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Later today I will be sitting down to talk to The Spill Canvas about their current One Fell Swoop anniversary tour. If you have any questions for the band, please leave them in the replies.
Craig Ismaili on 08/26/15 - 07:13 AM
Recently, I was able to speak with Tim Kasher and Stefanie Drootin of The Good Life about the band's first album in eight years, Everybody's Coming Down. Check it out here.
I mean, it’s what we’re all listening to now, and we joked around about it being our Weezer or our Built to Spill record. [Laughs] I think the Good Life used to feel like an entity that had to stand in contrast to Cursive, but now that we’re less active, The Good Life feels like it has more leeway to play rock music.
Aaron Mook on 08/24/15 - 09:27 AM
We had the chance to speak with John Nolan about his new solo album, Sad Strange Beautiful Dream. Check it out here.
This album was ridiculously autobiographical. I’ve never written so many songs that were so directly about an exact experience that I had. That was something that happened (on this album). Generally, I think my songs are about myself. I think I’m limited in that way. I don’t feel like I, so far anyway, have been able to put myself in a character's head or another person’s head and been able to write from their perspective. I haven’t felt like I’ve been good at that. So most of my songs end up being about me in some way or another.
Craig Ismaili on 08/24/15 - 08:09 AM
"And today was a day just like any other."
Staff ReviewsJack's Mannequin - Everything in Transit (10-Year Retrospective) (Craig Manning)
Staff InterviewsJohn Nolan (Craig Ismaili)
PALMAS (Craig Ismaili)
Craig Manning on 08/24/15 - 06:02 AM
I recently spoke to We Came As Romans vocalists Dave Stephens and Kyle Pavone at the Portland, OR date of the Vans Warped Tour. We spoke about the band's brand new Self-Titled record (and it's leak 6 weeks ahead) working out on the road, and more. The record is definitely among my favorites of the year, so this was a fun conversation to have. You can read it here.
It’s not something a lot of bands do in their careers, it’s a special feat for sure. We’re really blessed; with record sales being down and our record leaking six weeks early, it just seems like everything was piled against us, and we had people telling us “You might not do top 10…you’ve got this and this against you…” But we...
Jake Denning on 08/21/15 - 12:17 PM
Morrissey recently sat down with Larry King to give his first "in-depth interview in 10 years" and discussed his cancer diagnosis, depression, the recent alleged sexual assault he experienced and the American presidential candidates. Check out some clips in the replies.
Kyle Huntington on 08/19/15 - 09:07 AM
This Sunday, I'll be sitting down with Mac DeMarco to discuss his new album, Another One, world tours and relationship advice. If you have any questions for Mac, feel free to leave them in the replies.
Aaron Mook on 08/12/15 - 07:52 AM
We recently chatted with Fat Mike and Erin Burkett about the 25th anniversary of Fat Wreck Chords.
I think Rise Against is the only band that never really partied much. That’s the label I want. A label with a bunch of drunk, drug using, non-religious fuck ups. Those are the people who will always play music because they love it.
Deborah Remus on 08/04/15 - 04:16 PM
We recently spoke with Joywave about their debut album How Do You Feel Now? Check it out here.
What gets sent to radio and what’s decided on as a single seems really arbitrary. We didn’t make the record trying to make any singles. There was no song where we were like, all right, this one has to be this certain way, outside of “Destruction.” The spots that we made quote-unquote “catchy” in that song are a joke. It’s tongue in cheek.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/30/15 - 11:23 AM
I recently spoke with Jose Pasillas, the drummer of Incubus. The band had originally planned on releasing another EP later this year, but now they're considering doing a full-length instead. See the interview here.
This is an experiment for us. We’re writing, recording, rehearsing, and touring all back to back. We’re exploring our options and we don’t have anything set in stone, so that may be an option for us to put out a whole record.
Chrisanne Grise on 07/28/15 - 09:19 AM
We recently spoke with Dustin Kensrue about his long-awaited second solo album, Carry the Fire. Check it out here.
After so long, it was hard to pick where it was going to go. Originally, I had this other project I was thinking I was going to do as well. I was going to make the solo record a lot more stripped down, and it ended up feeling like it was too many things to juggle at one time. I combined some of the ideas that I had for this separate project into the more folky stuff and just let it be a mixture.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/21/15 - 11:22 AM
"Feels like my life is ready to blow"
Staff ReviewsTame Impala - Currents (Jake Jenkins)
Staff InterviewsDustin Kensrue
Staff PhotosRadio 104.5 Summer Block Party (Staci Altomari)
Jake Jenkins on 07/21/15 - 07:44 AM
This week we were able to speak with Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World about his new solo project. Check it out here.
