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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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Chris Messer (Showoff)

We are joined by Chris Messer, singer of Chicago pop punk band Showoff and owner of Dodgeball Records. Chris goes into detail about Showoff's early days and how they became the first band to record with mega producer John Feldmann. We discuss the sophomore effort recorded with Mark Trombino and the crazy reasons that that album never saw the light of day. Chris candidly tells us about the disgraceful behaviour of a certain band that were huge in the 90s. We talk about the years in other bands including The Get Go, and why he wasn't keen on joining Fall Out Boy when he had the chance. 

Check out Showoff's music and Dodgeball Records bands Amuse and Decent Criminal.

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Zakk Cervini

After a bit of a break we are joined by producer Zakk Cervini. Zakk has just produced and co-wrote the EP for Simple Creatures, a new band consisting of Mark Hoppus (blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low). He has also recently produced music for Good Charlotte, FEVER 333, Atreyu, Halsey, YUNGBLUD and many many more. We discussed his time coming up working for John Feldmann, being managed by the Madden brothers and becoming close friends with Mark and Travis of blink-182. 

Zakk has some exciting projects coming up, he also wanted us to know about the work he has done with rising pop star Poppy (he co-wrote the song X).

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Phil and Pan return (The Burnt Tapes)

The Burnt Tapes are our first returning guests! Phil and Pan came by to discuss their upcoming album 'Never Better'. We get into how the album came about and what they have been up to recently, including their first shows in their home country of Greece. We also discuss new releases by American Football, MxPx, Simple Creatures and Shy Tooth.

Dan Allen (Ducking Punches)

James and Chris made it along to the Boston Music Rooms to meet Dan Allen of Ducking Punches. Dan discusses the history of the band, how he balances touring with his illustration work, how they recently played their 1000th show as a band. He goes in depth as to what he thinks of the current UK punk scene.

Dylan Slocum (Spanish Love Songs)

After a long break, we're back with guest Dylan Slocum of Spanish Love Songs. Dylan joined us straight after arriving in the UK for the first time and had been awake for 28 hours! We got straight into Dylan's first impressions of the UK and London and why he's better company for his band on tour in Europe. Topics covered in this episode include: the pronunciation of blink-182, Hot Water Music's tour (booked very much in advance), how Dylan got on Mike Herrera of MxPx's podcast, Drive-Thru Records, The Who, Dylan desire to play San Dimas with The Ataris next year, The Streets, Dylan's early music career, Spanish Love Songs signing to A-F Records.  

Ollie Ward (Mean Caeser)

For episode 16 Ollie Ward of Mean Caeser, Great Cynics and Myelin joins us.  We talk about recent events with Joe Sib and SideOneDummy Records, the upcoming Lightyear documentary and news involving Phinius Gage.  We discuss new music from Ducking Punches, Nervus, Red City Radio, Southpaw, Frank Turner (who Ollie tells us a funny story about), Summer Wars, Press Club, Hot Snakes, Spanish Love Songs and American Nightmare.  Ollie talks about how he got into music and the various bands he's played in over the years.

John Allen (Disconnect Disconnect Records)

Episode 15 is here with guest John Allen of Disconnect Disconnect Records.  James and Darren discuss the Menzingers gig at Shepherd’s Bush and Darren’s intolerance for tote bags.  We discuss the newly released Harker album that John has put out.  John tells us a crazy story about a recent Great Collapse gig.  John and Chris discuss the Brighton punk scene in the early 2000s, how John came to release the best of Phinius Gage and the upcoming Not Katies reunion.

Giles Bidder (Great Cynics)

The new Wasting Podcast line-up welcome our first guest Giles Bidder of Great Cynics.  We talk to Giles about how his love of music came about and his years of touring in GC and also Honey Joy.

We also discuss recent releases by Hot Water Music, Telethon, Showoff and Propagandhi

 

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Chris and Darren are joined by new co-host James Farrelly.  We discuss recent releases by Iron Chic, Rebuilder and Direct Hit! New full episode to come soon with the next guest 

Rich Mandell and Phoebe Cross (Happy Accidents)

This week on The Wasting Time Podcast we are joined by Rich and Phoebe of the Happy Accidents.

We run through the recent releases, including Yellowcard's farewell 'Rest in Peace', Taking Back Sunday's latest 'Tidal Wave' and Doe's single, from forthcoming debut album, 'Sincere'.

 

We also take a look at Direct Hit!'s 'Wasted Mind' and go in-depth on blink-182's long awaited 'California'.

 

Rich and Phoebe discuss their debut album 'You Might Be Right', out this week, their time as a band, touring the UK and singing in the shower.

 

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Chris and Quinn

This week Chris and Quinn break the silence by sitting down and discussing the recent blink-182 acoustic shows, their new single Rabbit Hole and first impressions of Matt Skiba's involvement in the band.

We also briefly discuss new music; Direct Hit! - Was it the Acid?Hot Mass - Nervous Tensions album, and Wicked Bears - Self Titled EP

 

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Dan Bond (Myelin)

In episode 10 of The Wasting Time Podcast we are joined by Dan Bond of Myelin and formerly of Apologies, I Have None.

We discuss the news that Bad Ideas are calling it a day, bands for Fest 15 have been announced, and Quinn and Darren chat about The Flatliners recent Camden gig and Dan simultaneously solves the issue of long bar service.

 

We review the new Moose Blood single, 'Honey' and the new EP from Western Settings, 'Old Pain'.

