Manic Productions Presents:


Iron Hand, Birth of Flower, Deep Trouble

Tue, May 27, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Cafe Nine

New Haven, CT


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Boredom can be bittersweet. In the case of downcast Copenhagen group Lower, it recently spawned a visceral EP of dense, beguiling punk poetry. Forming in 2009, the band emerged from a long-standing friendship between vocalist Adrian Toubro, 23, and drummer Anton Rothstein, 22, who met at primary school. But it was only after high school that the two settled on the humble idea of "starting a rock band," enlisting guitarist Simon Formann and bassist Kristian Emdal to round out their sound: the shrill creak and clangor of post-punk and no wave combined with the air-deprived urgency of 1980s hardcore.

Lower's debut Walk on Heads EP, originally released by the Danish label Escho and due Stateside in September via Blind Prophet, is a promising first listen, but it's with repeat plays that Toubro's lyrical ambition reveals itself. His gray, melodic lines muse on crushing lethargy and personal stagnation, adding substance to the band's repertoire. I first heard about Lower when the frontman for fellow Danish punks Iceage, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, mentioned them in an interview with The New York Times-- "It was almost annoying they could be so good," he said of their first gig-- which makes sense considering how inbred the Copenhagen scene can be. Along with Iceage and Lower, there's Sexdrome (in which Rothstein drums), VÅR (featuring Emdal on synth), Girlseeker, Skur, Hand of Dust, Redflesh, Dogmatist, Sejr, Pagan Youth, and Jackman, among others.

Lower's most recent 7", "Someone's Got It in for Me" b/w "But There Has to Be More" (released last October by the Austin label 540 Records) topped many Best Of lists of 2012 and in addition to a limited split 7" with ICEAGE (available only on this tour), they are planning a full-length for 2013 via Escho.
Iron Hand
Iron Hand is a DIY d-beat hardcore band from New Haven, Connecticut and have been in operation since late 2008. They incorporate past and contemporary influences such as Discharge, State of Fear, Crow, and Disfear. They just recently released a 7-song 12" titled "Injected Fear" on Safety Meeting Records.
Birth of Flower
Birth of Flower
Birth of Flower is a band from Bristol, Connecticut and play loud punk rock music. They released a 7 inch record, "All Our Masters in Suspicion," on Shitty Present Records, in 2013, and self-released an LP, "Deity," in 2014.
Deep Trouble
Deep Trouble is a hardcore band from Connecticut featuring ex and current members of Estrogen Highs, Sex Vid, Fired Up and Hate Your Guts.
Venue Information:
Cafe Nine
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511