EMQ’s with A RITUAL SPIRIT

EMQ’s with A RITUAL SPIRIT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, Scotland based Heavy Rock band A Ritual Spirit. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Oli for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I’m Oli and I sing/play guitar in A Ritual Spirit. We formed back in late 2009 after a previous band split and jammed with several drummers until Dave stuck. After writing and self-recording our first demo during 2010 we started gigging in early 2011. Since then we’ve toured up and down the UK several times, released our debut album “Carnival Carnivorous” in 2013, subsequently got taken on by a management company/label which crumbled when the main band on the roster left, taking us a year or so to pick up the pieces… then a headline slot at Wildfire Festival 2017 and winning Metal2TheMasses Glasgow in 2018 spurred us on to where we are today…releasing new music and writing album number two under the watchful eye of Reaction Management.

How did you come up with your band name?

We spent hours throwing different names around but nothing seemed quite right, at one point we all wrote several words on different scraps of paper, threw them into a hat and picked two or three out at a time to see if that would conjure anything… it didn’t! One day out of the blue original guitarist Stevie suggested ‘Ritual Spirit’ and I just had to add the ‘A’ for the comedy value of abbreviating to ARS.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The scene here is thriving…Edinburgh and the surrounding area houses some fantastic rock and metal bands. We’re lucky to have several venues with dedicated in-house bookers/promoters who give grassroots artists a chance, if you’re well received at a few shows you’ll soon be offered a slot opening for a national or international touring band, instantly increasing your network and audience. Further afield in Glasgow, Perth, Dundee and up to Aberdeen and Inverness there’s some great bands, we share a roster with some of them at Reaction Management.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We released “The Antidote” EP last November (2019) produced by Bryan Ramage of Ramage Inc. along with a video for lead single ‘Sacrifice’  – and recently during lockdown we’ve put together a self-made lyric video for next single ‘Broken/Disappear’ featuring live and behind the scenes footage from the past year and a half, which we’ll be releasing on June 26th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles had a massive influence on me from a very young age, then I got into grunge in a big way during the 90’s…the Seattle bands from that time (and some of the ‘non-Seattle’ bands that joined the ride) all influenced me greatly, which I think is pretty evident if you listen to our music.

What first got you into music?

I grew up listening to music, I didn’t get into it… it got into me! By the age of 7 or 8 I knew I wanted to play guitar and be in a band.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I’d love to work with Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Tough question, I’ve only experienced festivals in UK but I hear a lot of good things about some of the European festivals… playing Wacken or Rock Am would be pretty special. I’ve toured the UK and Ireland fairly extensively, but I’ve never played in mainland Europe so doing that at a festival is high on the priority list!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Ha! Not sure I should say this but at a show in Belfast years ago there was a female fan who had ‘I heart Oli’s c**K’ written on her arm. There were panties thrown on stage that night but I’ve no idea if they were hers or not. That was a pretty weird one.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a show whenever we’re allowed out to do that again.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

That’s a hell of a tough question. Can I bring four or five back please? I never saw Nirvana so I’ll go with Kurt Cobain, just to hear that voice live once would be enough.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love being on tour, there’s nothing else like it. You’re in a new place almost every night playing back to back shows, seeing familiar faces and constantly meeting new folk. The bond between band members usually tightens on tour too so that pours into the on-stage chemistry.

Hate is a strong word but I very much dislike competition between bands, my view is that we’re all in it together and should promote and help each other out as much as possible, sadly that’s not how everyone sees things. There’s time and place for competition, we wouldn’t have played Bloodstock without winning Metal2TheMasses for example, but that’s a healthy rivalry within given boundaries, I’d never think of A Ritual Spirit as better or worse than any other band, just different.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

It’s almost a romantic ideal nowadays but I’d revert back to before file-sharing and streaming took over. The whole industry is different now and that’s OK, it has its benefits, but analogue recording, cut to vinyl and fans purchasing hundreds of thousands of physical copies would be my dream.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pinning these things down to one is difficult man, I need a top five at least for most of these questions! Tool – “Lateralus” if I have to choose.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl every time. I’ve a shelf full of records, some I’ve been listening to my whole life. All formats have their benefits or quirks and I struggle with the notion of ‘better’ but my personal preference is picking up a gate-fold twelve inch record sleeve with some great artwork on it, putting the disc on my turntable and turning the volume up, crackles and all!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

My personal favourite is between London Astoria in 2008 or Download Festival 2009, honestly can’t decide between the two… in A Ritual Spirit it’s definitely Bloodstock 2018.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably travelling the world teaching ESL and fishing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jack Endino, Steve Albini and the three members of Them Crooked Vultures who would inevitably end up playing an impromptu set in the garage.

What’s next for the band?

Other than releasing the new video on June 26th we’re currently working on our second album which we’ll do everything we can to release in 2021, but these things take time so I’m not putting a strict timeframe on it.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

You can find us in all the usual places – Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon etc. Our main merch channel is Bandcamp, plus we have a website and several social media pages.
www.aritualspirit.bandcamp.com
www.aritualspirit.net
www.youtube.com/user/ARITUALSPIRIT
www.facebook.com/aritualspirit
www.instagram.com/aritualspirit
www.twitter.com/aritualspirit
www.reverbnation.com/aritualspirit

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They go hard when stale so they’re a cake. Funnily enough up until very recently our van had a bumper sticker saying, ‘No Jaffa cakes left in this van overnight’!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Yeah firstly thank you for supporting the band and taking the time to do this interview, it’s very much appreciated… and last but by no means least, I’d like to thank everyone who provided footage for the Broken/Disappear video, it really wouldn’t be the same video without them – the full list will be tagged on socials when we release on June 26th but for now I’ll shout out to all the bands who’s members make an appearance at some point  – Darkness Divine, Multistorey Lover, Kilonova, Nocturne Wulf & Deadfire.

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EMQ’s with ANGELIC DESOLATION

EMQ’s with ANGELIC DESOLATION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, CO based ‘American Razorgrind’ band Angelic Desolation. Huge thanks to guitarist Matt Markle for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Matt and I play guitar in Angelic Desolation out of Denver Colorado. The bassist Chris, vocalist Jay and I have been friends since middle school, so we’ve done music together in some form or another for a while now. It wasn’t until our drummer Max joined the band in 2014 that we started taking things seriously. We put out our first EP with this line-up that same year. Since then we’ve opened up all of the major extreme metal festivals here in Denver, toured the southwest, have put out a full-length album and are about to enter the studio for our next EP.

How did you come up with your band name?

Nothing too crazy, it was actually an ex band member who came up with it. We liked it then and we still like it now, so we’ve decided to keep it.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from the United States, specifically Colorado and the metal scene here is thriving. There’s an extreme metal scene in just about every single state, some of them are much larger than others of course. The United States doesn’t put on nearly as many giant festivals as Europe, but the music is alive and well over here.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our last release came out in June of 2018, titled: “Rumpus Time Is Over”. It’s a full-length release with 9 tracks showcasing our style that combines grind, thrash and death metal. Our style was given a moniker by another local band from the Denver scene and we’ve just decided to run with it as it describes us pretty well: American Razorgrind.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically speaking you can hear some Cryptopsy influences, Aborted and some Cattle Decapitation. Maybe even throw in some Revocation. Outside of musical influences, pretty much anything that is wrong with the world we’ve probably touched on at some point.

What first got you into music?

