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Episode 243: Death Spells

Death Spells aka Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) and James Dewees (The Get Up Kids, Reggie And The Full Effect)... Read on.
Death Spells aka Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) and James Dewees (The Get Up Kids, Reggie And The Full Effect) came by Going Off Track to discuss their musical collaboration Death Spells. Along the way we also discuss emo night/nostalgia, the time the duo got sushi with RZA and what it was like composing music...  Read on.
Death Spells aka Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) and James Dewees (The Get Up Kids, Reggie And The Full Effect) came by Going Off Track to discuss their musical collaboration Death Spells. Along the way we also discuss emo night/nostalgia, the time the duo got sushi with RZA and what it was like composing music for his film "The Man With The Iron Fists." (Even if both of their names were misspelled in the credits.) We also talk with Dewees about what it's like being a 40 year old that's still playing music and trying to be an adult, hear why Iero doesn't take his social media presence too seriously despite the fact that he has over 600 thousand impassioned followers and the fact that fans are still discovering Death Spells as well as their various other projects including A New Found Glory, Coalesce, Leathermouth and more. "I got into music in a very organic way through friends' siblings and getting mixtapes from bands that I didn't have the chance to see live and now that's happening again with bands that I've been in and it feels surreal and at the same really nice that the art is still living and breathing and growing," Iero explains, adding that it's strange to be both a current artist and a "classic" one. Hopefully we can all age as gracefully as these two extremely prolific musicians. Photo: Ivan Balashov
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Episode 242: Jimmy LaValle

Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf, Tristeza and The Locust came by Going Off Track to discuss his incredibly prolific... Read on.
Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf, Tristeza and The Locust came by Going Off Track to discuss his incredibly prolific and diverse musical career. We also talk about how he become the first band to sign to both Sub Pop and Relapse, the way he reconciles screaming with Crimson Curse to making ambient soundscapes in...  Read on.
Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf, Tristeza and The Locust came by Going Off Track to discuss his incredibly prolific and diverse musical career. We also talk about how he become the first band to sign to both Sub Pop and Relapse, the way he reconciles screaming with Crimson Curse to making ambient soundscapes in The Album Leaf and what it's been like collaborating with everyone from Mark Kozelek to Sigur Ros. We also talk about his role as a reluctant frontman and how he eventually began to embrace it two decades into his career. "I feel a sense of responsibility as a musician who has a voice to be able to say [political] stuff but through twenty years that hasn't really been what I've done, so it's tough," he admits at one point. We also discuss living in Los Angeles, feeling alienated from social media, his new record label and why the Album Leaf is huge is Asia... seriously. The band's first album in six years Between Waves is out now so check that out and then dig into LaValle's expansive back catalog.
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Episode 241: Atom Willard & James Bowman

Against Me!’s drummer Atom Willard and guitarist James Bowman came by Going Off Track to talk about what it’s like... Read on.
Against Me!’s drummer Atom Willard and guitarist James Bowman came by Going Off Track to talk about what it’s like being in one of punk’s premiere acts, conspiracy theories and riding motorcycles. We also discuss ¬†Willard’s impressive musical career which ranges from Rocket From The Crypt to The Offspring, their collective obsession with the reality...  Read on.
Against Me!'s drummer Atom Willard and guitarist James Bowman came by Going Off Track to talk about what it's like being in one of punk's premiere acts, conspiracy theories and riding motorcycles. We also discuss  Willard's impressive musical career which ranges from Rocket From The Crypt to The Offspring, their collective obsession with the reality sword-making television show "Forged In Fire" and writing letters to bands and baseball players as kids (if you wrote to RFTC in the nineties, there's probably a pretty good chance that Atom wrote back to you directly.) If you're a fun of puns and extremely witty wordplay, you're going to love this episode. If you aren't, this might not be the right podcast for you anyway. Spoiler alert: We also learn that Atom is lactose intolerant but also would gladly sign on for a yogurt endorsement. Stoneyfield Farm if you're listening, get in touch.
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