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1QI: Iron Reagan, Fake Problems, Herra Terra, Raging Nathans

1QI: Iron Reagan, Fake Problems, Herra Terra, Raging Nathans

One of our features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Well, sometimes we miss a day, but it will be four each week regardless.

After our social media followers get the first word, we'll later post a wrap-up here at the site and archive 'em here. This week check out Q&As with Iron Reagan, Fake Problems, Herra Terra and Raging Nathans.

Tony Foresta (Iron Reagan)
SPB: What is your favorite 1990s artist?
Tony: I was going to say Avail but it turns out that they actually started in ‘87. Did not know that! Haha.
So I'm going to have to go with Spazz. They opened so many doors for me musically with all the splits they did as well their smart yet funny lyrics. It really changed my perspective toward fast and brutal music back then and encouraged me to get into more heavy and crazier stuff as opposed to the more straight forward punk I was listening to at the time. A year and some change after discovering them and listening to them religiously we found out that Spazz was doing a full U.S. tour. It was like the fucking Beatles were coming to me and my friends. We were so excited. My first band was lucky enough to play the Virginia Beach show (also on the bill was His Hero is Gone and Suppression!) and afterwards we ended up following them up the East Coast like they were the fucking Greatful Dead. So many good memories from that time. 
Chris Farren (Fake Problems)
SPB: What makes a good host when you sleep on a stranger’s floor?
Chris: I'll preface this by saying anyone who asks or lets a band stay at their house is a very kind and gracious soul, and we appreciate it immensely. We've been saved numerous times from costly hotel rooms and Walmart parking lots.
That said, there are a few things I ask about when looking for the ideal place to stay. For me, first and foremost is, "Are you having a party?" A lot of people are really excited to have a band stay over, and they want so desperately to show them a good time. This is great! But after a show, around 1am, most of us just want to sleep. I can't even count how many times I've been laying in a sleeping bag in the middle of someone's dining room as eight dudes stand over me drunkenly having the same conversation about the ethics of "selling out." This leads to me never sleeping that night and inevitably getting crazy sick for a week. 
Next up is general comfort: how many couches/beds/carpeted floor space is there? Hardwood floors are very beautiful but they are also very painful to sleep on.
Last but not least is wifi, baby. I'm sorry but I am basically at your house to ignore everything around me and find a few moments of peace within months of spending 100% of my time with other people.
Oh, one more thing: the place you want to take us for breakfast that is 10 minutes away? It's 45 minutes away and we are going to be late for our show now.
Herra Terra
SPB: What's the most interesting thing that has happened to the band this summer, any show horror stories or has it all been good so far?
Herra Terra: On a weekend tour in Providence RI, our manager Marcus was helping us load the van on the side of the road. The side door was open and he was standing in front of it. We could hear a car speeding up the road but didn't really think anything of it, so we went about our biz. For whatever reason, he moved a few feet over to reach into the back seat. No later than 3 seconds after he moved, the car slammed into the door he had just been standing in front of, literally caving the whole thing in and slamming it against the van. The driver decided to keep driving, leaving us with a mutilated van, but fortunately no one was hurt. Had Marcus not moved, we would without a doubt be telling a much different story. Luckily the venue had cameras and the bar manager recognized his car. Turns out he was a drummer in a local band so we managed to track him down a few weeks later. Moral of the story: drunk drummers never win.
Josh (Raging Nathans/Rad Girlfriend Records)
SPB: If you had your choice, what band would you love to tour with?
Josh: I think if we could pick to go on tour with one band it would probably be Iron Chic right now. I get along really well with all of those dudes and they are a ton of fun to hang out with. Plus, they are a band that I would love to watch every night. It's important to have fun on tour but I think it's equally important to surround yourself with people who inspire you. Those guys are really doing their thing.

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News from Cowards

Posted Aug. 24, 2014, 11:11 a.m.

Cowards, the sludge/doom band from Paris, has announced that their debut Shooting Blanks & Pills will be reissued on vinyl in Canada. The record first released on Throatruiner in 2012 and is long sold out. The new issue will be released by Canada's Secret Handshake Recordings on Sept. 1. It will be on both 12" and CD.

The band is planning to record a new LP soon.

