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7/31/18 - Special Guest: Black Dog Prowl

This week on DC Music Rocks, Black Dog Prowl, one of Washington, D.C.'s hardest hitting rock bands, stops by for a chat with host Brian Nelson-Palmer.  The episode also features great tracks by Tired All The Time, Curse Words, Caustic Casanova, and FuzzQueen.

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Black Dog Prowl is considered one of Washington, D.C.'s hardest hitting rock bands. The four-piece showcases original material ranging from the slow, down-tuned to a fast-paced kick in the teeth. If one insists on drawing a line to the familiar, BDP has drawn sonic comparisons to the likes of Soundgarden, Torche, and Nirvana.

The band has built their reputation on a powerful live show, playing and headlining notable DC area venues like Black Cat, Rock & Roll Hotel, Velvet Lounge, and The Fillmore Silver Spring, as well as touring internationally in Mexico and Chile; and sharing the stage with renowned acts like Steel Panther, Candlebox, The Answer, and The Parlor Mob. 

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  1. ***Bone Dry, by Tired All The Time (Punk, Post-Punk)

  2. Vapor, by Black Dog Prowl (Hard Rock, Grunge)

  3. Escape From Promixa-B, by Curse Words (Punk, Punk Rock)

  4. The Space Needle, by Caustic Casanova (Hard Rock, Psychedelic Metal)

  5. Angry Angry, by FuzzQueen (Rock, Indie Rock)

***The first time we've played this artist for you on the show, & a new artist profile added to our DC Artist Database!  There's new artists every week!

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Here’s just a few highlights for the coming week, be sure to check out the calendar for the full list of all the upcoming shows!

Aug 4 - Sat
Emily Henry @ MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, MD (Pop/Singer-Songwriter)
DuPont Brass @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Funk/Brass Band)

Aug 5 - Sun
Makeup Girl @ Songbyrd Music House in Washington, DC (Rock/Pop)
Lori Williams @ City Winery in Washington DC (Jazz)
Better Homes & Unsullied @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (Rock/Hard Rock)

Aug 6 - Mon
Annie Stokes @ DC9 Nightclub in Washington, DC (Folk)

Aug 9 - Thu
Karen Jonas @ Union Stage in Washington, DC (Country/Folk)


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1/9/18 - Special Guest: Caustic Casanova

Thanks to Stefanie, Andrew, and Francis of Caustic Casanova, for hanging out with us in the studio this week!

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  1. Benedict Cumberbatch, by Nardo Lilly (Folk, Singer-Songwriter)

  2. Lord Pinto, by Caustic Casanova (Hard Rock, Psychedelic Metal)

  3. Carrying Curses, by Spirit Plots (Rock, Garage)

  4. Flying, by Nah (Indie, Psychedelic Rock)

  5. Sometimes Dogs Perceive Other Dogs Differently When They're Wearing Hats, by ShowPony (Indie, Instrumental)

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Our 2018 New Releases by DC Artists’ Spotify Playlist:


Area 301 - Product of Hip Hop

Soldiers of Suburbia - Where Do We Go

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Check the calendar, linked below, for the full list!

Jan 12 Fri
Free Lobster Buffet @ Villain & Saint in Bethesda, MD
The Woodshedders @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown

Jan 13 Sat
Elana Los Fulanos & Run Come See @ Pearl Street Warehouse at The Wharf by SW Waterfront
19th St Band @ Hill Country in Chinatown/Archives

Jan 14 Sun
Black Alley @ The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD
Rare Essence @ The Howard Theatre by Shaw

Jan 16 Tues
Annie Stokes @ Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown

Jan 18 Thurs
Cassie Urbany @ Jammin Java in Vienna, VA


Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
--Daniel Warren Hill

Caustic Casanova


Caustic Casanova's Bio:

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Caustic Casanova is a loud, heavy rock band from Washington, DC that has learned the power of constant motion. Since 2013 they’ve practiced and toured tirelessly, showcasing their brands of “absurdly muscled uber-psyche” (Indy Week Raleigh) and “beautiful aural assault” (KnowYourScene) all across North America while releasing new music regularly, with no intention of slowing down.

