Entries tagged with: punk
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Tournament at Grand Victory in 2014 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Brooklyn punks Tournament play a lot around here. Maybe you've seen them with H2O and 7 Seconds, or with Coalesce and Coliseum, or with Gospel, or Kylesa, or Torche. Their next show is this Saturday (3/7) at Acheron with rock and rollers Greasy Hearts and Don Giovanni's Nuclear Santa Claust. Tickets are on sale.
Tournament's new album, Teenage Creature, comes out April 14. The first single, "Sean's Place," is out now and it's a down-strummer with awesomely snotty vocals. Listen below.
Nuclear Santa Claust aren't the only Don Giovanni punk band playing NYC this weekend. Screaming Females play Silent Barn tonight (3/6) with Downtown Boys and Aye Nako (a few tickets at the door), and California X play Saint Vitus tonight with Ovlov, IYEZ and Darkwing (tix at door).
Don Giovanni comedian Chris Gethard (who's also on Broad City) will be at a punk/comedy show on Saturday at Palisades with local bands Low Fat Getting High, Flagland and Washer, and comedy from Joe Pera and Shakir Standley, with appearances from Sefa, William Petrano and more. That's $5 at the door.
While we're talking about NYC punk shows this weekend, here's a couple more:
Brooklyn's Go Deep have signed to the trusty 6131 Records, who will put out their first full length this summer. They have a tour kicking off in their hometown this Sunday (3/8) at Grand Victory with Icarus, Husbandry and Risers. Tickets are on sale. Their debut EP, Counseling, came out in 2013 on Mayfly Records and it's 7 tracks of heavy, smart, and pissed-off hardcore. Stream it in full, with their list of dates, below.
Like their Gainesville counterparts, Hot Water Music, As Friends Rust doesn't give a damn what you think punk is about. They've broken it down to it's original components: raw emotion, no bullshit riffage, and hooks galore. In their reconstruction, they've produced two of my favourite EPs, and now, a contender for my favourite release of the year.The above quote is from Punk News' review of Gainesville '90s/'00s punks' As Friends Rust's 2001 debut album, the only full length they put out before breaking up a year later. The band's been reunited for a bit now, and they're finally set to play their first NYC show in 7 years on April 30 at Saint Vitus with UnWed (mem Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike) and Pagan Girls. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Their only other announced date so far is Groezrock.
Like their self-titled EP, and Fists of Time EP, this record combines aspects of punk, hardcore, and indie rock into a raw, angry sound that you must have known was from Gainesville. [Punk News]
There are some other good NYC punk shows coming up that we haven't mentioned yet too. Here's a roundup of those:
Folk punks Defiance, Ohio are going on their first tour in about two years, with High Dive and Will from Defiance's other band Purple 7. That hits NYC on March 18 at Shea Stadium, also with locals Milk Dick, making for an all-around great bil. Tickets for Shea go on sale at noon today (2/6). All dates are listed below.
You may know that a new NYHC book was published recently, and it's getting a release show on March 1 at Grand Victory with three veteran bands. The lineup is headlined by The Nihilistics, who Trouser Press called "a stupid, obnoxious hardcore band from Long Island [whose] album is pretty good." It also features reunion sets from the short-lived Altercation and The High & Mighty, whose first show in 30 years was at the old A7 (now Niagara) in December 2013. Tickets are on sale now.
Another veteran hardcore band hits that same venue when Gang Green play Grand Victory on April 18. That's with Antagonizers ATL and Drug Shock. TIckets are on sale.
A show much sooner at Grand Vic (and with much newer bands) is the Chumped / Roger Harvey show happening this Sunday (2/8). Since we last spoke, Timeshares (who recently put out a split with Luther that you can stream below) were added too. Never open, and tickets are still on sale.
After that show, Chumped head out with Andrew Jackson Jihad, Jeff Rosenstock and The Smith Street Band, hitting NYC on March 20 at Warsaw. Tickets for that show are still available.
The day after Sunday's Chumped show, you can get your punk fix at Bowery Electric (2/9) with NYC vets Murphy's Law playing with The Bowery Boys and Simon and the Bar Sinisters.
photo: Night Birds at Death by Audio in 2013 (more by Sarja Hasan)
Surf/skate punk lovers Night Birds headline a benefit for Ensign's Nate Gluck (who's sadly battling cancer) on March 29 at The Acheron with No Problem, Sonic Poison and Nuclear Santa Claust (who play the Don Giovanni showcases this weekend). Tickets are on sale. There's also a stacked Nate Gluck tribute in NJ a week earlier.
Get nostalgic for some older skate punk when Guttermouth play Saint Vitus on March 16 with Counterpunch (tickets); and again when Pennywise play Irving Plaza on March 27 with A Wilhelm Scream and Teenage Bottlerocket (tickets).
by Andrew Sacher
Joyce Manor at Bowery Ballroom earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
Certain corners of the internet punk community have been up in arms this week after Joyce Manor "shamed" a stage diver at their Jacksonville, FL show this past Sunday (9/21). Themusic.com.au described the incident, writing:
The "grown man" in question -- got up on stage during one of Joyce Manor's songs and proceeded to stage-dive onto a group of young fans, overwhelmingly described since as being no older than high-school-age. Johnson, noticing the commotion, abruptly stopped the song and pulled the diver up on stage.They've also got a video of the whole thing going down which you can watch (starting at the 1:00 mark) below.
"Hey man, how tall are you?" Johnson asked the stage-diver. "How much do you weigh, if you don't mind me asking?"
Upon being told he weighs about 190 pounds (86 kilograms), Johnson turns to a girl in the audience: "How much do you weigh? Sorry, that's really rude. You're much smaller than him, right? It's completely unacceptable for him to impose himself on top of you. Completely unacceptable, right? Under no circumstances is that acceptable? OK."
