Interview: Shout London

I first discovered Orlando, Florida’s Shout London on Twitter, and came to enjoy their mix of pop-rock and pop-punk.  Shout London has the sound to do impressive things, and have built a pretty strong following while remaining unsigned – not that being on a label matters as much as it used to.  Frontman Tyler Whiting was recently kind enough to chat with TPS:

Your initial self-titled EP was more acoustic, a bit lighter overall than debut full-length Rememories.  What led to the fuller, more rock sound with the latter?

Originally Shout London would be an acoustic project. I recorded the first EP with the intent of playing only acoustic shows, but I would still record all the instruments just to enhance my sound.  When people began wanting to join the project Shout London was then kind of forced to sound fuller in Rememories.  The studio where I began to record also led to this change.  My producer and I just connect. Alan and I basically developed this new fuller sound together.

A deluxe edition of Rememories called Rewrite The Past came out in July, which also nods to the EP and features commentary on your Bandcamp page, which is a neat touch.  Being in the studio now, are you working on a proper sophomore effort?

The new Shout London stuff is actually very different than what we’ve heard and I’m not positive on when it will be released!  The new sound is very pop influenced and I’m excited for people to see it.  Rewrite The Past was a good way for me to wrap up the first chapter of Shout London.  The new tracks I’m working on will have that same feel of the first EP, in the fact that these will be new songs; nothing remade, and will have a separate vision than prior material.

You were part of the Warped Tour’s “Battle Of The Bands” this summer, which dished out prizes and a set on a hometown date.  What ultimately came out of that for Shout London?

Last year Shout London placed 3rd nationally with online voting, but unfortunately that wasn’t even enough for the judges to let us perform locally, like we had done the year prior.  The loss was pretty devastating to not only the band, but the fans also.  We hope this year to attain a spot and will work hard for it!

You recently went through some lineup changes.  What happened there?

Shout London is the project of myself, Tyler Whiting, aka “ShoutTyler”.  Since the start I’ve had members come play the music and will so in the future, even returning members.  I am looking forward to recruiting a new band in the future however because there’s nothing like being on stage with some awesome people!  Right now I am in the studio developing a new sound and when the time is right I’ll reform a band.  Who knows… we may even see some old faces!

Mayday Parade is a noted influence on Shout London, and a fellow Florida band.  Besides them, who from your scene – right in your hometown of Orlando, elsewhere in Florida – do you dig?

I have always been very influenced by ADTR.  Owl City and The Ready Set also influence me.  All of these bands influence me more in a way how they run a band, more than their music specifically.   To be honest, I don’t listen to much music or go to shows to keep the music original.  A lot of my past music will influence this new EP I’m working on!

What do you want for Christmas?

What I’ve been dying to do is go back to London!  It’s been a long time for me and it’s truly my favorite place to be.  So I think a round-trip to London would be an amazing Christmas Present! (ed. note: I think we know where the name came from!)

Shout London online:

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Punk Goes Album Series Idea: Punk Goes Motown!

Throughout the 2000s, Fearless Records has produced the Punk Goes compilation album series, featuring scene artists doing covers of a certain genre.  It started with Punk Goes Metal, and since then they’ve done acoustic, crunk, 90s, six pops (including the latest) and beyond.  There is one genre that the series hasn’t covered yet, which I realized yesterday while in the bathroom (yep) would be a fantastic idea: Motown.

I’m not much for classic music – I don’t mind listening to it, enjoy a few songs, but I never really seek it out and don’t own any albums from beyond the nineties.  However, I can always get behind Motown: give me something old, Detroit and black, and I’m in.  It just gets me moving, and I love it.  It’s the exception to my inadvertent rule.  I would love to see a modern rock take on those songs.

One thing I won’t bother doing with this post is speculating on who could cover who, because it’s pointless: covers, especially when whoever’s covering makes the song their own, can be done by anyone.  If we started with “oh The Menzingers should cover The Four Tops!” we’d be here all day, although, I totally think a band with multiple vocalists should do my all-time favourite Motown jam: “I Can’t Get Next To You” by The Temptations.

