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Panucci’s Pizza / Bonjour Machines / Personality Disorders / Important Things - 4 WAY SPLIT (A lot of places)

Who It Is: Panucci’s Pizza / Bonjour Machines / Personality Disorders / Important Things – 4 WAY SPLIT; Little League Records // Sorry Girls Records (2014)

What It Sounds Like: A surprisingly consistent collection of twinkling DIY emo

Review:

Putting together a split of four bands is a daunting task, but writing for one must be even more intimidating. Each of these bands was given two tracks, or an average of nine minutes, to strut their stuff. Which act will reign supreme? Read more to find out.

Panucci’s Pizza (long live Futurama) kicks off this split with “I Killed Arbor Day for You.” This track pushes six minutes, running the entire gambit of hooky choruses, emotive one-liners, and acrobatic guitar lines. There is not a single doubt in my mind that this song will serve as Panucci’s Pizza’s opener at shows to come. There is a tangible honesty and desperation in Matt Diamond’s voice, which is inviting in its candor. “Dibs on the Bubble Slice” comes across initially as a Prawn influenced track. All familiarity is tossed aside about halfway through as Panucci’s Pizza dives into pounding snares and bright chords. After a brief stay in uncharted territory, everything returns to normal and Panucci’s Pizza steps offstage. An act that will be very hard to beat.

Bonjour Machines wastes no time with the limited of space they have: “Logan Reese” is a danceable track that very much encapsulates a DIY indie rock vibe. The final minute of the song is an unpredictable instrumental breakdown, which perfectly sets the stage for “Hometown Homerun.” The track is interesting to say the least, with an exotic sounding guitar, trumpet, and distorted bass. The squealing guitar solo is a strange addition to the split, giving the song a ‘classic rock’ vibe. A solid effort by the Tel Aviv natives, largely continuing in the style of their 2013 release Level Up!

Important Things, hailing from Norwich, represents the UK on this split. “Claremont” howls with trumpets and nostalgia: “Remember when we used to walk / along Claremont Pier / we could get it back again / if we tried.” There is a sense of urgency on these tracks that is absence on the rest of the songs. Daniel’s strong vocal soars across the track with every word. His voice is forceful, but smooth and calming. Important Things follows up with an acoustic rendition of “Shit Luck, Steve” which I have nominated as my favorite track on the split. It’s got handclaps, a bright acoustic guitar, and a wonderful living room atmosphere. “Shit Luck, Steve” is bouncy, and has all the makings of a mind-blowing live performance. Important Things really brought the heat all the way from across the pond on this split.

Personality Disorders rounds out the split, and boy is this an interesting one to talk about. “loveryrface” begins with static and a soft reverb-tinged guitar; it’s DIY bedroom at its finest. The production of the song stands out the most, as Personality Disorders experiments at lot with noise and stereo. There are random phases, tones, and squeals that sporadically alternate between the right and left. It is genuinely a painful experience at times, but it really forces a close ear (it probably hurts less over speakers than headphones). There is a moment of soothing subliminal transcendence at the end of “loveyrface,” however, with a tape looped guitar line. “istillthinkaboutyou” is a pretty heartbreaking track, beginning with the sounds of people at a party or other social gathering. The song has a lullaby melody over the static, which is accentuated by a wandering guitar line looped in reverse. Personality Disorders describes his music as “songs to fall asleep to;” a description that could not possibly be more fitting.

Cover to cover, side to side, groove to groove, this split is great. Check it out and throw down a couple bucks to snag it on cassette. These are four bands that have been and will continue to be making noise well into the future. Support them and enjoy sweet tunes from these mega-babes in the process.

Overall Rating: 7.9/10

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- Nick Benevenia

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All the videos from the Orchid Tapes Showcase have been uploaded and are now public! The lineup was Home Alone, R.L. Kelly, Four Visions, Ricky Eat Acid, Alex G and Elvis Depressedly. It was such an incredible show and I’m glad that we were able to capture this night and share it with anyone who couldn’t make it or anyone who wants to revisit it a million times.

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Sledding With Tigers - A Necessary Bummer (San Diego, California)

Who It Is: Sledding With Tigers – A Necessary Bummer; Antique Records (2014)

What It Sounds Like: Andrew Jackson Jihad, Human Kitten, Frankie Cosmos

Review:

“Sledding With Tigers makes skipping class the most uncool experience on the planet” is an actual quote I said to friends the other day as I was preparing to review this album. Folk punk will do that to you. Moreover, Dan Faughnder’s brand of cheesy, lovesick folk punk makes listeners as self-conscious about listening to it as I imagine Dan feels writing it.

His lyrics are so cringe-worthy at times, they would make Tom Delonge and Mark Hoppus make a run for their money. “I spilt coffee in front of the girl I like” and “If self-loathing was a sport, then I’d finally be good at a sport” furiously claw at our eardrums and even triggers gag reflexes. It’s almost laughable, because no way Faughnder is writing these repetitive G-C chord progressions and seriously calling it a cohesive album. But, he is.

Everything about A Necessary Bummer’s excessively quirky structure is endearing. As Faughnder sings “Today will be better than yesterday” he shows his punk rock credentials. He feels incessantly self-conscious and wants to rid himself of said feeling. And isn’t that what punk rock is about, making your message heard? It’s easy to look over Faughnder as just another folk musician who writes dorky lyrics, but like, give him a chance. A big part of actively listening to music is meeting the artist halfway. So meet Faughnder halfway.

His heart is in the right place. Behind all the banjo solos and repetitive chord structures we see the heart of a true musician, someone writing out their anxieties. On first full listen it’s easy to say this is too cheesy, or even too cute. But take a step back and ask why that’s a problem. This will be the cutest album to come out in 2014. I love it.

