Getting To Know Demi The Daredevil!


Where are you from and when did you get started?

We are from El Paso, Texas and we started jamming ten years ago in high school. But, after some tragic events, we didn’t start taking this seriously until 2015.

Who are you and who does what in the band?

Im Jeff Azar, I sing and play the keys. Marc plays the guitar. Matt and Gabriel play the drums. We play with backtracks, with a few programmed instruments in them.

How would you best describe the sound?

Queen meets Chicago meets Genesis if you’re an oldie. A newie, you could say twenty one pilots meets Panic! at the Disco meets My Chemical Romance. We have punk roots but this music has a slightly more relaxed feel, and is a bit more composed. Art Pop Dark theater music with emo punk roots.

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

Dream rock moment…. a fantasy would be to open for Puddle of Mud or Mudvayne or Muddy Waters if he were still around. Marc’s in a band called Slop Musket which is would be cool. Cradle of Filth maybe. I’m on a dirty word tangent. Maybe I should rethink my dreams and go to the light. Yani, or Switchfoot or Enya maybe.

Still got day jobs?

Yes, yes still got a day job. I guess that’s the defining factor between hobby musician and a professional musician isn’t it. And right now we’re in the trenches. And until I quit my day job, no one around me will be 100% convinced of this project being a career for me.

Any regrets?

Yes. Do I ever. I know they say regrets are useless. And they are if you already understand the mistake. But it’s still hard not to think about them. For me it’s being caught up in negative relationships for so long. Wrong crowds. Wasted a lot of time trying to get on the same page as people who aren’t on the same path as me.

Find out more: http://www.demithedaredevil.com/

Getting To Know Tarah Who?


Where are you from and when did you get started?

Tarah G. Carpenter (Vocals, Guitar)
Matthew Peltcher (Bass)

MP: I was born in Los Angeles California. I’ve been playing music since I was very young. We had a music teacher bring different instruments every week to class and eventually I got to play trumpet in the school band. In high school, I was hanging out with a big group of friends at lunch and they were like “Hey! We should all form a band! That would be so cool!” We got so excited, we started shouting out which instruments we were going to play. In the end, the only two that actually formed a band from that group was my best friend and myself.

TGC: I am from Paris, France. I started playing music when i was 14. I wanted to learn the drums but no one really supported for this instrument so I started teaching myself. I moved to Kentucky when i was 15 and i couldn’t play the drums ( I played percussion in Murray High School Band though..) so i taught myself the guitar. When I returned to France, to finish my baccalauréat I joined two bands. One, in which i played the drums and another one in which I was playing the bass. Secretly, I wrote songs on the guitar. I moved to LA when I turned 21, I didn’t have a band but I wanted to play. I found an ad on craigslist: ” looking for talented singer songwriters to play in a warehouse”. I can still picture it. I actually wish I could find such an event for us today! Anyway, I went? It was my first performance as a singer-guitar player. I had a lot of positive feedback so I kept on doing it. 11 years later.. I am still doing it!

Who are you and who does what in the band?

MP: I’m the bass player and backing vocals. Tarah writes the music and the rest of us contribute.

TGC: I am Tarah, founder of Tarah Who?. I write the songs (music and lyrics).

How would you best describe the sound?

MP: Our sound can have some grunge, punk, rock or even metal sounds depending on the song. We aren’t looking for any particular sound. We just write what sounds good to us. You can definitely expect a very loud performance at a Tarah Who? Show.

TGC: This is very well described! Not much to add here.. We’re very simple in sound. Plug in and play. we’re loud, energetic, we like to scream and make you scream! We love to entertain!
I grew up listening to 90 ‘s rock music, and i was a big Alanis fan. So I am pretty sure there is some Alanis in my writing (singer-songwriter) then I discovered the Foo fighters and I was a huge fan! And then, I discovered the Distillers. And outside of having a big crush on Brody, I thought they sounded amazing;) wait, does that make sense?

So Tarah Who? sounds like Alanis, kept Taylor on the drums but switched her guitar player with Brody and Tony, meets Courtney Love just because she’s hanging out! (I may have had a Moscow Mule or two…)

Dream rock moment (real or not)?

MP: Touring Europe. Let’s make that dream a reality. 😉

TGC: Easy peasy Matt! We’ll make it happen, don’t you worry:) I am not sure that I understand the question… Have I had a dream Rock moment? what is a dream rock moment?!!Wait I am confused..

Well.. let me tell you a little story instead.. once upon a time, I go to my rehearsal space in North Hollywood with my dog, Boogie who takes a dump. I pick it up, because i am a good citizen.. (Or I think I am..) I look up and someone says Hi! and it is Jack Black. The End.

