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Each Friday, My First Band features a long-form interview with a different notable musician about all of the projects that preceded what you know them for. We discuss their musical origins, and we trace a few of their embarrassing high school bands and other associated bands that happened before they broke out. This show digs deeper than any Wikipedia page or band bio would ever dare to go. And, sometimes, the guests will even share some of their old songs. You can expect to hear a lot of interesting, informative and hopefully entertaining anecdotes about all of the bands along the way. My First Band is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing. It is hosted by Tyler Maas, of Milwaukee Record, and edited by Jared Blohm.

Each Friday, My First Band features a long-form interview with a different notable musician about all of the projects that preceded what you know them for. We discuss their musical origins, and we trace a few of their embarrassing high school bands and other associated bands that happened before they broke out. This show digs deeper than any Wikipedia page or band bio would ever dare to go. And, sometimes, the guests will even share some of their old songs. You can expect to hear a lot of interesting, informative and hopefully entertaining anecdotes about all of the bands along the way. My First Band is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing. It is hosted by Tyler Maas, of Milwaukee Record, and edited by Jared Blohm.
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Each Friday, My First Band features a long-form interview with a different notable musician about all of the projects that preceded what you know them for. We discuss their musical origins, and we trace a few of their embarrassing high school bands and other associated bands that happened before they broke out. This show digs deeper than any Wikipedia page or band bio would ever dare to go. And, sometimes, the guests will even share some of their old songs. You can expect to hear a lot of interesting, informative and hopefully entertaining anecdotes about all of the bands along the way. My First Band is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing. It is hosted by Tyler Maas, of Milwaukee Record, and edited by Jared Blohm.

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English


Episodes

11 – Bad Cop/Bad Cop

5/17/2019
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Though the members have all been involved in a variety of projects through the years, Bad Cop/Bad Cop seems like a case of the right band with the right people happening at the right time in life. The Fat Wreck Chords foursome just finished headlining a European tour and they're currently wrapping up a U.S. and Canada jaunt before heading back to California to continue their quest for world domination one great album at a time. Before Bad Cop/Bad Cop's recent concert at X-Ray Arcade in...

Duration:00:44:22

10 – Deanna Belos (Sincere Engineer)

5/10/2019
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In the roughly year-and-a-half span since her project, Sincere Engineer, released Rhombithian — the band’s debut album — on Red Scare Industries, Deanna Belos has earned heaps of attention and praise from music publications and punk audiences alike. Along the way, the Chicago singer-songwriter got the opportunity to open for notable acts, tour the country, play some huge festivals in Montreal and Florida, and hit the road with her idols in The Lawrence Arms. Belos recently met up with My...

Duration:00:52:25

9 – Josh Caterer (The Smoking Popes, Jackson Mud)

5/3/2019
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Few have heard of Josh Caterer's first band — Speedstick — but after a name change and a swap of drummers, that band, now The Smoking Popes, quickly made a name for themselves in the early '90s Chicago punk scene. The Smoking Popes toured relentlessly, signed to Capitol Records and even appeared on the Clueless soundtrack. The band would break up in 1998 after four studio albums but reunited in 2005 and have put out an additional four albums, including 2018's "Into the Agony." Caterer...

Duration:01:09:51

8 – Nick Woods (Direct Hit!, The Box Social)

4/26/2019
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Before Nick Woods was the singer, guitarist and founding member of Direct Hit! and the co-owner of X-Ray Arcade, the punk rock front man and all-ages venue owner/operator was a suburban kid with an insatiable passion for music. The journey that started with taking violin lessons from his mother as a child led to learning guitar in adolescence, starting bands as a teen and touring the country to play music during his college breaks. Woods recently welcomed My First Band host Tyler Maas to...

Duration:01:35:21

7 – Restorations

4/19/2019
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Even though this is technically the seventh My First Band episode, this was the first interview recorded for the show ... by a long shot. Last October, host Tyler Maas asked Restorations if any members wanted to be interviewed for the yet-unnamed show when the band came to Cactus Club in Milwaukee to play in support of their recently released masterpiece, LP5000. Despite the whole "podcast not actually existing" thing, two members of the Philadelphia rock outfit graciously agreed to sit down...

