Entries tagged with: punk
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 email@example.com 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...
photos by Keith Marlowe
Koffin Kats at Knitting Factory - 9/15/13
Touring northeast punk rock party Upstart Fest wrapped up in Portland, ME yesterday (9/22) after having come to NYC a week earlier for a show at Knitting Factory (9/15). The lineups varied slightly at each one, with the NYC stop getting sets from Koffin Kats, The Turbo AC's, The Jukebox Romantics, Svetlanas, and more. Pictures from that show are in this post and they continue below...
NOFX at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Cali skate punks NOFX have announced a US tour which will go down this fall and hit NYC on November 30 at Irving Plaza. Support at that show, and a few of the other Northeast dates, comes from The F.U.'s and Implants. Tickets for that show are currently on Citi Cardmember, Live Nation (password: "HOB20") and Music Geeks (password: "musicgeeks") presales, and the general on-sale begins Friday (9/13) at 10 AM. All tour dates are listed below.
As discussed, NOFX frontman Fat Mike's label Fat Wreck Chords are doing their official CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with Good Riddance and Western Addiction reunions, plus sets from The Flatliners and Brooklyn/NJ surf punks Night Birds. That same lineup (minus The Flatlieners) goes on a Rocks Off Cruise (10/19) the next day. Tickets for both shows are still available.
You can also catch Western Addiction at a smaller, sweatier show when they play Acheron on October 20 with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) band Livids and Brooklyn punks Weird Womb. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Western Addiction's only full length album was 2005's Cognicide, which you can stream on Spotify.
Another good punk show at Acheron is Iron Chic, RVIVR, Nude Beach, and Giant Peach on October 13. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Meanwhile, you can also catch Long Island's Iron Chic in NYC when they open for Kill Your Idols at Santos Party House on November 30, with Concrete Cross and Bad Side also on the bill. That's Kill Your Idols' second show at the venue after the previously discussed November 29 date with Crime In Stereo and Altered Boys. Tickets for both nights are still available.
Boston punk fans may be interested in knowing that Dropkick Murphys have announced their hometown St. Patrick's Day shows, which include five shows at House of Blues from March 13-16. Tickets for all five shows go on sale Saturday (9/14) at 10 AM.
Don't forget that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are doing their Hometown Throwdown at the same venue in December.
As mentioned in our last punk roundup, The Casualties are doing some shows in Long Island and NJ this week. Since that post, they've also announced a show happening in Coney Island on Sunday (9/15) at Sideshows By The Seashore (1208 Surf Ave at the corner of Surf and W. 12th). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Bowery Electric is also hosting the 'Carry On Band Series,' as part of the CBGB Festival, on October 10 (6 PM - 2 AM) with tons of punk legends like Cheetah Chrome, Lydia Lynch, RIchard Lloyd, Syl Sylvain, Lenny Kaye, The Waldos, Glen Matlock, Tuff Darts, Faith, Andy Shernoff and many more. Tickets for that are on sale now.
You can find more punk shows HERE. What else?
All lists of dates below...
by Doug Moore
Vision of Disorder (more by Kurt Christensen)
In other crowdfunding-related news, a pair of Long Island hardcore fans named Nick and Chris Lilli are raising money for a documentary on the region's legendary DIY hardcore tradition, titled Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene. Of particular note are the incentives, which rely largely on contributions from Saint Vitus Bar (whose owners were heavily involved in the 90s/00s LIHC scene). $300 will get you five show passes to Vitus, plus a DVD, a t-shirt, and thanks in the credits. $500 nets you a one-year unlimited Vitus pass plus the same goodie package, and $1000 scores lifetime unlimited access to Vitus gigs. If you plan to attend more than 100 Vitus shows before you kick the bucket, it's actually kind of a steal. (You may want to spring for earplugs, too.)
Contribute to the fund for Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene here.
Trailer for the film below...
