Interview: PVRIS

Interview: PVRIS

All we knew of PVRIS a few years ago was that they were fresh off a stellar debut release and a three-piece band that was certainly one to watch. Now, PVRIS is an extremely successful alternative band, with a uniqueness to their music that’s lead them to tours with Fall Out Boy, and even taken them as far Coachella. Their most recent release, All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell, is an indie-rock blend of laid-back sounds to in your face instrumentals, existing in perfect harmony, sounding like no other band out there right now, which is exactly what is needed in today’s market. I had the pleasure of speaking to Brian MacDonald [bass, pictured above, left] prior to the start of their headlining tour about PVRIS’ experiences over the last few years, how it’s shaped their songwriting and the contrast of blending the visual appeal of music videos to match the content of their message. 

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Interview: Mayday Parade

Interview: Mayday Parade

It's always sunny in the world of Mayday Parade, however, there is sometimes a chance of showers. The Tallahassee quintet are no strangers to the changes in the weather, or in this case, the challenges that arise during touring and recording. Being a band for 13 years has anchored them in their methodology and approach to songwriting, as well as solidified them as a staple in the pop-punk music scene. I spoke with rhythm guitarist Brooks Betts [pictured above, right] about the new album, Sunnyland, what it was like working with John Feldmann, as well as the final Warped Tour. 

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Interview: JD & The Straight Shot

Interview: JD & The Straight Shot

The road to success isn't always necessarily a straight shot. Sometimes, there are bumps along the road, and that was quite literally the case for Marc Copely [guitar, vocals, pictured above on right] of JD and the Straight Shot. During his early days as a professional musician, he was involved in a near-fatal car accident after a show, that resulted in his resuscitation by the side of the road. However, this was not enough to hold him back. Since then, Marc has gone on to release two solo records, work with legendary artists such as B.B. King and Roseanne Cash, as well as produce records and play guitar for JD and the Straight Shot, who are currently on tour with none other than The Eagles. I had the privilege of speaking with Marc about all of the experiences he's had in his life so far, and how music has shaped who he is.

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Interview: One Bad Son

Interview: One Bad Son

There's nothing bad about Saskatoon's One Bad Son. They put the bad in badass, and like the title of their latest album, they were Made In The Name of Rock n Roll. I spoke with lead singer Shane Volk about their latest record, the creative process behind their music videos, and what it's been like to tour with bands like Def Leppard and Judas Priest.

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Interview: Neck Deep

Interview: Neck Deep

There is a lot of grey area between the peace and the panic, but at this point, it has come second nature to Neck Deep. The Welsh pop-punk group has been through more than the average band in their career so far. From signing to a major label in 2013, touring the world for most of the year, to dealing with loved ones passing away, it has been a non-stop whirlwind for these lads. However, they've kept their heads on, and they are striving ahead with an incredibly positive outlook on their music, and their lives - something they hope they can inspire fans to do as well. They have an incredibly balanced perspective on all of the emotions that they've had to deal with, from pain and sorrow, to complete joy, understanding that in life, we need a bit of both. I got to chat with lead vocalist Ben Barlow [pictured above, centre] prior to their show in Calgary, where we talked about the band's triumphant new record, The Peace And The Panic.

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Interview: Sleeping With Sirens

Interview: Sleeping With Sirens

We all know that in this day and age, you can’t believe everything you read or hear. But, if you’ve heard any gossip about Sleeping With Sirens still relentlessly pushing themselves to make the best music that they can, I can assure you that it’s the truth. It’s hard to believe that the band has only been together for just 9 years. They already have five studio albums under their belt, and not to mention that all five are drastically different and evolved from one another. Sleeping With Sirens show no signs of stopping and still remain one of the best acts in the emo/post-hardcore/rock scene. I sat down with Kellin Quinn [lead vocals, pictured above, center], Justin Hills [bass, pictured above, right center] and Nick Martin [rhythm guitar, pictured above, left center] at the Black Lounge, just hours prior to their show in Calgary in February. We talked about their latest record, Gossip, the Olympics, the legacy they hope to leave behind - oh, and we even got talking about “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s. 

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Interview: Seaway

Interview: Seaway

We all need a vacation. Sometimes, it's an actual vacation with sun and sand, but other times? It's immersing yourself and getting lost in an album. Oakville pop-punk band Seaway provides the perfect escape with their most recent album, Vacation. Vacation is a stunning display of pop-punk, packed with nostalgic sounds reminiscent of bands like Weezer and Jimmy Eat World, as well as an originality that makes Seaway stand out. In November, the band toured with Silverstein, and I sat down with lead singer Ryan Locke [pictured above, centre] to talk about the latest record, Canadian music, as well as his memories of Warped Tour and his thoughts about it coming to an end. Check out the interview below the cut, and be sure to check Seaway out before they hit Calgary again next week with Neck Deep!

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Interview: Flogging Molly

Interview: Flogging Molly

Life is Good is both the name of Flogging Molly's latest album, as well as the mantra the band strives to live by. Flogging Molly has been a band for over 20 years, and first got their start playing at Molly Malone's in Los Angeles. Fast forward to 2017, the band has built an incredible fan base and name for themselves, as well continually touring and making their music be the best it can be. I caught up with bassist Nathen Maxwell prior to their sold-out show in Calgary in October, and we talked about the band's humble beginnings, the Celtic-punk genre, and how they've maintained their ambition even after all this time.

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Interview: Pierce The Veil

Interview: Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil have been on quite the ride since the release of their fourth studio album, Misadventures, which was released in 2016. Misadventures packed a fast-paced punch and rattled its way into the mainstream, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. Pierce The Veil have been touring in support of this record for the past year, and are currently on tour with Rise Against. I got to sit down with bassist Jaime Preciado (pictured above, middle right) and drummer Mike Fuentes (pictured above, left) a few hours prior to their show in Calgary to talk about the latest record, the growth of their band over the past 10 years, and the deeply personal relationship that they share with their fans.

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Interview: Against Me!

Interview: Against Me!

Through thick and thin, through line-up changes and Rolling Stone coming out stories, one thing has remained consistent throughout Against Me!'s 20-year long career - honest, insightful, fist-pumping punk rock music. Against Me! are hitting the road tomorrow, embarking on a month and a half long tour in support of their latest album, Shape Shift With Me. I caught up with bassist Inge Johannson (pictured above, middle left) about what he's looking forward to on the tour, as well as recording the record and Against Me!'s loyal fanbase.

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