SHAWNA POTTER of WAR ON WOMEN takes a moment to speak to me about her first grunge rock band, Fair Verona and how being in a band that does well, doesn’t mean your next project will always be as successful. She shares how WAR ON WOMEN dressed up as a bachelorette party on stage for a sold out Halloween show at The Fest in 2015 and it was one of the best shows of all time. Although the first time they played Fest....was a bit of an adventure.
Check it out HERE
Kimm Gardener from CHANNEL 3 shares a story of a lifelong friendship started a band which led to a living room show and the first time he heard the crowd clap for his band. We talk about the enduring appeal of punk rock though the years and the story of headlining for the first time at the Whiskey A Go-Go. What led to them going on tour for the first time and what it was like to play Memphis, in the dead of summer, after G.G. Allen shit in the ice machine the night before…and how the internet brought the band back to life.
Check it out HERE
Karl Izumi from the band Spider stops by to tell us about house parties in 1981, and how his drummer gets busted mid-performance at his first show ever! He also tells how punk crowds in 1990 dealt with Nazis. Yet despite his first show and best show being shows that complete broke down at some point, his worst show ever was when he played a house party for little people that famous actor Billy Barty put on. Yes. You read that right. Billy. Barty’s. Party.
Check it out HERE
MIKE PARK of ASIAN MAN RECORDS and SKANKIN’ PICKLE fame, tells us the story of his first, best, and worst shows ever! From NO GIMMICK, a cover band playing two songs for a 1986 High School talent show to playing massive festivals in Korea with MU330 as a backing band with no practice to performing with YO GABBA GABBA! as a Super Music Friend to the last days of SKANKIN’ PICKLE where after 6 years of over 200 shows a year he just hit a wall.
Check it out HERE
Frontman for Canadian skate-punk band TRASHED AMBULANCE, JAWSH HOTTA calls in to talk about grad party shows, writing his own Christmas songs, the monster drives of Canada, the dangers of microphones, playing festivals that completely tank, social media not being a good indicator of how many people are actually coming to the show, and being the poppy band on a show that features a bunch of bands much harder then you.
Check it out HERE
The legendary vocalist for THE DARTS, NICOLE LAURENNE, stops by to tell us stories of her classical background, balancing law school with being a Jazz musician, and her love of Punk Rock. Having amazing shows in France where against all odds they kept the crowd, and was showered by roses, but how everything can just go wrong in Houston, TX. Most importantly, she talks about how THE DARTS is the best band she's ever had.
Check it out HERE
Episode 26 is LIVE!
3 GIGS presents the 2017 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL!
Host Dominic Davi tells a haunting tale of a the paranormal from a 2001 Tsunami Bomb tour. Was it real? Was it really a ghost? That's up to you, but the story is told as truthfully and faithfully as it can! Hope you enjoy the story! Happy Halloween!
Check it out HERE
So while Season 2 is being prepared and on it's way, I'm finally stepping up to the plate myself. You've asked about my own stories, so now you are going to hear one! On Monday, October 30th, I'll be releasing the 3 GIGS PODCAST HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. I will be telling a 100% true to life ghost story that happened to Tsunami Bomb while on tour back in 2001. This is a real paranormal encounter that was witnessed by multiple people and I'm telling it publicly for the first time. I even had my bandmates Oobliette and Gabe read the transcript that I wrote up to verify my account. I'm going to tell the story to the best of my ability and you can judge for yourself what happened that one night in Illinois.
I'm really excited to share this story, so if you haven't already subscribed to the podcast please do...we have a whole bunch of new episodes coming and it's going to be awesome! Happy Halloween all!
It's been quiet for a bit and that's weird right?
Yeah. It's weird. Have no fear, 3 GIGS will return! I'm editing together episodes for Season 2 now and we'll be announcing the first episode air date shortly! We have some great episodes coming, so hang in there! See you soon!
Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Arius, there was an age undreamed of. And onto this, Holzfeuer, founder and vocalist of the greatest band of all time, ArnoCorps tells the stories of high adventure of their Austrian homeland. From the first American appearance at 924 Gilman St. in Berkeley, CA that illustrated the importance of building hype around your band and your shows. Having Flex Magazine do a story on the band before the first show. Holzfeuer makes a show changing suggestion for 3 Gigs and the quest to understand heroic archetypes. With the election of Austrian born actor and body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California, and ArnoCorps breaking into mainstream news, but did this lead to being banned from the city of Sacramento? However, rising above this…the best show ever happened just this summer in London, England…on their latest tour to support their brand new E.P. “The Unbelievable”, out on Alternative Tentacles Records. Check it out HERE
Austin, Texas vocalist and guitarist Lisa Dixie, talks about her influences, and playing her first house party at 12. Filling in as bassist for a band called Bionic Man, leaving on a tour at the last minute and incurring the worst roaming charges ever. Opening for Tsunami Bomb in Houston and Austin. The story of Austin’s Punk Rock Lottery and being a two time champion! How this led to the formation of Gashgasm. How the worst shows were the shows she wasn’t playing, but then again after thinking about it, the worst show was probably in Cleveland. Check it out HERE
AND WE'RE BACK!
East Bay Punk Rock Legend Jesse Luscious sits down and talks about his first band, Nun In A Honda playing a high school talent show with a controversial song about his guidance counselor. How three shows freaked out an entire college campus. Growing up in a political household, and using punk rock as a platform. How punk rock has aged and why it continues to evolve and survive. The particulars of EMO. The ongoing battle of Punks versus Nazis. How the best show he ever played was a just a giant prank his band played on an entire audience for a farewell show. How the worst show ever was either the one he never got to play…or the one he got to play with Green Day and Voodoo Glow Skulls. Check it out HERE
Sadly, no new episode this week! We'll be back swinging for the fences next week as we bring
3 Gigs Season 1 to a close with some AMAZING guests. Don't miss it! See you next Monday!
Diego Medrano of the band Romona tells us how getting out of a relationship and playing a show became a focus for his anger, and making all his friends over the course of 8 songs very uncomfortable. Playing a show with everyone that mattered, but having some unfortunate racial interactions in Tacoma, WA. Yet despite that, the people of Tacoma made up for it in the end. Check it out HERE
Host Dominic Davi is about to head out for a run of show on the upper East Coast of the United States THIS weekend with is band Tsunami Bomb. The dates are as follows:
Thursday, July 14th - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
Friday, July 15th - The Brighton Bar - Long Beach, NJ **ALL AGES**
Saturday, July 16th - Cape House - New York, NY
Tickets to all dates are on sale NOW...and you can get the links from tsunamibomb.net
Hope to see you there!
Ray "Rocket" Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket takes a moment while mixing “Stealing The Covers”, their brand new cover LP out on Fat Wreck THIS week, to tell about practicing in his friends basement in Laramie, WY and playing house shows, and playing Gilman St. for the first time. Moving up the chain and opening for national touring bands in the ever changing local scene. How fast Teenage Bottlerocket took off in Laramie. The importance in feedback from bands you open for. Conquering San Francisco for the very first time. The story of Milo, the 9 year old Prom King of the Vans Warped Tour 2016. Returning to Fat Wreck after all this time. The Battle of the Bands not going the way you hoped it would and no matter how bad they always are, some towns you just have to play. Also, sometimes it’s easier to let people think you are from Miami. Check it out HERE
Daniel Dart, political activist, artist manager, singer and founder of Time Again tells us about getting a show before he even had songs, with a guitarist that had to be snuck into the shows, but knowing it was going to work. The feeling of playing a massive festival with 80,000 people, and how hard it is to share that with people. How much a life in music changes you forever, and what it’s like to have the city of Prague believe you have a serious drinking problem. Check it out HERE
Stacey Dee, co-vocalist and guitarist for Bad Cop/Bad Cop takes a moment at the 2017 Vans Warped Tour Salt Lake City, UT stop to tell us about playing acoustically for the first time because no one would play in a punk band with her. How music was the only thing that ever mattered, and how it very literally saved her life. What it felt like to play in front of 5,000 people for the first time, and why the best show stories always seem to always be in Europe. Yet despite this fact, a small bar in the middle of nowhere of Germany was still pretty terrible. Check it out HERE
