Tonight on Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM, The Clippers will be coming in to play a live set in our studio! This pop rock power trio is a relatively new face in the local Boston music scene, but has been making a pretty nice impact as of late. With an interesting mix of dance-y pop rhythms, punk rock drum beats and minimal post-punk noodling, these guys leave you with a fresh sense of something new and fun to listen to. It's easy to hear similarities to bands such as Cursive, Piebald, Dead To Me and even The Strokes. Currently the band has a 3" mini CD available on PRGNT Records called "An Evening With..." and will be releasing a split 7" with Coping off of their new label Topshelf Records.
So tune in tonight from 8 - 11pm to Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM with The Clippers playing at 9:30pm with an interview afterwards and the best in underground music before and after the set. The transmitter may be down so your best bet would be to listen to the show streaming live online .
In the meantime, check the band out at their bandcamp page.
Posted by Tom at 7:55 AM
Tonight on Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM, Life & Limb will be coming into our studio to play a live set! These guys are a post-hardcore band from the Merrimack Valley that consist of members from many other local bands such as Late Nite Wars and Road Rage. Blending just the right amount of emo with an overall complimenting portion of melodic hardcore, Life & Limb are able to produce songs that are heavy, interesting and musical. Easily comparable to bands such as Small Brown Bike, Cursive and Crime In Stereo, these guys are able to let the songs of Life & Limb separate themselves from the crowd in a scene over run with hardcore and pop-punk. It is very refreshing to say the least.
So tune in tonight from 8 - 11pm with the band going on at 9:30pm. There will be an interview after the set and the best in underground music before and after the set. You can listen at WUML 91.5FM or stream the show live online.
In the meantime, check the band out at their bandcamp page.
Posted by Tom at 10:23 AM
Tonight on Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM, we will be having Drummers playing a live set in our studio! These guys are from Boston, MA and we are very excited to have them with us tonight! The band consists of members of Sparrows Swarm And Sing (Magic Bullet Records) and Pretty & Nice (Sub Pop Records) and has toured and played with The Get Up Kids, Built To Spill, The Thermals, Franz Ferdinand and many others. Their music is comparable to such post-hardcore bands as At The Drive In and Sparta and sometimes I even find myself hearing a distorted version of Cursive. Very melodic and musical, yet heavy and screamy at the same time.
So tune in tonight from 8 - 11pm to Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM. Drummers will be playing at 930pm with an interview after and the best in underground music before and after the set. You can stream the show live on-line or listen on air at WUML 91.5FM
In the meantime, check out the band's music at their website.
Posted by Tom at 10:20 AM
Tonight on Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM, Graverobbers will be playing a set live in our studio! Often tagged with labels like "Americana", "Country", "Indie" and even "Folk", the band prefers to go genre-less and is frequently changing their sound. If you wanted to though, you could easily compare Graverobbers to the sounds of Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Jeff Rowe and even old-timey stuff like Hank Williams. However, also having members from local hardcore bands Have Heart and Road Rage, and not to mention Live from the Fallout Shelter host MC T South on drums, this band's influences are endless. The band recently released a 7-song EP called "Black Market EP" which is available for purchase at their bandcamp page.
So tune in tonight from 8 - 11pm with Graverobbers going on at 930pm. There will be an interview after the set as well as the best in underground music before and after the set. You can listen at WUML 91.5FM or listen to WUML's live online stream.
Posted by Tom at 12:30 PM
Tonight on Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM, local Boston area rockers Sherman Burns will be making their second appearance on the radio show and playing some songs for all of us! These kids are currently located in Allston, MA but have roots deep in the North Shore music scene having had members (past and present) play in such bands as Mutt, Margin Walker, Pile, Vulture and many others. This makes for a plethora of noticeable influences in the songs of Sherman Burns. One song will have you thinking a heavier version of Minus the Bear. The next song will have you thinking "Worship and Tribute"-era Glassjaw. Then most of the rest of the songs will have you thinking about 1990's moshpits...which were probably a lot more fun than today's moshpits. The band just released their new full-length "The End Is All" which is available for a "name your price" deal at their bandcamp page.
