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Behind the Scenes with Total Fucking Destruction

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Total Fucking Destruction Total Fucking Destruction Set List 2011I recently had the pleasure of linking up with Total Fucking Destruction for a behind the scenes look as the band prepares for an upcoming European tour with Idiots Parade, kicking off on June 9th in Utrecht, Netherlands. TFD will be wrapping up the tour with a featured performance on the word-renowned Hellfest in Clisson, France, on June 18, as the band is currently supporting their latest full-length LP, Hater on Bones Brigade Records. Earlier this week, I made the trek out to West Philly to ...

Philly Japan Arts Matsuri Kick-Off and Helldriver Premiere

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
Helldriver Movie Premiere in PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Japan Arts Matsuri (PJAM) is a four-day festival planned for early July 2011 as a fundraiser to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. The festival will feature Japanese film, music, and art, and will extend to include local performers and artists. PJAM is organized by a collective of Philadelphia-based Japan enthusiasts. But first, PJAM took us to Hell for a good cause on Friday, May 13th with Yoshiro Nishimura's newest splatter epic, Helldriver at the beautiful Prince Music Theater. An over the top opus of outlandish gore and side splitting slapstick humor, Helldriver continues the tradition of Nishimura's previous ...

Social Distortion – Stone Pony Show Picture Gallery

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
I've dreamt many days of a rock and roll weekend and this past one will go down as a personal favorite. Along with the energized Wisdom in Chains show at the Broad Street Ministry on Friday I spent Saturday at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park NJ photographing: Sharks, Chuck Ragan, and Social Distortion. Social Distortion has been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard Mommy's Little Monster in the late 80s. Story of My Life hit the streets when I was homeless and having a lot of trouble with the law. As I grew older and ¿wiser? the lyrics have touched me in ...

Wisdom in Chains and Rise and Fall Photos

Monday, May 16th, 2011
Friday13th 2011 Philly Hardcore ShowsPhilly Hardcore Shows Friday the 13th has gotten a bad wrap. Serial killers, crippling accidents, and bad luck are just a few of the ills attributed to this unfortunate day that sneaks up on us a few times a year. On this latest Friday the 13th, Philly Hardcore Shows' Joe Hardcore put together a bill that couldn't have been further from the stigma that plagues this ominous day. Long Islands' Incendiary wasted no time igniting the crowd with their trademark mix of pummeling hardcore assaults. Cleveland's Masakari hit the floor ...

Face to Face and Strung Out Gallery

Friday, May 13th, 2011
Face to Face and Strung Out TourNearly a decade after Face to Face released Standards & Practices and How to Ruin Everything, the SoCal crew is back – a little grayer, a touch heavier but still having a blast. Trever Keith and company are set to release Laugh Now, Laugh Later on May 17 on People Like You Records, which he says “incorporates tiny elements from each of our previous records.” Face to Face must have been bottling up energy for the past few ...

The Tim Shaw Interview

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
The Tim Shaw Interview You may know Tim Shaw better by his DJ aliases Kid Queasy and Bombé. Chances are, if you are involved with the Philly Scene to any capacity, you have bumped shoulders with this Philadelphia-based DJ, producer, and artist. When's he's not writing and performing as Kid Queasy or Bombé, you can find Shaw taking pictures for leading local bands, mixing, mastering, and recording local musicians, designing websites for local artists..You name it, Shaw claims it. We are stoked to have caught up with this Philly Scene Stomper for exclusive interview where Shaw discusses his musical creations, live performances, video game picks from 80s, and much much more! Joshua ...

Despise You & Agoraphobic Nosebleed Interview

Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Despise You Agoraphobic Nosebleed Split Full-Length and on and on Legendary Inglewood powerviolence band, Despise You, just dropped their first new release in over a decade this past Tuesday with East Coast grind veterans, Agoraphobic Nosebleed in the form of a devastating new split LP, And on and on... via Relapse Records. Blow The Scene reviewed the album in detail, which you can check out here. With one of the top grind/powerviolence releases of the 2000s, we are incredibly stoked to have caught up with vocalist Chris of Despise ...

Anni Rossi Interview

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Anni Rossi Interview with Blow The Scene Anni Rossi Interview By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor Brooklyn-based songstress Anni Rossi doesn't take the easy road when it comes to crafting her own brand of minimalist electro pop. Instead of relying solely on electronic instrumentation, she plucks and strums at an unlikely wooden companion – the viola. This classical instrument transforms into an entirely different beast on her second album Heavy Meadow thanks to some rock ‘n roll innovative amplification. “When it came time to make the record, we realized that we had pushed the viola into this guitar role,” Rossi says. “So it was kind of like a rock ...