Sabrina Worthington, lead vocalist for Austin, Texas punk band, The Applicators stops by and tells us stories about playing the Blondie’s Skate Shop’s last show ever for a first show ever, and how The Applicators went from a side project to a full time project. The importance of promoting your own show, and building your own scene around your band without just using the internet. Creating an all-woman punk band when there were no all women punk bands in Austin! Performing in Italy at a club called Jack the Ripper. Dealing with the catcalling bro-dudes of Arizona, and playing a strip club,
after MCing a topless volleyball game.Check it out HERE
Spike Slawson, lead vocalist for the world's premiere punk rock cover band, Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies, takes a moment while on tour in Denver, Co to talk about performing as Ace Frehley in a KISS cover band, the sordid tale of the Electric Banana, and the focus on the how you present vs. what you are presenting. Unself conscious fun fashion adventures in Cologne, Germany. Embracing the theater aspect of punk rock, and just how disastrous performing fireworks night at Pittsburg Pirates PNC Park really was. Check it out HERE
Brandon Paski, Marketing Director for San Francisco, CA alternative radio station KITS Live 105.3 FM and formally the bassist for pop punk bands Boy Kicks Girl and My New Life, sits down with us to tell us about playing a talent show and getting in trouble when sneaking in an extra song, playing the first Boy Kicks Girl show at 1am to no one, and his first Live 105.3 FM BFD at Shoreline Amphitheater with 18,000 people! How sometimes you have to make it all up as you go along, and never getting to see any band that plays your shows. How punk rock makes you ready for anything. The joy of opening for Blink 182, and what it felt like to sell out 25,000 people for BFD 2014 in advance at Shoreline Amphitheater for the first time (and still holding the record of the biggest show there of all time)! The best worst show in Buffalo, NY and having your drummer decide to leave a six week tour after two weeks with little to no warning. Check it out HERE
Jay Hunter Richardson aka Jay Danger from Danger Friends, while recording in the studio tells us about starting a band to perform at the high school talent show, but leaving out actually practicing as a band, never having met the singer, and not knowing how to play the chosen song…and getting third place out of three bands. Jumping into things he’s not quite prepared for. Becoming local legends based off one song and playing the single greatest house show ever. He also shares how Danger Friendssurvive the most devastating and heartbreaking shows ever. Check it out HERE
Corbett Redford, director of the new documentary "Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk" and one half of the musical duo, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits stops by 3 Gigs and shares how the Bay Area was once filled with Marijuana and Funk metal, and how he either played his the first show at a sandwich shop or between sets with Papa Roach. He shares what it was like playing wherever you could to reach people, the crazy genre hybrid bands of the 90s, the unique qualities of the San Francisco Bay Area Punk Scene with it’s mixing of cultures and multiple cities…opening up for Negativeland and having to convince them Bobby Joe Ebola wasn’t a real band. The creation of “irratainment” and having issues trying to play good shows in a particular town in Oregon. Check it out HERE
Bay Area punk rock drummer Kevin McCracken stops by 3 Gigs and talks about singing for his first band ever and not being able to face the audience, the developing early days of the Santa Rosa and north bay punk scene, the "peanut butter sandwich" thing, the evolving punk scene and how social media has effected communication, how the punk rock community has influenced his business model at Social Imprints, the politics of punk rock and Siren, making your show an event, and reuniting Siren to perform a memorial for a mentor and friend, and how confrontations with local extremist vegans while on tour can lead to a very uncomfortable show. Check it out HERE
Rikki Stixx from The Two Tens, The Dollyrots, and The Darts talks about starting a band and doing it for yourself, and how everyone else can suck it. Accepting that everyone is terrible at first and the impact of social media on new musicians! The Two Tens opening for her husband’s band, The Sonics. Being part of a power drummer couple. How special The Dollyrots are. The Darts against the world. Stephen King tweeting about your band. Getting stranded in the mountains during a white out blizzard. Saved by two random teens in flip flops and what it was like being a high school teacher with a rock n roll secret. Check it out HERE
This week we sit down with Rafer Rawb, a Happy Hardcore DJ from San Francisco, who tells us about the days of being down to play in front of anyone, anywhere, anytime. Getting cut short at a Santa Cruz Houka Bar, his love affair with Happy Hardcore, learning the ropes of being a DJ, and finally performing side by side with his mentor and hero. Learning to read the crowd, feeling the vibe and creating a story, and a drug related gang turf war in Gult, CA. Check it out HERE
Andy Pohl, owner of Sell The Heart Records and member of Snipers visits 3 Gigs and talks about building the courage to perform for the first time, terrible clothing choices, having your heroes love your band, local music scene politics, an in-depth look at the art of starting a new band, how to pick bands for your label, and strange things afoot in Madera, Ca.
