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The Split Seconds’ Drew Champion talks about getting into punk and how it shaped his life

Washington DC’s The Split Seconds front man Drew Champion tells us how he got into punk and how it has influenced his life.

I’ve been listening to punk rock my whole life. My Dad was into The Ramones and a lot of alternative rock. I remember hearing Sheena is a Punk rocker in the car when I was a little kid and having it stuck in my head for days. Later on I got into Green Day and Nirvana because all of my friends older siblings were into that stuff. I had no idea they were singing about doing meth and heroin and stuff, I just thought it sounded cool. After I heard Blink 182’s Dammit I started playing guitar. That catchy riff and the chunky palm mutes just hooked me. I got bored of listening to the super radio-friendly pop punk after a few months and started digging down below the mainstream of punk rock. I wasn’t really into the whiny screamo stuff coming out at that time so I ended up getting into DC Dischord bands like Minor Threat and U and not U, and 70’s bands like The Dead Boys and The Buzzcocks.

Punk rock has been really important in shaping my life. The individualism in punk rock taught me to think critically and to distrust groups of people under the influence of bad ideas. The irony is that it’s often the punks whose group think I find myself rejecting. The DIY ethos of punk rock taught me self reliance. I know that nobody is going to just hand something to me and I need to make things happen myself. That’s the Ian MacKaye influence. The democratic streak in punk rock taught me to treat people without regard to race, sex, sexuality, etc. That’s pretty basic but some people seem to have a hard time with that. Finally the minimalism of punk rock taught me to reject fancy and complicated solutions when something simple and solid will get the job done. The way that Johnny Ramone approached guitar is a good way to approach life I think. Just keep it simple and go for it.

The Split Seconds’ upcoming album Center Of Attention, is set to be released on March 10th via Altercation Records.



DS Exclusive: Crusades premiere new song and video, plus interview with singer Dave Williams

Sweet news! Crusades have released a lyric video for “1713 (The Scorching Fevers)” off their upcoming This is a Sickness and Sickness Will End, out March 7th through Anxious & Angry (US) and Countless Altars (Canada/World).

Even better news! I was lucky enough to sit down (via e-mail) with Crusades singer and guitarist Dave Williams to talk about songwriting, heavy music, and cathartic art. Click here to check out the video and the interview!



Slick Shoes are guests on latest episode of Mike Herrera Hour

Slick Shoes are guests on the newest episode of Mike Herrera’s podcast. The band discuss their history as they approach their 20th anniversary. The episode, which originally aired on Friday, is available to listen to/download from the Mike Herrera website.



Travis Barker teases new music from Goldfinger, Blink 182 and Transplants

Travis Barker recently appeared on KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Show to talk about this year’s edition of his annual music and tattoo festival Musink. During the interview, Barker mentions he and John Feldmann recently began recording a new Goldfinger album, Blink 182 have recorded 13 new songs for a deluxe edition of California, and a Transplants covers album is on the way.

Check out the full interview below, and stay tuned for more info on these releases.



Davey Dynamite (Dying Scene Records) talks new album, new sound and new plans

There’s a moment in a short school project film about the Chicago folk punk scene where Davey Dynamite stands, legs apart, a battered guitar around his neck, locking eyes with a bearded man less than a meter away as he sings his heart out for all he’s worth. The man bellows the lyrics back with the same amount of intensity and gusto, as if the lyrics mean as much to him as to the young man who wrote them. Rather surprisingly, that bearded man turns out to be a professor of Anthropology which seems to be a fitting summary of Davey Dynamite the artist. He is a singer with that rare ability to connect with his audience on their level no matter who they are or where they come from. He has that uncanny ability to frame instantly relatable lyrics around passionate and powerful punk songs.

