Live Review: The 1975 at House of Blues Boston, December 3rd!

The 1975
The 1975
After two non-stop years of touring, British sensations The 1975 took a well-deserved break from the road. As most musicians will tell you, it wasn’t a true break though as the band took that time to work on their sophomore effort I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it that will be releasing February 26th of next year. With the singles starting to roll out like lead off track Love Me, the band decided to play the last small room tour you will be able to see them on. Small rooms being a casual 2,500 at the House of Blues in Boston! A size that many bands would love the chance to play. With their next date in MA being at the Tsongas arena in Lowell in May, we definitely wanted to check out their show in Boston last week!

Starting out the set with the current single Love Me, the band  played a large part of their set before even saying a few words to the audience which Matt Healy mentioned, saying ‘Sorry that first bit of the show, we’re really serious we don’t talk to anyone’. Personally, I love when bands stick to the music and don’t need to base their sets of off witty banter (sometimes they do this beautifully though like The Struts show we covered but they do only have eight songs). These shows have been mentioned as a road test for the new material that is to come on the next full length record but the guys did perform really all of the material they have released with a fair blend of the new. My favorite one to look out for in the new is ‘She’s American’, an incredibly bouncy track that will get anyone moving.

The vibe of the band is really strong on this show and was my favorite performance from the band yet. They clearly have their rhythm down but the break from the road definitely did them good. They were more relaxed on stage. The one thing that I didn’t really like is that they were slow lulls in the set and then instantly upbeat. I think if the set was mixed up a lot more, it would have been a more high energy set. At points, it felt very sleepy and could show in the crowd. This audience was filled with diehard fans though and it didn’t affect them very much. They perked up right away when a fan favorite’s opening notes were heard.

A favorite moment for me was when front man Healy said ‘Ladies and Gentlemen I love you. This song’s about me’ and jumped into ‘Falling For You’ which got the biggest crowd reaction yet in the set. Ending the regular set on Robbers and Girls, the guys walked off stage to return for their encore to the chant of ‘Sex! Sex! Sex!’ instead of the normal one more song. After playing their hit Medicine, they went into Chocolate and Sex with Matty yelling ‘Until then we’ve got two more songs I bet you can’t fucking guess what they are’ which made the crowd go while. With this tour being the band’s last tour in smaller clubs, I’m glad we were able to catch them play to a sold out crowd and only hope to see this band explode as they rightfully deserve and already have begun to.
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Lights chats her new acoustic record and touring with The Mowgli's!

Lights
Lights

Lately I’ve been feeling like the Canadian Ambassador for the music scene in Boston and I am one hundred percent okay with that. It’s been a lot of the boys but Saturday night, I sat down with a lady that has been killing it in both countries and around the world for the last ten years or so, Lights! She is currently about half way into an incredible US run, including selling out Boston that night.

Her latest record, Little Machines, has had much acclaim and produced several big hits with Lights also winning a Juno (otherwise known as a Canadian grammy) for the record. In my chat with her, she told me about the acoustic record that her and her band have been working on as well as the fact that she has a good storage of new material that she has been working on. Read our new one below and if you’ve been sleeping under a rock, quickly put this lady into your music rotation. Lights is incredibly talented and completely deserving of her success!

A soft one to start, I know you’ve been doing this tour for a while. I know it’s been a minute since you’ve been in the Boston, the tour is going really well having sold out dates. How has it been going so far for you?

Oh it’s been so fun. I think this set that we’re doing on this tour is my favorite that we’ve done so far. There’s a bit of all the records in it and there’s a huge dynamic in it. We have these really cool surreal moments and these really super intimate moments and that makes the journey for me go by really quickly and that’s when you know you’re having fun I guess.

Maybe how has it been to kind of return and play to these crowds? You have steadily toured the states which a lot of Canadian artists don’t do. You did have a little bit of a break you know obviously you had your daughter which is kind of a big thing.

Yeah I haven’t had a break since I had her (laughs). Since I’ve had her, we’ve been on three US tours, four I guess. So a lot of these cities we were in, if we weren’t here last fall, we were here in February and March playing shows as well. So it’s kind of amazing to be able to come back once or even twice, three times in a year, and people are still coming to the shows. That’s pretty special. I mean it’s a grind. We’re out most of the year but I get to see a lot of familiar faces and meet new people every time we come through. Boston is actually one of my favorite places to play. The Boston date of the last tour which was a year ago was my favorite show of that tour. It was amazing so I’m excited to play tonight.

Then you pretty steadily release new music and Little Machines is just over a year old. There was a lot of success with it, you won a Juno for it. Maybe are you currently working on a new record or do you think that’s still something that’s a little bit away?

I’ve been writing a lot. I’ve been filling the time that I’ve had in-between tours and promo with writing so I think I have two albums worth of material. I think it’s just important to keep the muscle going because I’ve learned that the hard way the last time around. I toured without writing then when I got back into it, the muscle was out of shape and I went into this severe bout of writer’s block and the story unfolds from there but to counter that this time, I’ve just been writing a lot. In all the spaces in-between but actually in terms of releases coming up, we have an incredible stripped down acoustic version of Little Machines waiting to come out. I can’t wait for people to hear it. It’s a selection of songs that you wouldn’t the least expect to be turned into acoustic versions on the record. We brought in a string quartet, we brought the band in to sort of play these late night drunken versions of the songs. It’s one of my most powerful pieces I think. I can’t wait for people to hear it. Next few months, next few months!

Next few months? And that’s something you’ve done before. I know you did the acoustic tour, an acoustic release. Is that something you think you’ll continue to do in the future considering what you’ve done with it so far?

Yeah! The reason I did it in the first place was because fans wanted it. I would do stripped down versions because it was easier for in store appearances or radio visits or whatever it may be but fans really gravitated towards the intimate version of the song as well as the full version. So that was why I put out the first acoustic EP in the first place but then I kind of set this precedent of putting out acoustic versions of all my stuff. So this time around, I really wanted to do something like that but with a different twist on it and that’s why it’s sort of stripped down. It’s these different versions of it that are really light and kind of emotive and cool. That is an important aspect for me because as a songwriter, you want your song to be able to shine no matter what it’s dressed up. Whether it’s full of smoke and lights and all the keyboards and bass and drum or stripped down and just one on one. If a song can shine that way, you know you have a powerful piece. I actually experimented this time around with taking the ones that you would least expect to be turned into slow versions and making them into an entirely new song. It’s kind of cool because a song like Up We Go, I think that was the one that had the biggest transformation because the full version is like an anthem. The stripped down version becomes this really sad song and it’s amazing how a lyric can take on a new meaning.

That’s really amazing.

Yeah, I can’t wait for people to hear it.

And you’ve been doing this for so long. Like you said you experienced a pretty severe writer’s block and you’ve written several records now. You’ve obviously experienced a lot these past few years being in a different position then you were when you started performing as Lights. Life happened.

Yeah (laughs) as it does with all of us.

Yeah, exactly. You grow up but do you think the writing process even though you’ve been doing this for so long, do you think it still changes sometimes? Do you think you go about it differently?

Yeah, I mean I think ultimately the way I build a song is the same but my flexibility with the different people I can write with or the different situations or the different things I can draw from has evolved and changed or maybe expanded since the beginning. I used to only be able to write on my own or with one or two other people that I knew very closely because I’m very intimate with my music and it comes from a very personal place. But over the years, you learn your strengths and you know how to bring that into a scenario, into so many different scenarios and still be productive in the process. So I think that for the most part, the writing process is still the same but I’ve just learned how to get more out of my time because as you get older, you have more responsibilities I guess.

Certainly and do you think it will still be a while, I mean we talked about the acoustic record that you’re doing, but new material-wise. Will it still be a while since you’ll know be deciding what you want to put on that record, the direction you want to go with?

Yeah, I mean the gap everybody likes between records is two years. With the last record, it was three because I ran into some issues but the hope is obviously for something new next year but who knows? The world of music especially in terms of the sales side of things and the consumption of the music is changing so much that I don’t know if it really matters. As long as you have stuff there for people and that it’s good, that’s all that matters to me. I’m not going to rush something just so I can have it out next fall but that’s always when people want something. If it’s ready and I feel like it’s right, it will be next fall but who knows.

Take your time, your fans are pretty dedicated. I think they’ll stick by your side.

Yeah and I feel very lucky. This tour has proven that to me because some people will come up to me and be like man, I’ve been a fan of you since the Myspace days ten years ago and I’m like fuck that’s been a long time. It’s been a long run. We’ve been going very strongly and I’m lucky that this is my job and that I’m still here and that some of these fans have been with me for ten years and people have not left my side. So it makes it feel really amazing.

That must be insane though.

It’s amazing.

I mean you’re obviously a hard worker and you’ve been doing this for a very long time to have the same fans still be here.

It’s powerful. I would never take it granted for any minute. I mean they invest so much of their lives into what I do and I feel lucky for that.

