Stiff Little Fingers played Punk Rock Bowling (with Descendents), Europa & Gramercy Theater (pics & video)
photos by Konstantin Sergeyev
Stiff Little Fingers @ Gramercy
Stiff Little Fingers played two NYC shows last week, tagging Europa on June 2nd and Gramercy Theater on June 3rd as part of their tour surrounding their appearance at Punk Rock Bowling:
How do I even begin to describe the degree of epic-ness for an event like the 13th Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament and Music Festival in Downtown Las Vegas? A lineup of rare punk bands from around the world? Sure! It takes place during a three-day weekend? Yes'm! A party venue? You bet your ass!
More than 24 bands performed at the yearly festival put together by BYO Records over the course of this past Memorial Day weekend. Bands included local greats such as the Descendents, as well as the forefathers of punk, Cock Sparrer...
The official first event of the festival didn't kick off until Saturday night, instead of Friday like last year's, but most attendees had rolled in Friday night, as several club shows with bonus bands were going on throughout the weekend. Saturday's diverse lineup included the '80s hardcore sounds of the Grim, the vintage tones of Stiff Little Fingers, and the comrade-like beats of Dropkick Murphys.
Stiff Little Fingers played most of their classics--"Wasted Life," "Barbwire Love," "Suspect Device," even their highly gratifying cover of the Specials "It Doesn't Make it Alright."-[OC Weekly]
Stiff Little Fingers, which features original members Jake Burns and Ali McMordie (in addition to Steve Grantley and Ian McCallum), are currently working on new material for a forthcoming LP and have three songs in the pipeline, all of which they have been known to play live: "Liars Club, "One Man Island" and "Full Steam Backwards". No word on when that album will be recorded/released as of now. Pictures from their NYC show at Gramercy Theatre with Kraut are in this post.
Descendents, who returned at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2010, have since also played some Australia, European and California shows in addition to Punk Rock Bowling. Their upcoming reunion shows include NXNE (with Fucked Up and Off!) in Toronto, D-Tox Rock Fest (also in Canada), and Riot Fest in Chicago.
More pictures of the Stiff Little Fingers Gramercy show, video of one awkward moment, and videos of Descendents in Las Vegas too, below...
Stiff Little Fingers
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS @ Gramercy Theatre
Descendents Punk Rock Bowling 2011 - Silly Girl
Descendents - Punk Rock Bowling 2011 - I Don't Wanna Grow Up