There’s been a lot of chatter surrounding Danish punk crew Iceage’s first Stateside show (and co-headliner Prurient’s first NYC show in 2+ years). Deservedly so, but folks should also pay attention to the Stereogum/Sacred Bones-presented event’s strong supporting cast. I’ve gone on about The Men, Yellow Tears, and Lost Tribe, etc. Ditto gritty NYC BTW (andSXSW 2011 standouts) Pop. 1280, a charismatic noise-rock group that evokes a dirtier, rougher Big Apple in both sound and Jacqueline Castel’s subway-shot clip for gritty anthem “Step Into The Grid.” Some background before you go underground:
The video was shot entirely on active and abandoned subway platforms and stations, rail tunnels, and through the CCTV’s of the NYC MTA subway system. It also features one of the last remaining phone booths left in NYC, found (wreaking of piss), in a decrepit underground parking garage in uptown Manhattan. Weirdly enough, the phones all still worked (their signal can be heard in the beginning/end of the video).
Avoid the third rail:
The Grid 12″ is out via Sacred Bones. In addition toFriday’s Stereogum and Sacred Bones-presented showcase at Public Assembly, Pop. 1280 have some other area dates:
07/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Bruar Falls #
07/14 – Brookyln, NY @ Union Hall !
07/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBA ^
# w/Guinea Worms
! w/Gary War, K-Holes
^ w/ Pygmy Shrews, Leather