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1QI: Kid Tsunami, Post Teens, Al Swacker, JEFF The Brotherhood.

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 3:15 p.m.
1QI: Kid Tsunami, Post Teens, Al Swacker, JEFF The Brotherhood.

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Okay, sometimes we miss a day, but it will be four each week.

After our social media followers get the first word, we post a wrap-up here at the site and archive 'em here. This week check out Q&As with Kid Tsunami, Post Teens, Al Swacker and JEFF The Brotherhood.

Kid Tsunami
SPB: What is your primary tour food?
Kid Tsunami: On tour I like to be taken to a yum cha spot....I love the togetherness of a dim sum meal, and I like to compare and find out which is the best one on the planet! So far nothing has beaten my hometown spot, Regal on Roe...but I have lots more traveling to do!
Tony Marquez (Post Teens)
SPB: What is your favorite all-time record (and why)?
Tony: I've never been a person who can truthfully name a "favorite" record because I'm constantly finding new (and old) records that blow my mind. But music has always been important to me. While growing up in Miami (in the mid ‘90s) I came across a bunch of bands that really made a big impact on my life. It's actually a very underrated scene. Here's 5 local Miami 7"s that caught me back then and that I still enjoy quite a bit:AGAINST ALL AUTHORITY / THE PIST - split 7" (the PIST are not from Miami but still great!)CHICKENHEAD - Everything must go 7"FLOOR - s/t 7"LOS CANADIANS - The Kids are Alroot 7"PIN KAI - Greasy Kid Stuff 7"Fuck it, let's make it 6 records.THE CRUMBS - I Fell in Love with an Alien Girl 7"
Al Swacker (DJ, UnMutuals, Devil Baby Freak Show, SVK)
SPB: What is your favorite venue, past or present, to play or attend a show at?
Al: My favorite venue? Wow, not an easy question. I can think of 6 that come to mind right away and each is for different reasons. 
I could say the Pageant in St Louis or the Congress in Chicago because of the amazing treatment. We had our own dressing rooms with free food and beer at both. At the Pageant, they unloaded our gear and tuned our guitars and set up our amps and drums for us. Both of those venues, however, may have only been a great experience because of the headliners we were touring with (i.e. the Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, just to name a couple). My heart, on the other hand belongs to 4 others.
Deluxe in St Louis was very short lived. They had amazing sound, great food, paid well, and the drinks were always discounted. Perhaps if it had more time it would have become my favorite, or maybe I would have become disappointed. 
The Crack Fox in St Louis also ranks very high in my heart. I began booking, playing, and deejaying there (among other jobs) about a month after it opened. It was my own party almost every night of the week and I was never charged for a drink. The owner, Carrie Harris, is an amazing woman who knows how to make her dreams reality. All of the staff at the Crack Fox are like family to me. The sound is a little echoey and there's no room for a back line but the absence of televisions and jukebox add to the fetish-kink ambience. The place radiates sex and you never know what you’re in for, whether it be impromptu nerf gun wars or severed head volleyball. My favorite thing about the Crack Fox, however, is that I met the love of my life there.  
Another venue where I've always felt at home is the Way Out Club also in St Louis. The proprietors, Bob and Sherri, treat the bands very well. It is small and caters to the B-movie fan in all of us. In its early days, at its previous location, it was home to poets and artists and anyone who dared to be original and only had local bands. When it moved to a bigger space, it opened its doors to lesser known, touring bands as well. Alas, the sound system has never been what it could be and the neighborhood where it resides is very risky.  
This brings me to your actual question. After serious thought, weighing the pros and cons and reliving old memories, I would have to say my favorite venue was a small beer-soaked punk rock dive in Seattle called the Lake Union Pub. It was the first place I went to see a show when I moved to Seattle back in 1992. That first night in town I saw 4 bands, and ended up the bass player in one of them before the night was over. Shows were rarely more than a $1 cover and I rarely paid for a beer which is all they served. It was 2 rooms, separated by the bar and neither of them were much larger than the restrooms. There was no house PA and nothing was ever miked but the vocals. There was no stage and the bands took up most of room. I had the pleasure of playing with and seeing some of the greatest bands of all time in that room. Some got big and some fizzled out. It was the peak of the grunge era but you'd never have a clue it even existed at the pub. From rockabilly to grindcore to metal to punk and surf, no 2 bands ever sounded alike and the night was always a party. I got to open for the Gits there. I got to witness the beginnings of Zeke and the Boss Martians there. I got to play with Bristle and Chicken and so many other great bands. Not to mention the occasional barroom brawl with skinheads or random blow jobs from cute punk rock girls in the bathroom. The pub died out in the late ‘90s but has been immortalized in songs by several of the bands that played there, including one that I co-wrote with Lonnie from Bristle. The Lake Union Pub was a true Neverland for punk rock.  
It is such a close call for all of these venues and the decision was truly difficult. Thank you for asking and letting me relive all those amazing memories.  
Jake Orrall (JEFF the Brotherhood)
SPB: What do you like to do on a tour off date?
Jake: Masturbate

