Another kick ass interview in the books! Had Tim Browne of Elway on for this one. If you listen to or follow punk music, like many of you do, you have definitely seen Elway pop up on a bill or a playlist. They are always playing at stacked shows. The band is fresh off their 11th trip to The Fest and they also opened for The Menzingers in the beginning of October. Some cool shows have recently been announced such as the War on X-Mas with The Lawrence Arms and kicking off 2022 by playing with Hot Water Music.
Although we don't get too in-depth about band names often, it's hard to miss when a band from Colorado named their group after a legendary football player. But, the ironic part is, none of the members in the band are sports fans. They took on the name of Elway because you see it literally everywhere while driving around in their home state. John Elway owns a car dealership and a steakhouse at the airport. He is even the Denver Bronco's General Manager now. The story doesn't stop there though. Once they took on a new name, they later received a legal email alerting them that John Elway was aware of their band and was giving them a timeline to change the name. That didn't scare the band members away. They used this as publicity. Tim jumped on numerous sports broadcasts to tell their story and they were eventually able to hold on to the new name.
This episode is loaded with cool stories. Tim talks about Red Scare Records and why Toby is such a great guy. We discussed how the goals have changed over time. They now make music as a want instead of a matter of necessity. We talked about their new songs that have been recently released. Lastly, we got to hear a bunch of tour stories -- including a time when Elway got arrested in Russia. There might even be a section where Tim provides us with a list of his top five favorite burrito locations while on tour.
Today, we present to you an interview with Jake Ewald of Slaughter Beach, Dog. It was a conversation that had a ton of laughs, some tears, and went down memory lane of an established musician who has accomplished the world with his music career. For Jake, the journey began with the well-known group, Modern Baseball, who started off as a project that most of them did while attending college. What was something that was supposed to be something they would do on the weekends or when they had some downtime, turned into a band that toured non-stop. Jake still remembers when they signed with Run for Cover Records. They received an email of interest on New Year's Day and went to an Outback Steakhouse to celebrate. It became the main focus very quickly and made everyone in the band grow up quick. Jake and a few other members were still in college at the time and had a demanding tour schedule — along with other responsibilities that come with being in a band. The band became cherished by many and to this day is still widely listened to.
When Modern Baseball broke-up, they left a message on their social media pages about mental health. To this day I still highly respect them for being so open. Jake was unsure what his path would be at the time or if music would even continue being his focus. He picked up a job and was prepared for life after full-time music. But, Slaughter Beach, Dog quickly grew. Each year he noticed more people in the crowd. They are now several records deep, with "At the Moonbase," coming out last year as a surprise release on Christmas Eve. Jake says that he challenged himself to try new sounds for that record and explore new areas as a musician. He even talks about some of the records, movies, and books that have influenced select songs over the years. The record is incredible, and by now I am sure most people have gave it a spin.
I hope you give this interview a listen because Jake gave great responses and left us with amazing stories. There is so much to this interview. It truly is special to me.
"I grew up in a pretty conservative Christian family as a kid and we weren't really permitted to go listen to the radio or listen to music of our own...
Of course you don't know that The Clash is the best punk band ever because all you ever get to listen to is the Christian version of The Clash and it f*cking absolutely sucks."
I present to you an interview with Pittsburgh's own, Derek Zanetti, of The Homeless Gospel Choir. Derek grew up in a church-going family and was often told not to listen to punk and other rock music. He didn't have the chance to find his calling until after college, when his friends presented him with the opportunity to attend shows. That changed his life and sparked a fire inside. There was a sense of belonging where people respected the arts and music. From that day on, Derek was frequently found in the crowd and even developed his own musical journey. The forming of The Homeless Gospel Choir is one that wasn't supposed to happen. But, it's a gift to us all that Derek did find punk music. His music has deep meaning, but with a twist. Derek tries to put a smile on the listener's face while talking about serious topics such as global warming and people depending on technology. That was clear during the most recent album release labeled, "This Land is your Landfill." It's the first time Derek formed a full band for the entire process and at live shows. Chris #2 of Anti-Flag helped find band members and even continued the idea of piecing together a full lineup. They worked hard in the studio -- some days from 9 am until 9 pm. This is a fun interview with someone who brings a TON of energy to the discussion. There are cool live topics like recently hitting the road with Frank Turner in order to build confidence to play his own gigs again and there's even a story about one of Modern Baseball's first ever house shows as a band. Check out the interview through the link in the bio or by visiting your favorite podcast apps.
Behind the Vinyl is back after having two weeks off! We bring on Tom Morris of Swim Camp to talk about his new album called “Fishing in a Small Boat.” Quick note: this was recorded the weekend before the release, so you might hear us mention the album coming out on Friday (It’s already out). Nonetheless, this interview is filled with great facts and stories about the making of album. Give the interview a play and make sure you give the new record a spin!
We had Eamon Sandwith of The Chats on for our most recent interview. We began the conversation with Eamon talking about touring and adjusting to playing in other countries. Not only does a traveling band have to get used to other time zones but also have to become familiar with different music scenes. We chatted about his upbringing and how punk stuck out to him at an early age even though it wasn’t as popular in his area. When the band started in high school, one of the first songs was considered a “throwaway” song for a school experiment, but it made its way on to the first EP and is still widely played today.
Like so many bands out there, The Chats released an album as the pandemic started hitting the world. They had a whole tour prepared and were ready for a full roll out. But, Eamon admits, the album still did extremely well even with a pandemic happening, thanks to everyone’s ability to play the songs from their home. Eamon believes the album "Get this in Ya" was the moment the band started to come into their own. Smoko began to blow up across the world when the band was fresh out of high school. Eamon talks about being young when their music started to get big. It was quick success, but still had some obstacles. Eamon says other bands who had been playing longer did not appreciate that they got big so young. He also discusses his songwriting process and talks about how he typically writes about everyday experiences. There’s even a story about Iggy Pop and about how the band had to describe what Smoko and darts are. Link in bio or wherever you listen to your podcasts.
We had Casey Crawford of Virginity on to talk about the band's upcoming album, "POPMORTEM," which is coming your way on Friday! We also talked about a bunch of other topics such as Fest, Casey's relationship with Eve 6, playing on Audiotree, having a big family, Casey's comedy career before becoming a musician, and so much more!
Another weekend episode! Tyler Povanda of Save Face joined the pod for this loaded interview. We covered a lot of ground during it. Tyler says during the interview that he isn't much of a talker in between songs usually, but when I saw Save Face back in July, he said some quotes that caught my attention. The biggest was about almost not wanting to continue before making the songs on this album. Tyler sometimes thinks about what is required from a musician to make it full-time and keep it sustainable. He is aware of the discouragement that can come when making art. Pursuing music in any capacity can be difficult and it's not always rewarding. But, these songs he is extremely proud of and ready to roll them out on October 29 when the album "Another Kill For The Highlight Reel" comes out.
Tyler believes this album is some of the best music he has made. He says that he is objectively better at singing and the listeners will be able to see tremendous growth in terms of vocals. Also, there are far more different elements of instruments on the album. Tyler says that the songwriting is way more evolved. Two songs are currently out, with a third on it's way soon. Glitter is the song and video that reintroduces the audience to the band and shows everyone where they are going. Glitter was originally going to get cut from the album, but after some work, the band felt like it deserved to be on there. Glitter could have found itself on Merci, which is why it was one of the first singles. The song has a poppy/fun sound with really dark lyrics. Bury Me (Tonight!) shows what the album will be like as a whole.
The night before Skylar hit the road for the Taking Meds tour with Microwave, Weakened Friends & Elder Brother, he took some time to sit down with us and talk about the band’s new song “Lifesaver.” The single kicks things off for the new album “Terrible News From Wonderful Men” which is due out on Nov. 9 on Smart Punk Records.
This episode had a bunch of different topics. We go into the story behind the music agent videos and Skylar's humor on social media as a whole. Skylar goes into great depth about the music industry and finding people who you can trust. We hear about how Taking Meds transformed from a side project into his main focus. He also says that he realized that the band has to be his main focus while he was working for a Tech Company a few years ago. Lastly, we hear about the night that Skylar realized that he needed to stop drinking and the backstory behind his journey.
I had my longtime friend Mike on for this one. Mike founded the well-known Twin Peaks Sessions in December of 2018 when he became friendly with several local bands and like-minded folks eager to support the project. The YouTube page didn’t have videos available and his social media platform had very little content, but a few musicians saw the passion that Mike and his team had and decided to do a session. The project was originally supposed to be a one-night house show. Mike and his friend, Jonathan Abrams, went to see Mom Jeans and thought it would be a fun time hosting a gig on the roof of their apartment complex. But, Mike decided that wouldn’t end well, and started to think of other ways to fulfill his vision. He always wanted to do a live stream service similar to Audiotree, just didn’t know how. However, he threw any concerns or fears to the side, and decided to take a leap of faith. Fast-forward to now and Twin Peaks Sessions has welcomed acts such as Spanish Love Songs, Sincere Engineer, Heart Attack Man, Queen of Jeans, Makewar, and so many others.
Mike is always thinking of the next step for Twin Peaks Sessions. He has a radio show that airs every Tuesday on bff.fm. He is also have his third edition of Twin Shrieks Festival which will be over the course of two days (10/8 & 10/9). Night one will be on top of the Twin Peaks and be fully unplugged. Night two is when the electric guitars come out to play. Bands like Adult School and awakebutstillinbed will headline the second night. It will even be broadcasted live through the Complex SF, so even if you are not local, make sure to tune in!
