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Episode 2: Alex Gaskarth is a Furry

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Episode 2: Alex Gaskarth is a Furry

Episode Description:

Streaming services. Good or bad for the music industry? Find out in this episode of The Moshpit.  In music news, Brianne officially becomes the scene grandma, Kevin Lyman is a dicktease, and coronavirus kills pop punk.  Also, geek out with Michelle, Brianne, and Kelly over all the new music out right now, particularly All Time Low's new single, Sleeping In. But what's new? Let the ladies of the Moshpit Point (North) you in the right direction to discover an awesome band in the Band Spotlight.  Finally, travel back in time as the hosts share their first pop punk concert experiences. If you're vibing with the show, share with your friends!

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Michelle 0:28

Welcome back to another episode of The Moshpit. Let's hit the lights and reach some Hawthorne heights cuz we are neck deep in music news for you guys. Coincidentally there is some music news about neck deep.

Brianne 0:43

I really I really just I just really need a collective groan I love you but that's one too many.

Michelle 0:51

All the puns every single person on the planet, you can't not tell me that. I'm not clever because I am. It was fantastic. I'm so proud.

Brianne 0:59

You're gonna You're gonna run out of band names before we hit our, like 10th episode.

Kelly 1:05


Michelle 1:06

Yeah. So we got a lot of music news for you as we do, always after our just one episode. But before all of that, we want to give a big thanks to all of our listeners, so far all 20 of you, and we appreciate your existence. No for reals. We're really excited to, you know, be getting this going. So anybody out there in the podcast void of listening to us, we appreciate you, even if you're listening for like five seconds.

Brianne 1:36

Also make sure to reach out to us on social media on that on Instagram and Twitter and I don't know what else we're on, but it's @themoshpitpod. Oh, Facebook. That's the other one.

Michelle 1:48

Yes, Facebook and Instagram @themoshpitpod and because somebody stole our thing on Twitter, we're just @moshpitpod on Twitter. Yes. And speaking of listening To us just want to clarify that Kelly was not in outer space last night. We just happened

Kelly 2:07

or was I?

Michelle 2:08

Oh, you're out there with Tom DeLonge. Finding the aliens

Kelly 2:16

looking for all the UFOs with Tom. Yes. That's exactly where I was.

Michelle 2:21

Yeah, so we're actually, I don't think we actually clarified that last episode. We are in three different states. I am in New Jersey. Kelly's in Massachusetts and Bri is in Florida. So we are Skyping and hanging out. So you know, there are some things we're figuring out. But now, Kelly, hopefully sounds way better. Kelly talk show them.

Kelly 2:45

I hope so. I hope I no longer sound like an alien. Although it would much cooler to be inouter space but oh, that's true. I'm here. I swear I'm not in space.

Michelle 2:56

Also, Kelly. Kelly was just taking all the hits last week. I really was Kelly was like, viciously attacked about the song, Bitch. You know, I'm a bitch, im a lover.

Brianne 3:12

Watch out legal legal can only sing a line

Michelle 3:17

well you guys get it. So you know she was

Kelly 3:20

so close to the original because that was just right on pitch so I think it was a you know?

Michelle 3:25

Yeah, definitely but yeah so Kelly was unaware that it was Alanis Morissette but turns out is not Alanis Morrison. It's just one of those collective group think things that people think it's hard, but it's actually Meredith Brook. So Kelly is now vindicated,

Kelly 3:44

yeah, I am now officially ready to accept victory formally in this forum.

Brianne 3:52

I would like I would like to submit my apology in writing.

Kelly 3:56

Thank you. Thank you very much. I I accept

Brianne 4:00

To be fair, a lot of the internet is very confused about who saw what they

Kelly 4:04

they are. Everyone's so confused. So I Okay, I will say one more time. I was right. This song that so I was talking, I was saying that this song, the beginning reminded me of the beginning of all time lows, new single, some kind of disaster, how it like kind of has a lot of the same words and the same kind of feel to the beginning of it. And I had said it reminded me of a one hit wonder, and then everyone just kind of thinks this song is by Alanis Morissette but it is not credit to Meredith Brooks for this hit in the 90s, I believe. But yeah, I was very viciously attacked. And it turns out the entire internet just thinks that Alanis Morissette wrote and sang the song and poor little Meredith Brooks just got overlooked.

Brianne 5:03

for argument's sake, I will say they do sound freakish, very, very, very similar. It's just one

Michelle 5:10

of those things though. It's like a What do they call it the Mandela effect? That, you know, you think everybody thinks one thing happened but it was actually the other thing. Like I'm convinced, that there was a song that not a song, a movie in the late 90s, maybe early 2000 where Sinbad was a genie. Turns out that's not true. And it was called Shazam. And everybody said it Kazam and it was with Shaquille but it's not. I said, I promise you there was a movie.

Kelly 5:38

we're all just so misunderstood.

Michelle 5:42

No, you're not gonna find anything on the internet about it Bri but

Brianne 5:48

Just see me, like subtly googling, okay? Trying to defend you.

Michelle 5:57

I can't defend myself a pair because there's no trace of it on that. The Internet. But anyways, we're ready to kind of get into the nitty gritty, the meat meaty part of the show. So last week, we talked about how the different genres in the rock parent genre, I guess,

Brianne 6:20

the umbrella, if you will,

Michelle 6:21

yes, the umbrella, you know, like differentiating them and everything. And we ended the controversies right then and there, though in the pop punk Facebook groups I joined you still see the arguments. But this week,

Brianne 6:35

I think we all just need to agree to disagree. Exactly.

Kelly 6:38

Yeah, that'll be the way to go.

Michelle 6:40

But so this week, we wanted to talk about streaming services because I am a big Spotify-er is that what we call ourselves, Spotify-ers?. And so, I mean, obviously like they've kind of really ingrained themselves in society. But is it really good or bad for the industry? because on one hand, you know, obviously, you know, all the music's out there and it's a lot easier to distribute. But, you know, it's I can't imagine bands are making a lot from streaming services, you know what I mean?

Kelly 7:19

Yeah, I I'm also a Spotify Premium person. I love Spotify. But when you do kind of sit back and think about how it affects the bands is just kind of a different world than like, I think a lot of our bands started in which was, you know, releasing CDs and physical CD discs. But I think I mean, I guess the different streaming services have different ways of compensating the artists I it's probably not enough.

