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White Lung @ Beerland - 4/6/2013

Vancouver punks White Lung are in NYC, and will play Acheron tonight (April 15) as part of a surprise appearance with Goosebumps, Syphilitic Lust and Boca Raton. Tickets are still available for this BV-presented, $8 show, a one-off from their current trek with Iceage (that hits a sold-out Bowery on Saturday [4/20]).

Syphilitic Lust, which feature members of the similarly great Shoxx, joined Dropdead last night at Acheron. Pictures are available at InvisibleOranges.

White Lung went absolutely wild with shows at SXSW 2013 (including one of our day parties), and played Austin again at Beerland last week (4/6) with Feral Future. More pictures from that show are below.

Continue reading "White Lung are here, playing Acheron tonight; played Beerland with Feral Future (pics)"

photos by Lukas Hodge

Pissed Jeans

Noisy punk team Pissed Jeans are out on the road beating down crowds with the gospel that is Honeys. The Pennsylvania quartet recently crashlanded at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday (4/13) with guests Roomrunner and Yi. Pictures from the show are in this post.

The date was the only show for Roomrunner with PJ, who has since left to catch-up with Marnie Stern as part of her set of dates.

The current Pissed Jeans shows are the band's only scheduled dates until later this summer, when they hit the festival circuit including Pitchfork 2013. All remaining shows and more  are listed, along with more pics from Bowery Ballroom, below.

Continue reading "Pissed Jeans played Bowery Ballroom with Roomrunner and Yi (pics)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Dropdead at Acheron last night (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Dropdead

Providence powerviolence greats Dropdead hit Acheron in Brooklyn last night (April 14), a show on their return trek from Damaged City Fest. The night featured an eclectic lineup that ranged from punk by No Sir I, Won't, Brooklyn early-Earache-worshippers Trenchgrinder (members Skullshitter/Anicon/Gang Signs), noise/crossover punks Shoxx, police-themed powerviolence crew NARC (members of Dawn of Humans, Rosenkopf) to sludgy punk from Occult 45. Pictures from the Dropdead appearance are available at InvisibleOranges.

White Lung at SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
White Lung

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Styles P @ BB King's
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Furthur @ The Capitol Theatre
* Joe Pug, Erin Ivey @ Union Hall
* Marc Maron @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Kim Richey & Darden Smith @ Joe's Pub
* Liam Finn, Railbird @ Knitting Factory
* Suuns, Weeknight @ Mercury Lounge
* Marc Broussard, Courrier @ City Winery
* Muse, Biffy Clyro @ Madison Square Garden
* Wyatt Cenac, Mark Normand, Liam McEneaney @ Littlefield
* Bobby Long, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald @ Mercury Lounge
* Matt Costa, The Blank Tapes, Vandaveer @ Bowery Ballroom
* White Lung, Syphilitic Lust, Boca Raton, Goosebumps @ The Acheron
* Jesse Harris, Sophie Auster, Leaves of Green @ Rockwood Music Hall
* The Hysterics, In School, Nuclear Spring, Solid Attitude @ Death By Audio
* J.Period, DJ Concerned, DJ Timoteo Gigante, DJ Wisdon @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Foot Village, Hurricanes of Love, Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth @ Silent Barn
* Living Room, The Reptilian, The Natural Disasters, The Moon Tooth @ Big Snow
* Swaai Boys, Gondola, Horrible Present, Goodbye, Forget It, South Paws @ Pianos
* R. Stevie Moore, Total Slacker, Tropical Ooze, Cassie Ramone (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Presidents of the United States of America, Eternal Summers, pow wow! @ Irving Plaza
* Silent Drape Runners, Thelma and the Sleaze, Clinical Trials, Wojcik, Little Band of Sailors @ Cake Shop

If you're headed to Irving Plaza to see The Presidents of the United States of America play their first album in full, get there early for Eternal Summers. They're currently taking pledges/pre-orders for their new album on PledgeMusic.