Check it out HERE
Episode 9 has gone live! Sisters Gwendolyn & Lucy Giles of the band DOG PARTY take a quick moment right before their spring break tour to tell us about opening for Agent Orange at a smelly dive bar show as 4th and 6th graders, seeing people mosh for the first time, performing with your siblings, the search for an instrument that doesn’t involve the mouth, falling in love with thunderous beats, the life changing suggestion to actually play together, the hunt for a band name, touring stadiums with Green Day, playing different size crowds, merch table dynamics, no one knowing who you are, being lectured before playing a church show, and being paid a penny per person at a show, guys being rude at shows, people quantifying their compliments and being creepers. It's a pretty hilarious episode! Check it out HERE
Music Journalist Rae Alexandra tells us about convent school girls, epic hair metal, spontaneous trips to Southampton Tanning Salon punk shows, the tiniest dance floor in the world, and reading the meanest review ever of the worst show ever in London, England. A fantastic episode! You must hear it to believe it! Check it out HERE
Episode 7 is up and we talk to Rob Black from Tail Light Rebellion about the two books he’s writing, how the modern scene is stronger than ever, touring as a two piece, not being into punk and playing in a jazz funk swing band, only to still get complaints for being too loud, playing last at a Vermont Bluegrass Festival, drinking moonshine on stage, performing for more people then you think you are, the weirdest show ever in Houston, and the second largest Raggedy Anne Doll Collection in Texas. Check it out HERE
YOU: Hey Dominic, how come you never play the whole song from the musical guest on your show 3 GIGS, you just talk over it?
ME: Thank you for asking imaginary internet listener example! Well, I figure there are lots of places to just listen to the songs in full, and I wanted to keep my show about the stories and not a regular radio show. You should check out this very website to see live videos of the bands performing or check out the new SPOTIFY 3 GIGS PLAYLIST OF AWESOME I created so you can hear songs from all of our guests! Each week I'll update it so it's current! Sometimes I may not have that EXACT song, but I'll try to make sure there is something up! Give it a follow!
YOU: WOW! Now we know!
ME: ...and KNOWING is half the battle! YO JOE!
(*grabs a rope ladder thrown down by a G.I.Joe Tomahawk, and flies away to have cookies at The Pit and figure out how to stop C.O.B.R.A.*)
In episode 6 of 3 Gigs, we talk to Adam Davis, vocalist of Gnarboots and guitarist for DESA and Link 80, and hear his stories about 'Wortstock’ Barn shows in Gilroy, CA, accidentally being invited to teenage house shows, a moment that it all comes together in Switzerland and all that’s left of the show is a poster in the kitchen, when security storms the stage to perform themselves, chugging half & half while sweaty, random homeless guest musicians, memorial shows for an iPod, the art of purposefully getting a negative reaction out of your own audience, boycotting the headliners of your own show, getting banned from clubs, and trying to destroy Dominic’s bass amp.
