-Review- ODD - Last Gear EP

Rome, Italy based experimental rock band ODD gets their "Last Gear" EP reviewed. Check out our take below.

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From: Rome, Italy
Sounds like: Experimental Rock



This EP is a 2014 release from Italian experimental post rock band ODD. "Paku The First" opens up the EP with an almost interstellar sound. Sound clips of soon follow along with a somber buildup of instrumentation. When the song finally climaxes it feels like a rush of energy that brings to mind Pink Floyd. "Paku Noir" utilizes vocals for the first time on the EP. It's a solid rock track that compliments the previous moody track very well. "Paku gODD" brings back the atmospheric tones to the forefront. The track is outstanding in its nature and could only be compared to the greatness of early Tool. "A man" is another spectacular track that encompasses tremendous instrumentation. The track will move you in all the right places. "Last Gear (Movement I) - Bottom Of The Hole (Movement II)" is the last track on the EP. The track is the longest track on the EP at a time of almost eight and a half minutes. The Tool influence is in high supply on the track. This track and EP has to be heard to be believed. It's THAT gOOD!

Verdict:
ODD are a band that stretches the imagination of experimental rock listeners. What is contained in this EP is nothing short of magical. This is a perfect EP to sit back and enjoy the ride.

-Interview- ODD (6/15/15)

Rome, Italy experimental rock band ODD gets interviewed and talks about their formation, the Italian music scenes and their upcoming plans. Read more below.

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www.facebook.com/oddprofile
From: Rome, Italy
Sounds like: Experimental Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “ODD” and is there any meaning behind it?

We started to play together as a Pink Floyd Tribute band in 2012. This period helped us to being more confident with big soundscapes and helped us to learn how to create stuff like that. Our first name was "Prisma's Theory". After that we start to create our music with other influences, putting in a more modern sound that draws inspiration from post progressive band as Porcupine Tree or Tool, post rock, ambient, EDM and other trippy things. The name ODD comes from the double soul of our music: we are 'odd', strange and non-conformist and we love "odd" time signature. That's all.


2. What do you want you listeners to take away from your music?

We always try to create soundscapes, making our listeners 'high'. We are not interested in making people happy, carefree or antisocial. Our listeners must be completely overwhelmed by our music. No compromise, only us, our music, people and emotions.


3. What can people expect from your upcoming music? How's it different than the "Last Gear" EP?

We are working on new stuff. Our soul is always the same. We are trying to simplify our songs. Less metrical complexity in order to improve our soundscapes. We are giving more space to electronic solutions and voices. Next work will be more mature and emotional. Less 'progressive' and psychedelic than Last Gear.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

Our live shows are always very intense. It can't be definied as 'funny'. As we said before, we don't make people dance happily. Our stage is always surrounded by smoke and light and our music has a very high output. Our shows are very emotional. Our fans have always goosebumps and this is what we want.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Our dream is to share the stage with mister Steven Wilson. But we appreciate every artists that share our thoughts about music. Opeth, Mogwai, 65daysofstatic are bands that offer STUNNING live shows.


6. Any crazy show stories?

We always try to be professional, limiting bizarre stories. But something funny can happen sometimes, as the time when at the end of our last song, the synthetizer falls down from his support. It was funny... perhaps...


7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

We think music is art, and so it is developing constantly. Nowadays there are a lot of technologies that can be applied in the process of composition and help musicians in a great number of ways. Rock reaches a higher point every year. Art can't be static and can't be worst of the past.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Italy both locally and country wide?

In this period Indie music represents the most trending scene. But there are a lot of bands that makes different music in an amazing way. We believe that the "post" scene is gaining more consensus and in a couple of years it can be a milestone of Italian music.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

As musicians we think that people must pay for music, buying Cds, vinyl or download it after payment, and we do it. But, in other hands, downloading music in an illegal way is very simple nowadays and is absolutely impossible do not do it. Everyone is free to do what he thinks to be honest and right. If a person want to help the artist he will pay for his stuff. And that's all.


10. What’s next for ODD?

We hope to play a lot of shows in Italy and other country. And we are going to record our second EP.


11. Any shoutouts?

Everyone.

-Interview- No Cigar (6/12/15)

Billings, MT rock band No Cigar gets interviewed and talks about their start with music, crazy show stories and their upcoming plans. Read more below.

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www.facebook.com/nocigarus
From: Billings, MT
Sounds like: Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “No Cigar” and is there any meaning behind it?

Chris - We've all been playing music since high school. Our sound is a result of the collaboration between our musical backgrounds. We're all songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, which keeps things fun. Nick thought of the name No Cigar.

Zach - I was classically trained in piano and some woodwind instruments starting in 4th grade. I gave up on that stuff when it stopped being fulfilling for me. I learned how to play guitar from reading tabs and playing by ear, starting around… I think it was somewhere between 7th or 9th grade. I’ve almost forgotten how to read music now, which is fine with me. I probably developed most of “my sound” from attempting to emulate bands I was listening to at the time, and still am. Mostly Alkaline Trio, Bayside, Blink 182, and shit like that. Nick totally stole the band name from a Millencolin song. I think.

Nick - I started playing the snare drum in 5th grade & got my first pawn shop drum set between the 7th and 8th grade. I played in bands and started promoting shows all through high-school, afterwards I moved to Wyoming to play in a punk rock band called The-Front. After that I spent a year in Phoenix, playing with a few different groups. In late 2007 I got a call from a mutual friend of the Photo Atlas saying they needed a drummer to finish out a month of touring. I learned the material and hopped on a plane 2 days later to meet them at the Cincinnati airport I think. After that month of touring I returned home and instantly uprooted again to move to Denver. I spent 3 more years recording and touring with the Photo Atlas. I’ve always put playing music in front of anything else like school, or a good career. Eventually though it just became too much and I simply couldn’t find enough part-time work to feed myself and support my most basic needs while on tour or even between tours. I ended up moving back to Billings, MT in 2011 with a deep desire to start over. I started playing more guitar, writing songs, and learning how to record. The name No Cigar is indeed a great Millencolin song.


