It’s always great catching up with old friends, isn’t it? Tyler, Josh, Taylor and I grew up in the Kankakee, IL music scene together in the late 2000s. When they got older, the guys all moved to Denver, Colorado together and eventually started a band called, Bluprint. It was really great talking with them after all these years! Bluprint is releasing new music in 2021, produced by, Mark Rose and engineered by, Sean O’Keefe.
Follow Bluprint on Facebook and Instagram: @bluprint.band
You may have read, heard, or seen the name, Lost Music Collective, floating around in the pop-punk scene the last year or so. What is it? I had the same question when I first saw the name. I eventually learned that it’s a new record label run by, Erick Droegmoeller and Vinnie Fiorello. Erick is known for his management company, Word Is Bond. Vinnie, famous for being a co-founding member of Less Than Jake, left the band in 2018. However, he still runs Paper + Plastick Records and has a new band called, The Inevitables. Both Erick and Vinnie sat down with me just after Thanksgiving via Zoom to talk about how they came together to form Lost Music Collective and what their overall mission is for the label. So far, they have recruited some impressive young bands to their roster including, Goalkeeper, Rival Town, Rematch, and Yearbooks.
Lost Music Collective’s first vinyl release is available for pre-order now:
Goalkeeper – “Graveyard” Yearbooks – “I Don’t Think You’re Okay Anymore” Who Saves The Hero? – “Days” Rival Town – “The One Who Pushed” Rematch – “Words That Rhyme With Liar” When the Sun Sets – “Sunflower” Hometruths – “ Shimmers” FRND CRCL – “Joyride 2.0”
On today’s episode, I talk with Alex Magnan, the lead vocalist of, Young Culture. We talk about the band’s new self titled album, how he ditched drums to pick up the guitar and more. Thanks for being on Pop-Punk & Pizza, Alex!
It’s been awhile since I Call Fives have played a show or even released new music. The band was all set to celebrate ten years of their popular sophomore release, “Bad Advice”, then Covid-19 shut those plans down. Just like most everything else this year. The shutdown led the band into the studio to record new material. I don’t think anyone is upset by that considering I Call Fives hasn’t released new music since 2012’s Self Titled LP. Bassist, Drew Conte, joins me on this episode to talk about why it’s been so long since we’ve heard from the group, ten years of “Bad Advice”, and more. Thanks for talking with me even while you were under the weather, Drew!
I miss live music. You miss live music. We ALL miss live music, right? Brenton Harris of Australian band, Catholic Guilt, tells me just how much live music means to him on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza. Brenton also talks about what it was like growing up in Australia and more. It was truly a pleasure talking with you, Brenton. Thanks for being on the podcast and all the kind words!
Catholic Guilt’s new music video for “Life In Three Part Harmony” is out now via Wiretap Records.
Before we start, I’d like to thank, Here For A Reason, for sponsoring this episode of, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast! Their new single, “Ghost”, is now available on all streaming platforms. The song is about, “Ghosting”.
If your band, business, or event would like to sponsor an episode of the podcast, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. I know the holidays are strange this year and that they’re not the same. However, there’s still several things to be thankful for. I for one am thankful to have so many incredible to share with you this month!
In no particular order, “10 Songs for December 2020″: Plus, the Fan Favorite Song from November!
“Hold That Thought” – The Middle Room
“Someday” – A Few Too Many
“Run Away” – Westwood
“Indie Girls” – Picture Us Tiny
“Head In Hands” – Weatherworn
“Hurts Like Hell” – Innocent Tyler
“Knuckles” – Riverview
“Bridge To Breakdown” – Picture The Scene
“Mud” – Attic Salt
“Late Reply” – Keep Flying
The Fan Favorite Song from November: “Look What Happened” – Millington & Half Past Two.
VOTE for your favorite song of the month on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Club Facebook Group. The song with the most votes stays on our Spotify playlist for another month. Just like, “Look What Happened”, is staying on the list for the month of December.
2020 has been an extremely tough year on all of us. With there being such a big focus on Covid-19, other important issues haven’t seen the spotlight as much. One of those issues is the Opioid Overdose Crisis in the United States. Makena of Chicago are shedding some light on the subject with their latest single, “Habitual”. Band members, Dominic Cuzzo, Andrei Milosevic, and Steven Schmitz, join me on this episode to explain what inspired them to write about such a heavy topic.
Every songwriter has their own story to tell and when a guest comes on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast to share their story, it always means a lot to me. Especially when that story is very personal. Tara Hahn, lead vocalist of California ska punk band, Half Past Two, does just that on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza. On the band’s latest single, “Shine”, Tara dives deep into her feelings to sing about her daughter, Neely, who has, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). “Shine”, is a positive spin on a situation that isn’t the greatest. If you ask me, that’s what being in a ska-punk band is all about. Half Past Tw0 plans to release a full length album in 2021. I can’t wait to hear it!
