**Interviews By Emillie Marvel unless otherwise noted.
|Posted by punk-nation on March 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
We love The Dollyrots. Like, a lot. The decade old band craft three minute masterpieces that could feel at home under pop, punk or rock classification. Fun, upbeat and lighthearted, only a few seconds into their latest effort, Barefoot and Pregnant, you'll find yourself dancing around your house - or at least bobbing your head furiously in your car. And if all this transpires just from listening to the album, we all know their live show is sure to be what legends are made of. You can get out there and be a part of that legend at one of their shows across Texas this spring, including a set at this year's SXSW festival. Grab your tickets, but first check out our interview with vocalist Kelly Ogden. We talk everything from Joan Jett to album production to DollyTot!
Tell us about the best show you ever played.
Ahhhh, that’s a tough one. I have lots of favorites. We played on Pier 54 with Joan Jett years ago… it was our first BIG show and I remember being terrified. My parent’s flew up from FL to see it and a bunch of my relatives came to see us too. There was lightning and rain and a random dog wandered onto the stage, but I remember kicking ass and thinking if I got struck by lightning right then I would be okay with it. Well aside [from] the fact that my family and the crowd would be horrified. Ha. It was one of the first times I felt like I could do this, that I was on the right path. Then I took a [picture] with my mom and Joan Jett. It was pretty sweet.
What's the best memory you have from the recording of Barefoot and Pregnant?
We decided to record as we were writing not knowing if what we were recording would be the final take and for that reason I think the album has a really carefree and confident air to it, especially the vocals. One of the songs was even recorded while I was laying in bed. I was dealing with some pretty terrible morning sickness and I figured it was just a demo so why not. Then we went to record it “for real” and I couldn’t re-create the feeling so the bed take stuck.
What song are you most excited for fans to hear from the album?
That’s tough. I could give the “Every song is so special in it’s own way. They’re like our children.” answer, but I’ll pick one… it’s not necessarily a single but it’s the one on the album that means the most to me. “Under the Same Sky.” It was one of the first songs we wrote after finding out I was pregnant and it’s a little love song to our baby River. We even recorded his heartbeat at an ultrasound and put it in the track. I honestly think fans are going to love the whole thing. It’s perfect.
You both helped produce the album and released it on your own label. What are the pros and cons of being so involved in that part of the production?
There are definitely pro’s and cons to the DIY way. When recording it leaves you open to a lot of second guesses, but it also gives you plenty of opportunities to be spontaneous and try things you would feel strange trying in a studio environment. At this point we’re both pretty good at making quick decisions and helping keep each other on track. The really tough part about doing it ourselves comes when it’s time to fulfill all the orders. That’s when our little packing elves have come in and help.
What's the best advice you've ever received on your career?
When we first met Joan Jett we were talking and she told me to practice my craft and not worry about what anyone else thought or said. It’s something we all know, but when one of your idols tells you you’re good enough it helps you believe it.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
What's next for The Dollyrots?
I just finished filming my parts for lyric videos… we’re releasing one for EVERY song on this album! They’ll be posted on our social networks and Youtube. And we have a lot of acoustic covers to record for our fans who pledged for them. AND we’re headed to SXSW for the 9th year! More tour announcements coming soon. We can’t wait.
|Posted by punk-nation on March 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
London, UK’s Subset are one of the most hard-working bands you will ever meet. With their own brand of loud fuzz rock, they’re ready to set off on their first European tour and take over. Their eighth release, Loverdose, is the new soundtrack to the underground, brutally honest and fast-paced. And they’re not stopping for breath, already writing for their next album. Recently, we caught up with lead singer Romaine Daste to talk about their latest album, life on the road, and doing it all on their own. Check it out below!
What was your favourite part of recording Loverdose?
The drums; we did several takes at different speeds and picked our favourites. Also the vocals; there were some very emotional moments on some of the scream takes. For instance, the last long scream on the song 'Carnage' was done in only one take.
Give us a brief history of the band.
We have toured four times across the UK. Done it from the bottom: pubs, squats, on the street, shopping centres, you name it. Started from nothing, used public transport for touring, starting to use a van only recently. We have put out 8 releases with almost no media coverage and now we’re finally getting noticed after playing abroad and in better venues. 2014 brings our first European tour. We are very excited.
Where do you get your inspiration for writing songs?
From our friends' and fans' stories, experiences, dreams, frustrations and the real world in which we live. We talk about being heartbroken, euphoria, drugs, Sunday morning hangovers, exuberance, despair, swinging self-esteem, strengths and hopes, the environment, social unrest, and passion.
