BleachBANGS/Trauma of Hed P.E.

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!




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BleachBANGS/All That Remains

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
                                                                                                  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.

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Website: All That Remains

Facebook: All That Remains

Label: Razor & Tie



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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.

Don’t forget to check out  Metalapolis Records  for the best Rock has to offer!

Buy the new release “Roar” Here




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The Center of the Universe Festival 2015

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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,, and make plans to attend next year. DSC_0001 DSC_0035 DSC_0023  DSC_0011DSC_0021 DSC_0063 DSC_0087 DSC_0123 DSC_0183 DSC_0238 DSC_0228 DSC_0216 DSC_0187 DSC_0242 DSC_0262 DSC_0265 DSC_0271 DSC_0286 DSC_0277 DSC_0275 DSC_0325 DSC_0375 DSC_0380 DSC_0339 DSC_0344 DSC_0411 DSC_0354 DSC_0421 DSC_0446 DSC_0491 DSC_0507 DSC_0521 DSC_0577 DSC_0558 DSC_0547 DSC_0567 DSC_0659 DSC_0618 DSC_0581 DSC_0624 DSC_0712 DSC_0736 DSC_0705 DSC_0729 DSC_0699 DSC_0719 DSC_0695 DSC_0717 DSC_0764 DSC_0746 DSC_0750 DSC_0770 DSC_0780 DSC_0756 DSC_0760 DSC_0812 DSC_0825 DSC_0952 DSC_0988 DSC_0879 DSC_0907 DSC_0028 DSC_0030 DSC_0922 DSC_0089 DSC_0083 DSC_0067 DSC_0043 DSC_0135 DSC_0193 DSC_0189 DSC_0128 DSC_0118 DSC_0174 DSC_0144 DSC_0094 DSC_0198 DSC_0263 DSC_0222 DSC_0296 DSC_0224 DSC_0502 DSC_0232 DSC_0514 DSC_0537 DSC_0581 DSC_0538 DSC_0601 DSC_0554 DSC_0632 DSC_0569 DSC_0679 DSC_0688 DSC_0768 DSC_0694 DSC_0808 DSC_0703 DSC_0831 DSC_0733 DSC_0840 DSC_0894 DSC_0907 DSC_0925 DSC_0956

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BleachBANGS/Night Argent

Night Argent

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 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!


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An Evening With 311

On Monday, July 6th, the 311 tour billed as “An Evening With 311” made a stop at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City and I was lucky enough to be in attendance. The venue was packed full of fans of all ages. For this concert there were no “opening bands”, so you knew the crowd packing the place was there to see 311. Once the clock hit 8:30 the crowd started chanting 311…311…311…anticipating one their favorite bands taking the stage. Once the band took the stage there was no denying the energy level in the room.
Although there was not a lot of banter and chatting between songs, which to me proves that these guys have still got it and don’t need too much “down time” or “breaks”, it did not hinder the crowds interest one bit. I watched the fans get more and more excited with each song, and they were singing along to every song. I made it a point to keep an eye on social media leading up to this show to see what the general response was going to be from the local crowd, which was amazing. People were gushing about 311. While at the show, I then tried to listen on conversations as I passed through the crowd to take it all in and all I heard were people raving about the show and singing along. The only thing that would have made the show better is if the stage was set up on the beach and I had my toes in the sand and sipping on a fruity cocktail.
There is a reason these guys are still making music and touring after all these years. I hope you take the time and make it a point to check out 311 if they are coming to your area. Check their tour dates at I am glad I did.
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311 Oklahoma City

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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. 

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Nothing More “Jenny” Tour

Nothing More first came onto our radar about 3 years ago when we were able to catch their show with Hinder and Buckcherry. They were such a breath of fresh air. Their style and music was refreshing and innovative. We have been lucky enough to catch their sets a handful of times since then; however, we have been patiently waiting for a headlining tour so we could see them for more than the normal 20-30 minute set time. Fast forward to May 31, 2015…we finally got our wish.  The first stop on their headlining “Jenny” Tour was in Oklahoma City, and of course we were there.  The music these guys put out is lyrically edgy, and musically fantastic.  You can’t help but love what these guys are doing.  Their music is honest, straight to the point, and doesn’t fit into the typical cookie cutter mold many of today’s bands are falling into.  They make a statement, and it is awesome!! I cannot wait to catch another show, and I will not miss them anytime they are in the area. Check them out if they are coming through your area.  You will not be disappointed.  And pick up their self titled album Nothing More. While
you’re at it, go ahead and get their first album “The Few Not Fleeting” as well.  Both albums are worth it.DSC_0248
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Straight Line Stitch

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.

Transparency Track Listing:

  1. Out of the Shadows
  2. Dark Matter
  3. Out of Body
  4. Face of God
  5. Wilderness
  6. Human Bondage


6/12/2015 Battle Creek MI The Music Factory
6/13/2015 Clarksville TN The Warehouse
6/14/2015 St. Louis MO The Ready Room
6/16/2015 Dallas TX Trees
6/17/2015 Houston TX Scout Bar
6/18/2015 Austin TX The Dirty Dog Bar
6/19/2015 San Antonio TX 210 Kapone’s
6/20/2015 Lubbock TX Jake’s Back Room
6/21/2015 El Paso TX Tricky Falls
6/22/2015 Albuquerque NM Launch Pad
6/23/2015 Phoenix AZ Club Red
6/24/2015 Las Vegas NV LVCS
6/25/2015 W.Hollywood CA Whisky A Go Go (ILL NINO + SLS ONLY)
6/26/2015 Fresno CA Fulton 55
6/27/2015 Long Beach CA Club Hydra
6/28/2015 Corona CA M15 Concert Bar


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 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  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!

Date Venue. Location Tickets
Jun 05 The Loft

Lansing, MI Tickets
Jun 06 A&R Music Bar

Columbus, OH Tickets
Jun 07 The Studio at The Waiting Room

Buffalo, NY Tickets
Jun 09 Altar Bar

Pittsburgh, PA Tickets
Jun 10 Shakas Live

Virginia Beach, VA Tickets
Jun 13 Kress Live

Biloxi, MS Tickets
Jun 14 Nitetown

Lafayette, LA Tickets
Jun 15 Dirty Dog Bar Austin, TX Tickets
Jun 16 House of Rock

Corpus Christi, TX Tickets
Jun 17 Average Joe’s

Laredo, TX
Jun 18 Club Dada Dallas, TX Tickets
Jun 19 The Aztec Theater

San Antonio, TX Tickets
Jun 21 Launchpad

Albuquerque, NM Tickets
Jun 22 The Black Sheep

Colorado Springs, CO Tickets
Jun 23 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO Tickets
Jun 24 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO Tickets
Jun 27 ‘Right To Rise’ Album Release Show

Pontiac, MI Tickets
Aug 07 Heavy Montreal 2015 Montreal, Canada Tickets
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