It’s always a special treat when I get to talk with bands from other countries. The United Kingdom’s pop-punk scene has been growing quite a bit in recent years. The band, Hometruths, of Newcastle are a testament to that statement. Lead vocalist/guitarist, James McLackland, and Bassist, Ross Gilroy, stayed up late to talk with me about their newest single, “Shimmers”, released via Lost Music Collective.James and Ross explain the song is about the negative impact social media can have on our mental health. Plenty of other cool stories in this conversation as well. Thanks for loosing some sleep for me guys!
I’m thankful to have survived Covid! So far, anyway. My son and I made it through quarantine without ANY positive results for the virus. Thank you for patiently waiting for new Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast episodes to arrive. I hope you, your family and friends are staying healthy!
In no particular order, “10 Songs for November 2020″: Plus, the Fan Favorite Song from October!
“The First Thing” – Glimmers
“September Sky” – The MSGs
“(Turn Down The) Radio – Hiding From Humans
“Save Me” – RODERIK
“Playing House” – Maple Hill
“Give It Up” – Frontside
“Words That Rhyme with Liar” – Rematch
“Liquor & High” – The Dumes
“Ghost of Saturday Night” – Boy Blue Ft. Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup
“Look What Happened” (Less Than Jake Cover) – Millington & Half Past Two
The Fan Favorite Song from October, “Happy”, by Goalkeeper.
VOTE for your favorite song of the month on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Community Facebook Group. The song with the most votes stays on our Spotify playlist for another month. Just like, “Happy”, is staying on the list for the month of November.
In other news, I was invited to be a guest on the You Make The Scene Podcast! It was an honor to talk to Josh Custer about Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast, music journalism, and more. Listen to the episode HERE. Please like, follow, and listen to You Make The Scene. Josh is a genuinely nice guy and a big supporter of the music scene. I’m sure you’ll enjoy his podcast!
Hey! I hope you had a great Halloween. Due to unfortunate events, there will NOT be any new episodes of Pop-Punk & Pizza podcast this week. If it all goes planned, the “10 Songs for November 2020” episode will be released on Tuesday, November 10th. I apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience and understanding. Listen above for a more detailed explanation. I hope you’re all doing well and staying healthy. Unless something else comes up, I’ll talk to you next week!
P.S. Thank you to everyone who bought limited edition Halloween merch! It should be shipped out soon.
One of my top ten favorite albums of all time is, “Bleed American”, by Jimmy Eat World. In my eyes, it’s a masterpiece. So when I learned that producer/A&R executive, Loren Israel, was apart of that album, I had to talk to him. Not only did Israel help develop Jimmy Eat World, he also worked with Less Than Jake, Plain White T’s, and Neon Trees. On this episode, Loren and I talk about his days at Capital Records, singles versus albums, songwriting, and more. I gained a new perspective on somethings after talking with, Loren. I learned some new things as well.
Loren still follows his passion of developing artists. If you’re interested in any of his consulting services, send him an email: email@example.com.
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It’s that time of the year where we are all getting in the spooky spirit! Magnolia Park out of Orland, Florida plans to inject some magic into our Halloween with their upcoming single, “Houdini”. The whole band joined me for a pizza party via Zoom to explain the creepy story behind the song.
“Houdini” by Magnolia Park is available everywhere on Friday, October 16th.
Click Hereto visit the official Magnolia Park website.
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Skate punk rockers, Ten Foot Pole, have gone acoustic! I had the pleasure of talking with their lead vocalist and guitarist, Dennis Jagard, about their newest release, “Simmer Down”. We also dive into his professional audio engineer career and how he became the lead vocalist of Ten Foot Pole. Dennis also told me he’d like to play more acoustic backyard shows around the United States and Canada! Should we host a Pop-Punk & Pizza event featuring a special acoustic set from Dennis in the future? I think we should!
“Simmer Down” is out now via People of Punk Rock Records and available everywhere!
At the beginning of each month, I change up the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast playlist on Spotify with 10 new songs. This past month, I received SO many incredible submissions from bands. Thank you all for sending them in! It was tough narrowing it down to just 10 songs. If you ever have a song you want to submit, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In no particular order, “10 Songs for October 2020”:
Now that October is here, spooky season is in full swing! The best way I could think of to celebrate was to introduce you to some new creepy awesome music. Demi The Daredevil is an innovative one man band compromised of a guy named, Jeff Azar. When I first listened to his upcoming single, “Paranoia on Main Street”, my ears were pleasantly surprised by the eerie theatrical sounds in the song. Jeff and I had a great conversation about where these dark thoughts come from in his mind. Overall, I would say, Demi The Daredevil’s music is a perfect combination of alternative rock mixed with haunting elements.
