Thursday, 14 July 2016

Static Shock Weekend IV - Second Annoucement

Here's the second round of bands playing this year:

KRIEGSHOG (Tokyo - Only UK / European show ever)
HARD SKIN (London)
WARTHOG (New York - Only UK / European show)
SIEVEHEAD (Sheffield)
THE WANKYS (Leciester - 10 year anniversary show!)
TV CRIME (Nottingham)
SARCASM (London)
RUNT (London)
MISC. (London)

The full line up announced so far:

IRON LUNG (Seattle / San Francisco)
Iron Lung are a long running two piece hardcore band currently based between Seattle and San Francisco. After releasing countless killer records and touring the world, and not to mention running one of the best punk record labels in the world, Iron Lung are finally coming back to London. This will be their first time back here in three years and their only UK / European date this year.

The pioneers of NWOBHM (that's New Wave Of Brutality and Hardcore Masacre, of course) will be coming to London for their first, and only ever UK / European show. Their records are modern classics and I couldn't be more excited to have them playing.

HARD SKIN (London)
"Hard Skin are the worlds premier oi! punk band. No-one is better or harder. With their amazing live concerts they continue to build on their huge following of punks, skinheads, indie people and other pop stars."

WARTHOG (New York)
"Warthog play pulverizing hardcore in the Pick Your King tradition with slightly high-pitched, incredibly aggressive vocals. They almost has a Cleveland (i.e. Gordon Solie, Puncture Wound, etc.) vibe to me in places... it's just so fast, gnarly, and nihilistic. Top-notch hardcore here." This will be their only UK / European show and will co-incide with a new EP on Static Shock / Beach Impediment.

BELGRADO (Barcelona)
Barcelona's Belgrado return for the first time in close to three years! The band melds dark and dreamy post punk with stunning results. The bass leads and drives each track into the batcave whilst the vocals yearn and ache on top. They have a clear 80's English influence (Killing Joke, Vex, A Touch of Hysteria, Blood and Roses etc) but it also very modern day Barcelona with the reverb as important as an instrument and totally DIY. New LP coming soon!

DIAT (Berlin)
Brought together by a shared enthusiasm for bleak UK punk and a history of playing in hardcore bands, Berlin based DIÄT have created a sound that they have described, perhaps not entirely seriously, as ‘tough new wave’. Fans of Crisis, Killing Joke and The Mob should be pleased by the band’s unlikely synthesis of depressive drift and cranked, accelerated energy. Diät have boldly attempted to create a sound of their own - the sound of checking your account balance to see if you’ve been paid yet…but you haven’t. Releases on Iron Lung and Adagio 830 Records.

RIXE (Paris)
Paris based Rixe hark back to the glory years of Bologna's finest NABAT mixed with the classic 80's French Oi! sound via RAS or L'INFANTERIE SAUVAGE and a heavy BLITZ vibe. The sound is rough, direct and angry and driven by a distorted bass and a vocalist that chews on glass for fun. Like the now defunct CRIMINAL DAMAGE, newbies Pittsburgh's NO TIME and Brest's SYNDROME 81, RIXE are the new voice of a Generation.

THE LOVE TRIANGLE (Berlin / Barcelona / Camberwell)
TLT have a unique position from having played every one of the SS Weekends so far, and pretty much nothing inbetween. Now spread across three countries, this will be the only chance to see TLT play again any time soon.

ARMS RACE (London)
A volatile collision of their British ancestors (Chaos UK, Ultra Violent), and those from across the Atlantic pond (YDI, Life's Blood, Agnostic Front). Raging debut LP out soon on LVEUM.

"A swirling, nasty hardcore punk band who happen to be one of Britain's finest ensembles. Negative Ecstasy takes the listener (that would be you, duh) through an aural obstacle course of thuggish pounding and piercing feedback wash. Get dirty. Where would we all be without a couple fuzz pedals? Probably listening to Vivaldi or something refined. No thanks."  A new album 'Personal Space' will be out this Autumn on Harbinger Sound / Iron Lung.

THE WANKYS (Leciester)
At this point in time, I think it's safe to say that The Wankys are UK noise punk legends. This will be their 10th anniversary show, so expect a few surprises!

