Look for the Punks This Weekend, New York's Alright 2014 Gets Underway Thursday
Crazy Spirit at 285 Kent during New York's Alright 2013.
Courtesy of New York's Alright. Photo by Tod Seelie
For the second year running, and this year maybe to fill the void left by the now-finished Chaos in Tejas festival in Austin, the New York's Alright punk/hardcore festival has attracted in punks from all over to New York. From Thursday through Sunday, various spots throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan will be drenched in feedback, d-beats, leather, bristles, studs and acne.*
The big draw to fests of these sorts is the appearance of international bands and rare-ish appearances or reunions. This year, New York's Alright has both: Bands from Sweden, Japan and England round-out the overseas offerings; while NYC's Crazy Spirit are due to perform for the first time in a while, and non-touring Cleveland maniacs Inmates are set to play. (Odds of fireworks going off during the band's set are still being set.)
"Over the past five years, New York City has become the epicenter of underground hardcore of the world and New York's Alright is an international celebration of that," says Adam Whites, an organizer of the festival, in a press release.
Reed Dunlea, the festival's other organizer, says "the amount of bands making great punk music in New York right now is insane. We understand that people who are not a part of this culture think punk is dead, which is great for us because we get to build a scene of extremely talented people without dealing with the typical Brooklyn no-talent, no-values, no-substance nonsense. New York's Alright is when we showcase that scene, and bring the best DIY bands from near and far to hang out for a weekend in the greatest city in the world."
Here's a Google Map of where this year's roster of bands call home:
Overseas bands on the schedule include: Infernöh - Malmö, Sweden (Performing Saturday at Le Poisson Rouge) Zyanose - Osaka, Japan (Performing Friday at the Acheron) Die - London, England (Performing Saturday at ABC No Rio)
On the next page, hear a song by every band on the festival.
Press play on all of them in a row and turn up the volume for maximum effect.
Anasazi - New York, New York
Aspects of War - Boston, Massachusetts
Blazing Eye - Los Angeles, California
Blotter - Austin, Texas
Crazy Spirit - New York, New York
Creeping Dose - New York, New York
Dawn of Humans - New York, New York
Die - London, England
Gas Rag - Chicago, Illinois
Goosebumps - New York, New York
Hank Wood & the Hammerheads - New York, New York
Impalers - Austin, Texas
Infernöh - Malmö, Sweden
Inmates - Cleveland, Ohio
La Misma - New York, New York
Life Chain - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lumpy & the Dumpers - St. Louis, Missouri
Mercenary - Atlanta, Georgia
Murderer - New York, New York
No - London, England
Nomad - New York, New York
The Omegas - Montreal, Quebec
Pleasure Industry - New York, New York
Proxy - Montreal, Quebec
Razorheads - New Brunswick, New Jersey
S.H.I.T. - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Tozcos - Los Angeles, California
Savageheads - Boston, Massachusetts
School Jerks - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Stoic Violence - Los Angeles, California
Varix - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Warthog - New York, New York
Wiccans - Austin, Texas
Zyanose - Osaka, Japan
Full schedule (with links to buy tickets) is on the next page. Check the fest's Facebook page for updated info throughout the weekend, or ask a punk.
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Thursday, April 17th Dawn of Humans S.H.I.T. Tozcos Blotter Goosebumps @ The Wick (260 Meserole St) Brooklyn, NY 8 p.m., $20, All Ages [tickets]
Friday, April 18th Inmates Anasazi Omegas Warthog Proxy Mercenary @ Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) New York, NY 5 p.m., $20, All Ages [tickets]
Friday, April 18th Zyanose La Misma Aspects Of War Life Chain @ The Acheron (57 Waterbury Street) Brooklyn, NY After-show, $10, 18+ [no advance tickets]
Saturday, April 19th Blazing Eye Nomad No Pleasure Industry @ ABC No Rio (156 Rivington Street) New York, NY 2 p.m., $10, All Ages [no advance tickets]
Saturday, April 19th Infernöh Crazy Spirit Gas Rag Wiccans Stoic Violence Murderer @ Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) New York, NY 5 p.m., $20, All Ages [tickets]
Saturday, April 19th School Jerks Lumpy & The Dumpers Varix Creeping Dose @ The Acheron (57 Waterbury Street) Brooklyn, NY Aftershow, $10, 18+ [no advance tickets]
Sunday, April 20th ("BBQ & Market") Hank Wood & the Hammerheads Die Savageheads The Impalers Razorheads @ The Wick Brooklyn, NY (260 Meserole St) 4 p.m., $20, All Ages [tickets]
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