Entries tagged with: punk
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.
photos by Alyssa Tanchajja
UK punks The Rezillos brought their classic stylings to Bowery Electric Saturday night (11/10), as part of the band's current North American tour which .has changed around a bit since we first posted. Updated dates are listed below, and pictures from the NYC show are in this post, though unfortunately none of Murphy's Law and The Rodney Speed Experience who also played the show.
The band is celebrating their most recent single, "Top of the Pops (Live)" b/w "Bad Guy Reaction (Live)" / "Yesterday's Tormentor (Live)" which was released on the band's own Rezillos Records. The record is only the second 7" to be released by the band in sixteen years.
Murphy's Law play pretty often, but at least one of their upcoming shows is with another UK punk band, Cockney Rejects, at Music Hall of Williamsburg in February.
More pictures, all tour dates and a live video from Bowery Electric, below...
Damien of Fucked Up at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Clearly the masses swarmed to catch Fucked Up when they played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin last week. Though the band currently is scarce on the U.S. touring front, Fucked Up are prepping for a European stint and on their return will head to NYC to play Warsaw on Dec 21. Tickets are on sale. Supporting bands are TBA.
All tour dates are listed below, along with video of a full live show from Portland, OR in September.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
In addition to Saturday's show at Acheron (11/10), Japanese raw punks Zyanose will play a second show, this time with Anasazi, Neutron Rats, Osama Bin Laden Fan Club and Noise Masters Noise Matters at Lulu's in Greenpoint on Sunday (11/11). The show is free with donations accepted for the touring bands. As we told ya before, Zyanose's Acheron show will also feature Truncheons, Zatsuon, Nomad, Bortgang and Creeping Dose.
Cattle Decapitation will team with Grudges, Trenchgrinder and Skullshitter for a show at Saint Vitus on November 21. Tickets are on sale. Soon after the Saint Vitus show, look for Cattle Decap to hit the road with Dying Fetus. Tour dates are below.
And of course don't forget Clamfight teams with Kings Destroy and Black Pyramid for FREE show at Union Pool tonight (11/9). For all of you non-NYC-ers, catch the same bill at the tour dates below (see flyer).
All Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks, plus a list of those Cattle Decap dates, are below.
Assuming this isn't a joke, this copy of Title Fight's Floral Green currently has bids of $50k with less than 12 hours to go. The record was one of a run of 150 (#45 to be exact) and dropped less than two weeks ago at the band's record release party on 10/19 in Warrior Run. PA. If that sounds like a lot, please keep in mind there's free shipping on this item.
The band is currently on tour with Pianos Become the Teeth and Single Mothers, and have a clear tour pressing of the Secret Society 7" available at the merch table. 400 copies made, so pick one up and maybe you can get that Porsche you always wanted. NYCers can get their copy at Bowery Ballroom on November 29 (tickets).
Perdition at Acheron, Oct 2012 (more by Sarja Hasan)
Everyone knows that NYC's punk scene is brimming with great bands and hospitable venues. Now all of these will converge for a single weekend of madness in April in NYC.
I'm incredibly excited to make the first announcement for NYC's Spring 2013 International punk and hardcore fest. The dates will be Thursday April 18th to Sunday the 21st. There will be more band confirmations, venue and ticket information, lineups, and plenty more news in the next couple of weeks/months.The first round of bands have been announced, and you can check the first additions, which include names like Atentado, Perdition, Drapetomania, Aspects of War, Goosebumps, and many, many more below.
photos by Sarja Hasan
Boston Strangler @ Acheron, 10/27/2012
Punk, in its many incarnations, ruled supreme at Acheron on 10/27, when Beantown throwback hardcore heroes Boston Strangler played with Burning Spirits-influenced NYC favorites Perdition, crusty-punk from Crazy Spirit, and killer sets from Waste Management and Prisoner Abuse. The show was a celebration of 200 live gigs for NYC insititution Hardcore Gig Volume, who proudly lined the walls of The Acheron with flyers from previous shows.
Prisoner Abuse, which features members of No Tolerance, Waste Management, Think I Care, and others, have welcomed their new self-titled LP via Painkiller Records. The LP release was available for purchase at the show, but you can also order your copy via the label.