Perfect then to end it off, you did talk obviously earlier about the acoustic record and you are working on new material but you still have a good portion to go in this run. Maybe what’s coming up? Do you think you’re going to keep on touring, take time off to work on this record?

Well, we’re going to finish out this tour which is about another month. A little bit less than a month. I think a few dates are going to come in but we’ve confirmed the Parahoy cruise for March which is going to be amazing. Cruise with friends’ bands like X Ambassadors, Chvrches and Paramore and hopefully we’ll go back to the UK after that for a little bit. Then maybe kind of hunker down and work on the new stuff pretty hard but yeah there’s still a bit more of touring left to go even though we’ve been out for literally a year. It’s the power of the record I think. It’s something I’m really proud of and it’s been keeping us on the road straight so may as well keep going with it!
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Young Rival chats Interior Light!

Young Rival
Young Rival

A few days ago, I was able to have a chat with the indie rock Canadian band Young Rival where lead singer Aron gave me a in depth look into their brand new record Interior Light. The record only dropped two weeks ago on October 16th and was their first record back after a brief hiatus for the band. In this time, Aron also created a solo record but like Dave Monks talked about in an interview with us it only allowed him to have a new energy for this new record with his main squeeze, Young Rival.

The new record is definitely a new move for the band but it’s a great listen and definitely a great step for this talented trio. Currently you can find them on the road with fellow Canadians Born Ruffians and the promise is made to be back on the road very soon. Find our new one with Aron below and definitely pick up this new record! I will always have a soft spot for Canadian rock, it’s in this little Boston via Montreal’s blood.

To start it off, the three touring essentials you must have while on the road?

I have to have my phone really. The DS is happening, the boys all need to have the DS. I’m pretty easy on tour, I’m pretty easily entertained. I don’t know if there are three things that I travel with.

Then maybe how has this time been going in the states with Born Ruffians, obviously a fellow Canadian band and your record is so new. How has the tour been so far?

How have the shows been so far? Yeah they’ve been great. We’ve been having a lot of fun. We’re all good buddies and traveling together, we’ve been having a great time.

Perfect, and then the new record Interior Light it just came out on the 16th. I know there was a brief hiatus so it’s been about three years since the last record. How do you feel it’s been going over even though it’s so new?

Oh we’re super stoked to kind of get it out there and to start pushing it. The hiatus was interesting in that we were just kind of really dialing in on what we’re doing, trying different writing techniques and really developing songs a lot more than we had ever before in the past. So yeah we’re just really excited to get it out there. Get it rolling and working hard. It’s been going great.

And are they all fresh songs? Are some like from the past few years? How did you go about that writing?

They’re actually quite fresh, yeah. We kind of just made a record that was kind of a contemporary feel for us personally. Yeah, we didn’t really drag too much from old sessions into it. It was just kind of like let’s make a record together and develop some new ideas. Come at this from a different angle and push it.

And do you think because of that, the writing process do you feel it’s changed? Is it one person, more collective? Do you think there was a big change?

The writing process? The writing process changed quite a bit. I ended up doing a solo record not too long ago and I learned a lot about just developing ideas in a studio, how to make an idea really come to fruition and make sense. I feel like oftentimes, a good idea can be lost if the production isn’t right and that can go both ways too. I kind of turned a mediocre idea with production into something that could be very interesting. So I think that in learning more about how to achieve certain dynamics in the studio, we were able to kind of work our demos in a new way where we’d sort of take them home and develop them. Kind of deconstruct them more and put them back together in a way that we had never done in the past. We kind of really worked the material in a way that we hadn’t done previously. So it’s kind of a new way for us to go about writing.

Just kind of reeling back to how you said you did do a solo album. I interviewed Dave Monks recently obviously from Tokyo Police Club also being a Canadian band. He said it was kind of therapeutic to do a solo record. For the ideas that he maybe just didn’t feel fit Tokyo Police Club. Is that how you kind of approached it, as kind of like an outlet? How was that experience for you?  

The solo experience?

Yeah, I know he said it was like an outlet for his crazy.

Yeah, for sure. I feel like I kind of did it because I got to a point where I just needed a new outlet for writing because all the kind of projects I was involved in were pretty much all in the bag. Records were done. We were just kind of waiting on release dates and I just kind of took the opportunity and energy at the time. I still felt the need to keep pushing. I was feeling that I needed to write and be creative. I find it hard when there’s not an end in sight to be creative. So with the solo record, I talked to the guys and I kind of wanted to see how they would feel about it and they were into it. So yeah, I just kind of went for it. I learned a ton and I think that learning curve kind of brought a lot to where this new record kind of came together.

Perfect, then maybe considering the brief little break you guys took, do you think it will be something where you’ll be back on tour pretty soon? Maybe even coming back to the states pretty quickly, do you think it’s still going to be a while? Kind of what’s the plan for Young Rival?

I think we’re just going to try to keep touring. We’re going to head over to Europe. We’re going to push this record probably for quite some time. We’ll be writing. I love writing. I really enjoy that aspect of being in a band. It’s probably my favorite aspect. Putting ideas together and just seeing ideas come to fruition, you know. So we’re always writing and trying to put together new ideas but right now, the focus is definitely pushing this record, touring as much as possible.

Perfect, then maybe a soft one to kind of end it off, for you time is obviously a little crazy right now. The first CD or first cassette you can remember buying as a kid then the first concert you can remember going to?

The first like big concert I went to was strangely enough the Weezer reunion when they came back with the Green album and they did pretty much everything off the Blue album. It was amazing. I was in high school and was all about Weezer at that time and the first CD that I bought I think it might have been Stone Temple Pilots Purple. Taking it way back!

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LIVE REVIEW: The Struts at The Sinclair 10/25.

The Struts
The Struts
The British invasion has been something that has been happening in full force over the last two years or so both in mainstream radio and alternative. Large examples being Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bombay Bicycle Club and maybe the most radio friendly right now, The 1975. One band though that is just starting their journey in the states and skipped the step of playing a tiny room are The Struts!

We were able to catch their Boston date last week that had originally been in a club that only holds about 150 people but with that selling out that day, they were quickly moved to the much larger Sinclair which then quickly sold out as well. Despite the fact that the band has eight songs out and were on their first full US tour with their first appearance in Boston being that night, the band played for an hour and a half. As well as killing each track and including a cover or two, lead singer Luke Spiller had the crowd wrapped around his finger. The crowd roared at everything he said on stage and for the occasions he walked into the crowd, they were completely enamored with him.

The band brings back images of everyone from Queen down to The Libertines. Maybe they can be representing the latter even in the states since we haven’t been lucky enough to have them in the US. With a sold out tour under their belts and a recent relocation to LA, I’m sure we’ll be able to have them back soon in the states on tour. If their performance was any indication, this band will blow up and is sure to be on the level here that performers like Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and The 1975 are!
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Meet Big Wild.

Big Wild
Big Wild

Something new we’ve been doing at Music Remedy is featuring artists that are the ones that we’re really personally buzzing on. Maybe also something that you wouldn’t expect of us? One guy that stood out to us was electronic producer Big Wild. He’s got a few weeks on the road just coming off with Griz and now with Odesza and will still pretty new is sure to be lighting up the radio very soon. Big Wild took a minute from the road to answer a few questions for us. Check it out below!

What are the three touring essentials you must have with you while on the road to survive?

Hot coffee, flip flops, good headphones

You’ve been on tour with Griz and will be with  Odesza. How have these sets been going?

They've been going great! It's cool to see the different crowds that come in for both acts and for me to perform my music for them. There is such a diverse range of music lovers out there, it's a beautiful thing!

Your new original “Aftergold” has found a lot of success. Can you tell me a little of the story behind this track, how it was formed?

I wanted to make an overwhelmingly triumphant song that also had the ability to conjure up strong, positive imagery. It's ambiguous what exactly that imagery is, and I wanted it to be totally up to the listener. I had the initial idea for the song and when Odesza presented the idea to me about a Foreign Family release, I was more than happy to do it. We flipped through a couple different tracks of mine and finally settled on what is now Aftergold.

When did you first know you wanted to pursue music as a career? Was there a defining moment for you?

Within a year of producing I decided I wanted to do this for a living. I started producing when I was 13. There was no specific defining moment, just a gradual motivation and inspiration that made want to keep improving. I never had a drive like that for anything else so I realized this is something I should pursue as a career.

What was the first CD/Cassette you bought as a kid? What was the first concert you went to?

The first CD was either Pure Funk or this surf rock compilation album. I was into a lot of random music, but I can say that both of those cd's affected the way I make music today a lot! Seemingly small influences like that when you're young make an exponential impact when you're older. The first concert I went to was this Latin Metal band called Ill Nino at the Palladium in Worcester. I wasn't into metal music at all, but my good friend got free tickets and I wanted to see what was good with concerts. To put it lightly, it was a legendary experience.

What should we be looking for from you with in the next few months? 

