Punch - September 12, 2014

Tales of a Riot Fest Dropout
D. Brawlins of Don’t Panic, It’s a Distro - September 27, 2014


I’d like to say I didn’t go to Riot Fest this year for some profound reason like my concerns over the gentrification of Humboldt Park, or because corporate sponsored events don’t belong in punk rock or that I didn’t go because it’s been a threat to the DIY community in years past. Although these are all pretty big concerns of mine, I was really just too underwhelmed with the line up to justify shelling out the cash. Instead, I decided to see what else Chicago had to offer.
Friday night, I did not see NOFX, Offspring or Slayer; I went to someone’s basement… although I’m not sure if anyone actually lived there… and saw the vegan power violence band, Punch. First off, I asked the wrong punk for the address and ended up in Little Village, leaving me to walk a mile in the rain to the right house. When I arrived, there was a dude in a studded denim vest smoking a cigarette on the stoop; I gave him a nod and he motioned for me to come in. I went down to the dark and musky basement, looked around and noticed people were drinking, “cool,” I thought to myself. I went back out in the rain and picked up a six pack, tall boys of course. Got back to the show to catch the openers which was a similar experience to being repeatedly hit in the head with a brick, only with more positive results. The opener that really stood out to me was a poppy hardcore band called The Wrong, who had a fierce trans front woman with the loudest and most beautiful scream I ever heard. She was very aggressive and brought a ridiculous amount of energy to the crowd.
Punch came up shortly after and got the crowd moving almost immediately. They flew through their minute long songs with little delay; the longest being when someone pulled themselves on top of the crowd and busted the cord runner causing the band to take five while someone, very half-assedly, duct taped it all back together. Once the ceiling was mended, Punch powered through another ten minutes of violent noise. People lingered for a little after the show but I picked up a copy of their new LP and dipped out. It was after midnight, I was on the opposite end of Chicago and I was out of beer.
The next night, I went to the National Antifascist Show and Convergence at ChiTown Futbol. Weird name for a DIY space? No, weird space for a DIY show.
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Punch - September 12, 2014

Tales of a Riot Fest Dropout

D. Brawlins of Don’t Panic, It’s a Distro - September 27, 2014

I’d like to say I didn’t go to Riot Fest this year for some profound reason like my concerns over the gentrification of Humboldt Park, or because corporate sponsored events don’t belong in punk rock or that I didn’t go because it’s been a threat to the DIY community in years past. Although these are all pretty big concerns of mine, I was really just too underwhelmed with the line up to justify shelling out the cash. Instead, I decided to see what else Chicago had to offer.

Friday night, I did not see NOFX, Offspring or Slayer; I went to someone’s basement… although I’m not sure if anyone actually lived there… and saw the vegan power violence band, Punch. First off, I asked the wrong punk for the address and ended up in Little Village, leaving me to walk a mile in the rain to the right house. When I arrived, there was a dude in a studded denim vest smoking a cigarette on the stoop; I gave him a nod and he motioned for me to come in. I went down to the dark and musky basement, looked around and noticed people were drinking, “cool,” I thought to myself. I went back out in the rain and picked up a six pack, tall boys of course. Got back to the show to catch the openers which was a similar experience to being repeatedly hit in the head with a brick, only with more positive results. The opener that really stood out to me was a poppy hardcore band called The Wrong, who had a fierce trans front woman with the loudest and most beautiful scream I ever heard. She was very aggressive and brought a ridiculous amount of energy to the crowd.

Punch came up shortly after and got the crowd moving almost immediately. They flew through their minute long songs with little delay; the longest being when someone pulled themselves on top of the crowd and busted the cord runner causing the band to take five while someone, very half-assedly, duct taped it all back together. Once the ceiling was mended, Punch powered through another ten minutes of violent noise. People lingered for a little after the show but I picked up a copy of their new LP and dipped out. It was after midnight, I was on the opposite end of Chicago and I was out of beer.

The next night, I went to the National Antifascist Show and Convergence at ChiTown Futbol. Weird name for a DIY space? No, weird space for a DIY show.

