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According to a new interview with Complex, Kendrick Lamar has been hard at work on his forthcoming album, stating that he has around 30-40 songs done. The rapper expects to drop the project before the end of the year, and says he has been working with Dr. Dre, among others.
But now that Kendrick, 27, is a hysteria-inducing star, the world is waiting to see if he can deliver twice. Expectations are high. After good kid, good simply won’t be good enough. Unlike GKMC, which Kendrick planned years in advance, there’s no cover art in mind for the follow-up. As for a title, Kendrick says he’s “flirting with ideas.” He’s been working primarily with TDE’s in-house producers, Tae Beast and...
Jake Jenkins on 07/22/14 - 12:46 PM
Listen to a new Going Off Track podcast with Say Anything's Max Bemis about Hebrews, his rediscovery of organized religion, Jewish neurosis, and how his spiritual upbringing has shaped who he is today.
Ryan Gardner on 07/21/14 - 07:17 PM
PropertyOfZack have posted an interview with Real Friends' bassist/lyricist Kyle Fasel. He really likes us.
It is tough. I’ve learned to back away from social media and from looking at what people say. We’re always really active with social media, updating our stuff, but in terms of looking at what people say, I try and stay away from it. AbsolutePunk is a terrible website. I don’t look at it, because I really truly think that Jason Tate stirs things up. I get it, that’s his job, he makes money because people go to the website and he wants to stir things up. That’s fine.
Ryan Gardner on 07/21/14 - 02:23 PM
I'm always moving forward, like that train.
Staff ReviewsThe Oversight - Far From Gone (Zac Djamoos)
InterviewsAnberlin - The Exit Interview: Part I (Jonathan Bautts)
Zac Djamoos on 07/21/14 - 11:25 AM
In celebration of this week's release of Anberlin's final album, Lowborn, we will be posting an in-depth, three-part interview special looking back over the band's 12-year career. Part I with drummer Nate Young can be found here.
Honestly, I would say that if we could be remembered in a light of just positivity and encouragement. It hits me at different times. We were signing yesterday, and so many people were sharing these stories. “I was listening to you since I was 13.” “You helped me get through some heavy stuff.” “Your music helped me when my mom passed away.” All these things that were so deep. It was hitting me, and I was thankful I was wearing glasses so no one could see I...
Jonathan Bautts on 07/21/14 - 06:05 AM
Drew was recently featured on Vying for Vinyl's "Setting The Record Straight" to discuss vinyl.
For starters, it does seem “cool” to like vinyl, which is great for the format but bad for my wallet (prices are insane). I know for myself I love the warmer sound, I like feeling the music and art in my hands, and I do like the crazy and vibrant colors that may accompany the format. What I love about the recent resurgence is that it is getting people back into record stores and discovering new music and interacting with people with similar tastes and/or interests.
Ryan Gardner on 07/19/14 - 11:00 AM
The Boston Globe recently interviewed Jacob Bannon of Converge and Deathwish Inc about the upcoming first Deathwish Fest.
“This was definitely a challenge,” Bannon says. “A lot of bands, at least in our music world, tend to tour Europe in the summer, since there a lot of festivals there in the summer.. . . In the US it doesn’t really culturally apply. Kids out there will camp out and see bands for seven days, watch random techno bands, then black metal bands, then, like, I don’t know, Prince on day three. It’s really varied and unique. A lot of bands from the States in the punk world tend to get invited to those things, so it was a challenge to make sure people are around. But we’re...
Ryan Gardner on 07/17/14 - 09:39 PM
We recently interviewed Barry Johnson from Joyce Manor about Never Hungover Again, which will be released on Tuesday via Epitaph Records.
A lot of it is about relationships that can’t last and deteriorate for whatever reason, I think that’s more of a theme on all of our records. I spend quite a bit of time alone so that probably plays into it. Most of the songs touch on that in some way.
Deborah Remus on 07/17/14 - 01:18 PM
We don't fight, we just talk real loud.
Staff InterviewJoyce Manor (Deborah Remus)
Deborah Remus on 07/17/14 - 07:43 AM
You can read our interview with Dangerkids here. The band is hard at work on their sophomore full length album, to be released on Rise Records.
And then there are some bands that have something to say, and I'd say we fall into that category. So I think if someone could catch us playing "Paper Thin", then I'd feel satisfied that they gave us a fair chance.
