Radio Rejects – 2

Rock-it-ology: Hey Josh, it’s been a while since our last interview, tell us what you been up to?

G’day! Since the last time we had a chin wag, we’ve been busy writing new songs for the album aswell as having a ball making some fun clips. Of course COVID made alot of band activity hard, and having Mik our guitarist live at the other end of the country, it was hard to get alot done but somehow we made it work

Rock-it-ology: How many songs radio reject have it out? 

At the present time we have 5 singles out on all streaming platforms

Where you can find them? 

Places like Spotify, YouTube music, Google Music, apple music and some of the smaller sites people dig

Rock-it-ology: Now, why you decided to play punk rock? 

I was a late bloomer. I actually didn’t start music til after high school , I failed music all through school. Then one day picked up a mates bass and started playing stuff that sounded good.

Couple of years down the track I’d self taught myself bass, guitar, drums and keyboard all by ear haha

Playing gigs always takes me to my happy place haha

Rock-it-ology: I read in an interview that you did, that you started this whole thing because you were bullied, is that right? Can you explain more about it? 

I was bullied alot as a kid. Kids can be cruel. Even though I was bigger than most kids I would sit there and take it as I just wanted to have friends. It got to a point where I “grew” my own little persona of not giving a fuck anymore. Ironically enough this made me come off as stubborn and arrogant, when really I was shy and didn’t know how to interact with people.

This was the basis of the song “Monster’s” that we released.

Rock-it-ology: Who makes your awesome videos? 


Haha thanks, Ive made the last couple with more in the works. I’ve always wanted to write and make movies. I bought a camera and gave it a go. I love doing It and hope to help more bands out there get theirs done too 

Rock-it-ology: How can people support your band? Anything you like to add? 

We are on all the main social medias like Facebook and Instagram.

We are proud of what we do and like I’ve always said if I can get 1 person leaving a show with a tune id written stuck in their head, then my job is done!

To truly support the band you can go to our Bandcamp where all the money people pay actually comes to us ..

Our past record label has yet to swing a single cent our way, pushing us to leave and go our own path!

Thanks for the chat and we love the passion you have for you , the music and your family brother!

Check out their new song!

Indispensabili

In the winter of 2019 we Federico aka Principessa – Drums, Daniele – Bass/Vocal and Tommy – Guitar got together due to working together as stage hand and yard work in general. The love for punk rock brought them to do a rehearsal room and they decided start the band. After a year Ernest joined them with his guitar and pedal effect .The band is based in Venice – Italy. After two/three years of practice they were ready to play play live but because COVID-19 pandemic shows got cancelled. Their first record is out with 200 copies sold so far. They are the Indespensabili and they contacted me and sent me their songs. After a little bit of talk, one of the members told me that Dad have introduced with the Offspring Album conspiracy of one. Well, I didn’t think twice with that and decided to do this interview.

We are Indispensabili Drums – Ruben aka Principessa

Bass/Voice – Sig. Tost

Guitar – Erbest Don Pedale

Guitar/Lawnmower – Tommy 

Rock-it-ology: How long you all have been playing? 

Indispensabili started actually without Erbest, he was had one year time to find us for star play togheter… that time was the 2019 more or less. 

Rock-it-ology: How music have helped you? 

Music is everything, without you can be lost. The cool thing is that you can push up the amply volume and sing loud. 

Rock-it-ology: What touches your soul? 

Many things… but for sure the Ramones its one of them. 

Rock-it-ology: Top 5 favorite songs? 

Ramones – Bad brain – Misfits – Where eagles dare Queers – You re tripping River dales – Mentally retardedI Fichissimi – La tipa della casa occupata 

Rock-it-ology: An example on how not to be an asshole? 

Bring guitar picks and cables to the rehearsal room for example. 

How can we support the band? 

Listen to our music first, second when will be back time for concert of course buy to us a beer will be great. 

Check out their songs at https://indispensabili.bandcamp.com/ my favorite song is Burger King, maybe because I worked at Wendy’s before.

Radio Rejects

Name: Smith

Age: 36

Band name: Radio Rejects

What band influences your music? The thing I’ve loved about RR is that we draw from a wide range of influences and try to keep things far from “samey”. Bands like Descendents, Ramones, 7 Seconds, Misfits, Teenage Bottlerocket , Gorilla Biscuits, The Lillingtons have a major influence on how I write music.