COWARDS Live:
11/07/2014 La Instants Chavirés - Montreuil, France
11/08/2014 La Scène Michelet - Nantes, France
11/09/2014 Mondo Bizaro - Rennes, France
 

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Bands Drive Like Jehu reunion

Posted Aug. 23, 2014, 10:26 p.m.

Idioteq is reporting a free show in San Diego later this month from Drive By Jehu. The show will take place on Aug. 31 at Balboa Park and will be free.  Drive Like Jehu broke ...

Bands 1QI: Jason Lupeituu, Noisem, Cloud Rat, Shonen Knife

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 2 p.m.

1QI: Jason Lupeituu, Noisem, Cloud Rat, Shonen Knife

One of our features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one interview every Monday-Thursday. Well, sometimes we ...

Bands Locrian finishes recording

Posted Aug. 17, 2014, 8:51 p.m.

Locrian finishes recording

Locrian has finished recording a new album that is scheduled to hit stores in 2015. The record was produced by Greg Norman at Electrical Audio in Chicago and will be out next year on Relapse ...

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Bands Quintron & Miss Pussycat updates

Posted Aug. 17, 2014, 3:18 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Quintron & Miss Pussycat updates

Swamp-tech dupo Quintron & Miss Pussycat will be touring again this fall in addition to releasing a new full-length records. They will be joined on various ...

Tour Dates:
Sep 4 - Knoxville, TN- Pilot Light
Sep 6 - Lafayette, GA- Cherokee Farm
Nov 2 - New Orleans, LA- Voodoo Festival at City Park
Nov 7 - Memphis, TN- Hi Tone !
Nov 8 - St. Louis, MI -- -- -- Firebird *
Nov 9 - Lawrence, KS- Replay Lounge *
Nov 10 - Iowa City, IA- The Mill *
Nov 11 - St. Paul, MN- Turf Club *
Nov 12 - Milwaukee, WI- Cactus Club *
Nov 14 - Chicago, IL- Hideout *
Nov 15 - Ann Arbor, MI- Blind Pig
Nov 16 - Cleveland, OH- Beachland Tavern
Nov 18 - Buffalo, NY- Buffalo Iron Works
Nov 19 - Toronto, ON- Horseshoe Tavern
Nov 20 - Ottawa, ON- House of Targ
Nov 21 - Montreal, qc - Il Motore
Nov 22 - Winooski, VT - Monkey House
Nov 23 - Portland, ME-The Space Gallery
Nov 25 - Allston, MA- Great Scott
Nov 29 - Brooklyn, NY- Baby's All Right
Dec 1 - Asheville, NC- Double Crown
Dec 2 - Durham, NC- The Pinhook
Dec 3- Savannah, GA- Dollhouse Studios & Productions
Dec 4 - Tallahassee, FL- Club Downunder (FSU)
Dec 8 - Orlando, FL- Will's Pub #
Dec 9 - Jacksonville, FL- Underbelly #
* w/ Babes
! w/ Manatees
# w/ White Mystery

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Bands New Found Glory news

Posted Aug. 14, 2014, 7:40 a.m. in Bands by Loren

New Found Glory news

The new New Found Glory, Resurrection, will be released this Oct. 7 on Hopeless Records with pre-orders now open. In addition, the band is scheduled ...

