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  1. Eye Alaska Rocks the House of Blues with (mostly) Local Help

    June 21, 2010 by Steph

    Before the show we interviewed Brandon from Eye Alaska here. Check it out here: Interview with Brandon of Eye Alaska

    At House of Blues in Anaheim on June 11, The first band to take the stage was A Sound Aside. These guys were very wholesome-looking white-boy foursome with the lead singer dawning a super-scene scarf. A rowdy high-school-age fan club was already ready to rock out at the sight of this otherwise unknown band and when they started playing, I could see why. They reminded me of The Fray with the southern piano rock and vocals, but their music was generally more upbeat and pop with the occasional heavy guitar. The solid harmonies on “Perfect Thing to Say” got the crowd clapping and on “Summertime” the guitars were shredding! They closed with powerpop sing-a-long “You’re the One For Me” to which the crowd knew all the words.

    The next band up was a band called Stereofix and suffice it to say they were a little difficult to watch. Their sound was a rip-off of The Killers, complete with super-scene leather-clad frontman, shakey vocals, and an eerie electro drum machine. Ray, the singer and guitarist of Stereofix performed while making awkward movements replicating jazzercise routines. They had keyboard in the tracks, but no keyboardist and I couldn’t understand the lyrics at all, but we can blame that on House of Blues acoustics. I thought that maybe I could better appreciate the music better on the album and while it is a bit better without all the distractions of their performance, I’m not sure that’s a compliment.

    Colorist, up next, was a great and unexpected surprise. The first thing I noticed was their girl drummer! She also sung back-up vocals so I was doubly impressed. Their sound was dance rock, heavy on the snare, a solid dash of guitar with a little pinch of folk. It was extremely hard to name comparisons, which is definitely a good thing for this foursome. To try to give you an idea, they’re like Like Matt & Kim meets Slow Club – a little dance, a little folk. Groovy electro pop-rock made an appearance on “Fire Out.” “Yes Yes” displayed echoey vocals similar to Dear and the Headlights or Death Cab for Cutie with little piano tinkling. These guys announced that they’re recording a new EP and it couldn’t come soon enough. Their newest unreleased track entitled “Wishing Wells” was so much fun. There was a hint of dance rock a-la Hot Hot Heat with lyrics like “I found the beat to your heart and I’ve been dancing to it night and day” and dummer Maya rocked her vocal solo. On the song that went something like, “I don’t wanna fall in love,” the harmonies were GORGEOUS. It reminded me of something that you might find on the Paper Heart soundtrack—sweet and delicate. The last song had a xylophone and bass beat intro and featured Maya’s light airy whispers with “Hey where are you going? We won’t go home.” I loved these guys and I think they’ll go far.

    Bad Rabbits, the only band from out of state (Boston, MA) I wasn’t too crazy about, considering all the praise they got from Brandon’s Eye Alaska in a pre-show interview. They were funky, groovy, electro rock, but mostly they seemed just retro. They were rockin’ the falsetto Michael-Jackson-style and had choreographed synchronized dance moves for the stage. Their soul rock to me really just sounded like the theme from The Ghostbusters.

    Then came Eye Alaska, the stars of the night. Their sound was much harder than I expected. There were shredding guitars, badass drums, even some screaming with sweet pop vocals. Comparisons were difficult to draw because one moment they’d sound like The Cab, the next Our Lady Peace, then Chiodos or Gym Class Heroes—a definite eclectic mixed bag of genres. While Brandon Wronski in person is a quiet and smart intellectual, the minute he stepped on stage he transformed into this commanding presence, a totally different animal. The band was joined on stage by a small orchestra who dawned black and white face paint, exacerbating the cinematic element of the band.

    The Hip Hop beat influence was present in songs like “This Life Start To Question,” which included an almost rap interlude, while violins gave each song an element of cinema, creating a story. After having worn a knit hooded garb for the first portion of the set, he traded it for a fox pelt (watch out for PETA!), which he wore on his head and delved into a song that seemed to represent the “struggle montage” of the story. “Mutiny Off the Aleutian Coast” was my favorite song of the night. With a big arena sound and borderline noise rock, this part of the set showcased Brandon’s vocals and the song lead into heavier rock with guitarist Cameron Trowbridge rocking the eff out.

