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Cheryl Prime

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Schammasch

Contradiction, 2014

9.0 / 10

Existence is a series of challenges – ones that force you to adapt, to change and to create sides of yourself that you show to the world, ones that are ...

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Empty Yard Experiment

Kallisti, 2014

7.5 / 10

Music is wonderful and is one of the few things that echoes across the world and can bring people together in unity. Of course, that’s putting the most simplistic of ...

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City States

Geography, 2014

7.5 / 10

They say that good things come to those that wait and for City States and their main member Joel Ebner, it's certainly true. Ebner has spent many years creating and ...

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The Great Old Ones

Tekeli-Li, 2014

8.5 / 10

The incredible nature of The Great Old Ones majestic, sweeping and downright epic black metal was devastatingly apparent on their debut Al Azif - a record that saw them take ...

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GHOUL

One Question Interviews GHOUL

Posted Dec. 6, 2014, 2:19 a.m.

Digestor (GHOUL) SPB: How's Creepsylvania this time of year?  Digestor: Moist

Barshasketh

One Question Interviews Barshasketh

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 11:44 p.m.

Krigeist (Barshasketh) SPB: What are the origins for the name of the band?  Krigeist: Barshasketh was something I read years ago in an occult text around the time I was ...

Fighting Kites

One Question Interviews Fighting Kites

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 12:15 a.m.

Neil Debnam (Fighting Kites) SPB: Is there a particular record you've heard this year that surprised you? In both a good or a bad way? Debnam: Speaking from a ...

Caina

One Question Interviews Caina

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 2:46 a.m.

Caina SPB: You've been active again for a year, what's been the highlight of the time you've been back? Caina: It's been a pretty frenetic year ...

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

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

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 3:15 p.m.

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 ...

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

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

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

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 ...

Allen Maier (American Scarecrows, drums)
SPB: Do you wear earplugs when you play? Why/why not?
Allen: I have heard people say they wish they took better care of their hearing when they were younger. Playing almost every day I was getting tired of trying to fall asleep while my ears were ringing. The more I was playing the worse it got, I knew it was time to make a change. A few years ago I bought ear plugs that don’t muddy the sound but just reduce the volume. It took a bit of getting use to but I started realizing I was hearing stage monitors better because it was cutting down on a lot of the room sound and bounce. 
I also use a in-ear monitoring system with custom molded Westone in ears for performing with my band American Scarecrows. This way I have control of a click track and my overall monitoring volume of my drums and my other bandmates. I am glad I made the switch to protect my hearing and only wish I had done it sooner. These days there are so many great options to protect your hearing that still let you enjoy the music you are playing and listening to. 
Mark (Brown Brogues)
SPB: Assuming that you're not playing a show, what is a typical Saturday night for Brown Brogues? What does it involve?
Mark: If we're flush with cash we would go out in Manchester and drink posh cocktails and prosecco. If not so flush we would drink cheap beers at each other houses then go to a gig.
So I guess what I’m saying is....typical Saturday night is getting drunk.
Digestor (GHOUL)
SPB: How's Creepsylvania this time of year? 
Digestor: Moist
Andrew (Specialist Subject Records, Bangers)
Do any of your musician friends have tinnitus?
I've actually had tinnitus for nearly 10 years and I can pin point the source of it to a Shai Hulud show in Newport, Wales. For years it was the bane of my life, now I think I've lost my hearing to the extent that it doesn't bother me. It's probably going to come back to bite me in later life. When I was younger I had some custom ear plugs that were amazing. I highly advise getting some if you would like to continue being able to make conversation in a noisy bar.

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

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

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 2:52 p.m.

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 ...

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfNe3zFT9rk
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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1QI: Choir Vandals, Royal Thunder, Horsebites, Toby Driver.

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

Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 6:02 p.m.

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. Okay, sometimes we miss a ...

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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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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