Interviews

Interview: Caleb Shomo (BEARTOOTH)

Beartooth dominated the scene back in 2014 when their debut full-length Disgusting came out, shocking metalcore fans in mosh shorts with a unique brand of honesty that’s hard to dismiss. With their follow-up album Aggressive having just been released, and an Australian visit lined up for this August, Peyton Bernhardt spoke to mastermind Caleb Shomo about the importance of meaningful music and why Aussie crowds are the best he’s ever had. Hey Caleb, how are you going? I’m going pretty well. Having a barbeque, got a beer in my hand. That sounds good. Thanks for doing the interview for us today – I guess we’ll get straight into it. Your new album is called Aggressive. What are you aggressive about? I mean, a lot of things. There’s a lot of personal things that have happened, in childhood, and then a lot of situations going on in the world today. But there’s definitely a whole lot of things. Diving into the record helps clear it up a little bit. It’s hard to talk about it all. There’s a specific song titled ‘Rock Is Dead’, which I felt was a real change of pace for Beartooth. I was wondering if you could take me through what it’s about? ‘Rock Is Dead’ is just kind of a fun wave in the full band side of the record. It’s kind of like an over-the-top rock song, with crazy drums the whole time and outrageous guitar riffs and some shitty two string “breaking the strings” solo, quote unquote. Yeah, I don’t know. Basically, I grew up with rock and roll and that was kind... read more

Interview: Stefan Babcock (PUP)

Toronto punks PUP have just announced an Australian tour, and judging by their show in Melbourne having already sold out, this run is not one to sleep on. Following the release of their sophomore full-length The Dream Is Over, Peyton Bernhardt had a chat to frontman Stefan Babcock about what that dream actually is. Hey Stefan, thanks for doing the interview. No problem, thanks for calling. How’s it going? Good thank you! How are you doing? Pretty good, I got to spend all day outside, so I’m a happy guy right now. What were you doing outside? It’s a long weekend in Canada, so I was just camping all weekend and hiking and stuff. Just unwinding before we go on tour again, so it was nice. Speaking of touring, your new album just dropped. Prior to releasing, have you been playing the new stuff live? Yeah, we’ve played like three or four songs for a few months. We played a show where we just kind of played most of the songs to see how it would go, and it was a really fun experience. Do you get worried about fan reactions to the new material? Yeah, a little bit, but I mean you just kind of have to just … if people don’t know the songs, they’re probably not gonna react quite the same was as if they knew them. I’m not too worried. I mean, we’ve been playing the first record for so many years. It’s just exciting for us to be playing some new songs. So as much as we were nervous, I think it was more... read more

Interview: Dane Pulvirenti (OSAKA PUNCH)

Brisbane’s Osaka Punch are basically a modern day Incubus, with Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers and some heavier, modern riffs thrown in to the mix. If you haven’t heard their album, Voodoo Love Machine, then go rectify your life mistake and check it out NOW. It’s heavy, funky, weird and above all else, it’ fucking solid. It may also make for some nice listening music while you read this interview. Just sayin’. Osaka Punch’s drummer/attitude-bringer and Just Percussion drum instructor, Dane Pulvirenti, was kind enough to bro down with IPHYB before band practice recently. Here’s how it went down. With the upcoming Fall Of Troy and Closure In Moscow tour, I found that Osaka Punch is a pretty good fit for it. But with such an eclectic mix of styles, do you find you pull in a lot more listeners or that your music may put off many people? It’s a bit of both. With people nowadays, you can alienate them through genres. But that’s part of our game – to expect the unexpected. It does have a hindrance, but I also believe that it really works with booking us, as we can be on the bill with a funk band or a metal band. It can be a challenge, but I think it’s also our secret weapon. That’s a really cool way of looking at it. As you guys could easily play with someone like Totally Unicorn because of your humor and overall attitude, but you could also go and play with someone like Sydonia or Dead Letter Circus because of your actual music. That’s exactly... read more