Favorite Track(s): Never Really Good At Sports, Handshake (Never Trust Relationship Advice From The Lead Singer In A Pop-Punk Band), That One Limp Bizkit Song

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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Sinai Vessel - Profanity (North Carolina)

Who It Is: Sinai Vessel - Profanity; Ozona Records // Driftwood Records (2013)

What It Sounds Like: The Hotelier, Dear and The Headlights, Pedro the Lion

Review:

Woah what’s this? Matty D isn’t reviewing a duo or a twinkle band? Un-fucking-heard of. Open the floodgates people because this publication just got real. Sinai Vessel is a three-piece “punk for sissies” band from North Carolina that shed away fancy tapping maneuvers and blunt wailings about girls and dive deeper into a more mature and refined play style that, while not breaking any barriers, peaked my interest enough to have a thorough listen to, and through the mess of bouncing hooks and overly-wordy lyrics grabbed me instantly. Their new EP “profanity”, which was released late last, year has the potential to become another addition to your guitar-rock collection.

The EP starts off with “cats” which begins with a lo-fi rendition of the first guitar chords before exploding into a full band mash of hits before bringing down the instrumentals into the verses where singer/guitarist Caleb Cordes lets allows his voice to slide into the mix, giving the visual of a wedding with personified lyrics such as the church, how she swells,brackets full of ticket holders ready for the lights and the pews, they buckle under just like the bishop’s bed under the weight of deacons’ wives”. As the lyrics are executed with the utmost sincerity and strength, Sinai Vessel present themselves as a force to be reckoned with as the guitar and bass tones work in perfect harmony with each other to deliver a sonic boom soothing yet forceful to the ears from the production standpoint.

From the incredibly short acoustic interlude of “greatham” the EP speeds into the faster paced “cuckhold” which seems to be the EP’s “pop song” as the structure stays consistent with an up-tempo collection of drum parts presented to us by Nathan Larson. The guitar parts sound interesting enough that they can be distinguished from more than just barre chords and power chords but simple and honest enough that they aren’t trying to stuff twinkly licks into songs that are already filled with enough personality and color to fill the edges of the recordings. The song is clearly about the strife of growing up and moving forward while still holding on to memories of a time of youth as Caleb frantically bellows “daddy please, daddy please… let me rumble in the wagon, get raked up with the leaves daddy please, daddy please just let me pick the party daddy please, daddy please i wanna grow cold with the bushes, stand still like the trees i don’t need your love, i just need them to love me” showing off his vulnerability as the tone of his voice shakes and rumbles with the sporadic nature of the instrumentals.

“Flannery” brings the listener down from the grit and power of “cuckhold” and slides them into a soothing conglomerate of relaxation-inducing melodies. Caleb’s mastery over melody shines through again as the chorus kicks in with “And I wish that I could be that honest” providing a delightfully catchy vocal melody. This song caught my interest especially because of the build up near the end. As Caleb brings us the line “We’re just good country people with bad city hearts” the instrumentals do something that reminds me instantly of “Let Down” by believe it or not, Radiohead. The guitars provide a shimmering Major to Major 7th chord picking pattern that while not seemingly ripped from the song, provides almost a homage to the band and unless I’m mistaken, absolutely reveals some of SV’s influences. The song ends with a few lines of trumpets with is a nice touch to the song and gives the ending a bit of color without sounding like every other emo band that tries to shoehorn…well…..horns into their songs.

Overall, the EP is very well crafted and with a few extra tracks the band probably could have had a high ranking full length in the emo world. The songwriting is simple but still gives SV their signature sound that doesn’t borrow from their influences, but uses their influences as a mold to create their own unique songs. While the songs could have had a little more variety in style, I’ll let it pass because Caleb’s voice is just so dang soothing with just the slightest hint of growl. You can pick up “profanity” on their bandcamp for free (fans of a certain 70’s folk singer will get a special surprise bonus track if you download it now.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

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The Lungs - Puddlesplasher (New Jersey)

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Who It Is: The Lungs - Puddlesplasher EP; Self Released (2014)

What It Sounds Like: Title Fight’s softer moments, Tigers Jaw, Citizen

Review:

The Lungs have some large shoes to fill. With two members originating from underground emo cult-hit Late Night Beers, The Lungs face the task of separating themselves from bands past while simultaneously carrying on a legacy and expanding upon fans’ expectations. Luckily, with their debut EP Puddlesplasher, all concerns are thrown out the window upon first hearing the memorable guitar-work of opener “Crooked Lines”.

Picking up where Late Night Beers left off, the track bleeds fuzz and distortion until bursting into the “1-2-3-4” punk jam you weren’t expecting, but in the best possible way. Tyler Borrman’s instantly recognizable, Morrissey-esque vocal delivery rounds out the raw musicianship, creating a perfect balance as Borrman sings, “Crowded rooms make crooked lines”. Being a four-song EP, there is little-to-no room for filler, and “Crooked Lines” minds that rule well, digging its hooks into you and refusing to let go. This segues into the EP’s existential middle-tracks, “Wet Leaves” and “Small”. Here, the band begins to experiment with their formula, to varying degrees of success.

“Small” makes strong use of the Puddlesplasher’s unsung hero, drummer Dylan Morris. As Morris shows the kit no mercy, Borrman sings “Take a look at the sky/Does it make you feel small?” overtop another slightly more straightforward indie-punk jam, wielding fantastic results. Meanwhile, near-instrumental centerpiece “Wet Leaves” seems to be the only song to bog down Puddlesplasher, wandering without direction for almost four minutes before the band picks up pace. Luckily, they deliver within that last minute, pulling the listener back in for one final statement.

At this point, if there are any loose ends remaining, semi title track “Burgundy/Puddlesplasher” is the knot that ties it all together. Perhaps sounding most like Late Night Beers (at first), quick-paced distorted guitars open before defaulting to the smoother sounds of Borrman’s unique singing. Once the drums kick in, the band goes into high gear straight through Puddlesplasher’s closing experimental moments. A stronger instrumental than found in “Wet Leaves,” the last few minutes feel like an integral close to The Lungs’ first chapter in what will hopefully prove to be a long, successful career.