“Paranoia on Main Street”, will be available this Thursday, October 8th.
When it comes to American hardcore punk rock, Sick Of It All, are considered legends of the genre. The new book, “The Blood and The Sweat”, tells the story of founding members and brothers, Lou and Pete Koller. I’ve really enjoyed reading this book so far. It’s fascinating to learn what it was like growing up in the 1980s hardcore scene in New York. The Koller brothers are genuinely entertaining storytellers. It was an honor to be able to talk to them on, Pop-Punk & Pizza!
Purchase a copy of, “The Blood and The Sweat: The Story Of Sick Of It All’s Koller Brothers”:
Covid-19 has pretty much stopped live music dead in it’s tracks for the most part. However, it hasn’t stopped most bands from releasing new music. Thank God for that, right? In my opinion, Chicago has one of the best pop-punk scenes in the country, maybe even the world. One of the newer bands in the Windy City scene is, Fluorscents, calling themselves, “Post Pop-Punk”. Their song, “Not Another Pop-Punk Song”, is on the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast Spotify playlist this month. Three out of the four members join me on this episode. Please welcome, Tyler Milka, Bobby Guidi, and Sasquel Roby Exum! We had a lot of fun talking about the band’s new EP, “Dead End Conversations”, Green Day, ska music, and more.
Fluorescent’s newest EP, “Dead End Conversations”, is available everywhere online.
Visit their website for links to streaming and more:
Back in May of this year, I received an Instagram message from a guy with the username, “mikeyleerock”. He said he wanted to send me a copy of his book about his struggle with mental health. I’m also a person who struggles with mental health. Who doesn’t, right? So, I’m told him yes and sent him my address. Three to Five days go by and I received the book in the mail. I open the book and found a hand written message inside. The simple note meant a lot to me and I decided to give the book a read. I found it to be very interesting and somewhat relatable to some of my depression problems. Also what was cool about it was the fact that almost every chapter showcased an emo/pop punk song from a well known band. I had never seen that in a memoir before. It was unique. Now, it’s September and I’m finally getting around to talking to the author, Mike Henneberger. The Book? “Rock Bottom at the Renaissance: An Emo Kid’s Journey Through Falling In and Out of Love In and With New York City.”
If you’re a fan of Bayside, TheDangerous Summer, Dashboard Confessional, and Alkaline Trio, you’ll love this book. The book mirrors perfectly with songs by those bands and several others in the pop punk/emo scene.
Left to Right: Andy, DJ, and Kris of stop.drop.rewind.
When I was in, The Projection, we played at lot of shows with a band from Northwest Indiana called, stop.drop.rewind. I haven’t seen them since we last played together in 2013 at a house party in the Westville, Indiana area. So it was great catching up with the guitarist, DJ Crenson , and bassist, Kris Lohn, after all this time! We talked about their latest pop punk fueled single, “Space Force”, which is packed with fun and satire. Yes, the song pokes fun at President Trump’s Space Force and it’s hilarious. Thanks for being on, DJ and Kris!
Guardrail from Chicago, IL. Photo by, Out of The Dark Graphic Design and Photography.
My “Diet Punk” friends, Guardrail, return to, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast! Except this time, they have the most exciting news to date: they signed to a label! Guardrail inked a deal with Open Your Ears Records to release their third EP entitled, “Yikes”, produced & engineered by Nick Diener at Oneder Studios. Yes, Nick from, The Swellers. You’ll find Guardrail’s infectious new single, “Til We’re Dead”, on our Spotify playlist this month. Congratulations, guys! I couldn’t be happier for you all. Pop punk fans are going to love this EP!
Hey there! I hope September has greeted you with nothing but warm positive feelings. Yes, there’s a lot of crazy things happening in the world, but that’s nothing new, right? September is a special month because as of the 20th, Pop-Punk & Pizza will be four years old! What an amazing four years it has been. My heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for all the love and support the podcast has received from you this past four years. I can’t express enough how thankful I am for you. Every year, the podcast has continued to improve and grow with your help. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to all the guests, bands, publicists, managers, and listeners of Pop-Punk & Pizza. Here’s to many more years together!Here’s 10 songs to jam out to for September 2020:
“Til We’re Dead” – Guardrail
“Bad Guy” – Of Brighter Skies (Not a Billie Eilish cover.)
