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American Head Charge Co-Founder and Bassist Chad Hanks Interview Archived

3 October 2011 79 Comments

by:  Andrew

Just so you know, you can download all 3 American Head Charge albums for free – legally – on our free music page. Just go there and scroll down to American Head Charge. It costs a small fortune to host this show, so checking out that link helps us tremendously. Thank you!

It’s no secret that All Knowing Force has, and always will, support American Head Charge.  I will always intrigue the younger generation to take a first listen while simultaneously convincing the older generation to give the them another shot.

Go listen to The Sickness.  Hybrid Theory.  Or, how about one of those classics from Adema?  Then, go listen to The War of Art and The Feeding.  David’s bird sounds don’t hold up nor does Chester’s whining.  And Adema, well, if you listened to Adema after 2003, I have a shotgun you can borrow.  I still listen to both The War of Art and The Feeding constantly.

My first impression when I heard American Head Charge was reforming was, “Oh man, this is going to be a disaster.”  I can only hope, along with their fans across the world, that when they do their first live show in way too many years at the end of this month, that they realize the only ones that can stop the machine are themselves. 

I love this band.  I wish them nothing but the best on their Tourette and, hopefully, the follow-up to The Feeding.

This audio runs two hours, and it is joined in progress during a Jane’s Addiction discussion.  You guys wanted this archived fast, and I didn’t have time to smoothly edit out the music we’re licensed to play live but not archive.

No need for a synopsis.  This covers everything from the band to greeting cards to the IRS. To all of you that joined us live and maxed out the stream capacity, thank you. To everyone who asked a question, I hope we got to it. On behalf of Darius, we appreciate you taking the time out of your night to spend with us. Until next week. Same time, same place. You can listen to our show with Chad by clicking here, and stalk or send greeting cards to American Head Charge on their Facebook and Twitter.

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79 Comments »

  • MZ said:

    Sweeeet!

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  • ghetto-blaster said:

    These guys are still around? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

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  • RemyZeroGirl said:

    ghetto-blaster:
    These guys are still around?Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

    Sentiment shared in totality.

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  • Davephatbuds said:

    AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE IS BACK!! IT’S ABOUT FUCKING TIME!!

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  • H7 said:

    Hell yess.

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  • KARNOV said:

    Cameron has no clue how good he is. Hence, idiot.

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  • 12 stones said:

    Andrew saying Jane’s Addiction is overrated is like American Head Charge saying they never liked drugs.

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  • 5150 said:

    Andrew — dude — gotta call you out on this? Wasn’t it you that said a few weeks ago that Al Jourgensen was overrated? What was the deal with tonight?

    You lose credibility when you do this say one thing one show say another thing another show bullshit.

    Just sayin.

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  • Brad said:

    KARNOV,

    Your mom’s an idiot for having you.

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  • Carla said:

    I’ve worked with Andrew many times – I think since 1999. I remember him coming to me in 2001 and talking these guys up to me. He was trying to get me to book them into L’Amour. For the record I was the one that introduced you to Dan who gave you the Head Charge disc you’re now going to sell so I should get a cut. :)

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  • sailor moon said:

    I’m not going to come in here and disrespect Chad. I respect AKF, Andrew and Darius and wouldn’t bash a guest they hold in such high regards.

    I wish only 1 thing Chad would know and it’s how hard it was to be a fan of his band.

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  • 1942 said:

    KARNOV:
    Cameron has no clue how good he is. Hence, idiot.

    This doesn’t make him an “idiot” but makes him foolish. Not semantics but fact. To quote Sonny in A Bronx Tale…

    “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.”

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    Carla,

    You have some memory, let me tell you. I completely forgot about this and my entire timeline of when you were working at L’Amour is skewed. Did you really introduce me to Dan?

    Didn’t I also give you a Papa Roach CD in 1999 as well?

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    sailor moon:
    I’m not going to come in here and disrespect Chad. I respect AKF, Andrew and Darius and wouldn’t bash a guest they hold in such high regards.