For me as a guitar player, it was a combination of Jeff Hanneman, Kirk Hammett and Dimebag. Between the three of those guys there are riffs for days and plenty to inspire you to be a guitar player.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I think a collaboration between us and the band Iced Earth could be interesting. A super epic death metal-power-opera would be fun to make.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I think most metal musicians would love to play Wacken. I can’t imagine how insane that would be to see a crowd that large and people killing each other to our music. That would be the dream.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Other than the occasional dick or tit pic that comes in through DMs (is that really a gift?), we have had people gift us our own stage props. We feature a lot of dead babies with umbilical cords still attached on our stage and it’s always fun to have a fan steal one during our set or send you a picture of how they decorated the room with it.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

We write music that we enjoy playing and our stage shows can get pretty gruesome sometimes. We appreciate each and every one of you that enjoys what we do. We are very thankful that our creations, whether it be stage props or music, are appreciated enough that people continue to want more. It really inspires you to keep moving forward.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

That’s a tough one but it would have to be between Jeff Hanneman or Chuck Schuldiner. One of them arguably birthed the death metal genre and the other one has some of the most iconic riffs ever heard in metal so that is a very hard choice. I don’t think I could choose; I would have to flip a coin.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I’d say my favourite thing is the creation of music. Anyone who’s a musician knows how good it feels when a new song is completed and you jam it out with the band for the first time. Nothing can replicate that. The thing I hate, is stairs at a venue. Those can just forfeit their right to oxygen as far as I’m concerned.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I don’t think that I would put extreme metal at the forefront as that would take away the underground and cool factor of it. However, I would get rid of all of the garbage that is on mainstream airwaves and put some other genres on there as we all know the only music on earth is not mumble rap and pop music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’m going to pull an album out-of-left-field here and say “Tubular Bells” by Mike Oldfield (Incredible album – Rick). That’s a 52-minute, single song album where he plays 20-plus instruments by himself. It’s an instrumental masterpiece and to think that he recorded that in the analog days where you only get two or three takes is insane.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

My personal favourite is CD’s. I’m definitely not trying to drive around to find a cassette player, that’s a big waste of time. However, I do have a very large vinyl collection, but I hate it. I’m sick of carrying this crap around haha.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Best gig would have to be 2016 Summer Slaughter. That was a stacked death metal bill with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Suffocation, Krisiun, Revocation, Ingested and a few other heavy hitters. We talked to Paul from Cannibal before hitting the stage and asked him to at least watch one song and told him how much that would mean to us. We only got to play for 20 minutes but he stayed for the entire set and that was an indescribable feeling.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

That’s a hard one to say but probably something involving self-employment. Teaching guitar maybe? I don’t know, I just don’t like the idea of making somebody else rich.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Gene Wilder, Salvador Dali, Oderus Urungus, Anthony Bourdain and Charles Manson. That’s gonna get weird real quick and would likely be amazing to witness.

What’s next for the band?

We are hitting the studio on June 1st to record a 4-track EP titled: “Quorum Of Unspeakable Curses”. We will be tracking with Taylor Hahn of Hahn audio and it will be mastered by Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, known for his work with Gojira, Pantera and Carnifex. Ideally, we’re looking at a late summer release.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
facebook.com/angelicdesolationofficial
instagram.com/angelicdesolation
twitter.com/angelicdesolate
angelicdesolation.bandcamp.com
youtube.com/channel/UCkhhVJNdsXViKQ65BQ45tCQ
soundcloud.com/angelicdesolation
sptfy.com/angelicdesolation

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well, the word cake is in the name, so I think that question answers itself. However, they are biscuit sized so to end the entire discussion we’re going to call it a biscuit cake, end of story.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Be sure to follow us on all of our social media for the most up-to-date information regarding what we were up to and thank you for taking the time to read this interview. Stay brutal.

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EMQ’s with DEIFIED

EMQ’s with DEIFIED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Merseyside, UK based Groove Metal band Deified. Huge thanks to all of them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Our band name is Deified – We have Jamie Hughes (Vox), Matt Pike(Guitar), Alistair Blackhall (Guitar), Tom Simm (Bass) & Jordan Stanley-Jones (Drums).

As a band we’ve been playing together for 7 years now, but as of 2019, we’ve had a new drummer in the form of Jordan-Stanley Jones. We all knew each other from a wider group of friends, but came together to form a band in late 2013 when Alistair put a post out on Facebook, and the metal cogs of fate seemed to fall in place. Matt was DJing at a local event and started the band that very night. Straight out of the door, our sound was described as ‘a ballroom brawl between DevilDriver and Sylosis’ by Burn Fist webzine at our first gig. Our lyrics started out as scenarios, ideas, dreams but as we’ve got older, we’ve wanted to relay the problems going on in our lives, the people around us, the politics, the issues in our society and the world. We are pointing out issues and imbalances in a positive way – We all should be talking about how certain facets of social media / ads are feeding us shit, how global warming is killing our planet and a lack of proper discourse around issues that affect us all.

How did you come up with your band name?

Deified to us means family, friends & some f**king amazing fans, but the actual meaning of the name is to make someone or something into a god. We’ve now got USA Deified and Greece Deified to compete under the Deified name, but at the end of the day we’re all spreading metal around the world! #OGDeified 😉

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re located in St. Helens, so we’re classed as a Merseyside Metal Band, but have members from Wigan / Lancaster so we’re also involved with the Greater Manchester Scene! Both scenes are insane, amazing bands, amazing fans, & we’ve made so many friends over the years.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We’ve got an 8-track mini album coming, “Anthrobscene” out 29th May 2020. “Anthrobscene” means a number of things to us. But at its core, it’s an attempt to get people talking about certain issues that surround us every day and how these issues affect us (or will affect us), rather than just ignoring them and leaving future generations with the burden of our ignorance. It’s a call to arms and wants to encourage people to believe in a more conscious world. This concept mini album has an overriding theme, but that theme overarches into the many issues that surround us in the current climate and how they affect us all. From governmental to technological issues, each song vents our own and others frustration with a world that everyday seems increasingly self-destructive, underhanded and untruthful.

We’ve release two videos that you can find on our Youtube:

And potentially more coming on release…

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences all differ but range from DevilDriver, Black Dahlia Murder, Sylosis, Trivium, Lamb of God, Metallica, Threat Signal, Machine Head, Parkway Drive & many, many more

What first got you into music?

Jordan: Weirdly, it was Guitar Hero 3. I got it for Christmas when I was about 10 or 11 and through playing the game and asking my mum who the guy on the cover was, I discovered Guns N’ Roses. The guy on the cover was obviously slash and it all took off from there for me.

Matt: I picked up the “Significant Other” album by Limp Bizkit when I was 9, because I had seen them on Top of the Pops when I was a kid. It was just so different to the other rubbish that was on the mainstream charts. I then had my first glimpse of screaming after picking up the “Alive or Just Breathing” album by Killswitch Engage from a local music shop. The cogs started to flow from there.

Jamie: When I was a kid, my stepdad and my uncle were very music orientated and I guess it kinda rubbed off onto me. But, as I became older and craved something fresh, I started to branch out into other genres and that’s when I discovered a deep love for the metal scene.

Tom: I got my first electric guitar when I was around 3 or 4, this changed into Classical Acoustic for a while. Played Bass Trombone around the world in Jazz / Brass Band / Orchestras but stringed metal always grounded me. The best next place to Guitar was Bass, after playing the Bass Trombone for so long. Here I am playing dirty Bass riffs for Deified now!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Our lists are endless, but on our next feature-length record, we may be looking at collaborating with some bands in the scene on certain aspects of some songs. It would be cool to collaborate with Jinjer, as we think Jamie and Tatiana’s vocal style are quite similar (minus the singing).

We are always looking to evolve our sound, so it would also be cool to collaborate with a band that use synths and samples.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Easy! Bloodstock, the fans are amazing, beer is flowing, sun is shining (hopefully), absolutely insane line ups, guaranteed a great time! We played there once in 2015 and we may play again sometime in the future…

It would also be fantastic to play at Graspop or Download festival, as there are always an eclectic mix of bands on and they are both great festivals to attend.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I am not sure if this counts, but a friend of ours called John Matthews got our tattoo on his leg and a girl we once knew got one on her wrist!

Jamie: A prostitute once deepthroated my beer bottle, right in front of me whilst we were playing a show. Does that count?

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to challenge others!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Jordan: I would have to choose The Rev from A7X he’s what got me into drums and playing with precision.

Matt: Lemmy!

Jamie: Chris Cornell

Tom: I’ve always wondered what kind of music Nirvana would be making right now if Kurt was still here…

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Jordan: I love smashing huge breakdowns and how much of a laugh we all have together while practicing, writing or recording. I absolutely hate how much crap I have to lug about. Perks of being a drummer.

Matt: I enjoy recording riffs and songwriting. Being out on the road, meeting new people, giving people music that helps the soul.

Jamie: I love the comradery and the passion of the scene. But the venue’s and the people who operate them definitely need more protection. Especially now.

Tom: Making music, meeting people, playing our music to 100’s of people. I hate the situation right now, music has a healing property to it (especially live), it would be great to be back on the road.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

How much control music streaming services have over musicians and their art.

Also, it would be nice if the government would invest in the music business by funding bands to be able to afford what they want to put out.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jordan: “Death Magnetic” by Metallica because of all the memories it brings back. Also, the riffs on that album are some of their best ones to date. ‘All Nightmare Long’ is a classic and I could listen to that song all day.

Matt: “Shogun” by Trivium. It ticks all the boxes!

Jamie: Slipknot’s “Iowa” is definitely up there. There’s so much power and aggression in one album.

