Search Results for "Interview"

Box Car Racer to reunite for new album?

In a recent interviewBlink-182 drummer Travis Barker talked about the possibility of reuniting with Angels & Airwaves frontman and former Blink bandmate Tom DeLonge for another Box Car Racer album. He states:

“You know, it’s been mentioned [laughs]. That’d be cool, but it’s hard because the last one caused so many problems with Blink. It was weird because at the time I was listening to Stanford Prison Experiment, Pitchfork, Quicksand, Fugazi, all these bands, and Tom [DeLonge] was like, “What the fuck is Quicksand?” He heard it and fell in love and really dived right into that whole post-hardcore genre.

We started writing and had no idea what it was going to be for. I think we were both under the impression in the beginning that it was going to be a Blink album. Then it was like, no let’s do this cool little side project, but we won’t put an album out. Then the label heard it and wanted to put it out. Then there wasn’t going to be a tour, but they were like ah, you can do this tour. It just spiraled out of control. . . But I don’t know. [Mark's] not in the band, so would it cause a lot of problems? Would it not? I have no idea. It’s something I can’t even wrap my head around just because I’m so proud of this album that we’re currently supporting. But I love Box Car. It was a cool album and cool sound.”

Box Car Racer’s only release, a self-titled album, came out in 2002 before they disbanding a year later.



DS Exclusive: Matt Henson talks new Noi!se, Stadium Way, US Army, family life, and much more

Anyone familiar with Matt Henson, whether through “real life” or social media or some combination thereof, will no doubt be aware that he’s one of the more compelling people in the punk rock scene. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick synopsis in runon sentence format: In addition to playing bass and handling half of the lead vocal duties for Noi!se, Matt tackles vocals and acoustic guitars for Stadium Way, is a devoted husband and father to a young son and an infant daughter, and is a Master Sergeant in the United States Army where he’s in charge of roughly a hundred soldiers.

It’s that last bullet point that has a tendency to draw the most raised eyebrows amongst the traditional “fuck the man, fuck the system” mentality of the punk rock set. To hear Henson tell it, that’s a mentality that he personally grew up with. “There’s an inclination when you’re young and you’re angry and you’re pissed off to say “fuck the man! Fuck the establishment!” And that’s perfectly normal. I was like that, and I think it’s perfectly acceptable to be angry now. I think the political and social climates that we live in right now foster an environment of anger and frustration, and if you care at all about your family or your country, you’re going to be frustrated right now.”

There comes a point in the life of many a young, nihilistic punker at which the progression of time and the culmination of one’s life experiences provides a certain amount of added perspective that forces you to broaden those those earlier views. So while you try to hold on to some of those anti-establishment principles, you also do things like “get a job” and “pay taxes” and “start a family” and “buy a car.” Or, in some cases, you join the Army. “People seem to mistake serving in the military with a blind agreement with everything that the government does,” says Hanson, stating that people assume that “essentially a robot who’s been brainwashed to follow orders and you’re completely devoid of right and wrong and your self and free thought. And that’s certainly not true.”

If you’re like Henson and you take the heart of an idealistic punk rocker and add to it all that comes along with a lifelong military career, you end up with more than enough material to pull from when trying to write music as anything more than just a hobby. “In the Army, we have a phrase “target-rich environment,” explains Henson. “Lyrically, I would say that the United States is one of the most target-rich environments on the face of the planet, if not the universe.” While the problems experienced in the United States don’t necessarily compare to some of the more rigid environments that Henson has experienced abroad, that doesn’t make our problems any less frustrating, particularly given our quintessentially American way of losing sight of the forest because of all the damn trees in the way.

“The rhetoric on both sides (is) less about fixing any of the problems and more about demonstrating how the other side is going to make the problems worse,” explains Henson in a way that will invite anyone with even a modicum of common sense to nod in approval. “It’s almost impossible to have any sort of dialog about any sort of social issue with anyone anymore because everything’s become so divisive that if you make a suggestion or a criticism in any way, shape or form, it almost has to be met with a response from the other side. There can’t be a healthy discussion about how we can fix it and what we can do. It’s more about whose fault it is and who’s making it worse.”

