The Orwells Interview 12.11.17

Imagine being 16 again. The year is 2013 and Snowden has recently leaked documents about U.S. mass-surveillance programs. You and your friends decide last-minute to drive to Eagle Rock, catch a couple bands, and be delinquents. As you step into the former church, a haze of smoke fills the air while Jeff the Brotherhood blares over speakers. Suddenly, the music cuts out and The Orwells step onstage. Chords permeate through the repurposed church as the mostly underage crowd moshes in rhythm to “Who Needs You”. At the end of the show, the frontman, Mario Cuomo, climbs onto the rafters above the crowd and dives headfirst into a sea of teenagers.

This was my first time seeing The Orwells live.

The Orwells are a rock band composed of five members who graduated high school early to pursue their love of music. The band started out with a destructive stage presence, at times getting into altercations with venue security and staff. When I had the chance to catch them live at The Troubadour in ’14, Mario was arguing with security for stopping teenagers from moshing during their set. This was what really drew me towards the band. The Orwells stood for rebellion, and they didn’t just go against the grain, they ripped through it. With powerful lyrics such as:

You better pledge allegiance; you’re not the only one. Listen up forefathers; I’m not your son. You better save the country, you better pass the flask, you better join the army, I said no thank you dear old Uncle Sam.

While the band has calmed down in some ways, they still put on an amazing show no matter where they go. From their run with The Arctic Monkeys in 2014, Weezer in early 2017, and The Pixies in late 2017, they’ve proven time and time again that they can get a crowd on its feet. The evolution of the band with their most recent album, Terrible Human Beings, is just further reassurance that The Orwells aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

I’m also ecstatic to announce that I had the opportunity to catch them live right here in Santa Cruz. Make sure to check out the incredible interview that I had with Mario, guitarist Matt O’Keefe, and (with some cameo insights) drummer Henry Brinner. With HOT topics like: the music industry, Steve Jobs, and Atlanta twerk videos. Huge thank you to Bryan Nelson for setting this up as well. -Chuck Bass

Check them out online:

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P.S. They have a killer Stooges cover of “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

KEZIA’s First Ever Interview @ KZSC 1.22.18

I tapped in with KEZIA from American Canyon, CA (707) for her FIRST ever interview 1.22.18! Check it out here.

Big shoutout to the No Platform family.
Sanny Bisquerra
Jammy
Thomas Jordan

Check out her hit song & visual of 3 Seconds below!

KZSC Interviews: Mele’uhane


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Listen in as we chat and hear music by Mele’uhane, coming from Kona, on Hawai’i island; Keikilani Lindsey, the dad, with sons Leo and Kaneala.

Living the life of traveling musicians, they are on the mainland touring in support of their newest CD, Anaspond. In addition to the laughter-filled interview, you’ll hear the instrumental that honors the voyaging canoe Hokule’a,  the sweet harmonies of “Na Na Na,” plus the rascal blues-inflected jokey “Sugar Honey Iced Tea.”

The fellas echo a reggae feeling on “Malama Ka ‘Aina,” a composition in Hawaiian, reminding us to take care, Malama, our World, the ‘aina.

Mele’uhane played at Pono Hawaiian Grill on Friday, January 5th at 6:30 pm.

10 Bay Area Musicians You Should Look Out For In 2018 by RIZ aka RSD

10) Trippy Talii / 9) KBGOCRAZY

8) Robbioso / 7) Gary Junior

6) Larry June / 5) RBC Bugzy

4) Jammy / 3) JT The 4th

2) Remedy / 1) CALEBORATE

KZSC Interview: GWAR 11.17.17 w/ Melcriada

I was lucky to interview the infamous GWAR guitarist, Pustulus Maximus. When he wasn’t spewing blood or complaining about Blothar’s smell, there was a semi-decent alien. Check out what Pustulus Maximus has to say about the band before he performed at the Catalyst.
-Melcriada

Fierce New Apparel for our 50th Anniversary!

For your fashion pleasure and just in time for pledge drive, check out our brand new, limited edition, 50th Anniversary t-shirts!  

This spirited new “Tiger” design is the result of our recent t-shirt design contest, where we called on our community of listeners to show their love for KZSC in the form of art.  We received numerous submissions from all over the country, and it was amazing to see so much talented effort from listeners coming through.

Out of many beautiful works submitted by passionate students and off-campus community members alike, we chose this brilliant design by student artist and loyal listener Nila Devaney to usher in the Golden Anniversary of student run, community radio in Santa Cruz (KZSC’s semi-centenary, or semi-centennial—for you word nerds).

Nila is a recent graduate from Bennington College in Vermont, studying art with a focus on social justice.  She currently lives in Philadelphia.  About her hand-drawn design, she says “public art” is very important to her, and a creative collaboration with her favorite community radio station seemed like a great idea.

The sleek design is printed on a Gildan Heavyweight black 100% cotton t-shirt, accompanied with our new station logo on the breast. Don’t miss out on our historic Golden Anniversary T-shirt; you’ll look great and feel comfortable when you represent KZSC, Santa Cruz’s community radio station.  You can pick up your own in our pledge drive shop today!