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Capitol Offense release punishing new single, “Captive”

Decatur, Illinois’ Capitol Offense have released a new song, titled “Captive,” featuring Bryan Prosser of The JïG. BRP is excited to offer an exclusive premiere of the music video for “Captive” below, filmed by EasterDaily (Errick Easterday).

The video features footage from live performances, including the band’s tour with War Prayer last month. “Captive” first enthralls listeners with shredding guitar, followed by fierce vocals, relentless bass, and blistering drums. Just when it can’t get any heavier, a piercing guitar solo takes over, leading into a crowd-killing breakdown.

Vocalist Tyler Brown explains: “Corruption and hatred are things that have played a huge role in this past political year and this song just tackles all my feelings, frustrations and distrust with everything that’s taking place around us right now. We got a chance to work with Errick Easterday (EasterDaily) for our video, and get one of my best friends Bryan Prosser from The JïG on a guest spot. We’ve been sitting on this song for sometime now, and we couldn’t be more stoked to finally get to show everyone a bit of what we’ve been working on these last few months.”

Capitol Offense will release two new songs on Moral Dissension, the band’s split with Bruise that is scheduled to drop in March 2017. Following the release, Capitol Offense will hit the road with Bruise for a Midwest run. More details to be released soon.

Check out the album art for Moral Dissension below.

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Capitol Offense was featured on “BRP’s Most Anticipated Music of 2017.” Check it out here.

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Written by Chelsea Scofield

Photos provided

BRP’s Most Anticipated Music of 2017: 50 Local Bands To Watch This Year

Throughout the Midwest, local and unsigned bands are working hard to make sure 2017 is their best year yet, filled with tours to uncharted territory, new music that’s sure to play on repeat, and goals they’re determined to crush along the way. BRP’s Chelsea Scofield, Kelsie Alonzo, and Lauren Van Houwe have interviewed 50 bands from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee to bring you the details regarding the plans of your favorite local bands. Check out what Bruise, Capitol Offense, Ghost Key, Kharma, New Heart, Nine Eyes, No Victory, Short Leash, War Prayer, Wicked Garden and more had to say below!

[Featured photo: Hanging Moon by Easterdaily]


Artorias // Hardcore // Quad Cities, IA
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’re planning on recording at least one demo this year, probably 3 or 4 songs, hopefully within the next month.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We’re routing/booking a tour down to Austin, Texas in March to do some showcases around SXSW. Later this month, we’re actually playing with Full of Hell in Des Moines, Iowa, which is really tight because that band has had so much influence on us. As far as fests, we’ve been asked about a few happening around the summer, but they haven’t been announced yet.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
We really want to tour the west coast and get something out on vinyl. None of us have ever pressed anything on vinyl, so I think that’s something we’re all really eager to do.
Anything else to add?
Thank you so much for interviewing us, and a special shout-out to the Taco Bell Dollar Menu and BABYMETAL, for without them we would surely perish. [CS]


“A special shout-out to the Taco Bell Dollar Menu and BABYMETAL, for without them we would surely perish.” — Artorias


Backpacks // Emo/Pop Punk // Mount Pleasant, MI
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We have two new songs featured on a compilation that is being released by Save Your Generation in the very near future. The compilation also includes songs from some of our best friends, and I believe there are talks of it getting pressed to vinyl. At the beginning of the year, we also finished recording a brand new EP with our pal Nick Diener at Oneder Studios in Saginaw, Michigan. We had a blast putting our brains (and our pedal boards) together and are very proud of the end product.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We have a brief east coast tour this spring that we’ll be announcing soon, and a few random things around the Midwest. It’s still early in the year, but the plan is to see more of the country and make more friends! I don’t know that we’re cool enough for festivals quite yet, but who knows? We’ll see what happens, I suppose.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Besides the obvious goals of putting out new music and touring, I think it’s really important (especially in the current state of things) to really take advantage of this small platform we’ve built over the last couple years. 2017 is going to be the year that we start giving back to our scene and to our community because without it, nothing that we’ve done or will do would be possible. While I don’t know that our actions could ever accurately express our gratitude, we might as well try.
Anything else to add?
We just want to extend a massive thank you to anyone and everyone that has been a part of our journey thus far. Despite how terrifying the world is right now, please know that your voice is important and you CAN make a difference. [CS]


Barricades // Melodic Hardcore // Muncie, IN // interview with Austin Glidden, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We just finished tracking a 4-song EP we’re releasing in February. All of the music on the EP was music from Inheritors, the old band name prior to me coming in. I changed the lyrics out of respect to the former vocalist and most of those songs are 2-4 years old. We’re currently writing and fine-tuning three new tracks that really show where we’re trying to go. These new songs will be on a split later this year, probably, maybe early 2018. We can’t say who we’re doing a split with yet, but we’re talking with an awesome band right now that we’re super pumped to work with! We’ve been writing like machines lately, so I’m sure there will be more updates about new music as we move through 2017.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We have an EP release show set for February 24th at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. It’s going to be so fun! Current lineup: Cold Shoulder (Toronto), Grave Friends (Cincinnati), and some TBA local support. If anyone has any festivals we can hop on, I’m sure we’d do it!
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
To grow and keep having fun! We play between Muncie and Indianapolis all the time, which is great! But we’re ready to move around a bit, too. Fort Wayne, Kokomo, more Cincinnati shows, Louisville, Detroit, Chicago even. We play because we love it, and any chance we get to share what we’ve created with more people is part of what makes this all so fun!
Anything else to add?
Follow us on Facebook (.com/Barricadestheband), Twitter (@BarricadesIN), Instagram (Barricades_IN), and Youtube to keep up with all things Barricades. We will be posting updates on all of this and more. We’d love to hang, so come out to a show and have some fun with us! [CS]


BITE // Hardcore // Bloomington, IL // interview with Chris Biggs, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We have a 2-track promo that we recorded with our good friend Derick Goodson of No Victory and that’s set to be released very soon. We hope to put it out on tape through some friends or ourselves.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We have a lot of badass shows coming up in the next few months. playing with some of our favorite Midwest bands and out of state homies like JOY, Revenge Season, Detriment, Incited and we have some shows coming up with Kharma and Bruise. We don’t have any plans for long tours right now but I’m sure we’ll do some short runs and weekenders around the Midwest.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
We as a band really just want to get out there. We’re still new and we feel like we have to keep grinding and pushing to get our name out. We have tons of support from our friends and other bands and we just want to travel and play cool shows with them. Being a new band from the Midwest, we really have to step our game up. Our scene is flooded with so many badass bands, SHOUT OUT TO: Kharma, Bruise, Capitol Offense, Backbone, No victory, The Truth, Great Minds, Purgatory, and we have to pay our dues.
Anything else to add?
There’s so much love that we have for all the homies and we just wanna play solid shows with all of our friends, travel to different states and meet new people. 2017 for BITE is a year of growth and that’s all we’re gonna keep doing. Be on the lookout for the promo and more news about shows we have coming up. This is our year and we’re excited to show everyone what’s in store. [KA]


Broadcast City // Metalcore // Indiana // interview with Ryan McJury, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
2017 is going to be a big year for Broadcast City. We’ve underwent several major changes since our last show since we went into the studio to start tracking Here After even, and we couldn’t be more stoked. Over the course of the last two years, we’ve written and re-written our set, fine tuning it along the way. Here After has allowed us to show the more edgy side of our music and going forward, we are taking a slightly different approach. We’ve been working on a lot of new material that follows the same general feel that we went with previously, but it is now allowing us to open up more musically. We’ve decided to make the change from a 5-piece (or 6-piece originally) to a 4-piece band. Ryan McJury will be doing most of the vocals which will allow the music to be much catchier and give it a slightly different vibe overall. Ryan Benedict will be doing all the ‘tougher’ parts, so no worries! We will still have our same tough side we have now, the music will just have much more singing than it used to. A lot of the feedback that we received was that everyone seemed to really dig the singing parts and it left them wanting more—we’ve got you! Additionally, Ryan Moore will be doing a lot of the harmonies and additional singing parts as well. We’ve grown tremendously over the last two years and we couldn’t be more stoked about the future.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We are looking to play as many shows as possible this year and are interested in tours as they become available. We want to get back out and support our local scene and all of our close friends. At this point, with undergoing changes and writing/recording Here After, we are long overdue to start playing shows again. Look for announcements on that very soon!
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
For 2017, we really just want to play as much as possible and focus on the music as a whole. We are incredibly excited for people to hear the product of what we’ve worked so long and hard on. We want to make a name for ourselves and make our mark on the scene.
Anything else to add?
We will be releasing physical copies of Here After very soon along with additional merch as well. I can’t give too many details on this yet, but be on the lookout!
  As a side note, we would just like thank you all for taking the time and supporting us throughout the last couple years and we hope to keep your continued support going further! [CS]


Bruise // Hardcore/Metal // Indiana // interview with Trae Roberts, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
I suppose what better time to go ahead and say it publicly than now: In the spring of 2017 we will be releasing a 4-song split with Capitol Offense from Illinois. Keep an eye out for a release date on that very soon. The songs are basically a whole new outlook on Bruise in comparison to Wrongful Death, and we are absolutely ecstatic to share them with everyone. After that, keep an eye out for a small release in the fall as well as a BIG release at the very beginning of 2018.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
I can’t say too much right now as far as details, but let’s just say we have tours booked and/or in the works for every month besides Febraury up until July. Currently, those will be with bands from Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and California. That’s all I’ll say. [Since this interview, Bruise have announced an east coast spring break tour with The Language.]
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
One main goal we have for ourselves is pretty simple: By the end of 2017, we want to have played 48 states in the U.S. (obviously excluding Hawaii and Alaska) and dip our toes into Canada a little as well. [LVH]


Capitol Offense // Hardcore // Decatur, IL // interview with Tyler Brown, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
So far for 2017, we have a music video/single that will be out at the start of February, a split with our good friends in Bruise titled “Moral Dissension” this spring, and a new EP toward the end of this year. This music is some of the best stuff I’ve ever been involved in making, and we can’t wait to get it out and share it with everyone.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
There isn’t a lot of details I can really let out as far as touring goes just yet, but we have some big plans for this year, and will be hitting a lot of new regions with some of our best friends.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
We plan on maturing in our sound, and releasing our best music possible, while touring to as many new cities and regions as we can manage.
Anything else to add?
Support The JïG, Bruise, War Prayer, Frustrated XXX (CA), Backroom Printshop, Short Leash, No Victory, New Heart Crew, Backbone, Kharma, Swing Low, Seeing Red, Artorias, Young Love (CA), Fortune’s Fool, Love Spell, Burdened, Wicked World, Lowered AD, By A Thread Print Co., X’d Up Hands, The Arkham Agency, JJ’s Bar And Grill, and if I forgot any of our friends bands, I’m sorry. Go to any show you can, and give as much support as possible to whatever local scene you find yourself a part of. [KA]


Chipped Teeth // Hardcore // Indianapolis, IN
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
New music is something we’ve talked about, but we’re just letting it happen naturally. We just put out a new record that we worked really hard on a few months ago. As far as new stuff, only time will tell.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
Touring is kind of out of the cards for us. We took a long break to figure some things out personally, and from here on we’re really looking at this as something fun to do because we all enjoy music. No endgame in mind. Nothing huge booked as of right now.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Overall for 2017: Have fun. Write something we’re proud of. Play shows we enjoy. All we want to do is have a good time. Other than that, we’re just gonna let everything fall into place as it’s supposed to. [LVH]


Concealer // Rock // Louisville, KY // interview with Alex Reyes, vocalist/guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
For early 2017 we have a split release coming out with some good friends from Louisville and have high hopes of releasing our second EP in the fall.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We have a 10-day Midwest tour we’ll be announcing very soon for February and are currently working out some details on two more for late spring and early summer. We haven’t been asked to play any festivals but with everything else, we’re certainly hoping to have a pretty busy year.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
As working musicians, our goal is to continue playing shows in different cities as much as possible. We hope to be invited to play more venues around the country. We ultimately wish to make a home of everywhere we go.
Anything else to add?
We’re extremely grateful for the support we’ve received in this first year alone. Thank you for making us feel like a band. [CS]


Continue The Story // Post-Rock/Alternative // Fort Wayne, IN // interview Christian Baer, vocalist/drummer
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We were very excited to release our sophomore EP, Contingency, back in fall of 2016. We spent the whole summer recording and perfecting it and we’re very pleased with how it turned out. As a follow up effort, we are releasing our first 4-song split with our friends in Tuesday Atlas (Fort Wayne Grunge). The release date for this split will be February 24 of this year, which we are anxiously awaiting. Past that, we have confirmed to do an additional 4-song split with We Love You! They are some of our closest friends, so the opportunity to collaborate with them is going to be incredible! That should be released sometime this May.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We followed the release of Contingency with a 6-date tour last fall. This was our second time touring. As much as we love getting on the road for a week at a time, 2017 will focus mainly on weekend runs, going out and playing regional shows for a long weekend. This will allow us to branch out to new cities and fans, while minimizing expenses and booking time. We believe this will allow us to play for more people than doing a single, annual tour. We do anticipate playing the Leilapalooza, not Lollapalooza [Laughs], festival in Battle Creek, Michigan this July. This would be our third time playing the festival, it’s just good vibes. The music is varied and any local and regional acts are encouraged to apply!
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
The goal for 2017 is to write our best music yet. The addition of Noah Mitchell on bass guitar last spring really propelled our writing into high gear. The material developed since has been our best to date. 2017 is the year of continuing that process. Other than that, we would like to expand our audience via weekend tours. Overall, have fun playing our music and lots of camping while on the road!
Anything else to add?
We aren’t afraid to travel to play shows, in fact, we enjoy it. We would love to make new connections with other artists, especially outside our immediate area. Bands coming through Fort Wayne should look us up, as we are happy to do show swaps. Other than that, follow Ian Skeans on Instagram, because his cats are really cute! [CS]