When I found out that Colleen was working on a solo project, I instantly knew that it would be a huge success. The amount of time and care that Colleen puts into all of their songs just tells the story. Colleen is one of the most passionate musicians out there. This solo project is no different. Abe Anderson (Niice/ Thank You, I’m Sorry) joined forces with Colleen to create this emo-pop masterpiece. There will be five songs coming our way and will come out in six week increments. Colleen knew that they wanted to do something different from Thank You, I'm Sorry. Colleen and Abe heavily experimented trying to come up with new production ideas -- even went into Abe's garage and clanged wrenches together during one of the songs.
Colleen is always writing, there was a period of time where they were writing 10 songs a month. They knew that all of the songs didn't fit the sound of Thank You, I'm Sorry and could be used elsewhere. That is when this solo adventure began. Colleen talks about how we live in an age where there is acceptance behind working on one's self. There is a more comfortable space where people can be heard. Music has turned into a place where Colleen can channel their feelings. It's a big reason why they make so many songs. Although, Colleen will admit that there isn't always a full understanding of their emotions until hearing the songs back.
Throughout this episode we also chat about Thank You I'm Sorry, being told that 18-years-old is too old to start in music, and being found by Cyls Records on Reddit.
We had good friend of the podcast, Matt Mucerino, on to talk about his project Crossing i's Dotting t's. What started out as a solo project, quickly grew into a full line-up when Matt continuously put out music and was invited to do a video with Jam in a Van. Crossing i's Dotting t's put out a self-titled EP in August on the weekend of Matt's birthday. Since then, the band has amped up the process and has been playing live shows almost weekly. Matt talks about using his marketing degree with his band. He also tells a story about connecting with Barry Johnson of Joyce Manor who eventually recommended recording with the great, Alex Estrada.
Welcome back our friends Gnawing to the pod! Friends of the show since the very beginning, we take some time to talk to gnawing about their latest album and their growth over the last year. Some topics of discussion are recording during COVID, the process of getting to know your band, and how familial a band dynamic could be. John talks about how Gnawing began when he met Christian and showed him his music. Being a band consisting of multi-instrumentalists, the band explains how their ability to understand each other’s instruments helps them write together, along with their shared respect for one another. By helping each other when they’re stuck, the band is able to be extremely creative and unique in their songwriting process. Gnawing speaks on mixed bills, the history behind their beekeeper suits, and the return of live music. Hear the guys talk about the process of making their latest album, and take a listen to their favorite tracks!
Happy release day to You, Me, and Everyone We Know! To celebrate we are releasing our interview with Benjamin Liebsch where we talked about their wonderful album “Something Heavy” and the project as a whole. This is Benjamin’s first release in several years and it’s well worth the wait. Benjamin is extremely open about their journey with mental health during this interview. They also went in-depth about most of the songs and some of the collabs you will see appear on this album. Names such Colins “Bear” Regisford of Mannequin Pussy, Dylan Slocum of Spanish Love Songs, and Erik Garlington of Proper. pop up throughout the album’s entirety. Check out the interview by visiting the link in the bio and make sure you listen to “Something Heavy.”
Today’s episode is featuring Oldsoul! We have a conversation with Jess and Tom about the growth of their songwriting journey in the band. Beginning in basement venues, and connecting through Jake of Counter Intuitive records, Jess and Tom talk about their journey as a band and their love for connecting with a live audience through their sound. By collaborating and building off one another, they fleshed out what they feel is their sound. They talk about recording, their latest album “You Were Overwhelmed”, and their latest singles, “Safety Net” and “High on Yourself”. Due to the pandemic, the two discuss how diy music is changing, and the influence of social media on bands starting out. Tom speaks of his favorite guitar, his rare Fender Toronado, and Jess talks about how she loves meeting people at shows. Tune into episode 82 to hear the inner workings of Oldsoul!
We had Kevin Nichols on for this exciting interview. Kevin released "Disappointer" on August 21 and goes in-depth about everything that went into the making of the album. The record label, @slangchurch , played a huge role in getting this album out. Kevin thinks back to when he released the EP "Long Lungs," and Billy (Slang Church) telling him that he could put out a full-length album while the two were talking outside of an acoustic show. Now, two years later, after receiving the support of Billy, and other members of the Bay Area, the album is getting some buzz. Kevin also talks about playing at Bandcamp Daily, getting into music because his father worked for Bose speakers, moving out to the Bay Area, and getting fired from his job for sticking up for those less fortunate. Kevin is playing in an epic show with Shutups and Slumped on September 25 -- check it out if you are in the area!
Today’s episode is with the one and only Eric from Heart Attack Man! Eric discusses his love for T-shirt collecting, and his ability to be interactive with his audience. He credits a lot of his love to the way the band interacts with the fans, creating inside jokes and memes on instagram, tiktok and twitter. After highschool was when Eric began truly breaking out of his shell, and he became more comfortable performing on stage and fleshing out his online persona, however he’s still TERRIFIED of the idea of karaoke. He began building confidence in 5th grade, however, when he started making jokes to his teacher and classroom about leaving his books out overnight. Eric discusses the collaboration of the band when songwriting, the different responsibilities of the members, and band dynamics. He talks new releases, and trying to create stories in pop punk and emo. Thank you to Eric for hopping on episode 80, and take a listen to hear the inner workings of heart attack man!
We had Julian and Phil of Common Sage on to talk about their exciting new record called “It Lives and It Breathes,” which will be released on September 3. Three singles are out so far, but the entire album is something you are going to want to give a listen to and then some! Check it out on most podcast apps!
A new interview is up! Alex Ybarra joined the pod to talk about Ridgeway's sophomore album called "Marlo," which is due out on August 27. Check out the episode below, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
We sat down with Lea Thomas for this interview. She is fresh off the release of her album "Mirrors to the Sun," which came out on July 23. This interview was from early July before the release, but it has a ton of fun stories and lessons!
Lea spent some time in Vermont while recording this album. She transformed a house into a studio. It allowed her to get in touch with nature and sometimes go for a walk through the woods to clear her head. Nature was a big theme throughout this album. Also, the listeners see Lea's love for wolves appear in this release. The song Hummingbird is about a dream she had where she transformed into a wolf -- the full story is incredible and it opens the door to a full discussion about dreams. We also chatted about how Lea's musical journey first began on piano, how she is a visual artist who focuses on hand weaving and natural dyes, and her time spent learning about herbal medicine.
We had Keith, Ben, Gooey, and John of Parting on for this interview. With the four members living in three different states, the band found new ways to create their debut EP called “Unmake Me” which was released back in June with Cyls Records. There is loads of experience in the band. Each member comes from different projects, such as the influential Empire! Empire! and Annabel The band told us about some of the obstacles they encountered because of distance while making this EP. The difference between when they were first joining bands, to now being in their 30s and having full-time jobs and families. Keith also talks about the unique names he picks for every song. Plus so much more!
We sat down with New Jersey's own Joey Walsh of Wyndup Kid to chat about his recent release called "Disco." It's a fear of missing out anthem. Joey thinks back to before lockdown when there were nights that he decided to stay indoors instead of going out. He has decided that he is going to branch out and do the things he loves because they make him happy.
The music video is a fun watch. Joey wanted it to fit the energy that the song should display. His manager Matt threw him a loose concept of people dancing and said think of Molly Ringwald in the Breakfast Club. Joey decided he wanted to do dysfunctional dancing through the decades. He refused to stand there and perform because it wasn't a live show. There was no plan going in. That is how the fun video came to be. Keep a lookout for Gary in the video! He steals the show!
Wyndup Kid has been started several times, but this single is for real this time. It's leading to something exciting. Joey was balancing a job as a garbage man and was always trying to find the right time to put together music. To this day he's till juggling multiple things like working as a music teacher and going to school, but is in a better head space to write music now. Joey came to realize that if he's not in the best place, then the whole thing won't work. Through patience, he was able to work up to Wyndup kid.
This week we have Melody Caudill from Career Woman on the pod! At the young age of 17, Melody speaks of juggling music, school and teenage angst all during a pandemic. She created her first EP at 13 which caused waves of middle school drama, and launched her impressive career. Investing personal emotion into her songs, Melody says she wants to create songs that other people can relate to. She grew up surrounded by music, her parents are musicians and put her in piano lessons at age 3, and her father helps her develop her songwriting whenever she feels stuck. Overcoming shyness was a huge step in Melody’s career, which she overcomes with support from family and friends, and by zoning into herself while on stage. From her love of movie soundtracks, video games, and her goal to make her impact as a woman in the music industry, we see how committed to her art and ambitious Melody is. Tune in to learn all about Career Woman and all of the other plans Melody has in store!
We are extremely excited to release this interview with Kate, KT, and Katie of the band Vial. They just released the album "LOUDMOUTH" on Friday, which is getting a ton of buzz already. The band tells us everything we need to know about their sophomore album. We also hear fun stories throughout like finding their drummer Katie on Tinder, meeting for the first time as a full-band over coffee, returning to shows, a history lesson, being from Minneapolis, and so much more!
We took a trip into the mind of Shannon Taylor of awakebutstillinbed for this interview. Shannon was able to tell us all the details from the band's EP "stay who you are" which came out in December of last year. We heard some stories that not too many people think about when it comes to producing and recording an album. Since most music from last year didn't happen in an actual studio last year, Shannon talked about being more involved in the production of the EP since everything happened at home. There are fun stories about the time Jaw Breaker joined one of Shannon's livestreams, which led to the creation of the awakebutstillinbed salt girl shirt. We discuss album cycles from the past year and about how band's have a decision on whether or not they want to do release shows or move on to their new material. Lastly, Shannon talks about being from San Jose -- there's even a conversation about the hardcore scene there. Shannon will be doing a solo acoustic run with I'm Glad It's You in August, so if you are out in California, definitely check it out.