Brianne 7:55

Yeah, it's like pennies on the dollar. Like insane. Yeah. Well, that was like the whole thing with Taylor Swift for so many like I know he's not really in our umbrella but she was famously known to have not had her music for years on any streaming site because she was like they're basically stealing my stuff. I'm going to actually she finally you know got like got over it

Michelle 8:16

I think that was fantastic of her cuz you know, I think she took a stand and despite like her not really necessarily needing the money because that's I've gone into arguments about that they're like, Oh, she's just you know, it's just a money grab. And I'm like, No, she's I think she is sincerely taking a stand for artists everywhere because if they're artists don't take a stand. Why are is the big companies going to listen to little artists because yeah, they're definitely I mean, there's royalties for sure. But we all know that the best way to support our bands is buying their merch buying their CDs,

Kelly 8:51

concert tickets,

Michelle 8:53

concert tickets for sure.

Brianne 8:54

Yeah. Speaking speaking of buying CDs, we were talking Kelly had brought up the point about how A lot of the bands in our realm focus on selling actual CDs. I have a bone to pick about the new all time low distribution system. And I am I'm sorry. I'm so livid. So they've always sold physical CDs in their bundles with like a T shirt or whatever you got to pick. It's fine. But for some reason, this time, it's like, oh, you can buy the physical CD if you want to, but it's not in a bundle. All the bundles have a digital CD, which is fine, because it's still the CD, but I like I'm weird. I'm old. I don't use any streaming service premium because I'm cheap. And I buy the music that I really like. Otherwise listen to the radio. Yes, I'm from the 1950s Leave me alone.

Kelly 9:48

cassette you can get a cassette in a bundle

Brianne 9:51

I want my eight tracks. Damn it. No. But um, no, I'm just mad cuz I have a CD like case in My car that I have all of my all time low CDs from high school, like Paramore we the Kings, blink 182, like all the bands I truly truly supported were the only ones that would buy their albums because I didn't have a lot of money to spend growing up so I will say that's a little annoying.

Michelle 10:15

Yeah, no so bought it. I still bought it though. i'm a Piece of shit. And I stopped buying CDs A long time ago and now it isn't for you know me whatnot like wanting to support bands because I buy merch at every concert. I am at a concert, like every other week. The thing is, um, one I don't really have anywhere to listen to CDs anymore. And you know, I was like, I don't know if the word's got dejected, or, but in college I had I had my my CD case in my 96 Oh, I remember that. A Nissan Maxima up on the visor Yeah, yeah, I had all my I had all my CDs in there. And I had it in my car. And I am telling you, I still don't know what happened because my car was didn't seem like it could have been broken into, but that was gone. And so it was stolen. And then I just didn't feel like rebuilding my CD collection at that point. So and then that's when I was really listening to Pandora at the time. And then I found Spotify and it was way better. And, you know, I The thing that I can say in benefit of streaming services, is that, you know, in the music industry does gouge prices and it doesn't go to the artists that goes through the executives, it goes to the people that shouldn't be getting the money. But the streaming services at the very least instead of you know, us going and illegally downloading music. Yeah, it does something. So, these fans are getting some royalties. And we don't get any viruses on our computer anymore. Exactly. No limewire, no bearer shares

Kelly 12:09

Limewire! But I think also aside from paying, like actually paying the artists as minimal amount of money as that is, I think it's also especially Spotify, I've noticed has been really good at helping us find new bands, which is good for smaller bands that are trying to get out there. If they have their stuff on Spotify, it's easier for people to find them. That's how we now find like a lot of the new bands we listen to we find through Spotify in the playlists that they the pop punk's not dead playlist, the scene playlist, like all of those things they put together or looking at the similar artists that they you know that they recommend. So I think that's a great you know, added value, I guess of streaming services to listeners But also to bands because they can, you know, spread the word faster.

Michelle 13:05

100% like, I mean, half the stuff I listen to these days I found on the pop punk's not dead playlist by Spotify. So shout out to the Spotify employees that curate those things cuz they are on point.

Kelly 13:19

We are your biggest fans.

Michelle 13:22

Absolutely. So yeah, I mean, there's definitely pros and cons, you know, nothing's ever black and white. It's just is what it is. So we just have to support our bands in the best ways. We know how and that's by going to see them and buying their merch. I'm pretty sure also half of my closet is merch. The my collection of band tees has gotten so extreme you guys it is ridiculous. I try to not buy things and then I get to the concert. I'm like, Oh, that's so cool. I love it.

Kelly 13:58

I don't think You in the past like three years that I've seen you, I don't think one time you have not been wearing a band tee. It's like every time I see you, you're just wearing band merch. And I love it

Brianne 14:13

see this is the problem is that's why I like stoped going. Well, I don't understand why i stopped shows what's the benefit of stop going to shows. So like, I've just have all my old collection, which I have now again, I'm 50 years old, I have turned into a quilt. So I just have this T shirt of like, warped tour t shirts and like, all timw low and we the kings and Paramore and all this stuff like so I have all my band t shirts and now I can cuddle up on the couch on a Sunday afternoon and watch TV. It's great.

Kelly 14:40

She's our scene grandma.

Michelle 14:43

Oh my God. That is Bri's name now the scene grandma. Oh, Jesus. You know, I turned half my shirt. You did that to yourself. Gym t shirts.

Kelly 14:53

Yeah, that's all mine are their sleep shirts and gym shirts. And then some of them that aren't like ripped to shreds, yet. are wear in public t shirts. But

Brianne 15:03

to be fair, though, I had this made back in Oh God when did i have made I had made like couple years ago. So the Mich the teat the tank top you got for me at the last all time low show that you went to I still wear that is the only one that isn't in there.

Michelle 15:18

That took like a year to get to you.

Brianne 15:21

Yeah, yeah, I forgot. I forgot you had it for that long. Yeah, pretty much fine. When we live on the other side of the country. It's fine.

Michelle 15:30

Yeah, it happens. Alright, so moving on. It's time for music news. Yeah, so um, yeah, you guys know we live breathe, eat all time low. So obviously the first thing on the docket is all time low. So last week we talked about well, two weeks ago we talked about you know, their new single their old new single, I guess at this point. Well, their

Brianne 16:11

their first their first single off the new album.

