VILLA MURE

If mother nature could chill with all this pollen that would be great… Allergies are currently kicking my ass! How ever I was fortunate enough earlier this week to interview Colin and Kendra of VILLA MURE! Of course special thanks to my good friend Daniel Cartledge of The Empty Room for being my co host!

VILLA MURE was founded by husband/wife singer songwriter duo Colin (bass/vocals) and Kendra Lamure (guitar/vocals). Later they added Jordan Hubbard to play drums/percussion, which helped complete their sound and make them a full on band! On their Facebook page (who ever wrote all the info 10/10) they say they are a blues rock, alternative, psychedelic band. Which is a fair statement but I like to think if you are a fan of classic rock like Pink Floyd/Jimi Hendrix/Led Zepplin, then VILLA MURE should be your go to indie-rock, blues-rock, psychedelic music!

I remember seeing Kendra and Colin play as just a duo before but I had no idea who they actually were, in fact I remember Kendra playing open mic gigs as a solo artist and thinking, “holy cow she is too good to be playing at these gigs!”

Colin and Kendra are the perfect pair! Complementing each other very well when it comes to their vocal harmonies and when they are playing their respected instruments the groove is never lost. Rarely ever do you find an acoustic duo that will make you fall in love with their music, but some how I am hooked!

In this sweet and charming interview we talked about how Colin and Kendra met. We talked about how VILLA MURE started, the process of recording their debut EP Stay With Me”, a little tangent about Pokemon, the meaning behind some of the lyrics, and much much more!



MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW VILLA MURE ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS:
– Facebook
– Instagram
– You can find their debut EP “Stay With Me” on Itunes/Spotify/Google Play/Amazon/Youtube! I highly encourage you to buy a hard copy from Kendra or Colin! Or you can buy it at Better Days Records, Guestroom Records, and Matt Anthony’s Record Shop!


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Paul Kasper – Madison Metal Fest 2018!

Alright so if you don’t know who Paul Kasper is I have to ask you, how big is the rock you live under and why is your name Patrick?!? Spongebob joke, get it!? *knee slapping intensifies*

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No but seriously Paul Kasper has been booking shows in the tri-state area for quite some time! I’m sure you have been to one of his shows or you may have seen his band, You Wont Feel A Thing play before. OOOOORRR you may have stumbled across “Madison Metal Fest” and you were like, “Where the fuck is Madison?!?”

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Paul is the mastermind behind Madison Metal Fest which is normally a one day event that brings the top heavy metal bands from the tri-state area under one roof to play sacrificial devil worshipping music!

HOWEVER! 
This years 3rd annual Madison Metal Fest will be a two day event! TWICE THE BRUTALITY!! Maybe the best part, there will be a bar! Get shwifty my duuuuuddeeeesss!!! Also this section will be updated once the event page goes live with venue info/show times/ticket pricing!

Day one: March 24th (Saturday) – Madison Indiana
– DAY ONE EVENT PAGE
– TICKETS HERE<<<

Day two: March 25th (Sunday) – Louisville Kentucky – Spinelli’s Downtown
– DAY TWO EVENT PAGE

Oh and just kidding about the devil worshipping music being played…..Or am I!?

Alright so lets get into the reason why your here. You want the details as far as who is playing! Spoil alert it’s not As I Lay Dying. Although if anyone wants to start a AILD cover band and hop on the bill I’m game! No but seriously this years lineup is FUCKING BONKERS! The locals are top notch and the headliners are some hard hitting heavy metal bands! No kitty pool bullshit!

Anyways I’m really proud of Paul for being perseverant! He went above and beyond to get ahold of the headliners and we should be all grateful towards Paul for organizing such an amazing event that helps show case our best local bands! Seriously this is the show to be at if you want to see what our scene is all about!

So without further a due, listen below to get the early scoop on Madison Metal Fest 2018 line up!

Era of Machines

Whats going on everyone!? I should have plenty of podcast episodes coming to you this month, so Merry Christmas! Fun fact I have to do Christmas shopping still, should I even bother at this point? I know I was inactive last month but I promise I will make up for it! Starting off December with a interview with the guys in Era of Machines! A 5 piece prog metal band (Currently a 4 piece) from Louisville, Ky that makes 4/4 standard music listener’s heads explode!

I’m pretty sure I have seen these guys live, well I know for a fact I have seen two of the members play in another local band. If you are a fan of Animals As Leaders or Periphery then they are the band for you! In this episode you will hear a snippet from their recent demo titled, “Echoes”. The song features fast, intricate drum patterns that break the time barrier, and ambient guitar melodies accompanied by crushing bass lines! The song has tremendous potential to be stellar and I hope they find a vocalists that will remain permanent! 

