Stomping Grounds

Jenny Gillespie on San Francisco, California

Jenny Gillespie has recorded several albums acting as both producer and artist. She blends folk, electronica, jazz, and pop into a constantly regenerating style but one anchored by her smoky, far-ranging voice, and searching, imaginative lyrics. Her last album Chamma which she recorded entirely in her house in Chicago was named one of the top 25 albums of 2014 by … Continue reading Jenny Gillespie on San Francisco, California

Stomping Grounds: Derek Arrieta (Muscle Beach) on Denver, Colorado

(Photo by Greg Mason) Muscle Beach’s self-titled debut album is out December 4 on Sailor Records. The full-length documents the sound of what local Denver weekly Westword named “Denver’s best hardcore band.” Influenced by Fugazi and Refused, Muscle Beach pounds out driving, rocking jams that are full of arena-ready hooks, residing somewhere in the realm of The Bronx and Kvelertak.  Muscle Beach was recorded, mixed, and mastered by … Continue reading Stomping Grounds: Derek Arrieta (Muscle Beach) on Denver, Colorado

Andrew Lanza (Chain Gang Grave) on Brooklyn, New York

This young band of native Brooklynites, hailing from the “uncool” south end of the borough, pounds out raw hardcore punk, caked in an almost psychedelic layer of noise. Deep in the grime, all sorts of things appear: nods to progressive metallers Voivod and primitive death metallers Autopsy lurk beneath the more obvious punk, death-rock, and noise-rock references – The Birthday … Continue reading Andrew Lanza (Chain Gang Grave) on Brooklyn, New York

Stomping Grounds: Eric Jernigan (Driftoff) on Brooklyn, New York

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Driftoff consists of members of Junius, Rosetta, and City of Ships. On Modern Fear, these vets drive hard with a burly post-hardcore sound in line with bands like Quicksand, Hot Water Music, and Planes Mistaken For Stars. Layers of yearning vocals and radiant guitars shine atop a massive rhythm section. The quartet plows through four perfect post-hardcore gems, taking lyrical inspiration from stories about its … Continue reading Stomping Grounds: Eric Jernigan (Driftoff) on Brooklyn, New York

Stomping Grounds: Etienne Vazquez (So Hideous) on New York City, New York

New York City’s So Hideous is a band that is reaching new heights on their sophomore LP, which uses a 30 piece orchestra to create an intensely musical ride that is at once inspired by film scores, black metal, Mono, Envy and Godspeed You Black Emperor. Recorded by Dean Baltulonis (Lucero, Sick of It All, Modern Life Is War) and … Continue reading Stomping Grounds: Etienne Vazquez (So Hideous) on New York City, New York

Stomping Grounds: Travis Bacon (White Widows Pact) on New York City, New York

No single band is as central to New York’s current heavy music scene as White Widows Pact. Frontman David Castillo is co-owner of Saint Vitus Bar, the city’s undisputed home base for live metal and hardcore. In a few short years, Saint Vitus Bar has established itself as the premier curator of local bands and as a top destination for touring acts, some … Continue reading Stomping Grounds: Travis Bacon (White Widows Pact) on New York City, New York

Stomping Grounds: Rick Jimenez (Extinction A.D.) on Mastic, New York

Sometimes a little change goes a long way and in the case of Extinction A.D. a little change is what it took to graduate from their hardcore band, This Is Hell, to a new, full-blown metal beast. Taking cues from powerhouse ‘80s era thrash and metal juggernauts, their LP Faithkiller is a devastating debut that punches the genre into the … Continue reading Stomping Grounds: Rick Jimenez (Extinction A.D.) on Mastic, New York

Stomping Grounds: Chuck Stern (Stern) on New York, New York

Stern’s debut full-length, Bone Turquoise,recently dropped (August 7) via New Atlantis Records. Named for founder and frontman Chuck Stern (ex-Time of Orchids), Stern also features Kayo Dot members Toby Driver and Keith Abrams, along with longtime Kayo Dot and Candiria collaborator Tim Byrnes. Stern’s icy, unsettling “alien pop” nods to the unhinged crooning of Mike Patton and Shudder to Think’s Craig Wedren, as well as the film scores … Continue reading Stomping Grounds: Chuck Stern (Stern) on New York, New York

Stomping Grounds: Hank Shteamer of STATS on New York City, New York

    New Atlantis Records presents the August 7 release of Mercy, the debut full-length album by Brooklyn trio STATS. Founded in 2002 under the name Stay Fucked (from a line in Tropic of Cancer), STATS consists now of bassist/vocalist Tony Gedrich, guitarist Joe Petrucelli, and drummer/vocalist Hank Shteamer. This gang holds some heavyweight avant-rock credentials: Gedrich played in Extra Life and has collaborated with guitar phenom … Continue reading Stomping Grounds: Hank Shteamer of STATS on New York City, New York

Stomping Grounds: Paul Price (Good Field) on Austin, Texas

Good Field began as the solo recording project of Paul Price, former member of Brazos and The Early Tapes, and secondary guitarist and bassist for Voxtrot. While playing with these bands, Price visited an isolated adobe in Morelos, Mexico and wrote a group of songs he imagined for a full band. He continued working on the songs in between tours and eventually compiled enough material … Continue reading Stomping Grounds: Paul Price (Good Field) on Austin, Texas