POZ Exclusive: Ashley Garcia Statement On Leaving Smalls

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 23, 2014

Ashley Garcia, now formerly of Smalls, has sent in a statement to PropertyOfZack following initial reports of her leaving the band in the midst of a tour. Garcia shares that her reason for leaving was not due her band being homophobic, but that the situations around her coming out caused difficulties and confusion in various areas of her life. We are updating prior posts related to this story, and you can read her lengthy statement below. 

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POZ Interview: Mayday Parade

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 23, 2014

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PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman headed out to Warped Tour a few weeks ago to sweat while watching bands, but to also do some great interviews for the site. 

Jesse spoke with Derek Sanders from Mayday Parade about Warped Tour, Monsters In The Closet a year later, future plans, and writing for a next release. Read the interview below!

POZ: Derek, I know we caught up with you fairly recently, but we’re now in the middle of Warped Tour, and Mayday Parade are one of the headlining acts, so I just want to know how it’s going to far.
DS: It’s been incredible. It’s always tough to say while it’s happening, but it’s certainly, if not my favorite, then one of my favorite tours I’ve ever done. It’s my favorite Warped Tour I’ve done. I feel like each time you do Warped Tour, you kind of get more used to it and comfortable with it. It’s such a great experience. We know so many people on the tour. And like you said, we’re playing the main stage for the first time, which is really incredible, it’s a milestone for us. It’s all good things, it’s great!

Having done it so many times, does it feel different being a mainstage act?
It’s a bigger look. Warped Tour is intimidating at first. We followed it and sold CDs outside at first — we weren’t even part of it — and then we played it several times on smaller stages and kind of worked our way up. At first it can be very intimidating; you don’t want to do the wrong thing, or piss off the wrong person. It’s almost overwhelming. But each time, as you do it more and more… And part of it, being on the main stage as well, it’s comfortable. But it’s very cool.

Is it a different approach from a production standpoint?
I suppose so. The stage itself isn’t that much bigger than the blow-up stage, the Monster Energy stage or whatever, but we tried to do our best with a cool backdrop scrim, a 3D-kind of thing. We just go out and have fun.

One thing I thought was kind of cool about the lineup this year is, some years there’s one or two super-huge headliner acts, but this year there’s more parity at that mainstage level. How do you think that’s affected the crowds that have come out?
It’s tough to say. It seems like it’s been doing really well, there’s a lot of people. I feel like a lot of times, there’s the one band that always plays towards the end, because they’re kind of the headliner, and this year it seems to be a little more spread out. I think that maybe that’s a good thing, so long as people are still showing up. And it’s probably always like this, but I feel like it happens more and more, where there are bigger bands on other stages, so you have fewer kids that just stand in front of the main stage and watch all day. People float around and check out other bands on different stages. It’s been great vibes so far.

You guys have been doing Warped Tour for a long time; this is, what, your sixth run?
It’s our fifth time playing it, and then we followed it, so that doesn’t really count, but we essentially did all of Warped Tour that year.

I imagine there were kids who were, like, the youngest kids in the crowd coming to see you those early years, who are now the old folks here. Maybe they’ve got their little brother or sister in tow who are getting exposed to you for the first time. Do you feel like you’re bringing in kids who still don’t know about you at this point? Or is it more of your loyal fanbase showing up to support you?
I’d say it’s a little bit of both, and that’s what’s great about it. It’s almost been nine years of being in this band, so anyone who was a fan in the beginning is a lot older now. I feel like we’ve had a whole lot of people who have stuck around, and there also seems to be a lot of newer, younger fans who are getting into it as well. It’s a blend of both, which is amazing. We’re very grateful to still be able to tour at this level.

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POZ Exclusive: Smalls Release Statement On Ashley Cadwallader Split

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 23, 2014

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Smalls have sent in a statement to PropertyOfZack following the controversy that has taken place over the past few hours on Ashley Cadwallader’s departure from the band, which is claimed to be over homophobia and abuse. We will have a statement from Ashley herself on the website shortly, but Smalls’ statement can be read below after the jump.