Puddlesplasher is dark, spacey and bold, all in one fell swoop.  Even when, sonically speaking, things occasionally go awry, there is a certain admiration that comes with the originality put forward by such a young group of musicians. In this sense, Puddlesplasher is a wild success, and bound to put as much sentimental value behind the end of my first year of college as Late Night Beers put behind the beginning.

Overall Rating: 8/10

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Hello :~) It’s the Funeral Sounds staff photographer Marykate Foley.

As you may or may not know, we’ve been hoping to begin pressing records at some point in 2014. Right now, we don’t have the funds to begin this process. Since my boss is only fifteen years old and a useless hippy who can’t get a job (I love you, Mark), I thought of a clever way to raise some funds for FS while still working with bands.

Instead of us making a kickstarter for donations, I’m offering to do work for bands. Whether your band wants promo shots, live shots, music videos, live videos, or acoustic sets, I’ll fly to your state and do it for a reasonable price! The profits made from the documentary work I’ll be doing will go towards us pressing records.

I’m thinking photos/promos would cost $75, and videos would be $100 split between all of the members of your band. Of course I’d be willing to negotiate prices if that’s not affordable for you or the members of your band. 

Contact me at marykateelizabethfoley@gmail.com or message me on tumblr if you’re interested.

Thank you, 

-Marykate

INTERVIEW: Hunter Clifton Mann, NOUNS

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Funeral Sounds Investigative interrogated Hunter Clifton Mann of punk supergroup NOUNS. We talked about money, fast cars, and Funeral Sounds. We also talked about NOUNS’s newest record Still, and the themes behind it. Watch us deconstruct the classic interview format in the most avant-garde and alt lit way possible. Read it now, in real time.

Please introduce yourself and what you do in your band.

Do you mind if I smoke a cigarette during the interview?

Yes. No. Wait, whichever means I’m fine with it.

Could you repeat the question please?

What do you do in your band?

Oh man. Oh fuck. I’m already stumbling here, umm let’s see I am in a band called NOUNS, my name is Hunter Clifton Mann. I honestly I feel like I’m kind of, FUCK SHIT, okay I feel like I just walked into first grade class, you’re the teacher, you know I’m a new kid, so school’s already begun, I just moved from Milwaukee to Arkansas and she’s like okay introduce yourself, there’s a bunch of white people looking at me and this is what’s happening. I’m Hunter Clifton Mann, I’m in NOUNS and I play guitar and I guess most of the vocals, but Elgin does a lot of vocals too. I don’t know man, I don’t know.

Cool. Sounds good.

No it doesn’t. [Mark Garza of Funeral Sounds fame laughs in the background]

How do you feel about Funeral Sounds and the fact that they’re helped your band put out some stuff physically?

[Laughs] No no no. [Laughs more] 

“How do you feel about Funeral Sounds? No no no no no.”

No no no no no no no. Yeah I think the funniest thing about Funeral Sounds is uh, like have you ever seen Mark Garza? I’m really interested because you know I’m gonna follow up on this and look at it because that’s what bands do. They want to be nonchalant and act like they don’t read their own interviews but I’m gonna look at this later and it’s gonna be like “I really believe in Funeral Sounds period. I really like Funeral Sounds period.” It’s gonna make me sound very robotic and I think it’s awesome. SO. Funeral Sounds let’s get on it. I wish you’d been in the conversation I had with Mark yesterday, how I feel about Funeral Sounds is there would be no NOUNS without Funeral Sounds. Mark is the reason that we are a band. He’s the reason I ever had confidence in our music and he is one of my closest friends and I think my number one goal with NOUNS is to continuously work with Funeral Sounds because of just how much Mark has done for us and also the FEELINGS I have for him. 

I can’t tell how much of that answer was honest.

It was all honest. 

Watch next year they’ll sign to Run For Cover and be like who’s Mark?

[Mark and Hunter both laugh] What’s a run for cover?

Go figure. How’d your band get started?

High school. God.

Wait was that like high school AND god or “High School, god”

Write both down! High school COMMA God and high school PERIOD God. God oppressed us into writing jangly little emo tunes and then we front flipped into being a band, kamikazed out of a train into practicing, and then we put on hoodies and started skateboarding to make us seem cooler and I think that’s when the music really took off, was the skateboarding thing. [Laughs]

Alright, so what’s a typical practice session for NOUNS like?

[Laughs] A typical practice session for NOUNS uh I show up like 30 minutes late and they say “Hey, there you are!” that’s become a joke, a running joke like a sitcom, we are a sitcom, the practice is a sitcom. I am Red from That 70’s Show. I’m not Red actually, I’m not that adamant about things. A normal practice session is me showing up late, and then Elgin takes his shirt off, Tyler takes his shirt off, Elgin cracks open a beer, it takes me like an hour for me to get my guitar actually on my body because I’ll be chain smoking and I want to talk to them about shit that doesn’t matter. Michael gets his bass on and then he’s like “Fuck, I hope I remember the songs” and he does that quite a bit! He’s like “What song are we starting on? Could you remind me how that one goes?” But then there’s this little thing, I hate when he asks that because that’s a lot of pressure and I don’t remember the songs either. NOUNS practices are a big clusterfuck I have no idea how we do alright at the shows because the practices are just horrific.

So what’re your live shows like then?

Um, I think our live shows, we get so nervous. So all the parts that sound like singing on the record are just Elgin and I yelling as hard as we can and we play the songs a little faster because we’re nervous and just want to get the set over. Our live shows we try to play a lot of houses and most of the time we play to a lot of people who are inebriated so I think it goes pretty well just because people haven’t heard us sober yet.

