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Weekend Warriors//Extinguish The Sun

Extinguish the Sun was formed in the Fall of 2015. Guitarists Nick Grobe and Jeremy Toms, bassist Daniel Edmunds, singer Jeremy Miller, and drummer Michael Morley, began rehearsing and writing with the goal of creating energetic, melodic, and powerful music that could leave a unique mark on the local scene. With a broad range of influences and musical tastes, they set their sights on writing compelling songs, releasing them, and getting out and performing live as soon as possible.

Since then, they’ve released their debut album ‘Antihero’ in 2017 which is available for purchase HERE!

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It was our pleasure to speak with Extinguish The Sun’s guitarist Nick Grobe to see what was to come for this upcoming Midwestern band!

In 2017 you released your debut album ‘Antihero’; since then, how have things changed for you in your career?

Things have been great! Antihero has been well received, our fan base has been growing, and we have received quite a bit of radio play – both on terrestrial and net radio – local and abroad.

Are you working on new material? Can we look forward to a new EP or album? Perhaps even a single?

We are definitely working on new material. We started writing again pretty much immediately after releasing Antihero, and our goal is to release an EP next time. We are pretty well into that process with the writing and hope to record before the year is out.

I know that you have several influences within your band, can you tell us a bit about those? Are there any new types of influences that may affect your newer material in comparison to your last album release?

Each of us is definitely influenced by a lot of different types of music, and aspects of that certainly find their way into our songs. I don’t know if anything is necessarily influencing us in new ways, but I think that some different influences might come to the top a bit more on this record – just as a result of how this process has been and how we have been writing lately. These songs are a bit more layered we think and will definitely show some growth since Antihero.

Since you are also a fellow Midwesterner, what are some of your favorite spots to hit up to play shows?

Luckily, we haven’t DISLIKED anywhere we’ve had the chance to play yet, (he laughs). That being said though, we have played in IA and around the Quad Cities quite a bit in this band, and that has been great. Some really cool venues over there like The Bierstube and the bands and fans are really accepting and seem to genuinely go out looking for new music.

So, something we like to ask bands so everyone can get to know more about our local scenes- what are some local acts that you have either seen or played with that you would like to give a shout out to?

Bloody Gulch, The High Five Sinners, Silent Ire and Fearless Me – check them out!

Any big shows coming up for you guys in the near future here?

As of right now, there isn’t much on the books. We will be playing a festival in October, but right now our main priority is writing and getting this EP finished.

Thank you once again to Extinguish The Sun for taking time with us here at Music Maehem! You can view their newest video release for their track “Flashes” here!

Follow Extinguish The Sun in the links below!
Official Site
Facebook

Emily Mae

Edited by- Samantha Crocker

Weekend Warriors//Deciphering The Zodiac

Welcome once again to Weekend Warriors! This time we are featuring progressive metalcore band Deciphering The Zodiac from northeastern Wisconsin! We caught up with these dudes in their home town of Green Bay in one of our most favorite venues- Lyric Room. They put on one hell of a show, as always! So check it out below!

Deciphering The Zodiac line-up
Brandon Dugan – Vocals
Derek Foytik – Drums
Dave Borabon – Guitar
Mickey Matuszewski – Guitar

Check out their track ‘Void’ HERE

 

Deciphering The Zodiac will be playing August 11th at Coral Lanes Bowling Center in Rothschild, WI

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Connect with Deciphering The Zodiac online in the links below!
Facebook
Bandcamp

-Emily 

Weekend Warriors//Beetlegork

Hello Music Maeniacs and welcome to another segment of Weekend Warriors! We visited one of our favorite venues, Lyric Room, in Green Bay, Wisconsin to catch up with one of our favorite bands on the scene-Beetlegork! This thunderous three-piece hails from Door County, Wisconsin, which is typically known to be quiet, but we can only assume not so much with a slammin’ band like them bringing on the doom! Check out our interview below!

Beetlegork is:
Cole – Drums/Vocals
Mason – Guitar/Vocals
Levi – Bass

As mentioned in the interview, they have all kinds of killer shows coming up! Be sure to check them out August 9th with all sorts of other kick-ass bands at PROJECT MAYHEM!

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Connect with Beetlegork Online!

