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