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AV AMPLIFIED!//Distortion- Baby Metal

Welcome once again to AV AMPLIFIED!, where we feature the hottest music videos on the scene! This time, we are featuring everybody’s most favorite kawaii metal band: Baby Metal!

There seems to have been much debate as far as this band goes. I know a lot of those “die hard” metal fans who like to go around saying what is truly “metal” and what isn’t. But when you listen to Baby Metal, sorry to break it to you, but it’s about as metal as it gets! It’s the perfect combination of classic J-pop and modern death metal. These brutal babes will rip your heart out, take a bite out, and shove it right back in.

I, for one, just happily accept it.

Baby Metal has made quite the statement in the world, topping charts and performing giant festivals right alongside some of the greatest metal artists of all time including, but not limited to: the Big 4 (Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer), Korn, Rob Zombie, Guns N Roses, Judas Priest and many others to come! I have also seen them in pictures with Alice Cooper, so you know that if they are Alice approved, they just have to be great.

Baby Metal have just released their newest single “Distortion”, which continues on the saga in the Metal Resistance through the release of Episode VII Apocrypha of Metal Resistance – The Chosen Seven . This was in celebration of their 2018 tour! (Dates below)

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Unfortunately for me and many others, the tour is pretty small so they won’t be coming to Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have a date in the future for us! (PLEEEEEEEEEAAAASSSEEEEE!!!! P.S I wouldn’t say no to free tickets!)

With all that being said, let’s take a look at their new video– “Distortion”.

[Distortion] Available!
https://BMetal.lnk.to/Distortion

【Apple Music – BABYMETAL】
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/ba…

【Spotify – BABYMETAL】
http://open.spotify.com/artist/630wzN

This tune doesn’t mess around. It’s brutal right from the very first blast beat! Fast, brutal and triumphant, with a hint of an industrial metal element in the mix. The angelic pop voices of Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal burst through the thunder of the band, yet they never steal the spotlight. It always merges so well, and that continues to hold solid in “Distortion”.

In this video, we are introduced to the Chosen Seven as they appear in the apocalyptic cityscape ready for battle. Each character is depicted to be unique from one another and have each their own unique ability. Throughout the video, the warriors are battling large demonic entities.

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This video definitely goes all out. Beautiful cinematic effects, breath-taking costume designs, and the makeup is flawless. It brings the whole story to life. When I watch this video, I feel like I’m watching a trailer for a movie that’s about to be the next summer block buster. Although it’s short, the whole experience is memorable!

This video also raised a lot of questions as to what has happened to Yuimetal, and who exactly these “Chosen Seven” are. From what I have gathered, Yuimetal is still very much in the band but will not be touring due to a “medical condition”. Hopefully all is well for her as many Baby Metal fans are worried for her, including myself.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to what is to come in the career of Baby Metal.

“Baby Metal’s challenge for world domination continues and only the Fox God knows what the future will hold.” – Baby Metal Official

Follow Baby Metal in the links below!

BABYMETAL Official Website
http://www.babymetal.com/en/
http://www.babymetal.com/jp/

BABYMETAL Official Twitter
https://twitter.com/BABYMETAL_JAPAN

BABYMETAL Official Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/BABYMETAL.jp

BABYMETAL Official Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/babymetal_o…

 

Emily Mae

Edited by: Cat Sullivan

Extended Play//The Divide-Those Dirty Thieves

 

Welcome Music Maehem readers and subscribers to Extended Play with the Illinois punk/metal band, Those Dirty Thieves!

They just dropped their new single “So What” on 4/20, which was then followed by the release of their newest EP The Divide! Personally, I have been waiting for this EP since I saw it announced way back in February, so it was my pleasure to bring it over here for a review!

For those of you who haven’t seen these guys killin’ it on stage, you should get out there ASAP! They have the amazing energy of metal combined with the attitude of punk, and have an extraordinary talent of turning the entire room into a pit with ease. I got to witness this firsthand one evening at the Pollock Inn in Wausau, Wisconsin. Ever since that night, this band has stayed stuck in my brain, so I have just been waiting for the first chance I had to jump on a feature for these guys!

