Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 168: Ryan Clark (Demon Hunter)

Demon Hunter frontman Ryan Clark joins the show!  A band that rarely tours, yet has one of the most rabid fan bases out there, I've been intrigued and wanted to pick Ryan's brain for a long time.  We talk about his early years growing up in a Christian household ("I had to hide my Slayer CD's under my bed"), his extremely successful design career (he's worked with everyone from NASA to Lego), designing all the classic "scene" album covers in the mid 2000's, and the bands bond with (and fandom within) the US Military.  

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 167: Cody Carson (Set It Off)

Set It Off frontman Cody Carson joins the show!!  Fresh off a brand new album and back on tour, Cody and Shane discuss the shift in Set It Off’s style from pop-punk to horror punk to straight pop, incorporating the new stuff into the live show, his upbringing in a musical family and classical music background, and his surprising passion for woodwind instruments.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 166 - Lauren Babic (CrazyEightyEight, Red Handed Denial)

Lauren Babic, the incredible singer/screamer of both supergroup CrazyEightyEight, and her own Toronto based act Red Handed Denial joins the show!  We discuss her humble beginnings playing trumpet in a ska band before honing her craft in her bedroom/car to develop one of the best screams in the scene.  Also discussed is CrazyEightyEight’s “Postal Service” writing methods with 3 members living in different countries, and her day job as a high school substitute teacher.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 164: John Cooper (Skillet, Fight The Fury)

Skillet and Fight The Fury frontman John Cooper joins the show!  One of the nicest guys in Rock 'n Roll, John and Shane discuss topics such as John writing 50-70 songs per Skillet album (!!!); his intensely strict religious upbringing where all pop music, black clothes and even Christian rock music was banned, as well as being in a band with his wife (for 20 years and counting) including bringing his kids on tour for the last 16 years.  Bonus:  John ranks his favorite and least favorite Skillet albums.  

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 163: Zac Carper (FIDLAR)

Zac Carper has seen some shit.  As frontman of party punkers FIDLAR, he's battled heroin addiction and repressed memories of sexual abuse, but has continually turned heads and surprised people with a unique brand of slacker street punk with an odd appeal in the mainstream.  With a brand new 3rd LP out featuring some of their best songs, and a (mostly) sober path forward, what's next for FIDLAR?  Shane and Zac talk about his abnormal upbringing in Hawaii, his surprising love for technology in music production, his battle with substance abuse, and his unique and honest approach to songwriting.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 162: Anthony DeMario (Capstan)

Capstan's Anthony DeMario joins the show this week!  Recently signed to the massive Fearless Records, this band might seem like a brand new band just hot on the scene, but they've been bringing their unique brand of pop-punkish-post-hardcore to fans all over the South-East USA for years.  At age 29, Anthony might be older than most lead singers signing their first record deals, but no one is hungrier than him, or the other 4 members of Capstan to make some big waves.  This is your new favorite band - have a listen.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 161: Hollywood Undead (Danny and J-Dog)

Hollywood Undead is here!  Most bands have one lead singer, Hollywood Undead has FIVE!  How does that dynamic affect their writing style, their decision making and how they get along?  Danny and J-Dog take a time out from the studio to jump on the line with Shane to discuss that, the arrival of Danny at a critical time in the bands history, their often controversial lyrics, emo rap, turning 18, threesomes, and of course - weed.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 160: Mikey Carvajal (Islander)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!  It's Jan 2nd, and today I spoke with Mikey of Islander, one of the nicest and most honest guys in the scene.  We chat everything from his upbringing in a bi-racial family in South Carolina, to getting started in the punk scene, making friends with seemingly every rockstar ever, and getting kicked off Warped Tour the first time they ever played it.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 159: Trevor Phipps (Unearth)

Unearth frontman Trevor Phipps joins the show for this special holiday episode!  Boston, Massachusetts' Unearth rarely get the credit they should as being one of the pioneers of true "metalcore" - combining modern metal and modern hardcore together.  But after 20 years, 7 albums, and countless world tours - Unearth isn't going anywhere and continue to draw rabid crowds on the strength of a near flawless back catalog.  Trevor and Shane discuss everything from poker to acid reflux, reminisce about Dimebag Darrell, talk shop on the current music industry, and of course discuss the story behind the latest Unearth album - "Extinction(s)".  

