#226: Morning In May

Our intern Noelle had that chance to talk with Cleveland, Ohio based pop punk band, Morning In May! They are about to hit the road with Makeout are also releasing their debut LP, Dead Set Slander. The album drops October 14th and the tour with Makeout begins October 20th in Las Vegas.

Pre-save Dead Set Slander now: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/morninginmay/dead-set-slander

Buy tickets for the tour: https://ffm.live/makeout

Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

INTERVIEW: Reece Young at Riot Fest 2022

Reece Young performing at Riot Fest

Reece Young at Riot Fest 2022 in Chicago’s Douglass Park. Photo: Jason Pendleton


On Sunday at Riot Fest, I had the pleasure of talking with artist and fellow Twenty One Pilots fan, Reece Young! We talked about his upcoming EPs, collabs, beginnings in hockey, and more!


Noelle Matonis: How was your performance today? How did you feel about it?

Reece Young: It was fun. I’m sweaty still. I haven’t cooled down. 

NM: Yeah, it seems like it’s hotter today than the last two days.

RY: Than the other two days! I was so upset. ‘Cause I’ve been here the other two days, also.

NM: Yeah, me too.

RY: Just as a fan. And then I performed and I was like, “I’m dying.”

NM: So how does Riot Fest feel different than other venues you’ve played in the past?

RY: This is the first major festival I’ve done. So this is a whole lot different. It was really cool; it was like a checklist/bucket list item. 

NM: Yeah definitely! Well that’s awesome! So what first got you into music or playing music? Is it always something that you wanted to do?

RY: No, actually, I thought I was gonna be a hockey player for a very long time.

NM: Oh, really?

RY: I grew up playing hockey, and then it was like my senior year of high school and I was like, I think I wanna do music. And I went to college for it and learned how to write songs and now we’re here.

NM: That’s so cool! Yeah, you don’t always end up doing what you think you’re gonna do, so that’s interesting! So what bands do you like to listen to when you’re on the road touring?

RY: Twenty One Pilots. They’re my favorite band.

NM: I love them! They’re my favorite band. 

RY: Bring Me The Horizon’s also my favorite.

NM: Oh yes!

RY: My two favorites.

NM: Another one of my favorites.

RY: Yeah those are my two favorite bands. 

NM: Yeah. I feel like I can hear their influence in your songs. 

RY: Yeah! Yeah, I try to do a combo.

NM: Yeah. I love that! And I was wondering do you write all the lyrics for your songs or is there anyone else helping you out like band members?

RY: Yep! I write most of it, and then sometimes…I like to collab a lot with other artists.

NM: Yeah, I noticed that. You have a lot of collabs.

RY: Yeah! So that’s the goal–to keep meeting cool people, keep writing cool songs. But yeah I do pretty much write it all. 

NM: That’s awesome! And you mentioned you have a lot of collabs, so I know you collaborated with Jayden Panesso from Sylar, and the Korn drummer, Ray. So how was that? Like how did that come about?

RY: So, I had a mutual friend who knew Jayden, and he just connected us, and I was like I have this song I think you would sound really cool on, and he was like, “Okay!” And I gave him a couple hundred bucks, and I’ll do it for sure. 

NM: Oh wow!

RY: And I was like, sick! 

NM: That’s awesome how that worked out. Are there any particular bands or artists that you would like to collaborate with in the future? 

RY: Bring Me The Horizon…

NM: Oh yeah.

RY: …And then Twenty One Pilots. [both laugh] They’re so cool!

NM: Definitely! That’s what I expected.

RY: Yeah! Those two would be crazy!

NM: Yeah, it would! So a lot of your songs are about dealing with anxiety and mental health issues, so what message do you hope to get across with your songs?

RY: I want people to listen to them and feel like there’s somebody out there that is going through what I’m going through. ‘Cause when I was at that lowest point, I wanted somebody that knew what was going on.

NM: Yeah.

RY: I didn’t have a lot of that–a lot of support at the time–and I put music on once, It was Vessel stuff–and I was like, I understand those lyrics now. And I want people to hear my stuff and be like, that kid gets it. He understands. I want people to be able to feel safe, and like, understand what’s up.

NM: Right. And I think that’s a really good message, and it really can help people out when they know that they’re not alone. 

RY: Yeah. 

NM: Do you plan on releasing a full length album any time soon?

RY: That’s definitely a dream of mine. My EP is out next month, and then another one. 

NM: Oh nice!

RY: So after that, hopefully. 

NM: Yeah. Well I’m excited for those!

RY: Oh thank you! Yeah.

