New York Fashion Week is a semi-annual series of events when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press and the general public. Coming on September 8th, designer Katie Gallagher will be presenting her seventeenth collection entitled Rain. Unlike any other designer out there, her clothes will be shown to a backing soundtrack that features the likes of The Cure, Burzum, Xasthur, and Hesperius Draco, and this is nothing new. In previous years, she’s presented collections to numerous goth and metal artists songs, and it makes for quite the unique experience. As you’ll read in my interview below, that’s exactly what she wants. Continue reading →
Helmet will go down as one of the greatest and most influential bands ever. This fact is undisputed. Coming out of new York City at a time when a generation of bands bred on New York Hardcore values married to the talent of thrash bands (with some general avant-garde weirdness for good measure), Helmet stood out like a sore thumb of weirdness. Continue reading →
Who do they think they are with that bio? Nirvana? They’ll never own enough plaid! The Ramones with that promo shot in front of the former CBGB’s with is now ironically a high-end fashion shop? Like they’d never look that cool in leather. I would have to agree with Rolling Stone’s senior editor David Fricke though, when he stated “The Ramones were the normal guys everybody loved to love,” in which I could see some parallels and ok, maybe the guitar and bass have some similarities.
This cheeky trio, Fashion Week, featuring guitarist/vocalist Josh Lozano (Jarboe, Cobalt, Family), drummer Carl Eklof(Victory at Sea, Lidia Stone, Inswarm) and bassist Oscar Albis Rodriguez (A Great Big World, No Way, Nakatomi Plaza) set forth their noisy full-length debut Prêt-à-Porter (Solar Flare Records), following up their self-released Applicator and Coextinction Release 11 with Coextiction Recordings. Though the line-up has gone through some slight changes, it’s safe to say the mood and original style has remained intact, with the recording and mixing of Andrew Schneider (Unsane, Keelhaul) and mastering of Carl Saff(Pigs, Sofy Major) ellipsing every into an even greater epic cacophony. The album starts off with ‘Fendi Bender’ who’s lead in brings me back to 90s noise rock bands like Unsane but with a lighter tone, reflective of an externally cleaner, safer New York, who’s underbelly remains just as thorny and problematic. Sly bursts of Lozano’s raging hardcore vocals, supercharge post-hardcore melody as the guitar trails resonates with every note. Their video for it is now streaming on Metal Injection, featuring Jesse Madre of Tiger Flowers if you want to check it out.
The third track on the album, ‘Meek is Meeznable’ pummels out catchy sludge riffs, the likes of Red Fang, scattered with raunchy distortion and melodic melodies. It’s as if Jawbox and Quicksand combined to form an amazingly chaotic yet progressive supergroup. After listening to the makings of this album about a year ago, my favourites continue to change, only proving Prêt-à-Porter continues to deliver with every listen.
‘Summer Line’ has a spacey, Failure inspired intro that makes it one of my favourites on the album, along with ‘Haute Topic’ who’s mysterious bass line I just can’t get enough of. For anyone who was a fan of 90s hardcore and noise rock, Fashion Week’s Prêt-à-Porter is a staple that should be added to your collection.
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched by Magnetic Eye Records for a tribute album to Helmet’s Meantime album titled Meantime [Redux] tentatively due for a 2016 release. A deluxe edition of the set is also being planned and will feature bands covers songs off of Helmet’s Strap It On and Betty albums.
Artists reportedly participating include:
KEN mode Watchtower Phantom Glue Ironweed I Am Become Death Fuck The Facts Family Meek Is Murder Kings Destroy The Glorious Rebellion
Artists recruited for the “Strap It On” and “Betty” tracks include: Fashion Week Livver Milligram Heads The Atlas Moth
More bands are expected to be announced soon.
We are beyond stoked to be a part of this awesome Helmet tribute with KEN mode, Phantom Glue, and a bunch more awesome bands! Go and donate now!
Feb 21: Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY (record release show w/ Retox, Whores, Primitive Weapons)
The FASHION WEEK sect unites a lovingly scummy cast of NYC amp-heads who have collectively deafened many humans through work with Jarboe, Man’s Gin, Nakatomi Plaza, Go Deep, Family, Vampillia and many more this millennium, who within this unit, dispatch a brew of belligerence that remains somewhat unclassifiable, although elements of an awesome host of influences course through the somehow cohesive creations. Engineered by Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Unsane, East Of The Wall), eight scathing works jam a half-hour of dynamic, grunge and noise-soaked, metallic freakout on Prêt-à-Porter, the entire album throwing enough twists, turns and surprises at the listener than a blindfolded pogo-stick excursion through a field of landmine-lined trampoline pits. One minute it sounds like Mudhoney took a wrong turn into a meat grinder at Quicksand’s joint, the next, it’s Botch fighting Bloodlet for wonkiest bass and most corrosive vocals, and when the really pretty clean vocal and piano passages slip on in, all bets are off.
FASHION WEEK Southeast Tour 2015 w/ Sky Acre: Feb 06: Beerland – Austin, TX Feb 07: Chekcpoint Charlie’s – New Orleans, LA Feb 08: Gene’s Lounge – Pensacola, FL Feb 09: Caledonia – Athens, GA Feb 10: Copper Top – Huntsville, AL Feb 11: Eisenhouser – Murfeesboro, TN Feb 12: Springwater – Nashville, TN Feb 13: M.F. Metal Music – Little Rock, AR Feb 15: The Yeti – Tulsa, OK