It's like this curse as a musician where you can sometimes second-guess yourself. With this album I was like, 'Let's just write this record and see what happens.' I think as scatterbrained and overpopulated as the world is right now, it just needs honesty and I wanted the music to be fresh and honest even if the music isn't some crazy, avant-garde thing.
PropertyOfZack has published a tell-all interview with John D on the downfall of Bamboozle with serious details of what went wrong, and in turn why Skate And Surf and GameChanger are coming back. Check it out here.
There was a falling out at Bamboozle. A really bad one. But it wasn’t with Live Nation as a company. It was with a few individuals at upper management. And the rumors are true. I F bombed them. I went in and told them to take their job and stick it as far up their asses as they could put it. I said that, because I had reached a point.
Our new interview with the two-time Grammy winning fun. can be found here.
There’s a lot of stuff we’ve done this year and we’ve gotten really good at just shutting off. There’s some things that are too big to even think about, and you get to the point in your head where all you can think about while you’re up there is when you used to do really small shows. Now it’s the Grammys, but it’s still the same thing. The environment is the same. It’s the same emotions. I play guitar the same way, Nate sings the same way, so it’s really important in those moments to treat it no different than like playing a club show.
PropertyOfZack recently interviewed Ryan Rockwell of Mixtapes and confirmed that the band will be recording a new album this March. They also talked about a handful of bands within the scene. Read it all here.
POZ: More than guitar. Much more than you practice the guitar. Jason Tate would agree too.
Ryan: Does Jason Tate even know how to play guitar?
Check out our interview with Johnny Bonnel from the Swingin' Utters over here. This year the band celebrates its 25th anniversary and will release Poorly Formed on February 19th through Fat Wreck Chords.
It’s got a good variety of music styles like the other records, but we tried different styles that we never really worked with before. A lot of that us to do with me and Jack [Dalrymple, formerly of Dead to Me and One Man Army] writing together for the first time so they’re going to sound a little different from past Utters songs. His writing definitely comes through, but I think that’s a pretty good thing.
As production gets cheaper, it’s like, let’s just give it straight to them and that way, the fans – they’ll decide what to do with it, if they support a comic or not. I heard something on NPR about self-publishing for writers, and how it used to be this black mark. It was the grossest thing you could do. But now, it’s just like, the writers are giving up to 80% of book sales, including Kindle sales, through Penguin releasing it or what have you. Now, they’re giving up like 10%. You ask a writer, and they’re like, we just don’t need them anymore. There are so many...
Everyone in Despised Icon was jumping on a new train, trying something else - trying out the family life, trying out new career opportunities, and I kind of felt pressured at my age nearing 30 to do what the rest of my boys were doing, and so I did; I got an awesome marketing job for a clothing retailer, was working the office job 9 to 5, a steady paycheck and great team, but I wasn't happy because I felt like I was stepping on my own toes with something that I wasn't ready to do. And it really came down to me questioning what I had to do to become happy in life, and the answer was simple - play music. So I quit everything...
You can check out our interview with Volumes, here. Near the end, vocalist Micheal Barr reveals the band will be a part of this year's Warped Tour.
Booked until fall. We're doing this tour, then we go home and then we have a few options in where we could do maybe a Chelsea Grin tour or maybe another tour with a band I can't say right now. And then we do Warped Tour for 30 days, which will probably lead to us doing some regional U.S. touring on the way back. We're playing Australia after that in the Fall, and after that, it's up in the air.
Check out my interview with H.R. (Bad Brains) here.
Yes... [Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys] was a very creative, effective, and responsible individual who had the intelligence to know that something unique was going on. Out of that uniqueness, he represented to his kids and loved ones that he had an image of versatility. And that's what he would encourage the band to do. He encouraged us to remain self-sufficient and also as positive as humanly possible. So through that emphasis from him, and that priority for him wanting the group to remain true to the word and true to the core as we could, we understood exactly where he was coming from. It just made sense. He talked about how he...
It’s weird, you know? Bronx (IV) is the first Bronx record in five years, so now people know us more often for the mariachi stuff, but we don’t care either way—it’s just one big musical output for all of us. We started the Bronx in 2002, and we very much love being in the Bronx. And the Mariachi El Bronx was a way of taking a break creatively. It kind of felt like we were hitting the wall a little bit after the third record, and we started El Bronx to keep our brain in some sort of electric shock and try a different kind of music. Something that was really cool and really important to LA. It ended up...
Under The Gun recently interviewed William Control (Aiden) and talked about writing two novels, his upcoming solo album, and his band's new album.
There will be one more Aiden album, mainly because I feel I left things on such a cliff in the midst of finishing our contract with Victory (Records). And like I said, I’m not the same kid that started Aiden anymore, but I do love Aiden and jumping around on stage. It’s a young man’s game though, and I’m not a young man anymore, you know? Warped Tour is a young man’s game. I want to appease the audience that has been with me and followed us for so long, but at the same time I feel sort of like a liar singing those songs on stage that I wrote...
You can check out our interview with Judy Kanghere. Kang is the violinist who was handpicked for Lady GaGa's Monster Ball, as well as a highly successful classical musician about to release her debut album.
I've been wanting to express something personal for a very long time through recording an album of original songs. I was always a bit shy since I was a child, but always had this other side to me. But, I went through many phases of being afraid to show that side. And even now, I'm not that far from feeling that way. I guess being in the classical world, I wasn't bold enough to break out in that sense, as well. I always felt a bit out of place in school and such. I was a quiet...
John Mayer sat down with Rolling Stone and talked about his voice, a forthcoming return tour, and dating Katy Perry.
I just became more settled in as a person. I would rather not be settled in as a person instead of playing music all the time, to be honest with you. But that wasn't an option. I wasn't going to be able to just visualize myself as a musician. You know, when you visualize yourself as a musician, you can make a lot of apologies for the little weird, interpersonal things you have with people. And when you don't have that, you go, "OK, let's focus in on the fact that the people I see today, I'm going to see tomorrow.
You can check out PropertyOfZack's recent interview with Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche) here. In the interview, Caruana revealed that a new IATA should be released in the fall. He also hints at possible Peace'd Out and more solo material releasing this calendar year.
I’m going to be focused on touring on this. But I am going to record an Avalanche record, and we anticipate seeing a fall release for the record. As far as Peaced Out goes, I know that Choi has been working on some new music already. Him and Roger will be going to the mountains to write and record the new Peaced Out. Going to keep moving. I’m not going to give it a break.