Interview

An Interview With McCall

By Will Oliver, September 18th 2020

Photo by Lucy Blumenfield

McCall is a rising pop artist who creates hopeful sounding electronic themed pop songs that tackle some pretty heavy subject matter.

Today she releases her brand new EP On Self Loathing which features five songs that give you hope for the future of pop music.

We had the pleasure of chatting with McCall online about the new release, what it’s like to be an artist “on the rise”, what it was like to play clubs in Atlanta underage, and so much more.

Find our full discussion below, which has been edited and condensed for clarity.
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An Interview With Multimagic

By Will Oliver, September 14th 2020

Cincinnati’s Multimagic has finally released their debut album Manic Daze, an album that took a few years longer to release than we or the band’s Coran Stetter would have initially expected.

I met Coran years ago during a late-night showcase during CMJ where he told us he had a band that we would like. It’s the sort of thing you hear all the time but rarely is true. But upon hearing their music I was instantly sold with their infectious and joyous anthemic synth-pop sound and it helped, not to mention that they delivered a killer live show.
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An Interview With Cut Copy

By Will Oliver, August 20th 2020

Tomorrow Cut Copy return with their sixth studio album Freeze, Melt, (via Cutters Records/The Orchard.). It’s a record that provides a well-needed chill out after a never-ending summer that most of us would like to forget.

While the Australian band is typically known for their big-time displays of dance rock, they continue to shift gears on the new record, offering a much more retro-themed electronic soundscapes that continue to move the goalposts on what a new a Cut Copy album can be.

We had the honor to chat with the band’s lead singer and frontman Dan Whitford a little while ago about how the band is coping with this crazy year, how the new record came to be, what has surprised him from when the band first begun, and so much more.

Find our full discussion below.
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An Interview with Silverbacks

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2020

Dublin-based band Silverbacks have been around for a few years, emerging as the project of brothers Daniel and Kilian O’Kelly. They have really come into their own over the past few years, which has led to their debut album Fad, which was released on July 17th via Central Tones Records.

Earlier this month we spoke with Daniel about the process of getting to this point, their ability to juggle a wide array of sounds, and how his relationship with his brother impacted the band.

Enjoy our conversation with Silverbacks below.
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An Interview With Fontaines D.C.

By Will Oliver, July 30th 2020

Last year Fontaines D.C. released their debut album Dogrel, which went on to be our favorite album of the year. Here we are, barely a year later, and the band has already returned with their sophomore album A Hero’s Death. It’s a triumphant return that slaps the idea of the sophomore slump right in the face. The band returned with an effort that is not only as good as what came before (if not even better) but sees them re-shape their sound in ways fans may not be expecting.
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An Interview With DEHD

By Will Oliver, July 21st 2020

[Jason Balla, left]

On Friday Chicago trio DEHD returned with their third album Flower Of Devotion via Fire Talk Records. It’s a big sonic leap forward for the band who sounds as confident as ever, while still keeping their sound very much intact.

We had the chance to chat with DEHD’s Jason Balla about the sonic shift forward, the quick follow-up from their last record, his process with Emily Kempf, how they’re getting through this tough time, and much more.

Find our conversation with Jason Balla below.
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An Interview With The Beths

By Will Oliver, July 9th 2020

Tomorrow The Beths will release their sophomore album Jump Rope Gazers via Carpark Records. It was a tough task for the band to follow-up the whip-smart songwriting prowess and hooks found on their utterly terrific 2018 debut Future Me Hates Me. But they do just that and then some on the more than worthy follow-up that puts the dreaded sophomore slump right in its place.

While a more polished take of their infectious indie-pop that throws garage rock and tear-inducing ballads together resulting in a fully formed album that makes that next step forward sonically, while also maintaining what made us fall in love with them in the first place.
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An Interview With Courting

By Will Oliver, July 3rd 2020

Courting are an exciting rock and roll band out of Liverpool, who caught our attention in a big way in May with the release of their stunning new single “David Byrne’s Badside,” which has remained one of our favorite songs of the year ever since.

We had the chance to speak to frontman and lead singer Sean Murphy-O’Neill about the track, how they’re handling life under quarantine, if David Byrne himself has heard the song and what the future holds for them during such an uncertain time.
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An Interview With Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

By Will Oliver, June 17th 2020

Tom Russo of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Earlier this month Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever returned with their sophomore album Sideways to New Italy (via Sub Pop Records). It was one of our most anticipated records of 2020 and it’s safe to say that it found a way to exceed our unfairly high expectations and is one of the years very best.

A few weeks ago I had the honor and privilege of getting the time to ask singer/guitarist Tom Russo some questions about how he’s handling quarantine, what is was like releasing a new record during such a crazy time, if they experienced any pressure about matching a critically lauded debut album and their songwriting process at large.

You can find our chat in full below and please note that it has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.
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An Interview With The Murder Capital

By Will Oliver, March 6th 2020

Irish rockers The Murder Capital have been building quite a bit of momentum overseas both back at home in Ireland and in the U.K. as well. They released their debut album When I Have Fears last year to mass critical acclaim (it was one of our favorites of the year) and now it’s time for the band to have their moment here in the U.S., where they are about to embark on their first-ever North American tour.

Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with the band’s drummer Diarmuid Brennan over the phone, one day before they played their biggest hometown show to date. We talked about the early days of the band, their process, how they bring it live every night, and how grief helped shaped their debut album.

You can find our chat in full below and please note that it has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.
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