Counter Theory // Alternative // Valparaiso, IN // interview with T.J. Richmond, guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’re working on new music and will hopefully be able to start playing some new songs live soon. We’re hoping to record an acoustic EP before our next full band release, and we have a good amount of cover ideas in the works.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We’ve been getting a good amount of show opportunities this year already!  Most of the shows are at places we’ve never played too, so that’s a plus!  We’re also working on planning some type of tours.  And, we have a pretty cool show we can’t announce yet!
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our overall goal is to continue to meet more musicians and fans of music, and make friends with them.  Also, we want to share our music with more and more people.  We just want people to give local musicians a chance. [KA]


Cut The Tongue // Hardcore // Des Moines, IA // interview with Ryan Hadley, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We will be releasing our second EP entitled Harsh Times at the end of January. Some of the darkest and heaviest stuff we’ve written so far as a band. We’re very excited for everyone to hear it. We also hope to release a split EP sometime this year as well.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We plan on doing a small trek run sometime in the spring to early summer, playing places we haven’t been to yet, so it’ll be a lot of fun to reach out to a lot of people in different hardcore scenes and just going from there! We’re in the planning processes as we speak.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Release more new music and play a lot of places we haven’t been to before. I hope we accomplish a lot with the music we’ll be putting out. We hope a lot of people enjoy the music we’ll put out for them to jam.
Anything else to add?
Thanks for anyone who’s listened to us already. We’ll see you on the road soon! Listen to: Bruise, Capitol Offense, War Prayer, Short Leash, Backbone, Kharma, Wits End, Chain Of Command, More Weight, Love Spell, Artorias, and Submerged. [CS]


Decline // Straight Edge Hardcore // Chicago, IL // interview with Chad Rapper, drummer
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We just got done recording five new songs that we’re really stoked about. The plan right now is to find a label in the US that will put it out. We have a couple we’re talking to, so we’ll see what happens. A label from Europe called Ride & Hun re-packaged our demo and sold a lot of them out there and they already asked to put out the new material as a 7″ out there so once it’s fully mixed and mastered, they’ll be doing that.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
Right now, in terms of shows, we’re playing a bunch around Chicago but are also focusing on neighboring states too. One show we’re super stoked on will be at the beginning of April when we’ll be playing with the legendary Slapshot! That show is on April 2, and we’re also working on shows in Michigan on March 31, Grand Rapids on April 1, Chicago with Slapshot on April 2 and then Milwaukee on April 3. Also, later in the summer we plan to hit California for a week so we’re looking forward to that.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our overall goal is to get out there and play as many shows as we can and just continue trying to spread a positive message and continue loving this crazy thing we call hardcore. Lastly, lots of people get into straight edge and hardcore when they’re young, and with three of us in the band being married and a couple of us with kids, we want to also show people that being straight edge or being into hardcore doesn’t have to fade just because you’ve gotten older and started “adulting.” [CS]


“Lots of people get into straight edge and hardcore when they’re young, and with three of us in the band being married and a couple of us with kids, we want to also show people that being straight edge or being into hardcore doesn’t have to fade just because you’ve gotten older.” — Chad Rapper, Decline


Drained // Post-Hardcore // Peoria, IL // interview with Koby Ward, vocalist/guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We are releasing a 3-song demo in January that’s being recorded by Guthrie Moore, and we are in the middle of writing an EP that we plan to release some time in 2017.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
So far, we only have one weekend tour planned in March with our friends in Mended but we plan to add more tours under our belt this year. We have a couple shows we are really excited to play, Ghost Key’s record release in March in our hometown and Planes Mistaken For Stars in January, and we are playing AudioFeed music festival again in July and we really excited about that.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our overall goal for 2017 is to play as many out-of-state shows as possible. As far as accomplishments go, we just want to keep progressing as a band and keep making music we love.
Anything else to add?
We would also like to add that we wouldn’t make any progress if wasn’t for all the support we get at home and from our friends across the Midwest. [CS]


El Famous // Metal // Chicago, IL // interview with Kevin Singleton, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We are releasing a new album in the spring titled The Eulogy. The album touches on the topic of loss and how we have to learn how to cope and live again after traumatic loss.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
No tours or festivals yet. Our singer is expecting a baby boy in May and we will be taking this summer off so he can focus on being a father.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Just release this new album and play as many shows as we can given the situations our personal lives have happening.
Anything else to add?
Thank you for this, we look forward to releasing the album. Maybe you’d like to do a review? [KA]


Empty // Metal // Auburn, IN
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’ve been writing some new tunes to follow up our 2016 release, Of Calamity and Sorrow. We’ve begun experimenting with 7-string guitars, incorporating even more influences into our electric sound. We’re excited to continue the stories we wrote on Calamity. The characters we introduced still have a lot of stories to tell.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We’ve just started booking shows again after taking a couple months off. Nothing we can announce yet, but there’s some very cool shows lined up we’re excited about!
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our goal from day one has been to as creative as possible and to have as much fun as possible. We have several other musical projects we’re trying to get off the ground, and our guitarist has a baby boy due in June. So, Empty is just purely for fun. Always has been, always will be.
Anything else to add?
Check us out on Bandcamp: Emptyindiana.bandcamp.com. Thanks to all our friends and family who’ve supported us through the ups and downs. We love you all so much. Keep an eye out for us this year! [CS]


Gape // Glitter Grunge // Marion, IN // interview with Rudy Valdez, vocalist/guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
In 2017, we will be working on performing some of the newer songs that have pushed from beyond the depths and hopefully recording along the way too. After coming forward with our first EP Seduce me, I’m Nothing, we have decided to push forward with our brand of “glitter grunge” into the realm of the occult and dive into darker waters. We will be adding our doomy, and quite frankly, BDSM influenced undertones to the realities of evil and designing a handful of songs to hopefully bring the audience a little closer to us. It’s a strange but hopefully reward process that I think will appeal to the right amounts of listeners. Human nature, the taboo, and evil have become our muses.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We’ve been stumbling into the new year hoping for more open spots to present ourselves and meet as many people as we can. Our current dates will be February 4 in Marion, Indiana at The Green Room and February 25 at Be Here Now in Muncie, Indiana. We will be supporting our dear friends from Brooklyn (Scarboro), and March 12 at the Melody Inn in Indianapolis, Indiana with one of the most highly rated live bands from New York (Studeyed). We are definitely open to book throughout the year! As far as touring, we have not started any plans for it yet but are hopeful to find enough target audience and support to begin plans! Most of the bandmates (besides Rudy) have played festivals with their other bands but would we would most certainly be interested if ever presented the opportunity.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our overall goal this year is to be as present in the music community as any other band and truly connect with the vibrant musical communities all around us. It has been freeing to just share intimate moments with so many amazing new friends and looking forward to new friends to come. We hope to stay relevant all while keeping our emotions and music as accessible as possible for our supporters. We are always trying our best to support our fellow musicians as well!
Anything else to add?
This will be our second year as a full band together and we are so excited to experience more with you all. Planned Parenthood Forever! Stay informed and thank you Broken Record Press for reaching out to us. [CS]


Ghost Key // Hardcore // Peoria, IL // interview with Chris Bayless, guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
In just under a month from now, we release our debut full-length album If I Don’t Make It. In our opinion, we’ve improved our craft and really are putting out something we can be proud of. If you liked our first single “Indecision,” then be ready for more to come in the same vain.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We’re still planning out moves for the rest of the year but we’re currently gearing up for a full US tour with our friends in Silent Planet, Hail the Sun, and Dayseeker. We’re hitting almost every state in the country so if you’re reading this we’re probably ripping a gig near you!
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
This year, we just want to tour hard and hit new places we haven’t been as well as return to places we haven’t been in years. Overall just trying to share our music with new people and share our message for those that want to listen.
Anything else to add?
Our full-length If I Don’t Make It drops on February 17 via InVogue Records! Preorder at https://store.invoguerecords.com/collections/ghost-key and come see us on tour! [CS]


Gold Route // Detroit, MI // Pop Punk
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
2017 will be an important year for us. We finished our first full-length Prosper back in November and plan on releasing it along with a music video sometime around May. It’s been difficult to be patient and sit on these songs, but we’re proud and confident with everything that ended up on this record. We know the waiting will be worth it.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We just bought our first van yesterday and plan on playing in as many new places as possible. In May, we’ll be doing an east coast run with our friends in Tranquility and a run down South with Silver Age in June. Other than that, we try to play all over Michigan when possible—our home scene will always be important to us. On February 11, we’ll be playing the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan with Stories Untold, Narco Debut and some other friends.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
The overall goal is just to get our music to as many new ears as possible, and in turn get people out to shows. The energy of great shows are what keep us going.
Anything else to add?
Stoked to put out new music in 2017 and hope to see some new faces! [CS]


Great Minds // Hardcore // Nashville, TN
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We just put out our latest EP No Rules. Just Hell. on January 4, 2017. As for the rest of the year, we plan on releasing a full-length either late 2017 or early 2018. We just definitely want to take our time and invest all we have into this. It’s going to be mean and it’s going to be groovy.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We plan on heading back out on a tour in spring and we’re doing a little run in the summer. But until then, we have some single shows coming up. One of them is with our buds in Mara at Swayze’s in Marietta, Georgia with Wicked World. Both are sick bands so we’re definitely excited for that. We have a fest in mind up in Michigan in mid-November called Take Hold Fest so hopefully that goes through!
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our overall goal in 2017 is to put out our full-length, grow as individuals as well as bandmates, and tour as much as we can.
Anything else to add?
We just want to say thank you to everybody who listens to our music. Thank you to the people that have made hardcore the community that it is. Without hardcore and the genuine people we’ve met through it, we wouldn’t be the band we are, and we definitely wouldn’t be the people we are. So thank you to everybody that’s involved that has made this a place where we can be free. Also shout out to Nashville Hardcore for being our home and having such an awesome and welcoming scene. [CS]


“Without hardcore and the genuine people we’ve met through it, we wouldn’t be the band we are, and we definitely wouldn’t be the people we are.” — Great Minds


Hanging Moon // Hardcore // Nashville, TN
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We are writing music for a split that will be out this spring with a band that we can’t say yet.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
Earlier this month, we went on tour with The Language. We have started to book more things for after this but they’re all in the works, so we can’t say exactly what they are yet.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I guess our goals for 2017 would be to just tour and play a lot of places we haven’t before and try to have progressed and be at a much better spot by the end of the year than we are now.
Anything else to add?
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us in any way and thank you so much for thinking of us to feature in your piece! [CS]


Her Eyes Glazed Over // Deathcore // Gary, IN // interview with Aaron Nelson, bassist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’re heading in a heavier direction and deriving our sound from our main influences. We are planning on hitting the studio in the spring with some hopes of having a new CD out by summer or fall.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We have our eyes set on a couple big tours coming through the area, Angelmaker being our main goal. As far as festivals go, the 4th Annual Free Pizza Show in Detroit and some smaller local fests in Indiana is about it though.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Hopefully to have a completely new merch line out with new tee shirts, goodies, stickers and of course a new CD to boot.
Anything else to add?
Make sure to come see us at a show this year. We’ve matured a tremendous amount over the past year and are ready to show off the material. [KA]


Human After All // Emo/Post-Hardcore // Milwaukee, WI // interview with Joe Scheibl, guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We just finished recording an EP at ABG Studios, it should be out in a few months.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We plan on touring quite a bit this year, currently we are going out in late March with The Stoic Club from Louisville.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Release this EP plus another few songs, and just play as many shows as possible.
Anything else to add?
The new EP is not like our last one. It’s much more aggressive and dynamic. Don’t expect pop punk. [CS]


Invalidated // Hardcore/Metal // Hammond, IN // interview with William Pizzolato, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
Much, much, much heavier. We’re finally really locked in what we want to sound like, and with the addition of Adam Halfaker writing since he’s joined, I’m really excited to see what we’re gonna make.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We’re still talking about doing a run with The Cambion in March but who knows, stuff always comes up with us [Laughs]. As far as festivals, we’ve got nothing booked as of yet, but that’d be tight!
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Play more. Record more. Put out more. Tons of new people knowing who we are.
Anything else to add?
Drink beer. Listen to Gucci Mane. Smoke weed. [KA]


Jïg // Hardcore // Indianapolis, IN // interview with Bryan Prosser, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We just released an EP last month and we plan on releasing a split with Spirit of Youth from North Dakota hopefully early summer. Until then, check the new record, Zero Tolerance For Scene Politics, on the Dog Years Records’ Bandcamp.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We have a 4-day run with Souls in February and then we have a 2-week tour with our boys in Waste from Nashville coming up in March. Expect a summer tour with Capitol Offense as well.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
This year we wanna make it to the west coast and hopefully out of the country as well. We wanna spread our message of animal rights and political injustice as far as fucking possible.
Anything else to add?
Please remember that animal consumption is no longer a necessity. Consider going vegan or vegetarian and saving an animal’s life. Also, check out some of our friends in Capitol Offense, Bruise, Kharma, Bad Idols, Terminal Nation, and No Victory. [CS]


Kharma // Hardcore // Chicago, IL // interview with Brandon Santos, guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’re currently writing for a full-length to come at some point in 2017. Very excited with how this stuff is coming together.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We already have one tour planned that should be announced soon and are planning on setting more up. We’re on the pre-show for Midwest Blood Fest so we’re excited about that one.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Overall our goal for 2017 is to reach new people and keep grinding.
Anything else to add?
2017 is the year that IL/IN/WI hardcore takes over. No Victory, Kharma, Backbone, Infamy, Mal Intent, Bruise, and a bunch of other sick bands from the area are about to kick 2017’s ass. [KA]


Krelboyne // Post-Rock/Emo // Central Illinois
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
Our new album, Ghost Of An Empire, is coming out on February 3 via Error Records (CD and Digital) and Sonic Dust Records (Cassette).
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We are going on tour February 3 through February 14 to support our new release! One date we are especially looking forward to is February 10 in Cape May, New Jersey with our friends in Forever Losing Sleep.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
We want to play a bunch of shows to make sure people hear our new album. We want to write and record another full-length album. We want to buy a truckton of new gear.
Anything else to add?
If you’re selling any cool gear hit us up: krelboyne217@gmail.com[CS]


