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‘The Black Phone’ Review: Answer the call

<p>Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone has one hell of a logline, which is simple enough to draw one in and enticing enough to maintain their attention throughout its 90-odd minute runtime. Based on a short story by Joe Hill (the accomplished horror author who made a name for himself in the scene before it was revealed that he was the son of Stephen King), the film concerns the object of its title: A black wall-mounted rotary phone, its connection wires […]</p>
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Spunge (often typeset as [spunge] – lead singer Alex Copeland has joked that the brackets are in the name so that the letters do not fall out) are a ska punk band from Tewkesbury, England. Through many years of touring, Spunge have toured with or played alongside a number of UK bands; and several American bands such as Green Day, Dropkick Murphys and Reel Big Fish; and been supported on a UK tour by Bowling for Soup; the latter of whom contributed backing vocals to the song “Centerfold” on the That Should Cover It! album.

100 Demons

100 Demons is an American metalcore band from Waterbury, Connecticut. Being fans of tattoos, the band derived their name from a book of traditional Japanese tattoo artwork by Horiyoshi III. The band usually incorporates their agnostic beliefs into their lyrics. After over a decade of playing in the Connecticut hardcore scene, Deathwish Inc. announced the signing of 100 Demons to a record contract in 2003. In a press release the label was quoted as saying “Today’s 100 DEMONS encapsulate a viciousness and ravenous intensity that few could achieve.” The band then found themselves at Planet Z Studios with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) recording their self-titled album.

1000 Degrees

1000 Degrees is a Punk band from Genova, Italy. They have released 2 Albums “Back to a New Way” (2014) and “Has Already Past” (2011) for their label, IndieBox, and one EP, “A Little Beat Faster” (2009). They have toured all over Europe and are about to start a new Russian/Scandinavian tour to promote their new album. Check out the brand new video for “Sayonara”! 

16 Hour Drive

16 Hour Drive is a punk band co-founded in San Diego 1997 in by singer/guitarist Chad Merritt. After finishing their first full length record in 2004 with producer/engineer Steve Wetherbee at Goldentrack Studio in Escondido, the group disbanded in 2005. Their album Miles to Go was never officially released, pressed, and distributed until two years later, by Infected Records.

Merritt revived the band name in 2009 to record a new full-length, typically filled with references to his literary and sociological hero Ayn Rand. As of 2011, Merritt is based in Austin Texas.

1916

Hailing from upstate NY, Celtic rockers 1916 are an explosive concoction of the modern Irish Punk movement with an original mix of psychobilly which gives 1916 a sound that stands apart from other bands of the genre.

Starting as an acoustic duo in 2006, singer Billy Herring and original drummer Steve LaDue played the traditional Irish ballads of the Dubliners and Wolfe Tones in the local pubs in and around their home-town of Rochester, NY.  They decided to call themselves 1916 to get people interested in Irish history.  In 2010 they took the music to a new level with the addition of electric guitars, traditional instruments, and a full drum set.  Within a few months of trying their new sound, 1916 were opening for the likes of the Dropkick Murphys, 21 Pilots, and New Politics, among other national acts.

On St. Patrick’s Day of 2012, 1916 released their first studio album, A Drop of the Pure, to rave reviews.  That same year, 1916 became the first band from Rochester, NY to get their own Pandora station with the addition of their music to the Pandora genome project.  With their music now reaching a global audience, the boys would soon gain fans all over the world.

The following year, 1916 released their sophomore album, Stand Up & Fight.  This new album, featuring a collection of covers and originals, had a more polished sound than the raw punk feel of  A Drop of the Pure.  This new full length album also featured more traditional Irish instruments to give the new LP a fun and full sound.

As the band continued to evolve, they kept touring and playing as many shows as possible.  With bigger audiences came a larger fan base for 1916 to interact with.  The band has always enjoyed hanging out with the crowd both pre- and post- shows.

In November of 2014, the guys went back into the studio to begin recording their third album, Last Call for Heroes.  Released in December of 2015, Last Call for Heroes was met with great enthusiasm from critics.  Named one of the “best punk albums of 2016,” both home and abroad, the new album appeared to have given the band the momentum they needed to move forward.

Mandolin player Jon Kane joined the band in early 2016, just before the boys hit the road to join Flogging Molly on their Salty Dog Cruise.  After a whirlwind spring of touring through the Bahamas and Europe, Jon was just what the band needed as he brought his energetic and fun stage persona into the fold.

The sound had certainly become streamlined and unique, but it wasn’t until 2017 that upright bassist Ryan Hurley would join 1916 to give the band the final integral piece that gives the music its psychobilly flavor.  Ryan quickly found a new home in 1916 and the band now finds itself on the edge of yet another amazing year of recording and touring.

In 2019, the band welcomed the thundering drums of Tony Presutti to take over behind the kit. Soon after that, 1916 further expanded their sound by the addition of accordion player Sam Sarratori to the crew!

2 Sick Monkeys

2 Sick Monkeys formed in December 2000, primarily to support Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream) in a one-off gig at a drum event in Swindon…they have now played over 1,000 gigs including 10 European tours and 1 tour of Japan.

They describe themselves as tight, melodic and in your face.

Basically……small outfit, BIG SOUND!!