What can we say? We got a soft spot for Third Eye Blind so covering this one was extra special. The evening couldn’t have been set any better along Lake Michigan on Northerly Island with views of the Chicago skyline and perfect summer weather. It was truly fit for a Summer Gods Tour.

Silversun Pickups came on with a lot of fun energy and had an elegantly simple yet beautiful backdrop and light display. Lots of pink, magenta, and purple hues splashed the stage and poured out into the audience in the form of pure energy.

Third Eye Blind stepped out onto a post sun-kissed stage. Their set began behind a Kabuki drop with a cool, appropriately adapted live version of We Are Drugs EP’s “Weightless.” The music started with a flash and a burst, pulling back for the first verse and building upon the repeating line “Summer gods got me screaming” until all the instruments came back in full force. Upon said impact, the curtain dropped and the show went off and running. The band played five additional songs from their newer material before diving into playing their debut album that graced our presence twenty years ago. They ended the night with an encore of “Never Let You Go” and “God Of Wine.”

It’s always a joy having Third Eye Blind in Chicago and we look forward to their next time around. (We fully expect songs from Out of the Vein next time, by the way. -cough cough-)

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The teasers have been wonderfully torturous but the wait is finally over. The lineup for Lollapalooza 2017 is here!! Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire, alt-j, The Shins, Lorde, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Cage the Elephant, Spoon, The Head and the Heart; We could go on and on and on. But instead, how about we just share with you the full lineup?



Click the link above to grab your tickets at Lollapalooza’s website, where you can purchase not only weekend passes, but for the first year, they’re offering front row + exclusive access so definitely check that out before those go flying off the digital shelves!

Until then, keep rocking it out by attending your local shows and supporting your local artists. You can find that info by just searching the world wide webs. And as always, you can come back here for more announcements.

Opeth graced us with their brilliant music and presence this past Sunday at The Riviera Theatre. The sold out show boasted dedicated fans and admirers of the band’s intricate melodies and beautiful blend of progressive rock, classical, jazz, and acoustic music. Lead vocalist and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt was endearing and as always, made us all laugh with his silly banter, as if he was speaking among friends. After a particularly vocal-demanding song, Åkerfeldt goes, “I had a piece of hair stuck in my throat through that entire song.” A bit later on, when telling us about their new album Sorceress, he mentioned they recorded in a town he called “the anus of Sweden.” Opeth’s awe-inspiring performance was a true treat and one that will not be forgotten. Dates for Sorceress World Tour can be found on their website as well as their Facebook page. And if you haven’t already, go give Sorceress a listen!

Switchfoot | House of Blues Chicago | September 30, 2016

To say Switchfoot brought joy and happiness is a huge understatement. They lit up the room this night in Chicago at The House of Blues through and through with their contagious spirits, beautiful music and uplifting words. This was definitely one of the highlight shows of the year. They are currently on their Looking For America Tour with Relient K. Be sure to check out their tour dates and see them when they come through your town. This is a band that has transcended throughout the last few decades and remain strong as an original unit. They continue to come out with killer music and incredible performances that will leave lasting good memories. Take a look at the pictures below to relive the colorful, fantastic magic that is Switchfoot.

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Swirls of color dominated the sky // We were fascinated by the way we were able to play with them and sort of use the sky as our canvas
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I call this one “Flamingo”
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We were amazed by the abstract displays that came out of these images
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“Vanilla ‘Wafer’ Sky”
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Arthur and I took turns “painting” on this digital canvas of sky, fireworks, and long-exposed images
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“Swirling Masquerade”
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“Pink Triangle”
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“Digital Waves”
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“Cotton Candy”
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We’re amazed by how the long-exposed lights look like comets and stars having a dance party out in space
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“A Blast”
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“The Minimalist”
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“On Holiday”
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“The Fuzzies”
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Conceptualized by: Arthur Zdrinc

Photographs by: Cindi Jean and Arthur Zdrinc

Edited by: Cindi Jean







Onsite Experiences, Gourmet Man Food, Craft Beer,

Inaugural Kickoff Dinner At Chicago’s Goose & Fox, 

Pre-Party and After-Show Events Announced For

Chicago Open Air

July 15, 16 And 17 Festival At Toyota Park In Bridgeview, IL

Headliners RammsteinDisturbed And Slipknot

Will Be Joined By Chevelle, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch,

Ministry, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men And Many More

Additional onsite experiences, as well the official pre-party, an Inaugural Kickoff Dinner at Chicago’s Goose & Fox, and after-show events have been announced for the first annual Chicago Open Air. The three-day music, craft beer and Gourmet Man Food festival held July 15, 16 and 17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago will feature a spectacular music lineup.