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This past Saturday's episode of SNL, which featured a performance by Miguel and a new Daft Punk ad, also included a Fred Armisen-led skit, which paid a "punk tribute" to the late Margaret Thatcher. The skit featured a band called Ian Rubbish and the Bizzaros, who write songs about the queen and other British politics (albeit from a different perspective than most punks had). Check out the video of that skit below. And it's not the first time Fred Armisen brought his knowledge of punk to SNL.

Empire of the Sun, the post-Sleepy Jackson pop project from Luke Steele, will release their second album, Ice on the Dune, in June. You can stream first single, "Alive," below.

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Career Suicide at Chaos in Tejas 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Career Suicide

Hey America! Get to New York City on June 8... Career Suicide is playing!
And with that announcement, the Canadian punk crew (featuring Jonah of Fucked Up) have announced a single US date, set for June 8 at Acheron! The one-off show will also feature appearances from Bloodkrow Butcher, Vaginors, Herpes, Primitive Pact and Virginia Tech. Tickets are on sale.

Career Suicide's last LP was 2006's Attempted Suicide which hit via the Deranged label. Stream that in full along with a few videos below.

Continue reading "Career Suicide playing one-off show in NYC"

Small Brown Bike

Small Brown Bike began in 1996 in the small suburban town of Marshall, Michigan. After two self-released seven-inches, the band was offered a helping hand from No Idea Records (Gainesville, Florida). The band immediately went to work on the new songs and recorded their first full-length entitled, "Our Own Wars" (July 1999) and went on to release three more full length albums, and countless additional releases. In their history, the band toured the States relentlessly performing and touring with acts such as Against Me!, Cursive, At The Drive In, Alkaline Trio, Hot Water Music, Desaparecidos and more, and performed at the Van's Warped Tour and at Louisville's Krazy Fest and Gainesville's The Fest.
Post-hardcore crew Small Brown Bike have logged more than fifteen years as a band. An accomplishment to be sure, but like any big milestone, that accomplishment also comes with reflection.

SBB have aggregated b-sides, alternate tracks and demos for Recollected, a compilation of rarites due on May 28 via Old Point Light Records which you can preorder now. The release features seventeen tracks in all, including "My Unanswered Whys" a version of which originally made its appearance on a limited split with Cursive in 2001. Stream that track and check out a video trailer for the compilation below.

Continue reading "Small Brown Bike readies rarities compilation (stream a track)"

Creative Adult

Somewhere in between the maniacal noise-punk of Pissed Jeans and the propulsive post-punk of Joy Division/Bauhaus lies Creative Adult, a Bay Area four piece prepping to let loose their new EP, Bull In The Yard, via Run for Cover Records. The release is their second overall, following the Dead Air 7" which dropped late last year.

Though a quick gloss over their material may point to the band's punkier side, CA definitely takes their tunes in interesting places by dabbling in noise, goth and the louder side of indie. In fact, the opening notes of "Rushing Toward The Cemetery" steers dangerously close to the opening bars of the Sonic Youth classic "Teen Age Riot." Check out that tune for the first time below and order your copy via the label.

So far the band only have a single date to speak of, April 26 in Oakland, CA at Eli's with Sabertooth Zombie, but look for shows to be announced in the coming weeks in celebration of the new EP. Until then, dig on the new jam below.

Continue reading "Creative Adult ready 'Bulls in the Yard' (stream a track)"

Los Crudos in Chicago earlier this year (more by Carmelo Espanola)

The great Los Crudos have returned to the stage off and on since initially splitting in 1998, most recently in Chicago for a pair of shows (pics/review). Now comes word that "That Spic Band" will return from slumber yet again to play Chaos in Tejas, their first appearance at the festival since 2008. The band is scheduled to play one more US date, the This is Not A Step festival in the Bay Area on June 28 - 30 happening at and benefiting DIY space 924 Gilman, featuring The Body, Iron Lung, No Statik, Talk is Poison and more.

