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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 ...

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, ...