Overall, Chicago Open Air will feature performances by more than 40 bands, including Rammstein (the group’s only 2016 U.S. performance and first Chicago show since 2012), Chicago’s own Disturbed (who recently returned from a 4-year hiatus with their #1 album Immortalized), global rock juggernauts Slipknot, Chevelle, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Ministry, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men, and many more. The festival will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, a craft beer village highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by Jose Mangin from SiriusXM.

A limited number of single day tickets will be released for purchase on Friday, June 10 to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. Single day tickets will only be available while supplies last. Weekend General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.

Here’s a preliminary list of Chicago Open Air special events, Gourmet Man Food and craft beer partners, as well as onsite experiences and nonprofit organizations with a presence at Chicago Open Air:

Chicago Open Air Pre-Party: The official Chicago Open Air Pre-Party presented by 95 WIIL Rock and 100.7 QRock will be held at Concord Music Hall on Thursday, July 14Otep headlines the show with Shaman’s HarvestIslander and Through Fire supporting. Chicago Open Air ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets in advance for $10. Regular tickets are $17.


Chicago Open Air Inaugural Kickoff Dinner: In celebration of the inaugural Chicago Open Air festival and the great culinary city of Chicago, Danny Wimmer Presents will be throwing a special Chicago Open Air kickoff dinner presented by Chicago’s Goose & Fox and hosted by Jose Mangin of SiriusXM on Thursday, July 14 at 6:00 PM CDT. The BYOB dinner will feature five courses with seasonal and local ingredients from Midwestern farmers for $75.00. Limited tickets are on sale now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2560621.

Gourmet Man Food: Chicago Open Air will feature selections from Chicago-area favorites such as: Bruges Brothers (Braised Oxtail Poutine, Currywurst, Comeback Fish and Chips) ● Chicago Doghouse(Rattlesnake and Rabbit Sausage, Smoked Alligator Sausage, The Midway Monster Hot Dog) ● Crème Of The Crop Food Truck (Grown Up Mac & Cheese, Strawberry Chicken Wrap, Tater Skins) ● Dia De Los Tamales (Cuban Tamale, Spicy Black Bean and Corn Tamale, The Chicago Beef) ● Dinky’s Donuts ● International Spud Station (The Spudnik, Apollo-Mash, Nebula Chips) ● Kuma’s Corner (Led Zeppelin Burger, Iron Maiden Burger) ● Pizano’s (Chicago deep dish) ● The Happy Lobster (Happy Lobster Roll, The Angry Lobster Roll, Fried Lobster Mac And Cheese Bites) ● Yum Dum (Kimcheesy Fries, Braised Pork Belly Baos). Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors from around the country will include: Cheeze Louise (Salmon Grilled Cheese Melt or Bowl, Meat Lover’s Grilled Cheese, Fried Chicken Mac N Cheese Bowl) ● Cravin’ Cajun (Spicy Shrimp Po-Boy, Gator Critter Fritters, The Soft Shell Crab Sandwich) ● Master of Patties (The Brekky Burger, The Muffaletta Burger, The Beef Wellington) ● Pie Baby Wood-Fired Pizza.

Headbangers Beer Hall: This unique METAL themed bar is a 100×80 dive bar experience complete with Marshall amplifiers lining the back wall, a unique jukebox playing heavy metal music, rocker pinball machines, Chicago favorite Kuma’s Corner serving their signature metal themed burgers just next door, and more that will give fans a dark, heavy metal, craft beer and cocktail experience all on site at Chicago Open Air. The Headbangers Beer Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago – 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s TROOPER BeerLagunitas (Petaluma, CA – IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead WineSurly (Minneapolis – Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago – seasonals TBA), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend with members of bands at the bar, as well as former MTV Headbangers Ball host and Cathouse founder Riki Rachtman playing some of his favorite songs and guest bartending during the weekend.

