Interviews: Ev Gold (Cinema Cinema)

Posted by johng on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Image Cinema Cinema is one bad-ass duo. Guitarist/vocalist Ev Gold stomps around the stage, swinging his guitar like an axe while he screams, growls, and hisses nasty things into the microphone. Meanwhile, Paul Claro, who is Gold's cousin, hits the drums so hard that they literally shimmy across the stage as he plays. It sounds sort of like heavy metal played as hardcore punk -- vicious, energetic and with a little bit of swing.

The group just released their new album A Night at the Fights and finished a really, really long tour opening for Black Flag. So, features editor John Gentile spoke to Gold about the new album, boxing, reincarnation and generally being nice to people.

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Interviews: Keith Latinen (Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate))

Contributed by notthatadam. Posted by kira on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) Having just returned from tour with The Early November, Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) frontman and Count Your Lucky Stars co-owner Keith Latinen spoke with Punknews staff writer Adam Sever to discuss their new releases, the You Will Eventually Be Forgotten LP and the Ribbon graphic novel, based off of the lyrics from the album, plus working with Bob Nanna and Chris Simpson on the new album and if everything he's done in music up to this point has been worth it.

Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) will be hitting the road with label mates Free Throw starting tonight and will most likely be hitting a city near you as they make their way to FEST 13 on October 31st.

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Interviews: Kristian Emdal (Lower)

Posted by johng on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Image Within the past two years, a group of associated Danish bands have been making waves all the way over to the United States. Centered around a venue called Mayhem, bands including Iceage, Girlseeker and Sexdrome have formed a sound with a raw coldness. It's at times harsh, at times tactical, and always hard to pin down.

Copenhagen's Lower is the latest band to spread out from Scandinavia, having recently toured house shows and small venues in the United States. At those shows, Lower exhibited their strange, haunting sound, and wowed the crowd, but did little to explain some of the mysteries surrounding them and their compatriots.

Because Lower has recently released their debut LP, Seek Warmer Climes, features editor John Gentile spoke to bassist Kristian Emdal about the new LP, the Copenhagen scene and kidnappings.

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Interviews: Blag Dahlia (The Dwarves)

Posted by johng on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Dwarves Controversy is nothing new for The Dwarves. For three decades, they've been accused of promoting drugs, of promoting violence, of promoting misogyny. A brief glance at album covers and song titles -- naked women and tunes like "Smack City" abound -- does add credence to that proposition.

But, if you peer below the surface, it becomes quickly apparent that there is more than dick-driven punk rock going on here. And that's precisely what the bands new album, The Dwarves Invented Rock 'n' Roll makes clear. As the band strips away the layers of rock music, looking for a source or common thread in this great genre, the band also reveals their own underlying drives and strategies. Is the naked girl on the album cover just a picture of a good looking girl, or is she really a question about you and your reaction to her?

Because the new album is simultaneously one of the band's hardest-driving and peppiest releases to date, features editor John Gentile spoke to frontman Blag Dahlia about the LP, his underlying message and the Bible, of course.

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Interviews: Mike Watt (Il Sogno Del Marinaio)

Posted by johng on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Image Mike Watt, the legendary bass player who created helped create a new form of spontaneous, twisting, hyper-short punk rock with The Minutemen, the man who challenged the format of music itself with the bass duo Dos, the man who held his own on stage with the punk godafathers The Stooges for almost 10 years, is currently in the role of a student.

In the group Il Sogno Del Marinaio, Watt is joined by drummer Andrea Belfi and guitarist Stefano Pillia where they snap out raw, organic and sometimes improvisational tunes in Italian and English. They're about to release their second album, Canto Secondo which was recorded in eight days. The rapid nature of the project is clear on the recording -- the band zigs when you expect them to zag and surprisingly, at times, Watt, despite being a punk rock legend, steps out of the spotlight to support his two band mates.

