Look for the Punks This Weekend, New York’s Alright 2014 Gets Underway Thursday


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.)

See also: The Oral History of NYC’s Metal/Hardcore Crossover

“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.”

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)

Hear a song by every band on the festival below.

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

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 below. Check the fest’s Facebook page for updated info throughout the weekend, or ask a punk.

Thursday, April 17th
Dawn of Humans
@ The Wick (260 Meserole St)
Brooklyn, NY
8 p.m., $20, All Ages

Friday, April 18th
@ Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street)
New York, NY
5 p.m., $20, All Ages

Friday, April 18th
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
Pleasure Industry
@ ABC No Rio (156 Rivington Street)
New York, NY
2 p.m., $10, All Ages
[no advance tickets]

Saturday, April 19th
Crazy Spirit
Gas Rag
Stoic Violence
@ Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street)
New York, NY
5 p.m., $20, All Ages

Saturday, April 19th
School Jerks
Lumpy & The Dumpers
Creeping Dose
@ The Acheron (57 Waterbury Street)
Brooklyn, NY
Aftershow, $10, 18+
[no advance tickets]

Sunday, April 20th (“BBQ & Market”)
Hank Wood & the Hammerheads
The Impalers
@ The Wick
Brooklyn, NY (260 Meserole St)
4 p.m., $20, All Ages

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