Interviews

Ra Ra Riot interview – RRR talk about their forthcoming new record The Orchard; “album leaks are inevitable”

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August 9, 2010
Ra Ra Riot's Milo Bonacci and Rebecca Zeller at a picnic table behind the scenes at Osheaga 2010, Montreal - photo by Brian Banks, Music Vice

Ra Ra Riot from Syracuse, New York are set to release their sophomore record The Orchard on 24 August 2010 on Barsuk Records in the US, and via Arts & Crafts in Canada. Last weekend on Sunday at Osheaga music festival in Montreal, I sat down with guitarist Milo Bonacci and...
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Ryan Star interview – Ryan talks in depth about his music and his new album, 11:59, which is out today

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August 3, 2010
Ryan Star interview – Ryan talks in depth about his music and his new album, 11:59, which is out today

During his radio promotional stint and just days before his sold-out homecoming album release show on August 3 in New York City, Ryan Star squeezed Music Vice writer Laura Antonelli into his hectic schedule. On Wednesday (July 28) they discussed over the phone the joy and excitement in Star’s record finally...
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Sex On Toast interview – The hot topic of yacht rock is discussed for your reading pleasure…

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August 2, 2010
Sex On Toast interview – The hot topic of yacht rock is discussed for your reading pleasure…

Melbourne’s Sex On Toast are arguably a lot of things:  Wilfully weird, musically convoluted, unashamedly smug and, most of all, stupidly talented.  Taking their main cues from the likes of Frank Zappa and Mr Bungle, any further attempt to describe their (otherwise indescribable) music is mostly in vain.  Michael Bowser speaks...
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Ian Blurton interview – C’Mon frontman discusses the new record, Canadian music and the heavy rock revival

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July 26, 2010
Ian Blurton interview – C’Mon frontman discusses the new record, Canadian music and the heavy rock revival

Ian Blurton is a big name in Canadian indie music. A gigging musician since the early ’80s and also a producer whose credits include records for The Weakerthans, The Lowest of the Low and Amy Millan. This July, Ian Blurton’s power-trio C’Mon released their latest record Beyond The Pale Horse. I...
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Death O’Connor interview – a rather awkward conversation with the bizarre man behind the mask

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July 26, 2010
Death O’Connor interview – a rather awkward conversation with the bizarre man behind the mask

A recent press release describes the music of Death O’Connor as being “like Kraftwerk being sucked off in an alleyway by The Stooges”.  Curious and a little dubious, Music Vice’s Melbourne-based writer Michael Bowser had a brief “conversation” with The Man (as opposed to The Band) himself…so with no further ado,...
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Cal Peck and the Tramps Interview – Drinking hobo-hooch with Callum Peck

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July 20, 2010
Cal Peck and the Tramps Interview – Drinking hobo-hooch with Callum Peck

Eleven months after first gracing the pages (pixels?) of Music Vice, Perth’s resident blues-rockers Cal Peck and the Tramps are set to launch their second EP, Kill For You which comes out on Peck’s own label, Hurricane Records this week. Sitting outside his rehearsal space, looking as sharp as one can...
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Queen Kwong interview podcast – Cats, socks and rock ‘n roll

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July 19, 2010
Queen Kwong interview podcast – Cats, socks and rock ‘n roll

A month ago Music Vice’s editor Brian Banks had the pleasure of meeting Carré Callaway of Los Angeles rock band Queen Kwong. The interview took place on yet another sunny and sweltering day in Toronto on Saturday afternoon, 19 June 2010 at Dundas Square. Queen Kwong had just finished playing a...
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The Beards interview – No surprises what we talked to this hairy muzzled band about…

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July 16, 2010
The Beards interview – No surprises what we talked to this hairy muzzled band about…

The Beards from Adelaide, Australia are as funny as they are furry, as kooky as they are catchy.  Long-time beard-bearer Michael Bowser had the good fortune to speak with prophet-like bass-player Nathanial Beard, and bask in the glory of a beard decidedly longer and more impressive than his own. I’ll start...
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Umlaut interview – Müsic Vice talks to Bär McKinnon

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July 7, 2010
Umlaut interview – Müsic Vice talks to Bär McKinnon

From the ashes of the legendary Mr Bungle have arisen many a great band, the best-known of which are Secret Chiefs 3 and Mike Patton’s countless and varied projects.  Saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Clinton “Bär” McKinnon has been a little more “under-the-rader” since leaving Secret Chiefs behind and moving to Melbourne, Australia some years...
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Root interview – We chat with DC Root from the infamous Australian band Root!

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June 22, 2010
Root interview – We chat with DC Root from the infamous Australian band Root!

DC Root is, whether he bloody well likes it or not, one of the “elder spokesmen” of the Melbourne – nay, AUSTRALIAN – music scene.  His current band, Root!, having been gigging a bit of late to promote their last album, Surface Paradise, an epic journey which lays the vacuousness of...
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