San Jose, CA rock band Stickup Kid has been making waves for the past few years, and this year seems it will be no different. Last week I had the chance to catch up with their bassist, Jon, and we discussed pizza philosophy, musical changes in their new album Future Fire, and the band’s future plans, among other stuff that you can only find out if you read this interview. So you can totally do that by reading below!
Can you first tell me your name, what you do in the band, and your favorite pizza topping?
My name is Jonathan McMaster and I play bass in the band. I’m not going to pick just one, that’s for kid’s parties. I like an olive oil based pie topped with tomato, spinach, and feta cheese. At our local spot (where our guitar player works) that’s called “the greek.” Continue reading Interview with Jonathan McMaster of Stickup Kid
Interview submitted by Crewys Lane // contributing writer
Monroe, Michigan isn’t known for much other than being in between Detroit and Toledo, but they have some great music there. The boys in Arrows (Luke Vasbinder on guitar/vocals, Evin Daniels on drums/vocals, and Jon Stafford on bass) have been in the Monroe music scene for years and they don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Best friends Luke Vasbinder and Evin Daniels have been playing music from a very young age and have played in bands together since the early years of high school. After growing out of the dark days of Four Year Strong influenced pop punk, the boys started Arrows. I had the chance to talk to them about the future, the current Toledo, Ohio music scene, and going to Pittsburgh this summer. Follow them on Twitter for fun updates about music, shows, and Evin’s obsession with Kiss. @Arrows734
First off, what;s your name and duty in Arrows, and what is your guilty pleasure artist/band?
Luke Vasbinder: Luke Vasbinder, Guitar/vox, Lord Finesse, Ja Rule
Evin Daniels: Evin Daniels, Drums/vox, ABBA, Motionless In White
What bands got you into playing music?
LV: Blink 182, Smashing Pumpkins, Third Eye Blind, Nirvana, Everclear
ED: Kiss, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, Nirvana, Blink 182, Green Day, Keane Continue reading Interview with Arrows
I’d been hearing some buzz about Call The Station for quite some time. Their current line up consists of Florio, lead vocalist Anthony Wall, guitarist Mauricio Rincon and bassist Eran Abraham, and after having heard of some members from their previous bands, I decided to reach out to their guitarist/vocalist Matthew Florio to get a closer look at the band, where they’re from, where they’re going, and their debut album Signals.
Where Is Call The Station based out of?
We are from Long Island, NY.
Where did the name Call The Station come from?
Our singer Anthony came up with it while we were recording. We had a bunch of bad names, and this just seemed to fit the best.
How long have you guys been playing together?
Anthony, Mauricio, and Eran met at college a few years ago. They started playing shows with their previous band until I met Mauricio in 2011. We started writing and playing together more and went through a few lineup changes.
Continue reading Interivew with Matthew of Call The Station
Atlanta Panic! At The Disco fans who attended tonight’s show at The Tabernacle were forced to evacuate after cracking the venue’s floor. Luckily, no injuries were reported. However, much disappointment has been reported from the fans who wanted to see the band play only to hear the first two songs of their set. Singer, Brendon Urie, promises they’ll return to see their Georgian fans in the summer. Continue reading Panic! At The Tabernacle
Interview submitted by Aj Fargnoli // contributing writer
Since Rochester, NY is one of the three major cities upstate NY has to offer in the music industry, there are many titles to keep up with. Being that bands like Polar Bear Club, members of Hit The Lights, Such Gold, and many other heavyweights in the business reside here, it’s with no surprise that a revolution will spark some of the town residents eyes. For some of them, they start bands, and for others; they start record labels. Casey Sanders and Jordan Serrano are kindle to the fire that is Hockomock Records; a new and upcoming label straight from the 585 to go above and beyond just any label that starts small with little motivation. With some time aside from his busy schedule, I got to take a minute to speak with Casey and get some inside news on the label, from their creation to their future ideas.
Where did the name “Hockomock Records” come from?
One time Jordan and I researched some places that are said to be paranormal activity hotspots. There’s one called the Bridgewater Triangle in New England and in that region there’s an area called Hockomock Swamp where people supposedly see ghosts. “Hockomock” is a Native American word for “place where spirits dwell.” Continue reading Interview with Casey of Hockomock Records