This week's episode is with the one and only Laura Stevenson! Laura discusses with us the journey of being a mom and a musician, her and her husband meeting at a rock and roll summer camp, her journey into the underground tunnels of Disney, and the fun she had shooting her recent music video for ‘State.’ We dive into Laura’s themes in her music, and her hopefulness that being honest and vulnerable in her music will convey to others that they are not alone. As a musician during COVID-19, she discusses her excitement returning to live music, her songwriting process, and her opportunities working with other musicians and artists, having her chance to express herself on her friends' records. Laura Stevensons’s new self-titled record will be out August 6th, and we know we can’t wait! A great conversation with a great artist, check the link in bio to give it a listen!
We had Colleen Green on for this interview. I remember hearing “I Wanna Be a Dog” for the first time last month and it caught my attention because it has such an upbeat and catchy sound. Colleen’s most recent release “It’s Nice to Be Nice” followed up with the same cheerful sound. We talked about the album coming our way way in September — the first in several years for Colleen. We also chatted about the story behind the legendary sunglasses, a list Colleen made about all of the places she has been to, making shirts by the request, and so much more! Check out Colleen Green’s music below and stay up to date with what she is doing!
Bandcamp - https://colleengreen.bandcamp.com
Instagram/Twitter - @colleengreen420
This week we bring you a fun filled conversation with the lovely Alicia Boganno from @bullythemusic! We discuss her role as a woman in music and as a recording engineer, and her stride to continue to push women to get more involved with the music industry. She discusses the use of analog on Bully’s first two records, and how she loves …the natural mishaps that make people smile.” Next Thursday kicks off Bully’s first tour post-COVID, and Alicia discusses her excitement for being back on the road. Quarantine had been the longest time she had spent without playing shows in 7 years, and she expresses how unreal it feels to be getting back. We talk about Alicia’s struggle to begin getting into social media at the beginning of quarantine and the process of marketing music and tours with social media as your only main option. Aside from music, Alicia volunteers at a women's shelter, an LGBTQ+ youth counselor, and recently completed training to be an emergency foster parent. She also discusses her sobriety from alcohol and her avoidance from it on tour for the first time, and how supportive the band has been on her journey. Take a dive into our wonderful conversation with Bully!
This interview was a real treat as we welcomed Chris Freeman of Hot Mulligan on the podcast. Hot Mulligan is tuning up for a massive tour with Sincere Engineer, Prince Daddy, and Super American. We got to hear the history of Hot Mulligan and about how they didn't expect to be around for too long. Chris opens up about coming from a small town and how it was either go away to college or work at the local businesses for the rest of your life. We also talked about their music and went into a fun conversation about how the band released an album and an EP over the past year. Chris has also began getting involved with the production side of the business. He took a trip to New Jersey in the fall/winter to learn the ways of engineering a record. He got to work with some cool acts, including Good Sleepy out of Massachusetts. Chris is a perfectionist when it comes to his own personal projects and while he is working in production. He pays attention to everything that goes down in the studio. Lastly, Chris chats about his solo project called "Extra Large Holiday Card." Check out all of his projects below!
Hot Mulligan's website: https://www.hotmulliganband.com
Hot Mulligan on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1lKZzN2d4IqiEYxyECIEHI
Hot Mulligan on Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/hot-mulligan/941918833
Hot Mulligan on Bandcamp: https://hotmulligan.bandcamp.com
Extra Large Holiday Card on Bandcamp: https://extralargeholidaycard.bandcamp.com
We had a really awesome interview with Greg and Amanda of Cheekface. They have been super busy this year by releasing an album "Emphatically No." and a single called "We need a Bigger Dumpster." We talked about the specific style of artwork that Amanda created for the album covers. For their music, Cheekface writes their honest reflection on the world and that continued during their most recent releases. They have a unique style where there are metaphors and creative one liners throughout. Greg tells us about when the idea of "talk singing" came. Also talk about picking songs that sounded right for the album. A cool conversation about letting the band grow organically. Greg and Amanda agreed when they started the band that it would be about the creative fulfillment and not about how much money they are making. It has grown into a fun creation that puts out music that makes others happy. Check out the band below!
Bandcamp - https://cheekface.bandcamp.com
Instagram/Twitter - @therealcheekface/@cheekfaceREAL
This interview we take a trip across the pond to chat with Kathryn Woods of Fresh! Some of the topics that appear in this interview include Kathryn talking about her writing style and how she had trouble with choruses early on, so she stuck to quick two minute punk songs. Also, we dive into the music community, especially all of the friends Fresh made when they made their first trip to America. Kathryn discusses the emotions she feels when people compare her to certain bands because they are fronted by a female. She also talks about her busy schedule and what it’s like juggling multiple music projects while working on top of that. Kathryn tells us about living in London and her love/hate relationship with the location. There’s an exciting part of the interview where we talk about tours returning and Fresh’s first show back at a brewery. And, of course, we go into the recent EP called “The Summer I Got Good at Guitar.” Check out the band below! Bandcamp - https://freshpunks.bandcamp.com/album/fresh
Instagram/Spotify - @freshpunks
Another interview in the books! We had an epic conversation with Anthony Bucci of Broken Field Runner. Anthony just released a song called Shrouds, which was made when he decided to take a trip home to New York back in December at the height of the pandemic. He was living in his parents' basement again and while doing so he received news that literally ripped his heart out of his chest. His aunt had to go through a procedure to remove a cancerous tumor. That day Anthony decided to pick up his acoustic guitar and write. There were feelings of guilt and pain flowing through his body. Guilt because for several years he did not make an effort to reach out to his family and stay in touch. This is a lesson of realizing that family is not there forever, so we might as well put in the work and find out their story while they are still here. Anthony is in the middle of releasing three EPs. Broken was put out last year. Field will be this year. With Runner being the conclusion. This episode had countless amazing stories about his music and more. It's definitely a loaded episode. Check out Broken Field Runner below!
We had Josh and Peter of Sore Thumb on for this interview. Sore Thumb is fresh off an EP called Chronically Late that came out in April. We also explored topics like the theme of being late, being at a different point in their music careers (Sore Thumb being a labor of love), the charity compilation album they put together that raised a bunch of Monet for the LGBTQ Freedom Fund, and so much more! Plus, there's a School of Rock reference in this interview! Check out Sore Thumb below:
Bandcamp - https://sorethumbband.bandcamp.com
Instagram - @sorethumbband
This interview brought another opportunity to not only chat with the band, but also bring in the record label as well. We sat down with Tyler Stodghill of Stars Hollow and Eric Smeal and Martin Hacker-Mullen of Acrobat Unstable. We got to take a look at both worlds of music. Tyler talked about the intense cycles of how he feels about music and diy in general. Plus, he is currently going for a masters in school counseling. Tyler would like to continue the band and put out music when he is in the mood, but is unsure about what extent it will be. Tyler is just enjoying the release of "I Want to Live My Life" which came out in May. There's plenty of merch and vinyl available. The album largely talks about mental health and the desire to be better in life.
Then there's the record label side. We had a cool discussion about Dogleg. We hear stories about the beginning of Acrobat Unstable. Eric goes into how the label connected with Stars Hollow and how both sides agreed that the EP would be a trial run. Eric and Martin talk about what they look for in an artist. There's a fun discussion about the business side of the label and being able to do perks like putting a band in the studio. Lastly, there are some interesting takes on reputation of record labels in music. Check out Stars Hollow and Acrobat Unstable below!
Stars Hollow Bandcamp - https://starshollowia.bandcamp.com/album/i-want-to-live-my-life
Instagram/Twitter - @starshollowia
Acrobat Unstable website - https://acrobatunstable.com
Instagram/Twitter - @acrobatunstable
This interview is with Seth and Thomas of Good Sleepy out of Worcester, MA. We had a full conversation about their debut full-length album called “everysinglelittlebit” that came out with No Sleep Records. This album was largely written and recorded during the pandemic. It has themes of wanting to go back to childhood when things were easier, change, long distance relationships, and the expectations from family members. Check out the band below and continue to give the album a listen!
Bandcamp - https://goodsleepy.bandcamp.com
Instagram/Twitter - @goodsleepyma
For this interview we chat with Candice of the band Woolbright. We had a great conversation about the song "Tuesday," but the band also recently released "Thursday" so check that out too! We also talk about focusing most of their energy towards the band, Woolbright's Twitch channel, teaching yoga, having an Etsy business, and so much more! Keep up with Woolbright through the links below:
Bandcamp - https://woolbrightfl.bandcamp.com
Website - https://www.woolbrightband.com
Instagram/Twitter - @woolbrightband
Rosie Tucker released an amazing new album on April 30 called Sucker Supreme. They came on Behind the Vinyl to talk about everything you need to know about the album and their music!
Edits by Brigid Young
Flyer border by Kris Khunachak
Opening song by Sore Eyes
Listen to Rosie Tucker!
This interview saw Benjamin Lieber of Marigold join the pod to talk about the band’s new song called “Waiting on me. The recent single is the start of a build up towards an album that Benjamin and the rest of the group plan on releasing this year. “Waiting on me” gives off a strong Tom Petty sound but has a stop waiting around and go for it attitude. Plus, a fun music video came out that displays a set getting dismantled as the band is still playing. There’s also a conversation about Benjamin’s photography/visual career and his time in Head North. Check out Marigold’s new song and past work below:
Waiting on me music video - https://youtu.be/Ps5_V-i6ZHU
Instagram/Twitter - @marigoldny
I sat down with Aidan, Colman, and Jake of Jail Socks for this interview. They recently signed with Counter Intuitive and are ready for a summer of new music and big news. We chatted about what to expect with the new tunes on the way. There is also a cool announcement about a new member that has been helping out and other fun information about the band. After a 2020 where Jail Socks mostly focused on working towards the new album, the band is excited to get this music out to the world -- especially since it's the first time they wrote together as a full group. Check out Jail Socks below!