Update: shley Garcia Statement On Leaving Smalls

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POZ Review: The Cab – Lock Me Up

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 23, 2014

by ALi Killian, edited by Erik van Rheenen

Listening to The Cab’s latest release, Lock Me Up, is like seeing your best friend from high school after you’ve grown apart through the first few post-graduation years – a comforting familiarity laces the awkward interaction, and you wonder where your paths diverged. Was it when you went to college and she didn’t? Was it when you moved to another state and he stayed within 20 minutes from where you grew up? Or, in this case, was it when you realized that The Cab vocalist Alex DeLeon has resolute pop-stardom aspirations and you just can’t hop on the pop music train? Fans who latched onto The Cab during the Whisper War era, like myself, may check ‘Yes’ for that one.

Though the Las Vegas-based band has always had a knack for penning great pop-infused songs – even dating back to Whisper War, The Cab’s debut full-length – Lock Me Up comes off as an imitation, a shell of a crossover-hit record. The EP hinges on DeLeon’s extremely impressive pipes, but the music sounds stale. A voice like DeLeon’s deserves to be touted around town, but it also deserves well-crafted instrumentals to back it up and well-written lyrics to deliver.

We should applaud bands for breaking out of their genre-constrained boxes — and I do respect The Cab for putting out edgier-yet-more-mainstream music, a change from its past endeavors — but what we shouldn’t applaud is sacrificing quality for the chance at radio play. Lock Me Up is just that.

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POZ Gallery

Jul 22, 2014

POZ Gallery: Owls Two TourFeatures: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca MorraLocation: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: Owls Two TourFeatures: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca MorraLocation: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: Owls Two TourFeatures: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca MorraLocation: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: Owls Two TourFeatures: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca MorraLocation: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: Owls Two TourFeatures: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca MorraLocation: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: Owls Two TourFeatures: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca MorraLocation: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: Owls Two TourFeatures: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca MorraLocation: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: Owls Two TourFeatures: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca MorraLocation: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: Owls Two TourFeatures: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca MorraLocation: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: Owls Two TourFeatures: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca MorraLocation: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold

POZ Gallery: Owls Two Tour
Features: Owls, Hop Along, Glocca Morra
Location: Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
Photos By: Allison Newbold

POZ Gallery

Jul 22, 2014

POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped TourFeatures: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, YellowcardLocation: Portland Expo Center - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped TourFeatures: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, YellowcardLocation: Portland Expo Center - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped TourFeatures: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, YellowcardLocation: Portland Expo Center - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped TourFeatures: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, YellowcardLocation: Portland Expo Center - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped TourFeatures: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, YellowcardLocation: Portland Expo Center - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped TourFeatures: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, YellowcardLocation: Portland Expo Center - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped TourFeatures: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, YellowcardLocation: Portland Expo Center - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped TourFeatures: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, YellowcardLocation: Portland Expo Center - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped TourFeatures: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, YellowcardLocation: Portland Expo Center - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped TourFeatures: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, YellowcardLocation: Portland Expo Center - Portland, ORPhotos By: Randi Newport

POZ Gallery: 2014 Vans Warped Tour
Features: Bayside, Finch, Four Year Strong, Less Than Jake, Neck Deep, State Champs, Vanna, Yellowcard
Location: Portland Expo Center - Portland, OR
Photos By: Randi Newport

POZ Gallery

Jul 22, 2014

POZ Gallery: Warped TourFeatures: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Warped TourFeatures: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Warped TourFeatures: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Warped TourFeatures: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Warped TourFeatures: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Warped TourFeatures: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Warped TourFeatures: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Warped TourFeatures: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Warped TourFeatures: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Warped TourFeatures: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor

POZ Gallery: Warped Tour
Features: Enter Shikari, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far, The Maine, Yellowcard, The Maine, Four Year Strong 
Location: Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MI
Photos By: Kelly Swor

POZ Gallery

Jul 22, 2014

POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor POZ Gallery: Common Ground FestivalFeatures: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front BottomsLocation:Lansing, MIPhotos By: Kelly Swor

POZ Gallery: Common Ground Festival
Features: Circa Survive, Say Anything, The Front Bottoms
Location:Lansing, MI
Photos By: Kelly Swor

Off The Record: Gimmickcore

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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Off The Record, a podcast hosted by Jesse Cannon and Zack Zarrillo, is back this week with a new episode titled Gimmickcore.

