On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, I went to the Rock & Roll Hotel at about 5pm to catch a free show by the Kentucky punk rock band Coliseum. This was part of the H Street Festival’s festivities, which had the street shut down for the day. Standing in line just to have my ID checked I was a bit worried that the place would be really packed. The sidewalks outside all the bars had little temporary fences that were packed shoulder to shoulder with hipsters drinking cheap beer as they screamed in each others faces trying to talk over each other. I guess drinking on the sidewalk in a pen is really fucking exciting to some people, but I was here to see Coliseum, a great band I’d seen play a sold out DC9 show with Pelican last November. I had no problem making my way to the front as the main show room was almost empty, except for the people in line to talk to the bartenders. The place did fill up, somewhat, when they started playing. They played for about 45 minutes and their set included a few new songs. It was a lot of fun and you can’t complain about seeing a great band for free. There were several other bands playing that day but after Coliseum played I headed over to Little Miss Whiskey’s to talk to the DC Brau folks (always a fun time).
Later the same night I grabbed dinner and then picked up a six pack (which turned into a 4 pack due to the cardboard handle breaking in the parking lot of the store I had just bought it at) and I went to another show. This was a house show at a place called the Dougout in Northeast DC. I’d never been there before but it was pretty nice for a house venue, especially one that was hosting grind bands. I missed local death/grind band Genocide Pact, which sucks cause they’re good, but I’m sure I’ll get the chance to see them again at least. The first band I did see was Nervous Mothers, a powerviolence band all the way from Belgium. I’m not sure how it’s financially possible to fly all the way over from Europe to play a bunch of gigs in basements but they actually were pretty good. However next up was the band I really came to see, Cloud Rat. The grind trio is from Michigan and they released Moksha, one of my favorite grind albums of 2013 (click the name to give it a listen). They combine brutal riffs and sheer intensity perfectly and their frontwoman, Madison Marshall, has a voice that just drips frustration. In all it was a really great show at a cool DIY venue, I hope they get some more brutal bands there in the future.
The excellent instrumental band Russian Circles is coming to the Rock And Roll Hotel on Tuesday, February 18th and we’re really excited about this show here at DCHM. So excited that we’ll be giving away not one but two pairs of tickets to this show! To enter: just leave a comment on this post telling me who your favorite instrumental band is. Maybe it’s Pelican, Animals As Leaders, Blotted Science, Karma To Burn or another band entirely. At 5pm EST this Friday, January 17th, two winners will be chosen at random (using Random.org) from all valid entries and each winner will receive two tickets to the show! Be sure to use a valid email you check regularly so I can contact you if you win. Don’t worry, I won’t add you to any spam lists or sell your info or anything sleazy like that. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 24 hours another winner will be chosen at random. If you can’t wait to see if you win or the contest is already over when you read this then you can get tickets from Ticket Fly right now for $16.50 here.
Russian Circles gave us the moody album Memorial in late October and this will be their first area appearance since its release. That’s not all to look forward to at this show though, there’s also going to be support from KEN mode, a sick Canadian hardcore/noise band. The opening act is a personal favorite of mine, Richmond’s Inter Arma. These guys released an incredible album on Relapse in 2013, titled Sky Burial, and their live shows are even better. Get there early to see these guys, you’ll be glad you did! Now give a listen to some of my favorite songs by all three bands below and leave a comment telling me your favorite instrumental band!
Russian Circles – Geneva
Russian Circles – Burial
KEN mode – Extending Common Courtesy Throughout The Evening
Inter Arma – ‘sblood
Today Is The Day is coming to the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, DC this Saturday, March 9th! DCHeavyMetal.com is going to give away a pair of tickets to this show tomorrow, Friday the 8th of March 2013 at 5pm EST for you regular readers of the site. That’s right, you’ve only got about 24 hours to enter! Just leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to go and when 5pm rolls around on Friday, I’ll pick a winner at random using Random.org to win the tickets. Please don’t enter if you can’t go, the show is the next day and I don’t have time to pick another winner if you flake out! Be sure to enter with a valid email address you check regularly so I can contact you if you do win. Don’t worry, I won’t add you to any email lists or anything like that, I hate spam too. If you enter more than once then all of your entries will be disqualified. If the contest is over when you read this or you simply can’t wait to find out if you win the contest you can buy tickets from Ticket Alternative for $15 here.
Today Is The Day was started by Steve Austin (not the stone cold one!) back in the early 90s and has been cranking out some killer tunes ever since! Their sound falls somewhere between grindcore and alternative rock, with a healthy dose of noise in there as well. On this tour they’re playing with Black Tusk, one of the best sludge bands coming out of Savannah, Georgia right now. There’s additional support from KEN mode, a sick Canadian hardcore/noise band. By the way, the KEN in their name stands for Kill Everyone Now. The opening band for this show is Fight Amp, a New Jersey based doom/sludge/post hardcore band that is worth showing up to early for! If you’re unfamiliar with any of these bands, then check out the videos below to give them a listen and be sure to enter in the comments below. Thanks for keeping up with DCHeavyMetal.com regularly and good luck!
Today Is The Day – Sick Of Your Mouth
Black Tusk – Red Eyes, Black Skies
KEN mode – Extending Common Courtesy Throughout The Evening
Fight Amp – Samhain