Welcome to Geekdom 093: The Incredibles

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Welcome to Geekdom returns with an episode on The Incredibles. Murjani Rawls joins to discuss our favorite moments in the film, the cast, and more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.

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Welcome to Geekdom 092: Warped Tour

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Welcome to Geekdom is back with a new episode on Warped Tour. Becky Kovach returns and we discuss our experiences at Warped and more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.

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Playlist: Familiar Things Share Their Top Philly Bands

Familiar Things

Familiar Things took some time to let us know about their favorite bands from Philly. We’ve compiled the songs into a playlist for you to enjoy. Familiar Things recently released a new EP, Fade Into The Scenery, which you can check out on Bandcamp.

The Wonder Years –  “The Orange Grove”

The Wonder Years’ album The Upsides was a big part of the reason that a few of us got into pop punk music in the first place, and it has been amazing to watch them grow and transcend the genre since then. This song off their latest album Sister Cities is a personal favorite of mine.

Grayscale – “If I Ever See You Again”

Our band’s sound has a lot in common with the way Grayscale writes their songs, with their honest, catchy pop punk sound with interesting instrumentation and arrangements, which is the reason we are definitely fans of theirs. If I Ever See You Again includes piano in a pretty upbeat, banging song, which we can definitely connect to.

Dryjacket – “Misused Adrenaline”

Some of the members of Dryjacket are some of our friends from high school in South Jersey, and we have always admired their music, even from their past bands. All of Dryjacket’s music that they have put out so far is phenomenally intricate and well-written, and we can’t wait to hear what they have coming next.

The Menzingers – “After the Party”

The Menzingers just keep pumping out fun punk rock jams album after album, and their latest one After the Party might just be their best. The title track off the album is so good and just makes you want to dance and scream your lungs out to the chorus. They are definitely a hometown favorite of ours.

Kississippi – “Easier to Love”

Kississippi is a Philly band that has peaked on our radar more recently. Not only have they just completed a tour with one of our favorite bands, Dashboard Confessional, we can’t help but admire the honest and vulnerable vibes that are translated through their music. Listening to their songs such as Easier to Love is truly a captivating experience, and we’re excited to see what they have in store for the future!

The Starting Line – “Decisions, Decisions”

This band right here might be the best pop punk/emo band that has come out of the area and one of the most respected in the genre. There is nothing like the feeling of being young and in love or having your heart ripped from your chest for the first time and that is a moment this band, in my opinion, captures perfectly on their first album Say It Like You Mean It. They have a way of writing incredibly catchy hooks that will have your head swimming in pure ecstasy even if you are relating to the bitter sweetness of young love. This song is a personal favorite of mine that embodies everything they are about: bouncy, fun, but while singing about heartache.

Modern Baseball – “Apartment”

I always admired these guys because of their quirky, clever, and creative spins on classic pop punk and emo music. All of their music is so honest and relatable, and it’s hard not to just love watching or listening to them. “Apartment” has such a great chord progression and and dynamics, in addition to their witty and fun lyrics. They definitely represent the Philly music scene well.

The Early November – “Baby Blue”

This bridge goes so hard. The way Ace Enders and the guys take The Get Up Kid’s line “I don’t want you to love me anymore” and spins it in this song made me want to hate mosh to the thought of me breaking up with my imaginary girlfriend.

Valencia – “The Space Between”

“Don’t forget about the blue skies, sunrise, and all the space between.” Everyone can relate to reminiscing on the good times, memories, and the people they have spent them with. Over time we lose touch with old friends and flames but that’s alright because we will always have those memorable moments forever.

Man Overboard – “Montrose”

This song hits pretty hard despite not being a heavy song at all. When I hear it I feel like I’m floating in love and that nothing can pull you back down to earth. This is a very special song in that sense because who doesn’t like to feel weightless looking at the person they are wrapped up in?

Review: Vacationer – Mindset

Vacationer - Mindset

At times, Vacationer might sound like The Starting Line, but despite Kenny Vasoli’s involvement in both bands, Vacationer is inherently different. If The Starting Line is the band that gets you pumped up with its pop-punk hooks, Vacationer is the band you just chill out to. Don’t get me wrong, Mindset still has energy, but it comes in a different form.

Vasoli is joined by Ryan Zimmaro (drums), Michael Mullin (keyboards), Greg Altman (guitar), and producers Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler. Mindset marks the third album from the band, but it’s the first that I really dived into. This is a band that just slipped by me. “Magnetism” was a nice selection for the first single since it encompasses the whole tone that the album is going for.

Summer jams can be anthemic, but this album feels like one a lot of people would listen to all summer long just because of the feel good vibes that it gives off. “Strawberry Blonde” is a light-hearted song that you can’t help but bob your head along to.