Bandcamp: https://jailsocks.bandcamp.com , Instagram/Twitter: @jailsocks
The legendary Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh joined me for this interview. His band, Dinosaur Jr., released an album called "Sweep It Into Space" last month. The album had the classic Dinosaur Jr. sound, so if you are a fan of the band, then you are going to want to check it out. Some topics from the rest of the episode included getting music out in the 80s compared to today, college radio and fanzines, early shows, staying true to himself as a musician, having to leave his family to go on tour, and of course, plenty of Dinosaur Jr. stories. Listen to Lou's bands below:
Dinosaur Jr. on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/267VY6GX5LyU5c9M85ECZQ
Dinosaur Jr. on Apple - https://music.apple.com/us/artist/dinosaur-jr/509577
Sebadoh on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/2wrhBKGC3DTNNNDRJPaxW6
Sebadoh on Apple - https://music.apple.com/us/artist/sebadoh/3246687
Dinosaur Jr. Instagram/Twitter - @dinosaurjr, Sebadoh Instagram/Twitter - @sebadohofficial
Lou Barlow Instagram/Twitter - @loubarlow/@theloubarlow
Ryan, Sam, and Chloe joined me for a fun conversation about their band Short Fictions. We talked a good amount about their amazing album from the end of 2019 called “Fates Worse Than Death.” Sam really expanded on the topics and themes for this album. He wrote about his fears of climate change and living in the city of Pittsburgh — where most of the band is from. We learned about their backgrounds and heard some interesting stories from over the years. The second half of the conversation is a one-on-one conversation with the drummer, Ryan. He is currently studying at North Texas, so we hear about what it’s like to balance school with touring. Also, there’s some information about what the band has been up to during the pandemic!
I am a little late to the party, but for this interview Greg Mendez joined me to talk about the one year anniversary of his album "Cherry Hell." The album came out on February 28 or 2020, which allowed him to do two weeks of touring. Greg also celebrated the anniversary by doing several livestreams. Greg has a unique writing style where he has upbeat sounding songs with lyrics about heartbreak and other hard realities of life. It's the perfect equation for an instant hit. Check out his music below: Bandcamp - https://gregmendez.bandcamp.com
Instagram/Twitter - @xgregmendesx
Houston we don't have a problem. I had up-and-coming artist Charlie Houston on for this episode. Houston has gained a quick following. After her two singles "Calls" and "Things" saw great success, she released her debut EP labeled "I Hate Spring" on April 30 to follow up the singles. Houston talks about her time in New York attending NYU, returning home to Canada, the stresses of being young, starting up her music career, and of course, the music that she put out to the world. Check out her music: Website - https://charliehouston.com
Instagram/Twitter - @charliehoustonmusic/@charlieehouston
Friday is going to be a massive day for Origami Angel. They are releasing a double LP that is called GAMI GANG. To help kick things off this week, Ryland of Origami Angel joined the podcast with special guests Jake Sulzer (owner of CI) and Alex Martin (PR & artist management). Ryland says the biggest message from this album is there's often beauty in places that are overlooked. Well, this album certainly won't be overlooked. Just two years after Origami Angel dropped their debut album labeled "Somewhere City," which received tremendous praise and recognition, the band is ready to raise the bar by teaming up with Counter Intuitive for this double LP. It's been a long time coming. A ton of these songs have been sitting with Ryland and Pat for several years. But, as Ryland puts it in video game terms, a video game that gets released when it's supposed to usually does alright, but a game that has its date pushed back hits the ground running when it finally does come out. Origami Angel is letting the music do the speaking on this one. Also included is Jake talking about his story with Counter Intuitive and what is currently happening with the label and Alex talking about working with bands that they have been listening to for around 15 years now. Check out Origami Angel & Counter Intuitive below:
Origami Angel's Bandcamp - https://origamiangel.bandcamp.com
Counter Intuitive's website - http://www.counterintuitiverecords.com
Origami Angel's Instagram & Twitter - game.gang/@GAMIGANG
Counter Intuitive's Instagram & Twitter - @CIRecs
I had singer/songwriter Deanna Faye on for this one. Deanna has been working really hard over this past year. In January she put out an EP labeled “Good to You.” The songs on the EP show Deanna’s classic rock routes — they have a real 60s or 70s feel to them. Deanna also stays active by consistently uploading videos to YouTube and social media. There is a large variety of content from “how to” videos all the way up to her own music. This was a deep conversation. Deanna talks about some of the trials she went through before getting back into making music. We also had some fun topics about how radio talk shows are still something people in Canada listen to and growing up in the Toronto area. Check out Deanna’s music below:
Website - https://deannafaye.com
Instagram/Twitter - @deannafaye__
I had Will & Max of the band Dosser (Baltimore, MD) on for this one. Their EP labeled "Brainscan" came out at the beginning of the year. Brainscan takes its name from a 90's sci-fi/horror movie starring Edward Furlong. The movie shows a young teenager transition from being someone who is constantly playing video games to a serial killer. One of the big subjects Dosser wrote about on this EP and for future songs is not truly knowing what someone is going through on the inside. It's easy to portray a happy life through social media, but for some people, that does not tell the full story. They have hidden stress that the world does not know about or sees. Like so many other artists over the past year, mental health has become a main theme of song writing. Mostly because we have been isolated due to a pandemic, but also the demands of being young in this world begins to creep in. There is this preconceived notion that everyone should follow a path of going to college, having a family, etc. but people don't talk about the loads of stess from needing to find a job that seeks years of experience and having a bunch of debt. Will and Bret talk about current societies pressure put on people and the anxiety that starts to come with it in their lyrics. Check out Dosser below:
Bandcamp - https://dossermd.bandcamp.com , Instagram/Twitter - @dossermd
Really Rad Records - https://www.reallyradrecs.com/dosser
We made it to the big 5-0 for episodes. Thrin Vianale was my guest for the pod's 50th episode. I found out about Winded a few weeks ago when Thrin did a livestream for The Alternative. I decided to connect with Thrin after that livestream wrapped up because their music was incredible and the conversation in-between was real genuine. I knew it would make for a great interview, and it sure did. We talked about Florida bands that paved the way for Winded and some of the early shows the band had. Thrin says they all got to know each other on the road and it's a different connection than hanging out at home or in the studio. We also had a deep conversation about Queen and about how Freddie Mercury opened the door for so many future artists. Thrin brings up a recent trip to Spencers. We also talked about a song they wrote after watching Bram Stoker's Dracula. Check out Winded below: Bandcamp - https://winded.bandcamp.com/music , Instagram/Twitter: im.winded/@windedfl
Bridget & Haley of OK Cool joined me this week to talk about their new EP labeled Surrealist, which came out on March 26 and is now streaming everywhere! It was a blast talking about the songs on this EP, not having much writing experience before this band, finding ways to get a new band out to the world, combining their influences to make their sound, staying busy, the theme of scooters, their close friendship, starting Take a Hike Records, and how gross cat calling is. The name is true, Bridget and Haley are in fact cool. Check them out! Bandcamp: https://okcool.bandcamp.com/music
Five Finger Exploding Heart Technique music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZl5SH2RceI
Evan Stanley is on a motivated path towards making a name for himself in the music industry. He wants every song to be better than the last. He wants people to want more when he releases music. His competitive energy began in high school when his band at the time won a battle of the bands. Evan says that everyone in the group was pumped up to take home the top prize, but they were missing the big picture. He didn't just want to be the best band in high school, he wanted to have his name up there with some of his favorite artists on the radio. Evan continued to play in bands all the way up to college in New York. That is when he realized that he wasn't necessarily happy with his path in music. So, Evan took a leap of faith, left school, quit his band, and moved back to Los Angeles to focus on his solo career. We talked about all of his two releases this year (Memories & El Camino), having Bryan Cranston star in one of his music videos, and growing up as the son of Paul Stanley of KISS. Instagram/Twitter: @itsevanstanley Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/essguitarman
Several years back I had a buddy of mine send me the band Doe and told me this is my kind of music. There's a reason that we call certain people friends in life, because he was spot on that day. It was love at first site when I heard Nicola Leel's vocals come blasting through my vocals. Fast forward to 2021, and I had the chance to chat with Nicola. Doe is no long an active lineup, but that doesn't stop them from occasionally popping up on social media, and it certainly didn't stop us from having a wonderful conversation about their existence. Last week Doe posted a video of their last show at The Lexington. The crowd was electric -- it was the proper send off for a band that gave us so much good music. This was a fun episode where we talked about the history of Doe and some of the other projects Nicola has been dabbling in like Maneka and The Glow. There might even be some solo music in the future. Keep up with what Nicola is up to: Instagram - @nicolaleel
Doe Live at The Lexington (farewell show) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xO53hnmk-g
Bandcamp - https://doetheband.bandcamp.com
Website - http://www.doetheband.co.uk
