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Urgent Letter from Co-Founders; Plus, Top Songs We’re Listening To

Dear viewers/ fans/ lovers of music,
As most of you may or may not know, Michael and I, along with some of our staff, are going through our senior year of high school. While this accomplishment is incredibly rewarding, it does come with its hangups.
We do love reviewing music and putting out the best content and news we can possibly give. However, school, college applications, and a plethora of other things have hindered us from doing so. Therefore, until next year (2015) , Pretty Neat Grooves’ album/track reviews and news flow will be less frequent than it has been.
We will try the best we can to review important releases, but as of now, our priorities regarding school, college, Boy Scouts, and scholarships have our utmost attention.
 
Stay Based and Stay Golden,
The Staff and Masterminds of Pretty Neat Grooves

For now, here are some Pretty Neat tracks that deserve your utmost attention. Please, listen

-In no particular order-

“Sea Of Voices” Porter Robinson (Astralwerks)

“Fiona Coyne” Saint Pepsi (Carpark Records)

“Go (feat. Blood Diamonds)” Grimes (4AD)

“Repine” Pianos Become The Teeth (Epitaph)

“Rather Be (feat. Jess Glyne) Clean Bandit (Warner Music UK)

“Back To The Shack” Weezer (Republic)

“Lines” Whirr (Graveface)
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“Every Other Freckle” Alt-J (Infectious Music)

“Infinite Deaps” RL Grime and Baauer (Trap City)

“Say You Love Me” Jessie Ware (Island)

“The Lord’s Favorite” Iceage (Matador)

“Wonderful Everyday: Arthur” Chance The Rapper (Self-Released)
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“No Black Person Is Ugly” Lil’ B (BasedWorld)

“Blockbuster Night Pt. 1″ Run The Jewels (Mass Appeal)
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“From The Kettle Onto The Coil” Deafheaven (Williams Street)
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“0 To 100/The Catch Up” Drake (Cash Money Records)

“Spooners” Diarrhea Planet (Infinity Cat)
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“Get Hurt” The Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem

Get Hurt Album Review

Island Records

Released August 12, 2014

Genre: Rock, Heartland Rock, Springsteen-Punk

Cut from the same cloth as The Killers or Muse, stadium bands are of a specific breed. And since their major label debut back 2008 with The ’59 Sound, The Gaslight Anthem have been on the right track, climbing the proverbial Olympus to arena sized shows. The interesting thing about bands that take the aforementioned route is the pace at which they can cement a fan base and so firmly that, to a degree, any music released under their name is received with open arms, regardless of how dulling and disappointing it may be.

Get Hurt is our case and point. On a scale between punk and pop-rock TGA have settled towards the latter, stagnating more with every release. My initial adoration for their earlier releases were grounded in their evolving lead guitars traversing the realms of Brit-Pop, Glam-Rock and shred are completely absent on this new release. The transformation from a band that were, believe it or not, labelled a ‘punk’ band at their inception as gritty as your Geography teacher that occasionally swears.

The title track was the first track that set off alarms in my head. Passionate cries from frontman Brian Fallon translate as transparently desperate as trademark croons are stifled by a forced performance. And even the more raucous moments like on ‘Stray Paper’ which opens with a largely jarring scream melody missing the warmth that should cauterise the brittle because when it comes down to it Get Hurt struggles on account of imbalance.

A crash course in how to reconcile with mediocrity, Get Hurt was not so terrible as it was bland. Maintaining a numbing pace throughout I even start to question the catchiness of the more blatantly pop numbers like “Underneath the Ground”. The Gaslight Anthem have been playing the Americana aesthetic for far to long and I think they’ve finally settled into a default. While still distinctly the same band, Get Hurt’s polished exterior can’t disguise an otherwise hollow record.

FAV TRACKS: SELECTED POEMS

LEAST FAV TRACKS: HELTER SKELETON/ UNDERNEATH THE GROUND / BROKE MY HEART

Score: (3.6/10)

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“Manipulator” Ty Segall (Quickie)

Ty Segall

Manipulator Album Review

Drag Records

Released August 26, 2014

Genre: Garage Rock

Ty Segall is a household name in the realm of garage-rock revival: he is a bombastic and talented performer that has an innovative approach to the genre. However, Manipulator is a collection of mostly generic and balls-less garage rock boredom. There are some tasteful ideas that are in the mix, but they are surrounded by flaccid melodies and mediocre singing. This basically sounds like every bad idea that The Black Keys and Jack White could have released this year…yeah, I Michael White, said it. Not to mention, this double-album is almost one hour long.

