Interview: In The Whale Talk Denver Music Scene and More

In The Whale

In The Whale are currently out on tour. They took some time to tell us about the Denver music scene, what it was like touring with The Descendents, and more.

With the band turning 7 this year, how would you say you’ve progressed since those early days?

We’ve grown quite a bit in popularity and our sound has grown quite a bit as well. We like to think we know a lot more about what it takes to survive in this industry. But we still have a lot to learn.

What is the local music scene like in Denver? Is it pretty tight-knit for a major city?

Honestly, we don’t spend much time at home these days as we’re trying to tour as much as we can. Sadly, we’ve lost touch with how the Denver scene has been lately, but we do have life long friends who are promoters and talent buyers and in bands in Denver.

How would you describe your sound to people who haven’t listened to the band before?

We would say if you haven’t listened to the band before, than just do it! Don’t wait for us to describe our sound to you, just find us on Spotify and listen and you’ll be good to go!

What was it like touring with The Descendants? What did you learn from being on the road with them?

Touring with the Descendents was an experience we’ll never forget. We were so flabbergasted and amazed that we were allowed to play with them that we didn’t really have time to learn much.

You’re on a headlining tour now, how is that going?

So far so good. The crowds have been great and we’re testing out new material from our new EP that seems to be going over very well.

What are your plans for the remainder of 2018?

Tour our butts off. Stack fat paper.

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

www.inthewhalesucks.com

Or for upcoming tour dates: bandsintown.com/inthewhale

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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?

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.

We post some on Facebook and you can visit our website.

Playlist: Bitter Bones Share Top 10 Maine Artists

Bitter Bones

Bitter Bones put together a playlist of their top 10 artists from Maine for us. Check out the selections below along with the video for “All Okay.”

Spose – “Knocking on Wood”

I chose this track by spose cause this song has such a happy vibe too it. This is the track you jam too when you’re having a good day. So much respect for him.

The American Classic – “Red”

This track is actually the catchiest song. It is always stuck in my head. Everyone in this band is super talented and the singer of this band was the singer of my last band.

Roseview – “Haze”

These dudes are some of my best friends. Recently signing to Tragic Hero they are onto some big things. The singer of this group and I have been in bands together for 8 years or something like that. Him and I actually just dropped a track together you can see that on my Spotify!

Cruel Hand – “Labyrinth”

Cruel Hand is my hype band. I listen to these dudes at the gym or when I’m having a bad day. Nothing but love for those dudes

Hours North – “Turbulence”

I recently started jamming these dudes. Another band with crazy talent. The singers voice is so powerful and it’s got such a relaxing vibe.

Too Late The Hero – “Villain in the Lobby”

These guys are the tightest band I’ve seen live. I have gone to their shows for 10 years back home. I always looked up to them. Kevin from this band actually mastered my next single I’m dropping. Check out this Track by them. Another gym banger.

Acadia – “Pawtucket Street (feat. Jordan Black)”

The hook in this song actually gets stuck in my head all the time. I’ll catch myself singing this one. These dudes actually just announced a break up recently. Super catchy.

J Spin – “TV Show”

So I actually stumbled across this dude on Instagram recently. I really love his voice, super unique. Can’t wait to see what else he puts out!

B. Aull – “Come Down”

Nothing but respect for this dude. I have seen him perform and he just looks like he belongs in a stadium. Dudes got flow.

Trove – “Shove”

So this group is full of so much talent including members from Too Late The Hero, Roseview, and Vanna. This song makes me bang my head the whole way through. I’m a little too big to crowd surf but if I were ever to do that I’d want to do it to this track!

SoCal Spotlight: Dan Sadin

Dan Sadin
Photo credit: Silvia Grav

We’re back with a new SoCal Spotlight. Dan Sadin moved from Northern California down to the SoCal scene. Check out the interview below to learn more about him.

Hometown:  San Francisco
When the solo project formed:  2018
Members: Dan Sadin – no real “official members,” it’s just me. I do have a killer live band, though.

When did you first know you wanted to be involved in music?

I don’t think there was ever a moment when my life has existed without music. My grandfather was a jazz pianist and arranger and I grew up playing piano, before guitar. I remember him singing my brother and me songs. Before I even knew how to play an instrument I would sit down at his piano and guess at notes, trying to compose my own simple songs. Then, I discovered the guitar – it was like something was calling me to it, I became obsessed with the idea of being a guitar player. I taught myself to play “Stairway To Heaven” on an old classical guitar over the summer and asked my mom if I could get guitar lessons. She said if I went and got my brother’s acoustic guitar and played the song for her she would pay for guitar lessons – she didn’t believe me, haha. I played the intro for her and from that moment on I’ve been on a guitar player.

How did the current project come to be?

