Category Archives: Interviews

Ghost Key Vocalist Austin O’Brien Opens Up About Depression With New Record

Photo by Rich Weinberger, Casket House & Co.

Fortunately, mental health issues like depression, anxiety and other mood disorders are getting more awareness. More people are opening up about their struggles and trying to get rid of the stigma that depression isn’t a serious clinical problem. Ghost Key vocalist Austin O’Brien is one of those people. With the band’s new record, If I Don’t Make It, coming out on February 17th via InVogue Records, he finally shares his own story.  

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TOP 10 “Twilight Zone” Episodes with Famous Last Words

The storytellers in Famous Last Words used their love of the classic sci-fi TV show “The Twilight Zone” to help guide the writing of their latest record, The Incubus.  So naturally, we had to poke their brains about which episodes of the iconic series made the most impact on them.  Check out vocalist JT Tollas’s top 10 picks below!  Do you see a correlation between these and The Incubus?

Do you remember and love “The Twilight Zone” too?  Let us know what your favorite moments are in the comments!

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Knocked Loose Vocalist Bryan Garris Discusses Band’s Notorious Live Show, ‘Laugh Tracks’ & More

A Knocked Loose show isn’t the kind of event you enter into lightly. The Kentucky-based hardcore band have quickly become infamous in the scene for bringing out the rowdiest and most brutal crowds. After the release of their first EP Pop Culture and their recent full-length Laugh Tracks, everyone knows by now that if you go into a KL pit you should expect to get K.O.’d.

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‘Chopped’ Chef Chris Santos Forges Path In Metal

chris-santos“The first thing that comes to mind is how un-metal this background music is,” chef, restauranteur, and metal label founder Chris Santos starts. We’re sitting with him in the curtained off gold lounge in the basement of Vandal, a Bowery must-visit restaurant for the hungry art lover, as Justin Timberlake plays over the PA.  

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HALLOWEEN FEATURE: My Enemies & I Reveal Their Top 10 Horror Movies

My Enemies & I are the type of band that want to freak you the fuck out.  With Halloween creeping ever closer, we thought it would be fun to have the band that keeps a Ouija board at their merch table (attend a live show to get the details) tell us about their favorite horror movies of all time. Check out ME&I’s top 10 Halloween must-sees right here!

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INTERVIEW: Church Tongue Talk New Record ‘Heart Failure,’ Setting People On Fire

If you’re like us, you were introduced to Indiana’s Church Tongue when a video of the band setting their guitarist (Chris Sawicki) on fire went viral last year.  The act was one of the most insane displays of punk we’ve ever seen, and now the band are here to deliver a new record to shake the hardcore scene. Church Tongue guitarist Nicko Calderon took some time to talk to us about the upcoming record, Heart Failureand why they started setting people on fire in the first place. 

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INTERVIEW: Alesana Vocalist Shawn Milke Talks ‘Annabel’ Book, Future Of The Band

We got to chat with Alesana vocalist Shawn Milke on their 10-year anniversary tour celebrating their 2006 release On Frail Wings Of Vanity And Wax about the past, present and future of the band. Milke discusses where the band were circa 2006, the choices they made to get them where they are today, and what is in store for the next record (which is already underway).

DIEHARD PROFILE: Kevin Oakley of Mosh For Paws Goes Hard for a Cause

Photo Credit: Sean Sullivan

If there is anything better than hardcore it’s puppies, and if there is anything better than puppies it’s finding a way to help puppies that are in need. Enter Kevin Oakley, local NJ show host, fervent hardcore kid and animal rights activist. If you’re part of the New Jersey Hardcore Facebook group, you’ll know him as one of the guys who posts almost every other day. If you’re part of the local show circuit–band or fan–you’ve heard of his mission before. If not, here’s your chance to meet him and get ready for his next Mosh For Paws show on September 23rd featuring acts Suburban Scum, Maximum Penalty, The Banner, Friend Or Foe, Steel Nation, Laid 2 Rest, Jukai, and Threat 2 Society at Mexicali Live in Teaneck.

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INTERVIEW: Matriarchs Talk ‘Scandalous Jointz’ and LA Hardcore

“Everything rebellious is in one way or another contrived. We are just fighting the good fight and trying to keep good art alive.”

The hardcore gentlemen in Matriarchs tell us a little about themselves, their music, and which other Los Angeles hardcore bands need to be heard.

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I Prevail Release New Single “Stuck In Your Head,” Talk New Record ‘Lifelines’ in Q&A

Photo Credit: Lindsey Byrnes

I Prevail released a brand new single yesterday called “Stuck In Your Head,” and the name definitely does it justice. The new track from the band’s upcoming record Lifelines is heavy but catchy–exactly what the band have become known for since their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” got them serious attention back in 2014. Check out the new track below and for more inside info on the band, read our Q&A with drummer Lee Runestad right here!

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