    I wish only 1 thing Chad would know and it’s how hard it was to be a fan of his band.

    Elaborate. Are you being serious or is this some subliminal, sarcastic way of making a parent-basement-esque-type statement?

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    5150:
    Andrew — dude — gotta call you out on this? Wasn’t it you that said a few weeks ago that Al Jourgensen was overrated? What was the deal with tonight?

    You lose credibility when you do this say one thing one show say another thing another show bullshit.

    Just sayin.

    I don’t remember what I said about Ministry, nor do I remember when I said it. At this point, I feel that Ministry, as a touring entity, is overrated. I NEVER said ANYTHING during this show tonight to contradict that statement.

    You have all the audio on this site as proof. Find the show where I said the negative comments about Ministry and then find where in this show I contradicted those statements. I will send you my copy of Trepanation that you can sell on eBay for $150 if you can prove it.

    You’ve been commenting on our site for years, and for someone like you to make such an outlandishly untrue statement really takes me back a bit.

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  • 007 said:

    I was at the Rebel show too. I didn’t know Andrew was one of the 40 people there. I would have bought you an $86 beer.

    Funny this is I was supposed to be at Velvet Revolver that night as well but it sold out.

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  • Tomas said:

    12 stones:
    Andrew saying Jane’s Addiction is overrated is like American Head Charge saying they never liked drugs.

    this was some funny stuff, when do i hear the interview audio on your site?

    greetz from europe

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  • notsohumblepie said:

    “My first impression when I heard American Head Charge was reforming was, ‘Oh man, this is going to be a disaster.’ I can only hope, along with their fans across the world, that when they do their first live show in way too many years at the end of this month, that they realize the only ones that can stop the machine are themselves.”

    Taking a shot at a guest that on your show for 2 hours. Professional.

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  • sam-i-am said:

    ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach: Elaborate.Are you being serious or is this some subliminal, sarcastic way of making a parent-basement-esque-type statement?

    This person is referring not to their musical output but all the bumps in the road. I tried to get behind them twice and they just seemed to lose steam. In no way am I referring to the death of Brian as one of those times.

    That tour they did for CTSM was poorly attended and that should of given Chad a kick in the ass to say we fucked ourselves.

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  • icepick said:

    explain why i showed up on ur site at 1115 and the stream said it reach capacity and then the link disappeared, total bs

    i was im’ing u and u didnt respond

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  • Vick Loves Animals said:

    I’ve listen to AKF a bunch over the past 6 years and much prefer this format of show to the Q&A stuff you sometimes do. Some of the shows a few months ago got boring.

    Why did the guy above me steal your quote about wasted talent from the last AHC interview?

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  • XXxxxXX said:

    DRT Records didn’t pay any of their bands.

    Not Powerman 5000.

    Not Clutch.

    Not Street Dogs.

    Not Soil.

    NO ONE. Hella sucks AHC is on that list too. How are these people not in jail?

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    007:
    I was at the Rebel show too. I didn’t know Andrew was one of the 40 people there. I would have bought you an $86 beer.

    Funny this is I was supposed to be at Velvet Revolver that night as well but it sold out.

    All I can say about that is…it’s a small world.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    Tomas,

    Thank you for the kind words. The audio is on the site now for streaming and download by scrolling all the way to the top of this page.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    notsohumblepie:
    “My first impression when I heard American Head Charge was reforming was, ‘Oh man, this is going to be a disaster.’I can only hope, along with their fans across the world, that when they do their first live show in way too many years at the end of this month, that they realize the only ones that can stop the machine are themselves.”

    Taking a shot at a guest that on your show for 2 hours. Professional.

    One thing people always ask me is what I’m listening to, or if I can recommend something for them to check out. Almost always, I’ve mentioned American Head Charge. As a human being, I’ve been an ambassador. As a show, we’ve been tireless promoters. All Knowing Force will always support anything American Head Charge did or does…PERIOD.