[Barry] Johnson, though, sensed something sinister happening. He asked: "Ever been watching a sensitive pop-punk band," and "get your head walked on?"At Bowery Ballroom, he was met with cheers, but of course this is the type of thing that gets a lot of other people angry. Stuffyouwillhate.com called them "old men who don't understand the lifestyles of the youth." Idioteq.com wrote of the video of the Jacksonville incident, "No stage diving at punk rock shows?! Haha, you simply have to watch this video. Barry Johnson really embarassed himself with this cheesy move." Some people tweeted things like, "Seriously that infuriates me so fucking much Joyce Manor are a bunch of fucking pussies. Don't support them," or like, "Just saw a video of a kid getting thrown out cause he stage dived to Joyce manor. Fuck that band. Your supposed to encourage dives pussies," or like, "Lmao fuck Joyce manor, calling out a guy for stage diving." The Runout points to a screenshot of pop punk band American Verse posting, "Fuck these pussies. Stage dives forever."
...He noticed a few bad actors. He recognized the type, he said: "hardcore guys with Morrissey haircuts" who think nothing of "using a teenage girl's face for leverage" to climb on top of the crowd. "I'm not about that," he added. Indeed, at least two young women retreated from the center of the crowd clutching body parts in pain, though they both merrily returned.
Midshow, one of the Morrissey-haircut guys climbed onstage for the second time, and Mr. Johnson motioned to a security guard at the side, who chased him down and forcibly removed him.
Joyce Manor defended their stance though, tweeting:
Seeing a lot of people online saying I'm a "pussy" and a "bitch" for calling out that grown man trying to crush a group of teenage girls. So far on this tour I've seen a girl with a black eye, a girl with a concussion, and a girl with a dislocated knee. Great way to make young women feel safe at a show when the rest of the fucking world is hostile towards them already. I love a crazy show as much as any1 else I just don't think any1 should have to go 2 the hospital cuz of sum idiot w a tank top & Moz hair.Barry also added later on, "Not sayin every1 who stage dives is an asshole. Ppl been gettin hurt & maybe we should cool it? Myself included," along with a picture of himself stage diving with his guitar. Other bands took to Twitter to voice their support for them, including Balance & Composure, Candy Hearts, The Sidekicks, Code Orange, Spraynard and Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm.
Placeholder's Brandon Gepfer wrote his own response on The Runout, saying:
I get that some people want to have fun, and I've been stage diving since 2006. I used to go to the Wonder Years' shows, too. It's totally cool. The line gets drawn, however, when the performer says that it isn't cool. Why is it so confusing, rather; why is it so outrageous to listen? At the end of the day, you are an attendant at a show and you made the decision to support a band. However, there are a number of people, including bands that call Barry Johnson from Joyce Manor a 'pussy' and say that's not 'punk rock.' You know what's not punk rock? A disrespectful teenager calling someone a 'pussy' because you disagree with their view point.Read the full, very interesting thing here.
This highlights the actual problem in punk rock. The attendees of the show think that they are owed something because they have an opinion. A lot of people got into punk rock because they were made fun of. I was called a 'pussy' from fifth grade all the way up until right now because of the opinions I hold, you know that simple opinion called equality. I hate the bro aspect of pop-punk and how these dorks infiltrated punk rock. The same type of people that beat me up as a kid listen to hardcore and punk rock now. They come to shows and hit people (not even dancing, just pushing each other for the hell of it), they jump off the stage literally every three minutes because I guess that's how they express themselves, I don't know.
The band's gotten support from many others too. Rookie Mag/Pitchfork Review editor Jessica Hopper tweeted, "THANK YOU @JoyceManor for respecting the rights and safety of show going teenage girl fans." Pitchfork's Ian Cohen tweeted, "@JoyceManor stays being the best." AltPress' Scott Heisel tweeted, "I stand with @JoyceManor on this one. Stage-diving = inconsiderate, selfish and potentially harmful. That's not punk." And plenty of others on Twitter expressed favorable opinions like "Thank you @JoyceManor Girls to the front!," and "Bless Joyce Manor's tweets right now. Fuck those huge dudes that stage dive & crush everyone in the crowd, especially tiny girls," and "Major respect to @JoyceManor, i was the one at fault for not giving a 200lb sweaty dude a boost up on my shoulders so he could crowdsurf."
People getting overly and unnecessarily rowdy and violent at punk shows has been happening since at least the '80s -- most people reading this probably know Fugazi is famous for taking a stand against it -- and of course this is part of why people feel confident refuting Joyce Manor by saying something along the lines of "that's just what happens at punk shows." But just because it's gone on for over two decades doesn't mean it's wrong to still take a stand against it. In 2011 I saw Screaming Females ask their crowd to calm down. After the crowd didn't listen and ended up breaking one of the band's drum stands, they walked off stage as at least one person sarcastically yelled "Fugazi!" at them. Earlier this year Titus Andronicus said something about it at a Brooklyn show and Joanna Gruesome did too. And it's not unrelated that Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex had to ask fans not to touch someone without consent, only for them to be made fun of much like Joyce Manor has been.
Watch the video of Joyce Manor's Jacksonville incident below...
There's never a lack of great punk shows going on in NYC. Here's a roundup of just a few of the good ones that were recently announced:
UK '70s-era punks The Vibrators are still kicking (albeit with drummer John 'Eddie' Edwards as the only original member), and they'll be returning to the US this year and hitting NYC on October 4 at Trash Bar. No advance tickets. All dates are listed below.
Orange County skate/hardcore/surf punks Agent Orange are hitting the road with The Architects and playing NYC on October 17 at Santos Party House. Tickets are not on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketweb. All dates are listed below.
Philly punks The Holy Mess released a new album, Comfort in the Dischord, earlier this year and they'll now be going on a tour with Protagonist and Teen Agers which hits NYC on September 21 at Saint Vitus. Long Island's Timeshares open the night. Tickets are on sale now. You can stream their new LP below.
