Episode 202: The Westwood Garage w/ Chris Whalen & Pete Valenzano

The Westwood Garage was located at 234 Third Ave in Westwood NJ. It existed between 1995 and 2002 before ending its run. The garage hosted such bands as AFI, Bane, Heckle, Revolution Summer, the Lawrence arms, and a fuck ton of others. This episode is full on Jersey focussed but I think a lot of people not from here will still connect with lens of the scene that Chris and Pete bring to the interview.

It took a long ass time to get these 2 together but I finally got them on the Skype and this is what we chat about:

  • Heckle’s new album
  • Plan A Project
  • Heckle getting on Hopeless
  • Link 80 playing the house
  • Their band Revolution Summer
  • Are they socially conscious still
  • Getting in Thrasher Magazine
  • How did the neighbors like the shows
  • Chris Gethard
  • How Heckle ended
  • And a ton more

Check out Heckle’s latest release on Spotify “The Motive Power of Fire”

Check out the book Blood & Ink: The Scandalous Jazz Age Double Murder That Hooked America on True Crime released by Joe Pompeo who was the dummer of Scratch Kid. Pete gives him a shot out in the interview so I wanted to plug his book.

This week’s episode is sponsored by Spell It Out

Spell It Out is a melodic hardcore/pop punk band from NY and NJ that features members of Lounge, Lakota, Vice Transmission and Entropy.   Their debut album, Out Of Chaos is available for digital download through Let’s Trade Records and on LP and CD which is available through the bands Instagram page @spellitoutHC

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