After forming as teenagers at the College of William and Mary in 2005 and recording several albums and EPs there and in DC, CausticCasanova found itself at a critical juncture in 2012 following the departure of the band’s original guitarist. The rhythm section of drummer/vocalist Stefanie Zaenker and bassist/vocalist Francis Beringer wanted to play even heavier, more experimental music in the vein of Rush and the Melvins, and wanted to tour relentlessly, but weren’t sure if they could find a guitar player who would match their ambition. After a few sets as a bass/drum duo, rounds of guitar player auditions finally yielded the missing element to the new CausticCasanova, longtime fan, friend and all-around six string wizard Andrew Yonki.

In Andrew’s four years with the band, the rejuvenated Caustic Casanova has played hundreds of shows, doing all their own booking in DC and throughout North America, with plans for more touring throughout the world. Even a life-threatening wrist and back injury to drummer Stefanie Zaenker barely curtailed the band’s forward momentum. The CC was back rehearsing less than three months after her second round of surgeries, recorded a 7" (Pantheon: Vol 1) and a full-length (Breaks), and was back on another full US tour within the year.

Since opening for sludge rock titans Kylesa in 2014 and signing to their eclectic label Retro Futurist, Caustic Casanova's relentlessly intense live show has earned plenty of notoriety, and their 2015 LP Breaks has garnered much praise for its uniquely diverse take on heavy.

Caustic Casanova is released their second 7 inch, Pantheon: Vol 2, on September 8th. It features original song “Lord Pinto” and a theremin/guitar/noise freakout cover of the Melvins’ classic “Cow." Catch them on tour in 2018!

“CC...presented a noticeably eccentric set of what could be described as organized chaos, showcased undeniably great musicianship and ripped the stage to shreds.” - Metal Assault (Los Angeles)

“This trio has long been a favorite of mine as they’ve graced many stages in the DC area for several years with their creative, twisted psychedelic metal.” -  DC Rock Live

“I have seen a lot of bands over the years, and I am sure that Caustic Casanova is one of the loudest I have ever witnessed.” - NewsWhistle (Minneapolis)

“For me, the thing that sets CC apart from a lot of heavy rock and metal bands is that their songs are so various — they manage to surprise with different rhythms and textures, avoiding one continuous dark, thrummy sound that blurs from one song to another.Their delivery is pretty flawless — you hear the craft and care that have gone into the songs, which also feature some thoughtful, literate vocals.” -

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Brian:    On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists and incredible people behind the DC region's local music scene. Caustic Casanova is a loud, heavy rock band from Washington DC. They formed as teenagers at the College of William and Mary in 2005 and recorded several albums and EPs there and in DC. Since 2013 they've practiced and toured tirelessly, showcasing their talents all across North America while releasing new music regularly, just like the one you just heard. There's no intentions of slowing down either. They've played hundreds of shows and they're doing all their own booking in DC and throughout North America with plans for more touring throughout the world. They released their latest EP, That One, on September 8th, is the exact date.

    I first came across these guys when I was introduced to their music. Somebody said, "Oh, you should check out Caustic Casanova." It was like, "Oh my God, they're so powerful. I love this band." Now I've gotten to play them on the show before and now I actually get to have you guys here, so this is a treat, thanks for being here guys.

Stefanie:    Thank you so much.

Brian:    Now first and foremost, talk about the name. Where does the name Caustic Casanova come from?

Francis:    The name, it just comes from me liking alliteration and wanting to just have ... We wanted to call the band The Casanovas. The real story is we wanted to call the band The Casanovas and there was already some band from Australia or something called that. Then I just looked up another word in the dictionary, Caustic Casanova. It sounds really good. I've had a lot of different stories about it but it just sounds cool. I really like it. I think it stands up to this day. A lot of people regret their band names. I think it's cool. We always get questions about it.

Stefanie:    Many mispronunciations also.

Brian:    Oh, I can only imagine. Somebody's trying to introduce you guys and then-

Andrew:    Misprints as well. We once received a payment in an envelope addressed to "Caustic Casablanca."

Stefanie:    We've also gotten Acoustic Casanova, which is pretty far from the truth.

Brian:    I was going to say, there is nothing acoustic about you guys.

Andrew:    The fact that I used acoustic guitar on one song on an album is still, I cannot fathom it. Cannot believe I let that happen.

