Interview: Josh Wheatley talks Nottingham music scene and new single

Josh Wheatley took some time to discuss his new single, the Nottingham music scene, and more with us. Check out the interview and his new single “I Know You.”

When did you first get into music? How did it all start for you?

I started playing music because I was bored with college. My first ‘gig’ was Acoustic Rooms at Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. As first gigs go it was pretty good. Band of Skulls were playing in the main room, when the gig finished many people came out and stayed to watch my set.

What is the music scene in Nottingham like?

The music scene is great! Very diverse, with many different genres. It’s a fantastic place to build relationships with fellow musicians.

Where is your favorite spot to play a show?

Undoubtedly the Bodega in Nottingham. I’ve supported some of my favourite artists there.

Who are some of the other local artists we should check out?

Definitely Felix M-B. He’s just released a brilliant EP. Daudi Matsiko. Beautiful sounds! Big fan of Silver Wilson too. Their new song Let It Go is excellent. Also, my good friend George Gretton. He’s releasing new music soon (I hope).

What was your writing and recording process like for “I Know You”?

Writing-wise it happened pretty quickly. Recording was a little longer, but still a smooth process. It’s a song I’ve sat on for a little while.

What can we expect from the rest of the upcoming EP?

More songs like “I Know You.” I had the absolute pleasure of working with Josh Rumble (from Anteros) on Worry and Saviour, and they’re great fun to play live too.

What has it been like getting the attention of people at places like BBC and Clash Magazine?

Absolutely mad! I’ve read a lot on Clash, so to see my name featured was just a little bit cool for me.

What else can we expect from you in 2018 aside from the EP?

I’m heading on tour with New York Tourists in May. Very excited about that. That and just working on more music.

Thank you for your time! Where is the best place for our readers to follow you?

Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud – @joshisok
Facebook – Josh Wheatley

Interview: Capital North Talks Hobbies, Recording Process, and More

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Anthony of Capital North took some time to discuss their new EP, the recording process, hobbies, and much more. Check out the interview below.

How did you two go from Lights In The Sky to making music together as Capital North?

When LITS ended we took a good 2 year break and when we decided to come back together, so much had changed. The idea and concepts that made up LITS were almost too far gone. The new music was a different style and the band members except for Jonathan and myself, were totally different. It was time to reinvent ourselves, and we decided a name change was in order. The transition honestly seemed seamless enough because Jonathan and myself had always been the primary songwriters and the new songs,to some extent,  are just a reflection of our lives and growing up. Capital North is really just another chapter in our lives, Chapter one was LITS and now chapter 2 is CN.

What was your writing and recording process like for Sea To Sky?

We wrote the album over the course of almost two years – from coming up with concepts, demoing, pre-production, recording, and post-production. It definitely was not a quick process and as far as the songs go, we just wrote what we were feeling and what was relevant to us at the time. There was no grand plan for the album. It is merely a reflection of our own lives and what was going on around us. I think that a lot of bands use a kind of formula when it comes to these things and honestly, it shows. They say you have your whole life to write your first album and I think that is apparent in so many of my favorite bands growing up. I won’t name names, but how many times have you heard a debut album and thought to yourself “oh my god this album changed my life” just to be let down with follow-ups. I once wrote a long-winded email to one of my favorite post-hardcore bands growing up BEGGING them not to release their newest album because in my eyes it was so anticlimactic that it would discredit the albums that made them timeless. Needless to say, they released it anyway and I’m pretty sure they didn’t even read the email and, with all of that being said, it flopped so hard. For reasons like that, I try not to have some set predetermined process because I feel it takes away from how genuine the music is or should be.

The video for “Glass Houses” is great. Who did you work with on it?

Jesse Lynch from the band Alistair Hennessey, who really does amazing work and is an awesome friend of ours. We really enjoyed working with him and definitely plan to again many more times in the future! The video also features our friends Joseph Biagas from “Setting Sunrise” and Andres from “Andrés”, as well as a bunch of our friends and family.

What has the lead up to the release been like? Are you excited for people to dive into the new music?

