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Southern California Ska/Pop-Punk Band HALF PAST TWO Releases New Single “Some Nights”; Band Releasing New Album This Fall

Orange County, CA ska/rock/reggae/pop-punk band Half Past Two will release their next full-length this fall on Pay Attention Records (a new label imprint from the folks behind Ska Punk Daily) and backed by Jump Up Records. read more

Episode 37: EmilIe Plamondon of Punk Roquette

The Sisters launch this episode discussing the importance of “community over competition” and how supporting fellow creatives is essential for growth. Later, they bring in Emilie Plamondon (podcast host of Punk Roquette) to get her insights on the subject.  Her positive contagious energy and passion to support musicians of all calibers is why the Sound Sisters dubbed her as a “social worker for punk rock”. They chat about how she built a strong following with her platform and the way music is helping her cope with quarantine in Canada. There is also talks of cheese curds, soup, rePunkmmendation, as well as the size of her impressive t-shirt and record collection. All this and more on this episode of the Sound Sisters podcast! read more

La Armada Releases New Single “Death On Replay”

The Chicago by way of the Dominican Republic 5-piece has completed production on its next album “Anti-Colonial Vol. 2,” which is set for release later this year via the band’s own label Mal De Ojo Record in the U.S. The album will be released via Thousand Islands Records in Canada and Lockjaw Records in Europe and the UK.
La Armada’s focus is to leave their mark on heavy music. A punk band at heart, they utilize elements of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and metal to create a style as unique as their story. Formed in the Dominican Republic in 2001 from where they dominated the Caribbean scene for years, the band opted to take a leap and relocate to Chicago in 2008, where they still reside.Influenced by bands ranging from the Bad Brains to Death, they take elements from their native Island’s music to conjure a unique recipe; explosive live energy, and a clear cut narrative that highlights the effects of neo-colonialism on vulnerable communities.Whether headlining tours throughout the world or supporting the likes of Sick of it All, Propagandhi, Strung Out, Death by stereo, and more, La Armada has come to bring a vibrant spin to the scene.
La Armada has released a ferocious new single and music video titled “Death On Replay.
Stream “Death On Replay” HERE: https://laarmada.lnk.to/deathonreplay
Watch the music video HERE:https://youtu.be/6Odryv3E3cA 

How a Livestream Brought Me Back to Life

Photos & Words by Angela RoseRed

It’s no secret that COVID’s pause for live music has initiated many emotions to the souls who depend on “going to a show” to survive and cope with everyday life. For those who do not understand how real the struggle is, you fail to realize  this year + of concert silence was a time where many mourned like never before. Simply put, live music is the one thing that unifies us as a scene, which is a much needed outlet from our daily triumphs and tragedies. Music truly unites and heals. It calls to our souls and transcends who we are as individuals. Luckily in its absence, we found other ways to creatively cope, and in some aspects, it  brought us closer together.  read more

Sound Sisters Podcast Episode 36 – Judy Cocuzza of Betty Blowtorch

The Sisters Roundtable Discussion gets deep on an emotional level as they dive into some best practices when attempting to reconnect with ex-band members. This episode’s guest, Judy Cocuzza, drummer from Betty Blowtorch, has many insights into the topic and has provided stellar advice to other musicians over the years, including our very own host Drea. During their chat they uncover an array of topics such as Judy’s involvement with teaching drums to children with and without disabilities as well as how she found the silver lining with COVID’s halt to a constant tour schedule. Later, she reminisces on the early Betty Blowtorch days, gives an update on new music, what it was like on the Bubble Boy movie set, the real status of Vanilla Ice’s package, and her unexpected ghostly occurrences  she feels was Bianca Butthole sending love from the other side. Tears, laughs, and so many virtual hugs are shared on this episode of the Sound Sisters Podcast. read more

Sound Sisters 35 – Mike Cubillos of Earshot Media

The Sisters dive into this episode by reminiscing their years of experience in self-promoted DIY public relations and networking ventures. Later, they receive some killer advice and takeaways from Mike Cubillos, owner and operator of Earshot Media. With over 22 years of successful PR experience in the music industry, he opens up about his contributions and journey into the biz. Throughout the discussion, he is very transparent of what it takes to be successful from a music PR perspective. This is one of the reasons why many musicians (of all calibers) trust his services. Supporting big acts and festivals such as Warped Tour, It’s Not Dead, and Punk Rock Bowling, he still stays true to his underground roots. Although Earshot Media represents many different music genres, Drea and Gaby reveal firsthand how essential he is to the punk rock community due to his assistance with The Venomous Pinks. Music from 3LH & Rundown Kreeps appear courtesy of Wire Tap Records! read more

Sound Sisters 34 – Mike Fisher

The Sisters dive into this episode chatting about choosing the right graphic for a merchandise item, and the benefits of hiring a professional designer to assist with developing a  brand. They bring in Mike Fisher, infamous merch designer, illustrator, artist, Maximum Fluoride owner, and “Anyway Whatever” podcast host, to get his expert advice on the topic. He also discusses his journey from creating DIY merch in the 80s to pay his way into underground punk  shows, to now being an on demand renowned artist who designs for some of the biggest musicians today. His impressive merch design resume includes, Rancid, Metallica, The Clash, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, The Misfits, and more! With over a decade worth of experience, chances are you have a Mike Fisher design on a shirt in your closet. He opens up about his creative process and how he stays constantly motivated to do what he loves most. This is an awe-spiring  episode that gave Drea, Angela, and Gaby all the feels, so you don’t want to miss it! Music from Reason Unknown and Gatecreeper! read more