This week’s episode focusses on when management should come into the picture, how to escape gimmicks yet find success, our worst music industry situations, and the usual banter about Zack being a child and Jesse being an old man.

Please take a listen if you’re interested and make sure to check out the Off The Record website for show notes on the episode and for more information on how to keep up to date with us. Listen to the twelve episode below! 

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POZ Decade: Taking Back Sunday - Where You Want To Be

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

Taking Back Sunday’s Where You Want to Be was released ten years ago this week, and PropertyOfZack is launching our next Decade feature in honor of the album today! We have commentary on the album from POZ team members Adrienne Fisher, Erik van Rheenen, and Deanna Chapman, so enjoy and reblog to let us know your thoughts on Where You Want to Be ten years later! 

How Where You Want to Be holds up in 2014

Where You Want To Be was the first time I really heard about Taking Back Sunday. I was almost 12 when the album came out, and the music video for “A Decade Under The Influence” seemed to constantly be on TV. To this day, I will still enjoy hearing that song. After listening to this album top to bottom for the first time in a while, I quickly remembered why it’s such a great album. The songwriting is brilliant, and the songs are the right mixture of heavy hitting and mellow. It makes for an extremely enjoyable and emotional album all at the same time, with songs like “A Decade Under The Influence,” “One Eighty By Summer,” and “New American Classic.” ‘Sophomore slump’ is a term that is thrown around quite a bit in music, but this album was by no means a slump for the band. I would easily say this album has stood the test of time so far for TBS fans. – Deanna Chapman

Most important song on Where You Want to Be

There’s a sense of poetic justice in christening “A Decade Under the Influence” the crown jewel of Where You Want to Be – since Adam Lazzara and Fred Mascherino first sang, “to hell with you and all your friends, it’s on,” Taking Back Sunday have labored under the song’s influence for ten straight years. “Decade” is easily as dynamic as the most reckless of Tell All Your Friends cuts, and Lou Giordano’s deftly punkish fingerprints mark the song as both a product of 2004 (a wonderfully heart-on-sleeve year when it comes to The Scene) and a catalyst for the shape of emo-rock to come.
 
The problem with being a Taking Back Sunday, though, comes from all the needless side-picking, like the band’s markedly different lineups are Red Rover teams, and you might as well take your side and stand your fucking ground lest one of the Lazzara/Nolan Era fans comes over. Truth is, Fred Mascherino was not, is not, and to the chagrin of Tell All Your Friends fanboys, will not ever be John Nolan. And while Nolan peppered TAYF with his signature vocals before maturing with Straylight Run, to hell with fans who wrote the band off as dead on Mascherino’s arrival. There’s a neurotic sort of nervous energy that punctuates “Decade,” and it’s that kind of jolt that spurred the band towards mainstream success. – Erik van Rheenen

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POZ Interview: The Ready Set

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman recently spoke with Jordan from The Ready Set about Warped Tour, getting off of a major label, the new album, future music, touring, and much more. Read the interview below!

by Jesse Richman

Let me start this off by saying “welcome back”! Not that you went away, but it’s been quite a while since we had a full-length from you.
TRS: Yeah, it’s been a few years!

Before we jump into everything, let’s talk a little bit about what went on over those couple years. Your last album and EP and single came out on Sire, which is part of Warner Brothers. You’re no longer with them — you’re with Razor & Tie now. Can you talk a little bit about what went down with Sire?
I signed back in 2010, and put out my first album there, and a couple of singles and stuff. And after that, I assumed we were going to put out a new album, but it kind of was like a “let’s just put out singles” type thing, and try and have a big song at radio. So I was like “alright, well I guess I can be into that for a little bit.”

