Video Interview with Vice – Alma Inn, Bolton – 20/07/2019

Video Interview with Vice
Alma Inn, Bolton 20/07/2019
Interview by Beth Jones

Hi All – Rick Here

Back in July Beth and I attended the Alma Inn July Showcase in Bolton and a wonderful time we had. That particular event was headlined by Manchester based Metal band Vice, who, in case you don’t know, are just a bit good!

You can check out our full live review of the event here:
https://ever-metal.com/2019/07/28/the-alma-inn-july-showcase-2019-the-alma-inn-bolton-20-07-2019/

We had actually first interviewed Vice back at Hammerfest in 2018 but when we listened back to the audio, for some reason, there was a nasty hiss and squeal over the whole conversation making it impossible to transcribe. With that in mind we made sure we video interviewed them at this gig to make up for it and then the technical gremlins struck again when we tried to watch back and upload the video. However, we have persevered, and can now bring you the full interview. It is a little dark in places but audio is fine. Just remind me that if we are asked to interview them again then I’m going to do it in shorthand!!

We would like to send huge thanks to Tom, Connor and Aiden for the interview and apologise to them for the delay, although I think one of them must have a weird magnetic force field that disrupts recording equipment!!

Here it is!

 

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Vicemetaluk/
https://www.instagram.com/vicemetaluk/
https://vicemetaluk.bandcamp.com/rele…
https://vicemetaluk.bigcartel.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1lsTZ…
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtKp…

 

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Interview with Gutlocker – Rabidfest 2019 – 18/08/2019

Gutlocker

Interview with Gutlocker
Rabidfest 2019, 18/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

At Rabidfest Ever Metal’s ‘roving reporter’ Sheri decided to interview Gutlocker who she knows. What followed wasn’t really an interview more of a free for all…sort of…so here goes!

This interview allegedly took place on Day Three of the Festival and will possibly self-destruct in 10 seconds!!

Sheri: So you are now known affectionately as “Stomach Padlock”…?

Gutlocker: Cool. Says who?

Sheri: Mark! And Mark is boss today (Mark Gibbs – Rabidfest director)

Gutlocker: We can go with that.

(Mark then makes an appearance…)

Dean: Heeeey! And he’s got his patch on! He listened to me last weekend…

(Mark is heard in the distance…: Yeah You’ve spelled it wrong. It should be spelled Stomach Padlock!)

Sheri: See? I told ya!

Dean: Aaaaah! Cork knocker mate! Get back to Peaky Blinders! Hahaha!

Pete: He’s got razors in the back of his hat haha.

Dean: Anyway this interviews going well! Hahahaha!

Mark: Whatever they say about me, be pretty sure it’s a lie.

Craig: Mark’s a really nice guy…

EVERYONE LAUGHS

Sheri: So what have you guys been up to?

Craig: We have been doing relentless gigging…

Dean: Yup!

Craig: Erm, pissed my Mrs off in the process.

Dean: Yup!

Craig: Lots of writing.

Dean: Lots of planning!

Ben: Booking a tour.

Craig: We’ll be starting to record again soon. We’ve been listening towards inspiration so we’ve been listening to Coldplay…

Dean: But like the Beatles, we’re gonna carry on anyway hahaha.

Ben: That’s it, go all Greenday.

Sheri: Any more shows you’ve got coming up?

Dean: Welllllll, tell ‘em, Ben!

Ben: Well…we’ve got today!

Gutlocker: Which is gonna be good!

Sheri: Yaaaay!

Craig: And what is today, for those that aren’t here?

Dean: It’s Rabidfest, didn’t you know?

Pete: And then next month we’ve got a proper tour. We’re gonna do 9 days.

Dean: 1,000 miles in 9 days.

Craig: And Unearthed Festival in October as well.

Sheri: Ah I’m looking forward to that!

Craig: Which is after our tour! We’ll give you the tour dates as well so we can say what else we’ve got after it.

Ben: I thought I was the one explaining this!! Jesus Christ! Hahaha!

Pete: No one asked me to say anything! Hahaha!

Ben: We’re doing a tour. We’re gonna be doing… Dudley, Leeds, Hull, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bolton, Nottingham then that’s it… 9 days on the trot. It’s gonna be good!

Pete: It’s gonna be long.

Craig: 9 days back to back from the start date of 20th September.

Dean: It will be the most time we’ve ever spent together as a band…

Sheri: Don’t be smacking each other in the face hahaha!

Craig: No we’ll just kick each other haha!

Dean: We wanna say a big thanks to Mark Walsh.

Ben: Big up to Mark.

Pete: He’s pretty much booked the entire tour for us. He’s a proper legend.

Ben: So thank you Mark. We started it and then he stepped in and said “you guys need to do a tour! I’ll do a tour with you.”

Pete: And we were like “Can we go…north of Watford?” haha!

Ben: Can we see life outside the M25?

Sheri: A bit up the M1 a bit.

Pete: We’ve not really played beyond sort of Manchester so sorta visiting Leeds, Newcastle, Hull is gonna be epic.

Ben: And then we have Unearthed Festival in October, which is in Birmingham at the Flapper.

Pete: And that’s gonna be good. With Abhorrent Decimation, Dog Tired… a whole bunch of bands. Recall the Remains… Then we got a couple of other shows towards the end of the year.

Ben: We’ve got a Halloween gig that we’re trying to book but we will get back to you on that!

Dean: We have one band and we have a venue. It may just have to be us doing a 3 hour set, with an hour set list three times haha!

Pete: And not necessarily in the right order.

Craig: Yeah we’re gonna play 100 songs where we play them and they’re 10 seconds each.

Sheri: Ah like Mad Spanner? Haha!

All: Yes!!!

