Sunset Stripped

I feel like I’ve been suffering from an adverse reaction to the “music industry” – one from which I don’t believe that I’ve been able to fully recover.  I can still remember where I was and when it happened – my aversion to the industry began last summer.  I was invited to a festival and just feeling burnt out.  There I was talking to the guys in The Devil Wears Prada and As I Lay Dying and feeling like they were impostors.  This wasn’t entirely their fault.  Press tents have a way of stealing the spontaneity from a conversation.  How can it not?  Half the time the music from other bands that have...

Holy Weather: A Conv...

Civil Twilight is one of those bands that lives in subtlety and is best experienced with headphones on and maybe even with the lights off.  It’s interesting that they would also take their name from that condition of the same name.  Civil Twilight is defined as that time that begins...

The Deconstruction of Mayhem Jul04

The Deconstruction o...

It’s kind of this upside down feeling being lost in the mayhem. Trying to understand the world, our place in it, and wondering if music still has the power to change the world – the way that I once believed it could. Sitting down with artists this year feels a little superficial. Not...

Gods, Monsters, and Conspiracy Theorists Jun27

Gods, Monsters, and ...

Steven Machat has lived the life of a rock star and the odds are that you’ve probably never heard of him. In his tell all book, “Gods, Gangsters and Honour,” Steven dishes all the dirt you could ever want to know about the music industry and while he’s at it he also names every...

Still Can’t Stop The Rock: A Conversation with Str...

It’s hard to think back on certain eras of music without thinking about how those eras were branded. The sixties brought us free love, the seventies groovy acid rock and progressive rock, and the 80’s sort of combined the sixties and seventies and took its love affair with sex, drugs and rock and roll to new heights and gave it all to us in excess. In some ways the 80’s were so self indulgent that the negative stigmas and calamity born out of that time, especially when we remember bands that made headlines, were worn proudly like badges. The music you identified with most was your symbol. If you were a metal head, the Devil, wasn’t...