Thursday, August 25th, 2011
The heartbeat of ID Fest surely was the Skullcandy Main Stage. This sensory extravaganza featured incredible production and was headlined by international house hero, Kaskade.
I can't say enough good things about this stage. The Identity Festival definitely had some snags, but what it lacked in organization it made up for in talent.
Kaskade with his amazing, stupendous, awe inspiring visual display.
Rusko & Steve Aoki with enough energy to power Philly.
& I swear I got a picture of someone's mind literally blowing during the Disco Biscuits closing set.
So without further ado, here is Part 2 of the Identity Festival photographs from the Skull Candy Main stage:
Jessie and the Toy Boys
Monday, August 15th, 2011
We are very pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world an interview with Ghent, Belgium's Oathbreaker, whose debut LP, Mælstrøm, has fans of metallic punk and d-beat salivating over their intricately crafted, 13-song ripper. Deathwish is calling Mælstrøm "one of the best debut albums we've ever heard," and after spinning the record a few times, our assessment is right on par. Oathbreaker guitarist Lennart, and drummer Ivo, give BTS readers the skinny on the writing and recording processes behind Mælstrøm, equipment picks, favorite bands, insight on LP artwork, life in Ghent Belgium, and much more in this in-depth interview. Enjoy!
Joshua BTS: Greetings! Thank ...
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
If you grew up in Philly, you have a nickname. My distant cousin would sweep the sidewalks around 17th and Mifflin St. daily. As soon as you would pop your head out of one of the row houses, you get hit with a barrage of "A cuz, alright cuz. How you doin cuz? Oh ya cuz? Good cuz." He came to be known as "Cuz" by neighborhood and to this day, I couldn't tell you what his real name is. In Philly, your name is who you are. There was Lina Crow Feet, Crazy Anthony, and The Chicken Man who sold live chickens. Ladies had ...
Monday, August 8th, 2011
Mr. Joe Hardcore & Philly Hardcore Shows broke off another incredible line-up at The First Unitarian Church, Saturday, August 6th. NYC's street punk warriors, The Krays, got things moving from the opening chords and offered an impassioned performance for the early-comers. Pittsburgh's The Traditionals took the stage next with their patented blend of working-class, old-school hardcore, follwed by North Carolina's Oi-induced, hardcore-punk rockers Patriot, who kept things moving with their barrage of working-class anthems.
Co-headliners, Murphey's Law put in one of the best performances I've seen from them in a ...
Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Philly House Shows is back with a special edition, double-feature for your viewing and listening pleasure. I made it out to two house shows over the weekend and shot 10 bands, including local, regional, and nationally touring acts. One of my favorite aspects of the Philly Scene is that there is never a shortage of good house shows going down with bands from all over the globe. On Friday July 30, I hit The Cracker Factory house in Philly's Northern Liberties for a marathon show that showcased bands on several different tours and Cleveland hometown heroes TV Crimes and Dead Words, who were joined by Ohio's Light Years, as they were essentially stranded in Philly due to some ...
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Bury Your Dead's latest full-length recorded effort, Mosh 'n' Roll, hits stores today via Mediaskare Records and marks the band's sixth studio album in their decade long career. Returning to the mic for the first time since 2007, Mat Bruso brings his trademark vocal attack to compliment founding guitarist Brendan “Slim” MacDonald and drummer Mark Castillo, in an attempt to recapture the inflamed spirit of Bury Your Dead's early records. We were fortunate to catch up with Slim in the days leading up to the new release for an inside look at Bury Your Dead's approach to the new record with Mat returning to vocals. Slim ...
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
We recently caught up with All Pigs Must Die guitarist Adam Wentworth for a full-feature interview as the band prepares to release debut LP, God Is War, on Southern Lord Recordings, August 16, 2011. Featuring Ben Koller (Converge), Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse, ex-The Red Chord), and Matt Woods (Bloodhorse), the band packs a powerhouse delivery of metal-infused-hardcore with elements of Swedish death metal and d-beat punk. We first caught on to the unrelenting sonic warfare of this quartet last year, as APMD dropped their debut, self-titled E.P. on an unsuspecting public. Adam ...
