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Episode 281: Power Trip

Power Trip vocalist Riley Gale and drummer Chris Ulsh came by Going Off Track to regale us with some of... Read on.
Power Trip vocalist Riley Gale and drummer Chris Ulsh came by Going Off Track to regale us with some of the most insane stories we’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. Topics include: The time Riley faked being Jewish to go on a Brithright Trip to Israel, what it means to visit “Planet 5” and...  Read on.
Power Trip vocalist Riley Gale and drummer Chris Ulsh came by Going Off Track to regale us with some of the most insane stories we've ever had the pleasure of hearing. Topics include: The time Riley faked being Jewish to go on a Brithright Trip to Israel, what it means to visit "Planet 5" and the time Power Trip fought Suicide Silence onstage during a festival—and, seriously, that's just the tip of the DMT-soaked iceberg. "I'm a spiritual person but [my beliefs] are a very abstract thing in the sense that I think it's arrogant to believe that we are the most highly evolved beings in the universe," Gale says during one of the podcast's many existential moments which range from politics to spirituality to Russian literature. "Does it mean that our life came from a higher source? I don't know. But we still have a lot to learn—and when you stop thinking that you have something to learn that's when you start doing damage." Speaking of which if you see Power Trip live try not to do damage to yourself because their infectious brand of metalcore is the type is guaranteed to induce nonstop headbanging. Just don't say we didn't warn you. Visit Power Trip online Follow Power Trip on Twitter photo by Renate Winter
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Episode 280: Eugene Hütz

Gogol Bordello frontman and gypsy punk Eugene Hütz came by Going Off Track on the way to DJing a party... Read on.
Gogol Bordello frontman and gypsy punk Eugene Hütz came by Going Off Track on the way to DJing a party for Judd Apatow to discuss how a woman lured him to Rio, what it was like recoding at the Dischord-approved Inner Ear Studios and working with everyone from Rick Rubin to Les Claypool. We also...  Read on.
Gogol Bordello frontman and gypsy punk Eugene Hütz came by Going Off Track on the way to DJing a party for Judd Apatow to discuss how a woman lured him to Rio, what it was like recoding at the Dischord-approved Inner Ear Studios and working with everyone from Rick Rubin to Les Claypool. We also discuss Hütz's friendship with Madonna, his acting career and the magical qualities of Brazil. "You can dig into your own performance from very many different sides," he responds when ask about how he approaches his art. "It can start as bravado and degenerate into existential rage or it can go the other way around. It's not really important. I think what's important is achieving that frequency and altering the vibration and being able to lead people onto that with you so it becomes a shared experience—and a shared experience that's very tangible to the point that just about anything you're seems to be appropriate." Take our word for it when we tell you that whether you're a huge fan or just learning about Hütz, it's impossible not to get swept up the romanticism of his attitude toward his life and work. Visit Gogol Bordello online Follow Eugene on Twitter
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Episode 279: Roger Miret

Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret came by Going Off Track to discuss his new memoir “My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit,... Read on.
Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret came by Going Off Track to discuss his new memoir “My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory.” Along the way we discuss what it was like living in NYC squats in the eighties, growing up in Cuba and how Miret’s band walked the line between punk and metal and...  Read on.
Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret came by Going Off Track to discuss his new memoir "My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory." Along the way we discuss what it was like living in NYC squats in the eighties, growing up in Cuba and how Miret's band walked the line between punk and metal and helped pioneer a new sound in the process. We also discuss what it was like the first time Miret saw the Ramones, how going to prison on drug charges helped shift his perspective and the way punk changed his life at a very impressionable time. "It was hard for me to make friends when I was younger because I was a very introverted person, and this kind of music helped me come out of my shell," Miret explains. "I feel like like life didn't begin for me until I was 13 years old and I discovered this music. People who know me know that I'm still a very quiet and reserved person, that's who I am. Vinnie Stigma is the life of Agnostic Front and I think people have always been a little more cautious with me." Whether you're an Agnostic Front lifer or just learning about the influential NYHC act, Miret's memoir is a captivating read that captures a very important time in music history told from the perspective someone who literally lived—and often fought—through it.

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Episode 278: Sons Of Apollo

Ex-Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian came by Going Off Track to talk about their new progressive metal... Read on.
Ex-Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian came by Going Off Track to talk about their new progressive metal supergroup Sons Of Apollo, which also features former members of Guns N’ Roses, Journey and Mr. Big. Along the way we also discuss the duo’s 25-year relationship, the time Portnoy got a private tour of...  Read on.
Ex-Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian came by Going Off Track to talk about their new progressive metal supergroup Sons Of Apollo, which also features former members of Guns N’ Roses, Journey and Mr. Big. Along the way we also discuss the duo’s 25-year relationship, the time Portnoy got a private tour of Frank Zappa’s studio and reminisce about Sherinian’s dream gig playing alongside Eddie Van Halen at his house during a porno-soundtrack party. “Billy Sheehan our bass player has an expression he uses all the time, ‘if you think, you stink’,” Portnoy replies when asked about what it’s like to write and perform such complex musical arrangements. “You shouldn’t have to be concentrating on what you are doing onstage like a robot, it should be something you feel and it naturally happens.” Sherinian concurs adding, “No one is born out of the womb playing Chopin etudes, you have to grind in the beginning but the key is to do the grind and then forget about it. Music is a feel thing and you don’t want to suffocate the muses by grinding it.” Admittedly this is a little bit of a different podcast for us but this duo have a massive amount of talent and knowledge to pass along here and we’re happy to receive it from them… even if we’ll still never be able to play in a 15/16 time signature. Visit Sons Of Apollo online Eddie Van Halen party on YouTube
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