Timeshares also open a Brooklyn show for Canada's The Flatliners on October 24 at The Acheron. Tickets for that show go on sale today (9/5) at 10 AM.
The Flatliners' Fat Wreck Chords labelmates Lagwagon and Swingin' Utters play NYC together on December 5 at Gramercy Theatre with This Legend. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
And one last one, mid-'00s punks and onetime Lookout signees The Dollyrots play Grand Victory on September 12 with Bikini Carwash, Penguin and Cutters. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Lists of dates and The Holy Mess LP stream below...
DoNYC's Chicago cousin Do312 is running a contest. The prize is two VIP tickets to the punk-filled Riot Fest Chicago where a ton of awesome punk bands are playing in September. To enter, you need to "Pizzafy a Punk Album" and upload it to Do312 where there are already over 100 cheesy entries you can browse through, like the three non-vegan (and some not-so-punk, like The Cure) examples above.
In related news, the Macaulay Culkin-fronted Pizza Underground band plays a free outdoor show in Philadelphia TONIGHT (7/18). "Join us as we eat a lot of pizza, dance to pizza themed songs, and then watch a pizza themed movie, all in front of The Art Museum and all completely free of charge!"
Reagan Youth pit @ Punk Island 2014 (via the_alouth_band)
From the crustiest of street punks, to the tamest of ska fans -- all punk appetites were met at the 2014 Punk Island music festival.Punk Island 2014 went down in Staten Island Saturday. Who were your highlights? Check out some videos from the free 'Make Music' event below.
Thousands of music fans flocked to the "Coast Guard" pier, a space located 100 yards from the ferry terminal in St. George, to take in the all-day festival. Starting at 11 a.m., 90 bands from across the country performed among seven stages.
All punk genres and variants were accounted for, including ska, grunge, hardcore (and all its subgenres), pop punk and early emo. It sounds overwhelming, but the stages were positioned close to one another and each served as its own genre hub. [Staten Island Advance]
Reagan Youth have had a busy two weeks touring the east coast, playing Punk Island, opening for the Dead Kennedys at Irving Plaza, and playing a show at Grand Victory in Brooklyn. Today, 6/27, tickets go on sale for another Brooklyn show, this time at Saint Vitus on 9/27 with fellow 70s punk band Angry Samoans who they also play at least one other show with that week: 9/26 at TT The Bear's in MA.
Meanwhile, speaking of Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine's tour with the legendary Negative Approach (who played Punk Island in 2010) hits Highline Ballroom in NYC TONIGHT (6/27) with All Torn Up! (who played Punk Island this year, recently opened for Sheer Terror at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, and shared a bill with Reagan Youth at the Rock Shop).
Negative Approach and Jello is a pretty early show, so you might have time to head from there to see the first of two shows Infest is playing in NYC this weekend.
Speaking of Sheer Terror, they just dropped another new track from their forthcoming LP (their first in 18 years). You can listen to that with the Punk Island videos and dates below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Iron Maiden at Austin's 360 Amphitheatre in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson had some choice words about punk music in an interview with The Guardian a few days back. In a Q&A with Frank Turner (who definitely has some punk roots), Dickinson compares punk and metal in relation to the cultural mainstream and the "art establishment," then goes on to imply punk musicians were a bunch of no-talent hacks (because apparently it's still 1980). Here's an excerpt:
The closest the "art establishment" ever came to embracing metal was punk. The reason they embraced punk was because it was rubbish and the reason they embraced rubbish was because they could control it. They could say: "Oh yeah, we're punk so we can sneer at everybody. We can't play our fucking instruments, but that means we can make out that this whole thing is some enormous performance art." Half the kids that were in punk bands were laughing at the art establishment, going: "What a fucking bunch of tosspots. Thanks very much, give us the money and we'll fuck off and stick it up our nose and shag birds." But what they'd really love to be doing is being in a heavy metal band surrounded by porn stars."Burn.
Not to say there was any animosity between Dickinson and Turner. Turner is a self-professed big fan of Iron Maiden and the two will be playing the same stage at the Sonisphere festival, where noted pilot Dickinson will pilot a vintage World War I airplane--the model used by The Red Baron--in a simulated dogfight above the audience before Iron Maiden plays. There are some other memorable quotes, including some words of wisdom about fame:
I'm not interested in being famous. Fame is the excrement of creativity, it's the shit that comes out the back end, it's a by-product of it.I'm not interested in being famous. Fame is the excrement of creativity, it's the shit that comes out the back end, it's a by-product of it.And a funny story about Maiden's legendary Rock in Rio show:
At Rock in Rio, the first time we played it in '84, I was playing this nice guitar and the monitors just were not to my liking. It was only 500,000 people at the biggest rock gig in the world ever, we'd had three days of madness down there, proper Beatlemania, and we run onstage and I'm thinking: "Fucking hell, it sounds like shit!" I run over to the monitor desk and I'm yelling at the guy: "Your monitors suck, you cunt!" and I smashed the guitar in half over the top of his monitor desk to make the point, which didn't really solve anything. First of all I'd destroyed a perfectly good guitar, and the monitors were still shit. So I go back onstage in front of 500,000 people and kick the monitors off the front of the stage, so now there are no monitors. Worse than bad monitors is no monitors.Read the whole interview at The Guardian.
Ten Foot Pole in 2014 (photo by Denise Borders)
Punk veterans Ten Foot Pole, who formed as the hardcore band Scared Straight in the early '80s but changed their name before 1993's more melodic punk-styled Swill, have announced that they'll release their first new album since 2004's Subliminable Messages in 2015 via Cyber Tracks (El Hehe of NOFX's label). The band is currently fronted by original member Dennis Jagard like they've been since after their 1995 split with Satanic Surfers (when singer Scott Radinsky left to front Pulley and play major league baseball), and also features drummer Chris Dalley, bassist Chris Del Rio and guitarist Keith "DJ" Divel.