Pete: Mad Spanner are playing a gig with us during our tour. They’ll be in Dudley.

Dean: Dudley!!

Craig and Ben: DUDLEY!
(All in a typical Dudley accent)

Pete: It’s gonna be really good.

Ben: The whole idea is just for us to kinda branch out and get our name out a bit!

Craig: Unearthed Festival – Oh, they’ve actually named this after my mum and opened their legs at The Flapper…

(There’s a silence and then burst of laughter from everyone.)

Craig: Hi, Mum!

Dean: Next!

Sheri: Let’s talk about your Jamiroquai cover. That’s really taken off at the moment. Very much loved.

Craig: We did it because we love the song, the song itself is awesome and to listen to it and think that it could be a metal riff would make it sound amazing. So we had a go on it and we did it and the first few times we announced it, people were like “right ok” and then we played it live a few times and people actually really like it.

So we decided to do it as a song, record it and just as a stand along single and then..!

Sheri: Then you got silly with it haha?

Dean: Yeah we got carried away haha.

Craig: We were bouncing ideas for a video and just thought fuck it and got Mike Worsley from Outright Resistance to be the Dinosaur…

Shout out to Leigh as well, we’re so happy with the results for with what he did for Deeper Underground. It’s surpassed our expectations and knew it was going to be good but with the quality he put into it, we’re coming to him to for the start of our album towards the end of this year.

Pete: He also recorded Cry Havoc so shout out to Leigh from Remnant!

Sheri: Can you talk to us about the album yet?

Craig: We have around 7 songs ready and we’re working on the 8th track – there is a good chunk of it that you haven’t heard us play live yet, we’re actually holding back on a lot of the latest stuff. We were pushing to play new stuff in gigs for this year but we thought we would hold back a bit and actually put it towards the album so that it sinks into people’s skulls a bit more and then when the album has been out for a while, we can then bring that stuff to life.

Pete: So we’re holding a lot of material back, we wanna play it all at once.

Ben: Speaking about videos as well, we have a couple of concepts and we’re thinking of going a little bit out there with some of it so…

Dean: Yeah, there will be more videos to come!

Pete: Sorry we’re very vague with the details at the moment but we don’t want to give away too much haha.

Craig: The video’s that we have done have been a bit different obviously and Deeper Underground had a bit more of a story driven concept to it. So, we’ve come up with different ideas to try to make them not as similar to videos that we’ve already done – if these ideas pull they’ll be pretty cool!

Sheri: Give us some advice!

Pete: Turn up on time!

Ben: What’s the thought for the day?

Craig: Thought for the day? If you suffer from a condition called Self-Entitlement, don’t be in a band.

Pete: Also – don’t chuck around like – drum bits and stands and amps that don’t belong to you.

Dean: Whatya looking at me for!?!

Ben: You can never have too many pedals.

Craig: Stick around and watch all the bands. Even if you’re an opener band!

Pete: Spare pants. Be nice to your sound guy – because chances are he won’t make you sound like shit.

Gutlocker Joke: Man walks into a bar with a giraffe. Barman says, sorry mate you can’t leave that lying there. Man says… that’s not a lion, it’s a giraffe.

Sheri: Thank you so much guys!

Well there you go! This is what happens when you interview Gutlocker!!
To find the full upcoming tour dates then head to the links below!

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/gutlockeruk/

https://www.instagram.com/gutlocker_official/
https://gutlocker.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmbGHsXzxE5y85pGHtabWdg

 

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Interview with Imminent Annihilation – Rabidfest 2019 – 16/08/2019

Imminent Annihilation

Interview with Imminent Annihilation
Rabidfest 2019, 16/08/2019
By Sheri Bicheno

Hi everyone, Rick Here. I would like to make one thing very clear, Sheri Bicheno is a workaholic! Not only did she deal with all her Marketing duties at Rabidfest, as well as anything else that she was asked to do, she also managed to fit in some interviews for Ever Metal. I secretly think she has managed to find a way of duplicating herself and be in five different places at once! However she does it we are very grateful.

On Day One, at The Wheatsheaf in Oxford, she caught up for a quick chat with Aylesbury based Metallers Imminent Annihilation!

Sheri: Thank you, first off, for that absolutely face melting set!

I.A: Thanks for having us!

Sheri: No, thank you! I actually wanted to ask you about the single you have out called ‘Strong And Stable’. I get a little bit of a middle finger vibe to the politics of this country which are turning everyone upside down a bit at the moment?

I.A: Yes!

Sheri: Does that give us a bit of insight into the concept of your upcoming album?

Jordan: Well not necessarily, I mean, the album is about the idea of us as humanity losing our innocence… because that’s kind of how I feel like, when I lost that I realised that the world’s a big place. I mean I’ve always been into history and when you were a kid and you were watching things like 10 years ago, it seems like 1000 years ago. So that’s our touch upon things that need addressing such as how women are treated, who have to go through abortion through either personal choice or through rape and incest and things like that… so it’s just kinda like us talking about things that pisses us off in the world… and ‘Strong And Stable’ is like my happy place, I love that song so much haha!

Sheri: You bring up a lot of points that need addressing in the world, a lot of people and artists that talk about other things like… drugs, whores and shooting people haha. So this is a contrast where it’s quite important haha!

Connor: There needs to be more discussion of it haha

Sheri: Where did you all start off, what brought you to this point?

Connor: Oh my goodness! It starts off as a cover band; we were called Dolphin Rocket as well haha.

Sheri: Dolphin Rocket? Is there a story behind that? Haha

Connor: I was in art class and we had to do a futurism thing and we had this ukulele and it was like a dolphin ridge. We ended up splitting it up into different pieces and it ended up looking like a dolphin rocket and we were like “That would be a good band name.”… It wasn’t…. Haha!

