Joshua Ricley of ZIION!

Yo spring is here and mother Earth blessed us with a bunch of snow, the universe doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense. However what does make sense is how dam good the band ZIION is! My friend Adam Loellke (One of the best dudes ever) told me about them and was like, “They are super good, and like waaaaayyy better than Pickwick Commons, you should have them on the podcast!” Followed by me saying, “BEYAH!!!” Followed by Adam “wow” reacting everything lmao.

No but in all seriousness if you are a fan of Fit For A King/The Plot In You/Being As An Ocean/Silent Planet then ZIION will be your new jam, or go to workout music! CLICK HERE! <<<< to hear their newest single “The Witness” 

Working this morning shift job has seriously been soul crushing and it’s only been 3 days! However I was fortunate enough to not be too tired to interview Joshua Ricley (vocals) of ZIION!

Powered by the amazing program, Skype, I chit chatted with Josh all the way from Kansas! We talked about the process of him joining ZIION, we dug into the lyrically content of their upcoming album Decay, talked about his day job for a bit, his musical influence, ZIION’s most recent tour with Pickwick Commons, a segment of us fangirling out about Earth Groans, and much much more!



MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW ZIION ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS:
– Facebook
– Bandcamp
– Youtube
– Spotify
– Instagram

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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!

Gallifrey Falls

Whats up gang! Hopefully the new year is treating you okay so far! Todays post is something special. Something I wanted to do with the Whatcha Recording Willis Podcast for a while now and that is to have a video interview! I have to give a huge shout out to Benjamin Barber (not his last name) for shooting the whole thing and dealing with the editing process! Despite me wearing a goofy ass suit, that doesn’t even fit, I think the video turned out stellar! A interview with Gallifrey Falls has been long over due and it was worth the wait! Hopefully this can become the new platform for the podcast!

Gallifrey Falls is currently a 4 piece metalcore band based out of Louisville Kentucky and if you haven’t heard of them then you need to check out their most recent EP called Rapture! Even better go check them out live because they absolutely crush it!

Gallifrey has a unique blend when it comes to their music. Fusing heavy deathcore like guitar riffs with electronic elements and topping off the tracks with superb metalcore cleans. I would say listening to Gallifrey Falls is like hearing a metalcore/ambient version Whitechapel, it is quite ear pleasing. If you would like to see a more in depth review of their latest EP Rapture check out my friend Eric over at 20/20 Music & Production who gave an amazing review!

Unfortunately this podcast episode will not be uploaded to Itunes or various podcast apps simply because it wasn’t a straight forward interview. In fact we did a lot of filming for this and some of the audio wasn’t even usable. However I’m truly grateful to have the guys in Gallifrey be my guinea pigs and it was a great experience!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW

Make sure to follow Gallifrey Falls at:
https://www.facebook.com/GallifreyFallsBand/

https://www.instagram.com/gallifreyfallsband/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaNL06zZciyV46vgwoZPIXg

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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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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