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North Korea Interview

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
North Korea - Base Tapes Vol 1 EP Cover Art Last December, we posted a blurb on what was then a budding project entitled, North Korea. At that time, very little information on the group was made public other than an interesting culmination of efforts for a DIY-style music video for song "Master Plan B," featuring Ryan Hunter (ex-Envy On The Coast) on vocals, Brian Byrne (ex-Envy On The Coast) on guitar, Michael Sadis (The Rivalry) on bass, and Billy Rymer (The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Rivalry) on drums. Over the last six months we have received a lot of inquiry surrounding this project, so we ...

Drain the Sky Interview

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Drain The Sky We recently caught up with Drain The Sky for an exclusive, in-depth interview after catching the band on their recent tour with River City No Comply, as the two acts passed through Philly (scope the full-feature photo gallery here). With a history entrenched in some of the most important underground music since the early 90s, we are beyond stoked to get the inside scoop and history on Drain The Sky from bassist Carl Auge (His Hero Is Gone, Man With Gun Lives Here, Reptile Brain Virus) and drummer Jamie Sanitate ...

The Dude Fest Interview with Derek Black

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
Dude Fest 2011 For those not familiar with the hardcore scene of the Midwest, allow us to introduce you to one of the raddest underground annual fests in the US; Dude Fest. Since its inception in 2003, Indianapolis's Dude Fest has featured over 400 bands with an emphasis on quality underground acts. With no ambitions of becoming another corporate turd, with cookie-cutter metal acts and the influence of washed-up booking agents, the annual event maintains its integrity due to the efforts of Dude Fest founder and organizer, Derek Black. We recently caught up with Mr. Black for the inside skinny on the fest and what fans can expect ...

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 ...

The World/Inferno Friendship Society Interview

Friday, April 15th, 2011
The World/Inferno Friendship Society Live The World/Inferno Friendship Society are a gang of dangerous loonies who like to break things, and who have been making beautiful, orchestral punk rock records since 1997! They originally signed with the eerily prescient NJ Hardcore label Gern Blandsten with whom they released 2 albums: The True Story of The Bridgewater Astral League (1997), Just The Best Party (2002) and a gang of singles which were compiled on East Coast Super Sound Punk of Today! (2000). They have toured incessantly for the last 15 years, prompting one NPR spokesman to comment that the amount of jobs they have been fired from ...

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 ...

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 ...


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. ...

Grandfather Interview with Michael Kirsch

Monday, February 28th, 2011
Grandfather Group Photo New York based three-piece Grandfather, has been creating quite a buzz with their self-described "dynamic, intense and violently rhythmic psychedelic flavor of rock." Many new listeners were turned on to the band when legendary producer Steve Albini, had this to say in a recent interview with GQ, "There was a band that came into the studio a while back called Grandfather. They were an art-rock band that organized the funding of their record through Kickstarter. They were really well rehearsed and came into the studio and knocked the record out in a couple of days... That's the kind ...

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 ...

Michael Walsh Interview

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Michael Walsh Art Michael Walsh Interview By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor Artist Michael Walsh exists and creates in a realm of juxtaposition. The Sonoma-based sculptor has found a way to successfully fuse art forms that possess antithetical shelf lives and are comprised of unrelated mediums: metal crafting and graffiti. “See that’s the contradiction - that’s what I like about it,” Walsh says, speaking from a friend’s studio in Northern California. “I’m trying to take something impermanent and go backwards in a way to make it somewhat permanent.” Walsh, a man as transient as his work, is returning to Gallery 4 in Pittsburgh on Friday, January 28 for the closing reception of ...

Noisear Interview

Monday, January 17th, 2011
Dorian Rainwater and Bryan Fajardo of Noisear Live Photo Noisear are an American grindcore institution. With over 14 years active in the grind world, Noisear have remained one of the genre's staple bands, releasing many splits and works with various underground labels and leading extreme bands from around the Globe. Noisear's highly-anticipated 30-track full-length on Relapse Records, Subvert The Dominant Paradigm, is set to hit streets February 1, 2011. As the band gears up for this worldwide release, Blow The Scene's Joshua Cohen caught up with Noisear drummer Bryan Fajardo and guitarist Dorian Rainwater for an exclusive, in-depth interview as the band discusses the recording process for the new record, ...

California Guitar Trio Interview

Monday, January 10th, 2011
California Guitar Trio Band California Guitar Trio features three immensely talented and intriguing guitar aficionados from far reaching corners of the Globe. CGT is Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bert Lams of Brussels, Belgium, and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan. The band first met in England at Guitar Craft Courses hosted by Robert Fripp in the late 80s. Richards, Lams, and Moriya attended several of these intensive Fripp classes before touring worldwide with Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists. Formal inception of The California Guitar Trio occurred in 1991 and the rest is history as the group has toured the world around, performing with legendary artists in dozens of countries, ...

Casey Jones Interview

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
Casey Jones Group Band Photo Jacksonville's Straight Edge Warriors, Casey Jones are set to release their third and final record, I Hope We Are Not The Last on January 11, 2011. This forthcoming release finds the band comfortably striding into what is easily the most solid offering of their 8-year career with 10 seamless tracks of crisp, hardcore goodness. Standout songs "Hammer the Nails," "Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea," and "Birdman Got Hit By a Trolley (AAA)," are sure to keep the knuckledraggers swinging across the Globe with smoking riffin', crushing vocals, and meaty 2-step drumming that sees the band reaching new heights of sonic maturity. I ...