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In NYC, Daughters Prove They’re The Most Threatening Rock Band In America

The noise rock outfit performed two terrifyingly dangerous shows in Brooklyn, NY, this weekend.

WORDS: Ethan Fixell
PHOTOS: Nathaniel Shannon

When it comes to inducing rage, anxiety, or sheer terror, heavy metal and hardcore have nothing on Daughters. To label the Providence, Rhode Island-based outfit as “noise rock” is like merely calling a Category 5 hurricane a “storm” — but there are few words worthy of describing such a fierce and frightening on-stage force. In a word, they are dangerous.

Daughters brought their A-game to Brooklyn, New York, this weekend, ripping through two back-to-back shows — one at Brooklyn Bazaar and one at Saint Vitus Bar — on November 3rd and 4th. Each night, guitarist Nicholas Andrew Sadler, bassist Samuel Walker, and drummer Jon Syverson sonically pummeled the audience with focused intensity, relentless rhythmic attacks and droning guitar squeals, while frontman Alexis S.F. Marshall prowled the stage like a feral animal who’d just been let loose after weeks of torturous captivity.

With their roots in the grindcore scene, Daughters are no strangers to chaos. Though their sound has matured since the release of their 2003 debut, Canada Songs, their live act still feels just as unhinged. Except now, instead of screaming and antagonizing an audience over the course of a 17-minute set, or exposing himself for 6 minutes before the police arrive, Alexis sing-speaks in frantic snarls while spitting, drooling, and repeatedly charging and diving into the crowd. If Birthday Party-era Nick Cave and Jesus Lizard’s David Yow were to give birth to a serial killer son, you’d have Alexis S.F. Marshall.

Fortunately, we sent photographer Nathaniel Shannon to document the insanity at the Brooklyn Bazaar show on Saturday. Check out the pics below!

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Read more about the band in our Underground Sounds of America series, which features a short Q & A with Alexis.

And be sure to catch the band on the rest of their tour at one of the dates below!

Daughters Tour 2018
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