    Stop trying to pick and fight and do something positive.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    icepick:
    explain why i showed up on ur site at 1115 and the stream said it reach capacity and then the link disappeared, total bs

    i was im’ing u and u didnt respond

    The next time you get to a concert and it’s sold out, I want you to tell security to let you in. When they tell you the show is at capacity, tell them to get a contractor over there to build an immediate extension to fit you. Streams work the same way. The more people in the stream, the more bandwith it uses, and since our product is completely free and EVERYTHING is hosted directly on this site…there has to be a limit.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    Vick Loves Animals:
    I’ve listen to AKF a bunch over the past 6 years and much prefer this format of show to the Q&A stuff you sometimes do. Some of the shows a few months ago got boring.

    Why did the guy above me steal your quote about wasted talent from the last AHC interview?

    It took me a while to figure out what you were talking about. I made the “wasted talent” quote in the comments section of the last interview with Chad. The quote was, “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” KARNOV, the post above, didn’t steal it from me. I stole it from A Bronx Tale too.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Darius said:

    American Head Charge are a tragic band in that infinite talent and a seemingly nonstop route to the top of the game (back in the early 2000s) wasn’t enough to keep them on the straight and narrow. Every single time they get back together will be harder to achieve success, so I truly hope that this is it. I hope their old fans come back and they gain new ones. I hope they release a killer record and that people buy it. Bands this good don’t come along too often. Last night was a blast, thank you everyone for the support.

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  • MP8 said:

    Why didn’t you guys talking about the thing between Hank Jr and ESPN?

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  • Jamer134 said:

    I like in Duluth and I’m going to make the drive for this one. I’m 19 and going with my brother whose 23. We’ve never seen AHC live so this is going to be cool.

    We’re that generation you’re talking about. Thank you for turning me onto these guys.

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  • fazeoff said:

    extremely good interview that somehow piqued my interest for 2 hours

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  • bellfix said:

    I, myself, have started listening to AHC with Trep. I agree that their songwriting was truly magical and there was this disturbing warmth that isn’t quite there in modern heavy music. But that doesn’t mean these guys can’t create amazing music anymore even though they’re older.
    That being said, AHC, which is on the top of my list with Jane’s Addiction (go figure) are anything but nostalgia.

    Looking forward to the new CD.

    I give All Knowing Force all the respect in the world for constantly talking about these guys (and 7Dust, hehe).

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    Are you saying that since I listed to Giving In from Adema last week that I should off myself? :)

    I listened to this on my wake to work. Excellent spot as per usual.

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  • Salvatore said:

    How much will you sell your copy of Trepanation for?

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  • DEADSTORM said:

    I’m fortunate to have discovered this band through your show in 2009 when they broke up. I bought both there CDs and now Im glad they’re a band again. Hopefully they will come to Scotland.

    Good shows as always a+d.

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  • 911 is a Joke said:

    At one time their singer was Martin Cock.

    Just like Coby Dick.

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  • kyusslives said:

    Don’t you think these guys doomed themselves with the Slipknot/Mushroomhead gimmick?

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  • andrew-n-darius-r-cute said:

    IS DARIUS BI-SEXUAL? JOEY CHICAGO AND NOW DAVE NAVARRO. I THINK MR. HEAD CHARGE SWINGS BOTH WAYS.

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  • IRIS said:

    Chad Hanks is a scumbag for crapping on that Laurel girl. He should be lucky he has fans let alone one to be so thoughtful.

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  • doug-e said:

    i’ve never heard of ahc before, i’m 19 and 1 of those ppl u were talking about as being the new gen….so where do i start my investigation?

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    doug-e:
    i’ve never heard of ahc before, i’m 19 and 1 of those ppl u were talking about as being the new gen….so where do i start my investigation?

    The least expensive way would be to start with The War of Art and follow the progression through their discography. My favorites on that one are “A Violent Reaction” and “All Wrapped Up.”

