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Host Ray Harkins dives deep with creators of independent culture from musicians, artists and other interesting people to find out what inspires them, how they came to be and many other unexpected places.

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Host Ray Harkins dives deep with creators of independent culture from musicians, artists and other interesting people to find out what inspires them, how they came to be and many other unexpected places.

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By Brooklyn benito - Sep 25 2019
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I really hope you interview Joe Gorelick (or someone else from Garden Variety) especially since Garden Variety have a box set coming out soon. Criminally underrated indie band, just ask Mark Trombino from Drive Like Jehu!

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By brads420 - Sep 22 2019
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Great deep dives on some cult figures in hardcore I never expected to hear interviewed in the long form. Thanks for doing it!

iTunes Ratings

332 Ratings
Average Ratings
292
24
6
6
4

Good podcast

By Brooklyn benito - Sep 25 2019
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I really hope you interview Joe Gorelick (or someone else from Garden Variety) especially since Garden Variety have a box set coming out soon. Criminally underrated indie band, just ask Mark Trombino from Drive Like Jehu!

New fan

By brads420 - Sep 22 2019
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Great deep dives on some cult figures in hardcore I never expected to hear interviewed in the long form. Thanks for doing it!

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100 Words Or Less: The Podcast

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Host Ray Harkins dives deep with creators of independent culture from musicians, artists and other interesting people to find out what inspires them, how they came to be and many other unexpected places.

Patrick Kindlon from Self Defense Family

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Episode 223 - This is the most unique podcast I have done to date. Patrick Kindlon is the vocalist for Self Defense Family and Drug Church. He’s a man of many talents and was one of my most requested guests on social media and finally, we have him on. We have a wide ranging discussion about internet culture, context and racist music. No stone is unturned in this chat and we hardly address any of the questions I prepared for him, but the conversation was incredible nonetheless.

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Sep 07 2016

1hr 29mins

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Steve Kleisath from Further Seems Forever, Strongarm, Shai Hulud

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Steve was on one of my very first lists of guests that I wanted to have on the show because of my massive love for his drumming and bands he played in (Strongarm, Further Seems Forever, Shai Hulud). We discussed in depth, those early years of touring in Florida, his passion for video games and unconventional drumming. --Use our Amazon Affiliate Code to support the show!

Mar 16 2016

1hr 16mins

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Pat Flynn from Have Heart and Fiddlehead

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Episode 338 - Yes! Finally, we have Pat Flynn from Have Heart and Fiddlehead on the show. He's been on my guest list for quite awhile and it's nice to tick him off. We go deep into his life as a teacher, unexpected outcomes and being encouraging to younger kids in the scene. We go everywhere and it was super fun. Check it out!

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Feb 06 2019

1hr 23mins

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Issac Hale from Knocked Loose and Inclination

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Please to present to you this rad discussion with Issac Hale from Knocked Loose and Inclination. Both of his bands are really, really good but Inclination specifically knocked my socks off since the release of their demo a few years ago and I had to have Issac on the show on the release of their new EP on Pure Noise Records. We discuss straight edge, context for hardcore and how important his parents were in building the local scene. Enjoy!

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May 08 2019

1hr 21mins

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Jordan Dreyer from La Dispute

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In an extremely special show, I speak with Jordan Dreyer the vocalist for La Dispute. We openly discuss acting, the process of being creative and unintentional beginnings. For a man with very little social media presence, he was very candid and open in our talk.

Mar 26 2014

1hr 6mins

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Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail

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This is it. I never thought that this podcast would be a vehicle for such open and inspiring discussion, but here we are. Buddy Nielsen who is the vocalist for Senses Fail who for many years, was arguably one of the largest bands in the mid-aughts comes on the show to discuss his struggles. He opens up about his addictions, sexuality and the self-destructive behavior he inflicted on himself for years. He's never discussed these issues in a public form and it's incredible to hear the stories as well as the process of moving past that season in his life. I am extremely proud to bring this compelling conversation to you and thanks again to Buddy for wanting to share his story. 