This could have been a fantastic EP, since the good songs do have personality and guts, but instead we have an LP that overstays its welcome. It starts terribly (the title track) and leaves without impression (“Stick Around”). This is NOT a good representation of what Ty Segall can do. Nor is it a solid representation of an artist that has stirred a commotion worth noting in the world of garage rock.

FAV TRACKS: The Singer, Feel, The Connection Man

LEAST FAV TRACKS:  Manipulator, Green Belly, Susie Thumb, Stick Around

Score: (3.8/10)

The one and only Zach Dear, guitarist for Expire

Interview with Zach Dear of Expire!

Midwestern hardcore road warriors Expire braved the oppressive Texas heat last July during The Life And Death Tour, which also featured Backtrack, Harms Way and many other bands. After watching an energetic set by Downpresser, Jon, our friend Alex and I followed guitarist Zach Dear as he took us over to a parking lot full of sweat-soaked tour vans to discuss the artistic direction behind Pretty Low, women and A Day To Remember. Amidst the noises of hungry tour mates, motorcycles, and the nearby DART train, here’s what went down: 

The first thing that someone notices about a record is the artwork, and Expire wanted something memorable for their gritty sophomore release. There were some hangups with the artwork initially. Zach says, “It was gonna be a BIT more graphic…the original photo we had, she had like bruises and a bloody nose. Then we got the picture, and I was like, ‘I don’t want people to think this is a domestic violence thing.'” Even without the wounds, the picture achieves that brutal aesthetic. It’s a haunting picture that gazes into your soul even though it has no eyes. It’s a photo that was taken by “a guy who I’ve known for years, since I was like 17.” The model is a close friend of his friend’s, a backstory that makes the picture feel even more intimate. Zach maintains that the music is as intense as the cover art: “Pretty Low is what I want Pendulum Swings [our debut] to be. It’s heavier.” Their debut was a satisfying output for the band, but the new album is meaner and beefier. It is not a total deviation from the ideas implemented in Pendulum. “Lyrically, it’s a lot of similar themes,” says Zach, “but there’s definitely new stuff, too. I wrote more songs for this record,” which gives it an interesting dynamic. Having more sources for content gives Pretty Low a more dynamic feel. However, the addition of more Zach-written songs does not “oversaturate” the record, according to Zach.

Zach says that working with Bridge 9 is a dream come true: “I was like 13 buying Think I Care records…Bridge 9 is the most accessible label for a young kid getting into hardcore.” He is still in awe of the fact that he gets to work with a label that helped him get into the type of music he plays now. With releases that really opened up his hears to hardcore, he states that many Bridge 9 releases are among some of his favorite releases ever. Some of his favorites include Lowest of The Low  by Terror, World Asylum by Think I Care, Ill Blood by No Warning and Songs To Scream At The Sun by Have Heart. Have Heart’s final release really struck a chord with Zach. He says, “They progressed so perfectly, broke up at the perfect time…the progression from The Things We Carry to Songs is crazy. I’m like an idiot when I play guitar, and when I hear that, I think it’s nuts. The songwriting is REAL.”

We then talked about one of life’s greatest mysteries…women. Zach has a strong infatuation with Iggy Azalea: “That’s my girl, right there…she reminds me of a girl I used to see.” That blast of nostalgia that Iggy brings to Zach is an undeniable reason why he has a deeper interest in her.

He also has a great appreciation for Beyonce. He says, “I love the new record…the fact that her and Jay-Z are on it, and they’re talking about each other, that’s bada$$.” He also has undisclosed experiences with women on tour. He sheepishly says, “Let’s just say this: there’s beautiful women in every corner, big city, little city…and you know, they like to hang out. There are nice women everywhere.”

The last issue we talked was something that has been burdening Zach for a long time.

He bears a strong resemblance to the Jeremy McKinnon of the band A Day To Remember. He take us on a trip down memory lane: “I’ve had to sign CDs. I was at Warped Tour one time, and this group of girls came up. They asked me to sign these banners, and my friends were laughing.