Sheri: It was at the time though! Haha!

Richard: So yeah we just formed into what it is now, I guess, the evolution of like, Metalcore to… heavier Metalcore haha.

Sheri: That should be a legit genre haha! You’ve got a gig coming up at the end of September with Evil Scarecrow and the guys in Damaged Reich.

Jordan: Yes, Damaged Reich, they’re great guys, they’re playing tomorrow. Joey is such a cuddly person, when we were at the final of Metal 2 The Masses, he just kept on hugging me and I was like “Mate, I love you so much.” Such a lovely dude! He looks so like a stereotypical 1980’s thrasher haha, looks like he’s just got off from being in the crew of Slayer in 1987 – lovely dude, man haha!

Sheri: They’re all always lovely guys. Have you got any other events that are coming up at all?

Jordan: Nothing at the moment actually, we’ve been trying to finish off this goddamn album that we’ve been doing for like the past year haha!

Sheri: I was going to ask if it’s going to make an appearance soon?

Jordan: Well I bloody hope so haha, the single idea came about to give us more time – and we’ve kind of just not used that time. We’re a poorly organised band haha! To the point that – we kind of rocked up as it was time to do change over haha. I mean I called them at 7 o clock and I was like “where are you” as I was coming from work and I actually turned off the google maps and turned onto the exit to the M40 so umm… haha… that was a panic, we are quite badly organised but for the album, we mainly just have vocals left hahaha!

Sheri: It’s an organised pile and that’s what we like! Haha! What are your next plans? Apart from getting the album finished?

Richard: We’re just looking at as many gigs as we can really. We took a quiet year this year. Last time we played was a couple weeks ago and then the last before then was in February.

Sheri: Predominately in the South?

Richard: Yeah but we are trying to branch out a bit.

Sheri: Well finally, tell us a joke?

Jordan: Our music..!

Sheri: That’s harsh! Haha! ‘Roots Bloody Roots’ was amazing! (Imminent Annihilation played a cracking cover of the Sepultura classic at the end of their set).

Jordan: I shit you not; we haven’t played that in about two years, Very much a last minute idea. We were stumped as to what our last song was going to be and I was like HOW ABOUT… How about we do Roots?

Sheri: Well it did the trick! The whole room was heaving with you! Thank you so much for your time.

I.A: Thank you!

 

LINKS:
http://imminentannihilation.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/ImminentAnnihilation/

https://www.instagram.com/imminentannihilation/
https://imminentannihilation.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/ImminentAnnihilation

 

 

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Interview with Beth Blade – NozFest 2019 – 10/08/2019

Beth Blade (Please Credit Renegadewolf Photography)

Interview with Beth Blade
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

NozFest is well underway and it turns out people have literally travelled far and wide to experience the festival. Lotty speaks with Beth Blade after performing a successful live set with her band Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters. They speak about the latest album, their live show and the importance of rock music.

So since we last spoke, you have released your new album “Show Me Your Teeth”?

Yes, good. We have just been gigging and plugging away as per usual, it’s been awesome.

The album has gone down really well from what I can see?

It has, which is always nice, because you always worry. You do the first album and then worry that if you do the second one people won’t like it, but people are really responding to it. Personally, I like it better than the first one. Everyone is so supportive and wonderful, we are all very lucky.

You have just played NozFest downstairs; it was a fantastic live show.

Yes, for 5pm in the afternoon there are a lot of people here. I really can’t complain apart from how hot it was on that stage. I was dripping! I came off the stage looking like Alice Cooper, which is not a bad thing.

People have literally come from far and wide to watch you play?

Yes people have come from Scotland, Wales, Manchester and we are incredibly blessed to have such great friends. We have this little group of tight knit fans who are incredibly important to us.

Jodie has put together this incredible line-up which has sold out. For a festival in its first year it is absolutely amazing and deserves recognition for bringing rock ‘n’ roll to the South.

The thing about this community, this new wave of classic rock is that everyone is very supportive of each other. There is no rivalry, everyone is friends and all the people who come and see us are friends. They will go and see Those Damn Crows but the next day they will come and see us and then spend their whole week spending their money and hard earned cash on getting out there and supporting us. The fact is that this community is vital to our existence.

Some people have come from Germany today…Incredible! That’s the beauty of rock ‘n’ roll music! Rock n Roll will never die!

What does the rest of the year hold for you?

We have another show for Über Röck in Wales on 23rd August, with Last Great Dreamers. We had a show in London that was cancelled, the festival was cancelled, but we are still playing on 29th September in London although cannot say line-up and then in October we play ‘The Massive Weekend’ at the Waterloo in Blackpool with Those Damn Crows, Massive Wagons, Falling Red etc. We are very much looking forward to that.

Then we have the big one! We are opening the main stage at Hard Rock Hell in November, our big end to the year.

Thank you so much Beth for talking with us today!

LINKS:
https://bethbladeandthebeautifuldisasters.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BBATBDofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/BBATBDofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVNIjbGEbR1PIU85Bm9XMwQ

 

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Photograph supplied courtesy of Renegade Wolf Photography

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Interview with 27 Days – NozFest 2019 – 10/08/2019

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Interview with 27 Days
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

The pressure is often high when opening a festival and 27 Days did well to get the crowds going as they started pouring in for NozFest. Lotty Whittingham spoke to Jordan Watts and Steven Speck about their music, live show and their side project Velvet Rose.

So first off introduce yourselves to the readers?

Jordan: My name is Jordan Watts and I am the front man of the band. I am the spandex wearing wanker.

Steven: I’m Steven, I’m the lead guitarist. Apparently I am the egotistical one, although I can’t top what Jordon has said.

For those who haven’t heard of 27 Days, please describe your sound?

Steven: Hard Rock, Glam, Sleaze, Loud, all of that really.

