Fearless’ Punk Goes 90’s Volume 2 comes out tomorrow. PropertyOfZack is teaming up with the label to post a new Discussion featuring bands on the release discussing their first bands and instruments from the 90’s. We also included some photos of band members back in the day showing their true-punkness. Pick up a copy of 90’s Vol. 2 here and check out the feature below!
What was the year you started your first band? What was the band name? (Any photos?)
The Color Morale - Garret Rapp (Lead Singer): Steve and I started a band together in like 2004/2005 called The Killer Apathy.
Chunk No Captain Chunk - Paul Wilson (Guitar) : 2003 or 2004, the band was called Firepants (Jonathan was also playing drums in this band).
The Ghost Inside - Jonathan Vigil (Vocals) : My first band was called “A Dying Dream.” We eventually changed our name to The Ghost Inside and became the band we are today. I guess I’ve only ever been in one band. We started in 2004 and The Ghost Inside is still going strong.
Get Scared - Adam Virostko (Guitar) :1997, AGaNG
Get Scared - Bradley “Lloyd” Iverson (Guitar): 2001 Me, Nick and a couple other friends started a pop punk band called ‘Fill The Blank’
Get Scared - Dan Juarez (Drums): 2003, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Ice Nine Kills - Spencer Charnas (Lead Singer) : The year I started my first band, Blind Ambition, was in 1995. We played “Dive” by Nirvana and “Tomorrow” by Silverchair at my middle school talent show. My Yamaha Pacifica guitar was bigger than my whole body but I still rocked out!
Mayday Parade - Jake Bundrick (Drums) : Oh man. Back in 1999 or 2000. We were called Sucker Punch. I played guitar. We needed a drummer so that’s when I started playing drums. We have a few photos of us in Mayday’s photo book we just released.
Showing potential is one thing; actually realizing and living up to that potential is what’s really tricky. So many bands come and go in this scene, showing potential with slightly sloppy debut releases only to produce more of the same on their sophomore release. But every once in a while, a band takes an extended look at their previous material, tightens the screws, and shows you that they’re here to stay. It’s important to say all of this, because that’s exactly what Hands Like Houses have done on their new album Unimagine.
Despite showing a unique sound and creative songwriting, the band’s debut effort, Ground Dweller, was all over the place, with a “mad scientist” feel to it. The talent and potential were there, but the execution wasn’t where it needed to be. This time around, those issues aren’t present at all. Beginning with “Developments,” which opens with a somber keyboard arrangement from Jamal Sabet, the song takes off thanks to lead guitarist Matt Cooper. Vocalist Trenton Woodley enters the fray with a cooing verse before the band explodes for one of the albums’ many soaring choruses.
The album’s second track, “Introduced Species,” is arguably its highest peak. The track begins much like “Developments” does, with a keyboard-based opening before the gang chant of “We don’t belong here,” which is used throughout the song, brings on the full instrumentation. Woodley’s vocals shine throughout “Introduced Species,” as he sings powerfully through the verses and bridge while soaring over the gang chants in the chorus, which takes the song to anthemic heights.