Lots of original music, some big remixes, collaborations (vocalists and producers), and my tour with Odesza. I have some big plans for 2016 ;)

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The Young Wild chats touring with ZZ Ward as well as their upcomingdebut record!

The Young Wild
The Young Wild
This next interview was a long time coming but it’s a total treasure with The Young Wild, a band that you should definitely be keeping on your radars! The band just finished a hugely successful US run opening for ZZ Ward and as lead vocalist Bryan B. William told me in this new interview, the album is soon to come in 2016. Read our interview here and make sure to keep your eyes on this incredibly talented band! 

You’ve been constantly on the road this month and the single is coming out. Maybe the three things you must have with you while on the road to survive?

Well, our phones. It’s a boring answer but it’s very important. Otherwise, we can’t yelp where good coffee is or we don’t know where we’re going so our phones are very important. I’d say like socks, like clean socks. People underestimate that. That’s really important. So phone, socks and like a toolbox. That’s just something crucial if you have to fix something like your trailer or gear. So kind of like a little Handyman slash Handywoman tool set.



Perfect, then maybe how have these dates been going for you considering the single is still very, very new? Maybe how have they been going this past month or so? Like how have the sets been going over?

Yeah! The song is pretty new in terms of the release date. Also for us, we started the tour in Dallas which previous to this tour, that was the farthest we had ever really traveled as a band on tour. So every town since then is a new experience. There are people seeing us for the first time rightfully so are there primarily to see ZZ Ward so we kind of have an opportunity to make our first impression with everyone. We’re also trying out a lot of new material so just in the sense of the song only being out for a couple of weeks, the band has only been together for a little over a year. Every town we go to and every audience we play for, is a whole new experience, a first new impression that we get to make. So yeah it feels like we’re cutting our teeth out here but we’ve had a lot of new experiences. We’re learning a lot from it.\



Like you said, the band formed just over a year ago, still very new. Maybe touring wise in particular, but is an EP or an album on the horizon or do you think it’s still going to be awhile? Kind of like focus on this single, what’s the plan?

Yeah I mean in terms of what we’re putting out, I’m not sure if that will be the last song we put out this year. We did spend a little over two months in the studio leading up to the tour starting so we are working on the first full length LP and the timing of the tour and working on the record really came together perfectly because we were able to take a lot of the new songs with us out on the road. I was thinking about it earlier. That first show we played, I’d say about eighty percent of the material that we performed, it was the first time we got to play it in front of a live audience. So the tour is really giving us an opportunity to test out all the new songs. See how they translate to being performed in front of a live audience. So yeah the tentative plan is to finish the tour. We get to end in San Diego in mid-October which is great. Then try to finish up the record and we’re kind of looking ahead to early next year to hopefully put out the first full length for The Young Wild.



Perfect and maybe can you just tell a little bit about the writing process. Is it like one person brings their own ideas or is it a more collective effort? Kind of how is it done for The Young Wild.

Yeah I mean what we’re planning to put on the record is sort of a lot of songs that I’ve written over the last year and a half. What I bring usually to the table is sort of the root form of the song. The lyrics and the structure. Melodies and progressions. When I’ve built a song to the point where it’s worth sharing, usually that’s when a conversation of everyone has a group starts and it becomes something where is it a Young Wild thing or not. Or how we could make it more of a Young Wild thing. We’re still a relatively new group and even in our way of like our process, we’re still developing so right now it’s kind of just being open as possible. We have different ways of approaching songs and different sort of flavors and things that we can add to them. There’s no real pre-conceived notions about our sound because we’ve only put out one song officially and everything else is kind of in development. Which is a really fun stage to be in as a band. Trying to really soak it in. Just like in the shows, we go out and we’re playing to a bunch of new people who don’t really have any expectations of us so we get to try and define that and really put on the best show possible. It’s the same with the songs. Trying to be open and when I feel like I’ve gotten to a certain point in just the initial writing stage, I try to really make it something that the band can identify with and it will work in front of an audience. It will have certain elements that all of us can really stand behind. Whether it be drum parts or synthesizers or programming or the lyric content which is like something that people definitely focus on more than anything else. Words, melodies, kind of the message. So yeah, that’s just kind of a peak into it. Brandon who is our drummer, we’re producing the record together and working with the label as well but we’re like really working on songs together and really trying to make it an experience, at least for me. I still like to listen to entire records when I have time. From the first track to the last. I’m trying to think of it as an experience. Not thirty seconds of this one. You shouldn’t go into an album feeling like you’re watching a fifteen second Instagram video bit. If you can, it’s pretty fun to try and listen to the whole thing and really wrap your mind around what the artist intended to communicate. That whole experience. So that’s something that Brandon and I are really getting to try for the first time and its super fun to do that.



That’s amazing and maybe a soft one to kind of end it off, with everything you guys have been doing. The first CD or first cassette you can remember ever buying as a kid and the first concert you can remember going to?

Yeah the first concert I think I went to was Michael Jackson when I was like seven or eight. That was the History tour. I have pretty vivid memories of that being my first show because it was such a spectacle. So that bill to this day is always the first thing I can remember seeing concert-wise. But like maybe the cooler like rock and roll answer would be like No Doubt. When I was a teenager and I was more interested in music and how people played it and like made it happen in front of an audience. Like that’s when I found I was really paying attention to how they made the show work. So yeah the No Doubt concert. Gwen Stefani. She rocked my world.

I think the first CD was Third Eye Blind like their self-titled record. That was the first one I think I bought with my own actual currency.

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Wild Ones chats Heatwave, touring essentials and winter hibernation!

This next interview is with an incredibly talented band called Wild Ones that we spoke to just after their national tour with Pure Bathing Culture  that picks up again this week on the West Coast. The band recently released their new EP “Heatwave” which kills and plan to record their debut full length during the winter. Find our new interview with vocalist Danielle below!

What are the three touring essentials you must have with you while on the road to survive?

Vitamin C, coffee, and headphones. When we have a few free hours between sound check and the show I love to wander around the town we're playing alone and listen to records. It's a nice way to explore.

You’re just coming off a run with Pure Bathing Culture, how do you feel it went? Maybe considering the EP is still very new?

We had a great time on tour with Pure Bathing Culture. They are not only incredibly talented musicians, but excellent individuals to spend a month with. Even though our Heatwave EP is still so new, it killed me to see people singing along to the words every night. That is the best feeling. We're looking forward to the second leg of this tour on the west coast at the end of this month.

“Heatwave” dropped really recently on August 14th. The songs for the EP, were they collected from over the years. Were they written in particular for this EP?

We had been working on this collection of songs for a year or so. We originally intended to make a full length but realized along the way that these songs deserved their own release. Since then we've been demoing new songs for our upcoming full length.

How does the band go about the songwriting process? Is it one person, more collective?

It is a very democratic process. Thomas and I had been in bands previously where there was one band leader/writer and came to see that as an unhealthy dynamic. In Wild Ones we each contribute our own parts. A song typically begins with Nick or Thomas, then me, then back to them to restructure and add details, and then to Seve to work out drums. This way we are all equally invested and proud of the work.

With this EP coming out, do you think it is a good indication of a full length to come soon or is that something that is still a while off?

We have been demoing a ton of new songs for a 2016 full length! We're very excited. I think we are learning how best to create a cohesive collection of songs that pulls us out of our comfort zone a bit.

What was the first CD/Cassette you bought as a kid? What was the first concert you went to?

Oh man, well I was raised out in the woods on 80s and 90s country music. My first CD was probably Marty Robbins' Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. I remember my first concert very well. It was The Judds at a county fair in south eastern Washington. All of my vocal training has been informal and much of it probably came from singing along to Randy Travis and Reba McEntire. I didn't start listening to pop and indie music until middle school.

What is coming up for Wild Ones within the next few months?

We'll finish the second leg of our national tour in a couple of weeks and will then be putting all of our efforts into writing and recording our full length record. With winter approaching, it's the perfect time to hibernate in the studio.

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This Wild Life chats their writing process and their new record?!

To wrap up our coverage of this Fall’s AP Tour, next up is our interview with Anthony of buzz band This Wild Life! The band has been putting serious time in on the road and it has clearly paid off. Their debut record Clouded dropped about a year ago and the boys are about to dive into their sophomore record post AP Tour. It was great to really get an inside look into the writing/recording process that this talented duo goes through when working on their music. I think it’s something we haven’t really gotten a good peek into in the past and I’m glad Music Remedy was able to deliver that to readers! It brings me right back to duos like The Scene Aesthetic but with an edgier take on acoustic!  Read our new interview below and look for a new record in the next year. To tide you over, check the guys out on the AP Tour for the next few weeks for their fans stateside and in Europe in February with Sleeping With Sirens!

 

This is the first night of this run, the AP Tour! The three things you must have with you while on tour to survive?

I must have sunscreen because of my tattoos. I’m crazy and I converted Kevin so he’s just as crazy as me now. We use a lot of hand sanitizer for the van and sunglasses. Everything revolves around sun with us. I hate being in the sun and when you’re driving and you don’t have sunglasses, yeah we’re pretty crazy about having sunglasses all the time.