Tom: “Era” by Bleed From Within – I’ve got it on constantly at the moment, absolutely vibing with my isolation feels.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Do you even need to ask?!! VINYL!!!!!!! It’s the way music was intended to be consumed. There’s something about physically putting the record on and placing the needle that really makes us feel more connected to the artist and their music.

Unfortunately, it’s something we’re yet to utilise due to the sheer cost of production.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Jordan: For me, it was Grand Central in Manchester. There were so many pits that night it went off! But I’ve only been in the band for the last 20 gigs. The guys have told me about some classics which I’m sure they’ll share.

Matt: The first Badgerfest held by John Badger in Manchester in the Star and Garter (when Krysthla were headlining). It was crammed and everyone was just pitting. Bloodstock was good, but we were a very fresh-faced band at the time. This resulted in not having much of a crowd…

Jamie: Definitely the Cattle Decapitation show, in Liverpool. Beer, titties, inflatables, brutal music and probably the best pit I’ve ever been in at a small venue. What more do you want?

Tom: There’s been a few but the Exodus gig was unreal, I couldn’t exactly believe what was going on! Cattle Decapitation was another, and of course Bloodstock. We were much smaller then though, young, naive and it would be an honour to hear our rumbling sounds again on those hallowed grounds. We’re older, bigger tunes, a bigger following – Cannot wait for the future.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Jordan: I’d probably have a go at basketball seen as I’m the tallest member of the band 😉

Matt: I would probably live in London attempting to make it in post-production.

Jamie: Probably something still music related. Maybe sound-tech.

Tom: Brewing Beer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jordan: Axel Rose, Corey Taylor, James Hetfield, Slash and Lars Ulrich. I think that would be really interesting. I just hope Axel actually turns up…

Matt: All of Metallica and Dave Mustaine. If Lemmy was still alive…I’m sure I would sub one of them.

Jamie: Jacque Fresco, Mike Patton, Daron Malakian, Brian Cox, Joe Rogan.

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully, once venues re-open we can get back to gigging. We want to gig as much as possible with the new stuff in the set. We also need to invest in the future of the band by doing tours and writing more.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.deified.uk/
www.facebook.com/deified/
www.instagram.com/deifieduk/
www.youtube.com/c/Deified
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0khlvR8NfZ3lYll9q7Zu2C

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jordan: I’m saying cake because Jaffa’s consist of 3 layers.

Matt: Cake!

Jamie: Cake!

Tom: Cake!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Stay true to yourself, do what makes you happy and go to as many gigs as you can when lockdown is over! Support our bands & venues!

Massive thanks for having us Ever Metal as ever, it’s been an absolute pleasure!

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EMQ’s with LITTLE JIMI

EMQ’s with LITTLE JIMI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bordeaux, France based Heavy Psychedelic Rock band Little Jimi. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Ben for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi, I’m Ben, I play the guitar and sing in Little Jimi, with my two fellas Antoine on drums and Guillaume on the lead guitar. We’ve met like 3 or 4 years ago, in a music school in Bordeaux, France ; and started playing together. At first Guillaume came to me with a few ideas and riffs, and a story to tell (the story of Little Jimi). Then we asked Antoine if he wanted to play drums and the first rehearsal was like ‘ Yes, when’s the next one??’. We’ve been playing together since this time, writing songs and hanging out together.

How did you come up with your band name?

Since the beginning Guillaume had in mind the story of a little boy who has an imaginary monster as a best friend, so we had to find a name to this little boy, Jimi came in our minds and yes that’s it : ‘Little Jimi’.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

The three of us come not far from Bordeaux, France, and we’ve met there, and we live here now. There’s a pretty rock scene in this city, a lot of associations who make bands play in small underground places it’s really cool, and there a few venues who help bands with their careers. Plus, it’s kind of a small city, and people know each other.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

It’s our first album : ‘EP.1’ . We released it in the end of the year 2018 with the precious help of our friendly label: Mrs Red Sound. We are working on the second album in this time!

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s a lot, I think that everything we listen to, watch or see is kind of an influence. But I think our main influence about the music that we play will be Mars Red Sky. And not just in music, because we know them pretty well and they are really good people, and they help us to move forward.

What first got you into music?

For me it was when I was about 11 or 12 years old, a friend of mine started to play the guitar and I was like ‘I wanna play it too!!’ So, I started to play the guitar, learning Wonderwall and Come as You Are haha. I play the guitar since this time. For Guillaume it was pretty much the same. But Antoine in his childhood, played the flute in the conservatory for music in his birth town, then as a teenager he started playing drums. And then a few years ago we met in a music school in Bordeaux.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

It would be Mars Red Sky, AGAIN ! Because those guys know how to write songs in this kind of music, and it’s a band that Antoine Guillaume and I have in common.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

The Desertfest would be perfect ! The meeting of really great bands…

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

It was in Bordeaux, it was late, and people started to get pretty drunk, and one of the guys in the audience started to throw me his cigarettes, one by one, and he seemed happy about doing it… Great night for the smoker that I am!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Just listen to a lot of music, go to live shows, buy records, and be nice to have good Christmas presents.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Keith Richards! Hum, sorry not yet…! More seriously, Guillaume and I would agree on Jimi Hendrix.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Being on stage of course! And hate not to be on stage!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

All the dickheads who think they are above you and think money before music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I think it could be “Consolers of the Lonely” by the Raconteurs. It’s the album that I’ve listened to most in my life I think, and I’m always in it when I listen to this record.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I recently became a vinyl guy, because of my girlfriend, she has a lot of records, she listens and make me listen to really good records, and now I’m infected, I buy records like she does…

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Probably last summer at the Black Bass Festival in Blaye, France. Lot of people, lot of good vibes, lot of beers, it was a really good night!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Besides being musicians, Guillaume and Antoine are doing other stuff: Guillaume studies literature, he’s really good at it and really likes it, and Antoine is kind of a gardener, he loves plants and trees.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Edouard Philippe and Christophe Castaner. I have a really special menu for them in mind, I won’t tell you but just to give you have an idea, it’s based on poop.

What’s next for the band?

Our second album!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Bandcamp, and the website of Mars Red Sky merch, where you can buy our first album!
www.littlejimi.bandcamp.com/releases
www.facebook.com/LittleJimi.music/
www.instagram.com/littlejimimusic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit I guess…

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you guys, listen to music, go to live shows, and that’s pretty much it! Kiss.

Photo by Pierre Martial

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EMQ’s with MAGG DYLAN

EMQ’s with MAGG DYLAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Virginia Beach, VA based Alternative Metal/Rock band Magg Dylan. Huge thanks to vocalist Suzanne De Iulio for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello there. I am Suzanne De Iulio the vocalist for Magg Dylan. I met Brucifer at an open mic night in November 2017. He was working there at the time. We talked about writing music and decided to write a song together. We started writing in December 2017 and haven’t stopped since. We started the band shortly thereafter.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were tossing around names, I said Magdalene, as in Mary Magdalene, then someone said “Magg Dylan” kind of like Matt Dillon because we’re Outsiders, and Magg Dylan was it!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the Southeast US, Virginia. The metal scene here is a close community. We play a lot of multiple band shows, so we get to know everyone.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We released our album “Amethyst” on 2/21/2020, right as the pandemic started in the US. Our last single and video was ‘Delusional’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Alanis Morissette for me. I love the honesty and fearlessness in her lyrics.

What first got you into music?

My parents. They loved music and played albums all the time.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Wow, that is a really tough question. We have so many bands we love, but Disturbed, Korn, Shinedown and Bad Wolves come to mind first.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

This is another really tough question. Since we have played and LOVE Blue Ridge Rock Festival, I will leave that one out. Rock in Rio would be epic.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We haven’t received any weird gifts. I feel like we are boring, LOL.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Right now, hang in there. We are in this together.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Chris Cornell.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

We love live shows. We hate the cost of being a musician.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

How some artists are selected primarily for image.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

A couple of us have done the 10 albums that influenced us challenge. AC/DC – “Back In Black” was on a few of our lists.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

For us as a band, CD’s. For what the industry looks for downloads and streams.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Opening for Saliva in December 2018.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would work in Customer Service.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jack Black, Kevin Churko, Danny Wimmer, Maria Brink, & Lady Gaga.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently writing our next record since we are in quarantine.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/maggdylan/
www.instagram.com/maggdylan/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC8K0iyVl9aVrUvvNfyLjH7w
spoti.fi/2SNGlGn
apple.co/37OvRvz
bit.ly/2v4t3vW
amzn.to/2T2jsxM
bit.ly/2T4QLAg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

According to the web, it depends on where you live 😊

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you so much for having us! We are very excited to get our music out there.