Jake Denning on 07/15/14 - 10:21 AM
I got so much soul in me that I'm barely alive. I've been down and out for so long I can't be revived.
Staff ReviewsFour Year Strong - Go Down In History (Thomas Nassiff)
Riff Raff - Neon Icon (Jake Jenkins)
Swans - To Be Kind (Ryan Reisert)
Driver Friendly - Unimagined Bridges (Ryan Gardner)
Show ReviewsVans Warped Tour 2014 - Mansfield, MA [Photos] (Alex DiVincenzo)
InterviewsKim Shattuck of The Muffs (Caitlin DeWeese)
Alex DiVincenzo on 07/14/14 - 06:20 AM
You can check out our interview with Michael Barr and Gus Farias of Volumes here. The band is currently on the Vans Warped Tour, playing the Journeys stage. Their upcoming full length record, No Sleep, comes out July 15th.
I think we had a took a different approach, a pop approach to writing this album, working with our producer Brandon Paddock. And I think that was a big step for us, bringing in a producer – at first we didn’t know if it would really work, but in the end it ended up working beautifully
Jake Denning on 07/07/14 - 11:41 AM
You can check out our interview with Michael "Jag" Jagmin of A Skylit Drive here. The band is currently on this years Vans Warped Tour, playing the Ernie Ball stage.
I think we finally figured out the method that works for our band. There’s five completely different people in our band that have completely different writing styles. On Rise, we really honed it in. There was a lot more private writing instead of sitting in a room with five other people, barking over the same idea
Jake Denning on 07/07/14 - 11:36 AM
Read a new interview with Say Anything's Max Bemis on Noisey.
I think it requires more work, but it always should have required more work. There was a brief period of time around a century long when the music industry got involved and figured out how to cater to the laziness of musicians. And we are innately lazy because we’re artists. There are people who work nine to five jobs thanklessly and don’t complain about it ever, and then there’s musicians, a lot of whom are receiving these giant advances from multi-conglomerate companies and essentially getting smoke blown up their ass and they feel like they’re the new Beatles, or at least trying to achieve that.
Ryan Gardner on 07/03/14 - 06:30 PM
I'm going to be doing a final extensive interview with Stephen, Nate and Christian from Anberlin this week, so if you have any last questions for the band, leave them in the replies.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/02/14 - 03:27 PM
Check out our new interview with Chelsea Grin from the Pomona, CA date of the Warped Tour here. The band's upcoming album Ashes To Ashes is out July 8th, and you can see them on the Monster Energy stage through the end of tour.
The EP was kind of like a start, a lot of experimentation, and the full length was a combination of so many styles of music. We have 15 songs on the album, so we wanted to experiment while at the same time have that crushing Chelsea Grin sound.
Jake Denning on 06/24/14 - 11:46 AM
Noisey published a really interesting interview with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst. The site also premiered his new film The Truth. I recommend it.
I’m a simple person. I’m just me. I’m no more special than anybody. I think people are like, “What’s so special about that fuckin’ guy? Nothing! He gets on my fuckin’ nerves!” I go, “Well, I get on my nerves too. What the hell am I doing here? What happened?” It’s crazy. I just have some stories inside of me that I need to tell. I feel compelled to put them out and to give them away, for people to react to. It seems like everything I do, meaning finds me later.
Drew Beringer on 06/24/14 - 10:32 AM
Craig Owens of Chiodos recently talked to Rock 1057 about their upcoming tour with A Day To Remember and Bring Me The Horizon, the end of D.R.U.G.S, and rejoining Chiodos.
Ryan Gardner on 06/21/14 - 09:35 PM
In a new interview with Billboard, D'Angelo's manager Kevin Liles said a new album is "definitely" coming in 2014 and that D'Angelo will be going on tour in the fall. This will be his first studio album since 2000's Voodoo.
Jake Jenkins on 06/19/14 - 08:47 AM
Hit the replies to check out an episode of Steve Rennie's Renman Live with Bonnaroo founder Ashley Capps.
Zac Djamoos on 06/09/14 - 03:20 PM
Our interview with Needtobreathe can be found here.
When we started the record, we thought we might call the record “Wasteland,” which is the first track. Really that’s where we were when we started out writing for the record. It was a pretty dark place for us as a band. We didn’t know the record was going to follow this path that it ended up taking. It took us more than a year to make the record, and a lot of the songs really follow the journey that the band was on. Obviously, we didn’t know where that journey was going to lead. The songs came out as the turns and changes happened to us.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/04/14 - 12:24 PM
You are the hum of electric heat.