Jordan: I would also add the words energy and performance based.

Having just watched your show, energy is certainly high on the list. It looked like the live show went down well?

Steven: It was a great crowd for an opening slot. I was quite surprised. It was nice. It felt great onstage but when you’re into the moment, mistakes can often happen without you realising it as you lose the worry of making mistakes.

Jordan: We were fully prepared to play for a man and his dog but it was nice to have people in the audience.

I suppose for opening acts; the pressure is higher for them to get the crowds warmed up. Did you guys feel that pressure?

Jordan: Not really, I felt it was up to us to set the bar.

Steven: That and just have a good time. That’s really important to us.

I liked your cover of The Darkness song, have you performed covers previously?

Steven: We used to.

Jordan: We have a whole back catalogue containing two hours’ worth of covers that we don’t do anymore. We might chuck one in now and again.

Steven: It depends what the crowds want. If it’s for a specific where they’re looking for specific covers!

Jordan: If people don’t know who you are, a cover is a great way to show audiences what you’re about.

What are your personal favourite songs to cover?

Jordan: ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince. That is an absolute favourite of mine.

Steven: I don’t know if I can pick. There’s too many… I really like playing ‘Kickstart My Heart’ by Motley Crue.

From what I understand, you two are currently working on another project as well as 27 Days.

Steven: As well as the band, we do our duo set. We’re called Velvet Rose and that is mainly covers and that’s a money making thing on the side.

Jordan: Originally, we were playing a lot of venues that were smaller. Some of them got in touch and couldn’t fit the band in or didn’t have the budget for the whole band. So we said to them, if they couldn’t fit us in as a whole band we could just come in as a duo. It’s exactly what the band does but with two acoustics.

Do you play events as well like for birthdays etc?

Jordan: Yes, we play a lot of events. We’re doing a wedding tonight. We don’t have a free weekend until January.

Steven: We have some time off over Christmas.

What does the rest of the year hold for 27 Days?

Jordan: If you contact the band’s Facebook page (see below) you can message the page. We have limited edition copies of the album. It has booklets with all the lyrics and a leopard print CD.

Steven: We have our new single Dead Man Walking out at the moment. We played that this afternoon.

Jordan: You can find that on Spotify, iTunes etc.

Steven: We also have our last home turf show on Friday 6th September. We’re moving to Brighton for university courses.

Jordan: The band are re-locating. So one last headline show in Bournemouth. Tickets can be found on Event Brite.

Big Thanks to 27 Days for the interview

LINKS:
Home
https://www.facebook.com/27DaysOfficialPage/
https://www.instagram.com/27daysofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzz6izxreyL_hsw3y18p7-A

 

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Interview with The Wicked Jackals NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019

The Wicked Jackals

Interview with The Wicked Jackals
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

The festival is under way and the bands have started. There is already an atmosphere of love, happiness and appreciation for the straight-up rock music. Before they were due to start, Lotty Whittingham spoke to The Wicked Jackals about their music, NozFest and what advice they would give for starting a band.

First of all can you just introduce yourselves, what you play?

Martin: I’m Martin Venus, guitar.

James: I’m James, I play drums

Ollie: I’m Ollie I play guitar and lead vocals.

Lex: I’m Lex on bass.

How would you describe your sound for those that haven’t heard The Wicked Jackals before?

Lex: Hard Rock, hard hitting, melodic!

Ollie: It’s nothing too heavy, we try not to be light, soft, just hard rock, plain and simple.

You are here to play NozFest, your first one, so very exciting.

Ollie: It’s the first one Jodie has done, it’s very exciting to be here, it’s going well already.It’s good to support the rock scene, the local scene as its suffering at the moment, whether it’s the rock scene or just local gigs, so anything new that is coming up it’s good to support it. 

You’ve played a Jodie Bowie gig before I believe?

Lex: Yes, we’ve played a few times for Jodie.

Ollie: She’s busy as hell, constantly doing loads of different things, we’re always happy to support.

So far it seems the hard work has paid off, people are turning up and it sold out in advance.

Ollie: Well just two minutes ago we said hello to Marco Mendoza in the stairwell!!

So, what can we expect from your live performance today?

Ollie: Entertainment, I hope! The unpleasantly unexpected! We try and give it our all like most bands. I am trying to keep my drink to a minimum. Try and go one step further…with the performance, not the drinking!!

James: To expect it, but not expect it…enough to coincide with the health and safety regulations.

Lex: Pushing it to the edge!

You recently released an EP, didn’t you?

Ollie: Yes. “About Time” came out last month. Like every band we are trying to push our music. We do have CD’s but that is a dying format so that is for the people who want hard copy. We still have all our music on all the streaming sites, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Amazon etc. If we had the money, we would go proper old school and do the vinyl, but that’s more than we can afford right now, something for the future, maybe have cassette tapes. There are bands that are doing that. Unfortunately, the people that own cassette tape players, they are mainly door stops or paper weights rather than a form of music. We would love to bring out a limited run of cassettes as they are novelty.

One last question, what advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own band?

James: Don’t!!

Ollie: Make sure you get on with the people, you don’t have to be good at it, just get on with your band mates, it helps if you are and don’t rush it. Lots of practice!

James: If you rush, you will fall on your ass.

Ollie: It’s like a normal relationship, just because the sex is good, doesn’t mean the normal bits in between are good. Make sure you get on with them on a personal level, not just a music level.

Lex: Be prepared and have thick skin, there will a lot of disappointments, good gigs are few and far between, expect a lot of crappy ones.

Ollie: At the same time don’t get disheartened because generally that one good gig out of the 10 gigs you played usually make up for the nine that aren’t good, just keep at it!

