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1QI: Dethklok, Hop Along, Vegas, Hank 3

1QI: Dethklok, Hop Along, Vegas, Hank 3

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 Dethkok, Hop Along, Vegas and Hank 3.

Brendon Small (Metalocalypse)
SPB: Who has the best “metal voice” of all time?
Nathan Explosion: He's not a metal singer but he happens to have a very brutal voice: Harvey Fierestein. It's between him and Louis Armstrong. Easy. 
Hank III
SPB: When did you first decide that you want to make music for a living?
Hank 3: For me I got into music at a very young age.1st time I was on stage I was 10 years old backing up a band for a few songs. Playing drums and guitar was something I would always do 24/7 and worked my balls of to get where I am today with it.
T (Vegas)
SPB: How do you vary your songwriting approach between your different projects?
T: Most of the songs I've written blast through wounds and articulate a sense of longing and loss. I tend to become obsessed with a theme and it haunts me for years until eventually it is penned down. I do not believe in the "kiss of the muse" -- writing is work, pleasurable work. Generally, I need something to hang a song on: a presence and form. Women tend to be an endless source of inspiration for me in that regard.
Frances (Hop Along)
SPB: What was your best subject in grade school? 
Frances: My best subjects in grade school were English and Art, though I think that really depends on the teachers a lot of the time. History was amazing when the teachers were good. One history teacher almost ruined it for me because she used to bust me all the time for wearing goth clothes and spikey jewelry. She constantly sent me to the office and her lessons were boring as hell (although one time we were learning about Constantinople and she played that They Might Be Giants song--I respect her for that). There was a bully in that class too, he was the worst. 8th grade man, so glad I never have to go back. I never understand people who say they miss grade school. I had one great science teacher in 9th grade, Mr. Koch, he made it really interesting, you could tell he didn't take school TOO seriously. I think it's easier to actually learn things when teachers don't take school too seriously.  
I had one English teacher I couldn't stand, in 11th grade I think. That was the year I had to read Beowulf. I loathed that class. I've had teachers I also didn't appreciate until much later, especially in my college years. I didn't really get into poetry the way I am now until recently. In high school I thought I loved poetry, but I really just liked E.E. Cummings, Bukowski, and folk singers. My art teacher in high school was Ms. Wagner, and I don't know that I'd have this life in music (and certainly not in art) without her.  She got me into this great program that isn't around anymore, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts (PGSA) for Creative Writing and it changed a great deal of things for me. That's where I heard Cat Power and Belle and Sebastian for the first time, incidentally. She got me interested in attending MICA for college, too. She made it seem like I could really have a career making art if I wanted to (she was the only grade school teacher I had that told me that) and I'm forever grateful to her for believing in me and hounding me to try. She is far and away the greatest teacher I have ever had.  
I've never once had a math class I liked, though I've had some really nice teachers within that subject. I think I napped in almost all my math classes.

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Neurosis festival dates

Posted Oct. 18, 2014, 10:56 a.m.
Neurosis festival dates

Neurosis is set to play a few live dates in the near future, starting with Southwest Terror Fest, followed by Housecore, Maryland Deathfest, and more in the future.

The band's last studio effort was 2012's Honor Found in Decay.

 

NEUROSIS Tour Dates:
10/18/2014 Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest
10/19/2014 The Gothic Theatre - Denver, CO w/ Subrosa, In The Company Of Serpents
10/23-26/2014 Housecore Horror Film Fest - Austin, TX
11/19-23/2014 Bestia Festival - Ciudad, Mexico
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD

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Bands Russian Circles celebrate tenth anniversary

Posted Oct. 18, 2014, 10:49 a.m.

Russian Circles celebrate tenth anniversary

This December and January, Russian Circles wil play several shows to mark their tenth anniversary, including dates with Mutoid Man. The band first formed in 2004 in Chicago and released their debut, Ester, in 2006 ...

