(*both laugh*) Episode 59: Full band interview with The Venomous Pinks!

(*both laugh*) Episode 59: Full band interview with The Venomous Pinks!

Episode 59 of (*both laugh*) brings us another full band episode! This time, we’re joined by Drea Doll, Gaby Kaos and Cassie Jalilie, collectively known as the kick-ass Arizona punk rock trio The Venomous Pinks! 2022 marks their tenth year as a band, a…

(*both laugh*) Episode 58: The Return of Be Well's Brian McTernan!

(*both laugh*) Episode 58: The Return of Be Well’s Brian McTernan!

(*both laugh*) is somehow up to 58 episodes, but we’re still having fun and some of y’all seem to still enjoy it, so we’ll keep rolling! This episode finds us catching up with the great Brian McTernan again. McTernan was the guest on Episode 15 a couple of years ago, in the lead-up to the debut Be Well album, “The Weight And The Cost.” Next Friday (May 20th if you’re reading this in the future), Be Well is back with a brand new album! It’s a six-song EP called “Hello Sun,” and it finds the band expanding the sonic palette that I thought they had perfected on “TW&TC.” It’s really great and personal and haunting and melodic and everything you want form a post-hardcore record (or whatever, I don’t get labels) and more. We talk an awful lot about the new album and the musical directions.
In a bit of unexpected synchronicity, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, and Brian is no stranger to talking about his struggles with depression and alcohol use and more, as is pretty obvious if you listened to the last album. We talk about that, but about how the new album, while “dark,” isn’t dark for dark’s sake; it’s written from the perspective of someone who has moved through the darkness and worked towards a newfound light. Thus, “Hello Sun.”

We also talked a lot about the newest Hot Water Music Record, “Feel The Void.” After having worked on “A Flight And A Crash” and “Caution” and “The New What Next” roughly two decades ago, McTernan found himself both reconnected with the now five-piece band during the early days of the Covid lockdown and at the helm of “Feel The Void.” It was a fascinating time in that band’s history and produced an important album, and McTernan’s work (and point of view) are invaluable. And we talk a lot about their upcoming tour dates, and there are a TON of them on both sides of the Atlantic, including a lengthy run with New Found Glory and a UK/EU jaunt with Hot Water Music and Samiam.

“Hello Sun” on Bandcamp: https://bewellhardcore.bandcamp.com/album/hello-sun (https://bewellhardcore.bandcamp.com/album/hello-sun )

“Hello Sun” US/Canada vinyl on Revelation Records: https://revhq.com/products/be-well-hello-sun (https://revhq.com/products/be-well-hello-sun )

“Hello Sun” UK/EU vinyl on End Hits: https://endhitsrecords.com/products/be-well-hello-sun (https://endhitsrecords.com/products/be-well-hello-sun )

Be Well merch store: https://bewell.merchnow.com/ (https://bewell.merchnow.com/ )

(*both laughs*) theme song is an excerpt from [laughs] track “Hurts To Laugh.” © KALI MASI 2021 ℗ Take This To Heart Records 2021

Dying Scene Radio - (*both laugh*) Episode 57: The Return of Dave Hause!

Dying Scene Radio – (*both laugh*) Episode 57: The Return of Dave Hause!

At long last (longer than it should have been because…well because time is a social construct really) Dave Hause returns for his second appearance on (*both laugh*)! When last we spoke (Episode 25 if you’re keeping score at home), Dave had just self-released a double EP of Patty Griffin and Paddy Costello/Dillinger Four covers. We were still in Pandemic Year One and that project served as a fun and unique way to stay productive and creative and to dip his toes into navigating through the “new normal” waters.
Fast-forward eighteen months (yes, really…18 months, almost to the day…remember when I said time was a social construct) and it was time for round two! The centerpiece of this installment was Dave’s latest solo album, “Blood Harmony.” It was released last October on his own record label, but because the vinyl is still trickling its way out, I don’t feel QUITE so bad about catching up at the six month post-release mark. “Blood Harmony” found Dave and his brother Tim working together again, this time in Nashville. The duo and producer Will Hoge (himself not only a brilliant songwriter and masterful producer but a veteran of this show as well – see Episode 12) holed up at Sound Emporium with a slew of heavy-hitting studio musicians (Sadler Vaden, Tom Bukovac, Garry Tallent!!?!?!). “Blood Harmony” finds Hause running headlong down the Americana path that he’d been at least tip-toeing down for the last decade.
We talked about the album, and the recording, and Will Hoge’s greatness, and the idea of “chasing the song.” We also talked about his ongoing partnership with Tim (including work on Tim’s own upcoming debut solo album) and about therapy and about touring in a never-ending pandemic and a lot more, as we are want to do.
Check out “Blood Harmony” here: https://davehause.bandcamp.com/album/blood-harmony (https://davehause.bandcamp.com/album/blood-harmony)
While you’re at it, check out the rest of Dave’s bandcamp releases – lots of live shows and some newer B-sides and more: https://davehause.bandcamp.com/ (https://davehause.bandcamp.com/)
Get more Dave goodies and tour dates and whatnot here: http://davehause.com/ (http://davehause.com/)
(*both laughs*) theme song is an excerpt from [laughs] track “Hurts To Laugh.” © KALI MASI 2021 ℗ Take This To Heart Records 2021

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