    Hands were pumping in the air for “American Landslide,” but in general people seemed to not know what to do with themselves. To bounce their hands or mosh or dance? Little of everything? This was the effect of a sound dedicated to being genre-less and while it did at times seem a little overwhelming or confusing for the genre-trained ear, it was definitely enjoyable and made for a good show. For “My Soul My Surrender” even dudes singing the lyrics! They closed with their single “Walk Like a Gentleman and everyone was singing. I commend them completely for defying expectations, trying something new, and putting on an amazing live show.

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  2. Interview with Paper Tongue’s guitarrist Joey Signa

    April 12, 2010 by Steph

    Paper Tongues, source:

    On Friday April 9th, the guitarist of Paper Tongues, Joey Signa, gave me a call to chat about the band. Paper Tongues is an up-and-coming band that wants to create something fresh. The music has an organic feel and is a mesh of more genres than you can count on one hand. They had an iTunes single of the week earlier this month, “Trinity,” just after the release of their new self-titled album on March 30th. To hear what Joey has to say about the band’s music, their new album, and upcoming shows with bands like Matt & Kim and Flyleaf, click below to listen to the interview.

    Interview with Joey Signa of Paper Tongues on our iTunes Podcast

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  3. The Devil in Ms. Daly: Sarah Daly of Scanners

    April 5, 2010 by Guest


    Pictured from left: Matt Mole, Amina Bates, Tom Hutt and Sarah Daly

    by Mary Waldron

    Inside the crowded ladies room of the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa, Calif., a herd of indie 20-somethings anxiously swarm around Sarah Daly, lead vocalist and bassist for the quickly rising London rock band Scanners, questioning her about her music and travels.  Music violently booms from the nearby DJ booth as Daly, a haunting beauty with bangs in her face and blue eyes beaming through, answers politely in a humble and enchanting British accent.

    Ten minutes ago, Daly was on stage growling, “I’ll take you to my grave;” lyrics from her band’s latest single, “Salvation,” with fury that you’d imagine would startle the meek English girl from the bathroom. On the crimson-lit stage tucked away in the bustling club, Daly’s slinky silhouette jolts and sways along with her melodic moans, which are pleasantly reminiscent of PJ Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux. Her showmanship and poise are infused with a fiery passion that’s quite refreshing.

    But Daly didn’t always put her dark side on display.

    Sarah Daly of Scanners

    Sarah Daly

    “I used to sing when I was little, but I got shy when I was a teenager,” Daly says of her musical roots, which began at age 2 when she asked her mom for violin lessons.  “Playing with my first band was quite good practice for getting through my stage fright,” she adds. Raised in London, Daly’s childhood was flooded with classic rock acts like David Bowie, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, as she and her friend used to steal their older brothers’ records.  Naturally, she took up guitar as a teenager.

    As Daly grew musically, she became a fan of the minimalist music movement, following founding composers such as Steve Reich, Michael Nyman and Arvo Pärt.  Inspired by the movement, she later enrolled in the University of Salford in Manchester to study music composition. Around this time, Daly joined her first band, Delica, playing guitar with the group until she met Matt Mole in 2004.  The couple began songwriting together, and pretty soon they were playing shows with only a drum machine to back them up. Throwing around many band names that just sounded “silly” to them, Daly and Mole finally decided on the name Scanners while watching the 1981 sci-fi film of the same name. “I still haven’t seen the end of the film.  I should probably get around to that,” Daly jokes.

    Frustrated with the band’s limited abilities with only two members, Scanners sought additional band mates.  “We could just never get all the parts,” Daly said of the early Scanners duo. The group finally took shape in 2005 when mutual friend Amina Bates joined on guitar, keyboard and backup vocals and recent London implant Tom Hutt took over for the drum machine.  Daly learned to play bass and assumed lead vocals.  Mole remained on guitars, synths and backup vocals.