Kuma’s Corner: Offering the best burgers in Chicago, Kuma’s started in 2005 with its flagship location at the corner of Belmont and Francisco avenues in Chicago’s Avondale. From their origins as a corner bar with solid American bistro fare, they’ve grown to two locations that offer the finest burgers available on this planet or any other. Kuma’s ethos is simple: Support your community. Eat beef. Bang your head. Look for the official Chicago Open Air #GourmetManFood burger at Kuma’s, and for their full menu to be announced soon.

Monster Energy Experience/Sampling: Monster Energy will be keeping all fans fueled up and ready to rock by offering free sampling on their Monster Energy viewing deck. Enjoy Monster Energy drinks from one of the best seats in the house. Make sure to check back throughout the festival for a schedule of Monster Energy’s interactive artist experiences.

Facebook: facebook.com/monsterenergy

#monsterenergy #monstermusic

Jack Daniel’s Experience: “Taste of Tennessee” invites visitors to come out and tour the nation’s oldest registered distillery from outside the Jack Daniel’s Hollow. Visitors get to see (and smell) whiskey dripping slowly through charcoal and the new oak barrels used in maturing Tennessee’s finest whiskey. The Jack Daniel’s Experience is open to all fans, 21 years old and up, for tours free of charge.  Stop by the Jack Daniel’s Experience for interactive engagements throughout the weekend.

Facebook: facebook.com/jackdaniels

Instagram: @jackdaniels_us

#jackdaniels #BornToMakeWhiskey

The Music Experience: The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. The Music Experience has autograph signings and artist interactions throughout the day. Check Facebook and Instagram for the latest info on who will be hanging out at The Music Experience.

Facebook: facebook.com/themusicexp

Instagram: @tmexp

Keep Golf Metal: Keep Golf Metal is a movement that encourages festival attendees to play a 9 hole putt putt course with PGA level golf clubs provided by Rife Putters and MasterFit Custom Golf Clubs. Keep Golf Metal also has apparel that features designs that fuse the rock and golf worlds together.

f.y.e. Fan Experience: f.y.e. will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival. f.y.e. is the only place at the festival to get all your favorite band’s music – and maybe even get to meet your favorite Chicago Open Air performers. Check back for updates on artist meet and greet and autograph signing sessions.

Facebook: facebook.com/FYE

Instagram: @officalFYEmusic


Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer: The F C Cancer Foundation’s mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and to educate about early cancer detection, ultimately putting an end to late stage cancer diagnosis. The Dyin 2 Live wish granting program looks to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring joy, hope, inspiration, and courage into their lives. In doing this, the program hopes it can help give the cancer fighter a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day, what they are battling. The hope is that it can be used as a source of inspiration to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour.




Facebook: facebook.com/Dyin2LiveDREAMS or facebook.com/FxckCancerUSA

Instagram: @FxckCancer and @Dyin2LiveDreams

Take Me Home Animal Rescue: Take Me Home is a not for profit, volunteer based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. Many families living in low-income areas cannot afford medical care, basic vaccinations, or spay/neuter surgeries for their companion animals. The donations raised help us to fund mobile veterinary hospitals to travel into these under-served areas to provide free spay and neuter, vaccinations, microchipping and administer medical care for animals in desperate need. Take Me Home also supports local animal charities. Come by the booth to help out our furry friends by buying a shirt, signed merchandise, and entering a raffle. Danny Wimmer, Founder, DWP, said, “DWP is proud to support various charities, giving them a national platform to promote their messages. We are particularly fond of Take Me Home, which advocates for animal adoption. I hope everyone stops by their booth and supports their fundraising efforts to help animals in need.” For more information, please visit: www.takemehome.tv.

Facebook: facebook.com/TakeMeHomeRescue

Instagram: @TakeMeHomeRescue

Twitter: @TMHRescue

Official Chicago Open Air After-Show Events: 

Friday, July 15Helmet with Tight Phantomz at Double Door (1551 N. Damen Ave., Chicago)


Saturday, July 16Carcass with Deafheaven at Metro (3730 N. Clark Street, Chicago)


The daily music lineup for Chicago Open Air is as follows:

Friday, July 15: Rammstein, Chevelle, Ministry, Of Mice & Men, Meshuggah, The Devil Wears Prada, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Trivium, Hatebreed, Periphery, Drowning Pool, Butcher Babies, Through Fire

Saturday, July 16: Disturbed, Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Helmet, Deafheaven, Carcass, Pop Evil, Nothing More, Saint Asonia, Miss May I, Beartooth, Silver Snakes, City Of The Weak

Sunday, July 17: Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, BABYMETAL, Asking Alexandria, Corrosion Of Conformity, All That Remains, letlive., We Came As Romans, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Upon A Burning Body, Gemini Syndrome

Chicago Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer PresentsLive Nation and Toyota Park, with the support of the Village of Bridgeview and Bridgeview Mayor Steven Landek.

