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“I have my own ideals that I stick by and am not gonna be swayed by someone
telling me the Mongolian or white community is the superior race over everyone
because of this, this and this? I’m gonna tell you ,”so is my dick, bro.” –
Mike Luciano (vocals)

Metalinsider is one of my very favorite and consistently good metal sites out
there. They published a piece about how melodic metalcore band The Paramedic
have an ex drummer who is running for office with the “Traditional Worker’s
Party, which was created by a white supremacist that speaks out against Jewish
people”.

The Paramedic are a mixed race band and yet have also had controversy surround
them due to a t shirt perceived as violent against women and for a blog post
by vocalist Mike Luciano about Caitlyn Jenner that some took as anti-trans. I
am bi sexual and didn’t read the post as anti trans, rather that Mike felt
dubious of Jenner’s authenticity as a person in general. Some people are
concerned that because of the t shirt and the Caitlyn post that now with the
ex drummer’s party affiliation, perhaps The Paramedic are all really fucked up
people.

I have been in an on and off feud with Coheed & Cambria for years and want
peace with them but also stand my ground because I was there when Claudio met
my very real sister Cambria at a Woodstock concert I booked years ago. I have
known the Coheed guys for years and we have a very fucking crazy history. My
sister was at times told degrading things over the years or I was also
bullied and shit on by their fans because they don’t understand why it still
angers me that Claudio Sanchez has never acknowledged she exists.

My dad just died and family and true stories are more important to me than ever. I have
been in this scene 20+ years both signed and unsigned and I feel everyone has
a right to be heard, myself included. Even if that means a huge band might
have to admit they have downplayed an often troubled relationship over the
years with a family that hasn’t always appreciated their actions. Shit, their
first drummer Nate Kelley is my best friend and STILL people are stubborn and
hold onto their illusions.

Having just this week been trolled on Metalsucks by a Coheed fan who compared me to
Justin Lowe’s pre-death rant in a derogatory and not “concerned for my mental health”
way, I know how ugly things can get and also how one sided or lacking media
coverage can be, inexplicably. I’m manic depressive but take Paxil.

I also remember how happy people were when The
Paramedic first arrived on the scene and reading about how they were really
connecting with fans in (i think) an old AMP Magazine article.

I reached out to vocalist Mike Luciano, who doesn’t know me. I’m not biased. I
wanted his side of things. I have written good and critical things about the
Paramedic before. I think Mike’s voice is one of the coolest things about the
band but that some of the songs have been meh compared to others.

I didn’t expect to hear back, honestly. Instead Mike took an hour out of his
day and was more of a straight talker than the majority of the thousands of
bands I have literally interviewed.

He wrote me: “I’ve never been one to attack anyone or any music mag of any type unless they are wrongfully publishing things. Naturally, much like anyone else, if I feel attacked im gonna push back twice as hard. As long as there is nothing like that going on during the interview I don’t see why this can’t be extremely productive for both of us!”

Then we talked on the phone. Read it BELOW.

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Coheed has a new song! Listen to the charming “You’ve got spirit, Kid” HERE. But please purchase Weerd Science instead because it is way better.

Well, maybe I’m reading into this too much but since I’m one of if not the only vocal critic of Claudio Sanchez and he’s just announced he’s finally doing a record of his “feelings” and not just potshots at former bandmates or friends disguised as a concept story, something is setting off my spidey sense.

Should be fun since the whole backstory of the band’s actual history (not the “armory wars” but their actual band history) that he has presented to the public is more or less a conceptual story he made up and only half the truth, when in fact many shitty jabs at former friends or bandmates have littered his lyrics even to the point of naming Apollo records after ex drummer Nate Kelley’s dog Apollo to make him jealous Nate was out of band once they got rich and rub it in his face…like, weirdo shit. Like naming the band after my fucking sister. I’m pretty much their only critic besides some people who know the truth, many of whom are their ex crew. We’ve even shared plenty of band mates over the years or producers.

If this song is about me…I guess I have to shave dude’s head. But maybe I’m wrong since, not legions of emo fans, but many people do “give a fuck” about me. You want the distribution on all the magazines nationally and internationally I write for, dude? And as the lyrics say “the floor is all yours”, which could relate to me since they never respond to anything I say whether I ask nicely or try and heal the friendships or whether I’ve been a drunken asshole. Floor certainly is all mine if you hide in plain sight.

