American Nightmare

Before he started making elegantly catchy gothic drone-pop in Cold Cave, Wes Eisold led a very different sort of band: Boston hardcore bashers American Nightmare. (A legal issue eventually forced A.N. to change their name to Give Up The Ghost, but let’s stick with the original name here, since it’s obviously vastly superior.) The band released two albums of seesawing juddery roars before breaking up in 2004. On one Sunday afternoon, I watched them transform a Syracuse community center into a sweat-drenched hive of gymnastic moshing. They were the real deal, and now they’re getting back together.

Deathwish is reissuing both albums, 2001′s Background Music and 2003′s We’re Down Til We’re Underground; they’re up for preorder here. And the band has announced two late-December reunion shows in Boston and L.A. Below, we’ve got those dates, as well as a video of the band inflicting its chaos back in the day. Thanks to Michael_, who I know has some opinions about the reunion, for the tip.

12/29 – Revere, MA @ Wonderland Ballroom
12/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ A secret location

Comments (6)
  1. paging dr. brandon

  2. This reunion happening was pretty obvious for the past year now. With a lot of younger bands being indebted to the late ’90s / early ’00s hardcore and post-hardcore style and DIY scene (Touché Amoré, Ceremony, Punch, Loma Prieta, Title Fight… I could go on,) its crossover interest with indie circles thanks to Fucked Up and Trash Talk’s recent success and Wes using his Cold Cave blog to test out interest with posts alluding to AN, it was a no brainer that he’d get the old band back together soon. It’s interesting because when Cold Cave formed, seeing him back in AN form was hardly imaginable but this year has been a monster of a year for fans of hardcore. All of the bands I mentioned above have released or are planning on releasing incredible albums. Touché Amoré is exploding and everyone will be very familiar with Ceremony after their Matador debut.

    I also chalk up some of the credit to FYF Fest, as they seem to have been helping many of the above mentioned young hardcore bands get due notice by setting up some really good shows and festivals (FYF Fest, assisting with the FFFF Fest.) I can’t imagine that when they put on several Cold Cave shows this past year, they didn’t suggest the reunion to Wes. And now they’re promoting the event.

  3. YES!! I was at that show too, Westcott Community Center, Syracuse NY. Those were the days.

  4. some girls was way better.

  5. thanks Micheal_

    since i’ve been out of the loop with newish hardcore phenomenons.. i’m totally adding all those bands to spotify to freshen up. …. and then subscribing to your blog.

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