One of my favorite bands to come out of the pop punk scene in the last five years is, Stand Atlantic. Nothing quite beats their crunchy guitar hooks, catchy honest lyrics, and Bonnie Fraser’s incredibly versatile vocals. On this episode, Bonnie and I discuss their latest album, “Pink Elephant”, and she answers a few fan questions. Thanks for being on the podcast, Bonnie! It was truly a privilege.
One of the coolest parts about hosting this podcast is meeting people from all over the world. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a punk rock band in communist China? Whether you have before or not, you will find out on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! I had the pleasure of talking to, Chachy Englund, who is one of the guitarist and vocalists in Shanghai’s, Round Eye. Englund was born in Chicago, not too far from me, then grew up in Florida. He has now lived in Shanghai for ten years and does not plan to return to the United States. I learned a lot from my chat with, Chachy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Round Eye’s latest album, “Culture Shock Treatment”, released via Paper + Plastick Records, is available to stream everywhere online. Physical copies will be available October 2020.
I’ve been a fan of Less Than Jake since I was about eight or nine years old. Like many of us, they were one of the first ska punk bands that I ever heard. As I got older, I learned that not only was Vinnie Fiorello the drummer of the band, he was the main lyricist as well. When I began writing songs as a teenager, I often found inspiration from Less Than Jake’s songs. In fact, I wrote a song called, “Punk Rawk Girl”, that was modeled from the LTJ’s , “She’s Gonna Break Soon”.
Vinnie has always been someone I admired for his many artistic talents. When he left Less Than Jake in 2018, I was very curious to see what he would do next. He has continued to operate his indie label, Paper + Plastick, published a book of short stories called, “6/19”, and now has a new artistic ska punk project called, The Inevitables. Vinnie goes in depth on how The Inevitables came to life and much more on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza.
I find that most song titles are self-explanatory. Many song titles come from the hook of the chorus. For example, “Dirty Little Secret” by All-American Rejects or “Dear Maria, Count Me In” by All Time Low. When I heard, “Paris in 39”, by Canadian alternative rock band, The Midnight Echo, not once did I hear Paris mentioned in the song. I found out the story behind the song title when I talked to band members Joel Lalonde and Tyler Rayman. I found the answer to be pretty fascinating!
The Midnight Echo’s latest EP, “Dichotomy”, is out now.
It’s been awhile since I’ve eaten pizza with a band. Before the pandemic, I used to do it almost every single episode. I decided to start bringing it back, except this time, it’s a virtual pizza party! The Fallaways of Vancouver, BC, ordered two Papa Johns pizzas. One, Hawaiian, and the other was a supreme pizza. What did I have on my pizza? Don’t judge me for what I’m about to tell you. I ordered Canadian Bacon because The Fallaways are from Canada! (I know. I’ll go wait in the car. It was nice knowing you!)
The Fallaways latest EP, “Sunset Ave“, is available everywhere online.
I can’t imagine what it must be like to start up a brand new band right before a pandemic hits. I’m sure joyful. of Chicago is not the only band that is experiencing this right now. At least it hasn’t stopped the new pop rock trio from releasing new music. Joyful’s latest single, “Pilot Light”, continues to showcase the band’s strong songwriting skills. Drummer, Jake Newling, tells me how the band and song came to be! Plus, we talk about his funny TikTok videos and his other band, Tiny Kingdoms. Great to catch up with you, Jake!
You just never know what you’re going to learn on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast. Today, I learned a lot about Albuquerque, New Mexico! Albuquerque is home to punk band, D20. Their lead vocalist, Adrian Phoenix, and lead guitarist, Duane Hoskie, schooled me about their hometown, and much more. We also shared our views about Machine Gun Kelly’s version of pop punk. MGK is quite the hot topic in the scene right now after the release of his latest single, “concert for aliens”, on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020.
Singer/Songwriter, Kev Wright. Photo by, Shell G Photography.
Hello! Welcome to the first of many episodes in a new series on Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast I’m calling, “Songs & Stories”. This new series will feature a different singer/songwriter each episode, performing and discussing their most heartfelt songs. The inaugural episode is with my dear friend and mentor, KevWright, who I’ve known for half of my life now. Kev taught me early on in my music career that kindness and compassion will take you farther than anything else. Not just in music but in life as well. Kev’s last public performance was four years ago. We find out why it’s been so long and also hear new songs he’s worked on during quarantine.
