Interviews: Derek Grant(Alkaline Trio/The Suicide Machines)

Posted by armando on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Derek Grant Derek Grant has been an essential member of the punk rock community for over 20 years being behind the drum kit for Alkaline Trio since 2001 as well as being involved with the likes of The Suicide Machines, The Vandals and Face to Face. Earlier this year Derek released his first solo album on Red Scare and played a short run of dates in support of the full length.

With his warm up out of the way Derek is ready to take on the world as he embarks on what looks to be his busiest year yet. He currently has dates set with Alkaline Trio, The Suicide Machines and The Vandals, not to mention more solo dates in the works. With such a stacked year ahead of him we were lucky enough to score a chat with the man. Derek was willing to talk about anything and everything we could throw at him. You can read our interview after the jump.

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Interviews: James Carroll (Make Do And Mend)

Posted by sam on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Make Do and MendSometimes relocation becomes an issue for bands who want to continue producing music. Make Do and Mend has proven that wrong. While each band member is now living in a different place, they have quietly recorded and will release their third studio album, titled Don’t Be Long, on Rise Records on February 24, 2015. Contributing editor Samantha Barrett spoke with guitarist/vocalist James Carroll about the new record.

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Interviews: Franz Nicolay

Posted by johng on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Franz Nicolay Franz Nicolay has had it with the stress. His previous records were massive, time consuming endeavors where he fretted over every note, every lyric and every nuance -- and yet, he still had trouble finding a label. Well, screw that. On his brand new album, To Us, The Beautiful!, he assembled the A-Team of NYC musicians and just banged out a record.

It’s guitar based. It references Neo-Nazis, Van Halen and Egyptian curses. It rocks man, and frankly, Nicolay seems conflicted about it. He might love the subtle, intricate ballad, but people just want to kick out the jams. So then, what does this new, accessible record represent? Is it Nicolay expressing the range of his talent, or is it it him giving the people what they want?

To get the scoop behind the new LP, features Editor John Gentile spoke to Nicolay about the new tunes, Keith Richards and whether or not its ok to ask God to kill on your behalf.

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Interviews: Scotty Heath of Tankcrimes Records (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by johng on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Image Scotty Heath is the CEO of circle pits, the supervisor of stage dives, the head honcho of headbanging. As the owner of Oakland’s Tankcrimes Records, Heath has made it his mission to noise up the punk scene by putting out metal records for tru-punx pogoers and to nasty up the metal scene by putting out punk records for trve-kvlt thrashers. He brought heavy metal cannibals Ghoul to the vegan bake sale. He brought political peace punks Dystopia to the heavy metal parking lot kegger. He also put out what might be Fucked Up’s best release ever.

Well, Heath is continuing his mission. On February 13, 2015, he’s bringing his legion of punk and metal warriors to the kids and staging the “Tankcrimes Takeover” of 924 Gilman where Ghoul, The Shrine, Born/Dead, Brainoil and Connoisseur will all share the same stage -- that is, if it isn’t wrecked during the night.

To learn about the label’s storied history, features editor John Gentile had an extended discussion with Heath. In this second of two parts, Heath talks about digital downloading, bands on the label and why you should say who you are when you are playing a show.

[Ed: You can find part one here.]

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Interviews: Scotty Heath of Tankcrimes Records (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by johng on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Image Scotty Heath is the master of mosh, the prince of pogo, the sovereign of slam dance. As the owner of Oakland’s Tankcrimes Records, Heath has been bringing metal to the punks and punk to the metalheads for ten years. He’s put out records by Cannabis Corpse, Ghoul, ANS, Iron Regan, Night Birds and more. On top of that, he put out the amazing Year of the Dragon 12-inch by Fucked Up. And, even more, he blessed us all with the resplendent, jaw dropping, fun-as-hell Kicker LP.

Well, Heath is continuing his mission. On February 13, 2015, he’s bringing his legion of punk and metal warriors to the kids and staging the “Tankcrimes Takeover” of 924 Gilman where Ghoul, The Shrine, Born/Dead, Brainoil and Connoisseur will all share the same stage -- that is, if it isn’t wrecked during the night.

To learn about the label’s storied history, features editor John Gentile had an extended discussion with Heath. In this first of two parts, Heath talks about the origins of Tankcrimes, physical music and Van Halen.

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Interviews: Punknews speaks to Chris Gethard about his new show

Posted by johng on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM (EST)
Image Just minutes ago, Chris Gethard aired the very last episode of his public access show, The Chris Gethard Show. Over the course of five years, Gethard grew the talk show through a punk rock dedication to DIY culture, and created a weird world with regulars like Vacation Jason, a man who is always on vacation, The Human Fish, a fish in a man’s skin that dispenses sage-like wisdon, and… um… “The Beast Masturbator.”

