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Samantha Fish – The Junction, Cambridge – 13/05/2019

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Samantha Fish
The Junction, Cambridge
13/05/2019
Review by Paul Monkhouse
Photo by Laurence Harvey

Let’s just start by saying this: Samantha Fish is one of THE BEST guitarists you will ever see. Currently touring Europe, she has both the musical chops and the material to put on a real masterclass with her unique brand of country infused blues rock that is, by turns, seductive and eviscerating. Backed by a formidably tight three-piece band, she blew away the packed audience in a display of ferocious virtuosity showing that not only is Blues alive but just as vibrant and relevant today as it ever has been.

‘American Dream’ opens the set with a real swagger and kicks things off supremely, a template for the thrills to come. This was no warming gently into the show but a full-blooded leap into her world, the delightfully twisting rhythm of the song and fantastic vocal intonation of the chorus immediately drawing the crowd in. Whilst the band propel the groove, Fish is full of effortless cool and unleashes the first of many slide solos that highlight her deft touch and feel. Never someone to get complacent, there is a real shift in style to next number, the title track from the 2017 album ‘Chills and Fever’. With a delightful retro sound, it’s a much more jazzy/soul number that has a swing and style more akin musically and vocally to the late Amy Winehouse. With its terrific keys solo by Phil Breen, the song shows how Fish isn’t afraid to grow naturally and infuse her material with some of the best elements of 20th and 21st century music. In fact, it’s lazy to label her as ‘just a Blues artist’ because she is so much more than that and shows a really unique blend of different styles whilst at the same time very much having her own unique identity.

‘Wild Heart’ adds another twist with its galloping and insistent riff, the song rocking along as the passionate vocals power over the top of it. Fish looks utterly consumed by the music as a curl of blonde hair falls over her eyes whilst she rips into her guitar, her whole body lost in the glorious sound. ‘You Can’t Go’ wasn’t so much an instruction as an impossibility, transfixed as the audience were by the four musicians onstage and featured yet another outstanding solo whilst the more mellow ‘Hello Stranger’ cooled the pace once more with its soulfulness. ‘Cow Town’ was introduced with the tongue in cheek “for all you Hillbillies out there” and featured a much more ‘country’ twang to the vocals. Breen was again given the platform to shine as individual solos by both keys and guitar took the spotlight and highlighted the superior calibre of musicianship, each member of the band a master of their craft.

The first of two newly released singles, ‘Watch It Die’ is an incredibly catchy taster from forthcoming album ‘Kill or Be Kind’, propelled along by a pedal to the floor riff that is unpinned by bass player Chris Alexander and drummer Scotty Graves who lock in to provide a rock-solid base whilst adding their own style and panache. Coming over like a heavier version of prime late 70’s Fleetwood Mac, it transported the Monday night Cambridge crowd to the widescreen vistas of desert highways of Mid-West America, speeding along in an open top Pontiac GTO, a testament to the songwriting flair and an evocation of Fish’s Kansas roots. Further capturing the spirit of America, ‘Little Baby’ was an exercise in joyful rockabilly that saw the band having as much of a ball as the audience, it’s lyrics of longing and regret juxtaposed with the upbeat bounce of the music. Once more, the rhythm section of Alexander and Graves shone as they drove the beat along, the live version ramping up the fire of the original recording.

The slow, soulful country blues of ‘Go Home’ provided a much-needed breather and showed how Fish could shine equally as well with an acoustic guitar as electric, delicately plucking at the strings as her plaintive voice soared. A truly beautiful number, the vocal harmonies lifted it even further into the realms of the angelic and there was a hushed awe as if the slightest noise could break the spell. Following that with another tender number would have proven impossible so ‘Gone For Good’ was a rocking, raging storm of bottleneck slide guitar masterstroke, sandwiched as it was between the ballad and the second of the new releases ‘Love Letters’. Again, it can’t be overstated that Samantha Fish is not only an incredible player but a superb songwriter too and the track is both slinky and seductive whilst being instantly memorable therefore making it a perfect single to release.