And then eventually, after that whole thing, I wanted to do an album, so they were like “alright, do an album.” So I did an album, got it all done, and then there were just so many changes — like none of the people that signed me were there anymore, it was all not the same thing that I signed to. There was just so much dead space, and I was sitting, waiting pretty, for the higher-up people to tell me that I could release something, and it was just like… ridiculous.

So I was able to get off, and there was not a ton of legal stuff — my lawyer was incredible with it. Within, like, a week, I was signed to Razor & Tie, with all of the album rights and everything; everything switched over to them. And it’s been amazing so far. So it feels like I’m back on track. I’m definitely not going to have any more of those delays. I feel bad; I don’t want people to think that that was my call. If I had it my way I would have put out three more albums by now. There’s just so much behind-the-scenes stuff that can hold you up. So now I’m just jumping back in.

"Best Song Ever" was the last thing you released as part of the major label deal. I was just wondering how that one track managed to squeak out. Were you happy with what they put behind it? Were they happy with what you put behind it? I’m curious how it all transpired.
It was a different team pushing that song. I don’t think it got the push that it could have, and I don’t think everything behind it was quite as cool as it could have been, as far as the content and everything. It was just all of these things that, I would have an idea, and I would have people saying “no, I think it would be better this way.” I was making these decisions out of fear that if I don’t let things go that way, everything is going to stop. So it’s a weight off my shoulders to be with a way more, I guess, creative label. It was great for a while; I got incredible opportunities out of it. I love tons of the people who were there, they all did a good job. But it came down to people who are way above everybody on the corporate level, who would just say yes or no to things, but who had no real creative input at all.

Was that single the thing that convinced you “ok, I need to get out of here?”
Yeah, kind of. It was always this thing where it was like “we’ll put out the single, and then we’ll do the album, it’ll come out in three months.” And then three months would come, and they’re like “alright, maybe four more months.” It became this thing where I knew every time that date came around… [Eventually I was like] “alright, this probably isn’t going to happen.”

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POZ Playlist: Plot Twist

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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PropertyOfZack is continuing a new string of Playlist features from individual team members to highlight specific feelings or desires. Next up is titled Plot Twist by Becky Kovach.

Check out our Playlist, let us know what your favorite songs on it are, and listen to these songs on Spotify while reading along below!

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Before music took over my life, I was what you’d probably call a “book worm.” I was the kid who read “Dracula” in 6th grade just because I could, the one who enjoyed “Great Expectations,” and the one who reveled in debating the merit of characters like Holden Caulfield.

To be completely honest, I haven’t changed all that much. I studied English and American Literature in college for no reason other than I wanted to, and loved every minute of it. So as a tribute to my bookish nature, my playlist features songs that are either inspired by books or contain literary references. If you happen understand them all, that’s awesome – you go, Glen Coco. If you don’t, let’s just say the final track is my polite way of telling you the best way to remedy that situation.

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POZ Exclusive: Red Scare Industries’ 10th Anniversary Show

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

Red Scare Industries is turning ten this year, which is a major accomplishment all on its own. To push that even farther, the label is hosting a ten year show at the Metro in Chicago, IL on October 25th this year, and you should definitely go if you get a chance. PropertyOfZack is excited to announce that Direct Hit! have been added to the show. Check out the rest of the announced lineup below after the jump.

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POZ Review: Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 22, 2014

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by Zac Lomas, edited by Erik van Rheenen

All hail the flustered messiah of the jaded world; the provocateur known as Morrissey has returned after five years of veganism, celibacy, or whatever prevented him from releasing new music. I write this as only Morrissey would see fit to take his persona and music, with a dash of cynicism. It’s been a rocky year for the one they call Moz; several ailments have crippled multiple tours but with last year’s release of his autobiography his profile has raised once more. His tenth studio album, World Peace is None of Your Business, serves as one of his most musically diverse records to date that doesn’t sway far from the usual lyrical content but puts into perspective how aware the man sees his popularity and persona in the modern world.
 
The title track cuts to the heart of its subject, declaring the mission statement of all government to be of police brutality and taxing the common man to his lowest economic abilities. “You poor little fool” he croons to his masses making what one would assume is a State of the World declaration to his listeners who wouldn’t expect anything less of him. It’s a cautionary track masked with a grand build up clanging like church bells with the help of his longtime band. It’s wonderful to see his crew take such a giant leap in sound often possessing either a Latin or Middle Eastern sound to back up often gut cutting riffs and louder-than-bombs drums.
 