Huge Thanks to The Wicked Jackals

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/thewickedjackals/ https://www.instagram.com/thewickedjackals/ https://open.spotify.com/artist/3NRQ5BVioTempFxVsNRlGk https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDOaXxR8QMQ-tDLvjVW9awQ

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Interview with The Outlaw Orchestra – NozFest 2019 – 10/08/2019

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Interview with The Outlaw Orchestra
NozFest 2019, 10/08/2019
By Lotty Whittingham

NozFest had just opened its doors and the atmosphere was already buzzing. There was excitement in the air and already punters ready to watch the first lot of bands. Lotty Whittingham grabbed a quick chat with The Outlaw Orchestra about NozFest, their sound and supporting the scene.

Hi guys, thanks for joining us today. First can you introduce yourselves to the readers in terms of what your sound is all about?

Ryan: Hi, I’m Ryan and I am the drummer/vocalist for The Outlaw Orchestra.
Dave: I’m Dave, I try to sing for The Outlaw Orchestra and try to play guitar.
Pete: I’m Pete and I barely succeed in trying to play the banjo and lap steel for The Outlaw Orchestra.
Ryan: There is also Alex who is the giant violin player who is not here at the moment.
Dave: It’s because he’s looking for his bass somewhere. Seriously, he messaged me then phoned me to say he was on a train and he will be tracking down my double bass, which is somewhere. In fact, we played a gig in Sheffield and it was about 4am. Alex and I were extremely inebriated sat with about five other bands on the bill, we played in the 02 and at about 4am, we looked out the window and we saw Alex’s double bass laying there in the car park. We realised we had been dropped off at the 02 at 11pm, we taken it out of the taxi, laid it down, went into the hotel and forgotten all about it. I looked out the hotel room at 4am and pointed out his double bass. Nobody had pinched it, it’s too big to steal.

It’s quite amazing that you can lose a double bass in the first place.

Dave: You can lose a guitar; you hear that all the time but a double bass is huge. So, there you have it, Alex is on his way hopefully with his double bass.

So, we’re here at NozFest today and you’re part of the original line up.

Dave: I think so, Jodie contacted us a long time ago as a first conception.
Ryan: I think we were the first or second band she asked
Dave: Actually, we were first, I’m joking. At the time, she was toying with different venues and as the local boys, she picked our brains as to what’s a good venue. There was a venue we were gunning for that had a kebab shop at the back in Bedford Place, no not really. We suggested The Engine Rooms, we ended up at The 1865 so here we are and it looks like it’s going to go off today.

It’s sold out in advance, punters coming in early for the first lot of bands so it’s looking promising.

Dave: There are plenty of bands. Now I’m not sure if you have been to the dressing room area, we were there earlier and we had to leave. We don’t use nearly enough hair spray and nail varnish to be there. We are also way too grounded.
Ryan: Our leather pants aren’t tight enough.

What about the leopard print?

Dave: I shit you not, there is a lot of leopard print in that dressing room.
Pete: It’s basically like Lily Savage’s boudoir up there.

If someone hasn’t seen you guys live before, what can people expect from your live show today?

Dave: We play country tinged hard rock. We do everything from hard rock to almost country. Pete brings in a new flavour with playing the lap steel, which is traditionally a country and western instrument. I personally love this as it gives the music a different angle. Pete plays the banjo as well; Ryan’s drums and I play guitar with a lot of country and western tuning. I would describe it as country and western through a Marshall.

Please tell the readers why it’s important to support the scene.

Dave: Or we go hungry. You start in your hometown although having said that, no one in our home town knows about us apart from a bus driver the other day he beeped at and shouted out “I love your record mate.” However, usually you are known in your home town. Def Leppard got huge because Sheffield love them. We are bigger in Sheffield than we are in Southampton. So, Sheffield is our adopted home town. So, support your local music then hopefully good things happen from that. So hopefully after playing here today, more people from Southampton will come check us out when we next play The Coach and Horses.

Huge thanks to The Outlaw Orchestra

LINKS:
https://www.theoutlaworchestra.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theoutlaworchestra/

https://www.instagram.com/theoutlaworchestra/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNrb_8z1NPWRSZ__Dpahs0w

 

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Interview with Jodie Bowie, NozFest Organiser

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Interview with Jodie Bowie, NozFest Organiser
Interview by Lotty Whittingham on 10/08/2019

Rick Here – Back in April our reviewer Lotty Whittingham interviewed NozFest Organiser Jodie Bowie to discuss the inaugural event. On the day of the event Lotty caught up with Jodie again for a brief chat before the doors opened to see how she was!

It’s the day of NozFest, it has finally arrived. There was a lot of anticipation and nervousness leading up to the event. It was all brought together and organised by local promoter Jodie Bowie. After a series of Rock Nights, she was holding her first festival. Before the doors opened I grabbed a quick chat with her about the festival, her plans for 2020 and any advice she would give to those trying to make it in the creative industry.

Hello Jodie, thanks for joining us today here at NozFest. How are you feeling today?

Really good thanks, really nervous though.

So, this is your first festival today, please tell us more about it?

It’s a New Wave of Classic Rock Festival and it’s featuring all the best up-and-coming bands in the New Wave of Classic Rock. It’s completely new, self-funded, self-promoted and it’s an independent festival. It’s different and new, hopefully it will grow. We have bands such as Massive Wagons and Marco Mendoza.

What can the readers expect?

I have no idea but I do know we can expect some fun, discovering new music, making new friends. Everyone here is super lovely, there’s already a group where people have started meeting each other and stuff which is amazing. People are already calling themselves Nozzers. It’s going to be fun and I expect there will be lots of excitement.

Word has it you already have plans for NozFest 2020?

Yes, indeed there is already a plan for NozFest 2020. There’s a date.

Can you tell us a bit more about the bands playing today?