SO SO SO SO busy and so expensive lol. From getting our live stage set and all of the goodies we have for you guys that just add to our aesthetic, to getting CDs pressed and merch made, we are certainly busy and broke haha. We have also been planning our release schedule and working with PR to make the biggest splash we can! Honestly, we have been non-stop busy, but in the best way possible. I’m so excited to hear what people think of the album as a whole piece of work. I think that people will really relate well to it and that makes me excited to see that hopefully. I can’t wait for people to really pick the music apart and try to apply the themes to their lives. It’s always fun when people ask you what something is supposed to mean or what it refers to and you tell them to figure it out on their own. Not because it’s some great secret, but more because we write it in such a way that we really want it to apply to the listener’s own life in some capacity.

With the EP coming out in the early half of 2018, what are your plans for the rest of the year?

I would say a few tours should be in order and you should definitely keep an eye out for that! When we took our break to write the album and to start getting everything geared up for the new project, we sold our van (RIP Bernie) so it wouldn’t just be collecting dust as well as costing us a bunch, and I think it’s about time to get a new one and put it to good use. Other than that, we don’t like to rest and I wouldn’t count out some new music. We also have a few really exciting/interesting projects going on right now with this music that will be a lot of fun to share with everyone.

Aside from music, do you have any other hobbies or jobs?

We both love hanging out with our dogs, road trips, traveling, camping, going to shows, cooking (you’ll often find us barbecuing on tour instead of eating fast food), getting lost, exploring dangerous places, hanging with loved ones, and having unique new experiences. I love working on cars and has been known to do oil changes in the middle of the parking lot at Walmart on the van at 2 AM as well as surfing. Jon loves to work out and do Yoga and Pilates. But overall, we really like to just have fun and enjoy life and make the most meaningful memories we can! Ultimately, that is what we draw our songs meanings from ☺.

Thank you for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

All of the usual suspects! Twitter/Instagram/YouTube/Facebook (@capitalnorthca). <3

Interview: Whale Bones

Nathan Kane of Whale Bones recently answered our questions about the music scene in Indianapolis, their music video for “Backyard,” and much more. Check out the full interview below.

Being from Indianapolis, Indiana, what type of music scene did you grow up with?

I didn’t grow up in a music community, really. The majority of my exposure to music, when I was younger, came from my parents. They showed me a lot of grassroots folk, which I think had a strong influence on my songwriting and my choice to take acoustic guitar lessons. I’m also grateful to have grown up in the internet era, because I was exposed to a lot of alternative and emo bands from the early 2000s. I had a few friends in high school who showed me cool bands that I wouldn’t have otherwise learned of, but I never experienced an overarching community of music in Indianapolis.

What led to starting Whale Bones?

I’ve been writing music since I was in high school, but only started taking it seriously in college. Once I moved to a town where I didn’t know anyone, I began spending time writing alone in my room. At the time, it was only meant for my ears, and I used it to focus my energies on something productive and positive. Once I met my friend, Paul, we immediately connected through our mutual love of various bands, and our love of playing music. We started playing on the street in order to make a little money. Over Spring Break one year, we took a road trip to Florida and spent the week relaxing and playing music. I wrote five songs during that week that later developed into being The Seaside EP. It sort of just fell into place, and Whale Bones became the vehicle for those songs to come out.

The Seaside EP was inspired by a trip to Florida. What inspired the band’s upcoming release, Island Fire?

My grandfather built a cabin on a lake in the middle of nowhere, Canada. The closest sign of civilization is a 30 minute drive away. My family goes up there every year to get away from the world and to reset. There’s no electricity, and we use propane in order to light the cabin at night. Paul has been up with my family before, and we had a blast exploring islands and enjoying the solitude. A few of the songs on the new record were written up there.

One summer, we saw smoke on the horizon, and took a boat out to see what was happening. There was an island that had caught on fire due to a campfire that had not been properly doused. The embers slowly ate away at moss in the rock and eventually spread to cover the whole island. There were firefighters that were able to stop the fire. After they had taken care of most of the island, I climbed on to take a few photos, which ended up being the album art for Island Fire.

Who did you work with for the “Backyard” music video?

My friend Joe Etemadi filmed the music video. He approached me about working on a music video together, and after a year of talking, we finally started working on the project. We collaborated on storyboard and executing the shoot. After it was shot, we both worked on editing and coloring the final product.

