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Benjamin Shaw

Goodbye, Cagoule World, 2014

7.0 / 10

The UK is a miserable place at times, more often than not in fact, and artists such as Benjamin Shaw fully embrace that misery and spin it out in stories ...

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Clad In Darkness

Decathect, 2014

8.0 / 10

Good things come to those who wait. It's a cliché, yes, but for Clad in Darkness that old adage rings wholly true. Having formed at least fifteen years ago, the ...

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Danaus, 2013

8.0 / 10

When a band or label is as difficult to track down as Olekranon or Inam Records, then you know you're in for an experience. The chap behind Olekranon - Ryan ...

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Omen Ex Simulacra, 2013

7.5 / 10

Omen Ex Simulacra is a difficult record - one that twists and forms new shapes as it progresses, one that falls into an unfathomable abyss and crawls back out again. It’s ...

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One Question Interviews Samothrace

Posted March 30, 2014, 9:54 p.m.

Bryan Spinks (Samothrace, vocalist/guitarist) SPB: How did you get so bloody heavy? Spinks: I suppose it is a culmination of some different things. Obviously the riffs have to be ...


One Question Interviews Mothlite

Posted March 16, 2014, 11:10 a.m.

Daniel O’ Sullivan (Mothlite) SPB: How do you find the time for so many different projects? O'Sullivan: I don't find the time because time doesn't exist. It ...


One Question Interviews Lunaire

Posted Dec. 11, 2013, 8:14 a.m.

Lunaire SPB: Earlier this year you posted a picture of your drum kit in a basketball hall - is that the strangest place you've ever recorded, and if not, where ...


Interviews Caïna

Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 5:12 p.m.

Let's go back to 2011, to when Andy Curtis-Brignell signed the death warrant for his solo, black metal of sorts project, Caïna. We spoke about it at length ...

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

Bands 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 ...

Jason Lupeituu (Sound engineer, vibe tech, aspiring cook)
SPB: What is the hardest part about a life on the road? What is the best part?
Jason: The hardest part of being on the road is missing and being away from your family, friends, and most important your significant other, and most often things taken for granted are as well the most missed, such as your own bed, your bathroom facilities, and your own kitchen. Cooking your own food with loved ones and savoring a home cooked meal is a priceless thing. Nothing compares to that.   
The best part of life on the road is having a solid network of friends and roadie family all over the world. The thought of being able to go to Melbourne, AU and hit up a buddy and get a flat while at the best coffee house in Australia makes the world that much more smaller and amazing at the same time.   
But that cup of coffee in the morning sitting in your own living room is just as awesome.   
SPB: Who is your favorite band to see live?
Harley Phillips: Ilsa never fails to impress me, They're of those bands that, if I could, I would go to every one of their shows--which isn't that farfetched of an idea. Also, Repulsion: one of my favorite bands on record and live.
Sebastian Phillips: Carcass killed it night after night, Definitely one of the best bands I've seen live.
Rorik (Cloud Rat)
SPB: What characteristics make a good host when you crash on a stranger’s floor?
Rorik: Hmmmmmm.... Well, that depends on my mood and how many gigs I've played in the past 24 hours and how much driving has been done. 
1. SWIMMING POOL.Kidding.Host: Respectful. Good-natured. Kind. Nice to talk to. Not a complete maniac (unless I'm looking to party, in that case, the loonier the better). Pleasant, but not overbearing/super chatty. Someone who asks if people are tired or up for hanging out.
The best host has work off and has vegan food for everyone and is funny and cool and has neat friends and an awesome movie/record/book/comic/game collection and let's everyone get comfy in their house wherever/however. HAHA. All of that is great, but the bitter reality is that people gotta work. People got lives and bills and shit going on and can't house a bunch of whiney band babies forever. 
In a tired/sleepy mood: I'm pretty generally easy to please when on the road. Floor is fine. Couch is fine. Bed is LUXURY. Clean drinking water. Shower (clean towels is a super plus. It's interesting how many people don't seem to keep clean towels around...). Food is always very much appreciated but I don't expect it. I don't expect anything, in fact, other than respect, kindness and courtesy.
I like clean, quiet houses. But not too quiet, maybe a fan blowing or something like that. And for the love of Lucifer, if the only space to sleep is in the living room/kitchen, and people are actually trying to sleep, don't stay up in the kitchen/living room blasting grindcore, smoking cigarettes, whatever. SO NOT COOL. God, I've totally been guilty of this before though. Shame on me! Sorry folks.
Party mood: First, make sure there is a space where people who don't want to party can sleep quietly/comfortably. If so, fuck it. Let's have all the fun. 
I've hosted many bands (some real fuckin’ pricks, most lovely good folks), and stayed at many people's homes. The best thing I can say for real though: the number one rule is the golden rule. Treat others how you would want to be treated. That's it. Just be fuckin' cool, right?
Naoko (Shonen Knife)
SPB: What is your favorite Ramones song?
Naoko: It’s impossible to choose one song. I like all Ramones songs.