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM each day and the show ends at 11:30 PM on Friday, 11:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 PM on Sunday.

For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit www.ChicagoOpenAir.com.

Chicago Open Air sponsors include: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, f.y.e., Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer, Take Me Home Animal Rescue, El Jimador Tequila, The Music Experience, Roadrunner Records, Century Media Records and more to be announced.

Website: www.ChicagoOpenAir.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chiopenair

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chiopenair

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chiopenair


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About Danny Wimmer Presents: Since 1993, music industry veteran Danny Wimmer has been producing concerts and festivals, both large and small. In 2011, he formed Danny Wimmer Presents, which now produces several of the largest rock and alternative festivals in the U.S. By combining A-list talent with local cuisine and culture, DWP has become recognized within the industry for delivering the highest-quality entertainment experiences to fans, artists, sponsors, partners and host cities. DWP creates memorable and all-encompassing festival experiences, leaving both consumers and partners with lasting and meaningful impressions. With 580,000 fans attending all DWP festivals in 2015, and 10 billion media impressions, DWP will continue to add new music festivals to its already stellar portfolio, which includes Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Louder Than Life, and Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, among others.


About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

About Toyota Park: Toyota Park is located at 7000 South Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview, IL. It’s the heart of soccer for much of the Midwest and a must-see destination for world-class concerts and other sporting events. Toyota Park is conveniently located in Bridgeview near I-294 and-I-55, within an easy drive from every corner of the Chicago area. Just 15 miles from Chicago’s Loop, Toyota Park offers ample parking and is served by PACE buses and shuttle links with the nearby CTA Midway Orange Line station.


Chicago Open Air Publicity Contact

Kristine Ashton-Magnuson/Ashton-Magnuson Media

kristine@am-media.net(818) 996-2496

Chicago Open Air Marketing & Sponsorship Contact

Clay Busch/Danny Wimmer Presents


Live Nation Publicity Contact

Taylor Heydlauff/Live Nation – Midwest

TaylorHeydlauff@livenation.com; (312) 260-9176

Village Of Bridgeview Publicity Contact

Ray Hanania

RGHanania@gmail.com; (312) 933-9855

Filter_CrazyEyes_Cover_RGBIt seems no other band is more perfect than industrial band Filter to write an album about a world that seems to be losing its mind. According to frontman Richard Patrick, “Our thing is to look at people’s unexplainable behavior and assess it, using sound. It’s a way to approximate the insanity of the human condition.” Crazy Eyes is filled with innuendos alluding to the madness going on all around us what with technological, machine-like sounds sprinkled throughout the album and an overall sound gearing more towards electronic than just pure heavy rock. The industrial sound and heavy beats in “Nothing In My Hands” and “City Of Blinding Riots” shocks and stirs the listener, reminiscent of the nightclub scene in the film Vanilla Sky. There’s definitely still a heavy rock and alternative feel to the album though. “Pride Flag” bursts with immediate riotal screams and heavy guitar. The soaring guitar solo during the breakdown gives the image of celebration, a slow-mo visual of someone waving a flag in the desert with kicked up dirt rising into the air. “Kid Blue From The Short Bus, Drunk Bus” is a unique song with an upbeat industrial sound and minor bass riffs with a sinister breakdown in the bridge. Bassist Ashley Dzerigian (Adam Lambert, Maximum Hedrum, CeeLo Green) delivers heavy riffs from tracks like “Tremors” and syncopated rhythm that weaves beautifully with Patrick’s vocals in “Head Of Fire” and “Take Me To Heaven.”

The moments of breath in between drops and choruses of full-throttle, in-your-face intensity gives the listener a feeling similar to riding a rollercoaster; with ebbs and flows and anticipated moments of stillness followed by big, rewarding drops. The electronic sound of the guitar, drums, and keyboard feeds the cold, chaotic world this album builds and communicates in mirroring.

Photos: Myriam Santos

Richard Patrick remains at the helm and also produces the album. His authenticity in retaining that old-school Filter sound coupled with the more industrial, heavy rock bordering on metal sound brings the listener to an eerie dream turned nightmare upon waking.