Because the new album is out soon, features editor John Gentile spoke to all three members about the new album, what the ocean means to them and the Minutemen.

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Interviews: Dexter Holland (The Offspring)

Contributed by Jason_Epstein. Posted by kira on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Offspring Continuing with the 1994 review theme, 20 years after Smash, The Offspring are returning to the record like never before, playing it from start to finish - and bringing along a handful of iconic bands of the era (and beyond) with them on tour.

Punknews interviewer Jason Epstein got a chance to meet with Dexter Holland before the sold out show in NYC and talk about trade secrets from the band's old "home videos," the members of Pennywise, AFI and T.S.O.L. who sang backup vocals on "Pretty Fly" and what Gringo Bandito isn't good on.

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Interviews: Shawna Potter (War on Women)

Posted by adame on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Image It's been a whirlwind for War on Women. In the span of a few years, the Baltimore band has gone from relative obscurity to being BFFs with Propagandhi and signing with big-time label Bridge Nine Records. As War on Women prepare to hit the road again with Propagandhi, as well as RVIVR, Punknews copy editor Adam Eisenberg caught up with vocalist Shawna Potter to talk about the band's pointed message, discuss how you can get married at a War on Women show and swoon over the world's most delicious pickles.

Photo by Megan Lloyd (shot at Ladyfest Baltimore 2014), with drummer Evan Tanner.

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Interviews: Helios Creed (Chrome)

Posted by johng on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Image Chrome is about as far out as it gets. Solidifying in the late '70s with Damon Edge and Helios Creed, the band created avant-garde sci-fi music that had songs like "Zombie Warfare" and "You Can't See Them - They Can't Touch You." Edge supplied art-school experimentation, warping weird sounds into the music via tape manipulation and sound effect distortion. Meanwhile, Helios Creed supplied a charging, ominous guitar that would sometimes screech like a hawk and sometimes rumble like a tank.

Unfortunately, Edge passed away in 1995, leaving Creed to carry on the skeletal, neon torch that is Chrome. Now, he's just released the first Chrome album in 12 years, the astral, creepy, dark Feel It Like a Scientist. It's a trip!

Because Creed has once again resurrected the mighty (though cultish) Chrome, features editor John Gentile spoke to the axeman about the new LP, ghosts and his awesome train set.

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Interviews: Homeless Gospel Choir

Contributed by maxq333. Posted by johng on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Image Derek Vanetti, aka The Homeless Gospel Choir, is a storytelling acoustic-folk-punk singer who weaves issues like terrorism, materialism and consumer greed between personal topics on his new album I Used to Be So Young.

The new record was released on A-F Records and was produced by Anti-Flag's Chris #2. Punknews staffer Max Qayyum caught up with Derek to talk about his new record, his views on the state of punk music and explanations of the topics he discusses on the new album.

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Interviews: Spraynard

Posted by xan on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Spraynard Spraynard announced their reunion this past spring, pleasantly surprising their entire fan base. When they mysteriously broke up a few years ago, fans were saddened and shocked. They were on track to become a very popular band. Their releases Funtitled and Exton Square were gaining momentum. Luckily, they've come back in full force, releasing a compilation album with a brand new track that sounds like classic Spraynard. They announced a tour and said they were back in a permanent way, not just for a few one-off shows.

Lots of people are still wondering exactly what happened, so Punknews interviewer Xan Mandell caught up with the spoke with the band to extensively dive into the breakup, the relationships between them and the future.

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Interviews: Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die)

Contributed by victimofadriveby. Posted by kira on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Every Time I DieSome bands find challenging themselves is what makes them better. For Every Time I Die, reaching back and working with someone new has been found to make all the difference. Armed with their new album From Parts Unknown, Every Time I Die looks to cement themselves as one the most consistent hardcore bands of today. Punknews interviewer Christopher Barrett sat down with frontman Keith Buckley to talk about tours and dream tours, refining their sound and not disappointing a producer.

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