H2O will be playing the Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary celebration this summer in New Jersey alongside Blink 182, Andrew WK, The Offspring, and many many more.
It has been ten years since Boston's Have Heart last took the stage in 2009 to a sold out room of 2000+ people. The band has decided to get back together ten years later to play four shows and four shows only. Ticket information for Boston, Los Angeles, Cologne, and Leeds are available at haveheart2019.com
Spine will be hitting the east coast this April with Fixation and Rule Them All. See dates below…
4/26 @ Al Dios No Concido in Providence, RI
4/27 @ Brewhause Pub in Lindenhurst, NY
4/28 @ Release Party in Philadelphia, PA
Last week New Noise Magazine premiered the first song from Beach Slang's upcoming EP 'MPLS', a cover of Bob Mould's "I Hate Alternative Rock". Today we bring you a brand new music video for the track directed by Ryan Hoffman and shot by Noah and Aaron Maxey. The video pays homage to the artists who influenced the band and was filmed in Oakland, CA between 1-2-3-4 Go! Records and Broken Guitars.
Beach Slang have also been announced as support for Jawbreaker's upcoming UK/EU tour. Tickets for these shows are available now.
Hailing from Boston and featuring members of Slapshot, Agnostic Front, Blood For Blood, and Intent To Injure, hardcore powerhouse American War Machine are ready to deliver their debut album Unholy War. Picking up where they left off with their Prey Drive EP, American War Machine continue to dish out uncompromising, motor-charged, no frills hardcore punk. These 12 tracks were recorded at The Colosseum in New Bedford, MA with Trevor Vaughan (Rival Mob, Have Heart). Unholy War hits stores in April. More details and pre-order information coming soon.
Jawbreaker just announced their east coast dates with support from War On Women! Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am EST. See dates below:
3/22 Boston MA @ House of Blues
3/23 Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Steel
3/24 Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Steel
3/27 Philadelphia PA @ Franklin Music Hall
3/28 Washington DC @ Anthem
3/29 Norfolk VA @ Norva
3/30 Sayreville NJ @ Starland Ballroom
War On Women have also unveiled a brand new music video for their song “Silence Is The Gift”. Check it out above.
After a national tour with Dashboard Confessional in 2018, Beach Slang’s James Alex teases new original music to come with the announcement of a covers EP titled 'MPLS' alongside the release of single “I Hate Alternative Rock” (Bob Mould cover) today via New Noise Magazine. Dubbed as a ‘thank you’ to Minneapolis, the EP was produced by Goo Goo Dolls bassist, Robby Takac and will be released March 15th on Quiet Panic through Bridge Nine Records. Pre-order the EP HERE.
"This is the spot where my favorite rock & roll found its snot, where the tossed-away found a place to get untossed. […] It felt like the right way to tell a whole city ‘thanks for showing me the way,” explains James Alex. “Westerberg taught me how to write with defiance and tenderness, how to be a dope and a poet. Husker Du showed me how to make it all loud as hell."
They’ve kept quiet for the past couple of years but Virginia’s Strike Anywhere will be touching down for a run of shows in June/July, their first visit since the 2012 tour with Anti-Flag and the Flatliners.
But quiet doesn’t necessarily mean idle; in a recent interview with Dying Scene, lead singer Thomas Barnett let us know the band have “a bunch of different little demos and pre-demos and song ideas and fully-developed songs by the dozen”. The only thing holding them back?
“It’s just a question of getting everyone together… We’re still a very active band creatively and personally, it’s just that the timeline is stretched out.”
Fingers crossed this new material will form the bones of first new Strike Anywhere release since 2012’s Live at the Montage Music Hall, and the first new material since 2009’s Iron Front, marked by their label, Massachusetts’ Bridge Nine Records as their most emotionally and politically charged album to date.
Presented by Arrest Records, this 2019 tour will see Strike Anywhere celebrating 20 years of melodic-hardcore breakdowns and hand-on-your-heart scream-alongs. Joining them from Newcastle and on will be Adelaide’s Paper Arms, playing their first shows since they announced their final one back in 2016. Paper Arms and Strike Anywhere will be reunited after previously touring Australia together in 2010 and then Europe a few years later. Don’t miss out!
Tickets on sale Now. Local supports to be announced.