NM: Well this is Riot Fest, and there’s a lot of punk bands and a lot of emo bands here, and I was wondering if you have a favorite punk or emo anthem? Or what’s your favorite punk or emo song or band?

RY: Elevated by State Champs. They’re one of my favorite bands too. 

NM: Awesome!

Mark your calendars for Reece Young’s next single, “Pressure” ft. PALISADES out this Friday Sept. 23! And in the meantime, check out his music on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, Youtube, and Amazon Music!

You can also follow him on Instagram: @reeceyoungmusic


Noelle Matonis

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Intern

INTERVIEW: No Trigger at Riot Fest 2022

No Trigger at Riot Fest 2022 in Chicago’s Douglas Park. Photo by, Rachel Zyzda.


On Saturday at Riot Fest, I got to sit down and talk with Tom Rheault (vocals) and Jon Strader (rhythm guitar) of No Trigger! We talked about the making of Dr. Album, punk anthems, getting to work with Dan from 88 Fingers Louie, and more!


Noelle Matonis: How did you feel about your show today? How was playing at Riot Fest different than venues you’ve played at before?

Tom Rheault: Today’s show…10 out of 10. Easy. One of the best No Trigger shows I can remember because of everything. Sounded awesome, we were funny, I think. [both laugh] And the crowd was insane. 

Jon Strader: We’ve been looking forward to this show for a while now and what a treat.

TR: And it’s different, because it’s not some sweaty, you know, piss-filled fuckin’ small venue. It’s big. It’s like the coolest outdoor fest i’ve ever been to. So that’s neat. 

NM: I’ve heard you guys write your lyrics collaboratively, it’s not just one of you writing the lyrics. And I was wondering what are some of the challenges that come along with that?

TR: Well, it’s actually not that true. We write the songs collaboratively, but the lyrics, I’m kinda the guy. 

JS: We have two songs out there that we recently recorded, one which is on [Dr. Album], one which is on Acid Lord EP, which our guitarist fully wrote top to bottom, which was a world that we just dipped into for this new record.

TR: I don’t know, usually for songs, it’s me. But for a couple of them it’s Mike. It’s weird because I feel like lyrics are a tough thing to collaborate on; music isn’t. Music is phenomenal to collaborate on. But vocals–it’s weird, you know? To me. So I kind of do it all. 

JS: [laughs]

NM: I was watching an interview with [Tom] and you mentioned that the first thing you ever recorded was in 2003 with Dan from 88 Fingers Louie

TR: Oh yeah!

NM: And you’ve also collaborated with Bill Stevenson from Black Flag and Descendents. So how was it working with those guys and how did that sort of come about?

TR: Well, honestly, if you book them and you can afford it, you can do it. But you know, someone like Bill, we were on a label way back when we paid for all of that. But before that, with Dan from 88 Fingers Louie, it was just us driving to Chicago, as like 20 year olds, and we were like, fuck it. I think this guy can do it, and we called him up and he did. He wanted to, so we just did it. And we did it in his mom’s basement. Like, 2003. It was crazy. His mom answered the door. And I was like, “Hey, we’re here to record!” She’s like, (in high pitched voice) “Oh, Danny’s downstairs, hold on!”

JS: [laughs]

TR: It was funny; it was great.

NM: What first got you into music or playing music? Was music always something you wanted to do or growing up, did you have other things in mind that you wanted to do as a career?

TR: I don’t know, music’s such a weird thing, ‘cause A, it’s not our career, not at all. Like there’s not a chance it’s our career, ‘cause we just do it for fun. And it kinda chooses you. Music’s different. We couldn’t escape it. 

JS: Personally, when I was younger, just watching local bands that were kind of coming up and playing like, behind my house, you’d hear the music real loud. You go over there as such a young kid and get mesmerized while listening to what’s happening. And my dad was a musician too. He taught me how to play guitar. 

NM: What bands inspire you?

TR: Inspire at this point? I don’t know man. [laughs] I don’t even know!

JS: There was a long wave of bands that we kind of grew up listening to that’s kinda wild that we’re playing with now. I think heavily influenced–Descendents, No FX, Fat Records, Epitaph, we grew up on that stuff, we used to be doing the Warped Tour scene…

TR: And now, we listen to Grateful Dead. You know what I mean? So I’m over there now–me. I don’t know about [Jon].

NM: So it’s a lot of different influences.

JS: Of course!

TR: So it’s everything. Yeah. As long as it’s…to me, music is…you can tell if it’s pure. You can just tell if someone’s trying too hard, you can tell if it’s not sincere. But when it’s pure and… I don’t know…that’s what I like. Is that shit. So whatever it is, whatever genre it is, you can kinda cut through the bullshit and be like yeah! This is the shit.

