Saturday, May 18, 2019

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HIRS Collective | Coherence| Choked Up @ El Cortez


HIRS Collective came to BK two nights ago and absolutely toooooreeeee it the fuck up! They ripped a hole right in middle of my sadness and angst- HOLY FUCK, it was just what I needed!

Their message is clear and unapologetic "The HIRS Collective exist to fight for, defend, and celebrate the survival of trans, queer, black, women and any and all other folks who have to constantly face violence, marginalization, and oppression. We are a collective of freaks, faggots, friends, lovers, and favorites that will never stop existing. Infinite and never ending. No one is going to kill us, we are going to live forever. TRANS, QUEER, anti-authoritarian, bullshit thrash with PUNK ethics to destroy capitalist misogynist scum and empower WOMEN, POC, and the LGBTQIA community..."
and their sound is brilliantly volatile.

There is no containing the radical energy they bring and while they seem ready to burst apart at the seams at any moment, they are tight as fuck, a full on queer punk frenzied explosion. They began their set by declaring that this show and every show they do is for "every trans woman who has ever existed, exist now, or will ever exist" and immediately launched into a brutal, thrashy fury. It was over in the blink of an eye but they packed a ton of songs into a scant 15 minutes, with the crowd dancing and moshing heartily til they were a smiling bundle of sweaty absolute queer punk joy.

Their latest release "Friends. Lovers. Favorites" features a slew of collaborations from the likes of Laura Jane Grace, Alice Bag, Shirley Manson, Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females), Martin Crudo (Los Crudos, Limp Wrist) and many many more. You can find it on Get Better Records- which if you don't know is an incredible queer owned and operated label out of Philly that is putting out some crucially important music that you NEED to hear including releases by every band on this show.

Scroll down to see more pics of them as well as of openers Choked Up and Coherence. If you aren't already listening to and supporting all of these bands, GET TO IT because you are missing out!



















Also can we talk about how amazing the flyer for this show was?! Made by Cristy Road of Choked Up, I fucking love it! Check out her site for more work and for her store to buy some stuff and support her!











Coherence- is anti-cop, anti-colonial, anti-white supremacy punk from Oakland with definite emo and hardcore influence for a nuanced and layered sound. They formed because "the punk and hardcore community has long struggled with being a safe home for people of color and queer folks, and we started this band with the intent of joining the powerful lineage of artists and musicians who refuse to be invisible and cede their space to privileged bodies" And I for one need so much more of this in my life, the punk and DIY communities sorely need it too. There are plenty of white cis dude bands out there and it's so so tiresome, yawwwwn! Coherence was def a much needed jolt to my system.

They are currently on an East Coast run with HIRS I was stoked to get to see them as I had not previously. The Bay Area has such incredible bands (and has for a long time. Coherence also shares members with several other bands as well) and I always wish all of them would be able to come out to NYC more often...or I could just go hang out and catch a bunch of shows then come home from time to time...I want to figure out how to make both of those things happen ha! Anyway, if you haven't given this band a listen yet, they've got a few releases up on their Bandcamp and their full length "Of Alternate Spaces" (also on Get Better Records) is streaming on Spotify. I highly recommend it, my fave tracks being "Representative Body,"and "Lifeclock" They'll be making the following stops on the rest of their tour so go see them if you're in one of these places:

5/18- DC
5/19-Richmond
5/20- Greensboro
5/21- Columbus
5/22- Chicago
5/23- Detroit
5/24- Pittsburgh















I always love going to see Choked Up not only because they are a rad band and put on an awesome show, but are also super rad humans. Describing themselves as a pop-punk telenova about reclaiming your heart during fascism, they are exactly what we need to survive in this nightmare world we are living in. They serve as a refreshing reminder that not everything and everyone is morally bankrupt and it's okay to have feelings -lots of feelings- about the shit trying to keep us down. They sing in English and Spanish about "crushing in the dystopia and reclaiming your brain and body from trauma" and have a 5 song EP currently out on Get Better with a full length in the works for (hopefully!) later this year.

Though NYC is their hometown, they were also on tour and had done a string of dates before this hometown show, then immediately after it was over, they jumped in the van and rolled up to Montreal for Pouzza Fest. It was honestly super tempting to just jump in and ride up there with them but alas, I had to stay home to work but maybe next time! I also just did a super fun photoshoot with them before they left for tour that may or may not have involved their guitarist Rachel and I getting charged at by a rogue goose......we survived in any case but watch out for angry water fowl if you now what's good for you!


