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Joyce Manor Interview

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
Joyce Manor Interview with Blow The Scene Group Picture We recently caught up with California's Joyce Manor who just wrapped up recording their debut, self-titled L.P. for 6131 Records as the ink dries on their recent signing with the leading underground label. With influences that range from Guided By Voices to Weezer, the band has created a strong buzz throughout the Indie-rock World with a live experience that builds on the emotion of their punk contemporaries with a sound accessible to fans of Indie, Rock, and even Pop. Check out the exclusive Blow The Scene Interview with Matt and Barry as they discuss Joyce Manor's forthcoming ...

Julian Beever Interview – A Moment With The Pavement Picasso

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Julian Beever

Julian Beever - Pavement Chalk ArtistJulian Beever is one of the world’s most intriguing artists. His claim to fame is his fantastic use of trompe-l'œil pavement chalk art along with a technique called “anamorphosis” which creates a 3Dimensional illusion when viewed from a specific angle through a camera lens. Julian Beever became interested in street art while working with the Punch & Judy show in York where he saw other pavement artists. For 20 years Beever has worked across the globe in countries such as the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany, ...

Killing The Dream Interview

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Killing The Dream Interview Header Killing the Dream broke onto the scene in 2004 with their blazing Self-titled E.P., which quickly garnered the attention of New England’s DeathwishInc, where the band would quickly find a welcoming home. In 2005, Killing The Dream laid down their breakthrough album In Place, Apart with God City Studios‘ mastermind Kurt Ballou (Converge, Trap Them, Disfear). The 12-song L.P. would go on to be hailed by critics and fans from around the globe as AP named In Place, Apart “Hardcore Album of Year” in 2005. KTD’s 2008 full-length follow-up, Fractures, once again saw the band reach new sonic levels of maturity and intensity as they continued to help define the melodic hardcore genre with ...

Tweak Bird Interview

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Tweak Bird Band Photo Tweak Bird Interview By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor There’s something to be said about the relationship dynamic that exists when there are only two members in a band. The plot thickens were both members are also brothers. For Caleb Bird, guitarist of Tweak Bird, it means being able to exchange blows when things aren’t turning out quite right musically. “You couldn’t just have a studio drummer and just give him an elbow to the face for changing tempos on you, but you can with your brother,” Bird says with a chuckle. Caleb and his brother, Ashton, recently returned from a month long European tour in support of their self-titled ...

Scene Stompers I: Ashley Ryon Interview

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Scene Stompers Vol I:  Ashley Ryon of Yinzer Party & Hott Mess

Scene Stompers Vol I: Ashley Ryon of Yinzer Party & Hott Mess By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor The staff at Blow The Scene loves a good party – so much so that we’ve decided to dedicate a new column about the folks who set up the parties, shows and events that give us an excuse to stay out late. Scene Stompers are the people who are out there crushing their local scene with positive party energy. This month BTS’s resident friendly giant catches up with Ashley Ryon, a real guru of gettin’ down, over a pint at the Tiki Lounge in Pittsburgh’s South Side. If wildlife photographers think they have it hard - they should try working in the concrete jungle as a nightlife photographer. Spilled beer, dangerous dance moves and the occasional pudding wrestling matches are common place for Ashley Ryon – a nocturnal beast best known for her party photography. Hot MessThe petite Ryon is the mastermind begin the YinzerParty.com Web site. She is also the creator of a monthly indie pop dance party called Hott Mess, hosted at Pittsburgh’s hipster-mecca Brillobox, which is celebrating its one year anniversary, appropriately titled Best of Hott Mess, on Thursday, November 18th. Since beginning the site in July 2009 – Yinzer Party has posted over 10,000 photos of the best of Pittsburgh’s underground parties and shows. She was inspired to start the site after moving to the city of steel in 2008 when she was still unfamiliar with the scene and wasn’t sure were to head to find a good time. “Living in Vegas and New York - you go to photo sites and you see these rad looking people - you want to be there with them,” Ryon says. “[Pittsburgh] didn’t have that here. I’m a bit of an entrepreneur – I get super excited to start projects and so I started it trying to discover what’s cool in the city.” In addition to indie parties and bar events – she has been busy shooting shows as well. Ryon has snagged images of bands such as Electric Six, The Flaming Lips, Municipal Waste, Valient Thorr, GWAR, The Bronx and Portugal the Man. Ryon’s first exposure to the party photography came when she was living in Baltimore and was frequenting shows at Sonar back when Diplo (half of DJ act Major Lazer) would play there regularly. At the shows, she noticed a photographer taking everyone’s picture, but thought little else of it until her mug popped up somewhere unexpected. “One day I find myself on a flyer for Sonar and I’m like ‘What the fuck is this?’”