 

Then you guys have had an obviously pretty wild year and a half to two years. It’s really picked up for you guys. Then now you’re doing this tour. Pretty much all four bands have a really good following right now but in a little bit of different genres from each other. Maybe do you have any expectations for this run being the AP tour or being with this group of bands?

We’re just super excited for this tour. The tours that we have done were like Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce then we did New Found Glory and Warped Tour so we’ve never done a true like pop-punk, pop-rock tour. We always kind of think that that’s more our audience but we’ve never done it so we don’t know but we’re like super excited. Real Friends are just good friends of ours, As It Is we toured with over in the UK like recently then Warped Tour. Then we’ve never really went out with Mayday other than Warped but we’ve always looked up to them. So it’s pretty awesome. We’re really excited for this one.

 

Perfect! Then your debut record Clouded has been out for a little while now. Is this something where you’re still waiting a little bit to maybe put out a new record or is this something you’re already working on?

Yeah after this tour, we’re actually going to write the new record and go and record it. So yeah when we got home from Warped Tour, we just were writing nonstop. Trying to get as many as possible then after this tour, we’re going to keep writing. The last CD was kind of funny how it got thrown together. We were a full band and we wanted to go acoustic so we wrote songs as fast as we possibly could to go into the studio as fast as we could. So we recorded ten songs and we wrote ten songs. Which I don’t like doing. So this time we’re trying to write like twenty songs and picking the ten best out of them. The ones we’re most confident with. I’m really excited for the new stuff.

 

And is it something with the writing that you guys write every song together or do you each bring your own ideas to the table?

Yeah we each bring our own ideas. I don’t do anything with lyrics and melody, that’s all Kevin. Usually, I come up with riffs. I record two hundred riffs on my phone I send them all to Kevin. Hey do you like any of these? I’m good at coming up with things and he’s good at structure and I am not. I have no structure. My structure would mean that there would just be a twenty minute drum solo in every song because that’s what I like. So he structures them and I usually come up with them. That’s usually the process. We never really write together.

Oh wow.

Yeah we always write at our homes then I’ll record my part, he’ll record his part. Then we go in and we listen to them together but coming up with songs we’ve never done it in the same room.

That’s insane!

It’s really weird. The process is very weird.

 

Do you think that is a good thing? Like maybe being on your own helps you as a band?

Yeah it’s worked so far. I think what’s important is that we both have the same idea of what we want but we both are very different when it comes to writing. We each want different things. Our songs come out from good compromises. Like he is always going to want really distorted guitars and a tele and I hate teles. I’m always going to want a Strat. It’s funny how it always works out to where by the time the song is done, we each look back and we love it. But when we were building it, we each had two different songs in mind. And that’s been every one of our songs. It’s kind of weird how we work together. It’s strange.

 

Then maybe to end it off, like you said after this tour, you’re going to be working on the next record. You just started this tour today you haven’t even played a set yet. So maybe what is coming up? It’s quite a long run! Are you just going to be focusing on getting the record done once this tour is over?

Yeah all our focus is on that. We’re going to Europe with Sleeping With Sirens in February. So we have a lot of time off. Luckily we did this in a good way. We’re focusing all our attentions on this tour, minds on this tour because we gave ourselves a lot of time off after this to write. I know a lot of bands have to write on the road and we just didn’t want to do that. We wanted to give the tour all our attention then give the writing all of our attention so after this, we’ll be good!

 
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MC Lars chats his new LP, Zombie Dinosaur!

With just a few months between interviews with this next guy, we caught up with MC Lars as his new LP hits shelves on November 6th! We talk about how the new songs are going over in their sets as well as how his current tour is going with Koo Koo Kanga Roo! MC Lars is always a pleasure to chat with and always keeps it fresh. The guy has been hustling for twelve years now as a touring independent artist and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Read our new one here and pick up the Zombie Dinosaur  LP when it drops in a few weeks!

How has this tour been going so far with Koo Koo Kanga Roo, still kind of in the beginning stage of it and you still have a while to go?

We’re about a week in and it’s been great. I mean it’s really fun to do a club tour after Warped because you kind of have some of that momentum. They’re fun guys to travel with and it’s us and two video screens and no bands. The set-up is awesome. There’s not very many local openers so it’s cool. It’s a lot of kids that are coming out and it’s been great. They are really cool guys.

Perfect and we talked to you at about the halfway mark through Warped Tour. Maybe how did the rest of the tour go for you?

Yeah it was great. It’s a special tour. Yeah it was our third summer and I’m always thankful when they ask me to play it. So it was good! No issues, no one died. Our bus broke down but I think if you do Warped and your bus doesn’t break down, it’s not Warped.

It’s not a real Warped Tour experience if it goes easy for you. And now that the LP is coming up, you’re only about two or so weeks out. Are you getting nervous, are you road-testing more of the songs? Kind of how have you been going about these sets?

Yeah we’ve been incorporating songs into our sets and radio stations have been adding some of the singles. So that’s cool so people know the new songs so that’s cool. So yeah it’s really fun because we played one of the new songs on Warped Tour, the Game of Thrones song? Then we’ve been incorporating more so it’s been awesome. It’s just great. I mean it’s fun to feel this like traction building because I’ve been touring twelve years. So it’s just fun to stay being able to do that for this long. I don’t think it’s common. So I’m fortunate.

Maybe how is that, to have the tracks being picked up? You’ve worked so hard for this, you have Horris Records, like you said you’ve been doing this for twelve years.

Yeah I know. I define success by like being able to pay your bills and being able to create the music you want. It’s nice when Terrestrial Radio or bigger sites or whatever get into it. I think it’s important to feel like it’s growing and you’re reaching new people because if it feels like it’s shrinking then that can be disappointing. Unless you’re really invested in it and you’re doing it for yourself but yeah, it’s been quite a journey.

Then maybe like I said, it’s only been a few months since we talked last. I don’t think I’ve interviewed you not on Warped Tour now that I think about it.

Yeah I don’t think so.

Yeah this is the first time where I can see the whole experience in a club and not a hot, sweaty stage with a lot of other bands in the background. Should be good! But the LP is about to come out, what is coming up within the next few months? Like once this record drops?

Yeah record drops! I’m still working on this puppet show with rapping robots. The plan is to launch that next year then I’m working on a book. A History of Hip Hop book so a lot happening but yeah, I’m excited for it to come out and it’s been a busy year but it’s been great!
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Malaki chats national touring and their music process!

Recently, I sat down with Malaki out of LA for a conversation I don’t get to have much really these days anymore. Malaki just finished their first major national tour opening for Atreyu and it was great to sit down with them and kind of chat about how it was going for them opening for such veteran acts that also included Beartooth and Wovenwar. We also talked about their writing and recording process as well as their music release plans. Catch this talented band when you can!

To start it off, the three things you must bring with you while on tour to survive?

Ellsworth: Bourbon, patience and baby wipes.

Josh: I second patience, absolutely. I’m from LA so I didn’t bring a jacket so I kind of had to buy my own band’s hoodie just so I could survive and honestly like little protein bars so I’m not always eating like shit. You really don’t have any options when you’re on the road. Gas and go, gas and go since some of the drives are really long. As long as you have something to munch on that’s not too unhealthy, you can make it work.

Ellsworth: Five hour energy.

Josh: Oh yeah, Five Hour energy!

Ellsworth: I’d love to get sponsored by them.

Josh: If them or the Kirkland Costco variety wants to throw us some bones, that would be pretty nice.

Ellsworth: There’s one in my pocket right now.

Ready to go! Then this tour is kind of a unique one where obviously Atreyu haven’t been on tour in a little while and you have Beartooth with you who are dropping off in a few days to go out with Slipknot. Wovenwar, clearly the majority of As I Lay Dying minus Tim Lambesis so obviously really all pretty veteran acts. Caleb of Beartooth was in Attack Attack for a very long time. So a very big veteran tour. Maybe how has that kind of been, being on tour with all these bands?

Josh: You know we’ve actually been pretty accepted by the other guys in the bands. They haven’t treated us like the bastard step-children of the tour or anything like that. This is our first national tour with a band such as Atreyu. We’ve done our own runs. We did SXSW last year. Those are more self-contained. This run, the expectations from the venues, the bands, the management, are all much higher than it has been in the past. We really have stepped up our game to basically make sure that we’re not in anybody’s way and that also allows us to have drinks with them and sort of bro down so to speak. So far, they’ve been very accepting.

Ellsworth: I mean, beyond accepting. We were in Irving Plaza and there was actually a point at the end of Atreyu’s set where they literally stopped playing and were like give it up for Beartooth you know them you love them. Give it up for Wovenwar, you know them you love them but these cats Malaki. We all had to start at some point. We’re lucky enough to have all of you to love us but give it up for these kids coming out from LA trying to make it work. It’s been really, really rad that every single time that it’s an even thing. We’ve all got nicknames for each other now at this point. Everyone busts their chops a little bit. I used to work at Hot Topic. I folded these t-shirts a long time ago. I worked at a theater in LA. I worked the door security for them and now I’m swapping stories with them on the bus. It’s amazing.

