Horror Show and Dead Swans touring Europe
Horror Show (Deathwish Inc) and Dead Swans (Bridge 9) are touring Europe next year, from the 25th of January until the 5th of February.
Horror Show was formed in Philadelphia in the summer of 2000 by Domenic Palermo, Joshua Tshirlig, and Matthew Dempsey. Their self titled demo was released that years winter. It was a raw mixture of fast paced punk rock with powerful hardcore breakdowns and tied together with poetically bleak lyricism that screamed out loss, regret, and hopelessness. The demo and its tremors were felt 300 miles northeast in Massachusetts by Jacob Bannon and Tre McCarthy of Deathwish Inc. and Horror Show were quickly contacted for a release under the label.
In the next two years HS would release, “Our Design” and “The Holiday EP” on 7″ vinyl. The two releases were filled with the same pain from the demo, but there was even more aggression that was fueled by life on the streets of Philadelphia and a seemingly clairvoyant sight to the unavoidable series of tragedies that were about to take place. In 2002 the incarceration of Domenic Palermo and inevitable 7 year prison sentence for a stabbing left the group in a forced hiatus. A legendary benefit show was held shortly after where special guests Wesley Eisold of American Nightmare/Cold Cave, Jacob Bannon of Converge, George Hirsch of Blacklisted, Joe Hardcore, and others were all invited to take Palermo’s vocal position for one live song each.
After serving the minimum 2 years in Garden State Correctional Facility, Palermo was released, but the dark cloud still floated above their heads. Tragedy again, would strike twice the next two years with the loss of childhood friend, Daniel Stone and original member Tshirlig. Too many legs were kicked off of their table and HS called it quits. A discography LP featuring all of HS’s music titled, “Notes From The Night That Never Ended” was released in 2010. Palermo cited, “Its a dedication to the friends who lost life or freedom dealing with the struggles being raised in Philadelphia. We died when they died. When they went to jail, we did. This is a celebration of the times we all shared when we were alive and free.”
Formed in 2006, Dead Swans have been making a name throughout the UK and Europe with a ferocious blend of hardcore that takes the musical influence from turn of the century Boston hardcore like American Nightmare and Right Brigade. They add a discordant melody and double bass metallic edge that, when combined with vocalist Nick Worthington’s strained voicebox abuse, creates a mix that has been garnering the Brighton, UK band global attention. As such, they have shared the stage and the road wi
th a very impressive list of bands worldwide-from Bridge Nine’s Ruiner and Verse to Blacklisted, Integrity, Alexisonfire, Cancer Bats, and Gallows. Dead Swans have been enjoying an incredible past 12 months, considering all they’ve released to date is a demo, the Southern Blue EP on Thirty Days Of Night, and a split 7” with Architects. In fall of 2008, the Dead Swans were nominated for a Kerrang! Award as the Best British Newcomer-which was both as surprising as it was flattering. As guitarist Stewart “Pid” Payne stated, “It was real strange- a hardcore band being shortlisted at Kerrang! Awards, but we went for the experience. We got to hang out with the guys in Cancer Bats and Gallows, we got to meet Metallica and we heckled abuse at anyone we felt deserved it. It was a night we won’t be forgetting soon”. During March and April, the band will be touring the UK and Europe with This Is Hell and the Blackout Argument that will lead them into April, when the band will be entering the studio to record their debut full-length which will hit stores later in 2009. Payne stated, “We are real happy about signing to Bridge Nine. We all want to travel worldwide with this band and working with B9 is going to allow us to do this. On top of that, being part of a label that in our opinion has put out some of the best hardcore records ever is exciting!”
25.01.12 – Stuttgart, Germany – Juha West
26.01.12 – Munich, Germany – Feierwerk
28.01.12 – Cologne, Germany – Underground
29.01.12 – Leipzig, Germany – 4 Roums
30.01.12 – Vienna, Germany – Shelter
31.01.12 – Berlin, Germany – Lovelite
01.02.12 – Wolfsburg, Germany – Juha Ost
02.02.12 – Antwerp, Belgium – JC Kavka
03.02.12 – Sheffield, UK – Broomhall Centre
04.02.12 – Leeds, UK – The Well
05.02.12 – London, UK – The Underworld
Is er iemand die anno 2012 nog op Horror Show zit te wachten?
I know thinks were bad in Europe right now, I didn’t know Europe means Germany, the Uk and Belgium though 😉
The Horror Show reunion show was great, I will try to catch the Antwerp show. But my best guess is that most people forgot about Horror Show already.