Weezer’s Brian Bell on geek-rock stigmas and Spike Jonze’s scary giraffe

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 25, 2002 By Steve Newton Weezer is one band that really knows how to turn a simple riff into a monster hit. The American power-pop quartet pulled that trick off to career-making effect in ’94 with its hooky single “Buddy Holly”, then did it again last year with … Continue reading Weezer’s Brian Bell on geek-rock stigmas and Spike Jonze’s scary giraffe

Avenged Sevenfold alloys its punk with heavy metal

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 7, 2005 By Steve Newton "He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man." Huntington Beach hard-rockers Avenged Sevenfold used that quote from Hunter S. Thompson to introduce their upcoming video-single, "Bat Country". Seems the rowdy noisemakers are huge fans of the late … Continue reading Avenged Sevenfold alloys its punk with heavy metal