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The Chariot

The Chariot

Interview with vocalist Josh Scogin
by Chris Fox
January 2011

Raw, gritty, and sheer underground attitude. THE CHARIOT brings their unique brand of heavy music to Madison in January. Dubbed metalcore, these guys are quite distant from their genre brethren. Their placement in the heavy metal scene give reminiscence of bands like the Misfits, as singer Josh Scogin explains, “it’s all part of the expression derived more from punk rock.” His abrasive brand of vocals is sure to unite the punk and metal crowds and he is happy just to have audiences to play for. Scogin continues, “as an artist, you always want to push boarders, that’s why we hate classifications.” A seasoned listener can hear the southern roots that litter their riffs, but it is the sudden and impulsive feeling of their music that give THE CHARIOT so much character.  “There really- there’s no road we didn’t travel down, or at least try to.  We push ourselves to places we’ve never been before.”

There is a definitive difference between what Scogin refers to as metal and THE CHARIOT’s style of music.  “We aren’t metal, in my opinion.  We get thrown in with metal bands, but I don’t think we are metal.”  Following punk rock ideologies, this quartet takes on a self-proclaimed genre, soaked in the back-yard concert experience. “So many metal bands now are copy and paste,” Scogin continues, “There is too much composing; there are no mistakes.” THE CHARIOT, in fact, recorded an entire album using a single live take to maintain the raw feeling that their music produces. All the mistakes and tiny nuances that occur in a live performance shine in their first album. The experience of the album will never happen exactly that way again, and Scogin is happy to keep the performance changing from album to album, and night to night.

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Charlie Cheney, singer, songwriter, Fawmer and developer of Indie Band Manager software

Charlie Cheney


by Mike Huberty
April 2010

As a solo Americana singer/songwriter, CHARLIE CHENEY has been traversing the country and delivering a brand of intelligent, moving and fun songs. This last winter, Charlie embarked on a 25 city tour where he played his solo acoustic show, gave music business seminars, and participated in the February Album Writing Month challenge (an internet songwriter community where people encourage each other to accomplish writing fourteen songs in twenty-eight days.) All the while also hosting a radio show every day of the tour which focused on other FAWM participants. Now, he’s back on the road and has several house and coffeeshop concerts in the Midwest in April.

FAWM is such a cool event.”, Charlie says. “It’s just an interesting challenge, and at first it was sort of a lark… like a dare… But now that I’ve done it four years in a row its become a much different thing, a chance to really work the craft of songwriting in new and inventive ways each year, honing the craft, learning why songs make you feel a certain way, or why you write songs at all. And the community is just so incredibly positive and thoughtful and supportive… it inspires me to write songs that really mean something to me.”

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Elliphant

Cherchez La Femme Musicale

Look For The Musical Women
by Mario Martin
August 2014

Alexandre Dumas wrote in his native French, “…in every case, there is a woman, I say, ‘Look for the woman.’” Dumas may have been tongue-in-cheek about his description of women, but accurate nonetheless in the concept. In every case, in every instance, in every way, women are deeply rooted in the specifics. And while Dumas might have had misogynistic undertones in his musings, the antithesis still holds true: no matter the specifics of the solution (opposite of problem), women are the root.

Apply this concept to the musical landscape of 2014, and even earlier. During the ebbs and flows of quality music, there have been successful women standing proudly atop the charts. Some of it was good and some of it, well, whatever. Throughout history though, there have been landmark artists like Janis Joplin or Stevie Nicks to take a stance and wail. There have been pioneers of shock pop like Madonna and Lady Gaga all the while, as well, who have taken turning heads to an art form, and legitimized the genre. There are the Joan Jetts and the Sean Yseults who have rocked houses, while Gillian Gilbert made everyone’s Mondays blue. The point is, all these ladies have worn motherhood on their visages for waves of new artists to emerge. And emerge they have, in 2014, in the form of Elliphant, Kodacrome and Zola Jesus…

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Chicago - photo by David M. Earnisse

Chicago

A 2014 Interview with Robert Lamm
by Sal Serio
March 2014

Taking in the entire breadth and scope of rock group Chicago’s storied career, it’s difficult to fathom the immenseness of the band’s journey, their accomplishments, forays in to a multitude of musical genres, and ability to survive in the ever changing climate of popular culture. After all, this is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six decades, and is the highest charting American band (# 13) in Billboard’s list of Top 100 artists of all time.

With the recent highlights of performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and inclusion of their very first album, ‘Chicago Transit Authority’ (1969), in to the Grammy Hall Of Fame, the band is currently riding a new wave of enthusiasm and confidence. Maximum Ink’s Sal Serio got to speak to founding member, keyboardist, vocalist, and composer, Robert Lamm, in advance of Chicago’s upcoming Wisconsin appearances (April 28 at Overture Hall in Madison, May 1 at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, and two dates at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theatre – April 30 & May 4).

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Children 18:3 from Minneapolis, MN

Children 18:3


by Dan Vierck
December 2008

Children 18:3 are a dream come true for nearly any general fan of music. The music is easy to swallow but exciting and stands up listen after listen. They are, however, a critic’s nightmare.

This Minnesotan three piece shamelessly (and rightfully so) defines themselves with elements of pop, punk, rock and aesthetics that can be so polarizing it’s kind of a wonder they have the massive fan base they do.

If a Children 18:3 newbie doesn’t run when they hear “Christian Rock” they might when they see the band’s long haired, greasy, mascara’ed front man. Or, if they don’t turn the other cheek when comparisons to Alkaline Trio turn up they might turn the page when they hear this trio is a band of siblings.

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American Thrash metallers Chimaira

Chimaira


by Chris Fox
May 2009

Welcome to the monster that is CHIMAIRA. With a name that means: grotesque monster having disparate and disagreeing parts, it can be expected that these guys bring a lot to the heavy metal table. Much like their name, the band is a constantly disagreeing group of musicians that strive to persistently improve their intense and precise sound. A sound defined easily with one word, heavy, seems to continuously attract more and more metalheads to their broadening fan base. Being known for their fast guitars and shotgun drums this sextet never ceases to impress.

Their upcoming release, “The Infection,” is due out on April 21, and as promised by lead guitarist, Rob Arnold, it will be “gut wrenching and in your face, like CHIMAIRA has always been.” The new album provides a new side to the group, Arnold explains, it has a “sledgehammer type groove,” that is a bit slower than previous albums, but just as heavy. With the standard metal influences, like Slayer and Metallica, CHIMAIRA strives to get heavier and expand their repertoire. As with any group of musicians, these ten-year veterans of the genre find themselves consistently maturing and creating a higher standard for themselves. They are always striving to improve what they are what they represent.

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Chiodos

Chiodos


by Mack Dreyfuss
June 2010

It has been said of ever-evolving reality that you never step in the same river twice.

An American band named Chiodos appeared in the music-time continuum at the outset of the twenty first century with a series of three EPs: “The Chiodos Bros.” (2001), “The Best Way to Ruin Your Life” (2002), and “The Heartless Control Everything” (2003). Their powerful live show manufactured a local following. A full-length studio album ensued:  “All’s Well That Ends Well.” It was issued by (Equal Vision Records). 

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