Playlist: American Standards Share Their Influences

American Standards

American Standards took some time to put together a playlist of songs that influenced their work. We tossed in a couple of the band’s songs, as well, so you have an idea on how those songs influenced their music. Check out what the band has to say about the playlist and give it a listen below.

When choosing songs for this playlist, we really wanted to make it a nostalgic look back at some the bands that initially got us excited about playing music. I still remember my first time hearing Zao and thinking “how in the world can a person make that noise with their mouth” or listening to MewithoutYou and realizing how poetic and eclectic heavy music could be. When going through the tracks I think you’ll start to realize why American Standards has such a diverse sound while still keeping our feet grounded firmly in more of the early 2000s era of post-hardcore and dissonant metalcore. I hope you enjoy and thank you to HiFi Noise for letting us put this together!

SoCal Spotlight: Pacific Radio

Pacific Radio is up next on our SoCal Spotlight. Find out all about the band below!

Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA
When the band formed:  2015

Joe Robinson:  Guitar and Lead Vocal
Joe Stiteler:  Bass
Kyle Biane:  Guitar
Hyke Shirinian:  Drums

When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?

JR:  I’ve been in bands since high school but I’ve never been the singer, too much pressure, always the guitarist. One day I wrote some songs, put on galaxy tights and gold chains, and I’m the singer of Pacific Radio…what the f.

JS:  That’s a great question.  I got the itch when a buddy of mine started showing me songs he’d written, then later asked me if I’d play bass for him.  I looked at it as a fun and creative way to hang out with friends.

KB:  I was probably about 12, and an obsession with Nirvana kept growing and growing. Next thing I knew I had convinced my best friend to play bass and we scoured the middle school for anyone with a drum kit. We wrote 4 songs and started looking for gigs. Not to much has changed to this day.

HS:  hmm in a way it was never even a thought for me. I grabbed an instrument the second I could and asked my best friends in 5th grade if they wanted to start a band.

How did the current lineup come to be?

JS:  Me and JR knew each other from past bands.  When we started to play these songs we decided to record a demo, and were introduced to Kyle.  He engineered and produced our first batch of songs and when we decided to play live shows, we asked him if he’d be our guitarist.  Hyke descended upon us from the heavens a few years later.

KB:  I joined up after recording the band’s first demos. My original role was to play all the extra guitar parts we put on the record. It was not long after that group of shows that I became a full member.

With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?

JR:  There’s always something happening in this damn place. You gotta pull yourself up and see the scene or you’re going to be left in your little box of self importance wondering why nobody comes to your shows. It’s rewarding to support other bands because I know their fighting the same battles.

JS:  It’s tougher than it seems.  We’ve had to scour the local music scene to find bands we wanna share a bill with; venues and bills change from night to night and it’s tough to find a consistent rock night.

KB:  I think it is pretty common that musicians gravitate to each other in cities. LA was that story for me. Having all my friends be musicians exposed me to all sorts of scenes. I also have to give the network most of the credit for me discovering new music here.

HS:  Being in the scene you get to meet a ton of cool players and bands. It just happens organically.

What’s your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? What’s one thing you wish you could change about it?

JR:  Favorite: Neverending stimulation. Change: I know social media numbers are important but I really wish “they” would listen to a damn song before passing judgement.

KB:  I love the amount of talent that is in this scene. In my opinion it is the most talented scene in the world. I do wish that the audiences were slightly more open to exploring musical tastes instead of coming for their one friend’s band and leaving right after.

HS:  My favorite thing is that there’s a ton of music. That’s also my least favorite thing.

JS:  I wish I could give the SoCal scene a hot beef injection of rock & roll.

There’s no doubt that this is a crowded place. So do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How does the band go about doing that?

JR:  So many options, you gotta give em a reason to pick you. Great songs and an exciting show is our angle.

KB:  I don’t have a simple answer. For one, I try to keep posting on social media at a consistent pace. You are totally right, with so many musicians and bands, it can be hard to break through the noise.

How do you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?

JS:  I gotta shoutout my man Kyle for keeping our social up and running with cool, funny, interesting posts.

KB:  Thanks JS, but I’d say we share the responsibility of coming up with the content and try to keep it fun. Check it out! Insta: @pacificradio Twitter: @PacRadBand Facebook: Pacific Radio Band

Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?

JS:  We played a School Night last February at Bardot and it was buck wild.