This EP enthralls you from the very first note. As soon as it begins, I couldn’t help but think, “Ooooh shit!” –I knew I was in for something sweet!

The first track is “Full Moon”, which is full of attitude and rage. It gives you the feeling of being chased by wolves, or maybe even fighting wolves! Either way, you feeling the mighty wrath of wolves and it gets your blood pumping!  I’m sure that has something to do with the name of the track, but that being said, as Marceline The Vampire Queen of Adventure Time once put it, “The only thing women love more than fun is excitement. She needs to feel her blood pump, man! She needs to… BE CHASED BY WOLVES!”

“Full Moon” fades perfectly into the next track, “Growing Old”. Those Dirty Theives have adopted the tagline “WRECK YOUR NECK”, and this track is guaranteed to fulfill that goal for the listener! Fast, thrashy, and relentless with plenty of killer bass licks to peak your heart’s desire. This track has so much drive and force to it, it’s a tough call, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be this one. I’m in love with the thrash metal influence throughout, but that very punk ending reminded me a bit of the old Offspring albums as well.

“So What” was the first track that Those Dirty Thieves revealed to all of us. It’s easy to see why, as it is the perfect highlight of what to expect from this EP. It has great hooks and heavy riffs as well as the powerful drums and catchy lyrics that are all married together into this track. When I first heard this tune, it hooked me instantly.  Just to be nice, here is the link to the single below for your listening pleasure, but don’t stop there!

Things slow down just a bit in  the next track, “Chasers”. There are heavy breakdowns that hold some of the nu-metal flavor. Of course though, things speed back up and the thrash returns once again, featuring one HELL of a sick guitar solo!

We finish out this EP with “Back From The Dead”. This track is also a little bit slower at times, but still keeping the fast, brutal and definitely face melting style that is Those Dirty Thieves. This is the perfect ending for this EP– the fact that it had to end at all was a real bummer, but all good things come to an end as they say, and if it HAS to end, this track is the best way to do it. Continuing to show they are heavy as fuck, it ends just in time for you to give your neck a much needed break.

Overall this EP is an absolute must on any playlist worth having. Each track is pretty short, so it helps you get your energy and anger out right in time to finish your lunch break and get back to the grind. If that’s not enough for you, just put this bad boy on repeat!

The Divide by Those Dirty Thieves is available now–hit that link below and prepare to WRECK YOUR NECK!

You can also join them in person with the neck-wrecking at their next show on May 11th at Smith’s Downtown!

Be sure to follow Those Dirty Thieves on all the social media you can find!

https://open.spotify.com/album/0NbWXRaDKY2MyzHDU66aAL

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/those-dirty-thieves/id1092872590

https://www.facebook.com/thosedirtythieves/

Want to see them live? Check them out at Smith’s Downtown May 11th!

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-Written and co-written/edited by Emily Mae and Cat Sullivan, respectively 

 

Gearview Mirror//Mason Burglund- Guitarist: Beetlegork

Hello again, local readers and gear enthusiasts. Welcome to another look through the local Gearview Mirror. This week I am featuring the seismic tone and gear of Mason Berglund of Beetlegork. He’s got some interesting things to show us so let’s get down to business.

 

As usual we start with the axe. This is my personal favorite piece of his tone puzzle. I’ve always liked finding other guitarists that play “Frankenstein” guitars, and this axe is nothing short of it.  With a distressed L.T.D. body,(that has gone through hell and back) this beast gives all the right vibes.Which, you would expect from its appearance and personality when waiting for the first note. As for pickups, Mason has filled the void with B.C. Rich pulled from a broken acrylic B.C. Rich guitar.

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On Masons Pedalboard building this huge tone I discovered:

A Y split pedal made by Saturnwerks that allows him to split his signal and run both signals though at once.

 

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A Rowin Noise Gate. (Any noise gate is necessary in any board).

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A Tuner Power : Tuner/ power supply. This is some creative, original, and convenient shit I first witnessed through this interview, and am getting one for sure!

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A Superego synth engine is the next on the chain list.

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Followed by a Tremoverb: Tremolo / reverb combo pedal. Made by Daddy Daughter pedals.

