Ian JohnnyX of Voice of Addiction

Voice of Addiction is a Chicago-based, politically charged punk rock band that started in 2004. They have toured extensively and recently released their 4th full-length album, The Lost Art of Empathy on Wrecking Ball Productions.

The bottom end of Voice of Addiction is held down by Ian JohnnyX, who is also the singer and creative force behind the band. In this interview, we discussed the band in general, the creative/writing process, his bass playing and influences, and even a little politics.

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Dirk Mathews of Don’t Make Ghosts

One of the hottest bands to come out of the Oklahoma City area in the past year is Don’t Make Ghosts. Made up of former members of punk rock band The Roustabouts, DMG blasted into the scene with their debut EP Death Ride have been blowing up the local scene, even securing a slot at Florida’s The Fest this year.

Holding down the bottom end of this prodigious unit is Dirk Mathews.

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Interview with Droids Attack

A band that has recently caught my attention is Droids Attack.

DA is a rock band from Madison, Wisconsin. They began in the early 2000s and have released 4 full length albums since their inception. In 2004, the band won a MAMA (Madison Area Music Award) for best punk album with All Your Chicks Are Belong To Us.

They released their latest full length Sci Fi or Die in February 2016 and are about to embark on a summer tour of the United States.

I had a chance to talk to their singer and guitar player Brad Van and conducted this interview via email.

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10 Questions with Shallow Cuts

10 Questions with Shallow Cuts

Hailing from San Diego, Ca and Minneapolis, MN and boasting members of Dan Padilla, Madison Bloodbath, Dear Landlord, and Gateway District, Shallow Cuts is a powerhouse of a band that perfectly and precisely mixes elements of melodic punk rock, classic arena rock ‘n’ roll, and power pop.  The band released their full-length debut, Empty Beach Towns, in June on No Idea Records and will be playing this year’sAwesome Fest in San Diego in September and The Fest in Gainesville, FL in October.

This interview was conducted via email with J. Wang and Matty July 2 – 27, 2016.

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9 Questions with Worship This!

Akron, OH’s Worship This! will be releasing their sophomore full-length album Mint (which is really freaking good, just so you know) on April 1, 2016 via A-F Records.  The band mixes elements of a variety of punk’s sub-genres resulting in a sound that is catchy, heartfelt, melodic, passionate, and powerful.

This interview was conducted via email with guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Provchy and bassist/vocalist Josh Taylor February 28 – March 9, 2016.

For more information on Worship This! check out the band’s Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp,ReverbNation, and Last.fm pages.

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10 Questions with Cables & Arms

San Francisco, CA’s Cables & Arms is a four piece melodic post hardcore punk band whose sound is aggressive and pointedly angry without sacrificing melody or hooks.  Last month the band released theirexcellent full-length debutFraming Defeat for the Critical Eye.

This interview was conducted via email with guitarist/vocalist Josh Brown February 28 – March 9, 2016

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Red Dirt Report Roundup (5.23.14)

Here is a list of articles that I have written since I became a “regular” at Red Dirt Report:


Candidate Rocks the Boat by Challenging Cole (Interview with Anna Flatt, candidate for CD4

Christmas for Nerds (Article about Free Comic Book Day 2014)

Candidate for House District 88 To Champion Progressive Issues (Interview with OK HD88 candidate Jason Dunnington)

Jesusland: 5th District Candidate Love Bible, Israel and Prayer – Hate Pot, Castro, and Obamacare (article about a CD5 Candidate forum in Edmond, OK)

Business as Usual in Oklahoma Politics? (article about Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin)

While T-Dub Skips Senate Candidate Forum, 3 Other Hopefuls Make Positions Clear (article about US Senate candidate forum in Edmond, OK)

Only Crime’s Russ Rankin Talks to RDR about Music and More (interview with Only Crime singer Russ Rankin

Independent Senate Candiate Vicki Gaylor Supports Transparency in Government; Across-the-Board Drug Legalization (interview with OK state senate candidate Vicki Gaylor

For Gubernatorial Candidate Chad Moody, it’s God Grass and Guns (interview with candidate for OK Gov. Chad Moody

Anarchy in the OK! (article about a Liberty on Tap meeting that hosted guest speakers OU Students for a Stateless Society