In today's episode, I speak to Chris Shearer from Build Them To Break just before their west coast dates, we hear about Canadian shows, being forced to play last, rolling around in glass, playing marathons first thing in the morning in front of fully naked people, forgetting half the drum set for a college show, and playing a church when Satan is clearly on your side.
I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for their overwhelming support of 3 Gigs. It means the world. The daily downloads are FAR beyond what I expected for the show, and for most of the first week, we cracked the Top 100 Music Podcasts on iTunes (That's why I'm always asking for reviews and ratings! haha)...and that's pretty exciting considering I had no expectations for what would happen when we launched. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I'm thrilled you are enjoying the show. We have lots of great stories coming, and we can't wait for you to hear them. We are just getting started!
See you on Monday with Episode 5!
We spoke to Jen Razavi and Poli Van Dam from The Bombpops while they were on tour driving through the deserts of Arizona, just after a late night in Las Vegas (are there any other kind of nights in Vegas?), but they still rallied and told us all about playing a High School Battle of the Bands, and then ruining that High School Battle of the Bands forever! Las Vegas adventures, playing in the middle of nowhere, legendary punk houses, European shows, drunken turtles, and rallying from a hang-over by showtime.
Our 4th and final episode of the week, we hope you enjoyed our blitzkrieg bop week! From now on we will be updating new episodes every Monday, though you can probably hear them here most of the time on Sunday nights! Next week we talk to Chris Shearer of the band Build Them To Break before they head out on their west coast tour! Don't miss it!
We catch Jay Northington, the vocalist and guitarist for the band Nothington while he's in an Uber just before his European tour to support his brand new album "In The End" on Red Scare, but he finds time to tell us stories about 4th Grade Talent shows, Nothington headlining their first show ever, the 10th anniversary show for Red Scare Industries, what it’s like when your father finally gets it, the bittersweet memories of lost friends, band members pitching off limit tents in the middle of clubs, and how even the worst show can end up restoring your faith in humanity.
We have one more episode to add this week, tomorrow we add our interview with Jen Razavi & Poli Van Dam from The Bombpops, who we caught while they were on tour! Then we'll be updating new episodes on a weekly basis starting on Monday!
The second episode is now up, and today we sit down with Aixa Vilar, drummer for Go Betty Go. A Los Angeles, California pop punk band who recently came back to life and are currently touring behind their latest EP, "Reboot". On today's episode of 3 Gigs, hear about 10 year old birthday parties, Miguel's Hell House, musical workshops for Japanese exchange students, the changing music scene, and how no matter how long you've been a band, the worst show can happen at any time.
It's a great episode! Enjoy!
Enjoy! 2 more episodes coming this week! Tomorrow we talk to Jay Northington (Nothington) and on Thursday we talk to Jen Razavi & Poli Van Dam (The Bombpops). Two bands who recently released albums in the last few months and are currently touring to support them! Don't miss it!
The first episode is LIVE! Check out our episodes page where we sit down with Joe Escalante, bassist for the legendary Orange County punk band The Vandals! Enjoy the episode, he has some fantastic stories!
Find out about Escalante's rockabilly past, how The Vandals got their start, the glory of European squats, and military mosh pits! Also how one of the best shows ever ruined Europe for The Vandals, and why bands should avoid Cleveland, Ohio. If you are a Vandals fan, you'll love this.
Remember this week we are posting 4 episodes total before going to a weekly schedule! So enjoy our episode today, and we'll see you tomorrow!
To celebrate the launch of 3 GIGS we are going to release 4 episodes each day next week starting Monday, March 13th!
We are very excited to announce that the first four episodes on 3 GIGS are:
The first episode will go live on Monday, March 13th! Soooooon!
Welcome to 3gigspodcast.com! This will be ground zero for the upcoming podcast episodes and where you can find out a bit more about our guests and their bands. More soon!