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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Bobby Barnett of Captain, We’re Sinking on Scranton music, family, and the NEPA Holiday Show

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Bobby Barnett of Captain, We’re Sinking on Scranton music, family, and the NEPA Holiday Show
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Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

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

In Episode 42, we sit down with Bobby Barnett, the vocalist and guitarist of Scranton/Philadelphia punk band Captain, We’re Sinking, and talk about his expectations for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” why he enjoys the prequels as well as the original trilogy, and we have him recite the lyrics to his band’s epic “Star Wars” rap that few people have ever heard.

Then we get into how he started in music, including his ska roots; embarrassing early recordings and demos that Ben Walsh from Tigers Jaw still holds onto; why the challenging recording of “The Future Is Cancelled” almost ended the band and what saved them; how Captain, We’re Sinking’s next album is coming along with the support of Run for Cover Records; the history and importance of the annual NEPA Holiday Show and the arts program it raises money for; why he believes the Scranton music scene has produced so many successful bands and the ups and downs of the local scene; enjoying his work as a substitute teacher, except when kids recognize him from his band; the worst and most ridiculous shows he has ever played; his family’s private talent shows, competitiveness, and cool younger cousin; and joining his brother Greg Barnett (vocalist and guitarist of The Menzingers) for their first-ever acoustic tour in the U.K. next year.

In The Last Word segment, we talk about the sad closing of 3 Guys and a Beer’d Brewing Company and why people should share more positive than negative stories through social media.

Captain, We’re Sinking will perform with The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Three Man Cannon, Petal, and The SW!MS at the NEPA Holiday Show this Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton). Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, see this article or listen to Episode 43 with Tom May of The Menzingers.

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Photo by Mark Dennebaum/TwentyFiveEight Studios