April 13, 2017

Cardinals – Moving Forward

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I had to chance to chat with the local Bostonians in Cardinals this past month. Cardinals is currently a two-piece pop-punk outfit fresh off their acoustic EP, Aftertaste, looking to make their mark on the scene. We chat about anything and everything Boston while talking about the success of Aftertaste and their plans for 2017.

Let us get to know a bit more about you. What was the last concert you went to (not local)?

Emily: Mine was the The Wonder Years. We saw it together at the House of Blues in Boston. It was sick as hell.

CJ: Mine was Circa Survive at the Western Hall in New York. (more…)

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March 29, 2017

Less Than Jake – Past, Present, and Future

LTJCasual Punk Fan was recently given the honor of interviewing legendary ska-band Less Than Jake on their latest tour throughout the mid-west. Our guest writer, Sean McGrath, has been a Less Than Jake fan for over 15 years. He hopped on the phone with vocalist Chris DeMakes to talk about their new EP, Sound The Alarm.

Casual Punk Fan: You guys have been at it for about 25 years. A lot of bands in the scene don’t make it nearly this long, especially considering you’ve had the same lineup almost this whole time. How do you pull off this kind of longevity as a band?

Chris DeMakes: Just learning how to tour smarter (laughs). We’re not doing the things now that we were doing in our 20s. (more…)

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December 15, 2016

Manic Kat Records – Interview

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I had the chance to chat with Pete James, CEO of Manic Kat Records, where we talked about the history of his indie label and what’s on the horizon for 2017.

Casual Punk Fan: Tell me a little about Manic Kat Records. What inspired you to start label?

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Manic Kat Records: The label actually started back in 2009. I was in a band that was touring and shopping around with some major labels. We had a couple big labels that approached us offering lousy 360 deals. In 2009, that was the peak of the 360 deal. It wasn’t really for us. We walked away to start our own label where we released our music from. A couple months later we picked up a couple of bands and thought we could make a good thing from it. After about a year and a half, I was swamped. I couldn’t handle everything on my own. I was handling everything from public relations, social media, recording, etc. You name it, I was doing it. It was a lot to juggle for one guy so I had to put it on hold. (more…)

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May 4, 2016

Johnny O’Hagan – Idlehands

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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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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 9, 2016

Patrick Miranda: Movements and Growing Up Fast

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Orange County band Movements released their first music video, “Protection,” a little over a year ago with astonishing results. We had the pleasure of talking with vocalist Patrick Miranda during a brief 5-show run with fellow So-Cal band Idlehands for what would be his first interview ever.

Casual Punk Fan: You guys seem like a pretty young group, is that correct?

Patrick: I just turned 20. All of the rest of the guys are 23.

What is it like pursuing a career in music from such a young age? What do your parents think about it?

Honestly, that’s a touchy subject. (more…)

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