Entries tagged with: reunions
by Andrew Sacher
As hinted at in a tweet on their new twitter last week, emo vets The Promise Ring have announced a reunion. Formed in 1995 by Davey von Bohlen while he was playing with Cap'n Jazz, The Promise Ring are responsible for the seminal '90s emo album Nothing Feels Good, their sophomore LP, which spawned over a decade of copycats and gave Andy Greenwald a title for his book documenting the emo movement. After the release of that album, the band began experimenting with a lighter indie rock feel, which resulted in two more albums before their breakup in 2002. Davey and Promise Ring drummer Dan Didier continued their foray into indie rock territory in the band Maritime, who recently toured in support of their fifth LP Human Hearts which came out this past April.
The band have announced two shows so far, including one in their hometown of Milwaukee, and another in Chicago at The Metro, where they played their first reunion show in 2005 for Flower 15 Festival. According to Alternative Press, these shows will be with the "formative lineup," von Bohlen, Didier, guitarist Jason Gnewikow, and bassist Scott Schoenbeck, who recorded on the band's first two albums. They also note that Dan Didier has mentioned The Promise Ring "will look into potentially doing more shows throughout 2012." They will also be releasing a rarities collection in 2012 on Dangerbird Records, which is also currently home to Maritime.
In the past week, they've posted two teaser videos to their vimeo titled "It's All Coming Back To Me" (parts 1 and 2). Check those out below...
videos by SWATEAM91
Moldy Peaches reunion @ Knitting Factory (photo by austinmccutchen)
Kimya Dawson just visited the NYC-area to play shows at Maxwell's (Saturday after the Sonics) and Knitting Factory (Sunday) AND to play a surprise reunion show with the Moldy Peaches! As the audience that included Regina Spektor, at least one member of the Strokes and Macaulay Culkin watched, Adam Green and the rest of the gang joined Kimya on stage after her set Sunday for at least the eight songs which you can watch below...
Tony Iommi at Saint Vitus (more by Samantha Marble)
After a round of leaks and denials early this year, Tony Iommi stepped away from promoting his book for a minute today and confirmed a Black Sabbath reunion of the original lineup (Ward, Osbourne, Iommi, Butler) for an appearance at the Download Festival in the UK on 6/10/12 in addition to a new record produced by Rick Rubin (their first with this lineup in 33 years) AND plans for a world tour to follow. The announcement came at 11:11 PST on 11/11/11 along with scant details and the below video.
On the weekend of the 25th-27th May 2012 at Alexandra Palace, London, All Tomorrow's Parties will present the second UK I'll Be Your Mirror event. Tickets are on sale via ATPFestival.com from Friday 11th November at 10am.While any festival that features Slayer playing Reign in Blood in its entirety along with Sleep & Melvins is an absolute mind-blower, the really impressive addition in this announcement is the reunion of the great Codeine! The slow-core greats passed this mortal plane in 1994 after five years as a band and the release of their final LP The White Birch for Sub Pop. The band says:
ATP are incredibly excited to announce that this year the event starts on Friday 25th May when the incomparable SLAYER will present their undisputed classic Reign In Blood live in it's entirety during their headline set to celebrate it's 25th anniversary! Released in 1986, it is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time - in 2006 Metal Hammer named it "The best metal album of the last 20 years." Joining Slayer on Friday night are influential doom metal trailblazers SLEEP - this will be their first UK visit since reforming for two amazing ATP festival shows in 2009, and legendary Washington sludge group MELVINS, with more to be confirmed.
On Saturday 26th May, the first ever ATP festival curators MOGWAI will return to headline, and to curate the rest of the day's line-up - this will be their only show in England in 2012 and their first choices to play alongside them are another great Washington band in the form of the fantastic MUDHONEY, and playing their first shows since 1994 with their original line-up in anticipation of also re-issuing their astounding back catalogue, reformed slow-core heroes CODEINE return to the UK. More of Mogwai's choices are to be confirmed very soon.
"These are Codeine's first public performances since 1994. We are performing to celebrate the release of WHEN I SEE THE SUN - the reissues of all our music by the esteemed NUMERO GROUP, of Chicago, Illinois, coming in the spring of 2012. The 3 albums will be released as vinyl double albums, which will include compilation tracks, 4 track demos, peel sessions, and entirely heretofore unreleased songs. The six albums will also be released as a limited edition boxed set, possibly with a bonus 7-inch. Our hope is to make our music and legacy available to all who are interested. To spotlight this release, we will be performing a very limited series of concerts in the US, UK and Europe.In related news, Mogwai released multiple releases by UK's Part Chimp on their own Rock Action imprint. TONIGHT (11/9) marks the band's last ever NYC appearance (they are calling it quits after this tour) as part of a round of dates with Torche. Tickets are still available for tonight at Mercury Lounge.
by Bill Pearis
The fifth annual Royal Flush Festival happens at Knitting Factory Brooklyn from October 13 - 17. Hosted by arts/comics/music mag Royal Flush, details are still a little sketchy on the fest's website, but bands include Art Vs Science, Kid Savant and Glitter Freeze. (Not sure about films this year.) Most excitingly, for this writer at least, is that the Royal Flush folks have coerced '90s-era indie rockers Lotion out of retirement for their first show in 12 years on Monday, October 17.
New York City in the 1990s was not the hotbed of local music it is today and apart from Soul Coughing and D Generation and Luna there wasn't a whole lot going on here. What there was of a scene, it mostly happened at Luna Lounge which served as a music industry hangout and place to catch local bands for free. Among them, Lotion were tipped Most Likely to Succeed. They were one of the first "Cute Band Alerts" in Sassy, their debut Full Isaac was named Album of the Year by the Village Voice (though not in the Pazz & Jop poll), appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, perhaps most famously, got reclusive author Thomas Pynchon to write the liner notes for their 1996 album Nobody's Cool.
Lotion toured with Pavement, Mercury Rev and others and got compared to R.E.M. a lot, which I never quite understood, but they did make some amazingly crafty, complex pop over the course of three albums, all of which are worth seeking out. (They're all out of print but used copies are affordably-priced.) Their live shows were legendary, especially at Luna Lounge which could be loose and boozy and filled with covers. After 1998's The Telephone Album (their best if you ask me), interest fizzled and the band ceased operations a year later.
Singer Tony Zajkowski and drummer Rob Youngberg formed Honeycomb in the early '00s. Honeycomb were equally pop-friendly but added a multimedia element to their shows that made them unique. Honeycomb won some big Best Unsigned band contest around that time, and snuck out an album in 2008 but the project ended shortly after. Zajkowski and Youngberg have formed a new band, Spellbender, that are still gearing up for their live debut.
I don't think Lotion's last show back in '99 was intended that way, so here's your chance to see them. A few choice Lotion cuts (via YouTube) are below.
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...