Andrew Myers Interview Exclusive

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Andrew Myers Exclusive Interview

Andrew Myers is a renown painter and sculpture from Laguna Beach, California. His works have been published within the LA Times’ Coastline Pilot, OC Register’s Laguna New Post, H Magazine, and NBC San Diego’s spread on The Port of San Diego Sculpture Show. Myers placed 1st Sculpture at the annual Sausalito Arts Festival and 2nd in Sculptural Pursuit Magazine’s National Sculpture Competition. Sculptural Pursuit Magazine then also featured Andrew's pieces with a 6 page spread in the July 2008 edition. We had the great opportunity to talk with Andrew Myers over the phone recently, and reach deep down ...

Victims Interview

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Victims Band Group Photo With over 15 years active, Sweden's d-beat practitioners Victims, is one of the most important punk bands in the world. Having maintained a prolific outpouring of material for well over a decade, the long-time three piece, recently added a second guitarist before recording their latest full-length, A Dissident, which drops tomorrow (4/12/11), via Tankcrimes, DeathwishInc, and La Familia Records. A Dissident hits in all the right spots, with tracks that range from punk-rock, gang-vocal-ridden anthems, to aggressive, d-beat masterpieces, and glimpses of old-school metal with blazing solos. It's only April, and we already have a definite contender for "Album of The Year." Blow The Scene Editor, ...

A Moment with Tankcrimes’ Scotty Heath

Friday, April 8th, 2011
Tankcrimes Founder Scotty Heath Tankcrimes kicks ass. For this music connoisseur, it simply doesn't get much better. DIY-to-the-core, this West Coast phenomena appeases the unholy gods of shred and keeps the American punk rock dream alive like only a rare few can. Many a record needle has been worn down thanks to the hands on effort of label-head Scotty Heath who brought legendary releases to your front door from the likes of Annihilation Time, Vitamin X, Voetsek, Toxic Holocaust, Victims, and even Cannabis Corpse, to name a few. The now infamous DIE HARD editions of select LPs from Tankcrimes include hand-screen printed poly bags, gatefold jackets, and inserts. A vinyl ...

Nails, APMD, Wormrot, New Lows, Picture Gallery

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Nails - All Pigs Must Die - Wormrot - New Lows - Deathbeds - Philly April 2, 2011 at The Barbery We know you're here for the pics, so I'll keep this brief. Saturday, April 2, 2011, James and I zipped over to The Barbery, located at 951 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA to catch Nails, All Pigs Must Die, Wormrot (who got added to the bill last minute as the Philly Parking Authority jacked their van), New Lows, and Deathbeds. I dig this spot. One of the few smaller venues in the city that does ...

Full Blown Chaos Interview with Ray Mazzola

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Full Blown Chaos Blow The Scene Editor, Joshua T. Cohen, recently caught up with Full Blown Chaos vocalist Ray Mozzola, as the band just wrapped up a co-headlining US tour with Malevolent Creation and is about to embark on a European tour April 1st. Ray shares with us the history behind the making of their latest self-titled full-length that debuted impressively at 94 on the Billboard Heat Seekers chart in February. Ray also shares inspirations for the new record and insight into life on the road, the NYC hardcore scene, and much more in this in-depth, exclusive interview. Joshua BTS: Thank you ...

Restorations Interview with Jon Loudon

Friday, March 25th, 2011
Restorations Band Restorations Interview By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor

Many musicians end up to clinging to a specific genre for too long. Bands come and go, the scene changes around them, but they keep whipping their dead horse like a demented jockey hell bent on parading around the winner’s circle on last time. Restorations could have been one of these bands – instead the Philly-based rockers shed their old skins and began anew.

Restorations grew from the aftermath of early millennial post-hardcore acts like singer Jon Loudon’s former band Jena Berlin. Loudon and crew were seeking something different when they started the endeavor. Instead of growing out of touch these ...


Obscura Interview

Friday, March 18th, 2011
Obscura band group photo Obscura Interview By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor

Metal intellectuals may want to bust out their philosophy text books before they listen to Omnivium, the latest effort from German death metal band Obscura. The album flies like a supped-up Benz on the Autobahnen – the ideal mix of speed and sophistication. Omnivium expands on the astrophysical themes from Cosmogensis all while melting your face like a collapsing quasar. BTS’s gargantuan Assistant Editor corresponded with the band’s vocalist and guitarist Steffen Kummerer through the wonders of cyberspace to bring you an in-depth look at this stellar new album. Omnivium drops on March 29, 2011 on ...


Philly House Shows pt II – Nick’s Vegan

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Thulsa Doom Reunion TourToday we continue a column here at BTS that we are all really stoked on, Philly House Shows. We introduced this column last month with Philly House Shows pt I - The Shore House, where we had the pleasure of photographing Metal Jacket, Common Alliance, Population Zero, and Fatal at West Philly's staple punk basement. On March 11th, James and I left the warm confines of South Philly and headed northwest to a new vegan eatery/cafe named Nick's Vegan. When these fine folks aren't whippin' up some tasty tofu scramble, they use use their shop as venue ...