Michelle 16:14

Yes. Which is some kind of some kind of disaster. Yes. And it would just so happened that they released a whole bunch of stuff right after recording. So we're a little behind, but we're catching up. So they announced their new album, wake up sunshine. And I'm super stoked, because as I've said, it's been a long time since their last album, and it's coming out April 4, there are 15 songs. And that is exciting because I feel like future hearts didn't have a lot. I feel like last young Renegade didn't have like a like a really full tracklist you know, yeah, well, it was bare bones 12 I think Yeah, yeah. But uh, their newest single sleeping in came out. On February 20, and I've loved it absolutely loved it. I like it more than some kind of disaster I would say.

Brianne 17:08

oh 100%

Michelle 17:10

Really? I might like some kind of disaster a little bit more. I don't know. Ah, it's close it's a close call but I don't know I just really enjoy the like message of some kind of disaster. I guess I connect with that a lot. But I just think sleeping in I though once you like get the words right, then then you just love it because you can just like yell it all you want and it's great.

Brianne 17:38

So my my boyfriend is nowhere near in this realm of music, but he loves me very dearly. So we went to a wedding last weekend and during on the drive to the wedding and like on the like, in between nights or whatever, anytime we get in the car, he would put it on for me and I would just like frickin rock out. He is the worst, the worst at Learning song lyrics and the amount of times I'm just like, how in God's name Did you think that was the words to the song? He knows it better than I do. Like he can get it out my mouth just like I can sing it in my head but the second yeit hits my mouth. I'm just like

Michelle 18:18

you just had to like listen to it on repeat for like about a half hour and then you'll get it. That's what I do. One day I just, I had to I just put some kind of disaster and sleeping in on a little playlist and I was just Yeah, yeah. Cuz it like ingrained itself into your brain like subconsciously, yeah.

Kelly 18:37

And you have to like focus on it. You can't just put it on I or at least I can't just put it out in the background and like, have it there. I need it. That happened a couple times where I started the song and then I was like doing something and not paying attention to the words and I just immediately restarted it every single time.

Michelle 18:52

Like that's pay attention, Kelly. It's when you don't fully appreciate the song and you have to start it over. You're like, Oh yeah, I need to like actually listen to this.

Kelly 19:00

Yeah, exactly.

Michelle Villa 19:02

But yeah no I thought it was I it was great and you know I think it's I we've got a lot to look forward to it this album I think it's really going to be one of their more popular ones it's I think a lot of fans are going to connect to it and I think musically it's it's a throwback and it but they're still yeah i think it's it's a lot of we're hearing a lot of old all time low like energetic all time low. You know what I mean?

Kelly 19:27

Yeah, I think so too. It doesn't feel the same as last young renegade did it feels more like they're older stuff, which obviously we love. So yeah,

Michelle 19:38

can we talk about that music video.

Kelly 19:41

Which one?

Brianne 19:42

Oh, my God, the animal Sleeping In? Oh, that one. Okay.

Kelly 19:46

I know I mixed them up. I thought this one was the AA type meeting one but that was the other some kind of disaster.

Michelle Villa 19:54

Yeah, no, I so I'm a big proponent. You know, in very millennial fashion, I I'm a big proponent of companies in that are philanthropic and so for bands to like kind of support animal adoption and you know really promote that in their music video I absolutely loved it Marianas Trench did something similar A while back with their Yeah, who do you love music video and they did like a very low key music video and the money that they would have put towards making a music video they donated to a bunch of charities and like schools and stuff and it was awesome. And you know, seeing all the bands give back in that sense is makes me love them even more. And obviously the puppy and the pony and the goldfish Oh my god, no, Zach and the goldfish gave me life.

Brianne 20:52

I love it because it's the content we needed.

Michelle 20:55

Yes, it is. Absolutely like I wish I mean I'm not gonna say it. Wish I had someone that looked at me the way Zack looks in his goldfish because I do but like it's not the same

Brianne 21:07

I just hope my boyfriend looks at me that way like I mean we've been together for a long time but at the same time like I can I didn't you don't see that when someone's looking at you like that you like that with someone else you're like, Okay, I know that we could go on a double date someday when we're in the same state and then we'll somewhere about if that happens. For sure. Kelly.

We both we all know that that he looks at Kelly like that because you know like that forever.

Kelly 21:33

100% true. I am the goldfish.

Michelle 21:41

But so yeah, all time lows new album comes out April 4, and on April 3, which is really cool. And I'm super stoked for them. They're out to be on Good Morning America. And I'm not sure freaked out when I saw that. I know. I'm not sure exactly if they're like performing or if they're like what is what's going on there. But like, regardless, they're gonna be on Good Morning America. That's just fucking dope. And yeah,

Kelly 22:07

can i set my VR yet?

Michelle 22:09

probably the little like 15 year old fan girl inside of me that just wants them to myself is a little upset because this is this hopefully will give them like an even bigger platform and like I think

Brianne 22:22

you're going hipster

Michelle 22:24

I know I know it's it's just a small part of me I'm really stoked for him because like this could you know, catapult them into like the likes of like, you know panic or something or Fall out boy or blink? And like really really I mean they already have huge shows but I think even bigger, you know would only benefit like

Brianne 22:41

arenas Yeah,

Michelle 22:42

yeah, yeah, yeah for sure. And they released a new message on their sunshine hotline if you can't since you can't see me I'm air quoting. But it's like where they've been like kind of giving us like clues and stuff. And so yeah, after they released everything They had a new message on there and it was like this person that person can't can't use this thing so we're moving to this I wasn't really paying attention because I don't I just look for the news once it actually comes out, but apparently the letters of the name spelled out Panda and I don't know from what I've been seeing online there's lots of conspiracy theories about this panda from like, everything is fine or birthday or whatever it was.

Brianne 23:24

Oh, yeah, there's also in in the music video for wake ups or oh my god wake up sleeping in sleeping in Yeah, it shows a panda suit like on Alex's couch when he's like saying he woke up Yeah, I'm so if you if like one of the things is it wasn't birthday is I remember correctly that the panda was the one who was like tying them up and whatnot.

Michelle 23:47

Oh, yeah. Yeah. So this is my favorite wasn't a fan of that one. Personally, I think Alex is a furry, and his chosen animal is panda. That's it. That's it. That's what it is.

Kelly 24:01

It has been decided. It's all it is.

