Sunday, May 24, 2015

K98X The Fringe Podcast: Episode # 4

1.  "James 5" by Riot Squad (from Riot Squad)
2.  "I Remember" by Bully (from Feels Like)
3.  "Best Guess" by Der Faden (from Best Guess b/w Filaments)
4.  "Grenadine" by Mixtapes (from These Are Us)
5.  "Young Girls" bi PINS (from Wild Nights)
6.  "Anchors" by Above It All (from The Better Side EP)
7.  "Show Me Mary" by Catherine Wheel (from Chrome)
8.  "Here It Comes Again" by Gumball (from Super Tasty)
9.  "Truly" by Jabber (from Jabber/Science Police Split)
10.  "Honey" by Kid Wave (from Wonderlust)
11.  "Shapeshifter" by Sweet John Bloom (from Weird Prayer)
12.  "The Fortunate Ones" by Annabel (from Having It All)
13.  "Maybeing" by Armchair Martian (from Hang on Ted)
14.  "Something" by Crimes (from Crimes)
15.  "Maybe" by The Feels (from Dead Skin)
16.  "Synthesized" by The Epoxies (from Stop the Future)
17.  "Feel Like Running" by Chris Marshall & The August Light (from Some Kind of Dream)
18.  "Trixis" by Ratboys (from AOID)
19.  "In The Meantime..." by Red City Radio (from Red City Radio)
20.  "Want You Around (Chunky)" by Great Cynics (from I Feel Weird)
21.  "Dirty Ben Franklin" by Ex Friends (from Rules For Making Up Words)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

K98X The Fringe Podcast: Episode # 3

1.  "Head On (Video Version)" by Pixies (from Trompe Le Monde)
2.  "That's Not Me" by Higley (from That's Not Me)
3.  "Laced" by DMA's (from DMA's)
4.  "June 14th" by Fire In The Radio (from Telemetry)
5.  "The Chase" by Future Islands (from The Chase)
6.  "By the Skin of Your Teeth" by Sit On It (from By the Skin of Your Teeth)
7.  "Bar Full Of Strangers" by Sick of Sarah (from Anthem)
8.  "Opening Chord" by Weston (from Matinee)
9.  "Half of You" by Wakeland (from Wanting)
10.  "The Only You" by Cory Branan (from The No-Hit Wonder)
11.  "Dead Fox" by Courtney Barnett (from Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit)
12.  "Everybody Leaves" by Darius Koski (from Sisu)
13.  "I Don't Wanna Waste Your Time" by Stephen D. Kent (from Rhythm of Peace)
14.  "Everywhere I Go" by Caitlin Rose (from The Stand-In)
15.  "Get Better" by Frank Turner (from Get Better)
16.  "All the Way" by One Man Army (from BYO Split Series, Vol. 5)
17.  "Ordinary Lives" by Nothington (from Borrowed Time)
18.  "Lie in Wait" by All Eyes West (from Doomer)
19.  "I Apologize" by Husker Du (from New Day Rising)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

10 Questions with The Easy Lovers

The Easy Lovers is a punk band from Norman, OK. The band recently released their debut album Get A Job on Dead Beat Records.

This interview was conducted with Dustin Doyle and Jimmy Ryan via email April 27 – May 7, 2015.

For more information on The Easy Lovers check out the band's Facebook, BandCamp, and ReverbNation pages or pick up the band's record Get A Job on BandCamp, Dead Beat Records, iTunes, and CD Baby.

Dave: How did the band get together?

Dustin: Jimmy, Ryan, and I have been playing together in various bands for... Jesus, 15 years now. This is off to a great start. I feel super old now. I gotta go take my Geritol. And when we weren't in the same band together we were playing in separate bands that would play shows together.

