Q+A: Bovice

Bovice is one of the newest hardcore bands to come out of Chicago. The five-piece beatdown band has already been endorsed by The Acacia Strain’s Vincent Bennett–and they haven’t even played a single live show yet. In this interview with Locals Only, Bovice reveals how they’ve managed to gain a dedicated local following, what sets them apart from other Chicago beatdown bands, and when you … Continue reading Q+A: Bovice

Snuffed, the newest punk band on the scene, talks Chicago influences + goals for 2019

January 20th, 2019- Snuffed is one of the latest additions to Chicago’s impressive array of hardcore punk bands. Before their show at the Archer Ballroom, a DIY space in Bridgeport, Locals Only met up with the members of Snuffed. Sprawled across the worn carpeted stairs of the Archer Ballroom and bundled up in flannels and thick winter coats, guitarist Aaron Schmitt, drummer Joe Brandenburger, vocalist Karly … Continue reading Snuffed, the newest punk band on the scene, talks Chicago influences + goals for 2019

Riot Fest Q+A: Pustulus Maximus of GWAR

Another Riot Fest has come and gone, and for the sixth year intergalactic metal band GWAR has graced Riot Fest with their bloody presence. Before their blue blood-filled set, lead guitarist Pustulus Maximus spoke to Locals Only about the music he’s listening to now (it’s not what you’d expect!) and plans for a future GWAR B-Q. Could you introduce yourself and where you’re from for … Continue reading Riot Fest Q+A: Pustulus Maximus of GWAR

Handsome Prick prepares for their first Full Terror Assault appearance

Handsome Prick is a three-piece grindcore band with a hint of rock ‘n’ roll influence out of Dyer, Indiana. Before the band opened for grind legends Wormrot at Reggies Rock Club on May 30, Locals Only sat down with guitarist Zach Chentnik, drummer/bassist Brad Vanderzee, and live vocalist Justin Wallace to talk a little bit about Handsome Prick’s Full Terror Assault debut this September, as well … Continue reading Handsome Prick prepares for their first Full Terror Assault appearance

Shine Light & Inspire: An interview with Chicago metalcore band Speaking With Ghosts

By Victoria Goodman Contributing Writer Edited by Nikki Roberts Speaking With Ghosts formed in Chicago in 2014 and has had many accomplishments since then. After signing to Famined Records, the group released a full-length album, Illuminate; played an impressive variety of shows, including Knotfest in 2015; and toured the United States multiple times. The band is currently preparing to begin recording new music this fall and took … Continue reading Shine Light & Inspire: An interview with Chicago metalcore band Speaking With Ghosts

Power Trip: Riley Gale talks plans for Full Terror Assault & a new album

Dallas thrashers Power Trip exploded onto the crossover metal scene with their 2013 Southern Lord release, Manifest Decimation. Five years later, the band is halfway through their North American tour as they continue to promote their sophomore record, Nightmare Logic. Power Trip annihilated Chicago with an all-ages show at Reggie’s Rock Club on May 16, and the five-piece crossover group will also play a soldout … Continue reading Power Trip: Riley Gale talks plans for Full Terror Assault & a new album

The woman behind Fifty50 Shows: An interview with Alicia Maciel

Fifty50 shows, a new Chicago promotion company, launched at the beginning of 2018. Fifty50’s mission is not only to provide the city with great shows featuring local talent, but also to use the proceeds obtained from their shows to serve their community. Locals Only talked to Alicia Maciel, the promotion company’s founder, to learn more about her ambitions for 2018. What is Fifty50? Maciel: FIFTY50 is … Continue reading The woman behind Fifty50 Shows: An interview with Alicia Maciel

Through n Through: The face of Little Village Hardcore talks about how bands can support local music

Through n Through, a hardcore band from the Mexican-American neighborhood of Little Village, hit the scene in 2014. In the past three years, the band has released a handful of singles and two EPs, Defend and Give Me Hate.  The band’s next show is Saturday,  October 7th, with Fragmented Era, a Little Village metal band; Black Mass, a hardcore band out of Chicago Heights; Jury of … Continue reading Through n Through: The face of Little Village Hardcore talks about how bands can support local music

Extras Needed! Chicago DIY scene to be featured in "Straight Edge Kegger"

Nearly a year after releasing the trailer for Straight Edge Kegger, a film featuring a young punk and a houseful of drunks squaring off against a gang of militant straight edgers, Weird On Top Pictures and director Jason Zink are ready to begin filming the full movie. Next Monday, September 18th, the Subterranean in Wicker Park will be hosting a FREE show with local punk bands, UGLYBoNES and … Continue reading Extras Needed! Chicago DIY scene to be featured in "Straight Edge Kegger"

Exclusive Interview: EYEHATEGOD on potential anniversary plans, Kuma’s Corner, and Motley Crue

On Saturday, September 2nd, sludge metal band EYEHATEGOD hit the Cobra Lounge as part of their Left to Starve Summer Tour. This show was the first of the band’s two-night run in Chicago and marked a special night for the group; after falling ill and receiving a liver transplant, these two shows were vocalist Mike Williams’ first time back in Chicago with EYEHATEGOD. Before experiencing … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: EYEHATEGOD on potential anniversary plans, Kuma’s Corner, and Motley Crue