Brianne 24:05

But here's the question is his wife into it? Well, she's gotta be she married him.

comes out. Imagine if he like comes out. I felt like I just need to tell you something. I'm just really into wearing a costume of a panda. And she's just like, Uh huh. I mean, awkward that conversations got to be.

Michelle 24:29

you know, I mean, they've been together for like, over 10 years. I don't think she would like be surprised at this point. You know, being like Alex Gaskarth.

Brianne 24:37

Yes, that's fair. That's fair.

Michelle 24:40

Yeah, and, and then they're also going to be headlining sad summer fest which I'm super stoked about. But which makes me a bit it makes me wonder when they're gonna be touring for actually wake up sunshine, but I guess it's over the summer. So probably we'll do a fall hour but yeah,

Kelly 24:56

Sad Summer Fest, isn't that long is it? It's really just the summer I guess yeah, yeah yeah I'm excited for that.

Brianne 25:04

It's an August too right? Oh July maybe July Oh, is it? Yeah July

Kelly 25:08

in August. Oh my gosh, you're right. Mine is on August 1. So yeah.

Brianne 25:14

Trying to get what I'm trying to go to is July 24. But that's if I can take my boss to let me have the day off but you know,

Kelly 25:20

yeah, I'm excited for that last year adulting sad summerfest was pretty good. And this year will be obviously even better with all time low on it so

Michelle 25:32

because I didn't end up I I got tickets I end up going because it was the I ended up adopting my pup that that week. I had to be around for him and responsibilities. He does but yeah, I'm excited this year cuz all time low. But yeah. So enough all time low because I know you guys all get sick of it.

Brianne 25:53

Oh, as as Scene Grandma. Can I be the one who does this next one, considering it's just the fact that we're all super old. Yeah.

So in the world of holy crap we're old news, blink 182 are officially eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Crazy. I'll have a moment a moment of silence from for like our childhood or whatever you want to call it, but it's been 25 years since, uh, it's been 25 years since their first album came out Cheshire Cat. And so because that's I feel like are that is the reason Yeah, a Hall of Fame requires bands to are only eligible after 25 years of their debut album.

Michelle 26:37

So, yeah, there's there's other criteria as well, like, impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll. And I mean, I guess you know, blink a fits the bill for that, I think in in the pop-punk scene quite a bit. I mean, they're, you know, you're the scene grandma. I think they're definitely the grandpa's at this point. Even though I don't think a single one of them is Actually a grandparent yet but they all have young kids. But um, no, they're The dads there. They're the dads of the scene for sure. Especially mark Hoppus he is 100% the biggest dad. Do you guys follow him on Twitter?

Brianne 27:17

No, I don't I'm not really on Twitter. again Graham over here.

Michelle 27:22

Well, he is Yeah, he's got a dad jokes galore for sure.

Kelly 27:29

Mark hoppus and Alex gaskarth with simple creatures too I feel like they just look like father and son. I don't know why.

Brianne 27:39

I actually haven't listened to any of that stuff yet. It's been like on my to do forever, but I haven't gotten around to it.

Michelle 27:44

It's got some good vibes. It's a I would call that a little beyond pop punk. Kel?

Kelly 27:49

I would love it. It's kind of like the synth Yeah, exactly. Whatever that is sythny vibes for sure.

Michelle 27:56

Yeah. But yeah, I would do I would give them a listen Bri I've listened to like, you know, their singles I think i dont know if they have a full album or anything but but yeah, blink 182 man doing big things for years and talking about big bands. So, Kiss, well a cover band of kiss. The most punk rock fashion. One of the band members of this kiss cover band kept on going as his hair caught fire during a show. This was a couple weeks ago, I think. But when I read I think I saw like, like a like the headline or something. I thought it was like a click baity article and like read it. It was like No, that was legit that happened.

Kelly 28:54

I am just reading this article now. And it is hilarious. Yeah, absolutely. Hilarious that just the title. Even kiss were impressed. He just stood there and kept on kept on singing.

Michelle 29:09

Yeah. And you know, good for them because it takes a lot I think to perform kiss because like I saw them live maybe when I was in high school a teenager because my parents took me to see them with Aerosmith actually. And very interesting concert. But yeah, they put on like a really good live show. And I can imagine, you know, if I it's a good cover band, they're gonna emulate them and do really well, but so, you know, for him to keep going when his hair's on fire. That's pretty badass.

Brianne 29:43

I think the best part about this entire story is the fact that you know, the video circulates YouTube and everything Kiss reached out to this dude and was like, are you okay? You can sit there, like, what are you doing? So like, I mean, at the very least, he's not only a badass. But it got his name recognition of clearly one of his favorite bands ever.

Kelly 30:04

So that's the highest level of dedication I've pretty much ever seen

Michelle 30:10

actually, and like I said punk rock as fuck

Kelly 30:16

so true

Michelle 30:16

Kiss technically is a classic rock. I would consider them at this point even though I you know the the real rock grandmas on the scene, grandma's the rock grandmas will probably yell at me for calling them classic rock. It's like a bowling for soup's 1982 'When did Motley Crue become classic rock? Legal legal. It was one line one line.

Brianne 30:40

I don't actually know what the legal part is. I just know that anytime I've ever heard a podcast start singing they get in trouble. Call the lawyers.

Kelly 30:49

One of our one of our 20 listeners will get us in trouble.

Michelle 30:57

So our next bit of Music news. I was confused when I got this email warped tour emailed me and countless others

Brianne 31:10

from beyond the grave

Michelle 31:11

from beyond the grave, basically asking about how we felt about doing another rewind at sea, which for those of you who didn't know, it was just basically Warped on a boat. So, I mean, I wasn't into it because I get seasick. That's why I never did the, what's the paramore one? par-ahoy, something like that?

Brianne 31:33

Yeah, I've always wanted to do that one, but it's always during so I work in my industry I work in there's four months out of the year, we do not allow to take any time off and it's always always during those four months because someone up there hates me, which is the first thing I said to Michelle when she told us about the whole warped tour cruises. I'm like, I swear to God, if it's during those periods again, I'm gonna be so mad.

Michelle 31:58

But yeah, so they were is basically Kevin Lyman is just kind of checking out on us and being like yo you still interested and like he like even I think he sent a survey tweet for fans to share their input on what they want to see. Listen, you know there is ghosting there is all these terms for dating and I am very confident that Kevin Lyman is bread crumbing us is the terminology that kids are using these days. And

Kelly 32:32

so can you describe what is what does this mean?