NM: Right. And are there any bands that you like to listen to when you’re on the road touring?

JS: It’s always varying, it depends on who’s the DJ.

TR: Literally it depends on who’s got shuffle on Spotify.

JS: I mean, currently, we have a rental van and I won’t let the jazz channel be changed; I think it’s a vibe.[laughs]

NM:[laughs] I wouldn’t expect that.

JS: [laughs] Yeah, see?

NM: And speaking of things you wouldn’t expect, I feel like you guys transitioned from more hardcore to punk and some pop punk in your new record, Dr. Album. Can you talk about how you decided to change your sound a little bit?

JS: Yeah.  It wasn’t really deciding to change our sound, we didn’t really sit down and be like, “We need to write these kinds of songs. What’s beautiful about [Dr. Abum] is that everyone in the band is very like honed in on putting the songs together. And Tom was more or less on a page of creating full songs from start to finish as well. So everyone’s creativity really shined on this record. And what you hear is like what you get; like that was everyone’s input on certain styles and 

TR: Yeah. It was just like some of it’s poppy. And I wrote more like the weird ones. Like on the record, there’s a bunch of ones that are like…

NM: Like the Mountain Song? Was that you?

JS: Oh, the Foggy Mountain song? No, that just kinda developed from us just hanging out during the recording session in a corn field around a campfire. [laughs] and Nick, who produced the record, plays banjo. So that was real fun stuff during the recording.

TR: We’re just like, push the limit. Let’s break down every barrier, and let’s just write however we feel. And some of the songs are like Smashing Pumpkins-sounding. Other ones are like the fastest songs we’ve written. So it’s everything. It really is everything. And I think we somehow pulled it off where it’s cohesive. It’s not like just a jumbled mess. It works. 

Yeah I can definitely hear a bunch of different influences on there, and it does all work together really well I think.

TR: Thank you!

NM: I don’t know if you guys are able to see other bands at Riot fest, like do you ever get some downtime or a chance to see other bands?

TR: Yeah! Yesterday, we saw Sincere Engineer, and Cliffdiver. They were both phenomenal. It was awesome.

JS: Wargasm was a treat too.: We’re the kind of band that kind of takes some time to peep some bands and stuff like that.

TR: Yeah! Who wouldn’t? And today is like the Menzingers and Bad Religion and shit…like get out of here! Of course we’re gonna watch them!

NM: Yeah definitely! I’m excited to see them too! And since Riot Fest as a lot of punk bands and  a lot o emo stuff, I was wondering wha is your favorite punk or emo anthem? 

JS: Broham! [laughs] I think that’s the punkest anthem of anthems. 

TR: What even is a punk anthem? I mean, I’m not a huge My Chemical Romance guy, I used to be a big Blink-182 guy though. Like I really liked them when they came out with Dude Ranch and shit. 

JS: We went a bunch of times…

TR: We went to two Dude Ranch shows with the old drummer too. Not Travis. Like, we’re old. 

JS: I saw Blink-182 with Scott. I have. 

TR: Yeah me too. That’s more of my like emo…like after that, we were like too hardcore to care about like My Chemical Romance or something, but before that, I had a definite phase. I don’t know, that’s a really weird question. I can’t pick a song right now, I can’t think of one.

JS: That’s why I said Broham. Because we played Europe a lot and people like soundcheck with that song and the whole crowd just goes insane.

TR: I think anthemically, like I keep thinking of Bouncing Souls songs, like True Believers, or like Lean on Sheena. These are the songs that are like anthemic, like the ones that pop into my head.

Yeah. And I think anthem is subjective like what whatever gets you pumped

JS: Of course.

NM: What has been your favorite venue to play so far or what is one you’d really like to play in the future? It can be big or small.

TR: I don’t know man.

NM: Do you prefer playing bigger venues?

JS: Yes! I personally prefer playing bigger festivals.

TR: Yes, this is amazing!

JS: I like being outside, I like being able to wear my sunglasses when play.

TR: Yeah! I wore my sunglasses for the first time ever!

JS: Yeah, festival stuff like this is great.

TR: Yeah, if you could just do this everyday, it would be fine, but we can’t. 

JS: Yeah, this is our first time playing Riot Fest and this was the most comfortable I’ve ever been. The whole stage was carpeted, so I’m gonna go with Douglass Park Chicago.

TR: Yeah. It was comfy.

JS: Thank you, Riot Fest.

