Archive : Category

Bad Audio Interview with Sick of Sarah at Vans Warped Tour


Jamie Holm ant Abisha Uhl of Sick of Sarah - Photo by Eric Leiser Photography

For those of you who follow Lumpy, you know that gremlins also stalk me.  I tried to get rid of them with some holy water and that didn’t work out too well.  While Eric and Lumpy had a great time at Van’s Warped Tour, there were some bummers as well.  The first one being that it took the Blossom staff so long to figure out where the press tent was, that we missed the fabulous five piece’s performance.  The second which your ears shall certainly hear, was that the press area was right below one of the stages and full of background noise.

As they say, that is rock and roll. Nonetheless, I was not going to ditch this interview and thanks their label, I am already making plans to catch them in Cleveland in September.  I guarantee you the “do over” will be much, much better.

All in all though, it was a great day and a great event.  I ended up with so much material that I am going to have a hard time post processing all the audio and editing all the photos in less than a month.  Personally, Lumpy thinks that is a nice problem to have.

These ladies are not your typical “chick” band.  First off, they really, really get the new media order.  The bit torrent release of 2205 broke all records with over one million downloads. Add to that, while they may sound similar to bands like The Motels, they sure as the sun rising tomorrow add their own unique flavor and style. Listen close to the way Jamie thumps out the bass, you can tell she did guitar work as well.

In this interview, provided you can actually understand it, you will hear some great music by the quintet who have a driving hard sound and catch punk phrased lyrics.  We played three tracks in between interview and commentary segments.  Those tracks are, in order:

  • Over Exposed
  • Hello, Good Morning
  • Autograph

Interview with Daria Musk and RAM – Part 3


Let’s Talk About RAM, No Not PC RAM, RAMusic

RAM, Daria Musk, Jeff, DJ Angel and I spent so much time on line during an interview that it is turning into one marathon project to edit it.  I decided to have this one focus more on RAM.  No not the stuff you put in your mother board but the man who plays bass guitar with Daria.  RAM is much more than just a bass player he is a composer and musician in his own right.  He is very proficient with instruments electronic and computer musical instruments.  In fact he worked on the first real computer instrument, the Fairlight CMI.


RAM was also part of group called Present Dreams and they have four CDs available on Present Dreams.  If you like stuff like Synergy and Tangerine Dream, you should definitely check this music out.

Interview with Daria Musk and RAM – Part 2


As I mentioned in the notes for part one of this interview, I am not keeping things in the same order as we did them live on the stream.  In this segment you will get to hear something we kept going back too, how the Internet community, mainly Google Plus, impacted these to artist in a positive way.  One of the things that I am sure every listener will notice is that Daria Musk and RAM really appreciate their fans and the Google Plus community.

I have often mentioned that what I enjoy the most about being a podcaster is being the middle man between the artists and the listeners.  However, with today’s recent tech advances, that particular role may well be on it’s way to obsolescence.   Musicians can now simply interact directly with listeners… even perform hangout concerts on the Internet… I so love the new media order.

Straight Line Stitch


When you First listen to Straight Line Stitch your attention might be grabbed by a deep guttural growl or a resonating scream,you will also hear a beautiful voice and might be surprised to learn that the super sweet almost pop-like soulful singing and growls are coming from one very talented female vocalist Alexis Brown.

Straight Line Stitch is an American Metalcore band from Knoxville, Tennessee Band members include Alexis Brown-Vocals, Seth Thacker-Guitar, Kris Norris-Guitar, Jason White-Bass and Kanky Lora-Drums. At the RockStar Energy Mayhem Festival I had the pleasure of interviewing both Alexis and Seth and a sweeter welcome to the Festival I could never have hoped for. Rainy and muggy Alexis and Seth escorted me to the back of their trailer to talk.

At one point our interview was interrupted by a man looking for weights and Alexis is her naturally sweet and slightly sarcastic voice told the man “We’re in the middle of an interview, but they’re over there” without skipping a beat.

With unstoppable work ethic and music that stretches from face-ripping metal to soulful stratospheric rock, Straight Line Stitch are poised to grab heavy metal music by the horns. With the both Gender and Genre defying Alexis Brown on vocals and the exquisitely unique sound that is Straight Line Stitch you just can’t go wrong.

