In this episode, Matt had the pleasure of moderating a Q+A with Mark Eliopulos, Christopher Hall, and Walter Flakus of the band Stabbing Westward. The panel took place at Dark Side Of The Con 3, presented by VampireFreaks. This podcast deviates from the usual formula as Matt mostly plays the role of facilitator to the con crowd’s great questions while still asking a few of his own along the way. A huge thank you to the incredible crowd, Jet, Julia O’ Connell and VampireFreaks for making all of this happen as well as Mark, Chris and Walter for taking the time to chat.
In this episode, Matt welcomes Ernesto Paez of Modern Mimes, a prolific and intense band from Fort Lauderdale, FL. The band is made up of Ernesto Paez on the double-neck guitar/bass and Adi Elcida Hernandez on vocals/guitar/sampling. The band’s newest record is called The Gray and features the singles, “Stare,” and a cover of The Deftones’ song “My Own Summer.” Ernesto chats with Matt about how the band came to be, how long he and Adi have been playing music both individually and together, as well as their writing process for creating new music. Ernesto shares the band’s upcoming tour plans, his experiences filming the music video for “My Own Summer,” and more.
For the last Autographs of the year, Matt sits down with Bassist Peat Rains and Cellist Bryan Wilson of You Bred Raptors?, the inquisitively-titled, enigmatic instrumental band based in Astoria, Queens. Infused with funk, folk, jazz, classical, and alternative rock, the band’s discography is available on Bandcamp along with their latest LP, Grant, which was released in November of last year. Avid buskers, Peat & Bryan speak with Matt about what it’s like trying to make a living as full-time musicians in New York, and how the city’s ever-changing music scene continues to impact performers. They also discuss their differing tastes, their writing process, and their residency at the show Sleep No More.
Today Matt welcomes Kevin Martin, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the hard rock band, Candlebox. Candlebox recently signed with Pavement Entertainment and have a brand new album coming out early next year. Matt chats with Kevin about the writing process for the new album, some details about the band’s past, the influence of their self-titled debut, and how that album affected the band’s growth. Kevin also offers a fascinating perspective on what it was like to live and play during the rise of the grunge scene in Seattle. Finally, Kevin chats about his family life and down-time activities. He also mentions Candlebox’s current and upcoming tours, and discusses the future of the band.
This week, Matt is joined by Alexis Brown of the metal & hard rock group Straight Line Stitch (based out of Knoxville, TN). As of today, they’ll be celebrating the release of their new EP Transparency. They’ll also be wrapping up their west coast tour, and will now be headed east for the remainder of the summer. Matt and Alexis chat about how she started singing from a very young age, and how she wasn’t always a rock singer. She also discusses her tour life and the social makeup of the ‘touring band’ mentality. The first single on the EP is called “Human Bondage”, which was also accompanied by a video shoot. Hear about how that experience went down and plenty more with this exclusive interview between Matt Storm and Alexis Brown.
Today we welcome Jose Urquiza, lead singer of 3 Years Hollow. With Matt, Jose discusses the band’s 2014 LP The Cracks, which was spotted by Matt in a Crash Chords article last year. With a singing talent that dates back to childhood, Jose burgeoned forth with the heavy rock scene, which later shaped his style and sound. Hear Matt and Jose discuss their mutual love for the heavy rock acts of the late 90s and early 2000s. Also hear about Jose’s touring life, the band’s next record, and finally an upcoming tour with SOil and Powerman 5000 (whose lead singers were featured in earlier Autographs interviews).
As we’re nearing the end of the year, we’ve made this week’s episode a special one. For only the second time in CCP history, we devote an entire episode to a full-band interview in lieu of our usual album analysis. Peering deep into the local NYC rock scene, we unveil to you the vibrant and hair-raising ensemble known as Circadian Clock. With their trescendent melodies, backed by a formidable punch, Circadian Clock is poised to take NYC by storm, having released an EP last year called Someone Out There Loves You After All and a music video for their single, “Brightside”. They are currently working on an LP, slated for release next year. Rarely confronted by a band with such extensive and expansive musical roots, join us in hearing how these veterans of live performance forged their tight and incomparable sound.
The “two-time” lead singer of the band SOiL joins Matt today, namely, Ryan McCombs. Formed in 1997, SOiL’s latest album, Whole (August 2013) is the first album since 2004 to again feature the vocals of the reincorporated McCombs. Ryan, who had left the band in 2004, discusses this departure, his interim work with the band Drowning Pool, and his eventual return to SOiL. Matt also prods into Ryan’s infuences and his vocals origins, finally spurring a discussion on the changing landscape of the Metal and Heavy Rock scene.
Hugo Ferreira is Matt’s focus today, the Portuguese-American African-born frontman for the band Tantric. A seasoned Post-Grunge band, Tantric has recently released a compilation record called Blue Room Archives featuring a medley of hits, remixes, and acoustic covers. It also opens with their newest single, “Cynical.” In the interview, Hugo discusses the band’s breakup and reformation, his passion for song-writing, and the state of the music industry.
Dipping into a slightly heavier rock scene and burgeoning talent, Matt shares his time this week with Justin Doyle of ADAGE. A relatively young band from Winston-Salem, their debut came as recently as August 19th, in the form of Defined, an EP that showcases what they have to offer the world of music. Vying for that coveted listenership (and a lump sum to boot), they’ll be performing in a Battle of the Bands concert at Ziggy’s Main Hall in Winston-Salem this October 10th. Hear about Justin’s musical upbringing, his thoughts on the EP, and even his love for cars — all here on Crash Chords: Autographs!