Jimmy: We've all know each other for years. Doyle and I were in a the Festival City Saints and Roman Holiday together before the Easy Lovers. We met Ryan and Dustin when they were in their old bands, The Doozers and Three out of Five. Doyle and Ryan also played in an 80's cover band (don't know how to spell it). Doyle, Ryan, and I tried getting a band together and went through different line ups trying to find the forth band member. Doyle has always been a drummer, but he's always been the main song writer and wanted to get out from behind the drums. None of us played bass, so Doyle sucked it up and became the bass player leaving the guitars to Ryan and I. Punk rock drummers are hard to come by in Norman, besides Doyle, so we called up our buddy Dustin in OKC to see if he was interested. He was in and that's how we started.

Dave: What’s the story behind the name The Easy Lovers?

Dustin: One of the previous bands Ryan and I played in was an 80's tribute band. Ryan is a HUGE Phil Collins fan (but really, who isn't?). Well, okay, no one is as big a fan as Ryan. I don't think anyone else sleeps with a Phil Collins Dakimakura body pillow stuffed with human hair. But anyway, Ryan wanted our tribute band to play Easy Lover. Unfortunately that band ran it's course before we could learn the song, but the idea obviously was still stuck in his mind when he suggested it as our band name years later.

Jimmy: We were struggling to come up with a band name, so we started thinking of terrible songs looking for inspiration. We were drinking beers and naming off bad songs, and Ryan spit out Easy Lover by Phil Collins. We all started cracking up and knew that was a great name. The combination of us being "Easy" guys and the Phil Collins reference was the perfect combination for a great band name.

Dave: For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music?

Dustin: I call it "dick and fart jokes set to music." Some people say we sound like a 3-chord pop punk band (Screeching Weasel, Sloppy Seconds) with Johnny Thunders-esque guitar leads and gang Clash-style back up vocals.
Jimmy: It's always been tough for me to describe our sound. We all have loved punk rock for years, but we all have different sub genres that we are more into. I think it's kind of a mesh of pop punk, rock and roll, and power pop, which is definitely a reflection of our individual musical tastes.

Dustin: I really like terrible pop punk. Jimmy listens to a lot of power pop, and Ryan listens to guitar rock stuff like the Hellacopters. No one cares what Testes listens to because we never listen to him.

Dave: You recently released your sophomore full-length Get A Job on BandCamp and Dead Beat Records. How did you get hooked up with Dead Beat? How would you compare the process of releasing this record with your debut?

Dustin: Actually, Get A Job is our debut release. We've been working on it for... sigh... I think 5 years.

Jimmy: I wish!!! We sold our butts to record and press this album and just want to regain some dignity and break even. We're not in this to become rock stars. We just wanna have fun playing rock and roll to people who like rock and roll.

Dustin: Deadbeat was kind enough to distro a few copies for us, but we aren't on their label. We did this release oursleves. I can can safely say it is a huge pain in the ass. I used to make fun of how long it too other bands to finally release their "next upcoming album" and now I am 100% sympathetic to the process. Every single step of the way take 2 to 6 months. And next thing you know it's 5 years later.

Dave: Do you have plans to tour in support of the new record? What are some of your favorite places to play?

Dustin: We're all kinda old now for touring (all over 30) and have talked about how we aren't willing to sleep on the floor of a dirty punk house while on tour, so unless the Hampton Inn wants to sponsor us I don't see any nationwide tours in our near future.

Jimmy: If we want to sell some records, we need to start playing some out of town shows. It's tough when we're all a bunch of 30 something working stiffs who like to drink beer. Coordinating band practice is tough enough. We need to start doing some weekend excursions.

Dustin: The Conservatory is easily out favorite place to play. We've been able to open up for some of our favorite touring bands there.

Dave: Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Dustin: Usually I will come to practice with s rough idea for a song (chord structure, a chorus and maybe one verse) and show it to the guys. Sometimes Ryan will write a song, but it's never in 4/4 time cause he can't count to 4 and I really resent him for it. Also, he's like an accountant or something. He should know how to count. Anyway, once we get a rough foundation we'll all tinker with it and rearrange parts until we like it. Ryan writes the lead guitar parts. Jimmy tinkers with backup vocals until he gets something he likes. Testes usually isn't paying any attention to any of what we are doing.

