EMQ’s with DIRTY RATS

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EMQ’s with DIRTY RATS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Rock ‘N’ Roll band Dirty Rats! Huge thanks to vocalist Wayne 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, Wayne here and I am lead singer for the Dirty Rats. The band has been in existence since the mid 1980’s and released a vinyl EP back in 1987 that achieved a certain cult status, but fame eluded them. Members have come and gone over the years and the current line-up includes an original member, Jamie on the bass, along with Andy on drums, Chooka on guitar and me on vocals.

How did you come up with your band name?

That one’s pretty easy. It was the 80’s and Dirty Rats sounded cool, at least to a bunch of teenagers, so it stuck.

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

Dirty Rats were born and fermented in the pub circuit of inner Melbourne, home of the greatest and most active rock scene in Australia. Our sound is loud, raw and gritty, just like Melbourne.

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

Our latest release is called “End In Tears” and is due for release on the 13th December this year. It’s a bit more contemporary than our last album, but doesn’t lose sight of our pub rock roots and influences. We have released this one on CD and digital, but we also decided to think outside the box a bit and released a limited edition credit card style USB. We noticed that a lot of cars these days don’t actually come with a CD player anymore, but they all have a USB port. So since our music is best listened to at full bore driving along the highway, we thought that might be a bit more convenient for our fans.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Strangely enough, although I grew up listening to Kiss and Rose Tattoo, my biggest influence has been Glenn Shorrock from the Little River Band. His songs always had great melodies and had lyrics that told stories that really spoke to me. I met him a couple of years ago and was so overwhelmed by his presence that I couldn’t even speak to him. I think he thought I was a bit slow, so he was very nice to me. I hate to admit it, but I am also extremely influenced by my band mates in the Dirty Rats. They have really taught me what pub rock is all about and there is no way I could write or perform as I do now if not for them.

What first got you into music?

Music in my house growing up was Little River Band, Johnny O’Keefe and Suzie Quatro, so I had a reasonable grounding in blues based rock right from the start. My biggest musical epiphany came when a friend played me “Kiss Alive”, the first live album I had heard and certainly my introduction to a heavier rock sound. From there I progressed to bands like Rose Tattoo, AC/DC, Angels and a lifelong addiction to pub rock was born.

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

Man, there are so many. I would love to play with Cosmic Psychos, the Tatts, Texas Hippie Coalition, any hard rocking outfit really. I just love playing at shows where everyone is heavy and fucking loud. I am actually branching out of my comfort zone at the moment and doing some guest vocals on the next Bofo Kwo album, a symphonic black metal outfit out of Scandinavia, so that is really cool fun as well.

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

We have always wanted to play the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany; I reckon that would absolutely go off. There are a few festivals here in Australia that I would love to be a part of, but we can’t really get any traction in our own country, which is a pity, but Germany is our kind of scene. We are hoping to tour in Europe next year, so fingers crossed.

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

Got some homemade bourbon which only had a slight chance of sending you blind! That was pretty good, but Chooka drank it all.

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

It would be really cool if you purchased our albums and merchandise, but what we really want is for you to come and see us live!!!! I honestly could not give a fuck if we never sold another album, as long as all our future gigs were packed out with people dancing and drinking and singing along with our music.

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

Doc Neeson, one of the greatest frontmen of all times! Great singer, great mover, just a fantastic performer all round and some of the best Aussie music of all time!

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

I love performing live in front of an enthusiastic audience and I love writing songs. I hate doing promotion and booking shows, it drives me mad.

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

More prominence to original music and blow up all the commercial radio stations!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Well, obviously “End In Tears” by the Dirty Rats is the best rock album of all time, but if I had to pick another favourite, it would be hard to choose between “Destroyer” by Kiss or “Rising” by Rainbow.

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

I like digital downloads, it is just so accessible and immediate, and it kicks other formats arse for sound quality.

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

We did a show at the Cherry Bar, AC/DC Lane in Melbourne and I loved playing there. It is such an iconic Melbourne rock venue and you always feel the presence of the greats who have played there in the past.

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

I enjoy writing, so probably writing crappy books or poetry I guess.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Michael Palin, John Cleese, Glenn Shorrock, Paul Kelly and Kevin Smith! Great mix of comedy and musical knowledge for me to mine!

What’s next for the band?

Yeah we’re working on tours of Japan, Europe and if we can get the visa stuff sorted we will go to the USA. Our last CD is for sale in Amoeba records in LA. So we really should go there….lol. Got to do dates in Australia as well! We should get onto this…

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

You can find us at all sorts of places, like;
https://dirtyratsband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dirtyratsaustralia/
https://twitter.com/DirtyRatsBand
https://open.spotify.com/artist/29Ayo9mD5KlKH2l1SWTmno
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgxx8dzZyhvz_KDduoyKjvA
Or wherever you buy or stream quality music.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google what they are. Described as a cake, but they look like a biscuit to me. Either way, not as good as a wagon wheel.

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

The new album “End In Tears” is due for release on the 13th December and we will be playing with a couple of excellent bands that night, Avalanche and Riff Raiders, so looking forward to that. I loved the last album, but this new one is absolutely brilliant in my opinion, so I reckon all your readers should check it out and buy a copy!
Look after each other and be nice to your mothers.

 

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EMQ’s with OVERTOUN

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EMQ’s with OVERTOUN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile/Boston, USA based Thrash/Groove/Death Metal band Overtoun! Huge thanks to guitarist Matias 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 Rick and friends of Ever Metal, thanks a lot for having us here. This is Matias, guitarist from Overtoun.

We are a Death/Thrash Metal band formed in 2014. The group started in high school as a cover band, when Agustin (drummer) and I met. Both of us wanted to play songs from the 80’s thrash metal era, signing up in a lot of ‘battle of the bands’ competitions and stuff like that. We didn’t have a full time vocalist at the time but a couple of friends that could sing helped us out. I would say that the first official line-up was Agustin, me and Cristobal (bass), a friend of ours that we met from another school. The three of us started to write our first songs and original music.

After high school all of us went to college, and I went to study to Berklee in Boston in 2017. That’s when I met the missing ingredient, Yoav, who is a bass player that was in my same Metal ensemble. Yoav knows a bunch of people in the metal scene, so I asked him to recommend me a death metal singer for the band, and he told me that he could do the job. That’s when we started to record our debut album “Centuries Of Lies”, that was released in 2018.

Early this year we parted ways with Cristobal, and then our new bass player Guillermo joined the band. With him we did our first tour and right now we are in the middle of the recordings of our second album. It has been quite a ride ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s kind of funny how we came up with the name. One day we were hanging out in my house, it was one of the first rehearsals we had. Obviously we needed a name, something creepy and catchy that had a concept we could work on. We started looking online for the weirdest places in the world, and that’s when the Overtoun Bridge came out. It is a bridge from Scotland where dogs commit suicide. We liked the mystery of the place and how the name sounded, so we took it from there.