Brianne 32:36

How do I know this? And you guys don't

Kelly 32:38

I'm sorry. I don't know.

Brianne 32:41

Who's the grandma now?

Michelle 32:44

I'll take it but basically it's you know, like it's basically kind of ghosting but they're leaving you like enough little things around like you know, occasional text call here there social media like just enough about oh my god engagement to keep you interested but no Okay,

Brianne 33:01

it's a once a week Oh my God, my life has been so busy text, how are you? And then ghosting

Michelle Villa 33:08

Okay, that's Kevin Lyman to every fan in the scene right now cuz, I mean, a lot of people complain for a long time that warped was kind of in decline. And it was you know, there's there's been some bad years. But that is for 1000 different reasons and but everybody was super sad when it went away and then came back and then went away again. Because 2018 was the last cross country warped tour, even last year they did. I think it was three major cities for just a limited engagement. Yeah, Atlantic City was one of them. I went there. It was a lot of fun.

Kelly 33:53

Yeah, on the beach. Kevin's really like dragging us around. It's over. It's not over. It's back. It's gone. Again. We're gonna do on a boat.

Brianne 34:02

yeah basically like every shitty boyfriend you've ever had.

Michelle 34:05

Basically Kevin Lyman This is the moshpit's message to you stop being a dick tease give us Warped Tour back for real

Brianne 34:15

yeah wow I mean I also wouldn't I also wouldn't

Michelle 34:20

yeah well I mean I guess I don't know bigger boats I don't mind so maybe I will I'd give it a go

Brianne 34:26

yeah i mean i've been I'm usually get seasick on small boats but I went on a cruise once before and it wasn't bad plus, and honestly, you just got to drink like one or two drinks and keep that buzz rolling a few and you dont feel it. Oh, no, you don't you

know you're already flow in and yeah, you'll be fine.

Kelly 34:44

You're You're like swaying but then the boat is also swaying so then you just so it's like counterproductive.

Brianne 34:50

Yeah, exactly. Yeah.

Michelle 34:52

What the hell. You'll be balancing that's the word I'm looking for. counterbalancing English anyhow. It's your first language. So Excuse me. So we've got more new music for you. Not just all time low even though that's all we love to talk about. New Found Glory Has album number 10 coming out which is crazy. A lot. Yeah, it's called forever and it's like pop punks not still not dead all over again. Oh my God

forever and ever times infinity and it comes out on May 29. And they released one of the songs greatest of all time and for like half a second I was super confused because they did a cover of The Greatest Show. Well yeah, the Hugh Jackman movie Yeah, they did it on their last from the screen to your stereo.

Kelly 35:59

Oh, didn't panic At The Disco do that too. Didn't they? Brendon Urie do the greatest show?

Michelle 36:06

Don't know. But yeah, so I was I thought it was at first but that up I listened to it. And especially today because they released them. For March they released this bracket to find the greatest of all time New Found Glory song and I filled it out today check it out on our Instagram @themoshpitpod. And I was listening to the song trying to compare and like when and like as I was listening to it, I'm like, wow, yeah, you know, like this, their song greatest of all time. It's just so quintessential new found glory and it really is. Yeah, and it's uh, it's very pop punk and in so yeah, definitely still not dead. I loved the music video. It gave me some really basement show vibes. And that's super punk and there's a venue actually up in North Jersey. called the meat locker and That is the grungy est most basement vibe, punk quote unquote venue that you'll ever go to. There is it's like, downstairs and all along the stairs. There's just this little there's like as wobbly ass mural of a really, really long dick. And there's just graffiti everywhere. No, it's I mean, you definitely think you you're probably gonna get murdered down there, but it's it's dope. And that's kind of what I was getting from the music video and yeah, I loved it.

Kelly 37:37

Yeah, I thought it was a great song. Also very, I did agree. It was very reminiscent of earlier new found glory. With the riffs, all the riffs were so amazing. Just brings you right back.

Michelle 37:51

Yeah, and you know, going back to what we were talking last week about vocals, um you know, the the vocals for new found glory. His name escapes me, Jordan, Jordan. His vocals are just so it's it. I couldn't imagine new found glory without him and you know, you know, him singing though, like the pop punk lyrics you know this angsty kind of love song you know? I hear my door bell ring and it's you outside with tears in your eyes for your late night drive. I know you're scared. I didn't sing it so i think i think we're good but you know, you know and then it's you know just that typical kind of like ah teenager kind of vibe that but they're not teenagers. They're actually far from it. And actually, one of the lines is I think we are what we've been waiting for. It reminded me of we attract what we're ready for, for from one of their contemporaries. state champs which I will actually be getting tattooed on myself, in the semi near future whatever. Yeah, new found glory new album. May 29. Check it out. Yeah. And more new music.

Kelly 39:12

So much new music. This is like the week of new releases.

Michelle 39:17

It's like It's like Christmas for emo kids.

Kelly 39:20

I know. It's amazing.

Michelle 39:22

So neck deep, has a new song out. We were telling us again talking last last time about how they were being cryptic as fuck. They released their new album lowlife, ah their new album. Their new song new single. God English is so difficult guys.

Brianne 39:41

It's your first language Michelle.

Michelle 39:43

It actually isnt

their newest single is called lowlife and their new album which is called Something about distort all distortion. All Distortions Are Intentional Oh, yeah, yes, it comes out July 24. And so what we were asking about like last week was the last time the immersive fan experience Sonderland. It turned out to be a launch party for the new single. And I'm really jealous. I didn't go to go cuz it looked very intimate. It looks really cool. Yeah. Yeah, like a teacup. Cool Yeah,

Kelly 40:27

it looks like I think I read something. They were basically trying to combine like that word Sonder that we were talking about the realization that everyone else around you has like stuff going on. And it's a complex world and all that in combination with Wonderland, which is like, kind of all the tea cup stuff and all Alice in Wonderland, references and things like that. It looks really cool.

