by BBG

The Hope Conspiracy (photo by Meghan McInnis)
Hope Con

We are proud to present, in conjunction with 1000 Knives and Chronic Youth, The Hope Conspiracy, Blacklisted, United Nations, and Mother of Mercy at Cake Shop on Jan 15th! The date is one of a select few for HopeCon, and the only east coast date scheduled so far. No advanced tickets. Stay tuned for giveaways to what may be the first must-see hardcore show of the new year.

The Hope Conspiracy released the True Nihilist 7" earlier this year on Deathwish. Their last LP was 2006's Death Knows Your Name.

Blacklisted played Santos Party House on 10/24 along with Bane, Maximum Penalty, Cold World, and a host of others as part of the Deathwish - Chronic Youth Day Party at Santos Party House. Blacklisted shares members with the incredible Mother of Mercy who recently played Cake Shop with Iron Age. We profiled Mother of Mercy here.

United Nations is a supergroup of sorts, featuring Thursday's Geoff Rickly playing what is described as "emo powerviolence". The Hopecon show isn't the only one that United Nations has lined up, as the band is also scheduled to play Starland Ballroom with Glassjaw, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Rickly's main squeeze, Thursday. Tickets go on sale at noon on 10/30. The show is part of a larger tour. All dates below

Thursday played Bowery Ballroom on Sunday with Midnight Masses and Far, who also headlined Mercury Lounge on Monday. At Bowery, Thursday performed Full Collapse in its entirety.

They never really seemed to miss a beat, save the quick breaks in among songs, and I think that could probably be attributed to the fact that a lot of these songs have been set staples for years, anyway. They were just stringing them all together here (Rickly's wide-radius mic swinging for the "rain rain down" part in "Paris in Flames" came right on time).

Despite no barrier, Bowery was awesomely lax about crossing the stage threshold; some crowd-surfed, others stage-dove. In the pit, you could witness everything from goofy push-mosh and hardcore two-stepping to that silly watered-down version thereof I remember being amused by at "post-hardcore" shows like these around 2001-2003. Both cases made for a pretty good indicator of the crowd's diverse makeup.

But all loved it, and when the band came back out on stage for a bonus six-song encore it was even better. The audience was notably less responsive for the trio of tracks off Common Existence songs, but the band probably expected this; almost a dozen gigantic black balloon-type spheres were launched onto the crowd as Thursday kicked into the mournful, new wave-y, morose textures of "Circuits of Fever." But when it ended, everyone ceased slapping the buoyant balls into the air and bugged out when the band kicked into their best complex anthem in "Jet Black New Year." And speaking of anthems, "War All the Time" could not have demonstrated that stripped-down quality of Thursday's songwriting better as a closer. [Punk News]

Thursday and Far's set lists from Bowery Ballroom below.

The Cake Shop flyer, a few Hope Con videos, a recent Dillinger Escape Plan Studio vlog chronicling the making of their new LP Option Paralysis, and tour dates are also below.

Dillinger Escape Plan - Studio Vlog

The Hope Conspiracy - "Hang Your Cross" Live in Philadelphia, Jan 2008

The Hope Conspiracy - "They Know Not" Live in Philadelphia, Jan 2008

Hope Con

Jan 6 2010 Kafe 44 Stockholm
Jan 7 2010 Cassiopeia Berlin, Berlin
Jan 8 2010 Werkstatt Koln, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Jan 9 2010 Trix Antwerp, Antwerp
Jan 10 2010 AN Club Athens
Jan 15 2010 Cake Shop NYC
Jan 16 2010 924 Gilman Berkeley, California
Jan 17 2010 West Seattle Legion Hall Seattle, Washington
Jan 21 2010 Chain Reaction Anaheim, California
Jan 22 2010 Che Cafe San Diego, California
Jan 23 2010 Emo's Austin, Texas

Dec 4 2009 The Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, New York
Dec 5 2009 Lost Horizon Syracuse, New York
Dec 6 2009 Foufounes Electriques Montreal, Quebec
Dec 7 2009 The Mod Club Toronto, Ontario
Dec 9 2009 Chubby Rain House of Tunes Poplar Grove, Illinois
Dec 10 2009 The Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dec 11 2009 The Mad Hatter Covington, Kentucky
Dec 12 2009 PopÕs Sauget, Illinois
Dec 14 2009 Mr SmallÕs Theater Millvale, Pennsylvania
Dec 15 2009 Ottobar Baltimore, Maryland
Dec 16 2009 Canal Club Downstairs Lounge Richmond, Virginia
Dec 17 2009 Crocodile Rock Allentown, Pennsylvania
Dec 18 2009 Northern Lights Clifton Park, New York
Dec 19 2009 The Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dec 30 2009 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ*
* w/Glassjaw, United Nations

Far Bowery Ballroom (8:47-9:35):
1. You Wear It So Well
2. I Like It

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