Search Results for "Interview"

DS Exclusive: Sketchy provide track-by-track commentary for debut album ‘I Wanted This to Go Different’

“For a guy who allegedly loves ska so much, you really suck at playing ska on the drums.”

I’m sitting in a tiny, sweaty storage unit in DUMBO, hanging out with Sketchy during one of their practice sessions. Currently we’re waiting for bassist John Shields to return from the bathroom and to kill time, the band jokingly re-imagines their song “Rye Whiskey” as a ska-punk song. Thirty-five seconds in, and Chris Shultz (vocals) decides to give some honest feedback to Craig Shay on his performance. Despite the bluntness of the comment, Craig pays it no mind: there’s no animosity here, Sketchy is full of nothing but brotherly love. (It’s also a shame that at no point does anyone crack a “Ska-tchy” joke).

Once John returns, we all take a swig from a warm bottle of whiskey before deciding that they will give me a live preview of their debut full length album, I Wanted This to Go Different, breaking down the influences and meaning of each song after they play them. Between songs, the band also gives me insights to their recording process, such as waking up to hearing drums being tracked and taking a train to the studio with an ex-girlfriend to meet her new boyfriend.

You can read the track-by-track commentary below.

Sketchy self-released I Wanted This to Go Different on September 18, 2015 via Bandcamp. You can download the album for whatever price you’d like here.

The band will also be playing their record release show with Hopeless Otis, Disposable, Only Sibling, and Hot Love at Fat Baby in New York City on Saturday, October 3, 2015. You can find more information on the show, including where to get tickets, here.

DS Photo Gallery: Frank Turner at Newbury Comics and House of Blues, Boston, MA (9/26/15)

It’s a bit strange to view an event that takes place four thousand nautical miles as the crow flies away from an artist’s stomping grounds as a “homecoming” of sorts, but that’s essentially what it feels like when Frank Turner plays Boston nowadays. Now a decade-plus into his post-Million Dead solo career, the English folk/singer-songwriter has now got somewhere in the neighborhood of two-dozen shows under his belt in the greater Boston area. Those shows have run the “all shapes and sizes” gamut, from a drunken singalong at McGreevy’s (the bar owned by Dropkick Murphys founder and bassist Ken Casey)  to a high-energy set amongst 18,000 people at last May’s Boston Calling festival to, most recently, a pair of marathon sold out full-band shows at the 2000+ capacity House Of Blues in support of his newest album, Positive Songs For Negative People (Xtra Mile Recordings / Interscope Records).

The second of those two shows was preceded by an in-store appearance at the Newbury Comics location across the river from Boston in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. To give you an indication of the scope of Turner’s popularity in his adopted hometown, the line to obtain wristbands to the performance stretched down the location’s steep, lengthy entrance way, well over a hundred people deep…four hours before the man himself was actually due to arrive. Due to the frequently awkward setups amidst rows of media or, increasingly, Minecraft and Bob’s Burgers paraphernalia, in-store record shop appearances can be a bit of a idea that’s better in theory than in practice. Still, the enthusiastic capacity crowd for this particular event made the decent-enough layout all the more manageable. Turner started the performance with “The Next Storm,” the lead single off his latest album, and worked backwards through his catalog in one-song-per-release fashion opting for some deeper cuts rather than playing “Photosynthesis” for the 1736th time (that would come later in the evening). Ever the storyteller, Turner remained on site for a considerable time after the six-song performance, signing albums, shaking hands, hugging babies (well, a few toddlers and at least one seven-year-old) in a disarming manner that has a way of engaging even the most casual of fans. (Also, given that I’m tall and inherently mindful of that in crowded spaces, I hung way back, meaning that my better-half was on picture-taking duty for the occasion.)

