New Year New Interview: Frames

It’s time for another segment of “New Year New Interview.” Please welcome Frames to the blog! Enjoy the interview. Also, check out her Instagram – it’s awesome.

Band Name? 

Frames

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

I got into rock climbing with my best friend and now I’m substantial.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

I’m excited to track this full length and release it. I have been writing nonstop and these are my best songs yet.

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?

My first concert I think was with my church youth group. We went to see Chris Tomlin and I wore a Slipknot church and for some reason no one had a problem with it. First concert as a performer was with Twentythreenineteen and Sleep In.

Do you think that there’s an alternate reality? If so, what is the alternate you doing?Absolutely.

There are infinite parallel universes and in each one, only one thing is changed, and there are infinite more where everything is the complete opposite. In an alternate reality, I’m not depressed and I have a sick beard.

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

I think resolutions are great. If that’s what people need go have a fresh start, let them have it. Stop hating. My 2020 resolution is to stop living in the past and be more present. I have a problem with letting old memories ruin my day.

What have been the best musical holiday moments in your life?

In high school, I was in a show choir ensemble and we did a holiday medley. That was probably my peak singing and we had these really itchy knee length dresses that sounded like a track suit when we walked and I felt like THAT bitch when I had to wear it to school.

Favorite holiday song?

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve. I don’t know who it’s originally by but most of us know the rendition by Zoey Deschannel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. You can’t make me not sing that all year long.

Least favorite holiday song?

Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I don’t like being told to not cry or pout, that’s kind of my whole thing.

What do you want people to know about your music?

I want people to know that my music is the place for them to let their feelings flow, they can leave it all in the moments that they’re listening, so when the song is over they can move on with their life. Because that’s what I do when I’m writing the songs.

New Year New Interview: Pointless

Pointless on Spotify

Welcome to the latest “New Year New Interview” with Pointless of New Jersey. They have released new music this month so check them out on Spotify and YouTube. In the words of cool kids everywhere, they’re pretty dope. In the meantime, take a peek at their interview right here.

Band Name?

 Pointless

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

The release of our new song and video for “Half “Empty.”

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

Writing new music, playing shows

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?

First Union Center (1998?) to see Bruce Springsteen with my dad. As a performer, my first real show was at some cabin out in Tom’s River, NJ when I was a freshman in high school, playing in a skate thrash band called Digression. I did not play another show until I was 23 with Hot Trash.

Do you think that there’s an alternate reality? If so, what is the alternate you doing?

I think there are several alternative realities. In most of the them, the alternate me is still probably watching Seinfeld and playing music. But maybe in one of them I am an architect or a chef.

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

Nay. Shouldn’t take until the beginning of the year to start in on bettering yourself. Every day is a clean slate and a gift. Do the best you can. Do the most you can. And don’t be afraid.

What have been the best musical holiday moments in your life?

Hard to say. Personally, I feel “musically”, we tend to slow down around the holidays to be around our families and take a breather from the hustle of band life within our real lives, jobs, and other life commitments.

Favorite holiday song?

Dominick the donkey

Least favorite holiday song?

I guess maybe Alvin and chipmunks Christmas I could do without.

What do you want people to know about your music?

That it’s for everybody. We just want to be there, whether you need us or not. Music was always there for me/us. We want to be there for you. The songs, the words and feelings from them are real. When someone tells me a specific song of ours is helping them through something, there is no greater gift in the world than to hear that.

Pointless on Facebook

Meet and Greet: El Perro del Mar

El Perro del Mar. Photo credit: Martina Hoogland Ivanow

Who: El Perro del Mar of Sweden

What: All of the songs from El Perro del Mar seem to be lovely and sometimes heartbreaking. Her latest single is a cover of Burt Bacharach’s “Please Stay.”

Why: El Perro del Mar is quoted as saying, “It’s been on my mind for some time and when working on this album that’s all on dark matters I came to think about what would happen to the song if its original meaning of love and heartbreak was to be about death and the pleadings of having someone not die or return from the dead.”

Where:

Facebook

Twitter

Bandcamp

New Year New Interview: The JAB

In honor of the upcoming new year, enjoy the following New Year New Interview from The JAB of Chicago.

Photo Credit: Karen Rettig

Band Name?

 *The JAB (these questions are being answered by frontman Jam Alker)

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

Recording CONSUME with the band in Lexington, KY—working with these lads has made the band a tightly-run machine, and we’ve made a ridiculously great album.

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

Touring with The JAB and seeing how far CONSUME can take us

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?

As a fan, my first concert was Billy Idol when I was a kid. As a performer—the old high school talent show. I butchered “Tom Sawyer” by RUSH. Ughh, it was fucking horrible.

Do you think that there’s an alternate reality? If so, what is the alternate you doing?

