On March 31st, Reading’s Reverb was the very first stop of The Sonic Unrest Pt 2 tour. Featuring Periphery, The Contortionist, Norma Jean and Infinity Shred, it was sure to be a varied bill.
Whitehall, PA – Tonight’s SOLD OUT event takes place at the famous Planet Trog. Upon squeezing into the venue, all I could see was audience from wall to wall. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this place has been this packed. As I try to fight my way in through the crowd I noticed the band up on stage was my friends in Cedar Green finishing their set. I wish I had known they were opening as I would’ve arrived a little bit earlier. The thing you should know about this venue is that this place isn’t huge. It’s a small club with a 400+ person capacity. It is connected to an indoor laser tag arena.
9/15/16 – Transcending the Coma Tour – The Devin Townsend Project / Between the Buried and Me with Fallujah – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Traffic and parking prevented us from witnessing opening act Fallujah’s performance. Reports seem to indicate that they put their latest release Dreamless firmly in the spotlight.
Between the Buried and Me were the second act of the evening and, as promised, played their latest album Coma Ecliptic in full. Coma Ecliptic was my favorite album of 2015, so seeing it in person was an experience that was perhaps best appreciated by those of us who had a familiarity with the concept and story. Then again, fans of progressive rock can also enjoy it as it may be the most accessible collection of songs the band has put out yet. The narrative helps to make it cohesive as a collection. Continue reading Transcending the Coma Tour
A few years ago, Henry and a mutual friend conducted an interview with Buddy (trombone) of Less Than Jake written by me. In a lot of ways, even though I had never spoken to Chris (guitar and vocals), this felt like a follow-up. They didn’t have a lot to report in terms of new developments, but we dove into the election theme of their Warped shows, why they have been putting out some of their best work lately, possible future ways they will be releasing music, releasing a live album…. that was recorded 15 years earlier and their 5th annual Wake and Bake Festival in Gainesville, FL. Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Less Than Jake
You can see a ska show at any point in the year, but there is something about seeing Reel Big Fish outside in the summertime. The combination of sunshine, Hawaiian shirts, horns and upbeat songs goes together so well.
A few years prior, I had the pleasure of talking to then-drummer Ryland Steen about Candy Coated Fury. Since then, they have put out an EP of holiday-inspired songs Happy Skalidays. This time, I spoke to Derek Gibbs (bass) about releasing Happy Skalidays on gold vinyl, future recording plans (and difficulties complicating that), future tours and the hot sauces that they just released.
Words by JJ Ellis
Photos by Jamie Heim
In 2014, Every Time I Die released my favorite album of that year, From Parts Unknown. The follow-up has a lot to live up to. Fortunately, it’s recorded and almost ready to go. Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Every Time I Die (2016)
It’s one thing to have a follow-up interview with a band, but this is round four between Tonight Alive and I. Yet again, I was happy to speak to Jenna (vocals) and Whakaio (guitar), this time, about their new album Limitless, the change in musical direction, embracing the possibilities for their live show, working with producers who kick their butts, calling their fans Humans, and teaching songwriting workshops on the tour.
The band has grown immensely since starting: no clearer evidence being that they started on the Kevin Says stage on Warped (which doesn’t even exist anymore) to now being a mainstage act. Tonight Alive has been steadily climbing the ladder through good old-fashioned hard work and there’s no reason to believe they’ll be stopping anytime soon.
Words by: JJ Ellis
Photos by: Henry Chung