Entries tagged with: reunions
Carissa's Wierd are reuniting again for a pair of shows in celebration of the new Tucson 7" out now on Hardly Art! The 7" is the band's first new material in over seven years. Listen to half of it, "Meredith & Iris", below.
Carissa's Wierd may be unjustly known as the springboard for Band of Horses and eventually Grand Archives. Benjamin Bridwell and Mat Brooke were both members of the Northwestern crew before their 2003 dissolution, though note that Bridwell is not part of the reunion. Everyone else is.
The live dates are 9/24 at Neumo's in Seattle and 10/10 at NYU's Eisner & Lubin Auditorium in NYC, and the NYC show WILL be open to the general public -- $4 with NYU ID, $8 non-NYU, sold day of show at the NYU ticket central box office. Very exciting news.
Coincidentally (?), Band of Horses lead guitarist Tyler Ramsey is playing NYC the same night, October 10th, at Joe's Pub. Tickets are on sale for that. His show is part of an October tour in support of his new album The Valley Wind. You can see all dates and stream the title track below.
Stream the Carissa's Wierd track too, and check out the video of Band of Horses performing "Infinite Arms" on Conan O'Brien last week, with all dates below...
Tony Iommi, in his own words:
"I'm saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a BLACK SABBATH reunion.Oh well! (or maybe not oh well? time will tell)
"At the time I was supporting the Home Of Metal exhibition was merely speculating shooting the breeze on something all of us get asked constantly, 'Are you getting back together?'
"Thanks to the Internet it's now gone round the world as some sort of 'official' statement on my part; absolute nonsense. I hope he's enjoyed his moment of glory, he won't have another at my expense.
"To my old pals, Ozzy, Geezer and Bill, sorry about this, I should have known better." -[Blabbermouth]
THE most closely guarded secret in rock music can be revealed - the original Black Sabbath line-up is getting back together.Update: Tony says this is not true.
Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward have begun rehearsing for a tour and new studio album.
In June this year vocalist Ozzy and guitarist Iommi wrote new material for a record that will be released next year.
''We're really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we've been writing is really good,'' said 63-year-old Iommi. ''It's more back to the old original stuff.''
He added that the reunion has been kept under wraps for some time....
Iommi said his only concern about the current reformation was the health of drummer Bill Ward who in the past has suffered a heart attack.
''He hasn't been 100 per cent. He had an operation a few months ago, so we'll see how he is.'' -[Birmingham Mail]
Black Sabbath last reunited with Ozzy in 1997 for Ozzfest. They stayed together until roughly 2006. More recently the Dio lineup was back together as Heaven & Hell, though that came to a sad end when Ronnie James Dio left this plane back in May 2010.
"Matt Talbott tells me there's some Hum shows coming this fall! I don't have all the details yet, but here's what I know: there will be one on September 10th, and it won't be in Champaign. A show in Champaign is possibly going to be planned for September 9th, and they are playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX in November." -[h-u-m.net]The above quote comes from a Hum fansite, and while we have yet to receive official word, it does seem within the realm of possibility considering that Hum have reunited occaisionally since officially dissolving in 2000. More news to come.
Hum released You'd Prefer an Astronaut in 1995 and the follow-up Downward Is Heavenward in 1998.
Though they haven't confirmed Hum, Fun Fun Fun Fest did recently "leak" some more of their Austin festival lineup. The first leak had Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, and X (performing "Los Angeles"). The second leak added Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot and Kid Dynamite!
That now makes two upcoming shows for Kid Dynamite who are also playing FYF Fest in LA.
The graphic on the top page of the Hot Snakes website
After a tease almost exactly a year ago, Hot Snakes are officially back in business with a scheduled appearance at ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas! The previously mentioned UK festival goes down at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead from 12/9 - 12/11 and features names that range from No Age to Archers of Loaf to Theo Parrish. Tickets are on sale. Hot Snakes will appear on the Les Savy Fav-curated day, with the other two days curated by Battles and Caribou (who will all perform at the festival). Full lineup is below.
So far, the single UK date is the only Hot Snakes date scheduled, but East Coast-ers look out....
