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Episode 164: Mutoid Man

Converge drummer Ben Koller, Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky and Saint Vitus soundguy extraordinaire Nick Cageao stopped by Going Off... Read on.
Converge drummer Ben Koller, Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky and Saint Vitus soundguy extraordinaire Nick Cageao stopped by Going Off Track to discuss their band Mutoid Man, who just released their latest album Bleeder. Along the way we talked about Koller’s viral GoPro drumming videos, some of their favorite rock trios and how they push...  Read on.
Converge drummer Ben Koller, Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky and Saint Vitus soundguy extraordinaire Nick Cageao stopped by Going Off Track to discuss their band Mutoid Man, who just released their latest album Bleeder. Along the way we talked about Koller's viral GoPro drumming videos, some of their favorite rock trios and how they push themselves to their technical limits in Mutoid Man. "When we're writing new songs I always like to write parts I can't really play yet," Koller explains, citing scorching songs like "Friday the 13th/8," which is in a 13/8 time signature. "Then you play it for a few months and you're like, I can't believe I ever thought it was so hard to play." If this podcast doesn't make you want to take your respective instrument and get in the practice room, nothing will.
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Episode 163: Chris #2

Anti-Flag bassist Chris #2 finally stopped by Going Off Track to discuss how the band reconcile their punk ideals while... Read on.
Anti-Flag bassist Chris #2 finally stopped by Going Off Track to discuss how the band reconcile their punk ideals while still making a living off their art,  the ingenious way they used major-label money to build a studio and donate to DIY venues in their hometown of Pittsburgh and, finally, how Jonah unintentionally helped facilitate...  Read on.
Anti-Flag bassist Chris #2 finally stopped by Going Off Track to discuss how the band reconcile their punk ideals while still making a living off their art,  the ingenious way they used major-label money to build a studio and donate to DIY venues in their hometown of Pittsburgh and, finally, how Jonah unintentionally helped facilitate Anti-Flag's posthumous collaboration with Woody Guthrie. "The political view we're looking for is humanity and it's Bill & Ted: Be excellent to each other and save the planet," Chris #2 sums up when asked about his personal mission statement. "That's the world I want to live in." We couldn't agree more.
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Episode 162: Andy Nelson

Ceremony and Paint It Black bassist Andy Nelson stopped by Going Off Track to talk about his day job working... Read on.
Ceremony and Paint It Black bassist Andy Nelson stopped by Going Off Track to talk about his day job working for a DIY show promotion company, how he’s able to be in a sustainable touring band while eschewing Live Nation and 21-and-over venues, his new musical project with Dan Yemin called Open City and why...  Read on.
Ceremony and Paint It Black bassist Andy Nelson stopped by Going Off Track to talk about his day job working for a DIY show promotion company, how he's able to be in a sustainable touring band while eschewing Live Nation and 21-and-over venues, his new musical project with Dan Yemin called Open City and why sincerity can be an embarrassing trait when everyone is reeling in apathy. "When I was getting into music, I didn't have any friends who were into music at all... so that Avail show would be great but then the other 23 hours of the day I was in my room feeling lonely," he explains when talking about the pitfalls of idealizing the past and what comes with it. Correspondingly, we explore the difference between looking back at experiences and nostalgia, how punk has shifted from being lifestyle to academic-based and why all of the popular hardcore bands now don't play hardcore—including Nelson's own band Ceremony who just released their excellent new album The L-Shaped Man. Ceremony Paint It Black
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Episode 161: Emil Amos

Musical and psychedelic visionary Emil Amos (Om, The Holy Sons, Lilacs & Champagne) makes his third appearance on Going Off... Read on.
Musical and psychedelic visionary Emil Amos (Om, The Holy Sons, Lilacs & Champagne) makes his third appearance on Going Off Track to discusses how deadlines inform his artistic process, why despite advances in technology things really don’t really alter the human experience and how Buddhism’s first noble truth helps him articulate why the Hero’s Journey...  Read on.
Musical and psychedelic visionary Emil Amos (Om, The Holy Sons, Lilacs & Champagne) makes his third appearance on Going Off Track to discusses how deadlines inform his artistic process, why despite advances in technology things really don't really alter the human experience and how Buddhism's first noble truth helps him articulate why the Hero's Journey is the defining narrative of mankind. We also talk about the disconnect when news becomes entertainment, why there is no dignity in being a part of the mainstream and how the Beatles underwent a transformation so unprecedented that it almost proves the existence of a higher intelligence. "I came at my projects from the idea that I was outside of the culture," Amos muses at one point, "but I think it complicates the myth even more that certain artists throughout history ended up at such a complicated moment of time and space." If you like hearing in-depth conversations about music and mysticism, this episode is going to blow your mind. Photo Credit: Eliza Sohn Om Holy Sons Lilacs & Champagne
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