Interviews
Jess Townsend teaches YOU how to play the drums

Jess Townsend teaches YOU how to play the drums

Jess Townsend is a freight train crammed into a 5'7'' frame. As the drummer for the band/carnival show that is World/Inferno Friendship Society, Townsend has kept that pack of animals rocking along with her heavy, energetic boom-bap for nearly seven years. Finding anyone who could get the Inferno crew to act in unison is an exercise in futility, but somehow, night after night, Townsend is able to crack the whip and get the crew rocking along with her forceful finesse.

But not only that, she's backed early La punk legend Alice bag on tour, has supported legendary feminist-rocker June Millington, and has played in Parlour Bells.

Now, in addition to drumming in Inferno, she's giving out lessons and you can get schooled on that here. In the meantime, check out Editor John Gentile's interview with Townsend below.

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Interviews
The Best in Punknews Zingers 2016

The Best in Punknews Zingers 2016

Happy New Year! We're wrapping up our end of year festivities. We've still got the end-of-year podcast and site wide "Best of" to post, but that's about it. So, today, we're posting some of the most quotable quotes and some of the most delightful declarations from Punknews interviews in 2016. Click "read more" to see what bands and other artists had to say to Punknews in 2016. (FYI- guest "Best of" lists will run in early 2017).

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Interviews
Tim Commerford (Wakrat/Rage Against The Machine/Prophets Of Rage/Audioslave)

Tim Commerford (Wakrat/Rage Against The Machine/Prophets Of Rage/Audioslave)

Tim Commerford has been involved in music for over twenty years with bands like Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave. He was the backbone of both bands because of his high-skilled bass playing and aggressive back up vocals. Now he is doing the same in Prophets Of Rage and he is the lead vocalist of the band Wakrat, who released their self-titled debut on November 8, 2016 (it was no accident that it came on election day) via Earache Records.

So because 2016 has been such a busy year for him, Punknews Editor Ricky Frankel recently interviewed Tim to talk about Wakrat's new album, the future of Prophets Of Rage, some of the more unique moments in Rage Against The Machine's history, the current state of politics and why he pulls out his own teeth. Listen to their conversation below or on iTunes.

Photo Credit: Travis Shinn

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The Damned's Captain Sensible on "punk," Lemmy, and the band's new LP

The Damned's Captain Sensible on “punk,” Lemmy, and the band's new LP

The fact is, Captain Sensible IS punk rock. Not only is he a founding member of The Damned, one of the first three English punk bands (and the first to put out a record), but, just as the genre was codifying itself based off those early punk masterpieces, Sensible and the boys laughed at the "rules" and suddenly started playing psychedelia, pop, goth, and maybe even a little prog, proving that punk has no boundaries. Since then, the Damned have been hurtling through the galaxy of music, playing whatever tickles their fancy. The fact is, whatever "punk" may be, it's definitely what the Damned are doing, and no one does it like them.

Now, the band is celebrating their 40th anniversary with some UK and USA shows. They also have a new album coming up on the horizon and, knowing the Damned, it could sound like anything. So, Punknews' John Gentile called up Captain Sensible to talk about just a fraction of the adventures that the Captain has had over his four decades of smashing it up. They talked about the concept of "punk," Lemmy, the Ramones, and that time Sting got kicked out of the Damned's dressing room.

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World/Inferno Friendship Society

Jack Terricloth on the true meaning of Hallowmas

I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a shit show. Legendary musicians passed away suddenly. People we knew passed away suddenly. The Presidential election is a disgrace. Things are looking bleak. But, there is some hope.

According to Jack Terricloth of World/Inferno Friendship Society, the year begins anew with Hallowmas. On October 31, at the Warsaw in Brooklyn, World/Inferno will throw their annual big blowout bash in which the nine(?) piece, punk-cabaret-soul group summons the ancient deity, The Great Pumpkin, and asks for boons and demands retribution.

To that end, Features Editor John Gentile spoke to Terricloth about Hallowmas, the ethics of voting, and David Bowie.

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Talking a year of firsts with Bong Mountain's Matt Stacks

Talking a year of firsts with Bong Mountain's Matt Stacks

2016 has been a year of firsts for Grand Rapids, MI’s Bong Mountain. First time at Pouzza, first LP, and now, first time playing The Fest. Drummer and pinball aficionado Matt Stacks is going to be extra busy as he’s pulling double duty with City Mouse as well as BM. Multitasking is nothing new for Stacks who also drums in the GR hardcore band SHAAAAARK. I caught up with him about a month before he was set to play The Fest and he was already noticeably excited. We talked about music, The Fest (duh) and even a little pinball.

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Interviews
Western Settings

On the road to Fest with Western Settings

Southern California punks Western Settings have been very busy this year. The band has released two EPs this year and have been touring the US and Europe. The band released Old Pain this past April and WS in July. Editor Samantha Barrett spoke with vocalist/guitarist Ricky Schmidt about the EPs and touring.

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An Interview with Luke Taylor of Hot Knife and Punknews Exclusive stream of "Distant Son"

An Interview with Luke Taylor of Hot Knife and Punknews Exclusive stream of “Distant Son”

Brooklyn-based punk band Hot Knife. Hot Knife formed from members of Static Radio, Spanish Gamble, and Candy Hearts about a year ago. A fairly new band to the scene, they have a new flexi disk out this fall and we premiered their brand new song titled "Distant Son" here on Punknews earlier today. Editor Samantha Barrett spoke with guitarist/vocalist Luke Taylor to talk about the song and flexi discs. The flexi is available for pre-order now on Black Numbers. You can click here to pre-order the flexi.

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Epitaph Interviews
Ryan Young on Off With Their Heads Going Acoustic, Working With His Friends and More

Ryan Young on Off With Their Heads Going Acoustic, Working With His Friends and More

Ryan Young has to be one of the hardest working people in the punk scene. He repressed Hospitals for its tenth anniversary, he has been putting out new episodes of the Anxious and Angry podcast and maintaining his label and Off With Their Heads have been touring quite a bit. He has also been working on Off With Their Heads’ acoustic album, which Punknews had the honor of premiering a track from earlier today. The title of the record is called Won’t Be Missed and it will be out on October 25, 2016 through Anxious and Angry and Epitaph Records (You can find the pre-order for the vinyl version here). So Punknews editor Ricky Frankel talked to Ryan about what went into Won’t Be Missed, the future of what Anxious and Angry will be releasing, what the band has planned for their upcoming acoustic tour and more.

Photo Credit: John Paul Allen

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