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You can check out a short interview I did with Joel Birch from The Amity Affliction here. For a previous (and longer) interview I did with him back in May, click here. In this interview, we talk about the band's headlining tour in Australia and the U.S., and future plans for the band.
Jake Denning on 10/10/14 - 08:06 AM
We recently talked with Jordan Pundik about New Found Glory's latest record, Resurrection. Check it out here.
There’s nothing wrong with singing about girls. We’ve always sung about relationships and talked about relationships, but this one was a little more focused. There was a point where we thought this band wasn’t going to be a band anymore. When you come to that point where something you hold so close and love so dearly almost comes to an end, it puts things in perspective for you. That was a big thing, especially going into writing this record. This record was a very cathartic record for us.
Jonathan Bautts on 10/09/14 - 01:47 PM
We recently interviewed U.K. two-piece sensation Royal Blood. Check it out here.
We didn’t go into the room going, “Let’s just start with bass and drums.” I picked up a bass, me and Ben had a jam, and then that was it. We decided to not have a guitarist by default, really. It’s like if you started making a pizza, you’re also making the simultaneous decision to not make lasagna. You didn’t choose to not make lasagna, you just chose to make pizza. You didn’t make two decisions. It’s the same with us. We went with the mode where I’m going to play bass. We didn’t decide to not have a guitar, I just decided to play bass.
Jonathan Bautts on 10/03/14 - 08:37 AM
"Lump in the throat, too hard to swallow."
Staff ReviewsJamie T - Carry On The Grudge (Kyle Huntington)
Staff InterviewsRoyal Blood (Jonathan Bautts)
Kyle Huntington on 10/03/14 - 03:34 AM
You can check out the first part of my interview with Favorite Weapon here. In this half, I talk with vocalist Hance Alligood and guitarist Alex Heroes about the band's beginnings, naming their band after Brand New's Your Favorite Weapon, and what we can expect from their Velocity/Rise Records debut, Sixty Saragossa. Check back tomorrow for part two.
Immediately following Woe, Is Me, I knew I still wanted to do music, but I just didn’t know at that point whether it would be a new band, solo album, whatever. So last October, almost a year ago I went to Florida with Tom Denney, and he said “I don’t know what you’re thinking about doing with music, but if you want to come down and just...
Jake Denning on 10/02/14 - 09:46 AM
Stephen Christian of Anberlin recently did a very informative series of video interviews. Check them out here.

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Blake Solomon on 09/26/14 - 08:56 AM
Our interview with St. Lucia can be found here. They kick off The Night Comes Again Tour tonight in Pittsburgh.
For many years while I was into [rock] music, I felt sort of embarrassed by the fact that I liked 80s music when I was growing up. I shunned it a bit, 80s music or world music or whatever. Out of that frustration of hitting this brick wall, I started opening up a bit more again to stuff that was maybe considered guilty pleasures. I would force myself to not feel guilty about listening to it. I just became more open about music. If it made me feel good and I liked it, why should I feel embarrassed about liking it?
Jonathan Bautts on 09/25/14 - 01:16 PM
You can check out the second part of our interview with Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail here. If you missed the first part, you can check that out here. In this part, we talk about Senses Fail's upcoming record, which is to be recorded with Shaun Lopez. We also talk about past opportunities, difficult moments, as well as his current stance on religion.
Probably when I forgot the lyrics on Conan O’ Brien, that was the big switch in my life, going from ultimately a good level of confidence to really embodying a deep-seeded hatred of myself and severely disliking who I was. The next ten years were pretty fucking dark, I think a lot of things are made about bands writing angsty lyrics and...
Jake Denning on 09/25/14 - 08:34 AM
You can read part one of our interview with Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail here. The band is currently doing a 10th anniversary headlining tour for Let It Enfold You, and it's definitely not a tour to be missed. Part two will be up tomorrow, in which we talk about the future of the band, including a new record and what it'll sound like.