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Heavy Metal HM 2 for distortion

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And ending with a Nux: Time force analog delay simulation pedal.

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All of these pedals are on constantly, so don’t think any bit of this unnecessary. Every step is just as important as the last when your building you “Identity” as a guitarist, and I must say his tone is certainly a diamond in in the local rough.

Mason uses a Peavey XXL Transtube series 100 for his amplifier. Although I usually find Peavey in the thrash circuit, but this baby could find a place anywhere in the versatile rock world.

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The final piece of the monster that is Mason Berglund is his crazy vintage cabinet. This baby emanates age and nestalgia and has “the balls” to boot.

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All in all, I can say I am very happy I decided to feature this gear. There was definitely something to take from the consistency and width  in his tone that left me feeling like I was embarking on a journey I would never forget.

Be sure to check out Beetlegork in the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/beetlegork/

Thank you all for joining me back stage for another look through the Gearview Mirror.

Check out next week’s article on Beetlegork’s bassist Levi Berglund, and as always- Thrash fast and headbang hard.

-Mitchel Fulcer

Editing/video/feature photo credit: Emily Mae

On The Road//Metal St. Patty’s Day Party

What do you get when you mix heavy metal, beer from the Back Bar, Chuck E.Cheese, hand jobs, and a guest appearance from Squidhammer Metal? You get one hell of an interesting interview with Act Of Defiance when they came to Janesville, WI  to melt faces.

Be sure to pick up their newest album Old Scars, New Wounds:  from Metal Blade Records!  Watch/listen/order:http://www.metalblade.com/actofdefiance

Part 2 of our St. Patrick’s Day coverage, Henry and Matt were gracious enough to take some time to be interviewed for Music Maehem.
Also featured this week is a compilation video of the bands that opened for Act Of Defiance that night–some great talent all around that night at the Back Bar, make sure you check it out!
Featuring:
  • Bury The Enemy : https://burytheenemy.bandcamp.com/
  • Squidhammer Metal: http://www.squidhedz.com/
  • American Zeros: http://www.americanzeros.com/
  • Shattered Sun: https://www.facebook.com/ShatteredSunBand/
Cat Sullivan

AV Amplified!// Basement Nasty- The Red Flags

Welcome to AV Amplified! the section of Music Maehem where we review the latest in music videos from the local scene! The band filling this honored slot is none other than The Red Flags, which I am always happy to rant and rave about.

The title for this single and music video for The Red Flags is called “Basement Nasty.” Immediately, the video starts off in a flash of bright, contrasting colors that are present throughout the rest of the video. The song itself is reminiscent of a song that would have fit right in somehow in both the 60’s and still perfectly well today in 2018, and the video is a wonderful complement to that.

The video takes place in a basement, appropriately, lit by ropes of Christmas lights. Throughout the video, you can see the words “FUCK YOUR EARS” plastered on the wall in the background where the band takes turns being featured on the microphone. The phrase is also the chorus to the song, and I can’t think of a more suitable one—because this song is just a two-and-a-half minute long EAR-GASM!

I can’t get enough of the double vocals featured throughout the verses from both lead singer/guitarist Gabe and bassist Ally. Gabe’s harsh rap-esque lyrics and vocals with Ally’s melodic vocals being sang simultaneously supplement each other beautifully, creating a unique harmony to the entire song. Jonah plays his heart out on the skins in the background, and his two-beat-and-pause approach in the beginning of each verse pairs amazingly with the guitar riffs.

As I said in my previous post about this band, they have a Rage Against the Machine meets White Stripes vibe, and this video is a shining example to ring true to that notion.

Long story short, this whole production gave me an ear-boner. The Red Flags kick ass and so do this song and video!