A phenomenal ‘Somebody’s Always Trying’ is an exercise of swing that strips the sound to a pulsating, mellow soundscape, its breakdown building to an extended solo that really is a highlight of the night as the guitar sighs and screams before heading back into the chorus to finish the song. Rounding off the set, ‘Shake Em On Down’ was a perfect slice of down and dirty blues, the four-string cigar box guitar adding exactly the right level of authenticity and grit as the song slides along with the smoothness and slightly rough edge of a good bourbon. Of course, the crowd weren’t going to let the band just go without an encore and their chants and claps were rewarded as, to a huge roar, the four musicians strolled back on stage. Ripping into the heavy-duty rocker ‘Bitch On The Run’, it’s snotty, snarling attitude and irresistible chorus squeezed ever last drop of energy out of the audience and left them empty before saying a final goodnight. A barnstorming showstopper in every sense of the word, it was the perfect end to a perfect evening and one that those lucky enough to be there will be talking about for years to come.

Absolutely incredible.

LINKS:

Samantha Fish


https://www.facebook.com/samanthafishmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/samanthafishmusic/

 

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Torqued – Coup de Grace EP

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Torqued – Coup de Grace EP
Self-released
Release date: 29/03/2019
Running Time: 19:14
Review by: Alun Jones
8/10

Regular Ever Metal readers may remember that Torqued’s 2018 EP, “Resurgence” was reviewed by yours truly not that long ago. You may also recall that I declared a new EP from the band would be released soon. So soon, in fact, that the EP is already out and I’m hurriedly trying to cobble this write up together!

“Coup de Grace” builds on the successful formula we heard on the previous collection, but piles on the intensity. This time, Torqued are taking us into deeper, darker territory – a trip into the recesses of the mind where anxiety and depression fester. Great lead vocals from Marc are spat out with vitriol, the tortured lyrics given malevolent form.

Musically, the four tracks on the EP deliver a battering ram to the senses. Opening with the title track, Torqued are in full-on attack mode with crushing metal. ‘Open Wound’ follows with a relentless pounding, which bleeds effortlessly into a mighty lead guitar break from Rimmy.

Savage riffs are tempered with passages of melancholic breaks, perfectly executed in ‘The Darkest of Shadows’. All of these songs are multi layered, featuring haunting lead and even keyboards (?) beneath the main pummelling. Very cleverly put together – it’s as if we’re hearing the conflicting emotions within someone’s head.

The songs gallop along with a groove thanks to Kurt’s drumming and Marc’s bass, as demonstrated in final track: ‘The Revelation’. Torqued have also tempered their sound with a Trent Reznor-like despondency that’s added a further dimension to their music.

So, there you have it – a blistering hot metal EP that drips with torment. Torqued have cooked up a winner with “Coup de Grace” and I can’t wait to hear what’s next. I predict…

Nah, that would be telling!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Coup de Grace
02. The Revelation
03. Open Wound
04. The Darkest of Shadows

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

https://www.instagram.com/torquedbandofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChhEQIh2k8FTMigyo3EMfRQ

 

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EMQ’s with BOFO KWO

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EMQ’s with BOFO KWO

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish, Symphonic Black Metal band Bofo Kwo who, by the way, are brilliant as well as being hilarious! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

Bofo Kwo: I am Bofo Kwo, the tribe leader and lead vocalist. The band was formed in 2014 based on a novel by Theodore Salmondi Egger, called the Legend of a Cannibal King. The Band then took it further, went to space and after several decades, hopefully, the first Metal band to ever perform in outer space.

Wamufo: I am Wamufo. I arrange and compose the chants and rituals we need for our feasts. I also play the noise machine you call guitar during our feasts.

Bomari: I am backup vocalist Bomari, I also do the makeup and costumes and general creative stuff.

How did you come up with your band name?

Bofo Kwo: It is based on the Main Character of the Legend of a Cannibal King Novel.

Wamufo:???

Bomari: Also based on a true cannibal story but with some twist and turns.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
Bofo Kwo: Finland, I guess cold?

Wamufo: I’ve lost count on the numerous home worlds we’ve had.

Bomari: Norway, make a guess.

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

Bofo Kwo: Our latest single is called “Second Sun” and it is from our upcoming album to be released fall 2019, the album is called “Space/Time Carnivorium”.

Bomari: Second SUN

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bofo Kwo: Space/Time, Aliens, Cannibal Documentaries, Black Metal, ROCK, and Grunge!

Wamufo: Black metal, cheap sci-fi TV and everything I can gather from the junkyard.

Bomari: Life.

What first got you into music?

