Appropriately rising from punk graves in late October, Baltimore quintet Sick Weapons -- which disbanded after a Golden West Café performance in late December 2010 -- has reunited, and will finally release its debut album, "Birthday Gift," early next month.
The album will come out as a joint release from two Baltimore labels, Reptilian Records and the formerly defunct McCarthyism Records (run by Josh Sisk, a frequent photographer for The Baltimore Sun). The maroon-vinyl record will first be available at Day 1 of Unregistered Nurse Booking's U+Nfest at Metro Gallery on Nov. 9, which Sick Weapons will headline.
After U+Nfest, "Birthday Gift" will be available exclusively through Hampden's Celebrated Summer Records and Reptilian Records' website. There will be no physical CD release, according to Sisk, but there are plans to release the album digitally sometime after Nov. 9. Sisk also said he plans to make the entire McCarthyism Records catalog available on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp in the near future.
Formed in late 2008, Sick Weapons quickly made an impression on the Baltimore music scene by building a reputation for sweaty, high-energy sets. The U+Nfest will be the group's first show since the breakup. According to the band, this is a one-off show (relocated Sick Weapons guitarist Peter O'Connell is flying in from San Francisco for it), and not a reformation. If you're late to the party, MySpace (remember that?) still has some of the band's old songs streaming.
Other bands playing the first day of U+Nfest include Jade Tree Records' Leather, Slow Jerks, Radar Eyes, Old Lines and DJ Dadweed. The second day features the influential punk band from Annapolis Moss Icon, Grass Widow, Purling Hiss, Sterling Sisters, Pure Junk and DJ Emily Rabbit. Tickets for Day 1 and Day 2 are on sale now.