Most of the bands are New Wave of Classic Rock bands so it means they have their own modern spin on the modern rock sound. Some of them are quite big, others are just starting out. 27 Days come from just down the road and they’ve only been going for about a year. We’ve got The Wicked Jackals who have recently changed their name, they’re from Watford. We also have Massive Wagons who have just come off tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Those Damn Crows have just played Download and of course, Marco Mendoza from The Dead Daisies.

What advice would you give to those who are trying to make it into the creative industry?

Work very hard at it and don’t listen to those who tell you that it’s not going to happen because if you want it enough, it will happen!

Rick here again.
As you can imagine Jodie was incredibly busy on the day and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her for inviting Ever Metal to cover NozFest. This is the first of a series of interviews that Lotty completed on the day of the Festival and we will also have a live review and pics up very soon!

NOZFEST LINKS:
https://www.nozfest.org/
https://www.facebook.com/nozfest/
https://www.instagram.com/nozfest/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXPgPYzdzbBn-4JQTvSAPpQ

 

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Interview with Marco Mendoza

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Interview with Marco Mendoza
By Lotty Whittingham

Marco Mendoza is no doubt one of the hardest working and passionate musicians to date. He has played with the likes of Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake and currently The Dead Daisies. He is due to appear at a brand new festival ‘NozFest’ which takes place very soon. Lotty Whittingham spoke to him about this festival appearance, his latest release “Viva La Rock” and his process when it comes to songwriting.

Hello Marco, thanks for joining us this evening. So, you are due to appear at the brand-new festival NozFest soon. Can you tell us more about that?

The UK are famously known for having some of the best festivals around. This one in particular is special to me because it’s been organised by a friend of mine. Jodie and I have worked together previously on other events and she have been a great support of my solo career. Jodie approached me when I was on tour with The Dead Daisies and she said she was putting a festival together. She said there isn’t a lot going on in the south of England at that time of the year. Jodie, her dad and I came to an agreement that we should move this thing forward using my name so we could get the ball rolling.

I was very clear with them that I might be busy with The Dead Daisies at that time and if I needed to pull out, I would have to. She was very cool about it and stated that she was trying to get commitments from some bands. She also said that my solo stuff would make a great fit at the festival. It turned out that The Dead Daisies weren’t doing anything until towards the end of the year and I have been putting a lot of time into promoting my latest album “Viva La Rock”. In order to do that, you have to do any and everything you can to promote your music. I was happy to say yes let’s do this.

I have worked alongside a lot of the bands that are on the bill for NozFest and I am happy to be participating in that. I have some great cats rocking with me; I have Micky Crystal from Tygers Of Pang Tang and Kyle Hughes who has been with me for a while and he’s a great drummer. We have done a lot of touring together when they aren’t busy with their other projects. So, it’s a great fit and I am looking forward to appearing at this festival.

I can’t quite believe how quickly it’s come around.

It has come around so quickly. This year I have been to Japan twice, Europe three times, Russia and it’s only July. So, an extremely busy this year! After August, I will be spending time with my family and do a US run that we are putting together. After that, it’s back to Europe. Unless things change, I will be staying away from the UK for a bit to work on my new album that we’re shooting for next Spring. NozFest will be a chance for me to show people who I am and what my music is about.

Will this be your first time in Southampton?

It won’t be no. I have been part of the Thin Lizzy camp since 1994 or 1995, I am almost sure we played there a few times and I have toured with my solo project there. I can’t think of the exact venues, so I have toured there and the surrounding areas such as Bournemouth. I remember playing this little club called The Anvil. It’s got a lot of history, to me it’s like the whiskey of that area.

Actually, I remember the venue in Southampton was The Talking Heads. The Talking Heads was where I met Jodie and her Dad. They came to one of my solo shows, they approached me and said they would like to do more to support my solo career. She told me she can hook me up with shows in the south of England. She’s been a bit of champion when it comes to supporting my music, they are both fans of Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake.

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This tour is promoting your latest release “Viva La Rock”. There is a variety of different sounding songs on there. Who are your main influences?

As you can tell, I grew up in the thirties. I was born in 1935, just kidding. The first CD I got as gift at Christmas was Abbey Road by The Beatles in the early seventies. It had been around for a few years at this point so that was the first album I got and let’s just say it had the Pandora’s Box effect. It ignited something in me and from that point I knew I was going to do music for the rest of my life. Once you start growing, you start seeing music in a different way and you start digging.

Creedance Clearwater Revival were a big band in the mid-sixties to mid-seventies, they had a lot of hits on the radio so for me they were a natural fit. I used to sing and play a lot of their songs. From then I got into to The Stones, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. To this day, I believe some of the best music and songs ever written were by these bands.

I am a big on a lot of these bands. Some of these bands I have been a part of myself. What they managed to accomplish in their time in 1964 or 1965 whenever they came out, they had an influence on the planet. Creatively and musically, the music business had its doors opened to these bands and what they managed to do was history in the making. So, I have a lot of respect for these guys.

When it comes down to song writing, do you have a specific process for it?

Lyrics for me are like the frosting on the cake. I might have a hook or theme or chord progression ready, it’s only because I try to fit in as much as I can when I have the time to do so and write it down. A lot of those ideas might not go anywhere and when it comes to write the album, you have all these ideas and whatever sticks is what develops and what you develop.

At the moment, I am in a really good place where everything is positive, optimistic and uplifting. All the lyrics are about my own experiences in life, relationships and love. There’s a song on the album dedicated to my wife because I was by myself in a studio in Denmark and I was missing my family. I was just like a little kid, if I could have got on the next plane home I would have done. However, we had studio time booked and had to make the commitment, then I had two months of touring straight afterwards. I was going to be gone for a while and had already been gone for six or seven months.

