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
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interview by Michael McCarthy I’ve heard lots of different things about BulletBoys frontman Marq Torien over the years. Whether it was people accusing him of having LSD (lead singer disease) or other things, it seemed like he had a larger than life personality. I was even a bit intimidated going into this one,...Read more
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
A year ago tomorrow I interviewed Boston artist Adam Jensen and we learned about his colorful if not checkered past. One thing is for certain: he's a hell of a lot more interesting, not to mention edgy, than your average pop slinger (pun intended). On his...
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
"I cannot breathe," sings Maximo Park's frontman Paul Smith on their just released new single "Risk to Exist," but the song is actually a breath of fresh air. I haven't been doing many song of the day posts lately, less they take the focus off of our...
by Michael McCarthy It’s hard to believe, and makes me feel old, but I’ve been following Tim Skold’s career for roughly 30 years now. I first became aware of his music when he went by the name Tim Tim and was the bass player for Shotgun Messiah, who were considered a hair band...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...