The Wasting Time Podcast

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Alan Day (Four Year Strong)

We spoke to Alan Day, one of the frontmen for Four Year Strong. Four Year Strong have had an incredible career remaining a staple in the alternative music world. Alan tells us about their journey with all the ups and downs they have had over the years.

Four Year Strong had just released their seventh full-length just before the world went under lockdown. Alan tells us how they have been coping with this.

Their album Brain Pain is available worldwide everywhere, and check out Alan's instagram for his recent production work.

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Dave Baksh (Sum 41)

We’re here at episode 50! For this occasion, we chat to Dave Baksh aka Dave Brownsound from the legendary Sum 41. Dave was really fun to chat with and we cover a wide range of topics. We discuss Dave growing up in Toronto and the formation of Sum 41 with them quickly finding international fame. Sum 41 visited a war-torn Congo in 2004, Dave tells us about this amazing, life-changing experience and how intense it was at times. We cover Dave leaving and returning to the band that has had such an incredible career. Dave also gets into his love for the UK and how he became a big Newcastle United fan (much to Nick’s delight).

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Rob Hitt (Midtown/I Surrender Records)

We’re up to episode 49 and this time we’re joined by Rob Hitt. Rob was the drummer for New Jersey band Midtown who were one of the first successful bands of the Drive Thru Records movement. Rob talks us through his long career in music with some amazing achievements. We discuss Midtown’s rise in the early 2000s and what happened after that. During this time Rob started I Surrender Records, which he still runs today. With his label he has signed bands like Four Year Strong and Valencia. We discuss his life these days living in Brooklyn, life as a vegan in 2020, and how he started the viral Instagram and Twitter account for Bodega Cats.

Check out I Surrender Records’ recent releases and of course, listen through the incredible Midtown discography.

If anyone is curious to find out the answers to the Drive Thru Records quiz at the start of the episode (Nick doesn’t give them!), they can be found here.

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Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids)

Matt Pryor from The Get Up Kids joins us for episode 48. Matt tells us how life in Kansas has been during the pandemic and what he has been up to. We cover the amazing career of The Get Up Kids and their legacy. Matt has also had a strong solo career as well as other projects like The New Amsterdams and Radar State, he explains how these projects came about.

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Kevin Truckenmiller (Quietdrive)

For episode 47 we are joined by Kevin Truckenmiller who is best known for singing for the band Quietdrive. Based out of Minneapolis, Quietdrive have had an impressive career since forming in the early 2000s. Kevin tells us what is was like signing to a major label in their early days, including working with Butch Walker early on. We hear about the time will.i.am discovered their music in a Minneapolis studio and how their lives changed after achieving success in the music industry.

 

Kevin does a lot of work as songwriter/producer/engineer for other artists, we find time to discuss this as well.

 

If you are not familiar with Quietdrive, do yourself a favour and get into their backcatalogue now!

 

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Darrin Pfeiffer

We had the absolute pleasure of talking to Darrin Pfeiffer this time. Darrin is probably best known as the long term drummer for legendary band Goldfinger which he founded with John Feldmann in the mid-90s. Aside from being in Goldfinger for two decades, Darrin has kept busy with a number of projects including being part of Punk Rock Karoke (with the likes of Eric Melvin and Greg Hetson), being a radio host (currently for The Dangerous Darrin Show on Idobi) and running High 4 Records. We go into detail on all of the above, and it was fascinating to hear about!

 

Darrin recently released a new single by Weezer legend Jason Cropper called 'Goodness Knows', which is available everywhere. 

 

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Fil Thorpe-Evans (Prblm Chld)

This time we chat to former Neck Deep bassist, now LA-based producer, Fil Thorpe-Evans. We discuss Neck Deep's rise to becoming arguably the UK's biggest pop punk band. Fil talks about settling in LA and moving away from being in a full-tiime band. Fil left to pursue a career as a producer in the electronic music world, he tells us how this came about. In 2019 Fil launched his first single under the name Prblm Chld, we discuss where this project has taken him since.

Check out new Prblm Chld release with RUNN 'Little Bit', available wherever you get your music.