Los Crudos recently played a string of dates in South America in addition to that doubleheader in Chicago in March 2nd. Check out video of full sets from both shows, along with a video of their 2008 appearance at Chaos in Tejas, below.

Continue reading "reunited Los Crudos playing Chaos in Tejas and This is Not A Step fest in San Francisco"

photos by Sarja Hasan

Goosebumps @ Saint Vitus, 2/26/2013
Goosebumps

Acheron just got a little bit wilder. New York punk crew Goosebumps have been added to the previously discussed White Lung suprise show at Acheron on April 15. Tickets for the Brooklyn-Vegan co-presented show, which also features appearances from Syphilitic Lust and Boca Raton, are still available. White Lung's other area appearance, supporting Iceage at Bowery Ballroom, is sold out.

Goosebumps, meanwhile, joined D.R.I., Deathcycle and Concrete Cross for a show at Saint Vitus on February 26. Belated pictures and video (plus a bonus Goosebumps video), minus Concrete Cross (who our photographer missed), are below.

Continue reading "Goosebumps added to White Lung show at Acheron + belated pics from their Saint Vitus show with D.R.I. and Deathcycle"

photos by Alyssa Tanchajja

Paint it Black / Loma Prieta @ First Unitarian Church 3/31/2013
Paint it Black
Loma Prieta

Paint it Black celebrated the release of their new 7", Invisible, with a release show at First Unitarian Church in their native Philadelphia this past Sunday (3/31). The show also featured appearances from Joyce Manor, Loma Prieta, Congenital Death and Badside, and pictures/video from the wld event are below.

The Philadelphia show was Loma Prieta's stop on their current US trek, one that will take the Bay Area band to Saint Vitus tonight (4/2). Tickets are still available. Support will come from Goodtime Boys and Descender, who also played the venue last night with Russian Circles.

More pictures from First Unitarian Church are below.

Continue reading "Paint it Black played Philly record release party w/ Joyce Manor and Loma Prieta (pics); Loma Prieta play NYC tonight"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Subhumans

UK punks Subhumans have already announced their return to our shores for Las Vegas fest Punk Rock Bowling, but now the band will start to fill in some holes in the dates surrounding it. Though their schedule is far from complete, the band have dropped dates on the West Coast in addition to a pair of NYC shows. Catch Subhumans at June 15 at Bowery Ballroom with Strike Anywhere and Blanks 77 and at June 16 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Adolescents, Drunken Rampage and The Krays.

Tickets for Bowery Ballroom and MHoW go on sale at noon on Friday (4/5) with AmEx presales happening Wednesday (4/3) at noon. The MHoW is also a Northside Festival event, so you can get in with your pass as well.

All Subhumans tour dates are listed, along with a few videos, below.

Continue reading "Subhumans add North American dates around Punk Rock Bowling (two in NYC) "

Rancid Tour

One year after playing Black & Blue Bowl and issuing their 20th anniversary boxset, Rancid will return for dates in NYC and beyond! The Bay Area punk band will embark on a string of dates with related band Transplants and Crown of Thornz for a string of dates that will include two stops at Terminal 5 on June 20 & 21. Tickets go on sale at 10AM on Saturday (4/6).

Still no sign of new Rancid material, as the band havent released anything since dropping the "Fuck You" single last year. Meanwhile, check out Rancid's classic And Out Come The Wolves, along with their full tour schedule and the tour flyer.

Continue reading "Rancid touring this summer, including two NYC shows at T5"

photos by Keith Marlowe, words by Fred Pessaro

Iron Lung at DbA, 3/30/2013
Iron Lung

Seattle powerviolence duo Iron Lung have been out on the road for close to a month now, playing dates with Dream Decay including Saturday at Death by Audio (3/30) in Brooklyn, NY. Support at the show came from the trio of Brain Slug, the always amazing Shoxx (now with a pair of guitarists) and the crusty No Tomorrow. The show was one of the first NYC dates for Shoxx since drummer Elsner Nino departed to join Merchandise.