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EMQ’s with THE SULLEN

EMQ’s with THE SULLEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greek Metal project The Sullen. Huge thanks to Petros Petalas for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I am Petros, I write, play and record all the instruments and vocals for The Sullen. The band was formed in 2018, right after we split up Final Words of Sorrow, my previous band, for a variety of reasons, mostly of a personal nature.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a description of the faces I’d come across outside on a daily basis. It resembles that aspect of the big city: millions of people going about their lives, bottling up their emotions behind an emotionless and kinda melancholic face.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I am from Athens, Greece, currently residing in Trikala. The Metal and Rock scene here has a lot to offer, both in terms of quantity as well as quality, but it’s really rare for a band to “stick to it” and break through. There’s a lot of reasons for that though, and it’s not entirely the fault of one single factor. Corruption, poverty, the problematic mindset around the distribution of music, the fact that music has to, more often than not, take the back seat in a person’s priorities -since it’s unlikely it will pay the bills- are all factors that hinder a band’s ability to put in the effort needed to “make it”.

That said, there are these few bands that make it despite all of that, and it’s something that fills me and most musicians with hope.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

It’s the “Rituals of Death” EP, which came out on May 25th, 2020. It consists of 3 tracks: ‘Crimson’, ‘Earthen Sky’ and ‘Rituals of Death’. You can watch our lyric video for “Crimson” here:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mainly Melodic Black Metal and Doom/Gothic bands like Tribulation, Dissection, Primordial, Paradise Lost, Opeth, but I’d also like to explore adding elements of pop-punk and metalcore into the mix, like sum41, A Day to Remember and others.

What first got you into music?

Well, listening to it, haha. I’ve always been keen on music, since 5th grade or so, be it videogame soundtracks, music videos on TV or Radio songs. And it was always the “darker”, or rather “sadder” stuff that got my attention, even at that age.

How I got into metal though is funnier: when I first got my internet connection, I’d heard about “Limewire”, where I could find any song (and virus) out there! So, I was browsing the genre tags at some point and the label “Death Metal” caught my eye. Subsequently we can say that my transition into Metal was pretty unorthodox, with bands like Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God, Arch Enemy and Children of Bodom.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

You know, collaborations are a weird thing, you never know beforehand if it’s going to go good or sour, so I wouldn’t like to prejudge anything. If the question refers to any collaboration that would be sort of a dream-come-true though, then that would be Tobias Forge, Ghost.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

In terms of “Oh my God, we played there!!” then Wacken, because it’s the oldest (and biggest?) European festival that hosts extreme metal music.

In practical terms, any festival that’s held in a good closed venue, with similar-vibe bands. I am not well aware of such fests though.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Can’t think of any really weird ones, it’s been mostly drinks, CD’s and books. What a boring answer, haha.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Be true to yourselves and what you want. Not to what your peers want of you.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

That would be Freddie Mercury. Even though I am not the biggest Queen fan out there, I think the world of music lost a lot with his death.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy being able to express abstractions in sound, to manifest physically that melody that’s been stuck in my head. I enjoy the process of writing music, start to finish. It’s a really unique kind of fulfilment.

I hate the industry part of it. Especially the marketing. I’m not saying that it’s bad that it is there, it’s more of a necessary evil, but I really hate that I have to do it. Maybe because I’m bad at it? Sure. But I thoroughly dislike it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The “pay to play” deals. Be it for concerts, “record labels” or magazine reviews. I find it unethical; I find that it puts musician in the place of the customer rather than that of the creator. I’m all for a scene that’s harder to get into rather than that. We have the tools to change these things, it’s time we put them in good use.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Funeral Album” by Sentenced. It’s kept me company countless times.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Cassettes I find to be good exclusively for nostalgia purposes, so they’re a no-go.

Vinyl gives the best medium to enjoy the art of an album, and it’s also the most show-off-ish medium. I don’t own Vinyl records, but I get the appeal and I do enjoy looking at them. Sound-wise they are not the more accurate in the era of digital recording. Maybe it was back in day where music was recorded in analog gear. Vinyl adds its own “colour” to the sound which might be preferable to some, but not to others.

CD’s are kind of a baby Vinyl: smaller, more convenient but they don’t decorate the walls as good as Vinyl.

Digital mediums are by far the most convenient. I’d like to see anyone make a Vinyl playlist. Or even skip 7 songs on an album. Or better yet listen to them on the road. Sound-wise it can be 100% accurate, but it can also be of the absolute worst quality.

So, verdict: Downloads/Streaming for listening to the music, Vinyl for showing off your collection.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

As “The Sullen”, we haven’t played any. We aren’t even “we” as of yet.

As Petros, it has to be supporting Septic Flesh with W.E.B., in 2016.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I mean, I have a vast variety of interests, ranging from arts like photography and cinematography, to philosophy and politics, to programming and “hardcore science”… So probably something out of these.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Pope, Till Lindemann, Kim Kardashian, Gary Holt and Her Majesty the Queen of England.

What’s next for the band?

Full length album and becoming a band. Both are currently in the process.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

You can find us on:
www.facebook.com/thesullenband/
www.instagram.com/thesullenband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQPzWr6-1_OvgI3WzKTJiw (subscribe guys, this URL is ugly)
thesullenband.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve always considered them a biscuit, but then why are they called Cakes? Really makes you think.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Well thank you for hosting us and supporting musicians! Stay safe, stay strong!

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EMQ’s with VACCINE7

EMQ’s with VACCINE7

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Midlands, UK based Alternative Rock band Vaccine7. Huge thanks to drummer Tony Chambers for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi, I’m Tone Chambers and I am the drummer for Vaccine7. The band formed in 2019. I knew of Phil (Guitar) for many years and his work with ‘Pieces of Beth’. I was in a band with Leanne (Bass) some 23 years ago. Myself and Marie (vocalist) were looking to start a heavy band and we got in touch with them to arrange a rehearsal. Things got going very quickly.

How did you come up with your band name?

Sometimes, when starting a new band, just deciding on a name can be deadly (ha!). We did the usual pooling of names and slicing words together, but it was Phil who put Vaccine7 forward and it just seemed to stand out. Little did we know that a few months later, COVID-19 would take hold of the world and the name would have more relevance to the present day.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are proud to be from the Black Country/Birmingham. We are lucky to have a rich DNA of Heavy Rock, with Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Judas Priest all cutting their teeth on these very grounds.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We have just released our debut single ‘Silence’. We have also put out a stripped back version that will be appearing on ‘Vaccine7 – Unplugged Sessions’, which we hope to bring out in the future when we can get back to it.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have a fondness for the 90’s alternative scene, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, TOOL and The Prodigy.

What first got you into music?

My dad was a huge Queen fan, a band I still idolize today. He had ‘Greatest Hits 1’ on cassette tape and I wore it out! So, Queen was the gateway to a whole bunch of bands that got me doing this.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Right now, it would be my band mates Vaccine7. We haven’t rehearsed since January. Technology does allow us to send ideas and recordings to each other, but I cannot wait to get back to making music together. Luckily, we recorded 4 songs before lockdown and our friend and producer Alejandro Padilla is working his way through them.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I think Glastonbury is probably the one most people recognise, and it would be a great honour to play on the Pyramid Stage.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

So far nothing unusual! Generally, if someone streams or buys our music, or leaves a good review it makes it all worthwhile.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I guess, once the gig circuit is up and running again, come see us live. During lockdown we have been working on lighting arrangements and intro sequences. So, we promise a kick ass show!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Without a shadow of a doubt, Freddie Mercury! I would love to hear what great music he had left in him when he died. To see him live would just be heaven. For my 40th Birthday Marie, who I live with, got me a trip to Montreux in Switzerland to visit the Queen Studio and Freddie Mercury statue in Geneva. I have no words to describe that experience; it was a very special gift I will never forget.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

How long have you got? The bad bits are of course the set up and break down. Being the drummer there is a fair bit of lugging equipment around. Plus, I use sample pads that all have to be set up and fed into the P.A. so it’s quite a long set up. Now for the good bits! Once all that is set up, counting in the first song and playing these tunes with great musicians soon blows the cobwebs away. I really enjoy recording too, and writing new material.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Right now, just to be able to get out again playing. We’ve been quite productive during lockdown, so we are making the most of the situation.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I think Pearl Jam’s “Ten” has to be my favourite album. It really is a masterpiece of hard rock. The drumming on that album is just amazing.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

For the full experience I would say Vinyl. Marie and I have quite a collection. The sound and sheer amount of artwork on offer is magical.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We played over Christmas as the Brewhouse in Dudley. The sound was great, and the crowd were up for it so that one stands out.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’m not really sure. From a very young age, music has been the path of my life. It’s had its highs and lows but has come to my aid on many occasions.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band of course! Haven’t seen them all together for two months now. Alex, our producer would get the spare seat and we could hatch our plan of what we want to do next.