Dave: What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

Dustin: Is this the part where I sing the praises of the Conservatory? Those guys put a ton of work into a music venue.

Jimmy: Tough one, Punk is dead in Norman. It's definitely picked back up in Tulsa. We should play shows there. OKC has always been great. We've got to open for all our favorite bands that have come through the Conservatory.

Dave: This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?

Dustin: Some of those are pretty broad. I would have to spend all week grinding my donkey brain over it. How about I list off the Top 5 albums that influence my song writing? This list also looks suspiciously similar to the list of albums I listened to the most in high school. I don't think my music taste has evolved at all in 20 years.
1. Screeching Weasel - My Brain Hurts
2. Sloppy Seconds - More Trouble Than They're Worth
3. Rancid - ...And Out Come The Wolves
4. Clash - S/T
5. Ramones - I like all of their stuff. Even the terrible albums from the 80's.

Jimmy: Impossible question. I can't do five of each.
Here's my favorite mix of new and old bands.
The Clash, Rolling Stones, The Biters, The Tranzmitors, Operation Ivy, Little Richard, and The Ramones.
Best album ever: Exile on Main Street, by far. This is the album I've judged almost every girlfriend I've had by. If they didn't like it, I didn't like them.
Movies: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and the original Star Wars trilogy.

Dave: What’s next for the band?

Dustin: We've recorded half of our next album. At the very least I'm hoping we can get that album finished and released before the band implodes. And since the last album took us about 5 years to make I guess that means OKC will be plagued with Easy Lovers until 2020.

Jimmy: We've got 6? more songs recorded and are just waiting for some generous person to put it out for us.

Dave: Any final thoughts?

Dustin: We're playing with the Swingin' Utter at the Conservatory on Tuesday, May 12th. See you there?  

K98X The Fringe Podcast: Episode # 2

Here's this week's episode of K98X The Fringe Podcast.  Enjoy.

1.  "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division (from Substance)
2.  "We Are Nothing" by Beach Slang (from Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street)
3.  "Let Me In" by Red City Radio (from Red City Radio)
4.  "These Walls Became My World" by Radio Reds (from Fire Academy EP)
5.  "Country Girl" by Primal Scream (from Riot City Blues)
6.  "Led By Misleading" by Roustabouts (from EP)
7.  "First Time" by Teenage Bottlerocket (from Tales From Wyoming)
8.  "Sweet Avenue" by Jets To Brazil (from Orange Rhyming Dictionary)
9.  "Callused Heart Number One" by Drag the River (from Chicken Demos)
10.  "Spend The Night" by Timeshares (from Already Dead)
11.  "Stories of Adam" by The Rentiers (from Here Is a List of Things That Exist)
12.  "Between Planets" by The Jesus & Mary Chain (from Automatic)
13.  "A Dream About Dean's Dream" by The Tim Version (from Ordinary Life)
14.  "Addiction" by Tilt (from Been Where? Did What?)
15.  "Waiting Room" by Fugazi (from 13 Songs)
16.  "Roller Coaster" by toyGuitar (from In This Mess)
17.  "American Flags in Black & White" by John Moreland (from High On Tulsa Heat)
18.  "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths (from Hatful of Hollow)

Monday, May 04, 2015

Top 5 Covers That Were Better Than The Originals Part 2

Cover songs are a fun and fascinating thing. Hearing a song reworked and retooled by a different artist can result in either absolute garbage or complete glory. Occasionally the artist covering the song will outdo the original and that is the topic for today's edition of Top 5. Back in 2012 I put together my original Top 5 Covers That Were Better Than The Originals post but decided today to revisit the subject with a whole new batch of cover songs.

