New Video: JOVM Mainstays Warish Returns with a Furious, Mosh Pit Friendly Ripper

Over the past couple of years, I’ve managed to spill quite a bit of virtual ink covering the Southern California-based punk trio Warish. Formed back in 2018, the act which features  founding duo Riley Hawk (guitar, vocals) and Bruce McDonnell (drums) can trace their origins back to Hawk’s and McDonnell’s mutual desire to try their hand at something a bit more distinct than what they had previously done: “We wanted to do simpler riffs and a fun live show,” the band’s Riley Hawk explains in press notes. “A little more punk, a little bit grunge . . . a little evil-ish.” And as you may recall, with the release of their first two EPs, the band quickly established a reputation for crafting mosh pit friendly rippers with an aggressively sleazy Troma Films-inspired vibe.  In fact, sonically, the band’s sound draws from early Butthole Surfers, Scratch AcidIncesticide-era NirvanaStatic Age-era Misfits and others,

Warish released their full-length debut Down In Flames last year, which featured one of my favorite singles of the year, the menacing, mosh pit friendly ripper “Healter Skelter.” And since the album’s release, the band has been busy touring to support the album — including a tour with Acid King during the last half of last year. Interestingly, the JOVM mainstays start off 2020 with a North American tour with Black Lips that includes a February 24, 2020 stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg — and with their latest single “Bleed  Me Free,” which continues a run of furious early Nirvana-styled mosh pit rippers.

Shot on Super 8-like film, the recently released video features live footage of the band performing. And it should serve as a perfect taste of what to expect from the band’s live set. Check out the tour dates below.

02/19 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
02/20 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club *
02/21 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes *
02/22 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
02/23 Washington, DC @ Union Stage *
02/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
02/26 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
02/27 Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
02/28 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques *
02/29 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
03/01 Detroit, MI @ Deluxe Fluxx *
03/02 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
03/05 Denver, CO @ Streets Denver
03/10 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
08/14 Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay – Psycho Las Vegas
* w/ Black Lips