"yeah, im super stokified on this. so far just ATP is confirmed. we are talking about maybe doin a couple more shows before hand. not sure where but not west coast. we will be hangin on the east coast so most likely out there or in europe.i will letchu know. don't know who is playin drums. trying to figure out the scheduling and who is up for it and what makes the most sense. please do not share your thoughts or preferences on the matter. not interested in suggestions. Night Marchers shows most likely will not coincide with this trip. good times." -[John Reis]We'll keep you up to date...
Earlier today we mentioned that Obits also have a string of August dates scheduled with Disappears.
Fest curators Les Savy Fav have a NYC show coming up at MHOW.
Full ATP Nightmare before Christmas details and some Hot Snakes videos are below.
Rob Fish of Ressurection, playing Cake Shop in 108 (more by BBG)
Ressurection walked the line between metal, noise, and hardcore in the 90s, carving out a distinct path before succumbing to the success of vocalist Rob Fish's (then) new project 108. The band's catalog has been given a once over by the venerable Kurt Ballou for the previously discussed I Am Not: The Discography and the results are astonishing. Stream "Culture" below and "Build" at Deathwish who breathe new life (get it?) into the I Refuse material that first surfaced via New Age Records. Deathwish says "A release date and Pre-ordering information will be announced shortly."
Resurrection is scheduled to play This is Hardcore on August 13th in Philadelphia, but have also added a Brooklyn show at Saint Vitus on 8/14. Details are sketchy at best so far, but lets hope it isn't a 21+ show. UPDATE: maybe the show is actually in New Brunswick instead.
Rob Fish recently played at the East Coast Tsunami as part of 108. Ressurection song and cover art below...
Guided By Voices at McCarren Park (more by Tamara Porras)
After resurrecting Guided By Voices last year, it seems that Robert Pollard is putting them back to bed, and soon.
According to a statement by Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard earlier this week and later confirmed by management, the band's appearance at Hopscotch Music Festival with Drive-By Truckers and The Dodos on Friday, Sept. 9, will be the final appearance of the band's reunited "classic" line-up. [Hopscotch]I'm not sure anyone thought the reunion would last longer than November 2010 anyway, let alone extend to New Years Eve followed by another nine months of scattered shows. Nonetheless, it seems the September 9th show that is part of the Hopscotch Festival, will be their last (again).
Guided By Voices played their last (ever?) (ever as the classic lineup?) NYC show at McCarren Park as part of the Northside Festival in June. The band plays Pitchfork Festival this weekend. They also hit FYF Fest in LA before this is all over (they also have time to schedule another NYC show before September 9th. Hey, why not?).
All remaining dates, and some recently posted video from Philadelphia is below.
"pretty sure this thai food just gave me the plague." -El-P
As you may have noticed (it happened a few weeks ago I think), The Streets cancelled his forthcoming appearance with El-P at Terminal 5. The show was billed as The Streets' "last ever North American show". Whether that means the end of The Streets live for this continent remains to be seen, but we'll keep you posted.
Another bum-out was that the T5 shows was twitter favorite El-P's only current date while he crafts his forthcoming LP. That hasn't changed (so far), but bad news turned to good news when El-P posted the above picture last week with the caption of "stay tuned, nyc".
Well, stay tuned no longer, as Company Flow will reunite at NYC's Santos Party House on July 16th, and tickets are on sale. The show makes TWO upcoming appearances for Company Flow who will also appear at ATP in the UK a few days after Santos.
Company Flow will bring along with them Fondle 'Em faves/Indelible MCs co-conspirators The Juggaknots (!), as well as "many old friends and special guests still to be announced!!!!". Now we just need Siah & Yeshua DapoED and MF Doom on the bill, and my 1996 dreams will be fulfilled. Juggaknots released the classic Clear Blue Skies LP via Fondle 'Em Records in the 90s, an essential piece of underground hip hop from that era.
In other El-P news, the MC recent collaborated with artist Travis Millard who is responsible for the recent Megapuss art and blessed El-P's Weareallgointoburninhellmegamixx2. Check out the video (with some killer El-P instrumentals) that promotes Millard's art show at Fecal Face Dot Gallery in San Francisco below.
Punk Island returns to Governors Island on June 19 as part of the annual city-wide Make Music New York fest (which actually occurs two days later). The main stage will be headlined by UK anarcho-punk pioneers Zounds. The festival is FREE and also features performances by A.P.P.L.E., Stza Crack (of Leftover Crack/Choking Victim/Star Fucking Hipsters) who is playing a solo set, White Collar Crime (reunion show, after 8 year hiatus), and tons more over multiple stages from 11AM to 5PM. The full lineup is below.
Zounds, who are led by Steve Lake (only remaining original member), got their start touring with fellow UK anarcho-punks Crass and releasing an EP on their label, Crass Records. Zounds followed that EP with a full length and 3 singles on Rough Trade before breaking up in 1982. The band's entire history since 1982 is unclear, but you can watch videos of a 1996 performance below, and they reportedly reformed in 2001, though these June performances are also being billed as the band's first-ever US shows. Before Punk Island, Zounds will play a NYC show at ABC No Rio on June 18 with Neon Bitches (feat. Brian of Dropdead) and Zero Content, both of whom also play Punk Island.
Zounds, whose current lineup is pictured above, are set to release The Redemption of Zounds, their first album of new material since reforming. Their 1981 Rough Trade album was titled The Curse of Zounds (also pictured above). According to Steve Lake, "It is as bewildering, absurd, tragic and joyful as it ever was." The album comes out on July 12 via Overground/Plastic Head. Tracklist and album art are below. Check them out along with the full Punk Island lineup, the flyer and some videos, below...
Burnt By The Sun at Cake Shop (more by Paul Birman)
After playing a "maybe" last show ever, Burnt By The Sun will return from the grave one last time (they say) to support Harvest with Torchbearer at The Studio at Webster Hall on July 20th. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three scheduled for Harvest in the coming months. The band will also play July 16th in Minneapolis with Disembodied at what may be their last show too...
"Harvest is returning to play their hometown after not playing for almost 12 years. Disembodied will also join them and it is rumored that this is their last show. At first the show was being held at a same venue which only held 200+ people. It has recently been moved at the Triple Rock Social Club, which makes more tickets more available now. I believe theirs show will sell out again so if you want to go, pick up your tickets as soon as possible. The show will also have Relentless, Venia, Former Thieves and Iron Rain. All this bands are from the Midwest so come out support No Coast Hardcore." [Ill Cause Webzine]Harvest's third upcoming show is the previously discussed Sound & Fury Fest in July.
In related news, Seattle band Trial have reunited and are also on the bill of Sound & Fury Fest. No need to travel all the way to California to see them though. They are playing a Panic Records Showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC on June 27th with Another Breath (their last NYC show), The Saddest Landscape, Powerwolves, and Don't Give A Fuck. Tickets are on sale. The date is one of four Trial currently have schedule, and they also played the "first-ever Panic Records Showcase" at Neumos in Seattle on May 27th.
All tour dates and some video below...
Christie Front Drive was an American Emo/Indie band formed in Denver in 1993. Citing influences such as Superchunk, Jawbox, Buffalo Tom and Drive Like Jehu, the lineup consisted of Ron Marschall (drums), Jason Begin (guitar), Kerry McDonald (bass) and Eric Richter (guitar and vocals)...After briefly reuniting in 2007, Christie Front Drive will return again to play a Brooklyn show at The Bell House on July 30th. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (5/20), but you can get presale tickets NOW using the password "InstantRomance". The band is celebrating the release their discography on Magic Bullet Records (the home of the Jesuit discography). Videos below...
Despite their short tenure [1993-1997], Christie Front Drive became a major influence on emo music in the 90's. Richter resurfaced in the bands Antarctica, The 101, and Golden City, and both Marschall and Begin went on to form The Blue Ontario. Marschall was also credited as an engineer on the The Apples in Stereo's album, The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone. Jason Begin is currently performing under the name This Body as well as the Portland based band Pireate Radio Deluxe and the random appearance with Modernstate. Bassist Kerry McDonald would go on to form The Mighty Rime, who released a self-titled record on Caulfield Records in 2002. -[Wiki]
photos by Greg Cristman
Cibo Matto @ Le Poisson Rouge- March 29, 2011
After getting back together for a short set at Le Poisson Rouge at the end of 2010, and then a Japan benefit with Yoko Ono at the same venue in March (belated pictures in this post), Cibo Matto will officially reunite and hit the road for two short tours in June and July (dubbed "YEAH BASICALLY CIBO MATTO"). The latter run will include TWO NYC shows: Brooklyn Bowl on 7/12 and Bowery Ballroom on 7/18. Ticket info for Brooklyn Bowl is forthcoming, while Bowery tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and regular sale on Friday.