HS:  I love the Troubadour. Good on stage sound!

KB: Troubador for sure.

What is the band working on right now?

JR:  Pushing this album, shows shows shows, and writing number 2.

JS:  Trying to get my bass to the next level.

KB:  Tour planning and laying out the battle plans for record two!

Playlist: Songs That Influenced The Bad Bees

The Bad Bees

The Bad Bees took some time to make a playlist of their various influences. Check out their selections and what they said about each one. You can also check out their latest EP, Big Pretty, at the end of the post.

“Do I Wanna Know?” – The Arctic Monkeys

One of the first times we got together, this album had just come out. Brian showed us all the music video and we were hooked. While Arctic Monkey’s previous stuff had been filled with their anxious energy, this song was brimming with silky smooth confidence. It’s hard not to sing along with every line.

“Pools” – Glass Animals

This is what a jungle ritual would sound like in the future, maybe in an episode of Samurai Jack. It’s eerie yet upbeat, catchy yet complex. Something I sing in the car when no one can hear me miss those notes.

“Blood Red Summer” – Coheed and Cambria

A staple for anyone in a pop-punk phase, these guys very much transcended the genera. Some of my favorite aspects of them are their multi-act songs, and their ability to convey the grandeur of their story. But just as impressive are Claudio’s hooks. This is a wonderfully dark pop song that you cant help but sing along to.

“Breezeblocks” – Alt-J

We’ve always been obsessed with vocalists with a unique style, and these guys are up there. Between harmonies and singing in round, their songs really pull you along as the song goes. The vocals are used as instruments in this song in a way that gives it incredible dynamics.

“Sextape” – Deftones

This song is super dreamy, like you’re living in reverb. It can almost put you into a trance right before the chorus comes in and washes you away into oblivion. Long live reverb.

“Christ Deformed” – The Black Dahlia Murder

We are absolutely reformed metal heads. A few members used to be in a metal band back in high school, but it’s not something that ever goes away. These guys hit our progressive roots with those melodies and structure, but those riffs and drums hit you right in the face in the best way.

“Cicatriz EPS” – The Mars Volta

When you think progressive you normally think mathematical and scientific, but with these guys I think its much more of a guttural, primitive form of progressive music. There’s so much eerie space going on during this song, and then they stop, for a few more measures then you expect, and then just hit you so hard with the chorus. The vocals are unreal on this track.

“While You Wait for the Others” – Grizzly Bear

These guys are the masters of minimalism, and this song is one of their best. The contradiction between the quiet and restrained parts, and the huge, overwhelming and open chorus makes it feel that much bigger.

“Obstacle 1” – Interpol

Every instrument in this song has its own voice and place in the song, and yet they feel as if it’s all being played as one. It’s a great driving tune.

“Airbag” – Radiohead

These guys are so good at walking the line of dissonance. These dense layers of sound fade in and out, feeling almost more like an ethereal composition than a rock song. It’s like driving a car through a thick fog.

“Battery Kinzie” – Fleet Foxes

While it may not seem on the surface that these guys have anything to do with our music, I think these are one of the bands we all come back to the most. Just a huge wave of sound, you never really can tell which instrument is doing what. Voices, guitars, woodwinds, everything comes together with this driving rhythm, and we really relate to this kind of songwriting.

Playlist: 10 Songs That Shaped Acadia’s Sound


Acadia put together a list of songs that helped shape their sound. The influences are clear when you give their music a listen. Check out their selections, why they picked them, and the playlist below.

Free Throw – “Pallet Town”

Raw, real, and polished all in one song and band.

The Hotelier – “Your Deep Rest”

Captivating story telling with fantastic song crafting.

The Wonder Years – “Cigarettes and Saints”

The entire The Greatest Generation album is huge influence, but if I have to pick one song it’s this one from their newest album because of the building nature of the song.

Tiny Moving Parts – “Headache”

TMP has always done a great job of blending the melancholy and the energetic.

Trophy Eyes – “Nose Bleed”

This song tends to get stuck in my head a lot. One of the best from an incredibly catchy, eclectic album.

McCafferty – “Cut Out the Pieces”

Another sad song you can dance to.

Balance and Composure – “Reflection”

Nice melancholy vibe while hard hitting. A strong build.

Citizen – “Fever Days”

A recently released song from their new album, As You Please.” Album is filled with ambience and the placement of songs is fantastic.