Could you imagine though, a Punk Goes CD with covers of The Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, etc?  That would just do it for me.  So…do it, Fearless.  Make Punk Goes Motown one of these days.  Please?  Seriously though.

Scene Specific: “The 905”

Although I live on the East Coast, I grew up around half an hour from Toronto in Oshawa, Ontario.  Many artists from “The 905” (named, as you can imagine, after the area code) end up moving right into Toronto to do their thing, but some proudly stay suburban.  It doesn’t really matter, just sayin’.  Some of the artists we’re about to profile I grew up knowing, and some are more recent and were discovered after I moved.  A couple aren’t even together anymore, but 1) I’m largely out of touch with back home, let’s be honest and 2) they’re still good and I still wanna talk about them because they’re like me.  So, behold some Greater Toronto Area/Golden Horseshoe rock music:

Cauterize

Cauterize, who started out as T.O.E, haven’t been together for a few years, but they did have one video on MuchMusic – you know, back when the channel played videos (heyo!) – for “Something Beautiful”.  They released three albums and an EP before disbanding in 2007.  I think – seriously, I can’t remember – that I went to school with the drummer, Matt Worobec.  Maybe all of them?  It’s kind of a blur, back then.  But yeah, they were pretty solid.

Protest The Hero

I literally just remembered to include Protest The Hero when I finished writing the Cauterize chunk, and that would’ve done a disservice to one of the most successful bands to come out of the eastern half of the region.  Whitby’s favourite sons have been dishing out the prog metal and stuff since they were kids, and were beating the hell out of the home circuit when I was a teenage asshole.  You know what’s up with Protest The Hero.

Not By Choice

Not By Choice came on the scene with “Standing All Alone” in 2002, had a couple of years, and then kinda fizzled out.  They did a good job with their pop-punk though.  This was a band that I had to see live to really appreciate, because until that happened I wasn’t digging them too much.  Funny how that works, huh? They came out of Ajax not long after another band from that town you may have heard of…

Sum 41

Unless there’s a classic rock act that I can’t think of, Sum 41 have to be the most famous act to come out of the area known as Durham Region, which includes the aforementioned cities of Whitby and Oshawa.  Since drop-kicking the mainstream with “Fat Lip” in 2001, the band has gone on to become a huge player in modern rock.  The last few years have been rougher, with the departure of guitarist Dave Baksh and drummer Steve Jocz, and Deryck Whibley’s well-documented battles with substance abuse.  But, Deryck’s getting better and the band’s still going, and that’s a good thing.

The Standstills

The Standstills are Renee Couture and Jonny Fox, who have no bassist but rock like they have four.  They’re Oshawa-based and do hard, sweaty, kickass rock.  They really have an interesting dynamic, and it doesn’t hurt that Renee is cute (oh so is Jonny, yeah yeah).  When you need a 905 band to really jam to, you should turn to The Standstills.

Grade

We should take it to the other side of Toronto and do some west side 905, so why not start with Burlington’s Grade?  In the nineties, they were a top-flight hardcore band that influenced a ton of artists and were considered modern forefathers of the genre.  They broke up in 2002, but have since reunited for some shows and songs.  Grade, right!?

Jersey

Also from Burlington, and also featuring Greg Taylor of Grade, Jersey did punk and assorted goodness that included releases on Fueled By Ramen and Virgin Music before calling it a day in 2005.  They’ve since done shows, but nothing more.  One thing I liked about them was their use of open chords, which sound as good distorted as they do clean.

Silverstein

One of the most successful underground bands from the 905, post-hardcore stalwarts Silverstein – who are also from Burlington, go Burlington! – hit #34 on the Billboard 200 with 2004’s Discovering The Waterfront, an album which their doing an anniversary tour for.  They’re planning their eighth album for next year, which will come out on Rise Records.

The Arkells

From Hamilton and proud of it, The Arkells have been bringing their alt-rock stylings to everyone – they tour relentlessly – for the better part of a decade, starting on indie label Dine Alone Records and jumping to Universal.  Their latest album, High Noon, came out in August and debuted at #3.  Listen, and see them live because they’re probably playing near you really soon.