Something interesting you guys do is the synth. How did that come about?

[Mark laughs and interrupts] What is this?

[We all laugh]

Ok so the synth, that’s a really good word, because it’s so close to sin and so close to sith. I agree with both those things. I don’t know man, I grew up listening to this band called Math The Band and idolize Math The Band and if you listen to any NOUNS song it really is a carbon copy of Math The Band mixed with a bunch of punk shit I don’t know. Math The Band just fucking rules they played all this cool Nintendo shit, and also Horse The Band and that was the first time I ever heard Nintendo whatever sounds in music and it blew my mind and I always wanted to replicate that. I don’t know if replicate was the right word to use there. FUCK. FUCK. 

[Mark chimes in] You’re gorgeous.

You’re gorgeous! As far as the synth goes, I think it happened because I’m just really insecure about sounding like every other band so we started adding as many different little bullshit things to our sound and it got to the point that it was overwhelming and that’s when NOUNS existed, when we added so many things to the songs that it just became a big clusterfuck and it was weird. 

How does recording go for NOUNS?

How does recording go for NOUNS? How does recording go FOR JORGE,

Pretty well, thank you.

Like how are you doing today Jorge?

I’m doing pretty well, I just woke up like an hour ago. I got some cereal, we’re hanging out.

What kind of cereal do you eat?

I like Honey Bunches of Oats. What kind of cereal do you like?

Um, well recently I bought a Reese’s Puffs but so my fuckin roommate decides to eat it all before I even had a bowl and I was pretty excited about it. My favorite cereal in high school was Krave, that shit was dope. But for the last couple years I’ve been on a gluten-free diet so pretty much the only cereal I eat is Fruity Dino Bites which is off-brand Fruity Pebbles and Reese’s Puffs if I can afford them. As far as recording goes for NOUNS, god it takes forever because we all get so sidetracked. Which is good that we all record all our own shit. But uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it’d be awesome if when Mark writes this down or whatever he includes the fact that I just wrote uh for a long time. We record on a computer that is old as shit and we don’t really have money to buy mixers and all that shit. And as far as everything went with this past record, we ended borrowing a lot of microphones and gear from other people to record with. Let’s see aaaaaaand we recorded our last record pretty much everywhere. I moved around so much in this past year that I ended up taking my computer and recording my guitar parts in like a shit ton of bedrooms and living rooms and ended up carrying it down to my parents house 2 and a half hours way, recording there, fucking recording at this punk house that Elgin and Tyler lived at. NOUNS recording is just fucked up, we’re hoping to do something a little easier.

Do you feel happy with how Still came out though?

[Coughs] Brackets, coughs. I uh, I get a lot of positive feedback on it, even from the other guys in NOUNS and I think that the other three, you know my friends in NOUNS are very happy with the record. I end up listening to the record a lot and it’s not because I’m super into it but it’s trying to pick out the flaws. It’s not that I’m overly critical of music, god this sounds like bullshit, no but yeah I’m pleased with the record as far as how much work we put into it, the thing is we put so much work into it is that I feel it should be an amazing record. And I know we’re not as mature as we’d like to be to make a magnum opus but I really would’ve liked Still to be a more gratifying record in my mind. There are some days where I really love it and there are some days where I really hate it. So that’s how I feel about Still

Do you want to talk more about the background behind Still?

If you elaborate.

Mark was telling me there were stories behind Still and I’m not sure if that means musically or lyrically or? I notice for example with all the lyrics are attributed to a different person. I was curious about that.

That is an interesting question. I wasn’t sure how people would take that. I pitched this a month or two before the record came out. Once all the songs had been really fleshed out we kind of noticed, like I wrote all the lyrics and they’re all honest, we were adamant about making something honest but all the lyrics seemed very jumbled. And then, my roommate and I were talking about it. I live with two other people who have severe bipolar disorder and I have bipolar disorder as well and kind of what happened with the record is that the different names attributed to the songs are kind of personas I’ve created in my mind for my most immature state of mind that’s vengeful and angry and completely cynical, then the more mature part of me that some days understands that life isn’t shitty and I’m not cynical about it but at the same time is this complete understanding that I don’t wanna fucking be here. Then there’s the fourth persona on the record who is Oliver and his songs didn’t actually happen, but they were obsessions of mine in high school so Oliver is kind of the most innocent of my personas but also, I don’t know man, I was just obsessed with this one idea in high school that I ended up talking to a lot of people about it over the last year and then it kind of hit me that I should write a fucking song about it and we ended up writing two songs about it just to see if people would relate to it. And, I don’t know. What was the question again?

I mean that was basically it, I was just curious about the personas attributed to each song. Yeah, that’s cool.

YEAH MAN WOO! 

No but I mean that’s definitely interesting.

Yeah, I’m just worried about it coming off like bullshit. Let’s say David Bowie just released an album and he’s like “YEAH, I JUST ATTRIBUTED ALL THESE DIFFERENT PERSONAS THAT SUFFER FROM THIS MENTAL ILLNESS MAAAN” and he said it in that skater voice that just happened, I’d probably call bullshit on it. I’m really insecure about that, I’m very afraid that people aren’t gonna understand that where we were trying to come from.

If you’re feeling insecure we can leave that out bud.

No, print everything. This is gonna sound like bullshit too but my first day in college, my English teacher was with this dude named Red Hawk, he’s a poet, this dude changed my life. I would not have written any thing since then that mattered because the first day of class he pretty much looked everybody dead in the eye and kept repeating this, “Be honest in your writing, no matter how bad it makes you look” and because I respected him so much on that first day, I pretty much tried to promise myself that I would do that. On Still there were a few times where some of the lyrics weren’t written so I could remember them a few days later because honestly if that was how I felt in that point in time I just thought about Red Hawk and I didn’t want to change anything. And I hate some of the lyrics on Still, but that’s how I felt at the time and therefore that’s the only way I could put out the record and feel okay about it as far as honesty goes.