It was a very difficult time frame, and I think if we had stayed on Geffen, we wouldn’t be a band now…or we could be as big as Fall Out Boy, you never know. We took the risk, I always lean towards “Let’s take the concept of being a band for 20, 30 years versus taking the gamble”. We very well could’ve stayed on Geffen, had a song, had it work out and ...
Jake Denning on 09/23/14 - 08:08 AM
Head to AltPress to hear a new Yellowcard song called "Crash The Gates" and read an interview with Ryan Key.
[Neal Avron] was a big part of why this thing turned out the way it did. At the beginning, he was like, “I think you guys are ready to step out of the box a little more. You never have before.” I think in the end, there were probably more raging rock guitars on it than he would have liked, but he helped us find a good medium. He never just lets you do things, even though we’ve made so many records with him over the years. He doesn’t just press “record” and let it go. He’s deeply invested in what we do, and that’s why we keep going back to him. It feels really good when he tells...
Ryan Gardner on 09/22/14 - 09:13 AM
You can watch a new Memphis May Fire interview about their upcoming tour with Yellowcard and Matty's solo album in the replies.
Ryan Gardner on 09/16/14 - 09:10 PM
You can check out the second part of our interview with Like Moths To Flames vocalist Chris Roetter here. In this half, we talk about future lyrical content, a brand new EP and album, and social causes. The band also hopes to be on next summer's Warped Tour. For part one, head here.
Honestly, you know how everyone says they’re their own worst critic? When I listen back to An Eye For An Eye, there’s a lot of shit that I probably would’ve changed lyrically. Some stuff we tried to write in for our fans, like the cheesy one-liners that are there because they make sense in context of the song, but you pull it out by itself and it’s like “Wow, that’s super lame.” I kind of want to stray...
Jake Denning on 09/16/14 - 01:23 PM
You can check out the first part of our interview with Like Moths To Flames vocalist Chris Roetter here. In this half we talk about the band's time on this summer's All-Stars Tour, the band's live performance, as well as their current album, An Eye For An Eye. Come back tomorrow for part two.
No, we’re trying to change it up and go with more of a plan as a unit, as opposed to a plan as individuals. We’re trying to sit down and take the pre-production and the writing more into consideration instead of the studio to come and go “Shit, we have to write 15 songs”. We’re going in with the intent of having 10-15 songs, and then trimming it down to record 2 or 3.
Jake Denning on 09/15/14 - 12:45 PM
Our interview with Kimbra can be found here, where she discusses her new record, The Golden Echo.
That’s what’s exciting to me. When something goes from major to minor really quickly, or when it goes from feeling really happy and cathartic to being quite melancholy, it’s all in the purpose of serving the message. It’s not just to be trippy. It’s to actually help tell the story and convey an emotion.
Jonathan Bautts on 09/15/14 - 09:18 AM
You can read Taylor Swift's Rolling Stone cover story, "The Reinvention of Taylor Swift."
Swift's last album, 2012's Red, straddled the line between country and pop. "But at a certain point," she says, "if you chase two rabbits, you lose them both." So this time, she set out to do full-on "blatant pop music." A casual fan won't notice much difference, but to Swift and her brand, it's a big step. She says she won't be going to country-awards shows or promoting the album on country radio. When she first turned in the record, she says the head of her label, Scott Borchetta, told her, "This is extraordinary – it's the best album you've ever done. Can you just give me three country songs?"
Ryan Gardner on 09/13/14 - 03:05 PM
Ourlives will release a new album called Den of Lions on October 14th via Spartan Records. Hear "Blissful Ignorance" and read an interview on Interview Magazine.

Track Listing:
1. Blissful Ignorance
2. Out of Place
3. Blurry Eyes
4. Núna
5. Anything Can Happen Now
6. A Sight To See
7. Seven Ways
8. Loose Lips
9. We Lost The Race
10. Too Much
11. Heart
12. Where Is The Way?
Ryan Gardner on 09/11/14 - 03:39 PM
Our interview with Finch can be found here, where they talk about reuniting for their first album in over nine years.
