Thursday, January 29, 2015

L7 live action: June shows announced in the UK, Spain and France

L7 perform at "The Coop" at UCLA in 1991, above and below. (Cat Rose photos)

Well, the L7 wheels are back on again...

Cat first witnessed L7 in action with her friends Bridget and Caryn in 1991 at "The Coop" at UCLA and several times after that. Killer shows to say the least.

This week, the reunited foursome of Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch and Dee Plakas announced the following gigs to kick things into gear in 2015:

* June 14, Download Festival, Donnington, U.K

* June 19, Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, Spain

* June 20, Hellfest Open Air Festival, Clisson, France

More shows will be announced.

A documentary, "L7: Pretend We're Dead," is also in the works and you can peruse the Kickstarter site at:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Black Breath, O.S.S., Bone Sickness | Live Review

Black Breath. (All Cat Rose photos)

By Andy

"Don't eat the tapioca pudding."

As he glanced up at the screen on the wall, those were words of wisdom offered by Black Breath howler Neil McAdams during a break in the action last Saturday night at The Swillery in Bellingham, WA.

Yes, while the FEROCIOUS metal poured forth to the raucous, sweaty and arm-wielding throng, the ultra-gory film "Dead Alive" beamed behind the band. And that tapioca pudding? Well, if you haven't seen the flick, there was squirting blood and a fallen ear inside two bowls of that delicious rice treat that were devoured.

That scene -- and many other GRUESOME ones -- seemed to be the perfect backdrop to Black Breath's tunes.

As for spot-on openers O.S.S. and Bone Sickness, they RAGED with "The Shining" on screen. Another wise call by the projectionist.

Here's Cat Rose's gig photos of our road trip from Seattle, which also featured visits to the Schweinhaus Biergarten, Aslan Brewing Company, Boundary Bay Brewery, Vinostrology Wine Lounge and Merchant, The Ranch Room and Cap Hansen's tavern.

Cat was in the trenches, inside the pit, clicking away for these shots. She was even hit in the head by a flying beer can.  Now that's dedication.





Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Sonics: New album on the way along with April tour dates

The Sonics in Seattle. (Cat Rose photo)

We at There's Something Hard in There fully endorse the Sonics' foot-stomping and throat-gouging rock n' roll. Hell, even Andy's dad said he witnessed the band rock the house back in the day in the Puget Sound area.

Well, the Sonics are back in full force with a new album "This is the Sonics," set for release on their own Revox label on March 31. It's been 48 years since they last unleashed a studio album. (The "8" EP in 2010 featured four new songs.)

Here's their new single "Bad Betty," which we grooved on during the band's raucous set in October at the Macefield Music Festival in Ballard, WA.

Today, the band consists of original members Jerry Roslie (organ, piano, lead vocals), Larry Parypa (lead guitar, vocals) and Rob Lind (saxophone, harp, vocals) along with Freddie Dennis (bass, vocals) and Dusty Watson (drums).

Here's some April tour dates:

04-02 Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
04-04 Las Vegas, NV - Viva Las Vegas Weekender
04-05 Las Vegas, NV - Viva Las Vegas Weekender
04-08 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
04-09 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
04-10 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
04-11 Providence, RI - Columbus Theater
04-12 Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
04-23 Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater
04-24 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
04-25 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
04-26 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace

Monday, January 19, 2015

Keenan's got the fire to rejoin Corrosion of Conformity for March tour

Pepper Keenan with Down in Seattle. (Cat Rose photo)

Pepper Keenan will return to the Corrosion of Conformity fold for a string of overseas dates in March alongside bandmates Mike Dean, Woodroe Weatherman and Reed Mullin.

March 7 Manchester Academy
March 8 Glasgow, Garage
March 9 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
March 11 Bristol, Bierkeller
March 12 Colchester Arts Centre
March 13 London, Electric Ballroom
March 15 Eindhoven, NL
March 16 Stuttgart, GER
March 17 Munich, GER
March 18 Cologne, GER
March 20 Hamburg, GER
March 21 Copenhagen, DEN
March 22 Oslo, NOR
March 24 Helsinki, FIN
March 26 Stockholm, SWE

Ticket info:

Eyehategod hittin' the road again

Eyehategod in Seattle. (Cat Rose photo)

Whether you're at a pizza-and-pub joint in Bakersfield or a metal bar in Brooklyn, Eyehategod is coming for ya.

Here's the latest round of tour dates for the Nola ragers:

1/22/2015 Jerry’s Pizza & Pub – Bakersfield, CA
1/23/2015 Moose Lodge – Lancaster, CA
1/24/2015 Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA
1/25/2015 Sweet Springs Saloon – San Luis Obispo, CA
1/26/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA
2/04/2015 Brighton Music Hall – Boston MA
2/05/2015 The Clash Bar – Clifton, NJ
2/06/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
2/07/2015 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
2/08/2015 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD w/ Cro Mags, Saint Vitus, Misery Index

Friday, January 16, 2015

Swervedriver set to release new album, 'I Wasn't Born to Lose You,' on March 3

Swervedriver's Steve George, left, and Adam Franklin in Seattle. (Cat Rose photo)

Never lose that feeling …

According to the Swervedriver camp, "The thing we have all been waiting for finally happened."

The band will release its new album, "I Wasn't Born to Lose You," on March 3 on Cobraside. The album's first single, "Setting Sun," was released on Tuesday. (Song is posted at bottom.)

The Oxford, England, band's last album, "99th Dream," saw the light of day in 1998. Prior to that, they offered three albums: "Raise" (1991), "Mezcal Head" (1993) and "Ejector Seat Reservation" (1995).

Here's the track listing:

01 Autodidact
02 Last Rites
03 For a Day Like Tomorrow
04 Setting Sun
05 Everso
06 English Subtitles
07 Red Queen Arms Race
08 Deep Wound
09 Lone Star
10 I Wonder?

And March US tour dates:

03/04 San Diego, CA - Casbah
03/05 Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
03/06 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
03/08 Seattle, WA - Neumo's Crystal Ball
03/09 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03/12 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
03/13 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
03/14 Chicago, IL - TBA
03/15 Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
03/16 Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theater
03/17 St. Louis, MO - The Duck Room @ Blueberry
03/19 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
03/20-21 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03/23 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - Hell Stage
03/24 Durham, NC - Motorco
03/25 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
03/27 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/28 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
03/29 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Lucky 13 from 2014: Photo Year in Review

OFF!: El Corazon, Seattle, in April.

Cat Rose cranked out the photos again in 2014 and here are some of our standouts. From Seattle,  Portland, Vancouver, Oakland to Austin, we checked out a plethora of bands and had a blast along the way.

Happy New Year and we're ready to roll in 2015 here at There's Something Hard in There Central.

YOB, Hoverfest, Portland, in August.

Heart, Marymoor Park, Redmond, in July.

Bob Mould Band, Neptune, Seattle, in September.

Muffs, Burger Boogaloo, Oakland, in July.

7 Seconds, Rainfest, Seattle, in May.

Bl'ast!, Rainfest, Seattle, in May.

Zero Boys, Chop Suey, Seattle, in May.

Boss Martians, Macefield Music Festival, Seattle, in October.

Derelicts, Macefield Music Festival, Seattle, in October.

King Parrot, Showbox, Seattle, in December.

Orange Goblin, Showbox, Seattle, in December.

Kreator, Studio 7, Seattle, in November.

Bishops Green, Lost Well, Austin, in April.