2. What do you want you listeners to take away from your music?

Chris - I just hope that people find something they can relate to.

Zach - I want people to understand the genuine nature of our songs. The subject matter may not be super deep, but it’s definitely down to earth which is what I want people to appreciate.

Nick - Some of our songs can be taken very literally, but a lot of them can definitely be interpreted in different ways. As long as a few people can listen and relate, that’s more than I could ask for.


3. How has the response to the new single "I-90 West" been thus far?

Chris - It seems like people like it. We've had a lot of positive feedback on our lyric video.

Zach - My mom didn’t like how often the word “fucking” is used.

Nick - It has been received well. Backing up the song with a well-crafted lyric video definitely gets people’s interest more so than just releasing the song itself.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

Chris - An intense rock show. Lots of jumping around and loud guitars.

Zach - One thing you better not see is Nick contacting me in any physical way, he’s only allowed to run into Chris. I do my best to look like an idiot. And stare at Colton. And keep Nick from “accidentally” hooking my cables and unplugging them.

Nick - I like to kick Zach.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Chris - That's a tough one.

Zach - In a fantasy world? I would say A Wilhelm Scream, A Wilhelm Scream and probably A Wilhelm Scream.

Nick - Anyone on Riot Fest.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Chris - I was elbow dropped on stage once.

Zach - Oh man, one time, here in our hometown, we were about to play our last song and a really drunk guy in the crowd (who was one of the bartenders at the venue we were playing, but was off the clock) started yelling at Nick that we all needed to turn down because we were too loud and the bartenders that were working couldn’t take drink orders. Nick was all upset and shit and they yelled back and forth for a few seconds and then Nick runs over to his amp and just fucking cranks the master all the way up. Then he yells “Turn down for what?!” I have no idea what the main mix sounded like, but his amp was already too loud on stage, in my opinion, which is the usual case. Anyway, we start playing the song (finally) and a minute into it Nick’s girlfriend is up against the stage trying to get his attention, I think trying to tell him about how upset the off-the-clock bartender is, and Nick’s trying to ignore it and keep playing and his guitar is wayyy too fucking loud and I think he was so upset and distracted that he forgot the words for a second. All of a sudden he just stops playing, throws his guitar on the ground and says something like “Fuck it, we’re done, see you guys at our next show. Fuck this and so on…” And...The rest of us are just stunned. We still weren’t exactly sure what was going on and why Nick was so upset. So I just kinda shrugged at the folks in the crowd and took my stuff off the stage. Turns out the off-the-clock bartender guy and Nick were both friends, but both were really drunk. Or something. And they just got mad at each other. Five minutes after Nick threw his guitar on the ground everything was fine. It’s a really lame end to what could’ve been a much better story.

Nick - Socorro, NM. The show was booked via a third party. All we knew was that we had guaranteed beer and pizza. What we didn’t know was that there was no sound system and we were expected to cover 2 to 3 hours worth of time although there were no other bands. After asking all the bartenders if they knew anyone we could call with a PA to no avail, we decided to run vocals through a spare guitar amp. We played two sets, having to teach each other/learn some cover songs in between sets outside where it was quiet enough to hear an electric guitar without amplification. By the time we asked for our pizza, we were told the kitchen closed at 10. One guy wouldn’t stop yelling “La Bamba” all night long. He actually bought some merch after our two grueling sets. We still refer to that guy as La Bamba. We packed up, and had to drive overnight to Houston. Next thing I remember is being awoken around 6am as we pulled into a US Customs checkpoint, that’s a whole other story. Don’t mess with Texas. We somehow made it to Houston just in time to load onto stage and have the sound guy buy us a round of beers. Houston was awesome, and there were tons of excited kids there.


7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

Chris - Music as a whole has changed drastically in the last decade. People are downloading instead of buying CDs and it's easier than ever for an independent band to get their music out there. Rock is not dead.

Zach - If I’m being honest, I have no take on the current state of rock. I don’t actually listen to much music. I’m a cynic so I pretty much assume most bands that I hear about through mainstream media are shit. And I don’t go out of my way to find other music. So yeah.

Nick - I feel like rock isn’t as big as it use to be, and most of the mainstream rock bands are just regurgitating riffs and hooks. I’ve always believed that any good band needs passion in their lyrics, as well as the music to back it up. Rock will never die because there will always be hordes of passionate musicians and fans of passionate music in this world.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in Montana both locally and state-wide?

Chris - Billings, MT has really begun to develop a very strong music scene. You can go to a show any night of the week here. It is tough for bands to get out. We are like an island surrounded by land. The closest metropolitan area is 8 hours away (Denver).

Zach - I agree with Chris mostly. There is a decent “scene” here, but it’s really only in one part of the town. It’s almost all exclusively 21+ as far as I know. Locally, I’d love to see some sort of well-received all ages venue that’s as active and frequented as the 21+ places. Statewide, I have no idea. When it comes to “rock” or punk music, I assume that most of the bigger cities in the state are similar to Billings. I noticed “more” local music in Missoula when I was going to school there for five years, but the diversity and feel of the scenes there didn’t seem far removed from what I’ve experienced in Billings and other cities in the state.

