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Minnapolis' Gingerjake on the cover of Maximum Ink June 2007

Gingerjake


by Rachelle Blair
June 2007

An interview with guitarist Ian Severson of Minneapolis band Gingerjake

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Two of the campers at a Girls Rock Camp Showcase

Girls Rock Camp

An interview with Halle Pollay and Beth Kille from Madison's Girls Rock Camp!
by Mike Huberty
February 2014

Girls Rock Camp has become an institution in Madison over the past few years and has become a positive way for young and aspiring female artists to meet established artists in the Madison music scene. It’s a week long day camp where young women from the ages of 8 to 18 spend time learning about the basics of performing in a rock band situation, a sampling of how to record in a music studio, and a final showcase where everyone gets to play in a live showcase. We talked to the Madison camp founder, longtime local musician Halle Pollay (currently performing in Fishwife with musicians that she works with at the Girls Rock Camp) , as well as their music director, well-established Madison singer-songwriter, Beth Kille about their upcoming fundraiser March 1st at High Noon Saloon.

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Go Play God

GO PLAY GOD

An interview with Madison hard rockers, Go Play God
by Mike Huberty
November 2015

Sludgy and aggressive, GO PLAY GOD, is vintage hard rock that borrows a little from grunge like ALICE IN CHAINS, a little from classic heavy metal like BLACK SABBATH, and sounds a lot like a more modern version of GODSMACK.

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Go Radio

Go Radio

An interview with singer Jason Lancaster
by Tina Hall
March 2011

Go Radio, out of Tallahassee, FL, is made up of Jason Lancaster (vocals), Alex Reed (guitar and vocals), Matt Poulos (bass and vocal), and Steven Kopacz (drums). The band is set to release their full length debut album, Lucky Street, with a tour to follow. The album, produced by Tim O’Heir (The All-American Rejects, Hot Rod Circuit, The Starting Line, Say Anything) and mixed by James Paul Wisner (Paramore, New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional), offers 13 solid rock tracks. The band is also set to tour on the Vans Warped Tour all this summer. Maximum Ink took some time to speak with John Lancaster about the band’s influences, the new album, and more.

Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about yourself? How do you think your upbringing influenced your decision to become a musician?
Jason Lancaster: I think my upbringing had everything to do with me becoming a musician. I was brought up around music with my dad being in a band from the time I was born until the day he passed. Life wasn’t always easy, but that’s how it goes for almost everyone. I learned not to complain about things I can’t control and to embrace the things that are good about life. It was an honest childhood, and I am grateful for everything I’ve been through, good or bad.

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Milwaukee's tribute to Johnny Cash and other traditional country favorites, God's Outlaw

God’s Outlaw


by Dan Vierck
July 2008

God’s Outlaw is Timeless, Old Fashioned Country

The first time I talked to Brian Smith, aka God’s Outlaw, I interrupted a pleasant afternoon he was having grilling out on his porch, having a couple beers with his friends and family. The next time I talked to him, after we’d exchanged a round of e-mails, you’ll never guess what he was up to - back at the grill with some steak and more beer. As far as grassroots country-living and playing goes, God’s Outlaw is as real as it gets.

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Paul Scharlau & Brian Smith of God's Outlaw - photo by Richard Perez

God’s Outlaw

An interview with Brian Smith from God's Outlaw
by Mike Huberty
July 2012

With a sound ripped straight from Sun Studio circa 1954, Milwaukee’s GOD’S OUTLAW plays traditional country and rockabilly music with acoustic guitar, stripped down electric melody lines, and a big plucking standup bass. Since initially forming in 2004 as a duo that performed JOHNNY CASH B-sides as a tribute (and that’s an influence you can hear immediately), they’ve grabbed the attention of the music industry snagging opening slots for acts like HANK 3, BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH, and DAVID ALLAN COE as well as the band’s singer and acoustic player, Brian Smith, picking up the honor of Martin Guitar’s Player of the Month this past April. They’re quickly moving into the spot vacated by Milwaukee’s dearly departed .357 STRING BAND as the standard-bearers of Wisconsin’s underground country movement, and in June, they released their first EP, “Poetic Justice”.

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Godsmack on the cover of Maximum Ink in early 1998

Godsmack


by Paul Gargano
February 1999

Every so often, a band comes along whose impact on the music scene is a can’t miss proposition. Godsmack is one of those bands. They slam with an intensity that never misses a beat, grind in a groove as thick and syrupy as Jane’s Addiction, and deliver their crushing musical blows with a callous irreverence reminiscent of early Alice in Chains. The proof is in their self-titled debut (Republic/Universal Records), a blast of aggravated fury that shreds with tribal tones and barbed-wire hooks that burrow under the skin. With lead single “Whatever” taking command at rock radio, sales well in excess of 100,000, a trial-by-fire opening run for Sevendust to close ‘98 (their first departure from the friendly confines of the Northeast, where they call Boston home), and an offer on the table to take part in this summer’s OZZfest, what started as a sucker-punch is turning into full-fledged fisticuffs from Godsmack. Currently criss-crossing America on their second headlining club run (the first ended in mid-February) we caught up with frontman Sully to talk about his band’s rapid rise.

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