Entries tagged with: hardcore
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Sick of it All at Webster Hall, 2011 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Sick of it All have been added as the special guest at the Revelation 25 show on Friday (10/12) at Irving Plaza, joining on Chain of Strength, Mouthpiece, Damnation AD and the newly added Popeye. Tickets are still available.
In related news, Texas is The Reason play a sold-out show with States & Kingdoms at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/10) and will be at Rev25 on Thursday with Underdog, Shades Apart, Gameface, and On The Might Of Princes. Both shows are sold-out.
In other news, Project X and Curl Up and Die have dropped off the Revelation shows entirely. Check out flyers for all Revelation shows below.
The excellent Rumpshaker! fanzine will be the focus of a reading this coming weekend, when publisher Eric Weiss appears at vegan shoe store Moo Shoes (78 Orchard Street, NYC) on Sunday, October 14 at 2 PM. He'll read from and bring along copies of the sixth edition of the storied zine as well, which contains interviews with Mike Judge (of Judge, not Office Space), Damien of Fucked Up, Ross of Ceremony, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Limp Wrist, Walter Schriefels and many many more. The reading is free and so are the vegan snacks that will be served.
If you can't make it to Moo Shoes, get a copy of Rumpshaker! at your favorite local record store or directly from Weiss.
photos by Sarja Hasan
D-Clone at Acheron, 10/5/2012
Wild Japanese noise-punks D-Clone played NYC twice over the weekend: the previously discussed Acheron show on Saturday (10/6) with Hoax, Zatsuon, Aspects of War, Sad Boys and Dead Reich, and another unnannounced show the night before (10/5) at 177 Stockholm with Perdition and Afrika. Pictures of D-Clone from 177 Stockhom and D-Clone and Zatsuon from Acheron are below, along with pics of Zatsuon and video from Acheron.
If you missed it, the band will once again destroy NYC at Lulu's in Greenpoint on Thursday (10/11) with support from Perdition, Nomad, Bortgang, and one more TBA.
More pics and video from 177 Stockholm and Acheron are below.
Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring was an American post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s, known for their energetic live performances. A part of the D.C. hardcore punk scene, Rites of Spring increased the frenetic violence and visceral passion of hardcore while simultaneously experimenting with its compositional rules. Lyrically, they also shifted hardcore into intensely personal realms and, in doing so, are often considered the first "emo" band, but Rites of Spring itself rejects any association between themselves and emo genres. -[Wikipedia]
Emo is a bit of a dirty word for the great Rites of Spring, who fused hardcore with melody and clean vocals across a pair of releases (an LP and a 7") before their dissolution. Members of the band famously went on to do lasting work in bands like Silver Jews and Fugazi in the years following, but Rites of Spring had already left its indelible mark.
Now in the grand tradition of the recent Lungfish and Void LPs, comes Rites of Spring's six-song demo remastered from the original tapes, available via Dischord Records on 10". Some history behind the release:
Before they even played a show -- the band recorded a six-song demo tape at Inner Ear with Don Zientara and Ian MacKaye... After the dissolution of their previous band, Insurrection, in 1983, Canty, Picciotto, and Fellows joined with Faith guitarist Eddie Janney and began writing new songs. Unfortunately, just as they became ready to play out, Fellows announced plans to relocate to Los Angeles, effectively ending the band before it even got started. Before the bassist departed, the group decided to go to Inner Ear to document the handful of finished songs that they had written. At this point, not only had they never played a show, Rites of Spring hadn't even settled on a name (on the tapes, Zientara listed the sessions as Insurrection II)...Stream the first track to emerge from the Rites of Spring demo below, the demo of "By Design," alongside the tracklisting and album art. Look for it via Dischord Records on October 23.
The sessions were notable for being the first time that anybody had heard Picciotto sing. At the time, few bands had access to a PA system during practice and the volume of the other instruments often blotted out vocals. Shortly after tracking was completed, Fellows hit the road and the recordings were mixed in his absence, hence the Beatles-inspired "Mike Fellows is dead," gag at the end of "By Design." ...there was no plan to officially release the recording, so the completed songs were dubbed onto cassette tapes and given out to friends, who passed them along to others... These six songs capture Rites of Spring in its earliest stages. Once the band started playing out, the songs gained velocity and intensity (see the 7-minute plus version of "End on End" that closes their LP), but many of the elements that defined their music - frenzied energy, sharp melodies, and introspective lyrics -- were already very much in place.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Acid Problem at Tommy's Tavern, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Acid Problem's noisy brand of hardcore tips its hat to 80s punk, squealing Sub-Pop/Am-Rep and punk favorites like the late-great Cold Sweat, Kim Phuc or Slices. Live, the NYC crew is a force to be reckoned with and their new self-titled EP ain't no slouch either. Check it out in full below. Limited to 311 copies (clearly a nod to the greatest band ever) (not really) on vinyl, pick up yours via 16oh Records.