Cibo Matto is also working on new material for a new LP, due in 2012. You can hear one of the songs in a video trailer for the tour below. Check that out, with more pictures from the benefit at LPR, and all dates, below...
David Yow & David Wm. Sims on stage with The Jesus Lizard (more by Tim Griffin)
Scratch Acid was an Austin, Texas noise rock group formed in 1982... The band was named by music journalist Will Lerner as "the American equivalent of the Birthday Party." After developing a reputation as a crazy, noisy punk band, Scratch Acid disbanded in 1987. According to the liner notes of The Greatest Gift, the band members never received compensation from either Rabid Cat or Fundamental Records (who distributed their releases in Europe).The string of impressive ATP reunions continue, as all four original members of Scratch Acid (David Yow, David Wm. Sims, Rey Washam, Brett Bradford) will reunite again to play ATP Minehead in the UK this December (12/2 - 12/4, tickets). The fest is curated by Jeff Mangum, and will a feature a performance from the Neutral Milk Hotel mastermind, along with Fleet Foxes, Yann Tiersen, Superchunk, The Magic Band, Tinariwen, and others to be announced.
Brett Bradford went on to form Colorado punk band Great Caesar's Ghost. They disbanded in 1993. He also formed Sangre De Toro and played with Areola 51. Washam went on to perform with many other bands, including the Big Boys, Ministry, Helios Creed, the Didjits, Lard, and Tad. In 1987, Sims and Washam joined Steve Albini in the band Rapeman, which disbanded just before Sims reunited with Yow in 1989 to form the Jesus Lizard. [Wikipedia]
Even better.... David Wm. Sims has promised that "There will be other dates in November and December in the US, and possibly in Europe." Stay tuned.
In related news, tickets are still available in various incarnations for the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror event in Asbury Park on 9/30 - 10/2. The Portishead-curated festival that Jeff Mangum is also playing recently announced the additions of Swans, Battles, Deerhoof, and more.
ATP Minehead flyer and some video from Scratch Acid's 2006 reunion, below.
setlist photo courtesy of Mark Cyst
"...Needless to say the show was one for the ages. Honestly there was not a sad face in the entire crowd. Complete strangers became best friends while packed in front of the stage like sardines..."That's a picture of the setlist above. Some videos from the show are below...
The Bouncing Souls @ ABC No Rio (more by Alyssa Tanchajja)
Tickets go on sale on Friday, April 29th at noon for the previously discussed four-night stand by The Bouncing Souls at Highline Ballroom. There the band will spend July 6th playing The Good, The Bad, and The Argyle and Maniacal Laughter, July 7th playing their self-titled LP and Hopeless Romantic, July 8th playing How I Spent My Summer Vacation and Anchors Aweigh, and the final night, July 9th playing The Gold Record and Ghosts on the Boardwalk. Other cities get the same deal, in the same order, but on different dates (obviously). They are all listed again below.
In not necessarily related news (though tickets to their June 4th Asbury Park show are on sale on the Souls' Chunksaah site), post-hardcore band Boysetsfire who reunited at the end of 2010, have announced a tour that includes a June 3rd show at The Studio at Webster Hall with May 4th Massacre and Defeater. All tour dates below...