Lenore // Punk/Sludge // Northern Indiana // interview with Sven O’Donnell, drummer
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’re just under two weeks from releasing our new EP, Cognitive Behavior. We were yet again able to work with Bone at Threshold Studios out of Indianapolis, Indiana on it. It came out sounding pretty swell.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We’re trying to tour this year, whether it’s self-booked or with an agent. We’ve been in talks with a couple people. I guess you’ll have to wait and see.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Goals for 2017 are to keep playing out and travel of course. Basically like every other band. Getting picked up would be nice, but nobody is holding their breath. We’re always writing and doing something regardless.
Anything else to add?
Our new EP Cognitive Behavior comes out the January 27, 2017. The release show is at Smiths in Mishawaka, Indiana. It’s 21+ if you were wondering. Big thanks to yourself for taking this sweet interview on. Also big thanks to everyone helping us out with this release. Oh, and I cannot stress this enough: we will not be providing sour cream at the release show. I don’t know why it’s such a big deal! [KA]


LOWCOUNTRY // Northwest Indiana // Metal/Hardcore // interview with Bryan Vargas, guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’re currently working on a full-length album with the intention of releasing it this year. However, we will definitely have a new single released in the near future.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
Given that we’re writing the new album, we don’t have many shows booked. However, we’re playing Exotic Animal Petting Zoo’s reunion show February 17 at Big Shots in Valparaiso, Indiana. A couple of us toured with them in the past. They’re really good dudes and even better musicians.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our main focus for 2017 is to grow as a band. Recording and releasing our first full-length album is our top priority. Releasing that first single as soon as possible is a step in that direction. Also, we hope to branch out to our surrounding regions such as central Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Anything else to add?
We have both of our previous releases on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube—really anywhere you can stream or download music. Download it, stream it, share it, and follow us! Be on the lookout for new music and new merch as well! [KA]


Lume // Post-Grunge/Shoegaze // Chicago, IL // interview with Dylan Hulett, bassist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
The best way to talk about 2017 is to first discuss how we got here. The end of 2016 was rough for us, we lost three close friends while also having a bunch of personal life changes happen during the writing of these new songs. We will be heading to VuDu Studios in Long Island to team up with Mike Watts and bring the culmination of these experiences for our new record. We also just released a new Far Out session with Audiotree that features an unreleased song. Feel free to check that out if you get a chance.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We have a west coast tour lined up in March. We plan on stopping in Austin, TX to do some SXSW showcases along the way. We have money and connections saved up for a Europe tour in the fall (depending on how and when this record gets released). We have also submitted for some festivals that are happening later in the year, which we’re waiting to hear back on. We have been bunkered down writing this record for the past few months, so we plan on getting out and touring as much as possible this year.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
We hope to take this music project to the next level. We’ve been working super hard around the clock on writing these songs, self-booking and managing this band. A huge goal of ours is to share the new music with as many people as possible. We do not plan on giving up anytime soon, so this is just one more step towards us being able to create art full-time.
Anything else to add?
Thank you for being interested in what we do. There are some other friends of ours working hard to reach the same goal. Everyone should look into them if they have the time: Atsuko Chiba, Big Jesus, No Sun, Miserable, Au Revoir, Slow Mass, and many others that I cannot think of right now. Take care of yourself and the others around you, because you never know what could happen. [CS]


Miracle Drug // Punk/Hardcore // Louisville, KY // interview with Matt Wieder, guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We recently recorded six new songs with Will Allard from Xerxes at his studio, DotComplex. Look for an announcement soon about a release.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
It’s still pretty early in 2017, so we don’t have a lot of concrete information on upcoming shows, but we’re planning on playing doing a short east coast run and a whole bunch of regional shows. We played a This is Hardcore aftershow last year and I think the plan is to do that again and hopefully play the main festival as well.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
The overall goal for 2017 is to get these new songs out and play as much as we can. 2016 was an amazing year for us and we want to keep that momentum going.
Anything else to add?
Thank you for doing this interview and thanks to anyone and everyone that’s taken an interest in our band. We feel really lucky to be able to do this and we’re extremely grateful for every opportunity we have. [CS]


Monterrey // Post-Whatever // Northwest Indiana // interview with Erik Cruikshank, drummer
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We will be recording and EP in April at Southtown Studio with a great audio engineer and good friend Kyle Noonan. Our sophomore EP will be more realistic with bringing forward taboo subjects like mental health, suicide awareness and more struggles that we all deal with in our everyday lives as well. It will be an emotional experience that will hopefully resonate.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We will be going on an east coast tour in spring with a really awesome band from Alabama called West Means Home. In May, we’re planning on heading South. And as far as festivals go for this year, we will be playing MSMFest in Morristown, Indiana in June.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our goal for 2017 is just to tour and meet as many people as possible. We want to make an impact on as many people as we can. Even its it’s just one person that leaves that night after our set feeling that they aren’t alone, we will feel like we’ve done something right.
Anything else to add?
To anyone dealing with mental illness, anxiety or suicidal thoughts or attempts, just know you are not alone. Don’t hesitate to reach out for a helping hand or a listening ear. Something simple can make all the difference. Much love, Monterrey. [KA]


New Heart // Straight Edge Hardcore // Indianapolis, IN // interview with Matthew Green, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’ll have a new full-length record released this year. We’re a few tracks away from finishing the writing process. I’m very excited to share this new music. Easily the best, most lyrically potent music we’ve released.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We’re not yet allowed to share most details, but this will be a busy year for us. I can tell you that we’re playing Midwest Blood Fest in February, an east coast run in spring and a west coast run in summer.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Same as every year: share truth, play shows, make music and spend time with our friends and loved ones. [CS]


Nine Eyes // Hardcore/Metalcore // Louisville, KY
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’ve just released our third EP, Forever Isn’t Long Enough. It’s five tracks that we’re really proud of. We plan to enjoy playing it out and see what happens as far as our next release.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
The biggest part of our year is Midwest Blood Fest. We’re playing on Friday and looking forward to an insane time with our closest friends. With Isaac Hale playing in Knocked Loose, we have to play some things by ear, but we’re very excited for 2017.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our biggest goal for 2017 is complete, we released a record we are all very proud of. Moving forward, we’d love to play great shows with great bands and meet new people.
Anything else to add?
We’re super thankful for all the support we’ve received. We owe so much to our Midwest Blood family. 2017 sees the end of Expire, a band that has meant so much to us individually. We’ve very happy to get to see them again in our hometown on this last run. [CS]


No Dice // Pop Punk // Westerville, OH // interview with Travis Mollohan, vocalist/guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We are releasing a single in January and currently writing our sophomore EP. Not sure when the EP will be released, but hopefully sometime this year.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We’re trying to get out and stay out more consistently this year. Our first run is in early February with Heavy Things (InVogue Records’ new signee and great friends of ours). We have other tours in the works but nothing we can announce yet.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our goal for 2017 is to write the best record we can and try and gain some new fans and friends. We want to push as much new content as possible throughout the year and just stay as busy as we can.
Anything else to add?
Stay tuned for new music, and if we’re coming through your city this year come hang out! [CS]


No Victory // Hardcore // Gary, IN // interview with Patrick Goodson, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
Both bands [Bitter Thoughts & No Victory] are in the process of writing new material currently. No Victory has big plans for 2017 as well as Bitter Thoughts. We also have some new projects in the works. All I can say is the projects will be more intense than our past releases.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We have some cool stuff coming up. On January 12, No Victory will be playing with Regulate (Long Island), Krust (NJ) and Kharma (Chicago) in Gary, Indiana at our most recent venue and my personal favorite, The D. In February, Stone (WI), Detain (MI) and Death Rate (MI) will also be playing the same venue along with No Victory, The Truth (IN) and Kharma. We’re also really excited for Midwest Blood Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. No Victory will also be doing a 10-day west coast leg of Expire’s final tour with Homewrecker and Bent Life, so I’m super excited for that.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I hope to accomplish anything musically that all of us our satisfied with whether it be a split, demo, EP or full-length from any of my bands. 2017 will be the year of Northwest Indiana Hardcore and it’s already apparent.
Anything else to add?
I wanna give a shout out to any band that wants to travel to Northwest Indiana to play a show here. I also wanna give a shout out to the real Region Rats Emilio Rodriguez and my brother Derick Goodson for putting in a lot of hard work and doing so much for Indiana. Their hard work should never go unnoticed. Shout out to my brothers in SILVERHAMMER, LIFE AFTER DEATH, PENITENTIARY, STFU, COLD REIGN, KHARMA, BRUISE, INFERNO, MAL INTENT, BLACKWATER and everyone who comes out to Indiana Hardcore shows. Also, shout out to anyone who comes and takes pictures. A lot goes into that shit so try not to kick cameras out of people’s hands. [KA]


“2017 will be the year of Northwest Indiana Hardcore and it’s already apparent.” — Patrick Goodson, No Victory


Problem Of Pain // Hardcore // Michigan // interview with Jake Beaver, drummer/vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’ve been writing a new record that we are very proud of. We’re pushing the boundaries of our previous record and changing our sound a little bit. It is going to be something new for us and very refreshing for people to listen to. Expect a new sound and more progressive sound from us. Hopefully it will be out by the fall.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We have a few tours in the works right now although we can’t say what they are yet because they are still being wrapped up and unannounced. We are going out with some really cool bands. Also planning to hit all of the US this year, which was a goal we wanted to accomplish last year but it didn’t happen. We don’t really know for sure a lot of festivals we will be hitting but most likely we will be playing AudioFeed, a very awesome festival in Illinois that we have been apart of in the past and are excited to keep being apart of.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I would say our goal for 2017 is that we want to express ourselves in ways that are more in line with our own personal taste in things. Instead of doing what most bands do and follow the trends that come and go, we want to progress in our own way that separates us from most bands. We want to use music as an art form, but even more so than how we have been so far.
Anything else to add?
It’s early in the year and things are coming together, but keep your eyes on us because we will be making some cool announcements regarding the band, tours, and new music. We are very excited for what is to come. And I personally have been very excited for what we are going to become with our new album. Thanks for the interview! [CS]


“Instead of doing what most bands do and follow the trends that come and go, we want to progress in our own way that separates us from most bands.” — Jake Beaver, Problem of Pain


Rebuild & Rebound // Pop Punk // Northwest Indiana // interview with Christian Danner, guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We released two music videos late last year and plan to shoot a final one very soon that we plan to put together as a 3-song concept EP named The Afterparty at the moment. Currently, we have about 7-9 songs that are almost written but not recorded that we are kind of sitting on at the second waiting for a more appropriate release.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We are embarking on a small tour on January 15 with our friends in Skylines, also from the Chicagoland area out to the east coast and back. As for other shows, we have some ideas and tours in mind but nothing serious at the moment.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
As generic as it sounds, we hope to really put in the work this year, hitting the road as much as possible, branching out our social media reach and overall fan interaction. The ultimate goal is to get the genuine attention and interest of a label and partner up to help us do what we already do, but just on a bigger scale. [KA]


Riot Shield // Punk ‘n’ Roll // Terre Haute, IN // interview with Jacob Osborn, drummer
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’re planning on releasing a new EP later in the year. We have a few songs written already, but right now our main focus is playing more.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We just finished up booking a tour for February. We’re making a big circle from Indiana to Michigan, then Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, then back home again in Indiana. Really excited for all of those dates, especially the final show in Indianapolis. We’re also playing MSMFest this year.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our overall goal is to play a lot more and to new people. We want to make a lot more new friends and see places we haven’t seen.
Anything else to add?
Fuck Donald Trump. [CS]


Short Leash // Hardcore/Punk // Michigan // interview with Joe Plonkey, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
Nothing is majorly set in stone on when we are going to release new music, or necessarily how we are going to release it, but we should have new music sooner than later. We’re shooting for 4-6 songs. It’s all in the beginning stages and we want to make sure our next release shows our full potential. However, we have been writing and are extremely excited to show everyone! So it should be mid-year you’ll be hearing more from us!
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We have big plans for 2017 especially earlier on. We’re touring with some old friends and some new friends we have recently met. I can’t give exact details on locations next but so far we are looking at revisiting some Canadian spots as well as venturing into southern US. And of course, the MWB. As far as festivals, nothing has been confirmed but we love the festival environment and hope to visit some along the way of traveling!
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our overall goal for 2017 is simply giving it our all. I’ve never been so happy with the line up we have currently, and our only intentions are to work out asses off and make some friends while seeing the world. That’s not only our goal for 2017, that is the goal for the entire existence of this band, we don’t take the relationships of people that go out of their way to support some dorks from Michigan lightly.
Anything else to add?
Just to keep supporting your hometown. It’s very hard to explain without sounding corny, but even simple feedback goes a long way. Don’t be afraid to branch out and invite someone that has never experienced a hardcore show before. It could change their world. [CS]


Don’t be afraid to branch out and invite someone that has never experienced a hardcore show before. It could change their world. — Joe Plonkey, Short Leash


Stoleaway // Melodic Hardcore/Metalcore // Crown Point, IN // interview with Mike Klein, guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
2017 is an exciting year for Stoleaway as far as new music goes. We started our band in 2013 and have since released one demo and three EPs and are now planning to release our first full-length. It is definitely a challenge as we are releasing it ourselves but we are really happy to be putting out a longer release. The songs we are working on are the first batch that we have a full band contributing ideas for instead of just Mike writing the music and Steve doing the vocals. The songs are a blend of old and new influences and sounds, as we are trying to make music that we want to play and listen to, while setting ourselves aside from some of the other clichés that this genre is associated with.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We are going to play everywhere and anywhere we can. We are hoping to expand to new audiences and playing in front of anyone who is willing to give us their time and attention.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
In 2017, we hope to put out the best record we possibly can while playing as many shows as possible. We want to spread our music out to anyone who has never heard us before. While we have been putting music out for a few years, we are still a newer band and not many people have heard our music. We are really proud of our songs and we love playing shows, writing and recording music. Our overall goal is to keep doing what we love and sharing it with more people than before.
Anything else to add?
We want to add that for those who don’t know, Stoleaway began in 2013 just Steve and Mil writing and recording songs with our friend Andrew. We struggled to find band members until 2016 when Mike and Quade from R&R as well as our friend Jake Anderson were interested in playing with us. We are so happy to be playing shows and recording more music. We could’ve have done it without them or CJ Rayson, who has recorded all of our EPs. We are into a lot of different kinds of music so instead of just playing what is popular or trending in heavy music, we try to bring all of our influences to the table to make songs that we want to hear but no one is putting out at this time. Hardcore isn’t a sound or an image to us, but a way of doing things and we work really hard and are very passionate about our band. We love what we do and are so grateful for all the positive feedback and support we have been given thus far. [KA]


