WCDB x KAB interview: Trapped Under Ice

If you’ve ever been to WCDB, then you have something in common with the guys in Trapped Under Ice, who visited the station a couple weeks back. TUI came upstate for the annual Rat-A-Tat tattoo and music expo, hosted at Northern Lights by Upstate Black N Blue. The event happened over the course of an entire weekend with this year’s headliners Sick Of It All and Trapped Under Ice on Saturday and Sunday respectably, alongside 25 other hardcore outfits, both locally-based and spanning the Northeast.

photo by andrew franciosa, trapped under ice at the shelter skatepark in 2009

I unfortunately didn’t make either day of shows – but I did participate in the following interview via text message.. And I will say I have listened to TUI’s latest album, Big Kiss Goodnight , in its entirety, pretty much weekly since it was released back in October, which probably qualifies a slot in my own personal and imaginary “best of” 2k11 list – and that must count for something.

Thanks out to the guys in TUI, Danielle Mallon, John Torn, Gabby McGowan, Tobias Pettinelli and other WCDB fam for helping with the interview and asking me to assist with it from afar. You can listen to the interview in its uncut entirety here or you hit the jump to read what I transcribed. Paragraph breaks = new person talking.

Bonus: check out TUI’s Big Kiss Goodnight as you’re catching up in the best albums of the past year, regardless of whichever genre you normally seek out and be sure to keep WCDB locked during the week and on Friday’s 6-8pm for KAB radio. TUI also just released a new video for “Pleased To Meet You” which you can check out here.

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Recap: Animals As Leaders, BTBAM at Northern Lights

This past Friday, Step Up Presents brought the 2011 Saints & Sinners tour featuring Between The Buried And Me, Animals As Leaders and Tesseract to Northern Lights for a night of melodic debauchery much to the delight a packed, sweaty venue. The tour’s pit stop in Albany marked the second-to-last show in a 30+ day run, during which Animals As Leaders released their sophomore album, Weightless.


photo by kc orcutt

Tesserect, BTBAM and Animals As Leaders made for a complimentary show billing – although I did just catch the tail end of Tesserect kicking off the evening. Tesserect was followed by Animals As Leaders who stirred up a progressive melting pot of an influx of metal-based instrumentals with BTBAM turning up the heat and consequential aggression as headliners.

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