Sick.

Siiiiiiiiick. One of my favorite songs is “Sick” by Ceremony, that’s not the actual name of the song but still it’s a good song. 

Do you feel the music itself plays into the way you write the lyrics?

The music itself umm, no. No. If you ever hear anything that sounds forced on the record it’s because I wrote the lyrics and we had a bunch of different songs but didn’t know. I think the songs were more based around the lyrics but just I write the lyrics and the songs come after that. I never try to match up the lyrics or write something that went along with the song. The lyrics came first, even if they were shitty, they came first.

So you guys just jam and then whatever comes out, you guys throw the lyrics on top of that?

Yeah. I end up writing a lot of the guitar and we jam it out and maybe throw some guitar parts out and Tyler does something cool on drums and that shapes the way the guitar comes out and the synth comes last. We just throw that on. There’s no beforehand like we’re going to have synth here, we just listen to our recordings and say “Just throw that sound there dude, that one sound you have play some keyboard over that.” 

Incredible.

Incredible. Masterminds.

So would you call yourselves a jam band?

A jam band. Who knows man. [Laughs] Define a jam band.

A bunch of people in their 40’s who like the blues.

My friend Neil when he heard the demos from Neil, direct quote, “There are some real jams on here.” So maybe we are a jam band I don’t know. I think we call ourselves a punk band just because we don’t wanna call ourselves a whiny teenage band.

So if you were to define NOUNS in a word what would you say?

Um, I think, like I’ve never been able to define it and I’d stumble with trying to, but my roommate called it um, just, it’s not a word it’s a phrase so I’m fucking up already but “a perfect expression of our personalities into music.” I think what he meant is if you meet us, you kind of get why the music happens. I think I’d just call it a punk band, like one day we’re gonna be a punk band when we’re 30 or 40 we’re just gonna grow tired of doing weird shit and we’re just gonna play punk.

How do you spell NOUNS because I’ve seen it lowercase and also in all caps or is it just regular?

[Laughs] I don’t know, do bands stylize their own shit? I think I like lowercase better [sorry Hunter I’m doing all caps] it’s just a bandname people can do whatever they want.

So what you’re saying is it’s all up to the listener to interpret the name the way they wish?

[Laughs] YES, IT’S ALL UP TO YOU GUYS. IT’S ALL UP TO YOU.

Fantastic. Why call your record Still if your last record was called Still Bummed?

Uh that’s interesting. Still Bummed was just fucking top of the head, the day of we put that on bandcamp. Still was pre-meditated and it came from, I’ve been kind of obsessed with a lot of self-help books and zen buddhist and daoist literature in the last year and this word just kept popping up and always stuck out to me, and it was “still”, and I thought about it more and more and NOUNS is pretty much no matter what you wanna say if its original, its not, it’s a big homage to every band we listen to. And my favorite band is Joy Division and they put out this one record called Still and initially I was like fuck I don’t wanna rip off Joy Division and then I thought about it and they’re one of my favorite bands so why not call it Still in their honor and honor my obsession with that word over the past year so ROCK ONNNN.

Why is the band named NOUNS?

We didn’t have a name the day Still Bummed was put up on bandcamp and I had a CD laying right by my computer and I had the picture of the dog and I didn’t have any name for it, I just had Still Bummed but not a band name and I just looked over at that album and it was No Ages - Nouns and I was like nouns is a good word why not  and I didn’t think it’d matter because why would anyone ever Google nouns because yeah it’s aesthetically pleasing to me but have you ever tried to Google nouns? It sucks. It’s the worst thing on earth. There is nothing but doom. 

The second to last track on Still is eight minutes long, what made you want to make a song that’s that long?

Nothing made want to. I wish I hadn’t. I think to really go along with the lyrics we just had to keep adding more and more to the song to finish the story of the song. 

Can you talk about the last track? That’s the only one signed with your own name.

Signed with my own name, yeah that one I didn’t attribute anything to it, it was written the day we put it on bandcamp. Pretty much what happened is there was this suicide escapade and the song was written as a poem to my parents and just kind of hoping they would understand because I didn’t really know if I should write a letter I didn’t really know. I ended up having to stay with my parents for a bit there and finally they let me come back home to where my roommates are just under the promise that all my friends would watch over me. Just fucking be obsessed about watching my every move. Pretty much I stayed up for two nights after I got home and that’s when the mixing of the record came home and the day of I took that poem and decided to make it into a song. I already had the guitar in my head that I never used before and I didn’t attribute any persona to it because there really wasn’t one, it was just supposed to be me. I think that was the most honest point of my life of whenever I’ve written anything was that poem. And that’s kind of how I signed it, I wrote my name, Hunter, and under my name I wrote “I’m sorry” so I just kept it that way.

Can you tell me more about Shed Records?

Yeah my roommate built this shed in our backyard, he wired it, insulated it, soundproofed it himself. The wiring in this place is sketchy as fuck but when you walk in it’s completely carpeted and soundproofed and it’s fucking awesome. We actually sat down last night and we’re gonna get it running by the end of April, May and start out distro. We already have our bank accounts set up and everything. We’re doing inventory right now and garnering our funds. Shed Records pretty much, all the bands in Arkansas we’re close to are coming over and we’re talking about how, like Arkansas is a pretty isolated place so this is kind of be like a hub of all the little bands we associate ourselves with, we’re gonna put out all these bands regardless of whatever label they’re through we’re gonna distro it out, we’re gonna record local artists and umm pretty much it’ll probably, a lot of Still was recorded in the shed so that’s where the idea came from. I don’t know it’s a big idea and we’re really stoked on it and we want to turn it into a real business and I think we’re just kind of now getting our feet on the ground. I don’t really know how to talk about it, if you really wanted to talk about it you’d talk to Michael, he built it from the ground up and it’s his baby.