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Poison Idea to release new LP next year

Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 5:44 p.m.
Poison Idea to release new LP next year

Portland vets Poison Idea have announced a new studio album is coming in mid-2015, the band's first since Latest Will and Testament, which was released in 2006. The new LP is to be dubbed Confuse & Conquer. It will run 35 minutes and carry 11 songs, released on Southern Lord.

The band is also working on expanded reissues of War All The Time, and Feel The Darkness.

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Bands Code debuts song from new album

Posted Dec. 11, 2014, 10:20 a.m.

London based Code have premiered "dialogue" off their upcoming new album, mut. The new album will be their fourth and is set for a March 10 North American release date on Agonia Records. The last ...

Bands 1QI: American Scarecrows, Brown Brogues, Ghoul, Specialist Subject Records

Posted Dec. 9, 2014, 2:57 p.m.

1QI: American Scarecrows, Brown Brogues, Ghoul, Specialist Subject Records

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Okay, sometimes we miss a day, but it will ...

Bands Banner Pilot names tour guitarist

Posted Dec. 7, 2014, 5:55 p.m.

Banner Pilot names tour guitarist

Banner Pilot - Souvenir

Banner Pilot, who are scheduled ot play at Groezrock 2015 in Belgium, have announced that they wlil be joined by Jeff Matika on the corresponding spring tour. Corey Ayd left the band earlier this year ...

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Bands New Murder By Death next year

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 10:28 a.m. in Bands by Loren

New Murder By Death next year

The seemingly always touring Murder By Death have announced a new record to be released on Feb. 3, 2015. The new album, on Bloodshot Records ...

Big Dark Love track listing:
1. I Shot An Arrow
2. Strange Eyes
3. Big Dark Love
4. Dream in Red
5. Solitary One
6. Send Me Home
7. The Last thing
8. Natural Pearl
9. It Will Never Die
10. Hunted
Tour dates:
30-Dec Denver, COGothic Theater w/ Lucero31-Dec Denver, COGothic Theater w/ Lucero2-Jan Estes Park, COStanley Hotel 3-JaneEstes Park, COStanley Hotel4-Jan Estes Park, COStanley Hotel30-Jan Seattle, WAThe Crocodile31-Jan Portland, ORStar Theater3-Feb Salt Lake City, UTBar Deluxe5-Feb San Francisco, CAThe Independent6-Feb Santa Cruz, CAThe Catalyst Atrium7-Feb Los Angeles, CAThe Roxy8-Feb Santa Ana, CAThe Constellation Room9-Feb Phoenix, AZCrescent Ballroom10-Feb Albuquerque, NMLaunchpad12-Feb Dallas, TXClub Dada13-Feb Austin, TXRed 714-Feb Houston, TXFitzgerald's Downstairs15-Feb Memphis, TNHi-Tone Cafe24-Feb Pittsburgh, PAMr Smalls25-Feb Cleveland, OHGrog Shop27-Feb Boston, MAParadise Rock Club28-Feb New York, NYBowery Ballroom1-Mar Brooklyn, NYMusic Hall of Williamsburg4-Mar Hamden, CTThe Ballroom at The Outer Space5-Mar Charlottesville, VAThe Southern6-Mar Philadelphia, PAUnion Transfer7-Mar Washington, DCBlack Cat8-Mar Raleigh, NCKings Barcade10-Mar Tampa, FLThe Orpheum11-Mar Orlando, FLThe Social12-Mar Atlanta, GATerminal West13-Mar Nashville, TNMercy Lounge14-Mar Bloomington, INThe Bluebird28-May St Paul, MNTurf Club29-May Milwaukee, WITurner Hall Ballroom31-May Chicago, ILSubterranean

