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An interview with Singer/Songwriter Travis T. Warren
by Max Ink Writer List
Travis T. Warren, best known for this work as frontman of Blind Melon and in the hard rock duo The Lookout Kids recently released his debut solo album titled Beneath These Borrowed Skies. The album features guests Aja Volkman (Nico Vega), Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon), and Eva Gardner (from Pink’s backing band). All proceeds from the album (out now on Clarity Way Records) go to benefit MusiCares, which provides financial, medical, and, personal support to musicians in need.
Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about your background? What was it like growing up in Texas?
Travis T. Warren: Well I grew up in Amarillo which is in the panhandle of Texas. It was and still is a very right leanin kicker town. Not a lot to do but get high, chase girls and play/listen to music. I left for California a month after I turned 17 and never looked back. Texas has great steaks if you’re into that sort of thing.Great Tex-Mex food as well
MI: What is your fondest memory from that time? Read More...
TTW: Friends. I had a lot of great friends from that time. I’m still very close to a few of them to this day. We were a brotherhood. Very tight. We did everything together. Skipped school. Got high. Stayed up through the night having long, philosophical conversations about what we were going to do when we got older. Beer runs. Ya know that sort of shit.
A Party for the End of the World!
by Andrew Frey
If you are going to throw an end-of-the-world party, make damn sure it’s full of rollicking music, carnivalesque sex, and otherworldly vibrations. Madison supergroup V05 (www.voh5.com) feels the same way and plans to take these elements and put them into a tight-fitting, glitter-speckled disco dynamite package fitting for the occasion.
To figure out how we are going to get to the end of the world, I asked the well-educated, award winning, and highly experienced members of the band how we got here and where we are going.
Lead hi-jinxstress, vocalist and trumpeter for this decorated outfit, Catherine “Cat” Capellaro starts out, “VO5 is huge, and very sparkly, and we play music that makes people dance. We like to call ourselves ‘The Ambassadors of Love.’ We radiate a positive, powerful vibe. We are 9 musicians that love getting together to play disco and funk classics and some tasty originals—all with the aim of moving people to ecstatic heights of dance bliss.” Read More...
An interview with SAND lead singer, Michael Alexander
by Mike Huberty
Originally founded by vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Michael Alexander, and drummer, Paul Zander, Madison’s SAND has been kicking around in various forms since 2003. With a regular regional touring schedule and a consistent sound that’s a solid mix of the theatrics of arena rock, driving modern guitars, and the earnestness of the best of country music, they’ve solidified their lineup with bassist Wade Radtke and new guitarist Dain Di Mattia, and have become a fixture of the scene over the past decade. Their latest EP was released this year on Halloween. Entitled “Load Your Guns”, it’s three songs recorded and engineered by Jeff Tomei, whose resume includes everyone from MATCHBOX TWENTY to SMASHING PUMPKINS to JERRY CANTRELL. Read More...
Madison's Guitar-Driven Harmonica-Powered Rock ‘n Roll Juggernaut!
by Sal Serio
The local Madison guitar-driven harmonica-powered rock ‘n roll juggernaut known as Mojo Radio has a lot of positive momentum to hang their hats on these days. Their first self-titled CD has garnered attention in both the Midwest and the East Coast, as well as Germany and France. Having just signed to the self-proclaimed “high octane riffage total guitar” label Grooveyard Records, the group is now fine-tuning material for a second full length release. I was recently able to catch the band in their rehearsal space to get some insight in to how they got to this enviable position in such a short time span, and what the future promises. Mojo Radio is Jason “JP” Peterson on guitar, drummer extraordinaire Brent King, bassist Scott Aumann, and singer/harp player Adam Zierten. Read More...
An Interview with Milwaukee's Altered Five
by John Noyd
A staple of the Milwaukee blues scene, Altered Five arrived as a cover band, “bluesifying,” the Rolling Stones, Prince, Sting and the Pretenders. Drawing from an incredible stretch of influences ranging from Stax to Clapton, Motown, Deep Purple and Bootsy Collins, the band began concocting an intoxicating cocktail of original blues-rock fusions.. Currently touring Southern Wisconsin to promote their jaw-dropping sophomore effort, “Gotta Earn It,” they live by the words they play, earning it the hard way, on the road. Communicating through email, it soon became apparent this versatile band operated as a tight-knit unit, sharing the spotlight and dividing the credit for their gutsy soulful sound.
Maximum Ink: How did you come up with the band’s name? Read More...
Jeff S: We wanted something that signified our music is a team effort. JT is clearly our frontman, but our sound is a blend of all five of us. The “altered” part fit because we wanted to be different in some way—originality was and still is important. And, of course, the name is also a play on words with the musical term for altering the fifth of a chord. Early on, we arranged a lot of well-known songs in a bluesy style so I guess you could say the name worked as a double entendre.
