Like Pacific has had one hell of a year, and it’s not even halfway over. Not only did they release their debut album back in February, but the quintet will soon be departing their native Toronto to spend two months traversing the US on the Warped Tour. Here, Ruby speaks with guitarist Luke Holmes to see how the band is holding up.
Meet Michael Beinhorn, the man behind some of your favorite records! He has produced the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, Violent Femmes’ Why Do Birds Sing?, Soul Asylum’s Grave Dancers Union, Soundgarden’s Superunknown, Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzmosis, and Social Distortion’s White Light, White Heat, White Trash. In 1999, he received a Grammy nomination for Producer of The Year for his work on Hole’s Celebrity Skin and Marilyn Manson’s Mechanical Animals. He has since worked with bands like Korn, Lovedrug, The Verve Pipe, The Blizzards and Mew. Here, Gauraa talks to him about his brilliant work in the studio and the vast notion of “authenticity” in pop music.
Gauraa talks to the former singer of Freshkills, current singer of Publicist UK, writer, bartender and excellent reference maker (“Janet Jackson’s “The Pleasure Principle” as performed by Roxy Music”; “Nick Cave without the Elvis fixation”) Zachary Lipez about music snobbery, Cop Shoot Cop and Watain.
Meet Saba Imtiaz, a freelance journalist based out of Karachi, Pakistan. She reports on religious-political movements and culture. In 2014, Random House India published her fantastic debut novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me!, which was deemed the perfect satire. But we’re not here to talk about bombs. Or politics. Or how Karachi, You’re Killing Me! is the perfect combination of Mean Streets and Bridget Jones’s Diary (which it is). We’re here to talk about finding the right soundtrack for writing. And of course, Natalie Imbruglia.
Sandy Smallens talks about the underground music scene that sprouted around Yale in the 1980s: when Bob Stinson grabbed you by the collar and asked you for coke at The Grotto, there wasn’t much else you could do.
David Hoffman thinks Morrissey sounds like a soft serve ice cream machine. Gauraa takes into consideration her own relationship with the Smiths and the emotional weather surrounding them growing up as she attempts to understand his disdain for the band.
Brook Pridemore hasn’t had cable since the ’90s. He heard about Miley Cyrus for the first time after the 2013 VMAs debacle. That’s when the obsession began. Read the full interview here.
Brooklyn punk rock band Sharkmuffin talk about their favorite psych thrillers and share their Halloween playlist with The Sympathizer.
PhanArt founder Pete Mason talks Gauraa into listening to her first Phish song. She is surprised to find out that not all songs sound the same, some “phans” go to shows sober, and don’t actually slap ‘f’s on words with ‘ph’s.
Singer-songwriter Jordan Hudock considers the nostalgic nature of music as he recounts his high school days spent obsessively listening to Ben Folds Five.