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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 ...

Night Birds Interview

Monday, December 5th, 2011
Night Birds - Full Band Brooklyn's Night Birds have been making waves with their latest LP on Grave Mistake Records, The Other Side of Darkness, as the band fuses the best elements of surf rock and garage punk into an engaging amalgamation of poignant and catchy tunes that appeal to a wide spectrum of music lovers. It is not uncommon to see the band thrown on bills with hard hitting street punk bands or melodic indie bands, as the group's signature sound draws from a wide range of rock and punk history that appeals to an eclectic array of music lovers. We recently featured ...

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 ...

Deafheaven Interview

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
deafheaven Interview By Joshua T. Cohen Pictures by James Seibert (Full Deafheaven Gallery Here) deafheaven - George ClarkeWe recently caught up with the Bay Area's genre defying band Deafheaven, who have stunned music listeners and concertgoers alike with their emotional delivery of uniquely crafted aggressive music that incorporates influences as far-reaching as black metal and shoegaze. Deafheaven is about to embark on a US tour supporting the mighty Russian Circles (tour dates listed below), as singer George Clarke touches on tour preparations, current band happenings, equipment picks for their current Roads to Judah release on Deathwish, his current ...

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 ...

Dante Torrieri Interview

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Dante TorrieriHere at Blow The Scene we like to spread the love – this time by focusing on our amazingly talented staff who donate countless hours to the site and help make it what it is. We pride ourselves on showcasing quality over quantity. Music lovers who want in-depth coverage with substance come here. Those who are looking for regurgitated PR emailers have thousands of other sites to reference. We are very fortunate to have a staff that is comprised of artists and musicians alike, who have true passion for whatever they are covering. Our writers and photographers are a part of local artist communities in several cities throughout the ...

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 ...

Less Life Interview

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Less Life Today we bring Blow The Scene readers around the world an interview with one of the most promising up-and-coming bands the U.S. has to offer - a three-piece, political hardcore group known as Less Life. With a musical execution trifecta of innovation, intelligence, and intensity – complimented by front man George Grimaldi's heartfelt vocal delivery of politically motivated, venom-laced truths - Less Life are quickly leaving the rest of the heard in the dust. The band’s latest LP, Today Will Be Ours, is an absolute shredder and can be sampled below the interview. We caught up with the entire band for an chat that touches on Less Life’s writing and recording preferences, ...

Torchbearer Interview

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
Torchbearer - Band We just caught up with New Jersey outfit Torchbearer, who has announced their new full-length The Dirty Swagger will be coming out this October via All Ears Music. Made up of veterans of the hardcore and metal-core scene, Torchbearer includes Amit Sharma on vocals (formerly of Mother Night), Chris Ross (formerly of Nora, The Fire Still Burns & Ensign) on drums, Sam Patterson on guitar (formerly of The Low End Theory), Will Karakowski (also in For the Love Of) on bass and Dan Brennan (formerly of Mother Night & Hellhole) on guitar. The sum of it’s parts and it’s influences, Torchbearer has created an alchemy of hardcore, ...

Nesseria and Clinging to The Trees of a Forest Fire Interview

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
Nesseria & Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire split cover Split records have become synonymous with punk-style releases for decades and France's independently run, Throatruinner Records has been offering some intriguing 2 and 3 band-combos as of late. What makes a good split? Should both bands sound the same? Should they be vastly different? Personally, I like a split with some variety. If I am married to a particular sound, then I will buy a standard full-length. I enjoy the duality of split that perks several areas of my aural perception. This brings me to the resent split between ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bury Your Dead Interview

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Bury Your Dead 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 ...

All Pigs Must Die Interview

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
All Pigs Must Die - Full Band 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 ...

Kicking Spit Interview

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
Kicking SpitWe 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 ...

The Cannabis Corpse Interview

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Cannabis Corpse Interview 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. ...

Black Kites Interview

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Black Kites Band Group 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 ...

Weekend Nachos Interview

Monday, June 20th, 2011
John - Weekend Nachos 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 ...

They’re All Saturdays – The Lo-Pan Interview

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Lo-Pan Band Interview “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 ...

Resistant Culture Interview

Friday, May 27th, 2011
Resistant Culture LA’s Legendary Native American crust punk warriors, Resistant Culture were kind enough to get together to answer a slew of in-depth questions for Blow The Scene readers around the world. Having formed in the mid 80s under the name Resistant Militia, the band combines elements of tribal music, including indigenous flutes and chants, melding them with a brutal, grind-influenced, d-beat and crust foundation. Having seen a laundry list of musicians come and go, founding member Anthony Rezhawk, has remained steady at the helm. The band received an increased amount of press attention when Jesse Pintado (TERRORIZER/NAPALM DEATH) joined Resistant Culture in 2004 and contributed to the group’s writing process and live performances ...

Wormrot Interview

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Wormrot Interview Singapore's grindcore champs, Wormrot, are creating a groundswell of notoriety due to the band's relentless work ethic that has seen them tour the world-around and establish a solid relationship with the legendary Earache Records. We were first introduced to Wormrot on their recent US tour as they were stranded in Philadelphia for several days due to the Philadelphia Parking Authority jacking their van, causing the band to scramble to find some local shows to help fill the void. To our surprise, we were able to catch Wormrot as a last minute addition with Nails and All Pigs Must Die as we were already ...