Ten Foot Pole have also announced a tour which hits NYC on July 25 at The Grand Victory with Boston's Burning Streets (who opened for Dead Kennedys and Reagan Youth at Irving Plaza last night [6/19]) and NYC's Sad and French. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
You can also catch Sad and French at that venue even sooner on July 9 for their record release show that also includes Arliss Nancy, Gameday Regulars, The Reveling and Spirit Houses (tickets). And even sooner than that, they'll open the previously discussed Captain, We're Sinking show at Union Hall.
Burning Streets and Reagan Youth (who both play Punk Island on Saturday [6/21]) will team up on a bill again at Grand Victory on Sunday (6/22), this time to open for another veteran melodic punk band, Sloppy Seconds, who haven't released an album since 2008's hiatus-ending Endless Bummer, but are still an active live band. Tickets for that show, which also includes The Basicks, are on sale now. All Sloppy Seconds dates are listed below.
That same day (6/22) but earlier (2 PM), another band playing Punk Island, Empty Vessel, hits the venue with OC45, Blest Mess and Harm (tickets). You can check out some of their Kurt Ballou-recorded tracks on bandcamp.
On Monday (6/23), California punk vets D.I. bring their ongoing tour to Grand Victory for a show with Runny and Spewing Cum. Tickets for that one are on sale. All DI dates are listed below.
NYHC vets Antidote, who put out their first new album in over two decades back in 2012, plays an all ages matinee show (2 PM) at the venue on August 3 before their European tour. That show is with Beyond, Manipulate, Downlow and Point Blank. Tickets are on sale now.
Italian hardcore band Raw Power (active since 1981) come over to NYC to hit Grand Victory on August 7 with Wartorn, Agitator and Miscegenator. Tickets are on sale.
'70s-era British punks Slaughter & The Dogs (who reformed in the '90s) will be touring North America and hitting Grand Victory on September 25 and 28. Night 1 will be opened by Stalkers, 45 Adapters and The Rats, but no openers announced for night 2 at the moment. Tickets for both nights are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Back to the '90s melodic punk: Lagwagon singer Joey Cape (who's also in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes who have a new album and play Riot Fest this year) brings his solo tour to Grand Victory on September 23. That tour is also with Flatliners singer Chriss Cresswell and Brian Wahlstrom (who plays in Scorpios with Joey). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
And one last bit of previously-mentioned related news, Ensign are playing some shows this year including Grand Victory on July 20 with Livefastdiefast, The Last Stand and Silence Equals Death. Tickets for that show are still available.
All lists of dates, and streams for some of the bands mentioned, below...
by Ian Chainey
The massive Punk Island 2014 fest now has set times. As part of Make Music NY, the free-to-attend, DIY concert at Coast Guard Plaza in Staten Island, New York on Saturday (6/21) features the likes of Darkside NYC, Cop Problem, Raw Nerves, Two Fisted Law, the reformed Reagan Youth, and over 90 more (!) bands split across seven stages. Over 90 bands. Attention van salesmen: Get business cards printed now. The full list of set times and a map appears below.
In related news, the Jello-less Dead Kennedys show tonight (6/19) at Irving Plaza will be opened by Reagan Youth, who themselves are operating with more new members than old, though for different reasons than DK (RIP, Dave Insurgent).
For Portland's Raw Nerves, Punk Island is part of a bigger tour that also includes a Death By Audio show in Brooklyn later that night with Oblivionation (MA), Demonbrother (MA), and Concrete Cross. All of their dates are listed with the Punk Island stuff and some videos, below...
by Ian Chainey
Okay, look, I know how this is going to read. Some writer (and we're using 'writer' loosely, all dead authors not in H.G. Wells' time machine are spinning) on the internet is telling you to go to Frank's Basement. That's how episodes of Dateline start. But, really, you should go to the new venue called Frank's Basement in Bensonhurst. It looks cool, and hey, how often do you get out to Bensonhurst? (editor's note for old people: Frank's Basement is just blocks from the old location of L'Amour)
Frank's Basement just set up their Facebook page a couple weeks back and their mission statement is DIY perfection:
We hold free all ages shows for any band or artist that wants to perform most of the shows take place in the basement but some at other venues.Their next show is at one of the "other venues," specifically East Midwood Jewish Center on June 26 with "bands playing of all types from punk rock to more experimental". The bands, who we are not familiar with are: Greenwood, Paraiso, Swinging Riot, Tehama, and TollBooth. True to their word, it's free. Hey, free is cool (editor's note: and just blocks from my uncle's apartment!). That's inarguable.
Also cool? Making a hilarious promo video. "You like ballet? So what. You like tap? So what." Have fun quoting that to confused people the rest of the day.
Two Frank's Basement flyers and the promo video appear below. Watch out for the water bugs.
by Ian Chainey
Fresh off of their West Coast tour, Philly street punks The Virus will soon be hitting the road again, accompanied by the complementary Who Killed Spikey Jacket? from Boston. Reformed in 2013 after a nine year break, The Virus' spirited smokers often incite sublime sing-a-longs. Led by the charismatic Mike Virus, also of Cheap Sex, the group continues to balance working-class muscle with anthemic songs that force their themes to stay bottled-up inside your head for days. After a proceeding Boston date, The Virus will infect NYC at The Acheron on June 9. (Tickets.) The bill includes the in-demand Creeping Dose, who are also playing the upcoming EU's Arse show at the same venue, plus other support slots to be announced.
If The Virus have got you in the mood to still fight for a future, the legendary Casualties are definitely worth the expended energy. The 24 year old NYC institution have some shows coming up this year, and though none in their hometown are announced at the moment, they'll be nearby for a Poughkeepsie show on July 11 at The Loft. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of their dates are listed below.