What’s the story behind the Loverdose album cover?
There is no story. We simply liked it for the shapes, colors and the mood. A friend of ours is a painter and photographer - we talked about the cover for a while, and he made what we wanted to talk about in the album.
Do you think being a multinational band helps when touring Europe?
The only thing that helps is working hard for it - being patient, helping other bands so they can help us go as far as we want to, being considerate, determined, focused, and realistic.
Your next European tour was mostly funded by fans. Do you think it’s important to keep the DIY ethos of your band?
Yes. We hope we can show we can be trusted by how hard we are working. We are honest and genuine, straightforward, and down to earth. We know it takes time for people to believe in this, especially with everything they see online and on TV everyday. We are patient and simply doing this every day as best as we can.
Describe your typical touring routine.
First the hangover, dryness in the mouth, often waking up in yesterday's clothes. It takes some time to understand where you are when you open your eyes. Then you wake everybody up (or you get woken up - the guys always love making fun of me on that hehe), find some kind of coffee or tea asap, then we gather all the equipment and move things to the van, or from the van, depending on the plan. That part always takes ages. Then we hit the road, turn the radio on, listen to the news, answer text messages, keep an eye on the GPS, find a place to park (that takes ages too). Unload the van, fix what’s broken or replace what's lost. Often you have to do all of this in the rain. It's always easier when it's good weather. When it rains you can feel miserable but the team's mood always lights up once we're on the motorway. When there is snow, everybody freaks out about delays and queues and you have to call promoters, touring bands and photographers in a panic, just to reschedule everything. Then you set up for the sound check. I spend more time on vocals and warming up but we don't always have time. Then we prep the venue, open the door, manage the door, sell tickets, shake hands. We try to take pictures when people ask us, but often we have to run in all directions at once, so it's always tough to regroup and get everybody in one shot. Sometimes I also have to do the cloakroom if we can’t afford to pay someone to do it. Then we get on stage, play, jump, mosh, rage, scream, and dance. It's a full life in your head for about 30 minutes. Then off stage, watch and support the band after us, shake more hands, sell merch hoping it will cover petrol costs, clean the venue and move all the equipment. Once all this is done we usually start drinking. Someone stays sober to drive us off, and we usually end up at a friends house where we all sleep in the living room. Five minutes before we all fall asleep, we talk to each other about the show. Then we pass out. Day done.
What’s next for Subset?
European tour for 2014 - mainly, five countries. It's a huge project. Then it’s back home, a few more local shows and the release of our next album.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Yes. I'd like to say thanks to Alex and Punk Nation for interviewing us and also thanks to the Welcome Home motorway petrol station for installing wifi and selling chicken pasties even in the middle of the night; that’s saved our lives several times. Also a big thank you to whoever is reading this and think we are decent people. It's hard work.
|Posted by punk-nation on February 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Last fall, we caught up with Lydia frontman Leighton Antelman at a stop of the band's tour with The Maine and Anberlin. We liked him so much, we knew we had to have him on again, and what better time than right before the band hits the road again on the Illuminate Tour? One of the most anticipated treks of the year, Lydia are about to make history in thirty cities across North America with special guests Golden Sun, Saint Motel and HRVRD. Before you head out to one of the shows (and you will), get to know Antelman a little better with our Q&A about Illuminate, his music collection and what's next for the band.
It's just always been such a fan favorite and an album that means so much to people we talk to at the shows. We knew it would make a whole lot of people really happy. Which is why we love going on the road in the first place. So it was kind of a no brainer, you know? We were just waiting for the right time to actually do it.
What’s your best memory from the creation of Illuminate?
Oh man, there's so many from that time period. It was our second record and we really hadn't made a name for ourselves yet. I guess there was a lot of uncertainty around the whole record. It was our first time working with Matt Malpass and our first time with big interests in the band. There were quite a few different label A&R guys coming in and out and we didn't really even know what the hell we were doing. Just trying to make our second record. Near the end of tracking though I think we all knew it could be a record to put the band on the map. To this day it blows my mind how many tattoo's are shown to us every single show.
What was your reaction when you heard the finished version of Illuminate for the first time?
Ha, I'm sure I probably called up Matt and told him about all the tiny little details that he needed fix. I tend to micro manage when it gets to the final mixes of an album.
Describe your typical touring routine.
