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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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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Some 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.
...And that is it for tonight. A big thank you to Chris #2 for taking the time to do this, and answering pretty much every question. Go check out A Document of Dissent: 1993-2013 out now on Fat Wreck Chords.
Tonight's "We'll do it Live," where we give our readers the opportunity to engage in a live question and answer session with a variety of artists, features Chris 2 of Anti-Flag, who released A Document of Dissent: 1993-2013 yesterday via Fat Wreck Chords.
We hosted one of these sessions with Mr. 2, last fall with a bunch of other hooligans on the
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The Alpine-by-way-of-California rock group Arnocorps is looking to correct a great injustice. You see, for the past thirty years, an Austrian actor named Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken ancient tales from the Alpine region, brought them to Hollywood and sold the plot to the highest bidder. The story of a man fighting against a beastly, physically superior opponent all by himself in a jungle? Originally from the Alpines. The tale of a man fighting against a younger, more advanced version of himself in order to protect a family he barely knows. Yup, from the Alpines. The epic of a poor, barbarian peasant who would be king -- you got it -- actually an ancient Alpine tale dating back to Pre-Christian Europe.
But, not only has Schwarzenegger used these tales for his own gain, he has corrupted them. What used to be tools for inspiration, tools for self-betterment, tools for gaining greater understand of the world, have been reduced to mere Hollywood schlock.
And that's where Arnocorps comes in. On their Alternative tentacles release of The Greatest Band of All Time, the band takes back these wonderful stories and restores them back to their true meaning -- all to a pumping, thunderous, heavy metal soundtrack. Because Arnocorps is on a mission to spread the Alpine legends and their messages of positivity, features editor John Gentile spoke to Holzfeuer, Arnocorps' frontman, about the album, the band's fitness program and what do to if you are attacked by the Predator.
Brad Logan's guitar sounds like a goddam Harley-Davidson. When he plays it, it lets out this low, heavy, muscular rumble that sounds like heat tearing through a tail pipe. In the past, he's used his singular sound to drive bands like F-Minus and Leftover Crack forward with its powerful, textured rmmm-rmmm-rmmm. Now, he's using his trademark guitar (and trademark bark) in his new band, Rats in the Wall. Meanwhile, the band is fronted by the berserk Eva Hall of Gather. She shrieks like banshee and could probably tear you face off. One minute she's speaking in a hushed whisper and the next she's blowing out ear drums. Damn!
They just released their new album, Dead End and it slays. The band snaps at oppressive economic systems, salutes Edward Snowden and cover Zounds -- all to a storming, berserk musical backdrop.
Because the band has just released their debut LP, features editor John Gentile spoke to them about the band's genesis, negativity and hangin' out with a drunk Nick Cave.
Without pretension and without much exception, The Binz is one of Vancouver's most exciting and refreshing bands to emerge from a growing scene with their raw, back-to-the-basics style of punk rock and roll.
"Yeah, I don't think there's anything superfluous with our music," bassist Rob Mangelzdorf says. "It's not too self-indulgent, I don't think. When we play live, we just try to play fast and loud and not take ourselves too seriously – and the crowd likes it. We owe it to them to play as hard and fast and the best we can."
On a sunny afternoon over several lukewarm Budweisers, Mangelzdorf and lead singer and guitarist Gary Robertz sat down with Punknews interviewer Gen Handley to chat about Vancouver's increasingly notable music community, their excellent new album, How to Freak Out Responsibly About the Rise of the Robots, and how public urination played a pivotal role in naming the band.
Monstrous choruses are Somos' MO. The Boston based pop/rock band are hoping to grab the ears and hearts of those who have grown past the nasally groans of pop-punk bands.
The band is aware that fans of the "Pop Punk Isn't Dead" phase are slowly growing older, which translates into a hunger for richer, deeper and more refined songs that are still calculated and concise. With their debut release Temple of Plenty, they've taken pop-punk through puberty and matured it into a sound that is guilt-free and accessible to all. It has clearly worked out for them as they've secured an opening slot for an I Am The Avalanche tour and are playing both Chicago and Toronto's Riot Fest dates.
When they passed through Chicago on their headlining tour, Punknews interviewer Xan Mandell grabbed the chance to talk to the entire band about the history behind their debut full-length, Temple of Plenty , as well as their songwriting process and got to the bottom of why they put nine songs on their debut, Temple of Plenty, instead of 10 or 11.
Tigers Jaw has been through a lot in the past year, but never once have they decided to throw in the towel because of the difficulties. In fact, even in the face of 3/5 of the band moving on, Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins persevered. They pushed forward, and committed themselves 100 percent to seeing Tigers Jaw through, because they believed in the band, and believed in their fans' support.
On top of this, recently at Tigers Jaw show in Williamsburg, a fan jumped on stage and forcibly tried to kiss singer/keyboardist Brianna Collins. Luckily, she was able to notice him before he could actually kiss her, but it wasn't just the kiss itself that impacted Collins, it was that someone had the audacity to believe that was an appropriate action. But in true Tigers Jaw fashion, Collins pushed forward, and though still processing the incident, she had courage to get right back on stage the next night.
Punknews Interviewer Xan Mandell spoke with Walsh and Collins just two days after the incident, and only four days into the "comeback" tour. It was obvious they were excited to be back on the road, and it looked like they were starry eyed at the large positive response they've been getting. They went into detail about the kissing incident, while also touching on what it feels like to be playing again, the support of their fans and what the future holds for the band.
You probably own something from Topshelf Records. The prolific Boston-area label has been cranking out records lately, including recent releases from Frameworks, Wild Ones and Diamond Youth, and there's little sign of a slowdown. In July, Topshelf will release No Coast, Braid's first full-length in 19 years.
Handling all of those releases keeps label founders Seth Decoteau and Kevin Duquette extremely busy, but Punknews editor Adam Eisenberg found a minute of Seth's time to talk about the label's roots, how they juggle so many releases and where Topshelf Records goes from here.
The Front Bottoms are gearing up for an eventful summer as the band prepares to release a new EP (today!) as well as embark on a tour with Say Anything this month. The aforementioned EP is the first in a series of releases dedicated to each of the band members' respective grandmothers, this EP being dedicated to drummer Mathew's grandmother Rose.
Punknews veteran Armando Olivas had the opportunity to ring Brian up for a quick chat about the band's busy schedule for the next few months. The two had a vivacious conversation about how the EP series came to fruition, Brian's wrestling persona " The Schwing" and a random assortment of other topics.
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