September 03, 2021
We finally made it, it's time to celebrate! And how better to mark the one hundred episode and two year milestone than with a conversation with one of my favorite current artists? And a new theme song he composed to boot! That's right, today I'm talking once again to Jhariah, who in the last year has come incredibly far. The recently released, A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO FAKING YOUR DEATH, puts an exclamation point at the end of his current era collecting his newest singles as well as reimaginings of some old favorites. We're diving into how this release strategy successfully grew his fanbase, collaboration and world building, taking vocal lessons, and how the new Fly On The Call theme song came together.
September 02, 2021
We are here, the final double digit episode of Fly On The Call! Before we hit episode 100 and the two year anniversary, I wanted to take a quick second to talk about the origins of the show, and my goals for it, reflect on the past two years, and talk a little about the future. I hope you don't mind me taking a brief moment to get corny on the main. Thank you for listening, for supporting this podcast as well as the bands I speak to, and for coming along for the ride!
September 02, 2021
A Tiger Made of Lightning released one of my songs of 2020 with their debut single "exhausted". It encompassed what so many of us were feeling, with a strong, passionate sound, and without pulling any punches. At the same time there was an undercurrent of positivity that served as a reminder that not everything was shit. That positivity is brought even further in the follow-up single and the soon to be released debut EP, "It's Chaos, Be Kind." Today we're discussing the project's origin, the message, the transition from solo project to full band, and what's to come.
August 31, 2021
Arms Like Roses came together in an almost spur of the moment way and even the band themselves are almost surprised at how far they've come. Their debut EP, Get Some Sleep, melds classic emo and post-hardcore sounds with a plethora of other genres, eventually leading to a more concise vision for LP1, which is currently being finished up. The band just released an acoustic follow-up EP, Past Midnight, and have hit the ground running now that they are able to play shows again. We're talking about their initial formation, the effect the pandemic had on their writing process, and much more.
August 30, 2021
Telethon are back! I say this both referring to the fact that they were one of the first guests on Fly On The Call, way back in episode two, and that they just released their ripper of a new record, Swim Out Past The Breakers. For those unfamiliar with the band, they are a hard rockin', poppin', genre swappin' good ole time! The new album has plenty of features, flourishes that couldn't have been added with a standardized studio experience, and much more to keep your ears busy.
August 27, 2021
As we come to an end of the first week of this two week celebration of Fly On The Call, I'm stoked to bring you my conversation with The Spins. They are a sunshiney alternative indie band with hints of emo, pop punk, and plenty of other genres that will catch your ear. Their debut LP, Not If, But When, dropped earlier this summer and are the perfect vibe for the season. Today we're talking influences, production, creating an album experience rather than releasing simply a collection of songs, and more.
August 27, 2021
Last year, The Big Easy captured the sound of a DIY basement show when they were not possible. The Long Year and its post-script single, "All Saints Day", can't be pigeonholed into a single genre, but instead by a mindset. They hyper-personal lyricism combined with a melting pot of sounds leads to a unique and cohesive experience. On the first of two episodes of Fly On The Call today we discuss the album as a project that has now become its own tangible thing, capturing the lofi sound and energy without sacrificing quality, how the band is continuing to make sure things stay fresh, and more.
August 25, 2021
Near Dark is a melodic punk project that came together remotely as a pandemic project with Matt Wilson as their vocalist. They released their debut EP, Silver Linings, earlier this year and have another one on the way soon. Today's discussion hits on the formation of the band before moving over to discuss the 15th anniversary of Munity! by Set Your Goals. We talk about the album, the touring, the nature of the music industry, and the abundant fun positivity behind the music.
August 24, 2021
Palette Knife's debut LP, Ponderosa Snake House and the Chamber Of Bullshit, is a polished blend of emo, math rock, and post hardcore. Their confessional lyricism and references to media that they're earnestly passionate about make it hard not to connect with the music. On today's episode we discuss the creation of the album, crafting it as a singular experience, a last minute connection with Take This To Heart Records, and what went into the eye catching artwork.
August 23, 2021
Fly On The Call is back, baby! For the next two weeks I will be dropping episodes Monday-Friday, leading up to episode 100, a brand new theme song, and the two year anniversary of the show! Today's guest is Alyse Vellturo of PRONOUN. Her newest EP, OMG I MADE IT, brings her lush, bedroom sounds to new heights while bringing back the same painfully relatable style of lyrics. We're talking all about the new release, the emotions, making happy music with sad messages, and a whole lot more. Dig it!
June 03, 2021
America Part Two is aggressive and, at times, abrasive. Their lyrics seek to shed an honest light on their experiences as young adults in America. Today we're talking all about Price Of A Nation, the extended live recording process, the roots of their sound, and creating a public forum within the band's community for sharing ideas. Dig it!
June 02, 2021
Round two of this week's Fly On The Call triple header is here! Today I am talking to Hit Like A Girl all about Heart Racer, an album that's as huge as it is personal. We discuss songwriting as storytelling, unique ways of connecting with fans, the process of collaboration, No More Dysphoria, and more. Plus a new episode of What's The Buzz? with Joel Funk. Dig it!
June 01, 2021
In the first of three episodes this week, I am talking to Baby Boys. Their debut full length, Threesome, is a challenging, but worthwhile listen. The band, made up of Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker of Hippo Campus and rounded out with Caleb Hinz, has one simple rule: say "yes" to everything. This leads to plenty of improvisation, risk taking, and an overall unhinged feel to the music. It was a ton of fun to unpack the lightning speed combined writing/recording process and get to the core of what makes this band so unique.
May 20, 2021
Remember Sports recently released their latest, Like a Stone. It's one of those albums you can put on and relax in the sun with, but at the same time it has a huge amount of depth. Tune in to hear Carmen talk about songwriting, recording, and how it feels to be playing a (virtual) live show this Saturday. Plus, I'm adding in the audio from my interview with Downaul for on of The Alternative's livestream a couple weeks back. Gordon and Robbie breakdown each of the three singles from PROOF, which is out tomorrow!
May 18, 2021
Today on Fly On The Call is Speak, Memory, a mathy instrumental rock band from Oklahoma. We're talking all about their EP, Adirondack, which will be out this Friday and their first release since 2014. Our conversation hits on the writing process, the emotions behind the music as well as those they hope to convey, the eye for detail when it comes to live performances and physical releases, and more.
May 12, 2021
Another special episode of Fly On The Call comin' at ya! Today I'm talking with Harmony Woods all about their newest album, Graceful Rage. We discuss the record as a cohesive piece, creating the huge dynamics, recording with Bartees Strange, and even the process of deciding to release something as personal as these songs are. We've also got another episode of What's The Buzz? with Joel Funk, breaking down what's been on constant rotation and talking a bit about the return of live shows.
May 06, 2021
Record Setter released a real barn burner of an album at the end of last year with I Owe You Nothing. Sonically, it hits all the emo/screamo notes you'd want and more, while it is lyrically full of dark honesty. It's an "album" album and one that was made to be played live. Tune in to hear Judy break down the structure, the recording and re-recording process, catharsis through honesty, and more.
May 04, 2021
Today's a goodie! I'm talking to Downhaul, one of my favorite bands, who have their sophomore LP, PROOF, coming out May 21st. It's a totally new direction for the band with different goals & environments in mind, expanding the scope of their dynamics, playing with silence, & ushering in some dark, almost primal, sounds. Tune in to get the lowdown on Downhaul 2.0, recording with Chris Teti of The World is..., being a vinyl band, & so much more.