Sunday marked the tenth anniversary of Fall Out Boy’s classic album From Under the Cork Tree.

We won’t be getting a retrospective tour from the band however, who recently vowed in Rolling Stone to never play their classic albums straight through.

The band has plenty on their plate at the moment in any case, with their 2015 comeback effort American Beauty/American Psycho scaling the charts with an eclectic modern pop sound.

Retro Fall Out Boy.

But what is it that makes From Under the Cork Tree such a touchstone for the band, or at least, for their fans?

It was certainly their breakthrough release, marking their first top ten album and single position in the US charts.

The album captured a band fired up to make the mainstream take notice, but also not ashamed of their pop punk and hardcore roots, which gave the songs a harder-hitting edge.

Lead single Sugar, We’re Goin Down hit #8 on the US and UK charts and also features a mean guitar-slinging breakdown in the bridge. How many other bands could have pulled that off?

Fall Out Boy’s label told the band to scrap the song, citing its wordy lyrics and heavy guitars as being a barrier to radio success.

Thank God the band stuck to their guns. If you’ve ever heard the fans sing back the lyrics to the band live you know who had the right of it.

Later efforts certainly displayed an expanded sound, but with the exception of 2008’s Folie à Deux, the band rarely managed to hit the mark so consistently throughout a full-length.

From Under the Cork Tree managed to stand out from the pop punk pack with a varied palette, but it avoided becoming self-indulgent.

Neal Avron handled production duties with aplomb. The album sounds punchy and in-your-face, capturing the live feel of the band’s performances.

While the band rarely get showy with their musicianship, it’s no secret that Fall Out Boy are all excellent musicians, and great individual input drives the carefully crafted songs on the album.

From Under the Cork Tree was the second album for which bassist Pete Wentz wrote all the lyrics, and it marks the point where the band grew fully into their song-writing abilities.

The lyrics are raw and cut deep, documenting a dark time in Wentz’s life, as evidenced by suicide attempt made shortly after the album was recorded.

We’re unlikely to hear anything like it again from the band, but it’s true that the greatest artists have a tendency never to repeat themselves and their legacy is often for the better because of it.


US pop rock act Against the Current recently dropped videos for two tracks off their Gravity EP, namely Dreaming Alone and Paralyzed.

The Poughkeepsie, NY trio announced their signing to Fueled by Ramen on March 5.

This led to immediate comparisons to their new labelmates Paramore.

ATC’s heavier moments do bear a passing resemblance to Paramore’s second and third albums, although the younger band is less rooted in post-hardcore and pop punk and sits more closely in pop and indie territory.

Gravity is a six-track EP that builds on the sound established on ATC’s 2014 debut EP Infinity.

The release begins with the title track, a tour de force of pop rock song writing with frontwoman Chrissy Costanza’s high register vocals as the centrepiece.

The opener is followed by a slight lull in the tracklisting with Talk and Dreaming Alone. Talk is catchy but doesn’t stand up well to repeat listens and Dreaming Alone is a ballad that fails to take off.

Paralyzed and Fireproof heat up proceedings at the halfway point of the release, showcasing again the fireworks the band is capable of on their more upbeat numbers.

Both songs feature on-point lyrics from Chrissy, whose powerful voice and personality shine throughout the EP.

Brighter, a piano-led number, closes the EP with a change of pace and shows the band can hit hard with their slower numbers as well as their rockers.

Gravity shows an exciting young band in fine form with some big song-writing chops.

The band are scheduled to make their Fueled By Ramen debut with a full-length in early 2016, and I for one can’t wait to hear how they tackle a longer release.

The Amity Affliction are quickly becoming one of the most recognisable names in Australian heavy music. In the last 6 months they have crossed the globe, pulling extensive tours across Europe, the US and on Australia’s Soundwave Festival. They are one of few Australian metal/hardcore bands who have graced the Top 20 ARIA chart, with 2010’s Youngbloods debuting at #6. The band are due back into Australia to co-headline the Destroy Music tour with the revived I Killed The Prom Queen. I had a talk to keyboardist Trad Nathan about why punk rock is all about having a good time.

*This is a piece I did with, check out the original article here.


I’ll start off with an easy one, what’s your favourite beer?

I actually don’t drink beer. I know it sounds like the least manly, gayest thing you’ve ever heard. If I did drink beer it would be Coopers though, for sure. I do love alcohol though. I drink red wine or gin. I think I’ve just taken the next step to alcoholism *laughs*. Nah, drinking a lot of beer on tour, it definitely takes its toll on you I think. So I just stick to the spirits or the red. I don’t know how it treats my body better.

Speaking of drinking, how the hell do you get on stage night after night drunk?

We definitely drink every night on tour, but we don’t drink until we’re shitfaced. It’s just a little pre-gig ritual that we have. Our drummer Ryan, 90% of the time he won’t have a drink before we play. I dunno, drinkers drink, people who don’t drink don’t, it’s just what we do. We’re never fucking wasted so we can’t play. I think that was a big misconception of the band.

Trad Nathan live

Oh shit I’m gonna destroy your party image.

*laughs* Nah we love to party, and get us off that stage and we’ll definitely party as hard as possible. But y’know, with bigger shows comes more responsibility, and we kinda got over that shit five years ago.

Prom Queen was a big influence on The Amity Affliction in the early days,


How does it feel to be now co-headlining a tour with them?

It’s ridiculous. I never thought I’d see the day. But at the same time they broke-up and went on hiatus. A lot of their fans have gotten older. I’d say their underage fan-base may have slipped from a couple of years ago, because the kids that were 16 then, are now 18. Amity’s had a really strong couple of years, especially the last year with Soundwave and the previous tours, our all-ages is probably stronger than it’s ever been. We’re probably sitting on par in terms of how many kids we’ll draw to the tour. Though personally we don’t give a fuck where we play. I’d rather open the tour to be honest, so I can party with everyone. Headlining is an irrelevant thing. That said, it’s definitely amazing to be co-headlining with some of your best friends and a band that influenced your band.

I was lucky enough to have a chat to Jona about it last week.

Was he stoked or was he being a dickhead?

He seemed pretty keen for it. Like you he said it doesn’t really matter to him who’s headlining, but if anything he’d want Prom Queen to put on a good show and keep you guys on your toes.

Like blow us out of the water or something? *laughs* Well you’ve got to work hard for the money. Seriously this last year, I think we’ve been in the UK for the whole of December, then Europe for the whole of Febuary, then we came back and had Soundwave straight away, then we went to the States and did 35 dates straight, and we’ve only been home for a week and a half, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be fine.

I don't think I can ever do a aussie metalcore interview and resist posting the cheesy early band photos. They are always so good.

They’re coming from the opposite place, having only two weeks to rehearsal for it all.

Yeah, when I last spoke to JJ he said they only started three days ago. But they’re all talented motherfuckers, I’m sure they’ll smash it.

What’s next in terms of releases for Amity? Have you started writing the next album yet?

There’s a few ideas being thrown around, but nothing on paper just yet. I think as soon as we get this May tour out of the way we don’t have much on until October, so there’s definitely enough down-time to start writing and start getting something ready. No-one knows for when or why, but we’ll definitely be doing something.


So you’ll be working on an LP?

Oh yeah for sure, I don’t really see the point of doing EPs anymore. Although, I would like to do a split with Break Even or any good friends of ours really, and just do something like that fun in-between albums. We’ll see.

Why did you choose to release a compilation album, Glory Days? Are your first two EPs still in print?

They are but they seem to be really hard to get a hold of. So, rather than re-press everything, we just got sick of kids asking us where to get them. The packaging was more of a label thing, I would have rather have kept it separate, and I think a lot of people thought it may have been a new record when it was just a couple of un-released tracks. That’s probably more of a label thing, I don’t know what they get up to, it’s pretty dumb.

How would you have released it differently?

I definitely don’t think it was viable to split up the releases and print them from a cost point of view. I don’t bloody know, I probably just wouldn’t have just re-released them *laughs*. I would have like to seen them go to vinyl, or maybe 7”, something a little more creative.

Just before we run out of time, who are your main influences in terms of your keyboard playing? Have you had lessons?

I haven’t, no. I grew up listening to The Get Up Kids. They had a keyboard player, and I don’t how it sat with me so well, but I was just so intrigued by the keyboards, I guess it was kinda like post-hardcore back then. Then I started collecting vintage sythns, and started learning songs, and I just went from there. It was a good ten years ago now. I haven’t really had to learn anything [formally], especially in punk rock and hardcore. If you think that you’re like a shredding musician, go fucking play in a symphony orchestra. This is just about a bunch of retards that came together and just started writing songs. There’s no point in being a rock star. Punk rock is about having a good time, it doesn’t matter how good you are.

The Amity Affliction on Facebook.

That’s right, earlier this month I was lucky enough to have a chat with The Shred aka Jona Weinhofen from I Killed The Prom Queen, one of my favourite metal/ hardcore bands, through, check out the original piece here, or read on below!

Jona Weinhofen is a name you can’t miss in today’s heavy music scene. After starting I Killed The Prom Queen back in 2000, and subsequently playing in not one, but two massive international bands (Bleeding Through and Bring Me The Horizon), Jona is bringing it all back to square one by reviving Adelaide’s favourite sons I Killed The Prom Queen. The band are playing the Destroy Music tour in May with The Amity Affliction. Jona took a break after another hectic show with Bring Me The Horizon, to talk about new Prom Queen vocalist Jamie Hope, living in three countries at once and why you should never get agree to a game of soccer with Winston from Parkway.

Rock N Roll

After the Say Goodbye tour did you have plans to reform the band or is it something that only came up recently?

I wouldn’t say there were plans. But that tour was a moment of realization for everyone in the band, in terms of how good we had it and how good those shows were. It was an awesome tour that we thought ‘fuck, should we think about doing something in the future’. The Say Goodbye tour was the spawning of the idea of a reformation. That’s when we began talking about options and different ideas and timeframes and all that sort of stuff. Somehow it’s taken a period of three years to get everything set out straight and to a point where we are all happy moving forward.

Will you guys work on new material when rehearsing for the Destroy Music tour?

We’re going to have a hard enough time keeping things tight as a band. We haven’t played together in years. I don’t know whether at the rehearsal studio it’ll be like riding a bike again, or whether it’ll be like shaking off the cobwebs and trying not to suck *laughs*. But who knows, we have something like two weeks to rehearse before the tour starts, and some ideas might come about. But I don’t think we’re set out to focus on writing new material just yet. We’ve definitely set aside some time at the end of this year and the start of next year, when I have a break from Bring Me The Horizon’s tour schedule and JJ has a break from Deez Nuts, that’s when we’re looking at really getting together and collaborating on some new gear.

IKTPQ 2011: Back from the dead

I can imagine (new vocalist) Jamie’s voice being more suited to the Music For The Recently Deceased era material. Do you see the Destroy Music set focusing on MFTRD material or having quite a bit of earlier songs like the Say Goodbye tour?

There will definitely be a bit of variation. However, I think the Say Goodbye tour was in a way closing that chapter of Prom Queen. We did the tour with Crafter and we played some older stuff that he was featured on. But we’re moving forward. This is now three years on from that tour, and I’m not even sure how many of our fans that come out to see The Amity Affliction and Prom Queen are gonna know the older material. We’ll definitely bust out a few oldies for anyone there who cares or wants to hear them. But for us, it’s probably more important for us to play Music For The Recently Deceased, especially because we’re re-issuing that CD in time for the tour.

What has Sean been up to musically while Prom Queen has been on a break, apart from playing bass in Deez Nuts?

He’s dabbled in a few projects. But when Prom Queen decided to call it quits or go on hiatus, whatever you want to call it, back in 2007, he was happy to take a break and chill out a bit. He had a steady girlfriend at the time, and he just wanted to lay low for a bit. He did a few bands in Perth with some guys over there. He wrote some acoustic material that he never really did anything with. That was his time to chill out I guess, while everyone else wanted to start something new or join other bands and keep rocking.

The man they call Teh Shred

How do you find living in England? Have you been picking up English habits like drinking endless cups of tea and keeping tabs on the royals?

I definitely do drink more tea than I ever had before, it’s kinda weird *laughs*. But, technically I don’t live here, which is also very strange. I never actually moved here, I don’t have a place that I live when I’m over here. The only time I’ve ever really spent here was when we were writing the new album for Bring Me The Horizon, and that was only a period for about three months, and for a lot of that time we rented a manor and went up there to write. Outside of that, I’ve been staying with my girlfriend who lives in Norway, which is another obscure place. However it’s pretty central for me, in terms of being close to England and being close to the band, it’s only a two-hour flight, so I can easily get there and do any press or anything that I need to do. I’ve basically been living between Norway and Adelaide. And I don’t get to come back to Australia too often, so I wouldn’t even say I live in Adelaide. I’m more of a couch surfer these days.

Loud noises!

I saw Oslo on your Myspace and wondered what the deal was.

Yeah *laughs*. That’s probably where I’ve spent the most time off-tour in the last two years.

At the Bristol gig Bring Me The Horizon played some acoustic songs. How did that go down, how does Bring Me The Horizon sound acoustic? Which songs did you do?

It definitely wasn’t glamorous *laughs*. We had a power cut and the whole venue was evacuated and the venue basically decided to cancel the show. There was an angry mob of 1600 punters outside of our bus, and we’re like ‘shit, are they going to riot, or are they going to be cool, or are they just going to home and disperse’. There were a few kids yelling. Some police decided to show up and we’re like ‘holy shit, what’s going to go on here’. We just came up with this funny idea to jump on this cargo container that was out in the parking lot next to the venue and play some acoustic songs. A lot of Bring Me The Horizon is pretty heavy but there are a few melodic songs that can translate into acoustic music. We got up there and we thought it was something kinda funny that we could do for fans that missed out on the gig. It turned out we’ve rescheduled the gig for this Tuesday anyway, so they still get to see us. It was just one of those weird, one-off ideas that we decided to go with at the time.

Jona with Bring Me The Horizon

Jamie Hope’s vocal style in The Red Shore is obviously very death-metal influenced, how do you see it fitting in with Prom Queen? Do you think we’ll see a different side to his vocals, as he’s working in a more melodic band?

It’s been so long since we’ve written stuff that no-one really knows what anything new is going to sound like. Jamie’s fairly versatile as a vocalist. We’ve had one rehearsal with him a few weeks ago, when I was back in the country for Soundwave with Bring Me The Horizon. It sounded cool and we asked him to do a few different things, a few different sounds and styles. Like you said, his voice his voice is going to work really well with the material from Music For The Recently Deceased, but he’s versatile enough that he can change it around if we decide to write stuff which sounds crazily different, which I can’t really see happening.

Did you consider asking (In Trenches/ Day Of Contempt vocalist) Ben Coyte to do vocals for Prom Queen?

Yeah that was definitely an idea that came about, around two years ago. And he again has a really unique style of voice, and we weren’t sure that his voice would work so much with the style of music that we were playing more recently. He’s a good mate of ours and it was an idea that got talked about. He’s a bit older again, and he’s had his fair share of touring and doing bands and we weren’t sure that he’d even want to do a band like that

Jona back in the MFTRD Prom Queen era

How is Matt’s hand? How is the Bring Me The Horizon set going with Dan (Architects) on the kit?

*laughs* Yeah it’s not bad. It was a bit rough the first day. Dan only had about 45 minutes to learn our entire set. Matt’s been told he’s still got a couple of weeks before he can get his cast off, and it’ll be six week before he regains full mobility and can play the drums again. So he’s out, but luckily we have a whole month off after this tour. He might be out for the first few European festivals we have coming up after the break. Like you said, Dan’s filling in for us on drums, and he’s done a really awesome job. We played Brixton Academy last night to 5000 people, and there wasn’t too many stuff-ups, which was wicked *laughs*.

Did you consider asking Ben from Parkway to play drums?

Yeah, well our first thought was to ask all three drummers on the tour to learn a few songs each. But, we’ve done so much touring with Architects that Dan was fairly confident that he could play the whole set, and he’s a bit of a fan of the band as well, so he knew the songs fairly well already. Like I said, he had 45 minutes to learn the set and he pretty much pulled it off on that first night, so that’s why we decided to stick with the one guy.

What comics have you been reading lately?

I’m reading one called Crossed and it is fucking gnarly. It’s sort of a zombie theme, but it doesn’t even name it as a virus. It’s about a bunch of people who spread this condition through any kind of bodily fluids, so if they spit into your face, you immediately turn into one of them. They are referred to as The Crossed, and they have this weird infection on their face in the shape of a cross. Basically, it turns you insane and they go around pillaging and raping anyone that’s anywhere is near them. It’s about a small group of survivors that are trying to travel from southern America all the way up to Alaska to escape these crazy people. It’s one of the most violent comics I’ve read.

Verrry old Prom Queen. haha. Aussie metalcore reprezent.

Will Amity be playing last on all the Destroy Music dates?

We’ve agreed to let them close the tour for a number of reasons. The tour already existed before Prom Queen were ever added. It was basically Amity’s headline tour, and they offered for I Killed The Prom Queen to do the tour, and we had a talk about who should be closing the tour. We agreed that it was fine for them to close the tour. We’ve decided to do co-billing, which basically means the name’s the same size on the poster and we get the same amount of beers every night. We were fine with that, we didn’t mind playing second to last every night. If anything, hopefully we put on a wicked show and they’re the ones who have to go out and top that.

Have you had much time to hang out with the Parkway guys on your UK tour?

I float between our dressing room and theirs every day. Their tour manager Webber, not sure if you know him, he’s from Adelaide. I’ve been good mates with him for about 11 years. I hang out with him a lot. And there was the infamous match where Matt broke his hand, that was between Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive. They were just playing soccer out in the field by the venue. Winston from Parkway kicked the ball and clipped Matt Nicolls’ hand with his foot.

A# is a somewhat unusual tuning to be playing in. Why do you choose to play in A# in Bring Me The Horizon?

I don’t even know *laughs*. Horizon has always had pretty low tunings, and I guess when they wrote Suicide Season they experimented a bit more. There is a few different tunings we use for various songs. The way we decide how it’s going to be tuned is just the vibe of the song as we are writing it. We tried writing a few riffs in a certain tuning and it sounded strange, so we just tried it in a different tuning and it sounded better and felt better. The new material is in three different tunings: C standard, drop A# and drop G, which is ultra low, we only have a few songs in G. It’s cool to change things up, it keeps things fresh. It’s weird, you can play a guitar in the same tuning, and when you are writing stuff you seem to get the same ideas over and over, and as soon as you change one little thing, such as tuning your guitar down a step, or experimenting with different open chord tunings, it opens you up to a whole new world of writing different kinds of music. I guess that’s one of the reasons the band experiment with different tunings, it sheds a bit of new light on the writing process.


What was the tuning you used in Prom Queen material?

Everything prior to Music For The Recently Deceased was drop C, and Music For The Recently Deceased was recorded in drop B.

Were you disappointed to hear of Carpathian’s hiatus?

Being a friend to a lot of those guys and knowing them fairly well, it was something that I saw as a long time coming. Even just watching from afar and looking at with their touring schedule over the last few years, and seeing it slowly taper off until the point where they almost weren’t touring at all. So when they announced it, I just thought ‘alright, yeah, that’s not really that much of a surprise.’ They will probably start new bands or do exactly what the guys from Prom Queen did, take a break and go off and enjoy other bands and start other ventures.

The revived Prom Queen, shot this week at Billboards in Melbourne.

Eating good food isn’t easy on the road, is it a challenge to find decent vegan meals in a different city every night?

I’ve got that sweet iPhone app that tells you where all the restaurants are nearby and health food stores and stuff like that. With Bring Me The Horizon where at a point where we can request certain things on our catering rider and most of the time we get what we ask for. There is never a shortage of vegan sliced meat and cheeses. I manage to eat fairly healthy on tour, we’ve got plenty of salad, fruit, veg and stuff to make sandwiches with. I picked up some vegemite from a store over here the other day, and I had some of that on crumpets yesterday, so I’m doing alright!

Do you get all your tattoo work done with Derek Noble in Seattle now?

More or less. I’ve been tattooed by a few different people since, but that’s been little bits and pieces. All my pieces have been done by him since 2008, when I first got my sleeve and my left hand done by him. I’ve admired his work for years and when I finally realised I was going to be near him long enough to start getting big tattoos done by him I kinda fell in love with his style even more. I haven’t really found anyone else who I really care about tattooed enough by. Plus I’m old now and I hate getting tattooed. Getting tattooed once a year by Derek Noble when I’m on tour in the states is fine by me.

I don't think this even needs a caption. lol

Several Destroy Music shows have already sold-out, leading to more dates being added. Where you expecting such a response to the revived Prom Queen so many years after you were last active?

Honestly, I try not to have any expectations. Especially with Prom Queen, because it’s been so long since we’ve been active or played any shows or anything. For us to come into this tour to expect everything to be sold out and for us to be massive, would be dumb, especially if it didn’t happen and it’d just lead to disappointment. It’s really cool that the shows are selling out. I didn’t doubt whether it would go well because of how well Amity Affliction are doing. Especially after seeing them perform on Soundwave fest when I was there with Horizon. Seeing them kill it every night, I was like ‘oh well, this tour in May, even without Prom Queen it would go fine with these guys cause they are killing it at the moment’.

I Killed The Prom Queen on Facebook.
Bring Me The Horizon on Facebook.

I shot some footage at the Arthouse for the Amenta headline tour. They were spreading their particular brand of blackened death metal across the country on their national V01D tour, and I also captured some intense footage from French band Hypno5e. Again the quality isn’t stellar, although the vibe created by both bands is quite cool, they are indeed unique. Hypno5e have a really cool take on experimental metal, going from sample-drenched ambience one minute to shredding tech djent to the next. Amazing musicians.

The Amenta, looking suspiciously like Genocide Organ

Also, I recently wrote up a piece on live music for Funproject, which includes some of the footage I’ve posted here. Have a read here. It’s just basically talking about why seeing live music is a worthwhile and underrated pursuit.

The Arthouse footage:

Check them out online if you want to hear their recorded output instead of my shoddy video footage haha:
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– Hypno5e –

I shot these videos at the East Brunswick Club. They feature Defeater from Boston and Miles Away from Perth (who were headlining the show strangely enough). Both bands play melodic hardcore and are in absolutely top form here. The quality is far from perfect admittedly.

Defeater. It's in black and white is so you know it's srs bsns.

Empty Glass is from Defeater’s latest album Empty Days & Sleepless Nights, which is an absolutely killer piece of hardcore, check it out if you haven’t already. Prophet In Plain Clothes is one of the best tracks from their debut, Travels. Anywhere is from Miles Away’s latest album, 2010’s Endless Roads

Italian power metal maestros Rhapsody Of Fire are streaming a new song, Tornado, on their Myspace page.

Feel the power ladies, Rhapsody Of Fire are in town.

The following message from the band was made public on the Nuclear Blast website:

“Today we are proud to present you ‘Tornado’, another song from our forthcoming album ‘From Chaos To Eternity’, a new appetizer before you can taste the whole last chapter of the fantasy cycle started with out first release ‘Legendary Tales’ in the far 1997. You can listen to it from our website’s player under, as well as

From Chaos To Eternity album art

“The tablature of the Luca Turilli’s guitar solo of Tornado will be available, together with a great bonus track, in the limited edition of the same album, in the exclusive limited edition and in the vinyl version too. Both limited editions and the vinyl will also contain a super extra-large booklet of 48 pages, something astonishing realized for this unique and important event.”

Fans can pre-order the album from the Nuclear Blast online store.