Rise and Fall Interview

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Rise and Fall

One of our all-time favorites, Belgium’s Rise and Fall, recently announced tour plans with Nails and Harms Way to kick off in Essen, Germany on Nov 19 as the GREY HEAVENS 2010 EUROPE TOUR. Rise and Fall continue to support their 2009 release on Deathwishinc, Our Circle is Vicious, which is the band’s third full-length release since their inception in 2002. Combining elements of modern d-beat, metal, punk, and hardcore, Rise and Fall continually blur the lines of genre and niche. The band’s sound draws influence from mainstays Tragedy and Converge, coupled with driving drums beats mixed with dense guitar work that often ...

Phobia Interview Exclusive

Monday, November 15th, 2010
Phobia Interview Exclusive with Blow The Scene Phobia have long reigned as a patriarch of the American grind scene with over 20 years of proliferation that began with 7″ releases at Relapse Records when the now indie-Goliath was still in its infancy and functioning out of a basement. This was before the term “grind” or “grindcore” was commonplace among extreme music aficionados..The band’s forthcoming, November 23rd release on Relapse Records, Unrelenting, is 17 tracks of grind goodness blasting in at 22 minutes. No samples, no filler, no bullshit. Unrelenting has trimmed off all of the fat for a concentrated mix of speed-metal influenced grind and punk that will surely please long-time fans ...

Dave White Interview Exclusive

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Dave White - Renown UK Artist

Dave White has been creating award winning art since the early 1990's. Born February 19th, 1971 in Liverpool, UK, Dave developed his technique and graduated from John Moores University with a BA in Fine Arts Painting in 1994. Today, Dave White's art has held residencies across the globe. He has been recognized by AOL, Nike, Wall Street Journal, and dozens more publications internationally. TJ: Hello Dave White! Please give our readers from around the world the skinny on who you are and what it is you do!? Dave White: Hi all, my name is Dave White I am an ...

Touche Amore Interview

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Touche Amore Group Photo We recently caught up up with Jeremy Bolm, singer/frontman of TOUCHE AMORE, as the quintet wraps up a current US tour run with legendary Japanese act, ENVY before heading over to Europe with Lighthouse in November. Touche Amore continues to build momentum as they have seen successful tours with Converge, Bane, Strike Anywhere, and ENVY, steadily branching out from their hometown of Los Angeles over the past year. The band's latest full-length recording, ...To The Beat of a Dead Horse, released on 6131 Records in 2009, is solid contribution to the West Coast punk and hardcore scene as Touche Amore transcend several sub ...

The Steve Moore Interview

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
Steve Moore Interview Photo Steve Moore – The VIA Interview By Andy McNeil, Assistant Editor Musician Steve Moore is drinking an Iron City beer in a former steel mill in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. The sounds of heavy dance bass lines have replaced of the assembly line racket of union workers forging steel from molten metal. The monstrous building itself has been converted into a massive sound studio used for shooting feature length films – yet despite its modernized function it still carries an old school industrial look, wedged between a bridge and railroad tracks along the banks of the Allegheny River. “I lived in Pittsburgh ...

Pinups For Pitbulls Interview

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
Founder of Pinups for Pitbulls At the beginning of the 20th century, the American Pit Bull Terrier was the most popular family dog in the United States. Pit bulls became the symbol of the American War Hero during World War I & II and were used in great capacity as guide and therapy dogs. Pit bulls exemplified the most desirable qualities of Americans and our "never quit" attitude. Pit bulls have been accredited with saving scores of human lives, as well as, dogs and other animals in various rescue missions. One Pit Bull in particular, Weela, has become a household name after saving 30 ...

