Vocalist Benj Squibbs of the South Wales based band The Calling Card took a moment to speak with me about the band, their music and their upcoming debut release. Their music can best be described as well-crafted pop-infused punk tunes with influences reminiscent of AFI, The Alkaline Trio and Good Charlotte. This is rock and roll the way it was meant to be; no pretenses, just straightforward and enjoyable. Here is what Squibbs had to say.

Let’s go North… WAY NORTH to the largest city in the North West Territories, Yellowknife. You’re now probably wondering why the hell I’m taking you up there? Well readers, let me tell you that this is the city where the drunkiest, most crunked and super-hammered band evre resides. I’m speaking of course about the Canadian punk quartet Booze Cruise!

They might have one of the strangest band names you have ever heard but don’t let that fool you because the French pop-punk/ metal band Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is no joke. I recently had a chance to speak with vocalist Bertrand Poncet before the bands gig in Richmond as part of the “Fearless Friends Tour”. I had no idea what to expect but I was more than impressed with what I saw and heard. These guys put on a high energy show that had everyone in the crowd furiously moving along…

The Wonder Years just celebrated their sixth anniversary as a band and in that time have already released three studio records and several EPs and split EPs with other artists. The group released its third record Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing in June to much critical and commercial success and are also one of the biggest featured bands on this summer’s edition of the Van’s Warped Tour.

New Jersey rockers Set It Free have just released their roaring, self-titled EP. While the disc contains only 5 tracks, they’re all high-energy, melodic tunes that are each quite good in their own right. Solid musicianship abounds, as does the ability to write fantastic, hook-driven, accessible music that most rock fans should really dig.

All Time Low’s major label debut, Dirty Work, may just be the one that pushes the band onto mainstream radio. The record is filled with catchy pop-punk choruses that will stay in your head for days. The first single “I Feel Like Dancing”, which was co-written by Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, is undoubtedly a summer party anthem that will make you want to get on your feet and start moving.