 

I said, ‘Of course, girls,’ and I didn’t even know his last name. I just signed Jeremy ADTR. I’ve never even heard them recorded.” However, he has had one other tumultuous experience with the band in the past. He says, “my friend got us into A Day To Remember show…I literally went out into the pit and starting socking [kids]. I was a douchebag.”

Zach’s story is one full of passion and intrigue. He is certainly a Zach to Remember

 

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“Trouble In Paradise” La Roux

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La Roux

Trouble In Paradise Album Review

Polydor Records

Released July 18, 2014

Genre: Synthpop, Pop, New Wave, 80s-Synth-Disco-Groovy-Nostalgic-Anachronistic-Wonder
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You should never, ever EVER disregard an artist just because of their past hit single, especially one that once plagued airwaves. Who knows? Maybe they’ll improve on their next album/single? Or even better: an entirely different yet familiar territory to tread. Artists naturally change things up a bit. Imagine a band doing the same style over and over again. The whole fan-base will get bored and leave; change is necessary and inevitable. The artist I’m talking about is La Roux, and the song: “Bulletproof”. Now that isn’t to say that the change isn’t drastic in her music, it’s still within the realm of electronic pop, but this time she has more impressive instrumentation, lyrics, and production.

Part of Trouble In Paradise’s magic is in its ability to recapture the perky, crisp, and cheerful magic of 80s synth-pop; the firs two tracks groove with ease, offering slick guitar strums and reverb, along with some cheerful synths to top things off. With all these elements brought in, Trouble In Paradise seems instantly familiar, which is fine, if you want like your synth-pop pure and untampered with. But hearing this type of music in 2014 seems anachronistic at times, considering the evolution of electronic music in today’s culture (see EDM/dubstep/trance).

La Roux is, well was, composed of two figures: singer Elly Jackson and producer Ben Langmaid. Langmaid left, forcing Jackson to go about the project alone, and in many ways, this benefited her. I may not be the best La Roux fan, but from my experiences, Jackson’s lyrics cover the topics of love and curiosity. And after this departure, along with some years in between the two albums, Trouble In Paradise may seem to be the most apt title of all

Trouble explores the rockier side of love in a much deeper way, delivering brightly colored tracks that overflow with sentimentalism, dramatic delivery, and instrumental variety. There are the crisp synths on “Kiss And Not Tell”, but by “Paradise Is You”, lush strings bring in a very dramatic presentation of want and need. “Sexoteque” brings in funky and catchy hooks while the tempo switch-up on “Tropical Chancer” keeps the album from being redundant. “Silent Partner” is easily a dramatic yet impressive diss to Langmaid; the track is also the most 80s core song on the album, so if this seems familiar for you, I won’t be surprised.

But one of the most important aspects to gather from this album is empowerment; Jackson has become wiser and smarter. Don’t go into this album looking for a “Bulletproof” replacement or for an artist transformation. Instead, expect an artist strongly producing eight tracks that, for the most part, teem with power, brilliance, and wisdom. With that, you’re all set to make it through the thick and thin.

PRETTY NEAT MUSIC

FAV TRACKS: Uptight Downtown, Kiss And Not Tell, Cruel Sexuality, Paradise IS You, Silent Partner, Let Me Down Gently

LEAST FAV TRACK: The Feeling

Score: (8.4/10)

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"World Peace is None of Your Business" Morrissey

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World Peace Is None Of Your Business Album Review

Harvest/Capitol Records

Released July 15, 2014

Genre: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Smiths-Core
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At the ripe old age of 55, Steven Patrick Morrissey surpasses the opportunity to simmer down, to hang up the quiff and gracefully decline into a new, slower stage of his life adapting accordingly. Having recently released an eagerly anticipated autobiography, light was shed on the method behind the misery. For the die-hard followers, with which there are legions, there were probably no surprises in store. However, it ignited a debate concerning Morrissey’s status as a poet or as a musician, having rejected the latter himself. While The Smiths whipped up an Indie maelstrom in the early ‘80s, Moz’s solo endeavors, bar a few exceptions (Vauxhall & I, Your Arsenal), were received as dulling and tirade. Unfortunately, new release World Peace is a victim of the same faults.