Davey grew up in and around Chicago and has been playing as “Davey Dynamite” since 2010 when he discovered the city’s thriving and nurturing punk scene. After a number of solo acoustic albums sprinkled with a handful of “plugged-in” tunes, his new album “Holy Shit” finds him supported by a full band on every track. It is without doubt one of the most inspiring, raw and dynamic releases of the last 12 months. 11 taut, anthemic punk songs replete with irresistible hooks and seismic choruses that sit somewhere between Frank Turner and Against Me! Just like those artists he has an exceptional ability to write lyrics that describe the human condition in new and interesting ways. Below, Davey tells us more about the recording of “Holy Shit”, his influences and what inspires him to write songs that rally against injustice and intolerance in contemporary society.



DS Interview: The American Myth talk about their new album, tour, politics, and The Pete

The American Myth grabbed my attention the first time I heard them at a local show in Boston a few years ago.  The Pennsylvania punk trio 2015 EP pretty much covers all the punk rock bases, so when I heard that they were releasing a follow-up 7-track EP, I was pretty stoked.  Not only did I get a little preview before the official release date this Saturday (sorry suckas, but I have to say it’s pretty goddamn awesome), but I also got to chat with the guys about the new album, their upcoming tour, and getting to work with Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls.

You can check out the full interview below, and you’ll also find a video for their new song “Sprite in the Water Cup” and a VERY important message from bass player Andrew Shermeta.



New D.I. album in the works

In a recent interview with Ventura County Star, Casey Royer revealed that O.C. punk legends D.I. have been working on a new album, which will be their first full-length since 2007’s On the Western Front, although he didn’t reveal much information about it. He states:

“The next step is we’re going to be working on a new album and the band right now is so tight, so dedicated and I’m working on doing another western European tour. We haven’t been there in 25 years — we were huge over there — bigger than we’ve ever been. I still look younger than a lot of people my age — some of them look like they’re 80. Yeah, I’ve been taking care of myself, drinking a lot of homemade vegetable juice. I’m just livin’ the dream, man.”

D.I. last released the United We Slam EP in 2012.



Nardwuar Vs. Fat Mike (for the 7th time)

Canadian celebrity interviewer and musician, Nardwuar the Human Serviette, interviewed NOFX bassist and vocalist “Fat Mike” Burkett for the 7th time in Vancouver, BC – a few weeks ago.

It’s pretty awesome how Nardwuar always presents obscure vinyl, and comes up with obscure references and questions to go with them.

Check out the video below.



Belvedere talk Canadian punk scene, new UK tour dates, and a lot more in fan Q&A

In our first attempt at an interactive video Q&A interview singer Steve Rawles of Canadian skate punk veterans Belvedere braved the interwebs to answer 40 questions posed to him from fans around the world. A lot of ground was covered including pre-show rituals, recording of their new album “The Revenge of the Fifth”, the future of melodic punk, upcoming UK shows and festivals, why they decided to go on hiatus after “Fast Forward Eats The Tape”,… ah, hell, just check out all the questions that were posed right here and play the ones that most tickle your fancy!

Belvedere released The Revenge of the Fifth on May 5th through Bird Attack (US), Effervescence(FR), Funtime (BE), and Lockjaw Records (UK).



Interview: SWMRS’ Seb Mueller Discusses Tour and Film Photography (w/ Photos)

All photos courtesy of Seb Mueller.

If you find yourself flipping through just about any music magazine these days, chances are, you’re going to come across SWMRS. The west coast band is making a name for themselves with their raw song-writing and catchy pop hooks, never sacrificing rock for melody. I got the chance to catch up with SWMRS’ bass-playing extraordinaire, Seb Mueller, who is taking the whirlwind in stride, all while touring the UK this summer and juggling his film photography at the same time.

In this exclusive interview, we get an insider’s view of some of Mueller’s personal favorite shots from his last tour in the UK and some insight into how and why he chose film photography as another expressive outlet. Read the full interview and check out the photos below the cut.



Guttermouth guitarist explains decision to release new EPs

Guttermouth guitarist Geoff Davis was recently interviewed by Punktastic.com, where he talked about the band’s decision to put out two EPs instead of a full-length studio album. He states:

“To be honest, even with ‘Got It Made’, there really wasn’t pressure to put that out. What led to that happening is we were finally just in a place where we wanted to write a few songs and if we were happy how they came out, we would put it out. ‘Got It Made’ went well and we had a little bit of creative juice left, so we went to work on ‘New Car Smell’. Rude Records and Bird Attack Records did a collab on both releases and with their support, it happened.”