What’s next for the band?

We have 3 more singles recorded and we will be releasing them throughout the summer. We’ve started our ‘Unplugged Sessions’, which are stripped back versions of our songs. During lockdown we have written lots of new material, so when we can, we will be back in the studio to get an album finished.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

All of the major digital platforms; Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, Youtube etc. Plus, social media – our handles for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all @vaccineseven

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a cake! I think the clue is in the name. I curse the person who decided to shape it like a biscuit and start this debate in the first place.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for your interest in Vaccine7 and I urge anyone eager to get to a live show to come and check us out, once all of this madness is over of course.
Thanks
Tone

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EMQ’s with TOMORROW IS LOST

EMQ’s with TOMORROW IS LOST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK based Modern Rock band Tomorrow Is Lost. Huge thanks to all of them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Cass King: I’m the vocalist with Tomorrow Is Lost. We formed the band back in early 2017, after a previous project folded. We didn’t set out with any grand master plan, but we’ve been extremely fortunate to have had some incredible opportunities come our way, and mixed in with a bit of hard work – we’re crazy proud of everything we’ve managed to achieve in the last 3 years.

Joe Mac: And I play guitar, so the band was formed in January 2017 in preparation for a music competition at the O2 academy in Newcastle. Cass and I had competed in the heats for the competition in a previous band, which disbanded a month before the final. We then found a bassist and a drummer, and had two weeks to rehearse before the competition, which was very stressful haha. Since then we have had a few line-up changes, gigged up and down the country every weekend, and met some fantastic people. The band is as solid as ever now and we all gel really well together.

Josh Fodden: I play bass AND I do NOT drive the van…I joined the band a year ago now, after waiting for my moment.

Ryan O Hara: I play guitar and joined the band 3 years ago initially to join them on stage to play a cover at a show in Bradford, but it worked well and the 2nd guitar really helped solidify the sound of the songs we had at that time. Cass & Joe asked me to join, best decision I ever made.

Marc Rush: I play drums and joined the band just over 2 years ago.

How did you come up with your band name?

Cass: We didn’t have a name to start with…but we had our first gig fast approaching in February 2017 – so we needed one, fast. We started flicking through lyric ideas, and ‘tomorrow’s lost’ kinda jumped out. So, we ran with it (apostrophe included), and it stuck from there. We dropped the apostrophe in the end, still a good shout I reckon.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Cass: We’re from the North of England (specifically Newcastle, Durham and York if you’re a native). Corona-aside – it’s usually pretty banging, but around the world the virus is obviously taking a real toll on the live music circuit, so we’ve just gotta hope that it recovers sooner rather than later…

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Cass: We just released our debut album “Therapy” in March this year. It’s been pretty devastating to lose some great opportunities this year due to the virus which means we haven’t been able to gig the album, but despite all this, the response to the album has been incredible – and it far surpassed our expectations.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Cass: Collectively, we have a ridiculously broad range of influences…it shouldn’t work really, but somehow it does. For “Therapy” we referenced a whole range of artists from Slipknot, The Pretty Reckless, Billie Eilish, Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, The 1975, Guano Apes, Calvin Harris, Michael Jackson, the list goes on and on and on. It was such a cool experience, and with the most incredible input and mentoring from Dave Boothroyd (Producer) we were really able to open ourselves up to new sounds and directions to create something that definitely holds its own identity, and we can’t wait to build on that some more for the next release.

Ryan: My greatest influences are definitely: The Darkness, Linkin Park and Creed and guitarist wise it has to be Vivian Campbell. Getting to meet and have a chat with him at Winterstorm Festival last year was mind blowing for me.

Joe: Iron Maiden is by far my favourite band. I love all three guitar players and I like to think I incorporate a little bit of each of them in my playing. They were the ones who influenced me to write guitar harmonies into some of our songs. I also love KISS, Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath, and My Chemical Romance.

Marc: Mine have changed a lot over the years, beginning with heavy metal, Slipknot and Slayer, going through classic stuff like the Beatles, indie stuff like the Arctic Monkeys. Most recently I’m much more into more industrial or electronic types of rock and metal. I’m still yet to be able to sound as much like any of them as I’d want to.

Josh: I always find this to be tough to answer without creating the biggest list in the world, but definitely Jack White, most grunge music and a lot of punk music, bands like Soundgarden, Seether, Anti Flag and Misfits. And definitely Linkin Park.

What first got you into music?

Cass: I’ve always been drawn to anything creative since I was tiny. Music, singing, dancing, art, drama. My grandad was a singer and my great uncle a concert pianist…so I must get it from my mam’s side at least!

Joe: It’s always been in my life, the first song I can ever remember was Morrisey’s ‘First Of The Gang To Die’. My Dad was and still is a big fan of the Smiths/Morrisey and The Jam. He always had music on, and I’ve never known a world without it. What interests me about music and especially guitar players is how everybody can hear and create something different within a song. Like I love Johnny Marr’s lead guitar parts in ‘The Draize Train’ and pretty much all of Bruce Foxtons bass lines are unique, no one else could have done it like that.

Marc: I played music for about 5 years before I actually took any real interest in it. It was heavy metal bands like Metallica and Slipknot that first made me want to learn more.

Josh: A few things over the course of a few years when I was a kid, the biggest one is my Dad, he was a touring musician and was always gigging and playing festivals so I always saw how cool that was and wanted to be like that, another was my being a big gamer, I loved the Rockband games, they were similar to Guitar Hero and that introduced me to a lot of bands.

Ryan: The first thing that got me into rock music was seeing The Darkness ‘Growing On Me’ while watching Kerrang TV with my Dad when I was little.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Cass: Erm…I’ve been loving Poppy and her latest release…but I’ve been craving nostalgia like mad lately, so I’ve been hammering Lady Gaga, Pink, Backstreet Boys…with no shame, whatsoever.

Josh: I would love to work with Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker or Jack White

Marc: I dunno, probably someone electronic with less guitarists.

Ryan: I would love to do something with Avenged Sevenfold.

Joe: I’d like to collaborate with more producers, I think. So probably Romesh Dodangoda.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Cass: I think Download would be pretty cool…that’s like the holy grail of rock festivals over here isn’t it? Playing the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock would be really special as well, the Main Stage can come later…

Ryan: I’d love to play Download or Wacken Festival. Those are two big ones for me…….Oh and Bloodstock again, Sweden Rocks would be amazing as well…I think we should arrange a tour where we play festivals ALL summer long.

Josh: I would love to play Rise Above festival, which was a festival made by Shaun Morgan of Seether, great bands play there and it’s for a good cause.

Joe: Download, that would be the ultimate gig for me, just for it being the biggest rock and metal one in the UK.

Marc: Download is the one or Glastonbury as that is quite a different type of event…Or one in a nice warm country with no mud.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Cass: I don’t think anyone’s ever given me anything?! And now you’ve got me thinking I’m mad unpopular?! Probably something I said…haha

Joe: There hasn’t really been any, just really nice and kind ones, there was a customised merch table lamp that Julie from the MT Heads MCC made for us.

Ryan: Does beer count?? That’s not weird but it is kinda awesome.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Cass: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! It’s a plateaued saying on the grassroots circuit but still so true – that we really wouldn’t be doing this without you guys. On top of our own desire to succeed and write the best songs we can, put on the best live show possible, it is the fans that get us from A to B, show to show, they are the ones that turn up in front of a stage to sing along with us, without them, we are a Social Worker, a Brickie, a Bar Man, a Strip Joint Manager and a Delivery driver.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Cass: Freddie Mercury. The boss man.

Marc: Paul Gray.

Ryan: Chester Bennington, probably my favourite singer off all time.

Joe: Randy Rhoads, I think his musical knowledge and ability was stripped from this world far too soon. By far the best musician there has ever been in my eyes.

Josh: This is a tough but great question, for me I’m stuck between Layne Staley, Chris Cornell or Chester Bennington.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Cass: Escapism, writing, creating stuff, exploring new directions and trying new things. I hate travelling. Love being at home.

