Sun Dogs

Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is here, the rain is over, now take it easy and listen to the latest Whatcha Recording Willis Podcast episode with my good friends from Sun Dogs!

This episode is a little different than the previous episodes. It’s more of a jam session with a few questions but it’s nice being able to mix it up! If I would of known ahead of time that they would be playing a few songs I would of brought a whole arsenal of microphones to help make it sound better. How ever I used my trusty MXL990 mic and surprisingly it doesn’t sound like a potato!

Sun Dogs are a 4 piece rock group based out of Louisville Ky. They are super low key great so get in on the ground floor and invest your money into their band! No just kidding, they have been around for a while now and their sound is for those who crave good ‘ol fashion rock n roll!
I met these guys back in 2016 when a friend of mine, Kelly Scott Franklin (which I hope to have on the podcast soon!) told me he had some buddies in a band called Sun Dogs looking to record a few songs. Its an amazing feeling to have someone recommend you to other people so of course I was excited to record them! I’m not going to lie I was a bit worried about the whole thing since I didn’t have a studio space, I had a feeling not having a “studio” was going to make them look else where.
However Kelly let me use his basement to set up shop and now I’m forever in his debt! We ended up recording three songs and one of the songs aired on the Crescent Hill Radio!
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So a year later we decided to set up shop once again, this time in someone else basement for a impromptu jam session and to chit chat about life! In this episode we talk about where the name “Sun Dogs” originated from, what we were doing when we were 19 years old, charities they would play for, The time they played 30 songs at a field party, debating if people who save trees use toilet paper, and much much more!

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Adam & Brandon of Pickwick Commons

Whats up everyone, happy Monday! Never fear Willis is here with a new podcast episode featuring Adam Loellke & Brandon Stuck from Pickwick Commons, a hardcore 4 piece out of Indianapolis Indiana! For fans of: Code Orange, Varials, Knocked Loose, The Ghost Inside, Kublai Khan, and Left Behind! This is a Skype interview so I apologize for the quality, it glitches out from time to time. How ever I’m glad our schedules lined up to do an interview!

I saw them a month ago with Cane Hill and My Enemies & I. I’m not sure why we didn’t talk about this but they opened up their set with a heavy cover of the theme song from That ’70s Show! Immediately upon hearing that cover I knew that they were going to kill it and despite a crowd of 20 people Pickwick Commons was pretty dam impressive! They have a similar vocal style to one of my favorite hardcore bands Code Orange. Not tone wise per say but similar to Code Orange they utilize other members of the band to hit certain vocal ranges/notes. Colin Fedorchak (guitar player) adds extra fry vocals that will make your hair stick up and Wes Holland (bass player) has a low growl that will make you feel less of a man, it’s super low and gnarly!
Another thing that impressed me was the songs themselves. Yes they were immensely heavy with a lot of swing & grove but they also had some melodic parts that most hardcore bands wouldn’t think of trying. I definitely recommend that you see these guys live because they are well rehearsed and have an amazing stage presence!

In this episode we talked about how Pickwick Commons started, playing at a run down venue in Cleveland, the split EP they did with Old Poet, utilizing Colin & Wes on vocals, playing Warp Tour, their cool day jobs (jelly), the hardships of booking shows, who they would like to play, and much much more!

 

FOLLOW PICKWICK COMMONS ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA:
Bandcamp – check out the split EP!
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Ryan Matthews of Quick Runner

Hopefully your still able to see after looking at the eclipse today because here is a brand new podcast episode featuring Ryan Matthews of Quick Runner!!! Quick Runner is a 4 piece rock band from southern Indiana and if you are a fan of Concealer these guys will be your new jam!

This has been in the works for a long time! Ryan and I have been fan boying each other back and forth ever since a show at Taproom. The convo went something like this:
Me: “Your band is dope dude!”
Ryan: “Your podcast is tight!”
Me & Ryan: “COLLAB BRO?”

No but seriously his band is amazing and they write some catchy tunes! I like to say they are one of those bands that no matter how much of a genre snob you are you will find them enjoyable to listen to. You can check them out this Sunday (8/27/17) at Zanzabar with Darlington Paris and Midnight Channels!!! Click here for show details

Several months later our schedules finally aligned to chillax with some beers, talk about how Quick Runner came to be, what we’ve been jamming to lately, what local bands we would like to see play with each other, what Ryan goes through working at a liquor store and much much more!

Make sure to follow Quick Runner on all social media outlets!
Facebook
– Soundcloud
– Itunes
– Instagram

 

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