Doc speaks with Underoath keyboard player, Chris Dudley, about meeting and touring together in 2003, their love for Jimmy Eat World, Underoath’s role as a trailblazer bringing keyboards into the hardcore scene, what it was like to have success with Spencer joining the band on Only Chasing Safety, experimenting with their sound over the years, why they broke up and what he did in the intervening years, how his and the band’s relationship with Christian faith has evolved over the years.
This episode features the song “Bullets” by EVERYBODY PANIC! and “On My Teeth” by Underoath.
On the latest episode of The Ex Man Podcast, Doc welcomes Jonny Hawkins, vocalist for the eclectic hard rock band, Nothing More. They talk about his methods for maintaining sanity on long tours, how he got into fitness and how it fuels his performance, the early years of Nothing More when Johnny was the drummer of the band, how they got their record deal with Eleven Seven, his process learning how to become a lead singer, and the creative risks they took on their new record to distinguish themselves from the active rock scene.
This episode features the song “Go To War” by Nothing More from their album The Story We Tell Ourselves.
Doc welcomes guest, Nelson Blake II, ex-guitarist of NYC-based metalcore band Locked In A Vacancy and professional comic book artist. They talk about Locked In A Vacancy’s recent reunion, the old New York hardcore scene, dissect the complexities of modern black culture and the difficulty going against societally forced identity roles, the psychology behind the toxic aspects of Twitter, get into some NY Knicks and basketball talk, how his career as a visual artist progressed and eventually being hired by Marvel to illustrate Luke Cage and Spiderman, and pick apart the fallacy of God given talent and intricacies of creative work.
This episode features the song “Office Politics” by Locked In A Vacancy from their album Exit The Futility Ward.
Doc speaks with guitarist Mike Mulholland about filling in for deathcore titans, Thy Art Is Murder, his time playing in Emmure, rant about guitar playing and gear, his original band Recon and Emmure bringing a nü metal and breakdown-heavy sound to metalcore, rant about Hatebreed, why he left Emmure, taking a “radical sabbatical” and enjoying time off after the band, rant about action movies, and starting his new band, Painless, with the other ex-members of Emmure.
This episode features the song “Mike and Drew” by Heartsick, “Hand of the Devine” by The Agony Scene from their album Tormentor, and “Spellbinder” by Painless.
For a man of my age (36), perhaps no piece of pop culture spoke to my still-forming personal identity than the 1999 film The Matrix. There are several cultural memes that my generation draws from this film’s enlightening philosophy to this day. First, the metaphor of “waking up” from a sedated conformity could be applied to almost any rudimentary societal norm from a working a boring job to the banality of tradition like church or marriage. Second, the image of Morpheus holding the blue and red pills I think speaks to us all when contemplating ideas of free will, fate, or encountering our most consequential crossroad moments. Third, and most relevant to this essay, is the concept that nothing about your reality is real. This line from Morpheus explaining The Matrix to Neo is something I think about constantly.
“What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste, and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”