The virtual homecoming party continued back in Boston proper several hours later at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street, an occurrence made ever the more chaotic by the fact that the struggling-yet-recently-encouraging Red Sox were playing at Fenway Park which, for the out-of-towners, is directly across the too-narrow street. Turner kicked his nearly two-hour-long set off with “Get Better,” the lead single from Positive Songs For Negative People. While obviously a new track, “Get Better” has proven to be an instant crowd favorite. The twenty-two song main set included a healthy dose of PS4NP to be sure, but did a pretty solid job of keeping old-school fans and more recent converts happy (“Song Of Liberty” and “Dan’s Song” had found their respective ways out of most Turner setlists in recent years, but both made appearances on this night). It takes an unique type of performer to engage 150 people at an in-store and 2200 people at a sold out concert hall in similar fashion, but Turner seems to have it all figured out, weaving between stripped down acoustic numbers (if “Josh’s Song” doesn’t punch you in the stomach every time, you have no soul) one moment and leaving the instrumentation to his stellar Sleeping Souls bandmates (Ben Lloyd on guitar, Tarrant Anderson on bass, Matt Nasir on piano and mandolin, and the ever-so-gentlemanly Nigel Powell behind the drumkit) allowing him to draw from his hardcore frontman days the next.

Hard-working, and hard-playing, six-piece UK folk act Skinny Lister provided direct support on this night, as they’ll do for the duration of Turner’s six-week tour. At least in these parts, Skinny Lister have developed a well-deserved reputation for providing exactly the type of high-energy set that is capable of not only warming a crowd for an opener such as Turner (or the Dropkick Murphys, or Flogging Molly, as they’ve done on multiple occasions) but of earning their own legion of converts. It’s tough to really boil down a Skinny Lister performance into a few hundred words: equal parts English folk music, sea shanty, and rum-soaked singalong. The 45-minute set included three separate band member crowd surfing appearances, including Michael Camino, who seems to have perfected the art of crowd surfing while playing the double bass without killing himself or anyone else. It really is a sight to behold, as is singer Lorna Davis’ constant ball of motion.

Beans On Toast, the alter-ego of British singer-songwriter Jay McAllister, kicked the evening off almost promptly at 6:30pm, getting off to a brief false start for technical difficulty-related reasons. Beans On Toast is a criminally-underrated songwriter; honest, thought-provoking, witty and uncomfortably funny. He might not necessarily look the part, what with his oversized outfit and lack of shoes, and he may have been playing a slightly larger stage than he’s used to in these parts, but McAllister’s storytelling was quick to win over the Boston crowd which can be notoriously fickle (we’re not quite Philadelphia, but we can be close at times). McAllister and Turner are old chums (it was Beans On Toast that convinced Turner to play the acoustic guitar a decade ago), and the former even joined the latter’s set as dance instructor during “Recovery,” which, when typed out, seems like a “you had to be there moment.” There are still plenty of dates left on the Positive Songs For Negative People tour; do yourselves a favor and “be there.”

Check out our photo gallery below.

Video: Bobby Pickles interviews Millencolin in Brooklyn

Dying Scene Radio is off this week, but if you didn’t get a chance to catch it - Bobby Pickles had a chance to chat with Mathias Färm and Erik Ohlsson of the legendary Swedish skate-punk band Millencolin prior to their stop at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, a few weeks ago. Pickles probes the two Scandinavian guitarists about that time their mutual friend, Frankie D, an acclaimed tattoo artist who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 35, had the entire band tattoo their signatures onto his leg. Erik says they have the entire encounter on video somewhere and they will post it soon, now that they have heard the news of Frankie’s untimely demise. Bobby also asks the two about Millencolin’s iconic sound, their preference for Viking women, and then relays several offensively idiotic questions that were penned by Bob Noxious.

Watch the FULL video interview below.

And if you didn’t catch the accompanying podcast episode either, you can find that here, too.

Interview: Bowling, Bullshitting and Beers with True Rivals

Bassist, Derik Envy; Staff Writer, AnarchoPunk; Guitarist, Kevin Besignano

True Rivals may be a relatively new band to the scene but the guys who make up this fledgling act (Derik Envy, Kevin Besignano, Trevor Jackson and Nate Walker) are far from neophytes. With members spending time with well established acts like Unwritten Law, Lit, Bullets and Octane and Rufio, it’s easy to see why their debut album, The Revenant sounds like it was performed by the seasoned veterans they are.The album has a familiar old school, classic punk rock sound that has seemed to go missing lately. Almost as if it was just unearthed after decades of being stowed away in a storage unit somewhere in the Bay Area. While familiar, the LP is still fresh and different. It’s a fun album, by a fun band. Filled with great choruses and blazing rock guitar riffs, you’ll see why we fell in love with this album (along with the boys themselves) so eagerly.