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 158: Steven Page (ex-Barenaked Ladies)

Big episode this week!  Steven Page, former lead vocalist of Barenaked Ladies joins the show!  in 2009, amid much controversy, Steven suddenly left Barenaked Ladies - a group he co-founded in 1988.  Since, he's had a successful solo career, and earlier this year for the first time in 9 years, BNL reunited for a one-off performance for the Junos / Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  Shane and Steven discuss this years reunion, the early days, the somehow "wholesome" reputation of BNL, the art of natural stage banter and how his solo career has turned political... even featuring an "F-bomb" in a song title.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 157: Cove Reber Pt. 2 (Saosin, Dead American) + RYLS

In this second of a two-part series with Cove Reber (ex-Saosin, Dead American) we hit the ground running again!  Cove discusses his departure from Saosin, his devotion to his fans, his hiatus from music, and a lot more!  Also - I sit down with Jade and Sahar of RYLS (pronounced "Royals") a brand new independent band from Toronto who are turning heads with their new single "Waves", and are about to release their debut EP.  

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 156: Cove Reber (Saosin, Dead American) Part 1

Cove Reber joins the show!  In this two part series, we go SUPER in-depth about Cove's background and the incredible way he ended up as the singer of his favorite band of all time - Saosin.  Since Cove and Saosin went their separate ways in 2010 - he hasn't done very much.  With original singer Anthony Green back in Saosin, Cove now has a new project of his own - Dead American.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 155: Ben Cook (No Warning, Young Guv, Fucked Up)

Ben Cook, frontman of Canadian Hardcore legends No Warning joins the show!  Ben also plays guitar in Fucked Up and has a solo project called Young Guv.  Discussed are his wide range of projects, his interesting upbringing as a mainstream child actor, being a self confessed "shit disturber" in his youth, run-ins with Fred Durst, and how he had to answer to Linkin Park while making the second No Warning album.  

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Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 154: Chris LoPorto (Can't Swim)

Can't Swim frontman Chris LoPorto joins the show with his incredible and unique story and ride to success.  Originally a drummer playing gigs as young as 12 years old, Chris taught himself to play guitar and sing and made some demos in his free time.  These demos found their way into the hands of Jake Round of Pure Noise Records who took the project under his wing and allowed Chris to put a band together and start touring the world on the strength of their incredible first album.  Now 2 years later, Chris and the guys are about to release their sophomore effort, "This Too Won't Pass".  

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Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 153: Liam Cormier (Cancer Bats)

Completely raw and unedited!  Liam Cormier sits down with Shane backstage while on tour in Germany.  Discussed are the Bats surprising mainstream acceptance in Canada, Liam's love for motorcycles and his bike inspired clothing line, their Black Sabbath cover band Bat Sabbath, and putting out their latest record "The Spark That Moves" as a complete surprise.  Bonus:  Liam ranks Cancer Bats discography from favorite to least favorite. 

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Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 152: John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday, Straylight Run)

Taking Back Sunday guitarist/vocalist John Nolan joins the show this week!  After Taking Back Sunday's massive splash on the scene with their gold selling debut album "Tell All Your Friends", John Nolan did the unthinkable - he left the band.  After a 7 year stint fronting his own band Straylight Run, John, along with bassist Shaun Cooper, made a triumphant returned to Taking Back Sunday.  John tells the story of what happened, discusses the departure of founding member Eddie Reyes, and talks about his brand new (and terrific) solo album.  

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 151: Ryan Kirby (Fit For A King)

Fit For A King frontman Ryan Kirby joins the show!  One of the most requested guests, Kirby dives deep into the inspiration and vocal performances of their terrific new album "Dark Skies", the departure of friend and songwriter Bobby Lynge, and how for them being labelled a Christian Band is sometimes complicated.  And don't worry - plenty of talk about America's Team - The Dallas Cowboys!

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 150: Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills)

ONE FIFTY BABY!  Another milestone has been reached, and to celebrate, one of the most requested guests, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills joins the show!  Fresh off a new album Shane is calling their "Magnum Opus", Spencer discusses the intense writing and recording process including recording vocals in actual horror movie locations, a lot of very cool cameos, and elaborate video shoots.  Also discussed is Ice Nine Kills slow but steady rise to the top, being "underrated", and his early life growing up in Massachusetts.