After missing HED P.E. the numerous times that they had been through our area in the last few years, I was ecstatic to finally be able to catch them this time around at the Farmers Market in downtown Oklahoma City with Mushroomhead. Bringing with them a phenomenal band called Unsaid Fate, led by vocalist Jackie LaPonza who is beautiful as well as powerful. Unsaid Fate brought us an early treat with Mushroomhead’s Church doing double duty on bass after the bands Bassist quit the band right before the tour… His loss for sure! We were honored to be able to catch a quick interview with Trauma, the big haired outgoing and funny as hell drummer of Hed P.E. Trauma tells us all about how the set list is chosen and the creative process behind the song writing. There is no doubt that this is a man that is happy to be where is and wants to share the love of music he has with everyone he comes in contact with. Trauma let us know that true to the Hed P.E. standard, the next album fans can expect a whole new music fused with as many of their influences past and present as well as maybe some new combinations that have yet to be tried thus far in the world of music. Aside from a few technical sound issues, Hed P.E. lit the stage on fire, with pure in your face blazing metal. Not many bands in this day and age have the diverse catalog of songs that these guys do. In my book, that shows amazing talent and drive. I vow to never miss another Hed P.E. show again when they come to town, and that’s a promise!
Members: Philip Labonte – vocals Label: Razor & Tie Mike Martin – guitar Hometown: Springfield, MA Oli Herbert – guitar Albums: 7 Jeanne Sagan – bass The Order of Things-2015 Jason Costa – drums A War You Cannot Win-2012 For We Are Many-2010 Overcome-2008 The Fall of Ideals-2006 This Darkened Heart-2004 Behind Silence and Solitude 2002
The band All That Remains never fails to impress me more and more every time I catch one of their shows. I have seen them transform in amazing ways. When I first heard All That Remains, they were a heavy, in your face metal band that I really liked.
I’ve seen many comments on-line about how the band has “Sold Out” on their latest release “The Order of Things”. I disagree. All That Remains have done a great job of evolving into what is relevant without “Selling Out”. This band is heavy and hard core at their roots, but that doesn’t mean they are afraid to play more melodic, slower tempo songs such as “What if I Was Nothing” or my favorite “This Probably Won’t End Well”.
I saw them recently at Kattfest in Okc, and they opened with 2 songs off of their new album, then took us back in time with gut wrenching vocals from Phil and pound your face against a brick wall riffs from Oli.
In my opinion, All That Remains is one of the best well rounded bands of 2015 because they are not scared to adapt, to change, and don’t give 2 shits if you want to hear a ballad at a show or not they will do it anyway… Then they rip off her prom dress and throw her to the floor.
Just when you thought Germany was known for their Stout, Heavy, must have lagers, in walks Twenty Dark Seven. Taking everything that makes Germany great, rolled up into one tight knit Rock ‘N’ Roll package. Founded in 2013 By “Pump” founder Marcus Jürgens on vocals and guitarist Peter Wagner of “Wicked Temptation” fame. Twenty Dark Seven had a few line-up changes before settling on Alex Jansen on bass, and Hans in ‘t Zandt on drums. Now that we have the introductions squared away, These guys have taken Germany by the balls after recently signing with Metalapolis Records. I love listening to Marcus’ melodic vocals, he can get the whole crowd singing along as well as get downright dirty and heavy. Peters guitar is a harmonic dream come true for any aspiring guitarist, a mix of Randy Rhodes, Zakk Wylde, as well as George Lynch all thrown together. No doubt this man took cues from the best in metal history and present as his influence.
Center of the Universe Festival 2105
The Center of the Universe Festival is an annual, 2 day music festival located in downtown Tulsa in the Brady Arts District. The festival is named after the downtown Tulsa landmark “The Center of the Universe”. This was the third year for the festival, and our first year to attend. This year the festival features over 100 bands on 3 outdoor stages and scattered throughout the multiple stages located in the clubs and venues throughout the Brady Arts District.
