Video Podcast: O’BROTHER

If La Dispute are the reason Thrice are taking a hiatus, O’Brother may very well be the reason they get back together again. After all, it seems they can hardly go five months without planning another tour with the Atlanta-based five-piece. All kidding aside, the fact that Thrice took this young band out for a second straight tour indicates that Thrice have discovered something many have yet to realize: O’Brother are a band worth your attention! Johnny and Jordan discussed their latest tour with Thrice and more on our recent podcast.

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Video Podcast: MESHUGGAH

If you had told the members of Meshuggah, 25 years ago, that they would one day be known as “The Godfathers of Djent,” they probably would have laughed and replied with whatever is the Swedish equivalent of “Da fuck is that?” (Of course, that’s likely the same response they would have given if you had told them they’d one day be interviewed for something called a podcast, which would be hosted on something called a blog, which would be shared around the world through something called the internet). Yet this is the era we live in, one unforeseen by Meshuggah or any of us, where made-up words used to describe guitar sounds can suddenly evolve into genres of music and define a band’s legacy faster than Nyan Cat shits out rainbows. I discussed the Djent phenomenon and this new age of information with guitarist Mårten Hagström during our recent podcast.

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Video Podcast: BARONESS

Perhaps it’s only fitting for Baroness to hail from a place like Savannah, Georgia; since the obscure little town in the South is about as unusual a location for a burgeoning progressive metal scene as the amalgamation of classic rock, punk, and heavy metal that has earned the band critical acclaim. “Unusual” seems to be an identity embraced by the bands which call this community home. What was introduced to us during our podcast with Black Tusk, Baroness elaborated on during our recent podcast with them.

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Video Podcast: LA DISPUTE

Have La Dispute earned a new reputation for being “career killers”? Singer Jordan Dreyer joked that he would gladly embrace the perception as a “bad ass,” but the fact that three well-established bands (Alexisonfire, Thrice, and Thursday) all broke up shortly after working with the Grand Rapids-based five-piece is pure coincidence. The truth is that La Dispute are deeply respected and appreciated by their peers, and the laughter and joyful banter in the background of our recent podcast with them is further evidence to that fact.

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Video Podcast: DEFEATER

Defeater are known for being a concept band whose lyrics tell the tale of a fictitious story in an alternate reality. What’s even more interesting to me, though, is the actual, real-life story the band continue to tell, both as people and musicians. With every show they play, every record they release, and yes, perhaps even every interview they partake in as well, Defeater add to the historic tradition of Boston hardcore; which, we eventually agreed, is neither overrated or underrated, but simply, rated. Last Sunday night, at a DIY venue in Chicago, we found Defeater adding yet another chapter to their legacy.

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Video Podcast: PROTEST THE HERO

They say it takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong. Well, I say it takes an even bigger man to admit he almost shat himself on stage mid-performance. But we should know by now that Mr. Rody Walker is no ordinary man. Tell me, who else do you know who has a voice like Bruce Dickinson, is a self-confessed Trekkie, has been affectionately nicknamed “Chode” by his friends and family, and who, between songs, has the confidence to wax eloquent to the audience about how his IBS nearly got the best of him while singing moments earlier? Such was the scene when Protest The Hero performed in Chicago recently, but not before the brazen frontman and bassist, Arif, joined me on our podcast.

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Video Podcast: PERIPHERY

What do Periphery have in common with Deftones? More than you may expect. During our recent podcast, Periphery mastermind Misha Mansoor listed Deftones as one of his biggest influences, citing their ability to stay relevant without ceding their integrity as a source of inspiration for him. As you may recall, Deftones were once considered standard-bearers of the Nü-Metal subgenre before that fad soon dissolved. More than a decade later, Deftones are still making music and no one knows what to label them anymore. Today, Periphery face a similar situation. What began as an onomatopoeia has quickly and inadvertently become a new subgenre known as “Djent” and Periphery have suddenly been cast as its founding fathers. Misha and Spencer, however, aren’t that concerned.

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Video Podcast: THE SAFETY FIRE

Historians may not remember it as the 21st-century equivalent of the British Invasion, but in my book, at least, the day The Safety Fire made their American debut will forever be considered big – and I mean “BIG!” In fact, our recent podcast with our friends from across the pond was so much fun, you could say it was “bang tidy.” You might even compare it to getting “ridge,” it was that enjoyable. Before hitting the stage for the first time in the states, Joe and Dez took a few minutes to explain these expressions and more.

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Video Podcast: LOMA PRIETA

The beauty of the DIY ethic in music is that, as a band, you retain complete control of everything. Well, almost everything. Though technically signed to Deathwish, Inc. now, Loma Prieta are a band that religiously uphold the values of DIY hardcore, but one thing they have little control over is the health of the band members – in fact, they’ve never gone through a complete tour without someone getting sick. Their recent tour with label mates Birds In Row was no different, yet Val and Brian were kind enough to fight through the haze of sore throats, congestion, and sleep deprivation to chat during our podcast.

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Video Podcast: BLACK TUSK

Every band carry with them a certain amount of pride in their roots and beginnings, but few bands fully embody the spirit of where they’re from quite like Black Tusk. The Southern sentimentality is equally apparent in the bluesy, sludge-metal sounds of their music as it is in the beer-swigging, dice-rolling swagger of the trio who make it. That same soul was on full display during my recent conversation with two of the Savannah, Georgia natives.

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Video Podcast: EAST OF THE WALL

About the only thing more complex than the songwriting of East Of The Wall is the story of the band’s formation – which is really saying something, because the polyrhythmic pulsations and sudden stylistic transitions of this progressive 5-piece (wait, or is it 6-piece now?) will leave your head spinning like a pinwheel. Nonetheless, I hazarded to ask how it all began during my recent conversation with Kevin and Brett, who kindly obliged.

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Video Podcast: CODE ORANGE KIDS

When Matt Schmitz, of Former Thieves, mentioned in our podcast with him that Code Orange Kids are one of the best, brightest young bands worth your attention, we took him at his word. I looked them up, downloaded their EP Cycles, and gave it a listen. From the moment I pressed play, I immediately understood what all the buzz was about.

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Video Podcast: MILES FROM EXILE

It seems like every time someone hears Miles From Exile for the first time, they’re at a loss to describe the band’s sound. I, however, think I’ve come up with a good description. Imagine taking the guitarists from Iron Maiden, combining them with the rhythm section of Between The Buried And Me, then bringing in Daryl Palumbo and asking him to sing death metal vocals on top of everything. That, my friends, is what Miles From Exile sound like.

Kind of.

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Video Podcast: CAIN MARKO

I’m on a mission to help Cain Marko gain more exposure and recognition, if only so that the world might one day see a tribute band called The Juggernaut, Bitch! Seriously, how great would it be to randomly step into a dive bar one night and see four dudes on stage address the audience by saying “Hey everyone, thanks for coming out! Hope you like Cain Marko tunes ‘cuz we’re The Juggernaut, Bitch!” My dream for a Cain Marko tribute band may never become a reality, but for now I’d be satisfied if you just watched the podcast below and then visited http://cainmarko.bandcamp.com/ to show these guys some love.

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Video Podcast: LISTENER

Be it the mustache, the hoarse, southern drawl, the dry wit, the uninhibited performance style, the contagious, positive disposition, the thoughtful, carefully composed poetry, or a combination of all the above – you decide – but there is no question that Dan Smith is one of the most endearing people in music to emerge in recent years.

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