Staff ReviewsThe Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (Jake Jenkins)
Staff InterviewsNeedtobreathe (Jonathan Bautts)
Jake Jenkins on 06/04/14 - 08:49 AM
On The Gunz Show, Gunz spoke with Mat Devine (Kill Hannah) about his new album.
Zac Djamoos on 06/02/14 - 06:42 PM
We recently interviewed Sam Sutherland from Junior Battles. The band will release Rally on May 27 via Paper + Plastick.
We decided if we were going to do this record we were going to indulge all of our dumb shit, which means loving Limblifter, loving the Constantines and loving this insanely dumb idea of ‘And you will score the winning goal because you are very good at sports.’
Deborah Remus on 05/22/14 - 01:54 PM
And if I go away again you can have my stereo.
Staff InterviewJunior Battles (Deborah Remus)
Deborah Remus on 05/22/14 - 07:58 AM
Noisey's article on "The Method Behind letlive.'s Madness" is an interview with frontman Jason Butler discussing the duality of his presence and the mindset and meaning behind his live performance.
It is a rather interesting duality when I stop to think to about it or discuss it with someone like yourself. It’s this very demanding, as well as commanding, duality and it’s quite ironic, because in the past when they were happening, those emotions would actually make me become rather placid and slow me down. I think my way of chilling with them now is how you’ve put it before—almost exorcising them, like really getting rid of them and expelling them in a way that, I guess, is rather...
Ryan Gardner on 05/15/14 - 09:47 PM
Foxy Shazam frontman Eric McNally talks about his band's new, free surprise album Gonzo, what that word means to him, and about the history of mental illness in his family which inspired a lot of this record. The interview gets pretty personal; you can check out a snippet below and read it in full here.
For me, gonzo is… I feel like my dad has lost his mind a little bit. Like, since I was a kid, I just feel like my dad’s lost his mind. And I think that’s been something that’s hereditary in our family. I think “gonzo,” for me, is my fear of what I might… It’s like me applying my dad to myself, and my band and my career and everything. Just imagining. Or really being fearful of what’s to...
Thomas Nassiff on 05/05/14 - 01:18 PM
Kodiak Jack filled out our interview; read it here.
We were always quoting sitcoms in rehearsals and one of them was the Mighty Boosh. So there was a character called Kodiak Jack and we just thought that sounded different and was kinda catchy, so why not? Plenty of bands got their names from characters in film and TV. So it just stuck.
Zac Djamoos on 04/28/14 - 07:29 PM
Head to BBC Radio 1 to hear The 1975 discuss their story.
In this Radio 1 Story, for the first time, all four members of the band give their viewpoint on The 1975's career. From meeting at school as 13 and 14 year olds, to playing their first gigs, evolving their sound and song writing, forming their identity as The 1975, getting their first air play on Radio 1... and then adjusting to a whole load of success.
Ryan Gardner on 04/28/14 - 06:56 PM
Yesterday we called The Menzingers' Greg Barnett and bothered him before he had some friends over for a BBQ. We talked about Rented World, Bruce Springsteen, how people are quick to dismiss new music these days and some other stuff. Read the full interview here and a snippet below.
I think of going on Spotify and looking into the first 20 seconds of something and saying, 'Yeah, it's not for me. I'm gonna put something else on.' It's just that quick. When you had to go to a record store and buy a record, you're almost semi-forced to like it because you just paid $14 for it. Now people are really, really quick to write things off without giving time for an album to really breathe. ......
Thomas Nassiff on 04/28/14 - 08:23 AM
The Tripdown Project filled out our random interview - take a minute or two and read it.
I can fix things!
Zac Djamoos on 04/25/14 - 08:27 PM
The Liverspots took some time to answer our random interview, which can be found here.
I had been in a lot of bands before and had always been determined not to have a band name with the word, "THE," in it. For some reason, I now realized that I actually wanted to be a part of that tradition. I guess I figured that it was good enough for the Crickets, the Beach Boys, the Clash, and the Ramones...so it was good enough for us too. I wrote out a list of names that combined these ideas...the Dentures, the Catheters, etc. Most of these names were taken...so I went with the Liverspots. The rest of the dudes joined months later and never got a vote.
Zac Djamoos on 04/24/14 - 08:05 PM
Vain & Valor filled out our random interview; check it out.