So tune into Live from the Fallout Shelter tonight from 8 - 11pm on WUML 91.5FM with Sherman Burns going on at 930pm followed by an interview with the band. There will of course be the best in underground music before and after the set as well. The radio show is available for live streaming online.
Posted by Tom at 9:25 AM
This Monday night on Live From the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM, local Allston, MA band Wolves And The Radio will be coming in to the studio to play a live set! Following in the foot steps of beard-punk and org-core acts such as Off With Their Heads, Nothington and Dillinger Four, these guys do a great job at creating songs that will have a basement full of punks singing together and pumping their fists in the air. Take it from me...I had these guys play a show in my basement in December and it was a ton of fun! The gruff vocals and driving punk beats that everyone loves are there as well as heartfelt and honest lyrics that will leave the listener wanting to memorize every word before seeing the band live.
A fresh addition to the Anchorless Records family, Wolves and the Radio are currently promoting their self-titled first release for that label, which came out this past January.
So tune in this Monday night from 8 - 11pm with Wolves and The Radio playing a live set at 930pm with an interview after and the best in underground music before and after the set. You can listen at WUML 91.5FM or stream the show live online.
In the meantime, you can listen to the band and download their "I Fucking Hate You, Steve Terry" EP for free at their Bandcamp page.
Posted by Tom at 11:04 AM
This Monday February 21, Fishing The Sky will be playing on Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM. This is a one-man ambient post-rock band featuring Rob Hughes, a north shore musician of many talents having played in such bands as Short Fuse Burning, Charlie and now the sole force behind his new project, Fishing The Sky. As the name eludes, there is definitely an Appleseed Cast type influence in his songs as well as darker ambient parts reminiscent of "You Are There"-era Mono. Unlike most post-rock bands of the present day, Fishing The Sky is able to stay away from the standard tremolo guitar parts and overdone movie scene background music. As the only person in the band, Rob jumps between drum kit, bass and laptop and he never misses a beat.
So listen Monday night from 8 - 11pm to Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM with a live set from Fishing The Sky at 930pm. There will be an interview afterwards as well as the best in underground music before and after the set. You can listen online at www.wuml.org .
You can check out Fishing The Sky and download the new demos album at http://fishingtheskyband.bandcamp.com/
Posted by Tom at 7:11 AM
WUML 91.5FM has a very special Valentines Day present for all of you!
Tomorrow night on Live from the Fallout Shelter, Brain Killer will be coming in to play a live set for us. Compared to such bands as Discharge, Deathreat and Japanese hardcore acts Bastard and Disclose these guys are one of the fastest, heaviest and most powerful hardcore bands in Massachusetts currently. However, able to stand on their own, Brain Killer is definitely able to stay away from the D-beat cliche and bring their own force of brutality and insanity with crushing distortion, ferocious drumming and dooming vocals. The band currently have a Self Titled 7 inch and a Demo 7 inch available off of Deranged Records.
So listen to Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM tomorrow night from 8 - 11pm with Brain Killer playing at 930pm with an interview after the set and the best in underground music before and after the set. You can listen online at www.wuml.org
In the meantime, check out the links below to see some of the bands live sets on Youtube.
Brain Killer Live (7/30/10)
Brain Killer Live (1/11/10)
Posted by Tom at 3:18 PM
At Four Year Strong's 2010 Holiday Show (which due to a weather related rescheduling was actually in 2011!) I had the pleasure to interview No Trigger guitarist Jon Strader after their set. This was No Trigger's first live show since the end of their almost 3 year hiatus and possibly their first Massachusetts show since they hit the stage with Propagandhi and Paint It Black back in early 2008. To add to the excitement, the holiday show was being held in their hometown of Worcester, MA...an area who's hardcore scene often goes unmatched. Fresh off the release of their new seven inch record "Be Honest" from Mightier Than Sword records, the band played an unforgettable energy filled set proving that they were in fact back in full force. Read on to find out what the future holds for No Trigger, Jon's top favorite new releases of 2010 and why we had to wait so damn long for new songs.
Tom: Why don’t we start by having you introduce yourself, telling us what you play in the band and then if you could have one superpower what would it be and why?