"While groups such as the Strokes and the White Stripes get most of the credit for spearheading the garage rock revival movement of the early 21st century, there were several similarly styled bands of the mid- to late- '90s that preceded the aforementioned acts (with far less commercial success and press), such as D Generation. Formed during 1991 in New York City, the band automatically turned a blind eye towards the burgeoning Seattle movement, as their look and sound was straight out of NYC circa the early '70s, when trashy glam bands like the New York Dolls ruled the scene, and such punk bands as the Ramones and the Dead Boys were about to crash the party. Originally comprised of Jesse Malin (vocals), Richard "The Atomic Elf" Bacchus (guitar), Georgie Seville (guitar), Howie Pyro (bass), and Belvy K (drums), both Seville and aK would exit soon after -- replaced with Danny Sage and Michael Wildwood, respectively." -[allmusic]D Generation (Jessie, Howie, Michael, Danny and Richard) are back and will play Irving Plaza on on 9/17 and the Troubadour in LA on 9/24 (with Prima Donna and Biters). Both shows are on sale (click the links). More shows might be announced.
Though broken up since 1999, D Generation did reunite previously, in 2008 for a 3-song set at the John Varvatos store opening. A video from that, and others, below...
"Last time we were in New York was in 1993 and we were supposed to play ABC No Rio. We got there and were told the show was cancelled" - Rob Moran of Unbroken
Santos was definitely not cancelled, and was packed to the brim with Unbroken fans on Saturday 4/9, as the band played one of two remaining gigs left on their schedule (the other being Chaos in Tejas). The two floor extravaganza was also marked by an appearance from Indecision, a reunion of Jesuit, a reunion of Damnation AD, and appearances from Portland's Unrestrained and NYC's Psychic Limb.
Psychic Limb opened the show in the basement of Santos at the clockstrike of 5:45, playing material from their new LP Queens in addition to a cover of Youth of Today's "Wake Up and Live". Mixing fierce grind with hardcore, the packed basement saw singer Brian Montouri thrash about during his unhinged performance... throwing drums & cases, swinging around the monitors, hanging upside down from railings, and whipping around the crowd to incite some movement. Though the audience was mostly stoic (a somewhat deer-in-the-headlights look prevailed) the band delivered a dependably good set.
Unrestrained followed on the bottom floor and was also met with a mostly stoic reaction, though the band's cover of Inside Out's "Burning Fight" provoked the crowd into momentary floorpunching mayhem. The Portland band was clearly tight and well-rehearsed, but we would have to wait until Damnation AD to come on stage before the lid came off.
Damnation AD got the pit moving quickly - there was crowdsurfing, sing-alongs, and movement galore. Vocalist Mike McTernan bloodied himself, bashing the microphone into his head repeatedly until a trickle of crimson started to drip all over the stage. The DC band's hardcore peppered with noise punk was tight and energetic, and featured a return from Colin of Most Precious Blood/Indecision on drums.
After Damnation AD, the show moved to the larger space upstairs for a one-time reunion of Jesuit. The Virginia Beach hardcore band might be (unfairly) known as Nate Newton of Converge/Brian Benoit of Dillinger Escape Plan's previous project. Jesuit was hands-down the most jaw-dropping performance of the night, mixing booming sludge-metal riffs and hardcore with pinpoint accuracy. As usual, Nate Newton was as energetic as ever on stage, but the masses were not as batshit crazy as they were for Damnation AD. Or maybe, hopefully, they were too much in awe. Make sure and pick up the Jesuit discography out tomorrow via Magic Bullet Records and featuring art from Florian Betmer. And if you can make it, try and check out Jesuit at Best Friends Day 2011... it'll be worth the trip.
Indecision was next on the main stage, and followed by Unbroken who tore the place apart by the time they got to their second song "Blanket" from Life. Love. Regret.. Energy and intensity were on full-display from both the band & the crowd. The packed Santos folk brimmed with excitement. Excellent work from the defunct San Diego crew, but to me the night belonged to Jesuit, despite what the moshing masses said to the contrary.
More pictures and some setlists from the whole show, below...
There was a packed house Friday night (3/27) at Europa. People were hungry to see Tear It Up at one of the two reunion shows they were playing (the Irish in Kearney was the next night, with Night Birds). Tear It Up's motto is "Play to Destroy", and the original line-up, Dave, Paul, Andy, Doug, and Matt did just that, playing a setlist taken mostly from their crushing 2002 EP Nothing to Nothing. It was an impressive display from a group that hasn't played together for eight years. From the first note of "Don't Call Me Tonight" until "It's the End" people catapulted off the stage and each other. It's one thing to play a reunion set, another to get the songs out while people are constantly slamming into you and the singer keeps disappearing beneath a crush of bodies.
