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A conversation with Superheaven’s Taylor Madison about making one of the heaviest records of next year

Superheaven in the studio | Photo by Danielle Parsons | danielleparsonsphotography.com
Superheaven’s Taylor Madison in the studio with Will Yip | Photo by Danielle Parsons | danielleparsonsphotography.com

Superheaven vocalist/guitarist Taylor Madison is anxious. It’s early December, a few weeks after recording wrapped on the Philly-area post-hardcore band’s second LP at producer Will Yip’s Studio 4. The album follows up 2012′s Jar (released under the band name Daylight) and it is currently off in mixing and mastering land for an early 2015 release through SideOneDummy Records. “My anxiety is far outweighed by excitement,” he assures me. “We’re all just trying hard to be patient and waiting to be able to play this stuff in front of people.”

Between his balance of nerves and eagerness, Madison makes clear there are internal expectations on this record as well. With a blunt transparency that has quickly become his trademark as a frontman, he explains how “none of us want to reach our 30s and hoping we’ll be able to pay our rent next month.” Madison and his bandmates are chasing after something bigger, and based on early impressions alone, they’ve found it. Details remain pretty mum at this point (until their label gives the go ahead), but LP2 is tighter, hits (way, way) harder and presents a fully realized and focused vision of what grunge can look and sound like in the mid-2010s. Superheaven doesn’t shy away from a heavy acknowledgment of its influences and instead bolsters every flag flown on Jar.
I was able to have a quick chat with Madison about the process and scars behind what is certain to be one of 2015’s heaviest records. Continue reading →

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Reunited emo scene faves Basement play to their largest crowd ever at a sold-out Union Transfer

Basement | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Basement | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Hours before doors, hundreds of people waited in line in front of Union Transfer for the sold out Basement show on Monday night. The Run for Cover Records emo band recently reunited and are currently on the last leg of their US tour with Pennsylvania’s own Superheaven (formerly known as Daylight), Pity Sex, and Ovlov. Continue reading →

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Bayside and more play to a sold-out crowd at The Trocadero

Bayside | Photo by Alexandra Healey | alexandraelisabettaphoto.tumblr.com
Bayside | Photo by Alexandra Healey | alexandraelisabettaphoto.tumblr.com

Long-running New York pop-punk crew Bayside hit The Troc earlier this month for a sold-out show with Doylestown four-piece Daylight (which has since changed its name to Superheaven) and Mixtapes. Bayside is on tour in support of Cult, it’s first release for Hopeless Records and its sixth album overall. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.