Stop.drop.rewind // Progressive/Powerpop // Valparaiso, IN // interview with Kris Lohn, vocalist/bassist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’re currently writing music for a full-length album we intend to release some time this year. There’s not much more I can say specifically about it since we’re still in the middle of the songwriting process, but what we have so far is very exciting. We’re pushing our musical boundaries a bit more than we have in the past, really trying to grow as players while simultaneously writing music that is meaningful, catchy, and fun to listen to. Check back in a few months when we’ve finished writing and I’ll be able to tell you much more about it.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We’re always trying to spend as much time on the road as possible, but don’t have anything official on the books at this time. However, we just booked a show that we’re all personally very excited about. We’ve just confirmed that on March 5, we’ll be opening for Secondhand Serenade, Hawthorne Heights (acoustic), and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (acoustic) at Big Shots in Portage, Indiana. We’re a bunch of old emo guys, so you can imagine how much fun this is going to be for us.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?Specifically, we want to release a full-length in 2017 that represents each of us individually and showcases our unique musical voices, but remains cohesive and stays true to the sound that we’ve cultivated over the past however-many years. We’ll also be shoring up our live show, which comes with writing new music since we’ll have to find a place for it in our set. Mostly though, in 2017 we’ll be focusing on reaching the biggest audience possible, whether that means touring extensively or rebranding our social media presence or partnering with promoters and publicists to maximize our efforts, we’ll be doing whatever it takes to get our new music into as many ears as we can. [KA]


Street Sense // Pop Punk/Emo // Louisville, KY // interview with David Bowles, guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’ve started to take a very different approach to songwriting. Our process is slowly becoming more meticulous and thorough, instead of playing the normal 4-chord intro/verse/chorus type thing. We’ve tried to expand on more off the wall ideas and work on blending and ambience while still maintaining that alt-rock sorta feel—it’s been interesting. We’ve also added a new vocalist, Kyle Goffinet, he’s really brought a lot more to the table then we bargained for in the way of expanding the spectrum of music we can write. Expect something very different, very organic, something every member of the band has put their two cents into.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
2017 is starting off slow for us, solely so we can finish up this EP we’ve been compiling. We have a show coming up with Brigades, Silver Lining, The Weekend Classic and a bunch of other sick bands on February 21, but as of right now that’s about it. We have to put our focus on rebuilding what we started. But I guarantee come summer/fall 2017 you’ll hear a lot more from us. I just can’t say anything too soon.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Like I said before, we have plans for the end of the year. A lot of things are being talked about. A lot of things have a really, really high probability of happening. A lot of things are up in the air. What I can say is the new stuff we’ll be releasing will be a different side of us, and it’ll be interesting to see where we end up by the end of it. My main goal is to find what works. As an unknown act, from a national standpoint, you know you’re going to face some trial and error. So who knows?
Anything else to add?
Pineapple doesn’t go on pizza. Have a good day. [CS]


Surrenderson // Emo // Illinois // interview with Justin Pankiewicz, guitarist/vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
The new music we’ve been working on has been sat on since the end of 2015, some of it a little newer though. Our new members have also changed around some original ideas and created their own new parts for the old tracks, molding them into what we hope to share with everybody very soon.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
As of right now, there are no concrete details we can share unfortunately, but if you’re in the Midwest, you can probably be on the lookout for us in both March and the summer sometime.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Number one priority for 2017 is to rock and roll, and we want people to do the same. Also, we hope to get back on track as a full band as well as to start touring our way a little farther out west.
Anything else to add?
Be good people, do good things. [CS]


Through N Through // Hardcore // Chicago, IL // interview with Ruben Garza, vocalist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
Our new EP, Give Me Hate is going to be released in the middle of February and a song will be released at the end of January. This EP is a lot heavier and darker than anything we have released so far. We listen to all styles of hardcore, punk and metal and feel we were influenced by the more heavier stuff this time and wrote our own style of hardcore.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
As of right now, our first show of the year will be in Puerto Rico with Turncoat, Down In Terror, Bad Choices and Sentenced To Fight We are so excited to be playing a different country, that show will be February 18. On March 26 we will be on Tough Love Day 2 in Upland Southern California with a lot of great hardcore bands. Right now, arrangements are being made for an east coast tour with Delinquents and Wits End but all that is just in talks.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our goal is to have a lot fun playing music and taking over the world! We are all trying to get out there and see new places and explore new stages.
Anything else to add?
Shout out to anyone who has supported us and has made us feel at home. Anyone who listens to what we do and sings along with us. Hardcore es Familia. [KA]


The Truth // Hardcore // Gary, IN
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We plan on releasing a couple more songs that will be on our full-length that we are in the process of writing right now. We have been pretty busy with work, our families and just life in general so we don’t have a set time that we will be releasing the full-length but it will definitely be in 2017.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
No tours planned currently because of work schedules—it’s hard for us to tour. We are playing Tough Love Fest in March in California.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our goals for 2017 are to finish writing and record our full-length and to play a lot of out-of-state shows. [KA]


War Prayer // Hardcore // Minneapolis, MN
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’ve been writing a ton lately and have a lot of exciting things coming up. We can’t really talk specifics yet, but we are hitting the studio very soon.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
After the west coast run that we’re on ends, we don’t have anything set in stone for the year, but we have been talking and 2017 is going to be a busy year for us and we’re extremely excited for it.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Write as much as we can and tour as much as possible.
Anything else to add?
Be on the lookout for some announcements from us soon. [CS]


Waste // Hardcore // Nashville, TN // Ben Boyte, vocalist & Jackson Lord, guitarist
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We’re recording and releasing a new EP called Pack Mentality this spring. We are very excited to share these songs with everyone. We have plenty to say, and we’re going to say it loud.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
In March, we’re hitting the road with our friends in The Jïg from Louisville and Headrush from Columbus. We’re covering the South as well as a couple states out West, but by the end of the year we plan on hitting everywhere in the lower 48.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
In 2017 we will write more music, tour, and play as many shows as possible. Also, we will print sweatpants as merch.
Anything else to add?
There are a few things we want everyone to know. The man is not our friend. The world is not our friend. If we are wrong, we don’t care. Support Hanging Moon, Debris, On Point, Great Minds, and Headrush. [CS]


Weathered // Alternative Rock/Emo // Minnesota
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We have a 4-way split, an EP, and a full-length in the works! Our EP will be released early 2017, and our 4-way split will be out later in 2017. We will take our full-length to the studio at the end of the year.
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We will be on a short 5-day outing at the end of January. We have plans for extensive touring later this year, but we are still working some of the details out!
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our goal is to continue making music and being on tour, doing what we love! We are focused on taking the next step as a band, and pursuing stronger connections with other bands, listeners, and friends.
Anything else to add?
It took some patience to go through 2016 without a release, but we wanted to be sure that what we release is the best version of our work. We have a lot of plans for 2017 and we are excited for what’s to come! [CS]


Wicked Garden // Hardcore Punk // Louisville, KY
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What details can you share about new music in 2017?
We just put out our demo a few weeks ago which you can find on Spotify (thank you Ryan from No Luck Records) and on our Bandcamp for free (wgband.bandcamp.com). We already got some new songs in the works, hopefully we’ll have some new tunes out before the year’s over
What upcoming tours or exciting shows do you have planned? Playing any festivals this year?
We don’t have any tours planned out yet but we’re gonna try to work something out real soon. Keep your ears peeled, or open, whatever works. Actually we’re about to play Midwest Blood Fest on Saturday, February 4 which will be awesome like it is every year. Then after that, we’ll be playing with Nothing and Pleasures Of The Flesh on March 3 at Haymarket Whiskey Bar in Louisville. Check both of those bands out if you haven’t yet.
What is your overall goal for 2017? What do you hope to accomplish this year?
Our overall goal is to write more music and play more shows with more amazing bands. Like I mentioned earlier, we’re really going to try and release more music soon, hopefully very soon.
Anything else to add?
Peep all the new releases that are coming out of Louisville in 2017: Knocked Loose, White Reaper, Miracle Drug, Nine Eyes, Anwar Sadat and many more. You the man, Greg. [CS]


Written by Chelsea Scofield, Kelsie Alonzo, Lauren Van Houwe

Photo cred: Errick Easterday (Easterdaily), Kaytlin Dargen, Kyle Bergfors (K.B. Imaging), Kelsie Alonzo, Brian Santostefano, Gabriel Barajas, Peter Flynn, Truong Lam, Rich Weinberger, Skipp Zhang, and Nick Brock.

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BRP’s Most Anticipated Music of 2016: 50 local bands to watch out for this year

All across the Midwest, local bands of many genres are working hard to make sure 2016 will be a memorable year filled with exciting tours, fresh new music, and goals they’re determined to accomplish. BRP’s Chelsea Scofield, Kelsie Lunsford and Lauren Van Houwe have interviewed 50 bands from Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana to bring you the details regarding the plans of your favorite local bands. Check out what Church Tongue, Ghost Key, No Victory, Drowning, Everyone Leaves, Lowered A.D., Safe House, The Day After, The Cambion, We Love You and much more had to say below!

[Featured photo by Easterdaily]


 

 

Alex & The XOs (Normal, IL) Indie Pop/Alternative

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Interview with Alexandra Fisher:
What new music can we expect from you this year?
We will be releasing a music video to the song “Barricade” from our most recent self-titled LP. It’ll be footage of what we ate during our three week West Coast tour and also from our three week East Coast tour. We’re currently compiling footage! It should be released within the next two months. There will probably be a second music video made to another single that we have yet to figure out. We’re hoping to get some feedback from fans to which song would be good for a video. Also, we’ll release an EP later this year!
What tours are planned for this year?
We will also be doing mini regional tours, one or two long weekends per month starting in April, along with a likely southern tour in summer/fall of 2016! [LVH]


 

 

Among The Brave (Peru, IN) Metal

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Interview with Evan Dillon:
Is the band releasing new music this year? If so, what details can you share?
We do plan on releasing an EP this year with all new material on it. We will have a single to release before the release of the EP and more than likely another music video to accompany one of the tracks on it. We have some material written and we are working on getting everything nice and tight before we decide on a recording date. The material we’ve worked on thus far is turning in a faster, heavier and more technical direction compared to our older music. Lyrically, we hope to show our insight on the struggle of the common man. People that work themselves to the bone and have very little to show while others live comfortably with no insight on what it actually takes to make it day by day in our world. We hope that we can have a release later in 2016.
Are you planning on touring this year? If so, when, where, with who? Visiting anywhere new or targeting any specific regions of the US?
We have no plans set in stone as of now for touring. We would love to get out on the road at some point this year. We are focusing very hard though on trying to play in the four surrounding states: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois.
What’s your overall goal of 2016? Something you’d like to accomplish as a band?
Our overall goal is to continue playing as many shows as we possibly can and to continue to better ourselves as musicians. We hope to solidify ourselves as one of the many great bands in the Indiana music scene. [CS]


 

Ashland (Central Illinois) Rock

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Interview with Aaron Wood:
What new music can we expect from you this year?
We are currently set to work on a record with Matt Amelung at Encapsulated Studios in February. Musically, we’re continuing where we left off with our previous release, Interim, but trying to push genre boundaries and create something new and exciting without alienating our fanbase by creating something that sounds entirely different from anything we’ve done before. It’s being written as we speak, so there aren’t a lot of details we can share, but we expect it to be out in the summer or early fall! To go along with the record, we will do a few music videos, most likely releasing one with a single a few weeks before the record drops. As for any band, doing a new record is always a stressful and exciting time so we’ll see where this goes!
What tours are planned for this year?
We’ll certainly continue trying to play every weekend as we have always done, but it would definitely be great to do some more extensive touring this year if we can!
What’s the band’s overall goal for 2016?
Our goals remain the same: Create good music, have fun, put on a great show and meet as many people as we can along the way! [LVH]


 

As Monuments Fall (Bradley, IL) Metalcore/Post-Hardcore

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Interview with Sean Nelson:
Is your band releasing any new music this year?
We are actually coming up quickly on the release date of our debut full length titled Dark Days Ahead. It will be released February 12 on all digital outlets and physical copies as ordered.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where you are touring?
We definitely have some upcoming tours this year! The first one begins February 24 and ends on March 11. We are hitting most of the East Coast on this one. As of right now, the cities we are playing are: New Albany, IN; Chicago, IL; New Baltimore, MI; Warren, MI; Toledo, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Providence, RI; Long Island, NY; Baltimore, MD; Murfreesboro, NC; Tampa, FL; Atlanta, GA; Memphis, TN and Lansing, MI. Our west coast summer tour is in the booking process and will be announced at a later date. Finally, we will most likely head out towards the end of the year for one more run of dates! As for who’s heading out with us, it has not been 100 percent determined yet be we will be hearing back within the next few days with those details!
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
Our big focus is getting our music out to as many people as we can, and hitting the road to meet all the amazing fans we have acquired over the past year of recording. Their patience means a lot and now we want to be able to meet these people who have stuck around as well as all the new fans who may come to our shows! Also, we are hoping to make a few music videos and record our “Punk Goes Pop” cover. [KL]


 

