Episodes

Ep. 132: Keith Buckley discusses Every Time I Die's "Planet Shit"

Dec. 5, 2022

Every Time I Die's 2021 single "Planet Shit" is an intense commentary on the current state of society. In this episode, vocalist Keith Buckley details the writing. recording, and release of this brutal, no holds barred track.

Ep. 131: Vinnie Caruana discusses I Am The Avalanche's "Brooklyn Dodgers"

Nov. 28, 2022

When a demo of the song leaked on the internet, I Am The Avalanche's "Brooklyn Dodgers" became a fan favorite before it was even released. In this episode, vocalist Vinnie Caruana discusses the writing and recording of the b…

Ep. 130: Fletcher Dragge discusses Pennywise's "F**k Authority"

Nov. 21, 2022

Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge is not a fan of being told what to do, and the band's 2001 single "F**k Authority" became a rallying cry for fans all over the world who felt the same way. In this episode, Fletcher discus…

Ep. 129: Roger Joseph Manning Jr. discusses Jellyfish's "New Mistake"

Nov. 14, 2022

This week, Jellyfish's Roger Joseph Manning Jr. breaks down the writing, recording, and release of the band's epic 1993 single "New Mistake". Decades after Jellyfish's disbandment, the legend of this underappreciated band co…

Ep. 128: Kristopher Roe discusses The Ataris "In This Diary"

Nov. 7, 2022

In this episode, Kris Roe breaks down the inspiration and writing of "In This Diary", the personal and heartfelt single from The Ataris' 2003 album So Long, Astoria. 

Ep. 127: Art Alexakis discusses Everclear's "Santa Monica"

Oct. 31, 2022

In this episode, Everclear's Art Alexakis details the inspiring story behind the band's 1995 breakout hit "Santa Monica".

Ep. 126: Scott Russo discusses Unwritten Law's "Seein' Red"

Oct. 24, 2022

Unwritten Law vocalist Scott Russo details the personal story behind the writing of the band's 2002 hit single "Seein' Red".

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Favorite Descendents Songs" episode

Oct. 20, 2022

This episode of The After Party was released to members of the Chris DeMakes A Podcast Supporting Cast on May 9th, 2022, as a follow-up to the Milo Aukerman episode.

Ep. 125: Stephen Egerton discusses Descendents "Everything Sux"

Oct. 17, 2022

Stephen Egerton has been a punk rock guitar icon with Descendents and ALL since the mid 80s, but it wasn't until 1996's Everything Sucks album that he began his run as prolific songwriter as well. In this episode, Stephen di…

Ep. 124: Slade Echeverria discusses Anarbor's "18"

Oct. 10, 2022

Anarbor's song "18" was not released as a single from the band's 2013 album Burnout, which is why the song's enormous presence many years later on TikTok came as a surprise. In this episode, vocalist and bassist Slade Echeve…

Throwback Thursday: Chris Carrabba discusses Dashboard Confessional's "Hands Down"

Oct. 6, 2022

Back on November 9th of 2020, Chris Carrabba sat in to discuss the 2002 Dashboard Confessional fan favorite single "Hands Down". He dives into all aspects of the song, from the experience that inspired the vivid lyrical imag…

Ep. 123: Hoodie Allen discusses "All About It (feat. Ed Sheeran)"

Oct. 3, 2022

Brooklyn-based indie artist Hoodie Allen dropped his debut album People Keep Talking in 2014, which was a vibrant mix of pop and hip-hop. In this episode, he discusses the creation and release of the single "All About It", w…

Throwback Thursday: Brendan B. Brown discusses Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag"

Sept. 29, 2022

Brendan B. Brown of Wheatus sat in for Episode #69 back on September 20th, 2021, to discuss their 2000 hit "Teenage Dirtbag". In the year since this was recorded, the song has reemerged in a huge way thanks to a TikTok trend…

Ep. 122: Dan Wilson discusses Semisonic's "Closing Time"

Sept. 26, 2022

Grammy Award winning songwriter Dan Wilson sits in this week to discuss the writing, recording, and release of Semisonic's 1998 hit single "Closing Time".

Throwback Thursday: Elizabeth Stokes discusses The Beths "Future Me Hates Me"

Sept. 22, 2022

With the recent release of The Beths' new album Expert In A Dying Field, it seemed like the perfect time to throw it back to Episode #44 from March 29th, 2021, when Liz Stokes sat in to discuss the writing and recording of "…

Ep. 121: Cory Branan discusses his song "The Prettiest Waitress In Memphis"

Sept. 19, 2022

"The Prettiest Waitress In Memphis" might not be the best representation of Cory Branan's sound, but this rockin' song has stood out amongst his fans as a favorite both musically and lyrically. In this episode, Cory recalls …

Throwback Thursday: Mark McGrath discusses Sugar Ray's "Every Morning"

Sept. 15, 2022

Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath sat in for Episode #38 back on February 15th, 2021, to discuss the band's 1999 hit single "Every Morning". Mark's humility and sense of humor really shine in this episode, which has made it a fan fav…

Ep. 120: Travis Shettel discusses Piebald's "American Hearts"

Sept. 12, 2022

At every Piebald show, you're sure to see the crowd light up and raise their fists in the air to sing "HEY! You're part of it!", the anthemic chorus of the band's 2002 single "American Hearts". In this episode, vocalist and …

Ep. 119: Stefan Babcock discusses PUP's "Robot Writes A Love Song"

Sept. 5, 2022

PUP vocalist and guitarist Stefan Babcock stops by to get into the nuts and bolts of the band's 2022 single "Robot Writes A Love Story". This quirky and infectious tune is a unique take on a love song, which is new subject m…

Ep. 118: A discussion on George Michael's "Faith"

Aug. 29, 2022

"Faith" was the second single from George Michael's debut solo album of the same name, which went on to produce SEVEN hit singles. In this episode, Chris and Chris dive deep into the music and lyrics of this iconic song that…

Throwback Thursday: Robin Wilson discusses Gin Blossoms "Til I Hear It From You"

Aug. 25, 2022

Robin Wilson sat in for Episode #22 of Chris DeMakes A Podcast back on October 26th of 2020. He discussed the band's 1995 hit single "Til I Hear It From You", which was the lead single from the Empire Records soundtrack. Thi…

Ep. 117: A discussion on Biz Markie's "Just A Friend"

Aug. 22, 2022

The unique vocal delivery and hilarious lyrics of Biz Markie's single "Just A Friend" launched the song into the Top 10 of the Billboard charts in 1990. Since then, the infectious chorus has remained lodged in the public con…

Throwback Thursday: Frank Turner discusses his song "Recovery"

Aug. 18, 2022

This week, we're throwing it back to April of 2021, when Frank Turner stopped by for Episode 46. He and Chris discussed the 2013 single "Recovery", a fan favorite song with a relatable (and somewhat hilarious) backstory.

Ep. 116: A discussion on Freddie Mercury and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Aug. 15, 2022

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is widely regarded as one of rock’s all time greatest songs, despite breaking pretty much every rule as to what constitutes a hit song. This week, Chris and Chris dive deep into the late Freddie Mercury’s…