I'd say...Wake up in a hotel room that looks pretty much exactly like the room you stayed in last night. Look at the clock on the dresser to see how long I have until I need to do things. Shower, drive some hours to the next venue. Then I try and walk around the city randomly for a bit while the stage is being wired/set up. This is when you can find some cool shit. Usually will try and get back to the venue whenever I wander that way again. Have a few drinks and head on stage. After the show I love talking to however many fans I can before the venue kicks them out. Then drive back to the hotel, whatever is going on there, and try and close my eyes for as many hours as time allows. Repeat.
If we were to look at your music collection, what would be the most unexpected thing we would find?
Hmm I'm not sure what people would "expect" me to listen to but maybe Zach Brown Band? Love that dude.
Illuminate also featured Mindy White as a vocalist. Do you have any plans to bring in a second vocalist for the tour?
We won't be bringing a female on the road for the tour. We've got a great group of guys with us now and I just don't see a reason to mess with that.
Aside from the tour, what’s next for Lydia?
At the moment I'm not sure. We're always writing and putting ideas down on paper. So we might take some time to put a lot more of our ideas down after this tour. But we'll still be on the road more this year as well. Hope to see your faces out on the road this spring for Illuminate!
|Posted by punk-nation on February 15, 2014 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
Well, it was always on when I was little. Here in the south, country music was just like a staple. Of course I went through my teenage years where I couldn’t stand country and now I love it again. I don’t know if that’s a sign of getting older or what. Music was just always on when I was a little kid, and through my own rebellious attitude I kind of got into rock and roll music. I remember going to see Poison and Aerosmith and bands like that when I was younger, so that’s how I got into it. My mom told me when I was little when music came on I would always bobble my head back and forth. She attributes that as how I started playing drums.
When you started Lynam what was your goal with it originally?
Lynam actually started out as a joke, we were just supposed to do a few gigs. Mars Electric had just broken up, it was kind of an in between project while me and him (Jacob Bunton, vocalist) did other things. It ended up sticking and here we are 13 years later.
What’s your best studio memory of all time?
I don’t know if it’s the best, but the most memorable time I’ve ever had in the studio was (from) our first record. I was a horrible drummer. I mean horrible. I had no business being in there. There were some of the tracks off the first CD that I couldn’t even play on because I couldn’t cut it. I remember (the) first time I got into a real studio in a real recording environment and saw how brutal that click track was to me because I just wasn’t prepared for it. Man, our producer that we still use to this day, Jason Elgin, started laughing during tracks and it got the best of me. I remember leaving the studio and crying, being like “I can’t believe this is happening to me.” I remember calling my mother, I felt like such a little kid. I was like “I can’t do this. I can’t record, I’m not good enough”. But I’ll tell you what, that happening in the studio motivated me so much that I was like “I will never go through that again. Next time we record I will be ready.” It’s so embarrassing to have to call someone over to track a song because your drummer can’t do it. It’s one thing to have somebody famous come do it just for the honor of them doing it, but when you can’t cut it and somebody’s having to come in after you it is so embarrassing.
Probably the best studio memory I’ve ever had was Tom Keifer (vocalist, Cinderella) coming in and doing slide guitar on our last studio album, Tragic City Symphony. He did some slide guitar on a song called “Enemy”. It was surreal because a week before we had no idea that he even knew who we were. He approached us at a concert and said “Man, I just want you guys to know that you’re one of my favorite bands. Me and my family listen to you all the time riding around in the car.” We were blown away, and Jacob - I don’t know how he had the balls to do it - but he goes “Look, we’re recording a new album right now, and we’d be honored if you’d cut a solo or do something on it.” And he was like “Absolutely, I’ll come down tomorrow.” He drove down in his car from Nashville down to Birmingham, recorded a solo, took a picture with Jacob and then drove back up to Nashville.
What about your best show?
That changes all the time. In 13 years, there’s not one show that really stands out but there are several that stand out. Anytime we play House of Blues, I feel like we put on one of our best shows. Rocklahoma shows are always fun, we’ve done three or four of those over the years. Any kind of festival environment where there (are) thirty (to) forty thousand people in front of us, that’s what we thrive on. We were (a) three piece back when we did these. In 2014 we’re a four piece, we’ve got more people to run around on stage. We’ve always been able to play on stages as small as a telephone booth and as big as an amphitheater. Now we’ve got Lonny in the band, so it’s gonna be a fun year of touring with this new album we’ve got coming out.
Yeah, you’ve got a lot coming up.
We’ve got some festivals we’re doing this summer. We (have) a tour going, we’re going to visit some cities we haven’t visited in probably four years. We’re excited to get back out and see different sections of the country.