Singer Dave Ackerman dove into audience again and again, surrounded by a sea of faces screaming along with him. The crowd was pushed up onstage, getting closer to the band with every song, while people leapt over Dave. After the show he told me, "I got hit in the neck really hard." I thought, "Yeah, I bet you did."
Boston's Last in Line also reformed to play this and a few more gigs, and Cell Mates from Maryland opened the Brooklyn show. More pictures (setlist included) from Europa (though none of Cell Mates unfortunately) and videos from both shows, below....
Big Audio Dynamite (1984-1990, 2011-present)Speaking of Roseland Ballroom, assuming the fire isn't too bad, Big Audio Dynamite will play the Manhattan venue on April 19th, not long after they play Coachella and a warm up show in LA. Tickets for the NYC show go on "Live Nation Presale" Thursday at 10am, and then general sale Saturday at noon. More tour dates below...
Mick Jones - vocals and guitar
Don Letts - sound effects and vocals
Dan Donovan - keyboards
Leo Williams - bass
Greg Roberts - drums and background vocals
As The Vine pointed out...
"US Indie rock legends Archers of Loaf played a secret reunion show in their hometown of Chapel Hill [on January 15th]....though Archers of Loaf have already announced another show - May at the Sasquatch Festival. Stay tuned for more announcements.
The band broke a thirteen year silence on [that] Saturday evening, by performing an unannounced support slot for local band the Love Language. According to reports on twitter and the Merge Records forum, the original Archers of Loaf lineup - Eric Bachman, Matt Gentling, Mark Price and Eric Johnson - played a 12-song set at the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill. No word yet of whether the reunion is permanent, though..."
In the meantime frontman Eric Bachman is heading back out on the road with/as Crooked Fingers for a handful of shows including The Bell House in Brooklyn tonight/Saturday (2/19) with Neckbeard Telecaster. All dates and videos and the setlist from the January reunion, below...
Pg. 99 (also spelled pageninetynine) was a punk band from Sterling, Virginia on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. The band formed as a 6-piece in winter 1998 and later expanded to an 8-piece. With continual line-up changes, they once played as a 14 member outfit. Pg. 99 were known for their intense live shows.pageninetynine will resurrect from the dead and reunite to play Best Friends Day 2011, August 18-21 in Richmond, VA. The band will be comprised of the Document #8 lineup who will perform all of that LP. Members of pg.99 went on to join/form bands like City of Caterpillar, Enemy Soil (which also featured JR of Pig Destroyer), and many others.
After several US tours, a European tour, and numerous releases, they disbanded in May 2003. [Wiki]
Last year's Best Friends Day saw the resurrection of Black Army Jacket.
Watch all of pageninetynine's last show below.
Shepard Fairey is also DJing the event on Sunday
ATP Asbury Park ("I'll Be Your Mirror") has released the second wave of artist announcements including many of Portishead's choices for the bill! We already knew about Jeff Mangum, Bonnie Prince Billy, Shellac, Chavez and more. New additions include, not surprisingly, Portishead-related acts Anika and Beak> (and this time Anika will be performing live and not just DJing). There's also now a rare reunion of The Pop Group, an Ultramagnetic MC's reunion (WITH Kool Keith), Silver Qluster (Simeon of Silver Apples and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster/Harmonia), Thee Siliver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Mogwai, Earth, The Horrors and more. The full list is below.
More details, a bigger Shepard Fairey-designed poster, and the full schedule below...
The production team which brought house music back from the brink of commercial mediocrity, Leftfield made it safe for artistic producers to begin working in a new vein termed progressive house. Paul Daley (a former member of A Man Called Adam and the Brand New Heavies) and programmer Neil Barnes combined the classic soul of early Chicago and New York house with the growing Artificial Intelligence school of album-oriented techno to create classic, intelligent dance music. [After a series of well-recieved singles, Leftfield released] their debut LP, Leftism... in 1995; the long-awaited Rhythm and Stealth followed four years later. With only two albums under their belt, Leftfield decided to split in early 2002 to focus on solo projects. -[Allmusic]Neil Barnes resurrected Leftfield last year, and though founding member Paul Daley is not on board, he has been replaced by original vocalists Djum Djum, Earl 16 and Cheshire Cat plus Adam Wren (keyboards), Kwes Sey (keyboards and computers) Jess Mills (vocals) and Sebastian Beresford on drums. The electronic [now] crew is scheduled to play a few shows in Australia in March and, at the moment, two US dates in April. One is at the sold-out Coachella and the other is right afterwards on April 19th at Webster Hall in NYC. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale Wednesday, 2/7, at noon, and then general sale starts Friday.