- See more at: http://changetherotation.com/tales-of-a-riot-fest-dropout.html#sthash.vVou3J1y.dpuf

Riot Fest Chicago 2014 recap: Day Three
Phil Collins - September 25, 2014The third and final day of Riot Fest began at 11:45 a.m. sharp. The ground had miraculously hardened in most areas overnight. The muddy patches were few and far between. The Menzingers, supporting their new album “Rented World,” were first up. Sometimes at festivals the crowd is light in the early going, but a considerable number of people got up early and showed up in time to catch The Menzingers. The Philadelphia punk rockers got the crowd moving right away with their new single, “I Don’t Want to be an Asshole Anymore.” That song has a hilarious video, which you should probably watch now if you have not seen it yet. The Menzingers played mostly newer songs, including the best two songs off 2012’s “On the Impossible Past” (“Good Things” and “The Obituaries.”)
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Riot Fest Chicago 2014 recap: Day Three

Phil Collins - September 25, 2014

The third and final day of Riot Fest began at 11:45 a.m. sharp. The ground had miraculously hardened in most areas overnight. The muddy patches were few and far between. The Menzingers, supporting their new album “Rented World,” were first up. Sometimes at festivals the crowd is light in the early going, but a considerable number of people got up early and showed up in time to catch The Menzingers. The Philadelphia punk rockers got the crowd moving right away with their new single, “I Don’t Want to be an Asshole Anymore.” That song has a hilarious video, which you should probably watch now if you have not seen it yet. The Menzingers played mostly newer songs, including the best two songs off 2012’s “On the Impossible Past” (“Good Things” and “The Obituaries.”)

Read more here

daveytnt:

Hell yeah,

last night was one of the coolest shows I’ve ever played. If you’re into hardcore, it’d be very smart of you to check out UGLYBoNES, Step Right Up, Dead Split Egos, Alley Slob Service, Flagass and The Pervert Preachers

My next show is the 11th in DeKalb for MIJALFEST III with many good bands.

And last thing: Here’s a cool video of Transitions taken by the awesome John Newquist.
http://vimeo.com/107312089

Thanks!


Riot Fest Chicago 2014 recap: Day Two
Phil Collins - September 21, 2014
The skies had cleared but the residue of the rains from the night before remained apparent. It was, after all, 14 short hours after Friday night’s festivities concluded that Saturday’s began. So, it was no wonder that the sun shined down on muddy, messy fields. It would be another sloppy day in the pit. The cheesy songs of The Pizza Underground could be heard on the way in through the North Avenue entrance and by 12:25, one of my most anticipated bands of the day kicked things off on the Rise stage. Anti-Flag, pictured above, played a fairly even spread of songs spanning their 20-plus-year career. They closed their set with “Power to the Peaceful” off 2003’s “The Terror State.” Drummer Pat Thetic set up in the crowd for the last song and was joined by the rest of the band for the most energetic part of the set. Anti-Flag also played “Fuck Police Brutality,” “Die For the Government,” “This Machine Kills Fascists,” “Cities Burn,” “Turncoat,” “I’d Tell You But…” and “Sodom, Gomorrah, Washington D.C.” They opened with “The Press Corpse” and played two songs off their excellent 2012 album “The General Strike”: “Broken Bones” and “This is the New Sound.”
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Riot Fest Chicago 2014 recap: Day Two

Phil Collins - September 21, 2014

The skies had cleared but the residue of the rains from the night before remained apparent. It was, after all, 14 short hours after Friday night’s festivities concluded that Saturday’s began. So, it was no wonder that the sun shined down on muddy, messy fields. It would be another sloppy day in the pit. The cheesy songs of The Pizza Underground could be heard on the way in through the North Avenue entrance and by 12:25, one of my most anticipated bands of the day kicked things off on the Rise stage. Anti-Flag, pictured above, played a fairly even spread of songs spanning their 20-plus-year career. They closed their set with “Power to the Peaceful” off 2003’s “The Terror State.” Drummer Pat Thetic set up in the crowd for the last song and was joined by the rest of the band for the most energetic part of the set. Anti-Flag also played “Fuck Police Brutality,” “Die For the Government,” “This Machine Kills Fascists,” “Cities Burn,” “Turncoat,” “I’d Tell You But…” and “Sodom, Gomorrah, Washington D.C.” They opened with “The Press Corpse” and played two songs off their excellent 2012 album “The General Strike”: “Broken Bones” and “This is the New Sound.”

