Entries tagged with: punk
Plow United keep it punk, fold their own laundry
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.
Cover art for 'Maimed For The Masses'
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...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
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.
photos by Sarja Hasan, words by Woodrow Mousecock
Cockney Rejects @ MHOW, 2/22/2013
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.
photos by Tod Seelie; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
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.
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.
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.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Dawn of Humans at 285 Kent (more by Lukas Hodge)
The previously discussed punk fest New York's Alright has announced its line-ups for the weekend fest. Head below for a full listing of venues and lineups between April 18 - 21 which feature some really unmissable shows for fans of punk/hardcore.
Heartless (mem Masakari) will play Acheron on March 9, joined by Blood Red (mems of Rambo, Pissed Jeans, Hounds of Hate, etc), Gang Signs and White Widows.
Cult of Luna have released a new video for "Passing Through" from their LP Vertikal (stream it). Check that out, as well as a list of all EVILLIVE-approved shows for the next two weeks, below.
The Casualties at Ottobar, Feb 2012 (more by Chris Boarts-Larson)
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.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
DC's Damaged City Fest has been announced for middle April, with some overlap of bands scheduled for NYC's punk fiesta New York's Alright. Look for names like Culo, Coke Bust, Double Negative, Dropdead, No Tolerance (who's members play with Rival Mob soon), Negative Approach, Night Birds, Prisoner Abuse, Tenement and many many more. Full lineup for the festival, scheduled to take place at long-time DIY space St. Stephen's Church on April 12 and 13, is below. Tickets are on sale.
Speaking of Wisconsin band Tenement, look for them to hit Grand Victory on April 11 with touring partners Night Birds, Marvin Berry & The New Sound and Dipers. Tickets are on sale. Stream a few Tenement songs, including their split with Culo, below.
In other news, Night Birds are prepping a new split for Fat Wreck Chords. Look for the four-song EP Maimed for the Masses via the label on May 7, with the title track providing a primer for the band's forthcoming LP Born To Die In Suburbia due on Grave Mistake this summer.
In more punk news, for a taste of what' you're in for at New York's Alright 2013, head to 285 Kent tonight (2/1) where Who Killed Spikey Jacket? will team with Sad Boys, Perdition, Goosebumps and Murderer. Four of the five bands scheduled for tonight will perform at the festival which happens in April.
Check out the DCFest lineup, as well as song streams, below.
Devo in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
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...
words by Phillip Pantuso, photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Iceage @ 285 Kent
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.
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.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Just when things couldnt get any weirder regarding Black Flag...
Black Flag original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson, along with guitarist Stephen Egerton (who played along Bill Stevenson in Descendents and ALL), spurred by crowd reaction to a surprise set at Goldenvoice's 30th anniversary show in 2011, have formed FLAG as a vehicle to continue performing the hardcore progentiors' repertoire.We now have dueling "Flag"s, this version and the previously discussed with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes. I have a headache.
Catch the Morris version on the road in Europe and at Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas over Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 - 27) where they'll join names like The Damned (who are also playing Chaos), DRI, Lagwagon, Subhumans, The Bouncing Souls, Swingin Utters, Lower Class Brats and more. Tickets for Punk Rock Bowling go on sale Tuesday (1/29) at 1PM PST.
The impossible has happened. Black Flag will reunite with their second vocalist Ron Reyes (Keith Morris was the first) for a show at Hevy Fest in the UK, roping in Greg Ginn as part of the lineup. The show will be the first official Black Flag show in many years, and the first outside of the US in more than 30.
UPDATE:Neither Chuck Dukowski nor Robo are part of this lineup. Enter FLAG.
So far the remainder of the Hevy Fest lineup, which goes down on August 2-4 at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, has yet to be announced. Expect an additional 80 bands to round out the lineup.
Head below for some Black Flag videos featuring Ron on vocals, including a video from Ron Reyes's 50th birthday party, where he joined Greg Ginn on stage for Black Flag covers.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Mike Atta and family...
Mike Atta, guitarist for what some consider the first-ever hardcore band, The Middle Class, is in trouble and needs your help:
My name is Joanne Jimenez and my big brother, Mike Atta, needs your help!!! Mike's battle with cancer began 3 years ago when he was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer in January 2010. He had surgery to remove it, a kidney and an adrenal gland and we were hopeful that the cancer was gone & that he would live a healthy life, but just a few weeks ago he found out that the cancer has returned and has now moved to his lungs. The news was devastating to Mike, his wife Pam and those who love him. It was especially difficult to tell his 10-year-old son, Van, that the cancer was back & that his dad had to be away for treatment during the week of Christmas. If you know Mike he is a happy, positive, resilient person before and after his initial diagnosis/surgery and you'd never know he'd had cancer and major surgery if you saw him during the last 3 years. He has an active life with a family and 2 retail business; and after his recovery had gotten back together with his Orange County punk band from the '70s, The Middle Class, playing shows around California.Mike is doing well than the obvious health issues, but his treatments and recovery have taken its toll on his business and his wallet, despite having insurance. The family is currently accepting donations to help get Mike back to some semblance of normal. Give if you can, they are currently 38% towards their total goal of $50k.