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Daddy Issues | Leggy | Desert Sharks @ Baby's All Right




This winter has been a tough one for me so far and I have not felt very inclined to leave the house much except for work or to give guitar lessons but this was DEFINITELY a show I was going to move my ass for, and move my ass I did. I bundled myself up, grabbed my camera bag, trundled down to Brooklyn and was not at all sorry that I did. This was a killer lineup, and I had yet to see Daddy Issues (I was shooting DFA 1979 the night DI was in BK last) so I was not gonna miss it. An added bonus was that lots of friends were there too, so it was for sure a nice reprieve from the cold gloom of winter and the anxiety of preparations for Cop/Out's upcoming tour. Nothing like leaving home for a month to make you want to stay in as much as possible in the meantime, but luckily this show broke the spell for me for the night!

Keep scrolling to take a look at my pics and read some randomness : )















Desert Sharks kicked off the night and fuck, there is definitely a reason why they are one of my favorite bands! In addition to killer chops, they have such high energy and really make me work for the shot, which of course CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! This is the first time I've shot this band indoors without a speedlight (I shot them on my stage at Punk Island last year sans flash but it was a bright outdoor setting so that doesn't really count) and I've done primary long exposure stuff while shooting them in the past, but I've been working on shooting less with flash and working with light/dark more so I was pretty pleased with the results sans flash from the night. Anyway...more importantly, they have a full length coming out sometime this year and I am really excited for that! Not sure of a time frame on that so do yourself a favor and keep an eye on their social media for announcements pertaining to that because you are not going to want to miss getting that in your ears.

Their next shows are Friday 2/1 at Alphaville and 3/11 at the Knitting Factory with Gymshorts and Thick. I have to miss both of these shows because of work and not being home yet from tour for the KF one but YOU should go in my place! (really bummed about the 3/11 show especially because that lineup is siiiiick)

















Leggy hit the stage next and I have to admit they were the band I was least familiar with before this show. I'd heard the name a few times but had not had a chance to listen to them prior to seeing them play. Which I realize now was a mistake because I very much enjoyed their set of fuzzy, reverby gems and have been catching up on their past releases on Spotify since the show. They have a new single out now "Eden" (read a review HERE) from their forthcoming album "Let Me Know Your Moon" due out March 8th, which I am very eager to listen to when it drops. I hope this also means a return to NYC soon for them because I def want to see them play again ASAP. 

They hail from Cincinnati as does the magic and wonderful Lung who are one of my all time favorites (they are also some of the nicest and hardest working folks in DIY music right now. For real) I'd be so ecstatic if they came to NYC together, so I'm just going to send out some big vibes into the universe for that to happen because that would make me really, really, happy : )




















I've been wanting to catch Daddy Issues live for a bit now and had yet to make it happen. As mentioned before, I was shooting another show the last time they came to NYC and I'm sure I was probably working the time before that. But in any case, I'm glad I finally made it out because it was well worth the wait. I've been rocking their 2017 release "Deep Dream" quite a bit lately and they hit plenty of tracks from it during their set along with some other choice cuts. They had a very busy 2018 touring a bunch in both the US and the UK, as well as putting out an Audiotree live release (available on their Spotify). Hopefully 2019 will see some new music and a return to NYC for them because I am so here for all of that. I absolutely want to make their next NYC a priority to be at, work or other shows be damned!

Highlights from their set def include their drummer telling anyone who doesn't believe survivors to get the fuck out (for fucking real GTFOOOOO of everywhere please) and their dreamy cover of the 1984 hit by Don Henley "Boys Of Summer" I've always been a fan of big revampings of songs for covers as opposed to exact copies and they knocked this one out of the park. In that vein...come to a Cop/Out show sometime to see us play Adele at a tempo you never thought possible for a song by a pop diva before....



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Random.....

---I mentioned my band is going on tour and yes it's true, you read correctly! We will be opening for Leftover Crack for a month from Seattle to Miami and if you want to keep up with what we're doing along the way,  you can keep up with our shit on my personal IG and the band's IG. I'll post a lot of shit in my story so that is the place to look if you wanna see the antics! Doing a tour diary is going to be unlikely since I hate writing and editing in the van and we have super early load ins every day....but maybe you never know!

---I'm still not super in love with the current layout of this shit...better than it was before but still feel it could be better (and I can't figure out for the life of me getting the social media widgets to work) so it very well may change again soon. Eventually I will bring this up to 2019 standards but for now...it will continue to languish in 2010 lulz! Do other people in their late 30s also have a super weird relationship with technology, like we missed the boat on things cuz stuff was so rudimentary when we were young so we never learned how to use it very well or got comfortable with it, or is it just me? Maybe it's just me....



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