How long have you been playing? Been in many bands since I was 19, but Radio Rejects have been around for under 2 years.

How have you got into music, and why? I failed music all through school. I couldn’t play anything or keep a tune. Then one day a mate of mine owned a bass guitar and I asked to have a go. I started playing anything and realized I could make a little tune. Couple of weeks later I bought my own and started making my own songs by ear.. Next thing im buying a guitar, drums and keyboard and doing the same thing. Writing music all of a sudden was like a drug to me. It was the most natural feeling thing. It’s hard to explain. To this day I play about 7 instruments, not one lesson to my name. Learnt all by ear ha-ha

Your top 5 favorite songs: Ohhh that’s a tough one..

1 – Rockaway Beach – Ramones
2 – Young Until I die – 7 Seconds
3 – Gone – Bouncing Souls
4 – Envy Is Dangerous – Raised Fist
5 – Hybrid Moments – Misfits

What is your worst case of the Mondays? (If you don’t know what it means, google office space)

Ha-ha yes! Such an under rated movie!! I’ll never think of Michael Bolton the same way.

Well im Manager for a Food Logistics company so I’ve had my fair share of horrible days.. But I’d have to say being stuck at work with no music puts me in a foul mood. I always have my head phones on whilst working.

What touches your soul? My kids. Not a day goes past where I don’t think of something rad or fun we’ve done and it just makes me smile. Being a dad is the “Greatest”. No pun intended

An example on how not to be an asshole? Honestly, just treat EVERYONE the same. I’ve done this my whole life. Go into each and every day with an open mind. You’re not going to get along with everyone but if you aren’t willing to at least give them a chance then you’re a dick… If they prove to be a douche down the track then it’s easy to just let them be.

Interview with Keeana Martinez

Full name: Keeana Martinez

Age: 23

Name of your band: Immigrant’s Child

How long have you been singing?

I have been singing since I was 15. I started out in a worship group at my church then I joined School of Rock Broomfield when it first opened and then I studied some Opera in college.

What is the style of music you guys play?

Alternative/Indie rock

What is the craziest thing that happened to you on stage? And off stage (music related)?

Back in 2016 we only had four band members. Three of us had gone to see one of our favorite bands, Highly Suspect, in concert. Mario (guitar), Josiah (bass), and I had been standing at the front watching the bassist and drummer solo. Halfway through the solo Johnny Stevens (the guitarist/vocalist of Highly Suspect) leans down to me and asks me my name and who I came with. Long story short, he gave us backstage tickets and later invited us to chill on the tour bus with him. At this time our band practices were more like jam sessions. We struggled to write songs and find motivation to continue pursuing music. While hanging out on the tour bus, we told Johnny that we were in a band and he talked to us for hours about music and how important it was that we pursue our dreams. After that night we started writing more, recording and performing and later added a drummer and recorded our first EP. It took a few years to get from there to where we are now, but it gave us the motivation we needed to move forward as a band.

Last year we played a house party and our drummer sliced his thumb on a cymbal before the end of the set. He didn’t notice it until the song was already over. We all looked back at him and when he got up after the song and just saw blood all over the cymbals and the drum heads. He still played through the rest of our set, we had all been drinking a bit so he didn’t feel much of the pain anyways.

Which artists influenced more of your work?

I guess that depends on who you ask. Each one of us has a different taste in music. We pull inspiration from bands/artists like Mac Miller, Black Pistol Fire, The Strokes, Ariana Grande, Grand Funk Railroad, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rage against the Machine, Highly Suspect and more. 

You only play original songs?

We try and do a cover every once in a while to help get the audience’s attention, but we focus on originals. 

In your view what is the best part about being an artist?

For me, the best part is performing. I love getting ready, choosing outfits, planning setlists, setting up the stage and then standing in front of everyone and playing for an audience. Hearing them clap along or cheer along is a really good feeling.

What touches your soul?

I currently work as a vocal teacher at School of Rock and I love seeing the way music impacts the students lives. Every student, whether they are 7 or 63, goes through their own struggles and yet they come in with a good attitude and the motivation to carry on. 

Give me, one example on how not to be an asshole?

Always think about how your actions might affect others around you. Stack your dishes at a restaurant to help the server, tip at least 20%, open the door for the person behind you, you never know how you might impact someone.  