TR: Yeah, today. That was my favorite venue [laughs]. 


Listen to No Trigger’s Dr. Album out now: https://open.spotify.com/album/0kAFMQR8EUPi1RWxmM8yCs?si=faXW7wcPSuaSl5O7uxD2wA


Noelle Matonis

Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Intern

#225: Destroy Boys – Riot Fest 2022


Destroy Boys have an excellent story about Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day to share with us!


Our Riot Fest coverage today is sponsored by Chicago punk band, The Linden Method, and their new album, Grief, out now via People of Punk Rock Records. Stream the album on your favorite platform and follow @tlmchi on social media. LISTEN HERE: https://fanlink.to/TLM_grief


Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

#223: Lucky Boys Confusion – Riot Fest 2022


Stubhy and Adam of Lucky Boys Confusion join us at Riot Fest 2022 to talk 25 years of LBC and more! 


Our Riot Fest coverage today is sponsored by Chicago punk band, The Linden Method, and their new album, Grief, out now via People of Punk Rock Records. Stream the album on your favorite platform and follow @tlmchi on social media. LISTEN HERE: https://fanlink.to/TLM_grief


Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

#222: Sincere Engineer – Riot Fest 2022

Corn dog pizza with Deanna of Sincere Engineer at Riot Fest 2022! 


Our Riot Fest coverage today is sponsored by Chicago punk band, The Linden Method, and their new album, Grief, out now via People of Punk Rock Records. Stream the album on your favorite platform and follow @tlmchi on social media. LISTEN HERE: https://fanlink.to/TLM_grief


Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

Riot Fest 2022 Preview with Kevin Andrew of Guardrail

Hello. I’m Kevin Andrew. I sing in the Chicago-based pop-punk (or “diet punk”) band Guardrail. This is my first write-up for the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast, and what better topic than this upcoming weekend’s Riot Fest


I’ve been going to this fest since 2012. It’s always been an absolute blast, and this year is looking like no exception. In this presentation, I’ll be giving my artist recommendations for this year. Well, a rundown of the artists I’m trying to catch at least. I’ll tell you why I like them, and give a song I like as well. Before you start yelling at me like “What about *band name*?!” just know that the lineup is absolutely fucking stacked, and I’m only one boy. There are definitely some bands I’m gonna have to skip out on, and I’ll be crying by myself in the shower about it, okay? Here we go.




Sincere Engineer – Roots Stage 12:15

This will be my first time seeing Sincere Engineer since the pandemic. Between the long wait and the fact that the newest album Bless My Psyche absolutely rips, I’m incredibly stoked to kick off my weekend with their set and I suggest you do the same.

Track to check out: “Trust Me”


LS Dunes – Rise Stage 1:00

When the lineup was first announced, this name was a mystery. No music on streaming services, brand new social media accounts. People began speculating online, tracking down clues, and it was finally officially confirmed within the last couple weeks who this band is. They’re a post-hardcore supergroup consisting of members of My Chemical Romance, Circa Survive, Coheed & Cambria, and Thursday. Their only single so far was just released, and it’s definitely cool enough to peak my interest.

Track to check out: “Permanent Rebellion”


Lucky Boys Confusion – Roots Stage 1:25

It’s about time LBC hopped on Riot Fest. Such a Chicago staple, I’m surprised they haven’t played it. When singer Stubhy was on PP&P, he mentioned that they always do the street festivals here, which makes sense given their draw (I’ve actually seen them at Do Division Fest before, so that checks out). Happy to see them on Riot this time around. If you’re coming in from out of town, LBC is the band to see for a fun Chicago experience.

Track to check out: “Fred Astaire”


Foxy Shazam – Rise Stage 2:00

This is one of those bands that, even if their music isn’t your thing, you need to experience live at least once. Known for their wild stage antics (most notably vocalist Eric Nally eating lit cigarettes) and their unique sound (think a modern twist on Queen), they’re definitely a sight to see. I personally haven’t seen them before so I’m making the effort to at least catch half their set before I run to the next band on my list.

Track to check out: “Killin’ It”


Wargasm – Rebel Stage 2:15

This is one of the bands I’m looking forward to most this weekend. Wargasm is a duo from the UK who blend punk, industrial, nu-metal, and electronic genres in a style that makes you want to bang your head one minute and dance your ass off the next. If you’re looking to have an afternoon rager, be sure to catch their set.

Track to check out: “Spit.”


