Manic Productions brings you
And So I Watch You From Afar
Friday, Oct. 1
Lilly's Pad, New Haven, CT.
7:00pm - All Ages - $14 ($12 advance)
Buy tickets now or pick them up at Redscroll Records or DETRITUS
Whatever happened to crazed, anarchic, fuck-it-all hardcore punk. The type that rages with a bug-eyed crazy edge that leaves the listener feeling both energized and destroyed at the same time. It just seems that there are too many bands out there are toeing the line, making safe hardcore records, that lack in energy and adventure.
Well, Trash Talk are definitely not one of the hardcore bands that play it safe, whether it be their scalding discs, or go-for-broke or go-home live shows, the band is committed, to bringing back some of the danger and dark allure of a genre that has been taken over by people playing safe, formulaic music. You know people either too concerned with style or what type of vegan dish they are making for dinner to the point they forget about making insurgent music that has an explosive edge.
On their most recent CD, "Eyes & Nines", released earlier this year on their own Trash Talk Collective record label, the band, which features Lee Spielman on vocals, Garrett Stevenson on guitar, Spencer Pollard on bass/vocals and Sam Bosson on drums, have a song called "Explode" which is an apt title for a song that takes off like a shot from a cannon, only pausing for a brief punk rock breakdown in middle, and also features guest vocals from Matt Caughthran of the Bronx, before picking up the pace for the finish. It's exhilarating.
But if you want a change of pace they throw in a sludge punk crawler in "Hash Wednesday" halfway through the disc. At four minutes, on a 10-song 18-minute CD, it's nearly epic and shows that the band can mix it up with panache.
In a way, they are following in the footsteps of their heroes Black Flag, who were able to play it any way they wanted too, regardless of what their audience expected of them. It's what made Black Flag exciting and it's what makes Trash Talk exciting, even though they aren't just a carbon copy of the Flag, they are more unified in spirit, than mere mimicry.
Live, they have been known to tear down the barrier between the audience and themselves with lead singer Spielman usually diving into the crowd and causing havoc. He has been known to hit himself with the mic and even start a few fights. Suffice to say, they know how to raise a ruckus.
One wonder's how this will play out in the lush confines of Lily's Pad, who has already seen a awesomely chaotic performance by Fucked Up in recent months, along with an upcoming show from grind-noise terrorists Nails two days before Trash Talk opens for Envy, but one thing is for certain, it is going to be a wild time.
So get there early, this is definitely something you don't want to miss.
Since their inception in 1992, Envy has become a dominant band in the independent heavy music scene in Japan, alongside fellow innovative head-splitters like MONO, Boris, Corrupted and Melt-Banana. Their music, through their own evolution, encompasses a sound where pure emotional intensity and elegant, fragile beauty perfectly coexist. They have recorded countless singles and albums, including split releases with Thursday, Jesu, This Machine Kills, Endeavor, Six Pence and Yaphet Kotto. They have toured Japan and Europe with the likes of friends and UK labelmates Mogwai and ISIS. In 1997 and 2000, they toured throughout Asia, playing to audiences in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Korea. Envy have toured Europe four times, including two invitations to perform at the legendary All Tomorrow's Parties Festival. They have toured North America only twice in their two decade career, in 2005 and 2006; this year will see Envy return to the United States for their lengthiest tour yet for their upcoming new album Recitation out on October 12. They are one of the most innovative and world-renowned independent Japanese bands and are widely considered to be one of the best live bands in the world.
"Think about the loudest band with the most impassioned vocalist you've ever listened to, then multiply it by somewhere around 50. Congratulations; your mind is now prepared to absorb the awesomeness that is Envy." - Alternative Press
In the last year, Touché Amoré have become a vibrant part of the flourishing West Coast hardcore punk scene, successfully bridging gaps between subgenres. By playing their explosive and sincere music in every basement, VFW hall, club and space up and down the West coast, along side hardcore torchbearers Killing the Dream, Trash Talk and This is Hell as well as like-minded, discordant bands Ampere, Comadre and La Quiete, they have brought a feeling of togetherness and positivity to a scene they love. Unafraid to play their emotionally charged fury in front of uninitiated crowds, Touche Amore has even shared the stage with upbeat pop-punk bands such as Broadway Calls and folk-punk heroes Fake Problems making close friends along the way.
And So I Watch You From Afar
This self made instrumental juggernaut have been razing Belfast, Northern Ireland to the ground with their remarkable live performance which have been described by the press as stunning and unmissable and for which they achieved gig of the month from NME. After selling out of their much anticipated debut EP in just 6 weeks the mammoth mind melting machine that is And So I Watch You From Afar have been tipped by all the Irish and Northern Irish press, had high praise from Kerrang! and become a firm favourite on BBC Radio 1 receiving nationwide airplay on the Huw Stephens show and having recorded a live session for Radio 1.
First Envy US Tour in Four Years:
09/25/10 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar *
09/26/10 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church *
09/28/10 Allston, MA Harper's Ferry **
09/29/10 Providence, RI Jerky's Live Music Hall **
09/30/10 New York, NY Santos Party House**
10/01/10 New Haven, CT Lily's Pad at Toad's Place**
10/02/10 Toronto, ON Sneaky Dee's**
10/04/10 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place**
10/05/10 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater **
10/06/10 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop **
10/07/10 Detroit, MI Magic Stick**
10/08/10 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club**
10/09/10 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock**
10/10/10 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Music Hall**
10/12/10 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater**
10/13/10 Ogden, UT The Basement**
10/15/10 Seattle, WA El Corazon***
10/16/10 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater***
10/18/10 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord ***
10/19/10 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction ***
10/20/10 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour***
10/22/10 San Diego, CA The Casbah***
10/23/10 Mesa, AZ The Underground***
10/25/10 Denton, TX Rubber Gloves***
10/26/10 Austin, TX Emo's Alternative Lounging (Indoor) ***
* Touche Amore, And So I Watch You From Afar
** Trash Talk, Touche Amore, And So I Watch You From Afar
*** La Dispute, Touche Amore, And So I Watch You From Afar