Then you talked about how they’ve been really accepting and maybe really open to you guys but still it is kind of your first big major level tour. Like you said you’ve toured before, you’ve gone to SXSW. Maybe what’s been like the highest  part of it and maybe like the lowest part, like the biggest challenge.

Josh: I think the best part is literally playing in front of all these people that have never heard us before. That’s the biggest thing. That’s why we wanted to do this tour so badly is because it’s like okay, we can go do regional tours. We can go out to Texas and play in front of twenty thirty people that have heard of us but we’re basically exposing ourselves to anywhere between five hundred to a thousand kids a night that have no idea for the most part who we are. The acceptance has been awesome. That to me is the highest point on this tour is feeling that our place is here and kids are accepting of what we’re doing. The lowest point I think was the twenty seven hour drive that we had to do from New Mexico to Madison, Wisconsin. Like we did a couple of pick up dates on our way to join them in Pontiac and that was definitely a challenge and everybody was super frazzled. I mean the driving is a necessary evil. You know, what are you going to do? We’re in a van, we have a trailer. I was talking to the manager of Atreyu the other night and he was like you guys need to enjoy this time because it’s just going to get more complicated. Things are going to get bigger, more stressful as you go. I’m looking at them in their bus and I’m like how can that be but the reality is that the logistics of all the things they have to do I can understand how that would be maddening at times. Us, we’re very self-contained so even if we have minor annoyances with oh god we have to drive all this way and we have to swap out every six hours, if that’s the low point I’ll take it.

Ellsworth: Absolutely. I mean it’s definitely one of those situations and scenarios I feel is great. We can become a family. There’s no other way around it. The thing with family is that, someone steps out we’ve got their back a hundred percent. At the same time, you want to throw them from a moving vehicle at times. Every night, every day, we have to deal with all the nonsense and all of the who done this blah blah blahs. Music hits, it’s game on. It’s time to go work and that’s what we’re all here for in the first place.

Josh: All the annoyances will sort of accumulate over a twenty four hour, forty eight hour period. Then once we play a show, that twenty five thirty minutes that we’re on stage it just sort of resets the clock for everybody and everybody is cool again after that. Because that’s your church, it’s like what Ellsworth always says. Once you go there, you feel that you’re basically clean and you can basically start over and get annoyed at people again. Over and over again.

Ellsworth: That’s exactly what it is. In the band together, I know I’m going sort of off topic but I will say we’ve got thirty five, forty years of combined experience in this band. We’ve each been close to success but never really had that chance. So to be on something like this, we know how to maintain ourselves. Know how to behave more or less. Some of us might make bad choices. Last night. And they fall asleep on stage which I may or may not. We’ll see what happens.

Take a nap, you don’t have too much time but you got a few hours.

Ellsworth: Exactly.

Then you released the Black EP right at the end of July. July 31st. I know this band it’s not a work in progress but members have come at different times. Like I know your singer was kind of the last, she just came in.

Josh: Yeah, so Shauna has been in the band for a little over a year now. It has been a work in progress. It can be very easy to form a band of professional people but once the opportunities start coming in like doing this tour and just getting out there and doing regional stuff, the schedules of people that are committed often they have to make choices. The reality is that not everybody can do this. Not everybody can take the time off from their jobs and everybody works a day job. Everybody does what they have to do to survive when they’re home. A lot of people, they can’t make the leap and say okay this is what I really want to do and I’m going to sacrifice everything for it. That’s why with our last singer Alan, great guy. Awesome dude. He just felt it wasn’t for him and he wanted to move back to the Philippines. Thankfully it only took four months to find Shauna. We really hadn’t even thought about having a female singer up until that point and she sent us a version of one of our songs that she had recorded and it was surprisingly good. I say surprisingly because we never even considered it before and so she basically flew out. She tried out for us. We rehearsed twice. I’m an engineer so I made her record for five hours on two consecutive days just to make sure she could hack it. After a few days, we put her through her paces and she really owned it. She seemed like she was going to be a good fit and she belonged.

Ellsworth: It was definitely one of those you’re the chocolate to my peanut butter and the peanut butter in my chocolate kind of moments. You didn’t go in with that mindset but hey, that’s not a bad idea.

Then speaking of that, that EP hasn’t been out for long at all. Just about two months or so but I know you probably have been writing a ton of songs. Is it something where you think a full length could be like in the first half of 2016, do you think that’s still going to be a while?

Josh: The thing with a full length is especially if you’re a band at our level, Atreyu can put out a full length and they have a built in fan base and people are going to feed off that for a while. They do a long touring cycle if they want but a smaller band like us that are trying to basically crack, the reality is that I’d rather just put out music continuously. Give people something fresh all the time so we’re basically releasing a series of EP’s, three songs at a time. So instead of putting out a full length, it’s not that we don’t have the songs in our pocket but we have three songs that we can sort of focus all of our attention on and then get those out every six months so people always have new music to listen to. A lot of times, bands will put out a full length record then they’ll disappear from the consciousness of a lot of people that like the band because there is nothing new and current. We’d rather keep it fresh. Keep people into what we’re doing as possible. What’s also cool is that the music is going to grow. It’s going to become different and it’s going to evolve. I like seeing a band not completely change their style from record to record. I like to see that sort of progress happen naturally and organically. You can see that if you’re releasing new music every six months.

Ellsworth: We actually watch a lot of The Wire and we realized you give them a taste, they’ll keep coming back for more. You can’t give it all away.

And how do you guys go about the writing? Is it all you kind of bring your own ideas, is it more collective, one person?

Ellsworth: A lot of it really comes down to Josh’s brainchild. He’s been kind of the mad scientist behind everything. For certain things, he’s like I have this idea. He’ll ask me for a thing or our drummer Dave, he’s like oh I’ve got this thing what would you do here? Lyric wise, sometimes Shauna will bring something to it. I mean it all comes down to Josh started this project. So he tasks each of us individually for certain aspects and flavors but at the end of the day, we try to make it as group oriented as possible. Weirdly enough, bands can’t be democracy based. They have to kind of be oligarchic or just straight up ruling fist, iron manned.

I’m well aware of that idea. For example, I interview We Came As Romans a lot and it’s like Joshua Moore, the guitarists like brain child. He doesn’t scream, he doesn’t sing but you’ll see him like singing the words because he writes everything.

Josh: I do the same thing onstage. I’m like singing along. I did it out of necessity initially because it was just me and I was sort of finding my way through recording and how I can get my ideas across. Once I had enough songs demo-ed, I was sort of able to fully flesh out how I wanted my music to sound and sort of what I wanted to do. At that point, instead of collaborating then sort of being unhappy with the end result, because maybe one person’s influence is not correctly placed, I’m usually presenting a song that’s eighty to ninety percent sort of there in terms of structure, arrangements, etcetera. Then we all collaborate on our parts. Like I’ll write the bass line but the reality is, I don’t want to do that. I’d much rather have him do that because he’s way better at it than me. So the basic idea is there but then he basically completely changes it and alters it to his style and his influence. The reason he’s in the band is because I trust him to do something that’s going to be representative of Malaki. Same with drums, same with vocals. I mean I think with Shauna it’s going to be more of a collaborative process rather than me just handing her lyrics and handing her melodies. It’s definitely going to be more collaborative because I want her to fully embrace and believe what she’s singing. The only way you can really do that is if you collaborate on the song and it becomes a part of you.

Ellsworth: I mean it’s almost like, to use an analogy for it, he’s coming up with the dishes but it’s our job to plate them. We all have our jobs to get done one way or another. Especially at show time as well, we all know what note we’re supposed to be on and what we’re supposed to do. It’s Josh’s job to get sassy, it’s Shauna’s job to look desirable and it’s my job to destroy things.

Josh: Sassy?

Ellsworth: I mean you’re is pulled black.

Josh: Sassy?

Ellsworth: It’s like Urban Outfitters.

Josh: That’s such like a Clueless reference or something.

Ellsworth: We are from California, I think it’s appropriate.

Josh: Anywhere from LA, it takes twenty minutes.

Ellsworth: Forty five minutes. You know that damn line.
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The Karma Killers chat their new EP and future touring plans!

Warped Tour is a crazy environment and honestly the busiest day of my year. The bands wake up at the crack of dawn and don’t go to sleep till past midnight every night. I’m in the press area for around six years and never stop interviewing great bands. Even though I’m there for six hours or so I still don’t catch up with everyone since it’s such a crazy vibe. That’s why I’m glad we’re in the season now where a lot of these bands return to these cities like The Karma Killers and we are able to have a proper more relaxed chat with the bands. Last week I caught up with lead singer of The Karma Killers, Micky, post-performance and chatted about everything from their Warped experience to their songwriting process to what is coming up for the band. Catch them back in our beautiful city of Boston when they open up for The Struts at the Sinclair this Sunday night! A little bit of a quick turnaround but I’m sure their already die-hard fans will be sure to be there!
You did just do the majority of Warped Tour before this run and you’re on your own tour now. Maybe the three things you realized you must have with you while on tour to survive?