The Venetia Fair at Warped Tour


Mike and Mr. Chark of The Venetia Fair - Photo by Eric Leiser Photography

Of the many bands and attractions at Blossom Music Center on July 20, 2011 there is one that certainly would seem best described as both. The Venetia Fair did not actually perform at this particular stop but, based on our interview with Mike and Mr. Chark, we are certain the have to be one of the most energetic and over the top bands in the line up.  Before we continue any further, you are about to hear material that is NSFW which stands for Not Safe For Work.  Here at Indie Nation we to not censor our material.  We choose to exercise freedom of speech and expression.  You are free to exercise freedom of choice and not view or listen to this if you wish.  However, we feel you will be missing something.

Likely the best place to start with this band is simply quoting their PureVolume bio:

Our names are Benny, Mr. Chark, Mike, Joe Brown, and Chris. My name, specifically, is Benny and I feel like I’m babysitting four 12-year-olds all the time. Actually, I feel like I’m a 12-year-old babysitting four other 12-year-olds and doing a really bad job (even for a 12-year-old). Mr. Chark is like that weird 12-year-old who has a calculator watch, carries a compass (but still gets lost all the time), and loves the sound of his own voice, especially when he’s not using words. Mike’s more like a hyperactive 14-year-old who got held back and has to hang out with the younger kids but doesn’t mind because he gets to be better than them at everything and the older kids are boring, anyway. Joe Brown is the obnoxious 12-year-old who steals “chromies” off of tires in the parking lot and learns obscene words to scream so he can explain that “it actually means female dog!” to his angry teachers. And then there’s Chris, the excitable 12-year-old who can’t wait to get a sip of his dad’s beer or a peek down a girl’s shirt. Hanging out with us is probably more aggravating than anything else but I think we’re all best friends. If we actually were 12 years old, we’d be in a secret club and have an awesome fort.

Kick Ass Punk Rock from Sharks and Interview from Vans Warped Tour


Sharks – Hot Punk Rock from the UK

Sharks and Lumpy - Photo by Eric Leiser Photography

The date was July 20, 2011 and the temperature would have likely been cooler on the bright side of Mercury.  The only thing hotter than the weather was the music and energy at Vans Warped Tour. We wish to warn you now… you shall hear some material considered NSFW which is short for Not Safe For Work.

iiO featuring Markus Moser ~ Exit 110

POSTED ON April 19th  - POSTED IN electronic, independent music, Interview, interviews, music, Podcasts, rock, site

iiO featuring Markus Moser


Cover of iiO


iiO latest album [amazon_link id=”B004OKFJ44″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]EXIT 110[/amazon_link] hits the shelves on 19-April, as in tomorrow!  Jeff with   spoke with Markus Moser the man behind the music and compositions.  Markus has Made { Made Records } a name for himself with his own record label as well.  Working with the amazing vocals provided by Nadia Ali , she isn’t new to the music scene but has only been working behind the mic about 11 years, and has such an amazing voice.  Nadia left iiO in 2005 to pursue a solo career, Nadia and Markus worked on Exit 110 as their final project as iiO


iiO  ,  [amazon_link id=”B004OKFJ44″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Exit 110[/amazon_link] might be the final for iiO, but the music will always live on.  Don’t be surprised isf you hear more from Markus or whatever he may call himself .  Markus claims he is shy, he is a pretty awesome artist and has some killer mixes in Exit 110 and many more tracks he has composed, patched, and played (sorry ladies,  he is married too).  Part of this interview includes the entire track #1  [amazon_link id=”B004U8LEQ2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]It’ll Be Like (feat. Nadia Ali)[/amazon_link] used with permission from Markus Moser.

I have always been a fan of music created electronically, house, trance, dance or whatever label you can put on it.  iiO does a fantastic  job to bring the vocal poetry of Nadia and the mixes from Markus into an amazing album.   I have a few favorite tracks but to be honest all of them are equally as great as the next.  We at indienation hope to hear of the success of this album, so we ask our fans to go purchase  it and support artists  like Markus and Nadia.

Buy this entire album and save a few dollars:

[amazon_enhanced asin=”B004OKFJ44″ price=”All” background_color=”FFFFFF” link_color=”000000″ text_color=”0000FF” /]

Back to Top