One of the biggest disappointments of the evening was amplifier hum on Jon Kortland's guitar, not so much that it hindered the Iron Lung's performance, but that the first half wasn't peppered with drummer Jensen Ward's dry & sarcastic jokes in between songs. That changed as the evening rolled on, and the band's start-stops and thundering blasts surpassed the razor-sharp onstage wit.

Dream Decay was the most surprising act of the evening, channelling noise rock and Swans-y no-wave into a single slithering, feedback drenched pummel. Drummer/vocals are at the center of this Seattle band's sound, which also featured a saxophone to add Contortion-y squeals over top of it all. Fans of Pissed Jeans and Swans, take note.

Iron Lung are touring in support of White Glove Test, the band's new LP that comes in three versions: the regular LP, a companion noise LP and a combination of the two. Dream Decay also has a new LP, N V N V N V, out now via Iron Lung Records. Stream both below and get hard copies on the road, or snag a digital of both LPs at the Iron Lung bandcamp.

More pics from Saturday's show at DbA are below.

Continue reading "Iron Lung played Death by Audio with Dream Decay (pics); stream their new LPs"

photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Bad Religion @ T5, 3/26/2013 (photo by Keith Marlowe)
Bad Religion

It's hard to imagine doing any one thing for thirty three years, but somehow melodic punks Bad Religion are still going at it. The Southern California mainstays played one of the first dates on their current US tour at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (3/26), just a few days after headlining Wellmont Theater on Saturday (3/23). The dates included support from The Bronx (who recently played NYC in support of IV, pictures HERE and HERE) and Polar Bear Club, both of which have signed on for the entirety of the tour.

Much like The Bronx, Bad Religion are celebrating the release of their new LP True North with the tour.

In related news, The Bronx recently sat down with the guys at Rocks Off as part of a podcast. Check that out at the Rocks Off site.

More pics from Terminal 5 are below along with the Bad Religion setlists for both dates.

Continue reading "Bad Religion played Wellmont Theatre and Terminal 5 with The Bronx & Polar Bear Club (pics from T5, setlists from both)"

Plow United keep it punk, fold their own laundry
Plow United

Formed in the early 90s, Delaware poppy punks Plow United took the bulk of the past 15 years away from the road and the studio to concentrate on other bands and, you know, life shit. But late 2011 the band returned as part of the Philadelphia edition of Riot Fest and has played subsequent scattered shows since.

Aside from live dates (we'll get to that in a minute), the reunion is bearing fruit as well, with a new album, Marching Band, set for an April 2 release on Jump Start Records. Stream that LP in full below next to a video for "Human 2000." Preorder the record if it tickles you in the right places.

Marching Band will be celebrated at a weekend of East Coast dates scheduled to kick off tonight (3/27) in NYC with an appearance on the Chris Gethard Show, followed by a live appearance at Knitting Factory on Thursday (3/28) with Iron Chic and The Unlovables. Tickets are still available. All other dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Plow United are back, made new album, playing shows (dates, video, LP stream)"

Cover art for 'Maimed For The Masses'
Maimed

New Jersey surf-punk favorites Night Birds will release their new 7" Maimed For The Masses via Fat Wreck Chords on May 7. The single is a primer for their forthcoming LP Born To Die In Suburbia due on Grave Mistake in July. We've got the premiere of "Maimed for the Masses" which you can stream below

Meanwhile, the mostly-New Brunswick crew kick off a string of midwest dates with Give and Tenement that culminate in the previously discussed NYC show at Grand Victory on April 11 with Marvin Berry & The New Sound and Dipers (no Give, sorry). Tickets are still available.

All tour dates are listed, along with that song stream, below...

Continue reading "Night Birds releasing new 7", on tour with Give and Tenement (stream, dates)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Vulgar Fashion

Denton crew Vulgar Fashion wows 'em with the new track "Pact with the Devil," the latest song to emerge from the band's Colin-Marston-produced self-titled debut 10". Due via Handmade Birds on March 19, you can check out that noise-damaged gothic-synth-punk track below for the first time along with another track "Golden Showers" (not an R.Kelly cover)(sorry, couldn't resist).