Crazy Eyes releases this Friday, April 8. Catch them on their Make America Hate Again Tour. Check Out Tour Dates Here

We had the opportunity to sit down with Potty Mouth, a 90s-inspired alternative pop punk trio from Northampton, MA, before their set with CHVRCHES at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. They played a two-night stint together and both nights sold out.

Keep an eye out for these ladies! They’ll be playing Lollapalooza this year in Chicago on July 30 and also Wrecking Ball in Atlanta August 13-14. Stay tuned this summer for news on their upcoming album to be released later this year.

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Persistent Vision Media: We are here with Potty Mouth–

Potty Mouth: Hi!

PVM: Hey! –playing a sold out show with CHVRCHES on Night Two.

PM: Yeah.

PVM: How’re you guys feeling?

Abby: Great! Yeah, I’m really excited.

PVM: Cool.

Ally: Yeah, last night was awesome– so happy to do it again.

Abby: Yeah, yeah.

PVM: Nice. So, let’s pop into- so, your music, I feel like it’s really nostalgically 90s.

Abby: Yeah.

PVM: Is that intentional?

Abby: Oh, hell yeah!

PVM: [Laughs] Okay, nice! I mean I was watching your lyric video and like it just totally screamed 90s and like, I like am totally in love with that.

Abby: Yeah? Cool.

PVM: So, is that like– what’re your feelings towards the 90s?

Abby: I mean, that’s like pretty much all the kind of music that I listen to personally. Yeah, these guys have both introduced me to a lot of cool 90s stuff that has been really influential for me– like Juliana Hatfield and Veruca Salt are- are huge for us and Hole, Nirvana, so, yeah. At least personally, that has had like a huge- been a huge part of our evolution for songwriting and inspiration, yeah.

Ally: Yeah, I- same. I love 90s music. It’s some of my favorite music- 90s indie rock– I think it represents a time when like rock and roll was like the main, ki- more of like the mainstream thing you heard on the radio. And it was possible to be a grunge or alternative rock band and get commercial success. Not to say that’s like the ultimate goal, it’s just like, definitely like specific to that time so… [pause] like Nirvana.

Abby: Yeah.

PVM: Yeah, Nirvana, right? No other words necessary.

Ally: Yeah.

Abby: Yeah.

PVM: So, speaking of 90s, give me one memory that you feel growing up in the music scene in the 90s on the east coast that was like one of your, like favorites.

Ally: In the 90s?

PVM: Like growing up in the music scene in Massachusetts.

Abby: Well- I was born in 1993 so I don’t- [everyone laughs] I don’t really have any concept of what the scene was like then but, I mean I’m from Amherst where Dinosaur Jr. met and we still see them around which is cool. But- I don’t know about you guys [looks around].

Ally: Yeah I mean I, am a little older but still was a kid in the 90s and- but I- we were just talking about this in the van earlier how, like, 1995 was sorta the year that I really developed my own personal taste in music and heard songs on the radio and could be like “I like that, I want that CD” and I remember the first CDs I ever got were like Crazy, Sexy, Cool by TLC and Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt so, those were some of my first favorite groups, bands, whatever.

Victoria: Yeah, same. I just kinda listened to pop music. Cause I’m, born in the 90s so-

Abby: Yeah-

Victoria: Spice Girls… [Abby chuckles]

Ally: Spice Girls, yeah.

PVM: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I mean I’m on the same boat, I was born in ’89. So like, I mean- did you watch like- grow up watching like Disney Channel or like-

Victoria: Yeah.

Ally: MTV.

Abby: Yeah.


Ally: Like MTV back when they actually played more music-oriented stuff like TRL and, you know, just- I remember I have this distinct memory of seeing a Michael Jackson music video on MTV and I must’ve been really really young cause my brother just wanted to embarrass me cause he knew I didn’t know a lot about what was popular like pop culture and he’s like “Ally, who do you think this is?” and at that time the only artist I knew for some reason was Sheryl Crow [everyone laughs] and I was like, “Sheryl Crow?” and it was totally Michael Jackson so…

Abby: [Laughs] Oh my God, that’s hilarious!

Ally: Yeah… [chuckles] I’ll never forget that!

PVM: Well again, like, totally, going off the 90s, like what was one of your favorite things about the 90s?

All: [Silence]

PVM: Like Ring Pops or-

Abby: Ohh.

PVM: …y’know.