 

Dan talks to us about everything music in his life, from the origins of Apologies, I Have None, to his departure and his new project Myelin.

 

Finally, we round off the show discussing recent research that suggests 48% of vinyl collectors don't play their records

 

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Mike Herrera (MxPx)

This week Chris, Darren, and Quinn are joined by Mike Herrera of MxPx and Tumbledown.

 

In this week's news we discuss Absolute Punk's transition to chorus.fm and what the website is going to be doing in the future and how musicians can use the internet to make money.

 

And we chat to Mike about favourite TV shows; where his passion for live performance started; the origins of MxPx; rehearsal spaces; the new MxPx live album and loads more.

 

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Mike Turner (Pacer)

In Episode 8 of The Wasting Time Podcast Chris, Darren, and Quinn are joined by Mike Turner of Pacer.

The guys discuss the new book due from NOFX, 'The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories', Off With Their Heads UK tour dates, and the news of a new pop-punk inspired TV series 'Headliners'.

 

This week we review Muncie Girls first full length album 'From Caplan to Belsize' and the début self-titled album from Michican pop-punkers The Lippies.

 

Mike discusses where he started as a musician, his history playing with Limited Means, Home Advantage and Pacer, as well as supporting 'Less Than Jake' and discussing the future of Pacer.

 

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Phil and Tone (The Burnt Tapes)

Chris, Darren, and Quinn are joined by Anton and Phil from The Burnt Tapes in episode 7 of The Wasting Time Podcast.

After discussing the news that Jamie is leaving the King Blues, the gang review the new The Start Line EP 'Anyways', Creeper's latest The Stranger EP, and a new track 'Give Up' from Lincoln punks Bad Ideas.

 

Phil and Anton talk the origins of the band, touring Europe, writing songs, Kevin Sorbo and everything in between.

 

And finally we reminisce about the first gigs we went to including blink-182Green DayMisfits,  Pendragon and The Scorpions.

 

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Sam Russo

Sam Russo joins Chris, Darren, and Quinn this week in episode 6 of The Wasting Time Podcast.

News this week of Less Than Jake's new album 'Live from the Astoria' leads to a discussion about live albums.  Quinn talks about The Lippies signing to Red Scare with an album due imminently. And everyone takes a look at the line up for Might As Well Fest II.

 

The guys review surprise EP 'Off With Their Heads' from The King Blues as well as the debut from Petrol Girls 'Some Thing'

 

Sam Russo discussion his early attempts at making music, going solo, touring with Brendan Kelly and playing on Chuck Ragan's 'Revival Tour'.

 

And finally the gang discusses best and worst practises of promoters putting on shows across Europe.

 

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James Hull (Apologies, I Have None)

In episode 5 Chris, Darren, and Quinn are joined by James Hull, guitarist in Leagues Apart and bassist in Apologies, I Have None.

The gang discuss the upcoming tours from NOFXJeff Rosenstock and Great Cynics, and Chelsea, as well as the Petrol Girls EP Launch and the news that Owl Sanctuary in Norwich has found a new venue.

 

New releases from Catch Fire (The Distance I Am from You) and Basement (Promise Everything) are reviewed.

 

James talks about playing in Leagues Apart and Apologies, I Have None and juggling playing music and working full time.

 

Off the back of Beach Slang's disappointing show at the Camden Barfly, the guys discuss what bands owe their audiences.  Do you deserve the show you want or the show the band choices to perform?

 

And finally 'Is Youtube killing the UK's live music scene?'.  Quinn tears apart the recent article from the BBC which questions whether Youtube stars shooting to fame and jumping straight to arena shows is the cause for small capacity venues closing across the UK.  Everyone has a chat about the state of live music in general and how difficult it can be to make from from playing music live, with reference to The Guardian's recent article with Slow Club 'Long, hard road to rock 'n' roll success: "we're essentially skint"'

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Nicola Leel (Doe)

Chris, Darren, and Quinn are joined by Nicola Leel from Doe and get drunk and silly for episode 4 of The Wasting Time Podcast.

 
The gang have a quick chat about new music from Brian Fallon and Showoff before digging deep into replacing bandmates upon hearing this weeks news that Teenage Bottlerocket have found a replacement for Brandon Carlisle.

Everyone shares their thoughts and opinions on Losing Sleep's debut album 'Fear of Missing Out' and Darren, Nicola, and Quinn look back to the launch show at Birthday's in Dalston.

 

Nicola talks to the guys about her history with music, Doe's writing process and the band's recent trip to New York.

 

A look at the Slam Dunk line up rounds off the episode, with a chat about the bands and everyones past experiences at the festival.

 

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Luke Godwin (Break-Ups)

This week Chris, Darren, and Quinn are joined by Luke Godwin, guitarist of Break-UpsBleach Blood and Human Pyramids.

The boys chat about the news of the Coachella line up; Billie Joe Armstrong's mission to destroy the phrase "pop-punk"; and The Menzingers recording a new album.
Anti-Flag's new album 'Cease Fires' is discussed along with the merits of re-recording previously released material.
Luke tells us about his history with music, and reminisces about the car journey with his dad which sparked his interest in playing the guitar.
Everyone puts forward their anticipations for 2016, including Losing Sleep's new album 'Fear of Missing Out'Muncie Girls soon to be released album 'From Caplan to Belsize' and blink-182's new material with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba.
Finally Darren talks to Jugs about the closure of the Owl Sanctuary in Norwich, the Give a Hoot campaign and what you can do to help save the beloved local venue.
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