Artist Spotlight: Jason Noecker

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We talked to Jason of Sumner Park about his drumming style and influences.

What got you into drumming?

Going to my uncle’s house as a kid and seeing and hearing him play. 

How would you describe your drumming style?

Punk with a little bit of pop sprinkled in. 

Who is your favorite drummer and why?

Derek Grant of Alkaline Trio. Watching him drum, he makes it look so effortless. 

If you could guest play in and band, active or defunct, who would it be and why?

The Wonder Years or Alkaline Trio because they’re my favorite bands of all time. 

What was the best show you ever played?

La Plata Fria in Newark, Delaware. January 31st, 2020. 

How long do you practice for? Do you feel like it’s beneficial to learn different techniques?

Unfortunately I don’t get to practice daily because I live in an apartment, so I only practice when the band does. About 1-2 hours a week. Learning different techniques is very important if you want to grow as a drummer. 

What are your current drum goals? What do you want to get better at?

Honestly, I just want to be able to do a paradiddle consistently without messing it up. But no, I’d like to be known for a certain beat, whatever it may be. I’d like to get better at kick patterns. 

When you started playing in bands, how long did it take you to get comfortable playing with other people?

It didn’t take long once I started playing in bands, but before that I’d only play when no one was home to hear me.

Sumner Park is currently in the process of making a full length, which will be released on Punkstyria. Stay tuned for upcoming shows, music, and more!

ARCHIVE : Taylor Eby Interview

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Yesterday I talked to Taylor Eby of handguns.

1. Most meaningful song that was written in Handguns?

Lyrically, they’ve all been pretty meaningful. Just about every song in our catalogue is written from a very personal point of view.

2. What has been the most influential artist or band for you personally?

I was 12 went I went to my first show which was Senses Fail. I remember that being the pivotal moment of my life where I knew that being in a band was something I had to do. It’s really hard for me to pin point a specific artist that specifically influenced me because I listen to so much different stuff. I think whatever I’m listening to at the time is whatever I get influenced by.

3. What have you been listening to the most recently?

I let spotify make mixes for me and so far it’s been the new FYS record (Brain Pain) and a lot of Fireworks

4. Do you remember the best live show you’ve played so far?

Some of my favorite sets were in 2012 on tour with Man Overboard

5. In the time of 2010/2011 there was the start of a pop punk/ “alternative” wave. In your experience, do you feel there’s a new scene starting to take place again with bands such as Hot Mulligan, Grayscale, Belmont, etc..?

It’s hard for me to say, because now that I’m a little bit older and have more responsibilities, I find it difficult to follow music trends but I will say that all of those bands are great and are 1,0000 percent deserving of all the attention that they’re receiving.

6. How has Handguns changed over the years in your experience?

The most obvious answer to this would be the slew of member changes though out the years but I would say everything has become a lot more laid back with not having a label and management giving us deadlines and what not. It’s all up to us when we want to do things.

7. When the Lights Burn Out was released only a few months ago. What was the writing process for that like? How is it different from your last couple of albums?

We did that record in sessions, which we had never done before but it gave us more time to focus on the songs and make sure they were absolutely album ready.

8. Aside from music, how have you been handling your quarantine?

This quarantine was a blessing in disguise for me and my fiancé. We’ve been able to catch up on bills that we were behind on and find a house for when our son gets here.

9. Lastly, what happened in the airplane bathroom with you and Jake?

I won’t give you the full details but I will say it involved dirt, a bane mask and rocket paste!

Mahantongo Is Having A Pool Party, And You All Are Invited

Photo Via Liam DellaMonica

Mahantongo took to facebook to announce an acoustic livestream set entitled “Mahantongo’s Pool Party” taking place from guitarist Austin Womer’s backyard.

Video Via Mahantongo’s Facebook

The acoustic set will be live-streamed on their their facebook page Saturday, July 18th at 4pm eastern. Check out Mahantongo’s new single oak below.

https://fanlink.to/mhntgo-oak

10 Essential Albums : Tyler Troutman

  1. Blink 182 “S/T”
  2. The Ataris “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts,… Next 12 Exits”
  3. Bayside “Sirens & Condolences”
  4. Strike Anywhere “Change Is A Sound”
  5. Saves The Day “Through Being Cool
  6. No Use For A Name “Hard Rock Bottom”
  7. Lucero “Nobody’s Darling”
  8. The Gaslight Anthem “The ‘59 Sound”
  9. The Menzingers “On The Imposable Past”
  10. The Hold Steady “Stay Positive”

Lil Peep’s Estate Re-Releases “Crybaby” Mixtape

4 years ago today, late rapper “Lil Peep” released his mixtape crybaby on soundcloud. The mixtape features a lot of fan favorites like “Lil Jeep” and “Nineteen”. In honor of it’s anniversary, Peep’s estate re-released it onto all major streaming platforms. Fans are speculating that his other mixtapes like “Hellboy” and “Castles” will make it’s way onto services. You can save the album with the link below.

https://lilpeep.lnk.to/crybaby

10 Essential Albums : Alonna Weaver

Essential Albums

1.) Back in Black- AC/DC

  • I grew up listening to hair metal, but one album that always stood out to me for its unique qualities is Back in Black by AC/DC. I remember being 7 years old, blaring it on my CD player until it broke.
    2.) Pyromania- Def Leppard
    -Another staple in shaping who I am today. My parents raised me on MTV music videos. I remember seeing “Foolin’” off of the Pyromania album, and I was instantly hooked. Steve Clark’s stage presence as a guitarist has shaped my career into what it is today.