Stream Kev’s 2016 album, “Journey Road”, on Spotify:
Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast has officially made it to one-hundred episodes! I’m still in disbelief that we have finally reached this milestone. I say that because at the beginning of January 2020, I announced my hiatus from the podcast. My mental health had reached an all time low and it was hard to function through my day to day life, let alone recording new episodes of the podcast. I had told you I didn’t know when I would be back. In the back of my mind, I thought it was going to be at least a year before I returned. Right after I made the hiatus announcement, I began focusing more on my mental health. The psychologist I had been seeing for several months said it was time that I gave medication a try. I’ve struggled with depression and other forms of mental illness most of my life. I always told myself my problems were in my surroundings, not my mind. It wasn’t a chemical imbalance in my head, it was the hardships that I was going through. I convinced myself that medication wasn’t going to solve or help my problems one bit, so why take them? Well, I decided to give it a try. After a few months, I was starting to feel a lot better. Day to day life was becoming easier and I felt more stable. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic shut everything down. In March, I decided it was time to say, “Fuck it”, and come back to the podcast. I wanted to help keep music alive during these crazy times. It’s because of you that I’m here today. I didn’t reach one-hundred episodes. We reached one hundred episodes. That includes guests, listeners, family, and friends.
Tahlena Chikami of Bite Me Bambi. Photo by, Red Def Photography.
Hey, I hope you’re having a great week! So, last week on the Pop-Punk & Pizza social media pages I made a post saying I needed to have more female guests on the podcast. One of the first women I thought of was, Tahlena Chikami, lead vocalist, of ska punk band, Bite Me Bambi. I’ve been hooked on their single, “Hot Lava”, ever since it was introduced to me earlier this year. After reading up on Tahlena a little, I thought to myself, “She would be fun to talk to!”, and she was. Thank you for your time, Tahlena!
Hi, all! I hope you had a wonderful Canada Day and Fourth of July. My three year old son watched fireworks for the very first time in person and it was a beautiful thing to witness.
It’s the beginning of the month so, it’s time to revamp our Spotify playlist! I must say, I think this is my favorite, “10 Songs”, episode that I’ve done so far. I’m always blown by how much amazing independent music there is in the world. Also, for the very first time, a cover song is included on this month’s list. Enjoy!
10 Songs for July 2020:
“Paper Roses” – Honey Creek
“Let Go” – The Fallaways
“True Love Is Not Just A Pizza Tattoo” – Cleveland Avenue
“Confession Obsession” – Kill Lincoln
“The Kids Aren’t Alright” – Miss Fortune
“Paris in 39” – The Midnight Echo
“Craigslist Bed” – Tiny Stills
“Masterpiece” – Winona Avenue
“Teacher’s Pet” – Melody
“The Grind” – Panic Problem
Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:
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It was just last August when I discovered Chicago skate punkers, Much The Same, at 350 Fest in Tinley Park, IL. They were the perfect band to warm the crowd up for, The Mengziners, who would play later that evening. Most everyone in the crowd seemed to know who Much The Same was and sang along to the quick paced anthems. I was standing in front of the stage, to the right side, near the bassist, Franky Tsoukalas. I enjoyed the energy he brought to the band’s set that day. He seemed like he would be a cool guy to talk to. After their set, I made a mental note to add, Much The Same, to my list of possible podcasts guests. Now, almost a year later, here we are! Talking to Franky, joined by drummer, Jevin Kaye. On this episode, we talk about the band’s return after hanging it up in 2007 plus, the vinyl release of their debut album, “Quitters Never Win“.
On another note, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast, will be celebrating the release of it’s 100th episode next month. I’m asking avid listeners and previous guests to share their favorite memories of the podcast or questions for me via voicemail at 312.529.0335. If you prefer to record a voice memo on your phone, you can do that to! Just e-mail it to: email@example.com. I will comb through all the recordings and play them back on a special episode of the podcast. Thank you for all the love and support!
If you’re involved in the alternative rock scene in Chicago, there is a good chance you already know who James VanOsdol is or, have at least heard his name. Some know him as the host of the wonderful food and entertainment podcast, Car Con Carne. Others know James for being the host of local music radio show, Demo 312 on 101 WKQX Chicago. Regardless of if you know who James VanOsdol is or not (JVO for short), I think you will find this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza entertaining. Today, we learn how he became, “The Voice”, of local rock music in Chicago and what some of his favorite pop punk albums are. James is a genuinely talented person. We are very lucky to have him in Chicago and in the podcasting world.
Hey there! Time once again for another “10 Songs” episode. I really enjoy doing these episodes because it gives me a chance to promote awesome DIY music from around the world. Share this episode and playlist with your friends. You never know when you’re going to find your next, “Favorite band”. It could very well be from this episode of, Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast!