I don’t know what people are expecting and expecting of us. I just hope that people like it, that’s all. If people don’t like it, that’s OK. It won’t stop us from making music. I don’t think that ever has. We’ve never stopped because we didn’t think that people mattered, it was just because we weren’t comfortable. We stop when things feel odd.
Jonathan Bautts on 09/08/14 - 12:21 PM
Trent Reznor recently talked with The Wall Street Journal about the Gone Girl score:
"I was listening to that calming, placating music and thought, we need to tap into this. The movie is about the facade of the good neighbor, the good Christian, the good wife. So the notion was to start with music that's attempting to give you a hug." The result is a score composed of lilting, haunting synths interspersed with doleful piano melodies and accentuated by the orchestral arrangements.
Ryan Gardner on 09/06/14 - 07:57 PM
Update: Thanks to everyone who submitted questions! It's a lengthy interview, so I'm likely splitting it into two parts. - JD

Does anyone have any questions for Senses Fail vocalist Buddy Nielsen? I'll be speaking with him later today in Portland, OR.
Jake Denning on 09/06/14 - 12:12 PM
Listen to Tim McIlrath of Rise Against speaking with Vocalo.org's "The MusicVox" in the replies. He talks about The Black Market, social justice and activism, and performs acoustically.
Ryan Gardner on 09/05/14 - 04:34 PM
"If dreams are like movies, then memories are films about ghosts."
Staff ReviewsCounting Crows - Somewhere Under Wonderland (Craig Manning)
Cory Branan - The No-Hit Wonder (Gregory Robson)
Staff InterviewsCounting Crows (Jonathan Bautts)
Craig Manning on 09/03/14 - 04:54 AM
Counting Crows have an excellent new album out today and we have a special interview with Adam Duritz talking about it. Check it out here.
I don’t think anyone knows what sells records. There is literally no one who thought our first record was going to sell that many. There’s no way. Nobody did. It just happens sometimes. You can’t manipulate popular culture. Well, I guess sometimes you can, but we’re not in that business. The smartest thing we always seemed to do was do what we wanted to do, since that’s what got us there in the first place. Our best records were always going to be made by us, so we just made the records we wanted to make. There’s a certain truth in that that bears...
Jonathan Bautts on 09/02/14 - 11:17 AM
Why bring her back if you can live her down?
Show ReviewsTom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Winwood - Boston, MA [Photos] (Alex DiVincenzo)
Staff InterviewsCounting Crows (Jonathan Bautts)
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/02/14 - 06:04 AM
Our interview with Keith Latinen of Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) can be found here.
They would never turn anything down, and they constantly had new material. We kind of made that our approach in Empire!, which is why we’ve got so many splits, so many projects, so many little releases.
Zac Djamoos on 08/29/14 - 11:42 AM
You can check out our brand new interview with Palisades here. The band just finished recording a brand new record with Eric Ron at Grey Area Studios, which is set to release later this year.
Right now, it's "Nut up or shut up", proving time. Honestly, I feel like we have a lot to prove, and I feel on this album we did. I think one of the best thing that we found with this new album coming out is that we truly found out who Palisades is.
Jake Denning on 08/29/14 - 10:14 AM
We recently interviewed The Copyrights about its brand new record Report and recording with Mike Kennerty from the All-American Rejects. Physical copies of the album are out on Tuesday via Red Scare Industries.
While we were gone he put in some guitar leads and harmonies himself, which kind of makes him like a member of the band on this record. I mastered it at my studio here in Illinois after, probably three weeks altogether which is the longest we’ve ever spent on a record.
Deborah Remus on 08/21/14 - 05:22 PM
Count your bruises one by one and laugh it off.
Staff InterviewThe Copyrights (Deborah Remus)
Deborah Remus on 08/21/14 - 07:07 AM
The Gunz Show recently interviewed Frank Iero, which you can check out here. Frank will be chatting with us here on the website on Tuesday, August 26th at 10am PST/1pm EST.
