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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 ...

The Booze Interview

Friday, January 21st, 2011
The Booze Group Band Photo Last week, we at BTS were turned onto this Atlanta quintet, the Booze, with their 60s mod sound that is compellingly poignant and downright tasty. We premiered track "Kick Me Where It Hurts" earlier in the week and just caught up with the Booze guitarist/songwriter Randy Michael for an exclusive interview as the band prepares release their latest full-length At Maximum Volume via Underrated Records Feb 22. Joshua BTS: Greetings! Thank you for taking time to answer a few questions for Blow The Scene readers around the world! Let’s begin by having you introduce yourself and declare your onstage weapon of choice with the Booze. Randy ...

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 ...

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?’”