And it’s not as if Moz is a stranger to playing the victim. In fact he’s made his career off of feeling the universe’s wrath concentrated onto his brow. It’s the reason his music resonates with the bohemian crowds but also why many will feel slighted by Morrissey’s self-righteous judgements on their day to days. And despite it’s over-simplified slant on world economics, the title track opener showcases his voice in full splendour not seeming to have aged and the lyrics remain consistently interesting as well. Like his distasteful view toward reproduction on ‘Neal Cassady Drops Dead’ in which he waxes “Everyone has babies / babies have rabies / rabies have scabies” and on it goes. While lacking in tact, Moz’s ability to turn a phrase has persevered through the decades.

On ‘I’m Not a Man’ grisly pompousness is projected as Moz’s crosshair brushes the chests of men, meat-eaters and an array of the generalised public and at seven minutes long the instrumentals flat-line, and the intrigue melts to pity. Redeeming single ‘Istanbul’ featuring some great stuttered guitars and phasing modulation which makes less of an appearance as Spanish rhythms seem to be shoehorned into this record. On tracks like ‘Earth is the Loneliest Planet’ and ‘Kiss Me’nylon strings flourish up and down the mix adding further convolution. This flip-flopping between electric and low-key dynamics echoes Moz’s indulgent nature letting the inconsistencies pepper the record like weekend warriors at a picketing line.

Not entirely void of depth, the auspicious melodies on ‘Staircase at the University’ and, for all it’s over-dramatics, an honest examination into the mind sight of the pressured student through the medium of sadistic communion. Though for every lucid insight comes moments of surreal descriptions like on ‘Mountjoy’ featuring tinny acoustic guitars and Moz’s classic self-victimizing as he bleats “I was sat here by a three foot half-wit in a wig / I took his insults on the chin”.

Silky tones and lush vocals are the disguise of Morrissey exhibiting an unfounded frustration of a disjointed worldview – half-baked and polarising; maybe a credit to Moz as an artist in that World Peace parallels this. There’s a painful irony in that the man that stood against authority so influentially not but 30 years ago has now become the archetypical and bitter man raging against a time he doesn’t quite understand.

 

FAV TRACKS: KISS ME / STAIRCASE AT THE UNIVERSITY

LEAST FAV TRACKS: MOUNTJOY / I’M NOT A MAN / SMILER WITH A KNIFE

SCORE: (5.2/10)

 

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“Sunbathing Animal” Parquet Courts

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Sunbathing Animal Album Review

What’s Your Rupture?/Rough Trade Records

Relesed June 3, 2014

Genre: Indie Rock, Punk Rock, Garage Rock, Art Punk, Post-Punk, Lo-fi Punk Improv Magic
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If there’s anything to learn from a band like Parquet Courts, it’s that they’re snarky, yet insightful…and fun.The New York based punk rock band have been circulating around the underground music scene quite rapidly recently. Having released their debut album American Specialties back in 2011, it comes as no surprise that their third studio released has come so soon. Their most recent released, the underrated Light Up Gold and brief EP Tally All The Things You Broke.

In living up to the punk rock genre, Parquet Courts deliver countless catchy riffs and respectable punk tunes on this latest LP of theirs titled Sunbathing Animal. And the band know their punk roots as well, displaying the aggression, fury, and audacity of punk greats such as Wire, Television, and Iggy. But that isn’t to say that this album isn’t without its hangups. On their last LP, there were traces of Americana/western music hidden under the punk folds. On Sunbathing Animal, Parquet take these ideas and stretch them out.

These moments, consequently, feel like lo-fi, improvisational breaks, like David Gilmour if he stood too close to the speaker and was given a distortion pedal. Now I won’t complain, I love feedback, frequency, and noise as much as the next punk fan. But on Sunbathing Animal, there isn’t very much to offer musically. Despite the lack of Americana tendencies, Sunbathing Animal is pure art punk.

The track “Sunbathing Animal” is pure fury, bringing in feedback, nonsensical singing, brief yet riveting solos, and blistering drums; the ideal punk song, and a song that stands out in their discography. “Instant Disassembly” slows down the speed a bit, offering a nice little tune. But at seven minutes long, the track overstays its initial welcome. Yet the album regains itself with “Ducking & Dodging”. Remember how I said they have nods to Iggy? This is where it happens. Crusty guitars and patient drums barely keep themselves contained as the song’s volume erupts every now and then. When I first discovered Parquet Courts, I wanted to find a band that could come from this era, but still sound like they’re from another. They were on their way towards that on Light Up Gold. Now, they’re trapped, stumbling over rehashed concepts, reconstructing new ideas out of old ones gone stale.