The official release date is March 28th, 2018, and the video will be live on their YouTube channel, which you can find here :

 

Don’t forget to like them on Facebook of course also!!  https://www.facebook.com/theredflags/ 

Cat Sullivan

Extended Play//Boy Band- Pillbook

Pillbook: a powerful, brash, young sludge-pop duo from Chelsea, Massechusetts. The masterminds behind this project are Aaron Garcia and Randy Aguilar. A member of their band dropped out during their first tour, but they didn’t give up, and because of that they have created their own destiny. Their first EP Boy Band, which was released through Five By Two Records, is available now! (Link at the end of the article)

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https://www.facebook.com/fivebytworecords/
Pillbook influences come from various 90’s grunge bands and modern bands such as Death from Above, ’68, and Superheaven, but also modern artists such as Kanye West, Lil Pump, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino. This is reflected throughout the EP. This album really pulls at the heart of teenage angst from start to finish.
“When The Sun Comes Up” captures your emotions right away with powerful guitar hooks as well as powerful and passionate vocals. This song is one I personally favor because of the grunge style and attitude.
“Skipping The Lines On The Sidewalk” is an easy-to-listen-to tune that reminds me of 90’s Indie bands. This is a song with very high nostalgic value– one of those songs you listen to during the summertime and reflect upon in the winter when all of those good times become memories. They also created a video for this track. You can experience it in the link below!


“Hard Hearts” brings the pace up a bit from the others, coming at you fast, heavy, and grainy. This tune very much brings the listener to life. In a way, it reminds me of something I would have heard in the movie Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. It has a few slow, clean breakdowns as well, which gives this track a really nice balance. The bass within this EP is really prominent which I feel only serves to create more emotion, but I especially love it here. Personally, I feel that a band without a bassist is like a BLT sandwich without the bacon!
“Boyskissboysandgirlsownthierbodies” is a song with lyrics we can relate to. It creates a feeling of wonder, causing us to reflect upon ourselves. My favorite part of the lyrics is:
Do we all have our own destined expiration date
But you tell me to get on my knees before it’s too late
And we all die young or old and we end up in the ground

It reflects within that no one is better than anyone else and we all have our place, as well as reminding us that no one lives forever and we all will die one day no matter what.

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“Stay Laz” has a little bit of everything, which makes this song the best one to end this EP on. Why? Because it leaves you wanting more!! The drums throughout the album are so on point, but it’s especially reflected in this track. As it goes from a slow and even tempo, with random outbursts and then goes flawlessly into a fast-pace tempo. There is a beautiful and pleasant breakdown within also which has been a common element featured per each track. As this album begins to conclude, we even get a taste of metal-esque style they are capable of in the end.
I’m sure you’re thinking, “Metal? What?” but yes. Trust me. Metal. Kind of thrash metal to be specific, which I thought added a very unique flavor and ended this EP on a great note.
This EP is very impressive and they were not kidding when they said the music was “mature” for their age. This amazing teen duo has so much talent between the two of them and I see a very successful career ahead of them!
See them live March 30th at Raven Worcester in Worcester, Massechusetts!

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To purchase their album check out their Bandcamp below!
https://pillbookband.bandcamp.com/album/boy-band
It is also available on itunes, Google Play and Spotify!
itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/boy-band-ep/1323069286?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Google: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Pillbook_Boy_Band?id=Brem5kmfsc72agct67ywqvpqexa
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Duw9KLbiE5iFWTZpfFDhE
Emily Mae

One Night Stand//Split Single// Burial Ground- Order Of Unukalhai and BeetleGork

It’s time for a One Night Stand and this time you are going home with two doom metal beauties. Burial Ground is a unique release featuring two bands coming together to form one special edition single! The first track is brought to you by Order Of Unukalhai, whom we featured earlier this month in our monthly segment of Fresh Blood. In case you didn’t read the article (which I strongly encourage you to do), Order Of The Unukalhai is a doom/black metal band. Beetlegork, however, is a band we haven’t yet introduced you to yet.
Beetlegork is a 3 piece death/sludge metal band from Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin, that began in 2016. Besides their part in this single,they also have an EP out called Trepanation and are currently working on an album that they will be releasing this summer!

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We get hit hard and heavy as the tragic tale of a small port town begins. “Seabeast”, the first track on the album, is Beetlegork’s chapter to the two-part tale.