My friend John agreed to be our character for the video. He once spent time traveling the US and living in the back of his van, so he felt like the perfect person to take the role.

What is your focus leading up to the album release?

Right now I’m focusing on making a new music video, and getting everything else ready for the release. Doing booking, management, and press on your own is tough, but it gives me control over the whole product. I’m trying to set aside time for writing and creating, because that’s what gives me fulfillment.

What are your plans after the release? Are you heading out on tour?

We have a short tour being planned for right before the release, and my intent is to tour the record with some frequency throughout 2018. I plan on doing some solo stripped down tours, and also larger tours with the full band. Traveling is such a fulfilling experience. You get to meet some of the kindest and most interesting people on the road. It’s also great to reconnect with old friends!

Do you have any hobbies outside of the band?

I’m really interested in hand-painted signs and other forms of visual art. While I wouldn’t consider myself a visual artist, I do enjoy making art and discovering other artists. I also like hiking and exploring state parks that are near me. there than that, I like trying different beers with my friends!

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

Thank YOU!

You can keep up with what music we’re listening to on our Spotify Playlist.

Interview: Con Etiquette

Con Etiquette

Con Etiquette took some time to answer questions about their latest EP, what comes next for the band, and more. You can check out the interview below and listen to The Company We Keep over at Bandcamp.

When the band first started, what were the expectations?

Consistently write good songs and fun. We lucked out, Antonino had an ep that was released a few months prior to the original lineup. We used that as a platform and sculpted our sound from there.

You released The Company We Keep in December 2017. How was the EP received?

TCWK has been getting overwhelming positive feedback. Excluding ourselves, there have been approximately 8 people who have listened to it, 7 are direct relatives. Some of the responses have been, “cool”, “aight” and “not bad!”.

Who did you work with on the EP?

We worked with Greg Thomas and Chris Yeti at Silver Bullet Studios in Burlington,CT.

You’re playing a show with Fossil Youth in February. How did that opportunity arise?

One part internet and one part luck, we got an email and we’re stoked, that entire bill fucking shreds.  We’re also playing with Have Mercy and Household March 12th at the Webster Underground in Hartford.

What are some of the band’s goals for 2018 now that the EP is out?

Play as many shows as possible.

What’s the favorite show that the band has played so far?

Probably our record release show last December with Such Gold and Wess Meets West. Every band had a ton of energy, and we all thrive off that, it gets us high, with the assistance of marijuana of course.

Do you have any hobbies outside of the band?

Yes! Vin enjoys meatball subs. Antonino paints pictures of cats in outer space. Wes enjoys fantasy basketball leagues. Dan excels at enjoying the San Diego sun while we answer these.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

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?



Interview: Silence The Radio

Silence The Radio

Silence The Radio have a new release coming on December 1st. The band took some time to answer our questions about the new single, the music scene in Providence, and much more. Check it out!

With the band starting in 2015, it’s still relatively new. What was the main goal when you first started?

Our main goal has always been to pursue our passion, which is writing and performing music. That’s been everyone’s passion since we were kids.

How has that changed now that you’ve been at it for a couple years?

Most of the change has been in our writing style. We write a lot more now than we ever have before, and the songs we write have a lot more depth and a clearer style.

Being from Providence, RI, what is the music scene like there? Are there any challenges as a band that come from being from there?

The music scene in Providence has had its ups and downs during the years we’ve all been involved. All in all we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to work with some of the most amazingly talented people on the east coast, and we’ve developed a lot as musicians and as people by being involved in our local scene.

You recently worked on “Friendly Neighborhood Nightmare” with Chris Piquette. What was that experience like?

The recording process for “Friendly Neighborhood Nightmare” was a ton of fun. Chris is a great friend of ours, and he really helped us bring that song and that story to life.

You then did a video with Dan Fried for the song. How did that opportunity come about?

We knew Dan from his work with a lot of the other bands we had played with in RI. We got in touch with him and he helped us put together a solid concept for the video, then we filmed it all in about a day. It was probably the craziest experience we’ve had together as a band so far.

What can fans expect from you for the rest of 2017?

Our brand new EP, Friendly Neighborhood Nightmares comes out on December 1st on iTunes and Spotify. It’s a collection of the most powerful songs we’ve ever written and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

Thanks for having us! You can follow us on all our social media accounts.