Stefanie:    It'll be really cool though.

Francis:    It sounds great.

Brian:    Which song is that, now that you're talking about it?

Andrew:    It's yet to be released.

Brian:    Upcoming. All right.

Andrew:    Upcoming.

Brian:    You know, speaking of that. You talked about these new releases and stuff. Where do they go if they want to follow you guys to find out when that stuff comes out? Where do they go?


Andrew:    @CausticCasanova on Twitter.

Francis:    And CausticCasanova on Instagram.

Brian:    There it is.

Francis:    We update all of those pretty regularly and ... yeah.

Brian:    What is it that makes you guys special or different, in your opinion.

Stefanie:    I think the style of music that we play is what comes to mind because it's not really categorizable. I don't know. We get everything from heavy metal B-52s to the Breeders to, "You guys sound like Caius." People are always getting different inspirations from our ... from seeing us live or just listening to a recording. That is definitely one thing that makes us unique musically.

Andrew:    We all listen to a lot of different styles and our individual tastes inform a lot how we approach our individual instruments, but I think what really makes us special is that we have a really bizarre and weird sense of humor. We take our music really seriously, but as far as ourselves and our personalities, we don't take it too seriously at all. We like to have pun-offs in the van to see who can make Stefanie groan the loudest with the puns.

Stefanie:    That makes it sound like I'm not involved in these pun-offs. I very much am.

Andrew:    That's because you have the worst.

Brian:    Oh my God, I can only imagine what road trips with you guys are like. That must be amazing.

Andrew:    I've also come up with nicknames for all of us using the Caustic Casanova template. Thank you Stefanie.

Brian:    Oh, this is so good. I love it. What is it now that ... Talk about the DC region connection now. You've always been DC. We said William and Mary's where you got together and then you've been based in DC ever since?

Stefanie:    Francis and I are two of the original members of the band. We formed at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Then I was two years younger than him so we took a few years off. Fran is from the area originally, I moved here in 2008 and Andrew moved here in 2004, because he went to American. Since then we've all kind of been in the area.

Brian:    How did you guys get together?

Francis:    The original guitar player and Stefanie and I, I lived in the same hall as the original guitar player in college when I was 17. Then we found Stefanie through an exciting new thing called Facebook, which was very, we just searched for drumming.

Stefanie:    It was the first year that it was around, actually. 2004.

Brian:    That's right, 2004.

Francis:    We found someone through just searching "drumming" and four people came up and we talked to them and she came in and we were so desperate for just anyone that she played a beat for just half a second, we said, "Okay, that's good."

Brian:    Then you found out how absolutely incredible she is.

Francis:    Yeah.

Brian:    It was like your best decision.

Stefanie:    I don't know if I'd say that then. That was a long time ago.

Brian:    But you've come a long way. If you watch videos of these guys, Stefanie puts it down for sure. All these guys put it down, let's be real, but ... wow. Love it.

Francis:    We formed ... I just want to make sure that Andrew gets ...

Brian:    Oh yeah, talk about Andrew. That's right.

Francis:    We sort of disbanded in 2012 for a little bit, mostly because we wanted on tour a lot and it just wasn't possible with the situation we were in in 2012. Our guitar player left the band and then we decided we were going to continue, but only if we could get someone who was really, really, really good. We tried out a lot of people and it just turned out that our really good friend, who had mostly played in punk bands that we knew, had a lot more to offer as far as space rock and all sorts of things. We ended up asking him and it's been a joy ever since. Take it away, Andrew.

Brian:    Andrew, I love that, man.

Andrew:    In case you couldn't figure it out, I was the really good friend that they were talking about.

Brian:    I started to wonder for a second, but then I realized, no there can't be another plot twist here. That must be you he's talking about.

Andrew:    They were hoping to get their really good friend in the band but they wound up with me instead. This is what it's like, this is what it's like in the van.

Brian:    I'm getting more ... I was going to say. I'm imaging what it's like in the van. This is so good.

Stefanie:    But it's also a lot smellier.

Francis:    I knew she wouldn't be able to hold back from getting that in.

Brian:    Oh, [crosstalk 00:07:32]. We don't have to ... We don't have to go down that road.

