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!
Paris, France pop-punk quintet Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! is proud to premiere their new video for “Captain Blood” today at this location. “Captain Blood” is featured on the band’s debut full-length ‘Something For Nothing’, available everywhere music is sold.
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…
Broadway Calls, a three-piece punk-rock band from the States, performed a sick set at Mavericks in Ottawa last week. They opened for Living With Lions and The Flatliners and along with The Arteries, really set the energy for the night. Amazing performance! Images via a Nikon D90, 14-24 mm f/2.8.
Chicago’s favorite pop-punks, Noise By Numbers, have premiered a new video created by bassist Rick Uncapher for “Disappointed” off their album ‘Over Leavitt’, which was released on Jump Start Records this past August. You can view the video HERE.
Candy Hearts have premiered a new song titled “Sleepy Kisses.” The track comes from the band’s sophomore full length ‘Everything’s Amazing And Nobody’s Happy’ – due out September 27th through Kind Of Like Records. Stream “Sleepy Kisses” below.
The Marxmallows also opened for The Riot Before in Ottawa on July 29th. They came all the way from France to share their music with the crowd, and definitely weren’t short of jokes to tell the audience throughout their set! Very entertaining band. Snagged the pics on a Nikon D90, 50mm f/1.8.
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.
The first few times I listened to this CD I couldn’t help but think of the pop-punk emo bands that were so popular when I was in high school, especially Taking Back Sunday. The album is full of heartbreak, loneliness and growing up.
Die Pretty lead vocalist and bassist Sarah Orloff is an up and coming rockstar from New York. Pulling double duty in a band, she needs a trustworthy bass so she can concentrate on her singing. Read on to see why the Fender Precision Lyte bass guitar is Sarah Orloff’s top choice.
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.
Die Pretty are a pop-punk band from New York that are ready to take over the world with their catchy tunes. I recently got the chance to ask vocalist and bassist Sarah Orloff a few questions about their history and her acting job in their music video “Medicated Nation”. Here’s how the conversation went.