How do you feel about the transition from Still Bummed to Still?

Uh I just gotta get away from this background, there’s a train passing. I fucking hate trains man it passes 7 times a goddamn day and every fucking time I stare at it or I’m in my room and it irks me. SO, the transition from Still Bummed to Still I’m just gonna say this. Fuck Still Bummed. Fuck it man. Fuck that record. Still Bummed was being written while we were still in high school. We released it when we were all 18 and 17 and the thing is yeah it’s catchy, it was our first thing, it’s whatever, it was just released as a thing to get our shit out there and didn’t know it was gonna get hype around it. And I didn’t necessarily want it to be the definitive piece, this is my you know this is my definition over the internet. So transitional period uh Still Bummed was just written as fun little shit and did have some emotion in it and was honest writing but it was a little too abstract and we weren’t really about giving a message to anyone. The transitional period was alright let’s stop fucking doing what we’re doing and let’s devote a year to writing a record we really care about, something that’s personal to us. I don’t know. Like I said, NOUNS is an homage to the bands we listen to, and we wanted Still to be the definition of every band we listen to, just put together. We just wanted it to be a culmination of everything we listen to and I think Still Bummed was just us recording every now and then sporadically and wasn’t really supposed to be an album, it was just a bunch of songs on my computer that had been recorded over a period and we just put it together and hoped that it would become an okay record. So that’s that, whatever.

How do you feel about Stephen King?

Stephen King, I’m obsessed with Stephen King. The other guys probably like him too, but I think it’s mostly me. I just read that quote because it’s in the reissues of the Dark Tower series. The GREATEST piece of literature that has ever been written is the Dark Tower series. Everyone that doesn’t like Stephen King, Stephen King is the greatest, the greatest fucking writer of the past 30 years, 30 years, yeah 30 years I’d say. The thing that stuck out to me was the quote on being 19, and I wrote it down and I was on tour with Topbunk and Joey from Topbunk and I had been sitting drinking beer and smoking pot and listening to rock records right before going to sleep and Joey read the quote and said “This is literally what we’re going through.” The beer is wearing off and the rock records are ending and we’re talking about more depressing things as the nights ending and I thought it was the perfect quote to put with the record. As far as Stephen King goes, I think everyone in the world should read every Stephen King novel, especially read Doctor Sleep his new novel, because fuck yeah dude that book is awesome it’s one of my favorite books. 

What do you like so much about him?

I’m really, I’m very obsessed with fantastical writing, I guess that’s the word, like something that makes me feel like a child again you know I read a lot of comic books for that same reason it uplifts me and makes me feel like a kid again and Stephen King has that, it’s like the first time I read Harry Potter all over again and you know as I’ve grown older my interests have swayed towards horror and really dark, dark shit and I love that he combines the fantasy aspect, the childlike aspect with everything that is dark in the world but he doesn’t necessarily just do it for shock value. I think he has a positive reasoning behind his writing. And he puts so much of himself into the writing. For example, Misery was about his addictions kicking his ass, it’s one big metaphor for his addictions keeping him hostage. 

Why didn’t “my life through cold sweats” make it onto Still Bummed?

That was written after Still Bummed for this band we’re friends with, called I Was Afraid wanted to put out a split with us after Still Bummed but they didn’t know we’d been writing music and they really wanted to put out a split because they had two songs written so I just put the song “still bummed” on there and I didn’t have another song that I felt comfortable with putting on the split so I kind of just wrote “my life through cold sweats” over a couple days and recorded it really quickly and put it on that split. And it’s kind of become a little favorite among people, and they really like it and I actually like it, which is cool. I don’t listen to Still Bummed but every so often I’ll listen to “my life through cold sweats” and be like this is pretty okay. Uh it was very relevant at the time to this one person I was having a relationship with. 

How do you feel about Arkansas?

Uh I think the best word to describe Arkansas is an island. We’re completely isolated, you know bands come through and that’s cool but we’re isolated. Every person here agrees on this so I know I’m not crazy, we don’t have the means to get our shit out there so all the songwriters here are completely DIY because we don’t have the opportunity and we don’t have the money like it’s fucking hard as shit to find jobs here so we’re all broke as shit, we’re all very together, we’re a community because there’s not many of us, we’re all very do it yourself, not because we wanna be DIY, it’s because it’s not an option. People don’t give a shit about Arkansas. Like no one’s looking to Arkansas like Pennsylvania. Like every big band everyone’s listening to is coming out of Pennsylvania or just the Northeast and there are so many great bands coming out of Arkansas that people have never heard of because we’re completely isolated from the rest of the world. Arkansas is the kind of place where you’re indoctrinated into this weird ass belief system, into being racist, into being sexist, into being cynical. For instance there are churches every block, they put so much money into the churches here rather than education or the schools, like they put so much money into it like I’ve seen five separate billboards that just say the word “Jesus” on them and I don’t know what it means.

What do you think it means?

Well, “Jesus”, I don’t know. [Laughs] There are some that are really offensive. Like, ABORTION, IT MAKES YOU A BAD PERSON. Then there are the ones that say Jesus and I don’t really get offended by those, I just have these ideas of dressing up like Jesus and taking a picture in front of it. I saw one yesterday that said “If you died right now, heaven or hell.”

Do you hope to get out of Arkansas one day?

Uh, nah man. IT cultivated who I am. It’s a very negative place but it’s also, like I think one day I may move but for the time being I have such a great support system, such a great community, I’m privileged to be a part of the community I’m with and that I can go play in other states then have a home to come back to even if it’s not, I don’t know no place is no more sacred than any other. So I don’t know I’ll probably end up going to some city I’ve always wanted to go to if I lived there, it’s appeal would be lost and I’d end up moving back home to be with family and friends. So I probably won’t leave Arkansas. 

How’d the album art for Still come about?