Resurrection Track listing:1. Selfless2. Resurrection (Featuring Scott Vogel of Terror)3. The Worst Person4. Ready and Willing5. One More Round6. Vicious Love7. Persistent8. Stories Of A Different Kind9. Degenerate10. Angel11. Stubborn (Featuring Anthony Raneri of Bayside)12. Living Hell13. On My Own (Featuring Brendan Yates of Turnstile)
Upcoming Tour Dates:Aug. 31 Fashion Meets Music Festival Columbus, OHSep 6 Riot Fest Toronto, ONSep 14 Riot Fest Chicago, ILSep 19 Riot Fest Denver, COOct 3 House of Blues San Diego, CAOct 4 House of Blues Los Angeles, CAOct 5 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZOct 7 Emo’s Austin, TXOct 9 Orpheum Tampa, FLOct 10 House of Blues Orlando, FLOct 11 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FLOct 12 Masquerade Atlanta, GAOct 14 Rams Head Live Baltimore, MDOct 15 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PAOct 16 House of Blues Boston, MAOct 17 Toad’s Place New Haven, CTOct 18 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJOct 19 Best Buy Theater New York, NYOct 21 Town Ballroom Buffalo, NYOct 22 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PAOct 23 House of Blues Cleveland, OHOct 24 Majestic Theatre Detroit, MIOct 26 The Ready Room St Louis, MOOct 28 Bourbon Theater Lincoln, NEOct 30 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, NMOct 31 Hard Rock Live Las Vegas, NVNov 1 House of Blues Anaheim, CANov 2 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CANov 4 Showbox Seattle, WANov 5 Hawthrone Theater Portland, ORNov 7 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CANov 8 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
Pop Punk’s Not Dead Tour UK*w/ The Story So Far, State Champs, Candy Hearts & Only RivalsNov 12 Academy DublinNov 13 Limelight Belfast*Nov 15 Institute Birmingham*Nov 16 O2 Academy Newcastle*Nov 17 ABC Glasgow*Nov 18 Rock City Nottingham*Nov 20 O2 Academy Liverpool*Nov 21 Academy 1 Manchester*Nov 22 O2 Academy Leeds*Nov 23 Solus Cardiff*Nov 25 O2 Academy 1 Bristol*Nov 26 Pyramid Portsmouth*Nov 28 Forum London*Nov 29 Forum LondonNov 30 Divan du Monde ParisDec 1 Trix Hall BelgiumDec 2 Tivoli Utrecht, HollandDec 3 Knust Hamburg, GermanyDec 4 Luxor Cologne, GermanyDec 6 Magazzini Generali Milan

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Bands 1QI: Big Action Records, Roaming Herds of Buffalo, Dads, Ma Jolie

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, 5:09 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl Prime

1QI: Big Action Records, Roaming Herds of Buffalo, Dads, Ma Jolie

One of our features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and ...

Jason Zabby (Big Action Records, Loud Nerves)
SPB: How has the increasingly digitalization of music changed your listening habits? 
Jason: Digitalized music, especially streams, have helped me discover tons of new music. I get lost on Bandcamp for hours, just clicking my way through band after band. With that said, all of this band surfing has lined my record collection with some real gems! The best part is that I can listen to these gems anywhere, instead of only in front of my turn table. 
Scott (Roaming Herds of Buffalo)
SPB: How did you decide to include the comic with your new CD?
Scott: There are a few reasons why we decided to include a comic with the CD. First of all, we love the artist, Darin Shuler. You can see more of Darin's work here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/super-rare/. The guy is out of control. Second of all, the songs are tiny little science-fiction stories and we thought it would be cool if they were illustrated. And the third reason is that rolled up comic books feel a lot better stuffed into a pocket than jewel cases, which if you've ever left a show with jewel cases stuffed into your pockets, you'll know what we're talking about.
John Bradley (Dads)
SPB: What do you tend to listen to in the van the most? 
John: Honestly in the van, at least while I'm driving, we talk more than listen to music. We'll hear music every night and don't get as much time to talk and relax so we use the van to do that!
Jeff (Ma Jolie)
SPB: What’s the secret to a successful tour?
It all depends on your intentions with touring in general. If it's your career/job/profession, a lot of factors are involved with making a successful tour. Yes, full-time musicians need to make money in order to pay their bills, live in a home/apartment, and maybe even have to be able to support their family. I can only really give advice with Ma Jolie being a part-time touring band.
All of us have extensive jobs at home. The biggest thing is not trying to lose money. If we come home breaking even, I'm happy. If we come home with a little bit of extra money, we're also happy. The secret to a solid tour is just being in constant, open communication with the promoters/venues. Find promoters that you trust and know will do the best they can. Make it clear what you are looking for in terms of the ticket prices for the shows, knowing what the expenses for the venue [are] so you know what you might potentially make from the door. Route your tour so that the drives are not too crazy long, especially for smaller bands. Get involved and find good local bands in the area that you want to play with. PROMOTE YOUR TOUR! Do what you can. Make posters and send to the venues, hype it up on social media, try to get people in these cities to help promote for you in their town. Be active and do all that you can. If everyone helps out (promoter, bands, labels, etc.) then it means promotion is coming from all angles and it could help make your shows better. You have no control as to who shows up but you do have control on how much effort you put into spreading the word. There are a million reasons why people can't come to your show (especially in the summers). 
Also, visit the actual cities you are in. Don't just go right to the venue and sit around. You aren't experiencing anything that you should be. Get off the internet on your phone and go to the local parks, beaches, libraries. I know money can be tight on tour but sightseeing, for the most part, is a FREE thing to do.

