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Comeback Kid Interview

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Jeremy - Comeback Kid Interview We are very excited to offer Blow The Scene readers an in-depth interview with Comeback Kid's lead guitarist and founding member Jeremy Hiebert, as the band prepares to embark on a massive US Tour in support of their fourth studio album Symptoms + Cures, which was released via Victory Records and Distort Records in late 2010 to rave reviews from peers, fans, and critics alike. Having reached a level of success that eludes almost all of their hardcore peers, Winnipeg's Comeback Kid continue to reach new heights now a decade strong as leaders in the worldwide hardcore community. Jeremy Hiebert gives us ...

Dead Swans Interview

Monday, February 27th, 2012
Dead Swans Blow The Scene Interview Interview with Dead Swans vocalist Nick Worthington Formed in 2006, Dead Swans have taken Europe's hardcore scene by storm with a only a demo, EP, and split release release to their name. Despite the lack of a prolific outpouring of material, the band has made their mark by showcasing a discordant melodic attack reminiscent of American Nightmare and other poignant bands that emerged in the early 2000s and melding this foundation with double-bass and other elements of modern metal and hardcore. Enforced by a live presentation that evokes immeasurable buzz every time the band hits the stage, Dead Swans have proven that ...

Xerxes Interview

Friday, February 17th, 2012
Xerxes - Band Today we have an very in-depth interview with Xerxes, a rising melodic hardcore band from Louisville, KY that is gearing up to release their debut LP, Our Home Is A Deathbed, on No Sleep Records in March. Singer and front man Calvin Philley gives Blow The Scene readers the inside scoop on the recording process behind the forthcoming record, as he touches on the band's recent tour with Code Orange Kids and forthcoming tour with Pianos Become The Teeth. Philley also discusses life in Louisville, history of the band, upcoming plans, and much more. We also have a new streaming song available and new music ...

Horror Show Interview

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
We recently caught up with Domenic "Nicky" Palermo, vocalist and front man of Philadelphia's emotionally poignant hardcore practitioners, Horror Show. Few hardcore bands to emerge from the early 2000s have been clouded in more myth and legend, as this ensemble has seen about as much hardship as any of their musical peers throughout history. Beginning with Palermo's conviction and subsequent incarceration for stabbing a man during an altercation almost a decade ago, followed by the untimely death of guitarist Josh Tshirlig, Horror Show were forced into a prolonged hiatus with nothing short of a media blackout that only added to the aura of myth that envelopes the band to ...

God & Queens Interview and Photo Gallery

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
Gods & Queens - Live at Beautiful World Syndicate in South Philly Today we have a special double-feature for Blow The Scene readers around the world. We recently caught up with Philadelphia's Gods & Queens who were the subject of global notoriety with their recent European tour, as the band was in a severe van accident in the Czech Republic that cut their tour short and nearly ended their lives. What could have been a horrific catastrophe for the band, friends, and fans, turned into a shining moment, as the worldwide music community stepped up and rescued Gods & Queens during ...

Loma Prieta Interview

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Loma Prieta IV We are very excited to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world an in-depth interview with Bay Area's Loma Prieta. This four-piece outfit has long been crafting and refining their own definition of modern hardcore music with an amalgamation of sounds that simply knows no boundaries. With musical segments that can pummel the listener with a barrage of blast beats and impenetrable distortion one moment, only to break wide open into a haunting segment of deep melody and emotion that embeds itself deep in the listener's psyche. Many bands have long tried to emulate this fluid approach and combination of sounds, but most fall ...

Skeletonwitch Interview

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
Skeletonwitch - Band Interview with Blow The Scene We are pleased to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world a new interview with Athens, OH's kings of metal, Skeletonwitch, as bassist Evan Linger gives us the inside scoop along with a never-before-seen photo gallery of the band taken by Dante Torrieri of Useless Rebel Imaging. In this interview, Linger touches on the band's latest full-length release, Forever Abomination on Prosthetic Records, upcoming tour plans with Black Dalhia Murder, equipment picks, daily life, and much more. Joshua BTS: Greetings. Thank you for taking some time with Blow The Scene ...

East Of The Wall Interview

Thursday, January 12th, 2012
East Of The Wall - Interview with Blow The Scene We recently caught up with New Jersey's rising stars of progressive metal, East of the Wall. The band released their latest LP, The Apologist in October of 2011, which saw rave reviews from critics at NPR, MetalSucks, Decibel, and Metal Reviews, to name just a few. East of the Wall incorporate a dense 4-piece string section complete with three guitarist while simultaneously fusing tech-metal with elements of jazz, rock, progressive, and more niches of metal than you can shake a stick at. Through persistent touring combined with a prolific outpouring of material ...

Wolfbrigade Interview

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Wolfbrigade Interview with Blow The Scene We are very excited to offer Blow The Scene readers an in-depth interview with Sweden's groundbreaking practitioners of d-beat-infused crust punk- the mighty Wolfbrigade. Having formed in 1995 under the original name of "Wolfpack" before updating years later, Wolfbrigade helped usher in a new generation and interpretation of punk music in Europe and the US. By combining elements of punk, d-beat, death metal, and hardcore, Wolfbrigade has climbed the ranks and is widely recognized as one of the most important bands in the corpus of extreme music. The band's influence stretches across many niches and it's not uncommon to ...