He continues in such a way that yours truly will pull back from editorializing and just stick to the quotes: “There’s definitely other countries that are going through much worse social upheaval and social unrest, and that doesn’t negate what’s going on here. But being away from family, more than anything, shows you what’s important. With that in mind, you look at what’s going on here and your first thought is “how is this going to affect my family”? I have a son and a daughter and the thought becomes less about how annoying this change is for me and more about how this could potentially affect my kids and my grandkids down the line.”

With that as motivation, Henson and his Noi!se bandmates (Nate Leinfelder – vocals/rhythm guitar, Jesse O’Donnell-lead guitar and Kenny Dirkes-drums) set to work on brand new material soon after the release of their last full-length, the stellar-if-underappreciated The Scars We Hide. “It was actually our goal to (get to work) quicker, because I think Nate and I are two of the most impatient people on the face of the planet as it pertains to just about everything, music especially.” Early writing sessions would get interrupted, however, by a call from Uncle Sam. For a one-year period beginning in late 2014, Henson would find himself on deployment in Korea.

But while being seventeen hours ahead might pose some challenges, that doesn’t mean that Henson and the boys rested on their laurels. “Right now, if I had a song idea, the longest I’d have to wait is until next Tuesday so that I could take it to the band,” explains Henson. “In Korea, I would have to wait until I could get into my room, get a decent recording on the acoustic, send it to them, then call them and whistle the other leads and fills and vocal progressions so that they understood what I was talking about.”

When he returned Stateside, Henson took a brief respite to recharge and reconnect with his son and then-pregnant wife, before he the Noi!se gang got right back to work. “I was home for two weeks before we started recording,” says Henson. Why such a quick decision to get back at it? “Anybody that’s got a band probably feels the same way; once it has you, it becomes such a big part of your life. You’ve got all of these things that are pent up and trying to get out.”

The result of those post-Korea writing and recording sessions was the dozen songs that will soon be revealed to the masses as The Real Enemy, the sophomore full length that finds Noi!se raising the proverbial bar while staying true to their street punk roots. “The content is a little bit darker than we normally do, but there are some subjects that have hit pretty close to home with us recently that we really, really felt like we needed to address,” says Henson.

Chief among those things is post-traumatic stress disorder, which is experienced by roughly 8% of all American adults but more than double that rate amongst Veterans. “The War Inside,” for example, tackles the subject of PTSD in rather direct fashion, opening the album’s b-side while serving as a bit of a departure. Not only does the music veer away from traditional three-chord punk, but it also features a guest voice; Aimee Allen of the Interrupters. “Aimee’s voice and perspective add an essential element to the song that I think would be lacking without her in the mix. The backing vocals that (Aimee’s Interrupters bandmates) the Bivonas provide are incredible, also.”

With any luck, The Real Enemy will garner the band more recognition than the criminally-underappreciated The Scars We Hide did a couple of years ago. “What we’re hoping is that if the availability of this record is what we think it’s going to be, and people do us the honor of picking it up, maybe people that haven’t had a chance to listen to Scars discover it and listen to the music,” says Henson. Because Noi!se are unavailable to tour for the bulk of the year for somewhat obvious reasons, connecting with fans both new and old through recorded music takes on even greater importance. “You’re just trying to get someone else to feel what you were feeling when you wrote that,” says Henson, explaining the dividends that can still be paid in spite of the band’s inability to exist as a regularly touring entity. “That’s as quantifiable a feeling as you can get, other than playing and sharing the stage with some of your musical heroes and getting a nod from them, and the validation that you’re on the right track…if our music can get other people through the same things that music did when we were kids…it’s just a good feeling for a person to be able to help someone out in any capacity.”

Head below to read the full text of our Q & A, in which we expound on a lot of the subject matter above. Oh, and stay tuned for more news from Noi!se and Stadium Way in the coming weeks!



Noodles talks about new Offspring album

EMP Live TV recently conducted an interview with The Offspring guitarist Noodles, who talked about the status of the band’s long-awaited new album, which is likely due for release next year.