Nov 05 2014

1hr 33mins

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Ned Russin from Title Fight

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Ned was kind enough to speak to me not once, but twice as the original episode was lost in a hard drive crash. We hopped on the phone one morning to discuss tour life, DIY culture and being a 7 year old kid getting introduced to punk rock. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com

Sep 10 2013

1hr 1min

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Josh Coll from Foxing

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Episode 192 - Foxing are a great band. Their new record Dealer made my top 10 list for 2015 so it only made sense to me that I get to know them a bit better. Josh Coll plays bass in the band (and contributes a portion of the lyrics as well) and we spoke one afternoon over Skype. It was a delightful discussion about coping with attention being paid to your band, the military and the Midwest. Please do enjoy. - -

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Feb 03 2016

1hr 17mins

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Tim Singer from Deadguy and Kiss It Goodbye

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Boy oh boy, one of my favorite vocalists of all time decided to hang out with all of us and I couldn't be more excited. Tim Singer was the vocalist for Deadguy, No Escape and Kiss It Goodbye. We discussed a ton of stuff including anger, stability and playing against the grain. Pull up a chair and enjoy the in depth discussion!

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Apr 17 2019

1hr 27mins

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James Vitalo from Backtrack

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Hard work and hustle. That’s what I think of when I look at my friend, James Vitalo. He’s the vocalist of Backtrack and manager for the band Turnstile and a person who’s taken what he’s learned and built his life around it. We discuss how he was attached to one of the most traumatic events in my life, mischief and the grind of tour. James came ready to share and because of that, we have an incredible conversation.

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Aug 17 2016

1hr 19mins

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Howard Jones from Light The Torch, Killswitch Engage and Blood Has Been Shed

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 We are NOT slowing down after our celebratory 300th episode, today I have my old friend Howard Jones from Light the Torch, Killswitch Engage and Blood Has Been Shed (!!!) talking about the old touring days, making friends in the music world, depression and being the odd man out. I adored this discussion and I hope you will too.

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Apr 11 2018

1hr 12mins

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Mar 28 2018

1hr 13mins

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Thomas Pearson from Foundation

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Episode 215 - Foundation was one of my favorite hardcore bands in recent years, so I was very much looking forward to speaking to Thomas Pearson, the vocalist of said band. We hopped on Skype one afternoon and had a great discussion about the Atlanta hardcore scene, the process of being a teacher and frankly, why independent music is the best. While I am sad the band is no longer, they left a great legacy in their recorded music. Listen and enjoy!

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Jul 13 2016

1hr 16mins

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David Kelling from Culture Abuse

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Happy Wednesday! It's time to bring you another compelling conversation from a person who is profoundly influenced by punk/hardcore/indie rock and today, we have a great one. David Kelling the vocalist from bay area rockers Culture Abuse hangs out with us for over an hour discussing positivity, life with cerebral palsy and investing in your future. I appreciated his candor and willingness to dive into all aspects of his life.

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Jun 26 2019

1hr 19mins

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Ben Nichols from Lucero

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Episode 326 - This is a big one for me, Ben Nichols from Lucero comes on the show today to talk about the DIY scene in Little Rock, AR (where he grew up), making adult like decisions and owning your own business. We also discuss his contributions to his brothers films (Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special etc…) and how the band has been able to remain relevant for as long as they have. I loved, loved, LOVED this discussion and I know you will as well. Enjoy! 



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Nov 07 2018

1hr 14mins

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Christina Michelle from Gouge Away

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Episode 318 - My goodness, the Summer is almost over but let me bring you a great chat with Christina Michelle from Gouge Away. She is the lead vocalist for the band and has a lot of interesting things to say. We talk a lot about South Florida, building communities and her life as being a teacher. Beat the heat, stay inside and listen to this episode.

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Aug 08 2018

1hr 7mins

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Kelen Capener from The Story So Far

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Wow, we got really deep in this conversation with Kelen. He plays bass for The Story So Far who is one of the hottest bands currently around. We discuss math, suburb restlessness and introspection within creation. It honestly was one of the more introspective conversations I've ever had with this podcast and I hope you enjoy. 

May 21 2014

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Damn Fine Cast Conversation

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Episode 196 - It's another podcast mashup! I speak to Scott and Tony of the amazing soundtrack focused podcast, Damn Fine Cast (a reference to Twin Peaks for those interested in the name). We discuss the beauty of podcasting, introductory soundtracks and the connection of punk/hardcore to this world. It's a great time and I hope that you enjoy!