Sofia Verbilla of Harmony Woods came on the show to talk about the band's new album "GRACEFUL RAGE." The album came out as a surprise release and exploded the moment it was made available to listen to. The album has received nothing but positive reviews and was even hinted at as an early candidate of Album of the Year by Jamie Coletta of No Earbuds. "GRACEFUL RAGE" was produced by Bartees Strange. Sofia says that Bartees Strange gave her new found confidence in her singing that helped her become a better vocalist. This album is a collection of songs that Sofia is extremely proud of and really believes in. It expresses a tough emotional state Sofia was in and how she became far removed from the events taking place and finally was able to write about how she was feeling. Writing about those songs allowed her to see that chapter in her life with a little more clarity and Sofia took away lessons from it. Sofia hopes these songs can help the listeners feel a little less lonely during tough times -- especially the ones we have been experiencing over the past year. Sofia knows she would love to hear a record that she can relate to and hopes that others feel that way while listening to it. Keep up with Harmony Woods below:
Instagram/Twitter - @HarmonyWoodsPA
Grab the vinyl and other Merch here - https://skeletallightning.com/collections/harmony-woods-preorder/products/harmony-woods-
From Jimmy Kimmel Live, to a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, to playing sold out arenas supporting Maroon 5 -- None have been bigger than this tell all interview Rozzi did on Behind the Vinyl. Just kidding, it wasn't a tell all interview or more important than those past accomplishments, but it was still a fun conversation that went into full detail about Rozzi's new songs from the past year. Especially the most recent release which at the time of the discussion was Hymn for Tomorrow a song about how sometimes letting go opens up room for something new in life. We also talked about her song called "Best Friend Song" which is about, well, her best friend. It is such a catchy song and has found its way on to SiriusXM Pulse and numerous Spotify playlist. The music video is a fun watch too! The other big song was Orange Skies which was a song about the California wildfires. Her record label S-Curve Records/BMG donated a portion of the proceeds to The American Red Cross (Western Wildfires) and the Bay Area's Sonoma Family Meal. Rozzi actively talks about climate change and voting for science. Rozzi also co-host a podcast labeled "Ugh! You're so Good!" which is a must listen. Former Olympic figure skater, Michelle Kwan, was one of the guest! Check out Rozzi: Website: https://www.thisisrozzi.com , Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2CYv87SoIoJQIePjZ8DaQw , Instagram/Twitter: @thisisrozzi
It's release day! Alex, Fred, and Sam joined me live from A Shared Universe in Eatontown, NJ to talk about their debut album "Price of a Nation." Listen to the album below:
I am really pumped up about this one. John, Sam, Anthony, and Wes joined me to talk about their new album coming out on March 26 called [Laughs]. There are currently three singles out so far! Give The Stray, Trophy Deer, and Guilt Like a Gun a listen and get excited about this upcoming album. I am telling you, every song on [Laughs] could be a single, it's that good. It's a fun ride from start to finish. I really enjoyed this interview because I could tell how close Kali Masi is. Every decision is made as a group and that is what made this album so good. Check out Kali Masi below:
Bandcamp: https://kalimasi.bandcamp.com/album/laughs , Instagram/Twitter: @kalimasiband
Rachel, Andrew & Kevin of Nervous Dater joined me to talk about their new album, "Call in the Mess," which will be available everywhere on Feb. 26 (This Friday). The trio out of Brooklyn shared their experience while making the LP and told some really unique and fun stories that you don't want to miss. So far there has been three singles that the band has shared to the world. We talked in-depth about Middle Child and Tin Foil Hat. We got to hear what to expect from the rest of the album as well. This is the most open Rachel has ever been during the writing process. The song reflects on Rachel's experience with gender growing up and some of the restrictions from gender norms. Rachel says that some of the lyrics are about the transitioning of identifying as non-binary. The themes such as depression and debt also pop up in the song and throughout the album. Tin Foil Hat is Andrew's way of putting a song out there about horror, paranormal activity, and conspiracy theories. The band has a love for horror and it can be seen on their album cover. The band's debut album saw tremendous success and the sophomore album will certainly make its rounds around the music community. There is so much more included in this episode. Give it a listen to prepare yourself for Friday!
Tom May of The Menzingers joined the show for an epic conversation where we talked about a little bit of everything. We talked about previously being with Red Scare and how good of a person Toby is. We went into detail about The Menzingers getting flown out to California to meet with Epitaph and hearing about their big vision for the band. We obviously discussed the past year. Tom has become serious about cooking and what he puts into his body. Also, he has picked up a hobby in gardening where he grows oyster mushrooms and gourmet mushrooms. He also explained a funk he ran into with writing songs during the quarantine and snapping out of it by taking pressure off his writing. Tom tells a story about being in Germany when they had their first coronavirus case and then The Menzingers playing their last show in Australia. The next day Australia began closing everything down and the band had to fly home. Tom talks about how everyone has a responsibility while on the road. Next, we got into what happened with the Robinhood app/GameStop and Tom gives us a little bit of financial knowledge. One of my favorite parts of the interview was when Tom talked about the band and how they are all best friends. The Menzingers still have the original lineup and they knew from the start that they were all in for the long haul. That led into Tom talking about growing up in Scranton, being in a band called Bob and the Sagets, and being friends with the members of Tigers Jaw. I also got his thoughts on New Jersey, specifically the New Brunswick scene, since Tom played there often during his early days as a musician. Tom loves podcasts, too. He has his own called "Future Friday." Tom plans on putting out 52 episodes this year! He says that his passion for podcasts began during long car rides. It originally began with listening to audiobooks and then led into podcasts. He also edits the two podcasts for The Menzingers, which you can find on their Patreon. We closed out the show talking about the band. Tom discusses the writing process and picking who does vocals with Greg. Tom explains how "From Exile" was a solution to a problem when touring was cancelled and they needed something to do. They decided to do something different this time -- the album was in acoustic form. A lot of the songs, at least to me, talk about leaving the past behind, so I asked Tom about that. "Hello Exile" came out before the pandemic, but lines up with a lot of what has happened over the past year. Two quick fun facts from the episode: Tom's sister gave him an old PC during quarantine and he started playing a game from his teenage years. Also, there's a folk musician with the same name as him... look it up! Give The Menzingers a listen/follow below: Website: https://themenzingers.com , Bandcamp: https://themenzingers.bandcamp.com/album/from-exile , Instagram/Twitter: @themenzingers. Episode edited/mixed by Calvin McKay!
Had the opportunity to chat with the extremely talented Michael Gilbride who goes by the name of Telco. His story is a true inspiration to his fanbase. Michael was working a finance job in NYC that was leading to a very comfortable career, but something didn't feel right. He didn't want to look back at his life with regret. Everyone was happy about the path he was going down -- except for Michael himself. Michael was passionate about music and was in the middle of putting together the song "Say Hello" while still working his full-time job. Then the pandemic hit America. Michael made the decision to leave the finance field all together. One night he snuck into his office and collected his personal belongings and informed his bosses of his decision to pursue his real dream the next morning. Telco is fresh off a new single labeled "Minus Nine" which was released in January. This comes at the heels of an EP that came out in September of 2020. "Minus Nine" had a different message than the songs on the EP. It gave the listeners a happier feeling. One where they would want to roll down their windows and drive somewhere. It's a song about pursuing your dreams... similar to how the project Telco was born. Telco is a music project that prides itself on honesty and chasing your dreams. This episode had a bunch of fun subjects. Michael tells me about seeing Bruce Springsteen in Asbury Park at a young age and not fully realizing how big that show was. We talked about releasing his personal cell phone number to the public and receiving really encouraging text messages. He explained to me how the animated character became a part of his image. We talked about how Telco has made several big playlists. Michael goes into how accepting his finance was to his career change -- she even does some of the art for his social media accounts. Lastly, he admits that his last live show was a high school musical and he's ready to get his music out to the world. Give Telco a listen: Website: https://www.telcomusic.com , Instagram: telco_music
Pat McCrory of Turnstile and Angel Du$t came on the podcast to talk about a wide variety of subjects. We kicked things off with Pat talking about growing up close to Baltimore. That leads to a discussion about the Baltimore Orioles where he confesses that his mom is a die-hard fan even though they have been one of the worst teams in baseball of late. Pat also brings up a funny story about when he was offered a security guard position at Urban Outfitters and took the job. There is a bunch of great music talk in this episode. Pat explains how both Turnstile and Angel Du$t toured non-stop before the pandemic starting and how he just wanted a short month or two break to rest up for future shows. Be careful what you wish for! His break, like many other musicians, has turned into a long year. We discuss the wild live experience from his bands and what it will be like when everyone can start touring again. He tells a story about a stretch of acoustic shows he did with Angel Du$t, in which he was extremely nervous about because everyone would know if he messed up. It turned out to be a huge success. Also, there was an interesting conversation about playing in his hometown of Baltimore and how he always wants to make the next show better than the last. I have always been curious about people's thoughts behind getting music into people's ear while being in a hardcore punk band. Pat talks about that whole process as well. He says the great thing about punk is you have the ability to say whatever you want, play whatever you want, and do whatever you want. We chat about the band not being as active on social media as other groups. Pat explains that they use their platform as something that will add value to society. They always want to put purpose into their post. One particular post from last year came around when Riley Gale passed away. Pat talks about how much Riley meant to him and the band. Riley was like family to him. Some of the other areas we hit is how he started a twitch recently to play video games with his friends. Pat also started doing photography as a hobby and almost always brings his camera on the road. He had the perfect opportunity to shoot in Australia a few years back. We close out the show talking about how he met the members the two bands he's in, always feeling included in Turnstile even though he joined in 2016, and managing his time. Give Pat's bands a listen:
Angel Du$t's website: https://www.angeldustmoney.com/?frontpage=true
Neil Berthier of PHONY joined me this week all the way from Los Angeles. We began the discussion talking about his new found love for the outdoors. That includes skating to the local coffee shop daily and learning to surf through a roommate. Neil soon admits that he quit drinking a month ago and even decided to stop smoking cigarettes on his path to healthier lifestyle. We finally get into the music when we talk about his music video for Waffle House (watch it if you haven't yet). Neil moved to LA right as the pandemic was beginning and it was one of the best decisions he has made in a long time. He is finally happy and enjoying the life he is living. He has been taking advantage of his free time and doing activities he wouldn't be able to do while touring. Neil checked a goal off his list too. Growing up, he wanted to be in LA so bad, and he is finally able to live his dream. PHONY released its sophomore album labeled "Knock Yourself Out" in August of 2020. Most of the songs were written three years ago and Neil feels like he is not under the same mindset during the present time, so it was weird to relive the past. He considers "Knock Yourself Out" to be a raw album that has lyrics that deal with everything he was dealing with during that time. Neil says that both his PHONY albums have the same message and that is not living up to his full potential. Like stated earlier, Neil is in a better place now, and the way he writes is getting switched up in future projects. We had a little bit of Donavan Wolfington talk in this episode. It was the start to Neil's career and he is thankful for that. We did discuss the difference between a solo project and being in a band full of different personalities. He agrees that you have to write to the different strengths of the band members. He always felt like time was running out while in his previous band and tried to push things. Neil looks at his music as a small business. He has new songs coming out in 2021. He can finally make one group his top priority and is ready to conquer the world. Also, if you want to hear a fun conversation about pizza, this is the episode you want to listen to. Check out PHONY below: Bandcamp: https://1-800-phony.bandcamp.com , Instagram & Twitter: @1_800_PHONY
Back in December I sat down with Dylan Slocum of Spanish Love Songs for a fun conversation. I finally got around to publishing the episode. As many know already, Dylan and Spanish Love Songs released "Brave Faces Everyone" towards the beginning of last year. We are now approaching the one year anniversary of the album. Dylan has certainly talked about it a bunch of times on various podcasts and media publications. We definitely talk about the story behind the album, especially my curiosity about the connection between Losers and Loser 2, but I also wanted to bring fresh topics to the table. We began the episode joking about how many podcasts Dylan has already joined. We soon got semi-serious when we talked about Dylan not looking at criticism whenever it happens (it's not often) and a funny story about how his mother jokingly sends him criticism at times. Dylan and the rest of the band has a classic saying that goes "All music is great and all music sucks." It makes sense when you think about it. Music is a personal experience. One person might agree with it and the next might want to skip to the next song. We continue with Dylan talking about how he was a television buff growing up and how that resulted to him going to film school and working in Film after graduating. Dylan realized that the film industry wasn't for him, so he made his escape by starting up a band. He never saw it growing into something that he might be able to make a career out of but it continues to progress in the right direction. We also dive into the Patreon. Spanish Love Songs has been interacting with the fans of their music through their Patreon that they made in May. They do two cover songs a month, a podcast, and are constantly messaging with people. It's really cool stuff. We also chatted about how busy Spanish Love Songs were before the pandemic. They started the year on tour with the Menzingers and were in the middle of a tour with The Wonder Years when Covid-19 hit America. Now, Dylan works a 9-5 from the comfort of his own home, which is completely different experience. Lastly, we got into who listens to their music, Schmaltz being the turning point for the band, his baseball career, the band's parents being involved, and so much more! Check out Spanish Love Songs below:
Instagram & Twitter: @spanishlovesongs/@SpanishLuvSongs
I had the pleasure to chat with New Jersey's own The Vaughns this week. Anna and Ryan gave an in-depth look at their upcoming EP "Rom-Coms & Take-Out." There are stories about the two song that have been released to the public already. We got a behind the scenes look at the production. We even learned about what some of their favorite rom-coms are. I enjoyed this episode. There was so much that went into this EP. I hope you all take the chance to learn more about this exciting release that is coming your way on January 29. Check out the Vaughns below: Website: https://www.thevaughns.com , Bandcamp: https://thevaughns.bandcamp.com , Merch: https://thevaughns.merchnow.com , Instagram & Twitter: thevaughnsnj
This week I had a really impressive guest. Maura Weaver of Ogikubo Station, Direct Hit, and The Homeless Gospel Choir joined me to talk about her journey in music. Maura began the discussion talking about touring with three different bands. We soon explored her time in the UK last year, which included two separate trips. We talked about being on tour with Jawbreaker.. a band Maura made covers of their songs as a teenager. When Maura first got into music she read an article about the best punk albums of all time and made an effort to buy every CD on that list. We chatted about how good of a bassist Matt Freeman (Rancid) is, playing an acoustic tour as opposed to having amps and loud drums, and how it's refreshing to dabble in different bands. We went back to her young where Maura brought up she got into music because of her father who plays classical piano. Maura admits that she is fortunate to play music full-time and then gets into the story about her introduction to Direct Hit. She tells a funny story about how she didn't have the opportunity to practice with the band before her first tour with them and said she was freaking out before. Maura talks about growing up in Cincinnati and explains her experience at shows -- which wasn't the most encouraging experience for a young female musician. We soon talk about the beginning of Mixtapes, the first few tours -- which included The Wonder Years, having good writing chemistry with Ryan, and the band splitting up after a successful release. Maura remembers back to her teenage years again and talks about a rock camp that she attended (found it through Ultimate Guitar). She also brings up dealing with the ups and downs of the music industry at a young age. We finish off the interview talking about the period after Mixtapes, the band Boys, and meeting Mike Park. All Maura ever wanted is to be in a band and she's definitely doing that now. Follow Maura below:
Ogikubo Station: https://asianmanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ogikubo-station-s-t
The first podcast episode of the New Year is an awesome interview I had with Avery Springer of Retirement Party before the holidays. We began the conversation by discussing some of Avery's favorite songs and albums from 2020. We continued with fun topics such as the Chicago community and hearing about how Avery balanced a 9-5 job, college, and touring over the last couple of years. We soon went into Runaway Dog which was the big album from last year. We talked about releasing without being able to tour, the process behind making the album, and the meaning of the lyrics. Avery also talks about how the band formed, having a member live in Mexico, working on the business side of the music industry, and the solo music that was recently released -- includes getting rid of the name Elton John Cena. Lastly, one of my favorite parts of the interview, we talk about the demand that society puts on you to figure out what you want to do in life at an early age, even when most people don't have an idea about exactly what they want to do. Check out Retirement Party & Avery's solo music below: Bandcamp: https://retirementparty.bandcamp.com https://averyspringer.bandcamp.com
I had the opportunity to chat with TJ and Steve of Ghost Town Remedy this week about their "debut" album called "Dry Spell" and so many other topics. This interview included defining the meaning of "Rad Dad Rock" and TJ explaining his father's love for Britney Spears' music. We all agreed on having a hard time listening to Pink Floyd and I admit that I can't listen to the Grateful Dead because of their long songs. I tell TJ and Steve their music sounds like Rozwell Kid. We have an extensive conversation about "Dry Spell." TJ talks about paying tribute to his brother on this album. Steve wrote a song about Taco Bell. TJ and Steve tell the story behind the song and even bring up another time when they spent around $100 at a Taco Bell in Missouri. They also explain how they made an original first album a few years ago, but it had more of a folk sound, which the band has transitioned away from. TJ tells the story behind Therapy and tells us about how he took out his guitar while having an argument with his ex-girlfriend. Steve explains the ultimate meaning behind the album is that it's okay to seek help. The entire album is basically the band's "group therapy." Plus some prize content like meeting at a Christmas concert, their move to Nashville from Virginia, Steve expressing his hate for Ewoks during a Star Wars conversation, the three of us talking about 80's movies, and the band playing at a strip club. Give a listen to Ghost Town Remedy:
Bandcamp: https://ghosttownremedy.bandcamp.com , Website: ghosttownremedy.com, Instagram: @ghosttownremedy
What better way to wrap up this inherently crazy year than to virtually get together with 3 music-binging buddies and dissect our top 10 albums of the year? This episode features a panel style conversation involving previous guest/musician Warren Franklin, Josh Robbins (host of Spinning Out Podcast/plays in Late Bloomer), and Mike Donnelly of Twin Peaks Sessions. While there were a few similarities between the 4 of our lists, I can promise you this episode will grant you a tremendous amount of musical discovery. With an eclectic mix of genre-bending alternative picks stemming from DIY's favorite shrieker Jeff Rosenstock, the revival of 90s space rockers Hum, and rising songstress Phoebe Bridgers, there is something for everyone to indulge in. Grab a pen and paper, note taking is encouraged for this one!