So emotionally I got a little drained and a little trashed. You know how it is when you’re tired, your emotions come to the surface. At the end of the album, we literally had a few hours to finish and we had to terminate it then because we had the tour the next morning. The producer said that we didn’t have a ballad for the album. We agreed on this but we spent so much time on everything else. Long story short he said “I got this chord progression; I really love it and it reminds me of something.” As soon as he started playing it, I realised that was the one. The song was written within two hours.

I’m not embarrassed to say that it was emotional when I was singing it. It’s one thing when the music and lyrics are written, when I started singing the words, I got knots in my throat. We had to stop a few times because I was blown away. I was asked if I wanted to take a break or do it another time but I thought we don’t have another time.

It probably won’t be played at NozFest as festivals are about going crazy and we have about forty-five minutes to an hour so there won’t be time to slow down.

Thanks, Marco, for taking the time out to speak to us today and best of luck with your UK tour.

NozFest takes place on Saturday 10th August at the 1865 in Southampton.

LINKS:
http://www.marcomendoza.com/
https://www.facebook.com/marcomendozaofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/marcomendozaofficial/

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Interview with Kim Jennett

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Interview with Kim Jennett
By Paul Monkhouse

Kim Jennett is a force of nature. With a voice that rivals the power and feeling of Lzzy Hale, Glenn Hughes and Robert Plant matched with an utterly magnetic and feral stage presence she has been tipped as a stellar talent and someone destined to be absolutely huge. After blowing away audiences the length and breadth of the country fronting Voodoo Blood she’s about to fully step into the spotlight as a solo artist with a warm-up show at the Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool before heading to the hallowed ground at the Download Festival the following weekend.

Whilst her work with Voodoo Blood was phenomenal, it has been her musical partnership with former Jagged Edge/Skin/Red White & Blues guitarist Myke Gray that has rocketed her into the stratosphere. A hugely talented guitarist and songwriter along with being one of the hardest working, experienced, driven and most well-respected professionals in the business, Gray spotted the raw talent therein after being sent a couple of video clips of Jennett and contacted her regarding some studio work. With the first of the dates debuting his titular band looming, he also offered Voodoo Blood the opening slot and it was this memorable evening at the Academy, Islington in early June 2018 that the public got to witness the two sharing the stage for the first time during an incendiary duet between Jennett and Phil Conalane, Gray’s vocalist. When Conalane was unable to make a support tour with Black Star Riders, Jennett was the first and clear choice as replacement and any who saw Myke Gray on that tour knows that the band blew the roof off, night after night after night, giving the headliners a real run for their money.

To call the results of the Gray/Jennett mix ‘alchemy’ would be wrong as it is much more akin to gold being purified and shaped into something exquisite by a master craftsman. Bringing to bear his vast skill, experience and depthless passion, Gray has certainly brought the best out of Jennett, refining her incredible vocal talent and stage craft with a real understanding of not only the talent but the person too, mentoring and driving her to heights she continues to exceed with each and every new release. The perfect pairing, committed to making the very best music they can, there seemingly is no limit to what they can achieve together. With the looming potential/probable headline-making appearance at the UK’s biggest and best rock festival, now seemed the ideal time to find out a bit more about the person behind the soon-to-be household name.

What initially got you into music?

From a young age I always enjoyed performing and I was always involved in school plays and drama clubs and things. I struggled to make friends or fit in when I was young (and now haha) so I used performing as my release and found it was the only time I felt myself and truly happy. I realised I could sing when I was involved in larger musicals in my mid-teens and then I picked up a guitar and it just snowballed from there really! I started writing my own songs to help me through some of the troubles I was going through at the time and it’s been my medicine ever since.

Who were your influences and inspirations?

Honestly my mum is my biggest inspiration. She isn’t a singer but she’s a creative and raised me as a single mother while pursuing a career in art, I think that’s really badass. She always just encouraged me to do what makes me happy and music makes me happy.

I have never set out to “be like” anyone else. From a young age I’ve always wanted to stand out as an individual as I think there is something incredibly awesome and inspiring about other people who do this. Stand-alone female artists like Lady Gaga, Jessie J and Beyoncé have that strong female energy that really gets me going and excites me! I also have a deep love for old-school blues artists like Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Howling Wolf and Etta James etc. There is something that just touches my soul with blues music, maybe because the music comes from a true place of pain and from that pain they created something beautiful. I find that era truly inspiring too as it shows that music can literally help change the world with the huge role blues had in the end of segregation. I just love how music brings people together.

There has been a big change from your earliest pub shows/gigs you did as a singer/songwriter with an acoustic guitar until now…how did that develop?

I’m constantly evolving and changing as an artist, even if you look at the first song I did with Myke (‘Take Me Home’) to ‘Unbroken’ (the latest single) they‘re only a year apart but are completely different and I barely recognise myself in the first video now. There is something inside that drives me to always be better and be on top of my game. I Iove mixing things up and I’m always looking to improve myself and my art. However specifically I think I put the guitar down as I started to sing heavier music but, who knows, I may pick it back up for a few shows at some point again.

You created the Voodoo Woman persona with Voodoo Blood and seem to have really grown more into yourself as an artist away from that image. How does it feel to come out of that strong visual statement and really blossom into Kim Jennett, artist in her own right? Was it slightly scary to leave that mask behind or a testament to your personal growth?

I created the persona in a way because I was scared of being myself. As I grow and shed a lot of the things that were bringing me down, I become less angry and more grateful for where I am and who I am now. I am not afraid of standing on my own two feet as just me, Kim Jennett, and I don’t need to hide behind a mask anymore.

You’re projecting such a positive and strong image as a woman in rock. Do you feel that things are positively changing regarding how women are viewed now in the music industry?

