Southern Rock inspired punk/metal, 80’s Thrash Metal, a band comeback after twenty-three years, Trump decapitations, crack busts, and semen canons?! You, my friend, either just walked into your new neighbor’s apartment… OR a GWAR concert. Let’s pray for the latter and jump into the fray! The Paradise Rock Club. Legendary venue, tiny floor space, and a sold-out show. All the makings for a Sunday night show to share with everyone at the office on Monday morning. Continue reading
GWAR has booked holiday tour dates dubbed the “Use Your Collusion” tour. Direct support will come from Unearth and Savage Master. The tour starts December 27th in Washington DC and running through New Year’s Eve in Cincinnati, OH. This follows already booked tour dates with Sacred Reich, Toxic Holocaust and Against the Grain. Continue reading
RPM Fest, the western Massachusetts-based, fiercely independent, all-ages (those under 18 must be with a parent or guardian) weekend of DIY metal music and camping has completed their final 2019 lineup with a series of reveals across social media. Inter Arma, Psychostick, Mobile Deathcamp, and The Absence have joined the bill that already includes Tombs, Acid Witch, Child Bite, INCITE, Against the Grain, S.N.A.F.U., Dead Empires, BARISHI, Heavy Temple, Cortez, Solium Fatalis, Hey Zeus, Epicenter, Ice Giant, Age of Embers, CAZADOR, VRSA, Goblet, Hepatagua, Jeopardy, Bellower, Lobotomobile, Das Muerte, The Beast of Nod, The Damaged, Worshipper, Sonic Pulse, Virus of Ideals, The Humanoids and many more bands. Early bird tickets are now gone but other options are avaialble for weekend passes. Continue reading
RPM Fest, New England’s biggest heavy music and camping festival, featuring 50 bands on three stages has announced their full lineup for this summers’ event. The fest is headed up by Tombs, Acid Witch, Child Bite, INCITE, Against the Grain, S.N.A.F.U., Dead Empires, BARISHI, Heavy Temple, Cortez, Solium Fatalis, Hey Zeus, Epicenter, Ice Giant, Age of Embers, CAZADOR, VRSA, Goblet, Hepatagua, Jeopardy, Bellower, Lobotomobile, Das Muerte, The Beast of Nod, The Damaged, Worshipper, Sonic Pulse, Virus of Ideals, The Humanoids and many more bands seen below. Continue reading
As a creature of the night, matinee shows have always confused me. What do you do with all of that extra time in your day? What is sunlight? That was future Aleida’s problem, present Aleida’s only concern was checking out some live music at one of her favorite venues, but enough with speaking in the third person.
I would like to give a special shout out to the traffic of Cambridge for adding on almost another half hour to my trip. I managed to make in time for The Under’s last song and a half or so, but what little I saw was fantastic. If what I have listened to since then is anything to go by, then I have every right to be bummed out that I essentially missed their entire set. I won’t make that mistake next time and I encourage others to follow suit.
Up next were homegrown rockers Goddamn Draculas who stood out from the rest of the line up due to the lack of stoner-y grooves in their sound. They were a little more red-blooded rock and roll with a touch of the eighties thrown in. I wasn’t sure how I felt about them at first but repeated listens have them growing on me. At the very least, I find myself intrigued by their brand of rock and roll and that song ‘Raise ‘Em Up’ is rad. I could throw that track on repeat easily.
This is a story about love at first at first riff. The boys in Against the Grain really made a great first impression and left me wondering how the hell I hadn’t heard about them sooner. Imagine taking some stoner-rock and stabbing it right in the heart with a needle full of adrenaline. Those riffs and grooves were calling my name from the very beginning. Can we just talk about the voice on that singer of theirs, Chris Nowak? The man’s got some serious soul. It’s been a long time since a band so new to me has grabbed me by the lady-nads like that and I highly recommend seeing them for yourself.
The Atomic Bitchwax has always been that one band that I’ve been wanting to see, but life always decides it has other things in store for me but not this time. I was supposed to be well out of state at a certain gathering of bizarre human beings in Richmond, VA, but last minute scheduling changes found me hanging around New England. Sometimes things just fall into place. It may have been a combination of sheer excitement and Chris Kosnik’s bass playing but I was in stoner rock heaven. If I’m to judge by the amount of hair flying around me, coupled with the applause, I’d say the crowd agreed with me. Studio recordings do not do this band justice. Yes, an album will still sound great, but it’s live where The Atomic Bitchwax really shine and have the chance to infect you with those grooves. You feel it in you bones and in your gut and listening to them after the fact simply cannot produce the same effect on a person. Get out there in the real world and see something amazing.
I may have missed this year’s GWAR-B-QUE, but it was an honor to spend an afternoon with some ridiculously talented musicians and I’m happy with how things turned out. As for future Aleida, she found herself at another show that very same night. All in a day’s work, kids.
WORDS BY ALEIDA LA LLAVE
Ohio riff rockers Lo Pan and Detroit rockers Against The Grain will be venturing on a tour together. Lo Pan will be supporting their Colossus album, out now via Small Stone. Produced and engineered by Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Rosetta, East Of The Wall et al) at his own Translator Audio Studio in Brooklyn, New York and named for an ancient statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun, Helios, the record continues to raise the eyebrows of fans and media globally.
LO-PAN NxNe Tour 2015 w/ Against The Grain:
Mar 12: The Loving Touch – Berserker II – Detroit, MI
Mar 13: Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
Mar 14: The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
Mar 15: TT The Bear’s – Boston, MA
Mar 16: Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
Mar 17: The Depot – York, PA
Mar 18: Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
Mar 19: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
Mar 20: The Pinch – Washington, DC
Mar 21: 31st Street Pub – Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 22: Spacebar – Columbus, OH
Apr 09: Mudd Club – Strasbourg, FR
Apr 10: Paunchy Cats – Lichtenfels, DE
Apr 11: Rare Guitar – Munster, DE
Apr 12: Roadburn – Tilburg, NL
Apr 14: Black Sheep – Montepellier, FR
Apr 15: Maravillas Club – Madrid, ES
Apr 16: Rocksound – Barcelona, ES
Apr 17: Helldorado – Vitoria, ES
Apr 18: Le Volume – Nice, FR
Apr 19: TBA – IT
Apr 20: Altraquando Club – Zero Baranco, IT
Apr 21: Orange House – Munich, DE
w/ Black Pyramid:
Apr 23: Desertfest – Berlin, DE
Apr 24: Romer – Bremen, DE
Apr 25: Desertfest – London, UK
Apr 28: Sedel – Lucerne, CH
Apr 29: Gaswerk – Winterthur, CH
Apr 30: Das Bett – Frankfurt, DE
May 01: Schaubude – Kiel, DE
May 02: Asymmetry Fest – Wroclaw, PL