Recently, an absolutely insane and incredible lineup of bands hit the rooftop of Our Wicked Lady, eight bands in all, ranging from noise to synth punk to hardcore. It was one for the books and featured some of NYC’s best current DIY bands.
The show was organized by MG Stillwaggon, lead singer of Spite FuXXX, and was a benefit for Gaza Mutual Aid Collective and Palestinian Youth Movement, both organizations doing vital work for Palestine in the face of the despicable US sanctioned cruelty Palestinians face on a daily basis. Despite the chilly and rainy day, a sizable crowd came out to support and made the entire day a back and forth from artist to performers with band members jumping into the crowd often and audience members grabbing instruments and mics to join in just as often. $1300 was raised at the door with additional donations being made via merch sales and by those who wished to donate via Venmo directly to the organizations.
The lineup was stacked from start to finish and not one set left me disappointed. In order of the day, the show featured: intense noise punk from Ken Mujo, cathartic as fuck transcore punk from The Dilators, bass and drums horror punk from Winter Wolf, trashy synth punk from Spite FuXXX, and a range of sharply political hardcore from the final four acts— La Milagrosa, Kartel, Dog Breath, and All Torn Up! who was playing one of their first NYC shows since the start of the pandemic. If you were going to make a list of some of my favorite current NYC bands, each and every one of these bands would be on it. (La Milagrosa and Dog Breath are newer to me so I’m still exploring their recorded output but both put on amazing, hard hitting sets.)
All Torn Up!
After the show, Spite FuXXX said on Instagram “Thank you everyone for making this happen!!! The energy (and crowd participation!) at this show was full of what truly punk is and has always been about—we all know the system don’t got our backs, but WE have each other’s backs ❤️❤️❤️ every band brought the fire and the audience gave it right back, everyone respected and looked out for and boosted each other. 🔥 THIS 🔥IS 🔥 WHY 🔥 WE 🔥 DO 🔥 THIS! 🔥”
I took a plethora of pics at the show, it was so high energy and the vibes so good as the community came together, it was hard to hold back. I’ll let the pics speak for themselves and recommend you check out all of these bands, all of whom are doing vital work in the community here in NYC and well beyond. And if you have the means, please consider donating to one of these organizations to help aide in the fight against the oppression of Palestine.
Scroll down for pics of the show (photos by Kate Hoos)
ALL TORN UP!