Interview: Trying

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Trying recently took some time to answer questions about the band, releasing Halloween-themed songs, and more. Check out the interview and their new songs below.

What were the expectations when the band first started? Was it something to do for fun or a more serious endeavor?

I wanted to start a serious band with lots of practicing and thought. So I wound up just making demos in my bedroom alone. I would write songs on guitar, record them, maybe add another guitar, a keyboard part that sounded like violin, and put some glockenspiel and melodica over it till it felt full. After I had a handful of those I shared it with some friends and a few that were really interested—Brady Costigan, Kelsey Yappel, and Nick Michael—wanted to play with me, Zayn Dweik eventually joined. The band definitely tries to be fun, we play covers, have band date nights and sleepovers occasionally, but I try to make sure we’re always being thoughtful in what we do—the shows we play, music we write, photos we take, and everything.

You recently released a couple Halloween-themed songs. What went into making those?

Over a year ago, I was fooling around with public domain videos on the Prelinger Archives at and I stumbled on the Marathon of Fright horror movie trailer from, I think, 1953. The turquoise tint over everything and bizarre characters were so outrageous. I got inspired and made a little song using a keyboard to go with it, planned to share it the next Halloween, got busy and never did. I’m finishing up the debut album for Trying now and wanted to get some of the songs out early, so I’d finished up “Nobody Loves Halloween Like You Do” over the summer and wanted to release it. At some point it became obvious that I had a song about ghosts and haunting with Halloween in the title and that weird little “Marathon of Fright” song. I went back and tidied up “Marathon of Fright” and added in a melodica (that one creepy note that rises up at the end) and had Sierra Mollenkopf help me assemble artwork, and then it was done!

On the topic of Halloween, what makes the holiday appeal to you?

As a child, I remember so much excitement on Halloween night. It was spooky but in a magical sort of way, like you could be anything and anything could happen. Costumes were so fun. And the candy was great, though honestly I think I rarely ever finished all mine, but the magic was in going out with people and acting weird and odd and over the top. The pumpkin painting and all the fall stuff really warms my heart.

Can we expect some more holiday themed releases?

Oh yeah, probably. We put out a Christmas cover, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” I think the first year we were playing together on a friend’s compilation—we were called The Sports back then—and I absolutely love and adore Christmas. I still make the band play that song and I play classics like “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Silver Bells,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on my own or with friends. I usually write Christmas songs too but don’t release them. I want to make sure I do it right and not cheesy, but definitely count on me doing something eventually. Maybe even this year, but I doubt it.

What’s next for the band and what are you looking forward to most in 2018?

Oh, boy. There’s a new Wes Anderson movie coming out in 2018 and I’m really excited for that, I think it’s called Dog Island. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also coming to Broadway and I want to see it even though it was kind of fan fiction-y, I’m still a sucker for Harry Potter and will buy into the scam. Also, Trying will be releasing our first album! Unless things go horribly wrong or something. But it will probably have ice cream on the cover and it will have songs about long drives and childhood pets and moving to a city. I want it to be out in the early spring, fingers crossed.

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers follow you?

Our name is actually borderline impossible to find, totally our fault, but we tried to make it easier so everything is TheBandTrying, except for Spotify which is something random. Thanks for asking questions and listening!

Interview: Have A Good Season

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Have A Good Season answered some questions for the site. The band talks about working with Jesse Cannon, their new single, and more. Check out the full interview below.

When the band started in late 2012, did you have any goals you knew you wanted to hit?

We wanted to play house shows and build a local fanbase. It was what a lot of our friends and favorite bands were doing at the time so it felt like a good first step for us.

You have two EPs out now. How would you say the band has progressed through those two releases and now the new single, “Gum,” that recently released?

I think we’ve definitely matured thematically and lyrically. We’re also better at showing each other ideas and building off of them so each of us have a hand at finalizing a song.

What was it like working with Cannon Found Soundation? Do you plan to work with them some more?

Mike and Jesse at Canon Found Soundation were both really great to work with. We wanted to try something a little different for “Gum” so we went with Adam Chichocki at Timbre Studio. Adam had a lot of great ideas and his mixing/mastering helped us make “Gum” sound exactly how we envisioned it.

