In the autumn of 2012 we made a decision as a band to put things on hold, as many of us had other commitments in our lives that needed to take priority. Almost two years on, for the most part now settled in where we want to be, it feels like there is space for change. When we put out the hiatus statement, we genuinely thought we were going to be away for quite a while, and we didn't see any chance of having free time to do anything other than focus on our professional lives. We're glad that this is not the case. We are really excited to say that Basement will be playing shows this summer, and weíre looking forward to...
I recently interviewed Christian McAlhaney of Anberlin and he had this to say about the possibility of an Acceptance reunion. Look for the full interview early next week.
Thereís always been whispers of reunion stuff here and there. Basically, I think Jason is the last person everyone is waiting on. I donít even know what that would look like or what we would do, I just want to get the dialogue going because itís been awhile. I think a lot of people would like that, and I would like it too. There was never any closure for the guys in Acceptance. We just said we were done and never played any final shows or anything. There was just never any closure.
Crime In Stereo is back from the dead. The New York quintet has reunited and they'll be playing one show in 2012 with I Am The Avalanche in New York (tickets go on-sale this Friday at 12 PM EST). But that's not all - the band is also planning on releasing new music in the near future. Full statement from the band can be read in the replies.
Big news for the 10 year-old in us all. Backstreet Boys are back together. They will perform on Good Morning America Friday, August 31st, and are currently working on a new album that will hopefully be out around the time of the group's 20th anniversary next spring. Rejoice.
Moss Icon will be playing their first New York show in 20 years along with reunited Bitch Magnet on October 25th at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets can be found here. This could possibly be the only other show the band plays besides their show earlier this month at Chaos in Tejas.
Planes Mistaken For Stars have announced a string of reunion dates to coincide with their previously announced reunion show in Brooklyn, NY on August 8. The band will also be re-pressing their 2006 LP Mercy via No Idea Records and will have them available on this tour. Dates for these reunion shows are in the replies.
Monday night I was able to witness At the Drive-In's first reunion show in eleven years at Red 7 in Austin, Tx. Walking back to my car, I had very mixed emotions about the performance. It was a moment where I looked back on a band that changed what I knew punk rock could be at a young age, and it made me reflect on what I know punk rock to be as a term now more than a decade later. You can read my thoughts on the night here. For all the complaints the site gets about not being "punk enough" - I hope this write-up reflects my sentiments on what you think you know and what time will show you when you get older.
Last night I was lucky enough to attend At the Drive In's first show in eleven years. You can head to the replies to see the band's set list. I have mixed emotions about the whole thing, but rest assured, the set was quite flawless. I'll have a better rundown tomorrow. For now...we toast.
It looks like American Nightmare (AKA Give Up The Ghost) will be playing a pair of reunion shows at the end of the year. Deathwish Inc. is also reissuing Background Music and We're Down Til We're Undergroundon vinyl.
We can exclusively reveal that Hot Snakes, the San Diego based post-hardcore band featuring members of Drive Like Jehu and Rocket From The Crypt, is reuniting to play two NYC shows and make an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Details in the replies.
Brian Southall of The Receiving End of Sirens's old band, Fordirelifesake, is playing a benefit reunion show with The Suicide Machines to help a friend who recently had a stroke. Details can be found here.