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

The three of us (Agustin, Guillermo and me) are from Santiago, capital city of Chile. Although Yoav lives in Boston, he is from Mexico City. I would say that the Chilean Metal scene is complicated, right now there are a lot of new and interesting groups that try to do things professionally, however the audience is not really that supportive of local bands. It is quite hard to get noticed and make people come to the shows. There are not big record labels or promoters that get interested in smaller bands. Nevertheless, we know that we have to work harder and harder to get our name out there, and keep improving our art and music, building a fan base and so on. We hope that Chilean Metal also gets recognized abroad, so everyone from the scene gets better opportunities to develop their careers.

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

Our latest release is the video of ‘Aftermath’, a song from our first album “Centuries Of Lies”, that came up in December last year.

‘Centuries’ was a hard album to make, we had a lot of differences in the creative process that extended the production time, however we moved forward and I think we ended up with a good product, obviously there are a lot of things to improve, but we learned a lot from the process.

I’m glad that people liked the album, we’ve had nothing but great comments and support from international media and local press.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think that our greatest influence will always be Metallica, Agustin and I have been Metallica fans since middle school and every time they come to Chile we try and go see them live. Also Pantera is a big influence for us, it was very painful to say goodbye to Dime and Vinnie. Death is another influence for the band, and now Guillermo got us into the music of Mudvayne, Jinjer, Arch Enemy, Epica and stuff like that. Yoav also showed us music of Power Trip, Blotted Science, Atheist, etc. I’m really happy for him that he got to be the new bassist for Atheist, he really deserves that gig.

What first got you into music?

For me personally what got me into music was my dad’s CD collection. He had a couple of records from Metallica, Guns ‘n Roses, Pearl Jam and such, and watching their videos online made me pick up the guitar. They all looked so cool and I could feel the connection that the artist had with the audience.

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

We’d be down to collaborate with Jinjer or Gojira, those two are the bands that are kind of spreading Metal all over the world, it would be really nice to do something with them.

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

It would be great to play Wacken Open Air. I think that ever since I started getting into Metal, Wacken was one of those festivals that always came to the picture as the biggest reunion of metalheads. That would be great for us, to share our music for fans from all over the world.

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

Once when we were on tour, a strange looking man gave us an unpacked bar of chocolate that was melted. It was gross, but we laughed so hard and made up a lot of funny stories from that situation.

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

Thanks for all the support you’ve been giving us; without them nothing would be possible, at the end of the day all the music we create belongs to them! See you on the mosh pit!

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

I would bring back Dimebag or Cliff Burton. Both of them made a huge influence in my music, and to see them perform only once would be priceless.

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

The thing I enjoy the most is playing live, there is nothing better than going up to the stage and headbang over the songs. What I hate is the feeling of self doubt that a lot of us have to deal with, it is a hard business so we have to keep our minds clear and do our best.

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

Negativity and bringing down the work of other musicians; if we are collaborative and support the work of our colleagues the scene will grow, and that will benefit us all.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pantera – “Vulgar Display Of Power”

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

I’m a vinyl and CD lover, I think there is nothing better than the physical format. I’m a vinyl collector too, at home I have lots of albums from my favourite bands.

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

I guess it was the last gig of our first tour, we were performing really good and the sound was badass, every now and then we watch videos from that performance, we hope to do that again in the future.

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

Maybe astrophysics or geology, I like science a lot. Also I love cooking, maybe something like that would be cool. By the way Agustin cooks really good American-style burgers, haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite the guys in the band and our producer Pancho. We always have fun together and every time we hang out there is good food on the table.

What’s next for the band?

At the moment we are planning live shows for 2020 and the release of our second album titled “This Darkness Feels Alive”. This new album is great, we all loved the process and how the songs turned out. We were recording in Estudio del Sur, the best studio in the country, it was really beautiful and inspiring. I hope you guys can have the new music soon!

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

http://www.overtoun.com
https://www.facebook.com/OvertounOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/overtounofficial/?hl=en
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLi-joj2KFw
https://open.spotify.com/album/5jS0LFRA9jSubanKjZ4EZZ?si=HCqPHhK9Q9Wad8qWB6Yx9g

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not from the UK so I had to look it up online, haha. It looks like a biscuit but they say it’s a cake so I’ll go for cake.

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

Thanks a lot for the interview! We are really glad to be here and thank you for sharing our music!!

 

 

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EMQ’s with BLOODMORES

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EMQ’s with BLOODMORES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with North West England based Metal band Bloodmores! Huge thanks to Alex Cunliffe 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?

Hey, I’m Alex, and I’m the guitarist/vocalist with Bloodmores, and we play a sort of mixture of thrash and death metal. We got together after I was introduced to Richard, by a mutual friend, who then introduced me to Connor. The 3 of us then wrote the tracks for our debut album “The Seeds Of Seasons” together, and then met Chris at a later date, who joined us on drums. We released our debut album about 8 months ago, and started performing live soon after that.

How did you come up with the band name?

It took us forever to settle on a name, and in the end we decided it was best to sort of come up with our own word, so that there’d be less chance of us coming across another band with the same name, in the future, and then have to start thinking about changing it. So the word ‘Mores’ is used to describe like a trait, or characteristic, of a society, and so Bloodmores is like our way of describing self-destructive, or self-sabotaging, traits of society, but as it turns out though, nobody pronounces this correctly. Mores is supposed to pronounced like ‘mor-ays’ but absolutely no-one we’ve met through the band has ever pronounced our name Blood-Mor-ays, so everybody, ourselves included, just pronounces our name as you might imagine, like Blood-Mores.

What country are you from, and what is the metal scene like there?

We’re based in the North-West of England, and the metal scene here is pretty great. There’s a bunch of venues nearby, in places like Bolton, Burnley, and Preston ETC, where we’ve played, but the main local metal scene for us is definitely in Manchester, there’s a huge metal scene there, with plenty of venues that accommodate our type of music.

What is your latest release?

Our latest release was our debut album “The Seeds Of Seasons” which we released on February 1st, this year, and it can be streamed/downloaded from all the usual services, like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon ETC, with physical copies available for purchase via our Bandcamp page.

What first got you into music?

I actually wasn’t too interested in music until midway through high school. Nightwish were the first band that really caught my attention, and they’re still my favourite band now, but from there my taste gradually got heavier, which started with Children Of Bodom’s first album “Something Wild”. I remember being amazed by how intense and fast everything was, especially the drums, and I’d hate to think how many times I listened to the opening track ‘Deadnight Warrior’ throughout high school.

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

Honestly too close to call for me, so I’m going to break the rules a little, and say either Peter Tägtgren, from Hypocrisy, or Seth, from Septicflesh.

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

I would absolutely love to play Thursday night at Bloodstock one year. I’ve been to Bloodstock every year for the past few years, and the first night, in the Sophie Tent, is always awesome.

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

Funny you should ask. We played in Manchester literally last night (at the time of writing this) and some guy just set up shop at the front of the crowd, midway through our set, and just pulls out paints and brushes et; and just paints a picture of us, as we’re playing our set. He sent us a picture of his artwork later on, which I’ll send in with this interview for you to check out, and I genuinely love it. It was so random, I’ve never seen this happen at a show before, but I’m glad he went for it, cause like I said, I do really like the painting he did of us.