I’m friends with a lot of their fans who have been cool to me but there are also many who are just willfully in denial and worse detectives than juggalos trying to figure out how magnets work. Even the media that covers them has done a terrible job getting the truth. And I love the other dudes in the band who I know, even though they are his yes men and their manager is all about supressing the truth and has been for years, but it’s a bubble long overdue to be burst. Unchecked fucking vanity is not punk rock. Grow the fuck up, dude. You have a good life and lots of fans. many people worked hard to get you there, it wasn’t just your demi god powers. And show some forgiveness since all of us fucking partied too hard and no one has been an angel.

Catch up to speed HERE for more context. But I mean, it could be about his pizza delivery guy. Who knows. Also, the above tattoo reminds me once when Josh Eppard told me he saw a back piece of Fred Durst on a 16 year old girl that time Coheed played Canada and got drunk and said Gretzky sucked and got booed by Canadians. Like, do you want this Ewok on your fucking arm your whole life? Really?

Maybe I’m paranoid. Doubt it. At least I still have some un auto tuned roughs from their Turbine Blade sessions if I really decide to get mad, haha. But I’d rather take the high road. I’m also nobody’s bitch and always speak up for myself, friends and family.

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Year of the ACTUAL rainbow: watch Coheed lampoon idiot Scalia

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 12:31 PM (PST)

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I’ll always give Coheed props when they do something cool, like Claudio’s above collabo with ex-Hulk scribe/legend Peter David. Anyone who knows me and my family or scene history knows I still have issues with Claudio never burying hatchet right with me but I don’t hate him, though is real drag (though I’m glad I’m peacefully friendly again with recovering ex bassist Mic Todd after 9 years of not talking). But for sake of good will (and cuz I really like the PR firm this email arrived from) and Cuz this is awesome I’m sharing this funny ass new video anyway ‪#‎pma‬ #dontblowbubbles

Watch the band lampoon idiot judge Scalia n regards to same sex marriage and health care on Funny Or Die HERE.

 

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DIVEST release 2001 White Plains demo

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 3:31 PM (PST)

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For the couple thousand kids who give a shit and know about my quite unsung old post-hardcore/nu metal band DIVEST , here’s a treat. Our one time very brief live bassist Andre Malkine shot me a copy of three songs I didn’t have that I added to our growing Bandcamp discography.

This was around a time period in early 00’s when we all kind of congregated at this party house around Purchase College cuz our guitarist Dave Parker was going to school there. It turns out the house was also where incidentally mine and my sister Cambria’s mom (who grew up in White Plains as my Grandpa was a famous minister there) used to come get babysat as a child decades earlier! So crazy. Swear to God. Weird synchronicity.

The house on the cover is not where we recorded this demo, but was the band house where everyone lived for a year or so and we did many mixes there of different tunes. The actual demo was done at some dudes house in a ritzy area of Westchester.

Funny story from this time. I remember our drummer Zac Shaw (now of Dead Unicorn) went outside after drum takes and smoked a bowl. He was happy and standing under a tree when a fucking squirrel fetus fell out of the tree and slid down his face. Worst. Buzz Kill. EVER. Thankfully this 3 song has some of Nate Kelley’s best…BASS playing!!

This is what I wrote about it on Facebook:

OK ‪#‎tbt‬ big time. thanks to Andre Malkine for shooting me these. 3 demo tracks from pre 9/11 (a few months) 2001 Divest with Nate Kelley, Dave Parker (ex-Weerd Science, Coheed and Cambria, current Stellar Young) Kurt Brown and Zac Shaw line up plus myself. Drums sound very shitty (not performance), but the songs rule. Some of my best lyrics.”Valley” grooves so fuckin’ hard . I remember we’d play that and I’d feel like could knock down walls by staring at them during the verse riff. Never felt such false sense of invincibility in my life (and that says a lot if you know my life story) as this amazing, complex time drinking 40’s and rockin out toSevendustHUM and Jonah Matranga;s FAR with the boys while writing new songs constantly. This led up to us going to APPLEHEAD RECORDING & PRODUCTION and re-recording “Valley” wth Dr Know of Bad Brains, before we did the full Ghost Town Reckoning album with Dr Know and Applehead Studios (Chiodos, Team Sleep, Coheed ) guys producing. Crazy stuff. I wish I had the Applehead version of “Valley”. Also, “We Can Live” is the most desperate and confessional tune I probably ever wrote for a gal.

