The Rocket Summer spent the last month of the summer traveling the country celebrating the 10th anniversary of their iconic album Do You Feel. The band has been playing massive sets each night, playing through the entirety of the album on top of at least 10 bonus songs off newer releases. Based on what we saw in Boston, this tour has served as a not only reflection on not The Rocket Summer’s past, but as a celebration of the community music has brought together and the power of that community.
Bryce Avary, the mastermind behind The Rocket Summer, made a point of sharing with fans that Do You Feel is so important to him because it’s the record that brought a lot of The Rocket Summer’s fans into this scene. He then called on fans to use their community to make a positive change in the world by donating to the Child Fund, who he brought on tour to raise money to combat child poverty.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Avary himself before he took the stage at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall. Check out the interview below and check out photos from the show here. Continue reading Interview with Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer
For the first time in 11 years, Valient Thorr hit the road to conquer dozens of cities across the country on the Vans Warped Tour. These guys have grown from being MySpace-generation newbies to rock’n’roll veterans that show the new kids on tour how it’s done. We had the chance to catch up with them at their Mansfield, Massachusetts stop on the tour at the Xfinity Theater.
Check out our incredible conversation below where we dive into the evolution of Warped Tour, punk’s role in resisting far-right political movements, and some of their favorite bands they’ve toured with this summer.
The Daily Slice: Could you introduce yourself, tell us what you do in the band, and tell us the best place to get a slice of pizza in your hometown?
Valient Thorr: This is Valient himself. I sing words for Valient Thorr. I live currently in Richmond, Virginia and I like to get the pizza that is called everything without anchovies–but I like to include anchovies–from Sontag’s in Richmond. But I can also can tell you my favorite pizza that I’ve ever had in the whole country that I look forward to. That’s called Hound Dogs Pizza in Columbus, Ohio. I’ll give them a shout out because I really like their fiery sauce and buttery garlic crust. There’s a lot of places to eat pizza in Richmond but I don’t know if any of them stand out as good as Hound Dogs. Full disclosure, I have been–for my health–eating vegan for the past, I guess August 10th will be two years. I’ve been eating vegan pizzas from this place called Belly timber in Richmond. Continue reading Interview with Valient Thorr
“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