Jon: I’m John and I’m the guitarist of No Trigger. If I was to have a superpower I would probably be able to fly because then I could get from point A to point B in a matter of seconds.
Tom: Good answer, good answer. Ok, so now for the question that is on everybody’s mind right now…why did we have to wait like four years for you guys to release new music?
Jon: I know, it’s been a long time. Our last big tour that we did was a 52 date through Europe with Set Your Goals and after that we were like, you know, we just did the whole world on an entire record and you know, we’re going to have to sit down and write another one. Everybody was getting to that point in their life where they were trying to figure out what was next for all of us. I mean, some of us got into real estate, some of us kept playing in other bands, two of our guys who were touring with us are still playing in Outbreak right now, the drummer Erik Perkins and guitarist Billy Bean. So I mean, I moved to California…it was just one of those life things. We got to see the world, we did a lot off of one record and we’re very thankful for that, you know, we have fans from all over the world. It’s funny how fast time goes by! We had a couple of shows here and there like we played the No Idea Fest, we had a show in Boston with Propagandhi and we were still trying to write over the years but we’re kind of slow moving. Now we’re kind of stepping it up into gear and everyone is comfortable with our job situations and stuff so we want to just put out new music now.
Tom: Awesome, well we’re glad you’re doing it.
Tom: So what led you guys to sign with No Sleep Records instead of keeping with Nitro or Mightier Than Sword for the full length?
Jon: A lot of bands were leaving Nitro, like Crime In Stereo, and we just weren’t seeing the attention that we were before. We kind of were like looking elsewhere and it was cool with that label too, like we’re still cool with those guys, like they said if we wanted to put out a record elsewhere than go for it. And these up and coming guys are killing it, they’re picking up really good bands and they have an amazing following and we’re very honored to be a part of that. Like you know, we know a couple of people and we were talking to some people and it just worked. We’ve known about these people for a while so it was actually cool that we wanted to put out new stuff and we had it. So big ups to Mightier Than Sword and No Sleep Records for sure.
Tom: What can people expect from the full length and when are we looking at a release date?
Jon: Well, I’m really excited to get this material out. We’ve been working on this material for like 3 years now. There’s been a lot of stuff that we’ve just brought back out and that we’ve been re-amping. We’re trying to make a Canyoneer step 2. We put a lot of work into that first record and we put a lot of work into this one too. And I can’t wait for people to hear it and see how they take it. We’ve been working really hard on it. For a release date, I think we’re looking at the summer right now. We’re going to be recording with Jay Maas at Getaway Studios in Wakefield, he just did our two song seven inch and we were stoked and he was stoked. We just really connect working with each other and yeah we’re probably looking at a summer release.
Tom: Who did the artwork on the seven inch?
Jon: The seven inch artwork was done by Laurie Shipley (www.laurieshipley.com). She’s an amazing artist and she did all that by hand too. She was really stoked to work with us and it came out awesome.
Tom: Yeah it’s really cool, I was looking at it earlier and thought it was awesome.
Tom: So you guys are headed to Australia in January, right?
Jon: Yeah we have a headlining tour in Australia with Such Gold coming up in a few weeks. We’ll be there for three weeks. We’re basically doing the whole eastern coast. That’s the one place that we haven’t gotten to tour yet and we are so excited to get there and we’re finally going and we just can’t wait to see those kids because they’ve been waiting. Every time our friend’s bands go over there they’re always telling us like the kids were asking about you and when’s No Trigger coming over here and its like very flattering. We’re really pumped to get over there.
Tom: Yeah, how does that make you feel to have people in Australia talking about your band?
Jon: It’s crazy! It really is, it’s crazy and we are still going over there with this one record that we had. Now we have a seven inch to take with us so we are really looking forward to it.
Tom: Do you guys have any plans to tour the states after that?
Jon: We don’t have any plans for the states yet. Right when we get back we’ll be in the studio for a month and a half and after that we’re doing a week long tour in Europe because we got confirmed for Groezrock in Belgium and The Descendents are on it, Millencolin’s on it, you know NOFX, like we aren’t going to know what to do with ourselves! It’ll be cool to see Bill Stevenson from The Descendents because he recorded our record so it’ll be really nice to catch up with him. But as far as the states, we’ll be looking to hit the states towards the fall of 2011 when the record comes out.
