On this episode of Analog Smile, Sherry speaks with Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner from the band Anvil and the director of the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Sacha Gervasi (Hitchcock/My Dinner with Hervé). The film follows the Canadian heavy-metal icons Anvil who would inspire the likes of Anthrax and Metallica, and then drop off the map to begin what would become decades of toiling in obscurity. Director and former roadie Sacha Gervasi followed guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner as they stumbled through a harrowing European tour and reflected on failure, friendship, resilience and the will to follow even the most impossible of dreams. Sherry, Sacha, Steve, and Robb chat about this and much more! Check out anvilthefilm.com for more information and tickets. Visit Anvil on Facebook for tour dates and music.
On this episode of Analog Smile, Sherry speaks with Michael Ferentino from Love In Reverse, Bedtime For Robots, and many other projects. In the mid 90s, Michael Ferentino and Andres Karu, the New York/New Jersey based dark electronic art rock duo known as DOG, performed and gained an impressive following in some of the most iconic NY and NJ clubs including CBGB, the Bitter End, the Stone Pony and the Limelight. DOG quickly evolved into the 3-piece indie/art rock/space rock band Love in Reverse and signed with Jon and Marsha Zazula’s Crazed Management (former owners of Megaforce Records). That led the band to a lucrative deal with Warner/Reprise Records. Love in Reverse recorded three critically acclaimed albums with Warner/Reprise (two with legendary producer Russ Titelman and one mixed by Grammy Award Winner, Jason Corsaro and co produced by NIN producer, John Fryer). In 1996 and 1997, they toured with the likes of Gravity Kills, Stabbing Westward, Republica, and the Cult’s Ian Astbury. They also played several radio festivals performing with artists ranging from the Spin Doctors and Tonic to The Deftones and Joan Jett. The band’s video for “I’m a Contradiction” was featured on MTV’s 120 minutes and the video for “Blueprint for a Possible Song” was included on the sampler DVD for Sony’s first commercially available DVD player. Love in Reverse was featured with Peter Frampton on ABC. After three albums with Warner/Reprise, Love in Reverse disbanded and evolved once more into the Amazing Meet Project, a band which has been described by Matt Pinfield of MTVs 120 Minutes as “putting the alternative in alternative rock!” During this period, Ferentino and Karu scored the Kevin Smith produced thriller “A Better Place,” a realistically violent film that has become an underground cult classic. Their music was also featured in “Time of Your Life,” the “Party of Five” television spin-off starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and multiple MTV specials. Among a number of positive media articles featuring the band, Rolling Stone named Love in Reverse as one of 6 new promising bands of 1996. Over the next few years, Ferentino and Karu experimented with a myriad of projects, including the noisy lo-fi electronic garage band, Corduroy Poo-Poo, the spoken word experiment, Speak the Worms, the Diablo Project with Jai Diablo from Interscope Records sludge rock/stoner metal band, Dragpipe, and the electronic ambient/experimental outfit, Bedtime for Robots. In 2002, they teamed up with The Wonder Stuff front-man Miles Hunt for a collaboration dubbed the Miles Hunt Club. Karu also went on to become drummer and producer for the Wonder Stuff in the mid ‘00s while Dave Halpern played drums for multiple artists including the Bee Gees. Ferentino continued with Bedtime for Robots, releasing several acclaimed albums and tracks throughout the 2010s and into the 2020s. Bedtime for Robots were featured in Fangoria Magazine and their music has been consistently featured on DOOMED Radio, Soma FM and multiple worldwide underground Internet radio shows. In 2020, during the initial lockdown of the Coronavirus pandemic, Ferentino, Karu and Halpern put finishing touches on an album they had been secretly working on for the past couple of years and self-released the reformed Love in Reverse album, I’m an Illusion, which brought them to the attention of Ferentino’s childhood friend and owner of Dada Drumming Records, an independent label from Texas which specialized in noise, sludge rock and stoner metal. Looking to expand the horizons of the label, Dada Drumming signed the band, now focusing on a return to their guitar-driven indie art rock sound. In 2021, the band put the finishing touches on their newly recorded and strongest album to date, Fake It. Sherry and Michael chat about Love In Reverse, Bedtime For Robots, the art of making music videos on a budget, and much more! Check out Love In Reverse on Facebook for more information.
On this episode of Analog Smile, Sherry speaks with Christian Swain. He’s the co-founder, producer, and CEO of Pantheon Podcasts, a fantastic rock and roll podcast network He’s the producer and host of Rock N Roll Archaeology, the complete history of rock music, a podcast that takes an in-depth look at rock and roll with culture and technology that influenced it. In addition, Christian is lead vocalist and plays guitar for Tinman, performing the greatest classic and modern rock dance hits from the 70’s to present day. Sherry and Christian chat about the creation of Pantheon Podcasts, Rock N Roll Archaeology, and much more! Be sure to listen for an exclusive announcement! Check out Pantheon Podcasts for more information.
On this episode of Analog Smile, Sherry speaks with Jeff Gaudiosi. Jeff interviews and photographs bands for his website Misplaced Straws. You can listen to compelling conversations with musical artists such as Steve Lukather, Jeff Scott Soto, Felix Cavaliere, and many others on his podcast with the same name. Sherry and Jeff talk about his podcast and website, experiences with interview subjects, and much more! Check out misplacedstraws.com for details.
On this episode of Analog Smile, Sherry speaks with Bree Powell from Sygnal To Noise. Sygnal To Noise released their latest album 'Human Condition' on Dark Star Records June 3rd, 2022. Their mission is to help bring rock ‘n’ roll to modern fans and back to its former glory on mainstream radio once again. They have been greatly inspired and influenced by bands like Queen, KISS, Alice Cooper and David Bowie, for their showmanship and visuals with a blend of such bands as Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam for their songwriting and vocal styles. Sygnal To Noise has been together since 2013 and have opened for quite a few bands including King’s X, Sebastian Bach, Warrant, L.A. Guns, Lita Ford, and many others. Sherry and Bree chat about the new album and much more! Visit sygnaltonoise.com for information.
On this episode of Analog Smile, Sherry speaks with Christopher Martin and Chris Phillips from IAMDYNAMITE. The anthemic noise duo are Michigan high school friends raised on the Seattle sound and 80s pop – anything with a beat that makes them move is an influence. IAMDYNAMITE has been touring the US consistently since 2008, and have been selling out headlining club dates. Sherry, Christopher, and Chris chat about their latest single, future plans, and much more! Check out iamdynamite.com for more information.
On this episode of Analog Smile, Sherry speaks with Carl Canedy. For over 40 years, Carl Canedy has been the drummer for The Rods. He spent the better part of the 80s producing such legendary acts as Anthrax, Overkill, and others. In addition, he stays busy with the bands Canedy and The 450s. Sherry and Carl chat about his current projects and much more! Check out canedyband.com, therods.com, and the450s.com for information.
On this episode of Analog Smile, Sherry speaks with Dan Reagan, author of Classic Rock Songs Revealed Volumes 1 & 2. In the two volume set, Billy Joel, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, Tom Johnston, James Pankow, Gordon Lightfoot and more than 45 other songwriters and producers share what went into the writing and recording of over 270 classic rock & folk songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Sherry and Dan chat about the books, his career in sports television, and much more! Check out classicrocksongsrevealed.com for details.
On this episode of Analog Smile, Sherry speaks with Al Melchior, the host of You, Me, and An Album. On every episode of the podcast, a guest introduces him to an album they love but that he doesn't know. Sherry and Al chat about You, Me, and An Album, podcasting, and much more! Check out You, Me, and An Album for more information.