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 128: Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid, Sights & Sounds, Figure Four)

Comeback Kid's Andrew Neufeld joins Shane for a chat on their bus while on tour together in Switzerland.  After making the change from guitar player to "Lead Screamer", Comeback Kid enjoyed worldwide success and has since cemented themselves as a staple in modern hardcore.  Andrew discusses his humble beginning growing up in a religious household in Winnipeg, finding his own voice and keeping it up on tour, and how he goes "stir crazy" when he's not on the road.  

Episode 127: Wage War (Briton Bond & Cody Quistad)

Another 3-way!  Shane chats with Briton and Cody of Wage War, a band who has shown that relentless hard work can really pay off.  With their dual vocal attack, technical riffage, and great song writing it's no surprise Wage War is one of the hottest bands in the Metalcore genre.  Shane chats with them about their non-stop tour schedule, the Ocala, FL scene working with A Day To Remember's Jeremy McKinnon, scrapping an entire release, and being stormed by Syrian refugees while on tour in Europe.

Episode 126: Neil Fallon (Clutch)

Clutch has been rocking out for over 25 years, bringing a unique mix of metal, southern rock and stoner rock to their die hard fanbase. With a new album "Book of Bad Decisions" (their 13th!)coming out later this year, they show no sign of slowing down. Frontman Neil Fallon joins the show and chats with Shane about trying out new material live, working with a producer known for country music on their and recently taking a vocal lesson for the very first time.

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Episode 125: Dan Smith (Darko)

The singer of one of my favorite albums of 2017, Dan Smith of English punk band Darko joins me this week right before the band departs for a tour in Japan. We talk about his punk rock upbringing starting out in Australia, working regular jobs while still touring as much as possible, playing faster than Neo in the Matrix, and finally garnering some attention of their new album "Bonzai Mammoth".

Episode 124: Ben Kowalewicz (Billy Talent)

Billy Talent frontman Ben Kowalewicz joins the show! Finally! One of the most requested guests, we chat about long breaks between albums, opening for Guns 'N Roses, the challenge of drummer Aaron Solowoniuk's battle with MS, their surprising radio success, and the struggles of gaining popularity in the US. Also, Shane recounts the story of how Billy Talent got signed instead of his old band.

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Episode 123: Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath)

Underoath is back with a BRAND NEW album out TODAY! In celebration, we have frontman Spencer Chamberlain talking about the rebirth of Underoath, how this album came together, and plans for the future. Also discussed is his battle with hard drugs, abandoning Christianity, and dropping the "F-Bomb" for the first time in an Underoath song.

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Episode 122: Brent Walsh (I The Mighty)

I The Mighty frontman Brent Walsh joins Shane and co-host Brendon Potter on the phone calling from Denver, CO while on tour. We talk about their strange start as an acoustic duo winning contests, their label folding right before their shelved first album (which you can get in secret at the merch table), and of course their recent success with their new album. Also discussed is the Flint Water Crisis, the band The Matches, and how terrible San Francisco is for bands.

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Episode 121: James LaBrie (Dream Theater)

Dream Theater's James LaBrie joins the show this week! We talk about his origins in Canada, beating out 200 other singers to join Dream Theater, being in NYC on 9/11, his "tent" on stage, and how he is often overlooked as a vocalist due to the rest of his band taking the spotlight as virtuosos.

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Episode 120: Whitney Peyton

Philadelphia's Whitney Peyton joins the show this week, talking about her recent headline tour and van accident, blending hip hop and rap with rock and punk, the challenges of being a female in hip hop, touring with Three 6 Mafia / Asking Alexandria / Twistd and her massive juggalo fanbase. She also lays down a sick freestyle on this episode. Bonus: Shane plays a little 3-6 for the rap fans of the show.

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Episode 119: Bradley Walden (Emarosa)

Emarosa's Bradley Walden joins the show, telling his incredible story of how he went from being in the military to discovering his own amazing voice and joining a band. Also discussed is Emarosa's writing process, finding his own identity after filling the big shoes of former singer (and twitter nemesis) Jonny Craig, and how hard it was feeling "under the microscope" when he first joined the band 4 years ago.

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Episode 118: Matt Good (From First To Last, D.R.U.G.S.)

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN! I jump on the line with Matt Good, lead singer (for a time) and lead guitarist for From First To Last, and who also had a stint in Craig Owens' Emo-Core supergroup D.R.U.G.S. We talk about the crazy journey From First To Last took all the way to the top of the hype machine, before singer Sonny Moore (now of Skrillex) was forced to quit due to vocal health issues. Now, with last years new song "Make War" with Sonny back on the mic and drumming from Blink 182's Travis Barker - what's next for From First To Last?

