Category Archives: Kyle Erickson

Q&A With Tyler Bryant

By Kyle Erickson

Blues rockers Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown just released their fourth album, Pressure, on October 16th. The new album is a great mix of songs that elevates their song-writing skills and will satisfy long-time fans of the band as well. I had the pleasure of interviewing lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist Tyler Bryant himself about the new album and how it came about.

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A Conversation With Indie Rock Band My Kid Brother

By Kyle Erickson

Indie rock band My Kid Brother had the unfortunate luck of releasing their killer self-titled debut EP during a pandemic. Their touring plans -supporting Angels & Airwaves- were put on hold, and they had to pivot into finding a way that was best to engage their audience during the downtime, celebrating the EP they had been working hard on, and introducing themselves and their music to new fans without the traditional support of touring. It was no doubt a challenge, but you’d never guess that when talking to the five cheerful and fun people who form My Kid Brother. I spoke to the whole band over Zoom while they ride out the pandemic at guitarist Dylan Savopoulos’ house in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a great and informative chat with a fantastic new band.

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A Conversation With Weigh The Anchor’s Andrew Zamora

By Kyle Erickson

Photo by Quade Beltran.

Weigh The Anchor, a pop punk band from Oakville, Ontario, has released their propulsive third EP, Right At Home, on July 10th. I spoke to singer Andrew Zamora just before its release and talked about the group’s origins, the new EP, making relatable music, and why the band is better than ever before.

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Ensiferum – Thalassic

By Samuel StevensKyle Erickson

Release Date: July 10, 2020

Genre: Folk Metal, Viking Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

The Finnish folk metal legends Ensiferum are readying the release of their eighth full length album, Thalassic. The Greek word Thalassic translates to, “of or relating to the sea.” This marks Ensiferum’s first album to ever revolve around one set theme, this theme being water or the sea. The idea of the album revolving around one central theme was that of bassist Sami Hinkka. Hinkka has always been in charge of the band’s lyrics for some time now and once again tackled them head on. He brought the idea to the band as the initial songwriting of the album began and the other members enjoyed it so much, they rolled with it. The band is always reinventing their sound and with band’s newest addition to the line up, Pekka Montin (keyboards, clean vocals) has breathed new life into the band’s songwriting overall.

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A Conversation With Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld

By Kyle Erickson

Photo by Abel Longoria

Justin Furstenfeld is grateful to be alive and sober. It was quite a journey for the Blue October frontman to get to this point, and now Blue October have released their documentary, Get Back Up, showcasing Justin’s struggles with mental illness and drug addiction and his road to sobriety. The band is also gearing up to release their 10th studio album, This Is What I Live For, on September 18th. Justin and I spoke about both of these topics, as well as the past, present, and future of Blue October, and the creation of Justin’s new record label, Up/Down Records.

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