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#220: Take The Reins

Chicago’s Take The Reins stopped by the Pop-Punk & Pizza studio to smash some Monical’s Pizza and talk about their new album, I’m At Your Door. The new record is out now via Flat Aht Records. This episode also includes a live acoustic performance of, “South Side Rules”.

 

Take The Reins have a record release show this Friday, August 5th at Gman Tavern in Chicago with The Linden Method and Guardrail. Saturday, August 6th the band will play a special set at Siren Records in McHenry, IL. Get more information on both shows on the band’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/takethereinschicago

 

Buy a copy of I’m At Your Door: https://www.flataht.com/product/take-the-reins-i-m-at-your-door/12?cs=true&cst=custom

 

Special thanks to Wave Soda for providing delicious drinks! Order yours here: https://wavesoda.com/

 

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Jacques LaMore

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#219: Mr. Ms. & The Infusions

Stubhy Pandav of Lucky Boys Confusion returns to Pop-Punk & Pizza! This time we were able to sit down in person at Village Inn Pizzeria in Skokie, IL to discuss his new solo project, Mr. Ms. & The Infusions. He just released a new song called, “Sheeple (Enjoy The Show)”. Listen to it now on all streaming platforms.

Thanks for another great night, Stubhy!

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Jacques LaMore

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#218: The Methadones

It’s been 15 years since The Methadones released their beloved pop punk classic album, This Won’t Hurt. To celebrate, Red Scare Industries has released the record on vinyl for the first time. This past June, I was able to bring Connie’s Pizza to Dan, Pete, Simon, and Mike before their performance at T1 Fest at Reggies in Chicago. We had a blast talking the re-release of This Won’t Hurt and whether their is a difference between melodic punk and pop punk. Shoutout to Katie Hovland for setting up the conversation!

Snag your copy of This Won’t Hurt by The Methadones here: https://redscare.storenvy.com/collections/9915-all-products/products/35779504-the-methadones-this-won-t-hurt-lp-cccp-114-1

UPCOMING SHOWS

7.2.22 – The Methadones @ Red Flag, St Louis, MO w/ Dan Vapid and The Cheats – TIX

7.15.22 – Punk Rock Raduno, Bergamo, Italy – INFO

10.29.22 – THE FEST – TIX

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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INTERVIEW: Rishi Bahl, Founder of Four Chord Music Festival

 

Summer music festivals are something every music lover looks forward to. They typically bring different music styles, food, entertainment and fun to one place for you to enjoy a little bit of everything. Punk music is no different and Rishi Bahl caught on early.  

 

Bahl was tired of seeing politics within the music industry when it came to booking bands. The struggle of booking shows and tours for bands is real and Bahl, being in his own band, felt that frustration front and center.   

 

Bahl created the first Four Chord Music Festival in 2014 in a smaller 1300 capacity venue with bands like The Wonder Years, Real Friends, We Are the Union and more. The following year it grew to have Yellowcard and Anti-Flag. The promoter that wouldn’t call himself a promoter says that every year is a learning experience for the good and the bad.  

 

He told us that in 2019, he decided to move the festival from the old 1300 capacity venue to a semi-professional soccer stadium with a 10,000-person capacity. Headliner on the bill that year was The Offspring. “Like 5 minutes before doors opened The Offspring canceled”, he tells us, “It was supposed to rain that day, it was also the same day as a huge Steelers home game and then we got word that Dexter (Holland) herniated a disk in his back”.  

 

But the fun learning experiences don’t end there. Bahl told us, “In 2020 we got Blink-182 to headline. That’s a big deal, I could just retire after that because they are just ‘it’ for me. Tickets for that show went on sale March 4 and the show sold unbelievably well for the first week and a half”.  We all see where this is going right? A learning experience, indeed!

 

It’s impressive to see where this festival has been and where it is going. Four Chord Music Festival is celebrating its inaugural 2-day event.  All previous festivals have been one day. A very exciting aspect to these 2 days is the separation of music style.  It is highly likely that if you like any of the bands on either day, you will like the entire lineup on that day. Rishi Bahl thought through the lineups in meticulous form.  

 

He says day 1 is more old school punk with Bad Religion, Descendents, Pennywise, Silverstein, The Amity Affliction, Story of the Year, Lagwagon, H2O, Destroy Boys and so much more. Day 2 is 2000-ish punk with All Time Low, Jimmy Eat World, The Story So Far, The Starting Line, The Maine and more.

 

The most important thing to keep in mind behind this massive 2-day event is that Rishi Bahl started this on his own. He stressed to us that the Four Chord Music Festival is a “DIY festival”. He doesn’t have a team behind him making decisions and creating contracts.  He is the guy on the phone booking bands and filling out forms.  He says these events are so much work but so worth it and we couldn’t agree more.  

 

Tickets for Day 1 and general parking are still available on their website but not for long. The show isn’t for months and most tickets are sold out so if you’re thinking about going, do not hesitate.

Four Chord Music Festival is Friday, September 9 and 10 at Wild Things Park in Pittsburg, PA

https://www.fourchordmusicfestival.com

 

Rachael Contreras

Pop-Punk & Pizza Contributor

#217: 10 Songs for June 2022

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In no particular order, here’s 10 songs I think you should give a listen to in June 2022: 

1. “Forever” – Suitable Miss Ft. Joshua Roberts

2. “Stay Alive” – Noodle Brain

3. “White Noise” – All Honesty

4. “Speedbump” – Clothesline

5. “Follow Me” – Nautical Mile (Uncle Kracker Cover)

6. “Almost Everything” – With The Punches

7. “Lost Dog, Pt. 2” – One Armed Joey

8. “Second 2 Breathe” – AIRPORTS

9. “Shapeshifting” – Taylor Acorn

10. “Panic Automatic” – Pink Elefants

Make sure you vote for your favorite song in the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Facebook group. The song with the most votes stays on our Spotify playlist for another month! The song with the most votes from the last 10 songs episode was, “Well Enough” by Glory Days

Want your band to be possibly featured on a future 10 songs episode? Email an mp3 or wav of the song you want to be considered, a bio, press photo, and logo to: 10songsepisodes@gmail.com.