Bofo Kwo: The search for the end of the endless agony of being human and what not.

Bomari: Feeelings and stuff.

Wamufo: Refuse to answer!

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

Bofo Kwo: Rumours are that we will collaborate with a Rodent King of the Mighty “Dirty Rats” from Australia already on the upcoming album.

Bomari: Rob Zombie

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

Bofo Kwo: Download festival because I heard they don’t make you shave your bush.

Bomari: Can’t think of any

Wamufo: Roadburn, Dour, Wacken

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

Bofo Kwo: Bold of you assuming that we have fans? I am under contract to hand over any gifts I get to Wamufo so he has to answer this one.

Bomari: Anxiety

Wamufo: Bofo Kwo might be obligated to hand over the gifts, but I know he’s hoarding them somewhere. People seem to like posting us these pieces of paper with numbers on them, and after some investigation they seem to disappear in to Bofo Kwo pillow or he traded them for cat food.

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

Bofo Kwo: Be one with the Metal, and please share our content so more people discover or get offended by our music.

Bomari: Be yourself

Wamufo: The message is gone. Long live the message

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

Bofo Kwo: Dimebag

Wamufo: Nah, let the dead rest. They deserve it

Bomari: Lemmy

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

Bofo Kwo: Free food I enjoy the most, I hate the most that the food is not human flesh tho.

Waumfo: There are some super comfortable couches hidden inside the venues of feasting. Napping on those. Napping inside the trunk of our “tour vehicle” is the worst, unless I kidnap the money pillow, which is super comfy.

Bomari: Being creative, the pressure

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

Bofo Kwo: Artists gets paid first and the most instead of last and maybe nothing.

Bomari: The pressure of releasing and squeeezing the creativeness out of artist is the worst, if we could let artist work on their own time and using their creative energy when it’s there and not squeezing it. It’s the killer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Bofo Kwo: Behemoth – “The Satanist”

Wamufo: Khanate – “Things Viral”

Bomari: Blank, can’t think of one spec

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

Bofo Kwo: Vinyl!

Wamufo: Claymation

Bomari: Vinyl for sure

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

Bofo Kwo: Our secret gig in Amsterdam March 2019. Weird stuff happened.
VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTwxniHLcTY

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

Bofo Kwo: Working for the Earth Space Defence.

Wamufo: Sabotaging the ESD.

Bomari: I’m actually a fisherwoman on the side…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bofo Kwo: The tastiest fattest peoples, they are the best to make stew of.

Wamufo: I’d rather not get criticized for cold canned ravioli by five people.

Bomari: *laughing* and nobody knows why.

What’s next for the band?

Bofo Kwo: New Single, new Album and Fall live shows. Album will be called “Space/Time Carnivorium”

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

https://www.facebook.com/BofoKwo/
https://bofokwo.bandcamp.com/releases
https://sliptrickrecords.com/finnish-group-bofo-kwo-join-the-sliptrick-roster/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Bofo Kwo: I met a dude named Jaffa on a planet far away, he tasted more like lasagne but maybe a bit Cakish?

Wamufo: You should ask that from J. Cakes.

Bomari: It doesn’t matter, they’re fucking tasty.

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

Bofo Kwo: Ever Metal is amazing. To think that they supported a rural space Black Metal band like us is just outstanding.

Bomari: Cheers, shine on.

Wamufo: Eat your greens and stay hydrated.

 

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Twisted Illusion & Friends Excite The Light Tour 2019 – The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool – 12/05/2019

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Twisted Illusion & Friends
Excite The Light Tour 2019
The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool
12/05/2019
Review By Beth Jones with nonsensical ramblings by Rick Tilley

It is a little under 5 months since we saw Twisted Illusion last, and it is safe to say a lot has happened to the band in that time, from the shock announcement of two of its three members departure, to Matt, the life blood of TI, soul searching and wondering if it was all worth it, to being on the road touring and recording the second part of the ‘Excite The Light’ Trilogy, and now, as of last Friday, becoming a band again, after the confirmation that the line up of musicians guesting on the tour have now decided that it worked so well straight away, that TI (version 2.1.1) has been born, and that this is the new line-up! We couldn’t wait to see how they were doing as a group, given the short space of time that they have been working together.