1. “Kiss the Bottle” by Lucero
Originally written and recorded by the legendary Jawbreaker, this song has been covered by the likes of Rise Against's Tim McIlrath and Foo Fighters but it's Lucero's sparse, dark, and desperate alt country take on the song that really drives it home. The original was something special but Lucero made it even more so.

2. “Clampdown” by Hot Water Music
It might be punk rock blasphemy to say that a cover of one of The Clash's classics is better than the original, but in this case it is true. Hot Water Music took the reggae infused original and turned into a pounding and driving masterpiece.    

3. “Skips A Beat (Over You)” by Dave Hause
The original by The Promise Ring was a late '90s poppy emo anthem but in the hands of Dave Hause, it is a minimalist electric folk anthem (ala early Billy Bragg).

4. “Pink Houses” by Avail
John Cougar Mellencamp's original version of “Pink Houses” was a favorite of mine growing up. In fact to this day I love Mellencamp's music but Richmond, VA's Avail to this mid-to-slow-tempo Midwest rock number and kicked it up 100 notches with driving punk ferocity.

5. “12XU” by Dag Nasty
Originally written and recorded by the post punk band Wire in 1977, I first discovered the song via Minor Threat's incredible cover. As good as Minor Threat's hardcore punk take on the minimalist song was, Dag Nasty's balls-to-wall guitar onslaught took the song to a whole other level (and displayed how much of a bad ass guitar player Brian Baker is).      

Single Review: “Let The Boys Be Girls” by Two Cow Garage

Title: Let The Boys Be Girls (BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes)

Tow Cow Garage's latest single “Let The Boys Be Girls” is a poignant, tour de force of songwriting perfection. The song touches on elements of frustration, desperation, and yearnings of being free, perfectly expressing the tension in the air in modern-day America.
We are the sons and daughters of children
we're all just figuring it out as we go
we were born to fill a void inside our confused parents
and then we're left here to die all alone
And we found out god was a knock-knock joke
when we answered the door, there was nobody home
aren't you glad I didn't tell you the nonsense the fed us
all about forbidden fruit
They sent us off to schools, and factories, and wars
to teach us its okay to die, as long as we're poor
then you tell us not to tread on you,
in the land of the free and the home of the depraved

Singer/guitarist Micah Schnabel then drives the point home with a gentle gasp –
These are the things they never tell you
these are the things I've had to learn on my own

The power of “Let The Boys Be Girls” is in the subtle imagery that perfectly paints the picture without beating the listener over the head.
So let the boys be girls and the girls be boys
we can all fall in love, we can all get destroyed
we don't need old, rich, white men to tell us
who we can kiss goodnight
Cause we can listen to Slayer or we cant just get stoned
we can teach ourselves it's okay to be alone
we can start our own bands in our basements
we can break up citing creative differences

These are the things they never tell you
These are the things I've had to learn on my own,
all on my own

The song ends with an uplifting crescendo that screams to the heavens that all hope is not yet lost.
So let's forget world wars, and government crooks
we can write our own novels, and history books
we can call this a new beginning
we can write our own soundtrack's this time around

Two Cow Garage has always had a way with words, capturing heartbreaking and passionate emotions and sentiments in their lyrics, driven home by the perfect musical accompaniment, but they have truly outdone themselves this time. “Let The Boys By Girls” is certainly the front-runner for song of the year, if not the decade. If this song is any indication of the EP that is to come, then hold on to your hats because Two Cow Garage is just getting started and may very well become the most important band in the world.

