Dropdead would be headed southbound for Damaged City Fest, but now comes word that the single date has sprouted into a weekend. Philly and NYC are also in the band's plans, and look for Dropdead to play Acheron on April 14 with No Sir I Won't and Trenchgrinder. Tickets are on sale.
All Dropdead dates, and some live video is below.
Paul of Kill Your Idols/Deathcycle/Black Anvil at Acheron (more by Rebecca Reed)
After releasing the full lineup for Black & Blue Bowl with Judge and immediately selling out, a second Judge show was announced for May 19th that featured many bands in the TBA column. Now those holes have been filled via a video trailer for the fest. Look for appearances from Kill Your Idols (!), Crown of Thornz, Indecision, Overthrow (LIHC), Bitter End, Strength Approach, Blind Justice and Coldside. Tickets are on sale online, or in person at Generation Records, NYHC Tattoo and Lotus Tattoo.
Check out the video trailer below.
Into Another at Bowery Ballroom, Dec. 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Reunited hardcore favorites Into Another headlined Saint Vitus late last year (after an appearance at Irving) and followed that up with dates in the Northeast that included Bowery Ballroom. Now comes word that the band will return to the scene of their smallest show, having confirmed a headlining appearance at Saint Vitus on April 26. Tickets are on sale. No word on support or if that Brooklyn date will expand into more.
photos by Keith Marlowe
Capping off a trio of BV/IO shows for the weekend (Samothrace, Torche in the days prior), Ringworm headlined Acheron on Sunday, March 3 as part of a string of dates, joined by sets from Suburban Scum and Concrete Cross.
Meanwhile, congratulations to the Cleveland hardcore veterans and BV-SXSW alums on their signing to the venerable Relapse Records. So far details on the new LP remain scarce, but when that changes we'll let you know.
More pics, plus video, from Ringworm's Acheron show are below.
photos by Lukas Hodge
Rival Mob @ 285 Kent, 2/23/2013
It got a little incestuous at 285 Kent on Saturday (2/23), when Massachusetts band The Rival Mob played their record release show with special guests Stick Together, Give, Waste Management, WW4, Prisoner Abuse and Brain Slug (NY's Inside Out cancelled). Members of Rival Mob also serve in Prisoner Abuse and WW4 (with members of Floorpunch), while Waste Management contains members of some of Rival Mob's related projects, so it was definitely a show that kept it "family" for the duration.
Rival Mob's new LP Mob Justice is out now, and definitely worth a listen for fans of brutal, late 80s-style hardcore. More pics from the wild straight-edge show at 285 Kent are below.
Incendiary at Public Assembly, Dec 2012 (more by Lukas Hodge)
As much as Long Island/Brooklyn crew Incendiary is identified with NYHC, its clear that the boys are looking to branch out. On their forthcoming LP, Cost of Living, the quartet do just that while staying rooted in Incendiary of old. Look for the new LP due on March 19 via Closed Casket Activites (preorder), and stream "Snake" for the first time below.
So far no NYC dates for the band, but that will change soon. Until then, look for Incendiary to light up (pun unintended) the surrounding areas at the cities listed below.
Members of hardcore crews Undying and Outbreak have formed an alliance, converging into new Brooklyn hardcore band Go Deep. After a demo was passed around various hardcore circles, the band has now produced the Counseling 7" for Mayfly Records. Check out the video for two tracks, "Elders" and "Glossectomy," below along with the full stream. Get your copy of this limited-to-500 7" via the label.
Go Deep will celebrate their new 7" with a release show on 4/25 at Acheron. Support and ticket details are on the way.
Streams and videos below...
Add Merel to the growing list of hardcore bands that have risen from the grave...
Featuring a rhythm section who went on to help form New Jersey's brilliant Rye Coalition, Merel played chaotic, abrasive, and quite loud experimental hardcore that separated itself from the norm with its unlikely musical creativity. Fierce vocals lead the way, and they are actually relatively understandable while still being quite aggressively screamed. The band toys with both straight-ahead hardcore and a much more explosive style comparable to a completely untamed Rye Coalition.-[Last.FM]New Jersey's Merel wil return for their first show in 20 years at Grand Victory on April 5. Life Eaters (ex-Rye Coalition) and Entartete (ex Orphan) will join on as support and DJ Zachary Lipez will be on the wheels. Tickets are on sale.
Head below for a refresher course on Merel, done by way of video/streaming audio.