Do you know how like when you’re in a flea market sometimes they randomly have family photo albums and random photographs of these oldass families that you can buy for 50 cents or a dollar and I don’t like flea markets or thrift shops but I was with this one person that really did and randomly I looked down at this old nightstand and there’s this photo of this woman holding her two children and I looked at her son’s face and that was how I felt at that period of time in that flea market! So that became the Still artwork and I think it fits perfectly even if it has nothing to do with us. 

What about the artwork for Still Bummed?

It’s just an old picture of a goddamn dog. It’s this older lady’s dog, she took it of her dog in front of a Christmas tree and I don’t know I thought it was pretty. I just really like pictures of dogs, it had nothing to do with me personally, I don’t own the dog, but I thought why not? Why not use this elderly woman’s dog as my poster child?

Are you excited to go on tour soon? Or any other big things you’d like to say in this interview?

WHY JORGE? ARE YOU ENDING IT? 

No I’m not! I’m just saying if there’s any cool stuff you want to talk about.

WHAT JORGE? YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK TO ME?

Nah I’m just trying to get you to release crucial information so I get my name out there as a music journalist.

Uh be right back, lemme grab another cigarette so I can drop this bomb on you, you know. Gimme these 30 seconds, I gotta run to the other side of the house for these cigarettes, then I’m gonna skateboard back and front flip into the couch and then do a front flip on the front porch where I am currently so I can drop this bomb on you, it’s actually not that big of a deal but I’ll be right back.

[Hunter comes back 30 seconds later, exhausted from his skateboarding excursion/front flip extravaganza]

How was the front flip?

Man, you don’t even know. I double mcflurry twisted it. I kickflipped the shit out of that front flip and you guys should be sorry you weren’t here for that bullshit.

How do you feel about pop punk?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I’m gonna ignore that and go straight back to the announcements question, “how do you feel about pop punk” good one Jorge. [continues laughing] I’m still giggling. We actually have a split coming out on the 22nd of this month. Uh with Pope from New Orleans which features members of Donovan Wolfington and they’re one of my favorite bands and this band that Pope is really good friends with called Rachel and uh when I listened to it I really liked it so I was totally down to do the split. In May I think we’re gonna play some local shows and build up some money and get time off from work. Someone just drove by and yelled “I love you Hunter” great. I’m happy I’m well known on this porch right now. In June, probably a few dates with Topbunk, we’re best friends with Topbunk and we’ll forever love them. Their drummer doesn’t know this, but Joey, the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band, sent me their new record, they recorded their new record with the guy who produced You Blew It!’s Grow Up Dude and it’s seriously album of the year. Uh I think they’re gonna release it in June to support to it and I talked to Joey about it the other day and we’re definitely gonna jump on it because touring with Topbunk has been the best experience in my life. Joey is my bestfriend in the world. I can’t wait to see him again. In July our bassist is working on a musical so we can’t play shows that month. In August we’re probably gonna jump on a few shows with this band called Scarves and they have a new record coming out in June or July and they’re doing a full US tour and we’ll jump on that. As far as winter goes, we’re planning on doing another tour with probably Topbunk. We’re going to go back to releases for a second, and I can’t officially announce anything but basically it’s going to be big shit, just write “BIG SHIT BIG SHIT BIG SHIT.” We’re maybe going to write an EP’s worth of releases. I think we’re gonna have songs written and done by the end of the year and we’re going to drive out to this very nice, very mysterious studio and record them. I’m currently talking to this guy who’s in a pretty big band that has a record label and he’s talking about putting out Still on vinyl and I’m setting myself up for disappointment because who knows he may change his mind but I’m really hoping he doesn’t. And that will be announced later this year if it does happen and I’m really excited for it. So, we’ll probably have a new full length done by January or February of next year recorded with a big-time, full-time producer, mastered by someone who fucking rules. It’s gonna be awesome. We’re stoked on it dude.

Would you call yourselves an emo revival band?

Emo fucking revival? What the fuck is emo revival?

Well that’s the answer to that question.

No seriously, what’s emo revival?

[Mark explains the emo revival, it’s moderately uninteresting, but Hunter was actively interested]

[Hunter says to print his response on whether NOUNS is an emo revival band, despite the interview possibly being over]

Do I consider NOUNS an emo revival band? No I wouldn’t call us emo, we tag our shit emo because we noticed a lot of people, like a lot of indie bands have been tagging their shit as emo and kids seem to be really INTO that tag, so we’ve been using it as a gimmick to garner fans. Would I consider us emo? Nah man, I wouldn’t say we sound like Sunny Day Real Estate or any of that shit, we don’t sound like Setia, we’re not that good. No, we’re not emo. We’re not emo revival. Now that you’ve enlightened me to people calling that a thing. Man that’s stupid. What else you got for me?

Is there anything else you want me to ask you?

Is there anything you want me to ask me! [Laughs] What kind of bands do you listen to Jorge? What kind of music do you like?

Oh wait we’re turning the interview on me?

Yeah! I want to print some stuff about Jorge, what’s going on man? 

Not much, not much.

No like seriously, what’s your favorite band?

NOUNS.

Okay that’s BULLSHIT.

Aw I’m hurt. I can’t like NOUNS apparently. But I do feel like Still is going to end up on my top 5 for the year. Unless something comes out of nowhere and impresses me.

Aw dude, have you heard Seahaven’s new record?

I just finished reviewing that for Funeral Sounds actually.

God man, it’s groundbreaking. I think that album of the year will probably be Topbunk’s record when it gets released or Seahaven’s record that just got released because holy shit man. Holy fucking shit.

Yeah it might make my top 10, because I don’t know if you ever fucked with their old stuff, but they’re so much better now.