FAV TRACKS: What Color Is Blood, Sunbathing Animal, Ducking & Dodging

LEAST FAV TRACKS: Vienna II, Up All Night, Instant Disassembly

Score: (5.6/10)

Taken by Michael White backstage at Club Dada on 5/31/14

Interview With Taylor Madison of Superheaven!

After grabbing a quick bite at Twisted Root in Deep Ellum, I obliviously marched into the ever-familiar Club Dada before the doors were officially open. The first person I spotted was the long-haired Taylor Madison of the newly renamed band Superheaven. After realizing that his PR rep hadn’t informed him of our interview, I expressed an understanding to his possible reluctance to conduct an interview since it was unexpected. However, he agreed to sit down and chat with ya homeboy, a very kind gesture. Here’s the interview:

 

Michael: So how’s the tour been so far?

Superheaven: Good, we’ve only played two shows. In Kentucky, which is sort of like the Cincinnati, Ohio area, but it’s kinda like on the border of the two states, so it’s technically Kentucky, but it was the Cincinatti area. That was really good…and that was our first show under the new name, and that was pretty exciting. We played in Memphis, Tennessee yesterday, and it was cool. We’d never played in Memphis before, so we didn’t really have any expectations. Usually when we’ve never played somewhere, we just assume that it won’t be that great or mediocre at best, and it was good. We played in a house, and it was fun. We played here [at Club Dada] and it’s always pretty decent.

Michael: Is there a good turnout here? It’s my first time seeing you guys.

Superheaven: The first time we played here was two years ago with Basement and Dead End Path, and I think Soul Search…ya definitely. It was good. The second time we played here was with O’brother, which was last September. That was good too, decent amount of people. We hope our third time will be as good.

Michael: So what’s the best kind of show for Superheaven?

Superheaven: I just think a show where, like, we play in front of a decent amount of people who give a s**t, you know what I mean? It’s cool to play in front of a lot of people, but it’s not that cool unless…people are interested in watching. I don’t mind playing in front of people who have never heard us before as long as they’re checking us out, rather than just waiting for us to be over. I just like playing in front of people that care.

Michael: Can you give us a brief synopsis on the name change?

Superheaven: It’s pretty simple, I mean, there’s another band who has gotten around to trademarking the name before we did. There’s really no way around it. It’s not like they’ve threatened legal action or anything like that. It was  the kind of thing where we didn’t want to keep putting out records under a name that we knew we couldn’t keep.  People that aren’t familiar with the legal (I’m not familiar with [it]) logistics of names, but a lot of it was brought to my attention, and it’s just dumb. If the band has the name trademarked internationally, you really can’t just wait… I’d rather just get it out of the way now than wait and put out two more LPs and then we have to change it later on. It’s something that had to be done no matter what; people are like “Oh, you should make them change their names.” They legally own it, it’s not as simple as threatening them to change their names. We weren’t married to the name [Daylight] anyway, it was just our name for awhile. The biggest pain was coming up with a new name and dealing with people whining about not keeping the old name. It’s fine…people will get over it, I guess, but that’s the bottom line of it.

Michael: So how’d you guys come up with the new name?

Superheaven: We all just kinda had names. We had a list of names, and we’d just brainstorm…for a couple months. I don’t know, we just eventually decided on that. It was one of the first ones we came up with. I think we told a couple of people that that’s one name we came up with and we were thinking about it. People seemed to like it the most.

Michael: [Changing the name ] is more about being proactive than having to deal with the repercussions later?

Superheaven: Yeah. The thing is people don’t realize that…it’s not like we’re gonna get sued…we don’t know this other band, so we don’t know how they’d handle the situation. It’s just they could make money, selling merch…with the same name. we just didn’t feel like dealing with something like that.

Michael: With this name change, do you think you’re gonna keep your sound the same?

Superheaven: Yeah, it’s just a name. The name doesn’t affect how we are. Our music changes…cuz it’s changed a few times…but if our music evolves, it doesn’t have anything to do with what our band is called.I know what you mean, it’s just some bands might think, “Oh, this is an invitation for me to change.”Yeah, because people think they should start a new band, but why the hell would we do that? We’ve been touring as this band and we have these songs…it’s the same band, it’s just a name, I guess.