Tue June 25 – Vinnie’s Dive Bar, SOUTHPORT^
Wed June 26 – Crowbar, BRISBANE^
Fri June 28 – Hamilton Station Hotel, NEWCASTLE
Sat June 29 – Crowbar, SYDNEY
Sun June 30 – Transit Bar, CANBERRA
Wed July 3 – Crown & Anchor, ADELAIDE
Fri July 5 – Sooki Lounge, BELGRAVE
Fri July 6 – Bendigo Hotel, MELBOURNE
^ Paper Arms not appearing
B9 alum Ceremony are putting together their Home Sick showcase once again this year. This time they will be joined by Cold Cave, Iron Lung, Uniform, Krimewatch, and many more. Home Sick 2 is this Saturday at The Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA. Get your tickets HERE.
We’re excited to announce that we have teamed up with Ryan Hoffman of Chain Of Strength to launch a brand new imprint label dubbed Quiet Panic. The imprint will also showcase previous Southern Lord production manager and Cobra Music A&R extraordinaire Michael Messina. Inspired by labels such as 4AD,Dischord, and Touch & Go, Quiet Panic are focused on delivering underground art from a diverse pool of talent who aren't afraid to express themselves without limitations. Messina states "You can expect the unexpected. We might release a popular indie band, a kid making beats in his bedroom, or a Norwegian Black Metal band. Nothing is off limits. We just want to establish an environment of creativity and not be pigeonholed into one particular genre". When it came to finding a home for Quiet Panic, Bridge Nine was a no brainer. Hoffman says "Quiet Panic partnering with Bridge Nine is a dream come true. Aligning ourselves with a label whose values and principals originate from DIY hardcore just as ours makes this an amazing collaboration. Bridge Nine offers Quiet Panic 23 years of experience built from the ground up launching essential artists such as American Nightmare, No Warning, Defeater, and Ceremony. This is monumental for us."
The first artist joining the imprint is Philadelphia based Beach Slang, who just wrapped up recording with Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls. Since 2014 Beach Slang's brand of punk tinged rock & roll has catapulted them into being one of the most recognizable and exciting names in underground music today. With a string of albums on beloved emo/indie institution Polyvinyl and even more EPs under their belt, Beach Slang are ready to unleash their next release via Quiet Panic/Bridge Nine.
Beach Slang share teaser for upcoming EP titled 'MPLS'
2. I Hate Alternative Rock
Stay tuned for more information on Quiet Panic and releases to come. Remember, expect the unexpected.
We’ve digitized issue 5 of xXx Fanzine! Read the full issue in its original form HERE; featuring Jerry’s Kids, Black Flag, Broken Bones, and more. Read author Mike Gitter’s reflection below:
”Released just a few months before I graduated high school in 1984, xXx Fanzine# 5 was the issue where things felt like they were coming together. Probably for that reason, it’s still one of my favorites of the zine’s six year run.
While I had yet to discover that half-toning photos would give things more visual punch (THAT’s what those Forced Exposure guys were doing!), I had mastered the art of shrunken typewriter font layouts (borrowing liberally from Flipside, Forced Exposure and sundry rags of record), stepped up my writing and found enough collaborators, photographers and labels who would trade records for ad space to make it look like I was cranking out a semi-legit early-80’s Hardcore-zine. Hell, we even had scene reports and the first few cartoons from Brian Walsby, who would remain part of the xXx gang til the end, and is still a friend to this day. Check out his artwork for the back of the xXx book as well as the accompanying Bridge Nine comp: Still Having Their Say.
I’m sure Brian’s cartoon of Michael Jackson joining the Bad Brains still has him wincing. Remember, it was the early 80’s. Thriller was a thing.
OK, 1984 kicked off strong. Little did future Slapshot members Steve Risteen and Mark McKay know that the January 12th gig they put together at Malden Eagle’s Hall, so Steve’s band at the time, Terminally Ill, could play with The F.U.’s and Jerry’s Kids, would become the first wave of Boston Hardcore’s last stand. It was a killer all-Boston gig on a cold and snowy night. A verging-on-metal D.Y.S was added to the bill: promising that this would be the last time they would play the likes of “Circle Storm” before heading into heavier sonic turf. Of course, as with any gig they played at that point, it was Jerry’s Kids who stole the show. JK’s live was the musical equivalent of an exorcism. Paul Johnson’s photos of their set really show how intense a live prospect they actually were – especially with Chris Doherty slinging second guitar.
Couple of side notes: The opening band at that show was Post-Mortem, who would eventually boast a pre-Anal Cunt Seth Putnum on bass. That was also the show where the swastika-ski-masked Andrew Brady was caught by Bruce Rhodes stage-diving: the very photograph that made the back cover of the D.Y.S. Brotherhood reissue, Wolfpack.
