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DS Interview: Tim Barry on being “Lost and Rootless”

Posted by jaystone on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 9:43 AM (PST)

Tim Barry has a well-earned, albeit Chuck Ragan-esque larger than life reputation of being a bit of a vagabond, the living embodiment of a character from a Tom Waits song. Hell, his last studio album, 2012′s 40 Miler (Chunksaah Records), is a tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating nod to his pastime of riding the rails.

Dying Scene caught up with Barry in early November to chat about Lost & Rootless, and it seems unquestionable that a lot has changed in the years since 40 Miler. Barry’s assumed new roles as a husband and a father; his wife, Sarah, and now-two-year-old daughter Lela Jane appear on the cover of his upcoming release, Lost & Rootless (due November 28th on Chunksaah), and a second daughter, Coralee, was born two weeks ago (editor’s note: Tim and I talked two days before Coralee was born, hence a couple of the references in the conversation below). If there were a time in his professional life where Barry should feel anything but lost and rootless, at least on paper, that time should be now, no?

“I don’t know where I stand. Like, voting day was yesterday. Who the fuck do I vote for? You know what I mean?” Barry asks rhetorically. “In so many aspects of contemporary life in the United States or life in music, who are my peers? I have very close road friends, but I’m lost and rootless. I don’t know…what genre of music do I play? In what group of train riders do I fit with? In what group of workers in Richmond do I fit?”

Those questions are at the core of a number of tracks on Lost & Rootless. This time around, though, the story songs and the scorched-earth vitriol that are part-and-parcel of much of Barry’s traditional work are replaced by what can only be referred to as lighter, happier fare. Marriage and fatherhood will do that to a man, and songs like “Older and Poorer” and “Lela Days” are prime examples of that. Still, it’s not all joy in Mudville: “While I was just on tour, we lost our fucking health insurance,” Barry tells me.  ”We have a baby due in two weeks. So what the fuck do we do? We’ve got a two-year-old, an insulin-dependent diabetic family member, which will bankrupt a family right there, and then you have a baby on the way with all the risks involved. And then someone presents to you this unrealistic fucking charge of $1850 a month for insurance? That’s why people lose their fucking insurance. That’s why people start hustling. That’s why you start doing anything you can to get by.”

Better than perhaps most songwriters going nowadays, Barry has an ability to tap directly into the vein that provides depth and feeling to any situation, and many examples of that abound throughout our conversation. Check out the full text of our interview below. It’s a long one, but it may well be the most candid, compelling read to appear on the pages of Dying Scene.

 

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“NYHC: New York Hard Core 1980-1990″ author Tony Rettman North East book tour

Posted by vivalalexy on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM (PST)

Tony Rettman, author of “NYHC: New York Hard Core 1980-1990″ will be doing a small book tour of the North East from November 22nd- December 21st. He will be signing books as well as sharing stories and answering questions. Check below for the full list of dates and locations.

“NYHC: New York Hard Core 1980-1990″ gives a narrative of New York City hardcore based on over 100 interviews of key players in the scene including members from bands such as Agnostic FrontCro-MagsReagan Youth, and Sick of It All. You can order a copy of the book here.

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On December 9th, Angels and Airwaves will release their new album, Dream Walker, along with an animated short called Poet Anderson:  The Dream Walker.  As if that wasn’t enough, the band is also releasing a novel.

You can check out an interview with Angels and Airwaves guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge below.  In case you missed it, we previewed a new track off of Dream Walker earlier this week, and you can check that out here.

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Reed Mullin talks Corrosion of Conformity reunion with Pepper Keenan

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM (PST)

Last September, we reported that Corrosion of Conformity were planning to reunite with its onetime guitarist and vocalist Pepper Keenan next year for a new album and tour. Asked in a recent interview about the reunion, and whether they have started writing new material, drummer Reed Mullin replied:

“Pepper and I were talking the other day, and we’ve got some riffs left over from that era that I never used for COC stuff, and he didn’t use for Down. They’ve just been sitting around from when we used to do demos at Jag Studios. He was like, “Man, I found a couple cassettes. Remember those cassettes we used to do with [John] Custer down at Jag?” So yeah, he found a cache of some good riffage in his house down there in New Orleans that I guess he had packed away.

And for some reason, I can remember a lot of the riffs those guys write. Like, there’s a song on the new COC album, the three-piece, and the music is music Pepper and I had jammed back in 1989, and I ended up just putting lyrics to it. Me, Woody and Mike recorded it. It’s called ‘Tarquinius Superbus,” after the last Roman king. For some reason, I remember a lot of the stuff they do, so I’m kind of like an encyclopedia of a lot of their riffs.”