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

Thanks for the support. We’re starting to see some familiar faces at numerous shows, and it really does mean the world to us that people are enjoying what we’re doing, and keep coming back for more.

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

Probably Warrel Dane! I never got see Nevermore while they were active, as I didn’t really get into them until I met Richard, as they’re his favourite band, and so I would love for there to have been the chance for some reunion shows, cause I’m really into them now, and would have absolutely loved to have seen them live.

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

I just love to play live, and to be on stage, I really thrive off it.

As for hate, it’d probably just be drama over small things that don’t call for it. Like, we’ve seen sound engineers kick up a huge fuss when they find out we use in-ear monitors live, for example, and it’s like a 5 minute set up to get them going, it’s really not a big deal.

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

Getting paid something worthwhile from streaming services would be nice, cause right now we’re practically giving our album away on sites like Spotify.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

For me personally, one that’s especially influential for my work with Bloodmores, I’d have to say “Virus”, by Hypocrisy. For the other members of the band, I’d say either “This Godless Endeavour”, or “The Obsidian Conspiracy”, by Nevermore, for Richard. Connor would likely pick “Nocturnal”, or pretty much any other album, from The Black Dahlia Murder, and as for Chris, probably “As The Palaces Burn” by Lamb Of God.

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

I’d say CDs for everyday use, cause everyone has something that’ll play them, so if you want to show your mate a cool album, they can play it in the car, or just put it in their PS4, or whatever, so it’s nice and easy. However, I actually really like vinyl if the album has some cool artwork, and I feel like you can appreciate the artwork that bit more when you’ve got a bigger print of it. Albums like “Once More Round The Sun” by Mastodon, or pretty much any album by Baroness, where there’s a lot happening on the cover, and it’s really eye catching, and intricate, look great on vinyl.

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

As previously mentioned, we played in Manchester very recently, and it was definitely up there with the best that we’ve done. There was so much audience interaction, and I even clocked a few people near the front singing along when we played ‘The Gauntlet & The Guillotine’. It was great to see so many people enjoying what we’re doing, and really getting into it.

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

I could focus more on art, I suppose. I’ve done a few bits of concept art for designs and stuff for the band, which I can then use to show a designer the kind of ideas I have in mind, but my rough artwork is nowhere near high enough quality to use as a final design. If I weren’t into playing and performing so much, then maybe I could spend more time focusing on art and design stuff.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne would definitely be a laugh.

I think Ola Englund would be awesome to hang out with too, I watch a lot of his videos online, and he seems super knowledgeable on guitar gear, but also a lot of fun too.

Joe Duplantier would be cool too, obviously a lot of his lyrics are centred around the environment, and preservation ETC, which I have some similar themes going on in my own lyrics, so it’d be cool to chat with him about it all.

I already mentioned him earlier, but Peter Tägtgren would be on my list too, again, to talk about lyrical content. I’m a huge Hypocrisy fan, and it’d be great to just chat about the various influences for his lyrics.

Lastly, I’d pick Vicky Psarakis, from The Agonist. I was already a big fan of The Agonist for their first three albums, and was initially apprehensive when Alissa left for Arch Enemy, cause she’s clearly a very talented vocalist, and I wasn’t sure how they were going to go about replacing her, but Vicky just exceeded any and all expectations I had. For me, I’d say she’s the best female vocalist, that I know of, in metal right now, and the footage that appeared online recently, of her performing the ending low vocals to In Vertigo, off their latest album, Orphans, is unbelievable. I’m going to see them with Jinjer later this year, and while Jinjer obviously have an amazing female metal vocalist too, for me, Vicky is just crushing it. I think she’s incredible.

What’s next for the band?

We’re heading up to Scotland for the first time soon, as well as spending some time working on some new material, which we’re looking to finish recording, and get something new released as soon as possible.

What social media/website links do you use to get your music out to people?

I post on our Facebook page, and answer all the messages there, as well as the ones that come in to our email address, and Richard handles our Instagram page. None of us are particularity into social media, and don’t really post much on our personal pages, or accounts, but we do our best to utilize it for the band, cause it feels like everyone around us is constantly using it.

https://www.facebook.com/bloodmores/
https://www.instagram.com/bloodmores_official/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5GB3P7ONShfLLYL6mzRchZ
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtl_7OTFnMxjcJQTd0n4Ufw

Jaffa Cakes: are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahaha It actually kind of bugs me that this is even an argument that people have. It literally has the word ‘cake’ in its name, what more do you need?

Thank you for your time, is there anything else that you would like to add?

Just thanks for having us. We’re still very much an up-and-coming type band, so we really appreciate your support. Cheers! 🙂

 

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EMQ’s with THE WORLD WITHOUT US

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EMQ’s with THE WORLD WITHOUT US

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Chester, PA Progressive Heavy Metal band The World Without Us! Huge thanks to drummer Stephen Campbell 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 Stephen Campbell, and I play drums in The World Without Us. Mario (vocals) and Chris (lead guitar) started forming the band in 2016, later acquiring James on rhythm guitar and Pete on bass. They played their first show in May 2018 with a drummer who left the band (for personal reasons) last September. I joined them the following month and we hit the ground running.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our lead guitarist, Chris, came upon the name while reading In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy by Eugene Thacker. There is a passage that discusses the concept of “the-world-without-us,” and what it represents through different thought processes. The passage goes on to say science fiction and supernatural horror are a means to explore hypothetical situations in a world without us. It’s a really fitting name for the band because we’ve been writing around a singular science fiction/horror concept aimed at the destruction of humanity.

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

We’re from the United States.

I hate saying this, but the metal scene has gotten smaller over the years, especially on the local/unsigned level. But it is definitely a community of talented musicians and all around good people that fight for the scene to thrive.

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

We will be releasing out debut EP “Incarnate” on October 25th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Abe Cunningham and Danny Carey have been huge influences. More recently, I find myself studying Matt Garstka, Benny Greb, and Steve Judd.

What first got you into music?

I grew up surrounded by music. My mother played the piano any chance she got. And when she couldn’t play, she would have on a CD or the radio.

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

That’s tough! Right now, I think I would love to team up with Josh Scogin. I love the evolution of his music from Norma Jean to what he’s currently doing with ’68.

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

I’d have to go with Aftershock. The line-up is usually pretty well rounded with something for just about everyone. It seems like it would be really fun to play.

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

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever received something weird from a fan.

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

Be you and be true to yourself.

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

Keith Moon. He’s played such a huge role in modern music, and it’s a shame he couldn’t be here to see his influence.

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

I love the connections made through music. I hate house gear.

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

Ticket “handling” fees! They’re really starting to get out of hand.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Shape Of Punk To Come” by Refused

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

The only way you’ll get the music as it was intended is CD or Vinyl.

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

My former band, Slave Dog, organized a show this past February. At the time, we were all in multiple bands, so we put on a show that featured each member’s other project. I opened the show with The World Without Us and closed the night with Slave Dog. It was a really great show!