Do you have a preshow ritual?
We don’t even warm up. During our intro, if you’re ever front row at our shows you can kind of hear Jacob warm up his vocal chords. Nothing before we walk on stage though. We literally sit there and play with our phones, make phone calls to our families. I know Metallica gets a pot of dirt and they all rub their feet in it, I don’t know why they do that. I guess when you’re Metallica you can have silly rituals like that. We’ve done so many shows over the years…
You know what you’re doing by now.
Yeah, we don’t even need a ritual. We just jump on stage and do it.
Experience pays off.
I hope. That’s debatable by some people. (Laughs)
What was your initial reaction to the “Cold” video.
My first reaction was, “Wow, they did a good job of her looking dead and cold.” We shot it up in Nashville back in December and it was very cold and very rainy, and I was like “This is perfect, the vibe of this video is really gonna be caught.” I don’t enjoy watching myself playing drums, but it was cool seeing how they put the storyline in there. We haven’t done a video in so long it just felt weird to watch one. (I) probably watched it twenty times.
What’s up next for the band?
We’re booking a tour. We’ve got Texas we need to hit, California, up in the Northeast for sure. Maine, Boston, New York, New Jersey, we gotta hit that area. There (are) just so many areas we’ve got to go to. Michigan, we love playing Michigan. We’ve got to get back up there.
Definitely, we want to come see you.
Last time we played Michigan we got kicked out of the club for playing with no clothes on. It was a weird way to leave Michigan. We always have so much fun, but everyone was kind of unresponsive that night. We said, “You know what, we’re gonna make it interesting.” So we took the stage in our underwear. The club owner wasn’t having that... She said “You’ll never play this club again.” Shows like that, you’ve got to make it memorable, otherwise there’s nothing to remember.
We just (have) a steady year of touring. We want to book as many shows as possible. We’re a band that will play seven, eight times a week. We’ve been known to book double dippers on Saturday and play once during the day and once at night.
That’s awesome. You don’t really hear of bands that work that hard.
You have to nowadays. Nobody buys music, so touring’s where you make your money. Not only just playing shows but after shows, hanging with people and going to the merch table and taking pictures. All that kind of stuff that we’ve already done naturally, now it’s just become vital. Bands that don’t do it can’t survive out there. If you’re not going to be willing to go interact with the people that come see you, you’ll be left out in the cold.
Plus it makes a really good memory for the fan.
Absolutely. I wish my favorite bands growing up would have done that. That would have been cool as hell.
Is there anything else you’d like our viewers to know?
|Posted by punk-nation on February 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
When you interview one of the most legendary metal bands to ever exist, it can be a bit nerve-wracking. Luckily for us, this turned out to be one of our favorite interviews in our history. Having been around since 1984, Iced Earth have not only perfected their craft but also became the best metal band to ever come out of the states. Stu Block has been Iced Earth's vocalist for the past three years, but he's no novice to the industry. He's been fronting metal bands for over a decade, including progressive death metal band Into Eternity. Not too long ago, we chatted with him about being on the road, lessons learned and much more. You don't want to miss this one, check it out below!
What’s your best memory from creating the new album?
My best memory? Being swarmed by flies the whole time. No, I’m joking. That’s sort of an inside joke, we did it during the summer near a pig farm so there (were) a lot of flies near us when we were doing the album. I had a lot of great memories from making the album. We sort of lived with each other, actually. It wasn’t just (that we) flew in and did our parts and just left it. Throughout the writing process and the recording process we lived together, so most of my fond memories are of us just hanging out together and creating the album.
How does your experience in the other bands you’ve been in slip into Iced Earth?
There’s always a lot that plays into past experience of doing stuff. Like anything, you get better at something. Of course I look back at an old video, when I was younger doing this stuff, and I was like, “My god, what was I thinking”.
I think everyone does that.
Yeah, I think in anything you do, right? A lot of the stuff I had to learn trial and error was through my past bands, and even now I’m learning. I’m always learning. Since I’ve been in Iced Earth it’s been even more of a learning experience because the fact that it’s in a different playing field, different ball game. I learn every time I go on tour and everything time I write an album with John... I’m learning all the time. Your history alway is something that molds you, I learned a lot from my previous bands also.
How’d you end up in Iced Earth?