In the interview (which you can watch below), he revealed that The Offspring have finished 5 or 6 songs for the new record, and will re-enter the studio after their ongoing world tour is finished. He also says one of the reasons the album has been so long is because he’s been “lazy”, and added that frontman Dexter Holland just had a baby and is getting his PhD done.

The Offspring, who haven’t put out a full-length album since 2012′s Days Go By, recently released a new song for the film Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.



Episode 50 | Dying Scene Radio – Feat. Millencolin

This week on Dying Scene RadioBobby Pickles ventures to Madeira Beach, Floridumb, where he and his ragtag crew of misfits (i.e. Piazzo The Clown and the illustrious Ben Coletti) podcast in very close proximity to a 60 gallon cooler stocked with “blue water” (i.e. Bud Light). Elena Venetia joins the conversation from NYC, where she has zero difficulty expressing her empathy for the recent passing of Mischief Brew frontman, Erik Petersen.

BAND SPOTLIGHT: MILLENCOLIN - Pickles and his cast of drunkards bumble through the single worst interview ever conducted on DSR (recorded: May 22nd 2016 in St. Petersburg, FL).

INTRO by DS staff writer, AnarchoPunk. Plus, new music by GuttermouthThe Bouncing Souls and Little Bags (3/4ths of PEARS).

THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Mischief Brew – Roll Me Through The Gates Of Hell
Traverse – Lifelines
NEON BONE – I Can’t Let Go
Guttermouth – Old Man
Mike Frazier – Parrot King
Zebrahead – Who Brings a Knife to a Gunfight
Little Bags – Fishes Give A Fuck
The Bouncing Souls – Writing on the Wall
Burn Burn Burn! – Chasing Hornets
Bucky Harris – These Walls
Bottomfeeder – Flux Capacitor
Reverie – Anxiety
The Manx – American Business Activity
Islander - Think It Over
Interview w/ Millencolin
Millencolin – Balanced Boy
The Midlife – Lavender
Total Bummer – I Swear To Drunk I’m Not God
Spirits – Eyes of Love
Poison Idea – Calling All Ghosts
The Old Ironsides – Alone Tonight
Stick To Your Guns – Universal Language
…Whatever That Means – I Can’t Take It
Skinny Lister – Wanted
Mischief Brew – Thanks Bastards!

Hear all the incessant blathering, latest headlines and music BELOW!



Big Drill Car singer on the possibility of full-fledged reunion

No Echo recently caught up with Big Drill Car frontman Frank Daly to talk about his musical career, personal life and the current status of the band, of which he commented:

“The status of Big Drill Car today is, well, I’ll put it like this: the Big Drill Car has a non-operational registration right now. That’s not to say never, but it is to say not today.”

Big Drill Car, who broke up in 1995, reunited for several shows in 2008 and 2009, and again last January for the benefit show Dondopalooza in Costa Mesa.



Episode 49 | Dying Scene Radio – Feat. Brick By Brick (NYHC)

This week on Dying Scene RadioBobby Pickles and Matthew Piazza pop several Imperiales (La Cerveza de Costa Rica) bright and early on a Sunday morning, and are joined by Elena Venetia, who’s fresh off her field trip to Warped Tour. BAND SPOTLIGHT: Pickles, Piazza, and TONE LO-KI interview Mike, Sean, and Ray of metal/hardcore hybrid band, Brick By Brick (NYHC), on tour at their stop in Lake Worth, Floridumb. Plus, new music by blink-182Descendents, and Starving Wolves (feat. Leftöver Crack).

DSR GoFundMe ALTERT! Montreal Oi band, Out Of Order, had their brand new tour van stolen and resold to a chop-shop two days before embarking on their 2016 Summer Tour. Contribute HERE, if you can help out these friends of the show!