Acid Problem have a single show as themselves (I'll explain in a minute) on their calendar so far, at Da Bath Haus in New Brunswick on October 13. There they'll be joined by Brain Slug, Dipers and Ugly Parts. They'll also appear as the Ramones at Death By Audio as part of their Halloween covers show on 10/31. If you can't make it out to NJ, check out their recent live appearance on WFMU as an indicator of their live show, and look below for some video as well.
Live video and that stream is below.
"They should be embarrassed that they jumped me and I am going to court for putting them in the hospital." - Harley Flanagan via NY Natives
Harley on a horse
You probably remember the now infamous 'Cro-Mags incident' that took place during the 'CBGB Festival' over the summer, and how Harley Flanagan, who was the one arrested, is claiming he was jumped and that it was all self defense. Vice has an update:
...the state's case isn't coming together as easily as everyone assumed it would. With Harley in court, the judge asks the assistant district attorney what's up. No grand jury has been convened yet, the ADA replies, and the case gets adjourned to Dec. 5.John Joseph is likely claiming that the Harley-sympathetic Vice article is filled with lies. What do you think?
If the case doesn't come together, with witness statements and testimony and a grand jury the thumbs up to the ADA to proceed, then the clock runs out on the charges on December 8, and Harley can shut the door on the legal troubles stemming from that night in July...
...To hear the other side tell it, Flanagan was crazed on the night of July 6, and may or may not have smuggled the knife into Webster Hall in his ass. Harley, speaking to me, paints a different picture: He was invited backstage and was ambushed, and in a subsequent fight for his life got stabbed, coming out of the VIP room with an oozing leg wound that at first looked like a compound fracture. "The only thing I did wrong that night was go out to the club," said Flanagan on Thursday. "I got jumped by a bunch of wannabe thugs."
Harley didn't know he was in trouble until the cops arrived and he was labeled as the assailant. He spent the next six days on Rikers Island, somewhat of a celebrity because of his case's notoriety. "I was like a white Mike Tyson," he says.
In Rikers, his leg wound, which had been simply stitched up, became infected with staph and MRSA and ballooned, and after being released on bail, he wound up in a hospital bed for ten days
Gaza at Saint Vitus, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Salt Lake City's noisy hardcore ambassadors Gaza will team with Pittsburgh punks Code Orange Kids and Maryland hardcore misanthropes Full of Hell for a string of North American dates this November, hitting Brooklyn at Acheron on November 24th with special guest Old Wounds. All dates are listed below.
The tour is in celebration of Gaza's new LP No Absolutes in Human Suffering, out now via Black Market Activities. Its a whopper.
All tour dates, the tour flyer and some video is below.
It's been 11 years since LA hardcore band Strife has hit the studio, and now the reactivated crew (four of the five served on their hit In This Defiance LP) have a new record, Witness A Rebirth. As much an album title as it is a call towards their resurrection, Strife has employed names like Iggor Cavalera and members of Terror to help out with the new LP, only their fourth in a 21 year history. Look for Witness A Rebirth to hit on November 6 via 6131 Records, but you can stream the new track "Torn Apart" for the first time below.
Don't forget, Strife will be on the East Coast soon. Until then, stream the new song and check out a couple videos below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bad Brains at DeLuna Fest 2012
Bad Brains will celebrate their 35th anniversary with a new album, featuring all the current/original members that changed the face of punk rock so many moons ago. Into the Future is Bad Brains' new LP and you can look for that on November 20 via Megaforce Records. The band describes the LP as "blends of soulful backgrounds meshed with blistering hardcore and metal riffs, with classic dub."
In the meantime, the previously discussed Bad Brains: A Band in DCfilm will be screened at the Woodstock Film Festival which goes down October 10 -14. Tickets are on sale for those screenings. Head to the Woodstock Film Festival site for info on the full schedule and weekend passes.
So far Bad Brains only have one tour date in their future, on May 18 in Germany at the Ruhrpott Rodeo. The Bad Brains did, however, just bless the Deluna Festival in Pensacola, FL on September 22. More pictures from their appearance are below. If you missed it, pictures from day one at DeLuna are HERE with more pics to come.