The Scandals at Irving Plaza in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
Upstart Fest, "The Northeast's Biggest and Best Punk Rock Party," is returning for its third year to multiple Northeast cities this month. The NYC stop happens in Brooklyn on September 15 at Knitting Factory with a ton of bands in the Rancid/Social Distortion school of punk 'n' roll including The Scandals (who we wrote about here), Koffin Kats, Turbo AC's, New Red Scare, Hudson Falcons, Svetlanas, The Jukebox Romantics, Lost In Society, Fort Street, and Done With You. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can see all stops Upstart Fest makes, including Asbury Park, Albany, New London, and Poughkeepsie, on the flyer below. Lineups slightly vary by city.
In related news, the same people who are putting on Upstart Fest (Candy Apple Red Productions) are presenting the fourth annual benefit for Tuesday's Children (a not for profit foundation for children orphaned or directly affected by 9/11) in NYC on September 27 at Don Pedro's with five punk bands: Tied For Last, Kid Nichols, INCIRCLES, Robot Death Kites, and Poor Lily. Show flyer below.
Hoax @ 538 Johnson, 8/21/2013
Raw punk indebted to early hardcore met with industrial noise at 538 Johnson last night (8/21), when Hoax headlined a set with Crazy Spirit, Warthog, and Pharmakon. Hoax is readying the release of an undoubtedly primitive and vicious LP, and recently dropped a pair of tracks off from the record. Check out those tracks, not to mention video of full, sweat-drenched sets from all four bands in this post, courtesy of UN:ART:IG.
Negative hardcore/raw punk band Hoax are gearing up for the release of their debut LP, featuring what will surely be a grip of all-new favorites for fans of the genre. No release date yet for the album, but you can stream "Anesthetize" and "Hide" from it below. Recommended.
UPDATE: Stream the LP in full now below
Hoax will lead off a positively stacked lineup of Crazy Spirit, Warthog and Pharmakon at 538 Johnson Wednesday night (Aug 21, more info here). Unmissable and all ages.
by Andrew Sacher
Descendents at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Much has been going on in the punk world lately, and in case you've missed out, here's a roundup of information on upcoming shows (mostly in NYC), and other related news. The big one is probably the inevitable news that Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn sued FLAG, the other currently operating incarnation of Black Flag. You can catch the impostors when their tour hits NYC on Septemeber 19 at Irving Plaza (tickets).
FLAG, as you may know, also share members with another classic punk band Descendents, and both of those bands will be playing this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 8-10. Tickets for that festival are still available.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Under the Gun (via Exclaim), Descendents drummer/producer Bill Stevenson mentioned that the band are slowly, but surely working on a new record, which will be the followup to 2004's Cool to be You. Bill said:
[The record is] in the embryonic stages. I have my studio, The Blasting Room, Stephen [Egerton] lives in Tulsa, and he has a studio too. Milo [Aukerman] even has a real small recording apparatus in his basement. Karl [Alvarez] still lives by me.Descendents have also recently been honored by some bands they've influenced. Pop punks Candy Hearts released a cover of "Nothing With You" on their new 7" (listen below), and FILTER Magazine recently released a free tribute album that features FIDLAR, Mike Watt + The Secondmissingmen, The Bronx, YACHT, TEEN, Good Riddance, and more.
So I went in a couple of weeks ago and recorded, so we got 11 songs done, [but] just the drums. We'll be passing those around, Stephen will be putting guitars on 'em, Karl will be putting bass on 'em, Milo will be singing on 'em. We'll get rolling but it's not gonna be like "Oh it'll be done in a month!" It's gonna take us several months.
Good Riddance, the '90s era Cali punks who reunited in 2012, will be playing their first NYC shows since reuniting, all of which will happen during this year's CMJ. They'll be playing both official Fat Wreck Chords (who put out the last Descendents record) showcases, including the one happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with The Flatliners, Western Addiction, and Brooklyn/NJ's Night Birds, whose new album, Born to Die in Suburbia, does a lot of justice to the sound bands like Descendents and Good Riddance helped create. That same lineup (minus The Flatliners) sets sail aboard a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/19). MHOW tickets are on AmEx presale now, and a general on-sale stars Friday (8/9) at noon. Rocks Off tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Another long-running Cali punk band, not too far removed from Descendents or Black Flag, Angry Samoans play a previously discussed NYC show on September 15 at Bowery Electric with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown (tickets).