One of our favorite things about these up and comers is the dual vocals provided by bassist, Derik Envy and Guitarist, Kevin Besignano. Just imagine our excitement when we opened the inbox and saw an email for an interview with the two talented frontmen. So we headed over to our Los Angeles kennels and let Staff Writer, AnarchoPunk out of his cage to go meet one half of this phenomenal four piece for some brew and bowling at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City. To keep things interesting, we decided to tackle a topic per frame (and a beer every two!), everything from their musical roots, to to that distinct, fundamental punk rock sound and even boobies, guns and drugs. So take a minute to get to know one of our newest favorite bands in this comprehensive interview below!

Dan Lilker and Billy Milano comment on S.O.D. reunion rumors

Despite rumors from last July, Nuclear Assault bassist Dan Lilker revealed to Horns Up that there are no plans to reunite S.O.D. ― the crossover supergroup featuring himself, Billy Milano (M.O.D.) and his former bandmates in Anthrax Scott Ian and Charlie Benante ― for a 30th anniversary celebration of their iconic debut album Speak English or Die. He explains:

“I know there’s gonna be a reissue, but him talking about a live show is all a little premature, let’s say. It’s gonna be the 30th anniversary of ’Speak English or Die’, so there’s gonna be yet another reissue. I say it with a slight air of cynicism. And, yeah, it’ll be cool. Billy might have made it seem like, but he didn’t consult anybody else that played in S.O.D. He just kind of announced something, and we went, ‘Huh?’ That’s what happened.”

Asked if he would do the S.O.D. reunion show if everyone else agreed to it, Lilker replied: “Yeah. I don’t have any differences with anybody. It was never me. I would do it as long as I didn’t have any other previous plans on that day. If anything else I have already confirmed is confirmed, I wouldn’t do it, but if they say, ‘Hey, what are you doing July blah blah blah this year,’ I’d go, ‘Okay. Fine.’”

Billy Milano also commented on the reunion situation, telling“all the members of SOD were contacted via email to contribute to a 30 year anniversary edition package by Missi from MEGAFORCE who is one of the honest people still in this dying industry. She also mentioned in her e-mail that it would be fun to have a show to celebrate it. To my surprise everyone including myself replied that fun sounds like fun. I went to NYC to visit family and friends and was asked to be interviewd on Jimmy Gestapos Radio show. His buddy Mike is the co host of the show and owns the NYHC black and Blue festival. They asked if I woulkd be interested in playing with SOD. It was the same day I met with Missi from megaforce. I said yes. We announced it giving plenty of time for Charlie and Scott to make it happen. I also went to NY to collect the money Scott and Charlie owe me for covering songs I own publishing on. (HEY JOHN BUSH I HEARD THEY DIDNT PAY YOU EITHER! I TRIED TO WARN YOU BUT HEY I’M THE BAD GUY) IT didnt happen so in my mind I called the shows off 3 days later. I also had the shows based as a benefit, I wanted to help a couple of Dog rescue groups I follow on facebook. Second chance rescue in ny and a Tonkers rescue group. This way the band didnt have a reunion for money and it actually helps someone and adds to the good karma of the music scene. Charlie Benante said why does it have to be a benefit we can make a lot of money. Ok, so at this point SOD is done, they are trying to talk to me via friends and booking agents and the answer is NO!!!! MOD is finishing a record. I have a new group Billy Be Dammed and I love my life in Austin Texas. and as far as me being right wing, no shit! The days and INSANITY of political correctness is coming to a head… Enjoy the Chaos and Get a gun, Go Mueria! VOTE TRUMP!”