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
We recently caught up with New Jersey's Kicking Spit, who recently released their debut EP on the mighty Tankcrimes label this past April. On PsychRockBullshit, they explore similar territory as the early alternative rock giants of the past, recalling the ultra-melodic, yet still punk-tinged outputs of Dinosaur Jr., HÜSKER DÜ, Superchunk, and even Archers of Loaf. Sit down, strap in, and get ready for some Kicking Spit action with all three members of band as they discuss the formation of the group, their PsychRockBullShit EP, forthcoming releases, love of SST, dutchmasters, pasta, and much more!
Joshua BTS: Greetings! Thank you for taking time to answer a few questions for Blow ...
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
We are continuing our coverage of the Bouncing Souls Philly takeover as they rocked 4 nights in a row at The First Unitarian, performing 2 full-albums each night reaching back to their first full-length, The Good, The Bad & The Argyle and blasting through each night until the wrap-up with their latest, Ghosts on the Boardwalk on day 4. We continue our coverage with nights 2 & 3 shot through the lens of photographer Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Photography.
If you missed our day 1 coverage, we had two photographers ...
Monday, July 18th, 2011
The Bouncing Souls visited Philly this past week for 4 days of awesome music. All 8 albums with 2 being played each night.
The first night was supported by The Creetons and The World Inferno Friendship Society.
Night one: "The Good, The Bad & The Argyle" followed by "Maniacal Laughter"
We have something special for you today with this gallery. For night 1 of The Bouncing Souls 4-day takeover of Philly, we had two photographers on hand, James Seibert (Shot By Us) and Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Photography). Both photographers take incredible shots and both have ...
Camp Bisco Ten began for me at 6:30am Thursday July 7th, 2011. I awoke to a gorgeous sunrise over Mariaville Lake, which found its normally peaceful road activity saturated with bumper to bumper hardcore electronic and jam music fans. I stepped out of the cramped backseat of a Volvo to stretch and was met with the familiar greetings of what most of us within this particular music scene would call "family." Somehow hearing "Good Morning" from 20 different strangers within a half hour of waking up will always make for a great day, which I would find out, foreshadowed an even more amazing weekend.
As cars piled through the ...
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Richmond VA's favorite death metal stoners are unleashing a powerhouse album via the mighty Tankcrimes label this week, aptly titled Beneath The Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise. Demand for the band's third official LP is so intense that the band along with Tankcrimes mastermind Scotty Heath, decided to drop the album a week before its original release date of July 12 for masses of resin-scraping metal-heads who have been devouring the downloads and streaming tracks in between weed naps ever since. We have the stream available below, so after you get your ears assaulted, be sure to stop by Tankcrimes and pre-order your copy. ...
Monday, July 11th, 2011
When Philadelphia's premiere hardcore show promoter, Mr. Joe Hardcore, throws a hardcore birthday bash, you know things are about to get wild.
James and I stopped by Joe's Bday bash at The Broad St Ministries on July 9, 2011, featuring both local/regional up-and-comers and renowned national touring acts for a great mix of hardcore music that found Philly friends and fans as energized and enthused as ever.
Philly's notorious July-heat and humidity let its presence be known from the onset, as all of us who attended burned some serious calories and water-weight. The heat did not slow down the bands or the ...
Friday, July 8th, 2011
We will not usually cover the same bands in the course of one weekend, or even the same month, but when you have incredible bands like Ceremony and Kromosom playing double-headers in your town, well, you make exceptions.
Here we have pt II of our Ceremony and Kromosom coverage as well as feature galleries on two hardcore bands that are first time features on BTS - Pink Coffins and Gypsy. Pt I can be seen here.
Our newest photo contributor, Dante Torrieri was up front and center at The Barbary on July 3rd, 2011 for the R5 Productions matinee show where he captured all of the excitement and energy with his radical craft photos. As Dante was getting ...