Another special episode in the books! This week I was joined by Tommy Cantwell of Gouge Away and Hesitation Wounds. We talked about the story behind his drumming show on Youtube called "The Pretty Cool Drum Show." I highly advise every musician to check it out because you can definitely learn something. Tommy went into growing up in a family musicians and being in his first ever band with his brother. We discussed Tommy joining Gouge Away and went in-depth about the album "Burnt Sugar." Tommy told his story about meeting Jeremy Bolm of Touche Amore and being asked to become the drummer of Hesitation Wounds. Tommy talked about some of his favorite cities and venues to play in. There was so much more! Check out Tommy's work below: The Pretty Cool Drum Show: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMlcnuJWtgEcu_NYHUxprEw/about , Gouge Away's Bandcamp: https://gougeawayfl.bandcamp.com/music , Hesitation Wounds' Bandcamp: https://hesitation-wounds.bandcamp.com/album/chicanery , Tommy's Instagram: @tomclaudevandamme
This week's episode was an absolute blast. I had the entire band from Orlando's own, Expert Timing. There was laughing throughout most of the episode. Jeff, Katrina, and Gibran are all down to earth and all-around great people. We talked about the rather alarming loose guidelines when it comes to Covid in the state of Florida. We visited a few stories about alligators because, you know, when in Florida, right? There was a real interesting conversation about learning the music scene -- this included Katrina explaining how she picked up the bass after experiencing the DIY punk scene in Pennsylvania and attending The Fest. She even goes into what planning a tour is like. We deeply explored DIY touring. There were several fun stories like the carrying equipment down a set of steps in Philadelphia show on a snowy day, Gibran losing his wallet the first day of a tour, and playing in Canada for the first time. We heard about a secret project (not so secretive anymore) that Jeff and Katrina work on In their downtime called Weapons of Math Destruction (best name ever). Jeff explained how Count Your Lucky Stars came into the picture and the tweet that started their relationship with the record label. Jeff and Katrina talked about being married and what it's like writing the songs. Lastly, of course, we talked about their most recent release called Whichever, Whatever. I recommend giving it a listen! Also, follow the band! Links below: Bandcamp: https://experttiming.bandcamp.com , Instagram: @experttiming, Twitter: @expert_timing
It was a real honor having Augusta Koch on the podcast this week. Everything Augusta touches turns to gold. I have been a huge Cayetana fan for years, and I am really enjoying the direction Gladie is heading in. Augusta has a fascinating story. She grew up in the Poconos where she always attended live shows. One thing she did note is that she was always one of two women at the local gigs. At times she didn't feel accepted by the people she went to shows with. Her taste in music and opinion about certain bands was always pushed to the side. Augusta always wanted to play guitar in high school but an unfortunate experience with a creepy guitar instructor ruined any motive to pick up the instrument. It wasn't until she returned home from one year of living in Colorado for college that she picked up guitar again. That is where the beautiful Philadelphia music scene comes in. The music scene was more welcoming and there was mutual respect amongst all of the bands. Augusta met Kelly when she first moved to Philadelphia and was eventually introduced to Allegra at a party. They had a similar interest in forming a band. That is when Tom May of the Menzingers let Augusta borrow an amp and guitar so that she could start practicing with what eventually formed into Cayetana. The group practiced for a long time before they played a show. In fact, Cayetana had to get talked into playing their first gig. That led to big things. The release of Nervous Like Me took off and gained a following. Then the band opted to self-release New Kind of Normal, which did equally as well. In 2018 Augusta started a side project that she labeled Gladie. This project was a two-person group that she formed with Matt Schimelfenig. Eventually it turned into Augusta's main focus once Cayetana decided to take a break. This year the group released a full-length album called Safe Sins, which we discuss in full detail. There have also been a few EPs released, and also one coming out this week! Augusta's dog, Benny also pays us a visit, which is even more the reason to listen. Check out Gladie's work on Spotify and Apple Music, or visit the links below: Bandcamp: https://gladie.bandcamp.com , Instagram: @gladie_band, Twitter: @Glad_eee
This week's episode was a special one! I had the opportunity to chat with Abby Weems and Ally Einbinder of the band Potty Mouth about their new compilation album called "Sunday Someday" that will be coming out on March 19 through Get Better Records. Make sure to put in the preorder now! The story all began when the pandemic forced the music scene to come to a pause for touring. Potty Mouth began a zoom to continue their friendship with others in the music industry and eventually the idea of a split-album blossomed. Some of the other musicians and groups to appear on the album goes as follows: Nervus, Full on Mone't, Solstice Rey, and KOJI. The funds will go towards Gabe's surgery and future touring expenses for the artists. Pre-order the record here: sundaysomedayrecord.com. Potty Mouth's Bandcamp: https://pottymouth.bandcamp.com , Instagram & Twitter: @pottymouthworld
Jonathan Francis, who is formerly the bassist with The Moms, and now releasing music with his solo project, joins me this week. We talked about his most recent release which is a modern version of Woody Gutherie's song "Tear the Fascists Down." That was the first of many upcoming songs that should be on everyone's radar. There is an EP coming our way and in the spring there will be more music, possibly even a full-length album. We also discussed Jonathan Francis' path to his solo project after transitioning from The Moms, moving to Asbury Park and how that gave him even greater access to the music community -- the change from the move stirred something up in him. Continuously, we chatted about working with Pete Steinkopf (The Bouncing Souls) in the studio, the process behind creating these songs, influences while growing up, burning CDs during a time before Spotify & Bandcamp, staying true to yourself as a musician, getting involved with record labels, and so much more. Give Jonathan Francis a follow! Instagram & Twitter: @jnthnfrncsnj
In October I was fortunate enough to come across a fun discovery in the band Petrov. The Charlotte, NC based band joined the show to talk about their new EP labeled Flower Bed. We talked about the message behind the music, having more studio time for this EP, and how each song was put together. Also, we chatted about the live music experience -- including a cool socially distanced fundraiser this year and all of their great shows last year when they first formed as a bed. We discussed last year's EP, Sleep Year, which quickly put the band on the map, and was even included on NPR's best songs of 2019 list. Then we got into hobbies such as Syd picking up drawing and creating the next music video for the band, which will be influenced by the song "Take on me" by a-ha. Give the band a follow: Bandcamp: https://petrovclt.bandcamp.com , Spotify & Apple Music: Petrov, Instagram & Twitter: petrovclt
Rick Maguire of Pile joins Behind the Vinyl straight from his home in Boston, Ma. Rick talked about what he has been doing during his downtime from touring, which hasn't really been downtime, but instead has been filled with writing more music than ever and picking up drawing again. Pile released a cassette tape in October that included a booklet of artwork from Rick. We then went into finding dedicated band members and setting up recording and rehearsing even though they all live in different states. Rick discussed growing up and playing football and basketball, but having music take over his life at the age of 12. Rick even talked about finding his own voice during the writing experience and how sometimes his songs mention his political frustrations. A key word that continuously pops up is "journey." Rick was in it for the long haul. Pile began in 2007 as a solo project when Rick decided to leave his previous band and form his own universe. Slowly but surely it formed into what it is today. What exactly is Pile today? A band that is seven albums in -- that list includes well-known records Magic Isn't Real, Dripping, and the most recent release, Green and Gray. The band consistently fills up venues and tours the world. Rick certainly doesn't have to live at his practice space anymore. He is on his way.
I took a virtual trip to Los Angeles this week to have a conversation with punk rocker, Kelsey Reckling! We talked about the release of 24 hours in the beginning of the year, going back to school to study biology, finding a passion for bird watch and plant hikes, getting sober and working at Cosmic Vinyl. There was also an detailed discussion about moving to Los Angelas from Houston. Kelsey is a sports fan and talked about what it was like living in LA when Kobe Bryant passed away and the Houston Astros' cheating scandal. Plus, we had an extensive conversation about growing up with a guitar in her hand and finding a love for punk bands like Rancid, Black Flag, and L7. When Kelsey has some free time she runs a record label, Wink and Spit Records. Lastly, Kelsey tells me about starting up Reckling, the first album, and playing live with awesome acts such as Vivian Girls and Great Grandpa last fall. Check out Reckling on the following platforms: Bandcamp: https://reckling.bandcamp.com/music , Spotify & Apple Music: Reckling, Instagram: @kelseyreck, Twitter: @kelseyreck, Facebook: Reckling
One name that has been popping up more-and-more since their release of their sophomore album "Pleasure Vision" is the band Bacchae out of Washington, DC. This week Andrew, Katie, and Rena took some time out of their schedule to tell their story. Pleasure Vision was released on March 6 right around when Covid was storming into the US. The band was able to luckily play their release show, but the tour ended there as the entire country went into a lockdown. The band talked about some interesting topics like working with J. Robbins during the production of the album and connecting with Brian Gorsegner of WIRED Booking and the Night Birds. They went into their growth from starting out as a new band 5 years ago when they recorded a home mixed demo to the professional setting with this "Pleasure Vision." This included a lot of tips about starting up and getting your name out. They thought back to the tour life and discussed opening up for The Ergs! and playing the Bouncing Souls pre-show in Asbury Park. This episode was a good one so give it a listen and check out Bacchae too!
Fresh off their debut album, 5 Years Behind, which was released in March, THICK join the conversation this week. THICK started as a two-piece band in 2013 when Nikki and Shari met on Craigs List. The two would meet up once a week at a practice space and piece together some of the early songs of the band. Two years later, in 2015, Kate came on board as the bassist and everything began to speed up at that point. THICK jumped on every show bill they could get on and began to network and make connections throughout the music scene. They went from strictly DIY shows to one day receiving an email from the well-known record label Epitaph asking if they were interested in joining their roster. THICK is a real confident band and their most recent release is only the beginning. Get familiar with them!
If you want a punk legend then you came to the right place. This episode had countless stories from the long career of Mikey Erg. The recording process for each album, the live show experience, and so much more. You name it and it's in this episode. Mikey discusses what it was like to do remote recordings when the pandemic first started. He also goes into how important it is to support bands through bandcamp or whatever other resources. Mikey talks about life on the road and what he does when he finally has some time at home. Mikey discusses the planning process for the year since he is always in 4 or 5 projects at once. He goes deeply into his solo project and what the time period between The Ergs! and when he started writing music again was like. Lastly, we talk about The Ergs! and his start in music. How the band formed, the big tour with the Bouncing Souls and Lifetime, the moment the band split up, the reunion shows over the last few years, and the possibility of a comeback record in the future.
Shab Ferdowsi is someone who has many talents and is always finding new ways to be creative. The musician out of Los Angeles just released a full-length album in the spring labeled R.I.P. Apathy. We spoke about the two year process that went into having that record come into fruition. Also, she has quite the story behind her music journey. Shab didn't start writing music until about four years ago when some of her friends influenced her to start recording her songs. That is when everything took off. Before that she was a tour photographer and put together DIY shows in the LA area. But, her talents go deeper than music. During quarantine she decide to find new ways to keep herself entertained. Shab began making ice Cream and recently she ventured into the pizza world. This is a deep conversation. Shab does not hold back. She discusses her declining eye sight and what that means for some of her hobbies. She goes deeply into the different chapters of her life. Give Blushh a follow and don't forget to listen to their music!
The influences behind the grungy sound of Nashville's own, Sad Baxter, isn't hard to find. Deezy grew up a fan of loud rock and was inspired by acts like Nirvana, Veruca Salt, and Hole. Once she met Alex at Berklee College they were on a mission to create a sound similar to the ones they both grew up admiring. Fast forward several years later and their story has been a huge success. As usual, this episode is filled with a ton of fun stories. Especially the one where Alex closed on a home while on the road with the band. Give it a listen and get involved in the discussion with the band!