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Bands 1QI: Teen Death, Seagulls, Gypsy Eyes and His Dream of Lions

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 2:52 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl Prime

1QI: Teen Death, Seagulls, Gypsy Eyes and His Dream of Lions

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every ...

James Goodson (Teen Death, guitar/vocals)SPB: Who is your favorite band to see live?James: I think my favorite band to see live is AFI. Not only are they one of my favorite bands in general, they also kill it live. Every show feels special and epic: they always seem like they're giving it everything they've got. They do a great job of representing their entire discography in the setlists, and seem like they're having a great time. It's inspiring to watch a band that's been around for so long continue to bring their A-game live and still have fun doing it.
Dominic DiCecco (Seagulls)
SPB: Have people confused you with Eagulls yet?
Dominic: I called out sick from work once and it happened to be the day Eagulls played Atlanta, at The Earl. One of my co-workers had mistakenly confused my band with Eagulls and it appeared to him I called out of work to play the show. My supervisor caught wind of this and I had some 'splainin to do when I returned to work. Luckily, Eagulls is both British and popular which made it quite easy to discern between them and us.
Gypsy Eyes
SPB: What's your favorite movie sequel?
Gypsy Eyes: I'd have to say my favorite movie sequel is "2046" by Wong Kar Wai. It's the second in a trilogy of films, the first being "In The Mood For Love" and the third being "Days of Being Wild." The film is about a science fiction author struggling to write his latest book after losing the woman he loves. However, the story is so much deeper than the synopsis. The writing is great, Tony Leung and Ziyi Zang are amazing as always, and cinematography and set design create two hours worth of eye candy. It's easily one of my favorite movies ever.
Here's the trailer:
His Dream of Lions
SPB: Assign each member of your band to a character in The Breakfast Club.
His Dreams of Lions:
Colby - Criminal - He thinks his hair cut is really cool (applicable to all members) 
Blair - Brain - He eats differential equations for breakfast
Seth - Princess - Like Claire, he too has never kissed a boy on the mouth. A fact he is often shamed for.
Jack - Basket Case - When he pulls his hair back and puts on makeup, nondescript ‘80s love ballads start to play. 
Nick - Athlete - He's the only one in the band that actually looks like Emilio Estevez.

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Bands New Doomtree crew record in January, All Hands

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 10:30 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Doomtree rap collective will release a new crew record on Jan. 27, 2015 titled All Hands. The album features all 7 members (P.O.S ...

12/6-13 – The Last Doomtree Blowout Ever – Minneapolis, MN SOLD OUT!2/4 – Mojo’s – Columbia, MO2/6 – Trees – Dallas, TX2/8 – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs – Houston, TX2/9 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA2/11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA2/12 – Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC2/13 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA2/14 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, D.C.2/16 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA2/17 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY2/19 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI2/20 – Abbey Pub – Chicago, IL2/21 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI3/4 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE3/5 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO3/6 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO3/7 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT3/9 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA3/10 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR3/12 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA3/13 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA3/14 – The Glass House – Pomona, CA3/16 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ3/17 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM

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Bands Today Is the Day in van accident

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 10:22 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Today Is the Day in van accident

Last Friday, Nov. 28, Today Is the Day were involved in a van accident that saw injuries to Steve Austin as well as merchandise handler ...

