Brandon Arnold's sound advice 

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  • Erinn Pablo

Brandon Arnold was born in Colorado Springs and grew up with his time split between here and Fountain. He started playing out as a solo acoustic act when he was 16 and joined A Bad Night for a Hero as bassist/co-vocalist when he was 18. Since then, he’s helped create (though is no longer associated with) the Red-Headed Zombie Show, a program putting on shows for local acts and artists, and released a full-length record called On the Balcony with his band. He’s also getting married this Halloween and wonders if anyone has any connections at Marvel Comics because he would really like to write “Daredevil.”

Essential Saturday night listening: My Saturdays are usually pretty quiet, so maybe The Cure’s Three Imaginary Boys. There’re a couple “aggressive” songs on there, but it’s mostly pretty pulled back and atmospheric without having the huge soundscapes that kind of dominate their mid-career stuff. Plus, it’s one of my all-time favorite records. For a party night, I guess some Andrew W.K.

Essential Sunday morning listening: Definitely the Smoking Popes — probably the Destination Failure record. I found those guys way back when on one of those Victory Records sampler DVDs they used to do, but I only started really appreciating them as an adult. They’re super-melodic and poppy, and Josh Caterer’s voice is smooth like butter. Listen to their song “Megan” if you’ve never heard them before.

First record I bought with my own money: Probably Hawthorne Heights’ The Silence in Black and White. Because, you know, I was 11 and very sad. Side note: Their second album, If Only You Were Lonely, still bangs and absolutely deserves a second listen now that we’re all grown up and don’t have access to our Myspace accounts anymore.

“Wish I’d written that” song: I mean, it’s gotta be “Blitzkrieg Bop,” right? But only if I were alive in the early ’70s! It’s easily one of the most important and influential rock songs ever, but if I wrote that today absolutely no one would be impressed.

My latest online discovery: There’s this Northern Irish duo called Rews that are cool. They’re kinda post-punk, kinda grunge, but definitely guitar-rock. I also recently found this (not-at-all new) punk band called Dead to Me, and the singer in that band also sang in a band called One Man Army that I like a lot.

Artist more people should know about: I’ve been going to bat for SWMRS since I first heard them earlier this year. They’ve got this fun kind of electric, surf-punky sound, and their latest record, Berkeley’s on Fire, is probably one of my favorite records of the last five years. Plus, their drummer is Billie Joe Armstrong’s kid, so that’s kinda cool. Oh! And my band/our frontman’s project “The Yeti.”

Guilty Pleasure:
I love Linkin Park — their whole discography — but I definitely turn it down when I pull up to a stoplight.


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