Interviews
Surviving the polar vortex with Wolfrik

Surviving the polar vortex with Wolfrik

Late last month as the polar vortex was making its presence known across a large portion of North America, Punknews editor Jeff Sorley held a web-chat based interview with two members of Edmonton, Alberta thrash punks Wolfrik: Dylan Toews (vocals) and Mark Seifeddine (guitar/vocals). Included over the short chat were the weather, the upcoming vinyl release of their late-2017 debut EP, as well as their upcoming UK/EU and eastern Canada tour and, of course, the Oilers.

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Flesh Rag

3 songs with Flesh Rag

Last fall Hamilton trio Flesh Rag released Inside Your Mind on Schizophrenic and Loose Lips Records. The record took the Ontario band's rust belt punk'n'roll and cast it off into space. Adrift in the void of trash sci-fi and illicit substances, the band's well-honed Stooges-worship had a complete psychedelic freak-out. Vocalist/guitarist Matthew Ellis spoke with us about three songs from the new record.

Today Punknews and Some Party team up to launch a new feature. We'll be bringing in some cool underground bands and breaking down three of their favourite new tunes.

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Kev Douch on running Big Scary Monsters Records

Kev Douch on running Big Scary Monsters Records

Big Scary Monsters is a happenin' record label out in Oxford, england. They've put out releases by a TON of bands including The Get Up Kids, Beach Slang, Modern Baseball, , Minus The Bear, mewithoutYou, Kevin Devine, Caspian, Balance and Complsure, Cursive, The Fall of Troy, Andrew W.K., Joyce Manor, Gnarwolves, Bear vs Shark, and more. They've got a lot planned for 2019, so Punknews' Sam Houlden met up with label head honcho Kev Douch to talk about running a bigger, small label.

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Interviews
Daggermouth

Kenny Lush of Daggermouth

In the past several years many nostalgic punk rock bands have rediscovered themselves and decided to hop back in the van (or plane) and get back into the studio as of late. Coming out of Vancouver, Canada, Punknews' Dan Donald had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Daggermouth’s guitarist Kenny "The Loose Cannon" Lush. Lush is known for many things, but they chew the fat over his experience as a professional wrestling champ and as a Canadian punk rock veteran returning to the stage and slugging it out in 2018.

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Pustulus Maximus of GWAR on compassion, education, and the IRS

Pustulus Maximus of GWAR on compassion, education, and the IRS

Having dealt with the death of the leader Oderus Urungus over the past few years, GWAR have now licked their wounds and released Blood of the Gods, a powerful comeback album that hunkered down on classic metal riffage and even threw in a little bit of 80s style Judas Priest metal. Now that the band has rebuilt itself with the additions of Pustulus Maximus on guitar and the bestial Blothar on vocals, they've been touring across the world, killing weak humans, doing drugs, and just generally being obnoxious. And no doubt, the world is in a state of chaos even without GWAR's helpful hand. So, Punknews' John Gentile caught up with Pustulus to see how the guitarist and mass murderer was feeling.

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Dine Alone Interviews
Drew Thomson chats about Single Mothers and his recent solo EP 'Stay'

Drew Thomson chats about Single Mothers and his recent solo EP 'Stay'

This May musician Drew Thomson, the frontman of London, Ontario's Single Mothers, released a new EP as The Drew Thomson Foundation on Dine Alone Records, featuring a style quite unlike the caustic punk he's known for. It was followed up later this year by Through A Wall, a surprise new Single Mothers LP that features some of that band's hardest-hitting material to date. Writer Graham Isador met up with Drew in Toronto to discuss the dichotomy between the two projects.

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Mikey Ireland of Spirit Houses and I Am the Avalanche

Mikey Ireland of Spirit Houses and I Am the Avalanche

Mikey Ireland is a lifer in the underground. Between cutting his teeth playing guitar in I Am the Avalanche, singing and playing guitar in Pass Away, and owning/operating his bar Three-Diamond Door in Brooklyn, it’s a wonder he’s still moved to create outside of those projects. And yet he just released his first EP as Spirit Houses, a subdued acoustic project he’s been developing for some years. The EP, Two Passing Ships, is an introspective and melodic powerhouse. Ireland, as Spirit Houses, skillfully combines the traditional elements of solo acoustic acts with complementary instrumentation in creating a record that is sure to engage a wide palette of listeners. Two Passing Ships is available on all streaming platforms, and the vinyl is available for preorder via Suburbia Records. Punknews' Mike Musilli sat down with Mikey to talk the new record, lyrical inspiration, and touring with old friends.

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Josh Caterer of the Smoking Popes on the band's new LP

Josh Caterer of the Smoking Popes on the band's new LP

In the early 90s, punk rock was going through a transformation, it was becoming increasingly difficult to categorize and fit into that studded box. One of the first bands to stray from the traditional path was Chicago’s Smoking Popes. Their crooning mix of punk rock, indie rock and pop was innovative as it was catchy. The band is experiencing a re-energization as of late, reuniting with their original drummer for the first time in 20 years and releasing their eighth studio album, Into the Agony, on October 12.

Lead singer and guitarist Josh Caterer spoke to Punknews interviewer Gen Handley about the anticipated comeback, the terrific new album as well as his obsession with Judy Garland.

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Divided Heaven

Catching up with Jeff Berman of Divided Heaven

5 long years have gone and a lot has changed for Los Angeles based solo artist Divided Heaven. With the release of their newest effort Cold War and the addition of a bassist and drummer. Divided Heaven transformed themselves into a full fledging punk three piece, writing heartfelt songs with a punk edge. Editor Samantha Barrett sat down to chat with singer/guitarist Jeff Berman on the band, the new album, dreams and what they have been up to.

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Skippy of Pirates Press talks about records

Skippy of Pirates Press talks about records

If you have a punk rock record pressed in the last 10 years, then you definitely have at least one record pressed by Pirates Press. The manufacturer/label handles literal tons of punk pressings and also runs a street-punk/oi! focused label offshoot. Because the second most hollowed day for record collectors is right around the corner - record store day black Friday- Punknews' John Gentile spoke to the founder of Pirates Press, Skippy, about, what else? Records!

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Polyvinyl Interviews
A conversation with Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren of Antarctigo Vespucci

A conversation with Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren of Antarctigo Vespucci

Antarctigo Vespucci is a band born of the bond between Chris Farren and Jeff Rosenstock. Forged in the midst of both artists' burgeoning solo careers, and following the respective ends of both Fake Problens and Bomb the Music Industry, Antarctigo Vespucci recently returned with their sophomore LP Love in the Time of E-Mail (their first for Polyvinyl). While on the road supporting the album, the band met up with writer Graham Isador in Toronto. This is their conversation.

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