One of the things I wanted to try and explore in my solo material is working on really concise pop songs in the sense of 50s and 60s pop songs. If you listen to a song like Buddy Holly’s “Everyday,” that’s pretty much a perfect song as far as I’m concerned. The way that it’s structured is something completely different than your modern formula of song construction. So it’s just sort of my attempt to work closer to, not necessarily ripping off that kind of formula of the way that Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly and those types of songs are constructed, but how that makes me...
Jonathan Bautts on 07/15/15 - 05:51 AM
I recently spoke with Jarrod Gorbel of Night Terrors of 1927 (and formerly of The Honorary Title) about his new songs, falling out of love with the music industry, and more. Check it out here.
I started to doubt my abilities. Also, being in a band was really stressful and I wanted to try and do things by myself. But left to my own devices, I just go inward and get really sad. It’s a downward spiral. So I thought, “Well, maybe music’s not for me.”
Chrisanne Grise on 07/14/15 - 07:25 AM
We recently spoke with Mike Shinoda about the return of Fort Minor, as well as the past and future of Linkin Park. Check out the interview here.
I kind of don’t care where and if [Fort Minor] fits in. For me, trends will come and go. Rap music right now is in a really exciting place... There’s a lot of room for individual, unique voices. I’m excited for what that’s going to develop into in the coming years. My role in it isn’t to be a part of any movement, or a part of anything at all. I just make what I make. If people dig it, then they dig it.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/13/15 - 11:18 AM
In a recent interview, Father John Misty says he's already completed writing on the follow up to this year's excellent I Love You, Honeybear, and that the album "isn't about love." You can watch the interview in the replies.
I feel like writing about intimacy afforded me a real unexpected level of clarity and kind of turning that perspective outward, that's essentially what the next album is all about.
Aaron Mook on 07/08/15 - 11:19 AM
"What I'm working for is something more than free."
Staff InterviewsJason Isbell (Craig Manning)
Wolf Alice (Jonathan Bautts)
Craig Manning on 07/08/15 - 07:36 AM
We spoke with U.K. breakout Wolf Alice about their debut album, My Love Is Cool. Check out the interview here.
We’re four weirdos from North London who spent a good two years playing everywhere trying to get the fine folk of England to pay attention to us, so it’s blowing our minds that we’ve got the chance to do that over in the U.S.A. too. The U.S. crowds are so, so, so much fun. People yell stuff like good restaurants to check out or just welcome you to the city DURING the breaks between songs. It’s how I imagine American football games to be, full of team spirit and chanting. A good crowd at a show in the U.S. can be like getting hit with a sledgehammer and totally elevates the vibe.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/08/15 - 05:42 AM
Our interview with Simple Plan can be read here. The band's new album will be released this fall.
For us, it's exciting, because we've got to keep growing and we have to adapt and try new things. It's a weird thing as a band, especially as you have more longevity, it's almost like you can't win because you don't have the excitement of being the brand new band. So people are like, "Okay, what have you got now? It's your fifth record."
Joe DeAndrea on 07/07/15 - 07:32 AM
"I'll spin for you like your favorite records used to."
Staff InterviewsSimple Plan (Joe DeAndrea)
Joe DeAndrea on 07/07/15 - 07:24 AM
Laura Jane Grace (of Against Me!) is the guest on today's episode of WTF with Marc Maron.
Aaron Mook on 07/06/15 - 08:52 AM
Earlier this week I had the chance to take part in a conference call with Miguel to discuss his recently-released album Wildheart, which also happens to be one of the year's best. The full exchange can be found here.
Nothing that matters in this world has ever been accomplished by being faint of heart, or by being fearful, or being conformist. It always took a little bit of delusion, a little bit of crazy, a little bit of wild-heartedness to go against the grain. Because the truth is, being yourself is wild-hearted, because no one will ever be like you. You are the only you that will ever be and has ever been. And I think that’s to be celebrated, as opposed to being muted, or being...
Jonathan Bautts on 07/03/15 - 11:31 AM
We recently spoke with Good Old War about their new album Broken Into Better Shape, which is officially out today. Don't forget the band will be chatting on the website tonight at 8pm EST.
We’re more inspired to write while we’re down, but on the other hand we never can leave it at that. We’re not the type of people that can just leave it at that. It’s like, we can get out of this, you know? By the time you’re done writing a song, you feel better, and that’s the whole idea. You can tell the story of writing the song with the song.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/29/15 - 12:35 PM
We had the chance to speak with Nate Ruess about his new solo album, Grand Romantic. Check it out here.
Honestly, talking to Absolute Punk right now, the core that was intact when the Format started, I can’t ignore that by any stretch of the imagination. That feels like my home. Those people that have listened since then feel like my family. They’ve kept me up and going at this and they’ve helped me as much as anyone, without a doubt.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/25/15 - 12:09 PM
And all of the monsters got bigger.