K98X The Fringe Podcast: Episode # 1

Welcome to the first episode of the K98X The Fringe Podcast.  This show is designed to give listeners an idea of what K98X will be all about once it lauches.  Make sure to like K98X The Fringe on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Episode # 1 Tracklist
1.  "Two Out of Three Ain't Rad" by Red City Radio (from Red City Radio)
2.  "Is It True" by toyGuitar (from In This Mess)
3.  "The Bad Parts" by Timeshares (from Already Dead)
4.  "The Legend of Molly Pitcher" by The Rentiers (from Here is a List of Things That Exist)
5.  "Let The Boys Be Girls" by Two Cow Garage (from Let The Boys Be Girls)
6.  "Not a Machine" by Low Culture (from Iron Chic/Low Culture Split)
7.  "Justification [What If? Version]" by Dag Nasty (from Healthy, Loud and Honest)
8.  "The War" by Bob Mould (from Beauty & Ruin)
9.  "Cleveland County Blues" by John Moreland (from High on Tulsa Heat)
10.  "Over The Bow" by Jenny Owen Young (from Slack Tide EP)
11.  "Nothing Else Matters (When I'm With You)" by Teenage Bottlerocket (from Tales From Wyoming)
12.  "Constructive Summer" by The Hold Steady (from Stay Positive)
13.  "Surrender" by The Smith Street Band (from Throw Me in the River)
14.  "Your Armageddon" by Gentlemen Rogues (from A History So Repeating)
15.  "Make Your Move" by The Warning Shots (Volume 2)
16.  "Live Right Now" by Hudson Falcons (from Peace of Mind)
17.  "Too Late To Die Young" by Beach Slang (from Strength In Weakness)
18.  "Tears Don't Matter Much" by Lucero (from That Much Further West)

Sunday, May 03, 2015

R.I.P. Slicing Up Eyeballs

It's a sad day in the world of music blogs.  The excellent site Slicing Up Eyeballs is calling it a day.  For the past six years the site has covered the artists that made up the underground music scene(s) of the 1980s, their current on-goings, and their legacies with the heart and passion of a true music nerd that was obviously there for some of this amazingly legendary time in music.  In the final post editor and site mastermind Matt Sebastian lamented the "inordinate amount of time" that it takes to run a music blog (something I can empathize and sympathize with wholeheartedly) but ended with a heartfelt thank you to readers:
But the important thing here — the most important thing — is that I stop to thank you, the readers of Slicing Up Eyeballs. I started this site because I figured that if I still liked this music, there probably were others out there, too, who would enjoy reading about these bands. I never imagined there would be so many of you. So thank you for reading, for sharing, for listening, for participating — for everything.
You’re the only reason this site lasted as long as it did. Because people cared.
Well Mr. Sebastian, you made it easy to care.  In this day and age of hipster music sites that do little more than build up and subsequently tear down the latest hipster fad, you produced a site that was fun and thoughtful while at the same time refreshing and nostalgic.  I will miss your posts but am glad to know that you will stay active on the Slicing Up Eyeballs Facebook and Twitter pages.  Good luck in your future endeavors but know that your site will be missed!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

10 Questions with Paper Planets

Paper Planets is a pop punk band from Tulsa, OK.  The band has release a handful of EPs, the latest being a split with Ellewood, released June 2014.

This interview was conducted via email with guitarist Joseph Banuelos and bassist Ryan Higgins, April 23rd – May 2nd, 2015. 

For more information on Paper Planets check out the band’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and BandCamp pages.

Dave:  How did the band get together?

Joseph:  After failing to start a band in 2010 with some friends, I was entering my sophomore year of high school and had some leftover ideas that I wanted to bring to reality. But since I couldn't (and nor did I want to) play everything myself, I asked two of my friends who were on my soccer  team to join something I had going. After I got them on board I met Ryan at school and found out he played bass so I asked him to join as well. We started doing stuff in 2011 but it was more of a hobby at that point. I think we played like three shows total but had enough songs to record so we did an EP that winter. After that, everyone but Ryan and I split and we spent 2012 inactive until we started trying people out and revamping the band in the summer of 2013. We've had several line-up changes but Ryan and I are original members. The band now consists of:
Max Genzer-Drums
Ryan Higgins-Bass
Austin "Major League" Elkins-Guitar
Nick Grove-Vocals
Joseph Banuelos-Guitar