 

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Jacques LaMore

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#217: 10 Songs for June 2022 (Early Access)

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In no particular order, here’s 10 songs I think you should give a listen to in June 2022: 

 

1. “Forever” – Suitable Miss Ft. Joshua Roberts

2. “Stay Alive” – Noodle Brain

3. “White Noise” – All Honesty

4. “Speedbump” – Clothesline

5. “Follow Me” – Nautical Mile (Uncle Kracker Cover)

6. “Almost Everything” – With The Punches

7. “Lost Dog, Pt. 2” – One Armed Joey

8. “Second 2 Breathe” – AIRPORTS

9. “Shapeshifting” – Taylor Acorn

10. “Panic Automatic” – Pink Elefants

 

Make sure you vote for your favorite song in the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Facebook group. The song with the most votes stays on our Spotify playlist for another month! The song with the most votes from the last 10 songs episode was, “Well Enough” by Glory Days. 

 

Want your band to be possibly featured on a future 10 songs episode? Email an mp3 or wav of the song you want to be considered, a bio, press photo, and logo to: 10songsepisodes@gmail.com.

 

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

 

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#216: OSLO

Tj Horansky of Chicago’s Sleep On It, is reintroducing himself to the world as indie/emo artist, OSLO. He just released his debut album, Great Places, under the OSLO name last week. TJ was kind of enough to invite me into his home to have some Rosati’s Pizza and talk about the new record.

 

Stream Great Places by OSLO: https://linktr.ee/OsloMusic

 

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Jacques LaMore

 

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Pulley’s The Golden Life Delivers Modern Day Anthems

“Align the Planets” first starts as a subdued, even spiritual melody, until the :46 mark. At that point the break takes us into a new direction, both musically and philosophically. Reminiscent of classic Bad Religion, the alignment of the universe becomes a question of balancing the proverbial angel and devil that sits on our moral shoulders. The stand out song on Pulley’s newest release, The Golden Life, released Friday, May 13, “Align the Planets” balances vulnerability with aggression, a balance that most can relate to.

 

The thread that weaves The Golden Life together is that the music is rooted in old school sound while delivering modern day anthems. Every track hints at a heavy influence of vocalist Greg Graffin of Bad Religion, as Pulley frontman Scott Radinsky narrates the story of this twelve song album. Each song has its own direction and unique narrative, yet the riffs and vocals stay consistent, creating a signature sound for this SoCal band.

 

The evolution of modern music is the grandest illusion. Everything old is new again and the timeline between 1994, 2022, and even the 1970s is fluid and ever growing and changing. The beauty is that today’s audience can explore the hybrid rhythms and rebellious lyrics without labels or the pressures to conform to one group or one style. Just look around. Green hair and a lip piercing no longer stigmatizes a person or slaps them with the judgment of a disapproving crowd. At the same time, the forty-somethings can rock out to “You’ll be Lonely Someday”, and even take a trip back in time to the golden glory days of skateboarding with three minutes of vintage footage of a time when all that mattered was music, mayhem, and mixtapes.

 

Give Pulley’s newest a spin and be transported against the grain to a musical journey through mental health, self-reflection, and the magic of angst blaring through some strings, drumsticks, and a microphone. Scott Radinsky on Vocals, Mike Harder on Guitar, Trey Clinesmith on Guitar, Tyler Rebbe on Bass, and Sean Sellers on Drums, were able to channel the uncertainty of the pandemic into an opportunity to create music and deliver an album that is solid. 

 

Pulley’s recent album The Golden Life was released on Friday, May 13, 2022 via SBAM records. The European tour kicks off May 18th in Valencia, Spain, with none other than Bad Religion on some dates and featuring Pennywise or Punk in Drublic on others.

 

Dallas J.
Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Contributor

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Weatherworn “Last Rites”

Weatherworn’s “Last Rites” Official Music Video is the first release of a three-part video series directed by Rory McAllister. It was scripted in collaboration of Weatherworn and McAllister to support the band’s 2021 album Postcards. Weatherworn’Postcards is a tale of grievance, reflection, and acceptance; a continuation of life after death within both matter and memories. The journey begins here.

Follow Weatherworn on social media:

FB/IG/Twitter/TikTok: @weatherwornband

For merch and upcoming tour dates visit:

https://linktr.ee/Weatherwornva

#215: The Aquadolls

This is a monumental episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Why you ask? Because we had vegan pizza for the very first time! The Aquadolls from southern California are all about rockin’ the vegan lifestyle. So, I made sure to order an all vegan pan pizza from Kitchen 17 in Chicago. It was incredibly tasty and I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. This was recorded before The Aquadolls show at Beat Kitchen in Chicago on Sunday, April 3rd. You can catch them on tour this summer with Incubus and Sublime with Rome July 24th through September 3rd! Get your tickets at the-aquadolls.com/tour

This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza is sponsored by Austrian pop punk band, Here For A Reason, and their new album, Blank Slate, available now on all streaming platforms.

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Jacques LaMore

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