Aviva – Riot Stage 2:30

Shameless self-promotion alert. Aviva is currently on tour with Enter Shikari. My band Guardrail is actually opening the Chicago date on the 24th at Concord. I don’t really know much about Aviva, but I will definitely catch the end of her set to see what she’s about. Her music gives me a Meg Myers or Halsey vibe. Poppy, yet kind of creepy. 

Track to check out: “GRRRLS”


Lagwagon – Roots Stage 3:05

What can I say about Lagwagon? If you’re a fan of skatepunk and hot riffs, then you’re a fan of Lagwagon.

Track to check out: “E Dagger”


Anberlin – Rise Stage 3:15

Anberlin has been a huge influence on me as a songwriter, and was bummed to see them call it quits back in 2014. I went to the farewell tour, only cried a little bit, I swear. Singer Stephen Christian said in interviews that they weren’t gonna be one of those bands who breaks up then gets back together 4 or 5 years later. But lo and behold, they reunited 4 or 5 years later. They just released their new EP Silverline, which to me is a good precursor to this next chapter of the band. I’m also going to their aftershow that night at Reggies, which will be the smallest room I’ve seen them in, so that will be a blast. 

Track to check out: “Dismantle. Repair.”


Destroy Boys – Rebel Stage 5:15

Last summer I was picking up some wings from my favorite wing place Wing Boss (now closed, RIP) and there was a rad song playing in the store. I Shazam’ed it, it was Destroy Boys, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Such a cool raw punk rock sound with in-your-face lyrics. I’m unfortunately gonna have to skip the beginning of Descendents to check them out.

Track to check out: “Honey, I’m Home”


Descendents – Roots Stage 5:15

The first time I ever saw Descendents was 10 years ago at Riot Fest 2012. They didn’t play much back then so getting to see them was a treat, and it was basically a religious experience. I was a skinny little dork back in the day (let’s be honest, I still am), and they were a band that showed me that you didn’t have to be a “cool guy” to be a musician. I related to them in a way that was different to every other band I listened to, and they’ve become absolute legends. I may come out of crowdsurfing retirement for them this year, we’ll see.

Track to check out: “Hope”


The Wonder Years – Radical Stage 5:45

I was really only into this band for a couple albums. Their last few releases haven’t really been my thing. But I’m still gonna be catching the end of their set because they’re a blast to see. A friend of mine recently mentioned that she really enjoys when a band you’re watching is clearly THE favorite band of most of the people in the room. The energy and emotion in a crowd like that is impossible to really describe. The Wonder Years was one of her examples, and I definitely agree.

Track to check out: “Don’t Let Me Cave In”


Alkaline Trio – Roots Stage 7:25

Alkaline Trio in their hometown is just a no-brainer really. One of my all-time’s.

Track to check out: “Demon & Division”


Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg – Rebel Stage 8:00

If I could bring back one band from the dead, it would be The Ramones. So of course I’m gonna sprint over to this stage after Trio to watch as much of this as I can. I have no idea who’s even in the band besides Marky on the drums, but according to setlist.fm their set is just full of Ramones hits, so I am fucking there.

Track to check out: the whole Ramones Mania compilation


My Chemical Romance – Riot Stage 8:30

MCR is one of those bands that I don’t really listen to that much but really enjoy their live set. I’ve seen them twice (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution ‘07 and on the Honda Civic Tour with blink-182 in 2011) and had the best time, so I’m looking forward to experiencing that again. They’re such an iconic band in this alternative scene, and being their first show in Chicago since 2011 means that shit is going to pop off.

Track to check out: “Helena”




Skating Polly – Rise Stage 12:00

I hope I’m not too exhausted and/or hungover to get there by noon, but if I make it I’ll be checking Skating Polly out. Dirty guitars and vocals that are sweet one moment then raspy & screechy the next. 

Track to check out: “They’re Cheap (I’m Free)”


No Trigger – Rebel Stage 1:00

These guys just put out their first full-length album in about a decade. No Trigger has that classic early 2000’s skatepunk sound with lyrics that are zany enough to make me constantly chuckle. Jono Diener of The Swellers drums for them now, and they recorded their new album with his brother Nick during the peak of the pandemic lockdowns while camping on his property, recording guitars outside with long cables going through a window. What a wild last couple years it’s been, right?

Track to check out: “Take Your Time”


Bully – Radical Stage 1:45

There are 4 artists playing at the exact same time that I don’t really know much about but am interested in. Bully is the first I’ll be running to since they start at 1:45. Solid indie-punk sound, singer Alicia Bognanno has a great raspy voice that reminds me of Dead Sara or L7.