Jake Denning on 08/20/14 - 06:18 PM
Read an interview with Spencer Chamberlain (ex-Underoath) about Sleepwave at Under The Gun. You can also hear a new song called "The Wolf" on Spotify.
You know, you go through phases- maybe there’s two or three years where Converge is your favorite band, then this band is your favorite band, then this band is. There’s always these bands that you go back to, and for some people maybe it is Converge. But for me, I always went back to thinking, “Why do I still love Nine Inch Nails? Why do I still love Alice in Chains? Why do I still love Nirvana, Deftones, Foo Fighters, ummm, Radiohead, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Doors?” stuff that stuck with me literally my entire life. You...
Ryan Gardner on 08/19/14 - 01:30 PM
Matt Healy of The 1975 talks with The Guardian about how he has survived the last two years on the road.
Gigs in Britain are pretty much the only time I see or talk to my family. Sometimes, I feel guilty when I get a call from someone saying: "I haven't heard from you in a month." I think: "Wow, that's not right." You have to make an effort. That kind of thing keeps you grounded and sane. I feel that my family are more understanding than my friends, though. They get it.
Ryan Gardner on 08/18/14 - 02:46 PM
I personally attended all the Warped Tour dates in California and the NW this summer. While in California, one of my new favorite clothing companies Violent Gentlemen had a tent set up, selling t-shirts right alongside Every Time I Die and JBWW. They have exclusive t-shirts for Andy Williams (ETID), Bayside, and more. I spoke with one of the co-founders, Mike Hammer about the brand and what they're up to in the future, which you can read here. Lastly, they're currently offering 15% off to readers, using the promo code "Absolutepunk" at checkout.
We sent some gear out to The Gaslight Anthem a few months ago which was a huge thing for me being a big fan. We’ve got gear on everyone from ...
Jake Denning on 08/18/14 - 02:39 PM
Our interview with Bleachers can be found here.
If I didn’t want to do something, I wouldn’t do it. I choose to do a number of things because I have enough artistic space to do them all, but it is fascinating. I was talking to someone about it yesterday, about how you don’t see it with film and with books and other art. In those areas, I feel like people are very encouraged to do a lot of work, but I feel like in music there’s a little bit more of a “do what you’re doing and nothing else.”
Jonathan Bautts on 08/14/14 - 11:24 AM
"Eurydice, I never stop losing you."
Staff ReviewsThe Hydrothermal Vents - Secrets of the Deep (Craig Manning)
Staff InterviewsBleachers (Jonathan Bautts)
Craig Manning on 08/14/14 - 06:08 AM
You can check out our new interview with Stray From The Path here. The band will be heading out on a headliner with Counterparts, Expire, and My Ticket Home - dates can be found here. In the interview, we talk about Warped Tour, their partnership with Cop Block, social media, and an upcoming fourth album.
Yeah, we flipped our van and we waited on the side of the road in -10 degree weather and the cop finally shows up two hours later and he writes me a ticket because and I quote "If you flipped your van, you must've been speeding." So the guy wasn't even there, and he gave me a $400 ticket on the assumption of something. They just generate revenue, they're not even trying to protect...
Jake Denning on 08/07/14 - 12:06 PM
You can read our new interview with The Color Morale here. The band's Fearless Records debut Hold On Pain Ends comes out September 2nd - you can pre-order it here. Also head to the replies to check out the band's last tour update from Warped Tour.
No, the way I see it, my free time is when I get on the bus at 11pm at night until 8am the next day, that's when I have free time. The rest of the time is completely dedicated to everyone else, that's the only reason I'm here doing this.
Jake Denning on 08/06/14 - 11:12 AM
You can check out our new interview with Terror here. In the interview, it's revealed the band is working on their sixth full length record, titled The 25th Hour.