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

I would still be doing something with music (probably recording and mixing). I’ve been watching people for years, and it’s interesting to see the different techniques used; it’s an artform in its own right.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Henry Rollins, Rainn Wilson, Dominic Monighan, Christina Scabia, and Greta Thunberg

What’s next for the band?

We’ve already started writing more. We had a lot of fun and learned so much recording “Incarnate”, so we’re excited to get back in the studio for a full-length in the not-so-distant future.

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

“Incarnate” will be available on all the major streaming platforms. We currently have two live videos on our YouTube channel.
https://www.facebook.com/theworldwithoutus/
https://www.instagram.com/theworldwithoutus_official/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1MfKkLgD1i8cMWnI5wjBk9

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never had one, but from what I’ve read they’re cakes.

 

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EMQ’s with EXIT 18

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EMQ’s with EXIT 18

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Beverly, Massachusetts based Rock band Exit 18! Huge thanks to Julia Perry 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?

Hey I’m Julia Perry, I sing but I also play guitar and piano. Sean Leahy sings and plays guitar, Doug Mears is on guitar, Darren Muise is on bass and my older brother Dylan Perry is on drums. Dougie and Dylan hold down the harmonies too. We’ve all been playing in the same Boston music scene since like 2012. Me, Doug and Dylan were in a band then called One Track Mind, and we played a lot of the same shows as Sean’s old band. We started jamming when Sean and I were the last two still stuck neck deep in high school after our band members went off to study cubicles or something. They drove back to practice with us when we started to pick up some momentum though.

How did you come up with your band name?

Haha ok so we had a very romanticized idea of adulthood when we started this band at my ripe age of 14, and the name was an homage to the idea I kind of obsessed over that once you turn 18 real life starts and you get to “exit” the whole condescending incubation chamber thing. I was pretty desperate to get a taste of freedom and respect instead of constantly being belittled as a minor. I think kids nowadays deserve way more credit for acting more like ethical leaders than some of our actual leaders do. So “Exit 18” felt like the shiny end of the tunnel for a bunch of kids who were pretty awful at sitting down and being obedient. Except for Dylan, he was a very good boy… We’re also all legit neighbours and it’s everyone’s highway exit off 128.

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

We’re from America, so I can’t really speak to our entire country, but in New England the underground punk scene is alive and well. Some assholes say rock is dead but I don’t think they’re looking very hard.

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

We just put out a single and an official music video for our song ‘Brace for Impact’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04xL4rdGu6A

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh my god we’re big fangirls! Deftones, Portishead, Queens of the Stone Age, Amy Winehouse, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, Bjork, My Chemical Romance, Tom Waits, the likes of Hendrix and Zeppelin and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Nat King Cole. But also Biggie. And also, Lana del Rey. And also Judas Priest. As for harder shit I’ve been listening to a lot of newer Metalcore like Northlane and I stay bumping August Burns Red and Knocked Loose.

What first got you into music?

Sean had a classic Beatles childhood, and Dylan and I remember being very little at my uncle Dana’s low rock shows, but I don’t think I consciously obsessed over anyone until middle school when we all began our not yet subsided emo phases? My Chemical Romance ruined my life and then saved it.

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

If I could get Kevin Parker of Tame Impala to make an alt metal album with Deftones id absolutely give limbs to sing on that.

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

Glastonbury because we want to be British

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

One time I got an 3x5ft drawing of my face in the mail, mirrored so there were two of me, it was beautifully drawn but this girl must have spent like 15 hours drawing it in coloured pencil. I still have it. I was also once gifted a small wooden heart widdled to fit in the palm of my hand? I love people.

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

Oh man dude don’t people get albums and albums to express what they want to people?? But I guess just very generally, guys, you are so fucking precious. Everyone in this world is profoundly connected and every little act of help and goodness matters. I wanna be a force of goodness and love and compassion and actively be a part of this great waking up that has come of this frankly horrifying political environment. We can do it if we start right now!!! Don’t stop!!!! Let’s go!!!!

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

Can you imagine if Amy Winehouse got to make a third album? Bro! She’s a rock star.

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

The feeling of screaming my head off is like scratching the itch of all itches. Sometimes it’s like a whole orgasm when you get lost enough. And I love communicating 10x more real emotion with 10x less words. And I love having a concrete recorded expression of that emotion I can keep forever and continue to feel that way over and over. That being said, musicians ironically enough can be pretty bad listeners sometimes. Just in conversation, but I hate that we’re all worse than the occasional associated inflated ego.

Which is something I try to be aware of, so let me know if I’m being an asshole so I can help it?

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

The scummy sexist underbelly! Nobody fucking touch me. Also, unless you already have money it’s very hard to make money. But mostly the scum bags in high places can eat rocks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Around The Fur” by the Deftones. I have a Deftones tat on my buttcheeks! Also “…Like Clockwork” by Queens Of The Stone Age (QOTSA).

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

Vinyl’s comeback is doing good things for the music industry right now and I love owning CD’s, but downloads make it so easy to consume everything I want, so as a kinda hedonist downloads have kind of become the best way in my opinion. But I like the warmth of vinyl best sound-wise for sure.

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

Sonia in Boston a few months ago was fucking epic, the energy in the room was just overwhelming. Probably the biggest crowd we’ve played to.

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

If I wasn’t a musician I’d probably be volunteering. Refugee camps need HELP, or teaching English somewhere warmer than Boston? I’ve thought about joining the Peace Corps or full time campaigning to get a woman elected president but I also always thought that if I couldn’t sing or write or play I would be almost content to be a nice humble Icelandic goat farmer. But I might just be a bum. I don’t know. Every day my little bubble revolves around music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alive? Ok Obama, a personal hypeman, whoever does the visuals for Massive Attacks live show, and two rock label executives having exceptionally good days.

What’s next for the band?

We have an upcoming EP we’re very excited about, and we’ve got a bunch of shows lined up.

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

Our Instagram is @exit18official and we’re on Spotify, Apple music, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc. Facebook too for ya mum.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what the fuck a jaffa cake is homie! This sounds like a very British argument I have no business in having.

Wait I just looked it up!

…Can I have one? Looks like both to me? Dessert is a beautiful inclusive spectrum guys the binary society doesn’t have to put tasty snacks in a box too!

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

We just got nominated for Rock Act of the Year in the Boston Music awards, and it would mean the world to us if anyone would go to;
https://bostonmusicawards.com/vote/

And vote for us. We’re committed to using our platform to help fight the good fight politically, in the climate crisis and in so many more dire issues, and the more people we can reach the more we can make a difference. Winning this would mean amazing things for us and our ability to help. Thank you!

 

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EMQ’s with FATEFUL FINALITY

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EMQ’s with FATEFUL FINALITY

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Weil der Stadt, Germany based Thrash Metal band Fateful Finality! Huge thanks to Guitarist/Vocalist Paddy 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 Paddy, one of the two guitar playing vocalists. We are a thrash metal band that has played together since 2007 in this set-up.

How did you come up with your band name?

We actually had a kind of brainstorming to figure out a name for our band many years ago and with “Fateful Finality” we were finally satisfied. Ok, even though it maybe not the catchiest name to come up with, but we absolutely appreciate the profound and severe meaning.