Bands Swans re-issuing back catalogue on vinyl

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 11:11 p.m.

Swans re-issuing back catalogue on vinyl

On OCtober 28, Young God Records will re-release Filth, the debut of Swans on vinyl. The release also sets off a series of Swans' back catalogue vinyl re-issues in the coming year. Filth was first ...

Bands Nadja + Thisquietarmy = Hypnodrone Ensemble

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 3:52 p.m.

Nadja + Thisquietarmy = Hypnodrone Ensemble

Aidan Baker (Nadja) and Eric Quach (Thisquietarmy) have teamed up for the Hypnodrone Ensemble collabortation. The project, out now on Consouling SOunds, features several other musicians in addition to the duo already named. Check out ...

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Bands tētēma, new Mike Patton joint, releasing debut in Dec

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 12:20 p.m. in Bands by Loren

tētēma, new Mike Patton joint, releasing debut in Dec

On Dec. 9 Ipecac will release Geocidal, the debut from tētēma. tētēma is a new duo featuring Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras and Mike Patton.

Bands DOA un-retires

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 7:28 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Candian punks D.O.A., who briefly retired in 2012 so frontman Joe Keithley could run for political office, have resumed duty and are currently ...

D.O.A. Welcome to Chinatown Tour
Tuesday October 28th - Byng, Cranbrook, BCWednesday October 29th - Pawnshop Edmonton, ABThursday October 30th - The Vat, Red Deer, ABFriday October 31st - Scores, Lethbridge, ABSaturday November 1st - Republik, Calgary, ABSunday November 2nd - Last Drop Pub, Revelstoke, BC

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Bands Reverse the Curse pre-orders online

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 6:12 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Reverse the Curse pre-orders online

Reverse the Curse, currently on tour (and in Kent, OH tonight), have announced pre-orders for their Dec. 9 release Existent. The 12" LP will be ...


Remaining Tour Dates:
10.14 - Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern w/ My Mouth Is The Speaker, Ben Hendricks of Annabel
10.15 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness w/ Foxing, Kittyhawk
10.16 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooskis w/ DIVORCE
10.18 - Harrisburg, PA @ House Show
10.19 - Boston, MA @ O'Briens w/ Courage Cloak
 

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Bands Parquet Courts/PCPC

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 7:49 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Parquet Courts/PCPC

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Parquet Courts have announced a comllaboration project featuring members Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, Justin Frye, and a rotating cast of PC Worship members that ...

PARQUET COURTS, PARKAY QUARTS, AND PCPC LIVE DATES:Tue. Oct 21 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (as PCPC) w/ Thurston MooreWed. Oct 22 - Boston MA @ The Sinclair (as PCPC) w/ Thurston MooreFri. Oct 24 - Providence, RI @ The Met (as PCPC) w/ Thurston MooreSat. Oct 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (as PCPC) w/ Thurston MooreSun. Oct 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC (as PCPC) w/ Thurston MooreThu. Nov 6 - Washington DC @ DC9 (as Parkay Quarts)Sat. Nov 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA (as Parkay Quarts)Thu. Nov 13 - Lille, France @ Le Grand Mix (as Parkay Quarts)Fri. Nov14 - Paris, France @ La Cigale (as Parkay Quarts)Sat. Nov 15 - Nantes, France @ Stereolux (as Parkay Quarts)Mon. Nov 17 - Toulose, France @ Bikini (as Parkay Quarts)Wed. Nov 19 - Oostende, Belgium @ De Zwerver (as PCPC)Thu. Nov 20 - Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique (as Parkay Quarts)Fri. Nov 21 - Utrecht, Holland @ Le Guess Who (as Parkay Quarts)Sat. Nov 22 - Amsterdam, Holland @ The Vrankrijk (as PCPC)Sun. Nov 23 - Utrecht, Holland @ Le Guess Who (as PCPC)Mon. Nov 24 - Ramsgate, UK @ Ramsgate Music Hall (as PCPC)Tue. Nov 25 - London, UK @ Electroworkz (as PCPC)Wed. Nov 26 - Leeds, UK @ Wardrobe (as Parkay Quarts)Thu. Nov 27 - London, UK @ The Laundry (as Parkay Quarts)Sat. Nov 29 - Koln, Germany @ Museum Ludwig (as Parkay Quarts)Sun. Nov 30 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Rote Frabrik (as Parkay Quarts)Thu. Dec 11 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (as Parquet Courts)

