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
Lower Lifes filled out our interview. Read it here.
I’d get rid of lyric videos. My favorite part of listening to an album growing up was NOT knowing the words and piecing together my own version until someone corrected me. I SWORE the Fall Out Boy lyric was "a loaded gun complex" for the longest time when that album came out, but things like that would be so memorable. Now you watch a lyric video and read along and you just think “someone had to type these awful words and coordinate them with the song. I’m so sorry."
Zac Djamoos on 04/07/14 - 08:27 PM
"And we all believed in ghosts until you walked into the wall."
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Zac Djamoos on 04/07/14 - 04:50 PM
Noisey has interviewed Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. Spoiler alert: they talk about what it means to be emo in 2014 and meeting John C. Reilly.
Talking to [Pitchfork’s] Ian Cohen, his opinion is just like, “Well you know, the records are better.” And I would say that that’s true, I think a lot of the bands involved are writing really great records now and figuring out who they want to be in the end, how they want the shit to sound. We’re all in uncharted territory.
Blake Solomon on 04/04/14 - 11:01 AM
When Against Me! came through Winnipeg on Tuesday I had the opportunity to interview Laura Jane Grace about the band's latest record Transgender Dysphoria Blues.
I feel confident saying we’re a better band than we’ve been before, live especially, which is important. I don’t want to feel like we’re starting to not be as good as we used to be.
Deborah Remus on 04/04/14 - 09:43 AM
"I needed that damn woman like a dream needs gasoline."
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Craig Manning on 04/04/14 - 06:50 AM
Yulianna filled out our interview. Here's what she had to say.
I wanted to have a name with an exotic ring to it but that could work in classical as well as the pop industry.
Zac Djamoos on 04/02/14 - 08:12 PM
You can check out our interview with G-Eazy here. We talk about his headlining tour and his upcoming debut album, which includes guest features from E-40 and A$AP Ferg.
Jake Denning on 04/02/14 - 08:27 AM
Today's interview comes from UK metalcore band Castor Troy. Read it here.
There are so many genres on the new album it's crazy, there literally is something for everyone. The lyrics are very well wrote, they're all based on real life events so tend to strike more of a chord with people. The music is wrote in such a way that we have utilised low tunings and orchestral instruments to create sombre moods and add depth to the tracks.
Zac Djamoos on 03/31/14 - 08:21 PM
Get Busy Living filled out our interview; check it out.
It's terrible, all of the bands that actually write music and tour never get that exposure. The mainstream is horrible and all the artists that struggle should be on the radio instead of them.
Zac Djamoos on 03/28/14 - 06:18 PM
Ska punk band Survay Says filled out our random interview. Read what they had to say.
Survay Says was created as something me and my friends who could kind of play instruments could call a "band." We spelled it with "A" because no one on MySpace had it spelled it that way. Now it's because of copyright.
Zac Djamoos on 03/27/14 - 07:57 PM
The Idol Dead filled out our interview. Read what they had to say.
Memories of my first time on the internet looking for Blink 182 websites which you used to be when I was a teen! I had one friend in my hometown with the internet and the same taste as me and we found AbsolutePunk pretty early and milked it for every band it had on it. We got into pop rock by finding New Found Glory’s From the Screen to Your Stereo mentioned on there. Nothing like that was played on the radio or on TV in the UK so we thought we were cooler than cool listening to Blink, The Ataris, Fall Out Boy and Brand New.
Zac Djamoos on 03/26/14 - 06:21 PM
Fourtitude answered our interview; here's their response.
I honestly had no clue there actually was a Radical Records, and I was amused to receive a cease and desist notification from their legal team. Apparently they didn’t want anybody to be confused into thinking they were in any way associated with my terrible rap music - I can’t say I blame them.
Zac Djamoos on 03/25/14 - 07:34 PM
You can read our interview with Miss May I vocalist Levi Benton here. We talk about the band's recent touring schedule, what's next for them, and their upcoming new record Rise Of The Lion, which you can pre-order here.
This one was a lot of pressure just to follow through with it and I guess not being scared and jump back to our first record, because I feel like that’s what a lot of people thought we were going to do.
Jake Denning on 03/25/14 - 10:43 AM
Post-hardcore band The North took some time to fill out our random interview. Read it here.
