Blood, Sweat + Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century - Hydra Head benefit show

Friday, November 30
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2hr 00mins // directed by:Kenneth Thomas

In September 2012, Hydra Head Records announced their imminent demise. Bands and bills still need to be paid, so we have decided to throw a swan-song benefit party for the ex-Boston-based label with a live performance by The Austerity Program, Hydra Head raffle goodies, and an exclusive screening of a great new documentary.

The Austerity Program is a two-piece band New York City - guitar, bass an drum machine.  Heavy emphasis on rhythm and almost none on melody.  Expect to hear songs about C-list cartoon rabbits, despised albinos and suicidal arsonists, all played through about 3500 watts of amplification.  On Hydra Head from 2002 until last month.

Blood, Sweat + Vinyl is the product of five years of obsessive filming of live concert footage, exclusive interviews, and historic documentation focusing on three fiercely independent music labels and their bands.

Featuring Neurosis, ISIS, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Pelican, Oxbow, Evangelista, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Cave In, and many others whose music and art found ideal homes in the artist-run record labels of Hydra Head, Neurot, and Constellation. These labels combine hard-to-define, heavy music with a visual aesthetic that has enraptured worldwide fans, without the need for radio or corporate media outlets. They uphold the legacy of treating music as an art form, not as a product.

This film is an answer to those who question where the spirit of punk rock is today.

Over 20 bands and visual artists.
3 record labels.
1 philosophy.

Tickets: $12 ($5 of every ticket will go to Hydra Head Records)