For all the fighting and bickering between us and the Coheed guys and band member trades and revolving crap/ all kinds of drunken bullshit with them, there is a lot of great music and MANY GOOD TIMES in the wake of all these people affiliated with the certain group of bands that came out of the Hudson Valley area around then like us, Coheed, Three, Watch You Burn, Anadivine,  etc. Much love and respect and hopeful peace and harmony for the rest of our pathetic lives! Best lyric: “A dirty business so let’s stick to our friends”. 

This was a weird space between Nu Metal and melodic post hardcore that we’d keep worrying at like a problem for the ages. haha.”

Check out the 2001 White Plains demo HERE.

 

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Interview: John The Baker talks Skate Til U Die, Bay Area

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:47 AM (PST)

 

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“I quit driving cars in 1991 to protest the Gulf War.”John The Baker

Very happy to say we’ve got a cool ass interview with John The Baker about Skate Til U Die. This is a killer event with heart for good causes and is ALSO just plain awesome for skaters and music fans. I’ll let John tell you about it in a minute but first let me tell you about John!

Fans of anarcho punk, MDC, Tank Crimes stuff or the DIY West Coast punk/crust scene are often fans of John The Baker. He’s also known as the punk singer who once won a censorship battle in (allegedly liberal) Woodstock, NY after getting arrested for singing a song about cops sleeping with underage girls in town . Oh, and got a settlement he used to put out his CD and mail complimentary copies to local police stations. That was a band called Slimy Penis Breath which also featured a young, dumb and full of cum (this is meant affectionately) Jason Christopher who now plays bass in mighty Prong. JTB was kind of a lot of kids “punk rock uncle” in the scene, though he actually is related to Josh and Joey Eppard.

The 90’s Woodstock/Kingston, NY punk scene I grew up in was a blast. You had Slimy Penis Breath, sludge n roll onslaught .mearth , noise rockers Dripping Goss (feat. Brian Goss of Warzone and at one point Frank Ferrer, now of Guns N Roses), Simone Felice doing weird post-punk rock before his interest turned to The Band, poetry and the Catskill mountains and more. Sean Paul Pillsworth and the Jerk Magnet/Anadivine pop punks. You also had John the Baker’s mega talented nephews Joey and Josh Eppard known for playing in prog/emo bands Three and Coheed & Cambria), plus Shabutie (Claudio Sanchez’ amazingly fluid and funky pre-Coheed and Cambria band with Mic Todd and my best friend multi-instrumentalist Nate Kelley)  and also bands like apocalyptic rockabilly meets Am Rep on Primus-style telecaster weirdos Pitchfork Militia and my early teen angst grunge band Melancholy. Hardcore band (and Metal Riot favorites) Painmask, still active today. AND Woodstock had Bad Brains members living in town raising families! This led to Bad Brains dudes playing on Coheed’s first record or being involved in producing my later band Divest along with a local (now famous) studio Applehead, also where Coheed and Three have both recorded amazing albums.

There was a lot of creativity and home grown shows and a lot of partying, but a scene sprung from hometown hopes, the shadow of the 60’s & also the close proximity of the Albany hardcore scene created a really interesting mix of styles and people in the post-“alternative rock” explosion surrounding Nirvana. Some of the bands are still playing today. We’ve had ups and downs like any scene and life lessons learned. Three/Lunch Meat guitarist Jason Foster and Melancholy drummer Pat Howland were two local talents who both died and are very missed. I’m very happy to say after about nine years of not speaking  I’m friendly again with the recovering Mic Todd, the former Coheed bassist and have had some really good talks with him lately as well as gotten off booze myself. As a rowdy scene we could have taken it easier on ourselves and others at times BUT the cool thing is the music is surviving and as a collection of people we all changed a lot of lives for the better!

John the Baker (one of the first vegan bakers I ever met) was a heavy player in the DIY Woodstock 90’s scene and always out playing his acoustic guitar in Woodstock. He still plays “Fuck The Fascists USA” and other songs I fondly remember in his current band, the subtly named Fucktard. I’m really inspired by John’s drive and he’s one of the handful of people most responsible (along with my bassist friend Dave Daw and Jess Killganon from the cobaltandcalcium page) for helping me quit drinking out of the bottom of a fifteen year depression. John has always been a remarkable advocate for getting out and organizing shows and benefits, making art on your own terms and not getting pushed around. I remember him showing me with exciteent a letter he got back from Jello Biafra , the one true Dead Kennedy’s vocalist. John eventually went West and worked with Alternative Tentacles, Jello’s label. He even sang back ups on a killer Melvins record Jello did with the grunge godfathers, my longtime almost favorite band ever!