“The 905” spans two hours around Lake Ontario, and surrounds Toronto (“The 416”, or “The 6” if you ask our man Drake) with four or five million people.  It’s a big area, with a lot of great music.  We could always go on with “Scene Specific”, but I think this is a good starting point.  Growing up, the premier spot for local shows in my hometown was The Dungeon, since closed.  Attached to it was the always fun Laser Quest, which is now Lazer X-treme?  Not music-related, but fun.  So…there’s that.

Musicians Who Look Like Other Musicians (Part 1?)

I was sent this picture years ago as the person thought this was my doppleganger.  Terrifyingly enough, I see it.

It’s said that everyone has a doppleganger, and musicians are no different.  So, let’s take a look at some that have come to mind and you can decide for yourself.  We’ll start with Motionless In White frontman Chris Motionless:

He totally looks like Davey Havok from AFI, right?


Hell yeah, they could be twins.

Okay, so here’s Jess Bowen from The Summer Set:

Now, who I think she looks like isn’t an artist we normally cover on TPS, but regardless, she’s also adorable, Arizonan and awesome – tell me Bowen’s twin isn’t Michelle Branch:


Love them both!

So that’s it, really.  Can you think of any other musicians that look like…other musicians?  Will there be a part two to this?  Time will tell.

Stuff In The TPS Twitter Feed (AKA Mailed-In Emergency Backup Post)

 I was thinking about how little I play my guitar, and how much I wished I played it more.  I was going to talk about physical obstacles that prevent me from being good and call the post “Guitar Playing Obstacles (AKA Instruments Are Hard Part 2)” because we already did that-esque.   Then, I looked back and realized I literally talked about everything already – the double-jointed fingers that lock up, the wrist tension while palm-muting, the finger strength – so uh…damn.  Oh!  Your fingertips on your neck holding hand will be noticeably tougher after a while.  That’s new!  Even though I hardly play anymore, I’m 29 and have played on and off since I was 16 so that’s a thing.  So, in lieu of the redundant post I was gonna do, let’s get something in and see what’s on the Twitter!

Hopeless Records is doing an All Time Low Photoshop contest.  To wit:

 

#ATLPhotoshopBattle @hopelessrecords i made this at 1am i need to be stopped pic.twitter.com/mx94JMVKfn
— l(oser)auren (@stopitalex) November 13, 2014

So that’s something.  Also,  Los Angeles radio station KROQ is doing their Locals Only night at The Slidebar in Fullerton:

Tonight. FREE 21+ slidebar ! @kroq Locals Only night. Come on down! Xo http://t.co/4Zblsx16Pv
— Kat Corbett (@KatCorbett) November 13, 2014

Our buddy Harbors fucking hates restringing guitars:

i fucking hate restringing guitars.
— Harbors (@HARBORSmusic) November 14, 2014

And how about Capital On-hey wait a second…….

Find a Capital One credit card in as little as 30seconds – go to capitalone.ca! https://t.co/utSPeoQXxR
— Capital One Canada (@CapitalOneCA) November 13, 2014

Goddamn promoted posts.

So…this is all happening.  I really should play the guitar more though, seriously.

Album Review: Wildheart – Pumped At The Piston

In February, Toronto rockers Wildheart will release a vinyl-only live album entitled Pumped At The Piston.  It was recorded at, strangely enough, The Piston in Toronto back on August 13th.  The band was kind enough to shoot TPS the tracks in advance, so let’s get you ready for it (also, check out the interview we did with them in May).

 Pumped At The Piston has ten samplings of Wildheart’s no-frills, pillars of rock-honouring sound.  Or, as I described it in the interview, “a sweaty, riff-heavy sound that conjures thoughts of acts like Buckcherry and Red Hot Chili Peppers with classic rock sensibilities”.  Wildheart really takes what makes rock music in essence – power chords, riffs, solos and impassioned vocals – and delivers them straight-up.  I think my single favourite moment on this album is the in-unison vocal/guitar note in “Silver Bullet”, which features singer Cody Vaillant belting while lead guitarist Scotty B. Goode works a high string.  It’s pretty good.