Abby: I don’t know, I always feel so young. I feel like I can’t really speak for that time-

Victoria: Skip It.

PVM: Skip it?

Ally: Skip It! Skip It was awesome.

Abby: What- what’s that?

Ally: That- [Victoria starts to speak; Ally gestures over at Victoria] That- you can—

Victoria: [Gestures back at Ally] Nah, there was- I don’t know it was like—

[Off-camera laughter]

Abby: What?

Off-camera: You thought they meant, skip it.

PVM: It took me like two seconds, and like, “Oh yeah!”

Ally: They like recalled those cause they were dangerous or something—

Victoria: Yeah.

Ally: It’s like a ring you put around your ankle that has like a- a—

Abby: Ohhh…

Ally: -ball coming out of it and—

Abby: Yeah I remember those.

Ally: –you skip around it, yeah.

Abby: Those ARE dangerous.

PVM: It had a counter, right?

Ally: What?

PVM: Like, that little- did it have a counter?

Ally: Yeah—

Victoria: Yeah.

Ally: It had a counter so you could count how many times you went around a full circle—

Off-camera: …how many times you skipped it?

Ally: Yeah.

Abby: Yeah. [Laughs]

Ally: Yeah, I don’t know I feel just like I probably am only saying this because it’s easy to romanticize how things used to be and take for granted all the technology we have now but, I just like, think it’s cool to, to think about a time in music when we didn’t have like smart phones and like all these—

Abby: Yeah.

Ally: –technological means to, like discover new music and identify it right away because that meant like, the way people discovered music was like, you know, through the radio and like making mixtapes and like hearing a song they like on the radio and recording it on a tape—

Abby: Yeah, or flyers—

Ally: –and all that.

Abby: — like going to a show cause like you see a flyer and, yeah.

PVM: Yeah totally.

Off-camera: No social media.

Potty Mouth: Yeah.

PVM: Nope, no it was all word of mouth.

PM: Yeah.

PVM: Well, what was like the first show you ever went to?

Ally: I saw the Spice Girls [Abby laughs] and Hanson. I don’t know- I can’t remember which came first. Probably Spice Girls? But, I saw them in concert… I also saw Weird Al. [Everyone laughs]

PVM: Nice! Yeah, that’s pretty special.

Ally: Mmm hmm, yeah.

Abby: Yeah. I just grew up going to- or at least when I was in high school- a lot of my friends were in bands so, I would just go see them play at the local venues at the time.

PVM: Nice.

Abby: Yeah. Victoria?

Victoria: I saw, I saw Cher in like 2001.

Abby: Oh wow!

Victoria: Yeah, she came out with a, like- she came back with her Believe—

PVM: Oh yeah.

Victoria: –Tour, yeah. [Everyone chuckles]

Off-camera: She’s still right now killin it—

Abby: Oh really? Wow.

Off-camera: –I saw her last year. I cried.

[Abby laughs]

PVM: Amazing. So you said one of your favorite bands is Green Day.

Abby: Yeah.

PVM: That still hold true or—

Abby: I do still love Green Day. I’ve definitely branched out since then. I feel like that was the main thing I listened to in high school but- yeah, I still love Green Day. They were a huge part of learning how to write songs for me, yeah.

PVM: Are there any like, new bands that you’re like totally into at the moment, that you just discovered recently?

Abby: Hmm…

Ally: [Hums and nods along]

[A pause; everyone laughs]

Abby: What’s Dan’s noise project? [Laughs]

Ally: Yeah.. no, no this- well we just got back from our tour with Stove–

Abby: Oh, yeah.

Ally: –our friends had an album come out in November and it’s amazing. It’s called Stove, the album’s called Is Stupider–

Abby: Yeah. [chuckles]

Ally: –it was just so great playing with them for a week and a half–

Abby: Yeah, they’re the best–

Ally: Yeah.

Abby: –they’re some of our best friends. So, it was cool to hang out with them but they’re also a great band, so–

Ally: Yeah.

Abby: So, it was just awesome.

PVM: Best combo.

Abby: Yeah.

PVM: Yeah. I had a question, I totally just lost it… What is one of your favorite music videos?

Abby: Out of every music video ever?

PVM: I know it’s hard to pick. [Abby laughs] I won’t hold you to like, that’s your favorite one but like–

Abby: Yeah.

PVM: –one that comes to mind.

Abby: …I’m trying to think….

