PUNK BLACK: Valkyrie Edition Photos and Interview

PUNK BLACK Valkyrie Edition was a showcase  of female fronted bands at The Mammal Gallery in downtown Atlanta.  This monthly event is orchestrated by Von Phoenix.

Punk Black is for every person that has so rarely seen themselves in the punk rock music they love so much. It’s for every person that thought they couldn’t be interested in or listen to rock because they just didn’t come from the right lineage. Punk Black is a monthly event that showcases awesome music and art by people of any colour.” – Von Phoenix

The Mammal Gallery is nestled in the southern shadows of Atlanta’s downtown.  I expected to find the walls adorned with art but they were only adorned with two pieces of art: a neon sign in bubble letters and an odd collection of animal antlers.  It’s seems, as the name implies, that the actual art work in this gallery are the mammals both on the stage and in the audience.

In Norse mythology the Valkyries select half of those who die on the battle field to go to Odin’s hall, Valhalla. The other half go to Freyja’s field Fólkvangr.  Tonight at The Mammal Gallery I felt as if I were one of those Norse heroes tossing back mead as the skalds and poets took to the stage in Valhalla to raise tribute to the gods. Tonight the skalds, poets and musicians on the stage were: Cute PukePussyfootSound DetourBillion Dollar Baby; and HOWLING STAR.

Cute Puke Photos

Pussyfoot Photos

Members: Jamera Simmons – Vocals; Julio Miranda – Guitar; Chad Black – Drums; and  Monty Conner – Bass

Sound Detour

Members: Carmen Meadows – Vocals; Bryan Caruso – Guitars/Vocals; Nicholas Gossic – Drums and Tim Eiss – Bass/Vocals.

Interview with Sound Detour

What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?

[Bryan]
My very first album i ever bought was Appetite for Distraction and GnR Lies by Guns n Roses.

[Tim]
The first album I got was Dookie by Green Day, which my dad gave to me when I was in middle school.

[Carmen]
The first album I ever had in my personal music library was Head Bangers Ball vol.2

[Nick]
I think the first album I ever bought was a tape cassette of Bush’s debut Sixteen Stone.

What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?

[Bryan]
The most recent album I purchased was American Apathy Reloaded by the band Dope. I have been meaning to get this album for years since the singer of the band gave me a promo CD when I met him at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans about 10 years ago.

[Tim]
My most recent addition was The Comforts of Madness by Pale Saints. It’s a shoe gazing album from the 90’s and it’s pretty chill and laid-back.

[Carmen]
The latest addition is Oceania by the Birthday Massacre.

[Nick]
The 2 latest albums by the Japanese band Blue Encount…..”Band of Destination” and “Noisy Slugger”.

What was your first live music experience? Which venue and which artist(s)?

[Bryan]
The first concert I ever went to was Duran Duran. The special guest bands were the Cranberries, C.C. Deville from Poison and I think Brian Adams. This was at the UNO Lakefront arena. I don’t really have any interesting to say about it. However my first punk show ever was Hole and Veruca Salt, The Doll Parts Tour.  It was at the Rendon Inn in New Orleans and the venue was an old airplane hanger. I remember Hole played 3 hours later than they were suppose to because they decided to get wasted in the French Quarter and forgot they were suppose to play a show. It was one bad ass show I must say! I actually caught one of the dolls she threw into the crowd at the end of the show, which i still have.

[Tim]
When I was 14 I saw the Foo Fighters at a stadium in Charlotte, NC. It blew my mind out of my pants.  I knew for sure after the show that I wanted to be a punk rocker.

[Carmen]
My first real concert experience was here in Georgia at the Masquerade. The bands playing were I Killed the Prom Queen, Aiden, He Is Legend, Norma Jean and Silverstein.

[Nick]
My earliest memory is seeing U2 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.

If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?

[Bryan]
I would cover Punk in Drublic by NOFX. It’s one bad ass album. It’s one of those albums I can listen to from start to finish every time.

[Tim]
I would definitely cover Closer by Joy Division. It is one of my all time favorite albums and the textures and layers it creates with the instrumentation is so ethereal and it would be amazing if I could replicate that sound.

[Carmen]
I’m not too sure Famous Monsters by the Misfits would be pretty cool though.

[Nick]
I think 311’s blue album would be fun to play all the way through.

What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?

[Bryan]
Hard to say. I would most likely choose a punk band but punk rock is not really meant to be something that everyone listens too. It’s what makes it so special. If i had to choose an album, I would say Sound Detour’s album, of course, when it gets released. It’s going to be a multitude of so many different influences and a good mixture of punk, grunge, indie and a little bit of funky dancy stuff so it should oddly fit in with so many categories.

[Tim]
I wish more people had The Replacements in the library. They are just a great rock band that seems to get music and life in general. They combine great hooky guitar riffs with clever and relatable lyrics, which is generally something most bands lack.

[Carmen]
Strangely enough, Melissa Etheridge. Her lyrics are by far the most powerful and creative ones I’ve heard put to music and she has a way of finding the emotions that are hard to manifest into thought or anything material.

[Nick]
Tool.  People who know and appreciate their music and have seen them live know what I’m talking about.

Where do you draw your inspiration for your music?

[Bryan]
My inspirations come from drinking Absinthe and Chartreuse. It helps me come in contact with these aliens that tell me what i should write.

[Tim]
Well mostly I draw my inspiration from what goes on around me and others in my life. I also acquire much inspiration from, of course, other musicians, movies, books, and other forms of art.

[Carmen]
Experiences, friends, feelings and random thoughts kinda get me going. Also, influence from my favorite bands or Bryan, Nick, and Tim can pick my brain to create something awesome.

[Nick]
Everything that sounds good to me, doesn’t matter what genre, country or time it comes from.

What impact do you feel that your music has on your fans?

[Bryan]
I think our music is something that helps people open their minds because we all come from so many different styles of musical backgrounds and we combine those influences together without any direction of a certain style of music. We hope that everyone who attends a Sound Detour show feels like they belong because no one should feel out of place. Having different styles of music in our set list helps make everyone fit in.

[Tim]

I think our music has made people realize that there is still heart and soul in music. That there is hope in the world of rock music and there is something better than what is on the radio nowadays.

[Carmen]
I really hope our music gives people hope and clarity in whatever battle they have in their lives. You know, that voice at three a.m. that we had growing up when life seems to just suck.

[Nick]
As a drummer you always want people listening to your music to be tapping their toes and bobbing their heads.  If it makes them move, then I feel like I’m doing a good job.

How would you best describe your music to someone that has never heard your music?

[Bryan]
Our music comes straight from our hearts and depending on what we are writing about is what style of music we write around it to express the emotions behind the lyrics.

[Tim]
I would say what our name implies, our music detours from one genre to the other and that our music has a core punk rock ethic.

[Carmen]
Different, angry, and fun with a little insanity.

[Nick]
Punk rock with a grunge/alternative twist.

What can we expect to hear from Sound Detour in the future?

[Bryan]
We are soon to have an album out. Hopefully, by the end of this summer. Hopefully at one point in time we will be a well known band and we can afford to quit our crappy jobs so we can just focus on our music.

[Tim]
A new album sometime in the near future and hopefully many more to come.

[Carmen]
An Album, new great songs, maybe another tour and plenty of cookies!

[Nick]
Energetic and fun songs that you would love to hear and experience live.