Entries tagged with: punk
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.
Raspberry Bulbs at Saint Vitus, Oct 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The previously discussed Raspberry Bulbs / Salvation / Pharmakon show at Saint Vitus on January 13 (tickets) has expanded to an extended weekend tour. Check out the dates of the four-day run below. Raspberry Bulbs contains members of Bone Awl, Rorschach, Italian Horn and more, and the band recently reissued Demos 2009/2010 via Personnel Records (a subsidiary of Seed Stock).
Pharmakon is hitting the road for a string of dates with Soren and Foreplay on the West Coast next week.
All tour dates are listed below along with video.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Blood UK
The Blood are a London-based punk rock band, formed in 1982. Led by Cardinal Jesus Hate and JJ Bedsore (AKA Colin Smith and Jamie Cantwell), the band formed in the early 1980s under the name Coming Blood. Their music is a blend of hardcore punk, Oi!, heavy metal, football chants and shock rock.UK punks The Blood will bless Acheron on Saturday (12/8) alongside support from Agitator and Artificial Limbs. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of a select few North American dates scheduled for the UK band, and their full tour slate is below, along with some streaming audio.
Many of their songs criticize religion or discuss political or philosophical topics - [Wiki]
Ceremony at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Andy Nelson of Ceremony / Paint it Black took time out from his string of dates with Titus Andronicus (which included Webster Hall this past weekend) to fork over his favorite records of 2012. Andy actually gave us two lists -- favorite LPs and EPs/singles. They include Frank Ocean, Merchandise, Savages, Julia Holter and... well see for yourself. His lists are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Inmates at 528 Johnson, Sept 2010 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Brutal Cleveland hardcore crew Inmates (mem Integrity, Keelhaul) will return to NYC to play a show with punishing MA crew Hoax (who have a new video), NYC favorites Warthog, and Murderer. January 12 at Acheron, so save the date. With that insane lineup, the show promises to be pretty mental, possibly as crazy as the band's appearances with Systematic Death in 2010. Don't sleep.
Head below for a stream of 2007's Assholes Unanimous Presents... in full alongside the new Hoax video.
photos by Lukas Hodge
Night Sins joined Hot Guts for last night's show at K&M as part of the darkwave party Rituals (11/29). The trio (guitar, bass, vocals) didn't start their set till well past mindnight and leaned in the Joy Division direction of post punk.
As discussed, members of Night Sins serve time in Salvation, who will play NYC on January 13 at Saint Vitus with Raspberry Bulbs and Pharmakon. Tickets are still available.
A few more pictures from last night's K&M show are below, along with a music video.
photos by Phil Maler
Belgrado @ Acheron, 11/23/2012
Spanish darkwave crew Belgrado played a rare show in NYC last Friday at Acheron (11/23) with Unholy Thoughts, Anasazi and Devil's Hand, part of a close to a larger US tour (Perdition reportedly didn't play).
Pictures of Anasazi and Belgrado from that show are below, along with video of Belgrado's set, as well as streams of Belgrado's latest 7" and 2011 long-player.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Amebix at Bowery Ballroom, January 2009 (more by Justina Villanueva)
"To my deep regret, AMEBIX has now come to a point where we can no longer continue as a band. We have spent the past five years engaged in a process of resurrecting this group from the ashes and feel very proud of what we have managed to achieve in that time, both in the live performances and also in the album that resulted from this extraordinary time. 'Sonic Mass' is a worthy successor to all of our earlier work, bringing a lot of our original impetus and ideas into clear focus....AMEBIX was and is the creation and brainchild of both myself and my brother Stig. With either of us absent, it is no longer AMEBIX.
The Baron goes on to say that further announcements regarding a "new incarnation of the Amebix legacy" with last drummer Roy Mayorga will appear on the official website.
Reportedly The Baron and Stig (also a founding member) had discussed the split, though nothing official had been planned yet. In a Facebook post, Stig proclaimed "WOW FIRST I'VE HEARD OF THIS."
No word as to where this will lead, though hopefully not in two versions of Amebix kicking around ala Sham 69.
White Lung at Tommy's Tavern, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Vancouver's White Lung have released a video for the third single from their latest LP Sorry, which is out now via Deranged Records. Check out the video for "Glue" below alongside a stream of their debut LP It's The Evil.
photos by Sarja Hasan
Zyanose at Acheron, 11/10/2012
Return home now!!!!!Japanese raw punk killers Zyanose were in NYC for a pair of shows -- November 10 at Acheron and November 11th at Lulu's -- the close of a string of dates that kicked off at Montreal fest A Varning. More pics from the Acheron show (including openers Truncheons, though we missed Zatsuon, Bortgang and Creeping Dose) are below.
CANADA-USA/EASTCOAST TOUR was wonderful time!!!!!
I cannot speak English; but the interchange with all was fun & exciting!!!!!
Thank you, supporter of each place!!!!
Very Thanks, Janick Madhead&TRANCHPONS!!!and Jakke Sullivan（●＾o＾●）
Youth of Today at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Ray Cappo, 46, one of [Revelation Records'] founders, took his place on the stage as the singer for the band Youth of Today, and shouted at the mosh pit, "It's been 20 years but the message is still the same: Tear down the waaaalllll."The New York Times piece details "heavy metal rocker" Raghunath's (aka Ray Cappo's) journey upstate and his career as an "anti-gravity" yoga instructor. Check out his site for more information on attending a class, in person or online.
...Raghunath left rock in a search for a personal true north... He found comfort in studying ancient yogi texts, meditation, chanting and long stints at an ashram in India. "My passion is how to apply ancient philosophy in the modern world," he said. "I teach a fun class so people come. A strong acrobatic class is the best way to get New York type-A personalities on the mat, and then the class is peppered with song and chanting and philosophy and ancient sacred texts."
The classes, playfully dubbed Flight School, developed name recognition among yogis -- especially fellow teachers -- and they can credit or blame Raghunath's influence with the grade inflation on the mat these days, where open-level classes integrate a crow pose, or what children call frog, transitioning into handstands.... [NY Times]
Check out more pictures from Youth of Today's appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest HERE and HERE. The band will play the Chicago edition of Revelation 25 in early January. They played the NYC one, which the NY Times refers to in the article, in October at Irving Plaza.
Toronto's Purity Control have released their latest effort via Chris Colohan's High Anxiety Records, the six-track Coping EP which is out now and limited to 550 copies. Scathing grind and pummeling hardcore form the basis for this new effort, which was mixed and mastered by Will Killingsworth (Orchid/Ampere) and you can stream it in full below.
Chris Colohan, currently a member of Burning Love, is scheduled to play a one-off show with Left for Dead at A389 in Baltimore in 2013. The show is sold out.
In addition to Coping, you can also stream Purity Control's Adjusting and Revisiting below.