Joe: I like writing songs and coming up with new ideas, but I hate travelling. 😂

Ryan: I love the travelling and performing in a band, writing songs, recording all of it. One thing I dislike about it all is loading the van, I can never be bothered after a show.

Marc: Performing, and just about everything else, even being in a van with this lot for days at a time is not THAT bad.

Josh: Playing a great show In front of a great audience is the best feeling in the world, no doubt, writing and recording is fun, but the live show is heaven to me. The worst bit for me is the travelling, I love playing shows far away from where I’m from, but the getting there sucks!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

EVERYONE: The devaluation of music and creators. We don’t have the space to get into that one today.

Marc: Bit of a cliché, but have it more based on talent and writing good songs instead of saying the right things and getting in the right circles.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Cass: “The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance.

Joe: My all-time favourite album is “Powerslave” by Iron Maiden 

Ryan: My favourite album, has to be Black Stone Cherry’s self-titled album.

Marc: “Metal Resistance” by Babymetal.

Josh: “Superuknown” by Soundgarden or “Elephant” by The White Stripes, I can’t make decisions like that!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Cass: I think there’s something aesthetically pleasing about vinyl – and any physical format to be honest. I also think there’s a much greater investment in music when there’s a physical format involved. Downloads and streaming are great for discovering new artists, for sure…but I believe that it has devalued the emotional and monetary worth music, and has left audiences much harder to engage. Never has the first 5 seconds of a song been more important than they are now, and I’m not sure that’s going to change. But I think ‘convenience culture’ spans far beyond the music industry…

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Cass: Bloodstock was an insane day. I was really unhappy with my performance that day, but there was nothing the atmosphere and reaction wasn’t going to solve.

Joe: Outside of Bloodstock I love playing at Newcastle O2 Academy, especially that main stage because it’s our hometown.

Ryan: Best gig I have ever played is Bloodstock Festival last year, huge crowd, amazing crowd, and a huge stage.

Marc: Yeah, Bloodstock was very fun.

Josh: We played Bloodstock and that was pretty awesome, and I always like playing a venue called The Vaults in Newton Stewart, Scotland, they always have a great crowd.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Cass: I would be, and still am – a social worker by day. Living the dream, paying the bills!

Joe: Laying bricks, stone and blocks. I’m a bricklayer/stonemason by day. I love doing it, I think construction will always be in my life.

Ryan: I probably wouldn’t be anything else as I kind of suck at everything apart from music.

Marc: Getting enough sleep and making money.

Josh: Before I played music, I was really into Track and field athletics, I was great at Discus and 100m…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Cass: Joe, Ryan, Marc, Josh and Dave, of course!

What’s next for the band?

Cass: We’re busy trying to use lockdown to work on new music as much as possible, but in the current climate – who knows! We hope we can get out and actually play our album live, we had dates cancelled like everyone else. Hard to believe we moved the original release date from December 12th   2019  (Because it was General Election Results day) to March 13th, slap bang in the middle of the 1st major pandemic since the Spanish flu. Add that on top of that an agent in Germany (who has now disappeared) going “Bankrupt” in 2018 when we should have been going out on a European tour with Diamond Head (Not DH’s fault by the way, they were amazing though all of that)  and you would think we have ZERO luck, but, we are strong, we have fought for everything we have, our fans are incredible and have helped us though everything in some amazing ways. Hard to believe we have only been at this for 3 years really…..We have the support of an amazing label in Eclipse Records, our families help, they have travelled all over the country to man the merch desk for us, so we will keep fighting, keep writing and recording and when we do get back out on a stage near you, MAKE SURE you all come say hello.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Cass: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube…we have our own website www.tomorrowislost.com where you can find our merch store and blogs, and we’ve also got our music up on all the major streaming and download platforms.

Josh: Literally everywhere…Some people say that if you pick up one of those seashells and put it to your ear, you can hear Our second single ‘Hideaway’…just sayin’!

Ryan: We even have our own artist pages now where we are posting up some videos of play throughs of our songs along with some covers and other things.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Josh: HA AH HA how to start a fight in an empty room man…FOR SURE it’s a biscuit purely because if it was a friends birthday, you wouldn’t stick a candle in it and give it to them, or would you?

Cass: Definitely cake. If you don’t dunk it in tea – it’s not a biscuit, and if you dunk a Jaffa cake in tea, you’re just wrong. I’m sorry.

Ryan: BISCUIT!!!!!!

Joe: Somewhere in between😂

Marc: It’s a Cake!!!!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Cass: Yeah – have you heard the album, and what’s your favourite track? Can we please give a shout out to all those that support us as a band?? SPAUN DRUMS, MOTORHEAD BEER, SCYMTEK CYMBALS, CLOVEN HOOF RUM, ECLIPSE RECORDS, CODE DRUMHEADS, LONDON DRUMSTICK COMPANY, VOCALZONE, INK CLAN NATION, MOONSTONE COSMETICS and BROTHERTON’S MUSIC. Thank you all so much for believing in us and for your continuing support!!! WE WILL see you all on the road as soon as possible.

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EMQ’s with KIRRA

EMQ’s with KIRRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Oklahoma City, OK based Hard Rock band, Kirra. Huge thanks to guitarist Daxton Page for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Daxton Page, and I’m the guitarist for KIRRA. Originally, I left a camp/school in Oklahoma that got young kids together to learn how to play an instrument, and always play with other musicians to form a band. A couple kids came with me but ended up flaking out. Luckily, I met Zach Stafford, our drummer, through mutual friends of our parents. After, we searched through tons of ‘musicians seeking musicians’ websites, and found our luck with Craigslist when Ryne McNeill answered the ad. He had a friend, Jesse, who could sing and play guitar, so we thought it was a perfect match considered we wanted to be a dual guitar 4-piece band. At our first rehearsal, we wrote a song that would turn into ‘Drown’, off our first LP “Run Away”. Then, we knew we had something we should pursue together. In 2018, Jesse unfortunately passed away in a car accident, and in April of 2018 we found Gabriel Parson to be our permanent new singer, and we’ve since released a couple singles ‘Sixteen Suns’ & ‘Decider’, as well as our new full-length album “Redefine”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jesse had suggested the name to us, and we thought it sounded short, simple, and catchy so we said “yeah!”. He eventually told us he had a stockpile of cologne that was called Kirra, and that was where he got the name. Turns out, it’s named after a beach in Queensland, Australia!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Locally we are from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the US, which is smack dab in the middle of the state. The metal/rock scene there is very underground. There’s lots of metal shows, but I think the breakout bands are underground at the moment, which is exciting! More regionally speaking, bands like Blacktop Mojo, Nothing More, Sons of Texas, and Lullwater are starting to get some traction and we are all in the Southwest part of the country. So, it looks like the South is where it’s at for rock/metal at the moment in my opinion.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our first LP with our new singer Gabriel, called “Redefine”, which is an apt name considering this album is a shift stylistically from the past. It’s 17 “songs” in total, and the reason I put songs in quotations is because some of the songs are more like transitional pieces or intros to other songs. We wanted to be able to take our time with a long piece of music so we could get a message across, but we didn’t want the audience to have to sit through a 2 or 3 minute intro if they just want to get to the songs.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I would say the bands biggest influences are artists like: Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Tool, Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, and Twelve Foot Ninja. Personally, my biggest influences are people like Mark Tremonti, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, or Tommy Emmanuel.

What first got you into music?

When I was a kid, I grew up in a music-loving family, no one really played an instrument, except for a cousin who showed me my first couple chords, and an uncle who played as well. However, I really fell in love with guitar when I started to hear guitar solos like the one in ‘Like A Stone’ by Audioslave or ‘Open Your Eyes’ by Alter Bridge. I was so drawn to the emotion that could be expressed from a guitar solo; I knew I wanted to do something like that.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

There are so many it would be difficult to narrow it down to one. If I had to pick one, I’d say work with Nothing More. We toured with them back into 2018, and I really admire their creativity and passion. I’d also like to collaborate with a lot of the bands I listed from our region earlier.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Download probably. I’ve seen so many great performances from the festival with awesome crowds it would just be surreal to be a part of.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We’ve had lots of great gifts from fans, but we’ve never really been given a weird gift. SO, I guess I don’t have an answer for that one unfortunately! In due time, check back in on that haha!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Seek the truth at all costs because the alternative is worse.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Probably Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. He was an insane talent that left a mark but had a lot more to share I feel.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

There are no words to describe the connection you have with an audience that is into your music, and just feeling it with everyone else in the room. It’s timeless, almost transcendent or a religious-like state. I hate the downtime in between those moments, I almost wish we could do multiple full shows a day on tour, but that would wear us pretty thin haha.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Get rid of ticket/venue monopolies so artists can sell tickets for the price of THEIR choice.