Michelle 40:51

Yeah, definitely. And last time, we forgot to mention that, aside from you know, all this new stuff. Ben Barlow's Brother has officially joined the band. He's produced a lot of stuff for them and for other bands as well. But now he's officially joined the band which is pretty cool. You know, seeing that family love in a bands cool, but again, you know, they're I think the songs got like epitome of like a pop punk lyrics it's definitely, you know, got like underlying legit punk themes I think like, like real punk it's kind of just like, gritty almost, man I don't know if that's the right word. But um Have you guys seen the new Joker movie that came out? Well, no. I didn't see it. God you're so uncultured. I'm just kidding. Jeeze. Shots fired is a joke. I was kidding. Yeah, but so there's a some scenes where he's kind of like, you know, got these like, he's on a TV show and whatever, like, the band footage of the music video was kind of to me reminiscent of that and like the vibes that Joker gave off I don't know if that's me, but that's totally what I got. I got there. But, uh, yeah, I mean, I really liked the music video too Brianne, you had some comments about, like the main actors in it, like, they were super punky.

Brianne 42:30

Well, it's not so much. So I've not like I haven't listened to neck deep and I really seen them like in person. So I was very confused if they were part of the band or not, and had very red hair, and then the, I think it was a girl. If it's not, don't don't come for me. I just watch it maybe about five minutes ago, but uh, the other person had very intense red like eyeliner and eyeshadow around the entirety of their eyes. I'm wondering if it's trying to signify that they're high. Cuz they're the ones who are seeing all the Alice in Wonderland shit, but

Michelle 43:05

look at you using your your film background to like analyze a music video.

Brianne 43:11

film studies minor. Thanks to Bryant university

Michelle 43:17

Yeah, I'm excited for this one as well.

Kelly 43:20

I'm pumped for that album. It's I think it's also they worked with Matt Squire on this upcoming album I'm pretty sure that's pretty dope.

Michelle 43:30

Matt Squire is a God. Yeah. I mean, I really liked the song but I don't know maybe is just I was coming off the high of she's a god which is absolute friggin banger jam, bop all in one. It's all it's just the

Kelly 43:46

perfect, amazing. It really is the words

Michelle 43:49

all of the words and I don't know I felt like lowlife didn't really compare that well. But we'll see with the I'm sure they'll be releasing more singles in the months to come. Since The album doesn't drop till July. So we got lots to look forward to there. And still more new music Four Year Strong has released their new album right at the end of February a couple days ago. Yeah. And they also released a new music video for one of the songs off the album Get out of my head and it is one of the trippiest things.

Kelly 44:28

I loved this music video. I loved it. You have to go watch it if you haven't seen this music video. The beginning felt like a infomercial. It was like hilarious

Brianne 44:40

may or may not be watching it right now. Oh my God literally have it split screen between you guys. This is so what is it? It's so weird. It's so weird, but I love it.

Kelly 44:52

It's like this guy. He looks like he's in an infomercial. He just has this like cheesy smile on his face. And then like the band. The band is like in his brain and like, rocking out to this song in his brain. And he's trying to get them out of his head. And oh, it's so funny.

Brianne 45:13

But it's like everyone in the music video has that creepy smile. It's not just him.

Michelle 45:19

Yeah, well, it's I think they gave it like, they co directed it the band actually did it with Miguel Barbosa. And he they went for like colorful Truman Show vibe. And you know, Truman Show was just very like, okay, fake like happy go lucky. Like, this is my perfect life. And I think that's, you know, I think they kind of nailed that, you know, but it's Yes, it's very creepy. It's very weird. It's like horror. It's like a horror show meets horror movie meets a Truman Show. Ya know,

Brianne 45:55

dying. Basically there's a lot of head banging but in like, very inappropriate situations and it's fantastic.

Michelle 46:03

Yeah. No, and it's awesome for what I felt. I felt like it totally had a 90s vibe. Like you would see this on MTV after school. Oh, yeah. Like it just felt like so perfect in that era.

Brianne 46:20

Do you wanna? Do you wanna join? No, something really sad about my childhood? My parents blocked MTV until I was 17.

Kelly 46:29


Brianne 46:30

yep. So the only time I ever watched music videos after school is when I went to my friend's houses and I would get so excited. And they were just like, so what? It's MTV and I'm just like you dont understand. I'm sheltered. So yeah, that was the thing Holly and nanck were very, very protective.

Michelle 46:47

That was the most depressing thing I've ever heard in my entire life.

Kelly 46:49

That's very sad. I'm sorry. I know.

Michelle 46:54

And so did while your sister wasn't, I guess what MTV was everything so your sister was also banned. from and how much older is she than you? She's, uh, she's two years older. So she was he was they gave,

Brianne 47:06

they they would have Well, I mean, I wait, was it seven? No, she was 17 I was 15 Just kidding. So I was a freshman in high school so that's that's incorrect. So yeah, my bad so she 17 and I was 15 so she was still in high school and yeah, but either way it was not Yeah. So that was one thing. Nope. Well, what else isn't fun?

Michelle 47:27

The Coronavirus?

Brianne 47:29

Yeah. So Avril Lavigne and set it off have both canceled their upcoming shows in Asia due to the coronavirus concerns and Green Day is postponing 8 Asia dates on their on their current world tour.

Michelle 47:44

So as coronavirus is getting out of hand, it's affecting us and I don't like it.

Kelly 47:49

Shut it down.

Michelle 47:50

coronavirus, canceled, and

Brianne 47:54

we're all very concerned about the spread of coronavirus and we hope that everyone's getting better but Now it sounds impacting not just like, you know, like the news like it's reaching weird corners of the world you know what I mean? Like normally we see something happening on news your's just like oh whatever change the channel but now it's like creeping into like our corner of the world like you don't ever hear about like a worldwide epidemic impacting punk pop.

Michelle 48:18

Yeah, or like I mean the fact that it's actually like canceling Avril Lavigne because I mean first of all who knew she was still touring second of all not canceling her shows over

Brianne 48:33

first of all who in Asia is still listening to Avril Lavigne is my question

Michelle 48:38

that is all the best question anywhere is

Kelly 48:40

who anywhere is listening to anything but skater boy I don't know

Michelle 48:44

yeah I don't I

Brianne 48:46

my happy ending to also

Michelle 48:49

yeah complicated

Brianne 48:51

Oh forgot about that one.

Michelle 48:53

deep cut, not really that was very popular song

Brianne 48:56

It was I just slipped my mind

Michelle 48:59

but uh Ya know, it's uh, it's crazy and now it's just making these kinds of things are making me wonder because you know coronavirus has reached the US. I'm going I'm actually going to a show on Thursday. I'm going to see sleep on it.