Michael: For someone who’s never heard Superheaven, how would you guys describe your sound?

Superheaven: It depends who is asking. If a relative or parent was to ask, I’d say, “you know…like the Foo Fighters. We’re just rock music.” Most adults will know the Foo Fighters, I feel like we don’t sound far off from the Foo Fighters that I feel like I’m blowing smoke up their a$$. So that’s just the easiest thing to compare it to that the general public  knows. If it was someone who’s more familiar with smaller bands, honestly, I just say we’re a rock band. If our parents say “what does that sound like,” I’ll say, “oh, Nirvana.” Most parents know who Nirvana is, so…

Michael: I’ve noticed lately that a lot of bands from Doylestown are getting a lot of coverage in the music scene today. Is that just me, or…?

Superheaven: Well I only know of three bands that are from Doylestown.

Michael: That’s three more than Coppell, Texas.

Superheaven: I’m just wondering what bands besides us, Balance and Composure and Circa Survive, or do you just mean those three.

Michael: Well, yeah. I mean, Circa Survive are a pretty known group in certain scenes. Then there’s a bunch of hardcore bands from that area.

Superheaven: I feel like people who’ve never been to Doylestown realize that it’s a very small town. We’re actually not from Doylestown, we all live within 15 minutes from there, but our old drummer is the only one from there, and filled out our Twitter and our Facebook, so we just…that’s where people think we’re from. Anyone in the Philadelphia area, all those bands are from that area. We all live about 45 minutes from Philadelphia…I don’t think that answers the original question, (laughs). Geographically, we’re technically not from Doylestown, but I don’t think bands from Doylestown being covered has anything to do with being from Doylestown. I think it’s a few bands from there.

Michael: It’s just a coincidence?

Superheaven: Yeah, I think we just happen to have people that work pretty hard and want to be in bands and tour and stuff like that. I think it just happens to be. Same thing with Wilkes-Barre and stuff like that, which is only about an hour from us. There’s a lot of bands that come out of there, and it’s just a community where a lot of people play music. It’s cool, we’re from an area where every hour in each direction there’s a place where a lot of fairly well-known bands are from.

Michael: Yeah, you guys are from the same hometown as Pink. Some people think that’s cool.

Superheaven: Apparently that’s a real thing. Like, I’ve seen a yearbook photo of her in one of the Doylestown high schools, but I’ve never seen her  in Doylestown. She probably doesn’t live there.

Michael: So besides being small, what’s Doylestown like?

Superheaven: Honestly, it’s pretty wealthy, upper-middle class, which is why I don’t live there. It’s not all like that, like, there are cheaper places to live in Doylestown, but overall, it’s a known place for having high rent. Most people who don’t have very much money don’t live in Doylestown. It’s a very nice town, pretty clean and stuff like that. It’s a nice small town. It’s hard to explain, like a tiny town you’d see in a movie…

Michael: It’s like a suburb?

Superheaven: Yeah, it’s a suburb.

Michael: It sounds like where I come from…those are all the serious question I have,  let’s do the generic throwaway [questions]. What was your first concert ever?

Superheaven: I think my dad surprised me and my best friend when I was in 7th or 8th grade. I forget what the tour was called, but it was like Linkin Park,

Cypress Hill, and someone else. Me and my friend were kinda at the age of getting into punk music and stuff, but I didn’t want to hurt his feelings. He was like, “We’re going to see Linkin Park,” and I was like…s**t.Was it a fun show?It was cool. To this day, I’ve always had a good relationship with my dad and I hang out with my dad a lot. He’s a pretty funny guy, so to go to a show like that, it was pretty ridiculous with like Cypress Hill. It was fun. We were pretty young , and there were people smoking weed and stuff, and like my dad didn’t know how to feel about it.

Michael: Your dad sounds like my dad. The first concert I went to was Rush. [Oddly enough] It wasn’t, like, his choice. They were the first band I fell in love with…no the second, Green Day was the first. He’s like, “I know you like this band, and I’m the only person in my age group that doesn’t listen to them, but we can go if you want.” We went, and there were tons of dads that were super drunk [or high] and all that stuff.

Superheaven: So Rush opened for Green Day?