I was in a progressive death metal band called Into Eternity. We were on Century Media Records. Back in 2008 we were on tour with Iced Earth, (but) never really got to talk to John too much. He was going through difficult times at that point, getting in a different head space. I was warming up backstage, and I remember John later on telling me that he did hear me warming up backstage and he was like “Holy crap, that guy’s got a good high end and powerful voice” and all that kind of stuff. I was so honored that he’d say all that. Fast forward to... I think I got in there in 2010. I get a call because I guess Matt had made the decision that he wanted to pursue being a police officer full time - which is totally awesome. We need good, awesome people like Matt helping out. He’s a really great guy and it fits his personality too. But then it opens up the opportunity for someone to come in and sing in the band. I got a call from a guy at the record label that had mutual ties between me and Into Eternity and he had mutual ties with Iced Earth, so he sort of played the middle man to get in contact with me. He phones me up at work, because at that time Into Eternity was on hiatus. We hadn’t toured in like 2 years, I hadn’t done anything in almost... it was creeping up on two and a half years. And I was getting real antsy.
Gotta get out there
Yeah, (I) wanted to get out there because it’s in my blood! I need to be out there creating music and just doing what I love doing. So he explained to me there’s a band, he wouldn’t tell me who it was. He said there’s a band that wants to explore the opportunity of maybe you trying out for them. For the first like ten minutes he didn’t tell me who it was. And I was like, “Well listen man, who is this?” Then he said it was Iced Earth, and I was like “Holy, shit”. You know, that’s a good opportunity. He gave me John’s number and I’m not too sure if I called him that night and or called him the following night. Either way I called him and we had a great conversation on the phone. We hit it off. He said, “Listen, let me fly you out”, to where he was at which was Indiana. He had some music that he had given to me, so I went out there, we wrote a song together and I think another song. I think it was day two he turned to me and goes, “Listen man, if you want the gig, you got it.” I said yes, of course, but let me make one phone call. Made a phone call, but I had made my decision. That was the band I wanted to be in. It’s been really cool, I can call John one of my very best friends, and the band is really great. I’ve learned a lot being in the band and there’s a lot of good stuff to come.
How do you prepare for being on the road for a long time?
We all have our little tasks that we have to do to prepare for it. We’ve been spending a lot of time in Europe. I’m lucky this time, I flew back to Canada (but) I left my clothes bag in Europe so I don’t have to lug it back. We have work to do preparing certain songs for the next tour, but we want to try and relax as much as possible too. We want to be with our families, so it’s trying to have a good healthy balance of both. It’s going to be a long road, but we’re road dogs. We’re prepared for this.
It makes things different when you like it.
That’s the thing, right? This is what we do for a living. And we love creating music and we love playing in front of different crowds and being in different places around the world. Not many people can say they’ve been to India and places like that. I can look back later on when I’m old and senile and be like, ”Wow, where was I?” and look back at the pictures. It’s cool man, you know?
It’s cool to hear you being so enthusiastic about it. A lot of bands complain about tour.
Yeah, then they shouldn’t be doing it. I don’t agree with that either. I love what I do, and the day that I’m not feeling it anymore and don’t want to do it is the day that I obviously will quit. But I don’t see that in my future for a very very very long time, unless I cripple myself or something like that. Get too drunk and fall down some stairs, hit my head and become a vegetable. Then I guess I’m finished, but other than that rock and roll for me.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your time in the music industry?
Be patient. Be patient and always make sure you’ve got your back covered. That’s all I can say. The music business, they don’t call it the music business for nothing. When you’re at a certain level you’ve got to make sure that yourselves (are) taken care of and (make) sure your art is taken care of. Being in this level of the band, I see how hard John works. He’s a legend in heavy metal, first of all. Second of all, I see how he runs the band and I see how tight he runs the ship. Every ship needs a leader. I see the decisions he has to make, and some are decisions he doesn’t want to make but he has to make for them the better of band. Same comes down to us as individuals. As musicians in a band we all have to make decisions that are for the best. We have to think of our families, we have to think of ourselves and we have to think of our brothers in the band also. You just gotta be patient and make sure that you have yourself covered and make sure that you’re surrounding yourself with good people. And that’s a perfect world. This is the music industry and there’s always scumbags in the music industry looking to leech off of a band, to make money or screw them. Nature of the beast. There’s leeches in any industry. You just gotta learn how to spot them.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Yeah, we all write a piece of poetry each day and then we read it to each other before each show.
No, I’m joking. Yeah, we get really creative and build cards for each other. (Laughs) But, no. We have this thing where we all just kind of put our hands in, we have a backstage chant. We go 1-2-3 and we do this backstage chant that we have. So that’s really cool.
|Posted by punk-nation on February 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
No rituals as such. We all just do our own thing really, make sure we're warmed up and ready to play. (It would) be nice to have a ritual though, big high five or some kind of prayer, maybe.
