My first run in with the infamous Bushwick Berners grassroots organizing group (of pretty considerable acclaim) was when Jon of Robot Death Kites hit me up on Facebook about organizing a meeting for some volunteers this summer. I won’t claim to be as involved as the man with the plan, but I will say that getting hands-on experience in grassroots organizing was a life-changing experience to say the least. Bernie Sanders himself actually has an indirect claim to DIY fame, as espoused by VICE – so, it’s fitting that there’s been a punk show organized in his name. Bushwick Berners, Ipsum, and Colonel are all working together to put on a benefit show for Bernie at long-time Brooklyn DIY spot Shea Stadium, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. You’ll be able to grab your own Feel The Burn mugs and other Bernie-affiliated swag at the event, and volunteers will be registering new voters and generally doing things that benefit democracy as a whole. Gonna run through the artist list for all you Berners out there. Grab tickets here!
Guerilla Toss are a NYC-based post-jam band who engage in what seem to be disco-inspired, insanity-fueled sonic rampages. They were also recently signed to DFA Records, which is fucking awesome. They are probably the most melodic and therefore least-fitting band on the (primarily punk-dominated) bill, but will certainly provide a fantastic energy to end the politically-styled evening.
Mannequin Pussy are a Philadelphia-based punk band who self-describe as “CHILDHOOD PALS TURNED DEGENERATES / LIKE A BAT STUCK IN A TENT.” It’s pretty damn fitting. They’re on Tiny Engines, which is also a cool label.
Nine of Swords
Nine of Swords is a Purchase, NY-based punk band who sometimes veer into the territories of screamo and hardcore. It makes me sort of scared, but I’m into it. I think that was the point, right?
Nonsense is a NYC-based punk band half-fronted by Ipsum dark-aesthetic booking and promotion aficionado Tyler Kane. Their tunes are pretty rippingly satisfying.