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

We come from the South of Germany and aside of a quite established music industry, we are proud to have a pretty strong and faithful metal scene. According to that, we also have plenty of good metal bands around and nice festivals going on.

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

After our last record “Mankind” (Fastball-Music, 09/2017) we have recently released two brand new singles off our upcoming album “Executor” (Fastball-Music, 10/2019). Both ‘Fire And Brimstone; and ‘They Breed The Dead’ are available as streams on Spotify and as videos on YouTube!

Fire And Brimstone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cszUyGyONg4

They Breed The Dead
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-LK-24_dx8

Who have been your greatest influences?

Some of the main bands we listen to are Machine Head, Lamb of God, Testament, The Haunted, Decapitated… to name only a few bands that perhaps were part of shaping our version of Modern Thrash Metal.

What first got you into music?

Personally my mom listened to a lot of music when I was a kid. Since the main genre was country music like Johnny Cash and such, the acoustic guitar was my first choice. And as the years went by and I started making music in a band my interests and needs evolved to what I do now.

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

Collaborating with other bands, especially the ones we appreciate, is what we see not just as a personal goal, but as a great achievement for us as a band. And of course we would target such a collaboration with bands that influenced us and that we admire for what they do. Again speaking of the guys from Machine Head, Lamb of God, Testament, The Haunted, Decapitated… and again, just to name a few.

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

Since we had the honour to be part of the legendary Wacken Open Air, we now aim to experience similar breath-taking festivals like Hellfest in France, Resurrection Fest in Spain, Nova Rock in Austria, Graspop in Belgium or of course Summer Breeze, which is based just about 2 ½ hours from where we live.

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

So far there haven’t been any gifts from fans as I remember, but it was quite surprising when a female fan in the front row took off her shirt and showed off during a show.

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

Thank you guys for your awesome support so far! Come to see us live, tell your friends about us and let´s have the time of our lives together!

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

Lemmy Kilmister

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

For me personally it is just a stunning feeling to be on stage, playing our songs and seeing people celebrating what we do. It absolutely overwhelming to experience how people appreciating what we created ourselves. I guess the down side of being a musician is we have the things that do not relate to making music like loading after the show 😉

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

I’m not sure how to realize it, but I would make it easier for talented bands (very subjective!) make a living by making their music, without being broke and burned out after only a few years.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Right now I’m very into Decapitated’s latest album “Anti Cult”, but to mention an older record, I´d say The Haunted’s “The Dead Eye”.

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

I think every media has its place in time and in usage. So for everyday and on the road I mostly use streaming services like Spotify. CD’s are still my main go to when I want to buy merchandise at a show or when I’m driving in my car. And when I really have a lot time I like to enjoy the ceremony of putting on Vinyl or Cassettes. …so it’s quite reasonable to own the same album multiple times 😉

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

Beside the great experiences in clubs, pubs, festivals and on tour, I must say the most overwhelming show from my point of view so far, was Wacken Open Air 2016.

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

Actually we all have normal jobs beside the band life. So I guess without a band we would go ahead with our normal office jobs and try to find another way to express our opinions and creativity.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Simply my loving wife and my band!

What’s next for the band?

Main focus is on the release of our upcoming album “Executor” (Fastball-Music, 10/2019) and the corresponding shows, merch and videos.

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

We mainly have our music online on Spotify, but our videos get posted all over Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.
https://www.facebook.com/Fateful.Finality.Metal/
https://www.instagram.com/fatefulfinality_official/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvWuj6dDg9uRrXK6ImG_uQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7HTnD5b1haLgtDw5E00h39

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

Thank you for having us for this interview! Best regards to all the readers. Feel cordially invited to listen and watch our stuff online and of course to come to our shows!

 

 

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EMQ’s with DECENT NEWS

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EMQ’s with DECENT NEWS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New London County, Connecticut based Hardcore/Industrial band Decent News! Huge thanks to Eddie LaFlash 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 Eddie LaFlash, I play Guitar, Synth and I do occasional Vocals. Decent News was formed after one of my older projects imploded. I think it was roughly March of 2016; our former drummer Collin and one of his friends wanted to form a metal band and wanted a second guitarist or bassist so I jumped at it, having working with Collin before. I showed up at the E.O Smith building at Uconn a few days later with my shitty Peavey Raven combo amp and BC Rich Bitch 10 to meet up with Collin and the other guitarist and we all had pretty good chemistry. The next week we dragged Laken along to fill in at bass and that became our first line up. I don’t think Laken had ever even touched a bass before his first practice with us. A few months in and everyone started butting heads with the other guitarist because any music that we wanted to submit to the group got shot down and we were stuck playing the same three songs over and over at every practice so we decided that he had to go. We started fresh in 2017 writing our asses off and trying to find a vocalist. We recorded a live demo that summer with me on vocals but I can’t sing and play guitar at the same time so we knew we had to find a permanent vocalist. Enter, Caleb Moore. He might look the type of dude that will steal shit from your house and help you look for it, but he was a natural fit and plus we’ve been friends for 10 years and we always work better playing with our friends. We started working on our First album “Filth” and sent the single “Skin Puddle / Deafland” to Chris at Machine Man Records and got signed in January 2018. Laken left for a little while because he was having a kid and Collin ended up leaving to focus on school. Fast forward to right now, Laken is back and we just released our second album “Monolith”. Fuck that was long winded, I’m sorry!

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Freakquency because we thought it was a clever name, but so did a lot of other bands. We made a list of about 100 names and just narrowed it down till we were left with two names ‘Decent News’ and ‘A Few Boys’. Every bit of us wanted to go with ‘A Few Boys’ but Decent News was way easier to design a logo for.

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

We are from the United States. More specifically we’re from Connecticut. The Metal/ Rock scene here is mostly cover bands. There is a Doom/Stoner metal scene here and a pretty good chunk of Metalcore bands in our area.

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

On August 30th we released “[M O N O L I T H]”. It’s a 10 track album that mixes a lot of our unique styles to make a very pretty okay album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my greatest influences are a lot of Industrial and thrash metal bands. KMFDM, <PIG>, Armageddon Dildos, Melvins. Caleb’s more into hardcore and pop punk and Laken is our little scene queen.

What first got you into music?

I got into music because my Mom was a musician. She always had instruments lying around and it was always something I wanted to do. I think Megadeth was the first band I heard that made me want to start writing.

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

Probably Street Sects! I am in awe of how those guys can take something that at its base is so harsh and noisy but actually structure it and make it catchy.

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

Ooo, that’s a tough one. For me I’d either say Rock am Ring in Germany (which is highly unlikely) or Cold Waves. I think we’d fit into Cold Waves very nicely.

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

I think the weirdest gift is actually showing up and seeing us play.

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

We’re sorry we ruined your night out, there’s probably better bands playing whenever we have a show.

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

It’s got to be Chuck Schuldiner. He probably had a lot more music left in him and his death was super untimely.

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

I like the occasional praise that we get. It makes all the hard work we do kinda mean something. One thing I hate is being in a constant state of trying to prove ourselves.

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

It’s probably more of a local thing, but I’m not a fan of the cliqueyness of local scenes. When you’re starting out just about zero people are willing to give you a chance unless you’re going to literally every local show. When we were starting out it was really hard to break into the scene because we all work 2nd shift factory jobs and we couldn’t really make it to a lot of local scene shows. Whenever we did we’d usually get brushed off because we’re Decent News and we don’t really fit into any of the scenes out here.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Melvins – “Houdini”

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

I like vinyl, I really do, but I get really annoyed when they don’t come with a digital download card.

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

33 Golden Street in New London is always a blast. The place is always full and the staff are always really nice to us.

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

I’d probably just cosplay as a factory machine operator working myself to death as is my current alter ego.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Keith Richards, Lightning Hopkins, Lady Gaga, Steve Wilkos and 寶親王

What’s next for the band?

Next year we’ll have a remix album for “[M O N O L I T H]” coming out and eventually we will be working on a third album. For right now we’re just gonna keep playing as many shows as we can.

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

https://decentnews.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/decentnews/
https://machinemanrecords.com/decent-news
https://open.spotify.com/artist/25d1l8Nle2nHekQJOLxEjd

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

After googling Jaffy Cakes and learning everything there is to know about them, for taxation purposes, it’s a cake!

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

To anyone reading, please go out and buy “[M O N O L I T H]”, Laken has promised to rip his own head off with his bare hands if you do it. He’s strong as fuck.

 

 

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EMQ’s with ROZU

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EMQ’s with ROZU

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado based Post-Hardcore band ROZU! Huge thanks to vocalist Tim Graham 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?

Hey guys my name is Tim Graham and I do all the vocals for Rozu. A brief history of the band is me and guitarist DJ Sundine wanting to write some music and give the whole band thing one last shot. After we had some material we brought in Brian and Henry because they were so extremely like-minded, great at their craft, and just overall great dudes to be around. From there we brought in our producer Tyler Ruehl and just got to work for about a year writing music and getting the whole vision for the branding and overall aspects of the band before finally announcing the band in June of 2018.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted something very unique, easy to remember, and short. Rozu was on a list of like 50 names we had and started polling them around to our peers and was an overall favourite. It is a very fitting name being the Japanese word for rose and that fact that this band is like a blooming rose from the ashes of our past endeavours.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are from Denver Colorado, USA. The scene here is very unique and full of talent. In Denver it seems to die off then come back in waves but still a tight knit community.

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

Our latest release was our single ‘Divide’, which we released back in May.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I want to say collectively our biggest influences have been Underoath, Like Moths To Flames, Wage War, and Every Time I Die.

What first got you into music?

Really just kind of grew up loving music, my dad was always a rock guy and introduced me to like Tool, Pearl jam, and Metallica. I always wanted to be in a band but wasn’t ever really successful with it. I started touring with some friends as a tour manager and eventually filled in for a couple tours as a vocalist, and from there I’ve just always been in a band.

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

Being my favourite vocalist of my favourite band, I would love to collaborate with Spencer Chamberlin of Underoath.

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

Reading would be incredible to play. For America having the scene lose the Warped Tour it kind of takes away the smaller milestone and Reading is just such a crazy big music festival that it would be a dream come true to play.

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

From an older band this girl drew me and my guitarist at the time as skeleton people which was just random but also the coolest gift ever. We actually used it as a cover art for a little side project we did.

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

First and foremost, we love you all so much and as we continue to grow it is great meeting new fans and making new friends. Besides that, within our music the message is hope and being comfortable in your own skin. It is ok to not be ok and we want people to always have that hope that things and life will get better.

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

Chester Bennington from Linkin Park!

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

I enjoy the creating of the music and getting to see as much of the world as we can playing our music and sharing the art. Besides from people just wanting to take advantage of you on the industry side I don’t really hate anything about playing music.

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

Weeding the people out that have that mindset I just discussed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Easy, “Define The Great Line” by Underoath is just a great album front to back and I never get bored of it.

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

I love the convenience of downloads and streaming but there is just something about holding the Vinyl and enjoying the music from a player.

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

We got to do this Pay Per View wrestling event where one of the wrestlers uses our song Anchor as her walkout. That was just such a cool and unique set I’ve ever played.

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

I would for sure still be working on the business side of the industry because I love developing and managing bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Spencer Chamberlin, Jared Leto, Dave Grohl, RZA, and Dr. Dre! That would be a wild little party.

What’s next for the band?

We are just finishing our album right now and we are starting to plan some tours for early 2020.

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

Follow us on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/rozu_official/
Other than Instagram head to:
http://www.rozuband.com
and be fully connected to everything Rozu.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I will for sure let you guys know when I have experienced a Jaffa Cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you guys so much for having us.

 

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EMQ’s with STRONG LIKE BULL

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EMQ’s with STRONG LIKE BULL

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas based Rock n Roll band Strong Like Bull! Huge thanks the band 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?

Dave Gray: Vocals and sometimes rhythm guitar and harmonica

Shawn Normandim: Bass

Jake Bauer: Drums and backing vocals

Nevin Truan: Lead Guitar and backing vocals

Band history:
Dave: I started by calling Shawn as I had played in a band or two with him previously. After he was interested, I called Jake. I knew those two would make an amazing rhythm section. I had always been a lead guitarist in bands previously, but I knew Nevin was really getting good. He was my next call. I wanted to sing and not play guitar. We started out learning covers to just gel. We also started out as more of a metal band, and it fit both Shawn and Jake’s background well. However, as my vocal range started to expand about a year in, we added some AC/DC and received a killer response. We kept going in the direction the music led us and followed that path as we began writing. As we release more songs, I think fans will be able to recognize our own sound as a band.

Shawn: I got a call out of the blue from Dave. He kicked around the idea of starting a new project. It surprised me when he said he wanted a new challenge and only wanted to sing. He knew a drummer named Jake that had metal experience and thought we would fit well. I knew the guitarist Nevin, from previous projects. We all got together and the rest is history.
Jake: I remember Dave kinda casually throwing the idea at me, just something fun if the right people were available. I’m thinking this is sounding pretty good, Dave’s one of the best guitar players I’ve seen around! He said, “I’ll just be singing, no guitar.” Well, I have never heard him sing before but I already said yes, lol, so I guess let’s do it! A month or two later we’re jammin some Metallica, AX7, FFDP and people are digging it. These are some of the best musicians I’ve ever played with, so of course, things are going good. Then a year or so in Dave found another octave I think, lol. We started to try some AC/DC, which was quite a step away from what we were doing, but the crowd told us immediately with singing every word with us, to cheering and dancing, that we were heading in the right direction. We knew then that it was about making that connection with the crowd that we wanted.

Nevin: Yeah when Dave approached me, I was still in my second band I’d ever played with (a local cover band). At the time I was just gigging for the hell of it and put some extra cash in my pocket. When we got together, Jake Bauer was the only member I hadn’t really spent much time around, but we gelled instantly. As for our sound, I think we just started out wanting to fill the void in our area for some hard rock and metal tunes, but one thing led to another and we started writing our own stuff. People liked it. We enjoyed writing it. Why stop there?