The beats on the album never feel overproduced and they know how to take a backseat to the vocals. Some songs are more bass-heavy than others, but that’s perfectly fine. It gives you more dynamic songs as you listen through it from top to bottom.

Mindset comes to a close with the 5 1/2 minute track “Companionship.” The song encompasses the lighter moments with bass-heavy ones as it builds and falls. It’s a nice culmination of the album and there isn’t much more I can say other than telling you to go listen to this album. I was pleasantly surprised when I first hit play and I’ll be spinning this quite a few more times throughout the summer.

You can pick up Mindset by Vacationer over on Amazon.

Interview: Gloomsday Talk New Album and San Diego Music Scene

Gloomsday

Gloomsday took some time to talk to us about Anxiety, Disbelief, Wonder., what the music scene is like in San Diego, CA, and more. Check it out.

When did the band first form and what made you decide on the name Gloomsday?

Gloomsday formed around 2010, but we had been playing together for a bit before that. We wanted to release something and realized we needed a name to go with it. As far as deciding on the name, it felt like it fit well with the sound we were creating. We borrow from a couple musical styles like doom/stoner rock and high energy garage rock and punk. Another thing is that we are not originally from CA, we are from Milwaukee where the weather is gloomy a lot of the year, which may have had an influence as well. No matter how long we’ve lived in CA, we still hold on to where we come from. Word play is fun too.

There’s a pretty big break between Worst Coast Scenario in 2015 and Anxiety, Disbelief, Wonder. from this year. What lead to that lengthy break?

That break wasn’t really intentional. We put a lot of time and money into Worst Coast Scenario, pressed vinyl and did several small tours within that time. We both play in other bands, play other instruments, and have careers outside of music that we are both passionate about. It’s tough to balance it all and be as productive as we want to be while giving energy to all the things we care about. In the time between, while playing and writing with our other projects, it inspired us to come back together and write some new songs.

When most people talk about the California music scene, you immediately think they just mean LA. What is the music scene like down in San Diego?

It’s super supportive and diverse. Saturated in a good way. It’s always changing but there has always been great venues that support the local scene. There are tons of rad local and touring bands to go see and play with (in our experience). We have been on seven West Coast tours and I think we’re lucky to have SD as a home base.

Do you think location matter when you’re trying to make it as a band or is it more important to just garner a local following and go from there?

I’m sure location matters a bit and a local following is great of course. I’m not sure if it’s as simple as all that anymore since we are all so connected now through social media. We are part of a community of other bands in other cities and their friends and followers come out to support. We probably could have moved to LA years ago to try and “make it” but… we like it here. We are having a good time and LA isn’t far for us.

What are you hoping to accomplish as a band?

Since we’ve been doing it on our own and somewhat under the radar for so long, its time time to get out of our comfort zone. We are looking to jump on bigger tours, play festivals, and get our material out into the world to those who may be into it. We are bad at being in a band. We will write and record music till our heads fall off, but knowing what is necessary to propel us further than where we are is daunting and unclear some times.

If we continue to love working together, stay true to our creative process, and have a blast playing live after this long, we’ve accomplished a lot.

What was the writing process like for Anxiety, Disbelief, Wonder.? How about the recording process?

The writing was actually pretty slow. We wrote it over a couple of years while we were writing and recording with other projects. We would write a couple of new songs, play them out live, get comfortable with them, sometimes rewrite something. It got to the point when we would play a show and most of the songs on the set weren’t recorded yet. It made sense to get back in the studio. We’ve been recording with Mike Kamoo at Earthling Studios here in San Diego. It’s always a fun learning experience with him. As a two piece we get a lot done in a short amount of time. We live tracked baritone guitars and drums, then over-dubbed with more layered guitars and bass. The tracking process goes rather quickly. Mixing our sound to how we want is what gets time consuming. With past recordings our approach to the sound was garage forward and aggressive. In comparison, this new recording has music that relies more on subtlety and mood. The songs still have a heavy-ness to them but a less aggressive tone and attitude. We felt a growth with this recording.

What should we expect from the band now that the release has been out for a couple months? Any big plans for the rest of 2018?

We are working on a video together, total DIY, which we are super excited about. That should be finished by the end of August. We have written a couple new songs since the release and intend to work on a couple more. Maybe get back in the studio before winter. We have some shows coming up in LA and San Diego this summer, but other than that no tours are scheduled this summer which is a first.

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers keep up with you?

@gloomsdaysdoompop on Instagram for the most up to date goings on.

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Welcome to Geekdom 090: Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Welcome to Geekdom returns with a new guest, Kt Schaefer. She joins to discuss Solo: A Star Wars Story. We talk about the cast, what worked well, what made it a fun heist movie, and more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.

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