Still got day jobs?

MP: Yes. Next question?

TGC: Got to do what you gotta do!

Any regrets?

MP: No. What purpose do regrets have besides making you feel like shit? Regrets are a big waste of time and the sooner you realize it the better. I’m done with my PSA now.

TGC: Sometimes… missed opportunities. When i don’t dare to ACT when i get THE chance. I hesitate for too long and then the moment is gone. Then i am pretty upset at myself for not daring.. I am getting better…I think… but yeah.. That’s the kind of regret I have.

Find out more about the band here.

Brash Bullets – Radio Therapy

If you like your punk served up old school British style, but want something new to be mad chuffed about, then here’s your ticket, kiddies.

“Radio Therapy” is the debut EP by South UK, “‘77 style” punkers, Brash Bullets. While you only get six tracks, what you get is chock full of punk tunes tempered by the influence of bands like, Crass, Business, Sham 69, Stiff Little Fingers, etc. I ain’t gonna lie to ya, if you’re not into the “77” sound you’re probably going to pan it as derivative. However, if you ARE into that, I think this will be right up your alley.

The tracks are mostly mid to up tempo and clock in around the two minute mark on average. This is great for short attention span folks like myself. Oddly the epic length track, Girl Next Door, registering in at a mind bending 2:34 is my personal fav on the EP.

As far as the “sound” coming from my speakers, the recording seems efficient, and there’s a rather garage/basement vibe. Not that the tracks aren’t clean, so much as they are minimalist. It seems that overdubs are used sparingly if at all and I’d suspect that it was recorded in as few tracks, with as few takes as possible. I like the result, it’s sharp, yet raw. I think overproduction would diminish that feel.

At any rate, a solid dose of new punk from some old soul upstarts in the South of the UK, check ‘em out.

Here’s a grip o’ ways you can get in touch with the band:
Listen: https://m.soundcloud.com/brash-bullets
Buy: https://www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/brashbullets
Harass: https://m.facebook.com/BrashBulletsPunk/
Twitter: @BrashBullets

Bio:
Brash Bullets started gigging in mid 2015 flying the punk flag in the south of the UK. Taking inspiration from many of the ’77 punk bands and adding a pinch of modern life, Brash Bullets’ aim is to leave you questioning the existence of glossy la-dee-dah talent shows & mainstream pop. Ripping through their set lists at rapid pace, they have found themselves sharing the stage of punk royalty such as Richie Ramone, Anti-Nowhere League, GBH, Angelic Upstarts and Peter & The Test Tube Babies to name a few. Their debut ep ‘Radio Therapy’ is available now!

Tracks:
1. Snap!
2. I Wanna Buy Her Love
3. Indoctrinated
4. Girl Next Door
5. Capital City Disappointment
6. Soldier On

Spring Heeled Jack – New Release

I’m pleased to report that one of my long time favorite ska bands is back at it with new music. Sound Salvation, the first new material in nearly 20 years will be premiered at the “CINCO DE JACKO RECORD RELEASE FIESTA LOCO !!” … I seriously wish I could attend.

You can get more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1813172175608675/

At Both Ends – Wheel’s Out The Window

At Both Ends is a pop-punk ska band reminiscent of the big 90’s 3rd wave era. They come from Sacramento and “Wheel’s Out the Window”, released under Morning Wood Records! Is their second album.

Alright, let’s get into it. One word I would use to describe this album is dynamic, and my opinion changed several times as the album progressed. As a predominately hardcore and ska-core fan, I was pleasantly surprised by some elements in this work. From the great rumbling bass riff to a thrash-like breakdown, I found many things to enjoy. Don’t let me paint this as a heavy ska-punk album though. The majority of the riffs are built around a poppy electric (emphasis on electric) guitar that most of the time got on my nerves, as did the singing which I will get into soon.

I do have to say I am a big fan of the horns on this album. Although they aren’t in every song I found them fantastic and well linked with the guitar, but were also original and crisp similar to that of Streetlight Manifesto’s many hits. Overall I am a fan of the music except for the voice. The lyrics and singer definitely put a damper on my appreciation of the piece. Though the songs have themes of unconformity (“Your Way”) and freedom (“Freedom”), the lead singer Gene sounds similar to the tone you think of when someone says pop-punk and not in a good way. Not to mention cheesy lyrics and rhymes, I found the album at its best when there wasn’t any singing at all. However, if Reel Big Fish, Green Day, and Less Than Jake are your jams, I think you will enjoy this album. Personally if Gene could pull off a kind of Jason Navarro of The Suicide Machines this album would be twice as good.