Now to start, but as a bit of an aside, I will say that I liked driving in Liverpool far more than I liked driving in Manchester, and I managed to navigate without any bus lane infringements, so already this was good! We arrived at the venue a little after the first band started, but still with enough time to get a good feel for them. A quick look around the venue let me know that it was going to be a down to earth place. It was a good old, no bells and whistles, grass roots venue, which to me is the perfect way to enjoy music. You don’t need fancy bollocks when the tunes are top quality! Anyway, enough of this – to the music!

Riptide Messiah
Although we only caught two-thirds of these guys’ set, what we heard was pretty good; Gruff, chunky, and in places fairly intricate. They are quite melodic too, which I like. I am going to call it Melodic Prog Stoner Doom! They were a good way to start the night, but my only criticism is there was too long between songs. I’m nit picking, but this is one of my bug bears. I know you have to tune and stuff, but you need to fill that time or people’s attention wanders! Musically though, they know what they are doing and what sound they want to achieve.

01 Riptide Messiahhttps://www.facebook.com/RiptideMessiah/

Ashen Reach
Fresh from their amazing gigs in Russia, supporting Bullet For My Valentine, these guys were stoked for a good show. Having seen them support Twisted Illusion at Christmas last year (when they were called Equinox), we knew what they were about, and that we liked it! They didn’t disappoint! They are so full of youthful exuberance, of which we are very jealous, and they hammered straight into a full-on set, with powerful vocals, fast paced melodies, and chunky rhythms. They are a good, solid, classic hard rock band, and they make you happy. Lead singer, Dan Moran, has such a presence on stage plus pulls some spectacular faces and drummer Jess Stanley is a whirlwind of arms behind the kit! We were chatting to them afterwards and they are such awesome and humble people, and we wish them every success moving forwards.

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Scare Tactics
These guys are a name who, up until three weeks ago, I hadn’t come across (Rick is familiar with the name but hadn’t seen them live before). Having now seen them twice in the space of a month we would like to report that they are blisteringly good! If Dream Theater and Linkin Park joined forces, this is what they would sound like. Incredibly intricate rhythms, modern rasping vocals, mixed with clean harmonies, and stunning solos. They do remind me a bit of Killswitch Engage, who I also love. Why these guys aren’t bigger is beyond me. And again, they are thoroughly nice chaps too – Rick very much enjoyed having a chat and sharing a fig roll with lead singer Andy Barker, after they had come off stage! I was jealous. I love fig rolls. Damn you gluten intolerance!!

03 Scare Tactics UKhttps://www.facebook.com/scaretacticsuk/

Prognosis
After seeing these guys at Badgerfest last year, I knew they were heavy. I had found them a little too heavy for me on that occasion, but I think it might have been because it was later in the day, and I was knackered, and the sound wasn’t great. Here, I enjoyed them a lot more, and had more time to concentrate on what they were doing, which was very heavy prog metal done very well. Lead singer, Danny Daemon, is an absolute unit, who looks incredibly menacing in the mood lighting on stage! He makes guitarist Christian Hickson (also of Frozen In Shadows) look much small, which is quite an achievement! Musically though they are very, very tight and look completely at ease performing. A very good main support.

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Twisted Illusion
In what seemed like no time at all, we were at the pièce de résistance, and what we had all been waiting for – the new look, five-piece, Twisted Illusion. Straight away, before they even started playing, there was an air about them. They looked comfortable, relaxed, and ready to put on a show! And Christ is that what they did, right from the first note! Now, we all know that Matt Jones is a formidable front man, and that Saxon Davids can play a bit of guitar, but not having seen the newly added Cici Powell – Melkonian, Chris Jenkins and Andy Gotteri before, our mind were blown within about 30 seconds by how good they all were as individuals, but also how amazing they sounded together as a collective. This was not the sound of a band that had only had a few weeks rehearsal time, this was the sound of a band who were seasoned pros, who had lived in each other’s pockets for years, and who had more experience than any of these baby faced cherubs kicking it on the stage! This should not be possible – but yet here it was, with a sound so massive and together, it can only be described as pure raw talent, combined with a deep love and understanding of live performance, and with a bit of help from fate, to make a Utopian level musical experience. They were a bit good!!! Matt’s songs came alive with the addition of Andy’s keyboards, and Cici looked like she had been born with a bass in her hand – her skills absolutely blew us away, and her constant smile is infectious. Add to that the masterful percussion of Chris, executing the demanding rhythms to perfection, and of course the immense noodling abilities of Saxon and huge vocals of Matt, and you have the perfect recipe for putting me into a euphoric trance. I was welling up by the end of their set and was so ridiculously happy that it sounded this amazing. Better than I could ever have expected. It was like witnessing the birth of something truly special. Quite simply stunning! Rick, who felt the same, spoke to Matt afterwards, to tell him that, as a live experience, what he had just seen was, for him, right up there with the live performances of early Queensryche (circa “Operation Mindcrime”) and Rush! These guys should not be playing small venues like this, they should be touring arenas. They are that talented. The world now needs to know who Twisted Illusion are. Always remember that every huge band started in a back-street pub. The sky is the limit now guys.