Pumped At The Piston being a live album, we should also touch on the actual stage show part.  There is a 1:45 long drum solo, which is always cool, but I also felt could’ve had a bit more crazy in it.  Vaillant took time to introduce members of the band and talk about how much fun things were, but more banter would’ve been enjoyable.  Now, I say that without context: if Wildheart didn’t headline that show, they weren’t getting the vibe from the crowd or whatever, maybe they felt it was better to just shut up and play.  Obviously people go to a concert for the music, but I like to get something I don’t get on an album as well.  Stories and goofing around are part of what makes a concert great in my opinion.  Maybe it was editing too, as I’m unsure if everything from the floor made the album.  All good though, that’s not a make-or-break thing.

All in all, Wildheart has the sound that really lends itself to live shows.  They honour the foundations of rock and make music that’s conducive to knocking back a beer while bobbing your head.  I think Cody Vaillant’s vocals are the best part of the band, as he just has a really nice voice: it’s clean, with smooth vibrato and the ability to really get behind a note.  Pumped At The Piston doesn’t have a set release date yet, but it’ll be out on vinyl only – because that’s what the kids like these days – in February of next year.  When there’s an official date, I’ll totally edit this post!  In the meantime, they’re releasing a song a week from it on their Soundcloud, so check that out.

Liner Notes: Tuesday, November 4th

Touche Amore announced that they’re taking some time off.  Cue fans thinking they’re breaking up, and they clarified that they’re not (scroll to their most recent status): “We by NO means are “breaking up” or going on some insane hiatus. We’ve never been able to sit still for too long so we’ll see how it goes. Xox”.  Fair enough, but when you say you want to “thank you for an incredible last 6 years and 800 shows” you can’t fault people for thinking it’s more than just time off.

Dying Scene tells us Face To Face will perform their first three albums – 1992’s Don’t Turn Away, 1994’s Big Choice and 1996’s self-titled – in their entirety over three nights in a “Triple Crown” concert series, happening in December in Santa Ana, California.  Dead dead dead dead dead dead holy crap dead dead dead winning dead amazing winning wow dead.  Pulley, Guttermouth and Unwritten Law will open a show each.

Sticking with Dying Scene – and because we like to get as worldly as possible on TPS – check out the new video from Spanish pop-punks Daylight for their song “Now Or Never”.  I think I hear some double bass pedal in that one, which is pretty cool in a mostly mid-tempo (and good) track.

Absolute Punk passes along something fascinating and really ingenious from the makers of Sour Patch Kids: a house in New York City that touring bands can use, but in return they have to create content for the brand, with the amount dependent on how long they stay.  I gotta say, that’s a really cool idea.

PropertyOfZack notes that Silverstein will be doing a ten-year anniversary tour for Discovering The Waterfront.  It’ll traverse North America beginning in January, and openers are Beartooth, Hands Like Houses, Major League and My Iron Lung.

Tonight at 10:00 Eastern/7:00 Pacific, Yahoo Live will stream Yellowcard’s concert at Boston’s House of Blues.  You might not have read this in time, but there you go!

Chart Attack’s latest “Now Hear This” feature includes Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Negative Rage…who seem to have zero web presence, hence no link to anything.  It’s punk music, anyway, so that’s good.  Chart wants you to hear other stuff too, so give it a read.

NME chatted with Dave Grohl, who says US President Barack Obama is “a rocker”.  He knows this because 1) he knows him and 2) Obama was interviewed for the Foo Fighters’ HBO special Sonic Highways.  The album of the same name is out next Monday (the 10th).  Dave Grohl is basically the best, he really is.

Also at NME, you can still cast your vote in the “Britain’s Best Small Venues” poll.  Dave Grohl would probably vote.

Finally, The Perfect Scene is on the social media, so you’re more than welcome to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  You’ll be notified when a new post is up, you can have your say regarding our posts and anything else, and curse us out if you want!  You totally missed the “what’s the deal with ‘Twitter etiquette’?” chunk though.  That was puzzling.  So yeah!