I once heard that brutal Seattle four-piece Cynarae sound like a combination of the great Morser and His Hero is Gone, which to me seems pretty on point. The band recently dropped their LP via A389 and digitally pour gratis (stream/DL it below, it rules) and are taking that material on the road, tagging the East Coast with pockets of vitriol until mid-October. NYC is not immune from their blasting hardcore venom, as we'll see Cynarae take to the stage of Acheron on October 9 with Scowl and more TBA.
Full tour dates are listed below, as well as streams of the Cynarae and Scowl material.
Dag Nasty, 2012
In celebration of the forthcoming Salad Days documentary, the Black Cat in Washington DC will host an evening of DC hardcore/punk on 12/28 that will include the reunion of the original Can I Say lineup of Dag Nasty!
PLEASE JOIN US ON DECEMBER 28 AT THE BLACK CAT FOR A VERY SPECIAL NIGHT!Ticketing info for the show is forthcoming. No word on whether this reunion will blossom into something larger (meaning more dates) or be a single one-off. The show also features Government Issue who reunited in 2010 and has done so on occaision since then.
Scheduled to appear:
Dag Nasty (and their original "Can I Say" lineup of Shawn Brown, Brian Baker, Roger Marbury, and Colin Sears)
Black Market Baby
and special guests!
This is a night to celebrate the filming of 'Salad Days' and the enduring legacy of these bands and this fine city!
City Gardens flyer from 1988
City Gardens was larger than a club (it held almost 1,100 people) and smaller than most theaters. During its time it hosted a multitude of live events that traversed the entertainment spectrum; everything from the comedy of Henny Youngman and Sam Kinison to the raging chaos of bands like The Butthole Surfers and The Exploited. Punk, Hardcore, New Wave, Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop, Ska, Reggae, Oi!, Industrial, Alternative, Funk, Goth... all these influences converged perfectly under the uncanny direction of Randy Now to form a perfect storm of seminal, historic moments. Over the course of a decade-and-a-half, City Gardens played an active part in the rise of bands like Nirvana, Jane's Addiction, Sinead O'Connor, Green Day, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, The Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Joan Jett and dozens of others who went on to international success while, at the same time, providing a home for the music that never made it to commercial radio. The list of performers who graced the City Gardens stage is long and varied, and includes legends like The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Agnostic Front, The Circle Jerks, Cro-Mags, UK Subs, The Pogues, The Mentors, Joe Strummer, Fugazi, The Toasters, Dead Kennedys, Sham 69, Peter Murphy, Soundgarden, Slayer, Black Flag, The Bad Brains and literally hundreds more. These monumental shows are recalled by the people whose lives were indelibly touched and forever altered by the experience. The voice is given to the people: the bouncers, the stage managers, the sound techs, the bartenders (including former booze-slinger and current host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart); the roadies and, most importantly, the fans.The documentary Riot on The Dance Floor examines City Gardens and booker Randy Now, who hosted some of the most legendary bands of the era at the Trenton, NJ club. Funded via Kickstarter, look for the film to surface in 2013. Until then, check out some clips and a trailer for the film below.
Bloodied, battered and unphased, Hoax at LPR in Feb 2011 (more by Sarah Coulter)
Bad news first.... Poison Idea have in fact cancelled their appearance at Power Of The Riff East and all East Coast dates due to medical-related issues. Bummer.
Now the good... fortunately, we have added one of the best bands in punk/hardcore right now in their stead.... Hoax! The brutal Massachusetts crew will now join Pentagram, Negative Approach, Agnostic Front and many others on that Saturday, September 1 at Warsaw, the first of two days at the venue. Tickets are on sale for Sat and Sun (now with a free screened poster for the event), OR you can purchase the newly released set of two-day passes that come with a free Southern Lord vinyl pack that contains an LP or 7" and various other SL offerings.
Head below for some Hoax material, and video of this notoriously violent band live.
The additional shows surrounding Revelation 25 (which now features Project X) have been popping up like mad, with announcements of On The Might of Princes and Texas is The Reason both recently surfacing. I wouldn't expect the bleeding to stop anytime soon, case and point: Into Another have added another NYC appearance, this time at Saint Vitus on October 13. Tickets are on sale for their first NYC appearance in 16 years(!).
So far no word on any additional dates for the reunited hardcore favorites, but until then check out live video of the band from their June reunion show below.