Put the rumors and gossiping to rest, the BNB Takeover proudly announced the complete line-up for this year's Black N Blue Bowl which will feature a highly anticipated reunion from JUDGE. A complete list of announced bands and details are as follows;Check out the full lineup below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Vocalist Brendan Radigan opened The Rival Mob's set at This is Hardcore with an arguably flawless statement of purpose:
"This first song we're gonna play is not for some political bullshit. It's not for some tough guy pose. It's not to make us sound like a bunch of fuckin' romantic poets trying to be sensitive. It's made for one fuckin' thing, moshing really fuckin' hard.
And so began the stagedives with "Intro Grunt," the band's answer to classic, mostly-instrumental hardcore anthems like Integrity's "Vocal Test." Check out video of the mayhem below.
The Rival Mob's ferocity is not a simulacrum of NYHC cliches, unlike much of the hardcore bands that litter the landscape. There is a fury, and that simmering anger has never been more apparent than on their latest LP Mob Justice due on Feb 26 via Revelation Records ("Intro Grunt" opens the LP). "It Must Be Nice..." from that record is streaming below. Fans of 80s hardcore like Warzone, Breakdown and Negative Approach, take note.
The Rival Mob have a pair of NYC shows set for the near future, including the previously discussed record release show at 285 Kent on Saturday (2/23) (tickets) and an appearance at New York's Alright at the same venue on April 20. Want to go to Saturday's show? We have a pair of tickets AND a copy of Mob Justice on vinyl available for giveaway. Details on how to win, along with that song stream and video, are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
For the unaware, Kromosom's Live Forever (streaming now) is the perfect starter point for understanding the band's brand of d-beat terror. It is, after all, their discography.
After that, you should be primed and ready to go for when the ex-members of Pisschrist hit the road for a string of US dates in middle May. In addition to the previously discussed show with Rotten Sound at Acheron on May 21, look for the band to appear with at 1196 Myrtle Ave on 5/18 in Brooklyn with Perdition, Sad Boys and more. Full tour listing is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Crusty Japanese hardcore favorites Forward (ex Death Side) return to our shores for a string of dates that kick off on the East Coast, heading southbound toward the storied Austin, TX festival Chaos in Tejas. The dates mark two US tours in as many years, following last year's stop for the same festival and subsequent DVD of the trek.
Forward recently released the "Devil's Cradle" / "What's the Meaning of Love" 7" via 540 Records. Copies of that are still available.
All known tour dates for Forward, who will do many of their shows with PDX's Long Knife, as well as ripping video of the maniacs in action, are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Loma Prieta at The Meatlocker, March 2012 (more by Katie Chirichillo)
Post-hardcore/screamo band Loma Prieta, -- named after the great earthquake -- will embark on a full North American assault in March alongside touring partners Goodtime Boys. Kicking off in San Diego, look for the band to head to SXSW and later hit Brooklyn on April 2 at St. Vitus. Additional support band details and ticketing info is still TBA.
Loma Prieta released IV in 2012, and you can stream two tracks from that LP and check out a list of all tour dates below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Dawn of Humans at 285 Kent (more by Lukas Hodge)
The previously discussed punk fest New York's Alright has announced its line-ups for the weekend fest. Head below for a full listing of venues and lineups between April 18 - 21 which feature some really unmissable shows for fans of punk/hardcore.
Heartless (mem Masakari) will play Acheron on March 9, joined by Blood Red (mems of Rambo, Pissed Jeans, Hounds of Hate, etc), Gang Signs and White Widows.
Cult of Luna have released a new video for "Passing Through" from their LP Vertikal (stream it). Check that out, as well as a list of all EVILLIVE-approved shows for the next two weeks, below.
Attention hardcore nerds and completists:
Hi Folks,Luke Abbey (Warzone, Judge, Gorilla Biscuits & more) is auctioning some impressive classic New York Hardcore from his collection, including 7"s by Side by Side, Slapshot, Underdog, Warzone, much sought-after compilations, rare shirts by Judge, Uniform Choice, and more. Head to Double Cross XX for more details and to his eBay account to place bids.
My name is Luke Abbey and I'm the drummer for the band Gorilla Biscuits. Recently, while we were playing in Chicago at the Revelation Records 25th anniversary show, I tore my biceps tendon. I'd already had a number of shoulder and arm injuries I'd been trying to manage on my own, but during our second song it finally gave out and completely snapped, forcing me to go in for surgery the following week. I underwent several repairs and am now embarking on a lengthy rehabilitation process while also facing considerable expenses.
Best of luck and godspeed to Luke Abbey, though I'm guessing he won't need too much of it judging by his bounty.
