NEPA SCENE PODCAST: NEPA Metal Meltdown in Pittston with Beyond Fallen and SpaceJunk
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Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; and Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and nepascene.com.
In Episode 54, Rich talks about the third annual NEPA Metal Meltdown in Pittston with festival co-founder Steve Jasuilewicz, who is also the guitarist for Wilkes-Barre heavy metal band Beyond Fallen, and vocalist Jane Threat and guitarist “Metal” Alan Rowsdower of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metal/crust punk group SpaceJunk. They discuss getting into metal music, what the local metal scene is like, the difficulties Steve ran into while putting together the 2016 festival, the small number of venues left in the area that will host metal shows, why it’s difficult to bring mid-sized acts into the area, Beyond Fallen’s upcoming album, creating original music out of passion rather than for money, old school promotion versus social media, seeing past musical genres, the recent incident when Disturbed called out a fan for being on her phone during their show, how metal became more mainstream, band recommendations, and what’s in store for Metal Meltdown this year.
In The Last Word segment, we talk about Bruce Springsteen’s decision to cancel his concert in North Carolina because of its discriminatory transgender bathroom law and respond to some “tough guy” Facebook commenters who took issue when NEPA Scene shared his statement on our wall.
NEPA Metal Meltdown is this Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at Diane’s Deli & Internet Cafe (206 S. Main St., Pittston) and features performances by SpaceJunk, Earthmouth, Suicide Conspiracy, Corners of Sanctuary, Assayer, Beyond Fallen, Dying Eyes of Sloth, Ember’s Fall, Psychoprism, Toothless, and Shallow Ground. Get the details here or visit the official website and Facebook page for more information.
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by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, practicing poet, adequate photographer, and podcast co-host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.