Milo Aukerman (of Descendents) in 1982, with photographer Glen E. Friedman in frame
As teenagers in 1981, David Markey and his best friend Jordan Schwartz founded We Got Power, a fanzine dedicated to the first-generation hardcore punk music community in their native Los Angeles. Their text and cameras captured the early punk spirit of Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Red Cross/Redd Kross, Suicidal Tendencies, the Descendents, White Flag, the Last, the Gun Club, Saccharine Trust, Sin 34, Nip Drivers, Circle One, M.D.C., Big Boys, Youth Brigade, D.R.I., the Butthole Surfers, Firehose, and many others at the height of their precocious punk powers.Much like Bazillion Points did with the amazing Slayer zine, We Got Power is now getting the royal treatment with a reprint of the fanzine from 1981-1983 "and beyond". The 300+ page book features essays from names like Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Tony Adolescent, Mike Watt, and so many others, and is currently available for preorder. Get yours via Bazillion Points.
Check out a stream of the We Got Power comp "Party or Go Home" below, featuring appearances from Dr. Know, White Flag, Ill Repute, and many others.
by Klaus Kinski
Sick of It All at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Kurt Christiansen)
When word got out that Sick of It All and Cro-Mags would co-headline a show at Webster Hall on Friday July 6th as part of the CBGB Festival, my water almost broke. I didn't even bother to wait and see if BV could somehow sleaze my bald ass into that sucker; I toddled over to Ticketweb and did the right thing and ponied up for a ticket. Your man Klaus was PUMPED. However, as you may or may not know, your man Klaus is sort of a mess in the old mental-stability department and on the day of the show I had an attack of the old agoraphbees. And it wasn't because of what the show was; it could have been a show featuring Devendra Banhart fluffing pillows and I still would have succumbed to the agoraphobic explosion occurring in my brain. So rather than put myself in a loud, sweaty, crowded room I opted to stay home curled up in a ball in the middle of my living room floor. As a matter of fact, the ticket for the show is literally still sitting in my bag.
As it turns out, my attack of agoraphobia may have been more a prophecy than a sign of my own mental weakness. For, as you all must know by now, the show was called off when Harley Flanagan went on an alleged rampage of alleged self-defense (depending on who you talk to), that resulted in stab wounds and bite marks. What luck! So the show was cancelled and everyone had to go home. I've been wondering since then if Webster Hall, Ticketweb, or the event organizers would make up for the fact that nobody got to see the two bands that clearly everyone was there to see. And then, WHAM, the following message landed in my inbox today:
Thank you for your patience in waiting for this rescheduled date.I know Cro-Mags are basically hardcore legends, and I am sure I am going to get raked over the ever glowing comments coals for saying this, but I'd take CIV over them any day. So for me, even though no other bands have been announced on the line-up (Quicksand?) (Please?), this is already a more than adequate make up date. See ya there!
Sick of it All is psyched to announce the rescheduled date for the missed performance on July 6th.
On September 7th, we'll be joined by our good friends and New York Hardcore legends CIV(!!), at Webster Hall with very special guests.
Due to the unfortunate events that resulted in the postponement, the Cro-Mags will not be playing.
All tickets purchased for the July 6th show through Ticketweb will be changed into WILLCALL list tickets, which means your name will be on a list at the door, and you just bring your ID - not your original ticket. Previously purchased tickets will be handled this way to avoid issues with the many people that may not have their original ticket.
If you have already received a refund, you will NOT be on the willcall list and your barcode has been invalidated on your existing ticket.
New tickets will be on sale Thursday (August 9th) at 10am at Ticketweb.
If you are unable to attend and would like a refund, please email email@example.com - refund requests must be received prior to August 17th.
Got a question? We're here to help. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Xibalba's 'Hasta La Muerte' art by Dan Seagrave
If we were to go strictly by the books, I really really should hate Xibalba's Hasta La Muerte. The reality is far different though. The So-Cal crew specializes in simple hardcore that focuses on breakdowns and clearly takes influence from bands of that grew up in the shadow of Madball. Yet Xibalba's absolutely furious vocals and mammoth, down-tuned hardcore stylings set them apart from the pack, making this record unique from the legions of flat-billed, Nike-clad, camo-short-wearing crews out there. Stream all of Hasta La Muerte below.
Don't forget, you can catch the animal-stylings of Xibalba at Power of the Riff East, where they'll team up with Agnostic Front and Pentagram to tear down Warsaw on September 1st. Tickets are still available for their appearance as well as for the second day (tickets here) with sunn o))), Repulsion, Winter and so many others.