Bands 1QI: Choir Vandals, Royal Thunder, Horsebites, Toby Driver.

Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 6:02 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl Prime

1QI: Choir Vandals, Royal Thunder, Horsebites, Toby Driver.

Welcome to our semi-daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday ...

Austin McCutchen (Choir Vandals, vocals)
SPB: What is your favorite cover to play? Why?
Austin: Choir Vandals as a band has actually never done a cover, but for me personally I love covering any Elliott Smith song. Most of his songs are decently difficult so I feel accomplished after learning them and I feel such a strong connection to all his songs which makes covering him a real pleasure.
Josh Weaver (Royal Thunder)
SPB: Do you have a favorite type of van or bus?
Josh: Dodge Ram vans are definitely our favorite vans. I bought a ‘95 full luxury Dodge Ram van from my friend Johnny Collins for $200 around 2007-2008. It had 200k original miles on it and Johhny's band, Thunderlip, had used it for years. Johnny bought it from one of the Squirrel Nut Zipper guys and apparently, the Squirrel Nut Zippers got it in '95 new as a sign-on bonus with their label. We used it and drove every day for at least 3-4 years. It had 350k miles on it when it was retired! The motor still ran great, but the rear end gave out. After the '95 Ram was so good to us we bought a 2002 Dodge Ram cargo van. The guy I bought it from said they used it to transport frozen goods and dead bodies coming into the country from Jamaica! It's already been a great van and got us across the US at least 3-4 times! 
Richard Minino (Horsebites)
SPB: Do you think the digitalization of music has negatively influenced your trade as there is less emphasis on cover art?
Richard: Not necessarily because now bands are putting a lot of that lost income in their merch. If their record sales are down because of downloading then they just make other stuff for people to buy and you see these bands touring more because that's where the money is at now. I'm not going to lie, it's sad to see those days going away where bands really cared about the entire layout of the album but, as time goes by, everything changes and they adapt. I actually don't mind just doing a lot of shirts now because it's a one day job and then I can move on to the next project.
Toby Driver
SPB: How have your musical taste evolved over the years? Do you think your “high school self” would appreciate the music you make now?
Toby: I think my aesthetics are still similar to what they were when I was in high school, but I'm quite a bit more open-minded when it comes to the social implications of how personal identity is attached to musical preference (to put more simply, not caring how people judge what I enjoy listening to). That's an obvious result of just having become more comfortable with myself than I was when I was a teenager. I'd say that even to this day I'm still trying to figure out how to balance what seem like two opposing ethea (sophisticated music versus popular appeal) and figuring out how to turn that struggle into something that I actually enjoy for my own sake.
I think my high school self probably would have found that interesting, too. One major aesthetic difference though, is that my high-school-self was interested in extremity for extremity's sake -- e.g., the darkest music, the heaviest music, or even the most relaxing ambient music. I'm not actually very interested in extremity in music at this time, other than it being "extremely good."

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Bands New Napalm Death next year

Posted Nov. 30, 2014, 9:54 a.m. in Bands by Loren

New Napalm Death next year

Napalm Death will release their 15th studio album next year, Apex Predator - Easy Meat on Century Media Records on Jan. 27, 2015. "Sometimes you have ...

Bands New Gang of Four in Feb

Posted Nov. 29, 2014, 4:16 p.m. in Bands by Loren

New Gang of Four in Feb

Steve Gullick

Gang of Four have announced the upcoming release of What Happens Next on Feb. 24, 2015 via Metropolis Records. What Happens Next is to be ...

GANG OF FOURTour Dates12-17 Lille, France - L'Aeronef12-18 Fontenay Sous Bois, France - Festival Les Aventuriers03-03 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club03-04 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts03-06 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club03-07 New York, NY - Irving Plaza 03-09 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace03-10 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop03-12 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater03-13 Chicago, IL - Park West03-14 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge03-15 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse03-17 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio03-18 Dallas, TX - Trees03-23 San Francisco, CA - The Independent03-24 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre03-25 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern03-28 Santa Ana, CA - Burgerama @ The Observatory

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