Ryan:  Joseph and I were the ones who started Paper Planets when we were in high school together.  I remember actually being friends with his older brother, Bryan before I even knew Joseph. I would invite Bryan over to my house to unlock Xbox achievements for me in Guitar Hero because I wasn’t good enough to do it myself. Around this time, I began taking up bass guitar. I had thought about trying to learn an instrument for a while and was always drawn to the bass because I felt like everyone played guitar and I wanted to play something “different.”  A little while later, I got a message from Joseph on MySpace, asking if I’d be interested in starting a band.  I had never done anything like this, so I was very excited to try it out. After talking about it for a bit, we met up one weekend and started playing some music that he had written.

Dave:  What’s the story behind the name Paper Planets?

Joseph:  I dread telling this story because it sounds so made up, but in late 2010 when I had just about everyone together I had a dream where I spoke to King Kai (of Dragonball Z fame) where he told me three names. Paper Planets was the third name and I remember going to school the next day and seeing our drummer at the time in the hallway and told him about it. As soon as I said "Paper Planets" he was like "Yes! That's perfect!" and that's how it came about. Kind of uncanny but it worked out to match our sound and gave us a theme I suppose.

Dave:  For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music?

Joseph:  I would call it pop-punk because I believe that is our best sound but it's also so much more than that. Each of our songs has a distinct sound on its own so it's hard to pinpoint what exactly to tell people when we try to introduce them to our music. If we went through each song individually it would be easier, but still a pretty daunting task. It's definitely more aimed toward the newer pop-punk/emo stylings of today rather than the quintessential pop-punk sound derived from Green Day or Blink 182. As a pop punk band most people assume we love those bands, but in all honesty none of us are big fans of any of that early pop-punk wave. We can go from clean stuff to gain-y stuff and from fast stuff to slow, melodic stuff because each one of us is usually very involved in the songwriting process that our individual influences prevail. Most bands you'll see one or two people doing most of the writing but for us we all have our hand in every aspect somewhat. It's a mix of newer pop-punk and emo mixed with older alternative, indie stuff. We've yet to be compared to any other band so if anyone has someone similar we'd love to hear it!

Ryan:  We all have pretty different music tastes from one another, but the music that we have on our Bandcamp can be described simply as pop punk, for the most part. A lot of it is very poppy and light, like the song “Hourglass,” while other songs like “Bold.” are more serious and dark-mannered.  Then there’s songs like “Head Trip” that are more abstract and dreamy.  I like the songs we’re currently writing so much more than pretty much everything we’ve ever written. Not that I don’t like our current music, but the new stuff is definitely more mature sounding and harder to put an exact genre on, which I love. If you are writing new music that you don’t think is better than your old stuff, you’re doing something wrong.

Dave:  To date you have self-released two singles, an EP, and a split EP all through BandCamp.  Why did you decide to go the self-release route instead of working with a traditional record label?

Joseph:  It's never really crossed our minds to attempt to reach out to a label. On the other side, we've never been reached out to either. Due to the internet and social media, it's very easy to share our music and promote it ourselves locally and/or globally. We try to get our music out as quick as possible so calling the shots ourselves makes the big decisions an expedited, personal process as opposed to doing our thing and then having it filtered through a label, then reaching ears. It's not to say we wouldn't love being on a label but it just hasn't become a necessity at our level currently. Maybe one day.

Dave:  Do you have plans to record a full-length record?

Joseph:  No plans as of yet but we have talked about it. Due to all of us being motivated writers, we could each easily write a full length record by ourselves but then we wouldn't have everyone's input and the majority input is what makes us, us. Which also makes it difficult to complete a song because we all have a different expectation of how the songs turn out but we’ve learned to sacrifice and compromise with each other. Definitely, in the future but for what we're aiming for now, an EP is the most likely route for our next release.

