Tempe, Arizona band The Maine are not afraid to grow and transform. They’ve done the catchy-as-heck pop sound, the edgy alternative-rock sound, and with their latest EP, Imaginary Numbers, the band has stepped into acoustic balladry. So what can we expect next from these Warped Tour veterans? Would they ever consider re-signing to a major label? The Sound Alarm recently caught up with frontman John O’Callaghan to find out!
You might know Morgan Dorr and John Keefe best as members of Boys Like Girls. However, their new Americana/Folk project, BEST OF FRIENDS, proves their musical chops extend far beyond love drunk pop-punkers. The guys were kind enough to chat with us about the band’s unique formation, comparisons to The Lumineers, and whether we can expect a tour in the near future. Click the post title to read the full interview!
Caitlin Smith had the opportunity to catch up with Cartel vocalist/guitarist Will Pugh to discuss the band’s fourth studio album, Collider. Will explains the origin’s of the album’s name, the process of recording without the support of a record label, and the balancing act of pleasing long-time “Chroma” fans, while still exploring new musical territory. Check out the full interview (including fan-submitted questions) by clicking here.
Before You Exit first surfaced into the pop-punk scene a few years ago when they were asked to be one of the supporting acts on the My Small Package Tour where they quickly became All Time Low’s mini me’s. Many were impressed (including myself) with their talent at such a young age. Being only 14 and 15 they could command the crowd like a much more mature band and hold their own every night on such a big tour.
It is an all-too-familiar story line in the music industry. Trendy pop group with attractive lead vocalist has moderate success. Said group disbands. Singer starts up a pop/club solo project. Upon hearing that Chris Wallace, former front man of Epic/Sony Records band The White Tie Affair, would be releasing his debut solo album, Push Rewind, I couldn’t help but feel a little cynical. Was this yet another Timberlake-wannabe?
Ever wonder what The Downtown Fiction does everyday on tour? Or how long they would last in The Hunger Games? In this interview the now four-piece band talks about the new band members, their new EP, their favorite Mayday Parade songs and more. Check out the video interview and transcription here!
Kansas City quintet, The After Party are keeping the boy band generation alive and even though they are still a fairly new band, they are making waves. In this interview guitarist Andy Bell tells Caitlin Smith about how The After Party is different from other bands, touring with Allstar Weekend and Secondhand Serenade and about transitioning from a hardcore band to they poppy music they play now.
This Day Will Tell have just released a new song “Hopjacks” for streaming. This is the band’s first single off their forthcoming follow-up to Too True To Be Good. The lyric video is available on YouTube. This Day Will Tell’s new, self-titled album will be available later this summer in stores and online.
Former The Academy Is… front man William Beckett talks to Caitlin Smith about his new solo EP, Walk the Talk. They discuss his departure from Fueled By Ramen, his biggest fears when going solo, and he takes the time to answer a number of fan questions. Click the post title for the full audio interview and transcript.
There have been a number of rumors, as of late, spreading around the interwebs about Victory Records band, Close Your Eyes. To clear the air, we went straight to the source and hit up the band’s guitarist Brett Callaway. Check out the interview for Brett’s thoughts on the current status of the band, comparisons to A Day to Remember, and insights into their latest full-length album, Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts.
Fresh from their departure from Victory Records, Chicago-based pop-punk band The Audition has just self-released a brand new EP. Backed by a Kickstarter campaign which raised almost $3,000 over their goal amount and the support of their fans around the world, this rejuvenated veteran band is ready to take on “Chapter II” of their career. Get caught up on the band’s new beginnings.
Fun.’s sophomore installment, Some Nights, is classy. Glass of wine, fancy dress, Audrey Hepburn, classy. The album as a whole feels like a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical with its theatrics leading through an orchestral journey full of elaborate dance numbers, love, loss, youthful sing-a-longs and self-discovery; all starring YOU!
Orlando, Florida natives, Before You Exit, recently had the chance to sit down with Caitlin Smith on the Atlanta date of the All The Way Tour. See all of their silly antics, and find out what is like being so young and touring with bands such as Allstar Weekend and All Time Low. Click the post title to check out the video interview, full transcript and photo gallery!