American Nightmare Coming To Fine Line 2/22


American Nightmare will be bringing their 20th Anniversary Tour to The Fine Line on Saturday, February 22nd for a can’t miss show.

To call American Nightmare an iconic hardcore band is an understatement. The enigmatic act may have only released two full-length albums since forming nearly two decades ago but after temporarily losing their name, changing members and breaking up, American Nightmare have risen from the ashes with an album that expands their legacy and reestablishes them as titans of the genre. “We’ve progressed to the true essence of the band,” frontman Wes Eisold explains. “In making this record we had one goal: To make a hardcore punk album that was true to American Nightmare, who we were then and who we are now. No filler, just existential poetic venom. This is ground zero, a new life for the band.”

Correspondingly American Nightmare is a dark hardcore record that pays homage to groups who have always influenced the band ranging from Negative Approach, SSD, and The Cro-Mags to Joy Division and Siouxsie And The Banshees. “American Nightmare’s musical influence has always been far from traditional hardcore,” Eisold explains, citing that in the advertisements for the band’s first 7-inch he was wearing a Sisters Of Mercy shirt. “Post-punk, specifically romantic dark post-punk is and was my first love but never really got there in our music—and that’s strange because there isn’t that much of a difference between some hardcore and the first Bauhaus record,” he continues. “Those references were always there aesthetically but were filtered through a 20-something depressed ultra-violent hardcore punk kid. Genres were always something we liked to blur and we are definitely a hardcore punk band but our definition of that encompasses a lot.”

Ceremony will be joining American Nightmare which is a huge treat! Ceremony’s lead guitarist Anthony Anzaldo doesn’t want to talk about the fact that his band has been around for over ten years. Or that they’ve drifted away from the hardcore genre that made them, or that they jumped ship from their long-time label, Matador Records, to join Relapse Records instead. Or that their sixth album will mark four years since the iconic punk band has released any new material. These things aren’t ​really​ important. What matters is that ​In the Spirit World Now​ is Ceremony’s most driving, intelligent collection of songs to date. “We knew this had to be the best thing we have ever done,” admits Anzaldo. “We couldn’t come back after four years with a record that only had a few good songs.”

Tickets are still available HERE!

American Nightmare 20th-Anniversary 2020 Tour Dates & Tickets
Feb. 13 – Boston, MA – Royale 
Feb. 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel 
Feb. 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
Feb. 19 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Feb. 20 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Feb. 21 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Feb. 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Hall
Feb. 25 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater 
Feb. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex Grand
Feb. 28 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
Feb. 29 – Vancouver, BC, CA – Imperial Theatre
March 1 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox 
March 6 – San Fransisco, CA – The Fillmore
March 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre