Alternative Discussion West with Ryan Banks

Alternative Discussion West brings in depth interviews and gives a glimpse into the flourishing underground art and music world. Host Ryan Banks evokes guests to reveal what really drives them in their craft and guides listeners through a history often untold.
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Oct 18, 2017

On Episode 11 of Alternative Discussion West, Kevin "KT" Treat enters the studio to share his story. Growing up in Manteca, KT finds an early love for music while playing bass in a cover band around town. In his early 20's KT teams up with booking group "The Core" out of Stockton to bring bands like AFI and Screw 32 to their town. Forming the band, The Oozzies, brings KT to Tacoma, WA and opens him up to the fast life on the road. When sobriety enters KT's life he finds himself busy and happy being part of the bands Year Of The Fist and Twin Screw Steamer out of Oakland.

Music in this episode brought to you by Year Of The Fist and Twin Screw Steamer.

Oct 5, 2017

On Episode 10 of Alternative Discussion West, Aaron "Rev" Peters shares his story. Moving around a lot as a kid lands Rev in Enumclaw, WA where he dives into playing music and creating a buzz on college radio with his band Rocket in My Pocket. After dropping out of High School and touring in bands, Pistol For a Paycheck and Rough Chucker, Rev and gang end up forming the punk rock mainstays, SUCCESS. We hear about how touring with 7Seconds and Swingin' Utters taught Rev some inspiring lessons and helped fuel his passion. Rev also talks about how booking a show for The Lawrence Arms in Seattle helps land SUCCESS' latest record, "Radio Recovery", on Red Scare Industries. Stick around till the end for a special in studio performance of the SUCCESS classic, "Quarter Life Crisis"

Music in this episode is on the SUCCESS record "Radio Recovery" which can be found on ITunes.
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Sep 29, 2017

On Episode 9 of Alternative Discussion West host Ryan Banks invites Brian Lucchesi in to the studio. Brian begins his story by reflecting on the bands and venues he found inspiring while growing up in the river town of Antioch, Ca. Shortly after discovering the underground scene Brian teams up with his high school friends to start the band No Remorse. Recording and playing music becomes a way of life for Brian as he connects the dots of his bands The Fifth, Hollowhed and how he ends up joining Bloodshot and Dilated. We finally get to Black Water Birth, Brians current brutal grind metal project with many familiar faces of the bay scene. Music in this episode is brought to you by Black Water Birth.

Listen in to the entire Black Water Birth catalog here

Aug 1, 2017

On episode 8 of Alternative Discussion West Aaron Bruski joins Ryan in studio to tell his story. Aaron finds community inside skateboarding and music while growing up in Alpena, MI. After attaining his degree in video productions from Lansing Community College, Aaron takes us on a 2,000 mile road trip that lands him living in Martinez, CA working at the Persian News Network. We hear about the bands Aaron has
played in since relocating to the bay area bringing us to his current project Dearly Divided. With 20 plus years involved in music, skating and video a dream in realized as Aaron helps with editing and filming the documentary, A Fat Wreck.  Lastly we hear about what's coming up for DD as they prepare to release their second record, "So Much For New Beginnings" out soon on Felony Records.

Music in this episode provided by Dearly Divided

Jun 30, 2017

On episode lucky number 7 of Alternative Discussion West host Ryan Banks welcomes friend Shane Hendry. Growing up in the small California town of El Centro, Shane mows lawns to buy his first drum kit and switches high schools to stay in his band Ransom Report. College then takes Shane to San Diego where he starts the bands Eskera and From Scars with whom he tours the US + Mexico. After graduating college at San Diego State, Shane makes the move to the bay area and forms his new musical outlet Reunions.  Stick around till the end of the podcast for an unreleased Reunions track called "Aching Waits"

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May 2, 2017

On the sixth episode of Alternative Discussion West host Ryan Banks welcomes Jared Stinson.  Jared starts the conversation by talking about growing up in Orange County, acquiring his first guitar and his very short time spent at Chico State.  We then dive into the nearly 20 years of Sic Waiting history.  Jared talks about his time tour managing for Conflict and Angelic Upstarts and we connect the dots between his work as a TM and Punk Rock Bowling.  Finally we get into Jared's acoustic identity Dead Frets and touch on the album "True South" now available on Felony Records.  Stick around to the end as we get to enjoy a in studio version of the Dead Frets song "Maybe".

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Apr 24, 2017

On the fifth episode of Alternative Discussion West host Ryan Banks welcomes his old friend Tony Shrum.  Tony begins the chat by talking about being born in Germany, working in his Uncle's guitar shop and moving around a lot as a kid. We then dive into Tony's experience as a sound engineer and how he exchanged snail mail with inmates while interning at AMP Magazine.  Tony then tells us about his day to day work co-piloting New Noise Magazine and how he joined the team at La Escalera Records and Earshot Media.  This episode contains music by Caskitt, Western Settings and Reunions.

New Noise Magazine 

La Escalera Records

Mar 18, 2017

On the fourth episode of AD West, host Ryan Banks welcomes his longtime friend Sean Stepp.  Sean kicks off the conversation by talking about growing up in the far east bay and just what it took to make his pilgrimage from Byron to 924 Gilman Street.  We then explore his many musical ventures before joining Civil War Rust.  Sean tells us about what his experience was recording "The Fun & The Lonely" and "Help Wanted" with engineer Willie Samuels. Finally we dig into DIY and why it seems to be a recurring theme for CWR.

Feb 11, 2017

On the third episode of AD West, host Ryan Banks welcomes Casey Fitzpatrick of The Lucky Eejits.  Casey talks about going to catholic school at De La Salle, playing shows at The Mutiny in Antioch, touring Europe and releasing their new record on Felony Records.  We also hear about how the Eejits kept the band going after losing their bass player to a senseless act of violence after a gig in Oakland.  This episode includes music from The Lucky Eejits album "Do It Again" and is dedicated to the memory of Emilio Nevarez.


Jan 3, 2017

On the second episode of Alternative Discussion West, host Ryan Banks invites  Kevin Skalba to share his story.  Kevin talks about growing up in Cleveland, hosting his own college radio show and all the work that goes into putting on a music festival.  Kevin also talks about how taking a job with Sony Music, brings him to the bay area at a time when the way we listen to music is going through some big changes.  This episode includes music from the False Positives album "Departures" Drop by and check out False Positives at


Nov 29, 2016

On the first episode of Alternative Discussion West, host Ryan Banks invites his friend Glenn Schon AKA "Peepeehed" to share his story. Glenn's rich history as a tattoo artist and time spent in the Bay Area metal scene takes listeners deep into Oakland and San Francisco's underground. Glenn also speaks about recently relocating to Germany and his current musical project Dry Well. This episode includes music from Avail, Sturgill Simpson and Dry Well.

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