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1QI: Asian Man Records, Set and Setting, Making New Enemies

Posted April 22, 2017, 3:03 p.m.
1QI: Asian Man Records, Set and Setting, Making New Enemies
Welcome to our semi-regular quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days each week.
After our social media followers get the first word, we post a wrap-up here at the site and archive them here. This week check out Q&As with Set and Setting, Asian Man Records, and Making New Enemies. 

Shane Handal (Set and Setting) 
SPB: There are a lot of stereotypes about post-rock. How do you approach genre and expectation when composing?
Handal: For whatever reason, post-rock sometimes has a negative stigma attached to it. Which is weird to me, because a lot of bands are proud to proclaim certain genres. Anyway, we never really felt like we've belonged in that genre, but because we are instrumental with long songs we get bunched in there. Maybe that's why bands don't like it? It puts us in a box full of stereotypes for listeners.
There are times when writing that I purposely try and dodge a more cliche "post-rock" opportunity either with a riff or melody, but most of the time it's not really a thought that crosses my mind. We try to write what comes out naturally, and there's rarely a thought of how we should write something because of stereotypes in any genre. When there is an expectation, we usually try and avoid that rather than give into it.
Mike Park (Asian Man Records)
SPB: What gives you the biggest sense of accomplishment through your years at Asian Man and as a part of the overall music scene?
Park: Developing life long friendships even when money and fame and power are usually the root of success in this corrupt business called the music business. This is my biggest accomplishments. When I constantly hear these nightmare stories of bands/labels fighting/suing each other and shit talking, I sit back and find solace in creating an oasis of good people whom I can call friends for life.  
Dustin Cole Hayes (Making New Enemies)
SPB: How much space in your house is dedicated to music storage (whether instruments or records)?
Hayes: Well, unfortunately for my roommates 50% of our basement is filled up with all my music and recording gear. Then that gear is matched by an equal amount of friend’s gear left and forgotten about over time. So in total we have like 10 different amps and cabs of all sizes, two full drum sets, and a cornucopia of guitars and pedals strewn around. My roommates literally have to carve a path through the gear to the washer and dryer like a hoarder’s house…
I’d say I make up for it by cleaning the kitchen and floors a lot but I’m not sure if they’d even agree…

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The Holy Mess + Elway

Posted April 19, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
The Holy Mess + Elway

Say-10 Records has announced new project Steveo & The Crippling Addictions (Steveo from Holy Mess and Tim Browne from Elway). The do is currently recording with the expectation of releasing their debut this summer, tentatively titled Desolation Monday.

While recorded as a two-piece, the expectation is for early shows to feature Steveo solo, perhaps later joined by a full band.

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Bands Negative Approach and Bloodclot to hit the road

Posted April 13, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Negative Approach and Bloodclot to hit the road

Bloodclot - Up In Arms

Negative Approach will be joined by Bloodclot on an upcoming tour this summer. Bloodclot will be releasing their debut, Up In Arms, on July 14 on Metal Blade Records. The quartet features a number of ...

Bands 1QI: Badlands, Extinction A.D., Cayetana

Posted April 10, 2017, 5:43 a.m.

1QI: Badlands, Extinction A.D., Cayetana

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview three days each week, typically every Tuesday-Thursday.   After our social media followers ...

Bands New Julien Baker 7" "Funeral Pyre"

Posted March 22, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

21-year-old Memphis singer-songwriter Julien Baker just released a new 7" for her song "Funeral Pyre" and B-side "Distant Solar Systems." In case the title doesn't give it away, "Funeral Pyre" continues Baker's relentless-but-gentle ...

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Bands 1QI: Four Lights, Known Cowboy, Just Friends

Posted March 10, 2017, 4:21 a.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Four Lights, Known Cowboy, Just Friends

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

Dan Gardner (Four Lights)
SPB: What is your favorite 1980s artist?
Dan: The Replacements. Westerberg is one of the greatest American songwriters. My parents were big fans of theirs and I grew with Let It Be and Tim playing in the house, in the car, everywhere. Those records were a big part of my growing up and continue to be just as important to me to this day. Every teenager should be given a copy of Let It Be. 
Known Cowboy
SPB: What is your favorite 1970s artist?
Known Cowboy: My favourite 1970s artist without question has to be no other than David Bowie! God, I love Hunky Dory.
The fun fact is that I didn’t discover Bowie´s work until last year after he died. When I found out about him it was a revelation. 
I would say Pink Floyd, but I think the power of expression of Bowie did a powerful job in me, more than the mesmerizing tunes of DSOTM or WYWH,
I will end this reply by saying that I actually love a record from 1978 called Visions of the Country by Robbie Basho.
Sam, Brandon and Avi (Just Friends)
SPB: What’s the secret to a successful tour?
Just Friends: Cut the dead weight. Chillers only. You gotta be down for the cause, 100% without doubt. You have to believe in the people around you and they got believe in you. Have their back. Embody the spirit of the road dawg. 