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Bands Vacation adds member, now a four-piece

Posted Aug. 10, 2014, 9:22 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Vacation adds member, now a four-piece

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Vacation have posted a demo from a new recording session. The band has added Dylan McCartney on drums and is now playing as a four-piece ...

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Bands Debut from The Lees of Memory (Superdrag)

Posted Aug. 4, 2014, 8:13 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Debut from The Lees of Memory (Superdrag)

The debut album from The Lees of Memory will release on Spet. 16 via SideOneDummy Records and Burger Records, titled Sisyphus Says. The band was ...

Bands 1QI: The Meatmen, This Quiet Army, Great Reversals, Lokia

Posted Aug. 3, 2014, 10:07 a.m. in Bands by Loren

1QI: The Meatmen, This Quiet Army, Great Reversals, Lokia

One of our features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and ...

Tesco Vee (Meatmen) 
SPB: What’s the best love song ever written?
Vee: George Jones - "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
Stefan Nemeth (ex-Radian, Lokia, Innode)
SPB: What is your favorite music-related film or documentary?
Nemeth: I thought quite a bit about it and I am not even sure if I have one.I did not see many music-related films and of these only a few have been permanently stored in my active memory.
However, the one which came most often to my mind was--strange enough--Gimmie Shelter from the Maysles brothers and Charotte Zwerin. Actually it did not give me too much background information or details about the tragic occurrence during the performance of the Rolling Stones at the Altamont Free Concert. It is somehow a relatively uncommented, distant view, which made the footage even stronger from the impact for me. I think it captures quite good how things slowly get out of control, how helpless the reaction of the band is. Usually it is them having the control. It is a moment where fiction or projection (or similar) collapse and the situation falls back into harsh reality. The cameras are always there and record something which was definitely not planned, in contrast to the footage showing Jagger and Watts looking at what happened. Their reaction seems a little ambiguous. Probably the film is ambiguous, too, as there seem to be a few gaps. On the other hand this is maybe its strength--that it leaves room for so many questions.
Aaron Whitfield (Great Reversals – vocals)
SPB: If you could experiment in any one genre that's far removed from what you do now, what would it be?
Whitfield: I feel a little ashamed to say it, but other than "singing" in a hardcore band, I don't play any other instruments. I've wanted to dabble in drumming or bass-ing, but between career stuff and family stuff I just can't find time to tinker. I think I have a decent sense of rhythm, so that's why I've daydreamed about those instruments. Anyone who knows me should be aware my favorite band is the haunting, molasses-paced, Low, from Duluth, Minnesota. For 15 years now they've been my household's soundtrack to the changing colors in fall and our bleak Michigan winters. Low, along with the sounds of key softie-bands like Iron and Wine, Kings of Convenience, and one of my favorite Michigan bands, Bunkbed Nights, have always made me want to do a slow, stripped-down, vocally-driven band. Perhaps even the classic husband-wife duo! I dream. Perhaps in old age there will be time to do such things, or maybe whenever Great Rev bites the dust.
Eric Quach (This Quiet Army)
SPB: How big is your record collection?
Quach: 466 CDs, 109 vinyls, 16 cassettes!

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Bands New Light Years EP and tour

Posted Aug. 2, 2014, 8:38 a.m. in Bands by Loren

New Light Years EP and tour

Light Years, who have been on the Warped Tour Acoustic Basement Tour this summer, have announced a set of dates with Turnover. In addition, the ...

Light Years Upcoming Tour DatesAUG 02 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark (Warped Tour Acoustic Basement)
AUG 03 - Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Warped Tour Acoustic Basement)
SEP 17 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka's w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 18 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 19 - Long Island, NY @ Amityville Music Hall w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 20 - Howell, NJ @ Gamechanger World w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 23 - Holyoke, MA @ The Waterfront Tavern w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 24 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Pizza Shop w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 25 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 26 - Ottawa, ON @ Pressed w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 27 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 28 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room w/ Turnover, MalfunctionSEP 30 - Cincinnati, OH @ Legends w/ Turnover, MalfunctionOCT 01 - Lansing, MI @ Macs Bar w/ Turnover, MalfunctionOCT 02 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Turnover, MalfunctionOCT 03 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes w/ Turnover, Malfunction

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