These days, listeners know William Bush (pictured left) for his work alongside his brother, Kevin, in Immortal Girlfriend and on his own in his new Black Challenger solo project. Years before William was making waves in electronic music circles both in Wisconsin and far beyond, he and his sibling were cutting their teeth in metro Milwaukee’s once-burgeoning screamo scene.

A few weeks after putting out Black Challenger’s debut album—the downright awesome Vigilance—and about six months after the release of Immortal Girlfriend’s long-awaited sophomore EP, William talked to My First Band host Tyler Maas about those two releases, playing legion hall shows with Kevin in anime-influence bands like Starwind And Hawking and Ari Armada, starting Immortal Girlfriend, the duo’s unexpected rise to local notoriety, and some of his favorite on-stage moments so far.

My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Lakefront Brewery. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”), Immortal Girlfriend (“Phantasm”), and Black Challenger (“City Of Angels”).