The things that I must have on tour? A lot of clothes, toothbrush and hairspray for sure.

Maybe how has this tour been going? You kind of jumped right into this tour. Maybe a month inbetween.

Yeah we had about a month off right after Warped Tour to go home and kind of just like write. We went into the studio for a little bit to demo. Yeah, about a month off to do that then we jumped back into doing this. We want to keep active, want to keep playing out. Kind of like rekindle our relationship with some of the kids we met on Warped.

Definitely! And has there been like a pretty big high or maybe even a low with the EP being so new? It only came out in June.

Yeah it’s still kind of a slow organic progression. We kind of booked this tour ourselves. We just moved on with a new booking agency right after Warped Tour. So it kind of left us in the position of you can stay home or you can go back out. To go back out, it might be a little rough because we have to do it ourselves because we just moved on to a new agency. So we were like yeah, let’s just go out and keep playing. It’s like I said, kind of rebuilding that relationship with our fans. It’s had its highs and its lows but it’s been fantastic. Like I said before, I think today in Boston has been the best show. It was really cool. To be able to step back from our song Domino and kids were just singing it. It was really rad.

That must be great considering it hasn’t been out that long.

Yeah and this is our second time in Boston. Like proper because you know on Warped Tour, you play in like the parking lot of an arena. So you’re not really in Boston. So it was cool, it was really cool.

Then I wanted to ask you, I know you kind of talked about how maybe you were home for a little bit. Maybe writing a little bit but you did put out the EP in June. Maybe how long was that EP kind of in the process for the band? Is it something where it was like all fresh songs or were some of the songs already ones you had kind of in your catalogue?

Yeah they’ve been there for quite a while. In interviews, I feel like I’ve said it’s taken the band two years to write the EP. Clearly, it hasn’t because there are five songs. We write five songs a week. We just wrote over a hundred songs and I think we just kind of wittled it down and we were like these are the ones that kind of represent us the best. That kind of shared the best message and kind of introduced us the best with the identity we’re trying to achieve.

And do you think it’s going to be a little while till a proper full length? Do you think you may go like the EP route? Kind of keep material fresh?

You know, it kind of all depends on the demand. We’re always writing. When we get a chance when we’re home in New York, we’re in the studio demo-ing. When we feel like it’s right, we’ll probably put out a full length. EP is cool too but I feel like that’s just too much of a tease. We just want to give the whole package. Give it all at once. I know we originally were going to do just a full length. Not even an EP at first but we wanted to give a little taste and kind of a variety of what The Karma Killers are all about. So yeah, it will probably be a full length and I don’t know when that’s expected to come out but we’re going to keep touring on this and try to build an EP.

 

And you’re going out another run right after this with The Struts?

 

Yeah in about a week, we start in Atlanta with them which we’re really stoked about. Really excited. I think it’s going to be a great bill. It’s going to be fun.

 

It’s going to be huge exposure for you because they haven’t really properly toured here yet. It was supposed to be here and got moved. It sold out in like a day here.

 

Yeah to the Sinclair! Is that place cool? I’ve never been.

 

Oh I love The Sinclair. It’s about the size of the downstairs room at the Middle East but it’s a lot more open. It’s really great staff. A lot of the guys that work there are all in bands, like when they’re off tour they work there. One of the sound guys is in a really famous rap/r&b project they tour the UK. It’s run by a lot of guys that really know what it’s like. Are really good at sound, that kind of thing.

 

Fantastic.

 

You’ll have a great experience.

 

Yeah yeah I’m looking forward to it.

 

Then I wanted to ask you, you kind of talked about how you had over a hundred songs written that you kind of went through. Maybe how do you guys go about the writing then? Is it one person, more collective, kind of bring all your ideas to the table?

 

I’m the primary songwriter for the band. I always bring the flesh and bones, the skeleton kind of to the band or to our producers and kind of hash it out there. I think once the ideas are demo’d I kind of let the band come in and they lay like their two cents on the song and we kind of go from there. It’s a pretty simple process. There’s no crazy mechanism of writing a Karma Killers song.

 

Then like I said, you do have a lot coming up. It’s kind of announced. You have the EP but like you said,  you’re about to go out with The Struts right after you finish up this run tomorrow in Danbury, Connecticut then you kind of go right back out. So we know a little bit of what’s coming up so maybe to end it off the first CD or first cassette you can remember buying as a kid and the first concert you can remember going to?

 

My first show was like a local show in Central New Jersey and I was like eight but that wasn’t like a real concert. I think I saw this band from Jersey called Thursday. I was a big fan when I was a little kid. I was so young my dad had to take me. It was like a post-hardcore show. That was really awesome.

 

I interviewed Thursday, I know what they’re about.

 

Oh you interviewed Thursday?

 

It was like their last tour.

 

I think I saw them on that tour. At Starland Ballroom. So yeah that was my first concert. My first CD I think it was the self-titled Third Eye Blind album. The first one. My brother, he’s older than me, he was into it and I heard it and I was just kind of attracted to it. It’s still to this day one of the best records like ever made, written. Stephan  Jenkins is fucking ridiculous. It’s crazy.
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As It Is chats the future of their second record!

Last time we spoke to As It Is, they were in the thick of the punk rock summer camp that is Warped Tour. They are one of the UK bands that is really making a true effort of breaking into the US by touring here consistently and their hard work is definitely paying off. We spoke to them less than an hour before they took the stage on the first night of the AP Tour and their live set slayed. The kids were singing all the words and were a clear indication of the success this band has achieved which the band knows could honestly be taken away if they don’t write a great second record. In my chat with Patty and Patrick from the band, they let me into a bit of their anxiousness and hopes for their second record following their incredibly successful debut record, Never Happy,  Ever After!

It hasn’t been too long since we talked to you last, it was during your time on Warped Tour you were about halfway through. Maybe how did the end of Warped Tour go and maybe expectations for AP Tour? Considering how big of a tour package it is, everyone on this tour is very big on their own genres including yourself. You guys have had a really big break out year in the states.

Patty: Yeah, okay! Well, to press on like the end of Warped Tour, I think by the end of Warped Tour it was very difficult to remember a time when we weren’t on Warped Tour. It was just like all we knew was Warped Tour. We were born on Warped Tour. So I think the strangest thing is kind of readjusting to real life was walking out my front door and not seeing a hundred people I recognized all at once. To turn my corner and not see Mike Kennedy was really weird.

Patrick: Also very sad.

Patty: Yeah, I think that was the biggest thing. We made so many amazing friendships on Warped Tour and made so many amazing memories on Warped Tour. I think we just improved as a band, not even our technical abilities but the dynamic and how we operated as people in a band. We improved massively. We understood each other much better. We kind of knew our breaking points, our strengths and weaknesses. I think that was the biggest thing we gained from Warped Tour. Any kind of promotion, anything besides that, just becoming closer friends and better business partners.

Patrick: Then I think leading into this tour, leading on from what you said about friendships, This Wild Life were on tour with us. We became very good friends with them so it’s nice to see them again on this time around.

Patty: I think using Warped Tour as like a barometer of showing how successful this tour is going to be is very difficult because Warped Tour because Warped Tour is a very, very odd place. We were playing to quite a few people in certain places that I didn’t even realize we had a following in. So I’m just excited to play this tour. First day, I’m a little bit nervous but I’m very excited. So I’m looking forward to it really.

And you guys have pretty much been constantly in the states this last year. This is the third tour in the US for you this year, correct me if I’m wrong and this record is still obviously very new. Maybe though considering how fast things went with this Fearless signing and the record being put out so quick, are you even considering writing right now? Are you writing, do you think it’s still going to be a while?

Patrick: We’re trying to. We have been trying to since the beginning of Warped Tour and it’s happening but it’s happening slowly.

Patty: Yes and our goal was to try to start writing the next record on Warped Tour but Warped Tour proved too demanding within a time and mental sense but no, we’re talking about it a lot. Where we want to take it, who we want to work with. If we do want to change our style but there’s not very much written yet but it is very much on our minds. We’re very, very excited to build the foundation of the next record and I think being on tour excites me most about writing the next record. It really emphasizes, it makes it very clear in my mind, that if we don’t write a good enough second record this all gets taken away from us. So I’m very eager and a little bit apprehensive and anxious to write the next record. Being on tour makes me want to write more than anything else in my life.

Patrick: It’s in motion!

Patty: Hopefully out here, we make some serious initial steps towards shaping the next record for sure.

And do you think that’s something that will maybe come out in the first half of 2016, do you think it will be closer to the end?

Patrick: I think it’s very unlikely at the beginning of the year. Very unlikely.

You still have to do this little thing called record.