Chipped Teeth (Indianapolis, IN) Hardcore

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Interview with Cody Dussia:
What details can you share about new music?
We’re looking at either a split or an EP. Hopefully it’s going to be released in the spring. We’ve started our writing process and it’s just a matter of when we get material that we’re happy with together.
What fests are you guys performing? Where are they located?
We’re playing a small fest in March in Indiana—something Trae Roberts set up. We’re also playing No Way Out Festival, located in Georgia at the end of March.
As far as all your tours go, are you visiting anywhere new? Where do you plan on focusing these tours?
We may be doing a small run with Turncoat on the way to No Way Out Fest. We may also do one or two runs for about two weeks each. We’ll probably stay in the Midwest and East Coast this year.
Do you have an overall goal for 2016? Something you guys would like to accomplish together?
We want to push our name to new cities. We want this new record to shock people and catch people off guard. We don’t want to be that band that “sounds like” whatever. We want to sound like Chipped Teeth and that’s it. [CS]


 

Church Tongue (Indianapolis, IN) Hardcore

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Interview with Michael Sugars:
Is the band releasing new music this year? If so, what details can you share?
We’re putting out a full-length record this year. The record is about a variety of things, ranging from personal struggles to the way I perceive things in the world and my perspective of myself growing up. It’s a very honest record for me and I’m very proud of it. I can’t wait to show everyone.
We’ve been mashing our heads together for video ideas for a while now. Expect a new music video, or two. There are a lot of big plans for 2016. I’m really confident in this year for us as a band.”
Are you planning on touring this year? Visiting anywhere new or targeting any specific regions of the US?
We leave for a tour with Hollow Earth in March. I’m really looking forward to that run, because that band is sick. St. Louis, MO is going to be new ground for us on that tour. We’ve played pretty close to most of the places we’re playing on that tour in the past.
We’re confirming some festivals for the summer currently in the Midwest. That’s gonna be a hell of a time. I can’t say which festivals we’re playing yet simply because they’re not 100 percent confirmed.
Do you guys have an overall goal for 2016? Something you’d like to accomplish together?
The overall goal every year is the same for us. We have little milestones we want to achieve every year but it’s always been the same goal. We want to introduce an art that is open, honest, and vulnerable. Most importantly, we hope it resonates with people. [CS]


 

Crewneck (Dayton, OH) Hardcore

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Interview with: Cody Davidson
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We have an EP titled Smile prepared to come out before Spring 2016. We also may have a split and full-length coming later in the year, depending on how things go as they come.
The new music will have a more organic feel. We’ve been experimenting with recording techniques & different gear. Will also feature live drums as opposed to our debut EP which featured a drum machine, due to a lack of funds to record in a real studio. We have a few video ideas in the works, all of which will come as 2016 unfolds.
Any tour plans for this year? If so, who are you touring with, when are you touring, and where do you hope to visit while on tour?
We have no tours booked yet, but we’ve talked about future tours with Pissed on, Sermos, Grim State and WVRM. We are aiming to hit the Southeast Coast with WVRM this summer. We’re hoping to hit the West Coast with Grim State.
What is your overall goal for 2016? Something you’d like to accomplish as a band?
For 2016, we are just trying to play as many shows as possible, get some merch designs, finish our recordings and figure out some tours. We started this band in early 2015, so we are still pretty new to the scene. We hope to visit our neighboring states’ music scenes as much as possible and establish our presence in the scene as fast as possible. [CS]


 

Cut/Ties (Chicago, IL) Hardcore

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Interview with: Timothy Rollo
Is your band releasing any new music this year?

We are in the process of writing a split EP, Vile Habits with Backbone from Wisconsin. The release date isn’t set in stone, but I’d say spring.
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
Merch, finally, as well as a good number of shows.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
At the moment, we are working on is a three-day run with Backbone to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. We are hoping to go coastal as soon as we can. We also have an upcoming show with Lionheart, Drowning, Torso, Through N Through, Creature, and more on January 29.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
We hope to meet new friends, share good experiences with our present friends and put on a great show every time. Our goal is to just spread our music as much as we can. [KL]


 

Dead Friends (Cincinnati, OH) Melodic Metal

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Interview with Chris Richter:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We are releasing an EP in February after our tour. We’re releasing a music video as well and looking to release three singles starting in March!
The EP is going to be amazing. This is our first release as Dead Friends, so we are excited to show everyone the diverse sound we have been working on. We have not released the name of the EP or the art for it but I’m super excited for that. It’s going to have five songs, each with its own feel and tone. For anyone familiar with our old bands, this will be something that’s absolutely explosive!
  The music video, is absolutely something different from what any band is doing or has done. We felt like just having fun with it and leveling with our audience. We might piss some people off but let’s face it: Dead Friends has a lot of that in our future, but we won’t stop shaking it up. Get ready to party with us!
Any tours coming up this year for you guys? Visiting new territory?
Tour is coming and man, are we excited! We’re not really visiting anywhere new, but it will be new with this music and sound. We are so excited to announce we will be leaving February 22. We’re trying to visit places like Louisville, KY; Grand Rapids,MI; Indianapolis, IN and Tennessee! If all goes well, we will be visiting new cities and seeing old friends in our favorite cities.
Do you guys have an overall goal for 2016? Something you’d like to accomplish together?
For me personally, it is to set ourselves apart. Not with the tough guy image, not with anything but being who we are. We are a bunch of goofy, nerdy, funny guys who like to play music, make friends and tell stories. Our music is the only thing we obsess over and just want as many people to hear it and have it as humanly possible. 2016 is a year of action for Dead Friends and we will be pushing the boundaries of what is being done. We’ll be pushing the limits of what we are capable of and most importantly, grinding as hard as we can to make a mark on the people we meet show to show, city to city. [CS]


 

Disowner (Goshen, IN) Metal

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Interview with: Kenny Carter:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We’ll  probably come out with an EP and it will be an evolution to anything you’ve heard prior from Disowner. We’re staying true to what we started with, but expanding upon it greatly. Definitely some things people won’t expect.
Any tour plans for this year? If so, who are you touring with, when are you touring, and where do you hope to visit while on tour?
No tour plans currently, simply because getting five dudes with jobs in one room is the hardest thing in the world. That being said, Texas better keep an eye out because we have something fun planned soon.
What is your overall goal for 2016? Something you’d like to accomplish as a band?
Hit new states, make new friends and do what we’ve been trying to for years. I’d personally like to see us play a big festival this year. There’s just nothing more fun than hanging out with people who share a love for music just like us. [CS]


 

Dropkick (Muncie, IN) Straight Edge Hardcore

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Interview with Dalton Miller:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We are hoping to have a new EP finished by late spring. We are heading in a somewhat new direction. Without giving away too much information, we are implementing more musical ideas from our roots. Also, we will be releasing a brand new single soon! We have a lot of surprises in store for 2016.
Any tour plans for this year? If so, who are you touring with, when are you touring, and where do you hope to visit while on tour?
We are planning on touring in the summer, but nothing is completely set up yet.
What is your overall goal for 2016? Something you’d like to accomplish as a band?
Goals for us this year include rocking out with some new music, drinking as much Mountain Dew as humanly possible and banging our heads so hard that they fall off! [CS]


 

Drowning (Chicago, IL) Beatdown

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Interview with Mike Robinson:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?

We will release our full length, titled EgoTrip, on February 19. We’ve been working hard on this but it’s finally done and we couldn’t be more excited to release it!
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
We have a lot up our sleeves. We have videos, merch, shows and tours. We’ve been working hard and we are very excited for everyone to experience what we have to offer!
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
We can’t wait to hit the road with our friends in Lionheart at the end of January. In March, Torso joins us as we hit the East Coast with Psycho Enhancer and then the West Coast with Domination.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
We just want to keep moving forward. We all have different projects and we have a lot of goals we want to accomplish with Drowning. We couldn’t be more focused to do more and to play out more. Be ready! [KL]


 

Endless Compromise (Pekin, IL) Post-Hardcore/Pop-Punk

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Interview with Nick Timke:
What new music can we expect from you this year?
On December 19 of last year, we released our second EP A Life Worth Living, and we are currently playing around on that material for the moment. However, there is rumor that we are doing a split and tour with Peoria’s Drained—the band’s vocalist Kody and myself have tossed around the idea. If that doesn’t work out, all of our new material will be released as a third EP and we will more than likely try to solo tour. Fans can expect any new material to be out by late fall or early winter. We will be releasing a single in spring announcing our next release, with or without Drained.
What tours are planned for this year?
For 2016, I have been steadily lining up shows for us every month. In January, we play on the fifteenth and the twenty-fifth at the Brass Rail II. On the fifteenth, we play with Chicago indie band Vaya, and the twenty-fifth we’re playing with Cloud Gavin. In February, we are playing on the fifth with Champaign’s Resinater. Jared Grabb, the guy in charge of Diplomatic Relations, asked us to play that and the Vaya show. We are trying to get on festivals such as Audiofeed and Take Hold Fest later in November. I’m not exactly sure how to go about doing that, but I would love to play those festivals! We also are in the “maybe” for playing Mates Fest 7 this year in Peoria.
Overall goal for 2016?
To become tighter and closer as a band and family, really. These guys are really my best friends and becoming a better band together with them is good enough for me. But if No Sleep Records wants to call and hook us up, that would be cool too. [LVH]


 

Everyone Leaves (Columbus, OH) Rasp/Angst

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Interview with Jacob Bialosky:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We have a split with Hot Mulligan coming out on March 11 and an EP that’s scheduled to release later in 2016.
How will this new music differ from The Great and Terrible and your other previous releases?
The new songs are the maturation of the sound we carried out on The Great And Terrible. These songs do some new things and will appeal to some new people, but without turning our backs on any of tenets of our current sound. We’re still tired, angsty kids, we’ve just grown up a little.
Any tour plans for this year? If so, who are you touring with, when are you touring, and where do you hope to visit while on tour?
First tour of the year kicks off January 15 with The Tiny Ugly Germs and Human After All, then we have two short runs with Debris and The Language (February 5-7 and February 19-21 respectively). The second tour starts in late March with some good friends of ours we’ve played a few shows with. We have two festivals confirmed. I can’t give our names yet unfortunately, but they’re all going to be really cool.
What is your overall goal for 2016? Something you’d like to accomplish as a band?
Our goal is the same for 2016 as it is for every day, week, month, and year: We want to be the biggest band in the history of time. [CS]


 

Ghost Key (Peoria, IL) Hardcore

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Interview with Chris Bayless:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We are releasing our first full length this year. Recording is finished and it’s in the process of mixing/mastering. We have an idea for a title but that and a release date are all tentative at this point. We are very proud of this record and feel our sound has greatly matured even since our most recent EP released over the summer.
You guys are performing South By So What Fest, that’s insane! How do you feel about that?
It’s a pretty crazy feeling, honestly. Being able to share the stage with bands we’ve all been listening to since we got into alternative music like Underoath, Zao, and New Found Glory brings so many nostalgic feelings. We are definitely honored to be a part of it.
Any tour plans or confirmed fests for this year?
We kicked off a tour with Crucible (featuring members of We Came as Romans) and Toothgrinder last Friday. It’s a short run but it should be pretty awesome. We’ve got another tour announcement coming very soon to keep an eye out for as well. There’s a couple fests we’re submitting for but nothing set in stone just yet. Fingers crossed though!
Do you have an overall goal for 2016?
This year, we’re just trying to put out an awesome full-length, tour hard and often, and see some places we’ve never been to before. It’s a difficult endeavor but we’d really love to make it overseas at least once by the end of the year. We’ll just have to see what happens. [CS] 


 

Goons (South Bend, IN) Hardcore

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Interview with Gavin Frye:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?
We are currently in the process of writing a new single and then shooting a video for it. We really hope to put out a new EP in 2016, but our main focus is a new music video mainly because they seem to do better as far as promotion goes.
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
We have had a few indie label offers this year already and then a few last year, but nothing that really grabbed us. All of us have been in a lot of different bands over the last decade. I personally spent about four years touring full-time with a few different bands, one of them signed to Rise Records. That experience really showed me what to expect out of the music industry for heavy music. Touring is something we definitely see in our future as a band but we would rather have a built fan base through releasing music videos and songs and solid communication with our friends and fans rather than just try and blow all our money on tours that barely cover the cost of gas. Two of our members have kids and I have two dogs. When I do something, I do it big, but in order to do that we have to be bringing in more than we’re putting out—as how it is with most bands that are successful. Every once and awhile, a band will get lucky and just blow up out of nowhere but the odds of that happening are kind of like playing the lottery. You just can’t expect it. Hope for it of course, but don’t count on it.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
It’s going to be a good year for Goons. Promoting the music video we did a few months ago. Giving/selling t-shirts to people that like what we’re doing. Put some of our music up for free download (right now most of it is only available for online streaming). Constructing a setlist that we absolutely love. I think I speak for all of us when I say we’d rather put a large amount of time into writing and producing our music so we’re not stuck playing songs that we wrote on a whim just so we could tour. We want to write music we love. We want to write music that inspires not only us but the people that hear it. I’ve always really been into fitness and for me a song isn’t finished until it gets me pumped and hyped up at the gym. Sometimes we’ll start working on a song and then take it to the test zone (they gym) and I just won’t be feeling certain parts or the flow. So instead of just releasing it for the sake of releasing it, we’re at the point where we’d rather take the extra month in the studio to get it exactly how we want it to sound. I’m very excited for everything that’s to come. [KL]


 

Her Eyes Glazed Over (Lake Station, IN) Deathcore

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Interview with Aaron Nelson:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?