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    andrew-n-darius-r-cute:
    IS DARIUS BI-SEXUAL? JOEY CHICAGO AND NOW DAVE NAVARRO. I THINK MR. HEAD CHARGE SWINGS BOTH WAYS.

    No. He’s as straight as an arrow. Any perceived bi-sexuality is just us talking in jest. Don’t take it seriously.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    kyusslives,

    Your comment is so ludicrous I won’t even quote it. Such ignorance should be posted twice.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    Salvatore,

    My copy of Trepanation is not for sale.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Darius said:

    doug-e,

    Get a copy of The War of Art. Blast “Seamless” as loud as you can. From there, you’re good to go.

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  • jomo said:

    i took my first listen to ahc the other day and haven’t been able to stop, the middle of war of art drags but that album is sick

    jane’s addiction rules dudes

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  • IronMan said:

    This was my first time listening to your show. I enjoyed it.

    I hope to listen more in the future. Add me to your mailing list.

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  • cellBlock4 said:

    Cowards is such a bad ass song. Thx for turning me onto these guys.

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  • Estrada A. said:

    I’m a sophomore in college and never heard of this band. I always try to listen for the live show but didn’t want to waste my time on a guest I didn’t know. When I saw the recap and the You Tube for the To Be Me song I was hooked.

    I got War of Art and Feeding on Amazon for $10 or so total. Stealing them would have taken more time. Did they do any covers besides the Manson and Ministry?

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  • COA said:

    Is there an mp3 of Smiles And Pretenses I can download somewhere? I became obsessed after hearing it on youtube.

    I don’t see it on any of their CD’s. Since Chad said during the show to steal their music I can zip up both CD’s and send them to whoever.

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  • Anon4 said:

    i heard that system of a down was the major influence in head charge signing to american. i’d like to hear the story behind. i remember someone back in the day telling me about it. i never knew anything came out after war of art. i cant believe this dude was on ur show 4 times and i didnt even check.

    can someone burn trepenation for me?? i have a version of fall that someone says was from trepenation because it doesnt match the war of art cversion

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  • paolo said:

    pls come back to spain ahc, stupid avenged sevenfold is all we got here, help me pls

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  • donewithsergio said:

    I chose my name in honor of Jane’s Addiction and Andrew’s idiotic comment that Jane’s isn’t one the best bands ever. At times I think he’s deaf.

    Onto more pressing matters — I hated AHC because of the crap they pulled, didn’t care a drop about their fans, only themselves. thus, they failed and went to obscurity. i listended to this show by hanks by download and went to revisit some of their stuff. sounds better now then when i was 22.

    hopeflly they get a shot after murdering their career b/c its true there stuff holds up

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  • icepix said:

    I’m glad to hear they’re all in good health.

    I too look when Dave Navarro removes his shirt.

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  • Sourboy said:

    AHC are awesome . We need them .We’d be lucky to get a new record.

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  • Carla said:

    I am appalled at something I just read online about American Head Charge. I’m sitting in my office, getting ready to tally the day’s receipts when I have to wait around for a call coming in from London. I decide to search for American Head Charge stuff online when I found this.

    http://gunshyassassin.com/news/american-head-charge-reunite-planning-tour

    I’m not a violent girl but this guy needs a beatdown after this disrespectful comment.

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  • barb melz said:

    AHC sucked and always will suck.

    WHY WOULD ANYONE MENTION KNOWING ANYONE IN SEMISONIC?? UR CRED IS SHOT

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  • Chad said:

    IRIS,

    Apparently, boundaries aren’t a big thing to you.

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  • Mystery_ said:

    I saw AHC on their last headlining tour. Embarrassing turnout but still a great show. I hope they get it together. I was able to get in the live stream for your show. You should have taken calls.

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  • orca1 said:

    fazeoff:
    extremely good interview that somehow piqued my interest for 2 hours

    I have Twitter attention span so completely agreed. Chad sounds like a cool cat.

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  • drkrshdbl said:

    I wish this band never did drugs.