Overall I would recommend the album due to an overall appreciation for creating something fresh in the ska scene that announces similar values to that of the masters. Although I critiqued the guitar heavily, it did have its moments as well as the rest of the instruments. About 2/3 of the songs I can see myself listening to again, leaving about 5 or so songs that were in my opinion mediocre due to a pop sound and vocals.

You can find it at bancamp at:
https://atbothendspunk.bandcamp.com/album/wheels-out-the-window

Thanks for reading and leave your comments and opinions below! What did you think of the album?

-PW

The Best of the Worst – Painted Fools

Ska, Punk, Rock and Roll!

New Jersey based The Best of the Worst is back at it with a brand new EP. Painted Fools (available on 04/20/2017) offers up 7 new tracks of, well, ska, punk, and rock and roll.

From dreamy to screamy the band hits a wide range of sounds both across and within individual tracks. I’ll be honest here, I’m not at all familiar with this band, so I’m going to go out on a limb here with who their influences might be. I hear the subtle guiding hand of Bomb the Music Industry, Less Than Jake, Isaac Green and the Skalars, Lawrence Arms and, I don’t know, maybe some Tom Petty.

I am honestly a bit disappointed that I haven’t heard of them before, because I’m rather enjoying what I’m hearing. They’ve got track complexity, without being obtuse. The songs are well crafted with subtlety and nuance. Good takes. Good mix. There’s a link below. Go and buy a copy. Support local music, even if local is 1000s of miles away from where you really are.

We have the internet people! You can listen to sweet new music and then give a band some of your hard earned ducats so that they too can enjoy the sweet life of top shelf ramen on occasion.

http://chokeartist.storenvy.com/products/19480255-the-best-of-the-worst-painted-fools-cd

Cheers!
Jerry Actually

Tracks:
1. Habits Live Hard
2. Inside My Apartment
3. Where Complacency Lives.
4. Spoiler Alert:
5. Doesn’t Really Matter, (feat. Tom Etts)
6. Like Bugs in Amber
7. We’ve Been Held Captive

THE MENZINGERS SHARE VIDEO FOR “AFTER THE PARTY”

PHILADELPHIA PUNK BAND NOW ON NATIONAL HEADLINE TOUR

(Photo Credit Charles Wzresniewski)

Today marks the premiere of the video for “After the Party,” the title track from The Menzingers’ latest album. The Philadelphia punk band’s fifth full-length, After the Party was released last month to much critical acclaim.

Directed by Kyle Thrash, “After the Party” unfolds as a frenetic short film following a young couple through Dairy Queen parking lots, trashed apartments, house parties, motel rooms, pool halls, and rooftops. The video’s gritty yet romantic sensibility perfectly captures the spirit of the song—a bittersweet anthem that Menzingers singer/guitarist Greg Barnett has described as “mundane moments etched behind eyelids that culminate into meaningful realizations, and of course give way to the beautiful trifecta of Sex! Drugs! Rock n Roll!”

Watch the video for “After the Party” here:

Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pianos Become the Teeth), After the Party offers a raw yet nuanced look at getting older but not quite growing up. In a five-star review, Blurt praised the album as “one of the best punk records you’ll hear this year.” Also hailing After the Party as the band’s best album to date, Blurt noted that The Menzingers “have been progressively growing from their fiery, aggressive earlier years into something more reflective and introspective, while never compromising energy or attitude.”

AFTER THE PARTY TRACKLIST:

1. Tellin’ Lies
2. Thick as Thieves
3. Lookers
4. Midwestern States
5. Charlie’s Army
6. House on Fire
7. Black Mass
8. Boy Blue
9. Bad Catholics
10. Your Wild Years
11. The Bars
12. After the Party
13. Livin’ Ain’t Easy

The Menzingers are currently on tour in support of After the Party, with Jeff Rosenstock and Rozwell Kid opening up.

Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

THE MENZINGERS TOUR DATES:

Mar 23 Orlando, FL – The Social
Mar 24 Orlando, FL – The Social (Sold Out)
Mar 25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Mar 26 Tampa, FL – The State Theatre
Mar 28 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Mar 29 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel (Sold Out)
Mar 30 New York, NY – Irving Plaza (Sold Out)
Mar 31 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
Apr 01 Boston, MA – Royale (Sold Out)
Apr 04 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

For more information on The Menzingers, visit:

Everything Sucks 20th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue

Descendents Everything Sucks Gets 20th Anniversary Deluxe Vinyl Reissue Out May 5th
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this special release in our history, Epitaph Records is proud to present the deluxe 20th Anniversary edition of Descendents Everything Sucks. This remastered edition is a vinyl lover’s dream; pressed on 180 gram vinyl and including a 7” with 2 rare bonus songs. The packaging features deluxe embossed cover art featuring the beloved Milo cartoon. The deluxe vinyl will be available on May 5th and can be pre-ordered at: http://flyt.it/everythingsucks

This album marked a reunion for the band back in 1996 with the line- up that has remained solid ever since, featuring singer Milo Aukerman, drummer Bill Stevenson, bassist Karl Alvarez and guitarist Stephen Egerton. Everything Sucks features punk classics, “I’m The One” and “Everything Sux.” Descendents are touring throughout 2017 in support of 2016’s Hypercaffium Spazzinate.

LP Track Listing:

Side A

  1. Everything Sux – 1:30
  2. I’m The One – 2:15
  3. Coffee Mug – 0:34
  4. Rotting Out – 1:57
  5. Sick-O-Me – 1:45
  6. Caught – 1:48
  7. When I Get Old – 2:29
  8. Doghouse – 1:47
  9. She Loves Me – 2:33

Side B
10.   Hateful Notebook – 2:24
11.   We – 2:36
12.   Eunuch Boy – 0:19
13.   This Place – 1:17
14.   I Won’t Let Me – 3:07
15.   Thank You – 4:31

Bonus 7” Track listing:
Side A

  1. Lucky – 3:10

Side B

  1. Shattered Milo – 2:58

DESCENDENTS TOUR DATES
4/6            Santa Cruz, CA                   The Catalyst
4/21          Detroit, MI                           The Fillmore
4/22          Milwaukee, WI                     The Rave
5/3            Edmonton, AB                     Union Hall
5/6            Calgary, AB                         MacEwan Hall
7/21          Salt Lake City, UT               The Complex
7/22          Denver, CO                         Fillmore Auditorium
8/4            Charlotte, NC                      The Fillmore
8/5            Norfolk, VA                          The NorVa
8/24          Vancouver, BC                    Commodore Ballroom
8/27          Garden City, ID                   Revolution Center
9/7            Montreal, QC                      Metropolis
9/8            Toronto, ON                        Rebel
9/10          Providence, RI                    Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
9/22          Houston, TX                        House of Blues
9/23          Austin, TX                           Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/6          St. Louis, MO                      The Pageant
10/7          Chicago, IL                          Riviera Theatre
10/20        Lake Buena Vista, FL         House of Blues
10/21        Atlanta, GA                         The Masquerade
11/3          Kansas City, MO                 Uptown Theater
11/4          Dallas, TX                           Gas Monkey Live!
11/17        Cleveland, OH                    House of Blues
11/18        Grand Rapids, MI                20 Monroe Live
12/1          Baltimore, MD                     Rams Head Live!
12/2          Sayreville, NJ                      Starland Ballroom
12/15        Tempe, AZ                          The Marquee
12/16        Las Vegas, NV                    Brooklyn Bowl

For more information on Descendents, visit:
http://www.descendentsonline.com
https://www.facebook.com/thedescendents/
https://twitter.com/descendents

Speedbilly – Hold Our Beers and Watch This

Hi there. My name is Jerry. I’ll be your server today. Let me tell you about today’s special. Well, let’s see, it appears that we’re all out of everything except some, best I can tell, punkabilly dirt-rock, courtesy of Minneapolis’ own Speedbilly.

“Hold Our Beers and Watch This” is a gut stomping 4 song EP, loaded up with country twang, piss, and vinegar. The sounds is reminiscent of Zeke, Hank III, The Meatmen, and a bit of 1984 era Van Halen. The tracks extol the virtues of the 440 Magnum powered 1969 Dodge Charger, better known as The General Lee, What I can assume is a bad ass run at the tractor pull, and the dirty trick demolition derby maneuver known as the Malachi Crunch, among other things. (Not to be confused with “The Malachi Crunch” by NOFX)

The limited sampling of material is fun. I get the impression that these boys would put on a hella fine show, after a 12 pack, in a dirt patch, in the middle of the woods, from the back of a pickup truck.

Cheers!
Jerry Actually

http://www.speedbilly3.com

Speedbilly is:
Jimmy Allen Moore: Bass & Vox
John Stegner: Guitar & Vox
Jody Kimmell: Drums

Tracks:
The General Lee
Full Pull
Malachi Crunch
Maximum Destruction