Stream all of Xibalba's new LP (available via Southern Lord), and catch them on tour at the dates below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
In the wake of tickets disappearing at the speed of light from their Bowery Ballroom show, Quicksand will reportedly add another NYC date before they split to the West Coast to play FYF. Details on said show are on the way, but I wouldn't be shocked at a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg or another date with Bowery.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Agnostic Front at CBGBs in 2006 (more here)
East Coast Tsunami is returning to Reading, PA, this time shifting from June to September and adding names like Sick of It All, Biohazard, Cro-mags, D.R.I., H20, Agnostic Front (who play a special set at Power of The Riff East), Vision of Disorder, and twenty-three others to their ranks. It all goes down on 9/29 and 9/30 at Reverb and tickets are on sale in 2-day and single day increments. Full lineup is below, as well as a listing of all VIsion of Disorder tour dates, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th.
In other festival news, the 11th edition of Gainesville, FL's The Fest has expanded with some notable additions including Propagandhi, reunions of Latterman and Grade, Mean Jeans, Ceremony, Such Gold, DNF, Fight Amp, Hull, Mountain Man, Wild Tribe, and much much more. The current lineup is below.
All tour dates and lineups are listed below.
As we were saying, original Cro-Mags member Harley Flanagan told website NYNatives that he was acting in self defense when two members of his old band were injured by him at Webster Hall on July 6th. NYNatives since posted Harley's entire statement...
"According to Harley, he was invited to the dressing room back stage and instead of being welcomed as he expected he was jumped by a group of men. "When I saw that door get pulled shut I was literally fighting for my life. I was afraid these guys were going to kick me half to death, roll me down the back steps and that no one would see it... and there would be no witnesses and that would be that....and all I could think about was getting home safe to my kids...I wanted to save my life, to protect myself and these guys were trying to do me in."Current Cro-Mags frontman John Joseph, who was also in that dressing room, has since issued another statement that starts with the line, "[Harley's] been watching too many sci-fi movies." The rest below...
Cro-Mags founder, Harley Flanagan himself and his attorney have told nynatives.com exclusively in a statement that everything that happened on July 6th at the CBGB's Festival Cro-Mags show at Webster Hall happened in "self defense." Harley was not the aggressor and any and all of his actions were in self defense. This statement is in direct conflict with all major media reports covering the events which happened that night.Look for an interview in the coming days via the site. It'll be interesting to hear another side of the story to what happened at Webster Hall that fateful night. Either way, we are glad to hear that his alleged target Mike "The Gook" is feeling better, though he is currently seeking donations for his medical bills. Donate if you can, details on how are 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.)
photos by Kurt Christensen
John Joseph addresses the crowd @ Webster Hall Friday night - 7/6/12 (video below)
Before things took a turn for the worse and got all stabby, Webster Hall hosted performances from Vision of Disorder, Sai-Nam and Absolution as part of a five band bill that would have also included Sick of It All and Cro-Mags if the CBGB Festival Friday show didn't end early. Pictures from the relatively peaceful opening to the show are in this post.
As discussed, things got ugly when ex-Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan, who is known for not being happy that Cro-Mags continue without him, allegedly assaulted current Cro-Mags members with a hunting knife before the Cro-Mags set. Harley has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
John Joseph and his version of Cro-Mags (that was scheduled to play Webster Hall but instead got cut) issued the following statement:
WE... as a band are truly sorry for the way it all turned out in every regard even the ex-member who's family is now effected by his choices. Our prayers go out to them as well as Mike C., and the others who were hurt, but it was 'his' choice to come to our concert with a hunting knife, standing by our dressing door. Who knows what his actual intent was, obviously he wasn't there with it to cut bread for a peace offering as he was heard saying outside he was putting an end to us playing without him. Let's move on now & stop the trash-talking. Keep that PMA - that's what we are all about.PMA indeed.
That's a picture of John telling the Webster Hall crowd that the show is over on Friday. You can watch video of it below.
The NY Times talked to John too:
John Joseph, the band's lead singer, said that Mr. Flanagan had been at odds with other members of the Cro-Mags since he left the band in 2000 and had not been permitted to rejoin.The NY Post points out:
"This dude has been a negative thorn in the side of this band forever," Mr. Joseph said. "I hope he gets what's coming to him."
Few bands were as energetic as the Cro-Mags during the heyday of the Lower East Side hard-core scene in the mid- to late 1980s. Their first record, "The Age of Quarrel," featured an illustration of a mushroom cloud on the cover and driving songs with shouted lyrics about existential fear and the limits of anarchism.
