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Buffalo Kilers - Homegrown Rock on the Farm

Buffalo Killers

An interview with Bassist/Vocalist Zachary Gabbard
by Michelle Harper
July 2016

Buffalo Killers guitarist Zach Gabbard couldn’t be happier.

After ten years, six albums, an EP, touring with The Black Crowes and working with producers John Curley, Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys and Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus), the band is slowing down to break new ground making music in their very own studio.

Brothers Andrew and Zachary Gabbard and drummer Joseph Sebaali formed Buffalo Killers in 2006 after their previous band Thee Shams broke up. Their 60s garage band psychedelic sound drew crowds by word of mouth, and got the attention of Alive Records, who Zach says are like “family”. After touring with The Black Crowes and working with Black Keys guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach on the production of “Let It Ride” in 2008, Buffalo Killers began making an album annually beginning with “3” in 2011, followed by “Dig. Sow. Love. Grow in 2012 and Ohio Grass (Record Store Day) in 2013. Sven Kahns joined the group in 2014 to play guitar and lap steel and the album Heavy Reverie was released. Their EP “Fireball of Sulk” came out that same year.


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7 Seasons Deep - Jayme Poster on guitar and Shawn Anthony Brown on Vox - photo by David Luciano

7 Seasons Deep

An interview with Shawn Anthony Brown and Jayme Poster from 7 Seasons Deep
by Mike Huberty
May 2016

Using 90s-style grungy hard rock as their launching point, 7 SEASONS DEEP is the result of former LAST CRACK singer Shawn Anthony Brown and RAPSCALLION guitarist Jayme Poster joining forces with Madison music scene stalwarts, drummer Tim Schmitt and bassist Denny Carney. We took a few minutes to talk with singer Brown and guitarist Poster about their upcoming June performances as well as the new record which they’ve been recording with producer Paul Schluter (also former LAST CRACK rocker and current axeman in GOOD MORNING V) at Megatone Studios in Madison.


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Madison June Festival Preview

A Roundup of Madison's Free Outdoor Music Festivals in June
by Mike Huberty
May 2016

When you’re living in the Midwest, the elements are never too far from your mind. The sunshine is a commodity and we jealously guard it, desperate not to waste the beautiful days and bummed out when the rain washes the fun away. You get a preview of Summer in April, maybe wearing shorts for the first time during the season. By the end of May you can carefully relinquish that sweatshirt you’ve been wearing. Then in June, it’s here. We finally get to be outside and it’s actually pleasurable. And that means that we’re going to throw some festivals with bands. Drinking beer and watching bands outside is as Madisonian as some dude asking for money at the end of State Street. And the best part is, almost all of them are free!


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Chris Shanafelt and Megan Mehl - photo by James Pederson Photography

The Apollo Affair

An interview with Chris Shanafelt and Megan Mehl
by Laura Sorensen
May 2016

Founded in the winter of 2013 the rock music duo The Apollo Affair is not your typical acoustic music experience. Comprised of guitarist Chris Shanafelt and vocalist and frontwoman Megan Mehl, the duo have been establishing themselves throughout the Midwest with their intense music and energetic performances. The Apollo Affair possesses an undeniable drive that borderlines upon obsession. I recently sat down with Chris and Megan to discuss their musical journey.

Maximum Ink: I read on your Facebook profile that you met at school. Tell me about the name of your duo and how you ended up playing together.
Chris Shanafelt:
Ultimately our band name comes from the Greek god Apollo, the god of music.


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Luke Jorgensen of Lower 5th and Whiskeyonsin organizer

Whiskeyonsin Family Reunion 2016

an interview with organizer and musician Luke Jorgensen
by Teri Barr
May 2016

Success with a group of musicians is one thing.

But also being an accomplished producer and event organizer should elevate the clout for one of the founders of The Lower 5th, a Madison-based, Midwestern-soul band. Yet any communication with Luke Jorgensen reveals a kind-hearted man, who is simply proud to be able to play a style of music he loves with people he describes as “amazing.”

Ask him about his three-year-old event, the Whiskeyonsin Family Reunion, and it’s when you get the fierce passion of someone who considers this one of the top shows to bring some of the best area bands together, and all for us. I asked Luke about Whiskeyonsin, how it has turned into one of his favorite things to be part of, and why the show is moving to Madison this June.