Valient Thorr Interview Exclusive

Friday, October 8th, 2010
Valient Thorr Group Photo Valient Thorr Interview Exclusive with Valient Himself By Andy McNeil, Staff Writer For not being from Earth, Valient Himself has become one of the planet’s most politically and philosophically outspoken inhabitants. Over the past decade, his band Valient Thorr has preached messages of unity, peace and partying from the pulpit of rock ‘n’ roll. The group claims to have traveled to Earth from the city of Burlatia located inside of the planet Venus. Although the motives of their extraterrestrial mission aren’t fully clear – it’s quite evident that their blistering sound is here to stay. Their new album Stranger (Volcom Entertainment) is a full-throttle follow-up to ...

TITAN Interview

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
TITAN group photo TITAN Sweet Dreams Review and Interview with Kris D’Agostino Sweet Dreams is available October 12, 2010 via Relapse Records By Andy McNeil, Staff Writer The gods of metal have stepped down from Mount Othrus and stomped their way to Brooklyn. No longer will the masses of stoner rock be forced to remain moored in a bog of droning riffs and mucky tones. TITAN has arrived – and this band is ready to rip – synth-style. The New York act will be releasing their new album Sweet Dreams on Tuesday, October 12th on Relapse Records. TITAN, who have previously released material on Paradigms and Tee ...

El Ten Eleven Interview

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
El Ten Eleven Live Interview with El Ten Eleven Adam Rauf, Staff Writer El Ten Eleven are one of those up-and-coming bands that just sit up and make you take notice. Incorporating elements of post-rock, instrumental rock, dance pop, synth sounds, and looping goodness, their melodies and rhythmic work are just something that has you bob your head in congruence with their tuneage. Their new record, It’s Still Like a Secret is officially being released in November, but the band is selling it on their current tour with Martin Dosh (Dosh, Andrew Bird) and Baths. The interesting thing is that this duo makes music that sounds like an ensemble of ...

MAG Interview – Custom Chuck Taylors

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Custom Chucks for Day of the Dead by MAG

PunkYourChucks.com Artist MAGAKA MAG is an urban/graffiti artist originally from New York City. MAG started his love for painting/sculpting/sketching in the cultural chaos of the 1970's Five Boroughs of (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island). MAG's playground was the subways, parks, rooftops, alleys, museums and zoos, the Hudson River, New Jersey's Palisades and more. PunkYourChucks.com is AKA MAG's baby. Using specific paints, he hand crafts custom gear for people ranging from the Average Joe to Tommy Lee. Turning iconic soles into one-of-a-kind works of ...


Kylesa Interview Exclusive with Phillip Cope

Friday, September 24th, 2010
Kylesa Group Band Photo The Kylesa Interview Exclusive with Phillip Cope By Andy McNeil, Staff Writer Phillip Cope, guitarist and singer of Kylesa, sounds exhausted, yet the southerner’s ongoing flurry of activity shows that he is anything but lethargic. The double drummer darlings of Savannah’s sludge metal scene recently returned from an extensive European tour with Converge and are already set to hit the road this week to support their upcoming album Spiral Shadow (available October 26 on Season of Mist records). The title of the first track released (“Tired Climb”) from the new album even hints at his battle against the daily grind....

The Tankcrimes Interview with Scotty Heath

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
The Tankcrimes Interview with Scotty Heath Tankcrimes is one of the premier underground record labels of the West Coast, firmly rooted in the do-it-yourself ideology and located in Bay Area CA, Tankcrimes showcases a wide array of leading thrash, punk, metal, and even hardcore bands. Having seen legendary releases from the likes of Annihilation Time, Vitamin X, Voetsek, Toxic Holocaust, and even Cannabis Corpse, label head Scotty Heath sits down with Blow The Scene Editor, Joshua Cohen just a few weeks before the first Official Tankcrimes Brainsqueeze fest (Oct 8-9) featuring almost all of the current Tankcrimes roster and special guest headliner, Municipal Waste. Joshua BTS: Good-day Scotty! We at Blow ...

A Perfect Circle Interview with Billy Howerdel

Monday, September 20th, 2010
A Perfect Circle Interview with Billy Howerdel Interview with Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle & Ashes Divide Adam Rauf, Staff Writer Billy Howerdel has been around the music scene probably longer than most of you have been alive. However, what makes him unique is the fact that he was the man working behind the scenes for bands like Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, and even David Bowie! But what he was best known for was starting the amazing all-star band A Perfect Circle, originally with Maynard James Keenan [Tool], Paz Lenchantin [Zwan, Papa M, Entrance Band], Josh Freese [NiN, Devo], and Troy Van Leeuwen [Failure, Queens of the Stone Age]. The ...