Nick - It used to be that when a great band or tour came through Montana they would play Billings, Bozeman, Missoula, or nowhere. Quite often the ladder, not playing MT, but rather stopping at Denny’s on their way through was very common. Nowadays it seems like tours are hitting at least two spots in the state if not more. Billings seems to have something going on at multiple venues almost every night.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Colton - I think the world of legal downloads (itunes) has taken away from the connection the listener would receive. There is no better feeling than searching high and low for a record that means a lot to you and having that bond with it. Music should be a beautiful experience in many different ways. As far as illegally downloading goes, we’ve all done it. If you illegally download something at least buy a t-shirt or go to a show and show the true support for the artist at hand. If someone illegally downloaded our stuff, more power to you. I hope you enjoy the record.

Zach - What Colton said. Buy what you want and don’t be a dick. If you’re just in it for free shit, that’s pretty lame.

Nick - The illegal downloaders are just more potential fans. I’ve tried looking our stuff up on bit-torrent sites. It doesn’t seem to be there yet, but hopefully one day. Haha. Maybe I’ll start the seed. Basically, artists need higher percentages from streaming sites like Spotify, or we just need to start cutting out the middle men altogether.


10. What’s next for No Cigar?

Chris - Tour in September!

Zach - Bothering Chris while on tour in September.

Nick - We are playing a music festival in Denver on July 25th called the Denver Underground Music Showcase, or UMS for short. We have quite a few local shows coming up and we’re currently booking our fall tour to the West Coast. Besides shows, we have a lot of new music coming out. Our song “I-90 West” will be featured on Rise Or Die Record’s Unveiling The Underground 50 Bands from 50 States compilation CD. 5000 copies will be passed out at 25 separate Warped Tour dates.


11. Any shoutouts?

Chris - I'd like to say hi to my cat Oni.

Zach - Chris’s cat Oni.

Nick - Anyone who reads this interview. Rock on.

-Interview- Makeshift Milestone (6/9/15)

Rochelle, GA rock band Makeshift Milestone gets interviewed and talks about their "Better Days" single, rock music and their upcoming plans. Read more below.

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From: Rochelle, GA
Sounds like: Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Makeshift Milestone” and is there any meaning behind it?

Our music evolved as the participants who were creating it learned and changed with the surroundings and circumstances. We are a band that grew out of another band formed of the exact same members. We decided that our music had outgrown our previous habitat, in short we remodeled. Makeshift Milestone was really just that, we threw around a few dozen names for our new project and nothing stuck until we realized we were at a milestone in our music path, but it wasn't where we wanted to stay....hence Makeshift Milestone.


2. What do you want you listeners to take away from your music? How is it different than your previous sound as Double Run?

This time around, as opposed to Double Run, We are more decisive in the music making process, this is not to say we are choking the creative atmosphere, we are letting it free in a more controlled environment. We would like for our fans not to just understand the words in our songs, but feel the songs themselves as if the lyrics were not even there. We write every melody so it could stand on its own. Lyrics/vocal melody are another interpretation entirely.


3. How has the response to the new single "Better Days" been thus far?

"Better Days" has been widely accepted by our fans as our new sound, and we get good vibes from new listeners. This is exciting because all of the songs from the coming Ep lay inside that realm. We took great care in structure this time around. It has already been featured on the Savannah, Ga Rock 106.1 Station's show entitled "Underexposed". We are fortunate to have such awesome friends and fans who support us.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

Live shows are to be jam packed with energy as always. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to live performance, it is protocol to leave 150% on any stage we happen to be performing on, no matter what the crowd size is.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

While our influences as individuals sway across many genres, our writing always lands back at Rock and Roll. Three bands who would be awesome to tour with would be: Queens of the Stone Age, Alter Bridge , Avenged Sevenfold.


6. Any crazy show stories?

We loaded the trailer one night/morning after a show. I guess we were in such a rush to leave all four of us failed to latch the door. SWR Bass cabinets are VERY tough.


7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

Rock is timeless....Having said that, it is about time for a National//Global rock revival.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Georgia both locally and state wide?

Locally and State wide, playing a rock show in Georgia has been an interesting adventure, We kept finding places to play as Double Run, and hope to as well when we hit the road as Makeshift Milestone.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

We literally fight this battle everyday as Double Run, so much in fact, we almost decided to just give the Makeshift Milestone Ep away.


10. What’s next for Makeshift Milestone?

Makeshift Milestone is a fresh idea with more talent and experience than we've ever had before. The future will be fun to explore.


11. Any shoutouts?

Shout out to all those fans who KEEP coming to shows and participating on social media sites, and our websites, if not for you all we wouldn't have the hope to continue. We also would like to thank Dollhouse Productions of Savannah, Peter and Blake are amazing people. There are many many people who have helped us on a personal level and they know who they are.

No Cigar Release "I-90 West" Lyric Video

Billings, MT rock band No Cigar recently released a lyric video for their "I-90 West" single. Watch and listen below.

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www.facebook.com/nocigarus
From: Billings, MT
Sounds like: Rock




Makeshift Milestone Release "Better Days" Lyric Video

Rochelle, GA rock band Makeshift Milestone recently released a lyric video for their "Better Days" single. Watch and listen below.

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www.facebook.com/makeshiftmilestone
From: Rochelle, GA
Sounds like: Rock




-Review- Fragments Of Existence - "The Theorist" EP

Bloomsburg, PA based hardcore/deathcore band Fragments Of Existence gets their "The Theorist" EP reviewed. Check out our take below.

