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Jared Weeks of Saving Abel

March 25, 2008 by  
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savingabelmainHailing from a small town in Mississippi, the members of Saving Abel (Jason Null on guitar, Jared Weeks on vocals, Blake Dixon on drums, Scott Bartlett on guitar, and Eric Taylor on bass) remember a time not so long ago when they were working their day jobs and driving back and forth to Memphis to lay down an EP they hoped might get heard by someone.  They never expected it to get heard by Jason Flom who would subsequently offer them a record deal transforming their lives and giving them the chance they had once only dreamed about.

Their self-titled debut album is burning up rock radio with the sexually charged rock n roll anthem Addicted, their first single.  The rest of the album is just as strong pleasing rock fans with a message that is loud and clear – it’s not science, it’s just good ole rock n’ roll.  The video for Addicted debuted on where else but  Currently out on the road in support of their major label debut, the band is putting it all out there night after night hoping that fans walk away singing their songs, wearing their t-shirts and buying their cd.
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Dennis Casey of Flogging Molly

October 20, 2007 by  
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fmmainGuitar, bass and drums..sure, sounds like the recipe for a great band.  Add mandolin, accordian, tin whistle and fiddle and you’ve got yourself a party, a party that calls themselves Flogging Molly.  With their uniquely delicious blend of pop-punk and traditional Irish sounds, for Flogging Molly it’s just second nature.  The seven piece band (Dave King on vocals and acoustic guitar, Bridget Regan on fiddle and tin whistle, Dennis Casey on electric guitar, Matt Hensley on accordion, Nathen Maxwell on bass, Bob Schmidt on mandolin, banjo, and George Schwindt on drums) is the brainchild of Dave King, who came to the US with a previous band, and searched to find his niche in the music industry.

“The first time we came together to play, there was an energy in the room that I’d never experienced in any other band I’d been in and it wasn’t due to any single ingredient, instrument, or musician” states King.  It was about the symbiotic nature that the instruments and musicians bring together as a whole, a sound best played live.  Indicative of this strength is the fact that the inspiration for their name was the club called Molly Malone’s in L.A. where King and fiddle player Regan first came together.

Flogging Molly spent the summer on Warped tour playing to tens of thousands of fans new and old, and are currently working on their new album due to be released in early 2008.  During their Warped stint, guitarist Dennis Casey sat down with TWRY staffer Lexi to discuss touring, tats, beer and of course all things Flogging Molly.

Interviewed by: Lexi Shapiro| November 2007
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Vains of Jenna

July 3, 2007 by  
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vojmainOne listen to Vains of Jenna and you may be transported back to a time when The Sunset Strip ruled the music scene – Gazarris, The Rainbow, Whisky-A-Go-Go all running full force and a whole sleazy subculture living within it.  Their style identifies with a time when music not only had a sound but had an image and an attitude that defined it. Vains of Jenna have been compared to the likes of Guns n Roses, Aerosmith and Hanoi Rocks. What might come as a surprise to you is that no one in Vains of Jenna has even hit thirty years old yet, so where the hell did they come from?

This quartet, straight from Sweden, is ready to rock your faces off – even if you don’t like it.  After all says lead singer Lizzy DeVine, “that’s why I have middle fingers”.  The band (Lizzy DeVine on vocals and guitar, JP White on bass, Nicki Kin on lead guitar and Jacki Stone on drums) landed in the US a few years ago for what they thought would be one dream gig at Cruefest and then a return trip home but a few strokes of good luck got them noticed by both Stevie Rachelle and Bam Margera.  Shortly after, Margera opened his own record label just to sign them.  Now that’s some sort of first impression!

With their debut album Lit Up/Let Down under their belts they’ve been road warriors touring all over the United States tearing up any stage that will have them, forcing people to notice them and eating up every minute of it.  They must have done something right because they just landed the gig of their lifetime opening for Ratt and Poison on the big stage all summer long.  This band is a great reminder that rock n’ roll is here to stay.

The band sat down with us after their recent show in Mansfield, MA to give us the lowdown on how all this happened and what they want you to know about them…

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | July 2007
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Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace

June 9, 2006 by  
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3dgmainThree Days Grace crashed into the music scene with a vengeance with their self-titled debut. With fierce singles like “I Hate Everything About You” and “Just Like You” they amassed a loyal following and toured with bands like Nickelback, Hoobastank and Evanescence.  A few years later they’re back with the same vengeance and a new cd. One-X will be hitting record stores on June 13th. The first single, “Animal I Have Become”, is an aggressive, in your face, unapologetic rocker that will definitely whet your appetite for this band and leave you wanting more.  Exploring the darkest of places with the boldest of sound and lyrics, Three Days Grace welcomes you into their world to feel it the way that they do.  Songs inspired by ironic bouts of loneliness and isolation while surrounded by millions of people.  You may think you know them, but they will quickly remind you that you don’t.