The Got It Made EP was released on July 15th via Bird Attack and Rude Records. New Car Smell will be released later this month (November 25th) on those two labels. Guttermouth’s recent full-length, Shave the Planet, was released in 2006 via Volcom Entertainment.



Interview: Jack and Alex of toyGuitar talk Texas, Fest, and their new record “Move Like A Ghost”

"in Nature"toyGuitar has been hitting the road pretty hard to promote their new record “Move Like a Ghost”. The acclaimed six song EP was released on Fat Wreck Chords earlier this year, and the band embarked on a lengthy cross country tour to share their new songs with the world. Following a string of west coast dates with label mate CJ Ramone, TG shot out to Florida to Play the 15th annual Fest in Gainesville , and are currently shaking off the hangover on the homestretch back to California.

Tonight, I was able to connect with Jack Dalrymple and the band’s new bass player Alexander Alcantera Alcantra-Kouninos before their set in Houston, Texas.

Check out the interview below.



Interview: Ray Toro (My Chemical Romance) talks solo career and new album “Remember The Laughter”

All has been quiet on the Ray Toro front since the demise of his long-term band, My Chemical Romance, with the odd exception here and there: The 2013 release of the single “Isn’t That Something?” (track one of the soon-to-be-released “Remember the Laughter,”) 2015’s “For the Lost and the Brave,” written during the Arizona immigration unrest, but released after the suicide of seventeen year old Leelah Alcorn, and left as a stand-alone tribute to her,) 2016’s “Hope for the World” (track thirteen of the new album,) and “Into the Cave We Wander,” a collaboration with former bandmember, Gerard Way, to celebrate the release of Way’s and Jon Rivera’s new comic series, “Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye.”

Since that time, Toro became a parent for the first time, and perfected his first ever almost completely solo project (former My Chem and A Static Lullaby drummer, Jarrod Alexander, provided some drum tracks, while Doug McKean, David C. Hughes and Gene Grimaldi assisted on the engineering side of things.) Ray was kind enough to provide Dying Scene with his first interview as a solo artist since 2015 (and few interviews are more fascinating than the first few days of a new career path and first release – when the artist is super excited and candid, and the information is fresh.)

Check out the interview below. I hope you enjoy reading Ray’s purest of thoughts as much as I enjoyed hearing them.



DS Interview: Strike Anywhere’s Thomas Barnett discusses political climate, punk politics and new material

Strike Anywhere’s vibrant and prescient style of political hardcore has been around for nearly two decades now. Their last release was in 2009 but the songs still ring as true as ever; if not even more than when they were written. I was lucky enough to catch up with singer Thomas Barnett at the final show of their short run with A Global Threat and War On Women to talk about the politics of punk, how age and experience shape your view on the music that changed your life growing up and the current political climate. You can read the whole interview below.

Strike Anywhere’s last record was “Iron Front” in 2009.



Greg Graffin talks about the next Bad Religion album

Houston Chronicle recently conducted an interview with Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin, who talked about songwriting, the state of American politics, and his future plans, which include his next book and the next Bad Religion album. Video clips from that interview can be viewed below.

Asked in the interview when Bad Religion fans can expect a new album, Greg replied:

“Next year. You know, Brett and I will start writing some more, but…you know, these things are not like the water faucet. You can’t just turn on hot water. It’s very, you know…it’s a struggle to write quality, and if we didn’t have a legacy of quality, we wouldn’t be sitting here today. So, it’s…you know, it’s been three years and some people wonder, ‘Why can’t you put out a new record every year?’ ‘Cause it wouldn’t be very good.”

The new Bad Religion record will be the band’s first studio album since 2013’s True North, and their first one with new members Mike Dimkich (replacing Greg Hetson) on guitar and Jamie Miller (replacing Brooks Wackerman) on drums.