Turned Out A Punk

Turned Out A Punk

Damian Abraham has been many things... the singer of a critically acclaimed band, a failed VJ and food network host, one of the minds behind TV's "The Wrestlers", parent of 3... and undeniably, a punk music obsessive. Each week, he sits down and chats with an interesting person from various walks of life to find out how their world was influenced and changed by the discovery of a novelty genre that supposedly died out in 1978... PUNK!


April 17, 2024 89 mins

Nine years in the making, the other 2/3s of one of Canada's greatest power trios have come to TOAP! Listen in as Damian sits down with METZ's Alex Edkins and Hayden Menzies, to talk punk and Ottawa's DIY hardcore utopia. From the influence of Shawn Scallen, to DCHC North, to not getting to America, to the righteous power of Mark Arm, to Three Penny Opera and so much more: don't miss this one!

Also, don't miss MET...

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Don't miss Chris and METZ's fantastic new: "Up On Gravity Hill" lp, on Sub Pop

Also, don't miss METZ on tour!

Episode 27:

This week Damian is joined by his practice space roomie, Chris Slorach of Metz. Grab a seat on a combo amp and listen in as the two talk about Chris’ journey from reluctant zinester to being in one of Canada’s greatest power trios.

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April 12, 2024 94 mins

Punk Rock Bowling presents:

It's not the end of the world, since your baby left you. It's gonna be okay, Bill Stevenson is on TOAP, anyway! The Descendents, ALL, Black Flag legend returns to the show to talk more punk with Damian. From the formula that gave us the Descendents, to why side two is for the “cheezer” songs, to why he and Rollins wore short shorts, to being a coffee addict in a stoner band: DON’T MIS...

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April 9, 2024 110 mins

Years in the making, Andy Nelson and Dan Yemin have returned to TOAP! Listen in as Damian sits down with the Open City/ Paint It Black/ Lifetime bandmates to talk more punk! DON'T MISS THIS ONE!

Also, don't miss Paint It Black on their California tour, this month!

Also, don't miss Paint It Black's new "Famine" EP, on Revelation Records

Also, don't miss the new reissue of Paint It Black's "Paradise&#...

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April 5, 2024 101 mins

Punk Rock Bowling presents:

Get your psychic dancing shoes on because Kat Moss is on TOAP! Listen in as Damian sits down with the Scowl vocalist to talk punk and the growing pains that come with it. From the fanaticism of discovering punk, to two sides of the Limp Bizkit generational divide, to John Brannon's GOAT status, to the vitriol of armchair critics, to lead singer syndrome being real, to the magical plant that makes it a...

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30 years after Steve Shelley's maraca drumstick in "1991: The Year Punk Broke" blew Damian's mind, the Sonic Youth legend comes to TOAP! Listen in as the two discuss: Detroit New Wave, The Fix, and being a Crucifuck. From the still unsung Importance of L-Seven, to trying to join a band like Sonic Youth, to the troubled genius of Doc Dart, and so much more: DON'T MISS THIS!

Also, don't miss Steve on Bush Tetra...

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March 28, 2024 78 mins

Punk Rock Bowling presents:

We are so cool, yeah, yeah because Molly Neuman is here! Listen in as Damian sits down with the Lookout, Peechees, Frumpies, Bratmobile legend to talk all things punk. From the dawn of Riot Grrl, to the DC connection, to the legacy of Lefty, to punk's life long hangover and so much more: don''t miss this one!

Also, don't miss Bratmobile at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas May 25-27! Get your ...

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Nate had so much fun on his first time on TOAP that he came back on a few months later with Jacob. Nate's first appearance was recorded backstage at the Toronto stop of the 2015 At The Gates/ Converge tour. The episode with Jacob and Nate was recorded at a hotel during the 2015 Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin.

Catch Converge on tour this spring!

Also, don't miss Nate on tour with Cave In!

And keep up with Jacob'...

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Episode 486:

I don't need a cure, I need Craig Bell on TOAP! Today on the show, Damian is joined by the Rocket From The Tombs, Mirrors, Saucers legend; to talk about helping to create punk. From Cleveland being punk's first scene, to Lester Bang's love of RFTT, to the genius of the Electric Eels, to the influence of Connecticut's Saucers and so much more: DON'T MISS THIS!

For Craig Bell's music, merch from his...

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March 18, 2024 60 mins


Don’t miss Neko’s career spanning retrospective Wild Creature dbl LP, available everywhere!