This track truly captures our imagination as we begin to see the attack before our eyes. The beasts have risen to take the innocent souls of the town, engulfing them and taking those who do not survive into a watery grave. The brave fight for their lives against the vicious beasts of peril, but to no avail; for those who survived became beasts themselves!
The guitar riffs stay true to the nature of death metal, reminding us of the styles of Mastodon. These intense riffs really bring a lot of emotion into the music, making it easier to feel the tragic event as if we were directly experiencing it for ourselves. As you listen through, it starts to trail off into the slower break down. This part has us reflecting on another amazing tale of the song “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Iron Maiden. In this breakdown, you can feel the heartbreak and defeat as we are lead underwater.
The sounds now become hollow and start to have an echo as we plummet deeper and deeper and the survivors become one with the beasts… The lyrical content is something you definitely shouldn’t overlook either. The vocals are in the brutal style of death metal with a truly passionate undertone. The drums and bass back everything up with a heavy tempo and it all comes together beautifully.
In the second track, “Burial Ground” everything slows down as Order Of Unukalhai takes over to tell us the rest of this tale. The slow tempo and sway of the guitar riffs have us feeling the exhaustion and hopelessness of our characters. They have now been taken hostage by their new nature as beasts, which are fueled by the hatred and loss of their former lives. The beast gives this tale the punch of brutality it needs to finish us off. After all, this was not a happy tale.
The combination of these two bands was one of epic proportion. It had just the right amount of fast death metal and slow doom metal. When we first heard of this split single, we were already excited to see what we would get and it blew our expectations completely out of the water!
(…No pun intended.)
We strongly urge you to go out there and get this album to your ear holes right now! You can find it in the link below–hard copies will be available soon as well, and you can get them at a Beetlegork or Order of Unukalhai show soon!
You can see them both play together March 30th at Frank’s Powerplant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
https://beetlegork.bandcamp.com/

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Follow Beetlegork and Order Of The Unukalhai on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/beetlegork/

https://www.facebook.com/orderofunukalhai/

 

Emily Mae and Mitchel Fulcer

Extended Play//Orange- Floyd Turbo

 

Welcome once again to Extended Play, where we feature some of the hottest EP’s on the scene!

We introduce you to Floyd Turbo out of La Crosse, Wisconsin! These guys are definitely a true Wisconsin band with one of their listed interests being beer and also classifying themselves as middle- aged rock and roll. Although we can get a good laugh out of that, I can assure you their music is no laughing matter. Dean, Mark , Jim,and Nick really give it their all when they perform live. I had the opportunity to see them for the first time at Orangefest in 2017. I remember going over to the merch table and asking a bit about them. I liked what I heard, so I used my last few dollars to get myself a sticker so I wouldn’t forget to find them when I got back (and of course, snapped a few pics of them as well).

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Orange was released in 2017 and made its debut live at the Brickhouse in La Crosse, where Floyd Turbo shared the stage with Seisma and Droids Attack. Since then, they have made several appearances especially in Madison, Wisconsin. Floyd Turbo has been on the scene for 3 years, but the members have played in many other bands before this, so this is far from any of their first experience with being on the music scene and it shows in the EP.

Orange really has what I could describe as “soul”—it can be found in the familiar blues influence within all of the greatest presentations of rock n’ roll. The cool thing about rock n’ roll is that it moves you. You can always feel the stories and emotions being told within.

Floyd Turbo has a very tight sound which I have always found as something that definitely comes with time and experience. This EP has very powerful vocals as well as lyrical content. The lead guitar is very well-placed and backed up by solid bass lines and drum beats. I just can’t get enough of these progressions, which you simply have to experience for yourself.  When you listen to the tracks “WGMCGR” or “Shadow”, you can feel a similar tone to that of Soundgarden or Stone Temple Pilots. Both of these artists have very powerful messages that reflect through the soul of rock n’ roll and I feel that Floyd Turbo shares this with them as well.

My favorite track personally is “The Delirium Complex”, which opens with an epic guitar solo that guides you into the hands of the drums and bass. This song is a passionate and powerful one that really gets you moving. I love fast music, as most of you know I am a thrasher at heart, but I have noticed a trend in metal known as groove metal that has shown us thrashers to slow down a bit and this tune definitely hits the mark. I also love tunes with a deep message and attitude as well. This is an EP I can sit all the way through and enjoy every track, which in reality can be a struggle at times, even for the biggest acts out there.

