Substream’s 10 most popular features and interviews of 2015

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Most Popular Features Of 2015

As 2015 winds down, Substream will be recapping our most popular content from throughout the year. These lists are not meant to be ranking things critically; they exist instead to catch you up on what everyone else was checking out this year. Browse all of our Most Popular Of 2015 lists here.


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photo: Kevin Cortipassi

10. “The first instinct is usually right when it comes to songwriting” — Dance Gavin Dance’s Will Swan on ‘Instant Gratification’
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “When we switch singers, I feel like I’m writing blind. There isn’t a reference point for me to know how they’ll use their voice over the riffs I write. Having an album under my belt with Tilian allowed me a sense of what he’s capable of. I was able to use that when structuring the songs.”


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9. Even On The Worst Nights: Mixtapes’ Ryan Rockwell discusses his alcoholism and brush with death
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “I’m a guy who got caught up in a bad place in my head, and luckily for me I got out. I actually got pancreatitis from drinking, and while I was laid up in the hospital was told that if I had waited I would be dead, and if I wasn’t careful I would die. The craziest part is after that I relapsed again.”


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8. EXCLUSIVE: The story behind Cody Payne’s burglary arrest as told by the victim
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “From what I understand, a lot of the music community isn’t the biggest fan of Cody Payne. I don’t know the guy and I don’t know the truth about anything he has done in his past, and I honestly don’t care. What I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that he broke into my apartment, stole and then sold most of my belongings, along with letting my cat outside in harm’s way in a big city.”


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7. Guest List: Bayside’s Anthony Raneri picks his 10 favorite songwriters of all time
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “Writing a great song sometimes is about throwing paint on a canvas, playing from the heart and once in a while, it clicks. To me, the very best songwriters are the ones who know how to get inside a listener’s brain and play with your head and your heart at their whim. They know exactly what they’re doing and they know how to make you feel what they want you to feel. You may not know why you’re feeling it, but they do.”


photo: Jonathan Weiner
photo: Jonathan Weiner

6. “I’m just a kinder, gentler, quieter person” — Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba on quitting drugs and having Sekrets
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “We used to joke around when we’d see somebody doing cocaine in the mirror, we would call it soul searching, because you’re looking down into a mirror. Obviously you’re looking at the drugs on it, not at yourself at all, but I think from that point onward there obviously has to be some reflection involved in that.”


photo: Marc Lemoine
photo: Marc Lemoine

5. Guest List: Caspian picks their 12 favorite ’90s grunge songs of all time
QUOTABLE QUOTE: Vitalogy, No Code, Yield and Binaural comprise one of the finest consecutive runs of albums any band has ever worked on, and ‘Corduroy’ is the best way to begin the journey. Pearl Jam diehards may be the only ones who understand what Eddie Vedder is saying with these lyrics and the song title, but it is the ultimate statement of purpose and it is all here.”


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4. Hard Times, Good Vibes: Miss May I discusses the struggle and success of ‘Deathless’
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “We were jamming and having the lyrics coming through and everybody was on the same page. When Ryan and I would give the song to everybody and [they] were like, ‘Yeah, we totally get what this song’s about.’ We kept doing that a few times and we’re like, ‘Wow. We have a theme. All the songs we have written have a theme, let’s make the record about this.’ We’ve never done that either. And it’s cool because it’s the first time we’ve actually been pissed off in a long time.”


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photo: Jeremy Saffer

3. Guest List: Emmure’s Frankie Palmeri picks his 10 favorite hip-hop tracks of all time
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “The thing for me to do when I was a young kid was to burn mix CDs before I went to go skip school in the morning, so when I get asked to do something like this it makes me feel like I am making a personal mix CD for everyone.”


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2. “A lot of people don’t really believe in us right now” — Jonny Craig tries to rise from the ashes again
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “We thought we were over, it was over, because we had so many people against us. And the more we thought about it, the more we discussed it, the more people walked away from us, the more we wanted to fight [and] the more we wanted to prove every single person wrong that I’m not fucked up, that I’m not on drugs. And as a band, we’re here to do what we love and that’s play music. It wasn’t really fair to my band because my band has been around for the last year-and-a-half doing nothing but keep me straight. They keep my head on my shoulders.”


Terror
photo: Alexander Malecki

1. Guest List: Terror’s Scott Vogel picks his 10 favorite hardcore songs of all time
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “Picking the top 10 best hardcore songs seems fucking impossible. I’m sure I will leave out songs that should be here, and if you asked me again next month, the list could be totally different—but I’ll give it my best shot.”


As 2015 winds down, Substream will be recapping our most popular content from throughout the year. These lists are not meant to be ranking things critically; they exist instead to catch you up on what everyone else was checking out this year. Browse all of our Most Popular Of 2015 lists here.