Core more your score? If you missed Breakdown in its O.G., demo-days incarnation at the 2013 Black n' Blue Bowl (and, heads up, 2014's BNB Bowl is fast approaching), the Yonkers crew has two upcoming concerts on the horizon. The first is June 20 at Saint Vitus, opened by White Widows Pact, Manipulate, and Heavy Chains. (Tickets.) The second comes a day later in Asbury Park, New Jersey, subbing Manipulate for Born Annoying, No One Rules, and Altered Boys.
Speaking of the latter, Altered Boys' May 24 is looking busy. Not only will they be appearing at the Violent Reaction show at The Acheron, but they're included on a matinee bill that same Saturday at Saint Vitus with Left for Dead and Jukai. (Tickets.) Hey, if you're going to play one show, you might as well make a day of it, right? Still, to prove their van skills aren't rusty, the Boys will shoot out to sunny California in the beginning of June. Their dates are listed below.
UK crust vets Extinction of Mankind recently announced a North American tour, and though the venue was still TBA when we first posted, we now know the NYC show will be at Acheron on May 29. The rest of the bill includes Aspects of War, Trenchgrinder and The Brood. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another hardcore band (and Black & Blue Bowl alumni) DYS, one of the many bands of Dave Smalley (Down By Law, All, Dag Nasty), are playing a Long Island one-off on May 25 at Even Flow with Live Fast Die Fast, Gutterlife, The Muckrakers and No Control. All (though not with Smalley) are also confirmed for this year's Riot Fests in Denver and Chicago.
Another punk band (who have more in common with All than DYS), The Queers, have scheduled a few shows with Italy's The Manges, including a small one in NYC happening on June 4 at Grand Victory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
And last but not least, a much different kind of punk (but no doubt a legend), Cheetah Chrome of the pioneering Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs, will play a free NYC show on Saturday (5/17) at The Delancey with The Nuclears. Cheetah will be joined by Paul Burch for his set. They go on at 10 PM. Cheetah and Paul also play another free show the next night at The Treehouse at 2A (25 Ave A) with Kevn Kinney (of Drivin' N' Cryin'), Bethany Saint-Smith & The Gun Show and Cariad Harmon.
All lists of dates, with some song streams, below...
photos by Matt Schiels
The second annual NYC punk/hardcore festival New York's Alright went down last month (April) with shows at various venues, including the recently-opened Bushwick venue The Wick, which we're highlighting today. We also just posted pictures from their April Unsound show.
We caught both NY's Alright shows at The Wick, including 4/17 with Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps: and 4/20 with Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Die, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads. A set of pictures from both of those days are in this post.
unARTig was there too, and got videos of many bands at the festival, including Lumpy and the Dumpers at 538 Johnson on 4/19 which resulted in the slow-downed 11-second viral video of a boy in the audience getting hit by fireworks. Check out The Dumpers' full set, the fireworks meme, and more pics from The Wick, below...
by Ian Chainey
Violent Reaction, the UK straight-edge one-man ripper who are fleshed out into a full ensemble at live shows, tear through straight-edge anthems flavored with a UK flare. They're currently on a US tour with fellow countrymen The Flex who brandish chunky chugs a la a speedier Slapshot. The tour kicked off in April at DC's Damaged City fest and will swing into a NYC for a night of classic-leaning core on May 24 at The Acheron. That show is with New Jersey's Altered Boys, who will be making their first NYC sojourn in quite a spell, MFP and Closet Case (who also play the Sad Boys Japan tour kickoff). Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now. All remaining tour dates are listed below.
Speaking of European bands playing Acheron, Italy's 30-plus year old core antagonizers EU's Arse bring their current North American tour to the Brooklyn venue on May 17. They'll share the stage with the furious Ajax, Sunshine Ward, and Creeping Dose. Tickets for that show are on sale. All remaining EU's Arse dates are listed below.
As usual, there are plenty of other upcoming punk shows at Acheron as well. Copenhagen's nervy and noisy post-ers Lower bring their tour to the venue on May 30 to rattle your bones along with Dark Blue and La Cruor. (tickets). That show's two days after they play Nothing Changes (5/28) with Survival.
Washington, D.C.'s Red Death, another project of the always-busy Coke Bust, will deafen all comers as part of the grind-y triumvirate including Brain Slug and Grudges. (No tix link yet, but the show announcement has the price at $8.) This will be Red Death's first New York appearance, though you can catch natives Brain Slug earlier at the Black N Blue Bowl.
Not at Acheron, but another likeminded local punk show goes down at Lulu's on June 6 with the abrasive Goosebumps joined by Skin Colour, Exotic Functions, and Pleasure Industry. ($5 at the door.) Even sooner than that, there's a Breakdown Brunch at Lucky 13 Saloon in Park Slope this Saturday (5/10). The event begins at 3 PM and promises free vegan BBQ, affordable booze consumables, and DJs spinning "the most ignorant hardcore." Not a bad way to ring in the weekend.
Lists of dates for the Violent Reaction and EU's Arse tours, with some streams, below...
Minneapolis punks Banner Pilot recently put out their new album, Souvenir, via Fat Wreck Chords. In their own words, "We sound a little like Jawbreaker, Lawrence Arms, Dillinger Four, and other bands like that," so one's trying to reinvent the wheel here, but if you're looking for more stuff like that Banner Pilot's got it. They're on tour now and will hit NYC on May 24 at Knitting Factory with local bands Sad & French and The Jukebox Romantics. Tickets are on sale now. Stream a track from the new album, with their list of dates, below.
