/ Pillage / Broken Prayer
Friday, Apr 12, 2013 11:00 PM CDT
(11:00 PM Doors)
- Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 2:00 AM CDT
Ultra Lounge, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Iron Lung are a two piece powerviolence act from Seattle, Washington heavily influenced by hardcore punk and grindcore. The band formed in 1999 in Reno and is currently in Seattle after spending some time in Oakland. They have released music on several labels including Prank Records, 625 Thrashcore, and their own label, Iron Lung Records. In recent years the band has collaborated with other members of the hardcore punk and powerviolence scene, including Hatred Surge and Dave Bailey, formerly of Running For Cover. 2009 saw the release of Public Humiliation, a three-way collaboration between Iron Lung and Kortland and Ward's side projects, Pig Heart Transplant and Walls respectively. The recording is of a one-off live performance from Halloween of 2008. Jon Kortland is also half of the art project Feeding, which has made artwork for several Iron Lung, Walls and PHT releases, as well as album covers for several other bands.
The brainchild of Scott Plant, formerly the vocalist for Civic Progress, Chicago's Broken Prayer are precisely what hardcore punk should be in the year 2012: aggressive, energetic, intelligent, sarcastic, and adventurous. In a scene where entire subgenres have been spawned from the influence of one band (if not one record), Broken Prayer's willingness to try anything--from stinging, straightforward hardcore to song-oriented post-punk to spastic, Screamers-inspired synth blasts--is a breath of fresh air.