How did the band form?
Simon and Gary worked together, so that's how they met. Gary took a load of music over to him that he had recorded and Simon wrote lyrics on some tracks and they carried on like that. We had a bassist and drummer but they both left so we recruited Sam on bass through an advert online, and when our drummer left we got Andy to fill in, but soon realized we wanted him permanently so we kept him! FOREVER.
You classify yourself under a lot of genres - Are there any other music styles you'd like to incorporate into your songs in the future?
Maybe. We don't really plan on what to put in or what not to, it's quite an organic process. Never say never really, if at some point we want to play with a brass section or use hip hop beats (or) play jazz then we will, but we'll see what happens. We like riffs and a big sound but also nice calm moments. You can write an eternity's worth of music using those elements.
What album has had the most influence on you as a person?
Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins, Crack The Skye by Mastodon, Drawing Circles by Textures, Deftones, Coheed and Cambria, Queens Of The Stone Age, A Perfect Circle, anything proggy, Between The Buried And Me. Loads of albums for all of us.
What's the story behind your band name?
A lot of late nights of Gary and Simon chatting whilst playing PlayStation. We came up with loads of names but none we really liked, so we just choose words that we liked and then came to Circle Of Reason. We like the words circle and reason, so just stuck an "of" in the middle and there you have it .
What's next for Circle of Reason?
We've got a few shows in February just to keep us busy and then we head off on tour again in March. We're playing in Middlesborough, Sheffield, Manchester, Castleford, Doncaster, Bury, Edinbrough, Dunfermline and Glasgow and hopefully we'll be playing a few festivals in the summer and touring again. We just want to stay busy playing, and getting to play up and down the country is what we want and need to do.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
|Posted by punk-nation on January 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
Meet Joey Milewski, the man behind The Miles Kept. Our first impression of his alternative/indie approach to music was so great, we knew we had to have him on the website. While still in college, Milewski is managing to build an impressive music career that could have him reach success in the industry before he even graduates. The sound of the late 90's and early 00's incorporated into every one of The Miles Kept's songs set them apart from any singer/songwriter track you've ever heard. We chatted with Milewski recently about the moniker, Whitesnake and live shows. You can check out our conversation below!
Why do you make music?
I make music because growing up I fell in love with live shows. I fell in love with the feeling that music gave me and my curiosity led me to pick up a guitar. Nothing else has given me a greater rush than listening, writing and performing music. I hope to give people that rush with my own music.
Why are you using the moniker The Miles Kept?
I used to play shows under my name Joey Milewski. I played a show in Syracuse, NY one time and they completely spelled my name wrong on the sign, so I knew something had to change. 'The Miles Kept' flows better and is easier to remember.
It's personal meaning is pretty much from traveling alone to all my shows and spending a lot of time on highways alone. I've had many panic attacks and some pretty awesome feelings as well while driving to shows alone and all those miles will always mean something to me. So those 'miles' are 'kept.' You can think of it however you want, but it is still just a name.
What album has had the most influence on your life?
Frank Turner's Love Ire & Song.
I saw Frank Turner open for The Offspring and Sum 41 right before he put out this album. I had never heard of him before, but he just got up there with his acoustic guitar and gave one of the best performances I have ever seen. I listened to the album after the show and was covered in goosebumps. Everything about that album changed my life and was partly the reason I picked up an acoustic guitar and started writing my own music.
What's your earliest memory involving music?
My parents randomly had a Whitesnake record when I was 5 or 6. They would put it on and I just remember listening to 'Still of the Night' on repeat. Since I was so young I really don't remember why I liked it so much, but I remember lovin' it.
What's the music scene like in South Hadley, MA?
Well, since I'm a college student at Syracuse University I spend half the year in Upstate, NY and the rest in South Hadley, MA.
South Hadley has a struggling scene. The surrounding towns have a decent hardcore scene, so I guess that's why I am into that style a lot as well. I have played shows opening up for some hardcore bands, but I mostly have to travel to other cities to gain traction. Syracuse actually has a decent scene because there are so many college students. Venues are very open to student acts, so I really can't complain much.
Is there anything you'd like to add?
Although I just perform with an acoustic guitar, I really make an effort at shows to appeal to everyone. I often open for pop punk and hardcore bands and those genres are where my love for music lies. I make an effort to let my audience and the other bands know that. Meeting other bands on the bill and hanging out with them before and after the show is ones of my favorite things.