Keenan, who was a member of the band from 1989 to their hiatus in 2006, last recorded with Corrosion of Conformity on their 2005 album In the Arms of God. The band has since recorded two albums without Keenan (2012′s Corrosion of Conformity and this year’s IX), which featured the Animosity-era lineup of Woody Weatherman (guitars), Mike Dean (bass, vocals) and Reed Mullin (drums).

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I’ve never heard of Red Kap before but they appear to be some sort of clothing line and for whatever reason they did a pretty cool little “behind the scenes” video with Social Distortion frontman and guitarist Mike Ness.  Make him look like some all American badass really.  Check it out below.

Ness recently revealed that Social Distortion plans to be back in the studio a couple days a week to work on their anticipated new album, which he hopes will be released next year. He also revealed that he has been working on a solo album, which will be his first since 1999′s Under the Influences.

Social Distortion last released Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes through Epitaph Records in 2011.

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Interview: PUP talk about origins, Mexican food and more

Posted by Lauren Mills on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:31 PM (PST)

Toronto punks PUP were interviewed on Rocket From Russia. During the interview they discussed the band’s origins, Mexican food and more.

You can check it out here.

PUP released their self-titled debut back in April on SideOneDummy Records

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New Danzig album due next fall, covers album due in March

Posted by ChrisDude on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM (PST)

According to Examiner.com, the new album from Glenn Danzig’s eponymous band Danzig is due for release in the fall of next year, and his long-awaited full-length covers effort is due in March. He has also been working on an EP of Elvis Presley covers. Asked if there is any other musical ground that he is interested in covering, Glenn replied, with a laugh:

“No, probably ‘Danzig Sings Elvis’ will be about it. I’m pretty lucky in that a long time ago I started my own label. So I can just put out stuff when I want as long as I have a good distributor and no one can kick me off my own label. So I make sure that it sounds like what people expect Danzig to sound like and hopefully they’ll like the product when it comes out. That’s really all that I do.”

Danzig (the band) last released Death Red Sabaoth in 2010 through Evilive Records.

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Jade Puget on the next AFI record

Posted by ChrisDude on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM (PST)

Today marks the first anniversary of the day AFI released their latest album Burials, which was their first album in four years. In a recent interview, AFI guitarist Jade Puget was asked if the band has started working on their next album yet, he replied:

“Yeah, a little bit. We’re actually in the process of doing a new Blaqk Audio record right now. We’re pretty far along with that so once that’s done, we’ll move back to AFI.”

Puget’s new project XTRMST (which features his AFI bandmate Davey Havok) will be releasing their self-titled debut album on November 18, 2014 through Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records.

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Once upon a time not long ago, the future seemed very much unclear for Lagwagon. The seminal California punk band played occasional tours and festival shows, but the members each had what seemed to be increasingly-mounting outside obligations (perhaps most notably frontman Joey Cape also had his own increasingly busy solo career, he and drummer Dave Raun staying active in Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, former bassist Jesse Buglione leaving the band and being replaced by Joe Raposo, and Chris Rest joining No Use For A Name). Though they never officially went away, there were no plans to record any new material after the band’s 2005 ode to late-drummer Derrick Plourde, Resolve.

But a funny thing happened on what seemed to be the road to Hiatus-ville (or at least ‘Extended Break-town’). The band embarked on a lengthy tour in support of their 2011 Putting Music In Its Place boxed set. Somewhere on that run, the creative juices got flowing again. According to Cape, “something happened during that period of time where I felt like we kinda got re-fired up. A lot of synergy and chemistry came back into the band through that process.” Over the ensuing several years, Cape would begin writing new music specifically for Lagwagon. In spite of nearing the quarter-century mark fronting the band (and his own half-century mark on this planet), the music that Cape found himself writing was arguably the most aggressive, heavy music of his career. “It seems to me like it’s heavier than anything we’ve ever done!” He continues: “I think it’s a matter of where the band is now. We always try to make records that are appropriate to the collective personality the band has at the time. We all grew up on different kinds of music, metal and punk and rock and really heavy stuff. I think that most of the guys in my band prefer the really heavy stuff.”

But it wasn’t just angry music Cape was composing; the lyrics he found himself writing were also amongst the angriest of his career. “But the basic, central theme of the record is just my view of the world that I live in now, that I’m raising my daughter in. This is just a series of rants that (you’d hear) if you were my pal and hung out at the pub with me on a Wednesday night.” Fatherhood may have softened Cape in some ways, but it’s also made him more frustrated in the world around him. “I think it’s a bit cheesy to say that ‘we’ve got to hold on to hope,’ you know, because I honestly don’t have a lot of hope. That said, I’m dealing with what I’m dealing with, so how do I make the best of it.”