How did you come up with your band name?

A friend of the band would always say it after we had been drinking for a while. His reply to How’s it going? Or How do you feel? “Strong Like Bull!” We’ve made it into a drinking game at shows and fans like to yell it out. When you hear “Strong Like Bull!” take a drink, take a shot, or whatever you’ve got.

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

United States – Kansas
Dave: We’re from the heart of America with Kansas being geographically in the center of it all. At the same time, we are nowhere near a major city with Kansas City several hundred miles east and Denver several hundred miles west. There is not a big metal scene here, but Wichita is about 180 miles away and has some metal going on. Two of us live in Hays, Kansas. It is a college town and has a small indie / college scene going with some punk and alternative bands. We travel to play, and we play a lot of bike rally events and bars.

Nevin: As stated before, we’re from the “middle of nowhere”, so to say. A bunch of my friends also play in their own projects with Alternative Rock/ Punk/ Indie being the most prominent around here. You’ve also got a handful of pretty fun cover bands, and once in a while you’ll catch a metal/hard rock band. Kansas isn’t exactly where to go to make your break, but there are loads of talented musicians from around here!

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

‘Live While You Can’ is our debut release and is now available on all streaming services, AMI Jukeboxes, and has a video on Youtube.
https://ffm.to/livewhileyoucan

Our second release, ‘Good Time’ is now available, too. We just finished shooting the video, and we are not yet sure of the date it will be available – but soon!
https://ffm.to/good-time

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dave: Led Zeppelin made me want to play rock n roll. Bon Scott made me want to sing it. Sammy Hagar makes me want to live it 

Shawn: Metallica and Megadeth back in the day when I was first getting started.

Jake: Definitely Metallica. Lars just made the drums seem fun as hell to play and I watched every live video I could find.

Nevin: Randy Rhoads (R.I.P.) is my main man. That guy inspired me to pick the guitar up and push myself to become the best I can be.

What first got you into music?

Dave: My older neighbour was sharing all these legendary classic rock albums with me. I was hooked!

Shawn: I followed in the footsteps of my older brother. I remember going to one of his jam sessions and thinking man this would be fun.

Jake: Jurassic Park if you believe that, lol. The soundtrack by John Williams was what really connected me to music for the first time. Music still gives me that same feeling it did back then, though the genres have changed a bit.

Nevin: My parents! They raised me on Rock n’ Roll with bands like Pink Floyd, George Thorogood, The Beatles, etc. They definitely had the biggest influence on me growing up.

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

Dave: Angus Young or Slash. Both are used to writing with vocalists that sing in my high range, and I’ve always been a fan of both.

Shawn: Maybe Duff McKagan. It would be cool to come up with Bass lines that he adds to the music he records.

Jake: Lzzy Hale! Now that’s a modern day rock star!

Nevin: Nuno Bettencourt or Zakk Wylde! Maybe Jake E. Lee? Hell it’s hard to choose just one.

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

Dave: I watched a documentary on The Wacken Festival in Germany. It looks amazing!
Jake: Rockfest in Kansas City has been a staple for me for years and I’ve always wanted to be a part of that.

Nevin: Either Rocklahoma or Rockfest in KC. They always have kick ass line-ups.

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

Dave: This makes me sad. I’ve received no weird gifts. Only Fireball, and I like that.

Jake: A dandelion for being a “great drummer” lol. I don’t remember from who but I loved it, I’m all about the weird, man.

Nevin: A buddy of mine gave me Roman Glick’s (Jackyl) used bass strings. Not really weird per se, but not something you just get handed every day haha!

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

Dave: Keep listening. Our upcoming releases will show a lot of diversity in our writing. It is only human nature to go “…this band kind of sounds like (fill in whatever band you already know here)…”, but we will break that idea from one release to the next.

Jake: Thank you thank you thank you! Keep being awesome and sharing this music party with us! And keep it weird my friends!

Nevin: Don’t drink and drive, kids. We love you all, even that a****** who thinks we’re being too loud. We love you too. Sorta!

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

Dave: Man, that’s a tough one. I think bringing some of them back would take away from their legend. It’s better to burn out than fade away. It’s beautiful that way.

Jake: Cliff Burton! Sorry if I stole your answer Shawn, lol. He was incredible!
Nevin: Randy Rhoads in a heartbeat.

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

Dave: I like performing our own music and being able to see the fans know the words already. It’s an awesome feeling. …least would be the late, late night driving.

Jake: I love when the crowd sings the lyrics with us. I’m not a fan of teardown and loading my drums after the show.

Nevin: Amazing fans, making great friends, playing in front of tons of people, it’s hard to single out one thing…The worst part? Aside from the late night tear downs and long rides home…sometimes it can be a little tiring not having much free time to unwind on a weekend and enjoy some of my other hobbies.

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

Dave: That’s a tough one, too. I like some of the changes that have already occurred. The web and streaming now lets a band like us, from rural Kansas, get our music out to the world.

Jake: I wish there was a little less digital assistance in the recording process like using midi drums to get the kick or snare to sound perfect but accents and dynamics are lost.

Nevin: Man I could really go on a rant with this one. Talk to me at a show and I’ll give you my full opinion. I’ll just leave it at this. There’s a lot of amazing musicians out there that aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dave: “Highway To Hell” by AC/DC

Jake: “Master Of Puppets” by Metallica.

Nevin: “Animals” by Pink Floyd

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

Dave: I truly think vinyl is best. However, I’m a music addict and just listen to whatever I can get my hands on or stream.

Jake: Man I have a lot of nostalgia for some cassettes in my red, 5 speed 1986 Mercury Lynx!

NEVIN: Honestly…I stream a lot of the music I listen to, usually YouTube, Spotify, or Pandora but I do absolutely love Vinyl! I’m always adding to my collection when I can!

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

Dave: My favourite gig happened recently when we opened for Them Evils in Wichita, Kansas. It was a 45 minute opening set, and we filled it with our music. Them Evils are great guys, too. The whole night was great.

Jake: Each new one becomes my favourite. Since the video for ‘Live While You Can’ released crowd participation just gets better every time!

Nevin: Oooh boy that’s a tough one…there’s been too many to count where I went home thinking “WOW that was such an insane night!”. I really wish I could pick one out but every show seems to be better than the last!

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

Dave: Writing code and building web apps. I do that sometimes already.

Jake: Who knows, but I’d probably have a bank account lol!
Nevin: I’d probably be neck deep in college classes right now finishing my degree in Media Production. Between that, taking over my families business, or finding a job with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave: My answer would be famous chefs like Ramsey and Guy Fieri, but switch this to Keg Party and it gets interesting! Let’s go with Bon Scott, Jim Morrison, Sammy Hagar, John “Mutt” Lange, and Mike Fraser.

Jake: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Weird Al, John Stewert, Giorgio Tsoukalos (the aliens guy). It’s gonna get interesting!

Nevin: Hmm…okay they’re dead, but nonetheless… George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs, and Robin Williams!

What’s next for the band?