Kelly 49:14

And I'm going Saturday. Oh, nice.

Michelle 49:16

I'm going to like a closed quarter. Yeah, public space is, you know, concerning. But I mean, you know, the media does, like, make things crazy. Like I remember I was at bamboozle sweating with like, 100,000 people in 09 when swine flu was around. I mean, I actually was telling people that I had swine flu, and then I would cough on them to get the backup the fuck off. No, because there was just so many people that bamboozle and it was, they were just on top of you, and I had gotten a bamboozle burn. And so it was like,

Brianne 49:54

what you're telling me is washing your hands isn't gonna stop anything in those kinds of situations.

Michelle 50:01

Wash your hands before during and after the show have some soap and water in your pockets.

Brianne 50:06

Just carry purell at all times. Just doubt yourself. Absolutely

Michelle 50:13

just that no don't tell yourself doubt other people

Kelly 50:16

that's right everyone else

Michelle 50:19

just kidding etiquette don't touch other people yeah don't sanitize other people. They should be sanitizing good selves that's concert etiquette.

Brianne 50:33

Also if you're gonna douse yourself in purell beware around the the inadvertent people who are going to be smoking weed because you might just light yourself on fire like the guy from the kiss cover band.

Michelle 50:45

And full circle dont forget it is punk rock to keep on going. You keep head banging moshing I mean, eventually the flop the fire will go out if you're just rocking out hard enough, right? That's that's what happens. That's how it works.

Brianne 51:00

That's how it works The quicker you headbang the quicker the fire goes out

Kelly 51:05

these are not good fire safety tips but okay

Brianne 51:11

yes we are not certified safety experts so please do not take any of this lead Don't try to sue us if you guys you know try to light yourself on fire with Purell

Michelle 51:20

we never even told them to light themselves on fire we said if they inadvertently did it any of it

call the lawyers we need to we need to make sure our language here's correct um so yeah, so um the corona virus is killing pop punk. Basically that's what it comes down to.

Brianne 51:39

Just like everyone else,

Michelle 51:41

and then we'll have no more music news for you. Just like right now. Wah wah bah bah. But next we have our band spotlight. And Kelly actually introduced this band to me I'm usually the one introducing everybody to everything. But so Kelly introduced me to point north

Kelly 52:01

Yeah, this is I your I think you're so right. This is one of the first bands that I ever introduced you to pretty much every other every single other band I listened to. you force me to do it. So I forced you to listen to point north, which is our band spotlight this episode. So point North They're a little bit on the newer side, they've been around probably less than less than five years. I think. They've got three members and they're from Los Angeles, California. And they're currently signed to hopeless records, one of our one of our favorite record labels. And one of their I believe their first EP was called light in a dark place and that was released in 2017. And then, they for I think, the first song that I heard of theirs that got me kind of hooked was actually a cover song they covered hammer which was I believe originally done by nothing nowhere but their cover version of this song is an absolute banger like I cannot work out or like run on the elliptical without starting with this song I just like I can't do it it gets me so pumped up I just like I it's amazing and some other recommended listens for point north. Some of my favorite of their songs are never coming home. gasoline and ghost in my ghost in my home, I think is yes, but

Michelle 53:48

the other one is called. I believe that's the name of the song. Yeah, I'm a big fan of all those songs. I actually made a mini playlist with the Those three songs you know, just to kind of give you a little taste of what the band's like my boyfriend actually start was doing does this with his friends and he introduced me to it and it's a great way to share music just you know, pick your like, the three like, I'm using this word again quintessential, but it just works. The quintessential songs that give that band its DNA and share them. Yeah, so what we can we can share that three with you guys. So you'll know what Kelly's talking about when she says that it's awesome. They are awesome. But yeah, anything else about them?

Kelly 54:44

I don't think so. They do have a newly released single I think that just came out a couple like a month or so ago that they do with Kellin Quinn from Where's he from? Yeah, sleeping with sirens. And they also just got off a tour with grayscale I really wanted to go to one of those dates but the venue is like an hour away So

Michelle 55:07

yeah, I didn't make it to that tour either. is a bummer cuz grayscale is great yeah also little bonus band spotlight for you there grayscale but yeah no point north is a good like cuz they're not to pop ish in my opinion no so anyway I was a little bit like I guess skeptical of pop punk it's a good pop punk band to listen to cuz there yeah more punk side

Kelly 55:37

yeah definitely less Poppy and like riffy or like, I don't know if he would say that but more on like, yeah, yeah, kind of I don't they reminded me a little bit of state champs I don't know why maybe like the vibe not really like the sound.

Michelle 55:58

I mean, if anyone's like below Like their first EP, everything is fine.

Kelly 56:03


Michelle 56:04

Yeah. Yeah. So yeah, that is our band spotlight. Go ahead and give them a listen. They are on Spotify as I mentioned, we add I'll definitely get post on our social media @themoshpitpod on Facebook and Instagram. Just @moshpitpod on Twitter. Our playlist for you guys Yeah. So, to end the show, we're going to talk to you a little bit a little quick a little bit about our first pop punk experiences. Our first pop punk concerts You know, I think we we talked a little bit about like, you know, we kind of got into the scene in high school and everything so my first concert was not really super pop punk. He was more neon pop punk. It was metro station. There are disco balls and blow up dolls tour and 2008. I was 17 I had been to other concerts but this was like the first time I like went to like my own concert. Like I chose the concert that I was going to go to. And I went with my friends and like I just felt so grown up. And you know, it was fine. They like it that just kind of I got the bug then and then I just started going to so many shows because then that was October 08 of and then november of 08. I just I found out at the same venue I went to all time low, which at the time was my favorite band and still is obviously they were playing. They were they were touring and they were going to be there and I begged my mother to let me go and she didn't really have to beg that but I begged because I needed to I needed to go and I and that's that really sealed the deal for me and I've been going to concerts like probably at the very least once a month that since for the last 10 plus years, and just FYI, that tour was my favorite tour name ever. All. I love that. Yeah, the compromising of integrity, morality and principles in exchange for money tour, because that was when it was trending. For like tour names to be long. Song names to be long. Shout out to panic At The Disco and Fall Out Boy. But yeah, that was one of my favorite ones also man whores and open sores was a quite a good tour title. That's a good one. Yeah. Kelly, what about you?