PS IF YOU DO VOCALS YOU SHOULD HIT THEM UP TO AUDITION! EVEN IF YOU ARE A SOUND CLOUD RAPPER, JUST DO IT!

In this episode we discuss where the name “Era of Machines” comes from,  How the band started, what type of music they are into, trying to stop the government from breaking the internet, shedding a few tears for the music venues that are no longer around, recommended shows to watch on Netflix, and much much more!

MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THEM ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS!
– Facebook
– Website
– Era of Machines – Echoes (Full Demo)

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Flip The Switch

Good afternoon everyone! We are 2 days away from celebrating one full year of the Whatcha Recording Willis Podcast and to anyone who has listened to the podcast or that has given me positive feed back thank you so very much! To help make things come full circle here is episode 20 featuring the guys in Flip The Switch!!! Side note in the interview I say “Episode 21” because I have a second round interview with Softspoken that I thought was going to be uploaded before this interview took place. How ever the episodes are flip flopped so sorry for the confusion! EP 21 of WRWpodcast will be Softspoken round two, uploading the 27th!

Flip The Switch is a 5 piece rock/heavy metal/metal-core band based out of Madison Indiana! For fans of, All That Remains, Miss May I, even For The Fallen Dreams. They fuse a lot of elements from early 2006 metal-core with the vocal arrangements and the gnarly breakdowns! But they also offer a modern heavy metal sound with tasty guitar licks, guitar solos and eargasmic drum fills!
It should be noted that certain members of the band can play multiple instruments which not only helps them be more creative during the writing process but it keeps their sound unique and fresh. If you see them live you will see this Chinese Fire Drill theatrics and in no way does this hinder their performance!
Flip The Switch is making tremendous progress for a band that has only been around for a year! They have shared the stage with some big named acts such as Miss May I, Earth Groans, Wage War, Varials, and Gideon. They are set to release their debut EP “Any Last Words” Sunday November 5th at Madison All Ages Show! So mark your calendars because that show is going to be off the chain!

In this episode you will hear a teaser of the new single “Shoot Me Dead”, we talk about where the name Flip The Switch comes from, how the band formed, their writing process, musical influences, their stance on current political issues, favorite songs off the EP, name dropping local bands and we asked some questions from the Swiggity Swooty Club!


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Make sure to follow them on all forms of social Media!
Facebook
Instagram
Lyric Video for “Rise Up”

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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!
Facebook
Website
Instagram
Twitter
Spotify
Youtube

 

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Softspoken

Really stoked that I was able to interview Chris Wethington and Billy Zimpleman of Softspoken! Unfortunately Logan, Garrett, and Zach couldn’t make it but we gave them a shout out any way. Softspoken is a 5 piece post-hardcore band hailing from Florence Kentucky who have been making great strides for a band that has only been around for less than a year!

My first encounter with Softspoken was back in 2016 when they opened up for previous podcast guest Light Treasons at Spinelli’s Downtown. Their sound was quite nostalgic, it reminded me of the glory days of early metalcore and I became an instant fan! The real cherry on top was their stage presence, they can really put on a show!

At the start of the interview you will hear a 15-20 second clip of the the new single, “Fix Myself” For the full song click here: Fix Myself

In this interview we talked about how Softspoken came to be, our tattoos, musical influences, signing to We Are Triumphant, recording with Cameron Mizell of Chango Studios, Chris’s time spent in Japan, and the really hard hitting question, “Do pineapples go on pizza?!?”

Make sure to also save the date for the release of their new debut EP Pathways out 3/17/17! Pre order at: Pathways on Itunes or Pathways pre order bundle! ____________________________________________________________________________________

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ROUND TWO!

9 months ago the Chris and Billy were over talking about Softspoken and how it all started. Fast forwarding to present day Softspoken has been touring, battling member changes and writing new material! The new members are Sam Scheuer on the vocals and Myka Meeks on the drums. You would think having two new guys would hinder the band’s progression but it has only helped skyrocket their sound and musicianship!

Despite some hardships the band is coming out with a brand new album and a new single titled “Begin Again” which you can listen to now!

Check out this amazing pre order bundle deal > HERE!

In this episode we talked about the addition of Sam and Myka. Their recent tour, recording again with Cameron Mizell, what the new single “Begin Again” means, discussing our tattoos, what they listen to on tour, why they created “The Speakers” Facebook group, and much much more!

Make sure to follow Softspoken on all forms of social media:
Band’s Website
Facebook
The Speakers Facebook group
Instagram
Twitter
Bandcamp
Youtube