DS Interview: Frank Turner on “Positive Songs For Negative People,” touring the US with his old mates, and writing a song for a fallen friend

Frank Turner at the Boston Calling Music Festival – photo by Jay Stone for Dying Scene

Frank Turner‘s reputations as both a seemingly tireless live performer and an open and honest songwriter (and interview subject) have been thoroughly vetted on these and other pages for years. As the thirteen pages of “Frank Turner” search results on Dying Scene alone will attest to, the English folk-punk troubadour (assuming that such descriptors are still necessary at this point) has been one of the most talked to, and talked about, members of the scene. (As an editorial side note, we should probably change that bio page on this set, lest people thing Poetry Of The Deed is still his forthcoming album…)

That the songs have become a tad glossier and a little (or at times a lot) more generally accessible to a broader audience is part of the natural order of things, but it hasn’t stopped Turner from staying true to his roots as an emotional storyteller. While much of the material on his latest release, Positive Songs For Negative People (Interscope Records/Xtra Mile Recordings) stays true to the theme spelled out in the album’s title, the closing track, “Song For Josh,” is as gut-wrenching as anything you’ll find in most artists catalogs. The ode to Josh Burdette, longtime employee and public face of Washington, D.C.’s legendary 9:30 Club, was written just after Burdette’s untimely passing two years ago and recorded live at the 9:30.

The Dying Scene Radio fellas caught up with Frank on the eve of his current US tour that’ll find him on the road for the next six-weeks, traversing the States with Skinny Lister and Beans On Toast. You can check out that podcast entry here. Here at the print side of things at Dying Scene HQ, we chatted with Turner about the more emotional moments on Positive Songs For Negative People, about keeping up with a relentless tour schedule and all it entails, and about what happens if he achieves the long-term happiness he seems to pine for in his songs and inevitably turns into Jack Johnson.

It’s a pretty entertaining read, and you can check it out below. While you’re at it, head here to see where you can catch Turner and his comrades on the road.

The Bobs welcome special guest Frank Turner on this week’s episode of Dying Scene Radio

This week on Dying Scene RadioBob Noxious and Bobby Pickles welcome Frank Turner by way of the interwebs to discuss his new record, Positive Songs for Negative People. The Bobs can tell full well that Frank is highly disturbed by their uncouth, American manners and hacky, tabloid idiocy – but that doesn’t stop them from getting to the bottom of things, or learning about Lester Bangs. From being hungover on the set of his new Josephine video, to performing a “nearly” spot-on American accent while proclaiming his love and admiration of the deep south, Turner stays courteous to the Bobs, even while Noxious fields him questions, which were obviously researched via wikipedia. Say hello to the punk rock Bruce Springsteen! (At least we didn’t make that the headline). Unlike Mr. Pickles, who was on TLC’s America’s Worst Tattoos - Mr. Turner does not believe in cover-ups or regret, that’s why Frank has deemed his left leg, his “stupid tattoo leg”, sporting an image of Dale Earnhardt, a kangaroo with a unicorn horn, and a brandname of canadian prescription painkillers. Episode 30’s recurring themes: Bob’s admitted rampant file sharing abuses, his exploitation of hate mail and “not so secret” admirers, plus a new genre is born: polka-funk.

Hear all the incessant blathering, plus all the latest new music and headlines, below.

Frank Turner – Josephine
Frank Turner Interview Part 1
Science Club – The Lord Will Have His Terrible Vengeance
Contra Code – Screw Tape
Frank Turner Interview Part 2
Night Birds – Left In The Middle
Hopes – Trapped
Frank Turner Interview Part 3
Sundays – Power Of One
Million Dead – Breaking The Back
Frank Turner Interview Part 4
Band Of Homeless – Drink Again
Rusty Things – The Butchers Bill
Frank Turner Interview Part 5
Three Eyed Jack – Faded Memories
The Offenders – Harsh Reality

BABES IN TOYLAND talk next record, current lineup and more with Elliott of Little Punk People in NYC

Kat, Lori & Clara of Babes in Toyland sat with Elliott Fullam of Little Punk People at their Irving Plaza show in NYC and talked about how their new record will probably sound heavier than their previous releases along with how well things are going with their new bassist Clara. They also discuss a lot more in the video link below.

