May 4, 2016

Johnny O’Hagan – Idlehands


Vocalist Johnny O’Hagan may front San Diego’s groovy, progressive band Idlehands by night, but by day he’s spinning up lattes and getting a degree from Berklee College of Music. We took a moment to catch up with him about his band and what we can expect to see from them very soon.

Casual Punk Fan: What have you been up to?

Johnny: All of us have been busting ass. We usually take a week or so off after a tour but we’re trying not to do that anymore so we can use all the time we have. On top of that I’ve been working full time, going to school, practicing with the band and writing. (more…)

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March 31, 2016

AOTM: April – Rare Futures


New York-based Rare Futures, formerly Happy Body Slow Brain, have made a dramatic reemergence with their new record This Is Your Brain On Love. We spoke with Matt Fazzi (Lead vocals, guitar, keys) about the band and what it takes to be an independent artist.

Casual Punk Fan: You’re often tied to your time with Taking Back Sunday, let’s start there.

Matt: It lasted just shy of 3 years. It was one album cycle essentially and a couple live albums in the middle of that too. It was a good little run.

You have a pretty long musical resume. What else have you been a part of?

Oh man. After Taking Back Sunday I spent the next 5 years touring with my friends in a band called The Dear Hunter playing guitar, and I played keyboards for a band called Into it. Over It. that are also friends of mine. (more…)

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February 29, 2016

AOTM: March – Like Pacific


Fresh off the debut release of their first full-length record, Distant Like You Asked, we caught up with Like Pacific outside of Slim’s in San Francisco, CA while on the Alternative Press Tour with State Champs, Neck Deep and Knuckle Puck.

Casual Punk Fan: Let us first get to know you a bit. What did you guys listen to on your way out here?

All: Good Charlotte!

Chris: A bit of Counterparts, Comeback Kid, Taylor Swift.

Luke: All over the board!

Do you guys have similar tastes in music when you’re traveling in the van? Is anyone banned from being DJ? (more…)

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February 29, 2016

Stickup Kid – ‘Debris’


After a discerning quiet spell, San Jose’s Stickup Kid are back with a new EP entitled Debris. The pop-punk quartet’s latest is a short sampling of high-octane pop punk that’s a must-listen. You can pick up Debris for free for a limited time on the band’s website. We’re going to keep a close eye on these guys while waiting for their next move.

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February 18, 2016

Carlo Marquez: Stolas Then and Now

stolasFollowing some tours supporting their sophomore album, Allomaternal, Las Vegas band Stolas parted ways with lead vocalist Jason Weiche, forcing some tough decisions for the band. Drummer and backing vocalist Carlo Marquez spoke with us to discuss what fans can expect from Stolas and what they’ve been up to since the change.

The Stolas camp has been quiet for a while, what have you guys been doing for the past few months?

We have songs that we are recording soon. It’s just a couple of demos. Lots of writing for now.

Walk us through the whole change that the band went through. (more…)

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February 18, 2016

Calling All Captains – ‘Disconnect’


Why does Canada churn out the best pop-punk bands? It’s a mystery, but I’m damn pleased they do. Calling All Captains just released their latest EP, Disconnect, this month. Featuring a dash of easy-core, a sparkle of sentimentality, and an overdose of energy, Disconnect aims high and hits its mark. Crack open a Molson (or Labatts, your preference) and nod your head to this downright catchy EP filled with enough mid-2000’s nostalgia to make your day.

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