Oh no I didn’t listen to their old stuff but my roommate was playing one of their new songs the day it released in his room and he’s like “Yeah I don’t really know how to feel about this” but the song he was playing I was like “Who the fuck is this!?” and he told me it was Seahaven. And I was like “You mean that one fucking band that sounded like that thing?” And I went and bought their record and sat down and listened 2 or 3 times in a row while chain smoking which is the way I do it and oh my god that shit is ridiculous. Oh no, actually fuck that, Cloud Nothings new record is going to be album of the year. Cloud Nothing’s new record is the epitome of rock and roll. It was just released Tuesday I believe. It’s awesome. So what kind of music do you listen to again Jorge?

Shit that sounds like NOUNS. No I don’t know.

Are there any bands that broke up in 2013 that you were bummed out about?

A lot of bands broke up in 2013 but I don’t know. There was this pop punk band named Crucial Dudes but I think that was 2012. It might’ve been 2013. Regardless, I liked them a lot.

I listened to Crucial Dudes in like 10th grade I think but I can’t remember what their songs were like but I think I really liked them.

How old are you Hunter?

I’ll be turning 20 in May.

Oh you know who just put out a good record? Frankie Cosmos if you listen to her.

I don’t now what that is but that name, that name I like it a little a bit.

It’s this girl who does these indie songs and they’re so cute and so catchy. She put out this record called Zentropy and it’s so so so cute and so cool. My friend described like if Zooey Deschanel put on a skirt, but like, it’s not like that at all, it’s so good.

If Zooey Deschanel put on a skirt. Zentropy that’s a really fucking cool name for an album. That’s a good one.

And the album art is just a cute picture of her dog that passed away recently.

Aw man. Man. I don’t know if I could listen to it now.

It’s a pretty happy album, despite the theme.

Frankie Cosmos? I’ll check it out man, that sounds pretty cool.

I don’t remember who else broke up. I remember Spraynard broke up but I never really listened to them too much.

I don’t know who that is, but the one band that broke up last year that broke my fucking heart was Comadre dude. Comadre is oh god, just listen to Comadre and you will understand Satan. Comadre were one of the best bands in hardcore. They put out their self-titled before I was 14 and I listened to this one song by them called “Burn The Scene” and it was just punk as fuck. I followed them heavily after that. Their self titled that got released near the end of 2012 is one of the best hardcore records in my opinion.

Oh Cerce broke up last year, did you listen to them? They were a powerviolence band.

No I don’t think I’ve ever listened, but powerviolence is probably one my favorite  genre if I had to choose one.

That would’ve been good for the interview!

Are we not interviewing anymore?

I don’t know!

I still think we are. We are interviewing right now.

Oh okay.

I’m switching it over to Jorge right now but this is conversational interviewing that’s what this bullshit is. We’re doing it the right way I think. What do you want to know about me Jorge? 

How do you feel about trap music?

[Laughs] Oh, Jorge. Um it gets put on in the car a lot. It’s pretty funny. I think in the past year we’ve been listening to a lot of ASAP Rocky. He seems to follow me like a little ghost, anywhere I go. Trap music is oh man, yeah definitely a groundbreaker.

Posture & The Grizzly put out a record this year and it’s really really really good.

Yeah dude! I would fucking love to tour with those guys. I hadn’t heard of them before that record and I think it’s dope as shit. I need to meet at those guys.

How do you feel about Broken World Media?

[Mark, Hunter, and myself shout the word “media” at each other for a minute]

I think Derrick is a really standup guy. He’s really nurturing, he’s busy as fuck, but I think he’s really nurturing to the bands he’s associated with. And I think I’ll forever be grateful to Derrick for putting out Donovan Wolfington. That was the first time I’d heard of Broken World despite him being in such a big band I knew. I would really love to do something with Broken World, that would be awesome. So I feel pretty good about Broken World, I think that’s a pretty good label. I think all bands should strive for Broken World. [Laughs]

What was your favorite record to come out in 2013?

Sunbather. Sunbather is forever going to be one of the greatest records of all time. Yeah I actually think I’m going to get a Deafheaven tattoo whenever I get some money. I’m not sure which song I want to quote, or what graphic I want, but I think I’m going to go with the “I want to dream” line from “Dreamhouse”. That just kills me every time I hear it.

So do you mess with a lot of black metal?

Oh my god do I mess with black metal? Yeah dude some of my favorite bands are black metal. I really like stuff that fuses black metal with other shit. Like there’s this band Cara Neir I started listening to and they’re becoming one of my favorites I think. They fuse black metal with fuck I don’t even know what they fuse it with. I like black metal a shit ton. I would love to start a black metal band but it’s hard to find people that like black metal that aren’t weird as fuck.

Tell me about your gear setup!

Gear setup um, anything we can borrow, anything we can find. We have a lot of stuff that we randomly found that was pre-owned, not that we bought, but we found somewhere and my gear setup is an Ernie Ball Albert Lee Musicman but live I play this really dope ass Fender Stratocaster, I don’t know what model it is but it’s an American Strat. And I just got this Vox amp and it sounds so dope so, as far as reverb and all that goes man I don’t even know all the names of that shit. We just put a fuck ton of chorus and reverb on a bunch of shit and hope it sounds good. It’s a lot of fucking around with different stuff. Like I think half of our writing and recording period is trying to find sounds that are really noisey or reverby that we think we can work into a song.

Okay, so anything else you would like to mention?

Yeah! I think the last thing I’d like to mention is go listen to Topbunk, go listen to Pope, go listen to- hold on let me look at my phone real quick and see which bands you should listen to. Here are the bands you need to listen to. Donovan Wolfington has a record coming out. Please buy that record. Our friends in Two Knights have a record coming out. Please buy that and support them. Support Pope, support Topbunk. Let’s see what else we have here. Support Lifer, they’re the best crusty ass band coming out of Arkansas. If you listen to them, I’ll love you forever. Support those bands and have a nice day and uh, just be nice to people, and I don’t know, all that shit.

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