Stefanie:    We don't have to go there.

Francis:    Don't go blue. This is a family show.

Brian:    Well, hold on.

Francis:    Keep it clean.

Brian:    On that then, we'll talk about you guys outside of the music then. On the personal side, hobbies, or what do you do in your free time. Talk about that. Each of you.

Stefanie:    Well, I really like to spend time outside. Francis always makes fun of me because I use, "I was an outside kid," as an excuse for why I don't know a lot ...

Francis:    Know what the Cloud is.

Stefanie:    ... of popular culture or that I didn't really understand what the Cloud was, yes I'll say it. A couple years ago I was like, "What is it? Is it a physical cloud?" Anyway, I won't go there. I really like cycling, I like running, I like staying active, basically doing anything outside. I like trying new food, new beer. I really like sour beer and I like attending shows. Those are some of my favorite things to do.

Brian:    Nice. Francis, what about you, man?

Francis:    I like to do all of those things. The amount of time that the three of us spend together is pretty ridiculous since it seems like we do everything together both in and out of the band. We all pretty much do a lot of the same things. We all love food. That's part of what we love about touring is finding new restaurants and new beers and new cocktails and different things in different cities.

     I personally, just the only thing that Stef didn't mention, I love reading books. I tried to read 40 books last year.

Brian:    How'd you do?

Francis:    I failed, but ...

Brian:    How many did you do?

Francis:    Fewer than 30. A real 700 page doorstop about North Korea really hung me up. That was the one that killed me. More light reading for 2018.

Brian:    A doorstop about North Korea. God, that's such a current event thing too, I love it. Andrew, what about you, man?

Andrew:    Well, I mentioned earlier, I live in Frederick so my girlfriend and I, we spend a lot of time just wandering around downtown Frederick. We like to try the restaurants there and a lot of really good breweries up there that we like to sample and some really good hiking. We love cooking and I love to see what fun stuff I can do with my cast iron pan. There's some deliciousness.

Brian:    You mentioned breweries, just out of curiosity, is there one that comes to mind as like the latest one you tried recently that was, "Oh God, that was such a good brewery?" You like that one?

Andrew:    My favorite brewery up in Frederick is Attaboy. It started out as just a brewery where you could do growler fills on the weekends and now they're starting to distribute on draft lines in Frederick. It's still a really small operation and they make really, really delicious beers. The brewery space is super nice. It's a great way to spend an afternoon, get something from the food truck and play giant Jenga.

Brian:    Nice. That's cool. All right now, back to you guys as a band, one of the things I'm curious about, because you've been at this for lot of years, what's the biggest success moment that comes to mind for you guys so far?

Stefanie:    I guess that means there have been none. Just kidding.

Brian:    There's so many.

Stefanie:    I think ... I'll keep it short but I'll speak for all three of us when I say, getting signed to Retro Futurist Records, the label that Kylesa, the psychedelic metal band owns was a highlight. We played with them once in 2012 or something like that.

Andrew:    2013.

Stefanie:    They really liked us and they asked, "Do you guys have anyone to release your upcoming record?" We didn't and then we kind of just kept talking with them and that's how we got signed to the label and that's the first label that we had ever been on. Yeah, I think all three of us were pretty floored by that.

Francis:    That was going to be my choice, to get to open for one of your heroes and then for them, based on a 25 minute performance, to come up to you and say, "We'd love to release your record and to be associated with you," and how great we were. That's something I'll never forget for the rest of my life. That was pretty awesome.

Brian:    That's amazing. One more, now this one's for each of you. One of my favorite questions to ask is, if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be? Andrew, start with you, man.

Andrew:    Well my one piece of advice would be, if you want to play music just get whatever instrument it is that you want to learn how to play and start making noise with it. Don't wait for somebody to teach you what you're doing, just start making noise and when something you do sounds good to you, do it again and keep building off of that. Don't wait for anyone.

Brian:    That's awesome. I like that one. What about you, Francis?

