Michael Barrios is in his San Diego bedroom, sitting by the window. His long-time partner, Daisy is beside him. Above her head are polaroid pictures tracing their four-year-long relationship. All of Barrios’ musical equipment is scattered across the floor, including his newest synth pad. There’s a disco ball above the bed. He’s a softly spoken, passionate man, and it’s been two years since his last interview.
It’s been three and a half years since the release of Barrios’ debut album under the No Hope Kids moniker, Our Time Apart. Next year will see the unconventional young artist make his return. With this upcoming release, he’s changing the name – although, he hasn’t gained much hope. Planning this currently unnamed new project (there are some cool album titles in play), returning to being in a long-distance relationship, and juggling full-time jobs with it all hasn’t been easy. But you can count on those experiences popping up throughout the album.
This past week I had the chance to chat with Aaron Gillespie of The Almost. During our conversation, the topics ranged from discussing his new album, Fear Caller, the lessons he’s learned growing up with his bandmates in Underoath, and gaining some perspective on what makes him such a brilliant musician and songwriter.
This past week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jade of Oso Oso, before he played a supporting set at the Fillmore Silver Spring near Washington, DC. In this interview, I asked Jade about how much he follows what others say about his music, the recording process he went through during the Basking in the Glow sessions, and how he continues to find inspiration as an artist. Throughout our chat, I got a glimpse into what makes Jade such a talented songwriter, and found our conversation to be a hell of a lot of fun too.
When Ra Ra Riot announced a headlining tour with several major cities and markets on their itinerary, I knew I had to reach out to set up an interview during their local stop to my market, in Washington, DC. I had always enjoyed the stylistics changes that the band had done from album to album, and the growth in lead singer Wes Miles could be heard easily when comparing their original sound, to what came out on their latest record Superbloom. The band graciously granted me an interview with bassist, Mat Santos, to discuss what went into the recording of the latest album as well as some insight on: the band’s formation, Wes’s vocal regimen, and the band’s plans for the future. The interview was conducted in the “green room” backstage at the 9:30 Club in DC, and I truly enjoyed the conversation that Mat and I had that evening.
A week out from the release of Jimmy Eat World’s 10th full-length studio album Surviving, I spoke with drummer Zach Lind about how the band makes albums now versus 10 or 20 years ago, working with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, crafting a setlist with 25 years of music to choose from, and ranking the band’s beloved discography.
Melbourne-based indie artist, Wolfjay is exhausted. The night before our meeting at Shortstop Donuts – one of artist and producer Jack Alexander’s beloved spots for coffee and a snack – they played at the inner-city venue, The Gasometer Hotel. It was one of those shows where, early on, everything seemed doomed. Luckily, the night turned out to be a success, mostly thanks to the decision of booking friends, dream-pop band Tamara And The Dreams and desert rock group Beau Lightning as support acts. Without music and Melbourne and Adelaide music scenes, respectively, blossoming friendships with Tamara or Eli of Beau Lightning wouldn’t exist.
Wolfjay is a difficult one to pin down. Listening to their latest EP, Together, out now on Sleep Well Records, they swing from laidback indie to jubilant pop in just three tracks. Teaming up with co-producer Hayden Jeffery once more, Wolfjay delivers a tantalizing cover of Julien Baker’s “Go Home.” Like many of our readers, “Go Home” turned into their go-to comfort song. It’s one of those moments that wasn’t supposed to happen. Wolfjay’s music, too diverse for genre boundaries, is “serious music for people who don’t take themselves too seriously,” softly and warmly spoken, their aim is to create art of cathartic release while acknowledging that “I’m on the same page as you.”
Convenient, Trash surprise released their third album, N*VY BLUE, last week through We’re Trying Records. I caught up with vocalist Logan Boyle to discuss N*VY BLUE a little bit – how the writing was different from the previous LPs, the various locales name-dropped throughout, and why the title’s censored. You can check that out below, and be sure to give N*VY BLUE a listen when you do.
“Where does my brain wander, and where does it party?” asks Kevin Tully of Telethon on “How Long Do I Let It Go For?,” the lead single from his band’s latest record Hard Pop. I caught up with Tully recently to figure out exactly where his brain wandered in the writing of Hard Pop. Our conversation ranged from the scrapped concept record that became Hard Pop, to the miseries of working in fast food. Check out the interview below while you listen along to Hard Pop, which is out now on Take This to Heart Records.
This past week, I was able to chat with I Am the Avalanche and The Movielife frontman, Vinnie Caruana, about his upcoming solo tour and new record Aging Frontman. The record will be released October 4th via Know Hope Records and pre-orders are currently live. In this interview, Vinnie shared his passion for songwriting and how he continues to motivate himself as an artist.
Today’s video interview is with The Pink Spiders.
The Pink Spiders hit it big in the mid 2000s, rocked the Warped Tour stage, and are back with their new album Mutations. They are currently on tour with The Dollyrots.
Today’s video interview is with Illiterate Light.
Illiterate Light is an indie rock band that hails from Virginia. The duo has been making music for about a decade now, and their latest track “Sometimes Love Takes So Long” comes out tomorrow.
Today’s video interview is with Wage War.
Wage War will be releasing their new album, Pressure, on August 30th via Fearless Records and yesterday they premiered a new song, “Me Against Myself.” Learn more about the band in this interview from the Warped Tour’s 25th Anniversary show in Atlantic City.
Today’s video interview is with Caamp.
Caamp is an Americana act on the rise with their recent release of By and By coming out last Friday. In this chat from the Firefly Festival, the band talks about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the music business.
Today’s video interview is with Grizfolk.
Grizfolk is a Swedish-American rock band that is making waves with their recent release Rarest of Birds. In this interview from the Firefly Festival the band talks about why music streaming is so dominant in 2019.
Today’s video interview is with Liily.
Liily are an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California. In this interview from Bonnaroo, the band talks about how the music scene is evolving and where it sees itself within it.
Today’s video interview is with The Starting Line.
The Starting Line are back and riding high on their Est. 1999 Tour. The band chats about their legacy at the 25th Anniversary of Vans Warped Tour in Atlantic City, NJ.
Today’s video interview is with Flora Cash.
Flora Cash is the stylish duo Shpresa Lleshaj and Cole Randall that are making indie-pop waves around the world. In this interview from the Firefly Festival, the couple talks about their partnership and why it works so well.
Today’s video interview is with Duddy of Dirty Heads.
Dirty Heads are about to release their new album Super Moon on August 9th, but just because the band recorded the album in Nashville, doesn’t mean the band has suddenly gone country. Dutty explains how recording live to tape in the music city created a unique vibe. Enjoy this interview at the East Coast 25th Anniversary of Vans Warped Tour.
Today’s video interview is with King Nun.
These British punk rockers just announced they will be joining The Struts on the band’s UK tour. In this interview from Bonnaroo, the duo talks about what influences their sound and much more.
Today’s video interview is with Deafheaven.
Heavy rock may not be what most attendees think of when they create their line-ups at Bonnaroo, but Deafheaven is definitely not a band to miss. These rockers talk about the evolution of the music scene and much more in this interview at Bonnaroo.