Michael: No, no, those were just the first bands I fell in love with. That’d be crazy [laughs].[My dad] trusts me and stuff, though. Like, I’m straight edge, and I don’t judge anyone who does that stuff, but it’s just not for me, but [my dad and I] go to a lot of shows, it’s how we bond. The last show we went to was Power Trip [everyone giggles]. The singer went to my high school, so I think that made my dad feel a little safer. What did you do in high school?

Superheaven: Honestly, i did nothing. I dropped out because I had like a 0 GPA. School was always a problem… I wasn’t bad or dumb, I just hated homework and stuff. I don’t like math, Math is the only thing that makes me feel really dumb. I didn’t do s**t. I drew in school [in class], that’s what I did. Eventually my teachers were like, “are you gonna do the work?” I said probably not. I ended up getting my diploma later, like a year or so later, so I technically graduated, but I left school.

Michael: Were your doodles any good?

Superheaven: Yeah they were ok.

Michael: Were they like d**k drawings?

Superheaven: Nah, I never got to that level, but I [appreciate] good ones. I drew all sorts of stuff, like aliens and stuff.

Michael: So it’s whatever you’re feeling?

Superheaven: Yeah, I draw a lot less stuff now.

Michael: Did you have any celebrity crushes in high school?

Superheaven: Yeah, I have multiple celebrities crushes now, to be honest.

Michael: Alright, let’s go (laughs).

Superheaven: My number one is pretty controversial. Some people either love her or they hate her. Nicki Minaj is my number one celebrity crush. Miley [Cyrus] is my number two celebrity crush.

Michael: Uhh, I don’t like this list (laughs).

Superheaven: I just like celebrities, haha!

Michael: I’m more of a Ciara and Beyonce kinda guy…you’re probably gonna laugh at this but I watch One Tree Hill…

Superheaven: Dude, honestly our other guitar player Jake watches the most embarassing TV, so there is no judgement here.

Michael: Well, I think you should give it a try because the best-looking women are on that show. Hold on, let me pull out a picture.

Superheaven: Jake probably knows their names and stuff…he always likes off-the-radar kind of girls that are on ABC Family shows.

Michael: That’s where the best ones are. [Michael proceeds to pull up a picture of Sophia Bush]

Superheaven: She looks familiar. Is that Sophia Bush?

Michael: Yeah, she’s the best.

Superheaven: My friend from home, Matt, is really into her.

Michael: I like short girls. She’s like 5’4’…that’s right, I looked up her stats, haha.

Superheaven: Dude, that’s Jake. He knows birthdays, height, weight, eye color, the whole thing, like place of birth…

Michael: I get [interested] with hometowns in general…that’s why I asked about Doylestown. I like knowing about different environments… If there was one band you could tour with [even inactive ones], who would you tour with.

Superheaven: I think everyone in the band would give very different answers. I have a few for different reasons. This one may sound crazy, but if I had the power to tour with any band ever, one of them would be Basement, because every time we tour with them…it’s unexplainable. The first time we toured with them, we didn’t know them, and we… are like the same exact people. I also like the band, too. I think another band would be the Foo Fighters. They’re probably one of the most popular rock bands that are [actual] rock…They do pretty much whatever they want, and can sell out arenas. I think that’s pretty cool.

Michael: I think considering a lot of radio rock, [Foo Fighters] are pretty ballsy.

Superheaven: Yeah, they’re all from ROCK bands. They’re a massive band, and they’ve done that by just being a good band.

Michael: I like how they’re originally from cool bands [like] Sunny Day Real Estate.

I also like, say what you will about Dave Grohl, but I think it’s cool how he can go produce the BL’AST comeback record and stuff.

Superheaven: I love Dave Grohl. I think he’s cool, because he’s known for being a real-a$$ dude. You never hear about him being a d**khead at a restaurant or anything.

Michael: There’s no pretense.

Superheaven: Yeah. People who’ve met him said he’s really nice. He doesn’t have to be a real-a$$ dude, he could do whatever he wants, people would still love his band.

Michael: Yeah…let’s go back to Basement really quick. I saw footage of [Superheaven] at The Well in Leeds when you were on tour with Basement. It seemed crazy! Was that one of your craziest shows?

Superheaven: Yeah, there were 3 shows. One was just a last-minute warm-up show, then we had the other two.