The issues’ explosive cover shot of Chris Doherty, who, at the time, was playing with the likes of Jerry's Kids, Stranglehold and Dicky Barrett’s proto-Bosstones ensemble, The Cheapskates, remains my favorite cover image and thusly became the cover of the xXx Fanzine 1983-88 book. At least for yours truly, that shot has passed into the realm of “iconic”.
The interview with Charlie Harper of the UK Subs done a few months before is probably the most glaring omission from the xXx book. The Subs’ impact on the early days of US hardcore was certainly sizable enough and Charlie has always been a pretty affable bloke, so chock that blunder up to having only so much space to work with and being deluged with a ton of great content. Truthfully, you wouldn’t believe some of the pictures we got our hands on as Chris Wrenn and I were putting the book to rest…oh, for another 60 pages!
While the Subs were in town that time at The Channel, I did manage to corner their then-bassist, Terry “Tezz” Roberts, also known for the being the founding drummer with UK legends, Discharge. Tezz had just parted ways with his brother Tony “Bones” in Broken Bones. Tezz is largely credited as the dude that gave the world the D-Beat and would go on to play with the likes of Ministry before returning to a reinvigorated Discharge on second guitar. Even to this day he’s an affable maniac. It’s an OK chat with a little bit of insight into the pre-Grave New World era Discharge, at best. Probably why that quasi Broken Bones feature didn’t make the book.
One lesser known band that we opted to include in the book from this issue was Western, Mass’ Outpatients. Formed off the back of the legendary Deep Wound by the Helland Brothers: Vis and Scott, the Outpatients took the hardcore energy that Scott vexed with future indie rock heroes: J. Mascis and Lou Barlow and channeled it with Motorhead-ish intent. The trio, rounded out by drummer Mike Kingsbury, became a Bay State regular. Sadly, with the exception of an excellent 1983 demo tape, a track on a Flipside compilation and two tracks on Gerard Cosloy’s Bands That Could Be God comp, the band never focused on recording which has relegated their legacy of incendiary live shows to semi-deep-dive status – with the exception of the xXx book, natch!
A glance through the record review section shows the brine of a few sea-changes afoot. Between the “side-2” slowcore of Black Flag’s My War, The Misfit’s hardcore fixation on Wolfsblood/Earth A.D., Marginal Man’s debut as well as demos from Verbal Assault and Siege, the baby that was no longer cute was exiting salad days and entering its teenage years. Later in the zine, there’s even a live review of featuring none other than Husker Du opening for some Atlanta indie mob called R.E.M.!
Enjoy this issue of xXx which we are presenting in its original form here online. We plan to do this same treatment for all 20 issues – in no particular order, really. Given that our old pal, Chris Doherty is presently recovering from a stroke and there is a benefit gig being held at The Paradise in Boston to help with his medical expenses on January 12, we wanted to get this one in front of old friends and anyone who wasn’t around in 1984 to grab the rag. If you’re in the area, go to the benefit and catch Slapshot, Springa and His Sonic Droogs and a reunion gig from THE OUTLETS (yes, Boston’s greatest power-pop band) all doin’ it for Doherty! Get well Chris. We expect to hear you onstage belting out “Rabies”, “Sold Out” and of course, “Alcohol” very soon!”
If you like hardcore music you've heard of Bridge Nine, and if you like Boston sports you've heard of Sully's, but did you know the sports brand was originally started solely to fund punk albums? When Chris Wrenn was just 19 years old, he started a record label in his dorm room. Then, in the spring of 2000, he walked to Fenway Park from Boston's Mission Hill with friends from his bands and a backpack full of "Yankees Suck" bumper stickers. The plan? To make the much needed money to release a record with his roommates in the band American Nightmare. What happened next took the hardcore music scene of the early 2000's worldwide and cemented Bridge Nine Records as one of its most recognized ambassadors. Read about it courtesy of No Echo HERE!
*Circa 2000 photo of Chris Wrenn and Wes Eisold (American Nightmare) hawking to Sox fans by Kate Bowen.
Death Before Dishonor will be hitting Europe this spring on the Rebellion 8 tour. Joining them will be Madball, Iron Reagan, Born From Pain, Slope, Brick By Brick, and Ironed Out.
SPINE are hitting the road in February in support of their latest album Faith. Joining them will be Regional Justice Center and Harm Done, with Sex Prisoner on select dates.
Boston’s Death Before Dishonor have just announced East Coast tour dates with Madball. See below for individual show and ticket information.
Jan-24 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East – Downstairs w/ American War Machine
Jan-26 Elmhurst, NY @ Blackthorn 51