The Greenery Interview

Sunday, March 13th, 2011
the greenery group band photo Last week, Long Beach CA's snotty metallic-rockers, The Greenery, announced signing to Prosthetic Records as they track a new full-length record with Paul Minor at BuzzBomb studios. Their infectious blend of metallic punk-rock has drawn comparisons to Every Time I Die, The Bronx, and The Stitches. Blow The Scene's Joshua Cohen caught up with The Greenery guitarist Derek, as he discusses the writing process for the new record, equipment picks, life in Snoop's backyard, tour stories, and more in this in-depth interview exclusive. Joshua BTS: Ahoy! Thank you for taking some time to answer a few questions for Blow The Scene readers around the World. ...

Mamiffer – Mare Decendrii Review

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Mamiffer - Mare Decendrii Mare Decendrii Mamiffer SIGE Records March 15, 2011 Genres: Jazz-influenced Doom, Power Ambient RIYL: Earth, SunnO))), Brian Eno, Kayo Dot by Adam Rauf, Senior Staff Writer 8.8 Music is becoming a globally-connected phenomenon. Not only are you finding artists these days that are collaborating online to help in the germination process for songwriting, but you’re also finding various schools of music colliding to form giant murals of beauty. Mamiffer, which combines the talents of “post-metal” icon and visual artist Aaron Turner (Isis, House of Low Culture, Old Man Gloom) and performance artist Faith Coloccia (Everlovely Lightningheart) is the perfect recipe for ...

Trap Them Darker Handcraft Review

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Darker Handcraft by Trap Them Darker Handcraft Trap Them Prosthetic Records Avail March 15, 2011 FFO: Tragedy, Rotten Sound, Converge, Trash Talk, From Ashes Rise, Rise and Fall Trap Them hold a special place in our hearts at Blow The Scene, as anyone who follows this site knows. And for good reason; Trap Them have been at the forefront of the current resurgence in d-beat-rooted, death n’ roll sounds many bands are beginning to emulate. With the early release of the vinyl edition of Darker Handcraft nearly sold out, the band continues an incredible web presence with exclusive tracks dropping on major webzines all ...

One Win Choice Interview

Saturday, February 26th, 2011
One Win Choice Interview with Blow The Scene We recently caught up with One Win Choice founding member and vocalist Dan Kloza, as the band prepares to release their latest full-length, Conveyor, on March 1. One Win Choice has built a steady following of fans throughout the East Coast and in recent years, the world around with consistent touring both in the US and abroad. OWC play a fast-paced style of melodic-punk that is defined by energy and passion, much like fore-bearers Strike Anywhere and Boy Sets Fire, who had equal passion and drive for music ...

Interview with Cliff Wiener of 1981 Clothing

Monday, February 21st, 2011
Interview with Cliff Wiener of 1981 Clothing We recently caught up with Cliff Wiener who co-operates 1981 Clothing with Alex Kenny as they prepare to launch some hot new items and are set to host a two day festival to celebrate hardcore music and a hardcore lifestyle May 13 and 14th. The festival titled “Bringing It Back For The Kids” will feature performances from some of the most intensely followed bands in hardcore today, including Terror, Stick To Your Guns and Casey Jones. Wiener and Kenny founded 1981 Clothing in 2005 with the intention of making shirts as fun and unique as the individuals who comprise the world-wide hardcore community. ...

Goran Ivanovic Interview

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo Interview with Goran Ivanovic (of The Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo) Adam Rauf, Senior Staff Writer Once in a great while, you get to see a musician who just blows everyone out of the water. And every once in an even greater while, you get to see two musicians do this: Welcome to the world of guitar composition with Goran Ivanovic of The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo. Ivanovic is a classical guitar player, and Kapsalis does the new-school tapping and percussive technique thing that contemporaries like Kaki King, Michael Hedges, et al ...

Out For Revenege Interview

Monday, February 7th, 2011
Out For Revenge Interview with Blow The Scene Mesa, Arizona's hardcore quartet, Out For Revenge released their latest full-length Black Market Status, on Mikey Hood's legendary West Coast Worldwide Records in November of 2010 and have been received with open arms by hardcore fans and critics around the globe. StereoKiller.com named BMS the #3 User-Voted Album of 2010. Out For Revenge fuses a pummeling, double-bass ridden hardcore sound with socially conscious lyrics that saw guest appearances by the likes of Roger Miret (Agnostic Front), Mikey Hood (Hoods), Danny Northside (North Side Kings), and Eddie Dan (Beg for Life) accompanying vocalist Darin aka "Spyderdog" in the West Wordwide ...

Thom Glunt Interview

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Lohio Release Adelai Music Video - Interview with Director Thom Glunt Lohio Release “Adelai” Music Video Interview with Director Thom Glunt By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor (See Video At Bottom of Interview) Late last week Pittsburgh’s indie darlings Lohio released a sparkly new music video for “Adelai” onto wilds of the Internet. Blow The Scene’s resident giant tracked down the director, Thom Glunt, for a lengthy conversation about his team's creative process, their adventures on set and the issues that took place behind the scenes. Glunt has directed music videos for a number of artists including Anti-Flag, RJD2, Punchline and Meeting on Important People. Andy BTS: The concept for ...