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Alex Costello (ROAM)

This time we talk to the singer of ROAM, Alex Costello. Alex takes time out of his day to talk through the history of the Eastbourne-based band. He tells us what is was like for a UK-based band to be snapped by the mighty Hopeless Records and the dream tours that that brought about. He tells us about playing Warped Tour and getting to know members of bands like Sum 41 and Good Charlotte. We discuss all of the albums ROAM have released and in particular what it was like to record in a remote Texas studio with the producer Machine.

ROAM's latest release 'Smile Wide' is out everywhere and they recently shared a making of documentary.

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Hunter Martinez and Tristan Martinez (Decent Criminal)

Brothers Hunter and Tristan Martinez of the band Decent Criminal join us for episode 43. As with our previous guest, we were originally supposed to meet at Manchester Punk Festival. We discuss life under lockdown and how the Martinez's have been coping. Hunter and Tristan tell us about the growth of Decent Criminal over the past few years and what they planned for the near future.

Check out Decent Criminal's album 'Bliss' and their recently released video for the song 'Bleached'.

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Ty Vaughn (Broadway Calls)

For episode 42, we are joined by Ty Vaughn of Oregon-based band Broadway Calls. We were originally supposed to record this in person at Manchester Punk Festival and we discuss how all of us were massively disappointed that did not happen. After a few years being relatively quiet, Broadway Calls are back and Ty talks us through the career they have had. We touch on some of the highlights including tours they have had with some of the biggest names in our music world. Ty tells us about their fondness for the UK and the great relationship they have had with Banquet Records over the years.

Look out for their new album later this year 'Sad In The City' which will be released via Red Scare.

Nick and Chris take some time to also discuss recent releases from City Mouth, The Sewer Rats, Machine Gun Kelly and Frank Turner.

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Frank Turner

In episode 41 we were joined by punk/folk/rock n roll icon, Frank Turner. We chatted about the current pandemic and how it has impacted Frank and the music industry, what the deal is between him and NOFX frontman Fat Mike and we also a look back at his impressive genre spanning career.

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TJ Horansky (Sleep On It)

For our 40th episode we are joined by TJ Horansky, guitarist in Chicago band Sleep On It. We discuss Sleep On It's rise to the top, some of his favourite tours and their relationship with Alternative Press. This was recorded just before the music world was heavily affected by Covid-19, so TJ was looking forward to their second trip to the UK where they were due to play Slam Dunk Festival. We wish the band well, and hope to see them over our way in the not too distant future.

Chris and Nick also find time to discuss some of the new releases from the likes of All Time Low, New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio.

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Tom Wisniewski (MxPx)

We are joined by MxPx guitarist Tom Wisniewski this time. MxPx are a huge band for us so it is always a privilege to speak to any of them. Tom tells us in detail what it is like being in MxPx in 2020 and how he made the shift from touring full time. We get into lots of stories from the many years this band have had as a staple in the alternative music world. Check out MxPx's (feat. Bad Cop Bad Cop) recent cover of The Dwarves' song 'Salt Lake City'.

We also spend time discussing new music from Gasoline Heart, All Time Low and Hot Mulligan. We get into a discussion about bands offering VIP meet and greets, and how this sits with us.

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Jonah Matranga

Jonah Matranga, who has had a long career in music, joins us this time. Jonah is known for his work in acts such as Far, New End Original, Gratitude and onelinedrawing. He talks us through the highs and lows of his incredible career and his love of the UK. We also discuss his book that was published not long ago 'Alone Rewinding', which is available here.

We also play music by new UK band Hell's Ditch. They formed featuring members of acts like River Jumpers and Bad Ideas. You can find their catchy new single 'Vacant Hearts' across all music platforms.

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Chris Hembrough and Noelle Stolp (Rational Anthem)

For our 37th episode we are joined by Chris and Noelle from the pop punk band Rational Anthem. They tell us about the history of the band and what lead them to moving to Iowa and eventually signing to A-F Records. We get into what some of their favourite bands were growing up, and how they cope with life on the road.

Their latest album 'It's Only Permanent' is available now.

