Out Of Town Podcast

Out of Town is a joint podcast/studio session created by Nick Tate and Storm Paul.

Episode 1: Mandala

June 1st, 2017


We’re beyond excited to bring you the very first episode of the Out of Town Podcast… a studio session and interview with Mandala!

Defining themselves as “sad music you can dance to,” the Waterbury, CT five-piece did not disappoint.


Vocalist Morgan Fasanelli’s unapologetic lines soar over a fusion of indie rock songwriting with blues- and jazz-influenced guitar, courtesy of Abe Azab and Chris Desiderio. Matt Rosano and Sean Connelly, on bass and drums respectively, add the locked-in punch that has powered the band to house show stardom up and down the northeast.

Song List:

1. Washed Up
2. David Brown
3. Only In The Fall
4. Waiting Here For You

Interview by Nick Tate.
Audio Engineering/Mixing/Mastering by Storm Paul.
Music written and performed by Mandala.

Episode 2: Exploding World

June 1st, 2017

David A. Saylor is a tried-and-true musician, but as his project name Exploding World suggests, he isn't one to stick to standards.

The 31-year-old songwriter has a soft-spoken, wispy voice that peppers mostly acoustic tracks recorded lo-fi style in his apartment. Here and there, he'll throw in weird noises and feedback. These well-placed quirks turn what could be hushed compositions into what Saylor calls "off-kilter songwriting." It certainly makes for a satisfyingly intimate experience in this world of over-the-top, flared-up music.

Song List:
1. Omen Sun
2. Sea of Knives
3. Arms Length
4. American Spirit

Interview by Nick Tate.
Audio Engineering/Mixing/Mastering by Storm Paul.
Music written and performed by David A. Saylor.

Episode 3: The Flat Stanleys

June 1st, 2017

You can't be in a band if you have a problem with commitment. Simple as that. Practicing for hours on end only to play half-hour sets, squashing into a car with your bandmates and gear, putting the band before other social gatherings... it's never easy. But it sure is fun. It's the life.

Brian Radin and Dustin Magidson drove from their hometown of Baltimore, Maryland to our studio. We can definitely say that's a proper demonstration of commitment.

Song List:
1. Look, I Love You but You Really Fucked Me Over Big Time
2. Kiss Me With Your Headlights
3. The House That Ewald Built (Zeppelin V)
4. (Long Live) Tony Perkis

Interview by Nick Tate.
Audio Engineering/Mixing/Mastering by Storm Paul.
Music written and performed by The Flat Stanleys.

Episode 4: A Day Without Love

June 1st, 2017

Brian Walker is a fixture in the Philly DIY scene, but he's not the type to gloat about it. He's turned his passion for writing introspective, pointed indie/emo music into a presence - one that invites others to discuss thoughts and issues openly. Simply put, Brian is the type of guy you want to meet in a world where it feels hard to communicate sometimes, even with a phone or computer nearby.

Brian performs under the moniker A Day Without Love. He's played pretty much every type of venue in PA and toured relentlessly since starting the project a few years ago. Whether it's at a classic Philly house show or out on the road, he's taken his message to new heights. That message is embedded in the lines of his latest release, Solace - a record that addresses his personal struggles and finding peace with them.

Song List:

1. Joseph
2. Nonsense
3. Birthday
4. Green

Interview by Nick Tate.
Audio Engineering/Mixing/Mastering by Storm Paul.
Music written and performed by Brian Wal

Episode 5: Vague Advice

June 1st, 2017

That's the strategy Delaware County post-rock band Vague Advice chose for their latest EP, Time Travelers' Continent. It's a six song epic based on a short story by frontman Dante Robinson. Honestly, their bandcamp explains it best, so I'll quote it here:

The band teeters on the emo/post-rock sweet spot; the fulcrum that elegantly bridges genres. They'd be right at home on a bill with Foxing or From Indian Lakes. But while they willingly make their inspirations clear, just listen to the guitar play between guitarists Dante and Jeff. Move on to Austin's wound-up basslines, or study Chris' frantic/calculated drumbeats. As Dante explains in the podcast, this story couldn't fully be told without the music tucking it in safe and sound, an all-encompassing listen.