Members of The Want and Rye Coalition have joined forces to become Cold Fur. The NJ quartet's clean-tone guitar takes front-and-center, mixing angular math-rock, post-hardcore and spazzy punk on the band's new LP Altamont Every Night. Look for this Albini-produced effort to hit digitally on March 5 via Cold Fur Records and later this spring in hard formats. A few songs from the LP have already hit the internet, but we've got the premiere of "Pigs On Holiday" which which you can stream below.
Opium Morals art
Just when you thought it was safe, California's Seven Sisters of Sleep have returned with Opium Morals, the band's new LP due via A389 Records on March 20. Sludge, doom, hardcore and blasts all pepper this mammoth release, and you can stream two tracks from the LP below including "Orphans" which is making its debut here.
In addition, SSoS will share a Record Store Day split 7" with DC doom steamroller Ilsa. Details are sketchy thus far, but look for that alongside Ilsa's The Maggots Are Getting Hungry limited 12", a reissue of Ringworm's 1991 demo, and Like Rats' self-titled 7" on RSD13 (April 20). Also, Ilsa is scheduled to play the upcoming Damaged City Fest.
So far Seven Sisters of Sleep has only one tour date on the way, On February 7 in LA at Blue Star with Fuck The Facts, Final Draft, and Buried At Birth. Until more surface, prep for Opium Morals below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
DC's Damaged City Fest has been announced for middle April, with some overlap of bands scheduled for NYC's punk fiesta New York's Alright. Look for names like Culo, Coke Bust, Double Negative, Dropdead, No Tolerance (who's members play with Rival Mob soon), Negative Approach, Night Birds, Prisoner Abuse, Tenement and many many more. Full lineup for the festival, scheduled to take place at long-time DIY space St. Stephen's Church on April 12 and 13, is below. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of Wisconsin band Tenement, look for them to hit Grand Victory on April 11 with touring partners Night Birds, Marvin Berry & The New Sound and Dipers. Tickets are on sale. Stream a few Tenement songs, including their split with Culo, below.
In other news, Night Birds are prepping a new split for Fat Wreck Chords. Look for the four-song EP Maimed for the Masses via the label on May 7, with the title track providing a primer for the band's forthcoming LP Born To Die In Suburbia due on Grave Mistake this summer.
In more punk news, for a taste of what' you're in for at New York's Alright 2013, head to 285 Kent tonight (2/1) where Who Killed Spikey Jacket? will team with Sad Boys, Perdition, Goosebumps and Murderer. Four of the five bands scheduled for tonight will perform at the festival which happens in April.
Check out the DCFest lineup, as well as song streams, below.
Nails, who recently dropped a new track from their forthcoming LP Abandon All Life at Pitchfork, will hit the road as part of an Invisible Oranges-sponsored trek in late April. The dates are limited, but include a stop in NYC at Saint Vitus on May 3 with White Widows. Tickets are on sale.
Nails recently completed a round of dates with NYC's Incendiary, Twitching Tongues and Death Threat. Pictures from the San Francisco date at Gilman are available at IO.
All Nails dates, and the tour flyer and song streams are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Just when things couldnt get any weirder regarding Black Flag...
Black Flag original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson, along with guitarist Stephen Egerton (who played along Bill Stevenson in Descendents and ALL), spurred by crowd reaction to a surprise set at Goldenvoice's 30th anniversary show in 2011, have formed FLAG as a vehicle to continue performing the hardcore progentiors' repertoire.We now have dueling "Flag"s, this version and the previously discussed with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes. I have a headache.
Catch the Morris version on the road in Europe and at Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas over Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 - 27) where they'll join names like The Damned (who are also playing Chaos), DRI, Lagwagon, Subhumans, The Bouncing Souls, Swingin Utters, Lower Class Brats and more. Tickets for Punk Rock Bowling go on sale Tuesday (1/29) at 1PM PST.
The impossible has happened. Black Flag will reunite with their second vocalist Ron Reyes (Keith Morris was the first) for a show at Hevy Fest in the UK, roping in Greg Ginn as part of the lineup. The show will be the first official Black Flag show in many years, and the first outside of the US in more than 30.
UPDATE:Neither Chuck Dukowski nor Robo are part of this lineup. Enter FLAG.
So far the remainder of the Hevy Fest lineup, which goes down on August 2-4 at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, has yet to be announced. Expect an additional 80 bands to round out the lineup.
Head below for some Black Flag videos featuring Ron on vocals, including a video from Ron Reyes's 50th birthday party, where he joined Greg Ginn on stage for Black Flag covers.