Brutal Breakdown

Brutal Breakdown

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Focusing mainly on local southeast Iowa musicians, Cole, Mel, and Wenk take a look at the area’s past and present indie scene by chatting with the people involved.


Danny Carman
May 19 • 90 min
Danny Carman, now of Des Moines, once lived in Ottumwa and had a hand in bloodying up a couple of stages in the early 2000’s as lead vocalist for A Well Dressed Man. The band went through a few member and name changes over the years and stopped playing…
Season 1 Songs: Episodes 8-10
May 5 • 52 min
Each episode features clips of songs made by the musicians we interview. These are the songs featured in Episodes 8 through 10 of Season 1. Also, today I remembered that I know some HTML, so I made links to the band sites! Episode 8 - Dakota Cairns of TV…
Season 1 Songs: Episodes 6 & 7
Apr 30 • 52 min
Each episode features clips of songs made by the musicians we interview. These are the songs featured in Episodes 4 & 5. Episode 6 - Chucko Roberts Minstrel Cycle - Tale of the Cycle Minstrel Cycle - Countdown to Spiff Minstrel Cycle - Cockmaster Minstrel…
Season 1 Songs: Episodes 4-5
Apr 30 • 67 min
Each episode features clips of songs made by the musicians we interview. These are the songs featured in Episodes 4 & 5. Episode 4 - Wes VanAntwerp Wes & his Grandma - Farther Along All After - Wasting Time North to the Future - Crazy Dave North the the…
Season 1 Songs: Episodes 1-3
Apr 12 • 69 min
Each episode features clips of songs made by the musicians we interview. These are the songs features in episodes 1-3. Episode 1 - Meet Cole & Mel High 5 Don’t Die - Song 2 Dating Back to the 9th Bitch - Washing Machine Song Jack Rabbit Slims - Inner You…
Elgn Arney
Mar 27 • 147 min
Elgn sat down with us on to record on his birthday, March 16, 2020. He currently plays guitar with several local acts such as X-Ray Mary, Joretta Oaks, Those Guys? and does some session work with Captain Three Leg. He takes us through his past and…
Dale & Allan
Mar 17 • 123 min
Dale Robinson and Allan Kempf make up 3/5 of local metal band, Casket Earth. They both have a love for shreddin’ and took the time to sit with us to talk about influences, writing songs together by texting each other audio clips of mouth guitar riffs,…
Dakota Cairns
Mar 9 • 101 min
Dakota started booking shows and festivals in Centerville when he was 14 and has been a drummer and guitarist in several area bands since. He’s currently living in Iowa City but is still shreddin’ and singing his heart out in local pop punk group, TV Cop.…
Jeff Alexander
Mar 2 • 120 min
Jeff Alexander, currently the frontman for area band All Guts No Glory, sits down to talk about a truck smashing into his office, his time spent in fake bands (yes, plural), hearing the voice of jesus, getting stabbed by mystery items, playing festivals,…
Chucko
Feb 24 • 116 min
Chucko Roberts was one of two front men for the Ottumwa area band Minstrel Cycle, who played energetic drunk punk for a couple of fast years starting in 2002. Chucko tells us about his influences, stories from gigs, unsolved mysteries fueling alien…
Nick & Jacob
Feb 17 • 111 min
Nick Leedom and Jacob Mathis have been making music together in the Ottumwa area for over a decade. Their style and influences are wide ranging and it shows in their two ongoing projects, Grand Old Lady & Meet The Squidables. These guys aren’t afraid to…
Wes VanAntwerp
Feb 10 • 110 min
Wes VanAntwerp has been playing guitar in the Ottumwa area and beyond for the past couple of decades. Sometimes he’ll sneak behind a drum kit too! He has dipped his toes in many genres including grunge, rapcore, punk, and Americana. Wes opened up to us…
Jason Bolinger
Feb 3 • 113 min
Jason Bolinger has been in numerous projects around the Ottumwa area over the past two decades. He started out as a kid fumbling around with a guitar and found his place as a mainstay drummer of the local scene. He’s done some interesting projects and has…
Meet Cole & Mel Part Two & Meet Wenk! Aka the shoutout episode
Jan 18 • 50 min
Cole and Mel clear up a couple of things from the abruptly ended first episode, then continue talking about recent and current projects. Cole shares some stories from touring. Also, Wenk is introduced as part of the crew! Wenk shares a story about getting…
Meet Cole & Mel
Jan 12 • 60 min
Join Cole & Mel as they fumble through their first podcast episode! I mean, really. There’s an awkward potty break and it ends kinda of abruptly because they didn’t realize they ran out of time! Find out how they met, what some of their musical influences…