Another good punk option in NYC happening much sooner (this weekend to be exact) is As discussed, Citizens Arrest (who once counted Ted Leo as a member), who play Brooklyn's Acheron on Saturday (8/10) (57 Waterbury St) with Enabler, Miscegenator, and Dead Serious. Tickets are still available.
NYC street punk vets The Casualties have some Northeast dates this September. None of them are in NYC, but they do have an Orange County show on 9/7 at Ma and Pa's, a Long Island show on 9/12 at Revolution, and two NJ shows: 9/13 at Stanhope House and 9/14 at Brighton Bar. All of their dates are listed below.
Another East Coast punk tour lands in the NYC-area this month when Protagonist and related project Teen Agers hit New Brunswick on August 13 at Court Tavern with Not The Bees and Lay the Blame on Luck, and Brooklyn on August 14 at Saint Vitus with Go Deep, Scarboro and Divided Heaven. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are on sale now.
As you may already know, Kid Dynamite are breaking up (again), but not before playing This is Hardcore in Philly this week (8/8) and their free House of Vans show (8/15) in Brooklyn with Joyce Manor, Red Hare, and Swearin'. RSVP for that show is closed.
Joyce Manor also have other shows around the one at HoV, including another Brooklyn show happening on August 17 at Knitting Factory with Glocca Morra and Dogs On Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader). Tickets for the Knit show are still available.
Obviously these are only a few of the upcoming punk shows in NYC. What else?
Some streams and the list of Casualites dates, below...
The tracklist for that movie's soundtrack was just revealed, and while there's not too much you don't already have if you're already into this stuff, it should make a great classic-punk 101 for anyone who's yet to have discovered these gems. The soundtrack will feature classic tunes from Talking Heads, The Stooges, Dead Boys, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Television, Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, New York Dolls, The Velvet Underground, Johnny Thunder & the Heartbreakers, and more. Plus, there's some live tracks, demos, and alternate versions of songs from other beloved bands like Blondie, MC5, The Dictators and more. The soundtrack will be out on October 8 via Omnivore Records physically and Rhino digitally.
Check out the full tracklist and some videos below...
7 Seconds at Best Friends Day 2011 (more by Chris Boarts Larson)
As you may know, punk vets 7 Seconds recently released their first new song in eight years. Did you like it? A lot of people didn't apparently, and with the internet the way it is, those naysayers' voices were obviously heard. Well, Kevin Seconds didn't take too kindly to the haters on this one, and posted a long message on Facebook responding to them. An excerpt reads:
But first and foremost, we make music for us and to nurture our desire to express, communicate and have a kick-ass time in the process. We love and respect the thousands and thousands of people who love what we've done and what we've said but ultimately, it's about the 4 members of this band.You can read the full message at the bottom of this post.
That has ALWAYS been where it starts and ends for us.
After that, it's all about getting out what we do and hoping it resonates with people who have a fierce love for spirited, aggressive, melodic, message-laden rebel music.
We don't expect (nor do we trust) people who find brilliance in auto-tuning every last vocal part and love music so heavily tampered with and processed, it sounds like it's coming out of a computer's asshole.
As discussed, 7 Seconds will be headed to Philly soon for the This is Hardcore festival. They play the third day (8/10) with Judge, H2O, Ceremony, Defeater, Nails, and more. Tickets for the festival are still available.
That festival appearance falls right in the middle of Kevin Seconds' solo tour, which he kicked off yesterday with Kepi Ghoulie (of Groovie Ghoulies). As briefly mentioned earlier today, that tour comes to NYC on August 13 at Bowery Electric. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It also hits Asbury Lanes on August 11.
All dates are listed on the tour flyer, along with the rest of his message, below...
As discussed, Poison Idea (or at least what is left of the band) will play Cake Shop on August 31, part of a round of dates for the Portland punk legends. That show alone always seemed rather small for a band with that sort of catalog behind them, and as such Poison Idea have added another show the same day -- a matinee before Cake Shop. Tickets are on sale.
Somewhere between the post-punk of Joy Division and the noise rock of middle period Young Widows sits Psychic Teens, a hard-driving Philadelphia trio. Two years after releasing the impressive TEEN, the band is readying the release of their new LP Come via SRA Records on August 13. You can check out "H#TE" and "RIP" from the LP in this post.