Pianos Become the Teeth – “Old Jaw”

This album is very dear to my heart as someone with a family member with a serious illness. This song in particular speaks to me.

Taking Back Sunday – “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)”

Mainstay that cultivated many genres. Reminds us to keep true to our roots.

Playlist: Common Grounds Select 10 Winter Warmers

Common Grounds

Common Grounds put together a playlist with ten winter warmers. They’re the songs that they’ve been jamming for the holidays. Check them all out below.

NeverShoutNever – “30 Days”

NeverShoutNever is an amazing band that I’ve listened too and followed for years. Making a Christmas love song compliments them and might just be relatable to some.

Set It Off – “This Christmas”

This song makes me think of Christmas because when this song was released, me and my friend were living together and this song would be played over and over again everyday.

The Used – “Alone This Holiday”

The Used never disappoints and straight killed this one.

Waterparks – “Powerless”

Waterparks album “Double Dare” was released in November but me and Mikey listened to this song over and over again all throughout December while living in our van in LA.

The Wonder Years – “Dismantling Summer”

This song makes me think of Christmas because of the emotional response I encountered driving back and forth from California to Nevada during Christmas time while my grandfather was very ill. It’s a downer but still a great song.

Silverstein – “Je Me Souviens”

When my first band was in LA during a tour we were doing, this song was discovered on a cold December morning in a condo in downtown LA. I played it and Instantly fell in love with how catchy it is.

City Lights – “Lawnmower”

This song was on repeat last Christmas. There’s no correlation between the holiday, it was just “the song”.

The Holdup – “The Drugs”

There was a time where we would party every single weekend, even in December on those freezing cold nights. This song is what got us through it all.

The Beach Boys – “Lonely Sea”

I’ve been in love with this song this whole month so this one is the current Christmas jam.

Blue Foundation – “Eyes On Fire”

This song just super chill but also picks up and becomes a bit ferocious. Kind of reminds me of the month December.

Thanks for taking the time to check out our playlist! Merry Christmas!

Interview: Buster Shuffle

Buster Shuffle recently released I’ll Take What I Want. Jet Baker (piano, vocals) took some time to answer a few questions about the album, their latest music video, and more. Check it out below.

With the band being around for a decade now, how do you continue to develop and come up with new ideas for the music?

We write all the time, on the road, in hotels, wherever we can and so that helps keep pushing it forward and keeping it fresh. That helps.

What was the process like when you were working on I’ll Take What I Want?

We took a good while writing it about 2 years off  and on as we were touring so much. The recording part we did fast. We cut the album in two days, vocals we did in a week and we mixed in just two days. We did it all fast so we captured the energy and rawness of the songs.

With a sounds that can’t be defined by one genre, which artists would you say have influenced the band the most?

The Clash, The Specials Ian Dury and the Blockheads are our home influences and also the likes of Little Richard and Fats Domino

Is there anywhere you’d like to tour that you haven’t made your way to just yet?

Yeah. Japan, South America and Australia.

Who do you work with on the music video for “I Don’t Trust A Word You Say”?

A friend of the band who offered to help out. We cut it fast one Sunday morning.

What can we expect to see from the band in 2018?

Lots of touring… we ‘ve just been announced for Punk Rock Bowling 2018 and we cant wait! See you there. Oi!

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



Video Premiere: Darling Waste – “Hurt Before” (featuring Stef Huschka)

Darling Waste got their start in Cleveland, OH. From there they took their music to New York City and overseas to England. Their new album, The Skeleton Key, came out via Imminence Records. Today, we’re premiering their lyric video for “Hurt Before,” which features Stef Huschka of City of the Weak.

“Hurt Before” is a song that tells the tale of two people who know what it’s like to be hurt. Huschka’s voice provides a great contrast. Check out the video and a quote about the song from singer Lance Waste below.

The song was written instantly. I had just left my house and was driving down the freeway singing it without realizing it. I thought it must have been a pop song I had heard on the radio without registering it. When I realized it wasnt already a song, I turned around, drove home, ran to the piano and worked it. Both verses and the chorus were complete before I could even finish writting them.

I recorded the song a couple of times. Once with just my voice and piano and once with a full pop arrangement. I ended up settling for something in between, but the song still felt lifeless until I decided to make it a duet and bring a female voice into it. My friend Jesea Lee from High Road PR suggested Stef from City of the Weak and reached out to her for me. She has a really unique voice that adds a great dynamic to the song.