The Steve Albini Interview

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Steve Albini The Steve Albini Interview by Staff Writer Adam Rauf Steve Albini is a household name whether you realize it or not. He’s worked with just about every important band of the past two decades. He continues to work with up-and-comers on just about every new project he takes on. This is possible because of his Electrical Audio Studios, based in his current living quarters in Chicago. Albini helped revolutionize noise rock with his own projects, as well as, artists he has recorded. Chances are, you've probably heard his engineering and recording work without even realizing it. Artists like PJ Harvey, Nirvana, Don Caballero, the Pixies, The Jesus ...

Trap Them Interview Exclusive with Ryan McKenney

Monday, September 13th, 2010
Trap Them Ryan Live Photo Blow The Scene Editor, Joshua Cohen caught up with Trap Them vocalist Ryan McKenney on Friday, Sept 10, 2010 at God City Studios on the third day of recording as the band tracks their highly anticipated full-length debut for Prosthetic Records. This unnamed, forthcoming release, comes on the heels of 4-song E.P. Filth Rations, released on Southern Lord Recordings this past Spring. Filth Rations serves as a tasty appetizer for what is yet to come as Trap Them compels ongoing praise from both aggressive music fans and critics alike. This acclaim surrounds their last full-length L.P., Seizures in ...

The Matt Gondek Interview

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Matt Gondek Photo with Art Monsters Artist Matt Gondek: It’s A Wonderful Life By Andy McNeil amcneil@pointpark.edu Artist Matt Gondek is a happy person living in a world of monsters. The Pittsburgh-based designer’s portfolio is home to hundreds of savage beasts with blood, pus and unidentifiable gunk dripping from their claws and jaws. Over the past four years, Gondek created a legion of monsters to grace t-shirts for bands such as The Devil Wears Prada, Set Your Goals, From First to Last, Blood On the Dance Floor, Asking Alexandria, Haste The Day, Chiodos and Oh Sleeper – just to name a few. His designs are loud, colorful and ...

Ectoplasmic Meltdown Vol. I

Saturday, August 28th, 2010
Matt Ferri's Ectoplasmic Meltdown Vol. I ECTOPLASMIC MELTDOWN: Spilling this month’s slime! By Staff Writer Matt Ferri First off, I would like to thank Josh and BTS for allowing me to add some grime to their site! Greetings to all you ghouls and ghoulettes! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Matt. I am a freelance illustrator, and touring musician. I go by the alias Matt Slime Bucket (you can see my work atMattSlimeBucket) and have done artwork for many bands involved within the underground music scene, including Living Decay, Spewtilator, Ex Dementia, Zombie Mortropolis, Johnny B Morbid…the list goes on. ...

Cephalic Carnage Interview Exclusive

Friday, August 27th, 2010
Cephalic Carnage Interview Exclusive with Blow The Scene Cephalic Carnage have been building and streamlining their unique blend of grind, death-metal, and progressive jazz since the early 90’s. They are nothing short of an authority in the extreme metal world. Cephalic Carnage continue to create music for musicians that challenges as much as it excites. The band members have been some persistent grinders this past year, working in a new guitarist, while at the same time, writing and composing a monstrous new album, Misled by Certainty, which hits streets August 31 via Relapse Records. Blow The Scene Editor, Joshua Cohen caught up with band just days before their new record drops ...

The Hooks and Deep Cuts of an Irish Pirate

Friday, July 30th, 2010
Photo of Irish Pirate Steve Conway of Ross Revenge The Hooks and Deep Cuts of an Irish Pirate By Andy McNeil amcneil@pointpark.edu

Photos by Nicole DeSantis The pirates aboard the notorious Ross Revenge worshiped their ship’s mast like a Pagan god. They constantly had to sacrifice a combination of massive wattage and high voltage rock and roll to appease the towering deity. The ship’s engineers transformed into priests and its crew members reverted into subservient heathens bowing to the waves – the radio waves. This is how Steve Conway describes his time spent at sea as a DJ on the last British pirate radio ship. Conway, a Dubliner, joined the Ross Revenge in ...