If there is an alternate reality, the other me is probably still telling stories in some way, whether it’s through music or mind control. Probably mind control… oh, and I look like Spock in this other reality… and I have an English accent and I smoke an old-timey pipe.

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

Nah. Part of my trajectory is to always try to do my best, not just resolve to do it when the first of the year comes around.

What have been the best musical holiday moments in your life?

I really enjoy being able to use music as a way to give back. The holidays have been a great opportunity to play benefit concerts to help those less fortunate than me. That’s what I really enjoy about the holidays. Fuck consumerism. But have a happy holiday season! 😊👍

Favorite holiday song?

Otis Redding: “Merry Christmas, Baby” James Brown: “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto” Queen: “Thank God It’s Christmas” RUN DMC: “Christmas in Hollis”

Least favorite holiday song?

“The Christmas Song (Don’t Be Late)” by the Chipmunks. No offense to the Chipmunks, but those voices. No.

What do you want people to know about your music?

That it’s always coming from an authentic place. That it’s our truth and the truth isn’t always pretty. That’s it’s not a shiny thing that’s meant to distract, but instead, an imperfect, nuanced expression that is meant to make you feel more connected.

http://jamalker.com
www.facebook.com/TheJamAlkerBand

Meet and Greet: Insolace

Jaded on Apple Music

Who: Insolace of London

Guitar – Regan Wharton,
Bass – Sam Bryant,
Guitar – Conor Hyde,
Drums – Onyi Olisa,
Vocals – Millie Cook

What: They have a new single, “Jaded.” It is awesome! Do yourself a favor and listen to it. Put it on your to-do playlist. I’m adding them to every list that I have.

There isn’t a video for it yet. However, you can watch the video for “Calm.”

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/insolaceukband/

https://www.instagram.com/insolaceuk/

https://twitter.com/insolaceuk

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0mklpsLH9KK

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiRlSn-y

New Year New Interview: American Television

Welcome to the latest edition of “New Year New Interview” with American Television of Washington, DC. Guitarists Steve Rovery and Jerred Lazar will be answering a few New Years related questions.

American Television on Bandcamp

Band Name?

American Television

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

Steve: We played the biggest stage and room we’ve ever played in our lives opening for Less Than Jake. It was cool to share that milestone together.

Jerred: I think the return of Breakin’ Even Fest this year was huge as well. Getting to play with so many amazing bands and talented musicians was incredible. Selling out the first 2 nights was insane!

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

Steve: Releasing our new LP, Watch It Burn, on Wiretap Records, playing some new cities and making friends while we’re there.

Jerred: I’m definitely looking forward to putting that beautiful orange piece of wax on the turntable and taking it for a spin! It’s been quite a journey taking these songs from the depths of our minds to the grooves on a record. It’s been pretty wild.

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?

Steve: As a performer, I played my first show when I was 16 with ASOB in Long Island at a place called OLV. We were all kids so you’d never really know Jeff would go on the become “Jeff Rosenstock,” but he did… As a fan, my first concert was Oasis & Screaming Trees.

Jerred: Oh man, it’s judgment time hahaha… As a fan, my Dad took my best friend and I to see Boys II Men, Mary J Blige, and Montell Jordan when I was in 8th grade. My musical tastes have definitely evolved over the years! As a performer I played in the school talent show. It was a nu metal band. We were awful. Like I said, I’ve worked on refining my palette since my younger days!

Do you think that there’s an alternate reality? If so, what is the alternate you doing?

Steve: In an alternate reality I’d be making movies. I love the process of filming and editing and I feel like I learned that about myself 20 years too late.

Jerred: I like to think there are an infinite number of alternate realities where everything that can happen does and will. That being said, I’m just trying to survive the one I’m currently in!

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

Steve: Nay. Just live your best life.

Jerred: Nah. I’m totally comfortable with my imperfections!

What have been the best musical holiday moments in your life?

Steve: Just those quiet drives in fresh snow when it’s extra quiet and something real fitting comes on the radio and it just feels peaceful and cinematic.

Jerred: One year I went home to Ohio to visit family for the holidays. I grew up in a small town where there isn’t much to do. Luckily Micah Schnabel, a dear friend of mine who grew up in that same small town, played an acoustic set in the back room of one of the only bars in town. We don’t see each other very often and when we do it’s usually on the road but there were so many familiar faces in the room that night and he played some songs from “When The Stage Lights Go Dim” with an incredible violinist and it was just beautiful. That record will always hold a special place in my heart and the same goes for that night.

Favorite holiday song?

Steve: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Jerred: Christmas In Hollis by RUN DMC

Least favorite holiday song?

Steve: Oh Holy Night

Jerred: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

What do you want people to know about your music?

Steve: This band keeps us sane, it provides a creative outlet and stress relief for us. We may not get to play as many shows as bands that have been working at their craft for 6 years, but we give it our fucking all when we do.

Jerred: Ditto

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