Interview: Todd Jones (NAILS)

Nails is one of those bands that you either like, or you’re wrong. Their music is aggressive, uncompromising, and incredibly brutal, but without ever getting to the point where it would alienate the listener (relatively speaking at least). Their latest album, You Will Never Be One Of Us, is the product of a band who knows exactly what they want to be. They didn’t tone down the speeds so that they would be more radio friendly, they didn’t reduce the thematic to clichéd slogans and scene shout outs, and they haven’t tried to make the songs more complex or technical. They have taken the Nails sound to a zenith – and it’s a wonderful thing. From the moment the opening track, the eponymous ‘You Will Never Be One Of Us’, the music is unrelenting – when the speed or intensity is backed off the heaviness is stepped up. But nothing ever feels forced or even particularly predictable – the songwriting always feels organic. More impressive is the fact that they can have an album with songs ranging from under a minute, to a hell of a lot longer, but it never feels inconsistent. People tend to, unfairly, label Nails as a grindcore act, but they are more than that. They seamlessly flirt with punk and hardcore, power-violence, and death metal in ways that should appeal to fans of any and all of the genres. If I wasn’t clear, You Will Never Be One Of Us is a fucking great album, and right now it’s my favourite release for the year. I give this 10 out of 10. When it... read more

INTERVIEW: Rob Cavestany (Death Angel)

Bay Area thrashers Death Angel are set to release their epic eighth studio album, The Evil Divide, this Friday through Nuclear Blast Records, and we can confirm that like everything else they have done, it is an excellent piece of work. On the weekend, IPHYB were lucky enough to chat with their highly enthusiastic lead guitarist Rob Cavestany about the new album, expensive Australian cuisines, and their bus crash/break-up in 1990. We also made Cavestany go against his principle of only saying nice things to people, and talk about bands that he hates. When The Dream Calls For Blood came out, you described it to the press as the evil twin sister of Relentless Retribution. So what is The Evil Divide to those two albums mentioned? The Evil Divide is an evolution and departure from those two albums. Initially, it was going to be a Part 3, but the album went in its own direction, and there was no point in trying to force a connection, so we let it become its own monster, and I’m very happy it became that way. You worked with producer Jason Suecof from Audio Hammer Studios once again on this new album. What is it that brings you back to working with Suecof rather than looking at different options? I’d have to say it’s probably his sexy love-making skills [laughs]. Musically, that is. Seriously, though. We get along great, both personally and in a working relationship. Our co-producing team seems to be quite a fine match, and we figured we would be able to out-do what we had done before, because we’re used to it, and everything about our chemistry is on fire. So yeah,... read more

Interview: Chrigel Glazmann (ELUVEITIE)

Swiss folk-metal act, Eluveite shocked fans last Thursday with the announcement that three of their members (Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter, and Ivo Henzi) would be leaving the band, following their upcoming tour dates. IPHYB were lucky enough to get a chance to talk to frontman Chrigel Glanzmann about the split, their Australian tour, and their upcoming album. So you made a big announcement the other day, that three members of the band – Merlin, Anna, and Ivo – were all leaving. Can you give me a little backstory on how this came to pass? So it’s basically like we wrote in our official statement, we’ve been together for, like ten years now and we spend most of our lives together. For the last ten years we’ve been touring almost constantly and in such a long time you develop as a person, your ideas your perceptions, and that’s basically it. You just develop apart from each other and that brought it to that point of deciding to part ways. And at this very moment, just personally and emotionally it’s a very tough situation for everybody. Because like I said, we’re friends and we’ve spent most of our lives together for the last ten years, so it’s definitely a difficult situation to handle. But also looking forward to what the future holds for us. I think it’s the same everywhere, difficult situations like that, and challenging situations always offer me a chance, or you should use it as a change I guess, to evolve. And in that sense I’m curious, I’m looking forward to what the future holds for all of... read more

INTERVIEW: Klayton (Celldweller, Circle of Dust, Scandroid)

