H.R. (of Bad Brains), Dubb Agents, Skarroñeros, Kingsound

Thu Dec 29 2016

8:00 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

The Bowery Electric

327 Bowery New York, NY 10003

Ages 21+

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H.R. (of Bad Brains), Dubb Agents, Skarroñeros, Kingsound

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  • H.R. of Bad Brains

    H.R. of Bad Brains

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    Paul "HR" Hudson is the legendary frontman of Bad Brains. Noted as the pioneers of hardcore punk, Bad Brains was formed in Washington DC in 1978. The band quickly developed a very fast and intense punk rock sound, which was both musically complex and developmentally ahead of its time. Since then, HR has become one of the most notorious, iconic, and memorable artists in the history of music. Throughout their career, HR and Bad Brains incorporated sounds of punk, reggae, heavy metal, and funk to the mix, making them known worldwide for not only for their music, but also their exciting and high-energy shows where HR would dominate the crowd. The Village Voice described HR on stage at a Bad Brains show "like James Brown gone berserk, which a hyperkinetic repertoire of spins, dives, back-flips, splits, and skanks."

    Bad Brains put out over fifteen albums throughout their career together, landing them as #99 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, and making HR #38 in Swindle Magazine's 100 Most Notable Icon's of our Generation. HR's solo career began in 1983 with the formation of The Human Rights, aka the HR Band, featuring Dave Byers, Kenny Dread, Jose Gonzales, and the Bad Brain's drummer and HR's brother, Earl Hudson. The band released several groundbreaking albums, including their sensational album, "It's About Luv/Keep Out of Reach." Bad Brains and the HR Band, using HR as a vehicle, were able to influence generations of music and people. Many of today's popular artists such as Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 311, Sublime, Lil' Jon, P.O.D., System of a Down, Def Tones, and many more artists owe their present careers to the style invented by Bad Brains.

    Throughout his career, HR and his music has been covered by Revolver Magazine, Mojo, Kerrang, The Fly UK, Alternative Press, Rolling Stone, The Associative Press, The Boston Herald, Spin Magazine, and The Observer UK, to name a few. His peers in the music industry also rave about his bands and his artistry. Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day said, "The thing about a lot of punk is the feeling that bands have is apathy and hopelessness. Whereas Bad Brains lyrical content had a lot of hope in it." Tony Kanal of No Doubt has called Bad Brains "the greatest hardcore punk band" while Glenn Danzig of The Misfits said, "We didn't know there was another band that played as fast as us, until the Bad Brains came to town." HR and Bad Brains released their last album "Build a Nation," produced by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, in 2007 to rave reviews.

    This fall, HR came back into the spotlight as a solo artist, with his new full length album "Hey Wella," which was released on October 21, 2008. Though reggae is the main focus on HR's solo material, he showcases his musical genius, impressive singing, and dynamic performances by exploring the worlds of hardcore and hip-hop beats as well. The new album is HR's most recent contribution to fans everywhere and many agree is his best work of art to date. Music written by Grant "OG" Garretson (drums and guitar) and produced by a three time Grammy winner, David Darlington, "Hey Wella" is one of the most highly anticipated albums to be released in years. In addition to his solo album, HR is also touring with Bad Brains throughout the U.S.

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  • Skarroñeros

    Skarroñeros

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    A SHORT ACCOUNT

    In the begining of 2009 rojo, Sorf and Kirstine began having jamming sessions at Kirstine’s basement. Sorf had already been practicing on the drums while Kirstine had her Alto sax from High School. Rojo and Kirstine had both been in other bands before. Kirstine was the lead singer for the Krust band Smegma and rojo was the guitarist for NEKROFILIA. Mauricio joined the jamming sessions a little later with his brand new tenor sax. Then Milton came along on the bass and right after him Irving who had just bought his trumpet.