Ally: I would say like I’ve always really liked the video for Everlong by Foo Fighters.

Abby: Yeah, that’s a good one.

Ally: Yeah.

PVM: OH yeah.

Abby: …yeah… [a pause, turns to look at Victoria] I’m trying to think. [Another pause] What’s the- I can’t- why can’t I remember the song? The Green Day music video where–

Victoria: –there–

Abby: –there’s a greenscreen behind them and it’s like, goes in a loop… of the same, of the same people go in and out through the background and do the same actions?

[Victoria starts humming]

Ally: Oh, damnit, I can’t remember…

PVM: Oh my gosh.

Abby: Yeah, what song is that? It’s off of Insomniac.

PVM: Yeah, I don’t know.

Abby: I can’t remember.

Ally: I like the video for Say My Name by Destiny’s Child.

PVM: Oh nice. Oh! You know what? It’s so weird- like on the way here, I was thinking like as a joke for signing off, be like- say your names- then be like, “…and we’re Destiny’s Child” [Everyone laughs]

Abby: Yeah, we could. [Laughter continues]

PVM: I have two more questions–

Abby: Okay, yeah.

PVM: One would be: when did you start playing music and what was the name of the group that you played with? Or was it solo?

Abby: I mean I started playing music for Potty Mouth, so that’s when I first started playing guitar was for this band. [chuckles]

PVM: Cool! That’s amazing!

Abby: Yeah! Yeah, [looks around] but I know you guys, didn’t, you- [looks at Ally] started out with, Outdates?

Ally: I played some instruments before.

Abby: I mean I played cello–

Ally: Yeah.

Abby: — growing up. And I, sort of, messed around with guitar before… but it was- I just learned like, three chords because there was an acoustic guitar at my house. But I never really written a song or anything until Potty Mouth started.

PVM: Mmhm.

Abby: Yeah.

Ally: Yeah I started playing bass when I was like 21 and, that was basically because I had a friend who had a project where he wrote all the parts already and he needed a bassist and he gave me a tape with the songs on them. He’s like, “You wanna learn bass? Learn these songs” and, that was my first band. That was Outdates. And then like, a year and a half later, Potty Mouth started so, I was still pretty new to bass when Potty Mouth started.

Abby: Yeah.

Victoria: I guess I’ve been playing drums for- on and off for about 15, 16 years–

PVM: Wow.

Victoria: –and, I didn’t actually like start playing with anyone else until I was already, in college I guess. And that band was called Chemical Peel. It’s like a punk, punk band, some friends of mine.

PVM: Alright, nice!

Victoria: Yeah.

Abby: Yeah.

PVM: And, last but not least, are you guys currently working on new material or-

Abby: Oh yeah.

PVM: Yeah?

Abby: Yeah we have tons of songs. I mean, we’ve been writing for the last two years so–

PVM: Oh wow.

Abby: –we’re gonna record later- maybe like the early summer and hopefully have a record out by the end of summer, maybe in the fall–

PVM: Oh wow, okay.

Abby: That’s the plan. Well we have everything written, we just have to find the time to record–

PVM: Alright!

Abby: Yeah–

PVM: That’s exciting.

Abby: Yeah!

PVM: What about– I know this is like, totally another question but… artwork. Are you guys- do you do that on your own?

Abby: We… Phoebe who used to play guitar for us has done- did the two first album artworks. Since then, we just had the self-titled EP and that’s a, that’s a picture of us taken by our friend Jesse Riggins. We haven’t really thought about it, the album artwork for the next record. We don’t even know what we’re gonna call it but–

PVM: Cool.

Abby: Yeah, it’s fun to think about.

Ally: Yeah.

PVM: Yeah!

Abby: Yeah.

PVM: Well, thanks so much for your time–

Abby: Yeah, thank you.

Ally: Thank you.

Victoria: Thank you, yeah.

PVM: –again we’re here with Potty Mouth, or…

Victoria: Destiny’s Child!

Abby: Yeah, no you have to–

Victoria: I mean–

[Everyone erupts in laughter]

Abby: No you have to be like, say your name!

PVM: Yes.

Victoria: Say My Name [chuckles]

Abby: Yeah [laughs]

PVM: Officially signing off is…

Victoria: Victoria…

Abby: Abby…

Ally: Ally.

Victoria: …and we’re…

Potty Mouth: Potty Mouth!

[Interview ends with a laugh]