Everybody hates a stuck up guy with an acoustic guitar on stage as much as I do.
What's next for The Miles Kept?
I am in the process of recording a full length album, so watch out for that! I also will be releasing a video series soon that I will release on YouTube. It consists of 4 covers and is filmed in a concert hall in Syracuse. I am incredibly excited for this, so eyes peeled for it!
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Mark McCabe, a singer/songwriter from Scotland, UK, is here to pen exceptional songs with life altering lyrics. So far, he's doing pretty well with that. The musician already has two albums and an EP to his name. The latest of those, A Good Way To Bury Bad News, is definitely one of the most unique albums you'll hear all year, and if you're in Europe you might just get the chance to hear it live. McCabe is keeping himself busy in the remainder of January and beginning of February with a full European tour. Recently, he made some room in his busy schedule to chat about the album, touring and much more. Check it out below!
Why are you in music?
It sounds cheesy but there is really nothing else I’ve ever truly wanted to do. I’ve had plenty of job that I’ve enjoyed, got a degree and things like that but it always seemed like they were the hobby and not the other way round. Just something to cover my back while I did what I really wanted. I love the cameraderie and sense of community you get through music. I have friends all over the world now and that’s a wonderful feeling.
What should fans expect from your January release?
This album is far bigger than anything I’ve ever done. Matt and I spent a lot of time working on the songs and building up the instrumentation and so it’s very much a full band effort. Hopefully everyone will enjoy the change - my last ep was recorded in my kitchen!
What's the best memory you have from touring?
So many amazing things happen on tour, it’s always hard to pick just one. There was one night in Austria a few years back that sticks in my mind though. I was getting ready to play one of my favourite small venues called Sub in the city of Graz. We had purposely booked the show as a late starter as Frank Turner was headlining a festival in town and I was due to open for him in Vienna the next day. I love Austria a lot but a standard audience for me is around 30 people, which is great really, and I was expecting something like that for that evening too. Frank had other ideas however and announced the show during his set to a crowd of over 1000. When I arrived back at the venue there was a queue down the street and we maxed out at around 150 people.
What was the first show you ever played like?
I used to play in a band in high school called Checkmate and our first show was in a local town hall. I remember we had practiced for ages and we were to open with a cover of the Buffy theme. I was so nervous that I forgot most of the chords and it was all a bit of a mess but I don’t think too many people cared.
My first solo show would have been in my first year at university and other than knowing that I was so pleased to be playing I’m afraid I remember little else. I imagine it was completely unremarkable for everyone involved.
What are the top three things you have to have on tour?
I’m a real mess without my own sleeping bag on tour. Even if I’m offered a bed with clean sheets I really like to be in my sleeping bag - I guess it’s a security thing!
This is more of general life thing but I suffer from a lot of stomach troubles and Gaviscon is my saviour. I always have it with me. Along a similar vein I always like to have some source of vitamins on the road as it’s important to stay healthy.
I usually do all or most of the driving when I’m out so I like to have some audiobooks or podcasts to keep me going on the long drives.
What's your best memory from the recording of A Good Way To Bury Bad News?
Hmmmm…If I’m honest - finishing it! That’s by no means meant to detract from the generally awesome experience that it was but there is nothing better than being able to view all your hard work from the finishing line!
This year is all about touring as much as I can so I’ll be heading out on the road in the middle of January with my friend Ellen Cox for 3 weeks around Europe. She’s a phenomenal songwriter and I’m really excited for people to get to see her play. After that there are a many more tours in the works but I’m especially keen to try out these songs full band at some point and bring a new level to the shows.
|Posted by punk-nation on January 9, 2014 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
The Disconnect is one of Florida's newest - and most promising - rock bands. Created in 2011, the band have spent the last couple years perfecting their killer sound, rocking shows and gaining fans. In September of 2013, they released an impressive full length titled Currents, and they have plans to tour in support of it soon. From what we've seen, The Disconnect can literally go nowhere but up. Recently, we chatted with drummer Austin Jiles about the album, their writing process and the very first The Disconnect show. Check it out below, then go pick up a copy of the album!
What was your goal with Currents you started working on it?-
We honestly wanted to write an honest rock record that we would enjoy listening to. We also set out to write songs that were true to us and where we are as musicians and humans.
What's your writing process like?
We wrote the record as a band. One of the dudes would bring in an idea and we would get in our practice space and just jam.
What's the best memory you have from being in the band?