Francis:    This is something that I would say is advice maybe for younger musicians or people in the area, this is just basically aimed at musicians, but one is you do not ... It is absolutely wrong that you need to have a local following to tour. If you want to tour and you think your band is good, you should just start doing it right way, as soon as possible. A lot of the success that happened to our band would never have happened if we had abided by the very wrong rule that you need to have built up a local following before you tour. We built up a local following by touring, by impressing people that we had been on tour, that wanted to see us when we came back here.

Brian:    Nice.

Francis:    Secondly is that when you are trying to become a musician, you're trying to write, you're trying to get really good, listening to as much music as humanly possible is just as important as playing and different kinds of things and getting exposed to stuff outside your comfort zone is what will make you good, as much as practicing.

Brian:    I love it and you get a pass, because I asked for one piece of advice and that was two.

Francis:    Sorry.

Brian:    I love how, you're such an overachiever, I love it, man. Francis is good. Stefanie, talk to us, what do you got?

Stefanie:    If you're a band that's preparing to go into the studio, I would say practice ... you know, for the first time or the second time, if you haven't done this before, practice your songs to a metronome during your practice, if there are parts that you can do that to. We didn't do that the first few times that we went into the studio and now we're in the habit of doing that and it just makes things so much easier for us and for the engineer, for the producer, both parties are just way happier. It creates a better product, it's more fun and, yeah. Definitely, it might be hard at first, but you'll get used to it and it definitely helps a lot in the studio.

Brian:    Practice with a metronome. I love it guys. One more time, if they want to follow you guys and find out more about what's happening with Caustic Casanova, where do they go?

Andrew:, @CausticCasanova on Twitter, CausticCasanova on Instagram,, oh and by the way, no spaces in between Caustic and Casanova on Instagram.

11/21/17 - 2017 New Releases All Music Episode

Next week we have Lisa W. and Clare Z. from Pearl Street Warehouse for coming on the show!

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  1. Daily Prayer, by Aaron Abernathy (Hip Hop/R&B)
  2. Inside Out, by Staunton (Rock/Hard Rock)
  3. Product Of Hip Hop, by Area 301 (Hip Hop/R&B)
  4. Crash, by Billy Winn (Pop/Dance)
  5. New, by Rent Party (Rock/Alternative Rock)
  6. Armageddon, by Derek Evry (Rock/Alternative Rock)
  7. The Crown, by Bencoolen (Rock/Pop)
  8. Ponle Fin, by Elena & Los Fulanos (Latin/World)
  9. Fine (feat Eros), by Jen Miller (Indie/Pop)
  10. Train Of Thought, by Timberbrooke (Rock, Hard Rock)
  11. Fire, by Hayley Fahey (Rock/Indie Rock)
  12. Or So It Seemed, by Sara Curtin (Indie/Folk)
  13. Cow, by Caustic Casanova (Hard Rock/Psychedelic Metal)

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Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at DC Music Rocks!


Would you support us?  We'd love to grow and do more!  We're giving away shirts, access to our private facebook group, and more!  We also intend to set aside 10% to contribute directly in the DC Local Music Scene through charities, sponsorships, events, etc.  We want to continue to pay it forward!

HUGE shoutout to our current Patrons! 
--Daniel Warren Hill  --David Mohl

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6/27/17 - Special Guest: Soldiers of Surburbia

Thanks to Soldiers of Suburbia for coming and joining us on this week's episode!

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  1. Day by Day by Easy Thrill (Hard Rock/Indie)
  2. Thought I Meant More by Soldiers of Surburbia (Punk/Pop Punk)
  3. Airwaves by Vice Years  (Rock/Pop)
  4. Show Some Shame by Caustic Casanova (Hard Rock/Space Punk)
  5. Without you by Derek Evry (Rock/Alternative)
  6. I'll Find Out by Classified Frequency (Rock/Hard Rock)


Happy 1 year bday to DC Music Rocks!  July 5, 2016 was our first episode.  52 episodes later, no plans to stop!  In that year, we:
--created a radio show,
--started it as a podcast,
--created a DC artist database,
--received a grant from the city of dc in order to create our automated, customizable local ---music calendar with seemless connectivity to our artist database,
--Started a collection of playlists, no featuring over 60 hours of local music, with more to come!
Thank you for listening, and for your support!

The Breakup Songs playlist is now live on  Sometimes incredible music comes from heartbreak and lost love.  In discovering music for the show, we’ve started collecting it.  As we find it, we share it on this playlist, hoping perspective helps!