Name one of your all-time favorite albums?

“Blackbird” by Alter Bridge. I have lyrics from the title-track on my arm for my grandmother. It’s a stellar hard rock album.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Whichever is most accessible, so I would say downloads. If “best” means sound quality, then I think it’s pretty subjective.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Probably the night we played our hometown with Sevendust and Tremonti at the Diamond Ballroom. It was packed and full of fans and family, it was a special night to say the least. Plus, we got to see spouses after a month away.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably teaching. Something like Philosophy, Psychology, or Economics. I’d like to think of myself as an informed-amateur in those fields, currently. I know enough to know I need to know more haha, but if I had time to develop my studies, that’s probably where I’d end up.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Probably Jonny Hawkins, Brent Smith, Mark Tremonti, Clint Lowery, and Steve Vai. All differing personalities and perspectives, I think interesting discussions would happen during dinner!

What’s next for the band?

More and more music, and hopefully a tour, once all the COVID stuff dies down. We’ve really been writing a lot during this downtime and we hope to get music out as often as possible in the next few years.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We have all our releases on Spotify, Apple Music, and every other digital streaming service. If you want to keep up with us, you can check out our Instagram: @kirra_music, Facebook: Kirra Music, and our website KirraMusic.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. Though it is cake-like, I would label it a cakey biscuit, as opposed to a biscuity cake haha.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for having us on, hopefully we can do this again! I would just say go check out our new album “Redefine”, and our singles ‘Caving In’ and ‘Free’!

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EMQ’s with BLACKLIST-9

EMQ’s with BLACKLIST-9

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based Groove Metal band BlackList-9. Huge thanks to them all for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Josh: Hi! I’m Josh May and I am the bassist for Blacklist-9. I joined the band in January of 2019.

Lonnie: Lonnie Silva, drummer. BlackList-9 was started in 2013 when my son Kyle was frustrated that he couldn’t put a band together. Kyle asked me to start a band with him and after several weeks of asking, I listened to what he had written and gave it a shot, and here we are!

Kyle: Kyle Silva, I play Guitar

Max: My name is Maxwell Sorg. I do vocals for the band. Kyle and his Dad started the band. They can tell you more than I can. I’m just the singer! Haha!

How did you come up with your band name?

Lonnie: When we decided to change the name, I was watching T.V. and a commercial for the show, “Blacklist” came on. So, I started adding different words and numbers to it. Counted to nine and that was it!

Max: Kyle talked to a burning bush in a cave. And then came out a virtuoso guitar player and with the name tattooed on his chest.

Kyle: Sure? Lol.

What Country/Region are you from, and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Josh: We are from Los Angeles, CA. U.S.A. The rock scene in LA gets a bit more love than the metal scene because it’s easier to digest for the crowds coming out to support friends. Easier on the ears, haha! That said, there is a growing underground metal scene going on in and around LA. We are experiencing it up in the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys. Some killer metal acts are cranking out heavy goodness.

Lonnie: Born and raised in California, USA. Living close to Hollywood, you’d think there would be some kind of metal scene, but it seems the only bands that are playing most of the clubs are tribute bands.

Kyle: California Native, J-May hit the nail on the head with his response about the metal scene here.

Max: Originally, I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area. If you weren’t traveling to San Jose, or San Francisco for shows, the scene was chaotic for all the wrong reasons. Most shows were put on by a few production companies who booked acts from around the area, and without regard to what genre they fell under. A lot of times we’d have a hardcore metal band, followed by a “Foster the People” sounding indie band, followed by a three-piece punk band. All talented, just it never felt like an actual scene, so much as an open mic night for all the local bands.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Josh: Our first full-length album, “Mentally Ill, Legally Sane” through Eclipse Records. Available on all streaming services.

Lonnie: Our latest release “Mentally ill Legally Sane” on Eclipse Records. We released two singles and videos for the songs, ‘Madness’ and ‘Legally Sane’.

Max: I released an EP with my last band Malice Coy in October of 2019, I played guitar on the project. It was actually due to that EP that I started taking singing lessons at the Musician’s Institute. It was a ride to say the least.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Josh: My greatest influences are Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin, Igorrr, Kyuss and  The Gaslamp Killer.

Lonnie: I’m influenced by Carl Palmer from “ELP” John Bonham, Alex Van Halen, Peter Criss and a big fan of Vinnie Paul!

Kyle: Dimebag, Francisco Tarrega, Adam Jones, Jim Root, Dave Matthews!

Max: In no particular order: Chris Cornell, Phil Anselmo, Corey Taylor, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and the sound my garbage disposal makes when there’s no food in it.

What first got you into music?

Josh: Music has been a part of my life since birth. Both of my parents are musical. My Dad plays guitar and sings. My Mom was a piano teacher for many years, and played guitar and sang as well. I started playing the saxophone when I was 9 then moved to guitar at 11 and drums at 14. I played bass any time I could get my hands on one.

Kyle: Good old Jimi Hendrix

Lonnie: Growing up my parents always had parties on the weekends, and blasting music from the 50’s to the 70’s, just dug the music!

Max: Not to get too dark, but I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma when I was 11 and went through 4 months of chemotherapy. The two albums I listened to on repeat through the process were “Dookie” and “American Idiot” by Green Day. I listened to those records over and over again, singing all the words until they were ingrained in my head and I could recite them without even hearing the song. I watched all the concert footage I could get my hands on, and saw them when they came to AT&T Park in 2006, on the American Idiot tour, with Flogging Molly (another great band), and Jimmy Eat World. It was my first concert and from there, I guess you could say that show started it all.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Josh: I would love to collaborate with Igorrr from France. Gautier Serre is a musical genius and being able to tap into his consciousness and collaborate on a song, or songs, would be magical.

Lonnie: Van Halen

Kyle: Chad Grey

Max: Jeez, do I have to pick one? Probably Dave Grohl, I’d love to do a ProBot II with him or something.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose, and why?

Josh: I would love to play Knotfest Roadshow USA. Slipknot have done an excellent job with their festival. Another festival that comes to mind is Rock In Rio. Traveling to South America for the first time would be a blast!

Lonnie: Download!

Kyle: Rock on the Range!!

Max: Pinkpop! It’s a huge festival in the Netherlands, which I’ve never been to, and some of the greatest rock acts have played that festival. When you’re there, you know you’ve “made it”. Plus, playing with Gary Clark Jr. would be an absolute honour.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Josh: Great question! One time I was given a finger hand puppet haha! Forgot the significance of it unfortunately, but it sits on one of my shelves to this day.

Kyle: I wouldn’t say mine was weird, it’s was more heartfelt. We played a Pantera tribute show in Pomona CA after the passing of Vinnie Paul. The song we play at the end of our set was Domination. After we got done playing our set, a fan came up to me and gave me his Dimebag Razor blade piece. I remember he told me, “Dime would be proud”. That was the best feeling in the world right there.

Lonnie: Haven’t received any gifts from the fans but would love to see what they would send!

Max: You overestimate my popularity. It’s sweet, but slightly depressing!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Josh: Support local music and seek out new artists whenever possible. It’s easy to get stuck listening to the same ol’ genres. With the current state of the world, supporting local music is so imperative. Especially once the world opens back up again and live music kicks off.

Kyle: Don’t live your life in anger/hate. Life is too short for that shit.

Lonnie: Tell your friends!!!

Max: In the immortal words of Bill and Ted, “Be excellent to one another!”.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Josh: The one that really hit me hard was Chris Cornell. I had the honour of seeing Audioslave’s first west coast performance in my early teens, and they rocked it so hard. His vocals and lyricism are otherworldly. What made his untimely death even more tragic was that I felt he still had so much left to give the world musically.

Lonnie: That’s a tough question, there’s so many great people who’ve passed. I would have to say John Bonham. If you bring John back, there could be a possibility of a Led Zeppelin reunion!!!!

Max: Dimebag Darrel, taken too soon. Plus, being able to see a Pantera show with Dime would have been amazing.

Kyle: Since Max got Dime back, I’ll bring back Vinnie Paul.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Josh: Being able to take an idea from the mind and translate it through one’s fingers into an audible representation is so rewarding and takes a lifetime to master. What I enjoy most apart from creating music is sharing that music live with people. When something you’ve created connects with other humans and gets them moving, there’s nothing that tops that.