JTB has always been a skateboarder. I’ve got a cool black and white picture of him somewhere with a deck sitting and hanging out shooting the shit with my ex-girlfriend from like 20 years ago. It was awesome to catch up with John and get the scoop on Skate Til U Die, an event he’s dead center of which is TRULY aimed at smashing apathy, people powered transportation and PMA.

Read the SKATE TIL U DIE interview BELOW! And “fist fuck the pope!”

#spectorbass #powellperalta #boneswheels#alternativetentacles #tankcrimes #skatetiludie #skateboarding #charity

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Family, Music, Scene Unity, Death and Beating Addictions via PMA.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:29 AM (PST)
Josh Eppard of Weerd Science/Coheed & Cambria (pic by Catharina Christiana)

Josh Eppard of Weerd Science/Coheed & Cambria (pic by Catharina Christiana)

Don’t take your health, friends or family for granted. Ever.

The following is an op ed of sorts which includes personal music scene memories of the last 20 years, memories of my father Tom Vink-Lainas who just passed away from Cancer and struggled with smoking  cigs and drinking decades of his life. It also touches on Blake Judd, Coheed And Cambria , Bad Brains, UNITY and why PMA is so important. It is mainly about the Kingston, NY and Woodstock, Ny region music scene I came up in (I’ve sung for like 9 bands since 1993). Hopefully it can help heal some people (myself included).

Click HERE for more.

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Aphelion is the furthest point from the sun, and in this case, the sun could represent anything that we aspire towards, dream of, pursue with passion, heart, fire.– Tom P.

Tom Phillips of While Heaven Wept is capable of writing intense and compelling epic metal that is like Farscape for the human soul. Instead of Moya, we are travelling through songs of the human experience, rich metaphor and aquamarine guitar playing that knows few limits.Prog rock can include anything from House Of Lightning’s mind blowing melodic riff and vocal amalgam of Floor meets Rush to something as different as Veil Of Maya’s Marc Okubo tearing through an intricate metal riff to a classic prog rock album like Selling England By The Pound. We celebrate the spiritual questions of a band like Om with our serious hats on but often dismiss high concept prog influenced records as grandiose. For all the ups and downs in my friendship with the Coheed and Cambria guys over the years, I will admit in a second that In Keeping Secrets… was a great album (perhaps still their best). WHH have been carrying the flame for earnest music for a long time.

Their latest Suspended At Aphelion is a very fleshed out, masterful concept album. How did they come to decide on the themes?

“Well, you’ve got to keep in mind that everything we’ve ever done has been out of personal necessity…to heal, to accept, to move on…and SAA is no exception; despite the imagery and metaphors throughout the discography, everything is based upon real people, events, tribulations, and above all, sincere emotions,” says Tom. “WHW is basically my vehicle for coping with both a lifelong depression and the tragedies, frustrations, chaos in my life. A catharsis so as to lead a “relatively normal” existence outside of the band. Every album pertains to different relationships.”

That said, WHH are also never tied to just one genre. Detract from Queensryche’s more experimental albums like Tribe or Dedicated To Chaos all you like, but they still have merit regardless if they were different from the classic heavy metal sound the band has returned to post-Tate’s vocal reign. Likewise, WHH can be brutal, dizzying or trippy within the same album.

To learn more head out further into space BELOW and may your voyage bring you back home…

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Divest release “Clear The Smoke” live CBGB’s 9/24/01 album

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 11:56 AM (PST)

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“Keep truth in your head/get back from the floor…find your peace”.

It’s crazy listening to the DIVEST set from just after 9/11 which was just posted as name your price on Bandcamp HERE. It’s raw and real. This was one of the most intense performances of my life and was from before my old band I sang for changed our name to Divest and worked with Dr. Know from Bad Brains. About a year before we started the album Ghost Town Reckoning. We were still called Bleed Theory at the time of this live set.

We had a song called “Valley” that said ,”The streets are now empty even when full. A token of appreciation from zero tolerance. It’s a no legged dance but truth is the ship’s fuckin’ sinking. So leave us be, we’ll prove there’s more than your inefficiency.”  

Those words really hit me today listening to this thinking of how 9/11 was avoidable and how Bush and Cheney fucked up so much. I get goosebumps recalling the feeling of performing for the New Yorkers that week, just two weeks after the attacks. People were so glad to be back out and hearing rock n roll, participating in celebrating life together.  Dave She Wolf (aka Donna Lupe) guested on “The Hollow Point” and now plays guitar in Star And Dagger (with Sean Yseult of White Zombie notoriety).