URANIUM CLUB (Minneapolis)
"Uranium Club play kind of minimalist, agitated, catchy punk rock... Havoc's references to the Fall and Wire are not without merit, but this doesn't sound quite so retro to me, and hardcore is part of the equation here in a way that those references don't make clear. There are a few bands I think would be a better point of reference... the Shitty Limits, the first Total Control 7" (i.e. before they started really incorporating post-punk and electronic influences)... or maybe even a more compact and punker Parquet Courts. Needless to say, though, this thing is right up my alley in terms of style and the execution could not be better. If you like your punk simple, minimalist, and catchy then you absolutely need to check this out."

SIEVEHEAD (Sheffield)
It takes a scene to raise a band and Sievehead are a product of the vibrant hub that is Sheffield's DIY punk community, one of the key cities in a resurgent UK punk scene that shows no sign of slowing down. They offer burly punk rhythms careening and rumbling through swirling post-punk vibes, catchy and insistent, a howl tamed and torn, packed with pain and power, showcasing the same dark propulsive energy that caught the attention of DIY music fans the world over on last year's 'Into The Blue' LP and more recently, the 'Buried Beneath' 7" EP.

Tough primal queer hardcore punk taking influence from the Xclaim!/Taang! rosters featuring members of Disguise, The Number Ones and Zom. Dublin via Boston.

DIY mainstay and Night School label owner Michael Kasparis brings his industrial strength synth-punk project Apostile to SSW for the first time! You may know him as a member of Anxiety or perhaps The Lowest Form but anyone who has stumbled upon his releases for Clan Destine and Goaty Tapes will be aware of the Apostile’s inherent might as a entity within itself. Apostille taps into Kaparis’s chosen field with new insights, giving the de-composted slurry of Suicide-esque trash punk aesthetics a new lease of bewildered life. Kasparis’s intense live performances are a testament too his continued mission to bridge the gap between audience and performer.

Full on Italian hardcore worship for fans of Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers and Chain Reaction. Debut 7" out soon!

ANXIETY (Glasgow)
Formed in August 2015 Glasgow's ANXIETY have achieved quite a reputation locally thru their stage presence. A fully formed band which irradiates personality from the very first play and is not afraid to look at hardcore punk from outside the box. This their first release sees the band delivering nine tracks of discordant hardcore with layers and layers of distortion and vocal effects in barely 20 minutes. Pinpointing a band like ANXIETY is really hard. While they play hardcore based music their approaches are as broad as you can imagine with members coming from bands as different as HERBERT POWELL, PENNYCRESS, THE LOWEST FORM or APOSTILLE. So think of a way more aggressive BUTTHOLE SURFERS mixed with the less pompous SONIC YOUTH and a hint of contemporary Barcelona and NYC hardcore bands and then you may or not be close to describe ANXIETY's sound. The entire atmosphere of the record is hectic and oppressive with quite existential lyrics creating an overall feeling of uneasiness and internal confrontation pivotal to understand the band. Basically the band name says it best.

TV CRIME (Nottingham)
TV Crime who are a new garage punk / power pop band from Nottingham who come fully formed. 'Hooligans' is a total stomper of a power pop song that starts like a classic Good Vibrations Records 7" with The Moondogs esque guitar work and the energy of 90's legends New Bomb Turks or Gaunt. As the band say "Killer Tunes - Shitty Attitude".

Members of the mighty Mob Rules, The Flex and Perspex Flesh join force to bring you mid-west styled hardcore with an after-taste of late-era Black Flag. Demo out soon.

SARCASM (London)
Local post punk with the occasional nod towards hardcore with members of Efialtis, Semi and Snob. Their demo just came out and is well worth checking out.

MURDER (London)
From the ashes of DiE comes bloody Murder. A noisey assault of distortion driven hardcore FFO: Posion Idea, Cro-Mags, Chaos UK.

CULT SYNDROME (London / Berlin)
London/Berlin primitive noisey hardcore punk. Members of Nailbiter.

ES (London)
ES are a new band featuring members of Primetime, Gloss Rejection, The Worms and Black Fungus. Weaving sinewy keyboard lines and a direct vocal around the bass and drums they write stark songs that are as hard to pin down as they are inventive.

One of the new wave of London bands who have come of bands like No and Good Throb beginning to slow down or call it a day. Runt have played a couple of shows so far and and have been killer each time with sets of urgent hardcore punk. Hopefully a demo is on the way soon!

A new post punk band featuring members of Red Dons and Die who come across like a combination of Comsat Angels, The Chameleons and newer bands such as Pleasure Leftists.


Expect the rest of the line up to be revealed over the coming weeks, alongside show splits, ticket information and everything else, but for now, get those days booked off, those bars / record shops / food spots / off licenses / landmarks you want to visit planned out, and get ready!

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