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Mar 02 2016

1hr 17mins

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Brianna Collins from Tigers Jaw

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I had an extremely pleasant chat with Brianna Collins from the band Tigers Jaw one afternoon about many things including her life outside of the band being a teacher, how she deals with having unwanted attention and her desire for being a full time band.

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May 14 2014

53mins

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Aaron Gillespie from The Almost/Underoath

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We have TWO great conversations for the price of one today. First up, we have Franke Blydenburgh from Rockabilia discussing with me the merch world, how bootlegs work and the changing ecosystem of that side of the business. INCREDIBLY fascinating stuff.

Then, Aaron Gillespie from The Almost/Underoath jumps on the line and we get in DEEP with aesthetics, not being a "cool band" and anxiety. We also discuss his role as a father to his kids and so much more. Enjoy!

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Dec 04 2019

1hr 46mins

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Johannes Persson from Cult of Luna

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Happy Thanksgiving! All the way from Sweden, I have Johannes from Cult Of Luna on the show today. I had wanted him on the show for quite a long time as I knew he'd share insights on Swedish hardcore and punk that very few could. We discuss Umea hardcore, finding balance in one's life and passion. He also shares some wild stories from the late 90's and the Umea hardcore scene that have to be heard.

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Nov 27 2019

1hr 16mins

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Tyler Riley from Gideon

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We have Tyler Riley the guitarist of modern metal core heroes Gideon, on the podcast today. It's sort of a book end discussion from when their drummer, Jake Smelley, came on the show to discuss the bands transition away from the "Christian" moniker. We get in deep to Nashville hardcore, style changes and the longevity of some bands. Dive in!

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Nov 13 2019

1hr 4mins

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Tim McMahon from Mouthpiece & Hands Tied

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Happy November! We have a great discussion with Tim McMahon from Mouthpiece/Hands Tied today on the show. The discussion topics include practicality, touring experiences and why he stays involved with the scene at large. Mouthpiece was a huge band for my early hardcore "discovery years" so I am proud to bring this chat to you.

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Nov 06 2019

1hr 31mins

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Johnny Smrdel from Beloved and Advent

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The conclusion of our month focused on the great state of North Carolina and their vibrant punk and hardcore scene features none other than Johnny Smrdel from Beloved and Advent. We discuss his life as a Navy brat, identity and working hard. As always, thanks for the support of the show and please share around! 

Oct 30 2019

1hr 19mins

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Jon Tuttle from Codeseven

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What an episode and what a band! Jon Tuttle from Codeseven continues our march down North Carolina's storied punk/hardcore past with a very interesting discussion on how they almost signed with Earache Records, being a "bands band" and how he played in a band with not one, but both of his brothers. Do yourself a favor and dive into this episode, you won't be bummed.

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Oct 23 2019

1hr 16mins

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Adam Morgan from Hopesfall

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North Carolina represent! Adam Morgan, the drummer of Hopesfall, is on the show this week to discuss the "secular" music scene, collecting vinyl and big budget records (aka I confirm/deny the story of "The Satellite Years" costing 20k to record). It was a delightful conversation and I am happy to bring it to you.

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Oct 16 2019

1hr 16mins

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Jimmy Chang from Sect, Undying and Catharsis

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North Carolina month continues! This week we have Jimmy Chang from Sect, Undying and Catharsis hopping on Skype one afternoon and talking about life in North Carolina, early touring experiences and being bad at business. He's also got one of the best jumps in hardcore, so pay attention!

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Oct 09 2019

1hr 5mins

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Tommy Rogers from Between the Buried and Me

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Welcome to the month of North Carolina! We are taking a long look at this incredible punk/hardcore/indie scene by interviewing some of the people who have helped build it up. This week is my friend Tommy Rogers from Between the Buried and Me making a RETURN appearance on the show. We get into a ton of different things including what it means to be a "working class" band, being a fan boy and being open to change. I love him and I love this discussion. Enjoy!