Duration:00:48:37

6 – Amos Pitsch (Tenement, Dusk)

4/12/2019
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You might know Amos Pitsch as the singer of Tenement, a Northeastern Wisconsin punk band that garnered national acclaim after releasing the 2015 double-album masterpiece, Predatory Headlights. Maybe you know him as a member of Dusk, an up-and-coming Fox Cities project that's quickly making a name for itself in the Midwest (and beyond) on the heels of last year's self-titled debut full-length. However, you probably don't know Pitsch from his time in Obvious Man Hands, Social Classics, The...

Duration:01:22:07

5 – Mike Krol (Mike Krol, Spazmatics, The Reactants)

4/5/2019
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Before he was the front man, bandleader and namesake of a Los Angeles-based project on the Merge Records roster, Mike Krol was a Wauwatosa teen who loved ska. Recently, while in Milwaukee to play a homecoming show in support of his latest/greatest album, Power Chords, Krol met up with My First Band host Tyler Maas to talk about his very early musical endeavors. In a studio space that was kindly offered to them by WMSE, Krol openly talked about his "checkered past" in suburban ska projects...

Duration:00:39:05

4 – Jackson Bradford (Masked Intruder, Direct Hit!, Mindframe)

3/29/2019
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Jackson Bradford might have the most interesting job in music. The Milwaukee native spends at least half of each year wearing a cop costume and short-shorts while sporting a mustache as part of his lovable “heel with a switch” character that Masked Intruder fans know as “Officer Bradford.” The pop-punk villain’s unique line of work has taken him to Europe, Asia, Australia, and much of North America. Currently, Bradford's punk rock patrol is taking him all around the country, as Masked...

Duration:00:56:25

3 – Kyle Kinane (comedy, The Grand Marquis)

3/22/2019
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Though you probably know Kyle Kinane as a comedian, actor and "the voice of Comedy Central," the prolific stand-up first took the stage in a musical capacity. That's right! Before earning a reputation as one of the funniest comedians working today, Kinane was the guitarist for an Addison, Illinois-based pop-punk band called The Grand Marquis. Even though the band hasn't played since the early 2000s, Kinane — a proud punk rock aficionado to this day — still looks back fondly on his stint in...

Duration:01:20:59

2 – Dan Didier (The Promise Ring, Maritime, Dramatic Lovers)

3/15/2019
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Another week, another prolific percussionist who got his start in Grafton, Wisconsin. This time around, we had the pleasure of speaking with Dan Didier. The drummer (and current keyboard/synth player in Dramatic Lovers) is best known for his work in The Promise Ring. Before his tenure in the legendary emo outfit and the subsequent Maritime, Didier cut his teeth in unknown projects like Proud, Peace Loving Anarchists and an especially short-lived band called Dog. At least he thinks it was...

Duration:01:22:01

Bonus Clip: Jon Phillip on Starting a Band With Dustin Diamond

3/12/2019
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Here's some bonus material to go along with Episode 1! My First Band host Tyler Maas unearthed a 2015 interview with Episode 1 guest Jon Phillip in which the drummer explains how he very nearly joined a band called Junky Muppets that was started by actor Dustin Diamond. Diamond, of course, is best-known for playing Samuel "Screech" Powers in the popular '90s television show Saved By The Bell, but apparently, he is also an accomplished five-string bassist. The former teen star has been...

Duration:00:09:52

1 – Jon Phillip (Limbeck, The Benjamins, Tommy Stinson)

3/8/2019
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With an infectious personality and a flashy style behind the drums, Jon Phillip has laid down beats for nearly a dozen different bands since he first picked up the sticks in the early '90s. Phillip's first bands — Tralfez and Spank Child — were based in the rural town of Grafton, Wisconsin, where he grew up. He then joined the up-and-coming power-pop group the Benjamins, who would go on to sign with Drive-Thru Records and tour the country several times over. Following the Benjamins,...

Duration:01:45:39

My First Band – Preview

3/2/2019
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My First Band debuts this Friday! Check out a clip from our Episode 1 guest, Jon Phillip, in this short preview. Phillip has drummed for Limbeck, The Benjamins, Paul Collins, Tommy Stinson and many other projects. In the short clip, Phillip describes the night The Benjamins went out to dinner with "The Coreys."

Duration:00:03:39