Bandcamp: https://sadbaxter.bandcamp.com , Instagram: @sadbaxter, Twitter: @sadsadbaxter, Facebook: Sad Baxter.
As we enter the fall season and the warm weather slowly begins to fade away, there will be more time to sit down and catch up on some of your favorite musicians and shows. Warren Franklin is an excellent choice! On Sept. 12 his Instagram show returns and if it's anything like season one then you are in for a treat. Season one saw guests like Ratboys, Retirement Party, Mikey Erg, Chris Conley & so many others join the discussion. Warren is also a respected musician who has great insight on the music industry. We talked about bands like The Lawrence Arms, Illuminati Hotties, and several other great groups. He also discussed having to learn the bass in a matter of weeks for a life changing European tour. So many other fantastic stories included in this episode!
Carmen Perry of Remember Sports joined the podcast this week! It's jam packed with some really epic stories! Carmen discussed the current state of music and starting up a Patreon. She also took a journey back to high school when she joined a student run music group and not feeling completely comfortable playing music at that time in life because of a unwelcoming group of boys from her school. She started Remember Sports when she met her friends at a small school in Ohio (Kenyon College) and found out that they all had similar music interests. There are plenty of other stories like the one about a band called Sports who sent Carmen a fake cease to exist letter several years back. Give Remember Sports a follow on social media (@remembersportsband).
This week I chatted with Sarah Blumenthal of Charlotte, NC's fuzzy indie punk band Alright. The band is preparing for the release of their first full-length album labeled "I'm Doing This to Myself" which will be available on Aug. 28 (Self Aware Records). We went in-depth about the song writing experience and everything behind the steps that Sarah took to make this release possible. Also, there are several fun stories included in this episode. The list includes helping run a record label (Self Aware Records) and traveling to Japan last year to play a few shows. Give Alright a follow on social media (alrightnc)!
This week Stephen of The Big Easy dropped into the podcast. The Big Easy has been easily one of my favorite discoveries of 2020. Stephen's music making abilities is a real treat for anyone who listens. He had some great input about the music he puts out for all to hear and is extremely passionate about his craft. Last fall he started on an adventure that led him to releasing a new song on the first Friday of every month. This stopped in February when he released his EP, First Friday. Stephen also discussed the first time he picked up an instrument in his buddies basement, some fun tour stories, and what it's like being a Black musician in the indie scene. Give The Big Easy a follow on Instagram and Twitter (@thebigeasyband).
I had the pleasure of sitting down with David & Daoud of Bad Moves this week. The punk band out of Washington, DC just released one of the best albums this year in Untenable. We chatted about making Untenable, releasing it in 2020, and the story behind several of the songs. Plus, we discussed how the band formed (a pretty awesome karaoke night) and some other epic stories about the group. Give them a follow on social media (badmovesdc)!
Took a virtual road trip to Seattle, Wa this week to chat with John Spinney of Monsterwatch. Big Sin has been one of my favorite songs for the longest time and Tuesday was the original intro jam of the show. So a bunch of connections with the band! It was cool to hear John talk about the transition in sound the band has seen for the upcoming album that will be released at the beginning of next year. They are taking on a new wave punk sound which is different from the in your face punk from the original EP. We also discussed growing up in New Hampshire, giving up guitar at an early age and then picking it up again later in life, living out of a van when he first relocated to Seattle, and life on the road. Give them a follow on all social media platforms (@monsterwatch).
For this episode I returned to the local front of New Jersey and my punk self is jumping for joy. I had Brian Gorsegner of Night Birds join this week. When I was growing up, and started dabbling in the bass guitar, Brian was someone I looked up to and admired for all that he did for the punk community. He has been touring for 20 years now in several different projects. He has been on the road with notable acts like the Descendents, the Ergs, and Joyce Manor. His current band, Night Birds, are signed with the label Fat Wreck Chords. He also runs a booking company called Wired. Give him a follow on IG (@briangorsegner).
I had the honor of sitting down with Michigan's rising emo punks, Dogleg. The full band sat down to chat about their full story. From Alex starting Dogleg as a solo act and being the loudest musician at coffee shop shows to the release of one of the best albums of 2020 in Melee. This episode is loaded with personal and band stories. Give Dogleg a follow on IG (doglegband) and on Twitter (@leg_dog).
This week's episode is getting released on the 5th anniversary of the band I had the opportunity to chat with! Ramona, a punk band out of Philly, formed in Seattle, WA on July 7 of 2015. It started with a Craigslist ad and resulted in a first get together that ended with the band getting massages. Since then they have been a tight knit group. Whether it's singing karaoke during long van rides or wearing matching outfits for a photo shoot -- it's pretty clear that Ramona formed a bond on that first day. I chatted with Abby & Shannon about their impressive album (Deals, Deals, Deals!) and circled back to some tour stories like the time they saw the Emoji movie together. Connect with them on all social media platforms by typing in Ramona music!
This week I had the opportunity to converse with John Russell from the band Gnawing out of Richmond, VA. Gnawing has a 90s rock sound similar to Dinosaur Jr. and The Lemonheads. It was another great discussion. John is originally from North Carolina and played In a few bands before he moved to Richmond and ultimately created Gnawing. We really went deep into influences on the music scene and American history in general. We talked about his love for the Charlotte Hornets and Star Wars. Plus, Shaky came out in the beginning of the year! Give Gnawing a follow on all social media platforms (@Gnawinggg).
Super pumped up to have the opportunity to chat with local legends, Latewaves. This was my first time having the entire band on the show and they turned out to be the coolest group of people. This episode was filled with epic stories and endless laughs. My personal favorite story was about the time they performed in a kitchen. Catch that story & so many others in this loaded episode!. Give Latewaves a follow on both Instagram & Twitter (@Latewaves).
Sonia Sturino of Weakened Friends joined Behind the Vinyl this week. I was fortunate enough to discover Weakened Friends a few years ago at the Asbury Brewery. They quickly became one of my favorite live acts. I make sure to never miss them when they come to New Jersey. On this episode we talked about the usual topics such as how Sonia got into music, how the band formed, moving to Portland, and the tour life. However, what made this episode so great were some of the deeper topics like anxiety, racism in America, privilege, and so much more. Give Weakened Friends a follow on all social media platforms and make sure to give them a listen!
This week we had another Chicago-based band join the show which continues to prove the rich music history of the city. Julia Steiner of Ratboys was my guest and she was an absolute blast to converse with. We talked about a wide-range of music topics like how she met bandmate Dave at Notre Dame, they started writing music in their dorm rooms, eventually moving in with Dave & Sean in Chicago & having more time to practice, hitting the road for DIY touring, and eventually getting their first headlining tour after the release of Printer's Devil. Give Ratboys a follow on IG & Twitter @Ratboysband.
This week's episode features everyone's favorite eclectically creative punk, Brendan Kelly. From the growth of the beloved Lawrences Arms to his most recent solo work with the Wandering Birds, we dive into Beex's maniacal musical mind, the city of Chicago, his writing career path (with stops at the Onion and the Hard Times) to the utmost importance of being a family man. Give him a follow on IG (dr_beexo) and Twitter (@badsandwich). Read his blog https://badsandwich.substack.com and listen to his podcast labeled Road to the Skeleton Coast.
This week Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy joined the podcast for an epic episode. Mannequin Pussy is a Philadelphia-based punk band that currently have three full-length albums (GP, Romantic, Patience). We discussed her love for tie-dye, being diagnosed with cancer as a teenager, dancing as a hobby growing up, learning how to play the guitar, the death of Amy Winehouse and how musicians have an impact on our lives, eventually joining forces with childhood friend, Thanasi, and forming Mannequin Pussy. Give Mannequin Pussy a follow on Instagram and Twitter @mannequinpussy
This week Christian Sparacio joined the show for a super fun episode. Sparacio is a former college football player who shifted to full-time musician after graduating from Colby College. We discussed working at a brewery, favorite rom-coms, balancing football and music, performing at Carnegie Hall in high school, making the decision to do music full-time, recording Baby Blue during Quarantine, and his song Silent Places beginning to blow up after a flash artist used it in his video. Visit Christian's Instagram @sparaciomusic or his website sparaciomusic.com. Also, give us a follow on IG @behindthevinylpod
This was honestly a dream episode for me. Sincere Engineer has been one of my favorite bands since they released Rhombithian back in 2017. Deanna Belos, who created the group, and makes all of the music, joined me to talk about Nickelodeon, not attending dental school and starting a band instead, the Chicago scene and the influence that bands like Lawrence Arms and Alkaline Trio had on her, receiving the opportunity to join Red Scare Industries, creating a word that eventually became her first albums name (look out for it in the dictionary soon lol), balancing working a full-time job with being in a band, the meaning behind her songs, and so much more! Make sure to give Sincere Engineer a follow on Twitter and IG @sincereengineer and also visit their website sincereengineer.com. Check us out on IG as well @behindthevinylpod
The journey continues with episode two! This week had no limits when I spoke with Austin Cooper of Arizona's indie pop punk band, No Lungs. We discussed favorite candy, foods of Arizona, Nirvana, Austin having to re-record the first two albums, No Lungs' first tour, and so much more! Be sure to follow No Lungs on IG @nolungsaz and our page as well @behindthevinylpod. As usual, would love to hear feedback!
The first official Behind the Vinyl episode! I had the pleasure to kick off the show with an in-depth conversation with Alex Fabio of New Jersey's alternative Americana punk band, America Part Two. We discussed Alex's hectically inspiring yoga trip during the outbreak of the coronavirus, the ever evolving New Jersey scene, touring as a DIY band, and what America Part Two really stands for. Be sure to follow America Part Two on IG @americaparttwo and our page as well @behindthevinylpod, would love to hear from you!