New York City has a lot of awful rock bands and that is a gooddamn fact. The ratio between good bands and bad bands in this city is probably as bad as it’s ever been, and don’t even get me started about “Brooklyn.” But fuck it, there is still some good shit kicking around. Not everyone is doing the “Robert Hood Thru A Fuzz Pedal” thing, some motherfuckers are still using guitars! Check it out.
are a fully singular power trio that I never get tired of going to see play live. Wasted-style shredder guitar combined with blown-out drum pad insanity, plus Raúl De Nieves
freaking out on top of all of that? This band is so sick!
Haribo operate within a classic tradition of NYC performance/art-punk bands but sound like no one else. Bow down!
SHOW ME THE BODY
Show Me The Body
are some serious young guns coming into the mix with an ill style all their own. You might look at me like I’m fucking crazy when I say “Lungfish meets Rage Against The Machine with a goddamn banjo” but I’m not playing around!
This is some serious Nu Americana, people! Don’t sleep on these kids, I played with them last Saturday and they got a sick pit going from the jump. Show Me The Body!
You already know about the legendary Extreme Animals
, but over the past few years they have morphed from their signature Rainbow Rock style into something tougher. Southern Rap and Nu-Metal come together with some freaked out video projections to create a band that must be reckoned with.
When I call these freaks the NEGATIVLAND FOR THE ENERGY DRINK GENERATION, I am not playing around. Insanely underrated band, for fans of shredding guitars and relevant kulture jamming.
HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS
Hank Wood & The Hammerheads
are a Punk Rock band that I can believe in. Garage’d out farfisa action whips head-on with some seriously driving “Capitol P Punk” but that’s not it. Yeah man, you ARE hearing some insanely twisted “aux percussion” sitting sick “in the mix,” taking everything to the next level.
This band is so banging! Something to unite a lot of different tribes and just an overall “great punk band” suitable for listening in the past, present and future.