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Craig Shay (Cold Wrecks)

For our first episode of 2020 we are joined by Craig Shay of the New York bands Cold Wrecks and Answering Machine. Craig talks about his background and the bands he has played in throughout the New York scene. We talk about the success of Cold Wrecks second album 'This Could Be Okay' released last year, and what the band has coming up for 2020. Also in this episode, we find time to discuss forthcoming releases and new music from the likes of Spanish Love Songs, Hayley Williams, Anti-Flag, Mest and Thief Club. We also have a discussion about Emo-Rap and how we feel about this as a genre.

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Andrew Rapier (FELICITY)

For our final episode of the year, we are joined by FELICITY guitarist Andrew Rapier. Andrew talks about forming the band in Florida and how they have grown in such a short space of time. FELICITY had just opened up for Issues at a huge hometown show and Andrew tells us how that came about and what it was like. We were fascinated to hear what is was like when the band got to play the Warped Tour Cruise in 2017 (lots of cool stories). Andrew also tells us about what he thinks of the current UK scene. FELICITY have their first full length arriving in 2020.

You can check out FELICITY's most recent EP 'Old Habits' wherever you get your music.

We also find time to review 2019 and some of our favourite highlights from the podcast over the year.

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Marko DeSantis (Sugarcult)

This time we are joined by the legend that is Marko DeSantis, who is mostly know for being in Sugarcult. Marko tells us some amazing stories including rising to fame with Sugarcult and some of the big tours they were on such as Green Day in Japan and blink-182 in Europe. He also tells us about the time they spent with Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid. We also spend time talking about his time playing in various bands in Santa Barbara and being in Bad Astronaut with Joey Cape. 

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Peter Munters (Over It/Runner Runner)

After a bit of a break, we are back for our 33rd episode. This time we are joined by Peter Munters. Pete was the singer for the band Over It in the late 90s and early 2000s. Over It were a staple of the punk rock/Warped Tour scene and loved by many, we discuss the origins of the band and their rise to stardom. Pete tells us later on about how the band stopped and was reimagined as Runner Runner who were then signed to David Letterman's label. Lots of cool stories in this one, including when Pete filled in as frontman for his friends Yellowcard for a tour. A big thank you to Mr Munters for his time as this was technically our second chat with him (the audio for the first one got lost!).

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Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas (The Dollyrots)

We are joined by husband and wife, Luis Cabezas and Kelly Ogden, of The Dollyrots. They spoke to us after recently coming home from tour after releasing their recent studio album 'Daydream Explosion'. Kelly and Luis tell us what it is like raising two young children whilst also doing the band full time. We get to hear stories of when they were signed by Joan Jett as well as the differences between touring with The Buzzcocks and Bowling For Soup. Daydream Explosion was released on Wicked Cool Records which is owned by Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Sprinsteen's E Street Band. Kelly and Luis tell us about how Little Steven came across them and we speculate whether The Boss is a fan.

Daydream Explosion is available worldwide now. Check out The Dollyrots' new video for 'Animal'.

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Tony Lovato (Mest)

This time we are joined by Tony Lovato, the singer of one of our all time favourite bands Mest. Tony was kind enough to give us a lot of his time in which we discuss his history in music and the early Mest years. We hear some crazy tour stories as well as what it was like working with John Feldmann so many times. Mest have a new album coming out soon where the original line up worked with Cameron Webb. Tony tells us lots about the new record and what making it was like.

The new song 'Masquerade' is now streaming everywhere.

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Tom May (The Menzingers)

For our 30th episode, we are joined by Tom May of The Menzingers. Tom talks up through his musical journey from growing up in Pennsylvannia, the artists that influenced him and the first bands he formed. We discuss how The Menzingers' sound has evolved over the years and their rise to fame. Tom talks about his love for the UK and his many friends here. On the day of recording, the band had released the first single 'Anna' from their upcoming album. We get into what The Menzingers have planned for the coming months and what we can expect from the new record.

'Anna' is out now on all streaming platforms, and the new album 'Hello Exile' is out October 4 via Epitaph Records.

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Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens)

Kellin Quinn, singer for the mighty Sleeping With Sirens joins us this time. We get the chance to hear about the music he grew up on and discuss our mutual love for Drive-Thru bands. Kellin talks about Sleeping With Sirens' journey and how they became the band they are today. We talk about the forthcoming new album 'How It Feels To Be Lost' and how they are in a really good place right now. We discuss Kellin's life outside of music and how he balances it with raising three kids. Aside from fronting his own band, Kellin also helps with Dreamer Development Group in exposing other up and coming artists such as Roseburg and Manic.

