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.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 148: Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife, I Am The Avalanche)

The prolific Vinnie Caruana, known best for The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche joins the show!  With no less than 5 projects on the go right now (seriously FIVE), Vinnie somehow found the time to chat with Shane about the breakup of The Movielife right in their prime, his brief stint in Head Automatica, Drive Thru Records, and starting a new band with Hardcore legend Sammy Siegler.  Vinnie is as open and honest as it gets, this is a must listen.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 147: Nathan Gray (BOYSETSFIRE)

Legendary Emotional Hardcore frontman Nathan Gray of BOYSETSFIRE joins Shane in a conversation that took place backstage at a festival in Germany this Summer.  Never someone to shy away from his true feelings, Nathan discusses being a pioneer of doing both screaming and singing vocals, their success in Europe, having 2 bass players, US and world politics, and how the subject matter of a 20 year old Boysetsfire song is just as relevant today.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 146: Luke Bentham (The Dirty Nil)

Lead singer/guitarist Luke Bentham of Juno award winning rock band The Dirty Nil joins the show!  "The Nil", one of Shane's favorite bands (and whose debut was one of his top albums of 2016) are back with a brand new album - "Master Volume".  Luke talks about how hearing for the first time Nirvana changed his life, the difficulties of being a 3 piece band, and the personal meaning behind their new song "I Don't Want That Phone Call".

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 145: Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne)

Guitar God / Lead singer / Jokester Zakk Wylde joins the show!  Before the Black Label Society show in Toronto, Shane was able to meet Zakk backstage and the two of them chatted about 33 years of marriage, the New York Yankees, the movie Rockstar, the final Ozzy tour ever, and where he got his patented "squeal" (AKA pinch harmonic) sound from.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 144: Frank Turner Returns!

On his first (and last) stint on the Vans Warped Tour, Shane sits down with his pal Frank Turner to discuss: Dry touring, his first Warped Tour, email, writing his second book, writing a new album already, songwriting, arranging songs, navigating a backing band, egos in the music industry, Make America Great Again, Being More Kind, and THE WORLD EXCLUSIVE of his new side project "Eating Before Swimming"... and seriously a lot more!  Action packed - of course a must listen.  Congrats on your engagement Frank!  

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 143: Four Year Strong (Alan Day and Dan O'Connor)

FOUR YEAR STRONG ARE HERE!  One of the most requested artists, Shane sits down with co-frontmen Alan and Dan on their bus on Warped Tour.  In a super honest and candid discussion, they discuss how similar they are in terms of voice/guitar playing/musical taste, the time they "pretty much broke up", their growing pains leading to the failure of their 3rd album, and the reasons why they don't use in-ear monitors or play to a click track.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 141: Jonathan Davis (Korn)

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis joins the show this week!  2018 is a year of milestones for JD - 25 years of Korn, 20th anniversary of their seminal album Follow The Leader, and also 20 years of sobriety.  Now with a new solo album, he shows no signs of slowing down.  Shane and Jonathan discuss all this as well as being a father of three, shittalking Metallica, and the epidemic of suicides and overdose of other lead vocalists in the rock scene.  Also - JD picks his favourite and least favourite Korn record.  

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 138: Ahren Stringer (Amity Affliction)

The Amity Affliction's own Bassist/Crooner Ahren Stringer joins the show while on (the last ever) Vans Warped Tour.  Chilling on the back of the bus with a half dozen Coors Banquets, Shane and "String" shoot the shit, talking about his early days growing up in rural Australia, knowing he was going to make it, 3 X #1 albums in a row on the Australian charts, and the radical musical departure on the upcoming TAA album "Misery".  

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 137: Joe Taylor (Knuckle Puck)

Shane is BACK ON WARPED TOUR!!!  LIVE (pretty much) from (sorta) Cleveland OH, Shane (definitely) speaks with Joe Taylor of Knuckle Puck.  They talk about Knuckle Puck's fast emergence to the top and what they do to seperate themselves from the Pop-Punk pack.  Also discussed is the writing/recording process behind their last (awesome) album, and a decent amount of talk about Blink-182.  

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 136: Schuylar Croom (He Is Legend)

He Is Legend frontman and Shane's old friend Schuylar Croom joins the show!  After their initial breakup over a decade ago, He Is Legend made a comeback and haven't looked back.  Shane and Schuylar discuss the early days of feeling like outcasts in the scene, being the only non-Christian band on Tooth and Nail Records, and how they put everything on the line by crowdfunding their latest album.  

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 135: Tommy Vext (Bad Wolves, Divine Heresy)

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!  On this great holiday, we have a super entertaining episode featuring Tommy Vext, frontman for heavy rock supergroup Bad Wolves. Tommy talks about their smash radio hit single covering The Cranberries "Zombie", his rough childhood upbringing in NYC, his problems with addiction and his road to recovery, and having to testify against his own brother for attempting to kill him.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 134: Anthony Green (Circa Survive, Saosin)

Here it is! The one you've been waiting for! Shane speaks with the often elusive Anthony Green, with a surprisingly honest and forthcoming conversation.  Discussed is the truth behind his departure from Saosin, the insecurities and depression he faced throughout his life, his addiction to heroin, and his passion for being so prolific with Circa Survive, Saosin and on his own solo material.

Lead Singer Syndrome Episode 133: Dustin Bates of Starset

Starset frontman and visionary Dustin Bates joins the show to discuss his background growing up as a self proclaimed "nerd" which led him to a masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Air Force Research, not to mention a teaching stint at the International Space University.  Now, with an elaborate backstory of how Starset came to be (the highly advanced "Starset Society" has enlisted the band to educate the masses through their music) how does he cope with massive mainstream radio success and "pedestrian" fans?  A very unique, must-listen episode!