An Interview with The Maine: Getting (Un)Lost

An Interview with The Maine: Getting (Un)Lost

The past month has been a whirlwind for indie rock band, The Maine. Their fifth studio album, American Candy, debuted to largely positive reception from fans and critics alike, reaching number 37 on the Billboard 200 and was celebrated with a 24-hour live stream of the five-piece from Meerkat. With all of the encouraging words they’ve received, the members—lead singer John O’Callaghan, guitarist Jared Monaco, rhythm guitarist Kennedy Brock, bassist Garret Nickelsen, and drummer Patrick Kirch—are still riding that high. Now as their U.S. tour begins to lead them toward the East Coast, John discusses finding inspiration, navigating trying times, and feeding off of each other’s optimism.

Do you feel like the writing and recording process has changed from when the band began to now?

I think overall the process somewhat stayed the same. I think the approach is what changed; and I only mean the mental preparation and the mental headspace obviously changes from each record to each record. I think that we run things similarly as far as how the songs start …

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An Interview with Godsmack: Still Running on 1000hp

An Interview with Godsmack: Still Running on 1000hp

One band that’s always had a distinctive sound because of their guitar tones and riffs, and not to mention their singer, is Godsmack. This is one band that has been putting out great hard rock albums since their self-titled debut in 1998. This Boston-based band has also been instrumental in the Jersey rock scene as well, when singer Sully Erna signed Saint Caine singer John Kosco and his then band Dropbox back in 2002 to his Realign Records. So, not only has Godsmack been labeled a Boston band, but they’re welcomed here in Jersey as well with open arms.

Last August, Godsmack released their sixth CD, 1000hp, which was received favorably by critics. If you ask me, it hasn’t been out of my CD player since it was released. The highly energetic title track, “Something Different,” “Generation Day,” and “Locked And Loaded” are all sonic ear candy. On April 25, Godsmack embarked on yet another summer tour to continue promoting 1000hp with a revolving door of support acts like Hellyeah, In This Moment, Papa …

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An Interview with Tigers Jaw: The Hum Of Electric Heat

An Interview with Tigers Jaw: The Hum Of Electric Heat

While there were numerous misinterpretations regarding Tigers Jaw’s future after 3/5 of the band parted ways in 2013, the band, however, never officially disbanded or broke up by any means. After releasing their highly-anticipated full-length, Charmer, on Run For Cover Records last summer, their remaining members—guitarist and vocalist Ben Walsh and vocalist and keyboardist Brianna Collins—continued forward with the help of their friend filling in as they toured in support of the new record alongside Pity Sex and Petal. While touring steadily since then, it goes without saying that the Scranton-based indie-pop punk outlet remains stronger than ever, and are still just as enthusiastic and excited about continuing the band full-time.

            Not too long after I had the chance see Tigers Jaw play at GameChangerWorld in Howell right as they started their spring tour with Lemuria and Somos in the beginning of April, I caught up with Brianna Collins and discussed the latest tour, updates on the band’s contributions for an forthcoming split EP with Kevin Devine, along with their upcoming plans for the …

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Shoreworld: White Tiger – Back On The Prowl; Daisycutter Head To The Brighton Bar

Shoreworld: White Tiger – Back On The Prowl; Daisycutter Head To The Brighton Bar

White Tiger – Rock And Roll Animals Back On The Prowl – The Pure Event Center – Sayreville, NJ May 8

When I recall rock during the late ’70s and early ’80s, clubs such as The Osprey, Emmett’s Inn, The Colonels Garter, and The Chatterbox are some of the first to come to mind. Hell, even crazy Art Stock’s Birch Hill stakes a claim in my weathered brain. These halls hosted the heady days of double-stacked Marshalls, huge glitzy productions, and flashy Nordic-themed costumes that would make The Babys OD from fashion sensory overload. The very air was pushed into your chest as you weathered the blitzkrieg of double, Les Paul Custom attacks. These were the days of huge stages and monstrous light pars that made the first three rows sweat like a pig. The time frame of behemoth-sized night clubs that shook with the sound from consoles as long and heavy as a slate pool table at Good Time Charlie’s in Lakehurst.

A night out was a true event, and no one went home …

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Inked Out: All In Inkorporated

Inked Out: All In Inkorporated

So, this was a very strange run of events. Typically when I go and review tattoo shops, I would call the shop and make an appointment to sit down with the owner or manager of the shop to interview them. Lately, I’ve been spotting tattoo shops that I just want to review when I’m on vacation or out to dinner with my wife. I want to review these shops because they look amazing and have great artists but no one seems to know about them. Unfortunately for me, because so many of these shops keep popping up out of the blue, I’m kind of never prepared to interview the owners about their shops. This was one of those times.

I was stuck in traffic on my way to a class at Rowan University, so I pulled off of an exit on Route 295 in South Jersey to take back roads and got lost on a street called Creek Road in Brooklawn. As I was passing a bowling alley, across the street, I saw a sign …

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Strand Of Oaks/Felice Brothers @ Cannon’s Blackthorn

Strand Of Oaks/Felice Brothers

Cannon’s Blackthorn

February 7, 2015

(Photo by Casey M. Rosen)

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY—On Feb. 7, 2015, Strand Of Oaks, Timothy Showalter’s biography as rock ‘n’ roll band, played to a sold-out audience at Cannon’s Blackthorn in Rockville Centre, NY. Opening with “Heal,” a mid-tempo Tom Petty-esque rocker about youthful pain, Showalter and co. worked their way to the buoyant closer, a cover of The Replacements’ “Alex Chilton.” On their new album, HEAL, the songs are imbued with a lo-fi, somewhat homespun sound, a move made in effort to invoke the ideas of memory and nostalgia present within the lyrics. Live, stripped of such aesthetics, …

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Dinosaur Eyelids: Bypass To Nowhere

Dinosaur Eyelids

Bypass To Nowhere

Servis Road

There’s an old saying that goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and this is especially true for Bypass To Nowhere, Dinosaur Eyelids’ new album. The front cover shows a black-and-white burning dystopia, highlighted by a man in makeshift riot gear. His shield sports the album’s title in …

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