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Oct 02 2019

1hr 4mins

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Patrick Miranda from Movements

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Welcome to the Fall and dive into this fun discussion with Patrick Miranda from Movements. We talk about growing up in Orange County, the birth of MySpace discovery and being a hardcore kid. He was forthcoming and open about all of the questions I hit him with, which in my mind...makes a great episode. Enjoy! 

Sep 25 2019

1hr 7mins

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Shane Durgee from Framework and Earth Crisis

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We have on the show this week, Shane Durgee who was the vocalist for the pre-Earth Crisis band called Framework. Often overlooked in the lore of Syracuse hardcore, I wanted to have Shane on to discuss what the early days of that scene was like. The episode also serves as a compendium to a previous episode that we did a few weeks ago with Scott Crouse from Earth Crisis about each of their full lengths. Shane and I get in depth with some fun EC stories and more. Listen and enjoy! 

Sep 18 2019

1hr 3mins

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Anthony Anzaldo from Ceremony

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What a Wednesday! We have Anthony from Ceremony on the show this week to discuss his bands long career, the cultivation of his early music tastes, confidence and evolution. It's a real insightful discussion about the creative process and defying expectations. Not to mention, Ceremony's new LP is incredible so check that out. 

Sep 11 2019

1hr 6mins

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Brent Mills from Greyhaven

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Louisville, Kentucky in the house! I spoke to Brent Mills from Greyhaven this week on the pod about that very music scene he was raised in, drug use and the idea of being "competitive" in the music industry. Even if you've never heard the band, you will find a lot of enjoyment in this chat. 

Sep 04 2019

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Scott Crouse from Earth Crisis

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A bit of a different format this week but one that I think you will enjoy. I took a look at every full-length in Earth Crisis' catalog, brought the guitarist Scott Crouse onto the podcast and took a deep dive into the mentality of where the band was at, their process and other fun stories that surrounded each of the LP's. The result is what you hear and honestly, blew my mind. So many incredible stories and anecdotes were shared that even the super fan of Earth Crisis will have no idea about. I call it a "Self Audit" and I hope to do this more. 

Aug 28 2019

2hr 5mins

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George Pettit from Alexisonfire

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We have a two for the price of one podcast today! For the "main" part of the podcast, I have my old friend George Pettit on the show today. He's the vocalist for the now active Alexisonfire. We hopped on the phone one day (some dodgy cell service up in Canada) and discussed his life as a firefighter, being a reluctant frontman and the importance of obsession. Before that discussion, I have Dan Thomson from Sparrows on. They are a great hardcore band that deserves your attention. Enjoy the supersized episode! 

Aug 21 2019

1hr 45mins

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Lance Wells from Faded Grey

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I am pleased to bring you this great chat with my friend Lance Wells who is the vocalist of Las Vegas hardcore band Faded Grey. If you have never listened to them, rectify that immediately. We get in deep with skating as a gateway, desert life and the Army of Kids. Lance opened up a lot and I was very happy to have this conversation. Enjoy! 

Aug 14 2019

1hr 18mins

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John Dyer Baizley from Baroness

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Happy 7th anniversary to the show! We keep chugging along and this week is a special discussion with John Dyer Baizley from Baroness. I have loved the band for quite some time and finally had a chance to bring John on, and he did not disappoint. We get in deep with DIY culture, love of the process and defying boundaries. It's a reflective look on a very creative mind.

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Aug 07 2019

57mins

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Mike Score from All Out War

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All Out War. What a band. I get to present to you a chat that I had with the vocalist of All Out War, Mike Score. We dive deep into upstate New York and the surrounding hardcore/metal scenes, being an introvert and his life as a teacher. Fun stuff indeed!

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Jul 31 2019

1hr 4mins

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Nathan Gray from Boy Sets Fire

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Our favorite, Nathan Gray from Boy Sets Fire, returns for another interesting discussion about his life in and around music. Our last podcast was over six years ago, so we dove back in and discussed abuse, being engaged in art and starting small. Enjoy!

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Jul 24 2019

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Tom Damiano from Trail of Lies

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What a killer chat with Tom Damiano from Trail Of Lies. We dive into his early metalcore years, aesthetics of the band and responsibility.  Not to mention we discuss why the band chooses not to commit their lives to the road and how that helps them be creative. Enjoy!

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Jul 17 2019

1hr 8mins

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