Dan's BandCampaign Podcast

Dan Mayes hosts a monthly show interviewing bands and artists discovered on, discussing all things musical and beyond.
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Dec 2, 2015

Imagine you walk into a bar (in slow motion) dressed in a sharp suit with the swagger only a winner could muster. You order your drink (a stiff drink), a girl flirts with you, you are invited to join the band to belt out a catchy rockin number, you get in a bar fight, the girl breaks your heart and you stagger out , tie slightly loosened but knowing you had one hell of a night. That's what listening to The Blue Stones is like!

The Canadian duo have been belting out these suit clad, stubble fueled songs for almost a decade now. The crunchy yet soulful guitar and vocals of Tarek Jafar and intricate and powerful drums of Justin Tessier are a combination to be reckoned with. Open your ears and swallow the confident swagger that are The Blue Stones!

With a new album "Black Holes" adding to the list of great achievements (alongside "How's That Sound?"and a self titled EP) The Blue Stones are one band you'll love to love.


Nov 1, 2015

John Wilkes Booth won't kill you, despite being a band that shares it's name with the infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln, but they may come close if they don't kill each other first. This Long Island band have riffs-a-plenty and with a wailing vocal reminiscent of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell (he's seriously good!) you'll only have to wait a short time into the opening track "From the North" from their latest full length release "Useless Lucy" to see what they are capable of.

I got a chance to spend some time with Harry, John Wilkes Booth's bass player, discussing a wide variety of things such as:

- the effects of having an historic and often hated (with every reason to be) figure as a band name
- pondered the demise of each band member
- in-fighting and personality clashes
- band name wars
- accidentally blowing the real Batman's cover (we are so, so sorry!)

These guys are a passionate bunch of dudes who make awesome music for the sheer love of it. And they're damned good too! Bonus!

Their music is available (often for free) at bandcamp -

Oct 1, 2015

How do you best describe the music made by someone referred to by others as "The Villain King of New Jersey's noir-pop scene" or "The Pied Piper of the Garden State"? However you describe it, you wouldn't be doing it justice, that's for sure. If it were a recipe for a musical cake, you'd perhaps need the following ingredients:

- A leaky bucket of Tom Waits styled romping and lyrical storytelling
- A pint of Muse's Matt Bellamy's wails
- A circus clown's car worth of chaos
- Rinse through an old theater's red curtain...twice

Shayfer is a master storyteller and is able to adopt characters and roles that range from the somber to the twisted, from the glorious to the pure evil. There is so much life in his pieces and each and every aspect of each and every song is crafted with care to truly squeeze out every once of musty, beer stained, heartbreaking, philosophical drop. His music is a journey into the dark side and back again...and you'll love every minute once you acclimatize!

His music is available through - The Band Campaign continues...

Sep 2, 2015
Dans's BandCampaign Episode 6: Sophie's Earthquake

They say "Good things come to those who wait," and in the case of Germany's Sophie's Earthquake, it may be true. Formed in 2009, they have thus far only released 3 songs (with an album due out at the end of 2015)! But the three songs are as well thought out as they are diverse.

Epic songs that contain a variety of styles, Sophie's Earthquake takes the rhythmic patterns of Tool and throws in acoustic builds, harmonised vocals and spacey passages to create a spiraling sonic journey for the ears.

Artist Details:

Name: Sophie's Earthquake
Location: Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Generic Genre Labeling: Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Heavy Rock, Acoustic Rock
Forced Comparison: Tool, Alice in Chains, ISIS (the band!!)
Bandcamp Site:
Soundcloud :

Aug 2, 2015

Aymerica Ardimanni was this month's guest and someone I discovered on bandcamp many years ago. Whilst he plays with several bands and artists such as David Zincke, Medi and Koma, it was his solo album "Open" that I first discovered and grew very fond of.

Emotional and honest songs that contain traces of Pink Floyd, Dire Straits and even Radiohead are to be found and loved, along with some excellent guitar solos and atmospheric yet dynamic mixing. 

This interview shows that passion, thrill, honesty and drive can take you a long way - from securing a relationship to opening for ZZ Top and Iggy and the Stooges. This man is equal parts head and heart and I think any musician that ever had the love of music will relate to what he has to say. 

Jul 1, 2015

This month, the campaign sees Manchester based sotner rock band Ten Foot Wizard join the show. Having only just released a new album, the band were in high spirits and discussed a breadth of topics such as; drummers that leave for gold and drugs, sexism in the music metal scene, rehearsing in a space built for Hobbits, governmental conspiracies and the power of a mullet.

Regular segments "Blatant Self Promotion", "Fast Five" and "Rock and Goal!" all appear once more as well as a new segment "Friendly Fire" where the band is read questions posed to them from their fans. 

Jun 2, 2015

Dan's BandCampaign Podcast Episode 3 features the newly labelled psychedelta blues band "Heavy Glow". Jared Mullins (Lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of the band) shares his thoughts on their recent tour (and reveals which audience was the best!) the dramas of being in a hotel on Valentines day when single, how the Chili Peppers came to reference them in one of their most famous songs and more...

Heavy Glow's combines seventies-esque rock, psychedelia, modern rock and soul to create a sensual swagger that will melt in your ears. If these guys were car salesmen, you'd walk into their dealership to by some air freshener and drive out in a Chevy. 

Regular segments "Blatant Self-Promotion", "Fast Five" and "Rock and Goal" feature alos (with a new News Report section for the "Rock and Goal!" player signing! Oooh!)

Jun 2, 2015

Swedish fuzz stoner rock band "Maskin" are the guests for Episode 2. Maskin guitarist, songwriter and engineer Kent Cederstrom tells of the uncanny nature in which the band was formed, bandmates that think they can play more than one instrument and the trials behind recording the same songs four times.

Regular segments "Shameless Self Promotion", "The Fast Five" and "Rock and Goal!" feature also.

May 1, 2015

The supporting show containing full length songs from Episode Two's guest, Maskin, as well as a full song from my band, Something Once Forgotten. 

Apr 1, 2015

Dan's Bandcampaign - Supplementary Show for Episode 1: The supporting show containing full length songs from Episode One's guest, Radio Nowhere, as well as a full song from my band, Something Once Forgotten. 

Let the Campaign begin!

Apr 1, 2015

Dan's Bandcampaign podcast Episode 1: Californian based Radio Nowhere is not the guitar strumming singer/songwriter the term often implies. Otherwise known as Mike Baker, Radio Nowhere discusses a range of things like childhood musical enlightenment, earning a gig interpreting a cow, how being held up at gun point in Mexico can inspire a song and much more.

Regular segments "Shameless Self Promotion", "The Fast Five" and "Rock and Goal!" feature also. 

The campaign begin!