    People came and went during these jamming sessions and it would be good to mention all of them but it would take too long. During the summer Clavillazo and Snif had also bought instruments, a trumpet and a bass respectively, and both joined the band. It wasn’t until the end of the year that Snif switched to vocals. It was Román who became the singer by the end of the summer. Also around this time Maricruz joined in with her tambourine. Maricruz had been present since the very beginning and it was the raw energy of the band that motivated her to be part of it. By the end of the year Tlane joined in on the guitar. 

    Only Kirstine and rojo had experience playing with other bands but for the majority of the people in the band this was their first time playing an instrument and being in a band. This was an acid test for the band because picking up an instrument for the first time is not easy, but trying to play a wind or brass instrument it’s a whole different story. And so with a lot of patience and hard work the wind and brass section was able to blow two or three notes together.

    During the summer we only had three songs of our own and a cover: “protestando y luchando”, “por fin ha llegado el día” y “malditas fronteras” (Protesting and fighting, finally the day is here and damn borders) which we would call affectionately numbers one, two and three. The cover we had was “Cerveza Ska” from the Argentine band los Calzones Rotos. By year’s end we had a small repertoire of eight songs of our own. Sorf, being the main song writer, had political and social themes in all the lyrics and rojo in various occasions would make corrections and amendments to the lyrics pushing them to the left. It should also be stressed that everyone in the band would opine and comment on the content of the songs. 

    The second song, Grito Skarroñero, was the one to embody what the band wanted to contribute musically, socially and politically. In the last verse it goes, “we know that not always is just fun and games, we are also going to struggle.” The first song the band wrote also reflects the conscious decision of the band to be a political band, to the left. In the beginning the song was called protesting and fighting, by the end of the year the name changed to “Class Struggle.”

    Not everyone in the band is politically active in the workers movement but all share a common principle, the love of Ska music and an understanding that the majority of us are immigrant workers, therefore we belong to the working class.

    Having this in mind we started seeking and searching for a name that would reflect our background and our class. So we opted for Skarroñeros. The prefix, Ska, well, that one is obvious, since that is the music we love and wanted to play. Then, the carroñero part, which is a reference to scavenging birds like the vulture, but in reality we were aiming for the colloquial jargon ñero, which means a person from the barrio, a poor working class neighborhood. And that’s who we are, we are ñeros, workers who like Ska music. And we also like Punk music.

    The band made its first public official appearance on January 15 at the Ají Bar and Lounge in Park Slope. Around this time Linska and Noodle joined the band. Linska on the Alto sax and Noodle on the trombone. From the very beginning we have received full support from our friends and this fact has consolidated the band. The fact that there are so many great people around the band has made it very popular in such a short time.

    Unfortunately, during our short trajectory we have lost three members, Román, Milton and Tlane. We respect their personal decisions and we wish them the best in their musical projects and from time to time we invite them to join us on the stage for a song or two.

    For many of us, this is the first time we play an instrument and/or are part of a band. We are a band mainly of immigrant workers. It’s true that many of us are Mexican, however we do not consider the band to be a Mexican band. We live in New York City, that would make us a New York band or more precisely a Brooklyn band. Plus the fact that we live in a multiethnic, multirracial and multinational city. We are a proletarian band, we belong to the working class and it’s with this class that we solidarize internationally. From the very beginning we have tried to intervene with our modest forces in various political, social and workers’ struggles. We also hope to have the talent and the audacity to continue with this project since it has been a struggle to get it off the ground and we hope that there will be Skarroñeros for a long time.

    -Skarroñeros-
    Workers of the world, unite!

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H.R. (of Bad Brains), Dubb Agents, Skarroñeros, Kingsound

Thu Dec 29 2016 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

The Bowery Electric New York NY
H.R. (of Bad Brains), Dubb Agents, Skarroñeros, Kingsound
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Ages 21+

Brooklyn Vegan presale 10/21-10/27. 

Tickets on sale 10/28 @ 10am.