Interview with drummer Chris Adler
by Chris Fox
As the tides turn, bands come and go. Scenes change, but occasionally there is a band that manages to beat the odds and attract massive crowds with abrasive music. Enter LAMB OF GOD. These metal heavyweights will be hitting The Rave in Milwaukee, and they are sure to provoke a massive gathering of metalheads.
LAMB OF GOD is self-described as, “simply put, modern heavy metal,” according to drummer Chris Adler. The quintet’s unmistakable sound has helped to set a new standard for metal for the current generation by combining their past influences with their growing repertoire. Adler explains, “We try to combine as many different styles as we can to create something that is relevant to today’s listeners. We came along at a pretty special moment when a new generation was kind of catching onto heavy music.”
As with any band worth their salt, LAMB OF GOD has changed over their twenty-plus years playing music. When they started, “everybody in the band was just trying to show off. Over time we’ve really matured and grown into the process of song writing. Which we’ve gotten better at with time, and hopefully we’ll continue to get better at,” says Adler. The band has really come into its own method of writing and overall sound with their most recent album, “Resolution”. He continues, “We were able to finally expand on ideas that we had had before, that maybe didn’t fit with the precise goal of what we going for on any given album. “Resolution” shows what we’ve done in the past, but it allowed us to experiment and go in an even newer direction. It has always been the five of us in a room arguing over which riff is going to come better after this riff.” Read More...
by John Evans
Bob Dylan’s new record, “Tempest”, is just what one would expect from a new Bob Dylan record; the timeless music, the poetic words and tricks, the infamous weathered voice, and of course, all the hype that goes along with a new Bob Dylan record. Bob Dylan is a living, breathing oracle and a great artist who continues to create vital and impressive material.
Bob made this record with his current touring band, including Charlie Sexton on guitar, Stu Kimball on guitar, Donnie Herron on the steel guitar, banjo, violin, and mandolin, George Recile on drums, and Tony Garnier on the bass guitar.
David Hilgado from Los Lobos joins the band on “Tempest”, playing guitar, accordion, and violin. Hilgado also played with Bob on the “Together Through Life” record.
“Tempest” starts out with a nostalgic string introduction that sounds like some old Texas swing; think Spade Cooley or Bob Wills. The first song is called Duquesne Whistle and is the only song on “Tempest” co-written with Robert Hunter, the lyricist from the Grateful Dead and a guy who knows how to write a railroad song. Hunter also worked with Dylan in the past including writing ‘Silvio’ and most of the songs from “Together Through Life”. Read More...
An interview with Madison ska-punkers 4 Aspirin Morning
by Mike Huberty
As one of the busiest bands in Madison, 4 ASPIRIN MORNING has been kicking around the scene since 2009 as a mobile party unit unloading their classic ska-punk for a rabid and expanding fanbase far beyond the rude boys and girls traditionally associated with the genre. They’ve shared the stage with Third Wave Ska stalwarts like MUSTARD PLUG and DEAL’S GONE BAD, all the while integrating elements of metal and hard rock to put their own spin on the genre into a head-banging, fist-pumping, skanking buck wild cocktail. Their new release, “Skanks 4: The Memories”, will be unleashed on November 24th at a special release party called “Skanksgiving” at The Brink Lounge in Madison. Max Ink took some time to talk to singer Chandon Vicarious, bassist Drew Ferguson, sax player Mooney Soho, trombonist Stranger D. Davenport, trumpet man Joey Underfuck, and guitarist LeX, in anticipation for the new collection of tracks. Read More...
by Andrew Frey
Master myth historian Joseph Campbell may be an unlikely roll model for a band, but Wookiefoot is no ordinary band. Cross-breading cosmic intellect with earthbound paradigms to create now age anthems of “Reggae-Jam-Rock-Funk with sitars, bag pipes, and a circus” is unthinkable for most groups, but Wookiefoot takes it all in stride. Their followers are even called “Bliss Junkies” a variant of Campbell’s famous saying, “Follow your Bliss.”
In fact, when talking about their new release, Mark Murphy, vocalist, visionary and guitarist for Wookiefoot admits that, ““‘Ready or Not…’ is mostly focused on ideas from Joseph Campbell Read More...
An interview with Milwaukee's Moloko Shivers
by Mike Huberty
If you lived and breathed rock music in Southeastern Wisconsin in the early 1990’s, then you saw MOLOKO SHIVERS. Shirtless rock stars with cutoff jean shorts in the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS vein, they were the leading edge of The Dairy State’s little corner of the Alternative Nation. With a killer mix of grooves, heavy riffs, and good ol’ showmanship, they dominated the live rock scene for several years until disbanding in 1997. After taking over a decade off, they reformed with a new lead singer, Craig Baumann from Milwaukee jam-rockers, FAT MAWROONEY and have emerged back on the scene with a brand new self-titled album. We talked with drummer, Dave Schoepke, and vocalist Baumann about the new album and the direction of the band as they enter their third decade. Read More...
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