18 episodes

Speaking with musicians on how they found their sound. Monthly-ish artists talks, hosted by Vancouver arts reporter Gregory Adams.
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Speaking with musicians on how they found their sound. Monthly-ish artists talks, hosted by Vancouver arts reporter Gregory Adams.
Newsletter: buttondown.email/gutfeeling

    Gut Feeling Podcast #18 - Ted Leo (Chisel)

    Gut Feeling Podcast #18 - Ted Leo (Chisel)

    Hello again! The latest Gut Feeling podcast is an interview with Ted Leo, the longtime punk-and-pop Pharmacist who is just about to jump into a series of reunions shows with his '90s-era outfit, Chisel.

    Ted gets into the general history of Chisel, from forming the mod-and-punk-inspired band with college friends Chris Norborg (bass) and John Dugan (drums), to the time they technically headlined over Radiohead, to song specifics around their epic-in-scope 1997 LP, Set You Free (which is just about to arrive as an expanded, double-LP reissue through Numero Group).

    It's a big gear talk, too, with Ted jumping into the "unhip" solid state Fender head he was using in his hardcore days, through to early Chisel; the affordability of his 8 A.M. All Day-era Tele Deluxe, fit with an unflattering Floyd Rose tremolo system; and unlocking the potential of an elegant major-to-minor chord progression.

    Chisel are playing shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco this February. Hoping there's more to come!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Gut Feeling Podcast #17 – Adam Mitchell (Spectres, Madness Cartel)

    Gut Feeling Podcast #17 – Adam Mitchell (Spectres, Madness Cartel)

    Hello! We've hit the end of 2022, and per tradition I've invited Spectres / Madness Cartel member Adam Mitchell onto the podcast to get into some of his favourite records of the year — this time including music from The Beths, Long Knife, High Vis, and more.

    We also touch on Spectres' upcoming album, which is currently being recorded in Vancouver with producer Jesse Gander (Brutus, Neck of the Woods), and Madness Cartel activity following the semi-recent re-release of their 2020 demo.

    That's it for now, but I'll catch you in the new year!

    • 32 min
    Gut Feeling Podcast # 16 - Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat/Fur Trade)

    Gut Feeling Podcast # 16 - Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat/Fur Trade)

    The latest Gut Feeling Podcast is an interview with Hot Hot Heat/Fur Trade's Steve Bays!

    Steve gets into the early history of Hot Hot Heat, whom just celebrated the 20th anniversary of their pop-tastic Make Up the Breakdown with a a deluxe, remastered re-release through Sub Pop Records. 

    He also dives into the jingling holiday spirit of Fur Trade's recent "Christmas in a Cage" single, which marks the first new music from the project in nearly a decade, and teases an upcoming full-length through Light Organ Records.

    Steve also gets into: growing up in Victoria, BC; sneaking off to his first punk show at the age of 12; earlier hardcore and emo projects, including (Instill'), Missiles to Heaven, and Fuck You I'm Stealing Home; the self-recorded solo project that bridges the gap between Hot Hot Heat's insular keyboard hardcore and the rafters-reaching pop of Make Up the Breakdown; side shout-outs to Vue, the Walkmen, and high school classmate Nelly Furtado; and the literal buzz surrounding his current Tugboat Pl. Studio in New Westminster, BC.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Gut Feeling Podcast #15 - Lyndsay Sung (Kcar, Radio Berlin)

    Gut Feeling Podcast #15 - Lyndsay Sung (Kcar, Radio Berlin)

    The latest Gut Feeling Podcast is an interview with Lyndsay Sung, a longtime music-maker currently playing bass in Vancouver punk trio Kcar. Over the past 25 years, she's also played in The Sob Story, Le Petit Mort, Radio Berlin, Pink Mountaintops, Ice Palace, and more. She's also the owner/baker extraordinaire at Coco Cake Land!

    Throughout our talk, Lyndsay gets into: becoming a "gorilla on 'roids" while drumming for her first band; queer vampire films; fantasy-based synth-metal; finding goths across America on lengthy Radio Berlin tours; upcoming cookbooks; and more.

    The Gut Feeling Podcast is currently streaming through Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Sounder.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Gut Feeling Podcast # 14 - Kyle De Ville (Enact)

    Gut Feeling Podcast # 14 - Kyle De Ville (Enact)

    The latest Gut Feeling Podcast is an interview with Kyle De Ville, a British Columbia-born, Portland, Oregon-based guitarist with Enact, whom just released their self-titled debut album through War Records.

    Throughout the talk, Kyle gets into: plotting hardcore songs in the shower; Enact fighting against political apathy; what happens when the Youth Crew ages into parenthood; growing up a pre-teen suburban death metal head; lessons learned at a Metallica show; and more.

    On the throwback side of things, Kyle and I also played in our first bands together in the mid '90s, so we touch on our failed skate-punk band, Rugburn, and our more emo-styled The Self Esteem Project, whose 1997 demo tape I just posted up on Bandcamp .

    Enact's debut album is available through your streaming service of choice, and vinyl copies can be found at their Bandcamp site and over at War Records .

    The Gut Feeling Podcast is currently streaming through Apple , Spotify, Google Podcasts , and Sounder .

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Gut Feeling Podcast #13 - Stephen McBean (Ex Dead Teenager/Pink Mountaintops)

    Gut Feeling Podcast #13 - Stephen McBean (Ex Dead Teenager/Pink Mountaintops)

    The latest Gut Feeling Podcast is an interview with Stephen McBean, a prolific, Vancouver Island-born, Los Angeles-based musician currently making music with Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops. Back in the mid '90s, though, Steve was briefly a vocalist/co-guitarist in Ex Dead Teenager, a Vancouver quartet whose 1997 demo, It's OK to Laugh at People Wearing Gas Masks, flirted with full-bore hardcore, sludge nihilism, tattered-psyche post-punk melancholia, and impressionistic, synth-skit weirdness.

    Throughout the talk, Steve gets into: hardcore mêlées at East Vancouver's legendary New York Theatre; writing and recording as a roommates-only project in the basement of the Frances Street punk house; the on-tour implosion of his previous project, Gus; dumpster diving for keyboards; reconnecting with members of Converge and Saviours decades after first meeting them on tour with Ex Dead Teenager; and more.

    The Gut Feeling Podcast is currently streaming through Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Sounder.

    You can also check out my interview with Steve on his latest Pink Mountaintops record, Peacock Pools, over at Guitar World.

    • 36 min

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