Three Days Grace (Adam Gontier on vocals and guitar, Barry Stock on lead guitar, Neil Sanderson on drums, and Brad Walst on bass) is currently out on the Jagermeister tour with Staind and will be joining Nickelback and Hoobastank on tour starting June 30th.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June 2006
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Damian Kulash of OK Go

May 24, 2006 by  
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okgomainArmed with merely ten dollars and a dance routine best described as happenstance, OK Go (Damian Kulash on vocals and guitar, Tim Nordwind on bass, Dan Konopka on drums, and Andy Ross on guitar and keyboards) burst on to the musical stage with a stylish bang. Making their initial mark on the scene with their self-titled debut in 2002, OK Go has been drawing in fans en masse with their own unique approach to music with infectious dance grooves and unaffected lyrics. With their follow up album Oh No released in 2005, the band is currently on the road with their high-energy live show and delightfully conspicuous stage clothes.

We recently sat down with lead singer Damian Kulash, Jr. before a show with She Wants Revenge and The Lashes in Clifton Park, New York. If it weren’t for a couple of brief yawns and hair tousles, you would never know this outspoken front-man was recovering from a case of bad salad, suffering from a lack of sleep, and in the midst of preparing to direct OK Go’s next video.

Interviewed by: Julie Zidel and Laura DiBetta | May 2006
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Drew Parsons of American Hi-Fi

April 15, 2006 by  
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ahftop“All around the world, all the Geeks get the Girl..”

Stacy Jones formed American Hi-Fi after playing drums with the likes of Letters to Cleo and Veruca Salt.  He made the jump from behind the kit to singer/guitarist/front man and recruited his friends from Boston to round out the band; Drew Parsons on Bass, Brian Nolan on drums, and Jamie Arentzen on guitar.  Nolan would later be replaced by Jason Sutter on the skins.

The band recorded their self-titled cd in Maui with Bob Rock and had a hit single with “Flavor of the Weak”.  They followed up their debut release with their album “The Art of Losing” and massive amounts of touring around the world.  Their third and latest release “Hearts on Parade”, was written and recorded by the band alone and then some production help from the one and only Butch Walker.

It’s been some time since their last release so bassist Drew Parsons took some time to fill us in on where American Hi-Fi has been, and where they are going.

Interviewed by:  Mary Ouellette |  April 2006

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Mike Ruocco of Plunge

February 18, 2006 by  
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bandmini“Just a Burned Out Hometown Hero, Everyone’s Number One Zero….”

Formed in 1995, Plunge has singlehandedly built their own adoring fanbase by getting back to basics.  What basics you ask?  Great music and a sincere appreciation for their fans.  Having gone through some lineup changes throughout the years, their song remains the same – solid rock music that translates well lyrically and even better live.  Plunge is currently out on tour ripping it up and down the East Coast with the current line up – Mike Ruocco on lead vocals and guitar, Chris Shucosky on guitar and vocals, Mac Calvaresi on drums and vocals, and newcomer Jim Boyer on bass and vocals.  Playing songs off of their latest release Hometown Hero and new songs off of their upcoming EP scheduled to be released in March, they exude energy and passion onstage and off.  Simply put, these guys are rockstars in waiting.

Heading into this interview, everything seemed to be going wrong.  After all, we were in Florida and it was colder than Alaska.  The club Plunge was playing at (which shall remain nameless) seemed to be totally clueless, and the band was set to go on at 7:30 pm, while their website had originally said 8:00 pm.

That said, most of the people that would have been there to see them, were not.  Luckily we didn’t miss the set.  They played their hearts out to a room full of eyebrow raising skeptics and of course, my friends and I in the front screaming our hearts out.  An intimate performance if you will. Mike even took our requests midset.

After the show we approached Mike since it was his birthday and we wanted to wish him well and give him the cake we brought for him.  He invited us on the bus and soon thereafter we were treated to an acoustic performance with Mike, Mac, and Chris while Jim watched and listened with us.  There were about 7 fans on the bus for the performance and the band said they wanted to do it to make up for the night.

To be honest, it’s been a very long time since I’ve met a band that appreciates their fans as much as these guys do, and considering I’ve got ten years on most of them, that’s pretty impressive.  I was totally floored by their raw talent, passion, and dedication to not only their music but to their fans.  It was more than impressing, it was infectious, and only made every fan on that bus love them even more, even if we thought it wasn’t possible.

After the impromptu acoustic set (where they even played us a cover of Butch Walker’s Mixtape, along with our favorite Plunge songs) I sat down with Mike for an interview.  The bus was busy and there was a lot going on but he was still cool enough to sit down and answer all of my questions.  I can’t say this in any other way but bold Go see these guys, if they are in your area, you won’t be disappointed.  I flew to Florida to see them and I’d do it again in a heart beat.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | February 2006

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