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From: Bloomsburg, PA
Sounds like: Hardcore/Deathcore



Northeastern PA (NEPA) have had their share of metal and hardcore bands start up and make a name for themselves. While Strength For A Reason, Wisdom In Chains and Mushmouth have all kept the scene going throughout the years, Fragments Of Existence is ready to grab the torch and set it off with their style of death metal laced with down tempo hardcore. "Breaching The Illusion" kicks things off with a death metal type opening breakdown which will open up the floor and get the circle pits started. The track sways into Six Feet Under territory before expanding into ferocious Black Dahlia Murder range. "Aphotic Damnation" smashes the listener right away and gets things jacked up. The tempo is fierce and really showcases their true potential. The sound and track open up and devastate everything in its path. "Abstracted Intentions" is the closing track and keeps things at a high clip. The time changes throughout might lead into Blood Has Been Shed or A Life Once Lost comparisons but Fragments Of Existence really make the track shine. The breakdown near the end of the track is something to hear. They close out the track with a slow breakdown that will get the dancers moving.

Verdict:
The EP only consists of three tracks but the sheer intensity of the track blows the doors off the standards of a short EP. Northeastern PA (and the metal/hardcore scene in general) have another winner on their hands in the blistering death metal sounds of Fragments Of Existence.

Sonnder Release "Along The Way (I've Been Alive)" Single

Philadelphia, PA indie rock band Sonnder recently released their "Along The Way (I've Been Alive)" single. Listen below.
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www.facebook.com/sonndermusic
From: Philadelphia, PA
Sounds like: Indie Rock




Fragments Of Existence Release "The Theorist" EP

Bloomsburg, PA based hardcore/deathcore band Fragments Of Existence recently released their "The Theorist" EP. Listen below.

www.facebook.com/fragmentsPA
www.facebook.com/fragmentsPA
From: Bloomsburg, PA
Sounds like: Hardcore/Deathcore



-Interview- Bedpan Fight (5/26/15)

Brooklyn, NY punk band Bedpan Fight gets interviewed and talks about their start with music, the NY music scene and upcoming plans. Check it out below.

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www.facebook.com/bedpanfight
From: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds like: Punk Rock



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Bedpan Fight” and is there any meaning behind it?

BB: I started playing piano at age 5, and picked up guitar, drums, and vocals along the way! Today, I run a Music/Audio Production company based out of Brooklyn called If And Only If Productions, serving local bands, film makers, and voice actors. Our sound developed from just the right jumbling of beer, weed, and depression; and our desire to bring back some good ol' 90's melodic punk! I think Tim's friend Ryan from Go Gadget Go came up with "Bedpan Fight," but I still don't believe him.

Doc: I started fucking around on guitar at 15 and bass at 17 because hooray for punk rock, but I didn't really start to pretend to practice seriously until, like, last year. I think Babs' version of how we develop our sound is pretty spot on. It also helps that we're terrible people. I don't remember who came up with Bedpan Fight, it was already a potential name by the time I joined. Personally, I like to tell people that Bedpan Fight means whatever you want it to mean, but usually think of it as two anthropomorphic bedpans going at each other with switchblades.

TS: I got started with music singing Simon and Garfunkel songs with my Mom between tricks in the alley behind our house.

Beatz: I started playing when I bought my own drum set used in Sam Ash when I was 13 with the money I earned cleaning chimneys with my father. I started learning how to play by watching instructional VHS tapes and developed my fast punk playing by joining my cousins thrash/hardcore punk band named ASSRAMMED out in Valley Stream, Long Island. Band names really don't mean much to me, the music and the attitude does.


2. What do you want your listeners to take away from your music?

BB: Don't always take yourself too seriously and/or "Jesus Christ, I'm so in the mood for a chorizo burrito right now".

Doc: That they should buy us drinks and that you're never too educated to act like an idiot. Also, "My goodness, the Doctor is quite a stud." in the case of listeners who are queer ladies.

TS: We have so much fun doing this and we want people to sing along and have as good a time as we are.

Beatz: I want people to say "damn that drummer can play, I wonder if he'll eat cookies off my nipples?" The answer is YES.


3. You guys recently shot a video for the track "Final Breakdown", how did that go?

BB: We just got the rough cut back from our Director Jon Mittiga, and it's looking good!

Doc: That was so much fun. I do love an excuse to drink out on the street in the early afternoon. All of us were laughing and cracking jokes the whole time. I thought I was gonna fucking die when we shot Tim's scene. Didn't take that long either.

TS: It was a day of belly laughs for sure.

Beatz: I originally wasn't going to be in the video because I was on tour with another band at the time of the first shoot date, but they ended up doing a seconds day and I was able to be there to sit in a chair and laugh at Tim.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

BB: Sex, Male nudity, punk rock, and gin.

Doc: Abortion jokes, lots of references to fucking, and surprisingly good harmonies from a pack of aggressively silly morons.

TS: And sometimes a free kazoo.

Beatz: Fast, loud, and fun/funny music and jokes. It's kind of like a live band stand-up comedy routine but I sometimes show dong.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

BB: The Queers, Screeching Weasel, and Lagwagon?

Doc: The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Tied For Last, and Koffin Kats.

TS: The Sheckies, Tied for Last, and the Bloody Muffs (and Go Gadget Go).

Beatz: Blink 182, Sum 41, Rancid, the Transplants, the Exploited, the Casualties, Midnight Mob, Annie Activator, The Murder Junkies, and Iggy Pop.


6. Any crazy show stories?

BB: Did an unspecified substance with Mark from Guttermouth when we opened for them lol.

Doc: Once we got heckled by a guy that looked exactly like a young Johnny Ramone. That was pretty freaking surreal. I don't remember all that many of our shows too clearly, if ya get me.