Handmade Birds honcho R.Loren will join BV/ IO contributors Kim Kelly and Andy O'Connor and yours truly as part of the DJ squad set for the Pitchfork Show No Mercy showcase on 3/13 at Mohawk during SXSW.

Continue reading "Vulgar Fashion welcome new self-titled 10" (stream a track)"

photos by Sarja Hasan, words by Woodrow Mousecock

Cockney Rejects @ MHOW, 2/22/2013
Cockney Rejects

This past Friday night (2/22) seemingly all of the old skinheads in the TriState Area made a pilgrimage to Williamsburg for the first ever NYC show by the Cockney Rejects whose tour hit that night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The venue was filled up from the get go with NYC Oi stalwarts The Templars kicking off the show. Next up were Murphy's Law who's singer Jimmy Gestapo might just be the Don Rickles of Hardcore. Not sure which is more fun -- watching him sing songs or talk shit between them. California's Youth Brigade went next and brought the California street punk.

Then it was time for the Cockney Rejects. From the minute they took the stage with "We Are The Firm," it was clear that they were excited to finally be playing in New York City. Brothers Jeff and Mick Geggus (singer and guitarist), the two original members, looked and moved like the former standout amateur boxers that they are. Both guys bounced around the stage like they were ready for a punch up all night long. If you had just walked into the show, you might have though you were at a West Ham Football Club Rally with all the jerseys and also the massive "NYC Hammers" banner hanging onstage behind the band. (The NYC Hammers are a loosely affiliated group of skinheads and casuals who support the West Ham club.) Hell, if there were a group of supporters of another club in NYC that were crazy enough to fight them, then you might even call them hooligans. The club turned into a drunken singsong / near riot when the Rejects played their cover of "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," a song traditionally sung by West Ham supporters. The Rejects closed the show with their 1980 hit "Oi Oi Oi" which gave the genre it's name. How fitting.

More pictures from MHOW (though unfortunately none of The Templars) are below.

Continue reading "Cockney Rejects & Youth Brigade played Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Murphy's Law & The Templars (pics, review)"

photos by Tod Seelie; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG

The Casualties

On the verge of a string of dates with Goatwhore, NYC punk crew The Casualties played a rare small show at punk rock venue The Acheron on Friday (2/15), joined by support from Nomad (who replaced Perdition), Agitator and Sad Boys. The enthusiastic crowd included raging punks, PA hangers-on, sing-alongs, and much that you would expect from a riotous punk rock crowd. More pics from The Acheron, though unfortunately none of Sad Boys, are below.

Continue reading "The Casualties played Acheron with Nomad, Agitator and Sad Boys (pics)"

Pissed Jeans

The above still is not from an infomercial. Pissed Jeans examine the dark side of home shopping on their new video for "Bathroom Laughter" from their new album, Honeys, which arrived today (2/12) via Sub Pop. Check out the video below and if you have any questions about the clip or just want to know why they're so damn antisocial, they band will be hanging out in the video's comments section to chat about the video today at noon EST.

As mentioned, Pissed Jeans are on tour this spring, and will play Bowery Ballroom on April 13 with Roomrunner and Yi. Tickets are still available.

In related news, a quick reminder that members of Pissed Jeans will play in side project Blood Red when the band teams with Heartless at Acheron on March 9.

Video for "Bathroom Laughter" and a list of all tour dates are below.

Continue reading "Pissed Jeans release video for "Bathroom Laughter" (watch)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Dawn of Humans at 285 Kent (more by Lukas Hodge)
Dawn of Humans

The previously discussed punk fest New York's Alright has announced its line-ups for the weekend fest. Head below for a full listing of venues and lineups between April 18 - 21 which feature some really unmissable shows for fans of punk/hardcore.

