Last Sunday Irrational Monster had the privilege of stealing a few minutes from New Jersey’s, Gatherer, as they set to play Party Expo in Brooklyn. A group comprised of the five most humble, talented, enthusiastic, and passionate musicians (Christian Berrigan - Vocals, Matt Popowski - Bass, Adam Cichocki - Drums, Randy LeBoeuf - Guitar, Austin Lipinski - Guitar). Glass Nail Records newly signed manimals (Man-Animals) on the forefront, steering the flaming chariot of the post-hardcore renaissance back on the scene and in a big way. Their EP Postcards is set to re-release July 17 via Glass Nail Records.
If you fancy yourself a connoisseur of hardcore and aren’t hip to Gatherer’s tunes yet, lets catch you up to speed. They’re a band that is being compared to both some of the scene’s most buzzed about acts and some of my personal favorites as well. Bands like Touche Amore, Defeater, Pianos Become The Teeth and La Dispute. Their buzz if infectious. They are being covered all over the web, most recently garnering a stellar reviewfrom AbsolutePunk. If they aren’t harboring a foreboding consciousness it’s probably due to the fact that these guys are just as polished and talented as the aforementioned groups. What, don’t believe me?
The band’s debut EP, Postcards, is a testament to what a post-hardcore EP should be. It’s what its predecessors, bands like Fugazi and record labels like Dischord, were building a foundation for. They fall effortlessly into place and hold their own in a scene that had become jaded and riddled with redundancy. However, these guys aim to change that bringing the fervor and poise needed to set yourself apart from the commonality. Their music is technical and complimented by ferocious, hard hitting vocals; uninhibited lyrics not plagued by the usual whiny subject matter most bands of the genre fall victim to.
The guys were nice enough to share a few minutes with me and expand on their humble beginnings, the release of the debut full length Postcards, signing to Glass Nail records and of course I got them to show love for the great city of Brooklyn and playing in NY. For all this and more watch the entire interview below. Pardon the city noises, we kept it real and hit the streets.