Also, don’t miss Neko on tour!

Episode 59:

This week we are joined by the amazing Neko Case! Having been a fan for a long time, Damian is beside himself excited to talk to the former Maow drum hitter turned music icon; about growing up a Seattle punk!

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Episode 485:

Years in the making: Arthur Rizk from: Eternal Champion, Cold World, Sumerlands, Iron Age, War Hungry, Power Trip, Carpenter Ant and 400 plus other awesome projects is on TOAP! DON'T MISS THIS ONE!

Head over here to keep up with Arthur's various projects

Don't miss Eternal Champion and Sumerlands on tour!

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Episode 70:

WHAT A WEEK?!? On this Turned Out A Punk, Damian takes Nate Mendel of the Foo Fighters on a journey back through his legendary and yet under-celebrated punk past. Hear how one of the world most famous rock musicians once had to adhere to the strict wardrobe demands of a straight edge band and more amazingness!

Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/turned-out-a-p...
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Episode 484:

We're going to need a 70th love song because The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt and Claudia Gonson have come to TOAP! Listen in as the three have a lively conversation about: what is and what isn't punk and how it's all just BS anyway. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!

Also, don't miss the 25th Anniversary edition of The Magnetic Fields' all-time classic "69 Love Songs", on Merge Records.

Also, ...

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Not one but two appearances from AFI/ Son Of Sam/ Blaqk Audio/ Dreamcar/ XTRMIST's Davey Havok!

Find Davey's writing on his Substack!

Catch AFI on tour this summer!

Check out Blaqk Audio!

Episode 76 (RELEASED April 24, 2016):

TWO ARE SPEAKING, IT IS FUN, Damian is joined by AFI’s Davey Havok. Sit back as he and Damian detail Davey's journey from hardcore kid to music icon. Also, listen in as Davey and Damian b...

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March 1, 2024 130 mins

Episode 483:

The king of jeans is here! Pissed Jeans' Matt Korvette has come to TOAP. Listen in as Damian sits down with his long time friend for their first ever actual conversation! From the Epi-Fat influence on Pissed Jeans, to Ultimate Warriors culture clashing with Orchid, to the rise of Indie Wrestling to the fall of hipster hardcore: DON'T MISS THIS ONE!

Also don't miss Pissed Jeans' phenomenal new record: "...

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February 27, 2024 44 mins

Episode 482:

Triple threat Devon Ross is on TOAP! Listen in as Damian sits down with Devon to discuss: music, acting and punk. From growing up with a guitar hero dad, to trying to figure out what language the Ramones were singing in, to Devon's LA Hardcore Connection, to the importance of The Smell, to what does "it girl" even mean and so much more: listen now!

Also, check out Devon's new "Oxford Gardens" ep, ...

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February 23, 2024 93 mins

Episode 481:

In celebration of the Toronto premier of the Detroit Hardcore documentary, Mikey Pittbull has come to Turned Out A Punk! Listen in as Damian sits down with one of his inspirations as a vocalist to talk all things punk/hardcore. From the terror of Boom & The Legion Of Doom, to separating the romanticism from the reality of Detroit, to the genius of John Brannon, to xPotbullx, to the Pittbull/ICP/Esham/Kid Rock Connec...

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The Spiral Heads Takeover continues, as Jim Carroll comes to TOAP! Listen in as Damian sits down with the Hope Conspiracy and A-Team guitarist to talk growing up in the unique world of Boston area hardcore and all things punk. From local-only understating of Sam Black Church, to the early '00s hardcore renaissance, to the rise of modern hardcore, to forming Pure Love with Frank Carter and so much more: don't miss this!


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February 21, 2024 113 mins

Me, you, Spiral Heads Crew! Spiral Heads' Simon Doom returns to the Turned Out A Punk with, the producer of their new record and TOAP perennial favourite: Walter Schreifels! Listen in as the three friends talk: trying to be normal, straight edge, crust, New York states of mind, Nirvana, and so much more!

Don't miss Spiral Heads' awesome new "Til I'm Dead" LP; available everywhere February 23, on Academy Figh...

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February 16, 2024 66 mins


Episode 64:

The definition of a classic: WWE Superstar MVP makes his first appearance on the show and it is a doozy! From gangs to casino boat heists to prison to superstardom: this is one of the most incredible stories ever told on the show. Plus, riding in cars with skinheads, hearing Nirvana behind bars, getting hired by Kimbo Slice, forever beefing with Ian MacKaye AND MORE. The episode...

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