10 Songs for June 2020: (In no particular order.)
1. “Dead Friends” – Honestly, Anywhere
2. “Forget About It” – Go For Gold
3. “Daydream” – Tiny Kingdoms
4. “What You Burn” – Call Me Malcolm
5. “Southside Serenade” – Lights Over Bridgeport
6. “Last Shot” – Kowloon Bay
7. “Light” – Commonwealth Choir
8. “Cold Again” – Right On, Kid
9. “Head Rush” – Ivypaint
10. “Abrasive” – Weigh The Anchor
Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:
What do you do when times get extremely tough? You write emotionally powerful songs about those terrible life experiences. That’s exactly what, Andrew Zamora, and the rest of the gang in Ontario, Canada’s energetic pop punk band, Weigh The Anchor, have done with their latest single, “Medicate”. I was grateful to have talked with Zamora about what the song means to him and about how making wrong turns in life can still lead you in the right direction. This is only the second time I’ve chatted with a band from another country. It made me realize I need to do that more often on the podcast. Enjoy!
“Medicate” – Weigh The Anchor (Official Video): Produced by, Andrew Zamora.
Chicago’s Sleep On It was about 10 dates into their, “Pride & Disaster Tour”, when the whole country began locking down because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Guitarist and vocalist, Jake Marquis, explains what that was like for the band at the time and also what they’ve been up to since the lockdown began in mid-March. I’ve always thought Jake was a genuinely cool guy and he proves that in our conversation. We touch on lighter topics as well including movies, fitness, food and of course, music. Jake also explains what the writing and recording process was like for their most recent album, “Pride & Disaster.” By the way, Sleep On It’s lead vocalist, Zech Pluister, chimes in on the conversation a little too!
Sleep On It’s latest single, “Stay At Home”. They will be donating money from streaming to The World Health Organization.
Also on this episode, I’m very excited to share a rejuvenated version of the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast theme song, re-recorded by, Chris DeMakes, of Less Than Jake! LTJ is one of my biggest influences of all time and I’m very grateful that Chris was down to re-record the theme song for me. If you want a custom song recorded by Chris, you can reach him at his social media links below:
The first time I met Devin and Patrick Parker was when they performed a few acoustic songs on the podcast under the name, Parker, in December of 2018. I was quickly roped in with their simple, but emotionally powerful songwriting methods. It’s a style you can instantly connect with in a heartfelt way. Their latest single, “Okay”, under new band name, Til Morning, proves they are taking their songwriting skills to new heights. It’s an anthemic, life-affirming sing-along custom-made for the sunnier days ahead. On this episode, we get a peak into the new era of The Parker Brothers and what lies ahead for Til Morning. I thoroughly believe in this band and their music. They are true to the core. You will not regret supporting them.
Directed, Filmed and Edited by, Bryan Buchelt of Snaproll Studios.
It’s been quite a long time since I’ve interviewed a couple on the podcast. This actually marks our first married punk rock couple to be on the podcast. So let’s welcome Matty Benson and Courtney Boyers of suburban Chicago punk band, TAKE THE REINS, to the Pop-Punk & Pizza Party! We discuss their latest single, “Camo Jacket”, what it’s like being in a band as a married couple, and more. Thank you again for the kind words about the podcast, Matty & Courtney. Enjoy!
TAKE THE REINS – “Camo Jacket” (Official Music Video)
Starting this month, I’m going to put out an episode of, Pop-Punk & Pizza, once per month, that is completely devoted to sharing ten of my favorite songs with you. I tried to spread the love and even stepped outside of the pop punk genre a little as well. Let me know if you enjoy this episode!
Featured on this month’s list, in no particular order:
“Dissociate” – Lightweights
“Leeches” – 18th & Addison
“Coming Home (Tell The Saints)” – Good Luck, Ugly
“Hot Lava” – Bite Me Bambi
“Sleep” – El Famous (Ft. Dan Marsala of Story of The Year)
“Judy” – Capgun Heroes
“Prayaway” – Dungeon Days
“Bombs Away” – The Run Around
“Coping Machine” – City Mouth
“Loose Cannon” – FRND CRCL
Also, I made a playlist of all ten songs you can listen to on Spotify:
Since the Covid-19 Pandemic reached the United States, several artists have rescheduled tour dates or release dates for new music. However, Chicago punk rock band, Lights Over Bridgeport, decided to push through with the release of their new single, “Morning in Chicago”, and new album, “Better This Way”, dropping May 22nd. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Johnny Hamlin, talked to me last week during a live Facebook stream. Johnny is by far one of the nicest guys you’ll meet in the Chicago punk rock scene and I was thrilled to have him on the podcast!
Artwork from Green Day’s, “21st Century Breakdown”.