So far the band has very few tour dates to speak of besides a hometown Record Release show on August 9 at Long in the Tooth. Look for that to change very soon. Until then, stream those two PT tracks below.
Hard Skin at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The UK kings of hilarious oi return to the US for a set of appearances on our shores, including known dates in Philly, Chicago and NYC. Look for Hard Skin to return to Acheron on September 12th, snagging support from Brooklyn punks La Misma (check out their demo) & Vanity. Ticketing information is on the way.
Hard Skin recently released their first LPs since 2004's Same Meat, Different Gravy. If you listen to them back to back, you may find that the pair of releases -- On The Balls and Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear -- are pretty similar.
This is a CLASSIC! Well, it's actually TWO CLASSICS! We got some of our sexiest lady mates round to the studio, got them drunk on cheap plonk, and after a few days we had a second version of the album recorded with HARD SKIN as you've never heard us before.Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear? features vocal appearances from Alison Mosshart (The Kills, Dead Weather), Joanna Newsom, Beki Bondage (Vice Squad), Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit), Miki Berenyi (Lush), Roxanne and Marion of Veronica Falls' and many many more. (Stream at Spotify and get your copies at Feral Ward.
All known dates are listed, along with a video for "Council Estate" are below.
UPDATE: new dates have emerged. Full tour schedule is below.
The Spits at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Spits are readying the re-release of their rarities comp, Kill the Kool on In The Red. The former tour-only LP will see reissue "in deluxe gatefold dust jacket, amended artwork and some different songs" from the release previous.
In the meantime, make sure and get out to see the band on tour with Memphis' awesome Useless Eaters, who will play a string of Northeast/Midwest dates in October include a pair of shows in NYC: October 10 at Knitting Factory and the late show on October 11 at Mercury Lounge. Ticketing info for both Knitting Factory and Mercury Lounge are TBA.
All tour dates are listed, along with streams from The Spits and Useless Eaters, below.
by Fred Pessaro
With Pig Champion long gone and the bassist seat now occupied by Thom Rusnak of Rorschach, the 2013 version of punk legends Poison Idea have have risen for more live dates. The shows mostly include East Coast appearances, including one in NYC on August 31 at Cake Shop. Poison Idea was originally supposed to perform at last year's Power of the Riff East, but cancelled due to health reasons.
For the curious, Poison Idea 2013 is:
Jerry A - VocalsAll tour dates are listed, along with recent live video, below. Feel the darkness, indeed.
Jim Taylor - Guitar
Thom Rusnak- Bass
Chris Cuthbert - Drums
Jeff The Duck Walter - Guitar
The Impalers at Chaos in Tejas 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The Impalers, the more-punk leaning project of Chris Ulsh (Mammoth Grinder, Power Surge and more), are readying their self-titled debut for 540 Records. The follow-up to the band's revered demo and 7", the LP features a pair of new tracks, "Spider Sisters" and "Wrecking Ball," both of which are streaming below.
The Impalers will have copies of the release on hand when they hit the road with yet another Ulsh project, Vaaska, who will tour the East Coast in August. Look for the bands to hit Acheron on August 17 with Back to Back. Tickets are on sale. Vaaska have a release of their own coming with 540 Records, a split with Skizophrenia, though no word as to whether it will be ready by tour time.
The announcement of the new Impalers record comes on the same day that 540 Records readies another FOUR releases, including the pre-Ashes to Ashes 1985 demo by Cali-crust favorites Final Conflict, Framtid's Consuming Shit And Mind Pollution (a collection of early demos), Ego Summit's The Room Isn't Big Enough, and the classic Fun Fun Fun EP by Big Boys.
Tour dates and streams are below.
After an initial announcement incorrectly stated that Conflict would be playing Warsaw, it has now revealed that UK anarcho-punk band will instead spend the evening of October 25 at Europa, joined by Resistant Culture and (A) Truth as part of what's being called Eastrev Fest. Tickets are on sale.