There was a very diverse variety of bands for people of all ages to enjoy. So whether you were the two year old girl and her brother dancing to Roxy Roca at the Guthrie Green Stage, or the 60 year old couple listening to Nicnos at the Oklahoma Showcase Stage, there was something for everyone. If you wanted a break from the music, the streets were line up with food trucks to make sure you didn’t go hungry. There were also several street vendors selling a wide variety of goods.
While this was only the third year of this festival, I honestly believe a lot of other festivals should take notes from this one. From the minute we arrived walked in the gates, I knew this wasn’t going to be like any other festival we have been to. This was by far the most organized and crowd friendly festival I have ever been to. It was a breath of fresh air. If you had questions, there were info tents as well as volunteers with “Info” flags standing at most of the intersections to help festival goers make the most of their experience. Since the weather was typical, 100 degree, Oklahoma July temps, they allowed you to bring in a sealed bottle of water and had several water refill stations set up free of charge. They also had huge mister tents set up with plenty of seating in each of them for people to try and escape the heat.
In my opinion, you should absolutely make plans to attend this festival next year. I will make sure I am there. My only two regrets are that this was my first year to go, and that I was unable to attend Friday night. You can download the Center of the Universe Festival app to help you keep track of the lineup and schedule to make it easier for you. The app allowed you to tap on the bands you didn’t want to miss and it could give you a reminder notification so you didn’t miss that band. I used the app and found it very helpful.
The Center of the Universe Festival gets two thumbs up from me. Along with being a great festival, they give back to the community as well. A portion of the proceeds go to the Tulsa Public Schools Music Program. The festival also supports Oklahoma artists through numerous funds. Check out their website for more information, www.centeroftheuniversefestival.com, and make plans to attend next year.
How long has Night Argent been together? Is this the original line-up?:
We’ve been Night Argent for just over a year, But the five of us have been playing music together for about 3 years. We spent our first year or two developing our sound and the direction for the band.
What has been the hardest part about being on the Vans Warped Tour?:
The hardest part so far has been the heat we dealt with in the Southwest. We’ve loved every minute of Warped Tour so far, but the days where it hit 100+ and we’re out in the sun all day were exhausting. But we’re doing what we love, so we can’t really complain.
What is your songwriting process like?:
We start with lyrics, melody, and the basic chord structure. From there we work in our studio building up production around the song, and once we get it to a point that we’re excited to start showing people, we start working it into our live set. Our songs develop the most when we play them live, we’ve structured our sound around the idea that we want to give our fans the live experience even if they’re just listening on their headphones.
Have you been star-struck in the last 2 years? By who?:
We’ve had the opportunity to play with and meet some amazing established artists that we really respect, but they’ve always made us feel like family, and made us realize that these goals we have set for ourselves are attainable. Meeting these artists like Imagine Dragons, Parachute, and Andy Grammar, really opened our eyes to the fact that they’re working just as hard as we are to make a living doing what they love. It’s been really inspiring.
Are you able to get any breaks in the Warped Tour? If so, what do you do in your downtime?:
Warped Tour is pretty non stop, but when we do get some downtime we all grab our longboards and hit the town exploring. Our second stop was in Ventura, CA right on the Pacific Ocean. We all got a chance to ride our longboards down the board walk, and then hop in the water. It’s important that we find time to do stuff like that as a group of friends, rather than having everything be about just our music. We want to create as many unique memories and experiences as possible.
Tell me about the events leading to Night Argent being put on the Warped Tour.:
We were part of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, and we got selected to play the finals in L.A. opening up for The Devil Wears Prada at the Fonda Theatre. We ended up winning the whole battle, and Kevin Lyman gave us a spot on this years Warped Tour. It was all pretty surreal, and now we’re having the time of our lives.
Chase, tell me more about ProjectHustle by Vitamin Water. Your project looks amazing! What a great way to give back to artists in a way that really helps them on many levels.:
We’ve been so blessed by the support system we have between our friends, family and fans. Not every band has that same support behind them, so our goal is to create a space for those independent artists to really build a community around to support one another. We actually just reached our goal today, and our new performance studio ‘The Scarlet Room’ is being funded by vitaminwater.
Check out this awesome project!!