Sleeping With Sirens new album arrives September 6th, and you can check out the first single 'Leave It All Behind' here.

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Jason Tate (chorus.fm)

We are joined by Jason Tate, founder and owner of chorus.fm. Jason built absolutepunk.net in the early 2000s after his love for blink-182 and MxPx, the site grew and grew over the next few years and soon became a staple in the alternative music scene. In 2016 he successfully re-branded the site as 'chorus.fm' and it has maintain its popularity. Jason talks us through starting the site and it becoming a full time job as well as becoming friends with many of the artists that were covered. 

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Max Collins (Eve 6/Fitness)

We had the pleasure of chatting with Max Collins, singer of Eve 6 and Fitness. Max talks us through his rise to fame in the late 90s at a very young age and what it was like at the time. He candidly tells us about those early arena tours with Third Eye Blind and the continued success of Eve 6. Max has just come of the 'Songs and Stories' tour with amongst other famous songwriters, Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne. Max shares a crazy story about the launch party for Fountains of Wayne's first hit. Eve 6 can be found on tour still to this day, but Max has also been busy with his other band Fitness.

'Karate' by Fitness is out now on all streaming platforms.

Chris and Nick also discuss new releases by blink-182, whohurtyou and Sleeping With Sirens. They also review the forthcoming album 'Daydream Explosion' by The Dollyrots.

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Sebastien Lefebvre (Simple Plan)

Sebastien Lefebvre, guitarist in Simple Plan, takes a break from his busy schedule to join us this time. We talk about his recent performance on the main stage at Slam Dunk Festival, his musical history and what it is like playing in one of the biggest pop punk bands in the world. Sebastien also hosts the Idobi radio show 'Man Of The Hour', which returned this week. 

We also have time for a post-Slam Dunk review.

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Josh Madden

This time we are joined by Josh Madden. Josh is part of the management company MDDN, which he heads up with his younger brothers Benji and Joel from Good Charlotte. As well as Good Charlotte, MDDN is home to a diverse range artists including Architects, Anti-Flag and Bishop Briggs. Josh takes time out of busy schedule to discuss the history of MDDN, his love for the UK and watching his younger brothers' band become internationally huge.

Check out MDDN and their impressive roster.

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Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife/I Am The Avalanche)

This time we are joined by Vinnie Caruana, known for fronting both I Am The Avalanche and The Movielife, as well as being a solo artist. Vinnie talks us through growing up in Long Island (including the time he almost went to jail) and forming The Movielife. We get into the popularity of The Movielife in the UK in particular and the band splitting up at what seemed to be a high point in their career. Vinnie tells us about how I Am The Avalanche came to be and the years that followed. We also spend some time discussing Vinnie's passion for Liverpool FC and English football in general. 

Look out for a new solo album from Vinnie coming soon.

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Gary Yay (Poindexter/Telegraphs/Eager Teeth)

In this episode Gary Yay comes by for a chat. Gary has been been in several bands in the UK alternative and pop punk scene since the early 2000s. We cover his years fronting the Brighton band Poindexter and their years playing with contemporaries such as Phineas Gage and Not Katies as well as being part of the first Punktastic tour. Gary talks about the time he was offered to join the Ordinary Boys. We discuss his years playing in The Telegraphs and then Eager Teeth (which involved tours with the likes of The Get Up Kids, Poison The Well and Set Your Goals). Gary has just put out his first solo album 'When I Grow Up To Be A Man', check it out at his bandcamp.

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Tim Rogner (Allister)

This time we are joined by Tim Rogner of pop punk legends Allister. Tim kindly took time out from his busy Saturday to discuss his years touring the world in a band beloved by many. He takes us through the early Drive Thru Records years and how the band became full time. Allister has always been big in Japan, so Tim shares fond memories of touring over there and their recent visit. Tim gives his honest opinions of bands Allister has shared tours with. We also have time for listeners questions and what the future holds for Allister.

We have been listening to a Chicago band called PARKER, they recently opened for Allister at their 20th anniversary show. Tim was impressed by them, so give them a listen.

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