Track to check out: “Trying”


The Joy Formidable – Roots Stage 2:00

This band has been around a long time, so I want to see what they’re about. Cool alternative rock sound that wouldn’t be out of place on a bill with bands like Jimmy Eat World or Silversun Pickups.

Track to check out: “Little Blimp”


Charlotte Sands – Rise Stage 2:00

Charlotte Sands is an up & coming artist with a unique voice who I feel could be the next big thing. I’ve been seeing her name everywhere lately (mostly as vocal features on songs by Taking Back Sunday, The Maine, Sleeping With Sirens, and Underoath), so I’m curious to see her do her thing.

Track to check out: “Bad Day”


THICK – Rebel Stage 2:00

I literally just found out about this band a few weeks ago, so I’m stoked to check them out since they’re so fresh in my brain. Solid indie-punk for fans of Sincere Engineer and Cayetana.

Track to check out: “Love You Forever”


Bridge City Sinners – Rebel Stage 4:00

Another band that’s fresh on my radar. Folky Americana crust punk with banjos, upright bass, violins, & washboards that reminds me of bands like Days N Daze, Harley Poe, Larry & His Flask, etc. Definitely a unique band to check out.

Track to check out: “The Devil’s Swing”


Alexisonfire – Radical Stage 4:30

After just releasing their first album since 2009, Alexisonfire fans are gonna be on another level of stoked for this set. Another example of a band I don’t really listen to but love to see live. Frontman George Pettit usually tears away at his shirt throughout their set until it’s ripped into pieces. I wish I had the confidence to do that shit. Maybe someday.

Track to check out: “Conditional Love”


War On Women – Rebel Stage 5:00

I first saw War On Women at Warped Tour a few years ago. I was walking by the stage and had to stop because they drew me in. Singer Shawna Potter’s lyrics about politics, human rights, & feminism are so bluntly straightforward that I remember a venue employee rolling a garbage can past me stopped for a second as well and went “god DAMN!” before continuing his trash journey. I highly recommend checking them out while on your own trash journey.

Track to check out: “White Lies”


Yungblud – Roots Stage 5:15

Yungblud to me is basically the much-better UK version of MGK. I actually watched his livestream show over the pandemic and I was so entertained by his personality. You can find him featured on tracks by Bring Me The Horizon, Demi Lovato, & more. Definitely gonna check out at least the beginning of his set before running to the next band.

Track to check out: “The Funeral”


The Menzingers – Rise Stage 5:15

A friend of mine referred to The Menzingers as “punk rock for your 30s”. I saw them about a week after I turned 30 and was like, “Oh. Yep. I get it.” And I’ve been in love with them ever since. They’ll be playing their album On The Impossible Past in full, which will be a wonderful treat.

Track to check out: “The Obituaries”


Bad Religion – Riot Stage 6:20

I mean, it’s fucking Bad Religion. Need I say more?

Track to check out: “Sorrow”


GWAR – Rebel Stage 7:30

I mean, it’s fucking GWAR. Need I say more?

Track to check out: “Sick Of You”


Yellowcard – Rise Stage 8:30

I was into Yellowcard before they were cool. Yeah I’m definitely being ‘that guy’ right now, deal with it. When “Ocean Avenue” hit MTV and blew up, I loaned my copy of the album to so many kids at school to burn their own copies (remember burning CDs? Fuck we’re old). Wild to see them get back together for a night to play Ocean Avenue in its entirety.

Track to check out: “Breathing”


The Original Misfits – Riot Stage 8:30

I personally never really got into the Misfits. Probably because all the people I grew up with who wore their shirts all the time were assholes. But as a much more open-minded adult, I appreciate their legacy & impact on our scene, and a bunch of their songs have grown on me. So I’m definitely heading over there to check them out once Yellowcard wraps up. They’re playing Walk Among Us in full too, hell yeah.

Track to check out: “Astro Zombies”




The Bombpops – Roots Stage 12:00

I’m pretty sure the first time I saw The Bombpops was at a free Riot Fest pre-show in 2018 with Direct Hit! in a random store in Wicker Park. I waited in line for an hour or two, made some international friends while in line, and right when we all got to the front of the line they said they were at capacity. But once a few people left they let us in, and I had the best time. I’ve been a fan of theirs ever since, and it’ll be great to kick off my last Riot day with them. They have that classic Fat Wreck punk sound that still sounds fresh.

Track to check out: “Can’t Come Clean”


Night Spice – Radical Stage 12:00

Synthwave from right here in Chicago. If dancing is your vibe, start your sunday off with Night Spice. They just dropped a new single this week too, check out the video.