Episode 117: Ollie Baxxter (Broadside)

Broadside's Ollie Baxxter joins me this week for an in-depth chat in the back of their van while surrounded by snacks (seriously there was so many snacks). We discuss his unique upbringing homeless on the streets of Las Vegas, how a strangers heart transplant somehow brought him to safety in Virginia, why they cancelled their first ever headlining tour last year, and so much more. Action packed episode! Have a listen and let me know what you think! Email me! leadsingersyndrome@gmail.com

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Episode 116: Howard Jones (Light The Torch, ex-Killswitch Engage)

Metal/Hardcore legend Howard Jones (Light The Torch, Ex - Killswitch Engage, Blood Has Been Shed) joins the show! He talks to Shane about the reason for the name change of his new band, his Gospel and R&B upbringing that shaped his voice, and the real story of his departure from Killswitch Engage. Bonus: Shane and Howard discuss the best bands with the worst names, and the worst bands with the best names.

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Episode 115: Rory Rodriguez (Dayseeker)

Happy birthday to Shane! But hey did you know Rory Rodriguez is one of the best frontman in the scene right now? Haven’t heard of Dayseeker? Well do yourself a favour and get to know a great band before everyone else on your block! The prolific frontman talks about his family struggles, personal struggles and how he ended up fronting an incredible band and what Shane think is an even more amazing solo career. With a couple amazing albums and some highly acclaimed covers including Adele’s “Hello”, the band is on their way to great success and big things - maybe you heard it here first.

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Episode 114: Joey Cape (Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut)

Lagwagon’s Joey Cape, frontman and songwriter of one of Shane’s all time favourite bands joins the show. He talks about how starting out he never wanted to be a singer (“I hate it, I really hate it”), accidentally writing melodies that sound like other songs, having his parents address on the first Lagwagon record for 20 years, the passing of original drummer Derrick Plourde and No Use For A Name frontman Tony Sly, the writing and legacy of the song May 16 - now known as “Lagwagon Day” and the “Joey Chord” - which Shane thinks gives them their unique sound.

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Episode 113: Aaron Pauley (Of Mice & Men, Jamie's Elsewhere)

This week I sit down to chat with the new frontman of Of Mice & Men - Aaron Pauley. After former frontman Austin Carlile announced he was leaving the band a year ago, California metal-core act Of Mice & Men decide not to replace him, but the keep the core of the band together and enlist bass player and clean vocalist Aaron Pauley with the duties. We talk about how daunting the task of singing and screaming a whole set is, writing the new album, the "bromance" of the rhythm section, and having your signature tattooed on someone's skin forever. We also talk about his former projects, including the criminally underrated Jamie's Elsewhere.

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Episode 112: Morgan Lander (KITTIE)

Morgan Lander, frontwoman/guitarist of Canada's own groundbreaking all-female metal band KITTIE is the guest of the show this week! After getting signed when they were still teenagers in high school, Kittie's debut album went on to sell over 600,000 copies and was certified gold. Morgan and Shane talk about the wild ride on the way to the top, working with legendary producer GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine), their family upbringing with a "non-musical" father for a manager, the sudden death of guitarist Trish Doan, and their new upcoming DVD documentary and live album, featuring never before seen footage of the bands 20+ year career.

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Episode 111: Justin Sane (Anti-Flag)

Shane calls Justin on his parents landline telephone for an in-depth chat about the past and present of Anti-Flag. The discussion includes the disappointment of legendary venues, working with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte, their experiences with major labels, and his upbringing in an Irish-American family in Pittsburgh, PA.

Episode 110: Chris #2 (Anti-Flag, White Wives)

PART ONE OF A TWO PART MINI-SERIES WITH ANTI-FLAG! The honest and charismatic Chris #2 of Anti-Flag joins the show! As a bass player and hype man, occasional lead singer and stage banter master for Anti-Flag, Chris wears a lot of hats, and he wears them all very well. We talk about how band beef with Dropkick Murphys made him perfect his frontman skills and also led to a huge tour, his humble beginnings as an Anti-Flag super fan, and how they swindled their corporate major label out of a bunch of cash - which they used for a bunch of great causes. Subcribe! Next week we have frontman Justin Sane for part 2 of the Anti-Flag special.

Episode 109: Robb Flynn (Machine Head)

Happy New Year!!!! The outspoken and always entertaining Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn, joins Shane for a special episode kicking off the New Year! They discussing Robb now being considered a “legend” of Metal, playing 2.5 - 3 hour long sets with no openers, and receiving death threats over his “racism in metal” video which has accumulated almost 2 million plays on YouTube. The new Machine Head album, their 9th full length “Catharsis”, is out Jan 26th!

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