On top of that, almost every TCGS features wild, new acts, most of them culled from the punk and indie circles, such as Night Birds, Plow United, and Crazy and the Brains. Despite all the chaos, with many shows collapsing during filming, the affable Gethard remained the constant straight man, reacting to the chaos constantly shambling about the set. (Fittingly, the last episode was cut off with two minutes to go.)

Now, Gethard is taking his show to a for-real-deal cable network, executive produced by Will Ferrell. It’s a big step for Gethard and the show's fans seem to be as excited as they are pensive. To get the details, features editor John Gentile spoke to Gethard on the afternoon before the final taping of the public access show. You can click read more for the interview.

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Interviews: Adam Turla (Murder By Death)

Posted by britt on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Image The new-to-Louisville residents Murder By Death have been creating albums and stories through song for over a decade now. They’ve built an (oc)cult-like following and maintained an impressive pace in the independent music world. The band continues this legacy with their newest full-length, Big Dark Love, which hits the shelves and Internet downloads on February 3, 2015. Interviews Editor Britt Reiser and Bojangs Hughes sat down with vocalist/guitarist Adam Turla on the morning after night one of their three-night run at the historic haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado to discuss the annual Stanley Hotel shows, the new album, the Great Lakes and ghosts.

Read the full saga after the jump. Look for Big Dark Love on February 3 from Bloodshot Records, and if you’re feeling antsy, you can still pre-order it here.

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Interviews: James Graham (The Twilight Sad)

Posted by johng on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
The Twilight Sad The Twilight Sad have been plugging away for about a decade seeming almost autonomous in sound and aesthetic, progressing from the wistful, strained anthems of their first album, 2007's Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, through to their latest, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave, a masterstroke amalgamation of dark indie rock and cathartic post-punk. Plastering the covers of their releases with intricately drawn, morose scenes and sounding emotionally weathered and honest, they've been a model of consistency while developing their unique style. The band wrapped up a North American tour supporting fellow Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks last month. Brian Shultz sat down with the Twilight Sad frontman James Graham just after their set at the Boston, Massachusetts stop to chat about the record and more.

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Interviews: Gustav Burn (Atlas Losing Grip)

Posted by sam on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Image Hailing from the land of Sweden, Atlas Losing Grip is at it again in creating a new set of melodic, metal-inspired tunes for our listening pleasure. They released their fourth full-length album titled Currents on Jan. 16, four years after their previous release, State of Unrest. Contributing editor Samantha Barrett met up with guitarist Gustav Burn in The Cake Shop in New York City to chat about the new album.

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Interviews: Chris Urban (Crazy and the Brains)

Posted by johng on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Image Crazy and the Brains are talking about God and sex. Their new EP, Good Lord (Baldy Longhair), finds the band dissecting concept of religion, but never being exactly clear with their motive. At times, they seem to appreciate the great tradition of Catholic art, and at others, they seem to be pissing on the same exact thing. Also, there are sex jams on the EP… a lot of sex jams.

The band somewhat puzzled the punk scene with their debut from a few years ago: Here was a revved up, garage rock-influenced band that played at 100 miles per hour, that had a front man who perpetually wore a skipper's hat, that had xylophone on every track. They were weird, confusing and totally rocking. Well now, they’ve increased the juice. Good Lord kicks harder than their earlier stuff, indulges in soul swinging more than ever before and has a song about how great “ice cream” is.

To try to get a handle on what is going on with this quartet, features editor John Gentile spoke to front man Chris Urban about the church, getting expelled from school and why Vampire Weekend sucks.

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Interviews: Witch Mountain

Posted by johng on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM (EST)
Witch Mountain Witch Mountain's newest LP, Mobile of Angels, is heavy as hell, baby. It lumbers, it twists, it rumbles. In fact, a lot of people think it's the doom metal band's best release to date, aided in part by the band's more existential musings and how they just completely submerge themselves in the tenets of doom metal. But, there's more here than just riffage -- though there is a lot of that. There's psychedelic wandering, experimental production and hella bad ass solos. Also, vocalist Uta Plotkin wails like a banshee. Think Ozzy meets Janis.

But just before the band released what might be their crowning achievement (so far), Plotkin informed the band that she was leaving soon after the album's touring cycle. The result is Plotkin's swan song and the last chance to observe the band in this incarnation.

But founding members Nathan Carson and Rob Wrong are going forward, evolving the band once again. To get the scoop about the new album, Plotkin's departure and how far out Hawkwind's Nik Turner really is, Features Editor John Gentile called up the band and talked about all things heavy.

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