I love listening to the radio. It opens my eyes up to popular rap, hip hop, pop, indie and many more styles I wouldn’t normally listen to! Even though our band may not be “Top 40” style, we may be able to fit on Sirius Radio.
Zac Djamoos on 03/24/14 - 08:15 PM
Fine Fine Titans answered our interview; read it here.
After we finished our short set, for some reason, people wanted more! Never being a band to disappoint, our fill in guitar player ripped into a barely recognizable version of “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters that we had never practiced before. Ever. And we completely bombed it. Somehow, we managed to drag our way through it to the end, but not without hitting just about every speed bump along the way. We overplayed the chorus, underplayed the verses, and I even think the drums were in the wrong key, which I’m formerly thought was impossible.
Zac Djamoos on 03/21/14 - 09:07 PM
Read our interview with Boston Calling Music Festival co-founder and producer Brian Appel. The upcoming third event takes place in downtown Boston from May 23-25 with performances from Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Brand New, The Decemberists and more.
With the alternating stages we’re able to setup for the next band while one band is performing. There’s no waiting in between bands. We can seamlessly move on to the next performer within seconds of the other finishing, which ultimately leads to the ability to book more on our lineup and for the audience to see all the bands that they came for.
Alex DiVincenzo on 03/21/14 - 07:44 AM
Nikol filled out our interview. See what she said.
I am a certified phlebotomist…drawing blood…I took the course with my older brother because he asked me to, and yeah…I can do that. I don’t though. He does, and he’s great at it.
Zac Djamoos on 03/19/14 - 08:05 PM
Cool motive. Still murder.
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Drew Beringer on 03/19/14 - 04:23 AM
That's Not My Baby answered our interview; see what they had to say.
If you aren’t a big name pop star or have a really good record label promoting you don’t have much of a chance to get on major stations. It’s not the radio stations fault. To become a successful radio station you have to appeal to a really broad audience, and with satellite radio and services like Spotify and iTunes it has become really easy to find music that like and avoid the radio completely. So if you’re like us, not a pop band, and don’t necessarily have large listener appeal we don’t stand much of a chance.
Zac Djamoos on 03/18/14 - 08:16 PM
You can check out our interview with Four Year Strong here. The band is currently out on Bayside's "Great American Cult" U.S. tour.
We’re going to go back and do some more songs after this tour, doing some more writing and recording. I think we’re going to do something in the summer, that’s going to be in the U.S…people will find out about it in a little while…
Jake Denning on 03/18/14 - 06:25 PM
The Nearly Deads' vocalist Theresa Jeane answered our random interview; check it out.
We offer something that is so hard to define, so hard to classify or label, and that's a good thing! We genuinely enjoy what we do and we have fun. That's something that comes through in the music. We're regular people, and I sing about regular stuff. It's a very raw sound, and we don't try too hard. So, if you like good, honest rock and roll, we're the band for you.
Zac Djamoos on 03/17/14 - 09:00 PM
You can check out our interview with Blackbear here. We talk about working with Basecamp on his debut album The Afterglow, Spotify, Warped Tour, and more. He currently is out with T.Mills and MOD SUN on the rest of the "All I Wanna Do" tour, dates are in the replies.
Jake Denning on 03/17/14 - 08:05 PM
I'll be speaking with Dan O'Connor of Four Year Strong today in Portland, OR. If you have any questions for him, leave them in the replies.
Jake Denning on 03/15/14 - 10:52 AM
Night Windows filled out our interview, the answers to which can be found here.
I looked everywhere and came up with a ton of names, and the only name that really stuck in my mind was Night Windows. So, I decided to pay homage to one of my favorite bands (The Weakerthans) and name the band Night Windows after one of John K. Samson's most beloved songs.
Zac Djamoos on 03/14/14 - 08:46 PM
Something You Whisper filled out our interview, which can be read here.
People should listen to our band because we aren’t dumbing down the music. I get that there needs to be the hooks and the repetition, but I’m blown away at the amount of music out there with no actual meaning. I think music has the power to heal people, and save lives, and I just hate to see some musicians wasting their opportunity to change lives with invaluable lyrics. Maybe their goal was strictly to make money, so in that case, congratulations for meeting your goals. No one is failing if they are reaching their goals I just have different ones.