The band was incredibly sweet to Elliott and they even gave him a big shout-out in the middle of their set. The lights went on him and they had him stand up and wave back at everyone and the band, which was amazing. And the band played an energetic set to a full house of enthusiastic fans who screamed along to favorites such as “Bruise Violet” and “Oh Yea”. Their new bassist Clara showed a persona of total bliss (we also witnessed her proud father watching the show in bliss as he was sitting right near us) and she held her own alongside the ferocious performance of drummer Lori Barbero and singer/guitarist Kat Bjelland, whose vocals sent shockwaves throughout the venu. Babes in Toyland are currently on their reunion tour which ends at FUN FUN FUN Fest in Austin, Texas on November 6th.

And they signed Elliott’s record! Thanks again, gals!!!

Greg Graffin working on new solo album, talks next Bad Religion album

Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin recently spoke to Glide Magazine about his new book Population Wars, which was released last Tuesday. In the interview, Greg revealed that he has been working on a new solo album, which will be his first since 2006′s Cold as the Clay, and that Bad Religion may not release their next album until late next year. He explains:

“The end of one album cycle begins the next cycle. It’ll be a while before we record and then a new album will be out. I don’t know when that will be. Probably late next year.”

The upcoming Bad Religion album will not only serve as the follow-up to 2013′s True North, but their first with guitarist Mike Dimkich, who replaced longtime member Greg Hetson last year.

Bandit Blotter: Seaway’s Ken Taylor finds the bright side of getting robbed three times in three years

When a band goes on tour, there’s the potential to see humanity at it’s greatest. Whether the venues are massive stadiums or tiny basements, there’s the chance to witness people basking in their shared, undying love of music. Unfortunately, there’s also the potential for some rat-bastard to screw everything up. When that happens, there’s nothing left to do but to pick up the pieces, take stock of what went missing, and try to learn some lessons for next time.

Today, on the debut of Bandit Blotter, I had a chance to talk with Ken Taylor, drummer of the Oakville pop-punk group Seaway. Between 2012 and 2015, they’ve had their van robbed on three separate occasions. Fortunately, Ken was a good sport, and made some time to chat over Skype about their trifecta of misfortune. You can read the interview below.

Mike Ness on the direction of new Social Distortion album

Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness recently spoke to The Salt Lake Tribute about the music direction of their long-awaited new album, which is expected to be released next year. He states:

“I’m gonna shoot for 2016. I can’t guarantee it — here we are not ending this tour until the end of this year. I have a lot of ideas, but as far as the direction goes, it’s not clear to me yet. It could go in any direction. I wanna make sure that it’s authentic. Every record we do, I try to go in with the mindset of outdoing the last one. And the last one, personally, is one of my favorites. But I want the record to be different. So I don’t know. I want continuity, but I don’t know. Like I said, revisiting these songs has been very interesting, because they’ve stood the test of time, and there’s something about them — the simplicity and the honesty — that I need to pay attention to.”

The new Social D record will be the band’s first album since 2011′s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Starting this weekend, the band will embark on a U.S. tour, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of their 1990 classic self-titled album.

New Episode of Dying Scene Radio! Back after hiatus with new time/format. Interview with Fraser Murderburger about recording with Masked Intruder. Also, Mike Beer of Sparklefight.