ReviewsmewithoutYou - Pale Horses (Blake Solomon)
Staff InterviewsNate Ruess (Jonathan Bautts)
Blake Solomon on 06/25/15 - 08:27 AM
We talked with Cold War Kids about their latest album, Hold My Home. Check it out here.
Around the time of our first record, everyone was saying we were a blog band because that was the time when those dozen bands were coming up through that medium. I think we’re probably one of the only ones of those bands that’s still around, or at least active in any more visible level. Again, I think we’re pretty surprised by it, because we didn’t totally plan on it. For me, it’s about desire. If we still really want to do it full on and write, record and tour, then we have to be totally committed. I don’t think we could take a year off. We’re not that kind of band where we could just take a...
Jonathan Bautts on 06/24/15 - 01:23 PM
"Let's keep that silly punchline between you and me."
Staff ReviewsCastle of Genre - Home: Loss & Ghosts (Zac Djamoos)
Drunk Couples - Cruisin' (Zac Djamos)
Staff InterviewsCold War Kids (Jonathan Bautts)
Zac Djamoos on 06/24/15 - 08:36 AM
We spoke with X Ambassadors this week about their debut album VHS and their hit single "Renegades," currently the #1 Alternative song in the country. Check out the interview here.
Learn how to shut your ego out and make sure you’re not doing something out of sheer stubbornness and laziness. We made this record THREE times. That’s three almost entirely different records. Each time we thought it was done, and then we’d all come back to it and realize it wasn’t. It’s the hardest thing to start over again, but it will always be better a second time around.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/23/15 - 11:00 AM
I recently sat down with Brent Martone of Head North in Philadelphia, to talk music, being signed, and their new EP Bloodlines -- check it out here.
The entire new record is a lot of stuff that is still pretty raw for me to play live. You know you play a song over and over and over again as much as it doesn’t lose its meaning to you its just you get used to the vibe that it gives off.
Shana Davidson on 06/22/15 - 09:28 PM
I recently spoke with Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind as he celebrated the release of the band's fifth album, Dopamine. Check it out here.
We were pushed into marketing and branding that we never recognized. We would do photo shoots and I would look at them and just flatline. I was like, “I have no relationship to this. I don’t know what this is.” It was just our record company trying to get the quickest line to a dollar. And we would have fights and arguments about it, but what we didn’t realize is that we could just say no.
Chrisanne Grise on 06/22/15 - 07:06 AM
Slash released his new Concert Film Live At The Roxy via BitTorrent Bundle, along with a Q&A with his thoughts on the digital music space.
Ryan Gardner on 06/19/15 - 01:11 PM
I recently spoke to Zac Eisenstein of Man Overboard while the band was rehearsing for the Vans Warped Tour. You can catch the band all summer long on the Unicorn Main Stage. Their fourth full-length album, Heavy Love, drops June 30th via Rise Records - you can pre-order it here. Head here for the interview.
Honestly, the hardest part was not saying something that would almost be too real or blow up my spot too much, to the point where people in my life are like “What the fuck, you’re singing about all our shit on a record!” That’s where I had to watch it, and Bill and I would have conversations like “What’s crossing the line?” But you can’t be rolling everybody that’s in your life every...
Jake Denning on 06/17/15 - 01:28 PM
We recently spoke with Aaron Weiss about mewithoutYou's new album, Pale Horses, which releases this week. Check it out here.
Our society is well aware of this idea that the world is going to end. We all know that we’re going to die. We all know that there’s violence and horrible suffering. I didn’t think it was honest to keep on writing about positive things and happy things, not that that’s all I did, but I did try and steer the ship in that direction so that the final message was overall an uplifting one. I actually still think that’s the case, and I still do want someone listening to our new songs to be on the whole uplifted, but I don’t know that I have the capacity to do...
Jonathan Bautts on 06/15/15 - 02:03 PM
"The plans I make still have you in them."
Album ReviewsThird Eye Blind - Dopamine (Craig Manning)
Staff InterviewsmewithoutYou (Jonathan Bautts)
Book ReviewThank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz (Craig Ismaili)
Craig Manning on 06/15/15 - 06:39 AM
Our good friend Gunz recently spoke with Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy on The Gunz Show about the tenth anniversary of From Under The Cork Tree; they also spoke about how Fall Out Boy has changed over the years. You can listen here.
Jake Denning on 06/09/15 - 05:17 PM
You can check out our interview with Betty Who here.