THIS WEEK’S PLAYLIST
Descendents – Without Love
Coral Springs – Anxiety
Eternal Boy – Awkward Phase
The Falcon – Black Teeth
Mace Ballard – Aurora
Bottomfeeder – You’re Welcome
The Split Seconds – Cutting Out
RVIVR – Had Enough (of This Hell)
Disaster Strikes – The Fighting Path
Interview w/ Brick By Brick
Brick By Brick – Burden Of Life
The Ruts – Babylon’s Burning
Cold Wrecks – Suburbs
Please Please Me – 1991
Almost People – Bored With Booze
Sudden Suspension – Pavement
Dirty Outs – Ghosted
Wizo – Adagio
Chimp Change – No Tomorrow
Beercan! – Starting Tomorrow
Lucky United – Two Good Shoulders
Stöj Snak – Fuck!
Starving Wolves – Fuck The People (feat. Leftöver Crack)
blink-182 – Hey, I’m Sorry (Bonus Track)

Here all the incessant blathering, latest headlines and music BELOW!



Episode 48 | Dying Scene Radio – Feat. Matt Caughthran (The Bronx/Mariachi El Bronx)

This week on Dying Scene RadioBobby Pickles is joined by Elena Venetia, who slept in until 3 in the afternoon (2 hours past recording time), and “Piazzo the Clown” (Matthew Piazza), who hates that moniker with the utmost intensity. Chris Fox (Vampirates/Boss’ Daughter) and Jesse Williams (The Randy Savages) eventually wake up to join the conversation, too. BAND SPOTLIGHT: Elena interviews Matt Caughthran, vocalist of the Los Angeles punk band, The Bronx, and alter ego mariachi group,Mariachi El Bronx, at Punk Rock Bowling (Asbury Park, NJ).  Plus, new music by Sum 41,Mikey Erg, and The Bouncing Souls.

Here all the incessant blathering, latest headlines and music BELOW!



Jade Puget says AFI are working new music

In a recent interview with Agressive Tendencies, AFI guitarist Jade Puget confirmed that the band has been working on new music, but cannot give definitive details regarding release dates. You can watch the interview below.

AFI’s most recent studio albums Burials was released in 2013. The band went on hiatus last summer, but the band members have since discussed their plans to return with a new album this year.



Guttermouth guitarist talks about new EP “Got It Made”, explains why they haven’t released an album in 10 years

In a recent interviewGuttermouth guitarist Geoff Armstrong talked about the band’s upcoming EP Got It Made, and explained why they haven’t released an album in more than a decade. Here’s what he had to say:

“We kind of wanted to use the EP as a test a little bit. There’s lots of other ideas that we had on the table for songs that we kind of worked with and we had a few more lyrics and just weren’t feeling them so we felt that these were six songs that we wanted to put out. Yeah, we could have thrown another five in for filler and come out with a full length, but we didn’t feel that that was really the thing to do, like, if we weren’t completely satisfied with the songs, we were over it. That being said, there’s definitely some other ideas being thrown around. I don’t want to jump the gun, but I think you can definitely see some more in the future maybe another EP and then something else down the road. You never know, especially with this band, because there’s nothing ever set in stone and we’re not contracted with a record label as far as, ‘Hey you have to put out this and that.’

I think that’s why the gap was so long with putting out records and I think more Mark than anybody else was over the writing process and over being under a contract because some of the old records did some really big numbers and then you put out something afterwards and it does half that or whatever the case may be and the fans don’t like it and everyone is like, ‘They’re starting to get old and their songs suck,’ so I think Mark was feeling some stress and pressure with the writing process or just kind of burned out maybe he didn’t even have anything to say in music for awhile. Then in Australia, he just started coming up with ideas. So who knows with this band? You never know what you’ll see. I could tell you right now, ‘Yeah, we have a full length planned,’ and then it would never come out. It changes by the month depending on what’s going on, but I think everybody is in a good mindset to do more songs for sure.”

Got it Made will be released on July 15th through Bird Attack and Rude Records. Guttermouth have not released a full-length studio album since Shave the Planet, which came out in 2006 via Volcom Entertainment.



It’s been a month! But today, Bobby Pickles drops a brand new Episode of Dying Scene Radio feat. new DSR war correspondent AnarchoPunk; SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: PEARS

This week on Dying Scene RadioBobby Pickles is joined by two foxy mothereffers, Chris Fox (Vampirates/Boss’ Daughter) via Vampirates’ Knoxville, TN (absolutely not the birthplace of Hunter S. Thompson) stop on their #MaximumPartyTime never-ending tour across the globe, and DS Staff Writer AnarchoPunk who’s transcending from strictly a talented writer to a rogue punk beat reporter, despite his inability to adequately record his end of the podcast for this here episode. He did, however, manage to adequately interview PEARS (SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW) at Complex music venue in Glendale, California. Plus, new music by blink-182 , GuttermouthDescendents, and The Misfits.

