Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Punk Island 2019 Benefit ft. Soul Glo, All Torn Up!, Material Support, Alouth

Punk Island kicked off 2019 with a fundraising blowout at Sunnyvale the first weekend of January featuring a sick lineup of hardcore bands- Alouth, Material Support, All Torn Up!, and Soul Glo.

Hardcore sludge punx Alouth- who are also the driving force behind the Basement Dwellers collective and stage at PI- were up first and ripped the night wide open, firing on all cylinders from start to finish with heavy as fuck riffs and a whole new set (since I last saw them anyway) of material. They've been working hard the last few years and in particular the last year, helping organize a huge amount of shows in BK, putting out a split release with fellow BK band Swinging Riot, and starting to build their following out of NYC. Next up they have an new EP coming out on 2/1 and they'll be playing a release show the same day with Enziguri, Ugly, Sick Minds, and Burn The Skies. Find more info HERE and make sure get yourself to the show!

Material Support is one of the most powerful political bands out there and tore it up with yet another incredible set. They are a band with not only a message but the community activism to back it up (Singer Jackie spoke on stage about starting a Queens Cop Watch group so get in touch on their FB band page if you're in Queens and want to be a part!) and for that and so many other reasons, we LOVE this band at PI; they are 2016 alums, and they share 2 members with another amazing Pinoy punk band Namatay Sa Ingay who are 2014 alums. They had a big year in 2018, putting out their first full length "Terror Prone Nation"on Aklasan Records and playing Break Free Fest among a slew of other shows. Speaking of shows, they have a show this Thursday 1/17 at the Glove along with Iron Cages from DC and Church Clothes. More info HERE, make sure you're there!

Soul Glo hail from Philly and hit the stage with an absolutely crushing experimental take on hardcore (hell yes, musically right up my alley!) SG have never played Punk Island but but are alums of Break Free Fest. And they are a band I definitely had on my list for a while to see but kept missing whenever they were in NYC (because of work mostly) and I sadly hadn't been able to line up one of their shows with one of my visits to Philly last year. I'm so glad I finally got to see them because they were worth the wait and did not disappoint!

Their music is unapologeticaly political- their self titled LP from 2016 is still one of the most important releases to come out in the last few years. It is full of potent bangers such "Violence Against Black Women Goes Largely Unreported," "Son Of A Gun," "5," and introspective with songs like "But Fucking Why?" Every song pushes you to examine the world around you, every song doesn't let you forget how fucked this world is and each and every one of them does not let you look away from the images they are confronting you with. This will not be a comfortable picture flickering through your head nor should it be. The question you should then be asking after leaving one of their shows is what are you going to do with that? Continue to be complacent or fucking DO something?

I really hope we can line up our schedules to have them as part of Punk Island 2019 because I can think of very few other bands we need more than them right now. They have upcoming tour dates coming up in Greenville, NC and Atlanta and I for one can not wait til they are back in NYC. In the meantime, I highly highly recommend their LP (which includes 7 new songs as well as the songs from their 2014 self titled release) and Tour Tape 2k18 which are available to DL on Bandcamp or you can nab a copy on vinyl at shows or from SRA Records.

All Torn Up! closed out the night, giving a raging performance to celebrate their 10 year anniversary as a band. 10 years is a really impressive run for a band when so many bands come and go all the time, a mere flash in the pan. ATU is anything but and are one of the most intense political bands to ever play in the NYC scene; they don't ever shy away from getting right in your face. In that decade long span, they have done some amazing things including touring Europe with Leftover Crack and playing tons of benefits for the community, this show being but one of dozens over the years. In the second half of 2018 they also shared the stage with punk legends Subhumans and played multiple shows with War On Women.

It is so refreshing that they have been able to maintain this passion and drive for all these years and that they have remained true to their words and message. They are never watered down or polite about what they have to say and in drawing attention to the fucked up shit that plagues this country and this world. Where other bands have given up or gone away, ATU has continued to rage, continued to push the boundaries and put the ugly injustices in this world right out in the open for the punk scene. And if you didn't know ATU and Dispatches From The Underground aka the podcast run by Joey their frontman, are a HUGE part of the PI family. Dispatches has been a presence at the fest for a long time and have done a lot to make the event a success year after year.

I am also lucky enough to be able to share the stage with Joey (in our band Cop/Out) who is one of the best frontman and performers in all of NYC, period. They are working on new material at the moment so likely won't be gigging as much this winter but I always love going to their shows so I hope they will be up on stage again very soon! 


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Monday, December 17, 2018


Leftover Crack at Brooklyn Bazaar

Leftover Crack are NYC punk legends, but you knew that already so they need no introduction. They made a hometown stop on their most recent tour, promoting their most recent release "Leftover Leftover Crack: The E-Sides and F-Sides," hitting Brooklyn Bazaar on a cold Sunday night rip it up for a sold out crowd. Work on Monday? Who fucking cares! This crowd certainly didn't and went full force. Their shows are never anything less than 100% intense and this one was obviously no exception; I think I probably lost 5 pounds in sweat alone just during their set, for real! My band Cop/Out was also on the bill (we were up 2nd) along with (A) Truth, Crazy & the Brains, and Negative Approach, which is an INCREDIBLE lineup. I feel really lucky to have been on such a rad bill so much love to LOC and Scenic Presents for the shot.

I didn't take pics of most of the night because I was totally in "musician" mode for the first part of things so my brain wasn't in a photo mode. After we finished our set I needed a bit to cool off and come down from the buzz of playing so I didn't really start shooting til Negative Approach played...and my lens immediately fogged up since the glass was still cold and the room was already pretty steamy by that point haha. So consequently I only have 2 pics of them, but I hit my stride by time LOC was on (tho more lens fogging got me later as the room got even hotter!) I've shot a ton of shows over the years but have to say crazy lens fog like that was a first for me. Anyway, keep scrolling to get a look at my pics and for a more complete look and feel for the night, head to Dying Scene for more pics of all of the bands and a write up by our pal Jeff.


I shot LOC in Tompkins Square Park last summer, have a look-see at those pics HERE. Fun fact, I actually sweat waaaay more at this indoor winter time show than at the outdoor summer show haha.


All photo copyright Kate Hoos, thanks for taking a took! Please link back to me if you post these on social media, and consider a "tip" or donation for use (which can be done HERE) Any and all contributions are appreciated and help keep my nerdy punk ass going so don't be shy! If you're interested in hiring me to shoot a live event, for press photos/portraits, or hi-res versions of any of my existing photos to use for print material/albums etc feel free to reach out via hoosatron@gmail.com


I was cooling off after our set and talking to a friend when I was like...."um I think that's J Mascis over there" but didn't completely believe it. Turned out it was true and he was there to play a few songs with Negative Approach towards the end of their set. Not only was this my first time playing a sold out show, but def did not think I'd be on the same stage as someone like him in the same night, holy shit! Yeah, pretty cool :) I regret not picking up their Linda Blair/Exorcist inspired t-shirt but next time I will be sure to acquire one of those badass gems!

Thanks for your support and don't forget to "like" and support all of these bands too! Stay tuned, more shit coming soon :D