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Bands Jouska updates

Posted March 4, 2017, 10:03 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Jouska updates

New York state's Jouska have started work on a new EP with a scheduled release this fall on Tiny Engines. The band also has ...

Jouska Spring Tour
3/3 Bloomington IN @ The Void

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Bands 1QI: Magnetic Ghost, Magana, Bong Mountain

Posted Feb. 27, 2017, 3:35 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Magnetic Ghost, Magana, Bong Mountain

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

Andy (Magnetic Ghost)
SPB: What is the weirdest venue you’ve played a show at (or attended)?
Andy: Seattle house show that wasn't in a house, but was in a yard, complete with a tarp covered in dumpstered mashed fruit which everyone was encouraged to wrestle in / on after imbibing copious amounts of Carlo Rossi jug wine. Total anarcho hippie vibe at its best. I haven't done this yet, but I'd really like to organize an outdoor winter show in Minnesota, ideally when it is pretty frigid. Maybe have it lit and sorta heated with burning barrels, but have the cold become an endurance test for the performer--- frostbite and chilblains as art? Call it "cold drone" or something.  
SPB: Do you get nervous before you play a show?
Magana: Yep!  There are 2 distinct phase of nervousness. The first one is my self-manager side. Did I do a good enough job with promotion? Should I be outside handing out flyers to the people passing by? Will anybody show up, or will I be playing to the person doing sound? And then immediately following is the performance anxiety. Did I practice enough? Am I going to mess up the solo in the third song? Are the people that are here going to get bored and leave in the middle of the set? And then I get onstage and drink wine and it's usually totally fine.
I get more nervous playing solo than when I play with a band.  I feel more exposed and it's something that I'm less used to. And I get more nervous in front of tiny crowds than big crowds because it seems so much more personal.  Like if I don't put on a perfect show, I'm going to deeply offend the people that are listening. 
Bong Mountain
SPB: What’s your favorite protest song?
The serious, educational, and inspirational protest songs that have helped me through tough times just aren't enough right now -- they don't perfectly convey my anger towards the current state of things.
There isn't one song, but a full album”; Galactic Cannibal's "We're Fucked" is a statement within itself. It's angry, loud, sharp, and painstakingly crushing to your ears in an almost sarcastic manner. The overall message is in the title:  WE'RE FUCKED. At this point, I think we are fucked -- not in a way that there is no hope but in a way that makes you forget about the state of things because you moshed too hard in your kitchen and put your own head through the wall because that's all there is to really do at this point. And at that, all you can really say is "THIS WORLD FUCKING SUCKS."

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Bands Reversal of Man reissues

Posted Feb. 26, 2017, 11:49 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Reversal of Man reissues

photo by Loren Green

Tampa, FL hardcore act Reversal of Man, who released several records from 1995-2000, including This Is Medicine (Ebullition Records), will digitally reissue their catalog on ...

Bands The Damned coming to USA

Posted Feb. 18, 2017, 7:48 p.m. in Bands by Loren

The Damned coming to USA

photo by Dod Morrison

As The Damned celebrate the 40th anniversary of their classic Damned Damned Damned record with a special reissue, they are also setting out on a ...

NORTH AMERICAN SHOWS 2017:April 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater <<<April 7 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues ***April 8 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues ***April 9 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues ***April 11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ***April 12 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades ***April 14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom ***April 15 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore ***April 16 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox ***April 18 - Salt Lake City, U - The Depot ***April 19 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall ***April 21 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall ***April 22 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line ***April 23 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues ***April 24 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom ***April 26 – Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Old National Ctr. ***April 27 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s ***April 28 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues ***April 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall ^^^April 30 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Theatre ^^^May 2 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda ^^^May 4 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club ^^^May 5 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw ^^^May 6 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony ^^^May 7 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA ^^^May 9 - Baltimore, MD - Sound Stage ^^^May 11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade/Heaven ^^^May 12 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues ^^^May 13 - St, Petersburg, FL – State Theater ^^^May 14 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution ^^^May 16 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues ^^^May 17 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues ^^^May 18 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues ^^^May 19 - Austin, TX - Mohawk Outdoors ^^^May 21- Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater ^^^
<<< w/ Alice Bag & The Sissy Bears*** w/ Bleached^^^ w/ The BellRays

