Inspired by various scenes reports galore printed in punk zines years ago, we often ask our guests to share their perspective on their local music scenes, their history or current tough situation amidst pandemic. Today, we have teamed up with Brendan from punk’n’roll infused hardcore band MALE PATTERNS from Albany, NY, who recently put out a split 7″ record with a punk band called EXECUTORS from New Jersey, to unveil some cool insights and commentaries about the state of their local scene in upstate New York.
Having a great mix of bands and some great labels who have been working hard to help Albany, NY punk and hardcore grow, enabled Brendan to give us an update on what’s happening inside and recommend a plethora of names, labels and bands worth looking into. So, without further ado, we shall turn you over to vocalist Brendan Halayko.
Grab a copy of Executors/ Male Patterns – split 7″ EP via Shock To The System Records.
𝐴𝑙𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑦, 𝑁𝑒𝑤 𝑌𝑜𝑟𝑘 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑎 𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒 𝐷𝐼𝑌 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑒 𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑙𝑦 𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠.
Bands like Wolfpack, One King Down, and the Disenchanted filled clubs, bars, and basements in their time. It’s present scene is no different. The following is a brief scene report of Albany New York’s punk and hardcore scene.
Despite the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the closing of one of our best local venues, The Low Beat, Albany bands continue to work hard by cranking out killer tunes and records that will have you circle pitting in your rooms and basements while you quarantine. If you see a band name that’s in bold then I would invite you to check them out and support them.
Recently Albany’s hardcore punk rippers, Male Patterns put out a split 7” with Executors from New Jersey.
Male Patterns put out 3 ragers on that split that are some of the band’s best work yet. I saw Executors play in New York City on the eve of the Pandemic with their new bass player and they were just as tight as ever.
That band has some serious numbers that you’ll be remembering the rest of the night no matter how bad your ears are ringing. The guitarist from Male Patterns fronts a pop punk band called After the Fall who have been playing since 2000. They just put out their 6th full length LP called Resignation.
Wet Specimens bring a noisy hardcore blend of punk that may or may not have a “Spooky Sounds of Halloween” tape playing in the background on the recordings.
This band won’t let you stick them into one genre and that’s one of the best things about them. They recently put out a cassette covering bands that have influenced them called 4 Hits from Hell but I’m really looking forward to the split they have coming up with Boston’s d-beat punks Cartridge.
Other bands that haven’t released anything lately in the recent Pandemic but that should be on your radar are Moribund.These guys play a greasy throwback style of 80’s UK82 inspired punk and share members with Mystery Girl and Rotten UK.
Mystery Girl plays some great rock n roll that is heavily influenced by New York Dolls. They have a slew of EP’s and are working on a full length as I type this.
A new band that just formed up is Reasonable Violence. I don’t know much about them except that they exist and I wanted to include them on here because they’ve been in bands in Albany for years and I’m sure that what they come up with won’t suck. The majority of the members in Reasonable Violence are in a surf rock band called The Jagaloons.
I wouldn’t say surf rock is my favorite kind of music but these guys bring a ton of fun to the genre and stand out for sure. Super Dark Collective contributes a lot to our scene here in the Capital Region. They book shows, promote bands, and have a podcast on soundcloud. Should you choose to tune in, they play everything from punk, rock n roll, electronica and some of the weirdest stuff I’ve ever heard.
Labels like Brain Slash Records, Loud Punk, and Fuzz Records have been helping fund and fuel the scene with vinyl for years. Fuzz Records just put out Maggot Brain’s new album and Spell Runner‘s debut EP and Brain Slash will be doing the Wet Specimens/Cartridge split I mentioned.
I’m sure I’ve left some bands off of the scene report but I can’t cover everything. The scene has too many people and bands to name.
Now that you know some bands I urge you to get stuck in and explore the rest of Albany New York. The internet hands too many things to you now and you lose that sense of urgency and adventure sometimes.
𝐴𝑙𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑚𝑎𝑦 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑖𝑔𝑔𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑠𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑁𝑒𝑤 𝑌𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑛𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑏𝑜𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑖𝑡 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑒𝑖𝑟𝑑 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑢𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑛 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑡.
Go find them and enjoy.