I’m thrilled to be announcing the arrival of a new element to the Weirdo Wasteland offering – the Weirdo Wasteland Podcast! Since the start of 2016 I have been putting thought towards using my interviews for a different purpose – something I can commit time to doing on a consistent basis.

So, here we are.

I present the first in what will hopefully be more than a few episodes of the Weirdo Wasteland Podcast, where I will endeavour to provide quality interviews with quality bands and musicians in a semi-decent quality format. The realm of podcasting is new to me and as I navigate my way around recording devices, inputs, editing software and uploading I hope to improve on the offering, not only in the interviews themselves but how they sound.

The first episode features three interviews (a number I’d like to adhere to unless interview length becomes a factor) with some bands that have been active in the scene recently. NO ZU, Yeo and Us The Band are the three acts lucky enough to be featured for the first go around – I think each chat is insightful in some way and that you get something out of the experience.

NO ZU has recently released a new album through Chapter Music called Afterlife – a diverse and engaging album that already ranks high in my Best Of 2016 list (were I to ever publish such a list, this album would have a spot). The heat beat pulses with life and energy and the band has done incredibly well to convey such vitality.

Yeo has put forth Ganbaru, a record of easily danceable beats underlined by Yeo’s own vulnerability and self-effacing nature. I think it’s his most composed release of his career, which goes back to the days of Myspace. It’s a worth a listen.

Us The Band is a shambolic rock and roll two-piece formed by members of Bearhug. The duo spat out an EP, But Where Do They Go, a while back through Rice Is Nice and it is an immediate and forceful statement from a tandem that, I hope, will continue to shred in this manner.

If you do choose to listen, I sincerely thank you. I hope you enjoy it, and tune in again for the next episode.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Criticism is encouraged, constructive criticism especially so – but, in the end, a critic cops what a critic gives.