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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Interview: Fitz and the Tantrums

Interview: Fitz and the Tantrums

Sometimes all you need is a bit of infectious indie pop to make your hands clap. Fitz and the Tantrums charmed the world in 2013 with their smash hit singles, "Out of My League," and "The Walker." In 2016, they dropped yet another hit, "HandClap," which has recently gone double platinum in Canada. I sat down with Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards) to talk about their latest album, touring with OneRepublic, and how the band is constantly evolving and staying relevant.

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Interview: Northlane

Interview: Northlane

2017 has been a big year for Northlane. The metalcore quintet from Sydney, Australia has been touring relentlessly in support of their fourth album, Mesmer, which was released in late March of this year. I spoke with lead vocalist Marcus Bridge prior to their show in Calgary about the experience and emotions that went into making an album that marks another chapter for Northlane.

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Interview: Fast Romantics

Interview: Fast Romantics

In times of adversity, it's incredibly easy for bands in this competitive industry to just give up and throw the towel in when things just aren't going well. In 2014, Fast Romantics could have easily taken that route when only Jeffery Lewis and Matt Angus were still left in the band. However, they persevered, and have come back stronger than ever. Under The Rockies got to talk with lead singer Matt Angus about their latest record, American Love, and what the process of writing and rebuilding the band had in shaping the album.

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