Kelly 58:42

Uh, uh, so my I was actually having a really hard time trying to remember what my first pop punk concert was. I know, my very first concert ever was the Backstreet Boys. But when I started trying to think of what What? Oh, me too. Yeah, every single time they come to town I'm there. So when I started trying to think of my first pop punk concert I remembered the venue it was at and then I saw I went back and kind of googled what I thought it was and so what I think was my first pop punk concert experience was the was a tour that boys like girls was headlining with the Maine, Cobra Starship and VersaEmerge. I think we're all of the bands that were on it. That's so pop punk.

Michelle 59:40

Oh, very. Yeah. So like early 2000 pop punk. Yeah.

Kelly 59:45

So I'm pretty sure that was my first concert experience. It was in like a smaller, a smaller type venue, and it was like a little bit more intimate. Which was really cool.

Brianne 1:00:04

So I actually was having a very hard time as well. So I did what any millennial would do. I dug deep into my Facebook photo albums.

Kelly 1:00:15

That's a good idea I should have done that.

Brianne 1:00:17

Yeah, so I found I found two options. I don't know if we consider the first one, pop punk. But I'm gonna go with it. Just a there's not much of a story there. But I live I grew up near Six Flags New England, so they would have concerts there all the time. And they had plain white t's and secondhand serenade. We're at a we're at Six Flags and the guy was dating at that point for like, you know, the month because that's how high school works

Kelly 1:00:46

thats what you did in high school. Yeah,

Brianne 1:00:49

to be fair, to be fair, he was one of my absolute best friends and he was like, we broke up. We were just like, this is just weird. And we need to be friends. After that. He we were the ones we went. I went to concerts with him in that group of friends all the time but uh, yeah, we actually met the drummer of plain white t's walking around at Six Flags. So that was cool, but it's Six Flags so you can't like mosh you can't crowd surf. It's kind of lame. You'd have to then like sit there and listen music, which is fine, but not ideal. However, I had that band aid ripped off real quick at Warped Tour The following summer. It was the summer after my junior year of high school. I was about to start my senior year. And the same guy his sister has a house right near. Oh gosh, what's it called now in an

Kelly 1:01:35

xfinity center?

Brianne 1:01:37

Yeah, they've changed names so many freakin times. Anyways, that that venue she lived like 10 minutes away so we stayed overnight there. Um, it was me him another girl or two of the girls and no three of the girls and one other guy. It was a group of like a bunch of us we just like slept in our basement. But it had it had some some bangers. We got against me. Family Force five all time low The first time I ever saw them. It was great. Uh, say anything. Forever the sickest kids Yeah. we the kings which we the kings were like my ultimate at that point so I was so excited. And then the wild card of the group drumroll please. Katy Perry.

Kelly 1:02:24


Brianne 1:02:25

yeah, yeah, it was the year the Katy Perry was randomly on the tour because she sang that song. You're not even gay or you don't even like boy or whatever the hell that song is. You're so gay and you don't even like boys. Her first like single that came out.

Michelle 1:02:39

I don't even remember that one.

Brianne 1:02:41

Oh, she had this she had a single called You're so gay you don't even like boys. And then there's another and then also qualify her for warped tour. Now but she was also when I could throw came out so hard. I literally only sigh because we the Kings was like at the various time slot right before her but the opposite end of the venue. You so I like book it until the only thing I saw was I kissed a girl because it's such a short set. But yeah, it was great. Um, I found out that I have panic attacks in moshpits. So that was fun to find out. Uh, yeah, it was it was one of those things. I had a very similar friend at that point in my life like Michelle, who was ready to beat the shit out anyone who got too close to me. So that was fun. That's right. Um, yeah, so I mean, it was really fun. I got to meet a bunch of the bands like we met a couple of guys from forever the sickest kids. It was Yeah, it was it was the first time that I ever went to a concert that it was that kind of a setting where you had like, or I should say a festival like you know, where you had to run around and do all that stuff rather than just being like I'm gonna sit in my seat or I'm gonna sit on the grass and that's it. So yeah, it was it was it was very intense. it rained

Michelle 1:03:52

there was some some cool bands you saw to like, obviously all time low. I don't think I've ever seen say anything live and there. Oh, I love them. Like I that was like, sophomore year of high school for me. And then against me I was actually never really too into against me but my boyfriend is that's his favorite band. And we saw there. They did like a two night thing at the venue near me and we went both nights and it was a lot of fun. And I I've been listening to them a lot more lately. Um, yeah, great band. Cool. So yeah, that's me. That's how you know that's awesome. Um, and, you know, I, I kind of wanted to talk about these first. These first experiences because I think they're very transformative. At least it was for me, because it was just this new experience. And it was just so electric. And

Brianne 1:04:54

y'all. Uh, so I was scrolling through the same photo album, just like looking At first of all how young I was, I made a video of all the bands from that Warped Tour and yeah, it's I I'm gonna I'm gonna watch it and maybe we will post part of it on the Instagram or something because it's quite hysterical to see me in all my glory as a child nice

Michelle 1:05:28

but So as I was saying before I was rudely

Brianne 1:05:30

sorry I got I got distracted

Michelle 1:05:32

the nostalgia but it plays into that for sure because like you know and especially we were all teenagers back then so it was a it was very much helped define what was already becoming a huge part of our lives. And it cuz you know, I there's a lot of our friends there were more mainstream and they go to see Beyonce in concert or, you know, Demi Lovato or whoever else. And those are just big arena shows and it's it's cool. They put on great shows that though the lights the effects, the same the dancing, it's all great. But yeah, I just feel like you can compare it to one of our kinds of shows and you know, and I think that's that our first show is when you fall in love with it because you know, it's either you go back or you don't. And yeah

Kelly 1:06:27

yeah, I feel like our bands are really good at creating a community and like it just the second you walk in there like you don't feel like weird or like even if you're there by yourself, it's not like you feel uncomfortable or like that you're alone or anything like everyone is like you can really feel like everyone is there to like just experience this band with you and it's just they're really really good at creating that like community and friendship type, environment for their families.

Michelle 1:07:00

100% No, I totally agree. Yeah, definitely. Cool, guys. All right, well, this has been another week with the mosh pit. Thank you for listening. And again, go ahead and follow us @themoshpitpod on Instagram and Facebook, and just @moshpitpod on Twitter. We will see you next time and in the meantime, #MoshOn

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