Posts tagged alt rock
FEST Feature Friday: Tea Leaf

Tea Leaf, the solo project of singer-songwriter Tom Lee, will be performing an acoustic set at FEST this November in Gainesville, FL. While Tom has performed at FEST in the past as part of the punk band Hora Douse, this will be the first year that he’ll be playing a solo set.

Tea Leaf’s new EP, Motions, was released on September 20th. Continue reading to stream the EP, and check out this week’s interview with Tom Lee where we talk about vulnerability in writing, performing as a solo artist, the FEST community, and more!

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FEST Feature Friday: Cold Wrecks

FEST is six weeks away, and we’re so excited to bring you this week’s Feature Friday interview with Cold Wrecks, an indie punk band that will making their way down to Gainesville, FL this November for the three day festival. In addition to having a packed lineup with new and old artists spanning from acoustic to hardcore / metal, FEST is a three day celebration of everything alternative, and includes stand up comedy as well as wresting!

Cold Wrecks is based out of Brooklyn, and is made up of vocalist / guitarist Mike Vizzi, guitarist Matan Uchen, bassist / vocalist Craig Shay, and drummer CJ Dunaieff. With New York City being known for churning out fast paced, authentic punk rock, Cold Wrecks capture that trademark, East Coast authenticity full force on their latest album, This Could Be Okay.

We chatted with Mike Vizzi about the importance of mental health in music, Brooklyn’s local music scene, and FEST essentials! Continue reading below to check it out.

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FEST Feature Friday: Protagonist

Punk rock five piece Protagonist will be performing at FEST this coming November. FEST, a three day music festival taking place in Gainesville, FL, has been happening annually since 2001, making this the 18th year of what can be best described as a punk rock family reunion. With the recent addition of both stand up comedy and wresting, this is a weekend for the books.

The band has released two new singles over the last few months, with the most recent, “Generation Lost,” having come out last Friday. The former, “The Killing Fields,” kicked off a series of re-worked tracks that the band had been holding onto for more than a decade! We had a chance to chat with vocalist Peter Marullo about revisiting unreleased material, his favorite FEST memories, and more! Continue reading to learn more about Protagonist and to stream “The Killing Fields.”

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FEST Feature Friday: Timeshares

For this week’s FEST Feature Friday, we’re happy to introduce you to Timeshares! This self-described post college rock band are from New York, and this November will mark one full decade of performing at FEST in Gainesville, FL. This three day music festival hosts bands and attendees from all around the world, starting in the afternoon and continuing into the early morning hours from Friday - Sunday, November 1st - 3rd.

We talked with Mike Natoli (bass / vocals) about FEST’s evolution over the past ten years, daily FEST essentials, what artists are on his “must see” list, and more! Continue reading to check out our interview and listen to Timeshares!

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FEST Feature Friday: Little Teeth

Happy Friday! We’re back again for our third installment of our FEST themed Feature Friday series. For this week’s interview, we chatted with Cory Call, the vocalist / guitarist of Munich based punk rock band Little Teeth. Continue reading to learn more about the band’s formation, favorite ways to enjoy music in a digital age, tips for first time FEST attendees, and more!

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FEST Feature Friday: Mike Llerena & The Nerve

If you’re a fan of punk rock and rock and roll, then you definitely don’t want to sleep on Mike Llerena & The Nerve. Hailing from Gainesville, this Florida three piece are part of FEST 18’s lineup for this November, and they’re sure to pack a punch. Continue reading to check out our interview with Mike where we talk about the band’s latest album, the FEST community, and more!

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Feature Friday: Luke Seymoup

It’s not uncommon for those who work in the music industry helping others achieve their goals to make some noise of their very own. Luke Seymoup, an Australian based artist, is doing just that. Luke has experience behind the scenes from working with the record label Whisk & Key, and is pursuing his own exciting endeavors.

Check out our interview with Luke where we cover everything from his next EP release, where he finds inspiration for his music, and his upcoming UK show. With much much new music coming out constantly, don’t sleep on Luke’s tunes - his creative personality allows him to create music that most, if not all, people can enjoy with his releases ranging from a ukulele EP, to a ska EP, and an assortment of mixed genre singles. If you live in London, check out Luke’s
first show overseas on June 30th!

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Feature Friday: As It Is

UK pop/punk group As It Is recently put out their third album, The Great Depression, and are currently on a tour supporting the album. The Great Depression follows three main characters through their journey with mental illness. While other bands have written a song or two about the topic, As It Is delves into each tiny crevice of mental illness and talks about it in a way that does not romanticize it, but rather brings light to a difficult subject.

We had the opportunity to interview lead vocalist Patty Walters and guitarist / vocalist Ben Langford-Biss before the show. Continue reading below to check out the interview where we talk about The Great Depression, touring the US, how the band has evolved over time, and more!

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Rebel Kicks // Interview

Stepping down into the lower level of Bowery Electric, I was impressed with how many fans filled the space. People chatted in groups eager to hear the band, as t-shirts were handed out. This was the band’s first performance under their new name, Rebel Kicks.

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