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

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

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, 5:09 p.m.

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 ...

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: 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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1QI: Banner Pilot, Autopsy, Ministry, Organized Crime Records

Bands 1QI: Banner Pilot, Autopsy, Ministry, Organized Crime Records

Posted July 9, 2014, 12:11 p.m.

One of our newest 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 ...

Nate (Banner Pilot)
SPB: What is the hardest thing about touring in foreign countries? Last year (2 years ago?) you played in Russia…
Nate: I'm having a hard time answering this. Touring foreign countries is easy! I find it to be much easier than touring the States. You have someone driving for you, the language barrier is never that bad, they have a place set up for you to stay every night, the shows are incredible, the people are friendly...hell, I was going to say it's a little tricky being a vegetarian but then I remembered that half the shows *cook (awesome) vegan food for you*. 
I guess if I had to pick something, it would be the upfront prep work. Once you get there, it's great-- maybe we've been lucky, or maybe that's the norm, I don't know. But nothing really "bad" has happened to us. But it takes a lot longer, and requires more work, to get the whole thing set up than if you were just doing some dates in the US. I mean, in order to get into Russia we had to mail our passports to some place, and hope that they would send them back. Iowa never makes us do stuff like that.
These are minor things, though. Really, the hardest thing about touring foreign countries is coming home. (See what I did there?)
Chris Reifert (Autopsy/Violation Wound)
SPB: What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?
Chris: The best movie ever made is The Dark Backward. It didn't come out this year, nor did I see it for the first time this year. But mark my words, it's warped, dark, weird and I love the hell out of it! A total fave for the ages.
Al Jourgensen (Ministry)
SPB: Is there a sample you’ve tried to get the rights to use but were denied?
Al: ALL OF THEM.... Just kidding. Actually the biggest sample pain in the ass was on Houses of the Molé with the use of Carmina Burana on “No W.” It was a nightmare. We'd reached out to the publisher via Sanctuary's contacts and had gotten an initial okay, but then the record came out and all of a sudden the publisher sent a Cease and Desist letter to Sanctuary about the sample after 30,000 units had been pressed. I had to go back in the studio and re-do the track and a second pressing was made. Then I found out later, it was ‘cause Capital One wanted an exclusive on the use of Carmina Burana and you KNOW they were paying the big bucks. And that fucking Capital One commercial played over and over. Every time I turned on the TV it was that Capital One commercial with Carmina Burana.
Clint (Organized Crime Records)
SPB: How much space in your house is dedicated to music storage (albums or instruments)?
Clint: I would say that overall about 60% of my place is consumed with music. I have been a long time avid collector.
Funny thing: I am dealing with music storage issues right now. Having a label means there are always boxes of records around which can make one feel very claustrophobic. I think that over the years I have been able to get that aspect under control. My biggest problem is housing my personal collection. I wanted to have some shelves made up to better fit in my place but the quotes came in at utterly absurd amounts. So my father, the mad genius that he is, came up with making shelves out of electrical conduit. So over the last few weekends we have been making it up and it has been a lot of fun. I hope to have it done over 4th of July weekend. I have to thank my father. Instead of his response being [that] I could get rid of records he came up with a very cool plan. Thanks Dad.