Nate Kelley (of Shabutie/ early- Coheed And Cambria fame) was our bassist in DIVEST/Bleed Theory at the time and had this to say about the show:

 The mood was still pretty surreal; the buildings had only gone down two weeks before. We put a lot of heart into this one. There are points where the performance is in danger of careening off the tracks, but we ended super-strong. One of the best ever, especially tracks 6 and 7 (dig the no-count entrance into “Atlas”).

Zac Shaw (now of Dead Unicorn) was on drums for this show.

Cover design by Matt Goldpaugh of Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones.

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No, we don’t have three unlikely bands covering renditions of Slaughter’s “Up All Night” (though that would be interesting). Instead however there are three new videos you should peep below from prog upstarts White Arms Of Athena, legends At The Gates and a lyric vid from Travis from Coheed’s always rather interesting side project Davenport Cabinet.

Check ’em out HERE and start the weekend early.

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Claudio Sanchez posts new song “Atlas” for his son

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM (PST)

 

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Claudio of Coheed And Cambria has posted a moving song for his new-ish son Atlas.

Several months ago, in anticipation of the birth of my son, I wrote “Atlas” for him. At the time, I could only imagine the feelings I’d have for him when I’d have to leave for tour. I didn’t truly understand the power and relevance of the song’s sentiment. Now, after having him in my life for almost three months and with Neverender just a few weeks away, I’m starting to feel it. This will be my first tour away from Atlas. And sure, it will be hard, but it’s all for him. I’d like to share that song with you. – Claudio

First I’d like to say congrats to Claudio and secondly, “Atlas” is already the name of a DIVEST song, dude (JUST KIDDING, promise! I mean, it is, but … one love). The intimate and spare acoustic performance of the video is really cool and Claud has always excelled at acoustic and stripped down, emotional performances. His vocals fit the unorthodox arrangement as well and this is a real winner they ought to do a big studio version of.

Click HERE and check it out.

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White Arms Of Athena tracked sophomore madness at GodCity

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM (PST)

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White Arms Of Athena are a band I just recently discovered and so I was thrilled to learn they are tracking a sophomore effort for Prosthetic Records.

I was just talking about this band on Twitter with some Coheed and Cambria fans and Neesh from Neeshcast Radio. Today I found out they’ve  recorded their sophomore Prosthetic effort at GodCity Studio in Salem, Mass. with acclaimed producer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Every Time I Die, High On Fire, Kvelertak). The as-yet-untitled album — expected to be released later this year — will be mixed by Ballou, engineered and co-produced by Travis Kammeyer (Storm of Light, Generation of Vipers) and mastered by Alan Douches (Baroness, The Dillinger Escape Plan).

The band, which has previously shared the stage with acts including Arsonists Get All The Girls, Katalepsy, Fallujah, The Contortionist, The Ocean, East of the Wall, Holy Grail and Baring Teeth, will release further information on the upcoming release in the coming weeks. Follow them on social media for the latest updates:

http://whitearms.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WhiteArms
http://instagram.com/WhiteArmsOfAthena

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Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria‘s hip hop project Weerd Science continues with a new energy and purpose.  2013 saw the release of Red Light Juliet, Part 1 of “The Illogy,” a triad of EPs that continues the tradition of thought-provoking, jaw-dropping and wildly entertaining music from one of the most talented emcees in hip-hop.  Part 2, “Steady Straight Lights; Sudden Dark Turns” is to be released on February 07, 2014 at MIDNIGHT! via weerdscience.bandcamp.com and will be followed up with special live shows in select markets.

Photo by Brandi Schulz courtesy of WS

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Deep Cuts: Coheed and Shabutie

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM (PST)

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Shabutie picture I took circa 1997, i think. * (Claudio, Nate, Mic)

This Deep Cuts we are going to look at different eras of Coheed & Cambria, including some Shabutie early stuff.

To hear my three song picks and read more click HERE.

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New Music: Coheed and Cambria – “Iron Fist”

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM (PST)

coheedProgressive hard rock band Coheed and Cambria are streaming a brand new song called “Iron Fist” right now.  The song comes from the band’s upcoming February 5th release The Afterman: Descension.

To listen to “Iron Fist” click right here.

Descension will be Coheed’s seventh studio album and the direct follow up to 2012’s The Afterman: Ascension.  It will be released on Hundred Handed/Everything Evil Records.

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