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Bands 1QI: Michael Yonkers, Animal Style, Puregrainaudio, Dying Sea Lachrymose

Posted Oct. 7, 2014, 8:45 p.m. in Bands by Loren

1QI: Michael Yonkers, Animal Style, Puregrainaudio, Dying Sea Lachrymose

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

Dying Sea Lachrymose
SPB: How did your adviser enjoy the 7” you created for your internship?
Dying Sea Lachrymose: Haha, hilarious. She was horrified, yet gave me an A. Possibly out of intimidation.
 
Michael Yonkers
SPB: How does it feel to revisit music from so long ago? Are you the type of musician that enjoys playing and listening to a full back catalog or are you the type who tends to release an album and move on to the next project?
Yonkers: It is a very odd feeling, to say the least. I have been doing music for 52 years, so going back in time is quite a trip. It is not only the music, but the associated memories too. 
I do go back in time, from time to time. But, mostly I am in a forward leaning position. I don't think there is any "right" or "wrong" way to look at (listen to) history. A lot can be learned from the past. For me, the past is too overwhelming to deal with on a regular basis.
So, the answer to your question is...
I am a person who mostly "moves on."
 
Chris (PureGrainAudio.com)
SPB: Who is a band that’s taking seemingly forever to release their next album?
Chris: This is a cheeky response, but I’d have to go with Rage Against The Machine. If there’s any one band who, while technically not currently together, has taken forever to release new music, it has to be RATM. A group whose socio-political oriented lyrics and revolution-inducing sounds literally changed the face of music are nothing short of insanely overdue to drop new material.
 
Matt (Animal Style Records)
SPB: What was the first punk show you attended?
Matt: Does this count? Mayfest in ‘98 at the University of Redlands: Blink 182, The Aquabats, Home Grown, Assorted Jelly Beans

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Bands News from The Good Life

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 8:16 p.m. in Bands by Loren

Omaha, NE's The Good Life have announced a December tour, including a New Years Eve show in Chicaago. The band will follow the tour ...

The Good Life tour dates:
OCT. 4             SAN FRANCISCO, CA              THE FILLMORE**
DEC. 27           OMAHA, NE                             THE WAITING ROOM^
DEC. 28           MADISON, WI                          HIGH NOON SALOON^
DEC. 30           MINNEAPOLIS, MN                 TRIPLE ROCK SOCIAL CLUB^
DEC. 31           CHICAGO, IL                           THE ABBEY^
** supporting Conor Oberst
^ Big Harp supports

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Bands New Bangers video

Posted Oct. 2, 2014, 7:45 a.m. in Bands by Loren

New Bangers video

Bangers have released a new video, included below, from their recent 48-hour album project for the song "Last of the Big Dippers." The group is ...


UK tour with Pale Angels & Doe
2nd Oct - The Lughole, Sheffield3rd Oct - Sin City, Swansea4th Oct - The Joiners, Southampton (Early) 4th Oct - The Montague Arms, London (Late)
UK tour with The Lawrence Arms & Sam Russo
7th Oct - Academy 2, Sheffield8th Oct - Academy 2, Newcastle9th Oct - ABC 2, Glasgow10th Oct - Academy 2, Birmingham11th Oct - The Fleece, Bristol12th Oct - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham13th Oct - Academy 2, Liverpool14th Oct - Ruby Lounge, Manchester15th Oct - Islington Academy, London16th Oct - The Cellar, Southampton

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