Each person is doing something for the band. Some bands just hand everything over to someone else and they're like "Here, take care of all the work", but we don't do that and we're always on tour, so 24 hours in a day is almost not enough for us, we go above and beyond that. That's what I saw right away, and I thought it was a great album title.
Jake Denning on 08/05/14 - 06:03 AM
"Mary, this station is playing every sad song, I remember like we were alive."
Staff ReviewsThe Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt (Craig Manning)
Staff InterviewsTerror (Jake Denning)
Staff Articles"The Worst Part of My Job" (Jason Tate)
Craig Manning on 08/05/14 - 05:55 AM
You can check out our interview with Neck Deep here. The band will be direct support for Real Friends in the fall, dates can be found here.
In the next couple years, I'd like to be able to say "Fuck yeah, I saw a lot of the world, I played a shit lot of shows, met a shit lot of people, got a shit load of tats..." Just being able to say I experienced something is all I really care about.
Jake Denning on 08/04/14 - 02:28 PM
You can check out our new interview with The Word Alive here. We talk about Warped Tour, social media, their new album Real, and fall headlining plans.
I think we're in a time where lyrical content is starting to come back, in a whole song, not just a one-liner before a breakdown
Jake Denning on 08/01/14 - 12:44 PM
You can read our new interview with The Story So Far here. The band is currently wrapping up Warped Tour, and are in the beginning stages of writing a new album, set to be released sometime next year.
Trying to write an album and tour is just taxing. We'd like to take the time to do it, so after Warped Tour we're going to do what we have booked through the end of this year and a little bit into next, and we're going to take all that off time to write a new record. We've already started working on it, we're already demoing songs, but it's a long process and these things don't come quick. We haven't booked studio time next month or in two months, towards the beginning of next year ...
Jake Denning on 07/31/14 - 06:29 AM
You can check out our interview with Beartooth here.
If we didn’t die on stage, then we didn’t play hard enough.
Jake Denning on 07/30/14 - 01:00 PM
In celebration of this week's release of Anberlin's final album, Lowborn, we have been posting an in-depth, three-part interview special looking back over the band's 12-year career. The final installment with guitarist Christian McAlhaney is now available here, while part II with vocalist Stephen Christian is here and part I with drummer Nate Young is here.
From the moment they asked me to be in the band, it’s been pretty epic, honestly. I feel very blessed and very grateful to have been able to have done this in two different bands now. Most musicians and kids growing up who had dreams and aspirations of being in a touring band, I’d say for 99% of them it doesn’t work out. It...
Jonathan Bautts on 07/25/14 - 06:13 AM
You can read our interview with The Summer Set here. The band is currently on the Warped Tour, and will be writing for a brand new record immediately after the tour is done, shooting for a Spring 2015 release.
Legendary came out in April of 2013, I’d love to have a new record before April of 2015 just to say we got it out in under two years, that’s really my main reasoning. I want to shorten the “two year album cycle” to about a year and a half, I’d love to have it out in February.
Jake Denning on 07/24/14 - 07:36 AM
In celebration of this week's release of Anberlin's final album, Lowborn, we are posting an in-depth, three-part interview special looking back over the band's 12-year career. Part II with vocalist Stephen Christian can be found here, while part I with drummer Nate Young is here.
I’ve had so much success in the long term, and I’m not trying to say it in any monetized way or the amount of CD sales. I’m saying it by the fact that I went out, and I’ll be able to tell my grandkids one day, “Hey, follow your dreams,” and really mean it, and then say that I did. I went out, had this crazy pipedream, and I just pursued it with all I had. Look at the places I got to go, and look at the...
Jonathan Bautts on 07/23/14 - 11:36 AM
I'm hoping that it feels good, it turns, it turns, it turns.
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Wakey! Wakey! - Salvation (Gregory Robson)
Nightmare and the Cat - Simple (Gregory Robson)
The Collection - Ars Moriendi (Gregory Robson)
Staff InterviewsAnberlin - The Exit Interview: Part II (Jonathan Bautts)
Jake Jenkins on 07/23/14 - 07:14 AM
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