Nevermind The Posers

See ya in the pit.

Interview with Nahko and Medicine for the People August 10, 2017

NVMP:  How do you create your music, does it happen organically or do you sit down knowing the sound you’re looking for?
Nahko:  Oh man, it happens at all the times you would expect and then at the most random times.  Just gotta be ready for when it does!
NVMP:  Can we expect a new album to drop anytime soon?
Nahko:  In October!
NVMP:  Which one of your songs is your songs is your absolute favorite and why?
Nahko:  Right now, it is “Dear Brother”.  A song we haven’t recorded, but have been playing on tour for nearly a year.  It’s a simple prayer for all my POC that have died at the hands of police brutality.  It states ‘you’ve got to put down the weight, you’ve got to get out of your way.’  This kind of medicine can be hard to swallow for many and we have faced hateful messages and screams from crowds on this one.  I feel deeply for those who serve our country and people to protect.  The injustice served to the families who have lost their loved ones in senseless acts of brutality at the hands of police is heartbreaking.  It reminds us how broken the system truly is.  I will speak up about this for my entire career.
NVMP: Did you ever dream that your music would contain such a powerful movement?
NAHKO: No way!  It humbles me to observe it from the day I began writing to this very moment.  It’s an incredible gift all around.
NVMP: What is your favorite music festival to play, where and why?
NAHKO: Cali Roots is one of my favorite on the west coast.  The container is full ohana vibes and everyone is so happy to be there.  Can’t beat Monterey Bay!
NVMP: What is your definition of a poser?
NAHKO: Haha, one who pretends to be someone he is not.
NVMP: Please say hi to a dear friend, Paige – She introduces everyone to your music (including me!) and is the most beautiful soul I have ever met. She stays positive while facing many obstacles in life.  We will be coming to your concert on Sunday 8/6 in Asbury Park, NJ and she has been looking forward to it for months.
Nahko: Hi Paige! Pleased to meet you.  So happy to hear you’ll be joining us on Sunday.  It will be a truly good time to fill up your well.  I can’t wait to see you smile!
 Let’s get random…
NVMP: What’s the one ingredient you pick out of the trail mix?
NVMP: What’s your favorite season?
NVMP: Who’s the most important person in your life?
NAHKO: Auntie Pua
NVMP: What’s your favorite Popsicle flavor?
NAHKO: Blueberry?
NVMP: What’s your favorite brand of Whiskey?
NAHKO: Bulleit Rye
NVMP: Who’s your favorite band?
NAHKO: Paul Simon
NVMP: What’s your favorite tree?
NAHKO: Banyon

Lost in Society & Face to Face – 5/13/17 May 16, 2017

Review by Joey Affatato

I had the opportunity to see both Lost In Society and Face To Face at House of Independents in Asbury Park and was more than happy I went. To start off the night, Lost In Society dove into their set with a burst of energy and were literally ‘bouncing off the walls’ as they played. Already being a fan of the band, I was jamming out to their newest record Modern Illusions (produced by Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls) in the car driving to the show and have to say that the punk trio did not fail to impress. The combination of punchy drums, raspy vocals, and catchy melodies was enough to get the whole room dancing – even people who may have just came for the headlining act. Just watching Lost in Society perform, they were so intense and I could feel every bit of what they were expressing through their music. Some of my favorite songs from them have to be “Generation Why” and “I Want To Know”, which are both off Modern Illusions. As a surprise, Jared Hart from The Scandals made an appearance on stage to play guitar for the last few songs of their set. Needless to say, Lost In Society was the upbeat powerhouse necessary to start off a show like this one and I would highly recommend checking them out.

As for Face To Face, it’s amazing how I never really listened to them before, but they instantly blew me away with an electrifying performance. For their entire set, I was on the balls off my feet – their music was a vicious stampede of sound and you didn’t really have time to take a break. It was just one hit after another. Definitely reminded me a lot of early Bouncing Souls, but if you also mixed in some Descendents from all the power driven bass licks and complex drumming at times. The punk band from Southern California has been in existence for over 25 years and has released 10 full-length records, including their latest Protection via Fat Wreck Chords. Being the veterans they are, it was pretty rad to see so many people singing along and rushing the stage to crowd surf. Being that there were no barricades either, it was an instant go ahead for any fans that dreamed of singing some songs with their punk heroes. Overall, both Lost In Society and Face To Face killed it and if you have never heard of either, you have some serious homework to do.

Thanks to Anthony for these great shots!