Next Week - We're taking off for 4th of July & to celebrate our bday!  We're back July 11th with Exte Records!


There's so many!  Visit our Local Music Calendar to see the full list!  These are just the few we discussed on the show to get you started.

Fri Jun 30
Teddy Chipouras @ Wolf Trap Farragut Fridays in DC
Human Country Jukebox @ Battle Street Live in Manassas, VA
Fort Knox Five @ Tropicalia in DC

Sat July 1
ProjectHERA Festival (Female Musician Celebration) - Hayley Fahey, FuzzQueen, Lauren Calve & more @ State Theater in Falls Church, VA
Heather Mae @ 930 Club in DC

Mon Jul 3
Rare Essence @ Howard Theatre in DC

Wed Jul 5
Backbeat Underground @ Gypsy Sally’s in DC

Thu Jul 6
Sub-Radio @ Fairfax Corner in Fairfax, VA

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Brian:     On DC Music Rocks, were shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. So, now lets get to know one of those great bands here. Soldiers of Suburbia is a three-piece alternative/pop-punk band. They can be described as high energy, loud, abrasive, and in yo face! They love the title given to them by their photographer and videographer, Rouge Crayon, who described them as a three-headed, destructive, pop-punk storm. So, that sets the stage for these great guys. I first came across them when they were- Derek Evry was on the show and introduced me to these guys and the music speaks for itself and just cool people. So, that said, I finally get to, listeners it's with great pleasure that I formally introduce Soldiers of Suburbia.  Say hi, guys.

Tyler:     Hey, how's it goin

Collin:     What an introduction.

Izzy:     Hello!

Brian:     [crosstalk 00:00:55] Yeah, so most folks can only hear you, so tell them who you are, your names and what you play in the band.

Tyler:     Hi, I'm Tyler, I sing and play guitar.

Izzy:     My name's Izzy, I play the drums.

Collin:     Hey, I'm Collin and I play the bass.

Brian:     Fantastic, and now Soldiers of Suburbia, so, fill us in real quick on where the name comes from, what happened with that?

Tyler:     So, the name is not as exciting of a story as I wish that it was. So, I think that the idea that I've come up with is that every time that we get asked about our name we should just come up with something that isn't how we came up with the name so that it sounds more interesting. So I'm gonna go with ... One time-

Brian:     Oh, tell the truth, sir!

Tyler:     Really it's just that I'm a really big Green Day fan and Green Day has a song called Jesus of Suburbia and so the original name of the band was just gonna be Suburbia, which is actually a different cool band in the scene, but I decided that I should try to make it a little more interesting. I don't know, Soldiers of Suburbia just happened.

Brian:     Soldiers of Suburbia, that's amazing, and how did you guys find each other? How did the band start?

Tyler:     Well, I was the one who I guess started the band technically and then I sort of put out some, for those of you listening in your cars, Collin just made fun of me and I did not appreciate it. But I basically just put out an ad on Facebook and said that I was looking for some other musicians to play with and Izzy responded, said that she would like to come play drums, which is funny because in middle school Izzy and I actually hated each other. And then I-

Brian:     Really?

Tyler:     Yeah

Izzy:     I have never not liked someone as much as I didn't like Tyler in middle school, I don't know what it was.

Tyler:     Yeah we just, we didn't mesh but then for some reason two years later I was looking for a drummer and she was like, "You know what, I'll give it a shot." And then we started playing together and it just, it worked out, you know? It went well.

Brian:     That's what I'm saying and now you're okay people you don't actually hate each other all of the time, at least.

Tyler:     Yeah. Most of the time.

Izzy:     No, I still hate them.

Tyler:     Yeah, we actually don't like each other at all, but and then, Collin would you like to tell the story of how we met and how I ignored you?

Brian:     Yes Collin, tell us.

Collin:     It was a clear night, romantic dinners, no we actually used to play at the same place years ago at the 4410 over in Haymarket and it was just one of those things where I was playing open mic and he was just there and I saw him and it was just like, oh, I need to-

Tyler:     We had an emotional connection.

Collin:     We saw eye to eye, no-

Brian:     Unlike the hate between these other two, there was love with you guys? Is that what you're saying?