In many ways the songs were a reflection of the world as seen by Mr. Flanagan, who left school at an early age and began hanging out on the decaying streets of the Lower East Side, where rent was cheap, abandoned buildings proliferated and the drug trade flourished.
The hard-core scene gradually become less visible, said Clayton Patterson, a photographer on the Lower East Side who has documented many of the bands, but it has experienced a revival in recent years.
The crowd was waiting for the Cro-Mags on Friday night when Mr. Flanagan darted from the dressing room while yelling something that onlookers could not make out, according to a spectator, Elie Perler, 30.
Joseph warned CBGB Festival organizers that Flanagan wasn't wanted, but he wound up obtaining a press pass.For those people that "don't believe the hype", somehow have faith that this is one big government conspiracy, or that it actually wasn't Harley Flanagan that attacked two in the VIP area at "Weber Hall", you can contribute to the Free Harley Flanagan fund. 119 days to go on this crowdsourcing effort and they are currently at 0.988% towards their $50k goal. Good luck with that one.
"Get somebody on the door who knows what he looks like," Joseph said he warned. "They didn't take that threat seriously."
If you missed Vision of Disorder, you can catch them in NYC again at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24th, tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wednesday (7/11) and regular sale on Friday.
More pictures of a peaceful Webster Hall before the storm, and video of John Joseph addressing the crowd, below.
by Fred Pessaro / BBG
Harley Flanagan is wheeled out of Webster Hall (via NYC Hammers)
To follow up our vague tweet last night, the NY Post has the full story:
A former member of the hard-core punk band the Cro-Mags attacked two of the group's current members with a hunting knife in a dressing room before a show at Webster Hall yesterday -- biting one and slashing both.The show, part of the CBGB Festival, was shut down before either Sick of it All or Cro-Mags took the stage. Its a sad day for New York Hardcore. This unity that everyone speaks about? PMA? The time for that is now.
The band was about to take the stage about 8:15 p.m. when tattooed rocker Harley Flanagan, 42, barreled through the East Village venue's VIP section toward the Cro-Mags' dressing room, sending nearly 30 guests on the balcony into a frenzy, law enforcement sources and witnesses said.
"Someone was yelling, 'Get his hands, get his hands, he's got a knife!' " witness Dave Gustav said. "Everything went nuts."
Several beefy security guards rushed to contain Flanagan, who seemed about to boil over before he entered the East Village venue.
...Flanagan, the band's former bassist and founder, suffered a broken leg by the time security finally pinned him down, witnesses said. Cops handcuffed him to a chair and took him out.
"People started booing him and throwing stuff at him," eyewitness Justin Brannan said. "His hands were handcuffed but he still gave everyone the finger."
William Berario, 45, was slashed above the eye and bitten on his cheek. Michael Couls, 33, -- the band's current bassist, who is known in the hardcore world as "The Gook" -- was cut on his arm and stomach. -
Harley, who did the stabbing, is an original member of the band that formed in 1981. John Joseph, also an original member, leads the current version of "Cro-Mags" that Harley is not in, and which John was calling "Cro-Mags (jam)" for a bit in 2008 to avoid confusion with a version of the band Harley was leading (or for legal reasons or something like that). John's version, which didn't keep the "(jam)" on their name for long, has been having much success the past few years, this CBGB Festival booking included. Harley's version hasn't been active in a while
Agnostic Front are celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing the 1989 LP Live at CBGB on select dates, including at their recent shows in Long Island or Asbury Park. They'll do it again in NYC at Webster Hall on July 5th with support from Madball, Murphy's Law and Maximum Penalty. Tickets are on sale for the show which is one day before the Cro-Mags/Sick of it All show at the same space. Both shows are part of the the CBGB Festival which has badges of its own and which also recently added a Superchunk/Redd Kross show to its growing schedule.
Start the beatdown week with the Blood for Blood show at Highline Ballroom on June 30th. Tickets are on sale for that as well, and it also features The Unseen, Wisdom in Chains & Cruel Hand. Blood for Blood will also hit Club Lido in Revere, MA on June 29th.
Murphy's Law's Webster Hall appearance is one of at least two for the NYC band in the near future; they will also board the Half Moon as part of a Rocks Off boat cruise on August 12th. Tickets are on sale for what is basically an annual party on the sea (as long as the cops don't intervene)
A listing of all Agnostic Front dates and a live set from 2004, and more, below.