TS: That was me Doc and I look about as much like Joey Ramone as you do.

Beatz: I'm not the original drummer so I've only played about 4 shows so far. Ask me again after 10 shows.


7. What’s your take on the current state of punk?

BB: There are a lot of interesting new bands popping up with the "post" label attached to them (e.g. post-hardcore, post-punk), which have a heavier feel about them (something that I actually do like). I think with the right pushes, classic punk rock as we knew it can be brought back into the light.

Doc: There's so much amazing music being made by so many bands all over the world right now. Punk is doing just fine, you just gotta look for it. Also, bands really, REALLY need to do more to put themselves out there. It's super fucking frustrating when I see an awesome band and then it turns out that they don't keep people updated on their future gigs, don't record ever, don't have merch, don't have any gig footage, and don't engage with fans and potential fans. If your band is functionally invisible the second your set is over, then you're not actually doing very much for the scene.

Beatz: There's current punk?! I thought we were it....


8. What’s the current music scene like there in New York both locally and state wide?

BB: This is a very interesting question. It seems that since there are a billion bands trying to make a name for themselves in big cities across the country, we lose sight of the multitude of show-going communities in small towns. In NYC, you must develop your following and keep them interested, as there are many other options for entertainment each night. When we've played in Port Jervis, NY for example, there's always a built-in crowd!

Doc: Super fucking competitive in NYC. Not only are there a billion bands, there's a billion places that have live music on a given night. You have to be memorable if you want people to come see you specifically. The crowds are a pretty mixed bag, but I wouldn't say we've ever had a "bad" crowd. Tiny, sure, but there's so much other shit to do that the people who come out for a show are there because they want to be. I haven't hit a gig in New York that wasn't in NYC for about the past 4ish years, so I can't really answer the second question. The bands that come to us from Long Island and upstate are generally pretty good but I dunno what their scenes are like.

TS: Punk isn't dead.

Beatz: The Long Island original rock scene is terrible. It's oversaturated with really shitty metal bands and pay to play venues. NYC is better but they don't like to pay good bands for live music because there are so many bands that suck and are willing to play for free.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

BB: Illegal music downloading doesn't allow for the band to collect residuals due to them. A happy(ish) medium to this lately has been Spotify. Although bands actually make a fraction of the royalties they would otherwise, Spotify allows the user to create comprehensive playlists of the music they like based on one song or album!

Doc: Eh, I kinda have mixed feelings about it. I've pirated too much shit in my day to say that I'm opposed to downloading music illegally, but I don't think you can call yourself a fan of a band or artists if you've jacked their shit and done fuck all to support them. My pirating was always try before you buy. At least come out for a gig or buy a shirt or whatever. I think a lot of non-musicians don't really realize how much time, energy, and cash goes into making music. Honestly though, I'd rather have someone steal my music than have some greedy asshole pay me a third of a penny for each song play and ten cents per album sale. Yeah, I'm getting fucked either way, but the first person is at least telling me that I'm pretty first.

TS: I'd give our music away if I could.

Beatz: With the invention on the internet and YouTube music is like porn....free. If you're a popular touring band you'll make your money selling out live shows and selling merch.


10. What’s next for Bedpan Fight?

BB: Record a full length album at If And Only If Productions, Inc. and get a tour going!

Doc: Yup, what Babs said. Hopefully, the bass lines will be recorded by August. Unfortunately, my involvement in the band will have to be greatly reduced after that because I have to move to Atlanta to start earning a PhD. Hopefully, I can still come up and play a gig from time to time.

TS: Ditto.

Beatz: New verses by me in some songs and plenty of fights with bedpans.


11. Any shoutouts?

BB: Haters, Doubters, and your mom.

Doc: Tied For Last, The Bloody Muffs, Gorgeous Ladies of Blood Wrestling, Annie Activator, The Violence, and Caroleen on The Scene for being awesome people, Otto's Shrunken Head for being an awesome bar, End Transmission Games for giving us a shout out in Psionics and being mad supportive of my involvement in Bedpan Fight, and myself for being a studly, brilliant, female Adonis/Casanova hybrid.

TS: Hey Mom! You won't have to pull tricks anymore. I'm gonna be famous!

Beatz: My lovely supportive parents, Jesus Christ, Annie Activator, and all the fans that come out every night to support and keep the scene alive.

-Interview- Without A Hobby (5/25/15)

Clemmons, NC metalcore band Without A Hobby gets interviewed and talks about the meaning of their name, their new material and upcoming plans. Check it out below.

www.facebook.com/withoutahobby
www.facebook.com/withoutahobby
From: Clemmons, NC
Sounds like: Metalcore



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Without A Hobby” and is there any meaning behind it?

We got started with our music at a young age. Me (Andrew) and Bryant knew each other since Middle School and have been playing since then developing our sound as we grew up along with the other members when they joined.
The person who thought of the name was our past bassist Phil Sandoval. Though Without A Hobby doesn't sound like anything too special it has a deep and personal meaning to each member of the band. We had a band mate named Matt Hobby who was our vocalist back in 2011. He passed away whilst in the band. He had a dream of playing music for a living and we wanted to honor that. That's why we call ourselves Without A Hobby. Though we are without Matt, the name is also are reminder of where we came from and why we are here playing music.


2. What do you want you listeners to take away from your music?

We hope that people see that there's a reason for everything. We write about a whole lot of different stuff, we just hope you take what we write to cause you to think.


3. What can people expect from your upcoming music? How's it different than "God's Machine"?

With our up coming materially we are going to be going for heavier and also a more thrash vibe to it. We are all influenced by bands like Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer and we love the energy it sets off. Our new single "La Muerte Del Diablo" is the tip of the iceberg of what is to come!


