I got a chance to interview Southern California Punk Band WANK recently. I talked with frontman Bobby Amodeo on music, Foo Fighters, and the future of WANK

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: I always start out with an easy and quick question. An icebreaker … So CD or Vinyl?

WANK: VINYL

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: And for my readers who don’t know who is WANK and how did you guys come to be?

WANK: We’re the unsigned rock band that KROQ in LA added to rotation. We are the band that Mike Ness of Social Distortion and Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighter produced. Check us out.

TRB: Can you tell us about the first song you guys wrote together as band?

WANK: Fearless from Get a Grip – Generation X meets The Boss.

TRB: What musicians have you guys admired or learned from over the years?

WANK: I’d have to say Mike Ness, Joe Strummer, The Beatles and Elvis Costello. Yes they’re all legendary but they all brought the tunes and lasting stage presence.

TRB: Can you tell me more about your bands’ typical creative, recording and writing process and what goes on behind that?

WANK: Danny presents an idea, we refine it and arrange it as a band, we take it to the studio and track it with a producer.

TRB: Speaking of that … Let’s talk about your new single “Salvation” which was produced by Foo FightersChris Shiflett. What was it like working with him?

WANK: Awesome!

TRB: How do you think he added to the track?

WANK: Chris was a blast to work with. He came in very focused – his vision elevated our tune on all levels.

TRB: Here’s a fun one … What’s your favorite Foo Fighters track?

WANK: That’s a hard one! So many great songs but if I had to pick one I’d say LEARN TO FLY.

TRB: Are there any current artists that have been “On Repeat” for you guys lately? What music have you been digging?

WANK: Been really digging THE INTERRUPTERS as of late. Great style and cool tunes.

TRB: And what’s next for WANK?

WANK: We have a full length coming out this December which we’re stoked about! Really our plans involve lots of gigging and getting our new music heard.

TRB: Anything else you would like to add?

WANK: Thank you.

Until then,
Brittney W. 🙂
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“FROM CONGO REFUGEE TO ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ BREAKOUT TO INDIE SONGWRITER; RON BULTONGEZ …”

Singer-Songwriter; Ron Bultongez has just released his first major label single debut and it’s quite the heartfelt one. If anything about him rings familiar … you’re right. Ron was a contestant on this past season’s American Idol that stood out for not only his unique perspective, his story and of course his talent. Despite being cut at the Top 24 it was obvious his journey as an artist was not over it was just beginning.

The singers’ debut single Learning to Love out now is from the EP of the same name due out in August, finds Ron settling in quite well into a genre that is having a major resurgence right now. The blend of folksy singer-songwriter music plays well together with the slightly gritty and earnestness to his voice, which allows for a song that could easily turn sappy or boring to not. The softly strummed acoustic guitar rounds out this soulful track and makes for a bright debut for this promising young star.

Stream Ron Bultongez – “Learning to Love” SPOTIFY

Until then,

Brittney W.