In January of 2020, I announced I would be taking a hiatus from the Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast due to mental health reasons. I never gave a return date. In fact, I said it would most likely be a long time. With everything going on in the world right now, I decided to end my hiatus much sooner and come back to the podcast. I’m not feeling 100 percent quite yet, but I do feel much better. I want to thank each and everyone of you who have supported me through these rough times recently. I’m truly blessed to have you all in my life and I’m very grateful for you!
This episode is from Sunday, March 24th, 2020. It was recorded during a live stream on Facebook where we talked about the best songs to listen to during the Covid-19 pandemic. Also featured in the podcast are phone calls from Eddy Larson of Eddy and The Arsons,Jake Vaughn, and music producer/engineer, Enoch Jensen.
Thank you again for your continued support of the podcast. I’m so happy to be back with you all. Hope and hygiene are going to get us through this pandemic together. We got this!
People who have tremendous amounts of creative thoughts and energy flowing freely through their minds always amaze me. One of those people happens to be Chicago based cinematographer and photographer, Alex Zarek. His portfolio includes videos for Real Friends, Belmont, Wilmette, Lucky Boys Confusion, and even world renowned DJ, Marshmello.
Was the punk and emo wave in the late 1990s and early 2000s really, “The Last Scene”? There are many who consider it to be the last new thing given to us in rock music. On this episode director, Kyle Kilday, explains why his new documentary about that massive underground music movement is called, “The Last Scene”.
Left to Right: AJ Khah, Jacques LaMore, and Kyle Dee.
Last month pop-punk phenoms, Makeout, announced two new members of the band. Oddly enough, both of them are from Chicago and have strong ties to the local scene. New lead vocalist/guitarist, Kyle Dee, is known for previous bands, The Frantic, and The Fall Four. AJ Khah, the new bassist, just left, Sleep On It, earlier this year. Kyle and AJ were kind enough to sit down with me a few weeks ago, have a few slices of Lou Malnati’s, and talk about the exciting future of Makeout.
Now that we punk’d our hearts out in the city at Riot Fest, it’s time to Punk The Burbs! Punk The Burbs Fest 3 is this Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st, at Basecamp Pub & Eatery in Lisle, IL. I had the chance to talk to the fest organizers, Caitlin Edwards (Bumsy & The Moochers) and Jason Fein (The Run Around), a few weeks ago. We dive into the Chicago music scene and more!
Not only is Reed Wolcott the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for We Are The Union, he also works for the legendary ska/punk bands, Goldfinger, Five Iron Frenzy, and more. Reed had some great stories to tell. I hope you enjoy them!
When I think of bands who have successfully blended multiple styles of music into their songs, Ballyhoo!, is one of the first bands that come to my mind. In my opinion, Ballyhoo, is the perfect mix of punk, pop punk, ska, and reggae. It was an honor to have an in depth conversation with their frontman, Howi Spangler, on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Part 1 of Part 2.
Josh Burke, the lead guitarist of alternative rock band, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, joins us on this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza! Does Josh and the rest of RJA approve of eating pineapple on pizza? The answer to this burning question is revealed on this podcast!
After twelve long years, southern California ska punk legends, Buck-O-Nine, have released a new album! “FunDayMental” is now available everywhere via Cleopatra Records. Lead vocalist, Jon Pebsworth, comes onto the podcast to talk about how the album took shape.
Visit buckonine.com to listen to the new album, view their upcoming shows, and more!
My friend, Andrew Robert Palmer, returns to discuss what our favorite band’s side projects are. Also, a live performance from, Andy! He’s performing at the International Pop Overthrow Fest in Chicago on Wednesday, April 17th at LiveWire Lounge.
Alex & Xack of skate punk revivalist band, The Linden Method, have returned to, Pop-Punk & Pizza! It’s been almost two years since their first visit. The band teases they have some special cover songs to be released March 1st. Sign up for The Linden Method e-mail list at tlmband.comto hear the songs before they’re released!
Parker is a Chicago band rooted in the energy and spirit of punk and rock and roll, while embracing the melodic side of modern music. This episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza not only includes an interview with the group but features a special acoustic performance of their songs, “Forever You and Me” and “Never Growing Old” from their debut EP. Visit parkerband.net for more info.
Unfortunately, there will NOT be a new episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza Podcast this week due to being sick this past weekend. However, I did want to share some exciting news with you this week. I’m proud to announce I’ve been asked to host Snuz Fest (like Snooze) once again this January in Chicago! Thank you to my friends in Guardrail for inviting me back to be apart of the best punk rock pajama party in the Windy City. I’ll be talking about each one of these talented bands on the podcast and filling you in on more details up until the week of the fest. For now, listen to this short podcast for more info on Snuz Fest 2019. Also, BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!