Dave: Our second single release, ‘Good Time’ which breaks out of just the hard rock genre. It has a heavy blues influence much like legendary bands Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Our producer, Carter Green, loved this track, and it will definitely surprise a few! There is also a U.S. radio campaign behind ‘Good Time’.

Shawn: Live shows. Practice, and record.

Jake: More live shows!

Nevin: Practice, gig, party, rinse and repeat. New music coming soon!

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

Facebook is our largest social media outlet. We also use Instagram and Twitter. Other content sites include Youtube and Spotify. Our main website is
https://StrongLB.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Dave: I need to Google these. I don’t know what they are.

Shawn: Biscake

Jake: Cupcakes?

Nevin: Why the hell am I just now hearing about these little spongey chocolate coated delicacies?? I NEED THESE IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW

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

We could not begin to do this without an excellent support team. Thanks to our Engineer/Producer Carter Green at GreenJeans Studios, Tom and the team at TAG Publicity, and Denny and the team at The Label Group / INgrooves Music Group. And a HUGE thanks to everyone digging our music and supporting our live shows.

 

 

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EMQ’s with WINTER STORM

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EMQ’s with WINTER STORM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Midlands based Melodic Metal band Winter Storm! Huge thanks to Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Hannah Fieldhouse and Keyboardist John Bradley 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?

Hannah: Hello! My name is Hannah and I okay lead guitar and sing for Winter Storm. We (Hannah and Wayne) formed the band in 2008 originally, and have grown with our sound ever since.
John: My name’s John and I play keyboards for Winter Storm and have also played the drums for them in the past. The band was started in 2008 in Stourbridge by Hannah and Wayne. Over the course of the last 11 years, we’ve had a few member changes, released three albums, a few music videos, and played gigs all over the country and a few in Europe.

How did you come up with your band name?

Hannah: It was just something Wayne and I liked and honestly there’s not much more to it haha!

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

Hannah: We are based in the West Midlands of the UK. The rock and metal scene is strong here, with lots of sub-genres and interesting venues. There are a wide range of sub-genres and some phenomenal underground bands.
John: I am from England, UK and the rock/metal scene here is awesome; we’re the home of heavy metal after all! The underground scene is full of amazing acts who deserve so much more exposure and success than they have.

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

John: We are releasing our third album “Relapse in Time” next month on 11th October. We’re also holding a launch show the following evening at the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hannah: That’s a tough one. Some of my biggest influences would be Rush, Iron Maiden, Eva Cassidy, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Tesseract, Opeth, Nightwish. The list goes on. With songwriting I’m often influenced by films, or books as well.
John: If we’re talking only music here, then I have many for different reasons. I put that down to being a multi-instrumentalist. If I had to limit it to one person per instrument, I would pick: Joey Jordison (Drums), Les Claypool (Bass), Nuno Bettencourt (Guitar), Janne Wirman (Keys), Freddie Mercury (Vocals).

What first got you into music?

Hannah: I originally started by playing the Lyre, which is a smaller version of a harp. I basically begged my mom to let me learn acoustic guitar and she eventually gave in. I hated practicing that too, but one day I had a chat with myself and decided to work harder.
John: I honestly can’t pinpoint anything specific as I don’t remember a time when I haven’t been into music or trying to play an instrument. It sounds very cliché but it’s always been a part of who I am.

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

Hannah: Wow that is a tough one. I’d of loved to have done a collaboration with Prince, in a fantasy world haha.
John: I would love to do something with Devin Townsend or Nightwish, whether that was live or in the studio.

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

Hannah: I would love the opportunity to return to Bloodstock, Wacken or another European Metal festival such as Metal Female Voices Fest, or FemME Belgium would be insane.
John: Winter Storm played Bloodstock several years ago at a time when I wasn’t in the band. I know the band would love to have that opportunity again so I would happily oblige!

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

Hannah: I’ve not had many that I can remember, but there’s probably been some and I’ve forgotten…
John: I don’t know if this counts as a gift, but I was once playing drums at a gig (not with Winter Storm) and the guitarist accidentally kicked a cymbal stand straight into my face across the bridge of my nose. This caused me to have a horrifically heavy nosebleed. A very kind lady in the audience handed me a tampon from her clutch bag, and so I finished the gig with half a tampon up each nostril.

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

Hannah: Thank you for sticking with us, believing in us, and I told you this third album did exist hahaha!
John: Thank you for sticking with us, please buy our new album, and always support your local music scene.

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

Hannah: So many… Phil Lynott, Pete Steele, Prince, Randy Rhoads…
John: Freddie Mercury; or possibly Giacomo Puccini if that’s allowed.

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

Hannah: I love being able to collaborate/create music with others, and release it. To have fantastic social circles of friends and musicians who all work together so well. I hate; constant admin and things of that nature. Late nights haha.
John: I most enjoy the catharsis of being able to play, create, and record music; to perform and collaborate with other people and the sense of community within it. I most hate about music travelling (I get very travel sick) and the expense of the equipment.

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

Hannah: I wish more of us went to local unsigned shows.
John: The bureaucracy and monetisation aspects of it. Whilst it would be great to be able to earn a genuine living from playing and making music, it’s often the sheer cost of certain aspects of it that make it hard to fully pursue as both a performer and a fan.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hannah: There’s so many… Type O Negative – “October Rust”.
John: Nightwish – “Once”.

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

Hannah: CD’s for me. Love cassettes too.
John: It varies depending on what I’m doing or the routine I have at the time. There’s no denying that digital is the best in terms of portability and availability, but I love nothing more than listening to old opera recordings and recitals on vinyl whilst quaffing pints of tea.

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

Hannah: Bloodstock Open Air, Wizzfest Belgium, HRH Metal.
John: HRH Metal festival with Winter Storm earlier this year.

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

Hannah: Teaching, as I do most days 🙂
John: I’m presently studying my Master’s degree in Forensic Science, so I would focus solely upon that and a career in criminal evidence, or specialising in bloodstain pattern analysis.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hannah: Good grief! I have no idea haha. If we are talking living, maybe Jason Momoa, Tina Guo, Nita Strauss, Hans Zimmer, Stephen King.
John: Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed, Kenneth Williams, Vincent Price

What’s next for the band?

Hannah: To release “Relapse In Time”, play some great shows, including our launch show and promote the new record.
John: As mentioned earlier, we have our album “Relapse In Time” coming out in October, and we have a handful of gigs to promote that as well as several gigs and festival slots lined up throughout next year.

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

John: The band has a very active Facebook profile and we announce all of our news and updates on there. At present, we’re releasing a teaser video of each of the album’s tracks once a week during the lead up to the release date. We’re on Week 6 now and all of the teasers and our music videos are available on our YouTube Channel.
https://www.facebook.com/winterstormuk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/WinterStormUK/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hannah: biscake?!
John: They’re most definitely cakes. Biscuits turn soft when they go stale, whereas cakes turn hard. Jaffa Cakes turn hard; not that they have that opportunity if they’re within my arm’s reach!

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

Thank you for the interview!
Only to labour the point that our third album “Relapse in Time” will be released on 11th October, and thanks again for having me 🙂

 

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