Speaking of modern Fat Wreck Chords bands devoted to sounding like older ones, Masked Intruder (who literally perform masked) are touring with their former Red Scare labelmates Direct Hit! and directly hitting NYC on June 25 at The Studio at Webster Hall with The Priceduifkes. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Yet another Fat band, The Flatliners, will team up with melodic hardcore vets A Wilhelm Scream in NYC on July 12 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Local pop punk faves Chumped are on that show too, as well as A Balance Between. Tickets are on sale.
To see some actual '90s skate punks in NYC, Guttermouth will be at Santos Party House on June 26. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Captain, We're Sinking
CWS singer Ben Barnett's brother Greg's band, The Menzingers, are also touring with Lemuria, PUP and Cayetana and will hit NYC on May 30 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. Read our recent interview with The Menzingers.
NYC gets its own punk festival with tons of veteran bands, Black N' Blue Bowl, which happens on May 17 & 18 at The Well with Discharge, Agnostic Front, 7 Seconds and more. You can get single day passes or 2-day passes.
In related news, punk's upbeat, often-maligned yet often-beloved cousin, ska, will also be represented in NYC in the upcoming few months.
Tonight (5/7), the fun-loving theatrical weirdos The Aquabats hit Irving Plaza, and tickets are still available.
Irving also hosts a two-day ska festival, The Apple Stomp, on May 31 & June 1 with Five Iron Frenzy, Big D and the Kids Table, The Toasters and more. Tickets, including single-day and 2-day pass options, are on sale.
Mustard Plug play Knitting Factory on May 17 with Deal's Gone Bad, Butcher Knives and The Fad. Tickets are on sale.
Mad Caddies play Santos on May 16 with Mrs. Skannotto and Across the Aisle. You can get tickets.
The Pietasters go on a Rocks Off Cruise on July 25. Tickets are on sale for that.
And The Slackers also go on a Rocks Off Cruise on August 23. Tickets are on sale for that as well.
Of course there are always other punk and ska shows coming up in NYC too. What did we miss?
Some videos and streams, with the lists of Banner Pilot and Masked Intruder/Direct Hit! tour dates, below. Oh, and did you hear Me First and the Gimme Gimmes' new Christina Aguilera cover?
by Ian Chainey
No man is an island. A punk fest? Yeah, we'll allow it.
The colossal Punk Island show spanning various stages in Staten Island on June 21 still requires your support. Last Thursday, the free, all-ages fest presented by MMNY and a Bunch of Punx hit its Kickstarter goal of $9,000. However, this only covers the "bare essentials," per the organizers. Thus, additional support has been requested, along with the news that benefit shows will also be scheduled to help lighten the financial load.
As it currently stands, Punk Island will feature a bill of nearly 100 bands and will encompass seven stages. Beginning in April, Punk Island's Facebook page has announced sets of 14 bands every Monday. Both the stages and currently confirmed bands are listed below. Needless to say, there's a ton more to come.
In other NYC punk news, Sad Boys have scheduled one last Brooklyn date before leaving to tour Japan. The Ground Zero compilation contributors will be joined by Survival, Creeping Dose, and Closet Case at Lulu's on May 8. Tickets are $7 at the door. The show description also mentions, ". . .a fucking balls to the wall 90s ass dance party," following the event in case you weren't sold already.
Find below the announced-so-far roster for Punk Island, a list of stages, and a particularly infectious Sad Boys set recorded for KBOO in 2013.
THIS IS WHERE PEOPLE LIKE PUNK (actual interactive map HERE)
Check out the 'All American Music Map' HERE. How'd they do it?
"We calculated musical taste scores using data from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (via the Martin Prosperity Institute) and state level music preferences from Wikipedia. The scores include music genre preference survey data and genre performer concentrations by metro, weighted by that metro's influence on the music scene. We took the scores for each metro and used a spatial statistics method called nearest neighbors to create the heatmap."What were some of their findings? Well, "Punk is also a favorite all along the West Coast and in Nashville, Orlando, and Rochester. For those who prefer something heavier, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, and Milwaukee are where the most metalheads are located.", and Las Vegas loves indie, New York is not very punk but Seattle and Austin are. LA loves country but like NY is very diverse. More at...Movoto Real Estate Brokerage (?!?) (via TIME).
Back in 2011, it was announced that new Brooklyn venue The Wick would open in a former brewery at 260 Meserole St (next to the barely-open outdoor venue The Well), and that venue is finally set to open this March.
Four shows have been announced so far. The first is experimental Japanese musician Keiji Haino on March 27 before he heads to Tennessee for the Big Ears Festival. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Then, as discussed, The Wick is one of the venues that NYC's experimental music festival Unsound happens in. That fest will have Porter Ricks, Vladislav Delay, Miles, Leisure Muffin, Ital & Halal and Le Petit Garcon on April 5. Tickets are on sale now.
The Wick will also be one of the venues used for hardcore/punk fest New York's Alright. That includes the Dawn of Humans, Contingent, Blotter, Asile and Goosebumps show on April 17 (tickets) and the Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, DiE, Savageheads, The Impalers and Razorheads show on April 20 (tickets). The other NY's Alright shows happen at Le Poisson Rouge, Acheron, and ABC No Rio. Updated schedule below.
Montreal punk festival Pouzza Fest is returning to multiple venues in downtown Montreal from May 16-18 to this year. The lineup includes The Hold Steady (who play NYC tonight [2/6]), Dillinger Four, Chixdiggit, The Lillingtons, The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms, Placeholder, Reagan Youth, The Holy Mess, The So So Glos, Gates, Night Birds, SNFU, Tim Barry, Amanda X, Russ Rankin (of Good Riddance), and many more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below.
The Lillingtons (whose members since formed Teenage Bottlerocket and Stabbed In Back) were initially active during the '90s, associated with other Ramones-inspired bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel. They briefly reunited for a new album in 2006, and finally hit the stage together again at Riot Fest Chicago in 2013. They've also got two Northeast dates before Pouzza Fest, including one in NYC on May 16 at Knitting Factory with related band Stabbed In Back. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at 10 AM.