Tell me about all the plans for Night Argent for the rest of the year, what can we look forward to in the months to come?:
After Warped Tour we’re playing the Gentleman of the Road festival with Foo Fighters and Mumford and Sons, then we are shooting our next music video and starting work on an EP with John Feldmann. We’ve got a busy year ahead of us, but we can’t wait to share everything we’ve been working on.
If I took your iphone/ipod what would I expect to be listening to?:
All of us have a huge variety in taste, you’ll hear everything from John Mayer to Tove lo, and Seven Lions to Johnny Cash. There’s no telling what kind of music will pop up when one of us has our phones set to shuffle.
If you want to check out our music you can see our debut music video at www.NightArgent.com.Or find us on your favorite social media sites by searching ‘Night Argent.’ We appreciate the support and can’t wait to see you on tour!
Bleachbangs is proud to announce An Evening with 311 on July 6th ay The Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City. Doors open at 7, with the show starting at 8. This is an all ages event and tickets can be purchased HERE Make plans to attend this show and let’s show these guys that OKC rocks!!
311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Los Angeles, California.
311 mix rock, reggae, hip-hop and funk into their own unique sound. After years of consistent touring, 311 have developed a reputation as one of the most influential and most entertaining live bands in the U.S.
311 have released eleven studio albums, one live album, one greatest hits album and three dvd’s – and have sold over 9 million albums in the U.S. Nine of their albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Sales Chart…and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Alternative Rock Radio Chart (including the #1 singles Down, Love Song & Don’t Tread On Me; along with Amber, All Mixed Up, Come Original, Creatures For Awhile, Hey You and Sunset in July).
311 recorded their 11th studio album, STEREOLITHIC, for a March 11, 2014 release, which debuted at #6 on the Top 200 Album Chart.
The band’s celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide. Since its inception in 2004, 311’s annual summer headlining amphitheatre run, Unity Tour, has become one of the largest modern rock concerts of the summer. Support acts on previous Unity Tours have included Sublime with Rome, Cypress Hill, The Offspring, Slightly Stoopid, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Papa Roach, The Wailers, O.A.R., Matisyahu, and Ziggy Marley.
I’m not much for female vocals in my rock music I know it, people around me know it. I see a girl walk up on stage and I tend to go get a beer. Until… Straight Line Stitch knocked on the door, asked politely to come in and then proceeds to make themselves at home in my “no girls allowed “club. Where have these guys been? Why haven’t I checked them out sooner? Oh yeah, my narrow scope of what Rock and Roll should be had deprived me of one of the best bands that I have heard in awhile. Once I put my preconceived opinions aside, I found an extremely precise, and solid metal band that pulls my emotions from the inside out. The vocals are so intense I can’t help but smile ear to ear. The band is fluid and flows as a single unit to deliver heart racing riffs and nonstop in your face metal that would open a circle pit in any venue guaranteed. Straight Line Stitch has been around for quite some time and have many albums and ep’s under their belt, but after previewing their latest album “Transparency” set for release on June 30th I will guarantee this will be their biggest success to date it is outstanding. You can pre-Order the Transparency CD Here.
The BleachBANGS Sydicate recently caught up with Chad, lead vocalist of the Detroit band “WILSON”. As I could only speculate, this was going to be a hilarious, and entertaining interview. And what else would you expect from a band with enough balls to name their first album “Full Blast Fucekery”? Chad was in great spirits and extremely excited to start the first date of their tour with “Nothing More”.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from their live performance, but the band came out punching at your genitals (as Chad would say) And left no doubt that this a band that is on its way to the top. If you are like me and have never heard of Wilson you are in for a treat.
These guys love what they are doing, and they do it well and leave it all out on the stage, One of the best new live performances I have seen in a very long time.
Make sure you pick up “Full Blast Fuckery” and pre-order “Right to Rise set to release June 30th at http://wilsonisaband.com/. And catch them out with Nothing More as well as another great band called “Red Sun Rising”.
I apologize for the wind noise throughout this interview I hope it doesn’t distract you from all the hilarity in the recording!