The result of Cape’s frustration and, perhaps, lack of hope is Hang. Due out October 28th on their longtime label home of Fat Wreck Chords, Hang is a dozen of the heaviest, most earnest songs that Lagwagon have recorded to wax. While much of the material is no doubt focused on society’s woes, there’s also an ode to the band’s longtime friend and touring partner Tony Sly, whose 2012 death rang loudly throughout all corners of the scene. While you might expect “One More Song” to be a mournful, acoustic number, in reality, it’s anything but. “I had no intention of writing a song for Tony like this because I just didn’t feel in this case that words or melodies or anything would really suffice. I didn’t feel like anything would be deep enough or good enough to represent anything that I wanted to say or feel. And I didn’t for a long time, but that song just kinda came out of the blue one day. I just couldn’t deny it, I had to do it.”

Head below to read our full, in-depth conversation with Cape. It’s a long one, we’ll admit, but it finds the always good-natured Caper in an honest, thoughtful and increasingly candid mood. Be sure to check out Lagwagon on the road with Swingin’ Utters and This Legend later this fall; full tour details here. Who knows…maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch Hang start to finish!

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In an interview with Lubbock, Texas’ KFMX, Social Distortion frontman and guitarist Mike Ness revealed that the band plans to be back in the studio a couple days a week to work on their anticipated new album, which he hopes will be released next year. He also revealed that he has been working on a solo album, which will be his first since 1999′s Under the Influences. You can listen to the interview below.

Social Distortion last released Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes through Epitaph Records in 2011.

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Blink-182 hoping to release new album next summer

Posted by ChrisDude on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM (PST)

In a recent interviewBlink-182 vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge said that he is hoping their long-awaited new album will be released in the summer of 2015, simply stating:

“I am hoping that we can get this thing out by summer, but we will see.”

Asked if the recording sessions of the album have begun, DeLonge replied, “We actually have our very first big writing session coming here in the next few weeks where we’ll get together and lay down our first tracks.”

We’ll keep you posted as more details regarding the new Blink-182 album come to light. The band self-released an EP titled Dogs Eating Dogs in December of 2012 after parting ways with Interscope Records.

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Flatliners frontman Chris Cresswell performed “Birds of England”, “Merely a Man”, and “Aside” (Weakerthans cover) in a great little acoustic session for Renaissance Recordings. Check out the video below (it also includes an interview with The Riverboat Gamblers’ Mike Wiebe).

The folks at Fat Wreck Chords have announced they will be putting Chris’s solo album out on vinyl this October 14th.  The album was originally released digitally through Joey Cape’s One Week Records, but this will be the first time it’s available on wax.

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Interview: Frank Iero talks solo project FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration

Posted by DebNYC on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 4:56 PM (PST)

Frank Iero, the man of many projects which share little in common but his name has treated the punk world to near-perfectly tracked album in his debut release “Stomachaches” under the solo project moniker FrnkIero AndThe Cellabration. Emotions run high in these lyrics, which is no surprise, considering that their composer was in crippling pain for the majority of the recording process.

Said to be kept in their rawest form possible, Iero took the album out for a test drive this past autumn on a month-long tour with The Used and Taking Back Sunday, and has been finding them very well received.

Frankie was cool enough to spare DS some time prior to his wrap-up headlining show at Metro Gallery in Baltimore to discuss fathers, zombies, trolls and oh yeah, a little bit about music as well. His interview is below (and can also be viewed on video here.)

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While at Riot Fest in Denver last month, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes‘ frontman Spike Slawson recently caught up with the folks at New Noise Magazine (or maybe vice versa) for an expectedly entertaining video interview. As expected, they talk about the Gimmes’ latest album, “Are We Not Men? We Are DIVA!” as well as Slawson’s own Uke-Hunt project (which put out one of the more underrated albums of the year in my opinion). Check out the interview below.

“Are We Not Men? We Are DIVA!” was released on May 13th, while the Uke-Hunt full length was released June 10th. Both appear on Fat Wreck Chords.

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Travis Barker reveals his plans for 2015

Posted by ChrisDude on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM (PST)

In a recent interview, Travis Barker revealed what his plans for the new year are, stating that his priority is finishing a memoir, and then his next solo album, which will be his first since 2011′s Give the Drummer Some, followed by the long-awaited new Blink-182 album, an EP he’s working on with Hospin and a Transplants covers album.

Blink-182 last released the EP Dogs Eating Dogs in December 2012, and have reportedly been back in the studio recording their long-awaited new album for a 2015 release. The Transplants’ latest album In a War Zone was released last year.

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