 

When speaking with Floyd Turbo, they also informed me that they are working on new material, and I so cannot wait to hear!

“We’re all extremely proud of our new material we’ve written and the recording is going very well. We’re looking forward to playing in front of anyone willing to listen this summer.”

Floyd Turbo is a truly talented and impressive band. If you haven’t see them live, you need to! So for those of you out there looking for a great rock band with just a hint of metal, your life is incomplete without this EP, I promise!

You can find Floyd Turbo here:

http://hpjstudios.com/floydturbo

or on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WelcomeToTURBODOME/

They are also on Youtube! Below is The Delirium Complex 

 

 

One Night Stand// Of The Earth- Mushroom Light

 

 

Its time for your One Night Stand and tonight you are going home with the lovely Northern hardcore rock band Of The Earth of Waupaca WI. Of The Earth has been around the scene for a very long time, starting in 2013 and still making noise today. Of The Earth adds a very unique flavor to the local metal community. Combining progressive metal styles with the lyrical flow of folk, Of The Earth always presents us with a memorable performance. Every time I go out to see them perform I imagine that I’m sitting around a campfire listing to tales of intrigue.

Band members in Of the Earth are:

•Nathan Moe- Vocals/Rhythm guitar

•Roger Walters- Lead guitar

•Eric Nicewander- Bass guitar

•Jake Steinmeyer- Drums

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Of The Earth created the track “Mushroom Light” for a special compilation album designed by Bill Boulden. The idea behind this compilation is a post apocalyptic world where music tells the stories of the land. Each track is from a different artist and will be manipulated in a sense that makes them sound as if they are travelling on radio waves. We will be sure to get more details on this amazing piece of art as it progresses but for now you can find the track from OTE down below!

https://oftheearth.bandcamp.com/track/mushroom-light

“Mushroom Light” brings us into a post apocalyptic setting with its industrial metal style groove. Which in a tale of dystopia is more than a fitting way to go about it. We can tell that things are going to get a bit heavier for OTE this year and the anticipation is killing us. If you like it heavy, this will surely hit the spot. To catch up with other materiel from OTE you can find Patient Zero VOl II in the link below!

https://oftheearth.bandcamp.com/album/vol-ii-patient-zero

You can also find the lyrical video for their track “Cellar Door” on Youtube in the link below:

 

Front Row//Indonesian Junk At The Wisco

 

The Wisco is no stranger to hosting local Wisconsin talent, and tonight was just another one in the books. I’ve been living in Madison for a little over a year and the Wisco quickly became one of my favorite haunts, and I was more than happy to take on my assignment tonight interviewing and recording the Milwaukee punk band, Indonesian Junk.

I enter the front door and see that the Wisco is PACKED like I’ve never seen it before! In all honesty, I had never before seen the bands that were playing there tonight, and I knew by the standing-room-only crowd that I must be in for some good music. How else do you explain that turnout?

My two friends join me in looking around the bar to find the guys in Indonesian Junk so we can get down to this interview. I’m about five-foot-nothin’ in stature, so looking around this wall-to-wall throng of party-goers and fans proved to be quite difficult.

I message him through facebook: “Hey so where can I find you in here?” The message sends and my friends and I look around to see who picks up their phone. One guy next to us does, but he’s on Instagram.

I get a message back: “I’m over by the merch table in the leather jacket.” I push my way through the crowd to stage left where the merch table is and find…about seven people in leather jackets by the merch table (because it’s a punk show what else would I expect?) I pull out my video camera hoping that Daniel will see the camera and realize who I am. Turns out he is directly in front of me, and I greet the tallest man in a leather jacket in the room. He is wearing Kurt Cobain-esque shades, black lipstick, and his leather jacket is really all that, expertly decorated with a handful of pins. He asks me if I want a CD for our blog, and of course I say yes and pick up a pin as well.

We step out back to the fenced-in smoking area so we can begin the interview. I promised it would be fast because holy crap it is COLD! I felt bad for dragging them out there, but the bar was just too loud to get a word in edgewise. I now feel especially bad because this was originally a video interview but, due to technical difficulties, the footage was therein unusable. Thankfully, the footage from their performance was more than great, and will be accompanying the video transcript interview ahead.

