STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: THE
HOLIDAY SOUNDS OF JOSH ROUSE is just about to be released. How are you
feeling about the album and the reaction you’ve had to it so far?
JOSH ROUSE: I’m excited it’s coming out. Just the label and friends
have heard it but the reaction has been superb. The first single was released
in September and it seems the fans have been waiting for something more “merry”
In a time when most bands
prefer to stick to a proven formula, Cold
War Kids continue to break new ground while forging their own musical path.
Although they don’t make drastic changes, they push the boundaries by
experimenting with new musical ideas and adding new layers to their sound. From
Post-Punk to Soul, Cold War Kids are not afraid to take chances. Integrity intact, they’ve been critical
darlings and achieved commercial success as they’ve navigated their way through
an ever-changing musical landscape.
Bad Wolves is a supergroup of sorts. Vocalist Tommy Vext spent time in bands like Divine Heresy, Snot, and Westfield
Massacre before the formation of Bad Wolves. Drummer John Boecklin was previously a member of DevilDriver, lead guitarist Doc
Coyle once rocked with God Forbid,
rhythm guitarist Chris Cain treaded
the boards with both Bury Your Dead
and For the Fallen Dreams, and
bassist Kyle Konkiel has laid down
the bottom end for In This Moment, Scar
the Martyr, and Vimic. If you
count their manager as an auxiliary band member, then it must be said that Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory – Bad Wolves’ manager –
kicks the ‘supergroup’ claim up another notch.
‘AMPED, the indie distribution division of wholesale giant Alliance Entertainment, has entered an
agreement to serve as the U.S. physical distributor for veteran punk rock label
Epitaph and its sister imprint, Anti-.
John Carpenter is a renaissance man. Best known as a director, Carpenter
is an equally talented screenwriter and composer. He’s had a hand in many
projects over the years. From TV movies, theatrical motion pictures, and comic
books, John Carpenter is a man who has a passion for the arts. He is also a man
who has a unique vision and it comes through in every project he is involved
with. Operating outside any industry formulas, Carpenter has written his own
rules along the way. Unsurprisingly, there have been many imitators along the
way but none of them have matched the master himself.
STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: Your new album, THE HELP MACHINE, is just
about to be released. How are you
feeling about the way it turned out and the reaction to it so far?
MILES ZUNIGA: Really good.
Celebrating their 25th
Anniversary this year, California-based label Hopeless Records has been at the forefront of the modern Punk
movement since their inception in 1994. With a host of Pop Punk, Hardcore, and
Post-Punk acts on their roster, the label has been one of the most influential
on the scene. With releases by All Time
Low, Sum 41, Neck Deep, Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice, Yellowcard, Anarbor, Taking
Back Sunday, Silverstein, We Are The In Crowd, Bayside, The Used, The Wonder
Years, The Human Abstract and Enter
Shikari, Hopeless has always embraced the energy of modern Punk and
releasing albums that have helped shape the genre. Through it all, the label
has earned the respect of the Punk Pop/Emo kids and that is what is most
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Years before it became a name for
a mobile video rental service, Red Box was a band. To be more precise,
British Pop outfit Red Box released their debut single – “Chenko” – in 1983.
Since then, they’ve only managed to release four albums, but what they lack in
quantity, they certainly make up for in quality. Red Box is a staggeringly
original outfit that mixes everything from classic Pop to Native American
chants, from World Music rhythms to winsome sing-along melodies. Whether the
song is bright and upbeat or slow and somber, there’s always a feeling of pure passion
that inhabits Red Box recordings.
Regardless of what the
Billboard charts might insinuate, Pop Punk – AKA Punk Pop – was not born in the
mid- ‘90s. The roots of the genre first came to prominence in the late ‘70s
thanks to bands like Ramones,
Buzzcocks, The Dickies, and The
Undertones. The blending of the raw power of Punk Rock and soaring,
sing-a-long melodies reignited the Indie scene and made Punk more -for lack of
a better term – consumer-friendly. The term ‘Pop Punk’ wasn’t widely used
until bands like The Offspring,
Green Day, Rancid, and Blink-182 brought
the genre to the mainstream, selling millions of albums in the process. MTV and
radio embraced this new movement that was as hook-filled as it was loud and
aggressive. It is hard to tell whether Pop Punk was a reaction against the
slick Pop and smooth R&B that filled the charts at the time or a full-on
musical revolution but whatever happened, happened.