interview by Michael McCarthy A few years ago I went to see The Maine play the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. There were three opening bands that night. I remember liking them all, but I was especially blown away by Real Friends, whose sound I couldn’t classify. Not that it mattered. Whatever...Read more
Category Archives: Punk
interview by Michael McCarthy I’ve been a fan of The Maine since they started out. I caught one of their early shows on a bill that included Good Charlotte, Boys Like Girls and Metro Station. I believe it was 2008. The tour was cleverly entitled The Soundtrack of Your Summer Tour. The reason...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy The following interview with Forever Starts Today’s lead vocalist Christina Murphy and guitarist Troy Hirschhorn was conducted on August 25th, 2017, a noteworthy date because it happens to be the same day that their colorful, debut album Always Hope was released. If you’re a fan of vibrant, female-fronted power...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy My introduction to Maximo Park was an unusual one. I was – and am – a big Natalie Imbruglia fan and there was an mp3 of this new band called Maximo Park covering her song “Shiver” on one of the fan sites. I almost didn’t download it because I...Read more
On April 7th The Maine will release their album Lovely Little Lonely. This time they're going the independent route and who can really blame them? It's not like they need a record label to support them when this super catchy song has already racked up half...
interview by Michael McCarthy Last week I brought you part one of my interview with Chris McLelland of the popular post-hardcore/pop punk outfit Nominee, which focused on something we have in common: bipolar disorder. Today we have part two, which focuses on the band’s music, tour plans and a few of our famous...Read more
If you like Fall Out Boy, I think you'd love Pierce the Veil's new album, Misadventures, which finds them in more of a pop rock vein than usual. "Floral & Fading," their latest single/video, is a perfect example of this. While the lyrics are pretty deep...
interview by Michael McCarthy I was recently introduced to the powerful music Nominee, who are either a punk or post hardcore band, depending on who you ask. To my ears, there’s even an air of pop punk about their songs, which are as catchy as they are heavy. Aside from the music kicking...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy Although they’ve never been a household name like Blink-182 or Good Charlotte here in the States, Zebrahead, who’ve released a massive 12 albums during their 20 year career, are still a band that most fans of rap rock or punk rock would cite among their favorites. In Japan, however,...Read more
Maybe you've got the Monday morning blues? Maybe even a Monday morning hangover? Just can't get motivated today? Well, get ready for a shot of adrenaline! Zebrahead's latest single, "Who Brings A Knife To A Gunfight" is one of those songs that just overflows...
Soul Asylum will release their brand new, 2016 studio album Change of Fortune on March 18th and it’s one of their best in years, right up there with Grave Dancer’s Union (1992) and Let Your Dim Light Shine (1995). It is not an attempt to rehash those albums, though. On the contrary, today’s...Read more
The wonderful thing about checking out new music is that sometimes, on rare occasions, you come across something so fantastic that you can’t believe you’ve lived your life so far without it. It’s that whole “where have you been all my life” factor, and that’s precisely how I felt the first time I...Read more
Review and all photos by Maia Kennedy When the news broke 7 months ago that the Foo Fighters were coming to Boston, tickets sold out instantly. Several months later, an audible gasp went out worldwide when Foo lead singer Dave Grohl broke his leg on tour in Sweden. It looked likely that they would...Read more
White Reaper’s White Reaper Does It Again is the debut full-length album by the band, which hails from Louisville, Kentucky. And it’s a wild, motherfucking, non-stop party from start to finish. It’s a turbo-charged blend of classic Buddy Holly-era rock ‘n’ roll and vintage Ramones punk rock with (maybe) a tiny dash of...Read more
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Matt Skiba has been the co-lead vocalist/guitarist of Alkaline Trio for roughly 20 years now and they’re one of the most successful punk rock bands of all-time. You don’t have to like them, but you have to give them that. They’ve put out eight albums and for the most part they have...Read more