3.) Bleach- Nirvana

  • Bleach was the first album I ever heard from Nirvana. I can’t remember how old I was, but I remember being instantly captivated by Kurt’s raspy vocals, and his off-color lyrical content.

4.) The Eminem Show- Eminem

  • My mom and I used to drive around and blare this album. The nostalgia that I have tied to this album is insurmountable.

5.) Led Zeppelin IV- Led Zeppelin

  • My favorite movie growing up was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. This album is mentioned. You figure it out.

6.) Put Yourself Back Together- Real Friends

  • My angsty high school days were defined by pop punk. The lyrical content resonated with me more as I got older.
  • 7.) Chasing Ghosts- The Amity Affliction
  • The angst I had in high school was amplified when I fell into the metal core scene. This one was, and always will be my favorite metal core album from the early 2010s.

8.) Cosmo’s Factory- Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • I was always drawn to the “hippie” movement of the 60s. During a rough point in my life, I discovered CCR, and my life was forever changed for the good.

9.) Suburbia, I’ve Given You All, and Now I’m Nothing- The Wonder Years

  • Coming in at number 9 is an album near and dear to my heart. The Wonder Years got me through some of the worst times I had in high school. I still blare this album every chance I get.

10.) Enema Of The State – Blink-182

  • I went on a huge blink binge when I was in my senior year of high school. Growing up with an older brother, I’d always hear the likes of Blink, Boys like Girls, Good Charlotte, and so many more. I was drawn to Enema of the State as soon as I heard “Adam’s Song”. Enema remains one of my top ten essentials to this day.

Paco Is Desperate! to release revamped version of “Unraveled”

photo taken via Paco Is Desperate! Facebook

Midwestern post-hardcore outfit “Paco Is Desperate!” announced in a lengthy Facebook post that they will be re-releasing their studio album “Unraveled” Read the statement below.

“UNRAVELED REMASTER ANNOUNCEMENT AND THE FATE OF PRE-UNRAVELED RELEASES:

After lengthy internal dialogue, we have made the decision with Bike Rack Records to remaster and re-release our full length album “Unraveled”. The exact release date of the remaster is TBD, but it will likely be both a digital and physical re-release.

On to the more difficult topic to discuss. Over the next few weeks, all pre-Unraveled Paco releases will be removed from streaming services and the Paco Bandcamp and moved to a central Bandcamp specifically for Ashlee’s solo material. The reason for this is as simple as we don’t feel that pre-Unraveled releases are representative of the quality we have come to expect for our music and they also are not representative of the direction we as a band are going.

What this doesn’t mean is that these releases will be lost or forgotten. They are simply being recategorized as solo releases instead of Paco Is Desperate! releases. “Unraveled” will now be known as Paco LP1.

Those records mean a lot to us, but we want our growing listener base to identify us with the music we’ve worked so hard on over the past year as a band and not with the solo recordings from before Unraveled. I understand this may not be a super popular decision with our long time supporters, but it is a decision that was in and is necessary. I appreciate your understanding.”

We actually caught up with vocalist Ashlee Nunley, and asked him some questions!

Do you feel like there’s anything wrong with the original unraveled? what made you want to re-release?

We talked with Michael (the producer) and he just wanted another stab at fixing a few issues with the original mix. This isn’t a re-record of Unraveled, but a remaster. Polishing some stuff and cleaning up some of the vocals and such, mainly.

Will there be any more remasters of older projects?

Possibly. Who knows? Definitely open to it, but not as PID! The original albums will all be categorized going forward as my solo work and not Paco stuff.

When can we expect this to release? Sooner than you think!

Meet New York’s Youngest Band – Brotality

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What if I told you that in Narrowsburg, NY, there’s a band that’s oldest member is only 17. You would think I’m crazy. Meet Brotality, Bryce (Guitar/Vocals), Reece (Bass/Vocals) and Liam (Drums/Vocals). In 2019, the trio released the “Provocase” proving this band can truly pack a punch. These guys have lots of potential and we expect nothing but great things. Check out Brotality on Facebook!

Juice WRLD’s Estate Releases Single “Righteous”

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Late rapper Juice WRLD’s estate has released the single which is believed to be first of many. Yesterday we got this message from the late rapper’s family, “Tonight we will be releasing a song called ‘Righteous’ which Juice made from his home studio in Los Angeles. We hope you enjoy this new music and continue to keep Juice’s spirit alive. Stay safe everyone.” Listen to the song via YouTube here