Top Lists of 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Blow The Scene 2011 Top Lists It is that time of year again, as we say goodbye to 2011 and usher in the new year. Before we slip away into our holiday modes with family and friends, we look back on another year in music. 2011 saw the good, the bad, and the ugly. Today we are just going to focus on the good! We invited a few of our musical peers to contribute year-end lists. Unlike a lot of online music outlets, we chose to invite not only musicians, but also the people who work behind the scenes to make the music community ...

Dillinger Escape Plan, Red Fang, Mastodon Gallery & Interviews

Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Dillinger Escape Plan - band live at the 930 Club in Washington DC on Nov 27, 2011Metal heavyweights Mastodon kicked off week 4 of their nationwide tour featuring Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang last Sunday with a performance at DC's 9:30 club. The sold out show saw a line of fans wrap around the block, as this three-piece juggernaut of a tour package had absolutely no weak cogs with 3 bands that no one would have been ok missing. Blow The Scene photographer Bora Chung and myself, got to the show a ...

Title Fight Interview and Alternative Press Tour Gallery Special

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Title Fight - band live at Altar Bar in Pittsburgh on Nov 25, 2011 Alternative Press Tour 2011 Special - Title Fight Interview with Jamie Rhoden & Show Gallery with Four Year Strong, Gallows, Title Fight. Interview and Pictures by Andy McNeil In the world of fighting, getting a title shot often takes years of lessons-learned the hard way in a blood and sweat soaked ring. For the four young musicians behind Title Fight, it took the better part of a decade to clobber their way to the top, finally releasing their full length Shed earlier this year on ...

Larry and His Flask Interview

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Larry And His Flask - Riot Fest Philadelphia - Festival Pier We recently sat down with vocalist/double bassist Jeshua Marshall of the up-and-coming, punk-infused, six-piece, bluesy-folk-rock band Larry and His Flask. What started as a 3-piece punk band formed by brothers Jeshua and Jamin Marshall in 2003, has become a highly-refined and deviously energetic touring juggernaut. The band is currently basking in the glow of rising success with numerous US Tours and recent performances at several Riot Fests alongside scores of punk rock legends, including The Descendents, X, and Hot Water Music. Larry and His Flask even hipped ...

Dave Witte Interview

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
There are few drummers in the underground music community that have had a more far-reaching impact on heavy music in the last decade than Richmond's Dave Witte. This New Jersey native relocated to Richmond to join the leaders of the American thrash-revival, Municipal Waste, and continues to still session drum and spark multiple off-shoot projects. Witte has drummed with leading and obscure acts alike, including Burnt By The Sun, Discordance Axis, Melt Banana, Human Remains, Birds of Prey and his latest focus, Argonauts. His drumming has influenced a new generation of thrash, heavy-groove, and metal drummers with a relentless approach that embodies speed, precision, and impeccable sense of ...

Dead Milkmen Interview with Rodney Anonymous

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
Dead Milkmen Originally formed in the Philadelphia area in 1983, The Dead Milkmen solidified their place in American music with their upbeat and energetic punk rock always with satirical and clever lyrical ammunition. Classic examples from their catalogue include "Bitchin Camaro" and "Punk Rock Girl," the latter of which gained major MTV video play in the early 90’s. Media highlights include the band being selected to play Spin Magazine’s first anniversary party in 1988 ( to which a helicopter whisked them from Philly to NYC to play). At the time of their hiatus in 1995, the band completed eight studio albums and numerous national and international tours. The Dead Milkmen have ...

Riot Fest Philadelphia Photo Gallery

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Riot Fest East - Philadelphia - Festival Pier - September 24, 2011Riot Fest East conquered Philly this past Saturday with a line-up that bridged the divide between old and young fans of punk rock. And to my suprise, the old heads probably out-numbered the youngins, which made for an eclectic mix of music lovers. The day was filled with legendary bands giving amazing performances for almost 12 hours, non-stop. The roster included The Descendents, Dead Milkmen, X, Plow United, Hot Water Music, Naked Raygun, 7 Seconds, Suicide Machines, Samiam, Weston, The Menzingers, Excitebike, Shot Baker, Larry and His Flask, The Holy ...

They Might Be Giants Show Gallery and Review Byham Theater

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
They Might Be Giants - Band Live at The Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA on Sept 14, 2011Very few bands have the opportunity to release 15 studio albums in their career. However, the Brooklyn-based, They Might Be Giants are still plugging away after nearly 30 years of releases. The Johns’ [as called by some of their diehard fans] have managed to go from a duo who’d record music on answering machines, to Grammy Award Winners with a Platinum record. They played to a packed Byham ...

The Dropdead Interview

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
Dropdead - Live at Broad St. Ministries in Philly May 21, 2011 with Converge, Trap Them, and Cop Problem We are very excited to offer Blow The Scene readers around the world our Dropdead interview. With 20 years of DIY, no bullshit, pissed off, personal/political, HC/Thrash, Dropdead are nothing short of American punk institution. With decades of musical proliferation under their belts, you'd be hard pressed to find a band that has stuck to their guns with more persistence than Dropdead. Dropdead formed officially in January of 1991 in Providence RI. Having met in 1989, and playing together ...

Identity Festival – Camden Waterfront – Part 2

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 ...

Oathbreaker Interview

Monday, August 15th, 2011
Oathbreaker - Full Band 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 ...

The Joe Hardcore Interview: This Is Hardcore

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Joe Hardcore Interview: This is Hardcore 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 ...