Heartless (mem Masakari) will play Acheron on March 9, joined by Blood Red (mems of Rambo, Pissed Jeans, Hounds of Hate, etc), Gang Signs and White Widows.

Cult of Luna have released a new video for "Passing Through" from their LP Vertikal (stream it). Check that out, as well as a list of all EVILLIVE-approved shows for the next two weeks, below.

Continue reading "Evilive (New York's Alright, Heartless, Cult of Luna, and more)"

The Casualties at Ottobar, Feb 2012 (more by Chris Boarts-Larson)
Casualties

The Casualties will liven up Acheron on Feb 15 when the band joins Perdition, Agitator and Sad Boys for a show at the space. Look for utter insanity. Tickets are on sale. The band is also scheduled to do select dates with Goatwhore, though not scheduled to play Saint Vitus when the band hits with 3 Inches of Blood on April 29 (tix). Casualties dates are below.

Speaking of Perdition & Sad Boys, don't forge... they play tonight with Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Goosebumps and Murderer.

All Casualties dates, plus Casualties and Perdition video, are below.

Continue reading "The Casualties going on tour, some dates with Goatwhore"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Damaged City Fest

DC's Damaged City Fest has been announced for middle April, with some overlap of bands scheduled for NYC's punk fiesta New York's Alright. Look for names like Culo, Coke Bust, Double Negative, Dropdead, No Tolerance (who's members play with Rival Mob soon), Negative Approach, Night Birds, Prisoner Abuse, Tenement and many many more. Full lineup for the festival, scheduled to take place at long-time DIY space St. Stephen's Church on April 12 and 13, is below. Tickets are on sale.

Speaking of Wisconsin band Tenement, look for them to hit Grand Victory on April 11 with touring partners Night Birds, Marvin Berry & The New Sound and Dipers. Tickets are on sale. Stream a few Tenement songs, including their split with Culo, below.

In other news, Night Birds are prepping a new split for Fat Wreck Chords. Look for the four-song EP Maimed for the Masses via the label on May 7, with the title track providing a primer for the band's forthcoming LP Born To Die In Suburbia due on Grave Mistake this summer.

In more punk news, for a taste of what' you're in for at New York's Alright 2013, head to 285 Kent tonight (2/1) where Who Killed Spikey Jacket? will team with Sad Boys, Perdition, Goosebumps and Murderer. Four of the five bands scheduled for tonight will perform at the festival which happens in April.

Check out the DCFest lineup, as well as song streams, below.

Continue reading "Damaged City Fest tix on sale (Dropdead, Negative Approach, more), Night Birds ready LP/7" ++ more punk news"

Devo in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Devo

Punk Rock Bowling is returning to downtown Las Vegas for its 15th year from May 25 - 27 with a lineup of Devo, FLAG (one of two Black Flag reunions taking place this year), Bad Religion (who are touring soon), The Damned, Turbonegro, DRI, Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, Subhumans, Swingin' Utters, US Bombs, The Weirdos, and more. Three-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale Monday, February 11.

Flyer and full lineup below...

Continue reading "Punk Rock Bowling 2013 lineup & tickets (Devo, FLAG, Bad Religion, The Damned, Turbonegro, Bouncing Souls, more)"

words by Phillip Pantuso, photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Iceage @ 285 Kent
Iceage

Iceage blew into 285 Kent last night (1/25) in the wake of an actual snowstorm, but if the inclement weather deterred any from venturing out to see the Danish post-punk band, you couldn't tell by the room. 285 Kent was overpacked, the usual cigarette-and-sweat melange augmented by dirty slush tracked all over the floor. Anticipation was high, and you couldn't move for being thrown to the ground.

Deformity got things started with a raw-as-fuck set of scalding punk, the drums hitting like a combo move. Raspberry Bulbs were next. Over a 25-minute set of fuzzy, blackened punk--cut one song short by a malfunctioning amp--the band destroyed eardrums. The bass, distorted and aggressive, was louder than on their record, choking the low end while corrosive twin guitars squalled above it. Faint intimations of melody ghosted beneath the noise and frontman He Who Crushes Teeth's abrasive vocals.