4. What can people expect from your live show?

From our live shows you can expect high energy, big bass booms and with the right crowd, some moshing! We are always trying to up our live performance to bring a good show to everyone who comes out!


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Three bands we’d like to tour with are Meshuggah, Metallica, and Chelsea Grin.


6. Any crazy show stories?

We were playing at a high school talent show and people started jumping around on stage and unplugged some important things so all there was, was bass and drums for the last part of the song.


7. What’s your take on the current state of metalcore?

If metalcore bands would look up to Breakdown of Sanity and Oceans Ate Alaska (their new stuff) and bands like them, I think we'd see more progression in the metalcore scene right now. Except for a few, it seems they over use a lot of stuff. That's why we are trying to branch off of metalcore a little.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the North Carolina both locally and state wide?

The music scene in NC is awesome! The local bands are supportive and generally care about other bands which is nice. A scene that is jealous and at each others throat fails.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

As for illegal downloading I can't say don't do it cause we’ve all done it and that's hypocritical. But if you have money, buy from bands and support the best you can.


10. What’s next for Without A Hobby?

Up next for WOAH is branching out to other places with our music, that means more tours and shows to get us out there!


11. Any shoutouts?

A giant shout out to Shivas Destruction (Band)! Best guys around. A shout out to Deitra Harrison for practice space and food! And lastly for Ryan Reedy. He's recorded all our stuff. Really great guy and amazing musician/producer.

-Interview- Fragments Of Existence (5/23/15)

Bloomsburg, PA based hardcore/deathcore band Fragments Of Existence gets interviewed and talks about their start in music, the local music scene and upcoming plans. Check it out below.

www.facebook.com/fragmentsPA
www.facebook.com/fragmentsPA
From: Bloomsburg, PA
Sounds like: Hardcore/Deathcore



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Fragments Of Existence” and is there any meaning behind it?

All of us in the band have been in previous projects in the past as well playing musical instruments over 10+ years, Brian and Joey (guitarist and drummer) have established the sound from similar interests in many different bands. Joey came up with the name and it has a very deep meaning behind it. it is the center piece for the band itself. We took our interests in different bands from various genres and try to blend them with our style of hardcore/death core sound.


2. What do you want your listeners to take away from your music?

We use music as a means of creating art and being able to be yourself without judgment. Its the best way we all can express ourselves and we want our listeners to feel the same way. Create goals for yourself musically and strive for those goals.


3. What can people expect from your upcoming "The Theorist" EP? How did the cover art come about?

They can expect brutal drumming and catchy melodic guitar riffs with an evil sounding vocal style. It basically depicts the rebellion of a tyrannical government and civilians rising up against their oppressors. The idea came about when one of our friends wanted to make us a cover art and we pretty much came up with the idea on the spot.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

People can expect a lot from a Fragments of Existence show. You will witness synchronized headbanging with mosh pit dancing. The energy this band brings to a stage is enough adrenaline to bring down a elephant.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

These would be the absolute best bands any could share a stage with; Thy Art Is Murder, Volumes, and Barrier.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Our last show we had which was May 16th 2015 at Reverb in Reading, PA. It was the first time all of us in the band have ever been to the venue. Both Brian and Colby stayed up all night previous and still stayed awake in the car, the whole 2 hour drive down there and played the set. we stuck around for a couple bands that followed up after us and then we decided to hit the road home. About a hour and half into the ride home we were coming up over the mountain when a guy in a Mitsubishi eclipse wanted to try and fly around the Jeep. When he finally passed us and swerved over into our lane, he ended up fishtailing and almost put his car into the rock wall beside us.


7. What’s your take on the current state of death core?

There is just too much potential and not enough means for success. Over the years it is getting increasingly harder to get recognized as well as being labeled a "successful" band.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Pennsylvania both locally and state wide?

For us locally the scene is dead and has been for over 5 years now. We're located 2 hours away from places such as Allentown, Reading, and Philly. In the bands hometown there used to be a venue called Phillips Emporium on Main St. Every single weekend there was show going on and plenty of different bands coming in, even national bands. Over time the music scene for heavy music in our local area died off and is now a thing of the past. State wide I can imagine that the metal scene is doing alright. The band normally tends to play at the Croc Rock and also Reverb in Reading, PA.


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

It doesn't bother the band about either or just for the simple fact of, "hey you don't have enough money to purchase our music then here, its free." We don't care about the money and never formed the band due to the fact of money is all about the music and that's how it stays.


10. What’s next for Fragments Of Existence?

Coming out with a full length album and going on tour.


11. Any shoutouts?

A big shoutout to our guy Jackson Bickle for all the artwork and time spent on us, as well as our producer Keeyan Zimmerman. Spending all the hours he did in the studio with us and in his spare time to mix and master everything. A special shoutout to friends and family who provide us with their support and love for what we've been doing for years!