We have a few new songs that we finished up towards the end of last year and are currently working on material for a 10 to 14-track album. We’ll possibly have a small demo with a few new tracks on it towards the end of spring.
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
Merch. Tons and tons of merch. We recently printed a shirt with Tim Allen’s mugshot and our logo and also Trump bound and stabbed to a chair. We’re also working on a design for a Bernie Sanders shirt (Feel the Bern!). More buttons, stickers, lighters, just tons of stuff for the fans to remember our name.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
We’re planning on a few select shows right now to kick off 2016, but we hope to do a ten day run sometime towards summer or fall with Orinoco, The Cambion, or Cariosus.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
We’d love to open a fest of some sort. Whether it be headlining a local festival or being a opening act on Warped, Full Metal Assault, whatever. Something like that would be awesome. [KL]


 

Hogarth (Montpelier, IN) Emo/Alternative

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Interview with Trae Roberts:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We’re recording an EP within the next couple months. There are not many details worked out yet, but within the next few months, we will have something put out.
Any tours planned as of now? Anywhere new you guys hope to visit while on tour?
Yes! This month, we’re doing a small run with our friends in Street Sense. That run hits Louisville, KY; Montpelier, IN; Terre Haute, IN; and Muncie,IN. Then in March, we’re doing about a week in the Midwest. This will hit Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
Do you have an overall goal for 2016?
Basically, just put out an EP, tour a little, and play as many shows with our friends as we possibly can. [CS]


 

Hypewriter (Wabash, IN) Progressive Metal

Hypewriter
Interview with Damon York:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We will definitely release two to three new songs and a music video or two. Our new music is taking a turn lyrically. Instead of being stories, we’re writing about personal experiences which makes our songs more emotional to me. I’ve always put emotion into my writing but more so from personal experiences on this time around.
Any tours planned as of now? Anywhere new you guys hope to visit while on tour?
We’re actually planning a run with Among The Brave, maybe just for a weekend or something. We’re really trying to do some touring this summer, maybe Chicago, Louisville, and St. Louis. As long as we can get places to book us, we’ll do it. We’re also playing Emerson Theater on February 6 with Ice Nine Kills.
Do you guys have an overall goal for 2016?
We want to tour to at least two states, music videos, exposure and play as many shows as physically possible, because our music spans over multiple genres and to multiple markets. [CS]


 

Invalidated (Hessville, IN) Metal

Invalidated
Interview with William Pizzolato:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?

Last November, we released our debut single. As for 2016, we’ll be releasing our EP. We recorded our single with The Cambion’s CJ Rayson. He’s excellent to work with, so we’ve decided to continue and record our entire EP with him.
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
I think a lot can be expected, honestly. There’s a lot of big moves being put in place to take effect this year. There have been a lot of changes in this band over the course of this past year, we really haven’t made light of any of it. But we feel like 2016 will more or less showcase the changes in sound, image, and lineup.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
There are talks between ourselves, and two other bands in the area. Not giving anything away on that one, but, as long as all the funds are there and we can get the time off work, we will be touring this summer.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
We’re just hoping to get our EP out and go play to some new faces. Then, everything that comes with that. Getting CDs pressed and getting some new merch made. Speaking of new merch, we recently put an order in for Invalidated booty shorts, so we should have those available at our upcoming shows. [KL]


 

LOWCOUNTRY (Northwest Indiana) Rock

LOWCOUNTRY
Interview with Frank Rosado:
Is your band currently releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?
    We are in the process of setting aside recording sessions to start the tracking of our first proper debut EP, which is not named yet. We will begin the process by recording a single, releasing that, and following up with the full EP soon after. Hopefully before the end of the year, you will see a full length album from us.
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
This year, we in LOWCOUNTRY have plans to release plenty of new merchandise options for our fans and friends. We have a few options in the works that will hopefully have people excited about our brand. Also as stated before, be on the lookout for new music very soon from us. 2016 will be the year that you see LOWCOUNTRY’s music become more available. We will be on all of your favorite streaming sources such as Spotify, iTunes, etc.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
This year, we plan to start off with a few short tours around the Midwest and the Region. We’ll follow that hopefully with some longer runs to the South, West, and East. We have a few select friends we’d like to embark on our journeys with. We’ll keep their names a secret until things are ironed out. Keep a look out for LOWCOUNTRY in 2016. We will not disappoint.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
In 2016, we hope to develop more of a presence in our region and outside of it as well. We want to get our music in as many people’s hands as possible. We want to be on everyone in the state’s radar sooner than later. 2016 is the year we see the LOWCOUNTRY name become become noticed. [KL]


 

Lowered A.D. (Marion, IL) Metallic Hardcore

LoweredAD
Interview with Jonathan Clapp:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
Lowered A.D. is currently writing an EP titled Diminishing Light. We are gearing up to be in the studio by the end of summer. There is no set release date as of now, but it will be released on Unbeaten Records. It’s going to be more aggressive than our past releases with way more diversity—musically and sonically. Definitely the best material we’ve written yet. I think the band’s experiences are going to shine through on the next release. We’ve all matured as people and musicians going through new experiences—some harsh, some not so much.
Do you guys plan on touring this year? If so, where, when, and with who?
We got the go-ahead to have BRP readers be the first to know and announce our next tour: We’ll be on the road in March and April with Orthodox, Left Behind, and Incited. We’re really excited for this package because it packs such a punch through so many genres. Every band slays on this package and I suggest you roll out to see one of the best tour lineups of 2016 if it’s near your city.
Do you have an overall goal for 2016?
To blow up and act like we don’t know nobody. But seriously, we want to reach out to places we haven’t hit, jump on some cool fests, play some new material and would absolutely love to hit Japan/Europe. [CS]


 

Lucid Empathy (Hobart, IN) Rock

LucidEmpathy
Interview with Mark Breeden:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?
We’re releasing an album that will include the songs from our debut EP, The LE EP Pt. 1, as well as unheard new songs.
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
This year, you can expect a new level of professionalism from our band. We earned a reputation for being “always fucked up.” We would like to stray away from that. Sober performances is the goal. We also have Tres Beatty from Among The Essence on bass, which adds a whole new groove element to the band.
Any upcoming tours this year?
We are planning a tour for summer 2016: The Alcoholics Anonymous Tour featuring Lucid Empathy, Among The Essence, and Invalidated. We are planning to head all the way to the West Coast, playing shows on the way, head down to Texas, head back up and hit Atlanta on the way, and finish it off where we started in the Midwest. It will be a two week tour and the first tour for all of our bands.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
In 2016, we hope to reach more people with our music and further our spot in our music scene. We will be playing our comeback show on January 23 at Big Shots and opening for Randy and Mr. Lahey of Trailer Park Boys on February 27. [KL]


 

LxVxC (Park Forest, IL) Grind Beatdown

LxVxC
Interview with Adam Halfaker:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?

We’re releasing our self-titled EP, Los Vatos Crucifijo. We’re aiming to release that EP, which is our first, before spring!
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
Doing a lot of shows and at least two studio releases.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
No upcoming tours yet, maybe something towards the end of the year, but it’s not written in stone!
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
To solidify our name in the scene and prove to ourselves and the people that we’re for real and we love doing this. [KL]


 

My Sweet Fall (Indianapolis, IN) Pop/Punk

MySweetFall
Interview with Nick Long:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We’re on our way right now to record with Sam Pura in Fremont, California. He’s done everything that The Story So Far has released, plus a slew of other great bands. The last album we wrote was about being upset over a girl. This new EP is about holding yourself accountable for your own sadness and learning how to move forward. I’d like to release it by the summer, but I’m not sure.
Do you plan on touring this year? If so, with who, when, and where?
We have no tour plans—yet. But we will at some point during this year, hopefully multiple tours. This is the year: We want to do it big with My Sweet Fall!
Do you guys have an overall goal for 2016? Something you hope to accomplish this year together?
Our overall goal is to start playing music more than working jobs that aren’t music [laughs]. [CS]


 

No Victory (Gary, IN) Hardcore

NoVictory
Interview with Brian Pilla:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?
We are releasing a full-length record through Unbeaten Records. The album will be more intense than our previous releases, mixing 90s metalcore and early 2000s beatdown that hopefully will interest fans of all types of different metal styles.
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
Expect some fitted cap, jean short, 4x white t-Shirt, Gary, Indiana style street fight metal. Touring as much as we financially and physically can, physical and digital releases of new music, and plenty of new merch in all shapes and sizes to make our fans look sick.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
As of right now, we don’t have a lot of touring planned but that’s going to change in the coming months. We’ll be doing a short run of shows down to Midwest Blood Fest as well as playing the fest on day two along with the after show the following day.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
In 2016, we hope to grow more mature as a band in our music and to tour and have as much fun as we possibly can, all while reaching out to as many people as possible. [KL]


 

Oceans Grey (Indianapolis, IN) Groovy Metalcore

OceansGrey
Interview with Trae Roberts:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
Oceans Grey is recording an EP within the next couple months. It will be much more mature and fresh for us. After searching forever, I think we’ve finally found our sound and we’re excited to pack it in to these new songs. Fans can definitely expect a lot of change, to say the least.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
The beginning of this year will be a lot of East Coast and Midwest. There is also talk of a Canadian run with some friends from over there. By the end of the year, we hope to have hit some western areas, but that’s for later.
Do you guys have an overall goal for 2016?
Basically, just tour a lot on this new release. Play places we’ve never played, and make new friends all across the country. [CS]


 

Pine (Normal, IL) Space Grunge/Dad Rock/Indie Rock

Pine
Interview with Matt Cole:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We have a split with two other bands coming out, released through Sunday Drive Records. It’s going to include ourselves, Undeserving and New Lives, from St. Louis, MO. Although there is no hard date yet, we hope to release it by the end of January or beginning of February. It will be available on cassette and digital.
We’re also releasing a brand new EP, which is going to pick up where Things Said left off. It’s definitely going to be heavier than the first EP and it will focus more on acceptance. Accepting that things aren’t okay, or the way you wish they were, but still finding a way to move forward.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
We are planning a release show with all of us around the time the split is released, as well as a tour with New Lives. If Undeserving can come as well, it would be amazing to make it happen with all three of us. The tour is set for this summer. In the spring, we’re planning a three to four day run with Sleep Well.  No tour is booked yet, they are still being talked and worked on. So, they may change as the time comes, but those are what we are hoping for at the time being.
Do you guys have an overall goal for 2016?
In 2016, we just want to keep doing what we are doing; playing to new crowds, going to new places, making new music that hits people, building and growing with all the people and bands around us. Just keep growing and building as a band. [CS]


 

Plans (Indianapolis, IN) Indie/Rock

Plans
Interview with Cody Almond:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We’re releasing our album! We definitely have things set in stone. We’re actually putting the final touches on the last song. So, hopefully it’s an early release for us this year.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
We have all been itching to tour since this whole thing began. I know that I’m looking forward to setting up short weekend runs until it makes sense for us to go out on something longer. Last year was kind of like the preparation. Now, it’s time.
Do you have an overall goal for 2016?
To get our tunes in the ears of as many people as possible. Touring, interviews, acoustic shows, whatever it takes to get us to a point where touring more often than not makes sense. I’d like to get a split put out towards the end of the year and personally, I’m hoping to have an acoustic EP as well. I’m probably over committing myself, but I fell back in love with music and I don’t intend to lose that again. [CS]


 

Portals (Bloomington, IL) Heavy

Portals
Interview with James McHenry:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We don’t have too many details right now, but we are currently in the process of writing a brand new release that will most likely be an EP. It will be the first to feature our new vocalist, who is still yet to be announced. While we have just begun the writing process, we can already say that lyrically and musically, it will be a departure stylistically from our previous release, The Empty, while still maintaining the heaviness that EP had. We will be developing our sound further and this EP will be a step further into defining ourselves as a band. We plan to release a single in between March and April, and hopefully, the EP will be released in the winter! [LVH]


 

Riot Shield (Terre Haute, IN) Punk n’ Roll

RiotShield
Interview with Jacob Osborn:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We have a 5-track EP, titled Not The Same, that we’re hoping to release around April online and on 7” vinyl that comes with a download card. If you buy the vinyl, the download card includes three acoustic tracks. Not The Same is about how people, places, everything chances. Even if you don’t notice it, it happens. And it sucks sometimes. A couple of our tracks are about losing friends to drugs or just to life. One about changes the places in which you live and how you can grow to hate them. A couple are about when you change and how it can be hard, and sometimes you don’t even notice.
How does this EP differ from your past releases?
Our first EP took way too long to get out. We recorded one place but weren’t happy with it, so we took it to a new producer to salvage it. It still came out good, but not up to par with what we had really hoped for. This one was done all at once with a good buddy of mine, Sean Daily down in Florida. Also, our music has changed. We looked a lot more to bands like Brand New, Citizen, and Knuckle Puck on this record and our lyrics kind of all follow a theme of change, be it friends, loved ones, you hometown or change in yourself.
Do you have any tours planned to accompany this release? Visiting anywhere new?
We don’t have any tours yet, but we’ll be looking to do some weekend runs in April. We’re also looking at a summer tour with our friends in Rest Assured. We’d really just like to get around the Midwest, playing in living rooms or basements more (house shows are our favorite), and try to get on more of the music fests held around Indiana.
Do you have an overall goal for 2016?
We’d like to just play more, a lot more. MSMFest is a bit of a goal of ours and I know we’d like to play with some more of our favorite Indiana locals like The Day After and Give & Take, among others. [CS]


 

Safe House (Indianapolis, IN) Pop Punk

SafeHouse
Interview with Alex Miller & Joseph Micucci:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
MILLER: We should be releasing a new single, titled “Eastbound” later this month. It’s a song we’ve had for a while and we’ve been playing it a handful of times. It isn’t too different from Finding Some Stability; it was supposed to be on it, but lyrics didn’t get finished in time. Hopefully, we’ll be releasing more new music before the end of the year. We’ve got a few songs written, we just need to get them solidified.
What details can you share about “Eastbound”?
MICUCCI: “Eastbound” was originally meant to be on Finding Some Stability, but I was never able to get lyrics written that I felt did the song justice, therefore it didn’t make it on to the EP. Lyrically, it’s about being caught up in a situation where you just want it to be over so you can move on, but you never get closure whatsoever due to someone not wanting to provide you with it. At the same time, you kind of also like not knowing because you never know what the truth might bring out. It’ll probably be taken as a breakup song, which is fine because I’m down with people interpreting things however they seem fit, but I definitely just consider it a song of trying to find personal growth in a shitty situation.
Any upcoming tours this year? Any new places you hope to visit?
MILLER: We’re doing this weekender closer towards the end of this month. Nothing else planned yet, but maybe another weekend or week long tour. We’re hoping to play out of state way more.
Do you guys have an overall goal for 2016?
Put more music out, maybe get signed, and play more out-of-state shows definitely. [CS]


 