Our very first weekender I was locked outside of the van half naked in the middle of nowhere at 3am. It was hilarious for everyone inside the van I'm sure, but for me it was one of those "Mom get me a grey hound ticket. I'm coming home!" moments.
Zac Djamoos on 04/23/14 - 05:40 PM
Melodic metal band Second Rate Angels filled out our random interview; read it here.
I’d say it’s 'cause we manage to combine being heavy with melodic. Not too many metal bands keep it melodic nowadays - we do, and everyone is a sucker for a good melody.
Zac Djamoos on 04/22/14 - 08:18 PM
Augustana's new record, Life Imitating Life, comes out today and we have an extensive interview with Daniel Layus about it. Check it out here.
I think that sincerity is the thing I wanted to zero in on because that’s my biggest strength, I believe. It’s not going to be delivering a perfect vocal in perfect pitch, all those things. It’s going to be the perfect amount of sincerity. That’s what I was shooting for, and luckily if that’s the goal, it’s all within you. You’re able to dig up that sincerity and that authenticity very easily if you really mean it.
Jonathan Bautts on 04/22/14 - 01:10 PM
There's a monster inside my mouth who only wants to shut you out.
Show ReviewsNew England Metal & Hardcore Festival w/ All That Remains - Worcester, MA [Photos] (Alex DiVincenzo)
InterviewsAugustana (Jonathan Bautts)
Alex DiVincenzo on 04/22/14 - 06:09 AM
Sontag Shogun's random interview is here.
We'd tour with a thirteenth century minstrel. You know they got into some crazy post-show antics. We'd also probably have had our tongues removed at some point for pissing off a minor lord.
Zac Djamoos on 04/21/14 - 08:08 PM
You can check out our interview with Breathe Carolina here. The band's fourth studio album, Savages, is available online and in-stores now. They will be returning to the main stage this summer on the Vans Warped Tour.
Jake Denning on 04/15/14 - 12:25 PM
Our interview with Boys On The Radio can be found here, the new project from Lovedrug's Michael Shepard.
I would say what balanced out Lovedrug, as far as the writing was concerned, was the other guys in Lovedrug were very much more into the indie side of music, the cooler, underground music. I was always kind of the pop guy who brought some of the hookier stuff to the music. So when I sat down to do a record by myself, essentially I’m writing pop songs. I’ve been going through this huge ‘80s thing lately. I was largely influenced by artists like Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, stuff like that that I grew up loving, kind of writing from a modern standpoint but with a little bit of that...
Jonathan Bautts on 04/14/14 - 12:47 PM
The terse Lumberjerks filled out our inteview; read it here.
The band started between two brothers who just wanted to play their music.
Zac Djamoos on 04/11/14 - 01:32 PM
Again, we've got two interviews today, courtesy of Left Behind and My Space Invaders. You can read them here and here.
Zac Djamoos on 04/10/14 - 08:22 PM
We recently interviewed Banner Pilot bassist Nate Gangelhoff about the band's fourth full-length record Souvenir, which officially drops on Tuesday through Fat Wreck Chords.
That’s the idea to have some hooks and catchiness, maybe it didn’t end up being quite as poppy and slick as Heart Beats Pacific was, but the idea was still to have some hooks in the choruses and stuff.
Deborah Remus on 04/10/14 - 01:56 PM
Evian Christ recently spoke to self-titled magazine for a cover story. In it, the producer talks a little bit about working on the new Kanye West album.
“I’ve got to get home and write an Otis Redding–style beat for him,” explains Leary. “He e-mailed last night. He wants something that sounds a bit like Otis Redding, a bit like Mobb Deep.”
Jake Jenkins on 04/10/14 - 09:10 AM
Today we've got two random interviews for you, from Swedish metalcore group Surviving the Charade and Iowan electronic duo Koffins, which can be found here and here, respectively.
Zac Djamoos on 04/09/14 - 03:16 PM
Our interview with Local Natives can be found here.
We never came into the band being like, “All right, we’re going to be this grunge-down, indie band forever, or we’re going to be a mainstream band.” We’re just doing what we want to do, making the music we’re happy with and proud of. If that reaches to a larger audience, awesome. Like I said, we’re totally content with where we are now. Hopefully, it keeps going in a positive direction and we can keep this as our careers.
Jonathan Bautts on 04/08/14 - 09:26 AM
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