Unfortunately, some of previously discussed dates are now in flux, but confirmed ones and planned cities are listed, alongside a few song streams, are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Nude Beach at 285 Kent in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Brooklyn's Nude Beach have a new 7" due out in July (stream both tracks below) and are currently on a tour that will culminate in a hometown show on July 5 at Knitting Factory with Prince Rupert's Drops and Pop Zeus. Tickets for that show are still available.
Not long after that show,
Nude Beach will play another hometown show on July 17 at Death by Audio with a solid lineup of Nuclear Spring, The Red Dons, and Ylajali. Admission for that show is $8 at the door. Updated Nude Beach dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Nude Beach, it turns out, are NOT playing the DbA show after all (though it was listed on DbA's site).
Nuclear Spring in Budapest - 6/10/13 (photo by Tamas Bernath)
Brooklyn punks Nuclear Spring, who have past/present members of CREEM and Nomos, will be returning home from a European tour (pictured above) with CREEM for this show. Earlier this year, they put out a 7" on Hysteria Records, which contains 6 tracks of menacing punk in just over 10 minutes. Not unlike contemporaries White Lung or Neon Piss, Nuclear Spring's melodies and riffs pull more from post-punk, but they play with the speed and ferocity of hardcore. If you're into that kind of stuff, don't sleep on this. You can download the EP for free (legally) on MediaFire and stream two tracks below.
For Portland's The Red Dons (ex-The Observers), the Death by Audio show is the first date on their July East Coast tour. That tour also includes three NYC-area shows with NJ/Brooklyn surf punks Night Birds. The first of those is in New Brunswick on July 24 at Alamo with Loose Ends and Easy Rider; then Manhattan on July 25 at Cake Shop with Eric Davidson's (of New Bomb Turks) new band Livds and Brooklyn garage punks Foster Care; then Long Island on July 26 at No Fun Club with Iron Chic. The Red Dons are a pretty likeminded band to Nuclear Spring and Night Birds, and any of those shows should be a great way to see them. You can stream their most recent full length, 2010's Fake Meets Failure, in its entirety below, and download it for free at bandcamp. All of their dates are listed below too.
Night Birds at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Meanwhile, you can catch Night Birds, whose new LP, Born to Die in Suburbia drops 7/9 via Grave Mistake, in NYC even sooner when they play a release show for the new album on July 12 at Death by Audio with Omegas, Don Giovanni-signed Nuclear Santa Claust (who also play with Iron Reagan and Dropead on Friday, 6/28), and Give, plus Chris Gethard is hosting. Night Birds also play Europa on August 29 with Zero Boys (tickets). Updated dates are listed, along with streams of two tracks from their LP, below.
by Fred Pessaro
Martin Sorrondeguy with Crudos at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Martin Sorrondeguy delivered awesome sets as a member of Crudos at Chaos in Tejas last month and with Limp Wrist twice this weekend, but now he'll bring another passion to the forefront next week: photography. As discussed at BVA, Sorrendguy has released the amazing Get Shot!, a compilation of photography by the punk frontman shot at various shows in the past 20+ years. Many of these photos, and others, will be front and center at an exhibition on June 24 at Superchief Gallery. The free show -- one night only -- opens at 5PM and Sorrendguy will have prints, his book, and latest zine available for purchase. Flyer is below.
If you missed Limp Wrist over the weekend, you can watch video from Union Pool and LPR below.
Lower at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Danish punks Lower just brought their tour through NYC for Northside shows with hometown pals Iceage at MHOW on Thursday (6/13) (also with A Place to Bury Strangers and more) and Saint Vitus on Friday (6/14) (with Lust For Youth and more). If you missed 'em this time around, or just have to see them again, you're in luck because the band have since announced that they'll be making one last stop in NYC on June 25 at Acheron (57 Waterbury St in Brooklyn).
That show is with one of their tourmates, Cleveland's excellent post-punk band Pleasure Leftists, NYC punks Crazy Spirit, Boston's The Ukiah Drag, and NYC goths Anasazi (whose member Keegan designed the show flyer). Show starts at 8 PM and admission is $8 at the door. 18+.
Updated dates are listed, along with the Acheron show flyer and some song streams, below...