    Scanners released their debut album Violence is Golden through Dim Mak Records, the label of Los Angeles DJ and record producer Steve Aoki, who signed bands like Bloc Party and The Kills.  When the record dropped in 2006, Scanners toured the world with bands including The Horrors, The Wedding Present, The Charlatans, Mindless Self Indulgence and more.

    Sarah Daly, ScannersThe group continued writing and recording the next album Submarine during a busy touring schedule.  Finally, the album was done in late 2008, but record label bureaucracy delayed the U.S. release until last February. Daly describes their sophomore release as “more coherent” than the first album, saying, “These songs were written closer together.  Violence is Golden has some really early songs and represents four years of writing.” Submarine was recorded in Daly’s living room, saving the band studio time expenses.  The group was also able to experiment with a variety of instruments on this record, thanks to Bates’ collection she acquired while working at a music shop in London.  This, along with the support of Daly’s violin and cello playing, created an array of moods on the album.

    These collages of emotions can also be heard in Scanners’ other work.  The band’s ability to produce such a range of songs that sound very distinguished from one another is something Daly says she quite likes.  “I don’t like all the songs to sound the same,” she says. Even in the song “In my Dreams,” from Violence is Golden, Daly gears back and forth between an ethereal Hope-Sandoval-sounding serenade and a PJ-Harvey-like power belt in seconds flat.

    After wrapping up a European tour last winter with actress Juliette Lewis’ band Juliette and the Licks, Scanners recently traveled to the U.S. to shoot the music video for their single “We Never Close Our Eyes.”  Besides playing Costa Mesa’s Detroit Bar, they did a mini-tour of Southern California and Texas.  Scanners will play a free show with So Many Wizards at the Silverlake Lounge tonight, April 5.  The final show of the tour is with Transfer this Wednesday, April 7 at Beauty Bar in San Diego.

    Sarah Daly, Scanners

    Pictured from left: Sarah Daly, Matt Mole, Amina Bates and Tom Hutt

    With a collection of songs written and ready to record, Scanners will return to London next week to start composing their third album. “We’re just going to concentrate on being together and just playing—banging things around and seeing what happens,” Daly says. Daly also revealed her plans to go to film school sometime in the future.  A longtime fan of black-and-white suspense films and directors like Alfred Hitchcock and George Cukor, she says, “I love the beauty of the cinematic experience.  It allows you to create an atmosphere like in music.”

    In between writing and recording, the group anticipates touring more of Europe as well as Australia and Japan to promote Submarine; something that Daly says just makes her happy. “I don’t sit around thinking, ‘Is my face on a billboard?  That would make me happy.’  It’s the music that makes me happy.  I get to travel and play music.  That’s what makes me happy.”


    Scanners with So Many Wizards, Big Whup, Voice on Tape and The Fall Trees at the Silverlake Lounge

    Monday, April 5, 2010.  Show starts at 8 p.m.  Cover is free.

    2906 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026


    Scanners with Transfer, Lyon Crowns and DJ Al Squared at Beauty Bar in San Diego.

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010.  Doors are at 9 p.m.  Cover is $14.

    4746 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115


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  4. Bryce Avary (The Rocket Summer) Video Interview

    December 19, 2009 by Steph

    Bryce Avary, The Rocket Summer, photo by Catharine AcursoThe moment you’ve all been waiting for!! Okay, maybe it’s just me… But no matter, Bryce Avary, the talent and brains of The Rocket Summer, took a few minutes before the last show of the Cheap Date Tour to chat with us. He talked to me about the beginnings of his band, his upcoming release, and what Bryce is like behind the scenes. Plus his exciting plans for 2010 are revealed!

    Watch the video right here, or watch it in iTunes on the Addicted to Shows Podcast

    P.S. Don’t forget to enter to win a signed limited edition poster of The Rocket Summer at our Rocket Summer Poster Contest page.