Speaking of, The Queers will be in NYC soon too. All dates are listed, with some streams and the Pouzza lineup, below...
by Andrew Sacher
New York punks Marathon, whose lineup included two members that went on to form to Polar Bear Club (but both recently left that band), broke up back in 2006 after the release of their only full length (self-titled). However, after reissuing that album in 2013, the band have now announced two reunion shows in their home state. They happen in Brooklyn on February 28 and Rochester on March 1 (venues TBA) with No Trigger (who also recently became active again) and Fire When Ready (whose only album came out in 2005 and who also don't appear to have played live in a while). The shows also include No Way, Soul Control and Benny Beyond. Flyer and song streams below.
UPDATE: The Brooklyn date happens at Saint Vitus with Marathon, No Trigger, Fire When Ready, and No Way. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon.
Marathon's made fans out of other punk bands in the area, including Banquets, who as discussed, play NYC on Thursday (1/23) at Saint Vitus with UnWed (mems. Hot Water Music/Small Brown Bike), Nuclear Santa Claust and Pagan Girls (tickets).
A much older New York punk band, No Redeeming Social Value, will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a show at Brooklyn's Grand Victory on March 29 with Yuppicide, Two Man Advantage, Last Call Brawl and DJ Spag. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, The Dictators NYC (Dick Manitoba's current version of The Dictators) will celebrate sixty years of Handsome Dick Manitoba on Thursday (1/23) at Bowery Electric with Threats and The Bullys. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Also at Bowery Electric is NYHC band Reagan Youth on Sunday (1/26) with The Memphis Morticians, Twin Guns, Emergency Break and Dust Angel. Tickets are on sale.
And one more Bowery Electric show is the one February 16, which is the NYC stop of Richie Ramone's (who drummed in the Ramones from '83-'87) 'Something In My Drink' tour. Also on the bill is The Waldos, Threads and The Weapons. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates on the tour are listed below.
In other NYC punk news, there's a benefit for the Transcore stage of Punk Island (which Aye Nako have played) at Grand Victory on Tuesday (1/21) with Little Waist, Penguin, Dirty Circle and The Whores (not to be confused with Whores). Tickets are on sale now and "100% of net proceeds will go to cover the costs of the Brooklyn Transcore Stage at the 2014 Punk Island Festival. "
Though this particular project is reggae, H.R. of punk legends Bad Brains will bring his band Dubb Agents to NYC for a show on February 21 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Rebelmatic, Radio Daze and Get Involved (mems Thursday/Judge/Glassjaw).
Another punk show goes down with I Am the Avalanche, The Swellers, Turnover and Bellwether on March 28 at Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
A week later at the Acheron (2/21) is the previously discussed Iron Chic / Chumped show. Since we last spoke, Earworms dropped off that show and were replaced by Timeshares. Iron Chic also recently announced all dates for their their tour, which you can check out here. Tickets for the Acheron show are still available.
Marathon flyer, streams and more below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Crazy Spirit at New York's Alright 2013 (more by Tod Seelie)
Punk and hardcore festival New York's Alright is back for a second year and will run at various venues around the city from Thursday April 17th to Sunday April 20th. The line-up (which includes several bands that played the fest last year) features solid locals like Anasazi, Dawn of Humans, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Nomad, Warthog, La Misma, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads and some select imports like Wiccans, Infernöh, Omegas, No, and Stoic Violence, to name a few, making for a strong bill. Full lineup below.
Here's what the fest organizers said in their announcement:
No one thought we would be foolish enough to do it again, but here we are, "proud" to present New York's Alright 2014. This festival will be taking place Thursday, April 17th through Sunday, April 20th, at various venues around the friendly city of New York. We will be bringing together some of the best bands in contemporary DIY punk and hardcore from different parts of the world for your enjoyment.Tickets go on sale on Valentine's Day, February 14---the same day the Acheron's D-fest kicks off in Mexico City. Love is very much in the air this year. Stay tuned to New York's Alright 2014's Facebook page for details on lineups and venues.
Several bands playing the fest have upcoming NYC shows even sooner. Goth punks Anasazi are teaming up with La Misma and Santa Ana's Damages on Friday (1/10) at Lulu's. The show is Damages' east coast tour kickoff and will also celebrate the release of a La Misma 7". All Damages dates are listed below, as well as a stream of their recent EP.
Sweden's Infernöh and Brooklyn's Nomad are teaming up for a tour before the fest, which includes a TBA Brooklyn show on April 12. Dates and an Infernöh stream below.
London's No and Long Beach's Stoic Violence will also be hitting the road together immediately after New York's Alright, which brings them back to NYC for a TBA Brooklyn show on May 1. Dates and streams below.
Pleasure Industry are also playing a hometown show at a TBA venue on February 8 with Asylum, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos and others TBA.
All lists of dates, streams, and the New York's Alright 2014 lineup, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Ceremony / White Lung @ NYU - 12/5/13
Before NYU heads into finals week, they threw a semester-end show last night (that was also open to the public) in the Kimmel Center's E&L Auditorium with four killer punk bands -- Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. The tidy and spacious auditorium may not have been everyone's ideal way of seeing this show that sounds like it'd happen in a dingy DIY space, but what's more punk than putting on a cheap show in a school?
Brooklyn's Sleepies kicked things off with the tamest set of the night, but still a rippin' one that saw them going through tracks off their 2012 Weird Wild World LP that The Men's Ben Greenberg produced, and from the way they play you can tell why a member of The Men would work with them.
