interviews

Defining a band's legacy is always a difficult thing. In the case of the Indestructible Noise Command, that's made doubly difficult by a rise to seeming prominence followed by a label failure and then a more than two decade hiatus. Now, 2011 finds the INC back in business, a resurrected agent of a gone era faced with a new metal reality. I sat down with guitarist and creative force Erik Barath for some honest Q and A about being back, and what it took to get back.

Fresh from Tampa and trying to take over Florida one sweat-soaked gig at a time, Not Tonight Josephine is a band striving to make sure you know their name. Following the release of their full-length debut “All on the Horizon,” guitarist Adam Aungst talked with me about music, the band, and plenty of horror cinema.

It’s been a long road for Tennessee’s Straight Line Stitch, from limited releases to changing lineups to grueling tours in dirty clubs. Now tapped to play as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, the band feels like they’re come over a crest in their career. Taking a minute off from promoting their new album “The Fight of Our Lives,” singer Alexis Brown talked with me about music, women in heavy metal, and a copious amount of horror cinema.

Originally rising out of a competitive Chicago punk scene, Rise Against has been bringing their music and their message to crowds all over the world for a couple of decades. Taking a moment between tours, singer and songwriter Tim McIlrath sat down for a few minutes to take some of our questions about the band, punk rock in the modern age, and their new album “Endgame.”

In Part 1 of our conversation with Bruce Somers and Free Dominguez of the resurgent Kidneythieves, we spoke about places the band had been and what it took to get to this point. Now, the topic turns to where the band goes from here. With the "Invisible Plan" EP quickly coming together, we talk about the new music, the emotions of going out on the road, working with KMFDM, and naturally, the band's favorite horror films.

With the release of "Zerospace" in 2002, there was no hotter industrial band than the Kidneythieves. Shortly thereafter, the two-person troupe of singer/lyricist Free Dominguez and one-man-band Bruce Somers went on hiatus. In 2007, the band announced they were back in action and furiously writing songs, which culminated in the summer of 2010's triumphant return and the powerful album "Trypt0fanatic." Now back in the studio and recording their upcoming EP "Invisible Plan," the duo is working feverishly and putting out the same hard-charging, electronically influenced music they became known for almost a decade ago. Taking a moment off from their recording, Bruce and Free were generous enough to sit down and talk about what's new with the band, what it's like to be back, and how they ended up on the soundtrack of a Final Fantasy game.

Pioneering the genre of "red dirt metal," the Texas Hippie Coalition and their new album "Rollin'" ask no names and take no prisoners. Their music is no-holds-barred, their attitude is decidedly independent, and Big Dad himself is larger than life. We sat down recently and talked about a few things.

We've all been to concerts, seen the splendor of our favorite bands, and walked home happy. Behind those pressed, clean and/or theatrical experiences, there lives an entire society of road crews, bus drivers, long hours, bad food, managers, technicians and venue staff who make all that possible. Pedro Rodriguez just got off the road, and is heading back out in November for another grueling experience. In the meantime, I got to share some words with him about touring, Dimebag Darrell, horror movies and venues across our great country.