Sammy and The Punk (Springfield, IL) Rock

Sammy
Interview with Lucas and Sam Gollon:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We plan on finishing up a full-length album in early 2016, but we’re not 100 percent sure of the title yet.
Any upcoming tours this year?
No tours are planned for 2016 as of now, but we do have some very special shows that we will be announcing throughout the year via our Facebook page.
Do you guys have an overall goal for 2016?
We all hope to lose our virginities by the end of the year. [LVH]


 

Sermos (Indianapolis, IN) Death Metal

SermosEDIT
Interview with Kurtis Hall:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We plan on doing a split with Grim State. I’m actually talking with Aaron Russel, who does the sick screamo singing for Grim State, and we’re trying to decide a theme for this split. Nothing is quite set in stone yet, so there aren’t many details I can discuss. I can say that we’re hoping for a release sometime in the spring.
How will the tracks on this split differ from your past releases?
I think it’s about the same as before. We take influence from so many different bands that it’s hard to anticipate what new material will sound like. We’ll keep y’all on your toes with new stuff.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
We don’t have any tours planned yet. We want to get a van or trailer so we can actually travel. With the support we have from bands out-of-state, we’d love to play more shows in Kentucky and eventually get around to Texas, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and junk like that.
Do you have an overall goal for 2016?
Our goal is mostly to play sick music and get people jacked on our music. We want to record more jams and we want to get out there and play across the country. Hopefully we’ll be able to break out this year. #SERMOSNATION [CS]


 

stop.drop.rewind (Valparaiso, IN) Progressive Powerpop

stopdroprewind
Interview with Daryl Crenson:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?
We’re towards the very end of the recording process for a brand new 6-song EP, titled Polarity, due to be released February 12! It’s our third EP (Andy’s first with us), and definitely our longest and most ambitious release to date. We really focused on musicality while writing this record. We think we’re a prog band at heart, so our instinct is to flash our chops at every possible opportunity, but it’s important to be tasteful. Andy plays with great touch and taste, which forces the rest of us to do so as well and it’s really elevated our sound. I think that’s what will really shine through on Polarity, along with some crazy singable choruses and one brief foray into the world of avant garde jazz. We can’t wait to share it with everyone in February!
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
Aside from the release of our new EP, people can expect new merch, a tight live set, and lots of shows. By the time Polarity comes out, we’ll have brand new shirts and stickers, and maybe a few other surprises. Andy’s wife, Anna, has been helping us out with all the designs. Everything is looking so great, it makes me wish it wasn’t for my band so I could wear it. As far as the live show goes, we’ve really been going over our sets with a fine-toothed comb, looking for what’s been working and what hasn’t and adjusting accordingly. The idea is to make our shows more exciting, so that literally everyone is having a good time when we play, not just us.
Any upcoming tours this year?
As far as booking goes, we’re hoping to be touring a lot more extensively than we have in the past.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
We’re super proud of the way our new EP is turning out. Once the album comes out, we’ll be looking for ways to make sure it’s in everyone’s ears. Our first job is to make it readily available to people, so we’ll be hosting it on pretty much every online music retailer or streaming site. We’ll be brainstorming new ways to get our music heard, too. Beyond Polarity, we’re excited to keep playing together and growing as musicians. Kris and I have been playing together for 16 years now, and I can feel some of that chemistry growing with Andy too, but it will all come with time. We’re going to keep pushing our personal musical boundaries, while hopefully strengthening our ability to play as a unit and get super, super tight. Along those lines, we’d also like to round out our lineup. Stop.drop.rewind is supposed to be a four piece band, but we’ve been without a lead guitarist since Jake left a few years ago. We’d love to find someone with whom we have that chemistry, who shares our passion for music and our drive to make stop.drop.rewind a career, so we’ll be on the lookout for that person. [KL]


 

Strangers Now (St. Louis, MO) Hardcore

StrangersNow
Interview with Ben Teter:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We’ve been writing our first full-length LP since last summer. We put a 3-song demo out in August, which we planned on re-recording two or three of those songs for the LP. At this point, we’re about two songs away from finishing up writing. We’ve got a couple engineers in mind to do the record with, but nothing is set in stone. That being said, I really have no idea when this thing will be out. I will say this: We all have never been more excited about something we’ve done musically in our entire lives—all four of us. I don’t just mean with Strangers Now material, either, anything we have ever done. We came into this thing with a solid idea of what we wanted to sound like, we hit that goal and then just kept pushing it further and further. We’re breaking barriers we never thought we could break, creating such a new and diverse mix of sounds, lyrical content, and the message is expanding—all while still maintaining that same core idea we came up with in the very beginning. [LVH]


 

Terribly Happy (Peoria, IL) Pop Punk

TerriblyHappy
Interview with Logan Kiesewetter:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We’re currently recording our first full-length album, which is tentatively titled, Modern Life. We hope to have it released in either March or April of this year and are taking a temporary leave from playing live shows to focus heavily on the recording process with our new producer, Caleb Rose, who has recorded other Peoria local bands such as Drained and Up + At Em.
The album will feature twelve new songs, the majority of which have never been heard before, as well as some bonus tracks. We’re beyond stoked for this release for several reasons! We feel as though it shows a maturity, growth, and uniqueness in our sound and writing, and covers some very serious as well as fun topics that we hope people can relate to. We decided to explore and discuss themes relating to the state of the world in which we live, on a grand scale as well as an introspective scale. World issues, struggles everyone encounters and deals with such as breakups and friends moving on, as well as more fun loving topics such as the joy that can be found in love and the hope of a better tomorrow not just for one’s self, but for everyone around them. These are just a few of the themes these new songs will cover.
On a personal note, we feel these are our best songs yet and can’t wait to share them! As a fun little side note too, a lot of the song titles are references to different anime, because we’re big nerds. Some other things we potentially have coming up are a few music videos to go with a couple of the new songs as well as some possible collabs with other local bands. However, the details of all of those things are still being worked out. Our main focus, currently, is this new album and the tour to follow.
Any upcoming tours this year?
Once the album is done, we plan to hit the scene as much as we can again, playing several live shows, as well as embarking on our first tour. We’re still working out the details, but we do know it’s going to happen for sure and that will be happening this summer. We want to play in several cities throughout Illinois, including Chicago, Springfield, St. Louis, Bloomington, Champaign, some of which we’ve played in the past, others of which will be new adventures. We’re fortunate enough to have contacts that could help us set up shows in each place and on a grander scale. There’s been a lot of talk of making it an all out Midwest tour, rather than just statewide, but we’re still discussing. Essentially, we plan on doing several weekend runs and day trips. However, if we do spread out and go to some farther away places, there will be some band sleepovers and cuddle fests in the van [laughs], which we’re already accustomed to since we rent out a house together. We’re crazy excited for tour and the memories to be made!
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
What we’re really hoping to accomplish this year is to play out as much as we can with our new material, spread our name and music to different areas, and make tons of new friends! There’s nothing the three of us truly love more than being in a band together and making music. There’s seriously no better feeling than rocking out with your best friends, whether you’re in the basement or onstage. The three of us are like brothers and we definitely put our hearts and souls into our songs. We also feel absolutely blessed to be a part of such a vastly loving music scene like Peoria’s. There’s so much love to be found here and so many friendships to be made and that’s what we want to do wherever we play: make new friends and have the time of our lives playing together and with other bands. That’s the goal: to play and spread our material wherever we can and to whoever will listen to it and to meet new people in the hopes of connecting with them! We have an overall, collective dream and drive to take this band as far as we can possibly go with it, while still remaining true to our music, not for fame or the money that would come along with that kind of situation, but to be able to play our music for the rest of our lives and to always be meeting new people and creating new friendships. Music is our greatest passion and we just want to go all out and as far as we possibly can this year as well as the years to come. [LVH]


 

The Beauty In Her Eyes (Bloomington, IL) Beatdown

TheBeautyInHerEyes
Interview with Mikahl Thomas Henry:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We’re releasing a new EP called The Spiritualist sometime before this summer. It has a very heavy, creepy vibe to it, lots of really disgusting breakdowns and lyrics.
Any upcoming tours this year?
The goal for this year is to grind our teeth against the concrete and tour. We’re going to be booking a few two week runs for the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter. [LVH]


 

The Cambion (Indiana/Illinois) Heavy Metal/Hardcore

TheCambion
Interview with CJ Rayson:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?
We’ll finally be putting out an actual EP this year. It’ll be at least six unreleased songs, including one song that we recently started playing live but hasn’t been recorded yet. It’s about 60 to 70 percent written right now.
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
On top of an all new CD, we will continue to travel as much as our schedules allow us, upset people in southern Illinois, and design/print dumb rip-off merch designs. We’ll also continue to destroy our insides with Kuma’s Corner and Steak & Shake.
We’re teaming up with some labels, management, and agencies with our interests in mind to help further The Cambion’s career and get us on the road more often. We’ve been in contact with some people who claim to want to help our cause. Will anything happen of this? Eh, we’ll see. I have trust issues.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
We will be hitting the road again this year, specifically some places down south that we’ve never been to before with some friends that will probably also be in this article. That’s about all the info I can give about that at this point, unfortunately. [KL]


 

The City, The Ruins (Central Illinois) Progressive Metalcore

TheCityTheRuins
Interview with Kyle Holliday:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We plan to release a 12-track album in 2016, although the date hasn’t been set. We also have been asked to do a split with Drained, but no more details than that for now. We are very excited with the new material that we have created, and can’t wait to show it to everyone.
Any upcoming tours this year?
Due to work schedules and families, our shows will be confined to weekends for now, but we promise that we are still hard at work. We as a band are always looking to play in new places and we hope that we can find new places to play and new people to meet and share our music with in the upcoming year. Thank you to everyone who has ever believed in us, and here’s to the future! [LVH]


 

The Day After (Indianapolis, IN) Easycore/Pop Punk/Post-Hardcore

TheDayAfterEDIT
Interview with Kevin Kirk:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We are honestly just now getting back into the swing of things after some member changes but we definitely have plans for new singles, videos and probably another EP this year. With some of the changes we’ve been through and influences the world has thrown at us, our sound may morph a little bit. Some older fans may not like all of the new sounds, but I think every release has potential to be polarizing so it’s best to focus on what means the most to us, and hopefully there are people out there who find value and meaning in our music.
Any tour plans for this year? If so, who are you touring with, when are you touring, and where do you hope to visit while on tour?
We’d like to get back on the road, but as any tour-savvy band will tell you, the most important thing about touring is your vehicle. We don’t currently have a reliable means of transportation and that will lock us in for shorter, region specific runs, but again, we’re trying to get back out there like we were a year or two ago. Our favorite cities to play are Columbus, OH and Chicago, IL so you’ll probably see some dates in the Midwest come spring or summer.
What is your overall goal for 2016? Something you’d like to accomplish as a band?
2016 is going to be a tough year for us as a band, but that’s not to say we aren’t ready and more than willing to meet those challenges along the way. That being said, we’re very excited to be teaming up with our new bassist Collin Fiol. We’ve been good friends with Collin for some time now, and he’s run merch for us before, and generally supported us as a band for years. It feels like he should’ve been playing with us all along and we’re very excited for the talent and new excitement he’s bringing the rest of us. We’ve been a band for seven years now, and there are times where it’s been hard for the rest of us to see the value in what we do. With new vigor and vision for the future, however, I’m down for another seven years even if no one is listening. We love music. We love writing, producing and performing music; it makes us feel complete in a way that nothing else in this world has. TDA is back, and TDA is here to stay. [CS]

 


 

The Kyle Smith Variety Show (Central Illinois) Electronica/Metalcore/Pop/Classical

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Interview with Kyle Smith:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
Full-length Stargazer is expected to release March. The opening track, “Exnihillo,” is a latin phrase meaning “out of nothing.”The theme of the song is struggle in faith and belief. That’s basically the overall theme: finding identity and things of that sort. The full-length is more progressive metal, but poetic. Live videos may come about as well.
With regards to touring, what’s in store for this year?
Nothing quite booked yet, but hoping to do a multi-location release show for the record.
Do you guys have an overall goal for 2016?
Release the record, make music videos, and most importantly, make merch. I’ve talked about these, but it would be great to accomplish. Also, try and play out-of-state and in other cities. It’s a new year, and I want to move on from being childish and become more dedicated. Not to procrastinate as much, but actually get things done. [LVH]


 

Through N Through (Little Village Chicago) Hardcore

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Interview with Ruben Garza:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?

We recently released our debut EP Defend this past fall, so this year we are mostly going to spend it writing new material and see where things go from there. We do however have our sights set on possibly releasing a new single towards the middle of the year, so you can be on the lookout for that.
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
Everyone can expect Through N Through to be playing more shows, hopefully bigger and better shows than what we have already done. We always play the Chicagoland area and it is amazing, but we are really hoping to be playing outside of our area on a more consistent basis than last year. Our main goal this year is to expand our fan base and with that, be able to reach new places where we have not played before. People can also expect new songs in our set when they come out to see us live.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
We can’t release too much information on that at the moment, but we are currently in the final stages of confirming an upcoming Midwest run. We are really excited about that specifically and that’s is pretty much what the majority of our focus is on at the moment. More details regarding the tour will be released in due time.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
For 2016, our goals are pretty much set on going out of state a lot more and anywhere people want to see us play. Hopefully by the end of the year, we would have gone to different parts of the country, from coast to coast. During the time in which we are not playing shows, we will be writing new music. The writing process for us never really stops. Whenever the creativity feels right, we will have a new song written and ready to go. We hope to get our music out to as many people as possible this year. [KL]


 

Torso (Joliet, IL) Grindcore

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Interview with Mason Sukley:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?
We will be recording a new EP this year. We should start recording in the spring and have the EP ready for a summer release.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
We are doing an East Coast tour with Drowning and Psycho Enhancer in March, then a West Coast tour with Drowning, Raw Dawg, and Domination. We have a show January 29 at Bada Brew in Crest Hill, IL with Lionheart, Drowning, Ricochet, Creature, and Cut/Ties.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
We will do what we always do: play lots of shows all over the country and write new music. [KL]


 

Unamused Dave (Germantown Hills, IL) Rock

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Interview with Bryson Maddock:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We’re working on a new, full-length album and releasing it in the summer. We’ll also be releasing a few singles from the album before it’s out. “You’re Hired” is one of them.
Any upcoming tours this year?
We are going on an East Coast tour in June. [LVH]


 

Undeserving (Bloomington, IL) Grunge/Rock

UndeservingInterview with Christopher Biggs:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We’ve got a 3-way split coming out through Sunday Drive Records later this month. The split will include ourselves, New Lives, and Pine, and it will be available on cassette tape. The split will be all new songs from each band and all three of us plan to do some shows together to support the split, including a split release show to be announced soon!
Any upcoming tours this year?
We plan to play as many shows as we can this year in and out of state.
Do you have an overall goal for 2016?
We’d like to bring something new to the music scene and capitalize on it. There will be a 90s grunge revival takeover. [CS]


 

Vices To Veils (Indianapolis, IN) Post-Harcore/Metalcore

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Interview with Alec Harter:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We’re releasing our sophomore EP! We’ve finished pre-production and begin actual tracking for the new EP in February. We can’t give out the name just yet, but you can expect a new, very catchy, and very heavy EP in this summer.
How will this release differ from your past tracks?
The new material is going to be drastically different from our debut EP Progression. With the departure of our former guitarist, we decided to write in a totally different fashion: a much broader and more aggressive sound full of melodies.
Any upcoming tours this year?
We do have an extensive tour in the works in support of the new material. We don’t know exactly how long it will run, but we do know we’re going to hit it hard and as much as possible.
Do you have an overall goal for 2016?
Our main goal is to invade the minds of as many people as possible. We want to be heard and we’re going to be. [CS]


 

Victims (Streamwood, IL) Groove

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Interview with Meredith Henderson:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?