“Neal Cassady Drops Dead” features some of the grittiest guitars in Morrissey’s discography with a flavor for the samba, peppering a tale of Allen Ginsberg wallowing over the body of his lover. As hard hitting as it tends to be his world is more down in the dumps than usual and while World Peace… leaps and segues from track to track perfectly it is often slow moving and lacks the pep of his last effort, 2009’s “Years of Refusal.” However there is a certain glow of love still present as on “Kiss Me a Lot” a track whose inspired emotions would have fit perfectly early on in his solo career. “Staircase at the University” is another track that is reminiscent of his past work, with a tale of a student pressured into good grades committing suicide assisted by glowing background music that is giddy with Top 40 style.

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POZ Interview: Real Friends

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 21, 2014

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PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman headed out to Warped Tour a few weeks ago to sweat while watching bands, but to also do some great interviews for the site. 

Jesse spoke with Kyle Fasel from Real Friends about Warped Tour, Maybe This Place Is The Same…, Pop-Punk’s Credibility Problem, and so much more. Pick up the album here and read the interview below!

by Jesse Richman

POZ: Can I get your name and what you do in the band?
KF: My name’s Kyle [Fasel], I play bass guitar in Real Friends.

We’re about halfway through Warped Tour now. How are you guys holding up? It’s a long haul.
It’s been really good. We did three weeks of it last year, so going into it we knew it was going to be tough. But this is the first tour we’ve done where we’re in a Bandwagon, which is like a small bus.

Did you do it in a van last year?
Yeah, we did three weeks in a van, which really wasn’t that bad honestly. A lot of people are like “how did you do that?” But it’s not that bad. You can’t do the whole thing in a van though, I don’t think. I would kill my bandmates. It’s nice having a shower and a bed to sleep in and to not worry about driving, because this tour is so intense. This tour is made for a bus. So that’s really saved us. And then on the other side of things, all the shows have been awesome. A lot more people than expected, really.

I was going to say, from last year to this year, I imagine a lot more people know who you guys are. What’s the crowd reaction been like compared to last time?
There were a lot of markets we played last year where, when we played this year, there were two or three times as many people, which is cool. That’s a good gauge for growth. It feels good to see that growth, knowing that exactly a year ago — almost to the day on Warped Tour — we played the same exact city and there were half as many people, or a fourth the amount of people. We played in Las Vegas, and last year we played at 7:30 and there were like fifty people there. This year we played last again, and we played in front of probably 300 people, which is really good for Las Vegas.

Let me take it back a little bit, to the Greatest Generation Tour that you guys did a couple months back . You were second on the bill for that tour, but I would say, at least when I was at the New York show, that other than The Wonder Years, the crowd was there primarily for you. Has it felt like a rocket ride? Has it caught you off guard? Or does it feel like more of a slow build?
I definitely don’t think it’s an overnight thing with us. A lot of people say “oh, you’re blowing up” lately. I don’t really look at it that way. I look at it more as growth. Things are different than they were a year ago, but I don’t really realize it until I actually stop to think about it. With me and all my bandmates and everyone involved with the band, we see every step. So I think it feels like more of a growth to us, but to the public eye it maybe seems overnight. But we’ve been a band for almost four years, we’ve been touring full time for a year and a half. So it’s definitely a growth thing for me.

It seems like every year there’s one band on Warped Tour that has the “next big thing” check mark on them, and it seems like this year you’re that act. What’s the tenor been like backstage?
Backstage it’s been cool, because we’ve had a lot of the metalcore bands, they’re like “oh, I love you guys!” Which is kind of cool! We’re on Fearless Records, and so is The Word Alive, and their singer mentioned to some of my guys that we’re his favorite band on Fearless. Which is cool to see, because I’m sure people who play that type of music — it’s not my thing, but I respect it — I’m sure it’s refreshing for them to listen to a band like us. I guess. I dunno.

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