“Remember, ‘feminism’ isn’t a dirty word.” These words rang loud and clear from the Skullcandy stage as War On Women’s set came to a close in the first hour of the Hartford, CT date of this year’s Vans Warped Tour. It was impossible to miss singer Shawna Potter’s powerful voice and the band’s contagious energy, even from across the grounds at Xfinity Theater.
The Baltimore-based thrash punks in War On Women have made their presence known on the tour this year. They ran workshops on making music more welcoming to people of all genders, sexualities, abilities, and other identities. They brought an organization called Safer Scenes to teach concertgoers how to be active bystanders and intervene when they see harassment or assault occur at a show, and partner with bands like Anti-Flag and Bad Cop / Bad Cop to spread their message. All of this on top of Potter’s blogs reflecting on their experience on the tour for VICE’s Noisey.
We sat down with Potter to talk about being a loud and proud feminist band on Warped Tour in a conglomeration of scenes dominated by men, punk’s role in politics, and–of course–pizza. Continue reading ‘I cannot debate human rights’ | Interview with Shawna of War On Women
Scarlet Sails recently were on the road U.S. tour, which supported the release of their album Future From The Past with support from Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys & Radiator King. The band has begun distributing rewards to their Kickstarter backers for their album, and just wrapped up filming for their music video for “Spell My Name.” They have some shows coming up on the west coast this summer, and will round out the summer back in New York for a few dates. Hopefully, for the sake of all of us between New York and California, more dates will be added in the months to come.
While they were on tour, we caught up with singer/keyboardist Olya Viglione and her husband and drummer of Scarlet Sails, Brian Viglione (of Dresden Dolls fame), to discuss all things pizza, touring, recording, and punk politics.
The Daily Slice: First, can I have you introduce yourselves with your name, what you do in Scarlet Sails, and the best place you’ve grabbed a slice of pizza on tour?
Brian Viglione: Joe’s, at 150 East 14th Street. It is by far my favorite slice of pizza in the universe, without a doubt. They are open way late. They have pictures of Bill Murray and people on the wall. They’re fast. They’re delicious. It’s vibey. It’s just the most delicious slice of pizza. My mouth waters just thinking about it. I will go blocks out of my way sometimes to like give it to late night. Continue reading ‘I’m living in America with my American dream’ | Interview with Scarlet Sails
Based in New York, Manic Kat Records have been helping indie punk artists navigate the music business since 2009. They emphasize collaboration and interpersonal connections in all of their work, and put forth an an artists-first philosophy that ensures the artists and label grow together. Manic Kat have signed acts like Rival Town, Wired for Havoc and Bad Case of Big Mouth in their eight years in operation, and have seen their artists featured in outlets like Alternative Press.
We caught up with Manic Kat’s owner and founder Peter James to hear about the label’s history, latest happenings, and (of course) pizza preferences.
The Daily Slice: Could you first introduce yourself to our readers with your name, your official title at Manic Kat Records, and (since we’re a pizza-themed site) the best place to get a slice of pizza in your hometown?
Peter James: Sure thing, my name is Peter James and I am the owner/founder of Manic Kat Records. The absolutely best slice of pizza is right down the street from our office, it’s called Mr. Crispy’s Brick Oven Pizza. They have the best thin sliced pizza in the area, hands down! Continue reading Industry Interview: Peter James of Manic Kat Records
Poets of the Fall is, without a doubt, one of the most underrated bands of our time. After making music for 13 years–and becoming one of my personal favorites along the way–Poets of the Fall just released their seventh studio album, Clearview on Spotify and iTunes.
As the band prepares to head out on tour in Russia this month, I had a chance to ask lead singer Marko Saaresto a few questions. Check them out below, and also on Art On The Edge.
Adam McPartlan: Of your extensive catalog, do you have a favorite song, or a song that you think is the band’s best?
Marko Saaresto: The favourites seem to change depending on moods, seasons, what’s new, what we’ve “played too much” etc. But we think every song is unique in its own way and deserves it’s place in our repertoire, so for us, being the authors, if you will, no one song is somehow ultimately better than the others, just maybe better suited for a certain occasion or mood. Continue reading “It has to be the sheer love of expression” | An Interview with Marko Saaresto
Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Chelsea Grin set out on their third run on the Vans Warped Tour this summer. Earlier this month, the band released their latest album, Self-Inflicted via Rise Records while on the tour, and their massive main stage crowds are already singing along. We had the chance to catch up with lead vocalist Alex Koehler at the Mansfield, Massachusetts stop on the tour to discuss all things pizza and Warped Tour.
The Daily Slice: What’s the best place to get a slice of pizza in your hometown?
Alex Koehler: I think my favorite place to get a slice of pizza is…There’s a spot downtown and it is called the Pie Hole, and it’s just like a local spot. It’s open until, like 3am. So on the weekends that’s where everyone goes out when the bars close and they kick them out. It’s pretty cool, I like it. Continue reading Warped Wednesday: Interview with Alex of Chelsea Grin