Being in New Jersey, do you travel to New York and Philly to play shows and expand your fanbase?

We’ve played a few house shows in Philly and some gigs in NY as well. Those are two places we definitely want to play more often in. Always a fun time. Our most recent out of state show was with Brian from Have Mercy. It was a really nice, intimate set in Brooklyn at this ballroom venue.

What is the hometown scene like?

Our hometown scene is amazing! NJ is and always has been a great place for music. Growing up, we all went to shows in Asbury Park and New Brunswick and Red Bank. Being able to play those same places when HAGS started really helped us build a fanbase in NJ.

What do you currently have in the works? Are there plans for a full-length?

Hopefully a full length sometime this year. Maybe a tour? We aren’t positive yet. Definitely gonna keep writing and playing shows here and there though.

Do any of the members have hobbies outside of the band?

I love to draw. I’ve been doing the artwork for HAGS for a while now. I love weird comics and old cartoons and that kind of thing so I guess that’s why my artwork looks the way it does. I’ve done all of our t-shirt graphics and the cover art for “Gum.” You can follow me on Instagram at boy_oh_boy_art.

Lastly, where can out readers keep up with the band?

You can keep up with us on:
IG: haveagoodseas0n
We’re also on iTunes and Spotify. Cheers.

Interview: Faers

Faers took some time to answer some questions about getting involved in music, being on BBC Introducing, and more. Check out the full interview below.

How did you first get involved in the music scene?
Steven: Hi, thanks for having us. Ryan and Alex first got into the music scene a few years ago they have been in a few bands before FAERS. For myslef, Morgan and Sam this is our first band playing on the live scene.

When did things really start to come together for the band and you knew what direction you wanted to go in?
Ryan: I would say that things started to come together as a band when Alex joined last year. After he joined we started playing bigger shows and writing better songs.

What was it like having “Time” played on BBC Introducing?
Sam: It was great, lucky for us BBC Introducing have played a few of our single now. we are very grateful for their support.

What’s the best thing about being a part of the London music scene?
Morgan: The venues and the music lovers are the best thing about the london music scene. its important to keep these venues open…

Do you have a favorite spot to play in London?
Alex: We enjoy the shows in Camden they are always fun and sweaty. We have played some killer shows in Hoxton that we wont forget in a hurry

Where are you hoping to take the music next?
Steven: We are looking to do a small tour up the country next year with maybe the odd show in Europe. its important we play these shows in London but its also good to see if people enjoy our music outside our bubble

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers keep up with you?
Morgan: Thanks, check us out here: Facebook and Spotify.

Interview: Best Behavior

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Alex of Best Behavior took some time to let us know about the start of the band, being on a label, and much more. Be sure to read the full interview below.

What were your initial plans when the band started? Was it just something to do for fun or was it a serious venture for you?
Best Behavior started more as an emotional response to a breakup I was going through. I honestly had no intentions of even playing the music live, out with a band.

How did you get hooked up with Money Fire Records? Just from playing around Brooklyn?
I had previously recorded at John Meredith’s, the owner of MFR, studio and loved his energy. After I recorded all the original Best Behavior demos he was an obvious choice for me when I was looking for someone to record with. He got into the songs and ended up putting out the album.

How would you describe the Brooklyn music scene? What’s your favorite thing about it?
There’s something about the Brooklyn spirit that you don’t find other places. It’s cliche, but the Brooklyn music scene is hungry for something. You don’t find that everywhere.

For the new single, “Say,” you teamed up with Justin Gerrish, who has worked with The Strokes. How did that come about?
Justin saw the band play when we opened up for The Darkness. He heard the our new demos and offered to help the band. His production style really helped take the EP in a new direction.

You’re out on tour now, so will that lead up to the release of Things That Happened? Do you plan to tour more after it’s out?
No doubt about it. We love being on tour. It’s so funny because we find the kids outside of NYC kind of enjoy live music more than Brooklyn.

What’s been the best experience during this recording cycle?
Finding that zen moment where I stopped caring about what people would think of the record. We decided not to rush ourselves. I think the songs really grew because of that.

We can’t wait to hear the full EP and thanks so much for taking the time to chat. Where can our readers follow the band?
Follow us on Facebook and Spotify so you can stay updated!!