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Bandcamp

Emily Mae

Edited by: Samantha Crocker

Weekend Warriors//RELIANCE CODE

Reliance Code is a rock band out of Eastern Oklahoma which first took the stage in July 2016. In 2017, Reliance Code quickly burst unto the scene, performing at such events as Blue Ridge Festival in Virginia and Rocklahoma. Reliance Code has also been the main support for national acts such as Gemini Syndrome, Texas Hippie Coalition, Jackyl, & HELLYEAH.

Driving force guitars, shredding and slaying to the core, addictive choruses with powerhouse vocals, and an overall amped up amount of energy that electrifies with every live performance, is what this Oklahoma rock band, Reliance Code, has to offer.

Check out the new release and video for Reliance Code’s song “Never Bring Me Down” Here:

After checking Reliance Code out for ourselves, we definitely wanted to see what was ahead for these guys! Below is our interview with this awesome Oklahoma band’s bassist Josh Roach!

As we have been expanding and interviewing bands from across the country, we have noticed that everyone’s music scene is slightly different from the last. What can you tell us about your experience in the music scene in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma is well known for its Southern Okie style of hospitality and that is definitely a part of our music scene!!  When we first broke into Ft. Smith, AR and Tulsa, OK those two music scenes welcomed us with open arms. We have had some really sound advice and encouragement as well as support by being added to shows, by established local bands.  Those 2 cities are not as big on a national level and don’t get every artist adding OK stops to their tours. Because of that, I notice that most Oklahoma fans have a lot of variety as opposed to someone that lives in NYC or L.A. that has the option to see their specific genre of music quite often.  

You just dropped your newest music video for the track “Never Bring Me Down” from your newest release ‘Finding Your Way Out’- Why did you choose this track for your first official video? Does it have a special meaning to you or anything of that sort?

This song represents the band well, we have some that are heavier and some that are more chill, NBMD is right in the middle.  It has a good positive lyrical content and it gets right to the point without a big long intro so we thought this was putting our best song forward.  That and it’s really fun to play.

What can you tell your fans about ‘Finding Your Way Out?’

Just as the title might suggest, this album represents a person coming out of a very dark period in life, be it personal loss, depression, drug addictions, etc.  The majority of the lyrics are dealing with that, getting over and past all those obstacles and learning to Rise Up and overcome all of that. Then throw in a few feel good party songs about dirty girls and coming alive and well that’s our debut album.

I know this is kind of a tough question to really narrow down, but what would you say your favorite show has been to date?

Rocklahoma & the Blue Ridge Rock Festival was a close 2nd & 3rd but for me personally it was the show we played with HELLYEAH.  Especially now with the recent passing of Vinnie Paul, to say that we shared the stage with that band is easily my top highlight of our 2 years playing live shows.  It was a sold out show at The Sound Room in Ft. Smith, AR. It was hot, the place was packed, sweaty, stinky, just how a concert like that should be. It’s a night I’ll never forget!!!

Every band starts somewhere, obviously, but where was your start? What was the very first show for Reliance Code like?

July 29th 2016 in Ft. Smith, AR at Shooters Bar and Grill was our first show.   Chris Sullen Taylor (DMG Productions, Camp Darkside Stage-Rocklahoma, & Bands Against Bullying) partnered with local badass rocker chick Tegan Mickelle Helzer (Vague Vendetta vocalist) and they put us in the line up!!   This is Todd (vocalist) and my first band so the two of us was really really nervous! Not even going to try to pretend we wasn’t. We’d had our music playing on the local radio station for several weeks and we had a little buzz going around the music scene already.  It was a great night we hit the ground running and made a lot of friends and fans right off the bat!!

What is ahead for you guys? I saw you have quite the following! Are you planning any kind of tour you can tell us about?

We all still work Monday through Friday normal jobs and we’re just doing the weekend thing aside from the occasional festival opportunity or opening for a National act here and there.  We’re starting to gain traction and spreading our radius and picking up shows in new cities around us like Shreveport, LA; Tyler, and Ft, Worth, TX. Fayetteville, AR and also the Bands Against Bullying show in Missouri.  We are planning traveling more and more as our reach continues to grow and more and more stations are picking up the single with the help of Curtain Call Records. We’re still an independent and self “Reliant” band but we’ve partnered with them to help us push our single and we’re very happy to be working with such a great team!!  

Is there any other big news we need to keep our eyes open for?