Song List:
1. From the City Toward the Hills
2. The Things Themselves
3. Babydaisycat
4. Time Travelers' Continent

Interview by Nick Tate and Storm Paul.
Recorded by Storm Paul.
Mixed by Daniel Heetmann.
Music written and performed by Vague Advice.

Episode 6: New Design

June 5th, 2017

new designCanadian post-rock band New Design heard about our podcast through a Reddit thread. This blew our minds. A distinctive post-rock band stumbling across our dinky little show? This is what we dream about.

I always like to imagine post-rock songs as movie soundtracks. Reflective activities like relaxing, taking a walk, or exploring your own thoughts and feelings couple well with post-rock. New Design's latest record, Far From Home (2015) would make one hell of a movie score. The guitar work turns from spidery, intricate lines to elegant sun flares and swaying chimes. The band can leap from a crawling pace to a rapid fire sprint seamlessly. You don't ever have to take off those rose-colored glasses.

Storm was at the helm for this interview. The band played four songs from Far From Home, and chatted about their plans for a new release. They also talked about their current Spring Tour, the music scene in Canada, their influences, and their hometown of Brampton.

Sit back and enjoy... we're glad you're here.

Song List:

  1. When We Drown / I’ve Never Seen the Ocean
  2. There is No Safe Place
  3. So Long
  4. Far From Home

Episode 7: Camp Candle

June 23rd, 2017

Life happens in musical cycles: there are periods where you don't find any bands that get you excited. You're listening to the same music for months. Then, that one magical band blindsides you in the best way, seemingly out of nowhere.

When Camp Candle's new EP Light first hit my speakers, I felt... energized. I was inspired and wanted to make music immediately. I just wanted to get up and dance. Alas, it was only 9 a.m. at my workplace...

We sat down with Hetepsa and Nu Ra to talk about this new world they've launched themselves into. We talk about the life events that contributed to Light, how this project isn't about them but "the people", how growing up in Philly contributed to their sound, and how this period is "just the beginning" for two lifelong friends.

Song List:

  1. One Day My Friend
  2. Before the Night
  3. The Birthday Circle
  4. Weapons

Interview/summary by Nick Tate.
Recorded and mixed by Storm Paul.
Music written and performed by Camp Candle.

Episode 9: Rasan Allbritton of Rasan in the Heyday

July 25th, 2017

Rasan Allbritton

It's here, folks. We've reached the end of season 1. This was definitely a season of firsts: our first time meeting amazing local (ish) musicians, our first time collaborating on this type of project, our first time testing the waters to see what we could do. There's no other way to say it: we had a blast.

And if there's one thing we've learned from this season, it's that there are a lot of talented artists out there. You can type in any genre, followed by "Philadelphia", and you'll find your new favorite band.

Rasan Allbritton, the band's vocalist/guitarist, whacks out chords while the rest of the band provides a punky backrop. The two demo songs available on their Soundcloud are a sonic barrage, with crunchy guitar and hard-hitting drums. But floating just above all this is acoustic guitar, which is Rasan's instrument of choice. It spins a surprising dynamic when combined with the rest of the band.

During his solo acoustic session, we talked about Rasan's songwriting techniques, his preference for acoustic guitar, growing as a band, and playing West Philly Porch Fest. 

We invite you to join us in wrapping up a fantastic first season. Sit back and enjoy! We'll see you soon for Season 2.

Song List

  1. The Manifest
  2. I just don’t Know
  3. Enemy of You
  4. All Night

Interview/summary by Nick Tate.
Recorded and mixed by Storm Paul.
Music written and performed by Rasan of Rasan in the Heyday.