Tyler:     Yeah, Collin and I fell in love.

Collin:     Love at first sight. No, it was one of those things where it was just, you know, right time at the right place, and I, you know, reached out to him and that's pretty much just how it started. Because it was originally Tyler and Izzy trying their thing just the two of them.

Tyler:     Which was okay but it was not, we really needed a bass.

Brian:     Man, that bass frequency, I'll tell you, the bassists don't always get a lot of love, but when you don't have the bass you miss it so much, it's a thing.

Tyler:     Yeah, I know, they're important, you do miss it.

Izzy:     It was painful.

Tyler:     Yeah, so we auditioned a couple bass players and then Collin showed up and we played with him and it was pretty much a situation whereas soon as we started playing we knew that we wanted him to join the band but we had to, you know, play it cool. So as he walked away we were like, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, we'll call you man, like it's fine." And then he left and I turned to Izzy and I was like, "Yeah, it's good, he's gonna play." And then we've been playing together for a year now."

Collin:     The rest is history.

Brian:     Wow, that's awesome.

Collin:     It's nice though that we're just, you know, it's not just like a band to us. It not like, "Okay, time to go to work, we gotta play some songs, play some shows." You know, as you see we're just having a good time, it's fun.

Tyler:     Yeah, it's fun, we're hanging out.

Izzy:     Three happy kids

Brian:     You all like each other now, this is good. Now, what about, so where did music come from for you guys, I mean were you band kids. What was the- how did music enter- I want to hear from each of you, how did music enter your lives?

Tyler:     Izzy go ahead.

Izzy:     I am a band kid. Loud and proud. Drum line, middle school band, you know, everything, very out there, very happy about it.

Brian:     All the drums, alright and does that mean you also played like all the other symphonic drums like marimba and like xylophone and tympany and that stuff too, or-

Izzy:     Everything, and I snare on the drum line, so a little bit of everything.

Brian:     Got it. Alright, and Collin, what about you, man?

Collin:     It was one of those things where it just started off as being a kid, where if I really get specific, I was a child and for Christmas I got a PlayStation and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 on the PS2 and the opening song for the intro of the game, and like Tony Hawk, his silhouette is like going down like a half pipe or something and TNT by ACDC is playing. And I was like, I don't even know how old I was, this was like 2003. And I was just sitting there in my pajamas like, "What?" And that was kind of the rest and, you know-

Brian:     Wait, but you play bass, you played guitar? What did you start playing first?

Collin:     I started off on guitar and just switched over to bass and you know, eventually you know just growing up you just, all the new bands and all the new music just comes at you at once so it was kind of a, you know.

Brian:     So do you ever, like are you happy about the transition to bass, then?

Collin:     Yeah, it's definitely one of those things where it's not like I never play guitar, when I'm not doing anything. But when we do acoustic stuff I still play guitar and Tyler and I always go back and forth on, "Oh, I'm better at guitar," "No, I'm better," "I'm the song writer."

Tyler:     The joke I like to make, which is a very mean joke, but I think it's on the website, is that Collin wanted to be in our band so bad that he switched to bass.

Collin:     Yeah, I was desperate.

Tyler:     That he was so desperate to be in our band, which is not exactly true, but it's a funny joke to me. So, that's the joke that I always make.

Brian:     So tell us the truth.

Tyler:     I mean, it was one of those situations where he messaged me and was like, "Hey, if you ever needed a guitar player that I would love to come play with you." And I was sort of like, "Well, actually we need a bass player." And he was like, "I'll do it, like it's cool, you know." And so that was sort of how it was. It was a lot more casual than I like to make it out to be.

Brian:     Got it. Collin, you're the man. That's cool, alright. Tyler, what about you, man?

Tyler:     Well, I mean, man. I have a very similar story to Collin that we like to talk about which is I mean, I've always been around music, my aunt is a classical pianist and all this stuff. And I was learning, I took guitar lessons starting when I was four, but the one thing that really sort of grabbed me and made me want to start playing rock music is I got Guitar Hero 3 on the PlayStation.

Brian:     Excellent.