Head below for a stream of The Middle Class' classic Out of Vogue 7" from 1978, what some consider to be the blueprint of hardcore.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
As discussed over at Invisible Oranges, Iron Reagan features half of Municipal Waste along with members of Darkest Hour. The crossover band, that leans more toward the hardcore side of things, are preparing a set of dates surrounding the release of Worse Than Dead, due on March 6 via A389 Records.
Look for the band to play The Acheron on Feb 19 with Trenchgrinder. Tickets are still available. Tour dates are still developing as of this posting, but Iron Reagan's current schedule and a stream of "Cycle of Violence" from the new LP are below.
Hoax at Acheron (more by Sarja Hasan)
A packed-to-the-gills Acheron welcomed the stacked lineup of Cleveland punk crew Inmates, bloodied-Massachusetts-set Hoax, NYC favorites Warthog and Murderer on January 12, a rare showing for the Clevo crew (their last was in 2010). More pics from Acheron can be seen in their sweaty glory over at Invisible Oranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Keijo of Rotten Sound, MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
On their way to dates at Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas, Rotten Sound will team with an amazing bill in NYC: Hellshock, Kromosom and Nomad to headline Acheron on May 22. Tickets are on sale. The show is reportedly part of a tour for the Finnish grind favorites, who will head southbound after MDF to play Chaos in Tejas. All known dates are below.
Rotten Sound are readying the release of Species at War, the band's latest EP due for Relapse Records on January 22nd. Preorder yours at Relapse and stream the new track "Salvation" below alongside all tour dates.
Kromosom (mem s of Pisschrist) ALSO have an effort due that day (1/22) via Southern Lord, Live Forever. The CD compiles all of the band's previous work into a single disc. Get yours via the label.
Raspberry Bulbs at Saint Vitus, 1/13/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro //BBG)
Raspberry Bulbs concluded a set of dates with Salvation and Pharmakon last night at Saint Vitus (1/13), bringing their stomping and unique brand of punk-laced black metal to a ravenous, moshing audience. Check out more pictures at Invisible Oranges.
Raspberry Bulbs (mems Bone Awl, Rorschach, Violent Bullshit) recently recorded a new LP at Heaven Street studios, though no word as to when we'll see the LP.
As discussed, Pissed Jeans are preparing their new LP Honeys for release next month (2/13) via Sub Pop. After releasing a single late last year with "Bathroom Laughter," the band have another on deck now, along with the album art (above). Check out "Cathouse" below, which sees the band sounding decidely less latter-era Black Flag and welcoming elements of garage punk. Preorder your copy of the LP and you'll get the colored "loser edition" of the vinyl as well as a 7" of demos.
The band will also be on tour this spring, including a date in NYC: April 13 at Bowery Ballroom. No word on advance tickets to that show just yet, but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. Tour dates are listed below as are the song streams.
The Damned at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chaos in Tejas has announced yet another round of bands, including The Damned, Gehenna (who play next weekend in NYC with Catharsis), Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Rival Mob, New Zealand's The Bats, Andy Stott, Power Trip, Hoax (who play NYC this weekend), Iceage (who have a new song/tour coming), Anhedonist, Akitsa, Parquet Courts and many more. Full list of names are below, which join the previously announced names like Bolt Thrower, Infest, Abigail, Integrity, Iron Lung (who play DBA soon), Final Conflict, Manilla Road, Merchandise, Milk Music, Total Control, and many many more.
The announcement comes on the same day that passes for the Austin festival, which happens May 30 - June 2, go on sale. Passes are on sale.
The Bronx at Williamsburg Waterfront, Sept 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Now entering their second decade as a band, The Bronx don't seem to be slowing down if their new single, "Youth Wasted," is any indication. The track is the follow up to "Ribcage" from their fourth LP (and first in five years) which is due on February 5. You can stream both below.
The band will head to the UK for an extensive tour in February, but not before playing two select US dates in celebration of Bronx IV: in LA at Los Globos on 2/2 and Bowery Electric on 2/5. Ticketing info is on the way.
All tour dates are listed below along with those song streams.
Dawn of Humans at 285 Kent, December 2012 (more by Lukas Hodge)
After teasing us with a promise of an "international punk and hardcore" fest in NYC, organizers have announced New York's Alright 2013. The festival will happen April 18 - 21 in NYC and will feature everything from local favorites like Perdition, Goosebumps, Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, to names like Double Negative, Culo, Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Stagnation, The Rival Mob, Hoax, and many many more. Full lineup announcement is below, individual show lineups and venues are still TBA.
Both Hoax and Warthog, who are on board for the NYC fest, play with Inmates at Acheron on January 12.
Full statement regarding New York's Alright is below.
photos by Lukas Hodge; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Dawn of Humans @ 285 Kent, 12/20/2012
Just in time for the holidays, antisocial punk crew Dawn of Humans headlined a set at 285 Kent last night (12/20) joined by incredible sets from Kremlin, Bloodkrow Butcher, Creem and La Misma (who I missed, as did our photographer). Packed to the gills and heaving with the pomaded, pit bosses and stringheads alike, the show was a fantastic evening of brutal punk that featured a fair share of nudity and a whole lot of moshing. More pics (slightly NSFW) from the show are below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
Night Birds at House of Vans, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Night Birds join Lemuria & Parquet Courts in supporting Fucked Up at Warsaw on Friday (12/21, tickets), and as such we cornered Brian Gorsegner to ask about his 2012. The Night Birds frontman's journey through music in 2012 in handy list format is below.