Michael: Were you at the very last show, or were you somewhere else.

Superheaven: No, those were the last shows.

Michael: Ok. Those looked really fun. I think that’s all the questions I have, oh wait: favorite album of all time?

Superheaven: It really changes, relatively, frequently. Not really, I think Failure’s Fantastic Planet is probably my favorite throughout, of all time.  Which is a bummer because they played Philadelphia last night, and we were on tour so we couldn’t go. So I’m pretty-

Michael: That stinks-

Superheaven: -I’m pretty bummed about that. The show was [inaudible] last night, so I softened the blow a bit. But that’s probably my favorite record, I love everything about it: I love every song on it, I think that the recording and production are perfect. like I feel like that’s what we kind of used as a reference when recording the LP, but they don’t sound similar I was just kinda like “I want some sort of this [sound]”, ’cause it sounds like, it has some sort of raw vibe to it but at the same time it sounds like it’s a big, well done professional record, ya know?

Michael: Yeah, honestly I’ve never heard of Failure until they reformed, and I haven’t checked them out yet ’cause I’ve been really busy, but I heard that they sound just like Hum, and I’m a big Hum fan. Is that true or…?

Superheaven: Ummm, yeah, not really, I don’t think so. They’re definitely comparable, not in the sense of comparing Black Sabbath to Kid Rock, or anything like that. I don’t think they sound that similar. I like Failure more than Hum, I think Hum has good songs but I don’t really like the singing, I never have. I think they’re a good band but I haven’t been into them as much as I have been into Failure.

Michael: I can see what you’re saying about the singing, it could be annoying.

Superheaven: It’s just dull, it’s-

Michael: It’s not convictive-

Superheaven: -it’s not bad. It’s like, listening to a record with that kind of singing is difficult. But Fantastic Planet, has to be number one for me.

Michael: I’ve been meaning to check that out ’cause I’ve heard it’s like, a classic. They’re coming to town on my birthday, but I don’t know anything about them. Anyway, do you have any guilty pleasures musically? Any ‘One Tree Hills’?

Superheaven: No, not really.  think the term “guilty”, like guilty pleasure in terms of music, or anything in particular, is a little strange. You shouldn’t feel guilty about liking stuff. Anything I like, I’m pretty open to them. I guess umm, like unforgiving or unapologetic. Like, yeah I like that, or some dumb sh*t. But yeah, usually I won’t tell someone something sucks and then go listen to it in secret. LIke, (to band member) what’s a stupid thing we listen to?

Superheaven band member: Like Kid Rock?

Superheaven: Yeah, I listen to Kid Rock all the time. I think he’s sick. And not even ironically, or sarcastically, I think Kid Rock is cool.

Michael: That’s the one genre of music I can’t stand. I’ve lived in Texas my whole life, and I can’t…

Superheaven: A lot of people say that, like there’s definitely country [music] that sucks but-

Michael:  A lot of people where you’re from say that? I need to live where you live because a lot of people around me listen to country-

Superheaven:  Dude, honestly, a lot of people like country. I think it’s a massive genre…bazillion dollar industry. I don’t have any guilty pleasure, though.

Michael: So it’s like, “If I like it, I like it. Whatever.”

Superheaven: Yeah, haha.

Michael: What’s the craziest thing you’ve done on tour.

Superheaven: We get asked that question a lot in interviews…We don’t really do anything crazy. WE’re not big partiers, only one of us drinks. Nothing crazy…not anything I would consider crazy. People also ask what’s the funniest thing that happened on tour; I also have the memory of an earthworm, so I don’t remember most of what we’ve done on the tour. I remember certain significant things, like people in another band and restaurants we’ve been to, but off the top of my head I can’t think of anything crazy.

Michael: Have you done anything cool in Dallas?

Superheaven: We’ve actually been here since early this morning. We wanted to try to swim, but we couldn’t find anyone with a pool. We tried to go see Godzilla, but it was sold out. I’ve never had that happen in my life…

Michael: If you can, definitely try to see that.

Superheaven: We’ll try on a weekday.

Michael: It’s not what you expect, I think you’ll like it. What’s one question that no interviewer has asked you that you’d like to be asked?

Superheaven:  (pauses) I don’t have an answer haha!

Michael: Alright, Thank you very much!

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