NEPA SCENE PODCAST: The music and friendships of Scranton metal band Behind the Grey
Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the NEPA Scene Podcast presents honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The live, multi-camera show streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and is hosted by Rich Howells, editor and founder of NEPA Scene; Brittany Boote, owner of Boote Photography Studio in Forty Fort; and Johnny Popko, the senior marketing consultant at local radio stations Alt 92.1, Rock 107, and ESPN Radio. Viewers are encouraged to tune in during each hour-long episode and interact during the Facebook Live stream so that the hosts can address comments and answer questions as they come in.
We discuss their musical origins and how they’ve developed into their current incarnation; lineup changes, long friendships, and each member’s contributions to the band; the music business and the importance of learning from past mistakes; signing with the Inner Light Agency in Los Angeles and the benefits of having professional management; writing new music for their upcoming EP, “Treason,” and its inspirations; memories of playing at their favorite venues locally and nationally; a benefit show personal to drummer Mike Boniewicz that he organized called Concert for Casen benefit that they’re playing this Sunday, June 25 at Oak Street Express (610 N. Main St., Taylor), and more. We also answer some questions and comments from live viewers with a little ball busting in between.
In The Last Word segment, we talk about local high school student Peter Butera, the valedictorian and president of Wyoming Area Secondary School’s Class of 2017 who made national news and appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” after going off-script with his graduation speech last Friday, criticizing the Wyoming Area School District administration before the principal cut his mic. We debate if he did the right thing by expressing what many students were thinking and read comments from viewers made before and during the show.
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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.