  5. Straylight Run with Lydia, Anarbor, and Camera Can’t Lie

    October 29, 2009 by Steph

    I arrived with photographer David Endicott at Chain Reaction this warm October 23rd night (I know, warm night in October, ridiculous) to a crowded venue full of hipsters and fashionistas all eager for The Mile After Tour. We scheduled an interview with Straylight Run’s Sean Cooper for about halfway through the set and settled in the venue just as Camera Can’t Lie started playing.

    Click here to listen to the interview with Sean Cooper, bassist for Straylight Run

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    Camera Can't Lie, Eric Arjes, by David Endicott

    Camera Can't Lie, Eric Arjes, by David Endicott

    Camera Can’t Lie

    This three-piece from Twin Peaks, Minnesota, Eric Arjes, Josh Bendell, and Kyle Lindsay, took hold of Chain Reaction’s tiny stage and rocked it like they owned it. Their showmanship never faltered and by the way they played, you never would have known that these guys were the opener on the bill. They played an awesome acoustic song, something to the effect of “going home,” but most of their songs were more rock-heavy leaned more towards the influence of bands like This Providence and Train. Their song with the chorus “what’s on my mind” was upbeat and had a funky bass groove. The guys were great performers and gave us a great set. And we were only getting started!

    Anarbor, Slade Echeverria, by David Endicott

    Anarbor, Slade Echeverria, by David Endicott


    Anarbor is a funky four-piece with a dance-y drum beat whose debut EP Free Your Mind I acquired last spring totally impressed me. These young dudes, Slade Echeverria (vox/bass), Mike Kitlas (rhythm guitar), Adam Juwig (lead guitar), and Greg Garrity (drums), had girls were screaming for their songs like “Where the Wild Things Are.” They informed us that “You and I” is about “a dog, Skippy Doo and Shaggy.”  They offered their EPs, normally on sale for $5, for as much as a fan could afford. Even if it was just a kiss or a hug. This display of kindness was followed by a sad story: that day, their merch guy “Video Matt” had left his keys to their van while they went to grab food and took off without saying goodbye. It was a sad story and got lots of “awh”s from the crowd (especially the ladies). They closed their set with “Sober” which they clarified is “a song about getting drunk and waking up lonely” and they can’t be too lonely because the crowd was full of young girls clapping and singing along.

    Lydia, Leighton Antelman, by David Endicott

    Lydia, Leighton Antelman, by David Endicott


    I must admit that Lydia was my favorite band of the night. Initially they sounded a bit experimental with lots of noise and reverb.  This sextet of guitars (Steven McGraw, Ethan Koozer), bass (Jed Dunning), percussion (Craig Taylor), keys (Mindy White), and a male(Leighton Antelman) and female (Mindy) vocal duet was like a sweet lullaby hovering over impeccably crafted rock songs. When the set started, I had trouble hearing Mindy’s back up vocals, but by the time they played “This Is Twice Now” with Mindy’s haunting old piano intro, the sound guy had the perfect mix and everyone was singing along loudly. Frontman Leighton grinned huge as if this was the first time any crowd had ever loved his music so much. Leighton’s voice reminds me of a more breathy Anthony Green (Circa Survive, The Sounds of Animals Fighting) or a brighter Dave Elkins (Mae) complimented by the angelic airy tones of Mindy. My favorite song of the night was “All I See,” a love song whose vocal parts complimented each other immaculately. The crowd was spellbound by the set and the band earned tons of applause but sadly, after their set was over, more than half the crowd filtered out of the venue not to return.