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Bands 1QI: Entropy, Soft Kill, Body Stuff

Posted Jan. 30, 2017, 3:46 p.m. in Bands by Cheryl

1QI: Entropy, Soft Kill, Body Stuff

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

Brian (Entropy)
SPB: What do you think the internet has done for the word of mouth punk scene? 
Brian: As far as how it effects underground punk rock, the internet is both a blessing and a curse.
It's obviously made it way easier to spread news, learn about shows and, most importantly, discover new music. But it's that easy for everyone to get the word out, so there ends up being an overload of information. Suddenly people just dipping their toes in are being invited to every show from Boston to California and every band on earth is vying for their attention which predictably gets to be a bit much.
When I started going to shows in the ‘90s, I would be stoked to get a flyer and know when and where the next show was. I'd wonder about the band I'd never heard of with “from Boston” under their name and would be excited to see them. Now when promoting shows, the dynamic has shifted so that you're basically bothering people who may or may not even be interested. I mean, half the people logging in to look at porn for three minutes to get a proper wank in before getting on with their day just aren't that interested that Puking Chloroform are playing at the Ritz next Thursday night.
The ease of internet promotion can cause a lazy complacency that belies the urgency in message that should always be present in punk rock, and that part of it just plain sucks. The ability to quickly reach people the world over is an amazing force that's easy to underestimate, however, so it's a mixed bag.
Tobias Sinclair (Soft Kill)
SPB: How did you meet the new members and how did they get on the Soft Kill ship?
Tobias: Owen & Conrad have been with the band since the Heresy LP.  I met Owen when I was nineteen and playing in grind core / noise bands.  We spent our initial time together playing with broken synthesizers in his basement and in a lot of ways he taught me how to create some of the sounds I had in my head at that time. This lead to me starting my first project of my own which was how I came into contact with Conrad who was making similarly fucked up noise.  Eric started playing guitar with us in 2012 and is on the Seven Hundred 7" but never played with us until recently.  I met him when I sprayed his other band down with a fire extinguisher when they played my warehouse six years ago.  It looks like my old band and room mate Drew will be playing drums for us starting in 2017 as well.  I met him when he was sixteen and have watched him grow into a total savage... one of the most brilliant players and skaters I've encountered.
Curran Reynolds (Body Stuff)
SPB: Do you make a conscious decision to reference or deviate from past material when working on Body Stuff?
Curran: The Body Stuff approach is to make music from the gut, without consciously thinking about any other music at all. After it's made, then I can reflect and say, "Hey, this sounds like it's referencing this or that." Looking at the two EPs I've made so far, in hindsight I can say that some of what's being referenced is the big rock and pop hits of the late '80s. This is the music I grew up with as a little kid and naturally it comes through. But those influences are buried under the noise of other influences, like death metal drumming and various New York City vibes. And to compare the first EP and the second, I think the second has some dreamy Maine woods isolation vibes in it too, because that's where I was living the year I wrote it.

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Bands Amenra recording Mass VI

Posted Jan. 29, 2017, 10:19 a.m. in Bands by Loren

Amenra recording Mass VI

photo by Stefaan Temmerman

Amenra have entered the studio with Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Om, Swans) to record a new album for release later this year. TItled Mass VI, it ...

AMENRA Acoustic Tour:2/16/2017 Generiq Festival - Dijon, FR 2/17/2017 Drucklufthaus - Oberhausen, DE 2/18/2017 Lido - Berlin, DE 2/19/2017 B90 - Gdansk, PL 2/20/2017 Progresja - Warsaw, PL 2/21/2017 Firlej - Wroclaw, PL 2/22/2017 Futurum - Prague, CZ 2/23/2017 PMK - Innsbruck, AU 2/24/2017 Santeria Social Club - Milan, IT 2/25/2017 Les Docks - Lausanne, CH 2/26/2017 Jubez - Karlsruhe, DE 3/17/2017 Neushoorn - Leeuwarden, NL3/18/2017 Effenaar - Eindhoven, NL 3/19/2017 Tivoli - Utrecht, NL 4/28/2017 Smoke The Fuzz Fest - Athens, GR (not acoustic show)5/25/2017 Church St. - Denijs, BE [SOLD OUT]5/26/2017 Church St. - Denijs, BE [SOLD OUT]

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