Pictures of "da' Stranglah," Perdition and Crazy Spirit are below (sorry, we missed Waste Management and Prisoner Abuse).
Brujeria at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Though many incarnations of their passes were sold-out before details were announced, Maryland Deathfest (May 23 - 26, 2013) have the daily line-ups ready to go now. Head below for a list of who you'll see on what day. Tickets are on sale.
Lineups by day are below. Get your tickets now, they'll most likely be gone soon.
The Men at Pitchfork, Chicago, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The Men said:
We're playing a show this Sunday with our very good friends and one of the best bands in the world, Destruction Unit, who are on tour all the way from the Sonoran Desert. Come out, it's gonna be wild.Since then they wrote "The show at Don Pedro tonight is ON. Don't need no subway trains in hell." Pampers and The Guts are also on the bill. Flyer is below.
Destruction Unit also played the mega-show at Acheron on Friday (10/26) alongside names like Leather and Shoxx.
The one off NYC appearance is one of the Men's last scheduled shows before they head to Not Dead Yet. In January they play a sting of dates down under. Their tour schedule is below...
Shoxx at Acheron, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The previously discussed show with Spectres and Crimson Scarlet (who are on their way to Varning) tonight at Acheron (10/26) has grown. Juuust a little. Now the two band bill has absorbed another punk show previously scheduled for 538 Johnson featuring headliner Shoxx with Leather, Destruction Unit and Warthog. The combined six-band mega-bill kicks off at 8PM and will set you back $10.
The reason for the switch?
Hi. FDNY has been in the building all morning trying to crack down on illegal lofts. So for our sake/538's sake, PLEASE don't be an asshole tonight or do anything that might further jeopardize our home beyond us already having shows here. i love having shows in our apt and want to be able to continue doing so, and also am not interested in being homeless. - [Facebook commenter]
Head below for live video of some of the bands at Acheron tonight.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Portland's deathrock/gothic post-punk band Bellicose Minds are on their way up to Montreal for the punk festival Varning (more on that in a sec), but will spend their Halloween in NYC. Joining DJs Gabby, Caleb and Pre Op Trans, look for Bellicose Minds to hit Home Sweet Home on 10/31 as part of the weekly WIERD party and their first visit to NYC.
For the unfamiliar, Montreal's Varning Festival (11/1 - 11/3) goes down at Katacombes. Featuring punk rock in many different incarnations, the fest will feature appearances from Zyanose, Belgrado (Spain), Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Spectres, Aspects of War, Zatsuon, Sad Boys and many more, including the final Peligro Social show. Full lineup is below.
Speaking of, as discussed, Japanese noise-punks Zyanose play Acheron on 11/10. Spectres and Crimson Scarlet, who also bless the Varning lineup, both play Acheron on Friday (10/26).
And in related news, NYC's Sad Boys have joined on to a bill with Perdition, Austin's Criaturas, Bortgang, Spine, and La Misma at 177 Stockholm tomorrow (10/25). Should be a fun night of raging punk.
Tonight (10/24), meanwhile, look for WIERD to host the great gothic synth-pop of Martial Canterel.
The Varning lineup, video of Bellicose Minds, Criaturas and Zyanose are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Hounds of Hate (photo by Adam Juresko)
More straight-edge brutality from Hounds of Hate, who have released a new cassette of demos featuring material from an upcoming LP. Stream it in full below, and a name-your-price download is available at their Bandcamp. Hounds Of Hate's next rendez-vous in NYC will be playing first before a slate of classic hardcore acts at Bowery Electric on December 2. There they'll support Antidote, Urban Waste, The Mob and Citizens Arrest as part of the latter's round of dates in celebration of their new LP.
Stream that Hounds of Hate cassette and other material below as well as video.
Eyehategod at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Eyehategod will return from an Austrailian tour to play a pair of shows in NYC at Saint Vitus on November 27 and 28. Each night will feature a completely different setlist, with new songs unveiled for the first time at each show. Tickets are on sale for both 11/27 (HERE) and 11/28 (HERE).
Eyehategod recently unveiled a new song for release via A389 Records. Stream a snippet from that alongside all tour dates below.