Nomad upped the ante and left the room broken and bleeding, no mean feat given that they played a ten minute set. There is nothing that can really prepare you for Nomad, and it seemed that many in the crowd, having come for Iceage, where not prepared for the hardcore audial assault of the NYC three-piece, nor for, say, a dude in a helmet cannonballing helmet-first off the stage, which happened about thirty seconds into their set. Their songs are holocaustic rippers that sound like your brain being cleaved through the corpus callosum; all you can feel is the hot blade.

Iceage

Then, ah: Iceage. They crawled out from somewhere looking like beautiful enfants terribles, buttoned all the way up, babyfaces touched by no razor. The heraldic manumitters of the angry and disenchanted youth of today. When their debut album, New Brigade, blew up eighteen months ago, it was as if the music media machine had turned over a new log and voila, Iceage were the brightest beetle. After that came the flood: Iceage were nebulously connected to an underground Copenhagen scene centered around the Youth House, a music venue and rendezvous point for various leftist groups before it was demolished following a police-enforced eviction in 2007. The swirl of hype crested with questions like, "Are Iceage the Saviors of Punk?" and write-ups in outlets like The New Yorker, the New York Times and the Guardian. And there's been controversy, too, primarily about racially-loaded imagery in the band's music videos and a fanzine called "Dogmeat", illustrated and published by frontman Elias Rønnenfelt. Defenders and detractors came out swinging on both sides of the debate. Now they're signed to Matador and readying the release of the second record, You're Nothing.

But you know all that. You're also angry and confused at the state of things, or you used to be, or you're just curious about this band. In the presence of the storm, the crowd at 285 Kent last night immediately bifurcated into those who throw firecrackers and spin-kick in the middle of the pit, and those who press to the sides with an admixture of fear and awe.

Iceage pummeled through a set culled almost entirely from You're Nothing, two exceptions being "New Brigade" and "You're Blessed" from the first record. During the latter cut, a burly figure leapt on stage and then tackled Rønnenfelt into the crowd, kicking the heads of the unsuspecting on the way down, thereby collapsing the opposing punk rock impulses to both terrorize and protect the stage into a single meaningful move. Rønnenfelt seemed unfazed, though. He might have been rendered insensate by drink or just the tumultuous noise; it seemed as though he might pass out at any moment, and I'd guess that little more than half of his barked vocals actually made it to the mic. He wailed on the platform like a pipsqueak Henry Rollins, incautious of his own safety. A stagehand wisely removed the mic stand after two songs.

Iceage played loose and brazenly apathetic, often turning their songs into chaotic barrages of masochistic squall. They're too musical to be called punk, too clangorous to be called post-punk. When it cohered, as it sometimes did, you experienced an ecstatic fever dream of power. Dan Kjaer Nielsen's furious drumming had the same effect on the guitar and bass as a blender has on whatever you put in it. The crowd responded in kind, or some of them did anyway, meeting violence with violence. Firecrackers, flying beer cans, etc. I have a jacket that might forever smell like whatever hot, cinnamon-y drink the tiny girl next to me was drinking when it was body-slammed from her hands.

The set was assaulting, furious, sloppy and aggressive. When it unceremoniously ended after thirty or so minutes (a long set by Iceage's standards), the audience filed out to the Williamsburg waterfront, bruised and vertiginous. At the eye of the hypestorm Iceage have generated is the blackthroated, hook-laden punk of New Brigade that's still irrepressible. The glimpse we got of album number two suggests we're in for more of the same.

Catch Iceage again tonight (1/26) at Home Sweet Home with Pharmakon and Dream Affair. More pictures (unfortunately none of Nomad) and Iceage's setlist, below.

Continue reading "Iceage played 285 Kent with Nomad, Raspberry Bulbs & Deformity (pics), play again tonight at Home Sweet Home"