The Ongoing Concept has had its share of ups and downs over their eight year career. Now in 2017, Dawson Scholz stands as the lone original member of the band, but that has not stopped the originality, nor the catchiness of The Ongoing Concept. With the band’s 3rd album, Places, coming out October 6th through Solid State Records, I had the opportunity to talk to Dawson about everything you need to know about himself and the band in 2017 including writing music you actually want to listen to and create, making every live show different, 2017/2018 plans and so much more!
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There was a point sometime in the summer of 2004 when I heard a track called “Nobody” for the first time. Having not been familiar (to that point) with Skindred’s mashup of reggae, hip-hop, and metal, there was a certain measure of both familarity (I grew up listening to rap-metal hybrids) and innovation in my eyes – while bands like Candiria and Bad Brains had worked similar styles before, there was something truly unique about what Skindred was doing on their debut album, Babylon.
Fast forward to 2017 and 5 more full-lengths later, and Skindred is now a proven veteran band who are continually releasing quality material – especially their most recent album, Volume. Continually pushing the envelope with their genre fusion, they seem to get better with time. Our French correspondent Thomas was able to catch up with Dan and Benji of Skindred live at Hellfest, where they discussed a litany of subjects. You can check out the full audio below.
Over the span of 20+ years, Connecticut metalcore/hardcore veterans Hatebreed have always embodied and channeled the spirit of overcoming obstacles and belief in yourself better than almost any band out there. 7 full-lengths, multiple Warped Tour stints, and even a cover album paying tribute to their musical heroes is just about all you can ask for from a band that’s been around as long as Hatebreed has. And given how good they still are (2016’s The Concrete Confessional was another rock solid release in their catalogue), Hatebreed’s music is more relevant than ever.
I recently talked to bassist Chris Beattie in July about the band’s history, playing to new crowds, and even the 20th anniversary of their landmark debut, Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire. Perhaps the band is plotting something special surrounding the album? Find out below. (Editor’s note: the celebration of the aforementioned album appears to be confirmed on The PRP as well.)
“If you see something, say something”. That’s essentially the message that Baltimore, Maryland thrashy punk band War On Women brought to the table all summer on the Vans Warped Tour, providing a powerful catalyst for social change through 25-30 minutes of absolutely plastering music. Now that the run is over, what’s next for the band? The mission continues.
Part of the Safer Spaces initiative this summer as well, I talked with War On Women frontwoman Shawna Potter about hate speech, politics, and of course, the band’s message they’re bringing to the table. Check it out below.