Thank you! My gender isn’t a disadvantage and I am proud to be a woman. I would like to think I’m a strong person, but women are very strong, we go through so much shit and pain (Every month in fact haha). I am just here doing my thing as many other female artists are and there are so many women out there at the moment absolutely killing it, it’s very inspiring to me and I want to inspire other girls too. I want those girls to know they can stand on their own two feet; they don’t have to take shit from anyone and they shouldn’t be afraid of going out there and being themselves. ‘Kim Jennett’ as a standalone artist is the embodiment of me saying “fuck you I’m going to just be myself and that’s all I need to be”. As I said before I really look up to strong female artists in the industry and now I’m here I feel empowered to stand alongside them. Hopefully I will inspire other women (or people who identify as women) that have faced some of the same struggles as I have in this weird time we are in.

You’ve been working with Myke for just over a year now, firstly in the studio and then more and more live. What’s he like to work with and what is the song writing process?

To be honest meeting and working with Myke saved me from going down a very dark path. He’s been super inspiring and I am truly grateful for everything he has done for me. He’s relentlessly driven and completely passionate about what he does. It’s essential for me to work with people who match up to my intensity about things. He’s taught me that my intensity is a positive thing rather than being scared by it like a lot of people may have been in the past and have tried to drag me down for it. With mine and Myke’s work ethic I think we are an unstoppable team.

Myke has produced and written the album, he lives and breathes it and has tailored each song around me, I have never worked with anyone in my life that believes in me as much and works as hard as he does.

How would you describe the last year?

The last year has been like… Getting pushed off a mountain by the people you thought were your best friends but then you land in a giant bowl of ice cream.

How do you feel about the reception you have received, from the times fronting Voodoo Blood and onto the shows you’ve done with Myke? The reviews have been pretty phenomenal.

I play music because I love playing music, I love the power it has to unite people, I live and breathe it. I think that comes across in my performances and when I see rooms of people enjoying themselves as much as I am, that’s the best feeling in the world.

How did you feel when you got the call from Myke to do the Black Star Riders tour as his singer? It must have been a special moment.

As a singer going on tour is an absolute dream so being asked to do a tour with a band like BSR was just crazy. I’ve always been a fan of Thin Lizzy and I remember stealing my dad’s mp3 player and getting told off in school for listening to them in class haha. They were a dream to tour with and really amazing guys. It was an amazing experience going on tour with people who are complete professionals. Ricky Warwick said I had a killer set of pipes and Scott Gorham said to me before we went on “don’t be too good” haha, as you can imagine the school girl in me was screaming and I thank her for listening to Thin Lizzy rather than doing division, it paid off.

You’re currently working on your first solo album. What can people expect from it?

It’s a roller-coaster (a bit like my life) and a real mixed bag so I think there is something for everyone. We have some slower songs that are really emotional, some straight up killer sexy rock songs and even some heavier stuff. The thing I love about working with Myke is that he’s written the songs for me and to show the strengths of my voice, the more he’s gotten to know me the more “me” the songs are becoming and I’m so buzzing for everyone to hear it! Each song shows a different side of my personality.

Your latest release, ‘Unbroken’, seems like an incredibly personal track. Is there a story behind it?

You will have to ask Myke about that one but what I take from it is: finding your true strength and passion from reaching rock bottom, the times when you feel like you are at your lowest point (and I’ve been there, times were you feel like there is no way out) you either let it break you or find your wings.

What’s been the best gig you’ve done thus far in your career?

Every gig is a blessing. I just love performing, from gigs I’ve done in small towns in sweaty clubs to the BSR tour where we were performing in front of two thousand people a night. Obviously the larger the audience the better though.

You’re just about to head towards the biggest gig of your life thus far. How does it feel knowing you’re playing under your own name at Download? It must be mind-blowing seeing your name on the line-up poster, know that it will appear on thousands of event t-shirts and that Andy Copping himself is touting you as one of THE new acts to see this year.

I mean it’s a dream come true. I’ve worked hard for this though, relentlessly for many years and my feet are planted firmly on the ground. As incredible as it all is, I still have a long way to go and a journey ahead of me! Although it’s my name on the poster I couldn’t do any of this without the amazing team I have behind me. Myke especially who has worked so hard to get us to this point. I’m just looking forward to the future now and seeing what’s next for us.

If you could work with anyone in the future (in addition to Myke) who would it be? Any dream tour partners band-wise or duet partners?

I’m happy with who I am working with at the moment but, if had to choose, Halestorm would be amazing! Lzzy Hale is another huge inspiration to me and she’s one of the reasons I got into rock music. At a time in uni where I was struggling a lot with my mental health I discovered Halestorm and hearing how powerful Lzzy was, really made me feel strong again. I taught myself how to scream so I could sing ‘Love Bites’ at a uni end of term gig and then the music I wrote got heavier too. I rambled a bit there haha… basically it would be a dream to duet ‘Love Bites’ with Lzzy Hale. It’s the kind of thing I fantasise about on the bus.

When is the album coming out?

When we have finished recording it! In Myke’s words it needs to be a record people will be listening to in years to come and it can’t be rushed but it is on its way!!

Being two perfectionists who want to create the best album possible, you and Myke are (rightly) taking your time with it and want it to be something that you want to be proud of. Has it seemed a very long process despite that?

Myke gets shit done. It feels like we’re smashing through it really. We only met about a year ago and we already have 4 singles out and an album on the way. It can’t be rushed though and you’re right we’re both massive perfectionists.

What’s next for Kim Jennett?

World domination… hopefully… I’ll probably just make a coffee first though and do some yoga.

 

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/kimjennettvocalist/

https://www.instagram.com/kimjennettmusic/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4VQrckU7d7DjG8Xe4_hvsA

 

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