Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tune into WICB 91.7 FM's "Homebrew" tonight from 8PM-10PM where Ithaca Underground will be the special guests while they spin the best in local music.

No radio? No problem: http://www.wicb.org/listenLive.php


Official Press release:
Ithaca Underground presents an all ages concert with The Gunpoets, Cattle Drums, Rejouissance, BRIAN!, Rye n' Clover, and Hiroshima Vacation

The Haunt, 702 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850
Saturday, February 4th from 5PM - 10PM
Sliding scale cover of $5-$25 to raise funds for Ithaca Underground's 501c3 non-profit application.

Over the last several years, Ithaca Underground has become one of the cornerstones of Ithaca's music community by booking and promoting creative and ambitious music events, integral work with local and regional bands, DIY ethics, and emphasis on all ages shows.

Now, the next chapter in the IU story is being written as the organization applies to become a 501c3 non-profit in an attempt to create a sustainable, on-going presence in the community.

To usher in this next era, Ithaca Underground, McNeil Music of Ithaca, Angry Mom Records, and The Haunt present a genre-diverse line-up on Saturday, February 4th at 5PM. This first-ever Ithaca Underground Fundraiser will help finance the 501c3 non-profit application process of this important next step.

Headlining are The Gunpoets, one of Ithaca's premier live acts, who have earned their elder status through years of high-energy, new school hip-hop shows. Powerful, positive, peaceful and at times political, The Gunpoets seamlessly fuse hip-hop with pop, rock, soul and funk to bring the world their own unique flavor. Heavy bass, hard hitting drums, silky smooth keys and sexy guitar licks slam with the MC skills of Rising Sun and Jayhigh. Throw in DJ Double A's slick turntable work and you've got an unstoppable, head-nodding force.

Cattle Drums from Oneonta, NY are a melodic and technically proficient blend of post-punk and emotional hardcore, hints of math-rock and Americana, and the surreal lyrics of vocalist (and former Monster Machismo drummer) Sam Judd.

Rejouissance were born in Syracuase, NY, with primary songwriter and guitarist/vocalist Jim Heffernan now residing in Brooklyn. The project has evolved from its members' post-hardcore and acoustic roots into a full fledged three-guitar driven rock-ensemble and riff factory.

Ithaca-based BRIAN! create compositions stemming from the worlds of avant-garde and prog-rock. Founded by Devid Resig on amplified bassoon and Ithaca Underground's own Bubba Crumrine on guitar, bass, electronics and voice; the group will debut its new trio line-up with Willie B (Neko Case, Johnny Dowd) behind the kit.

Banjo-punk troubadour Rye n' Clover and grindcore duo Hiroshima Vacation will kick things off in traditional IU fashion.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hey all! Thanks for coming out to the Mouth To Mouth To Mouth shows in Ithaca and Syracuse this past weekend. Footage from various bands on both shows below:

Speak Daggers

Sswampzz (Syracuse)

Blunt Guts (Syracuse)

Cat Names (Syracuse)

Mouth To Mouth To Mouth - That's a lot of Aardvark!

Cheerleader Death Squad

The Catskills (Cortland)
More vids below!

Footage from our Friday the 13th show with Burn Everything, These Machines, and Among Dead Men!

Burn Everything - They Don't Advertise Killers"

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Meet The Band: SSWAMPZZ


Location: Syracuse, NY

Formed: From the Earth, like a golem

Members: Garrett (drums), Ricky (bass/noises/vox), Ray (guitar/noises/vox)

Releases: We have a super top secret classified 5 song EP fully recorded. it will be released in good time.

History: We all only really became friends and started playing together in late 2011. First it was Garrett and I, and then Ricky joined in after I had met him through The Clarendon Collective, which is a group in Syracuse that is aimed towards helping musicians and artists get shit done and available to the public. We meshed well right off the bat, it was pretty sweet. We all brought our own influences to what we were shooting for and it just evolved into a dark, high energy noise rock band.

Future: We haven't talked a lot about the future once the EP is released, we've mostly just been going with the flow. And i don't want to get ahead of myself, but there has been some chit chat about releasing a split with this super great band Dumb Talk from Beekman, NY. We'll probably keep playing shows in and around NYS. After the show in Ithaca on the 19th we are playing a couple shows in Syracuse. The one i am most excited for is on the 17th of February at Spark Contemporary Art Space, a bunch of great bands are playing it.

Don't miss SSWAMPZZ live with Mouth To Mouth To Mouth, Speak Daggers, Cheerleader Death Squad and more at Silent City Distro (above Autumn Leaves Books on the commons), 115 MLK Jr / State St, Ithaca, NY 14850 - 8PM $5 ALL AGES

That's right, MTMTM are laying down the new material this month for their as-yet-untitled follow up EP. Drummer Gabe Millman is running the boards this time around. The EP will feature their two new tracks "That Felt Weird Coming Out of My Mouth" and "Mouth Parade" plus some undisclosed goodies. Keep an ear to the ground for more details (or go here). In the meantime, you'll get the gist from these:

Mouth To Mouth To Mouth will be playing two shows this month: Ithaca at Silent City Distro with Speak Daggers, Sswampzz, and Cheerleader Death Squad on Fri 1/20 and in Syracuse with Sswampzz, Blut Guts, Hunted Down, and Cat Names at Badlands on Sat 1/21. Get your fill!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

THESE MACHINES return to Ithaca for their official CD release of "Pharmakon" and to kick of the IU 2012 year!  These Binghamton pals have created some seriously menacing tech-metal with influences all over the grind, death, and hardcore spectrum while creating a hell of a lot of noise for just a trio.  Dual vocal attack from guitarist Tom Doud (also of Sepsis, Dirty Slits, formerly Cancerface) and bassist Paul Ghilardi who get their shred on without any hint of wankness and rounded out with sick kit work via Mike Emm.  Check out footage below from their gig at CSMA with Hiroshima Vacation, et al. from the fall.

Also on the bill are Rochester’s BURN EVERYTHING who, we’ve been itching to play Ithaca as far back as ’09 if memory serves.  This band is crafting some eye-opening, relentlessly scathing melding of metal in hardcore that's all twisted and mangled.  Recently, BE have been getting some national attention from a variety of online hotspots including Metal Sucks:

" Progressive post-hardcore? Dillinger / Burnt By the Sun-esque mathcore? Some other ultimately meaningless label? Beats me… how about just “good”? Burn Everything even introduce elements like elephants marching riffs, Morbid Angel pick scrapes and relentless double-bass pounding you don’t normally hear from bands that fall on the more hardcore side of the spectrum. A true melding of hardcore and metal that isn’t — gasp — “metalcore.” These guys get my vote for sure."

Local metallic hardcore quintet Among Dead Men will kick things off. 

Come by The Space @ GreenStar, 700 W Buffalo, Ithaca, NY 14850 on Friday, Jan 13th at 8PM and check it out. Just $5.