Tom: When information of you guys resurfacing first came about were there any bands that were hitting you up to go on tour with you or any bands that you wanted to go on tour with?
Jon: Band’s have been hitting us up looking to do some international stuff, which is really cool. A lot of our friends that we toured with like The Swellers, Set Your Goals, Polar Bear Club, like those are our boys, like growing up in the scene with those guys and then watching them take off is like wow and they’re still doing it and looking to take us out! We’re going to be doing some stuff with those guys in the future. That’s going to be fun, those bands are killing it right now. I just can’t wait to get back on the road and just bring us back to where we were starting with those guys. It’s going to be fun!
Tom: On the new EP, you guys spout some Massachusetts pride on "Commonwealth Song". How do you guys feel about how the scene has evolved in Massachusetts since you guys first started?
Jon: I mean, it’s crazy! Look at this show. You know, Four Year Strong, 2,600 kids sold out! I used to play with those guys back when I was 13 years old. We’ve known those guys forever and just watching all our friends just grow up and still tour and now they’re packing the Worcester Palladium with 2,600 people. We all used to come to shows here when we were younger and now we’re playing them. The Worcester scene is evergrowing and we’re extremely proud to be a part of that. Like you have bands like Four Years Strong, you’ve got Mountain Man, our good friends in Last Lights, rest in peace Dom. Bands have a passion here and their passion for music shows when you listen to their bands so we’re definitely honored to be from this part.
Tom: Yeah, it seems like everyone is really kind of friendly within the scene here.
Jon: Yes, everyone is really respectful and everyone gets a long and all of these bands just kill it dude. I‘m very proud to be from here.
Tom: So since its 2011 now, a lot of people are coming out with their top ten lists of 2010, so what were some of your favorite new releases of the past year?
Jon: Let’s see, 2010...some big releases that I was listening too… I don’t know if the Wonder Years came out in 2010 or 2009?
Tom: Yeah, that was 2010. "The Upsides".
Jon: "The Upsides", I can’t stop listening to that record! That record is awesome.
Tom: So good.
Jon: And again, for this scene, that type of music is just awesome, it’s ever growing. What else…I mean I listen to a lot of different stuff. I started listening to the new Gorillaz a lot, the new Vampire Weekend. Transit’s new record that came out is sick. All these bands man, it’s so cool. I’m pumped!
Tom: Alright, so this is my last question. I ask all the bands this one. Who do you think would win in a fight…all of the people in the world or all of the ants in the world?
Jon: In a fight? The people or the ants? Well, let’s see…there’s probably a lot more ants than people…I’d say ants. What do you think?
Tom: I’ve always thought the ants.
Jon: You’ve always thought the ants?
Jon: Well there you go, then we agree on something!
Tom: It’s very 50/50 between bands.
Jon: Yeah? There’s a lot of ants in the world, dude. (laughs)
Tom: Cool, that was a great interview thank you very much!
Jon: No problem, dude!
Make sure to check out No Trigger's music, tour dates and pick up a copy of their new seven inch "Be Honest" from Mightier Than Sword records at www.myspace.com/notrigger.
Posted by Tom at 9:56 AM
Tonight on Live from the Fallout Shelter on WUML 91.5FM, Lowell's own President Soup will be coming into the studio to play a live set for all of us. Playing a mix of gypsy folk, punk and jazz, these guys have been becoming familiar faces at local Lowell music hubs such as The Dirty Douglas, 119 gallery and various downtown restaurants. President Soup is easily comparable to popular acts such as Gogol Bordello and The Bad Plus but also encompass their own unique style of the jazz-punk genre that many other bands struggle to achieve.
So tune in tonight from 8 - 11pm with the band going on at 930pm with the best in underground music before and after the set as well as an interview with the band. We will also be continuing our lists of Top 5 best new releases of 2010.
You can listen tonight at WUML 91.5FM. Unfortunately, our online web streaming is down.
You can check out President Soup and get some free recordings at http://www.nicebassproductions.com/artists/2010/president-soup/
Posted by Tom at 12:18 PM