A month ago we sponsored a show with Nothing is Heavy at the Astoria Pub in Vancouver, and we had our photographer Ted Reckoning there to capture the destructive force that is VHOL! These guys clearly wreaked havoc on the audience’s eardrums, which were already damaged from the massive sounds of the locals Hopeleus, Hoopsnake and Burning Ghats! Check out Ted’s amazing photos below and make sure to head out to the next Nothing is Heavy show tomorrow!
Text and Photos: Saul Torres
Cold Cave’s tour is almost over, and I’m glad they played here, because I missed them last year for some reason I don’t remember. Douglas J. McCarthy from Nitzer Ebb opened the show. At the beginning it was alright, but the second half of his set list was incredible. I think he was saving the best songs for the last part.
Wesley Eisold’s performance was deeply dark, and interesting on how the stage was just illuminated by a soft series of images and black and white videos. He reminded me Curtis, mixed with Morrisey, and a touch of the Nick Cave’s poetry. Dancing alone in the stage while the music was played by a beautiful girl, Wesley’s voice was getting deeper and deeper into the crowd, turning them on, and making them move in the darkness of the venue. I really love when they don’t turn the lights on when bands are playing at this venue. This time, the crowd was better than past shows, actually I was not expecting too much fun that night, but it was a great night. After a 50 minute set list, the show was over, and Wesley was already chilling with the people at the venue.
Hundreds of mourners turned out in Athens today for the funeral of a hip-hop artist and anti-fascist campaigner who was killed in an apparently politically motivated attack blamed on the far-right Golden Dawn – an episode that has shocked Greece and prompted calls from politicians for a crackdown on the party.
As family, friends and many strangers paid their respects to 34-year-old Pavlos Fyssas, the country debated how it would deal with the party, which some have accused of increasingly turning to violence.
Late on Tuesday night, Mr Fyssas was stabbed in the chest after leaving a café with friends. Witnesses and friends say the motive of the attack was political, pointing to previous examples where friction between the far-right and left-leaning organisations has resulted in violence.
The death of the young man has deeply shocked the nation, which last year handed Golden Dawn 18 seats in its 300-member parliament.
Speaking at the funeral today, Panayotis Fyssas, Pavlos’s father, said he wanted his son’s killer to be executed. “I don’t want him to be tried or jailed, I want him executed. That, for me, is vindication.” He also called for other participants involved in the murder to be arrested as mounting evidence suggests the attack was well-organised.
Los Angeles has been many different things to me and I have always known that it’s not what you see on TV. In the 80′s, I saw this city through the lens of a young outsider, and at night I roamed the streets of Hollywood. Another thing happened to me around this time – I really fell in love with graffiti, and believe it or not, Los Angeles has some insane street artists! The other day, CVLT Nation photographer Matthew Grant Anson turned me on to the most on point street photographer I have ever seen – I don’t know his or her name, but the site is packed with insane photos of street art. What I saw was L.A. through the lens of real underground art. Enough of me talking, check out this mammoth gallery of L.A. street art!…
Photographer and historian Marc Hermann has done a beautiful job pulling historic crime scene photos from the New York Daily News archive to blend them with photographs of the same locations today. For those who live in New York now, it may be easy to forget just how rough the city was in the not-too-distant past.
Grisly violence is an undeniable part of New York’s DNA and the juxtaposition of the old, black and white images with the modern “Times Square” version of what most people expect today is incredibly fascinating – truly making ghosts walk amongst us.
427 1/2 Hicks St. Brooklyn, N.Y.
Gangster Salvatore Santoro met his end in the vestibule of 427 1/2 Hicks St. on Jan. 31, 1957. Here’s how the building looks then and now.
A couple of weeks ago we featured the massive library of field recordings by Alan Lomax. Today we want to shed light on the photos he took along his journey that really show the beauty in all people even when times were hard. Also I respect the way that Alan drew parallels between the condition of poor blacks and whites who still are fighting the same battle today against capitalism. The rich in America have always wanted to divide and conquer black against white, when in reality we’re all the same. On the real, we share the same ancestors – it’s only the racists that would want to believe otherwise. Looking at the people in Alan’s photos you can see they all found joy in their music and family! The blues and rock & roll as we know it come from pain & creativity. So without these people’s experiences, there would be no punk rock, doom or heavy metal…ask Black Sabbath what their biggest influence was, and they’ll tell you the blues of the south!
Text and photos: Saul Torres
Surprisingly, King Dude’s tour had a stop in El Paso, and just like I did when Peter Murphy announced his show here, I had to cancel my plans to go to Los Angeles to catch the show. Otherwise, the lovely and rainy weather made the night beyond perfect for King’s music. “Thanks for coming, guys, and for bringing the rain” King Dude was joking around, making the show a very personal experience between the band and the crowd.
Soft light and eight white candles lit the stage, leaving the rest of the room in darkness. People were quiet, and very grateful after every song performed. King Dude played for about an hour, including brand new songs from his coming album, Fear.
Text and photos: Matthew Grant Anson
It’s pretty easy to drift into over-the-top descriptions when reviewing a show, especially when the genres in question are intended to be over-the-top themselves. And while this review won’t contain the phrases “throat shredding screams,” “throbbing bass,” or “buzzsaw guitars,” there’s bound to be some hyperbole when describing Saturday’s dream-team lineup of Despise You, In Disgust, Sex Prisoner, Magnum Force and Behavior at Pomona’s Aladdin Jr. II.
To start, this was the lineup of the year and by extension probably the show of the year if the warped noise that is grindcore and powerviolence is your thing. Aladdin Jr. was overflowing with people right from the start, the packed bodies of black-clad punx contributing to a temperature of approximately 350 degrees. Behavior kicked it off, and their performance was a nice primer but by no means were they the band people were coming for, a fact reflected in the rooted legs of the audience.
Behavior played hardcore punk that actually put a lot on the table to appreciate. All of their songs sounded very similar, as if each one was exploring a slightly altered version of the same theme. It was like a really in depth look into all of the slight variations of one musical thought. The drummer was key, and while he was obviously playing hardcore, you could draw a lot of (extremely positive) parallels between his drumming and the drumming in the atmospheric black metal act Fell Voices.
It straight went down this past Saturday, Sept. 7th in Pomona, CA at the CVLT Nation & Crash The Clubs show featuring DESPISE YOU, IN DISGUST, SEX PRISONER, MAGNUM FORCE and BEHAVIOR. It was over a hundred degrees in Aladdin Jr.’s, plus all the bands hit the stage and wrecked shop. I have proof: HCProductions101 was on hand with his video camera and captured everything for your viewing displeasure! CVLT Nation & Crash The Clubs want to salute Lace Pickups for sponsoring the event! Big shout out to all of the bands and to the wild humans who had a great time – respect due! Stay tuned for an in-depth review and insane photo essay from Matthew Grant Anson. I heard some of the heaviest music in my life at this show, and I also saw a room full of positive humans going berserk. Now enjoy these full sets and wish you could have been there!
This is just beyond fucking awesome – CVLT Nation’s favorite creative collective, Belgium’s Church of Ra featuring AMENRA, OATHBREAKER, TBHR, SYNDROME and HESSIAN just traveled to Russia. Looking at all of the videos and pictures from this journey, I so wish I could have been there. Everyone should watch these videos and witness the power of each band! Enough of me talking, press play and enter the Church of Ra! Check out full sets by AMENRA, OATHBREAKER, TBHR and SYNDROME and a moving photo essay from Nadja Sveir below.