Lead Singer Syndrome. Presented by JabberJaw Media

Lead Singer Syndrome (with Shane Told) is a podcast where 15 year touring veteran Shane Told (of Silverstein) interviews other lead singers to talk about what it's really like to front a professional, touring, Rock 'n Roll band.  

Episode 92: Josh Scogin (The Chariot, '68, Norma Jean)

Shane sits down with his buddy and '68/The Chariot/ex-Norma Jean frontman Josh Scogin. One of the most critically acclaimed heavy bands of the last decade, The Chariot announced their breakup suddenly in 2013 after a Warped Tour stint where they were arguably as big as ever. Shortly after, Scogin announced his new project '68, a 2 piece band where he now picked up the guitar as well. We talk about the learning curve of becoming a guitar player/singer, looking back on the legacy of The Chariot, touring in Siberia, and the time Silverstein covered The Chariot in their hometown.

Episode 90: Cole Becker (SWMRS)

SWMRS frontman Cole Becker takes time out of his busy schedule and joins Shane between lunch and soundcheck while on tour in Providence, Rhode Island. Starting his first band Emily's Army when he was barely a pre-teen, he learned the ropes from his best friend and SWMRS drummer's father, who happens to be Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. Now 22, Cole has found his own voice and sound, and he discusses Art vs. Business, how to rev up a crowd of young fans, and his mega crush on Miley Cyrus.

Episode 89: Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, The Jasta Show)

Hatebreed's own Jamey Jasta sits down with Shane on the very last day of Warped Tour outside the bus in Pomona, CA. Never one to not speak his mind, Jamey and Shane discuss the Victory Records days, keeping their talking/screaming voices in check, Jamey's very successful podcast, and Hatebreed once being sabotaged and called a racist band.

Episode 88: Warped Round Table Special (Kevin Lyman, Jack Grisham (TSOL), Steve Soto (The Adolescents), Lisa Johnson (Rock Photographer).

It's a very special episode today! Backstage at Warped tour in St. Louis, Kevin Lyman (founder and producer of Warped), Jack Grisham (TSOL), Steve Soto (The Adolescents) and Lisa Johnson (Rock Photographer) join Shane to have a round table discussion about the state of the scene, Warped Tour drama, the changes from punk then and punk now, and also discuss the upcoming It's Not Dead punk rock festival featuring a huge lineup of punk rock bands, headlined by Rancid and Dropkick Murphys.

Photo by Lisa Johnson

Episode 87: Fronz (Attila)

The notorious Chris "Fronz" Fronzak of Attila joins the show.... Is his on stage persona real? Is he really as crazy as he leads on? Listen and find out as Shane hangs out with him on the back of Attila's bus on Warped Tour, drinking whiskey, beer, and a box of "Fronzia" wine.

 

Episode 86: Ryan Locke (Seaway)

Seaway's Ryan Locke jumps on the phone from his "Vacation" and speaks with Shane while he's in Orlando, FL on Warped Tour. After getting through a couple interruptions from a strange woman on the streets, they chat about Ryan's conversion from drumming to singing, our Mom's being friends, the Canadian "theme" and how smoking weed led to the formation of Seaway.

Episode 85: Bryan Garris (Knocked Loose)

One of the most requested guests, Knocked Loose frontman Bryan Garris talks about the hype surrounding his band, religion, the importance of hardcore history, playing Warped Tour for the first time, and being terrified about having to write a follow up to the acclaimed debut album Laugh Tracks.

Episode 84: John Floreani (Trophy Eyes, Little Brother)

I'm on Warped Tour, and I sat down with John Floreani, of Australian punk/indie/alternative/whatever group Trophy Eyes, a band who put out my favourite record of 2016. We talk about his early life and ongoing struggle with addiction, the weird things about America, life on Warped Tour, and if they knew they had something special while making their last record Chemical Miracle - in Thailand.

Episode 83: Chadwick Johnson (Hundredth)

Chadwick Johnson from the hardcore band ... wait a second... they aren't a hardcore band anymore... That's right Hundredth has taken a complete 180 and have ditched the screaming, the breakdowns, and even the heavy guitars. Listen to his explanation of why this happened, what the hardcore fans of the bands are saying, and what he predicts is about to happen as they embark on the entire Vans Warped Tour... playing ZERO old songs. After that... check out their awesome new record "Rare" on Hopeless Records... Out now.

Episode 82: John Joseph (Cro-Mags, Bloodclot)

John Joseph joins the show for an extremely candid and unedited chat with Shane. He discusses his abusive childhood that left him living on the streets of NYC at age 14, his rise to hardcore fame in the 1980's, his current projects writing books and competing in triathlons, and his feud with former Cro-Mags bass player/vocalist, Harley Flanagan.

Episode 80: Brian Swindle (Have Mercy)

This week Brian Swindle of Have Mercy joins the show, calling in from Shane's FAVORITE place ever - Houston, Texas. They discuss their new record being the comeback from their "sophomore slump", how hard it is to define Have Mercy under a specific genre, and how losing members of the band has affected Brian personally. Bonus: Brian spills the beans on an upcoming acoustic project!

Episode 79: Brian Burkheiser (I Prevail)

In this 2nd of a 2-parter with both I Prevail frontmen, I speak with Brian Burkheiser, the clean vocalist. We discuss their calculated success, being terrified of dealing with overnight success, and how he figured out he could sing while riding in his buddy's car one day.

Episode 78: Eric Vanlerberghe (I Prevail)

The first of an I Prevail 2-parter with both frontmen! Screamer/unclean vocalist/yeller/whatever you wanna call it, Eric Vanlerberghe joins the show. Topics include their rapid rise to fame, being very calculated in their decisions, how they write songs, and a scary moment when their bus caught fire.

Episode 77: Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams,

Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids joins the show this week. A massive influence of Shane's, without The Get Up Kids, Silverstein would have never formed. Matt and Shane discuss TGUK's place in the 90's emo scene, The Emo Game, Matt's 15 year old daughter's budding solo career, and writing custom songs for his fans. Matt also talks about new Get Up Kids songs that may be coming out in the near future.

Episode 76: K.Flay

Alt-pop/hip-hop artist, basketball fan and coffee drinker K.Flay joins Shane on the show this week. Fresh off the release of her new album "Every Where is Somewhere", they discuss her upbringing in the midwest where music was surprisingly not a focus in her life, her transition from rapping into singing, co-writing with Pharell, Trump, her departure from RCA records, and her stint on Warped Tour.

Episode 75: John Henry (Darkest Hour, The Primals)

Darkest Hour frontman John Henry calls into the show during a car ride from LA to Las Vegas to play a "concert". During the lengthy chat with Shane they discuss his distaste for Victory Records, the longevity of Darkest Hour, how his voice has evolved, and how Darkest Hour is basically a punk band in how they operate.

Episode 73: Dan Marsala (Story of the Year)

Shane's good friend and Story of the Year frontman Dan Marsala joins the show to talk about the upcoming crowd funded Story of the Year album, what it was like to get so much popularity so fast, and what the band has gone through over 15 years of ups and downs. Bonus: Dan and Shane discuss their bromantic past.