Up next was Perfect Pussy, fresh off their signing to Captured Tracks, which was announced earlier that day. There's been a lot of talk about Perfect Pussy lately, thanks in part to their solid EP, but their live show is really where it's at. Singer Meredith Graves is a total force and an entertaining performer, and though when someone with that level of charisma fronts a band the attention can be entirely on her, with Perfect Pussy that's not the case. The whole band goes nuts, even the dude whose job it is to make noise with his electronics, and they are LOUD. Don't miss out on seeing this band if you can help it.
They were followed by White Lung, who were joined by Wax Idols singer Hether Fortune on bass, like they were at Fun Fun Fun Fest and the rest of their tour. As always, White Lung put on a great show, and they used their last live appearance of 2013 to showcase some of their new material, including the stuff on their recent single. From the sound of that and the other new material they played last night, a new album from this band is much anticipated.
Once powerviolence, now garage punk band Ceremony wrapped up the show, and as always, the place went nuts for them with moshers and stage divers taking over the whole front half of the venue.
Pictures of all four bands are in this post. They continue below...
Black Flag at Grand Victory in June (more by PSquared Photography)
The writing was on the wall since before we played our first show. So many things went wrong from the start. I was into things like having a good drummer, rehearsing and spending time on things like beginnings and endings of songs, being a little less distracted with tour life and a little more on the ball. You know things that would make our efforts worthy of the name Black Flag... Yes it is my opinion that we fell very short indeed and the diminishing ticket sales and crowds are a testament to that. However It was made clear to me that raising these issues was tantamount to a blasphemous stab in the back to Greg. How could I question him, his efforts and hard work? How could I dare be a fan of OFF! And or be friends and a fan of Flag? I was told that I had to chose sides. But I refuse to treat someone like an infallible Pope figure. No guitarist deserves such unquestioning blind devotion.You can read Ron's full note below.
In case you're not caught up, Black Flag "reunited" with main songwriter/guitarist Greg Ginn and Jealous Again vocalist Ron Reyes. Then, a second Black Flag reunited as FLAG which included Nervous Breakdown vocalist Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, and others. Black Flag toured. FLAG did too. Then Black Flag sued FLAG, but lost. Black Flag showed us their new album artwork. They called it What The... We wondered the same thing. Then they let us hear the whole record (though it's still not technically out until 12/13). And now just like that, Black Flag are without a vocalist again.
It was fun while it lasted, right?
Read the rest of Reyes' note 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...
Cheetah Chrome, guitarist for legendary punk band The Dead Boys and pre-Dead Boys band Rocket From the Tombs (with whom he's reunited in recent years), is set to put out his first-ever solo release this week (10/8) via Plowboy Records, which he co-founded. Aptly titled Solo, the release is a 7-song EP that features songs from his 1996 "great lost solo album" (produced by Genya Ravan, executive produced by CBGB owner/Dead Boys manager Hilly Kristal), and from a 2010 session he did with New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain when they teamed up for a collaborative project, The Batusis, which also featured The Cult's Lez Warner and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts' Sean Koos.
The EP's single is the jangly acoustic rocker "East Side Story," which you can stream (via USA Today), along with the tracklist below. That's the album artwork above.
The EP comes out the same day as the CBGB movie, which features Cheetah being played by Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter films) and a cameo by Cheetah himself. As discussed, that movie premieres at the CBGB Festival, where Cheetah will also be playing two full band shows.
Cheetah and his band -- rounded out by The Blackhearts bassist Enzo Penziotto, Iggy Pop/Samhain guitarist Pete Marshall, and drummer Frank Ferrer (Guns N' Roses, Psychedelic Furs) -- will play CBGB Fest shows on October 9 at Leftfield (87 Ludlow St) with Rousers, Pale Face, and Genya Ravan Band; and on October 10 at Bowery Electric for the previously discussed Carry On Band Series, which features a ton of other punk legends like Lydia Lunch, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Sylvain Sylvain, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Richard Lloyd (Television), Andy Shernoff (Dictators), Tuff Darts and more (tickets).
In related news, 1975-1980 footage of the NYC punk scene, including clips of The Dead Boys, Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, Bad Brains, The Cramps and more, has been put together for the archive film, Nightclubbing, which just screened in NYC this past Friday (10/4). A description (in case you missed it) reads:
In the summer of 1975 on New York's Lower East Side, Pat Ivers and a group of like-minded videographers with borrowed cameras set out to capture as much of New York City's exploding punk music scene as possible. After an early disbanding of the original group, Ivers found a sole partner in Emily Armstrong and the two continued the project for a total of five years, capturing legendary performances at CBGB's, Mudd Club, Danceteria and elsewhere by iconic bands and artists such as Iggy Pop, Dead Boys, The Cramps and more. Ivers and Armstong continued filming until a 1980 arrest, along with the entire staff of the illegally operated Danceteria, convinced them to stop (the pair were quickly exonerated and freed).There's an opening happening at NYU's Fales Library on October 17 at 7 PM, with a party and screening. More info here. Check out some excerpts from the archives below.
Hell's telling of his life thereafter is unclouded by hyperbole. Straightforward, interestingly done weavings of story and description are littered with occasional punches of universal truths. He writes about his bands, his poetry, his struggle to make a life as an unrelenting artist even if he didn't call himself that at the time, his planting of the roots of punk-rock and his warranted frustration that the Sex Pistols just kind of lifted his attitude and style and took it all the way into the annals of popular rock history.Richard Hell is also on the CBGB movie's soundtrack along with Dead Boys, New York Dolls, Television, and many more.
"There's a lot of talk of misogyny," Hell said about criticism he's faced since the book was released. "There's a lot of talk that I'm a terrible writer or that I'm a great writer. There's definitely a difference of mentality. Some people talk about how egotistical I am, others how honest or self-aware I am. ... But it was the truth. And that was what was important to me. To tell the truth as much as I could."
Cheetah Chrome EP tracklist and song stream, along with the 'Nightclubbing' excerpts, below...
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...