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Riot Fest Chicago 2014 recap: Day One
Phil Collins - September 20, 2014

Riot Fest hit Chicago last weekend and this year it was markedly bigger. The festival moved from the south side of Humboldt Park, its home in 2012 and 2013, to the north side of the park. This gave Riot Fest roughly double the amount of space to sprawl out on. The number of stages increased to seven. The number of ferris wheels increased to two. The number of conflicts in set times increased to … a lot. Naturally with more bands, more stages and a longer walk between stages, there were more opportunities for set times to conflict. Nevertheless, I saw 27 bands in three days, almost exactly the same amount of bands I saw last year. I had a blast. ALL, pictured above, kicked things off on Friday evening. This is the offshoot of Descendents that formed when Milo had too many professional commitments to play with the band regularly. I listen to Descendents a lot more than I listen to ALL, but I thoroughly enjoyed ALL’s set. Their more hardcore songs were the best ones, without a doubt.
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Riot Fest Chicago 2014 recap: Day One

Phil Collins - September 20, 2014

Riot Fest hit Chicago last weekend and this year it was markedly bigger. The festival moved from the south side of Humboldt Park, its home in 2012 and 2013, to the north side of the park. This gave Riot Fest roughly double the amount of space to sprawl out on. The number of stages increased to seven. The number of ferris wheels increased to two. The number of conflicts in set times increased to … a lot. Naturally with more bands, more stages and a longer walk between stages, there were more opportunities for set times to conflict. Nevertheless, I saw 27 bands in three days, almost exactly the same amount of bands I saw last year. I had a blast. ALL, pictured above, kicked things off on Friday evening. This is the offshoot of Descendents that formed when Milo had too many professional commitments to play with the band regularly. I listen to Descendents a lot more than I listen to ALL, but I thoroughly enjoyed ALL’s set. Their more hardcore songs were the best ones, without a doubt.

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In Rotation: UGLYBoNES/Step Right Up split

Phil Collins - September 9, 2014

Chicago hardcore bands UGLYBoNES and Step Right Up released their split yesterday on bandcamp. This is uninterrupted, uninhibited hardcore. Three songs each. Less than 10 minutes total running time. Several stabs in the face and get outs. An unexpected rager of a guitar solo on “No One Talks” wraps up the UGLYBoNES half of the split. That is followed quickly by Step Right Up’s circle pit ready “Nine To Five.” Those two songs back to back are the breadwinners.

UGLYBoNES and Step Right Up play a split release show on September 27 at Fallout in Chicago. Flagass, Dead Split Egos, The Pervert Preachers, Alley Slob and Davey Dynamite round out the bill. The new songs will make energetic additions to both bands’ sets. This is the second release of the year for both bands. UGLYBoNES put out “Wrong Goods" in January, while Step Right Up released "Brass Knuckle Lullabies" in April. Stream the full split below:

- See more at: http://changetherotation.com/uglybones-step-right-up-split.html#sthash.fm8ox3oM.dpuf

The Falcon, RVIVR, World/Inferno release new songs

Phil Collins - September 8, 2014

The Falcon, RVIVR and The World/Inferno Friendship Society each released a new song in the last week. The Falcon’s release marks their first new song since their 2006 full-length, “Unicornography.” The song, “We Are the Bald,” will appear on the Red Scare Industries 10-year anniversary compilation. “Red Scare Industries: 10 Years of Your Dumb Bullshit” will be released in full on September 9. The label will host a 10-year anniversary party at the Metro on October 25, featuring performances by The Falcon, The Lillingtons, The Methadones, Elway, Masked Intruder, Direct Hit! and more. Red Scare Industries was co-founded by The Falcon and The Lawrence Arms frontman Brendan Kelly. He is joined in The Falcon by Lawrence Arms bandmate Neil Hennessy and Alkaline Trio vet Dan Andriano. Listen to the new track above and follow the link for all three songs:

 http://changetherotation.com/falcon-rvivr-world-inferno-release-new-songs.html#sthash.Yu8nwRAx.dpuf
Random Records with Steve O

Kid Dynamite

Steve O - August 26, 2014

You like Kid Dynamite, right? Of course you do, that was a dumb question. As one of the best and most influential hardcore bands in recent times (a great tribute record can be found here, Kid Dynamite crafted a sound of their own. And when you’ve worn out their too short discography and want to listen to something else (wait… that happens?), check out some of these similar bands.

Brutal Youth

Gotta start with the best, right? Honestly, Brutal Youth probably deserve their own Random Record instead of sharing with these other bands, but they fit the theme wonderfully. Short, fast, to the point, and energetic as fuck, these Canadians are right at the top of the best hardcore bands today. They’re fantastic live, with singer Patty running all over the place, and they’re super nice people too. 2013’s Stay Honest earned its place in our Best of the Year Bracket. Give it a listen here.