Patrick: Yeah that really small part of being in a band. Recording.

Perfect, then like I said you’re about to start this very lengthy tour, are you just going to be like focusing on making the record after? Or do you think you’re going to be touring again pretty quickly? Kind of what is in the plans for As It Is?

Patrick: Well, we go pretty much straight into another tour. Our final tour of the year is with Lower Than Atlantis and Moose Blood in the UK. Then we have a bit of time off which is to aid this writing process. I’m going to stop there because I don’t know what I’m allowed to say and what I’m not allowed.

Patty: I don’t think anything else.

I don’t think you’re allowed to say I have a feeling.

Patrick: So I’m going to stop there.

Patty: January is going to be a really important month for us in that we’re not doing anything at all. It’s going to be the first month in a long time, at least a year,that we won’t have done anything besides get our headspaces ready to write another album. We don’t want to write an album about the tribulations of being on tour. That’s not what we’re interested in. We want to write a very personal confessional record. Something a little more profound then my back hurts from sleeping on the floor.

Patrick: Well it does, our backs do hurt from sleeping on the floors because we’re doing a lot of that but I don’t know if other people want to share that with us really. So yeah we just want to take a bit of time away and think about emotionally and mentally what we want to focus our efforts on. As opposed to yes the easier option of what’s affecting us now. We want to sort of explore it like Patty was saying. Explore it deeper and see what we can get from that basically.

 
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The Saint Johns are at Paradise tonight, be there!

Do you like two part harmonies? Were you planning on just another Friday night at home with Netflix and delivery? I have a much better idea for you. The perfection that is The Saint Johns are playing Paradise Rock Club tonight and are a no-miss situation opening for The White Buffalo! They just dropped their new song today “Dead of Night” and it’s really the most beautiful thing I’ve heard in a while. With a debut record coming out soon, catch these cats now before they blow up.

Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson aka The Saint Johns have been writing and performing together for a few years now and released their debut EP Open Water in 2013 to much acclaim. They open things up tonight at Paradise Rock Club in Boston and are sure to put on a amazing set!
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Mayday Parade talks Black Lines and The AP Tour!

Last night, I headed out to the first night of the revived AP tour to chat with the bands about their first night and tour expectations as well as new music on the way for most of them but for the headliner it’s a bit of a different story. Over the years, we’ve steadily caught up with the talented men in this band and always jump at the chance to catch up with the boys. Scene veterans Mayday Parade released their fifth full length not even a week ago on October 9th, “Black Lines” and have already received so many positive reactions. The excitement over the record is I’m sure in part due to the new direction of a bit heavier music then fans may be expecting but also the fact that the band went dark on social media while they were working on their new record.

As well as being dark on social media, the band hasn’t been on the road in a year. With a long trek coming up, they killed their first night in Boston last night and can be found continuing this journey in Philadelphia tonight. With great support from Real Friends, This Wild Life and As It Is this tour is a no miss and I’m sure they’ll only continue to have killer shows the rest of the run. In the new year, the band will be out in the UK with The Maine and Jake who plays drums in the band hinted at more US touring in the spring!

So maybe a soft one to start, this is obviously the first night of the AP tour but you are the headliner. You’re on the cover right now. Maybe the three things you must have with you while on tour? What you’ve learned you must have with you?

Me? Oh my god, that’s always a tough question because is it just me or just everybody?

Just you, yeah not for the band as a whole.

I have to have my phone obviously just to talk to my wife. My parents and family and stuff. Also on my phone I’ve been watching Netflix and everything. I lock myself away in my bunk and I’ll just watch tv but any kind of video games. FIFA 15 or FIFA 16 now is my favorite video game so have to have that. And then all my shoes. I bring a ton of shoes. A whole suitcase full. I can’t bring them all because they would be just one solid piece of luggage alone with just shoes in it. Would be just ridiculous but I fit as many as I can.

Then like I said before, the record’s not even a week old. It came out on Friday and I know you guys had a bit of a dark period. Not a dark period where things were bad but you maybe went dark on social media. A lot of people didn’t know about the recording process. So maybe how is it to kind of have this record now be born? Maybe even initial reactions?

It’s nice to finally have it be released. Yeah we did go dark. We wanted it to be a secret and not so people didn’t know what we were doing but here and there we would kind of release a photo. Be a little vague because I don’t feel like everybody needs to know everything that’s going on at all times. At the time, all we wanted to do was focus on the music and the songwriting process but yeah it’s a huge relief to have it out now finally. We can give everyone all the photos and everything, the music all that kind of stuff. It’s nice.

Lovely! Maybe how long has this record been in process for the band? You’ve obviously had a very long history as a band this being your fifth album.

Fifth record yeah. Ten years as a band.

That’s huge!

Pretty crazy.

Yeah then maybe how is that considering you guys have maintained the band, the line up has stayed the same. How is it to be at that ten year mark?

I don’t think any of us ever thought we would make it this far. It’s still the same. We’re all still the same people. None of us have egos. We’re all just friends traveling around and playing music and having a good time doing it.

Then maybe how long has this record kind of been in the making for Mayday?

We actually started making this record right after Monsters in the Closet came out. It wasn’t intentional. It was just kind of like here and there you would write songs and everybody in the band writes. So after a month and a half or so, we all met up in a lake house in Florida and we just started writing. We started not writing but compiling the songs together and making them what they are now.

Then even though the band has been together for so long, I’m sure maybe you’ve fallen into a steady writing process but do you feel like there is something maybe new that you guys tried with this record, you know besides the dark period?

It wasn’t intentional but this record’s a little heavier than most records that we’ve released. We’re a little darker and we’re not the Mayday Parade standard cut and clean thing. Like I said, it wasn’t anything intentional. It just kind of happened that way. Just the stuff that each of us individually were writing and then adding Mike Sapone into the mix helped kind of orchestrate everything and clean it up a little bit. Still keep the dark but just better organized.

And is it something where you each bring your own ideas or is it more of a collective writing process?

We all bring ideas. We’re five members and we all write and we all make the music that we make and we couldn’t do it without each other. 100 percent.

Then like I said, we have interviewed Mayday several times over the years so we’ve asked all the basic questions with other members so maybe for you to do a personal one, the first CD or first cassette you can remember buying as a kid and the first concert you ever went to?

The first cassette I ever bought was a little single from Bobby Brown. Wait it wasn’t even that one. Was it Snoop Dogg, what was that song called? Oh my god. I can’t remember. Let’s just say the first CD I ever bought was Bobby Brown I can’t tell you the name of the CD but it had that song ‘Ain’t Nobody Humping Around’ and I loved it. The second CD I bought was In Vogue and the third CD I ever bought was White Zombie. So I went from like hip hop or r&b to like rock!

I like it! And do you remember your first concert or like first show experience?

I know it sounds stupid but I think it was like a Motion City Soundtrack and All American Rejects tour. I didn’t really go to shows much because where I lived, there wasn’t like a place where bands came through.

Exactly.

But then I started getting into the Tallahassee music scene. Those two bands came through and I remember just being like woah this is really cool.

Perfect! Then you are obviously on the first day of the AP tour, you haven’t even played your first show yet which is crazy but you clearly have a bit of a long trek ahead of you. Kind of what’s coming up after this tour for you considering the record is so new?

Holidays! We’re going to take the holidays off then we have a tour planned to go over to the UK and Europe and do our thing over there. We’re also hitting up Spain which we’ve never actually done before which will be kind of cool. Then we have some plans that I can’t really talk about in the Spring but it’s going to be something in the US and it will be a lot of fun.
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Meet First Pope.

This next interview is with someone I got a little creepy on, in a good way. I was sent a press release by another publication that he did some live performances for and I searched him out. He is a hidden gem that is just really starting to get going and I’m really happy to have him on Music Remedy. He will only go up I’m sure and I’m really grateful that we were able to catch him early in his career. Hopefully we get to have him in the states soon but for now and in the next few months, you can catch him around Dublin, Manchester and London!

A soft one to start, what was the first CD or cassette you can remember buying as a child? As well, the first show you went to?

The first CD or cassette I remember buying when I was about 11 years old is The Darkness’ album “Permission to Land”. After that I remember Marion Winan’s single “I Don’t Wanna Know” being the following purchase. Quite a difference. The first show I ever witnessed was one of my uncles’ bands. Watching them play and being surrounded by them definitely catalyzed my interest in music as a youngster.

How did you first know you wanted to pursue music as a career?

I knew I wanted to pursue music from an early age but, I played drums and percussion and never viewed it as a strong career path. More as something I loved to do. It wasn’t until four years ago, halfway into my first year at college after picking up guitar in high school. When I first started to write, then I found my desire to write and spread my own music as a career. I always longed to be able to move the people the way I was by a certain melody or lyric, but never took it upon myself to try and truly replicate that until being compelled to by emotion-when I was for the first time I knew then it was something I needed and wanted to pursue.

Do you find that you’ve fallen into a steady rhythm with your songwriting? Is it always a set way, different every time?

