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Punk has a voice

Livewire's Vans Warped Interviews
by Phil Bonyata & Karen Bondowski
Photography by Phil Bonyata & Karen Bondowski
June 24 - Sept. 10, 2005

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Strung Out
Strung Out
Livewire talks with
Jake Kiley and Jordan Burns
First in a series
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
Livewire chats with
Ray Toro & Gerard Way
Second in a series
Dropkick Murphys
Dropkick Murphys
Livewire bullshits
with Tim Brennan
Third in a series
Senses Fail
Senses Fail
Livewire gets serious
with singer Buddy Nielsen
Fourth in a series
No Use For a Name
No Use For a Name
Livewire feels out
Guitarist/singer Tony Sly
Fifth in a series

Livewire recently sat down with some major acts in music today at Vans Warped Tour's second concert date in Milwaukee. Phil Bonyata and Karen Bondowski teamed up to challenge the artists on the state of punk rock, politics, their muses and going onstage buck naked.
First up in a five part series is Southern California punkers Strung Out. The band mixes elements of by-the-basics heavy metal into their aggressive instrumental attack. Next up is New Jersey boys, My Chemical Romance, an alternative punk-pop band that was recently featured on MTV's TRL and is on the verge of superstardom. South Boston hardcore punk band Dropkick Murphys have culled heavily from the seminal Irish-punk band The Pogues. Infusing growling lyrics with speedy pop-punk rhythms the band still plants its roots deeply in the troubled brain of ex-Pogues lead singer and bard Shane MacGowan.
Continuing the series, Senses Fail's slick cocktail of post-hardcore thunder and emo heartbreak still resonated loudly in the words of singer Buddy Nielsen as he waxes rather eloquently on the state of politics and apathy among many people today. Finishing up the series will be California hardcore punks No Use for a Name. Intelligent and articulate - you'll be surprised at some of the answers!

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