Tyler:     So these are very similar stories and if you've ever played Guitar Hero 3, which I recommend it's a very good game, first you start up the game and it's Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses and that was one of those things where I heard that and my world was turned inside out. And so here we are.

Brian:     I love it, I love how you guys are influenced by all of these classic awesome rock songs too, it wasn't some kind of pop song, it wasn't a Justin Timberlake song, it was like classic freaking rock. Yes, guitar.

Tyler:     Oh, yeah, Collin and I jammed to some ACDC, and its good times.

Brian:     That is fantastic, alright, now what about you guys outside of music then, what other hobbies, what do you do outside of the band?

Izzy:     I like to bake. I bake Tyler and Collin cupcakes sometimes.

Tyler:     They're very good cupcakes.

Izzy:     I am like the best drummer that they could possibly have just because of the cupcakes. Not even based off of talent, just the cupcakes.

Tyler:     They're good cupcakes man, I don't know what else to say about it.

Brian:     One of these days, the next show, if the listeners show up, there should be some cupcakes. Don't hold out on us.

Izzy:     Yeah!

Tyler:     Well we used to do a thing to entice people to buy tickets, we used to say, "If you buy a ticket from us, we'll give you a cupcake." And we would put SOS on the top of it and stuff.

Izzy:     I would go to school, like the weekend after a show, with a big plastic bucket of cupcakes and just give them to everyone in my school who bought tickets. And it was awesome.

Brian:     That's funny, alright so Izzy's the baker, Collin, what do you got?

Collin:     I'm just your run of the mill 20 year old kid, just playing in a band, I mean that's pretty much it. Soldiers of Suburbia for the last year has been my lifestyle. It's a job, it's my [crosstalk 00:10:21]

Brian:     And school, I take it, too?

Collin:     Not currently.

Brian:     Not currently, okay.

Tyler:     He works at a pretty dope mini golf place

Izzy:     Putt putt!

Brian:     Nice!

Collin:     Working some jobs here and there. And like I said just trying to get by. As soon as I graduated high school in 2015 and the reality of the "real world" has slowly but surely crept into my life.

Brian:     Well I love that you still got the music going on dude.

Collin:     Yeah, it's definitely fun.

Brian:     Keep it going, and Tyler, what about you, man?

Tyler:     Yeah, I mean, music is pretty much the only thing that I'm good at. So I pretty much just sit around and play music or listen to music. I don't really know what else to say to be honest. I got a pretty cool bike the other day, so that's exciting, I don't know.

Brian:     Excellent, I love it, guys. Alright well, I've got one more. There's one question that I love to ask and that's if you as a band could offer one piece of advice what would it be?

Collin:     Don't do it, no I'm joking.

Tyler:     A band's a trap. Let's see, personally I would say that the biggest thing that I think the three of us have learned is that no matter what you go through as a band, it's good, like what Collin said earlier, it's good to actually be friends outside of being in a band as opposed to just being in a band because it can get stressful and it can get difficult. And it's nice that when you're in a stressful time, if you're trying to figure out how to book a show or something, it's nice that you can be like, "You know what, we should just go get some pizza and just hang out for a minute." And it's still fun and you're still in a good environment.

Collin:     Yeah, that's the main thing, just having fun with it, 'cause it's not like, every time we hang out, it's not where we rehearse some songs for about an hour and then we all go home and don't talk to each other ever again, and then the next time we see each other we're playing music. It's definitely not like that. I stay at Izzy's house until like 3 am sometimes hanging out.

Tyler:     Yeah, it's more like these are my only friends, so ...

Brian:     Yeah, got it.

Izzy:     Yeah, even if I used to hate Tyler, now he's my best friend. So [crosstalk 00:12:34]

Collin:     We go to the mall.

Collin:     Izzy and Tyler's birthday are coming up, you know, they're back to back this weekend.

Tyler:     Yeah, very true.

Brian:     Now tell my what the website is for you guys if they want to find out more about you?


Brian:     Soldiers of Suburbia Band, check it out, and they also have information about an indie go-go campaign on there.

Tyler:     That is true and the link is all of our social media, which again, you can find if you go to our website.

Brian:     And they would love support for, this is for the upcoming album?

Tyler:     This is our EP, our debut EP.

Brian:     Fantastic.