One Day Waiting Release "Fear Itself" Music Video

Hudson Valley, NY based rock/metal band One Day Waiting recently released a music video for their single "Fear Itself". Watch below.

www.facebook.com/onedaywaiting
www.facebook.com/onedaywaiting
From: Hudson Valley, NY
Sounds like: Rock/Metal



Without A Hobby Release "Le Murte Del Diablo" Single

Clemmons, NC metalcore band Without A Hobby recently released their single "Le Murte Del Diablo". Listen below.

www.facebook.com/withoutahobby
www.facebook.com/withoutahobby
From: Clemmons, NC
Sounds like: Metalcore



Alice Sweet Alice Release "Human Debris" Single

Kansas City, MO rock band Alice Sweet Alice recently released their single "Human Debris". Listen below.

www.facebook.com/alicesweetalice
www.facebook.com/alicesweetalice
From: Kansas City, MO
Sounds like: Rock



In Your Memory & Backslashes And Bad Ideas Announce "How I Met Your Girlfriend" Tour

From The Depths Entertainment​ is proud to announce the "How I Met Your Girlfriend" Tour featuring In Your Memory​ and Backslashes and Bad Ideas​. It’s Summer and you know what that means. Washington, DC tour warriors In Your Memory are coming to your town. They are bringing their jazz infused post hardcore/punk rock hybrid sound to a town near you in support of their 2014 critically acclaimed “Reflections” EP which spawned the ultra catchy single “Layers Of Lies”. This 2015 summer tour is also the unveiling of their new cover song “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” off of the classic Disney “Mulan” soundtrack. Coming along for the trek with In Your Memory is Imminence Records artist Backslashes And Bad Ideas. Hailing from Staten Island, NY they blend a fierce combination of indie rock, pop punk and emo into a melting pot which draws comparisons to Taking Back Sunday, Brand New and The Story So Far. This is a genre bending tour you do not want to miss! Big thanks to the other tour sponsors New Noise Magazine​, Imminence Records​, Duck Lights​, Dominion Collective​, Kiss The Concrete​, Plugged In Promotions​, idobi Radio​ and more in helping to make this happen!

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6/7/15 -­ Ottobar ­- Baltimore, MD
6/12/15 - Brokedown Palace ­- Harrisonburg, VA
6/13/15 - Hook Up Cafe ­- Virginia Beach, VA
6/14/15 - Reggie’s 42nd St. Tavern ­- Wilmington, NC
6/16/15 - Jack Rabbits ­- Jacksonville, FL
6/17/15 ­- The Brass Mug ­- Tampa, FL
6/18/15 -­ Uncle Lou’s ­- Orlando, FL
6/19/15 ­- Midtown Speakeasy ­- Tallahassee, FL
6/20/15 - The Plughouse (Stay True Fest) ­- Columbus, GA
6/21/15 - Parkway Arts Center - Salyersville, KY
6/23/15 - The Ritz ­- Detroit, MI
6/24/15 - The Foundry ­- Cleveland, OH
6/25/15 - Howlers ­- Pittsburgh, PA
6/26/15 - Kung Fu Necktie ­- Philadelphia, PA
6/27/15 - Par Glass House (Yardstock III) ­- Shickshinny, PA



-Review- Without A Hobby - "God's Machine"

Clemmons, NC based metalcore band Without A Hobby gets their "God's Machine" album reviewed. Check out our take below.

www.facebook.com/withoutahobby
www.facebook.com/withoutahobby
From: Clemmons, NC
Sounds like: Metalcore



Without A Hobby is a band from Clemmons, NC that released this "God's Machine" album back in 2014. 2015 proves to be a big year for them as new music is on the horizon. Before setting into new music, let's look back and listen to their previous album "God's Machine". "Freedom: A New Form Of Slavery" is an intro track that features an audio snippet of George Bush's speech alongside a breakdown. "Their Lies Become Truth" features Adam Cody from Wretched and continues the breakdown from the previous track and builds on top of it. It devastates everything in its path with its deathcore influence. There's an early Emmure and early Bring Me The Horizon feel to the track. It's outstanding and never lets up. "Havoc" is a brutal track that is more of a metalcore type track. There's even clean singing near the end that really sets it apart from the previous tracks. "Broken Soul" opens with a crushing breakdown that is sure to give someone whiplash. The clean singing comes back in way of the chorus and has a touch of Sea Of Treachery to the track. It's probably the most melodic track on the album. "10/4" takes things down a notch into pop rock territory with a slower more intimate track. It shows off a different side of the band and shows their depth. "Rise" takes things back up to its melodic metalcore influences. It's upbeat while still catering to slower breakdown fans. The track takes a turn halfway through into more melodic range as it builds with an soft bridge before destroying everything before it with a huge breakdown. "Reverse Psychology" could be mistaken for a Six Feet Under track with its intensity and sheer brutality. Death metal dominates the track. "God's Machine" is the closing track and really shines. The track is incredible at keeping the energy to a breakneck pace. Shades of Your Demise and early As I Lay Dying are present throughout. The listener will surely crave for more after this track.

Verdict:
Without A Hobby come from such a rich state of metalcore and death metal history in North Carolina that they're ready to carry the torch set forth by their predecessors. This album was their 2014 release and with new music being released very soon, you can be sure that following Without A Hobby should be a must for any death metal and metalcore fan.

-Interview- Bring Backup (5/3/15)

El Reno, OK based pop punk band Bring Backup gets interviewed and talks about their formation, the pop punk scene and upcoming plans. Check it out below.

www.facebook.com/bringbackuprock
www.facebook.com/bringbackuprock
From: El Reno, OK
Sounds like: Pop Punk



-Interview- The Price Of Sanity (4/30/15)

Milwaukee, WI based punk/hardcore band The Price Of Sanity gets interviewed and talks about crazy show stories, the punk/hardcore scene and upcoming plans. Check it out below.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Price-Of-Sanity/1448960985363933
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Price-Of-Sanity/1448960985363933
From: Milwaukee, WI
Sounds like: Punk/Hardcore



1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “The Price Of Sanity” and is there any meaning behind it?

