by BBG

Vatican Commandos
Vatican Commandos

Vintage punk and hardcore must be in the air, as a ton of classic bands and members of punk royalty will hit NYC in the coming months.

Early 80s Connecticut hardcore band Vatican Commandos, who called it quits in 1985 (!), will play Mercury Lounge on July 17th along with their most famous member....

Disorder came together in Darien, Connecticut, in 1982. The original members, who had been playing together for several years under different names, were Jim Spadaccini on vocals and bass, John Farnsworth on vocals and guitar, and Chip Moody on drums. Lindsey Anderson joined on second guitar, and Chuck Weaver soon took over vocal duties. When they discovered a band from UK with the same name, they changed their name to the Vatican Commandos.
Farnsworth and Anderson were soon replaced by guitarist Richard Hall, aka Moby. In 1983, the Vatican Commandos put out the "Hit Squad for God" EP on their own Pregnant Nun label, before Moby departed and Mike Pollack stepped in. By the year's end, the band had released their second 7" as well as recorded compilation tracks for Javi Bastard's Big City Records out of New York City. 1984 saw a new 12" EP titled Point Me To The End, and the band had plans for a full-length LP, but didn't stay together long enough. They broke up in 1985.

Moby, definitely in the mood to rock lately, also has a show coming up with his new band Diamondsnake at Highline Ballroom exactly one month earlier.

Long-running hardcore band Up Front, Ed Gein's Car and Loud Youth are also on board for CT-heavy show at Mercury Lounge in July. Tickets go on sale Thursday 5/13 at 6PM.

Reports from Europa were near unanimous, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine killed it at Europa in March. Luckily, if you missed that show you can catch the ex-Dead Kennedys frontman and his new venture on a Rocks Off cruise on May 28th with Shake Rattle Rattle Shake. Tickets are on sale. It's one of two boat cruises in support of UXO, an organization for soldiers who are against the war, with the second being the political hip hop duo The Coup with the great Wayne Kramer on May 31st (tickets).

Long running Southern California punk band D.I. will be at Europa on June 28th as part of a few east coast dates for the band. Tickets are on sale, and full D.I. dates are below.

Deathrockers 45 Grave will be on the east coast starting this weekend, and Dinah Cancer and the band will be in attendance at a Meet & Greet at Beauty Bar on 5/16 before their Europa show the next day (5/17) with The Dead Sextons and Psychocharger. Tickets are on sale.

And finally, Jimmy Gestapo and Murphy's Law are still going at it, and will take over a Rocks Off Cruise on August 12th. Tickets are still on sale.

Full tour dates and some videos are below....

Vatican Commandos LIVE 1985 hardcore

45 Grave "Black Cross"

D.I. "On the Western Front"

D.I. - 2010 TOUR DATES
Jun 25 Chicago Reggies Rock Club
Jun 27 Philadelphia KungFu Necktie
Jun 28 New York City Europa Club
Sep 19 Los Angeles House of Blues - Anaheim

May 14th, 2010 15 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
May 15th, 2010 The Brighton Bar, NJ- 121 Brighton Ave. Long Branch, NJ
May 16th, 2010 Beauty Bar, 231 East 14th Street, NYC "Meet and greet"
May 17th, 2010 Club Europa, Brooklyn NY
May 18th, Cafe Nine, New Haven, CT
June 26, 2010 South Bay Community Center Los Osos, Ca

May 28 2010 Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard the Temptress New York, US
Jun 11 2010 The Shire Road Club Sacramento, CA
Jun 17 2010 Westcoast Rio Goteberg, SE
Jun 18 2010 Provinsi Rock Festival Provinsi, FI
Jun 19 2010 HELLFEST Clisson, FR
Jun 21 2010 Forte Prenestino Rome, IT
Jun 23 2010 Gagarin 205 Athens, greece, GREECE
Jun 25 2010 Batchskapp Main Frankfurt, DE
Jun 26 2010 Vainstream Festival Dortmund, DE
Jun 27 2010 Fusion Festival Larz, DE
Jun 28 2010 Faust Hannover, DE
Jun 30 2010 Love and Peace Festival Borlange, sweden, SWEDEN
Jul 1 2010 Dekrompresja Lodz, PL
Jul 3 2010 Sklab Festival Trbovje, slovenia, SLOVENIA
Jul 4 2010 Arena Vienna, AT
Jul 5 2010 Rock For People Festival Hradec Kralove, CZ