All tour dates (more to be announced?) and some videos below.
"i read this as Braid and got excited" - Anonymous | November 28, 2010 11:38 PM
"Third post about this band and I
always think it reads Braid..." - Anonymous | November 29, 2010 9:31 AM
"how are you gonna name your band braids without someone, anyone telling you "yeah,so there was already this band called braid in the 90s who were a pretty big deal and you'll look like clueless morons if you go around calling yourselves that"?" - Anonymous | November 30, 2010 12:22 AM
Braid (not to be confused with Braids)
The Eagle: Why did Braid initially break up?The above comes from a 2004 interview with Braid vocalist/guitarist Bob Nanna during their first reunion. Now comes word, via AV Club Chicago, that not only will they reunite again, but Braid will record a new 12-inch with J. Robbins (who helmed their last record, Frame And Canvas) for release this year on Polyvinyl Records who will "officially announce the record tomorrow" according to AV Club.
Bob Nanna: Chris [Broach] - one of the guitar players - wanted to stop touring and go back to school. The rest of us were still into touring and wanted to keep going. Basically Chris wanted to go back to school and we all thought it would be better to break up the band at that point in time. We decided to start a new band at that point.
The Eagle: Why did you decide to reunite and go back on tour?
Nanna: Mainly for people who got into us after we broke up and never got a chance to see us play. We got together to do commentary for this DVD that came out [on May 11] and when we got together to do commentary we were just talking about how cool it would be if we played a show when the DVD came out to promote it and have fun and let people come and see us play. Then since we all realized we didn't have much to do over the summer that we would just do a tour and give everyone in the U.S. a chance to see us play.
The Eagle: How do you react to the assertion that Braid was one of the godfathers of emo?
Nanna: Mixed. I don't know. I guess it's kind of flattering, but when you think about it it's not like we invented something new. We were taking bits and pieces of all these other genres that we liked and making it our own. I would even think of other bands before Braid as the "godfathers" just because we tended to copy some bands as well.
Braids (the plural band from Canada) are touring in February with Baths.
In other emo inventor news, The Get Up Kids have a new album (out TODAY) and a tour coming soon too. You can stream "There Are Rules" over at Spinner and purchase it for just $3.99 over at Amazon. Their latest set of tour dates and a live Braid video are below...
Come at TT Bear's in September 2010 (photo by lumpBoston)
Come eased into the gleaming gun-metal-colored chords of "Submerge,'' from the band's '92 bracing full-length debut, "Eleven: Eleven,'' and we were off.The above review comes from Come's 9/26 reunion appearance at TT the Bear's in Cambridge, MA, the first of two recent shows they played in 2010 (the other was at Matador 21). Now comes word that the band will expand their reach to NYC by playing The Bell House on April 16th with Eleventh Dream Day (who have a new album coming soon via Thrill Jockey). Tickets are on sale.
They played all of that album, in fact, starting with the dank, slide guitar-soaked "Off to One Side'' and ending with an IV-drip slow, charred cover of the Stones' "I Got the Blues'' for the encore. In between were scarred expositions ("Sad Eyes''), blistering burns ("Dead Molly''), and always, the intuitively interlocking interplay between Zedek and Brokaw. If there was any rust on bassist Sean O'Brien and drummer Arthur Johnson, it had been quickly scraped off by the gashes of guitar and the churning roil of a sound that, for one night at least, transcended decades and discographies. -[Boston]
Come's Chris Brokaw was one of the special guests scheduled to play with Jennifer O'Connor at the Rock Shop last night (1/11). If you braved the snow to see that, how was it?
Some video from Come's recent reunion appearances are below.