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1QI: Old Man Markley, Magrudergrind, Mad Caddies, Crusades

Bands 1QI: Old Man Markley, Magrudergrind, Mad Caddies, Crusades

Posted July 1, 2014, 2:06 p.m.

One of our newest 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 ...

Annie DeTemple (Old Man Markley)
SPB: What is the best Buck Owens song?
Annie: Well, my favorite Buck Owens song is "Act Naturally."  I'm not just saying that because The Beatles covered it, but it goes to show that they probably thought it was the best Buck Owens song, too! I love “Act Naturally” for its catchy melody.  If you’re ever in the San Fernando, you might find Johnny and I singing it as a duet at a local karaoke bar
Avi (Magrudergrind)
SPB: What’s the secret to a successful tour?
Avi: Efficiency. Don't bring too many personal items or equipment. Bring essential equipment to retain your sound but try and borrow other items (within reason) like extra cabs for full stacks.
Sascha (Mad Caddies) 
SPB: What makes a good roadie? Have you done it? 
Sascha: We don't really use the term “roadie.” That seems kinda like an ‘80s word. We use the term “crew.”
Obviously any crew member must do their job well. Besides that they must be easy to travel with and relatively drama-free especially when under the influence of illegal substances. 
Once I guitar-teched a show in Arizona for Manu Chao. My buddy is his tour manager and when I got to the show he asked me to help out. The job of guitar tech was between myself and the singer of a mariachi band who didn't actually know how to play or tune a guitar. I got the gig.
Good times...  
Dave Williams (Crusades) 
SPB: What do your children think of your music?
Dave: Well, my daughter is only two-and-a-half years old, but I'm a stay-at-home-parent and so our day is pretty full of music. I do my best to be as eclectic as possible, and so we end up listening to a lot of my favourite records that perhaps aren't typical toddler-fodder: The Spectacle, Kiss It Goodbye, Starkweather, The Swarm, etc., but Audrey never really seems put off by even the most extreme sonic onslaught. That said, she does tend to light up when I put on records that are more typically "pleasing" to the ears. Onsind/Martha, The Lemonheads, The Hellacopters/Imperial State Electric, Annalise... she definitely seems to boogie a little more when that stuff is on.
As for Crusades, she's seen us play twice, I believe, and she seemed to think it was pretty neat that I was on stage. That's pretty much all the feedback I've gotten on my band so far. Honestly though, I had a pretty broad musical education growing up and that's exactly what I plan to offer my kids as well. What they decide to do with it is out of my hands. But I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be at all disappointed if it wasn't an important part of their lives.

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Show Review: Caïna @ The Unicorn

Posted Sept. 8, 2013, 3:25 p.m. by Cheryl Prime

Caïna, Hordes, Barshasketh The Unicorn London, UK September 6 2013 We've been talking a lot about the rebirth of Caïna of late and we'll soon have a review of the new ...

Show Review: Winterfylleth @ The Black Heart

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, 7:50 a.m. by Cheryl Prime

The tiny Black Heart in Camden holds court to an evening of droned out sludge, traditional heavy doom, and more English black metal than you can shake a stick at ...

Show Review: The Great Old Ones w/Terzij de Horde and Oblivionized @ The Unicorn, London (January 5th 2013)

Posted Jan. 9, 2013, 12:17 a.m. by Cheryl Prime

The Unicorn is suffering from a severe lack of air con tonight, the tension in the air made all the palpable by the insane levels of heat and the anticipation ...

Show Review: Neurosis and Godflesh @ Kentish Town Forum, London (December 2nd 2012)

Posted Dec. 8, 2012, 8:39 p.m. by Cheryl Prime

The view that Scene Point Blank has been afforded for tonight’s performance is beautiful, and the sea of heads below on the floor is all the more astonishing seen from ...

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