I think that one of my memories was on our first tour. We ended up playing Panama City two nights in a row because our show in Pensacola was cancelled. It turns out that it was a hardcore show so we were completely different than all the other bands. Well someone at the show gave us a note thanking us for being different and genuine. It gave us a lot if encouragement to keep going. That note is still taped in our trailer.
Tell us about your first show as The Disconnect.
The first show was in Panama City two years ago. A great fun fact about that show is we played it without a bass player. We played to bass tracks and had a great show. That first show opened the door to Panama City becoming the "second home" for The Disconnect (seriously, I think we've played there more than home). Chad and Nick were actually at that show and later joined the band.
What's the story behind your band name?
"The Disconnect" is actually the name of a song by the band Forever Changed. It's a band that we've all seen numerous times and has had an impact on each of our lives in some way.
Why are you in music?
First of all we all love it. It's amazing what music has done in each of our lives. It's awesome to kind of give back in a way. We're excited and humbled by the chance of making a difference in someone's life, be it in a small way or ways more visible.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
THANK YOU!! We've had a lot of support from friends, family, and fans and not a day goes by that we don't give thanks to all that we have accomplished thus far.
What's next for The Disconnect?
TOUR! We're currently putting together [a tour] in support of Currents. That should be finalized in the next couple weeks so we should be hitting the road in January.
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What's your best memory from the recording of The Fairy Bones EP?
Recording is incredibly exhilarating.. and tiring. It's a lot of waiting around, and Bob Hoag (who recorded and produced the album), likes the band to be there when he mixes - but not in the mixing room. I fell asleep on Bob's (probably vintage) couch, and was woken by up Robert (guitarist) saying Bob was ready for us to listen to "Filler, Baby." So I was drowsy as hell, and stumbled into the mixing room, and Bob blasted the track. I sat on an office rolling chair and got incredibly emotional. We had only been a band for about 5 months at that point, and I knew the four of us had something special together, but Bob made it magic.
What's the story behind your band name?
The Pixies was already taken.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Matt does drum-line warm ups and I do vocal warm ups in the car. I think these things are ingrained in us from high school, I did choir for four years and musical theatre for ten, so warming up is essential for me. When we get on stage, we do a group hug, Matt tries to tell us something inspirational, and we all groan at him.
What was working with Bob Hoag like?
Working with Bob sucks.
Just kidding. He's an amazing producer. I trust his opinion. I think he might be more of a perfectionist than I am, which makes me comfortable recording our music with him. If you like talking about TV shows, monster movies, and vintage clothes, you'll get along with Bob Hoag. He's very stylistic, and definitely a character. I like people with big personalities. We've become good friends since he recorded us (the bands he drums in play with us a lot) so I think our full length will be even better. He's recording and producing it next year.
What's the best memory you have from being in Fairy Bones so far?
Oh man. There are so many good memories. We just had our EP release show at The Rogue Bar (our favorite venue). Sidepony Music Festival 2013 was life changing, basically the entirety of the Phoenix music scene invaded the small town of Bisbee, Arizona and held a three day music festival, organized by a friend of mine, Anamieke Quinn of local band Treasurefruit. But my favorite memory is probably a house party we played in California in April. We we're really wobbly on stage, kind of unsure of ourselves, and we got invited to play by a friend of mine, Charlie Moon. Near the end of the set, I just let go, closed my eyes, and ran into the crowd. They ate it up, and the energy was intense and insane, we were all jumping and grabbing at each other. Charlie let us crash in her guest house, and we all slept on bean bag chairs. It was amazing. Live shows will always be my favorite memories, the connection with the crowd is the reason I play music.
What's your goal with your music career?
I just want to be the best I can possibly be. I think that's a big goal for all of us, we all like to practice and challenge ourselves. I guess that's our version of fun. I would love to travel the world with these boys, I'd love to open for some of our dream bands, like Queens of the Stone Age or Muse. But mostly, my goal is to be extremely proud of the music we make. Our music is emotional. I love when people say, "I lose myself in Fairy Bones." Because I do too. Music has helped me through tough times, and writing music has certainly pulled me out of dark places. So I hope that translates and the people listening can maybe find something to help them in our music.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
We will hopefully be playing more out of state gigs this year, but if you're Arizona, come check us out! All of our gigs are posted at www.fairybones.com!
What's next for Fairy Bones?
We have a huge, interactive marketing campaign set for 2014 and the release of our first album, "DRAMABOT!" After that, we will be touring, touring, touring, so look for us in your town.