    Straylight Run, John Nolan, by David Endicott

    Straylight Run, John Nolan, by David Endicott

    Straylight Run

    I have to start off my review of Straylight Run’s set by saying that Straylight was a great band, their releases Straylight Run and their Prepare to be Wrong EP are excellent, and they are still that great band. John Nolan (vocals, keys, guitar), Sean Cooper (bass) and Will Noon (drums) really work as a three piece and even though it was sad not to have Michelle DeRosa’s lovely vocals in the band anymore, it didn’t necessarily feel like the band was lacking. It really broke my heart to see so many people leave after Lydia’s set and not stick around for Straylight. The band played one of my favorites (and one of their most popular) “Existentialism on Prom Night” early on in the set and later thanked the crowd for “staying after ‘Existentialism’” which got a number of chuckles. John Nolan’s vocals seem even more calculatedly strained than normal on songs like “Another Word for Desperate” and “Your Name Here (Sunrise Highway)” had an awesome reverb-filled breakdown. “Ten Ton Shoes” was a folky tune with cool percussion and heavy bass and they rocked all their songs in their (what seemed like a very long) set as a great band should.

    Straylight Run, Sean Cooper, by David Endicott

    Straylight Run, Sean Cooper, by David Endicott

    My biggest gripe with the set was Straylight’s lack of interaction with the audience. This didn’t hinder the fans from singing along with the songs, but it did make the show feel a little disconnected. It wasn’t until more than halfway through the show that John played a gorgeous acoustic “Mile After Mile” before which he joked sarcastically about how sexy he is with his shirt off (which lead to a fan screaming for him to “Take it off!” of course). Finally, the last song of the set “Hands in the Sky (Big Shot)” everyone’s arms shot up and we clapped through the whole song. It was like the entire set had just come together. I was glad the show finally got this last burst of energy, I only wish it had lasted longer.

    We left the venue feeling satisfied and a little sad. It was a great night full of awesome music, I only wish everyone would have stayed to hear Straylight Run. Maybe they would love them.

    More photos…

    Camera Can't Lie, Kyle Lindsay, by David Endicott

    Camera Can't Lie, Kyle Lindsay, by David Endicott

    Anarbor, Mike Kitlas, by David Endicott

    Anarbor, Mike Kitlas, by David Endicott

    Lydia, by David Endicott

    Lydia, by David Endicott

    Lydia, Mindy White, by David Endicott

    Lydia, Mindy White, by David Endicott

    Lydia, Steven McGraw, by David Endicott

    Lydia, Steven McGraw, by David Endicott

    Lydia, Jed Dunning, by David Endicott

    Lydia, Jed Dunning, by David Endicott

    Lydia, Mindy White, by David Endicott

    Lydia, Mindy White, by David Endicott

    Straylight Run, by David Endicott

    Straylight Run, by David Endicott

  6. Interview with Fun.’s Nate Ruess!

    September 18, 2009 by Steph

    Fun., from TumblrFun. just released their debut album Aim and Ignite. It’s inventive, upbeat, and whimsical–exactly what anyone would expect from Nate Ruess, former front man of The Format, Jack Antonoff, of Steel Train, and Andrew Dost, formerly of Anathallo.

    While the they’re are out promoting their new release, Nate Ruess took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to chat with me about the band, their music, and their plans for the future.

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  7. Warped Tour Interview with All Time Low’s Alex and Jack

    September 14, 2009 by Steph

    Alex and Jack, All Time Low, photo by CatharineOur first (and last posted ha!) Warped ’09 interview, we went with almost entirely questions submitted from YOU GUYS! We asked Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat, both guitarists and vocalists for All Time Low, some random fan questions about their fears and fantasies.

    We unfortunately weren’t able to get audio that was worth sharing, so this one you guys are going to have to read. Enjoy!

    Alex: You ready?
    Me: Yeah!
    MSO PR organizer: This is Alex and Jack from All Time Low.
    Me: How was it having some of your favorite musicians in your music video?
    Alex: Uh… phenomenal. It is really really cool that, you know, first of all, our favorite musicians have become somewhat of our friends and it’s also really really cool that they uhh, they’re down…
    Jack: Yeah it’s really cool that they agreed to do it.
    Alex: It was cool and it us helped us a lot, bigger bands to [help us out]. It’s really cool that they were willing to do it

    Steph: If you could have anyone dead or alive be on your next album, who would you pick?
    Alex: Um…
    Jack: Ooh I think it would be cool to have Mark Hoppus on the record
    Steph: That’s a possibility.
    Alex: Unfortunately he’s dead, so…

    Steph: What bands this year really impressed you on Warped Tour?
    Alex: I love Less Than Jake. I love them I think they’re great live. There For Tomorrow is awesome.
    Jack: Underoath is one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen.
    Alex: I agree. Underoath is one of the most entertaining bands to watch.

