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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 ...

All Shall Perish Interview with Ben Orum

Friday, July 16th, 2010

All Shall Perish New Lineup

All Shall Perish are one of our all-time favorites at Blow The Scene. This energetic quintet broke onto the scene in 2003 with their debut album Hate.Malice.Revenge., which was picked up by Japanese label Amputated Vein Records and quickly set them at the forefront of the Bay Area metal scene. It wasn’t long before the band was picked up by Nuclear Blast Records and the subsequent release of The Price of Existence in 2005. All Shall Perish's release of The Price of Existence raised the bar for has commonly been refereed to as “Deathcore.” Although music critics have wiped their ass with this term over the past ...

Ghetto Blaster Interview

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

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Blow The Scene's Joshua T Cohen caught up with San Diego's favorite indefinable quartet of unhinged musicians Ghetto Blaster, for an exclusive interview this week. Ghetto Blaster draws on influences from across the board delivering an onslaught of quirky riffs and melodies punctuated by a pugnacious vocal intensity that finds itself floating somewhere in the punk-rock, alt, prog end of the spectrum with a splash of schizophrenia thrown in for good measure. Ghetto Blaster singer and front man Ryan Foxe takes Blow the Scene readers into his world.. Joshua T Cohen (BTS): Go ahead and introduce yourselves to Blow The Scene readers around the world. Declare your musical contribution to ...

Derek Hess Interview

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Derek Hess

"Derek Hess is an American artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. His creative career grew largely out of his ability to express the emotion in the indie, hardcore and hard rock scenes of the mid-1990s. His posters are known for humor and irony, with the subject matter frequently using the name of the band as inspiration. His work is well known to devotees of album cover art and concert flyer art. He has produced artwork for musicians such as Pantera, Taking Back Sunday, Thursday, Season to Risk, Poison the Well, The Cows, The Reverend Horton Heat, NOFX, In Flames, From Autumn to Ashes, Methods ...


We Are Hex Interview

Monday, July 12th, 2010
We Are Hex Group Photo We were recently introduced to Indianapolis's own pop, synth, gloom-rock amalgamation WE ARE HEX. This female-fronted quartet pulls influences from across the board, spanning decades of musical contributions. We Are Hex's sound has been compared to popular acts PJ Harvey, The Cure, and even Gang of Four although, the band's approach and velocity is more explosive and reminiscent of live steamrollers Iggy Pop and the Stooges. We Are Hex shifts gears at will, with lots of twists and turns to perk you eardrums that will keep even the ADHD listeners tuned in. We Are Hex is currently embarking on a US tour where they will be stopping at some of the best underground ...

Matt Ferri: Local Artist Spotlight

Friday, July 9th, 2010
Matt Ferri - Original Artwork for Living Decay - Doomed to Last Last week Blow The Scene was introduced to Philadelphia-based artist and musician Matt Ferri. Ferri's artwork can be seen in many local flyers and designs for several underground East Coast bands including website graphics, shirts, stickers, and album covers. His distinctive works have been drawing more and more attention from the underground community as he continues a prolific flow of artistic output. Ferri also plays bass and delivers vox in Philadelphia's own thrash-metal quartet, Trasher. The band is embarking on a three-week, full-US tour that kicks off today. Check out what ...

Voetsek Exclusive Interview

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Voetsek Ami Lawless Photo Blow the Scene Editor Joshua T. Cohen caught up with VOETSEK on the opening night of their Full US Tour, running June 29 through July 25. You're getting it straight from the tour van in this exclusive interview with Ben, Ami, Scotty, and Athena! Imagine a group a ruckus, uber-talented, eclectic punk rockers playing speed-metal songs at breakneck pace. Mix in a healthy blend of socially poignant lyrics with a barrage of riot anthems and one can begin to get a sense of Northern Cali's VOETSEK. They're punk, they're thrash.. they're fucking awesome. A frenetic four-piece outfit with equal representation in the XY and XX chromosome department ("Four balls, Four ...

The Ghost In You: Local Spotlight

Saturday, June 26th, 2010
Blow the Scene is introducing a new column to our site; Local Spotlight. Here you will find local bands and artists from around the globe that have either contacted us or we have hand picked to feature. The idea behind Local Spotlight is simple; a focus on true independent, underground musicians, and artists that you probably wouldn't hear of otherwise if you're not living in their neighborhood. Last week we were introduced to Philadelphia-based, independent artist, and songwriter, Billy Polard and his solo project, The Ghost In You. BTS: Tell us, Who is Billy ...

Melvins Interview w/ Buzz & Dale: Exclusive

Monday, June 21st, 2010
Interview with Buzz Osbourne & Dale Crover of The Melvins Adam Rauf, Staff Writer All images by Seth Ballentine, Blow The Scene Staff Photographer The Melvins are an amazing band that really defies words sometimes. They’ve had an extensive history of playing music, being an influence on countless bands, and yet are some of the most honest and straightforward folks in the music business. Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover have seen it all, and always make great interviewees. They’re funny, they’re quirky, and they write some of the best ...