You know, no one has ever asked me, “What’s the best part about being a music journalist?” Is it hearing new music weeks before anyone else does? Getting up close and personal at concerts? Interacting with the IPHYB crew? That last one’s a joke. In my opinion, the best part about being a music journalist is getting to interact with artists, bands, and musicians, defying conventional wisdom that you’re not supposed to meet your heroes. Every encounter is exciting and informative and, most of all, honest. After a while, rock stars shake the image of larger-than-life figures and just become people, like you and I. So imagine how ecstatic I was to interview Klayton, one of my favorite musicians today. The sole driving force between electronic metal/drum and bass/dubstep outfit Celldweller, newly-revived 90’s industrial outfit Circle of Dust, and new wave revival outfit Scandroid, he’s had incredible success in the music industry both in front of and behind the mic. He’s gone over well at IPHYB, too; the last Celldweller album, End of an Empire, was given a 9/10 and bestowed with the “Best of IPHYB” label. Since releasing End Of An Empire in November, he has released instrumental and remix compilations of the album, composed the soundtrack for the videogame Killer Instinct: Season Three, dropped a surprise double album of unreleased remixes and tracks called Space & Time (Expansion), released the third volume in his Transmissions series of ambient and atmospheric experiments, released a Scandroid single called Pro-Bots & Robophobes, and re-released Circle of Dust’s first two albums, Circle of Dust and Brainchild, with additional content. His record... read more

Interview: CHERIE CURRIE

CHERIE CURRIE is a name commonly associated with Joan Jett, cherries, and Dakota Fanning. To explain it for the people in the back, she’s the badass former frontwoman of The Runaways, whose seminal single ‘Cherry Bomb’ probably still plays on that old jukebox at your local pub. Her autobiography was adapted into a film starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning a few years ago, if you’ve spent more time at the cinema than on your crawls. Peyton Bernhardt chatted with the rock legend to talk about her upcoming Australian tour, the death of David Bowie, and why she really, really hates The Voice. You’re heading out to Australian soon for a tour and the reaction has been hugely one of excitement. Do you get nervous about performing at this point? Not really! You know, I feel it’s such a blessing that I get this opportunity at 56 years old, to go to the one place that I’ve wanted to go to for 40 years. So I am just so full of excitement, I can’t wait to meet everybody – it’s gonna be great! It’s been credited in the media as a “make up” for The Runaways not making it here, but obviously you as an artist are more than just The Runaways. How do you want to be acknowledged? Oh, no, no, no, you can’t ask me that! Oh no. I’m just a chainsaw carver from the San Fernando Valley, really! Who happened to be in a great rock and roll band as a very young person. That’s really the truth [laughs]. I’ll let the webzines know. That’s just... read more

INTERVIEW: Jaime Preciado (Pierce The Veil)

In their ten years of existence, San Diego’s very own Pierce The Veil have established themselves as one of the big names in the alternative music scene, building a repertoire which has earned them the admiration of an immensely passionate and fiercely loyal fan base. On the eve of the release of their hotly anticipated brand new album Misadventures – the follow up to the their 2012 breakthrough release, Collide With The Sky – I spoke with bassist Jaime Preciado about the intricacies of their new album, the state of the music industry today, and what a decade in the industry has taught him. Hey there Jaime, how are we today? I’m going great man! It’s beautiful out here, the weather’s nice and I just got done jamming with the dudes. Fantastic! Now, Misadventures – first off, it’s a dope album. You guys worked again with Dan Korneff. What is it that really drew you guys to him initially and what about working with him drew you back? Man, we searched far and wide for someone like him. Like, we’ve worked with other producers in the past, and we found Dan after realising that he was the one behind some of our absolute favourite records, like a lot of records that actually sounded amazing sonically. We were trying to find the guy who was behind a lot of those albums, like Paramore’s Riot, and a few of the Mayday records that just sounded amazing. We’re searching for this guy and when we finally found him, we gave him a call, and he was just so excited about the project.... read more