This week on Dying Scene RadioBob Noxious and Bobby Pickles are finally back after nearly a month long hiatus! There’s been a mini format change, plus new episodes are posting each and every Monday morning. Get yourself a recap of last week’s new music and headlines, brought to you by the Bobs. On this week’s episode, Bobby talks about his travels to Floriduhh where he gets too drunk to record a DSR podcast episode with Bob in-person. Bobby asks Bob if he’s ever seen the iconic 80’s punk movie, Dudes (1987), directed by Penelope Spheeris; Bob mentions that he and the acclaimed Decline of Western Civilization director are Facebook friends. Bobby asks Bob if he ever likes bands’ Facebook pages, prior to listening to any of their music, simply based on their ridiculous name. Bob thinks new NOFX music is not newsworthy because they’re always dropping new music. Bobby informs Bob that Fat Wreck Chords has only existed for 24 years and nobody checked to verify dates – everyone just bought the 25 year anniversary marketing ploy. Bobby gives 45 Adapters frontman Pickabar a FAT ENZO BB Allin t-shirt at the 2015 Long Island Punk Rock BBQ. Bill stevenson declares Propagandhi the best band ever. Bob declares that Fletcher Dragge is a name nazi. Bobby interviews Fraser Murderburger about doing a pre-order in lieu of a crowdfunding campaign, recording with Masked Intruder, Matt Allison (Atlas Studios), and having a million different drummers involved with The Murderburgers’ line-up during the band’s existence. Bobby says Bob should go join The Murderburgers too  - since his band, PigPen, dawns masks just like the Masked Intruder fellas. Bob says he won’t be wearing a mask in his next band because it’s too hot. Bob talks about attending Underoath’s high school in Tampa, FL. Bobby accuses Bob of “lazy thievery” – not wanting to steal the new Epitaph sampler via one-track on youtube. Bob “drops the mic” on Bobby, then reads two weird definitions of the newly accepted pop culture phrase; the alternative definition of which brings this week’s episode rating from R to X for vulgarity. Bobby declares, “Darkbuster must be a great name to hear uttered in the Boston accent!” Then, Bob attempts a Boston accent but sounds more like Vinnie Barbarino from Welcome Back, Kotter. While discussing Iron Reagan’s (Bobby mispronounces name) new craft beer flavor by Stragtimes Brewery, Bob tells Bobby the tale of PigPen’s Stale Ale and Swine Wine. Bob realizes that he could never go solo because he would have to rival the Bobnoxious band of Canada. Bob wonder why contests are so difficult these days, referencing New Found Glory’s music video contest, Bob says to win you have to be multi-talented. DSR could be the official podcast of FEST 14 in Gainesville – so stay tuned for that. Bob discusses his “hipster neighborhood” and having not mowed his lawn since finding out his house is to be sold. Sparklefight in the news, so Bobby reaches out to Mike Beer about a commercial they made in jest nearly 4 years ago – there’s a Facebook protest group calling for the boycott of Connie’s Ric Rac because they say the video (which is pure schtick) supports rape culture. Mike argues their side of the story, explaining why they won’t take down the video – it’s the principality of the situation. New one-man band, Distorted Signals, lives in a van down by the river, and they/he/she also records their/his/her records in said van, as well. Episode 27’s recurring themes: name nazis and bad words, which start with the letter “C”.

Blowfuse – Radioland
The Prosecution – Sofa Spuds
45 Adapters – Patriots Not Fools
Propagandhi – I Am A Rifle
Dead Ahead – Cold Truth
Dead Rejects – Spill Your Guts
Darkbuster – Many Moons
D.O.A. – Punk Rock Hero
Joey Cape – This Life Is Strange
Greg Graffin – Faith Alone
Distorted Signals – Less Than Nothing

Hear all the incessant blathering, plus this week’s new music and headlines, below.

DS Exclusive Interview: Laura Jane Grace talks live album, Emmys, being a trans parent, and more

Against Me! played an explosive set at the legendary Tavastia Club in Helsinki on August 11, 2015; the band’s fourth visit to Finland. Before the show I got to ask Laura Jane Grace some questions around the upcoming live album, “23 Live Sex Acts”, her Emmy nomination being a trans musician parent and more.

Check out the interview below.

Interview: Bill Stevenson (ALL, The Descendents) sings Propagandhi’s “Without Love”

You probably know Bill Stevenson from his time as the drummer for Descendents and ALL, and now you can hear him talking about (and singing!) Propagandhi‘s “Without You.”  He also talks about working with Propagandhi and who he thinks is “the best band in the world.”

You can watch the full clip below.

Interview: Kevin Bogart of Trophy Lungs talks about tour, new album, and nicknames


Boston’s Trophy Lungs has a big fall ahead of them, with an upcoming tour of the Midwest and a new album coming out on Antique Records.  I recently got to catch up with singer/guitarist Kevin Bogart to ask him all about the band and what they’ve got on the horizon.  You can read it all below.

The band’s latest release, Day Jobs, will be released on September 18th.  If you want to get in line early, you can pre-order the vinyl here.