Zac Djamoos on 03/13/14 - 08:12 PM
We recently interviewed Taking Back Sunday vocalist Adam Lazzara about Happiness Is, which will be released through Hopeless Records on Tuesday.
I think we went with Happiness Is because it’s kind of a blanket statement about where the band is right now. We were much more comfortable writing with each other this time around and there wasn’t any kind of outside influence as we were writing and recording. I think it just speaks a lot to where Taking Back Sunday is right now.
Deborah Remus on 03/13/14 - 03:16 PM
In a new interview with MTV, Lil Wayne confirmed that Tha Carter V will be his last solo LP.
Jake Jenkins on 03/13/14 - 10:03 AM
What could we have done to deserve the violence like this?
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Deborah Remus on 03/13/14 - 08:12 AM
Heyrocco filled out our interview - check it out.
I love all the asshole BS that goes on. when you find someone to work with that is also a fan and friend it makes the journey that much more enjoyable. A band is usually only as big as they are good. That part isn't up to the industry. We're not that big now for a reason, we're not as good as we're going to be. Although, I'd like to stop hearing so many people say they know 'how the music industry is these days' but that's not something the industry can change.
Zac Djamoos on 03/12/14 - 07:59 PM
Joe Chang of Gold Light took some time to answer our random interview. His answers can be found here.
Also it seems like early on a lot of those traveling band guys approached touring as like grinding it out, it had to be done to get their music out there, and there's something fascinating to me about that. Like being a rock musician was like punching a clock, and it was approached with this sense of a workingman's ethic, not celebrity or whatever, I like the honor in that. I mean, it still happens, it just seems like it was different back then.
Zac Djamoos on 03/11/14 - 07:45 PM
Best Day Ever filled out our random interview, read it.
More than 13 years ago, Brian and Jeff met at a Christian camp in the Poconos as "camp counselors." They each thought the other was crazy but the music brought them together as friends.
Zac Djamoos on 03/10/14 - 08:04 PM
Pete Wentz sat down with Larry King a few weeks back to talk about Fall Out Boy, Best Ink, his personal life and more. You can check out the full interview on Hulu.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 03/06/14 - 09:42 PM
Still the Sky's Limit filled out our interview, and that can be found here.
As with any artist, we put every ounce of effort that we have into every single note of every song, so I'd say an answer would lay within our passion for music itself. These songs are literally first hand experiences of my life (Johnnyb.), and mean the world to me, so to have even one person enjoy them, and hopefully be able to relate on a certain level in their own life is such a gratifying experience. We have received the amazing compliment that our style of rock is different than many people have heard and they have trouble categorizing us. That's one of the best compliments I've ever heard.
Zac Djamoos on 03/06/14 - 07:54 PM
King Goat filled out our random interview; read it.
I don't think that we really have a place on standard radio. Do many people even listen to the radio nowadays? (Unless they drive a taxi.) We're lucky enough that we live in an age where we have instant access to so much music, as well as fantastic recommendation services (last.fm, etc.) that radio isn't always the most efficient way to hear new music for a lot of people.
Zac Djamoos on 03/05/14 - 06:47 PM
Here is Two-Bit Sister's interview.
I think the diversity of radio now, means there's probably a good size station for virtually every genre, which is a plus I think. It's good that people aren't forced to listen to mainstream stuff, even if it means a smaller potential audience on a given station.
Zac Djamoos on 03/03/14 - 06:51 PM
Kwolek's interview's up right here.
I used to only really listen to radio in the car. Now I don't own one, so I don't really know radio anymore. Yet I've seen stats that suggest that nearly everyone still listens to it. Clear Channel sucks wango, of course. Is college radio still viable? Is there any recent artist who can say "radio was where I was discovered?" I tend to think "no," but maybe I'm just a dick.
Zac Djamoos on 02/27/14 - 05:59 PM
"Why don't you smegging well smeg off, you annoying little smeggy smegging smegger?"
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Dre Okorley on 02/27/14 - 06:58 AM
Kevin Lyman discusses his selection process for Warped Tour and teases reunion bands in an interview with The Gunz Show.
Christian Wagner on 02/26/14 - 10:24 PM
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