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  • the cleveland high said:

    this band is totally rad, first i’m ever hearing of em, that cowards song is bad a$$$$$

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  • ghetto-blaster said:

    Is he talking about Back in The High Life? That would be stupid.

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  • SureShot said:

    I stole all their albums today.

    Hope one day DRT pays these guys.

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  • oozing33ny said:

    I still can’t listen to this show because of that idiotic comment you made 3 years about Steve Winwood.

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  • bf said:

    I have a new favorite band and their name is Semisonic. J/k – digging on this American Head Charge band. Where were they my whole life?

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    drkrshdbl:

    I wish this band never did drugs.

    If the members of this band never did drugs, the band wouldn’t exist. I’m not glorifying it, just making a point.

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  • b.p. max said:

    I bought all 3 of their CDs on Amazon after listening to AKF. I never before heard of AHC, perhaps I’m too young. I watched the DVD/CD first and hated it. Poorly done and maybe shouldve watched it last. War of Art and Feeding are ridiculous. As I get a little older my interests wane from heavy music bc a lot is heavy for the sake of heavy. This is some good stuff and love the singer’s voice

    I remember either Andrew or Darius said during the show that the singer doesnt know how good he is. i dont think so because this songs like american head charge. I’m a new fan so I’m not saying that I know – but I know it sounds like nothing else.

    I wish I was in the MN area so I could check them out on this run. dammit

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  • BALDIE said:

    I saw AHC in 2002. Their guitar player at the time would throw bullets into the crowd almost knocked my eye out once.

    I don’t look when Dave Navarro takes his shirt off.

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  • jarod said:

    I can’t wait to see them on Tourette.

    Good show with Chad.

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  • Burn My Eyes said:

    I was at their show at Buster’s. They didn’t miss a beat and sound better then ever.

    Great seeing you still support these guys and love em so much guys.

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  • MAINE-iac said:

    BALDIE:
    I saw AHC in 2002. Their guitar player at the time would throw bullets into the crowd almost knocked my eye out once.

    I don’t look when Dave Navarro takes his shirt off.

    Why are people in this thread talking about shirtless Dave?

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  • allaboutglee said:

    I have a new favorite band.

    I never listened to them in their prime. Compared to all the sh*t hurled at us these days American Head Charge sounds like Led Zeppelin.

    Where can I download The Feeding for free?

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  • Foxworthy said:

    Where can I get the mp3 of Smiles And Pretenses???

    Liked your show as always btw

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  • Mini.jules said:

    ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach:
    Salvatore,

    My copy of Trepanation is not for sale.

    Thats fuckin right.

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  • Mini.jules said:

    barb melz,

    Ass.

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  • Mini.jules said:

    ALL KNOWING FORCE: Darius,

    Took the words right out of my mouth!

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  • Dennis said:

    You should have spoken to him after this run.

    I can’t judge how it went by the Youtube videos. They might have had plenty of ticket sellers.

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  • ALL KNOWING FORCE: Andrew Bilach (author) said:

    Dennis,

    As long as American Head Charge has something to promote, I can assure you we will be speaking to Chad Hanks again.

    Foxworthy,

    I’m not sure where you would be able to find an mp3 of Smiles And Pretenses.

    allaboutglee,

    You can download The Feeding for free, as well as all their other work, on most torrent sites. I personally do not advocate this behavior, nor do we as a show advocate this behavior, but the creator of the work said to do it, so do it.

    MAINE-iac,

    The people in the thread referencing “shirtless Dave” are responding to comments made on the show in regards to males admitting they look at Dave Navarro when he takes his shirt off. Darius and Chad both jokingly said they do. I’m unsure if this audio made it to the archived file, but it was on the live air.

    ghetto-blaster,

    I cannot believe people remember this, but to clear the air before it goes any further, I made a comment that the concept of the hip hop song “Return Of The Mack” was stolen from Steve Winwood’s “Back In The High Life Again.” All I will say is it was my opinion at that point in time. I will decide whether I feel that way in 2011 if it ever comes up again.

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