Deanna Belos has been blazing a trail attending shows and writing songs on her guitar since she was a teen. Over a decade of being in the crowd, and with some encouragement by some local Chicago punks, she assembled a band together and switched sides to write her debut album, Rhombithian, earlier this year under the name Sincere Engineer. Editor Samantha Barrett spoke with Deanna Belos about punk, anxiety, and the new record.Read more
Jello Biafra is tricky to decipher. Despite the nearly 20 albums of music that he's released, despite the dozens of hours of spoken word discs that he's cut, it can be tough get a glimpse of what makes up the seminal musician, and moreso, what he thinks about internally. There are hundreds of hours of Biafra attacking the president or other political figures (and those are well worth your time) and there are numerous tunes of Biafra lashing out at big biz types who trample the less fortunate. But, how often does Biafra really open up about how he's feeling deep down? And moreso, how did he become the living fireball that he is? To cap off Jello Biafra week at Punknews, Editor John Gentile spoke with Biafra and a few of Biafra's close friends about just how the iconic singer/label owner/provocateur, came to be.
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To quote Plato if we may, "The measure of a man is what he does with power." And no doubt, Jello is a man of power and influence in the punk rock/alt-scene (even though he may deny it himself.) And to that end, he has influenced countless, countless, countless musicians and artists over his FORTY YEAR mischief-filled career. So, to get a perspective of how far the guy reaches, as Jello Biafra week continues, we asked a bunch of bands, artists, and arty-type-people to relfect just a little bit on the Boss B. Check out those thoughts, below.
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Jello Biafra has done about a million projects. From the seminal Dead Kennedys to his fititing team up with DOA to his surprising combo with Melvins to his newest band Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine to the berserk, industrial pummeling of Lard, the J-man has done it all. Really, you could fill an entire book with any one of his albums. But, to get just a taste of his works-a-plenty, we had Jello tell us a little bit about almost every single one of his albums (and that's a lot of albums, mind you). Check out Jello's reflections on his LPs below. Later this week, we'll sit down with the reigning champ himself for an in-depth interview.Read more
If you follow the European festival scene even just a little bit (or attend them), chances are that you have seen Tel Aviv, Israel's Not On Tour in a line up be it Sbäm Fest, Brakrock Ecofest, FFUD Fest or Punk Rock Holiday. Or perhaps you saw them open for bands like the Descendents, Strung Out or Useless ID. To many of us in North America, the band is a hidden gem for those who love melodic punk rock with songs filled to the brim with unrelenting guitar riffs and huge, anthemic vocals. Just listen to their latest full-length, 2015’s Bad Habits and you will immediately become a believer. Punknews editor Ricky Frankel spoke to lead singer Sima Brami and bassist Nir Klein about their style of punk rock, the punk scene in Tel Aviv, some of their more special shows, what they have planned for the not-so-distant future and more.
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Craig Finn is in the midst of a North American tour with John K. Samson in support of his recent full length We All Want the Same Things . He and his band, the Uptown Controllers, will conclude their month-long trek this evening in New York at the City Winery. This being both Halloween and the big finale, Finn's got a plan to make the show special -- a plan that pretty heavily involves the Starchild. Toronto-based writer Graham Isador caught up with the Hold Steady frontman to get to the bottom of it.Read more
Spike Slawson's Uke-Hunt is kicking off an East Coast tour tomorrow evening in Quebec CIty. It'll include several shows in la belle province along with gigs Ontario, New York, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania. Toronto-based writer Graham Isador caught up with Spike for to chat about the ukulele-driven band, his recent work with Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, and more.Read more
On October 15th Punknews caught up with The Bombpops at the London stop of their UK/EU tour. As a sort of follow-up to the Punknews interview of Jen Razavi and Poli van Dam last January, Editor Jeff Sorley focused his interview on the other half of the band, bassist Neil Wayne and drummer Josh Lewis. Check it out below.Read more
Sometimes a joke can go completely out of control and have a very awesome result in the end. That is exactly what happened with Chicago’s The Eradicator — the band based totally on the Kids In The Hall Sketch of the same name. The band has been getting a lot of attention for their funny and unconventional… well… everything about them is unconventional. They released their great self-titled LP on October 13, 2017 through Stonewalled and not only are they going to be performing at FEST 16, but they will also be touring Hawaii and Australia with Bong Mountain starting later this month.
Editor Ricky Frankel caught up with vocalist Andy Slania and bassist Ryan Bollis to talk about the band’s new album, the music video for “I’m A Squash Man” and the music video for “Squash Queen,” their connection to Direct Hit!, how a screw up ended up helping the band in the long run and more. Listen to the interview below or on iTunes.
Note: It is recommended that you watch the original Kids In The Hall sketch before you listen to this interview if you haven’t seen it yet. You can find the video below as well.
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New Jersey’s Prawn have been one of the many bands attributed to the emo revival in the late 2000s. However, they’ve always transcended that genre and label, producing shimmery post-rock, indie anthems which up the ante on what ‘emo’ means. Their journey led to a tour with Jimmy Eat World earlier this year and now, they’re back again, following up 2014’s Kingfisher, with Topshelf Records once more providing a home for their new full-length. Prawn’s lead, Tony Clark, chatted with Punknews' Renaldo Mantadeen on the new release, Run, which is out now.Read more
Welcome back to Live At It’s Not Dead Fest 2 -- a three-part, in-person interview series conducted by Punknews Editor Ricky at It’s Not Dead Fest 2 in San Bernardino, California on August 26, 2017. For the third and final episode Ricky interviewed Chris Cresswell and Scott Brigham of The Flatliners. The three of them discussed the band's new record Inviting Light , the music video for "Indoors," the famous South Park Canadian costumes that they wore during their performance at Fest 10, Chris joining Scorpios, Canadian comedy and more. Listen to the interview below or on iTunes. (Music from The Flatliners and A Wilhelm Scream is featured in this episode, Brian Pretus's DownWrite.com Profile).
If you missed the first installment with Trevor Reilly of A Wilhelm Scream you can check it out right here and if you missed the second installment with Spike Slawson of Me First And The Gimme Gimmes and Uke-Hunt you can check it out right here.
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