January 1, 2012

LIVESound: American Nightmare Reunite in Boston, Los Angeles

Likely inspired by a rekindled interest in millennial hardcore over the past year alongside a friendly nudge from punk rock promoter Sean Carlson at FYF, it should come as no surprise that Cold Cave frontman Wes Eisold would inevitably get his old band American Nightmare (later known as Give Up the Ghost following a legal dispute) back together. Over the extended holiday weekend, the Boston-based punk rockers held two reunion shows on opposite sides of the United States -- one in Revere, MA at the Wonderland Ballroom where they kick-started a scene over a decade ago and another at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where hardcore punk always seems to be welcomed with open arms. The instantaneously sold out shows coincide with the reissuing of AN's only two proper full-lengths (2001's Background Music and 2003's We're Down Til We're Underground) on Deathwish Records, and in typical reunion fashion, each performance housed the likes of everyone from AN's most loyal fans, indie scene celebs and a whose who of surprise opening sets from the bands they've influenced (Trash Talk, Touché Amoré, Weekend to name a few.) After seven years of being away from the stage, the chaos, excitement and bloody pits that come with seeing American Nightmare were more alive than ever. There's no indication if the band will book any future dates in 2012, so the following videos will have to hold over anyone who wasn't able to attend. If AwkwardSound knows how the FYF and Fun Fun Fun Fests work, however, expect Eisold and company to reemerge again next autumn.

"Love American" at the Wonderland Ballroom in Revere, MA

"Protest Song" at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA

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