Glam, punk, hair metal—how in the world do you mash all that together? The guys in Indonesian Junk found a way. Their first song of the night starts and I could already tell they have influence from all across the board. Personally, I heard tastes ranging from Poison to Ramones and almost every good 70’s-90’s band in between. With tasty old school style licks and beats to keep you pogo-ing all night long, Indonesian Junk brought a wicked fun sound to the stage.

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Could you introduce yourself and state the position you play in the band?

DJ: I’m Daniel [James], I sing and play guitar.

JC: I’m Johnny [Cyanide], I sorta play bass.

M: I’m Mike [Mattner], I play drums.

 

How would you describe your sound? What influences and inspires Indonesian Junk?

DJ: Glam-punk-power-pop…uh, somewhere around there, haha.

JC: All that good stuff.

DJ: Lots of influences I guess.

JC: Alice Cooper.

MM: I don’t know I just drum.

DJ: We’re named after a Cheap Trick song so that’s the easy answer.

[** There’s a line in “Surrender” that goes: But just the other day I heard/ Of a soldier’s falling off/ Some Indonesian junk / That’s going round**]

 

How and when did Indonesian Junk come to be?

DJ: I think it was like 2014? I had a bunch of demos that I made that I put out, and then I got him [Johnny] to play bass. I met him at an Alice Cooper show. And eventually Mike tagged along.

 

I saw on facebook that you guys are on a bit of a tour right now, what cities are you planning to hit up next?

DJ: We’re doing a lot of weekenders right now. This weekend we’re doing this show in Madison and then Columbia, Missouri tomorrow. We got some other stuff coming up too….I can’t even remember. Where are we playing next month? I’m sorry I’m really bad at this, haha!

 

I heard you had an album that came out last year.

DJ: Yeah, it came out on Friday the 13th in October of last year. It’s called Stars in the Night, it’s our second album. It’s pretty cool, I like it. We’re still trying to sell it and that’s why we’re playing as many shows as we can.

 

What was the inspiration for this album?

DJ: I just wrote a bunch of songs (everyone laughs). Yeah I mean, just livin’, hanging out, reading comic books.

 

What do you like about playing in Madison?

DJ: We always have a good time here. I think this is like our fourth or fifth time playing here. This is the first time we’ve played the Wisco, but I have played here in other bands. It’s a cool town, it’s close to Milwaukee so we can do it on a Friday night very easily. There’s a lot of cool people here.

Any specific goals for this coming year as a band?

DJ: Can we say this yet?

JC: *shrugs*

DJ: I think we’re touring Europe in the fall, though we might end up doing it next spring. We wanna tour Europe and do another U.S. tour. Just try to sell as many records as we can. We’re already kind of working on our third album too right now but that won’t be out for a while ‘cuz we’re playing too many shows to practice the new songs.

 

Where can we find your music?

DJ: We have a website. It used to be Indonesianjunkpunk but I was just flubbing every time I said it. It’s like the worst tongue twister ever. So now its indonesianjunkrules.com. Just like, think about how much we rule. Or, it’s 2018 everyone knows how to google haha! We also have free stuff on bandcamp.

JC: Spotify too.

DJ: Yeah we’re everywhere. Just google us.

 

Anything you’d like to say to the folks at home?

DJ: It’s cold!

JC: It’s cold and it’s snowing!

MM: It’s so freaking cold.

DJ: Oh, and they got good burgers at the Wisco!

 

And with that, I turned off the camera and we all hurried inside and got burgers—and it’s true, the Wisco has great burgers!

Preceded by Saint Hell Brothers and then Shotdown, Indonesian Junk took the stage at about 11 PM and continued to rock my socks off. Two of their songs (“Turn To Stone” and “Shake It With You”) I have recorded for the world to see.

 

You can catch Indonesian Junk at a city near you, and you can find the tour dates, merch, music and more at the links below!

 

Facebook.com/indonesianjunk

Indonesianjunkrules.com

Indonesianjunk.bandcamp.com

 

Cat Sullivan

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