The Isis Interview: Exclusive

Friday, June 18th, 2010
Aaron Turner of Isis and Hydra Head Records Blow The Scene Interview with Aaron Turner of Isis Adam Rauf, Staff Writer All images by Seth Ballentine, Staff Photographer On June 16, 2010, Blow The Scene staff writer Adam Rauf caught up with Aaron Turner of Isis a few hours before their Washington DC performance with Melvins as part of their final tour. Aaron Turner of Isis Live in Washington DC  June 16, 2010Isis is arguably one of the most influential metal bands of this decade, putting an emphasis on heavy riffs, spacey leads, ...

Andretti Dante – American Screenplay Writer and Film Director

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Andretti Dante - Director of Book of 1000 Deaths

Ladies and Gents, I am proud to introduce American Screenplay Writer and Film Director, Andretti Dante. Andretti, would you mind giving our readers a glimpse into your writing and directing history? Well, I directed my first little short back in high school. Which was like 16 years ago. So that let's you know how old I am. YIKES...but I started off in high school with a Friday news cast called ECTV. I started directing little music videos back then, but we wouldn’t do our own music. Like we would take a Biggie Smalls song and ...


The Mike Hood Interview: Exclusive

Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Mike Hood Mike Hood is the long-standing front man of legendary West Coast Hardcore band Hoods. Since their inception in 1995, Hoods have remained a staple of the West Coast Extreme Music scene, having released albums on some of most legendary independent labels in the world. Hoods have continued to tour around the globe, retaining an immense fan-base of music lovers that crave the old-school ethics and sound of the Hardcore Glory Days. Blow The Scene Editor-In-Chief, Joshua T. Cohen recently caught up with Mike Hood for an exclusive interview. Joshua: Most of our readers know Mikey Hood as the long-standing front man and founding member of Sacramento based-hardcore band ...

The Jordan Buckley Interview: Exclusive

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
Jordan Buckley World Wide Interview Banner Jordan Buckley Live Warped Tour 06Jordan Buckley has changed the course of underground metal forever. Widely recognized as one-half of Buffalo’s favorite guitar duo in metallic hardcore group Every Time I Die, Buckley and his guitar work (along with partner-in-crime, Andy Williams) seamlessly fuse elements of Southern Rock, Punk, Metal, and Hardcore - consistently pushing the boundaries of extreme music with each new album. Having seen four full-length releases on Ferret Recordings and latest work, New Junk Aesthetic on legendary label Epitaph, Every Time I Die have wowed fans ...

Ryan Armbrust – Master of Lifestyle Photography

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Ryan ArmbrustHi Ryan! Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a self-taught, Louisville Kentucky based editorial photographer and a bit of a "Good-Time" Charlie. I collect Pez and Mr. Potato Heads. I actually have a whole room dedicated to my toy collection! I have a huge Rat Fink tattoo on my arm. Oh yeah, and I like to shoot people! What is your favorite style of photography? I would have to say classic pinup is my favorite genre of photography. Concert Photography is a close second. Explain what makes you an expert in the “Lifestyle Portrait” compared to other photojournalists. I have a studio, but shooting portraits of kids and families ...


Dwid Hellion of Integrity Rare Exclusive Interview!

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
New Integrity Album The Blackest Curse Dwid Hellion of legendary hardcore band Integrity, sits down for a rare exclusive interview with Blow The Scene Editor-in-Chief, Joshua T Cohen on the eve of Integrity's newest release, The Blackest Curse.The new album hits the streets May 25 through Deathwishinc! Integrity are widely credited for not only having laid the foundation for metallic hardcore, but having continually defined the genre and influencing bands such as Converge, Hatebreed, and Rise and Fall, to name a few. Now over 20 years active in the music and art world, Dwid Hellion give our readers an inside look into his current influences and works, life in Belgium, and he ...

Exclusive with Ryan Taylor Co-Founder of Maryland DeathFest

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
Maryland Death Fest 2010 For most fans of extreme music, The Maryland DeathFest is a summer metal party that needs no introduction. Since its in inception in 2003, The Maryland DeathFest has drawn in some of the most legendary bands from around the globe. The support for the fest is immense, with concertgoers that fly in from over two dozen countries and a band line-up that is equally as diverse. This year's line-up promises to continue the Maryland DeathFest's legacy as the premiere metal fest in the US. MDF Co-Founder, Ryan Taylor has taken time out of his incredibly busy schedule to give Blow The Scene readers ...

Mike Sniper of Blank Dogs Exclusive with BTS

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Mike Sniper Blank Dogs Mike Sniper is the man behind Blank Dogs. I met up with Mike before a home turf performance at “weird night”(May 12,2010) in New York City and he told me all about what is going on in the scene today and why and how he is able to produce so much music. Sniper is a true musician with a vision in a world of copycats and kids that just want to be in bands. Jane: So, you are playing NY Eye and Ear Fest. Are you excited with the New York scene right now? It’s pretty cool that there can be ...

Into The Mind of Stephen Tompkins

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Stephen TompkinsStephen Tompkins For our readers who may be hiding under an artistic rock, how would you answer, “Who is Stephen Tompkins?”, in a paragraph or less? Hey. Come out from under that rock. My name is Stephen Tompkins. I create. How would you best describe your style of art? Cartoon limbo, cartoon explosions, complex synchronic visceral experience. Eye candy. Explain your philosophy behind creating multiplicities. In a very brief nutshell...and I promise this is the longest answer of the interview...I don’t like the idea of just creating a static subject or presence. Right now I'm focused on the way absence and negative aspects of spatial arrangements as well as multiple partialities ...