Chicago’s, The Flips, are known for diving deep into their personal experiences with mental health in their songs. Their new EP, “Exactly Where I should Be”, being released Fri. Nov. 30th, 2018, continue’s to share real life experiences with mental health issues that some of the members have gone through. Lead vocalist and guitarist, Nick Sintos, and lead guitarist, Dustin Martin, dropped by to tell me all about. I’m very grateful to these guys for sharing a little bit of their personal stories on such a delicate subject. –Jacques LaMore
In case you haven’t heard, South Carolina’s beloved post-punk band, Brigades, are back! Things are little different this time around though, as lead vocalist,Darren Young, explains to Jacques in this episode of Pop-Punk & Pizza. Brigades new EP, “True Blue”, is now available everywhere and have a short 9-day US tour starting Nov. 9th. See dates here. Also featured on this episode is a new single from Worcester, MA based band, Louder, Louder, entitled, “True Friends”.
Nick Klock, lead vocalist of North Carolina based band, Never Home, joins the podcast! Nick tells us about the band’s connection to Taking Back Sunday, engagement stories, vocal warm ups, and more. Never Home’s self titled debut EP is available everywhere online. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.
In September of 2016, Motion City Soundtrack, came to an end (for now at least), leaving frontman, Justin Courtney Pierre, up to his own devices. Those devices transformed into his first solo album entitled, ‘In The Drink’, being released October 12th, 2018 via Epitaph Records. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to chat with Justin about his upcoming debut album and he also answers a few fan questions towards the end of our conversation. Thank you for being on the show, Justin! You’re welcome back anytime.
Only a few weeks of summer left and it will officially be fall! Time to find out which of your favorite bands are hitting the road this fall in the U.S. Plus, new music from two bands out of Columbia, SC. Brigades and Fraud! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.
This Monday edition of Pop Punk & Pizza is all about new music coming out this week. New EP from Australia’s, The Shorts, this Thursday, August 16th, and Chicago’s, Belmont, debut LP this Friday, August 17th. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.
Singer/Songwriter, Andrew Robert Palmer, stops by the podcast with Aurelio’s Pizza for Jacques, plays a few of his songs, and talks about pop-punk songs that could easily double as country tunes. Enjoy because this will be the last episode for a little while. Thank you for listening! -Love, Jacques.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Here’s an episode with my friend, Sara Davis and I sharing some of our favorite pop punk Valentine’s Day songs and stories. Don’t worry, we threw in some break up songs incase you’re going through a rough time!
Jay Norton, lead vocalist and guitarist of Phoenix, Arizona pop punk band, Innocent Elaine, joins the podcast! We talk about their Alice Cooper experience, dream Warped Tour line-up, Star Wars The Last Jedi, and more. Check out Innocent Elaine’s song called, “Freedom”.
Jacques talks about Goldfinger’s new album, “The Knife”, after listening to it for the first time. Also, awesome news from Green Day, Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck, and more! Want more Goldfinger content? Listen to Pop-Punk & Pizza Ep. 18 HERE!
Jacques also announces the Green Day tribute band he plays in called, St. Jimmy, has an all ages show coming up Sunday, August 20th, at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery in Lisle, IL. Buy tickets HERE
Tj and Meghan of northwest Indiana alternative rock band, Counter Theory, stop by to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Jacques. The three celebrate by sharing some of their favorite pop punk love and heartbreak songs.
Sometimes here at Pop Punk & Pizza, we branch out into other genres of music a little bit. This episode is a candid interview with new rock/alternative group, Carrying Torches, from the Kankakee, IL area. Hosted by, Jacques LaMore.
Bangarang Radio Presents:Pop-Punk & Pizza Episode 6! On this episode, Jacques talks about Green Day’s recent performance at Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on their Revolution Radio Tour. In pop punk news, Knuckle Puck call out YouTuber Jarrod Alonge on t-shirt design, punk rock toddler album, and more stories.
Bangarang Radio Presents the very first episode of, Pop Punk & Pizza! Hosted by, Jacques LaMore. Special Guest, Jeremy Maurizi of Keep The Fight Alive. On this episode, Jacques introduces himself and talks about what you can expect from this new show. Other topics include: Family Stage Manteno Oktoberfest, Riot Fest in Chicago, Motion City Soundtrack saying goodbye, and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day starring in the film, “Ordinary World”. Also music from, Marina City and Came Out Swingin’.
Bangarang Radio is excited to bring an all new podcast to the network called, Pop-Punk & Pizza! After spending months off, Jacques LaMore is back to talk about his two favorite things, Pop-Punk & Pizza. The purpose of the show is to have different guests on from the pop-punk community to talk about the genre, share their song of the week, all while enjoying some cheesy pies.