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
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"
Reunions : https://reunionsband.bandcamp.com
Design : http://www.shanehendry.com
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".
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 http://www.newnoisemagazine.com/
La Escalera Records http://www.laescaleradistro.com/
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.
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.
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
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.
Drop by and check out Glenn's art at http://peepeehed.blogspot.com/