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Tin Can Diamonds - photo by Mary Sweeney of www.sweeneysphotography.com/

Tin Can Diamonds

by Mike Huberty
May 2016

With a joyous and bluesy sound, TIN CAN DIAMONDS are a young Madison band that mixes elements of folk and rock. The folk ingredients are the way vocalist Aarushi Agni powerful and confident voice mixes with Mitch Johnson’s guitars and harmony vocals. The rock foundation is the rhythm section of bassist Ben Strohbeen and drummer Dave Janus. They’ll be releasing their first album at Bright Red Studios on May 21st and we talked with Aarushi, Dave, and Ben about the band and their new album.


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Thirsty Jones on the cover of Maximum Ink in May 2016 - photo by David Luciano

Thirsty Jones

An interview with Mark Fairchild
by Laura Sorensen
May 2016

Thirsty Jones is a four piece contemporary country / rock / blues / funk band from Madison, Wisconsin. Following a change of two of the band members last fall, the group has wasted no time performing live. Their first performance with the new lineup left them with less than a month to prepare. They rose to the occasion and have been busy performing and recording since December 2015. Members include Kirstie Kraus (Lead Vocals), Jacob Vance (Lead Guitar/Vocals), Jeff Root (Bass) and Mark Fairchild (Drums). I recently had an opportunity to talk with Mark about the band and what they are currently up to.

MAXIMUM INK: Tell me about the name of the band
MARK FAIRCHILD:
That goes back to before I joined the band. The first part comes from our lead singer’s name, which is Kirstie, i before the r. Everyone would call her Kristie. Apparently she had a nickname at some point “Thirsty Kirstie.” It rhymed and it helped to remember her name. The Jones just sounded good. Together it sounds like a good country band name. So half of it’s a story and half of it just sounds good.


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Conniption of Milwaukee, WI

Conniption

An Interview with Bill House and Andy Martin
by Michelle Braun
April 2016

Conniption is an American Heavy Metal band hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Band members Michael Brigham (lead vocals/guitar), Cody Dziuk (bass guitar), Bill House (lead guitar/vocals), and Andy Martin (drums) are known for high energy, heavy shredding and a fondness for clean, fast tunes. Maximum Ink met up with these kings of metal to discuss WAMIs, music videos, and their upcoming CD release show on April 29th.


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Rockonsin  - photo by Jerod Gibson

Rockonsin

an interview with creator Dennis Graham
by Teri Barr
April 2016

“Music means everything to me. And it’s great to see ROCKONSIN encourage and recognize young Wisconsin garage bands,” Butch Vig says. Vig, drummer for the internationally-acclaimed band Garbage and a Grammy Award winning producer, understands the importance of supporting up-and-coming musicians. As he told me when I interviewed him one year ago, and just before receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Madison Area Music Association, he’d started volunteering to help improve his own child’s school music program. But his current effort to speak out on behalf of ROCKONSIN may feel a little different; as the idea behind it takes Vig back to his own roots, which includes playing with friends in bands where he grew up in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and later in Madison. ROCKONSIN is getting the star treatment, because it’s deserving – Dennis Graham Associates started producing this state-wide competition back in 2005, and while it’s grown in popularity, ROCKONSIN remains the only one of its type in the country. Graham says it’s helped launched a lot of young talent, with the most recent being former Madison musician Gabe Burdulis.


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Growing from Madison, WI

Growing

An interview with band members Brandon, Jesse, Paul, and Gage
by Michelle Braun
April 2016

Formerly known as Look I’m Burning, Growing is a metal band from Madison, Wisconsin featuring members Brandon Connor (vocals), Apostolos Holevas aka the boss (guitar), Jesse Chieffo (guitar), Paul Swift III (drums), and Gage Woodman (bass/vocals.) Between their hard work, unparalleled live performances, and brand new EP, Growing is easily becoming one of Madison’s finest, rising bands. Maximum Ink met with a few of the members in the basement of Frequency to discuss challenges they face as a band. They give us the hard facts of “growing” a band and the rundown on their show in Madison at The RedZone with Scale the Summit on Sunday, April 17th.


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