Hate is such a strong word. I’d say my frustrations with being a musician are that many children with musical gifts early on aren’t told that they can turn those gifts into a career. As a child, music was always represented as a hobby but nothing more than that. We have music and art in schools, but parents and teachers as a whole aren’t communicating that one’s life can be dedicated to such pursuits. However, with the evolution of music and technology, I feel like that is quickly changing.

Kyle: What I love is playing in front of people, I love seeming the smile on their faces when we play. It’s so awesome! What I hate is when equipment fails!! I’ve blown up so many amps, it’s a little fear of mine. Lol

Lonnie: When we play a live show and afterwards, they tell me how much they dig the band and compare me with a famous drummer. What I hate is setting up and tearing down the drums…Lol.

Max: I enjoy collaboration and when a song becomes fully realized. There’s nothing better than listening back and hearing the magic you’ve captured when a recording is done. It is a trip to say the least. Hate is a strong word. There are two things I wish that would change. One, I wish more musicians could make a living playing and writing music (thanks to the internet it is easier, but there are some parts of the music business that are antiquated and should be modernized). Number two is ego. I’ve met a lot of egotists in our line of work who believe they are the best at what they do and refuse to find things to challenge them to make them better. It’s important to keep striving and push past the limits of what you think you can do. Great artistry is not the result of stagnation and I wish more people would learn that.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Josh: The industry is so oversaturated on all fronts these days. It takes an insane amount of hustle and luck to breakthrough depending on your genre. If there was a way to vet groups coming up, and separate the wheat from the chaff, that’d be great. But do we need more gatekeepers in the music industry? I think not haha! If I could change one thing for sure, it would have to be artist compensation from streaming services. Excited to see what the Music Modernization Act (MMA) is going to do to bring balance to things.

Lonnie: Bring back physical albums and CDs! Being able to see the artwork and band photos on the album’s and CDs was always cool to me!

Max: I kinda brushed on this topic earlier. I really wish streaming paid more. Thanks to the MMA (Music Modernization Act) passed by congress, musicians will see a percentage of streaming royalties rather than the 0.00005% it is now. But it won’t be enacted until 2021. Also, Ticketmaster straight up shouldn’t exist.

Kyle: Literally what they all said. Lol.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Josh: One of my favourite albums has to be “Evil Empire” from Rage Against the Machine. Hearing it in its entirety for the first time blew my mind as a kid. Funky, soulful, heavy, unfiltered. It was an album that I fell in love with twice. Initially the rawness, power and funk of the music attracted me. Once I entered college, I was able to understand the full scope of Zack’s lyrics. The metaphors, political views, etc… I even wrote an essay on Track 8. off the album called ‘Without A Face’, which chronicles the plight of immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. and existing in a world where they are hated by the very group who benefits from their physical labour.

Lonnie: First Van Halen album!!!

Kyle: Pantera – “Far Beyond Driven”.

Max: Again, just one huh? “Superunknown” by Soundgarden. I think I listened to that album for a year straight.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or Downloads?

Josh: I grew up on cassettes and CD’s, eventually moving to downloads because it was easier and cheaper to listen to music that way. Having matured (mostly) since then, I absolutely love vinyl. The warmth, depth and tangibility of the records can’t be beaten. Plus, the album art really comes through when it’s 12.375”.

Kyle: Vinyl when you’re just sitting at home chilling, CD in the car driving, and downloads when training. They all have their purpose.

Lonnie: Vinyl, you can hang up the album’s and it makes your wall’s look great!

Max: The hipster in me says Vinyl, because nothing replaces those little cracks and pops. But records get so easily worn or warped. I mostly use Google Play for my stuff because I have access to pretty much anything at any time, but I will buy CDs to support the artist. I bought “The Shape of Punk to Come” by the Refused, and “Hello Exile” by The Menzingers, because I wanted to read the liner notes to feel that much closer to the songs.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Josh: I had a blast opening for Quiet Riot in August last year! It was a rush coming off stage and having QR’s guitarist Alex Grossi give Kyle and I fist bumps for our closing song.

Kyle: We opened up for Vince Neil at the Rose in Pomona CA and played to a 450+ crowd, that’s the most I’ve played in front of and it was the best experience.

Lonnie: Back in the late eighties (wow I’m dating myself) I did a show called the L.A. street festival. They estimated the crowd to be around 10,000 people.

Max: Played the Nickel City Arcade when I was in my first official band Seventh Day Breakdown. We got used to having nobody there, but magic was in the air that night, because at least 50 people showed up and were bouncing up and down creating utter chaos. By the end, I saw the whole room looked like a moving mass of people. I threw my guitar up in the air, and let it crash to the ground (it turned out to be fine) and sling-shot a mic over my back, we trashed the stage and left to thunderous applause. Best audience ever that night, never happened again. But that’s what creates those magic moments.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Josh: Creating in some other way while enjoying the great outdoors. I love astrophotography and shoot the night sky whenever possible. I collect vintage mushroom art. Getting out into the wilderness is one of my favourite past times. It’s how I reset the mind and body.

Kyle: I be a fighter, mostly a Boxer. I love training, I love the sport. If I didn’t find the guitar first before the Gloves, Boxer most likely.

Lonnie: I’d be driving a 320-mph funny car. I’m a huge drag racing fan. I have gone 5.98 seconds at 213 mph in a dragster! Fun, fun, fun!

Max: I would like to go into guitar making, carpentry type stuff. I love working with my hands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh: I would love a blend of philosophy and humour. A group of people that enjoy nuanced discussion as well as fart jokes haha! I’d invite comedians Duncan Trussell, Joe Rogan and Jeff Ross. A nice mix of intellectual comedy and good old-fashioned roasting. On the philosophy side I’d invite Naval Ravikant and Christopher Ryan to add flavour and inject fascinating insight into the discussions. Talk about a party!

Kyle: Joe Rogan, Mike Tyson, Tyson Fury, Tech N9ne and Corey Taylor.

Lonnie: Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Peter Criss, Les Claypool and Maynard James Keenen.

Max: Henry Rollins (Black Flag, The Henry Rollins Band), Billie Eilish, Emily Armstrong (Dead Sara), Alexis S.F. Marshall (As the Sun Sets, Daughters, Fucking Invisible), and Greg Barnett (The Menzingers). We can all talk about song writing, poetry, and good novels to read.

What’s next for the band?

Josh: The pandemic has levelled the playing field for every musician. We are doing what we do best, keeping our heads down and focusing on the next album. We have some killer tracks and are beyond excited to share them with the world!

Lonnie: Well, we just announced our new singer Max Sorg and were currently writing new material. We have over 20 new songs and we can’t wait to show the world!

Max: We’ve been rehearsing and hashing out new material while COVID-19 has taken its toll on the country. We’re in talks of taking some new demoes to the studio. I’m really excited to get to be a part of the process with them. It’s all very exciting for us, and I know that I’m ready for it. I hope the fans are too, you know.

Kyle: Focusing on making great music.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Josh: You can find us on:

Instagram: @blacklist9_

Facebook: @Blacklist9music

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Qasp2KPxCeiwDtFrvpOGA

or our website: www.blacklist9.net

Lonnie: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our album is available on all streaming service’s.

Max: The guys are better about this than I am. But, www.blacklist9.net/home. You can join our mailing list there. Also, we’re on social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter under Blacklist-9. Come check us out there!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Josh: In the U.S. we unfortunately don’t have those. To me a biscuit is that warm and fluffy goodness you put some honey, apple butter or sausage gravy on. When we eventually tour the UK, I will make this question my quest to answer haha!

Kyle: MMMMMMM Jaffa Cakes (Homer Simpson Drooling Sound)

Lonnie: That’s a good one. I’d say cake. They should be called baby cakes!

Max: I don’t want to stick my hand in this nest of hornets. I’m gonna say everyone is wrong and call it cookie!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Josh: Stay inquisitive, always seek to gain more knowledge in order to better understand those around you and who you are. Learn something new every day, then die and forget it all haha! Thanks for bringing us on!

Lonnie: Thank you for the interview and keep an eye and ear out for BlackList-9.

Kyle: Success is the best kind of revenge.

Max: Thanks for taking the time to read this. You can check out Blacklist-9 on social media. I’m also on Instagram and Facebook as Max Sorg. I post stupid stuff and talk about what I’m up to! Come say “Hi”.

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