Victims just released a new track titled “De/tached” that will be off our upcoming full-length set to release this year. Currently, we’re finishing up another single which you can expect next month. We will be releasing more details about it in the next few weeks!
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
Everyone can expect new things from this band including new music, a new full-length record, new merch to go along with that release, new tours, and just an overall good year. 2015 was kind of the year where we were trying to get things done musically, but now the process has sped up a little more, so things should be kicked into gear very shortly over these next few months.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
Victims hopes to travel a lot more, to release a brand new album, to potentially gain more new listeners, and to overall try to be different from the rest of the genre, to stand out. I really do believe with the ideas we have brewing, this new music will not be something that you would be expecting. I know so many bands say this, but hear me out. We’re trying some new things and trying our best to be different. [KL]


 

We Love You (Marion, IN) Emo

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Interview with Travis Scriba:
Can you share any details of new music coming out this year?
We have a 4-way split with Pink Balloon Band, Ryan Kerr and Weathering. I’ve never done a 4-way split, so I’m excited. Our track on the split is called “The Light Side.” We might also have another EP in the works. We’ve already started recording. Our music is taking a somewhat of a different direction in the means of instrumentals and ambiance. The recording process for this split was great and very smooth.
Any upcoming tours this year?
I’ve been gradually developing a few different possible routes that consist of different contacts I have gained from shows and other places. Touring right now is still in the works, but it is definitely happening. We have a show in Baltimore, MD in April that we are very excited about.
Do you guys have an overall goal for 2016?
We’re aiming to play the locations that we never really have played, but have a fan base, in hopes of gaining new friends and fans. [CS]


 

Wicked World (Whitewater, WI) Hardcore/Death Metal/Nu-Metal

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Interview with Matthew Tucholke:
Is your band releasing any new music this year? A new EP, song, or record?

We are releasing a new EP sometime near the middle of the year that we are currently writing and have that roughly halfway completed as of right now. We are very excited about it because we feel that we have grown a lot and continue to focus creating our own style.
What can everyone expect from your band this year?
Expect us to be releasing an EP that we are very proud of. Expect us to be hitting new areas as well as old ones that we have grown to love. Expect us to hopefully be finding a permanent second guitarist.
Any upcoming tours this year? If so, with who and where are you touring?
Touring is something that we are always working on and absolutely love doing. We are currently working on two tours: one in March and a long one late summer sometime that we are hoping will be with some very good friends of ours, but it’s still in the works. Either way, we will be active this year for sure.
What does your band hope to achieve in 2016?
The main goal for us is hitting some new areas that we have yet to experience. We also hope to gain momentum as a group and continue to tour and as I said, find a permanent second guitarist. We’ve have some good friends fill in for us, but obviously it’s always better to have a permanent fixture in a band. [KL]


Written by Chelsea Scofield, Lauren Van Houwe, Kelsie Lunsford

Edited by Chelsea Scofield

All photos provided by Facebook

Social Damage, New Heart, Chipped Teeth, more to perform Tom Alderson Benefit Show

This Saturday, The Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis will host a benefit show for Tom Alderson, drummer for hardcore bands Crosscheck and Drown. The show, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. and coming to a close at 11:00 p.m., will feature Prison Shiv, Doomcow, Chipped Teeth, New Heart, Mad World and Social Damage. All proceeds will go to Alderson to assist with any financial needs he might have.

According to Alternative Press, Alderson sustained injuries after an alleged incident that took place following a This Is Hardcore after-show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 26. Alderson’s bandmate stated that his injuries are the result of a gruesome beating from band members of Heavy Chains and Suburban Scum. Currently, Alderson remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma.

Since news broke out of the incident, benefit shows have been booked across the country, raising thousands of dollars and donating the proceeds to Alderson. This Saturday, the Indiana hardcore scene will be one of the many that contribute to those donations.

“I booked this show originally as a childhood cancer awareness show for Team Skylar. All proceeds were to be donated to Riley Children’s Hospital. After this happened to Tom though, Skylar’s stepfather brought up to me that we should make this an event for him,” said Cody Dussia, event host and vocalist of Chipped Teeth.

Admittance to the show will cost $10 at the door—a great price for a good show and an even better cause. A donation box will also be available for anyone interested in offering additional funds. The hardcore music scene is well known for their hospitality and eagerness to help one another, and here’s yet another example of that. So, make sure to clear your schedule this Saturday, but if you can’t make it, check out Alderson’s GoFundMe to donate!

“It’s just important for us to show people that hardcore isn’t a bunch of jackasses beating on each other,” said Dussia. “It’s about unity. It’s about brotherhood. I’ve never met Tom in my life, but I want to sell out the venue on Saturday and get him as much as possible. In hardcore, we look out for each other.”

Tom Alderson Benefit Show


Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Captain of My Own Ship: Straight Edge Speaks Out

According to Straight Edge Worldwide, straight edge is a youth movement and community based around the values of punk culture. Members of this community hold a lifelong commitment to live without drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and abusive/addictive sexuality. For some members, straight edge includes following a vegetarian or vegan diet and not using caffeine or prescription drugs. According to Wikipedia, straight edge grew out of hardcore punk in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Characterized by an “X”, the straight edge symbol derives from the X’s that are marked on the hands of someone who’s underage attending a show.

Below, six members of the straight edge community speak out about why they’ve chosen to make the lifelong commitment, and what that commitment means to them.


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“I’ve been edge for 14 years, and it’s been a very important part of my life. I never needed a substance to have fun, mellow out, or forget my problems temporarily. I feel like I’ve had a pretty amazing life and I did it all sober, and with the glorification of getting “fucked up” nowadays, that feels pretty important to me. The ‘X’ has replaced religion for me.”

Chris X Bayless, guitarist and backup vocalist of Ghost Key


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“Straight edge to me is courage and pride. Living every day knowing you don’t need to take a drink of alcohol or hit of a cig or joint to have a good time or even get over something. It’s confidence and even though we can be few and far between, we are a brotherhood. It’s living without being dependent on anything but yourself. It’s the most positive way anyone could live.”

Jacob Demaree, guitarist of Inheritors


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“I’ve always been substance free, but claimed straight edge for personal reasons and, after watching drugs and alcohol destroy a lot of great personal relationships and lives, it seemed like a clear choice to me. Straight edge to me means living your life without relying on substance for fun or a false sense of happiness. I like being in full control of my mind and body, and using that to build myself as a better person.”

Errick X Easterday, owner at Easterdaily


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“For me, straight edge kind of replaces religion. I have something I stand for at my back when I don’t have something else. That might not make sense to everyone, but it’s always made sense to me.”

Trae X Roberts, vocalist of Oceans Grey & bassist of Archives


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“To me, it’s been something that I claimed because I really valued thinking with a sober mind constantly. And finding something like straight edge where everyone values that as I do was really cool. It helped me make some awesome friends and has helped me come up with a true identity for my values in life.”

Joel X Kanoly, local supporter of the music scene


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I take pride in being able to resist things that would cause me harm, and the ability to make sober decisions. I also strongly encourage people not to let drugs, alcohol, or even promiscuous sex control their lives. I believe people openly give themselves up as slaves to these vices, and I’m proud to say I don’t. I hate the acceptance and promotion of high school and college students drinking and smoking their thoughts, motives, and individuality away. Alcohol in particular disgusts me, as many women have been taken advantage if while drunk. I’ve been proclaiming Straight Edge for few years, and I have no plans on stopping.

Dalton Miller, local supporter of the music scene


Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Photos by Errick X Easterday & Andrew Garland

REVIEW: Oceans Grey Benefit Show at B&D’s Melee Hall, May 9, 2015

Last Saturday, B&D’s Melee Hall hosted another successful show, bringing together approximately fifty local supporters for one unforgettable night. By the end of the night, seven bands performed, one nose was broken, and according to Buddy Geesaman, co-owner of the venue, $200 was raised and given to the members of Oceans Grey to replace their equipment that was stolen while on tour.

The night started off with local rock band American Living, playing their very first B&D’s Melee Hall performance. American Living started the night off strong with an authentic sound and contagious energy.

Second to the stage was We Love You, Marion’s very own “emo cat lovers.” We Love You’s passionate music never fails to engage it’s audience, bringing out the “emo cat lover” in all of us.

Safe House was third to perform, pop punk band hailing from Indianapolis. With their highly anticipated debut EP, Finding Some Stability, set to release on May 19, the band performed several songs from the new release. The group also sold “bootleg” copies of the album at the show for three dollars.

Oceans Grey took the stage immediately after, giving an excellent performance to their fans and benefactors. The hardcore/metal band from Whiteland, Indiana performed a few songs from their debut EP, Simon Says. Oceans Grey finished off the performance with their popular cover of “Bulls On Parade”, originally performed by Rage Against The Machine.

The fifth band to perform was Plagued By Humanity, death metal/hardcore/slam group from Fort Wayne, Indiana. The group’s heavy sound erupted a crowd reaction that could not be topped.

Next to perform was Archives, metalcore band from Muncie, Indiana. The band performed several songs, some old and some new, including “Loveless.” The group’s newest song, “Graveyard” received a positive reaction from the audience.

Finishing off the night, Inheritors, melodic metal/hardcore dads from Eaton, Indiana was last, but not least, to take the stage. Since their first performance in over six months just a couple weeks earlier, the group showed even more improvement during their performance.

Just a few short weeks since the grand opening, B&D’s Melee Hall has become an important and respected installment in the East Central Indiana music scene. With summer kicking off, one can expect things to heat up at the venue as well, offering more shows and a place for all ages to hang out this summer.

For more high quality photography from your favorite local shows, check out Errick X Easterday on Facebook!

Photo: Oceans Grey, by Errick X Easterday

Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

B&D’s Melee Hall hosts benefit show for Oceans Grey to replace stolen equipment

This Saturday at 5 p.m., Muncie’s very own all ages venue, B&D’s Melee Hall, will host their third fundraiser show in an effort to help local band Oceans Grey replace their stolen equipment. Admittance to the show will cost five dollars.

While on tour with All My Friends Are Dead, the vehicle and trailer of Oceans Grey was parked outside of a hotel in Temple, Texas. The following morning, band members found their trailer broken into and a large amount of their equipment stolen. Among the stolen equipment was $300 worth of guitar pedals, $2,000 worth of cymbals, $400 bass drum pedals and two guitars.

Heartbroken but optimistic, Oceans Grey frontman Trae Roberts explains, “When we discovered that our trailer was broken into, we were definitely very upset but we did our best not to let it bring us down too much. We did what we could to finish out the tour.”

Shortly after returning home from the tour, Oceans Grey launched a GoFundMe campaign in the hopes of collecting donations from those who care to help, in order to aid the band in purchasing replacement equipment. Anyone who donates $20 or more will receive an Oceans Grey t-shirt and patches. Currently, the band has raised almost $600.

In an attempt to reach their $2,000 goal quicker, B&D’s Melee Hall offered their venue with bands eagerly lining up to perform at the benefit show. Buddy Geesaman, co-owner of B&D’s Melee Hall and vocalist of Inheritors, said that the venue will pledge a minimum of 70 percent of the profits dependent on the show’s attendance.

“Local supporters should attend the show not only to keep Oceans Grey rolling, but to keep the new venue alive as well,” said Roberts.

Keeping community in mind, Geesaman stated, “The chance to help our friends means a lot to Inheritors. When terrible things like this occur, bands stand united and support each other, proving that we’re more than just a scene. We are a family, we care about one another, we care about our friends’ successes, and we want them to realize their dreams. I honestly believe that helps to make the scene better.”

The lineup for this show will include Inheritors, Archives, Oceans Grey, Plagued By Humanity, We Love You, Safe House, American Living, and Matt Enemy (Wants to Die).

“To be able to help one of my best friends in such an awesome and fun way is super rad. It means a lot to me and the rest of the guys in We Love You. If we had something like this happen to us, we know Oceans Grey and all the other bands in the scene would love to help us out,” said Travis Scriba, drummer of We Love You.

“Sometimes, we fall off track and forget that we are all working for a common goal. We all need to think about it like this: if one band makes it, it will shine a light onto this area. We have no room for jealousy or envy. Our friends, Oceans Grey, are in need. Those dudes are out there chasing their dreams and they have our support. I hope all of the musicians in the area come to the show and support them,” said Geesaman.

To RSVP to the event, click here.

To donate to the band’s GoFundMe campaign, click here.

Written by Chelsea Renee Scofield

Edited by Lina Olsauskas