Brutal Youth

Highlight(s): “xPiss&Winex” and “Albatross”. Songs about friends and one of the best articulations about being straight edge (and not having m/any straight edge friends – something Patty and me share) that I have ever heard. If these songs don’t get your toe tapping or bring a smile to your face, check your pulse, you might not be alive.

- See more bands at: http://changetherotation.com/random-record-not-kid-dynamite.html#sthash.gAwUicBL.dpuf

Recap: Propagandhi and RVIVR at Concord Music Hall
Phil Collins - August 23, 2014
It was a stacked lineup at Concord Music Hall on Wednesday. Propagandhi, the veteran vegan punks from Canada, headlined the show. They do not tour the States very often, so their appearance alone was cause for excitement. They brought RVIVR on tour with them. RVIVR’s 2013 album “The Beauty Between,” of course, won Change the Rotation’s album of the year bracket last year. War on Women were also on the bill, with fresh copies of their excellent 10-inch, “Improvised Weapons.” Chicago locals La Armada rounded out the lineup for this final show of the tour.
The show started so early that I got there just in time to catch RVIVR. They started their set not five minutes after I walked in, and it looked like our group was not alone in this situation, as the room continued to fill as RVIVR’s set blasted along. It was a bummer to miss two great bands, but I am so glad I was in there in time to see RVIVR’s full set. They opened with the first three songs off “The Beauty Between,” in order. The vast majority of their set was comprised of songs from that album, the band only detoured for a couple other songs from their catalog. That was just fine with me, as “The Beauty Between” remains my favorite release of thiers. From the deliberate buildup of guitars in the first half of “The Seam” to the eyebrow-raising delivery of vocals from Erica Freas on “Spider,” those songs have been staples for me since the album’s release.
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Recap: Propagandhi and RVIVR at Concord Music Hall

Phil Collins - August 23, 2014

It was a stacked lineup at Concord Music Hall on Wednesday. Propagandhi, the veteran vegan punks from Canada, headlined the show. They do not tour the States very often, so their appearance alone was cause for excitement. They brought RVIVR on tour with them. RVIVR’s 2013 album “The Beauty Between,” of course, won Change the Rotation’s album of the year bracket last year. War on Women were also on the bill, with fresh copies of their excellent 10-inch, “Improvised Weapons.” Chicago locals La Armada rounded out the lineup for this final show of the tour.

The show started so early that I got there just in time to catch RVIVR. They started their set not five minutes after I walked in, and it looked like our group was not alone in this situation, as the room continued to fill as RVIVR’s set blasted along. It was a bummer to miss two great bands, but I am so glad I was in there in time to see RVIVR’s full set. They opened with the first three songs off “The Beauty Between,” in order. The vast majority of their set was comprised of songs from that album, the band only detoured for a couple other songs from their catalog. That was just fine with me, as “The Beauty Between” remains my favorite release of thiers. From the deliberate buildup of guitars in the first half of “The Seam” to the eyebrow-raising delivery of vocals from Erica Freas on “Spider,” those songs have been staples for me since the album’s release.

- See more at: http://changetherotation.com/index.html#sthash.LBmCBxm1.dpuf

In Rotation: Ritual Control: No Affinity 7-inch

Phil Collins - August 19, 2014

No Affinity

This is a promising early release from the Bay Area hardcore group Ritual Control. Four quick, engaging tunes comprise “No Affinity,” the first vinyl release from the band. Ritual Control is female fronted hardcore at its best: these are unrelenting, memorable songs that you can’t help but envision being screeched out in a basement somewhere.

Chicago based Residue Records put this 7-inch out in January. They pressed 100 copies on dark yellow vinyl, 100 copies on lime green vinyl and 400 on standard black vinyl. I stumbled upon this recently at Reckless Records and picked it up on a whim. It was described as female-fronted hardcore, which immediately sounded appealing to me. I had heard about the label’s two night showcase at Township that weekend, so I was ready to hear more of the Residue’s music.

Ritual Control did not play that showcase and it does not appear that they play many shows. They are a fairly new band and while I can find their bandcamp page, I cannot find many other official traces of them online. They put out their first demo in 2013, followed by “No Affinity” in January. “Inoculation,” their upcoming EP, comes out in November. Hopefully a tour follows, because I want to see this band thrash through a 20-30 minute set in a basement somewhere. Or a bar. A bar would be fine. Download “No Affinity” at Ritual Control’s bandcamp page, or stream it in full below.

- See more at: http://changetherotation.com/ritual-control-no-affinity.html#sthash.BtvhCjkC.dpuf