I feel lucky to be involved with many great projects, whether touring, writing or producing. And while I love supporting those that I work with, I have always wanted to find a way to work on my own music. I had a hard time finishing songs and finding my own voice. Finally between breaks from tours, I started piecing together the parts of The Way That It Hurts. That song laid the groundwork for the rest of the EP and became the foundation of this project. I think there was something cathartic with it – I was finally able to get in touch with my feelings and see them come out with my own voice, something I hadn’t been able to do up until that point.

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?

Honestly, it just starts with friends. You meet one person who introduces you to another, who invites you to a show where you meet more people, who invite you to more shows, etc. I feel super lucky to have an incredible community of friends and musicians in Los Angeles. I actually love walking into a show where I don’t know anyone or know the band/performer and discovering something new. I also love to discover new venues and places to check out music. There are some great ones popping up right now, like the Lodge Room in Highland Park, where I’ll actually be doing my EP release show on 6/28!

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

I love that there’s so much going on all of the time. I also wish there wasn’t so much happening because it becomes really hard to cut through the noise. There are so many shows happening every night that inevitably you end up missing something you wanted to see, or you end up competing for tickets.

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

Absolutely. I think it’s about persistence, consistency and strategic planning. I’m just getting going as Dan Sadin, but I’ve done it with other bands. Find the places and shows that make sense for you to play, meaning there is some sort of alignment with other bands on the bill and the type of people that come to that venue, or the event. And just keep making friends; it’s all about your community no matter where you are.

How do you handle your social media presence? Where can our readers follow you?

I’m on all major social media platforms, Facebook (/dansadinmusic), IG (@dansadin), and Twitter (@_dansadin). Or it’s easiest to keep up with my website, www.dansadin.com.

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

I just recently played the El Rey with Frenship – that was a really fun show. The venue is amazing, always fun to see a show (as an audience member) and being on the other side was really special. The sound is great, the vibe is great, and they always have solid acts coming through. I look forward to getting back there soon!

What are you working on right now?

I am getting ready for the release of my EP, out June 22nd and we are celebrating with a show at the Lodge Room in Highland Park on June 28th. I will be joined by some of my best friends who will be performing short acoustic sets, including, Frenship, Holychild, Colyer, talker and Liv Slingerland. I’m really looking forward to the night, and it’s free (with RSVP)! Aside from that, I will be playing more shows throughout the summer and working on more music.

Interview: If Walls Could Talk Discuss New Album, Detroit, and More

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk released a deluxe edition of What Would They Say? recently. Tony Burke and Nick DiStefano took some time to chat with us about the band, the Detroit music scene, and more. Check out the full interview below.

When the band started in 2013, what were your expectations?

Tony: Well, we like to set our expectations pretty high. Not to mention, all of us are in it for the long run. So, our short term goals were simple like playing with well established local acts, creating our first professional EP, and putting together an entertaining live set. But, in the back of our minds, I’m pretty sure all of us have been just waiting to play at Soldier Field with Coldplay one day.

Have you met or exceeded them so far?

Tony: Now that I think about it, we’ve been pretty consistent with both meeting and exceeding our goals. Not only do we have our first EP out, but we have a deluxe version coming out.

How did the Detroit music scene impact your sound?

Nick: I feel that the Detroit music scene is prominently pop punk and alternative. I know for a few of us here, we started playing making pop punk music originally. I know that has seriously influenced my music personally, and you’ll see a lot of that in Static. Lots of octaves and power chords!

What is the local scene like there?

Tony: If I had one word to describe the local scene in Detroit, I would way it’s definitely a community. Everyone knows each other and is very engaged in the scene. It doesn’t really feel like bands are competing with each other. Everyone just wants to see the other band succeed at whatever they are doing.

What has been the most challenging thing about building up a local following for the band and then having it expand beyond Detroit?

Nick: At first it was just about getting in front of the right audience. In Detroit, we’ve expanded greatly and have now sold out multiple shows here. There have been a few markets that we’ve broken into well, like Grand Rapids and Chicago. However, we’re still getting our foot in the door in others more east of Detroit.

When did you know you wanted to release a deluxe edition of ‘What Would They Say?’ and what does it include?

Nick: We grew so much from the release of the initial EP, and we had so much more content we wanted to share with everyone. This includes music videos, songs, and renditions of songs. So when we started talking about our next steps, it felt so natural to end this cycle of our band with a deluxe version.

What is the band focusing on next?

Nick: Right now, it’s writing. We want to be able to improve our live show so much, but also really make our music stand out on a recorded track too.

Outside of the band, do you have any other hobbies?

Tony: I’m a lover of the arts. Outside of music, I like creative writing and even dancing. Most people probably don’t know this about me, but I’m actually a professional ballroom dancer.

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

Nick: It’s our pleasure! You can find us really anywhere. Here are a few links:

https://www.ifwallscouldtalk.band
https://www.facebook.com/ifwallscouldtalkband
https://www.twitter.com/iftalkingwalls
https://www.instagram.com/ifwallscouldtalkband
Snapchat: iwctband

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