When you're a new artist, you're just like, "Oh, this is just like the first time I'm doing everything and we'll see how it goes." And then if it goes well hopefully, the second time you come around you're like, "Wait, I was just, like, guessing. How do I do that again? I didn't really have a system to it." So that's definitely been the thing that freaks me out more than anything.
Joe DeAndrea on 06/09/15 - 08:37 AM
"Have you ever ran at something headfirst, and then crawled away?"
Staff ReviewsFour Year Strong - Four Year Strong (Craig Ismaili)
Cusses - Here Comes the Rat (Gregory Robson)
Oso Oso - Real Stories of True People, Who Kind of Looked Like Monsters (Matt Metzler)
Staff InterviewsBetty Who (Joe DeAndrea)
Matt Metzler on 06/09/15 - 06:56 AM
We recently interviewed Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot) about his new solo undertaking The Wonderlands, which involved writing a song for each hour of the day and working with 24 different producers. Check it out here.
Music has always been a landscape for me to find meaning and to be able to reflect on the real world from a safe distance of poetry and metaphor and melody. When I thought about the idea of creating a world, I thought let’s start by tracing the course of a day of darkness and light. The hours of a clock become the backdrop for the narrative of a song, specifically the light and the dark that’s present at that time of day.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/04/15 - 12:24 PM
You can check out our interview with Marianas Trench here. The band's new album, Astoria, will be released later this year.
I think the difference with this record is that the lyrics are very candid. We had a lot of stuff going on with the band over the last year and a half, which is the reason why it took us so long to get this new record out. There's been a lot of personal stuff happening. Nothing with the four guys or anything, but just personal stuff. I won't get into any gritty details, but when you guys hear this new record, it's an open book. It's reading right from the diary.
Joe DeAndrea on 06/03/15 - 07:31 AM
You can check out our interview with Emery here. The band's brand new album, You Were Never Alone, is out now.
Now this one I don’t really know, because so far they’re the most positive comments we’ve ever gotten. There’s two reasons that could be - one, the stuff’s great and everyone loves it; two, we’re releasing it ourselves, maybe we’re not getting enough people that aren’t predisposed to liking it to hear the record yet. I’m looking forward to moving ahead and pushing the record in general after the release, maybe we can get some negative comments that way, which means we’re reaching new people.
Jake Denning on 05/28/15 - 08:50 AM
Our interview with Walk The Moon can be found here.
What we have really worked hard to do over the past five years is build a strong fan base through touring and make a name for ourselves as a live band. We don’t use any tracks onstage. We are playing or triggering every noise that you hear live in front of you. I think it makes a difference to people. They can sense the energy and the possibility of total failure. I think that makes our concerts a special experience, and that’s really what we pride ourselves on, is the live show.
Jonathan Bautts on 05/07/15 - 11:09 AM
You can check out my new interview with Enter Shikari vocalist Rou Reynolds here. The band's brand new album, The Mindsweep, is out now both in-stores and online.
It’s difficult, especially today because I feel like the education system, media, and the museums feel the need to make the sciences about “little explosions!” and “mixing this liquid with that liquid, woo!”. I think the most exciting thing for me is learning about stuff like cosmology, stuff that makes us feel really small and insignificant, that’s the most empowering thing.
Jake Denning on 05/04/15 - 10:54 AM
Underoath's Tim McTague recently talked to AltPress about their upcoming documentary, Tired Violence, the idea of a reunion, and the end of the band. You can also watch an interview with Spencer Chamberlain from the film in the replies. It releases on Friday May 1st.
When you only have two weeks, you can’t take three days off just to drive and play a badass L.A. show. So, we took two days off total [during the tour], and played shows every other night. We didn’t break up because we hated each other or because we hated playing music. We broke up because we literally didn’t have the capacity and the schedule to do stuff.
Ryan Gardner on 04/29/15 - 05:35 PM
I recently spoke with vocalist Chris Motionless of Motionless In White as part of their headlining tour. We spoke about the tour, their current record Reincarnate, and their upcoming tour with Slipknot this summer. You can read the interview here.
I think music is more of a therapeutic element to overcoming your problems, and at the end of the day it's you doing it. If we're helping you out, great, I'm glad that music in general can do that, because it's helped me, I've gotten over many things.
Jake Denning on 03/16/15 - 11:29 AM
You can read our interview with Jake Luhrs, vocalist for August Burns Red here. The band is currently in the middle of their Frozen Flame U.S. headlining tour, alongside Miss May I, Northlane, Fit For A King, and Erra.
The subject matter is sensitive. There’s a lot of stuff that we’re not going to let you know what the lyrics mean, because we want each listener to take it for what they need it for, not for what we’re giving you. But there’s a lot of sensitive stuff there, there might even be some questionable subject matter where people are like “What’s this?”
Jake Denning on 03/04/15 - 02:35 PM
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