5/22/17 – The Voltage Lounge was host to Red City Radio, The Bombpops and Russian Girlfriends as they stopped in Philadelphia as a part of their huge national tour. The tiny club offered a no-frills setting though the narrow space upstairs held the merch and additional vantage points. For those of us who stayed on the floor, it was an intimate event.
October is meant to be a spooky month, culminating in Halloween. Aside from some seeing some incarnation of the Misfits, the best musical way to prepare for the season is a good old-fashioned death metal show, especially one surrounded with horror imagery.
On Tuesday October, 13th Reverb in Reading, PA was host to Cannibal Corpse,Cattle Decapitation and Soreption.
My press commitments only allowed me to catch the last song from Soreption’s set, but from what I was able to gather, the crowd had plenty of love for these Swedes.
It’s starting to become a running theme now where we catch up with Tonight Alive whenever they’re on tour at a city near us. But we can’t help it, We’re big fans and long time supporters of these talented Aussies.
We caught up with Whakaio Taahi and Jake Hardy backstage at the Sands Event Center and talked about how well received The Other Side was, the album’s artwork done by Ryan Clark (Invisible Creatures, Demon Hunter), their first US headlining tour last Fall, their new song “The Edge” appearing in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack and the outlook of the rest of the year.
You can pick up a copy of Tonight Alive’s The Other Sidehere.
Right before the gates opened and a flood of rabid fans filled the Sands Event Center to the SOLD OUT show for the evening, we got the chance to talk to John Nolan and Shuan Cooper of Taking Back Sunday (who also happened to be half of Straylight Run which is currently in indefinite hiatus).
We talked about the tour’s selling out streak, their current release Happiness Is, the recording process and the production, the album artwork, what might be their next single and what’s to come for the rest of the year for the band.
11/17/13 – One of Philadelphia’s tiniest venues, The Barbary, hosted New Bedford, Massachusetts’ finest band, A Wilhelm Scream. Fresh off of the release of their long-awaited album Partycrasher (available on No Idea Records), AWS played an energetic set full of old favorites along with some new cuts.
Single Mothers opened the show.
In a follow-up to the previous year’s interview with Brian (bass), J.J. was lucky enough to speak to Mike (guitars) and Nick (drums) about Partycrasher, their new record label and what to expect in the future along with other fun facts.
As a side note: album artist Dave Kloc was in attendance. Look up his work here.
A special thanks to A Wilhelm Scream’s tour manager, Chad Topor, for making this happen.
Reel Big Fish was another band that eluded my interviewing grasp for quite some time. Big tuna, Aaron Barrett wasn’t available for press, but drummer Ryland Steen was. After a few moments of heartily mocking Crocodile Rock, we launched into it and he was incredibly easy to talk to.
Their latest album Candy Coated Fury is a bit of a comeback, so check it out if you had given up on the band years ago.