Over the past two years I’ve really settled into a rhythm of writing where I have found my particular style. I wouldn’t say it is a set way or different every time as I never really set out to do something specifically with a song. I let it come out naturally and follow the direction which feels right for it in the moment. With being in a rhythm, you find yourself loosely following certain patterns but not purposely. It’s what feels comfortable to you and is the unique attribute to a person’s writing I think.

Do you think an EP/full length could be in the near future? Maybe it’s something that’s already being worked on?

An EP, yes the near future being ten months to a year away. I have been working on it now for a short while, right now I am solely concentrated on recording track by track, each its own project, with the plan to release singles off the EP over the coming year.

What is coming up for you within the next few months? Maybe local shows, even touring possibly around Ireland/ out of Ireland?

You will be able to catch me around parts of Dublin, Manchester and London over the coming months and next year. A tour plan entered the works briefly but until recording is complete and a single released my concentration will be placed solely on it. You can keep updated with my where abouts and new music on FB/Twitter @ First Pope.
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Live Review: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls at House of Blues, Boston!

Frank Turner has always had a really strong presence and stage performance which is always seemingly double in Boston what it may be in other cities. Frank’s performance as well as the Sleeping Souls are always top notch but the crowd goes insane and absolutely on fire every time he comes to Boston.

This show was no different. With a two night stand on this tour in Boston as he has done before in our lovely city, there was a strong focus on his latest record that just dropped in August of this year, Positive Songs for Negative People. Within his two hour set, he did play plenty though off of all of his old releases. The crowd was wrapped around his finger at the first notes of the first song of the set, “Get Better” and smoothly went into “If Ever I Stray” as well as saying to the crowd ‘I want to see everybody’s hands!’ in one of the musical interludes that the Sleeping Souls perform with absolute genius with Frank.

As he continued into his set, the crowd was completely raptured by him as they tend to be at Boston shows. Frank Turner’s live performance is irresistible and from seeing him talk about this city only makes the feeling seem mutual. Even when he introduced the band and himself, he said ‘Good evening, Boston! My name is Frank Turner, these are the Sleeping Souls we come from England but this is pretty much the hometown show here’. He stuffs in so many songs into his set, really something for everybody and all the hits in between. When he performed “Out of Breath”, he said ‘This town knows how to dance I want to see a lot of dancing’.

There were a few people in attendance that were standing around me during the show that were talking about how they only knew maybe two or three songs but ended up dancing to every track despite that. The audience was like a sea of people screaming every word back at Frank, even to all the new songs off the latest record.

Really, the set was perfection and it is clear why this band constantly adds extra nights in multiple cities and always do secret/last minute shows. In Boston, even including playing a popular bar owned by Dropkick’s lead singer Ken Casey with an hour notice. Frank and the Sleeping Souls are Boston’s musical number one hang and I think that is something that won’t be changing for a very long time!
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Eddie Hermida of Suicide Silence chats touring and new music!

Last night I headed out to House of Blues to catch up with a band that we’ve had some really great moments with over the years. Until now though, we hadn’t sat down with the current lead vocalist Eddie Hermida. Eddie came into the band early 2013 under some very high expectations from fans. Former longtime vocalist Mitch Lucker passed unexpectedly a few months earlier and Eddie has easily been accepted into the position. Suicide Silence’s live show is insane matching their last album too. They have been nothing but incredibly successful and absolutely slayed it last night in Boston.

In our new one with Eddie, he talks how current touring has been going as well as what is coming up for the band. Continue on for our new one and find them out as main support with Korn now!

Soft one to start because you guys have been touring so much really since the last record came out, maybe a little bit before that. The three things you must have with you while on tour?

Must have with me, my wits. A strong desire to play every night and clean underwear.

Always crucial.

Yeah, I don’t really abide by the whole material things because eventually you lose everything. If you are bummed because you lost your favorite pair of shoes on tour, then that is your fault. Not the fans fault. There you go!

And how have these dates been going? You’ve been in this band for a few years now. Last time we interviewed Suicide Silence I believe was only the second tour that you did with the band. You had a positive reaction right from the get go. People were chanting your name before you had even come on stage. It’s been very positive. How is it now that kids have kind of grown with you?

They’re still very pumped on the fact that the band kept going. I think that everybody really, really likes the direction the band is going in right now. Everybody is really happy with the overall sound. I hear kids tell me that they can close their eyes and see Mitch if they really want to and I hear fans that say that they don’t really think about it. They see Suicide Silence as a new thing so however each fan sees it, however they feel most comfortable at our shows? All I’m there to do is make them feel happy and if I’m doing that, I’m winning.

Then the last record has been out for a little over a year now. Is this something where you guys are currently working on something new, do you think you’re still going to wait a little while?

Yeah I mean right now we’re not really putting any pressure on ourselves to write something. It’s not like hey man we need to have something new done by this time or else. We’re not so nervous about the general escape of music. More so we are concerned with making sure that we’re ready to write. We’re not just going to force ourselves to sit down and start putting out music. That’s one of the most ridiculous or absurd things a musician can do because it’s not really allowing themselves to be channeling energies and emotions. So I mean our big concern is to get home. Sit down, focus on jamming and just vibing each other out and seeing where that road takes us.

Perfect, then you are on that last record and you were involved in. How do you think the writing process goes for the band now? Is it one person, more collective?

I think it’s going to stay how it’s always been which is the band gets together and they jam a couple of tunes together. They figure some stuff out then I come in and help them kind of put the bow on top of the box. I help make it a nice little complete package. I’ll be there for the whole process. I’ll be there for every moment. I think that’s one difference between us now and us before. Where they would kind of meet up before, write their stuff and then I would come in but I think for this one, I’m going to be there the whole time. I’m going to be incorporating with different instruments and trying to see if I can jam out on some keys. Try to do something new.

Then I wanted to ask you, you’ve been a long time touring musician as well. This obviously wasn’t your first band. Maybe when did you first come to know that you wanted to do music. When did you know this is something that you wanted to do?

Very early on. It was kind of like a calling. I want to say in like second grade or something like that. I was like seven years old and I remember there was this assembly. One of those multi-use room assemblies that they used to hold in elementary school. These six musicians come in and I remember them like breaking down the music to Pink Panther. Explaining that music can have the same theme. Have the same overall tones but it could be two completely different things while being the same thing at once. I remember thinking that and being like wow that’s so complex. I would love to learn that. I would love for that to be my focus in school. Inadvertently, I kind of did that. I just kind of like started playing trombone in second grade and kept on throughout middle school, high school. A little bit in college. In high school, around when I was sixteen years old, I started really falling in love with metal. I was already a fan of that type of music but when I was sixteen I really wanted to be in a band. From that point on, I started kind of pursuing that and it wasn’t until about twenty two years old when I got my first chance to actually tour and here I am today.

Great! Then maybe for you, the first CD or first cassette you can remember ever buying as a kid and the first concert you can remember going to?

One of the first CD’s I purchased, I want to say, was like Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation. My buddy and I had just taken our allowance. We were like thirteen or fourteen, something like that. No I was a little bit older I think I was like fifteen. I had just gotten my license and we drove ourselves to the local CD spot and we were like looking through the aisles. He had been jamming a little bit of some death metal like local death metal that we liked and we were like oh man those vocals are cool. Then we were like let’s pick the most gruesome album covers we can find. I found “Pierced from Within” by Suffocation and he found “Tomb of the Mutilated” by Cannibal Corpse. Those are kind of the first two CD’s that I actually bought. After that, I bought a lot more. At the point, Korn already had “Korn” and “Life is Peachy” out and I remember they were like “Follow the Leader” had just come out when I was like sixteen. It had been out for like a couple of months at this point. It was like the best thing out there. I remember wanted to pick up those records. The first one that I ever bought, like really, really bought was Suffocations’ “Pierced from Within”. It just stood out. It called out to me. That’s kind of the formulation of where I am today because I want to be in a band and I am in a band. I feel like it sounds like the perfect mixture of Suffocation and Korn so it’s kind of a cool thing.

Perfect, then to end it off! You’ve been touring a lot lately, you kind of talked about going home for a bit and not putting a lot of pressure on the writing but kind of what’s coming up? Do you think you’re going to be taking a bit of a breather? You guys have been so active.

Yeah since we are going to be writing, we’re not going to be touring much. I don’t know about other musicians but I know for a fact the road isn’t very conducive to sitting down and actually focusing on music. There’s so many things going on. Interviews, catering times, friends coming out to shows so you have to entertain your buddies. You have to entertain fans if you want to meet them, if you want to hang out with them which I like to do. So there’s not a lot of time in the day to actually sit down and have a really introspective moment to write. During the time that we’re writing and focusing on that, we’re going to be at home and taking some time off. It’s not really time off because you’re still focusing on your art and you’re focusing on your band. I don’t know man, I’ll rest when I’m dead really. That’s when it will be time to actually sit down and take off the battery packs and just chill the fuck out.
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