Best way to contact Immigrants Child

immigrantschildband@gmail.com

720.255.6253

Or message us on instagram @immigrants_child

Interview with Emilie Pnkmondom

Rock-it-ology: What is your show about?

It’s a punk rock radio show in Québec city, on CHYZ 94,3 FM.  Every week, i’m playing old and new punk rock, ska and Punk hardcore bands. Half of my show is dedicated to DIY bands from all around the world that i discover on social medias. 

 I also play a lot of my listeners’s requests when they call me on air or when they are watching my Facebook live! My relationship with the listeners is amaaaaazing! They are so passionate, respectful, funny and nice! We talk a lot about music together! It’s very nice cause they could just listen to whatever they want on their own but they still want to share their passion with me! I could not be more grateful! 

Rock-it-ology: How long have you been doing the show?

15 years! Since 2004! Omg i’m so old haha! 

Rock-it-ology:  why you started the show?

I started the show because i knew i loved punk rock, but i did not know many bands at this time. So i took the time to really do some researches and i really learned a lot about punk rock! I also started the show because i wanted to play some Québec local bands. It’s always been very important for me to promote my own local scene. 

Rock-it-ology: What are your favorite bands (top 5)?

That’s a hard question because it changes all the time. Today, it would be :                                                                                                       1) A wilhelm scream: i’m a huge fan of fast and technical punk rock. That band brought me into that kind of music. 

2) No use for a name : it’s probably THE band that really made me love punk rock. I absolutly love all tthe songs! Tony Sly was a genius! 

3) Descendents : I took the time to dig into that band only a few years ago and now, i’m totally addicted. I love their very simple, immature (in a good way) and very authentic lyrics. I want to write songs like that. 

4) Much the same :  i love that band because of the fast and technical stuff but also for Chris’s AMAZING voice. He’s one of the best singer in the world, in my opinion. Their lyrics get me emotive! 

5) Propagandhi : Because of their BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT lyrics and their new powerful loud sound! Those riffs, man! That band opened my eyes on so many important topics. 

Rock-it-ology: Top 5 songs of all times?

Same as the above, it could change every day. 

1) Nofx – the Decline : It’s a chef d’oeuvre! What a brilliant song! The lyrics are still so accurate, unfortunatly. 

2) Propagandhi – Potemkin city limits: that song makes me cry every time i listen to it! It’s the true story about a pig that escaped from a truck going to the slaughterhouse. 

3) No use for a name – invincible: it’s one of the first songs i sang with my dear friend and bandmate Simon when we started our acoustic covers band 50 shades of punk rock, 7 years ago! So it’s a lot of great memories and i love Tony Sly’s vocal melody on it.

4) Moneen – The day no one needed to know. Mannnn, that song is just perfect. I always listen to that song when i’m on a plane at the take off. Cause i’m VERY VERY VERY anxious on planes. This song calms me instantanly. And i loooove its complexity, the transitions, the bass. Damn, i should have put that band in my top 5, above hahaha! 

5) A wilhelm scream – Hairy Scarecrow. Ok. The end of that song is so EARgasmic. Sometimes, i listen to that song like 15 times in a row! 🤭

Rock-it-ology: What touches your soul?

I’m an extreme sensitive and empathic (but also very happy) woman so… Almost everything!

Everything about humans and animals suffering touches my soul in a bad way (i need to protect myself sometimes cause it hurts a lot to think about that) , but people who dedicate their lives to help them touches my soul in an amazing way! 

What you’re doing for your son touches my soul a lot, for example. 

Rock-it-ology: What change you would like to see in the world?

A lot of things but i wish we could learn to be truly touched by people’s reality. I wish we could try to understand each other instead of always judging and fighting. We live in a very hard era of extreme individuality. We should put our phones away for a while and really talk together! 

I think that if we could globaly have that new mindset, a lot of problem could be solved (sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, violence, etc)… 

Rock-it-ology: an example on how not to be an asshole?

“Try not to compare women with each other”

People can reach out to Emilie on instagram : @punk_roquette or on my radio show’s Facebook page :

https://www.facebook.com/punkdetente

I also do interviews with Québec local scene bands! That’s a lot of fun! 

I’m also currenttly working on a new podcast! I’m going to speak english on it (i’m a french canadian so it’s a challenge for me haha). I want to put it online in early 2020! 

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