    Steph: When was the last time you did something for the first time?
    Alex: Oo. That’s a tough one. I went tubing for the first time a couple of days ago.
    Steph: How’d that go?
    Alex: It was awesome.
    Jack: I had my first orgy.
    Steph: Wow. Five people with their shoes off?
    Jack: Yeah, it was all the band on that.

    Steph: If you were Kevin Lyman and you got to pick five headlining spots for next year’s Warped Tour, who would you pick?
    Jack: Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind…
    Steph: Two more.
    Alex: Jack’s Mannequin?
    Jack: Jack’s Mannequin.Alex and Jack, All Time Low, photo by Catharine Acurso
    Alex: And uh…
    Jack: How about Underoath?
    Alex: Underoath, yeah.

    Steph: Has anyone ever pulled a really cool prank on you guys during tour?
    Alex: Oh yeah, all the time.
    Steph: What was your favorite?
    Alex: Uh… I remember one, every single band in the tour wore tighty whities on stage and they danced around.
    Steph: I like it.
    Alex: It was kinda silly.

    Steph: How do you feel when fans ask you to marry them? Have you ever considered?
    Alex: Uh, yeah I marry all of them. I marry each and every one of them.
    Jack: We’re Morman.

    Steph: If you guys were to cast a movie about yourselves, who would you have play you?
    Jack: Tom Cruise for me.
    Alex: Uh… Wanda Sykes for me.
    Alex: Jack! Jack! [trying to sound like Sykes]
    Jack: Yes, Alex.
    Alex: Jack!
    Jack: Stop saying my name!

    Steph: Do you have any phobias?
    Alex: I’m afraid of needles
    Steph: No tattoos for you?
    Alex: No I don’t mind tattoos guns but just like…
    Jack: Injections.
    Alex: Injections.
    Jack: Yeah, I don’t like injections
    Alex: Yeah like if I have to get blood drawn
    Jack: Yeah.
    Alex: I faint every time I get blood drawn.
    Steph: Really?
    Jack: I have to get blood drawn next week so…
    Alex: I’m always fine while they do it and then they pull it out and I’m like “Awh f*ck.” It’s not blood so much it’s just the fact that this thing stabs me. Yeah it’s weird I dunno.

  8. Warped Tour Interview with Garrett from The Maine

    September 14, 2009 by Steph

    Garrett Nickelsen, The Maine, photo by Catharine AcursoGarrett Nickelsen, bassist for The Maine, stopped to chat with us. We brought him a whole list of fan questions and he talked about everything from singing in the shower to game show fantasies.

    To listen to the interview in your browser, click here.

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    Thanks to the these fans and a number of others for sending in fan questions: Anon, Lisa from Pennsylvania, Katie from Connecticut, Jane from New York, kate from Chicago, Lisa from Pennsylvania, Katherine from Texas, Robin from Ontario, Canada, Morgan from Connecticut

  9. Warped Tour Interviews, Round 1!

    September 10, 2009 by Steph

    Austin Bello, Forever the Sickest Kids, by Catharine AcursoKent Garrison, Forever the Sickest Kids, by Catharine AcursoToday I give you interviews with two awesome dudes from an amazing band. Keyboard player Kent Garrison and bassist and vocalist Austin Bello from Forever the Sickest Kids (interestingly enough in separate interviews) were happy to chat with us about Warped Tour, their upcoming album release, and a few of their deepest, darkest secrets. …sort of!

    Click here (for Kent) and here (for Austin) to listen to it in your browser

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