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Joseph:  Nothing specific really, we usually work in groups when writing though. Sometimes two of us will get together or three of us will get together and expand on one idea. It's very easy to see (at least for us) who had the main influence over a song or who hatched the idea just by the sound and the mood of the song. As far as lyrics, we try to avoid overlapping as much as possible. You could write songs about heart break until the wheels fall off and be successful but for our own personal pride we like to hit different subjects to sing about. Yes, eventually we will hit a subject again but we'll do it from a different angle and mindset. For now we want to try and reach for more than what you would expect from a band like us to show our view on a certain matter or experience. Our next release will display that very well.

Ryan:  Usually when writing a new song, it begins with someone having an idea for a riff or drumbeat or whatever and they’ll present it to everyone during practice.  After showing everyone the idea, we make suggestions on changing it a bit if we feel the need to do so, or we all build off of that idea by adding our own parts to it, and keep going from there. Our musical interests can vary quite a bit, so it’s interesting to see how the songs that we’re currently writing are coming together.  I’m more into shoegaze and grunge music, while others like Nick are into the straight up pop punk genre. It can be difficult at times to make something that everyone’s happy with, but I think that keeps things interesting and adds a bunch of different elements to each song.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

Joseph:  The music scene in Oklahoma is great. Although (on an underground level) we are known more for our hardcore scene, we do have hidden gems of every genre here from Tulsa to OKC and all around. Pop punk took a surge in 2013 but a lot of those bands have unfortunately split since then leaving us weirdly alienated in a way. The scene still supports us regardless though; it's not so much an exile as it is an outlier. We've been fortunate enough to travel a bit so we've seen other scenes that made us realize how good we have it here at home. It's still growing everyday so we're also thankful to be a part of that of that growth. I think as long as you show an honest effort people will support that.

Ryan:  I think the music scene in Oklahoma is great.  There are so many proactive people here that make the scene so easy to be a part of, whether you’re in a band or not. Venues close down on occasion, which is obviously unfortunate, but new venues open, as well. Just this past weekend, we played at a fairly new venue in Tulsa called Boulevard Trash, which was awesome.  There is a good amount of diversity here when it comes to types of music.  We’ve played shows where it was a bunch of hardcore bands and us, to shows where it was a bunch of hip-hop groups and us.  I think the weirder and more diverse shows are, the better, because it will bring different types of people that wouldn’t necessarily go to certain types of shows

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?

Top 5 Bands:
Fall Out Boy
Four Year Strong
The Strokes
The Wonder Years

Fireworks - Gospel
Pierce The Veil - Collide With The Sky
Four Year Strong - Rise or Die Trying
The Devil Wears Prada - With Roots Above and Branches Below
The Wonder Years - The Upsides

Rush Hour 2
Wedding Crashers
Ocean’s Eleven

TV Programs:
The King of Queens
Parks and Recreation
Bar Rescue
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

I think I’ve only read 2 books and they were Chuck Paulhniuk novels, Fight Club and Rant. I'd like to start reading more in my free time but I don't know how probable it is that I’ll actually start. Terrence McKenna is very interesting so I’d probably start there if I did.

Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Joseph:  Right now we've started to buckle down on writing new material. After losing a vocalist and the speedbump of having to find a new one, we had to hold back for a fat minute to focus on getting our new guy in the swing of things. He's all good now so we started meeting up between practices and we have actually surprised ourselves with how much we've finished in just two weeks. We’ve already begun studio hunting around our region. We will probably try and get some out of state shows this summer, if not a whole tour. We're on the verge of a lot of great things, it's just a matter of time now.

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

Joseph:  We'd just like to thank you for your time for interviewing us and for anyone curious enough to read up on what we're about. We'd like to thank everyone and everything that we've encountered because of this band. It's been our motivation for the past couple years to keep improving. Shout out to our friends in The Happy Alright, Quiet Things, and Nobody. If you like what you saw in this interview please check us out by going to for free music and keep up with us via social media on our Twitter (@PaperPlanets918) Facebook (.com/PaperPlanets) and Youtube (.com/PaperPlanetsOfficial). Thanks!