Beloved early ’90s hardcore band Universal Order of Armageddon are resistant to the term “reunion” (according to drummer-turned-Del Posto pastry chef Brooks Headley, they prefer “money losing labor of love”), but whatever it was they did at Death By Audio back in July–their first New York performance in over fifteen years–was one of the best shows we’ve seen in 2010. Because the four members of the band are busy, successful people, we figured this wouldn’t be happening again anytime soon, but it turns out we were wrong: UOA will reunite (ahem) for a couple more New York shows in January, at the Cake Shop and the sight of their July triumph, Death By Audio, on January 21st and 22nd. The Cake Shop show is with SOTC pals and fearsome Providence-based two-piece the Body and the recently YIMBY’d Orphan; the show on the 22nd, at Death By Audio, will be with Fight Amp and Trophy Wife. We emailed Brooks to find out what the deal was with the January dates:
We were supposed to fly to the west coast in October to play a bunch of shows, but Del Posto got 4 stars and I had to cancel the whole thing. Probably the most bizarre reason for a punk band to cancel a tour in the history of punk bands cancelling tours. And definitely chafed my Black Flag work ethic, for sure. I’m pretty excited to play both of these NYC shows. Hopefully they won’t get snowed out. Hahahahaha.
We hope so too. After all, this is what the last one was like:
Take our word that the reaction in the room when Brooks started the above song was one of the most purely joyful crowd noises we’ve heard, maybe ever. The July show was like a family reunion for (ex-)hardcore kids from all up and down the East Coast; now that the word is out, expect these two shows to be even more hectic, especially in the hyper narrow confines of the Cake Shop. The band is also in Baltimore (Sonar, January 20) and Philadelphia (Kung Fu Necktie, January 23) on either side of their New York stand, which means you could see four UOA shows in four days without driving all that far. That’s a sentence I couldn’t have imagined writing even a year ago, so enjoy this for however long it lasts.
Universal Order of Armageddon announce more shows [Brooklyn Vegan]