Here all the incessant blathering, latest headlines and music BELOW!



Descendents talk about new album “Hypercaffium Spazzinate”

The members of Descendents were recently interviewed by Rolling Stone, where they talked about the lyrics, musical direction and inspiration behind their long-awaited new album Hypercaffium Spazzinate. Guitarist Karl Alvarez states:

“I think there’s quite a bit on the record that’s kind of unflinchingly looking at getting older. And it’s nice because I think a lot of rock bands aren’t very honest about that; they all want to exist in some universe where they’re perpetually between the ages of 21 and 35. We’re codgers; we’re not afraid to admit it.”

Hypercaffium Spazzinate is set for a July 29th release on Epitaph Records. It will be their first studio album since 2004′s Cool to Be You, and their first on Epitaph since 1996′s Everything Sucks.



Jim Lindberg comments on new Pennywise album

Pennywise front-man Jim Lindberg recently sat down for an interview with Communities Digital News. When asked about the state of a new Pennywise album, Lindberg offered some insight:

“I really, really have been pressing that we really gotta get into the studio and it’s kind of been doing chores and then people have to get back to their families and things like that. It just kind of keeps getting put off, but I know everyone has a batch of songs. I’ve got ideas for songs and I know Fletcher was playing some stuff the other day that sounded cool, but we just have to get in there and do it, [...] I’m ready and willing to get into the studio and that’s what everyone says, but they don’t seem to be doing it [...]. I hate to sound pathetic, but if anybody’s been in a band as long as I have been, then they’d understand that the politics of getting into the studio shouldn’t be that difficult, but sometimes they are.”

You can read the full answer and the rest of the interview here.

Pennywise released a compilation album Nineteen Eighty Eight on May 20, 2016 through Hardline Entertainment.



Dave Lombardo talks about new Suicidal Tendencies album

Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo recently spoke to Metal Wani about his involvement with Suicidal Tendencies, including playing on the band’s upcoming album, which they recently began recording. He says:

“I think it’s very typical and very traditional Suicidal Tendencies. It’s that style. It’s Mike Muir and he was a very special style in which he writes his music and his lyrics and his structures. And I love it; I love it. It takes me back to how it all started, which was that punk attitude. I’m very happy to be a part of his organization. I feel very welcomed. I feel very much appreciated, and there’s a lot of respect amongst the musicians, and camaraderie. We have a really good time together. We hang out as a band, which is important; I feel it’s very important.”

You can listen to the rest of the interview below.

Due for release this September, the new Suicidal record will be the band’s first since 2013′s 13, and their first with Lombardo on drums and guitarist Jeff Pogan, who replaced Nico Santora last month.



Interview: Mike Park of Asian Man Records talks label origins, 20 Year Anniversary Show, and more

I remember buying Big D & The Kids Table’s “Good Luck” from a local record store at age 15 and finding inside the ten year anniversary Asian Man Records mail order catalog. In this catalog there was a letter from label founder Mike Park explaining that they were not a big label. He said he ran it out of his parents’ garage, had one phone line with no call waiting, one computer, and two employees (his mom being one of them). This blew my mind and was my simple little introduction to DIY ethics. So when I got the chance to interview the man behind the label himself, it was no small deal to me.

I got to sit on a couch and drink a beer while Mr. Park walked his dog around his neighborhood on a very windy day in San Jose, California. While there were several moments in our interview that I could barely hear him due to the weather, this was still the best interview I’ve ever done and a dream come true for me. Read it below.



Interview: Hugo Mudie, founder of Pouzza Fest

Raw Cut Media sat down with Hugo Mudie, founder of Pouzza Fest and vocalist for the Sainte Catherines, for a quick interview about this year’s edition and the obstacles that come with running a gigantic festival like Pouzza.

You can take a look at the full video below.