CANCELED: Pist.on, The Netherlands, Wrench


Gloomy melodic metallers PIST.ON who recently reunited after a lengthy hiatus, launch their live comeback with a one off show in their home city of New York. The bands’ first show in more than 15 years will take place at St.Vitus, Brooklyn, NY, USA on 8th March 2018.

The show kicks off a busy year for the band with a UK tour already confirmed for June and more dates to follow.
The core of the Brooklyn based outfit remains with Henry Font (Vocals / Guitar), Burton Gans (Guitar) and Jeff McManus (Drums). Joining them is new bass guitarist Jack Hanley (ex The Deadlyz).

PIST.ON, who will be celebrating 25 years since first forming are looking forward to picking up where they left off, “pissing people off and kicking ass on stage.” Having never officially split up, the band are set to emerge from their self imposed exile, a period which gave the band time to tackle numerous issues and retrieve a sense of sanity.

The band have commented: “It feels great being reunited after all this time. When we got together for our first rehearsal, it was as if we’d never been apart; the chemistry was still there.”

“We kinda left everything hanging after our last tour but never split, just took a back seat and dealt with a lot of professional and personal issues that was thrown at us. We’ve all moved on but we kept in touch over the years. In our own minds we always had the desire to get back together, but it was never talked about until recently.”

“We’re excited at having the chance to do this again. We’re jumping back in and gonna see how it goes.”

PIST.ON released two albums - ‘Number One’ through Mayhem / Atlantic Records in 1996 and ‘$ell Out’ through Mayhem / Music For Nations in 1999.

Following the release of the Josh Silver produced debut ’Number One’ and the first single ‘Grey Flap’ through Mayhem, PIST.ON had an instant reaction with fans, leading to strong album sales. The attention the band was gaining sparked major label interest from Atlantic Records, who subsequently secured a deal for the world-wide release of ‘Number One’. However the relationship with Atlantic was short lived. With sales approaching gold status, PIST.ON came under pressure from the label to make a number of changes which the band were unhappy with. As a result the band took the decision to leave Atlantic.

In an interview at the time Henry Font recalled "Atlantic records saw the chance to make a lot of money because we were an unknown band selling a lot of records with virtually no airplay. Problem was, they didn't know what to do with us".

They returned to Mayhem for the release of the follow up album, ‘$ell Out’, which was a reaction to the troubling experiences they had encountered under the rule of Atlantic Records. Their frustration was clearly visible on tracks such as ‘Suddenly Sober’ and ‘Low’.

PIST.ON toured the US and Europe on numerous tours, with Marilyn Manson, Korn, Clutch, Fu Manchu, Type O Negative, Queensryche, The Misfits and many more. The tours solidified the bands presence, building a healthy following on both sides of the Atlantic

The Netherlands

"Perhaps one of the best brooklyn rock bands to emerge in the last few years, the netherlands seamlessly balance a brutal sharpness and a kind of lighthearted shagginess; and also effectively manage to cover more musical ground in 35 minutes than most bands do in their entire careers." -village voice

"the netherlands play a kind of futuristic biker rock, featuring lurch happy riffs and a singer that slathers his voice in weird psycho effects.their set is a burst of anti-intellectual glee." -timeout ny

"the netherlands gave me balls and reinstated a deeper connection to my inner piece of ass!" -marne lucas

"the netherlands = brutality, beauty, primal scream therapy. The netherlands = sludgy rhythms that fill the air like reefer smoke, punctured by ice-cold blasts of mathy precision. The netherlands = moog bass that reconfigures your bone marrow; merciless sprays of stomp-box-damaged guitar shrapnel that leaves few survivors. The netherlands. Make me feel alive." -andee blacksugar

"going to see the netherlands is like being in a strange dusted twilight zone episode where you are 15 and that troubled trench coated junior with the ½ 'stache from two streets over got magically bestowed with profound technical competence, highly functioning equipment, a tight working band, and deep original songs. The netherlands are magnificent and ridiculous. Timo ellis plays like joe satriani with blood poisoning. A german prog-rock ghoullette backs him on walking keys and a scandinavian bar thug drummer. They are the ruling class gladiators of teen nihilism. But in a nice way." -thatcher keats

"god damn i love the netherlands. Timo ellis (yoko ono, cibo matto, joan as police woman) singing, japa keenon (money mark, daniel johnston) on drums, and ashley wallace on synth bass make dark scary sexy fun surreal funny psychedelic thrash at doom metal speeds that suddenly explode with guitar lines that give punk bands a run for their money. Using more effects pedals than health, timo warps twists funnels distorts loops re-sequences and otherwise destroys both his guitar and voice to provide a series of unholy chunky sounds that sounds like a combination of every bad trip in the 1960's happening at once and the screams of any hapless h.p. lovecraft protagonist gazing into the maw of eternity. It's not noise rock, it's noise rock but cut through with an improvisational aspect to the melody which gives songs a different sound from one performance to the next as timo adjusts and readjusts knobs based on what he feels at that moment, freeing psych-rock from the convention of careful, staid chord progressions. It's like if led zeppelin read moorcock rather than tolkien and stole from hard bop instead of blues. Ashley's synthbass provides an electronic, anti-organic edge which complements the guitar and vocalizations perfectly, allowing it to fill out the soundfloor in a very forceful manner. Japa's intense drumming requires some very abrupt time / tempo changes and full blast to rest staccato dexterity. The netherlands just may be the best band you've not yet seen. You owe it to yourself to change that. Why go see yet another tweeindiepopsynthsuperstar sing about awkward crushes when you can have your ear canals drilled clean through?" -eric phipps (



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