Track to check out: “Plums”


The Linda Lindas – Roots Stage 1:00

This band went viral in early 2021 with the video for their song “Racist, Sexist Boy”, shortly after which they signed to Epitaph Records and performed on Jimmy Kimmel. I feel like they’re this generation’s Bikini Kill (they actually have a cover of “Rebel Girl”) or Lunachicks (who play later in the day). 

Track to check out: “Growing Up”


Joey Valence & Brae – Rise Stage 1:00

There are 3 bands playing the 1:00 slot that I’m interested in, so I’m hoping to at least catch a song or two of Joey Valence & Brae. This is a brand new name for me, and while checking out all the artists I was unfamiliar with, this one stuck out. There’s a huge Beastie Boys influence here, which definitely caught my ear. 

Track to check out: “Underground Sound”


Treaty Of Paris – Radical Stage 1:00

The third band in my 1:00-time-slot-adventure, they play 10 minutes longer so I’ll catch the end of their set. I was into Treaty Of Paris in high school in the Purevolume days, and never got the chance to see them. This one is for teenage me.

Track to check out: “Rollerskates”


Less Than Jake – Radical Stage 3:20

My first real rock show was Warped Tour 2006, where I saw Less Than Jake. I was a teenager wanting to start a band, and no idea what I was doing. Seeing LTJ’s wildly fun set, I was blown away and promised myself that I’d always have as much fun as I possibly can at every show I play. I’ve since seen them play at least a dozen more times (most recently a couple months ago) and they’re always a blast.

Track to check out: “Look What Happened”


Lunachicks – Roots Stage 3:25

This band of rad women started before I was born, and have been pretty much inactive since 2001 (according to setlist.fm the last time they played in Chicago was 1999) until they recently started playing festivals. So it’s an absolute honor to be able to catch Lunachicks this year. 

Track to check out: “Bad Ass Bitch”


Coolio – Rise Stage 4:00

I’ll be honest, I only really know Coolio because of the Weird Al parody “Amish Paradise”. In all seriousness though, Coolio is a hip-hop legend that you should absolutely check out.

Track to check out: “Gangsta’s Paradise”


PVRIS – Radical Stage 4:35

This set will be my late afternoon dance break. PVRIS put out a fantastic album Use Me in 2020, so I’m looking forward to hearing some of those tracks live.

Track to check out: “Hallucinations”


Jimmy Eat World – Roots Stage 5:00

One of the first songs I ever illegally downloaded (ALLEGEDLY) was “Sweetness”. They’re one of those classic bands that never really misses and continues to put out music that holds up over time. Excited for all the singalongs from my teenage years. IT JUST TAKES SOME TIME!

Track to check out: “Work”


Midtown – Radical Stage 5:50

I never ever thought I’d get the opportunity to see Midtown live. They split up before I even went to my first real show, and Cobra Starship was so huge for awhile. Bummed to leave Jimmy Eat World a little early, but I MUST catch Midtown’s whole set. A true staple of the early-00’s emo scene and a bucket-lister for sure.

Track to check out: “Like A Movie”


Sleater-Kinney – Riot Stage 6:05

Sleater-Kinney is a legendary riot grrrl band at this point. Their first record was released in 1995, and they’ve been going strong ever since (with the exception of a few-years hiatus). I started listening to them a lot over the pandemic, since I had more time to deep dive into bands’ discographies, and fuck I have been missing out. Gonna catch the end of their set.

Track to check out: “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone”


renforshort – Rebel Stage 6:15

A renforshort song was randomly on my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist about a year ago. I really dug the vibe of her songs and her voice. She has some really cool, chill, catchy songs in the realm of Billie Eilish. There’s been quite an uptick of solo female pop-rock artists lately like LØLØ, Maggie Lindemann, Charlotte Sands, etc. that are all wonderful and I am fucking here for it. I probably won’t have time but I’m gonna try my hardest to catch a song or two between Midtown and S-K. I’ll run real real fast.

Track to check out: “i drive me mad”


The Maine – Radical Stage 7:05

There’s no other way to put it, The Maine is one of the best bands around. Their songs are so catchy and danceable that their live shows are always a great time with such a positive energy. I’m actually surprised they haven’t played Riot Fest yet, it’s about damn time!

Track to check out: “How Do You Feel?”


Nine Inch Nails – Riot Stage 8:15

I finally saw NIN the last time they played Riot and they were one of the tightest live acts I’ve ever seen. Whether you’re a die-hard, a casual listener, or don’t listen at all, they’re worth watching as you won’t see a more solid band all weekend. I’ll be watching the beginning and ending of their set this year.