We released Finding Your Way Out in June of last year and we’ve had plenty of time to work up some new music, we’ve already started playing our newest song “Note To My Betrayer” during our set.  I’d be on the lookout for another new single from us coming at some point. But we’re not rushing it. We’ve got some really solid songs on our debut album that are radio and single worthy. Lastly,  we’re wanting to put the majority our energy and focus spreading our music to as many of the surrounding cities as we can and like I’d mentioned, start traveling more!! Be sure to follow us on social media and here’s our website with all things Code related!!  Thanks for supporting our band!!

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Reliance Code has also released their most recent EP ‘Finding Your Way Out’

Reliance Code is:
Todd Falconer – Vocals
Shane Diego – Guitar/Backing Vocals
JC Patterson – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Josh Roach – Bass
Chris Law – Drums

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Check Out Reliance Code in the links below!
Reliance Code Official

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Twitter

 

-Emily Mae

Edited by Samantha Crocker

Weekend Warriors//Punk Interviews/The Studs

Welcome Music Maeniacs to Weekend Warriors with Chicago Punk n’ Roll band – The Studs!

Based in the South Suburbs of Chicago, The Studs are a five piece punk/alternative/pop/Mars core menagerie of musical styling with a little something for everyone. They released their first full-length album “Don’t Suck” in 2011, and in 2012 recorded their EP, “The Fall of The Studs,” which contained a whole new sound and style that can get anyone dancing and singing along.

With their newest album “Red Planet Rock” on the way AND a spot on this year’s Vans Warped tour, we wanted to get the low-down on what’s going on with these guys! So, we got an interview!

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What has been your experience with the local music scene in your area? Any favorite venues? Bands?

Being in a band in Chicago is incredible. There are so many great bands with different styles that we’ve gotten to play with over the years. From punk bands like The Ridgelands and This Obsession, to more alternative based bands like The Giving Moon. Every show has been a great experience with people who are incredibly supportive. A favorite venue we have played at would be Elbo Room – such comfy booths and awesome staff!

Our goal is to eventually play The Metro here in Chicago.

So, you’re playing this year’s Vans Warped Tour-congratulations! How psyched are you guys? What can you tell us about your journey as far as what it took to get to this stage?

Thank you! Dream come true. We’re so excited to play Warped this year, especially with it being our last chance ever to do so. We dreamed about this moment years ago when we attended the festival as high school misfits – This event is part of the reason we started playing music in our bass player’s garage.

The journey. The journey, side quests. It took all the side quests.

For the readers here who maybe haven’t heard of you, what’re some important things they should know? Just from the top of your head, I suppose.

Things in general? Stay hydrated. About us specifically? We probably play louder than we should. As a band, we try to have a lot of fun with everything we do. Every show we play or song we write we just want people to sing, dance, and feel good!

Your album ‘Red Planet Rock’ is out today! What can fans old and new expect from this album?

Everyone can expect energy filled tunes. As soon as the record kicks on its almost full speed from front to back. This album also has very diverse styles, and we believe there is something for everyone on it.

Get ‘Red Planet Rock’ in the link below!

Can you share with us the inspiration behind this album?

We all inspired each other on the record. Besides all the music we collectively listened to growing up, we really wanted a record that was all our styles as a unit. We pushed ourselves and other members to explore or do things a bit differently than we normally would. Our friends and fans have deserved this album for a long time.  

Do you guys have any interesting stories you could share with us while creating this album? Maybe something crazy that happened in the studio?

All I remember is recording. Giving feedback. Playing the Switch.

Laughing about how if we ever got asked a question about the recording process, how the answer wouldn’t involve any cool wrap parties or someone having a musical epiphany.

We just sat on a couch playing Mario games haha.

What exciting news is ahead for The Studs? Any tours planned? Give us the scoop!

Music Videos! The first one will be released around the time of Red Planet Rock, and will be the start of a journey that can only be explained as you continue to follow the story plot through each video we release, stay tuned!

No touring plans at the moment but always down to hit the road. The next step in this process is to book a small tour or hop on as support for a bigger act. We hope to be in a city near our fans outside of Chicago sometime soon.

They can’t wait to share their brand of Punk N’ Roll, and don’t expect the fun to stop anytime soon. 
Keep up with The Studs in the links below!
Emily Mae
Edited by: Samantha Crocker