Logan: Luke forgot about and subsequently showed up late to a practice for a local music outlet, he brought Nate with him. I (Logan) was there and invited them to come over to my house to hang out. Nate told me he couldn't due to the fact that he "accidentally" took 8 laxatives (thinking they were ibuprofen) in one day and was having some "issues" (it was a crappy day for him). They came over the next day instead and Luke brought his guitar. We forced a mic into Nate's hand and said, "pretend you're Caleb Shomo." The End. As for the name, Luke shouted it out randomly and it has no meaning at all.


2. What do you want listeners to take away from your new "Re-Evaulation" EP?

Nate: It was the process of moving on and being okay again. So often we think that we cannot move on from a heartbreak, but the whole concept of the album is moving on and finding someone new.


3. What inspired you in the writing process for the "Re-Evaulation" EP?

Nate: Ex-girlfiends, pizza, and Real Friends.

Logan: *Laughs* No, but for real though, we all went through some seriously rough relationship situations during the writing process of this EP. It wasn't unusual for one of us to spend the night on the phone with each other crying it out. So a lot of this EP was written from our own hurts and pains.


4. What can people expect from your live show?

Logan: Nate jumping off of things, lots of energy and the girls hounding Luke for pictures. Band merch, flannels and tank tops, rough mosh pits and rowdy fans. Awesome music and a good time.


5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Luke: The Story So Far.

Nate: Sworn In.

Logan: Touche Amore.


6. Any crazy show stories?

Luke: YES! I got off stage at The Rave in Milwaukee when we opened up for August Burns Red, I was putting away my gear and this girl came up to me and awkwardly asked if I was the guitar player who just got off stage. I turned and said "Yeah", she giggled, snapped a selfie and then kissed me hardcore and ran away. Later, she put some pictures of the show on Facebook, she tagged me in one of them and when I looked at it, I saw that it wasn't me in the picture, but rather our buddy Nick, the frontman of Audacity (another local band that played that night). I was unenthused, but August Burns Red killed it.

Logan: How about the time, at that same show, when during our song 'Malaise' Nate shouted out "Lets see some movement down there" and some dude, stepped into the pit, spin kicked a kid in the face and then got kicked out of the show. Nate turned and looked at me, and the expression on his face was absolutely priceless.


7. What’s your take on the current state of punk/hardcore?

Luke: POP PUNK. The Story so Far is still tearing it up, Real Friends is taking over the world, the dude from State Champs has a good voice, and Knuckle Puck is really just a crappy version of Real Friends, but they're still super dope. So Pop/Punk is still alive and kicking. As for hardcore, Caleb Shomo, that's it.

Logan: As the resident hardcore kid, Id like to answer this question. The new Stick To Your Guns record is awesome, Harm's Way owns the world, basically because they're terrifying. Comeback Kid is still amazing. Touché Amore's split with Self Defense Family is ridiculously incredible and I don't care what anyone says, La Dispute is a hardcore band, and they're the best.


8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Wisconsin both locally and state wide?

Logan: There's like 3 bands that rule the scene Audacity, After Hour Animals and The Russian Sleep Experiment, and as far as I'm concerned the Audacity/After Hour Animals split EP is the best Metalcore of the year. If you don't listen to 'The Silhouette of Her' every day, you're doing life wrong.

Luke: I agree with Logan, the house shows are ridiculous.

(Chanda refused to comment)


9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Logan: We all spend our entire paychecks on vinyl.

Nate: What paycheck?


10. What’s next for The Price Of Sanity?

All: A lot of gigs, new merch and new music. Meeting new people and loving on our fans. We're just gonna keep doing what we're doing and see what happens.


11. Any shoutouts?

Nate: After Hour Animals, We love you.

Luke: Any band who we've ever played music with.

Logan: All of our friends who stand by us and come jam with us at shows. My girlfriend for always supporting me, my parents for letting us take over their house every week and anyone else who ever listened to our music. We love you guys.

-Review- The Price Of Sanity - "Re-Evaluation" EP

Milwaukee, WI based punk/hardcore band The Price Of Sanity gets their "Re-Evaluation" EP reviewed. Check out our take below.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Price-Of-Sanity/1448960985363933
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Price-Of-Sanity/1448960985363933
From: Milwaukee, WI
Sounds like: Punk/Hardcore



The Price Of Sanity is a young band from Milwaukee, WI looking to make a name for themselves in the punk/hardcore scene. This EP is their second EP following their 2014 "Collisons" EP. Let's listen to see how they've improved in that year span. "The Victim Is Now The Gunman" is a haunting first track that has a spoken word opening that then transitions into a more post hardcore vibe. The Bled comes to mind with the ferocity and aggression of the track to round out the track. "Malaise" is a rocking track that has rock tendencies with a dash of hardcore. The track really showcases the true impact of the bands sound. It's a great track and really gets the blood flowing with its devastating breakdowns. "Actalepsy" (live version) is a live track that has a heavy traditional hardcore influence. The fast beatdown style of the track is sure to appease any lover of hardcore music. "Lamentations" is a more melodic post hardcore track that treads into the Brand New area of sound. The track is very easy to listen to and is a real standout on the EP. "Butterflies" brings back the hardcore sound and delves right in to mix it with their style. The clean vocals mixed with the harsh mix together perfectly on the track. "Basorexia" (live version) is another live track. It really shines the brutality of the sound through from their live show quite well. We can only imagine the rumble that the floor was causing on that night. Awesome track to get down to. There's a lot to like on the track. "Re-evaluation (Amaranthine)" is the closing track for the EP. It's an acoustic track that brings to mind Elvis Costello and shows a different side of the band. It's an interesting closer but just shows the depth that the band can go when they want to.

Verdict:
The Price Of Sanity may be a young band but they have a big sound. The way they mesh together punk, hardcore and post hardcore is a real treat for fans of any of those styles.