Track to check out: “The Hand That Feeds”


The Academy Is… – Radical Stage 8:30

The hometown heroes are back for Riot Fest. While so many local Chicago scene bands blew up (Fall Out Boy & Rise Against for starters), The Academy Is… always felt like ‘the local band who made it’ to me. They grew up in the northwest suburbs where I did; I’m pretty sure their drummer went to my high school (I remember seeing footage of them playing my high school’s battle of the bands the year before I started there). If you’re gonna see TAI, Chicago is the place to do it.

Track to check out: “Slow Down”


This weekend is going to be exhausting (my 33-year-old ass is tired just from writing this), but will be the best weekend of the year. If you see me at all this weekend, be sure to tell me “Guardrail sucks” and give me a high five. See you at the show!


Also, checkout the Spotify playlist I made: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/09PM7nDZm6uDd4tqutHSgG?si=f-vroRQZSRCwPgIYWjFG_w


Kevin Andrew

Lead Vocalist of Guardrail/Pop-Punk & Pizza Contributor

#221: Treaty of Paris


Treaty of Paris rocked the Chicago pop-punk scene hard in the mid to late 2000s. Now in 2022, they are reuniting to play Riot Fest this weekend! Treaty of Paris members Dan Wade and Chris Insidioso join me on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza to give us a breakdown of the band’s history.

You can find Treaty of Paris on the Radicals Stage at 1pm this Sunday, September 18th at Riot Fest in Chicago.

Brush up on the band’s catalog on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Pi99tyF4wXjcmGUvrQN7R?si=Is3PpuAWS86LNfNVGaKWIg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/treatyofparis

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/treatyofparis_music/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/treatyofparis


In other good news, Pop-Punk & Pizza was approved to be in the press tent at Riot Fest all weekend long! I’ll be bringing you as much coverage as possible with our new intern, Noelle. Thank you to Dan Wade and everyone else at Riot Fest to making that possible!


Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

INTERVIEW: Massachusetts’ homegrown punk band, No Trigger

The creative guys in Massachusetts’ homegrown punk band, No Trigger have knocked it out of the park again with their first full length album in ten years called, Dr. Album that came out August 26.  Acid Lord, their EP released this past May has three of its five songs featured on Dr. Album.  No Trigger had an amazing tour set up with Bigwig that they had to cancel because COVID attacked the world so in true form, they came out of quarantine swinging.  


The pandemic brought us fans some of the greatest No Trigger music to date.  Front man Tom Rheault told us about this first LP release in a decade, “Art takes time!” He laughed and went on, “honestly, whenever inspiration hits, it’s simply that.  We’re the band that just does it whenever we feel like we need to do it.  We’ve put up different things in the last 10 years that weren’t full-lengths.  The pandemic was the reason, I mean everything shut down so we were like, ‘well, what are we doing?’.”  


Rhythm guitarist Jon Strader continued about the COVID downtime, “We all started learning different recording programs, getting interfaces and sending tracks to each other all throughout the pandemic and then later had a chance to get to our drummers brothers’ studio and it all came together nicely.”  


Having recorded 15 songs throughout social distancing, Jon wasn’t kidding.  He knew they would need to spread the songs out between the Acid Lord EP and Dr. Album LP.  The new album has some great tracks on it that include oddball sounds including but not limited to a very underrated mouth instrument, the kazoo.  You can also hear violins, pedal steel guitar, keyboards and even some horns recorded from Reade Wolcott of We Are the Union in California.


No Trigger puts a very humorous spin on serious topics like mental illness, Nazi’s, heartbreak, etc. that makes it easier to listen to.  Usually, these topics are saved for really depressing ballads or an angry sound but No Trigger plays with this dark humor from common, everyday issues that makes it palatable for the entire family to sing along to hating Nazi’s in a poppy-punk way with a smile on your face!


No Trigger advertises Dr. Album as “the Sgt. Pepper of punk records” explaining, “We took a bunch of drugs and made this record while the world stopped.  It sort of just poured out of us.  A ‘had to get it all out’ sort of scenario”.  This perfectly encapsulates the humor of the band and what you are in for with, Dr. Album.


You can catch No Trigger at Riot Fest in Chicago, IL on Sep. 17, 2022, Punk in Drublic on Sep. 24, 2022 in Worcester, MA, supporting The Lawrence Arms on Sep. 30, 2022 in New York, NY, and at The Fest on Oct. 30, 2022 in Gainesville, FL.


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Rachael Contreras

Pop-Punk & Pizza Contributor

#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/


Much Love,

Jacques LaMore

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