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Philly Punx Picnic this year was a 6 day event that showcased some of the best local and touring punk, hardcore, and metal.
We stopped by FDR park Saturday afternoon for some rad skating and band shots before Philly Punx Picnic continued Sunday night, July 3rd, at The Blockley with an incredible, hard hitting lineup of bands from across the US and Australia.
You can keep up with show organizers Nyssa and Chris at the Official Philly Punx Picnic FB as the festivities come together for 2012.
This show started a little slow, but built up to a tremendous roar.
Ceremony and Kromosom are 2 of the most energetic insane bands ...
Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
We are just getting back into gear from a mini-vacation of slow Southern towns and wondrous peach tree farms with no internet. We had a few things left on deck that we want to catch up on and today we have the first gallery from a new contributor, Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging. We've been bumping into Dante at shows for quite some time and we are very stoked to feature his work here at BlowTheScene.com! On June 26, 2011 Dante had the pleasure of shooting Fucked Up with special guest, ...
Monday, June 27th, 2011
Friday June 24th a few thousand slackers, rebels and freaks gathered on a beautiful summer evening to experience Dinosaur Jr and Off! pounding away at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA.
The house lights faded, sound checks were done, the crowd roared. The stage was set for a incredible night of earblasting greatness...
Off! - Raw, fast and hard.
Keith Morris - vocals - (Black Flag, Circle Jerks)
Steven Shane McDonald - Bass - (Redd Kross, Tenacious D)
Dimitri Coats - Guitar - (Burning Brides)
Mario Rubalcaba - Drums - (Hot Snakes, Earthless)
Keith Morris is as full of anti-establishment vitriol as he ever was. Off!'s connections to Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Hot Snakes, Beck, Tenacious D and professional skateboarding create ...
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Black Kites are a breath of fresh air for the New Jersey hardcore scene with a genuine and emotional approach to crafting songs, recording, and touring. Since the band's inception in 2006, they have jumped to the forefront of their up-and-coming music peers. With a string section of one, guitarist Tom Schlatter not only fills the void of two guitarists and a bass player, he is single-handedly reinventing the game with a multi-amp rig that he has been developing for years. Black Kites are far from one-dimensional and approach recording and playing live as two completely separate entities, creating an aura of timeliness that is both engaging ...
Monday, June 20th, 2011
Chicago's Weekend Nachos are making a b-line to the forefront of extreme music circles throughout the US and world. With a refreshing take on hardcore-influenced powerviolence, grindcore, and sludge, Weekend Nachos are crafting an amalgamation of aggressive music all their own, while simultaneously building a loyal underground following of fans from many different niches within the hardcore scene. Since 2004, this four-piece outfit has crafted a barrage of releases on several leading indie labels that has drawn the attention of some of the most prominent figures in the extreme music world. We recently caught up with founding member and vocalist John Hoffman for an exclusive interview where the charismatic ...
For the fifth year in a row, Camp Bisco will take place in Mariaville, New York on the rolling fields of the Indian Lookout Country Club from Thursday, July 7th through Saturday, July 9th. At the epicenter of this counter-culture camping crusade, lies a virtual holy grail of electronic jam band glory. Six sets played out by The Disco Biscuits, who have recently been turning up the heat during the beginnings of their summer tour. Long time fans of The Disco Biscuits have been reporting great experiences and set-lists from ...
Thursday, June 16th, 2011
“They’re All Saturdays”
The Lo-Pan Interview
By Andy McNeil
Sitting in a van adorned with bull horns in the shadow of the 31st Street Bridge in Pittsburgh, the members of Columbus hard-rock outfit Lo-Pan anticipate a barrage of ill-conceived questions, but almost immediately their ears perk up at the mention of their gear.
“We get a lot of really stupid questions,” says bassist Skot Thompson. “But we like to talk about our gear,” adds drummer Jesse Bartz, finishing his bandmate’s thought – a common occurrence after years together on the road.
The group’s jet-fighter loud equipment has become its own persona – a fifth member. Their new album, Salvador, released on May 24 ...