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That was a very, very special night and is going to take some topping! Currently, festivals aside, we have nothing on our radar that we can see coming close, until we go and witness Devin Townsend at Manchester Royal Albert Hall in December!

 

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Morbidfest – Coventry Empire – 01/05/2019

 

A full review of the gig can be found here:

Morbidfest – Coventry Empire – 01/05/2019

 

Hi everyone, Rick Here.
I would like to send a huge thank you to Daniel Stapleton of Overtone Music for sending us this wonderful album of photos!
www.overtonemag.com

Morbidfest – Coventry Empire – 01/05/2019

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Morbidfest
Coventry Empire
01/05/2019
Review by Mark Pritchard
Photos by Daniel Stapleton

Contrary to what the name suggests, this wasn’t a festival, but a date on the EU and UK tour of four death metal stalwarts; Sadist, Atrocity, Vital Remains, and I Am Morbid. All four bands had prepared special sets for the show, and I was really looking forward to seeing what they could do!

My first impression of the venue was that the stage was a really good size. It meant that all the bands would have plenty of space to perform and it wouldn’t look too cramped, which is an issue with some venues.

There was a small, but excited audience gathered, and the atmosphere was already electric, and when the bands were playing, it notched up to awesome!

Sadist
Italian progressive death metallers, Sadist, were first on the bill, presenting their recently released album, “Spellbound”. Straight away they set the tone for the evening firmly to ‘brutal’, with lead singer Trevor Sadist coming out on to the stage brandishing a chainsaw menacingly in the air! The set was heavy and intense from start to finish, and considering they were the opening act, they really set the place on fire! Stunning guitar solos where backed up by a combination of solid rhythms, chunky bass, haunting keyboards and powerful screaming and growling vocals. I really enjoyed their set – what a great way to start!

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Atrocity
Next up were German outfit, Atrocity. They were going to have to put on one hell of a performance to follow what we had just seen though! They were also performing their most recent release, “Okkult”, which is the first album in a trilogy that they will be releasing. They started off their set at a fast pace, with some really good solos early on, which got the crowd going. Again, they were heavy as hell! The vocals were dark and growling, but for me they were far too low in the mix and you weren’t able to hear much of them, which was a shame. They were still really good, but, like I said, we had all been spoilt by the brilliant Sadist set, and they didn’t quite reach that height for me.

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Vital Remains
Our penultimate act of the night were American death metal veterans, Vital Remains, who were performing a special 30th Anniversary set for this tour. They were awesome, from start to finish. Musically so tight, showing their experience brilliantly, and the huge screams of Brian Werner sent the audience wild. They interacted so well with the crowd too and Brian Werner even did a bit of crowd surfing which was epic and not something I have seen before, so it was great fun! This has to be one of the best live sets I have had the pleasure of witnessing, and I really hope I get the chance to see them again soon.

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I Am Morbid
Started by front man David Vincent, and Guitarist Tim Yeung, both former members of Death Metal legends Morbid Angel, I Am Morbid played a set of classic material from Morbid Angel’s “Altars Of Madness”, “Blessed Are The Sick”, “Covenant”, and “Domination” albums. David Vincent is regarded as one of the godfathers of Death Metal, so it was guaranteed to go down well. It was intense from the first note, with guaranteed headbanging all round! The crowd lapped it up, and chanted MORBID, MORBID, MORBID, and the band interacted well with the crowd, which made for a great atmosphere. However, their set was marred with technical issues. They had to restart one song after a problem with the mic, and then in another they had an issue with one of the guitars, meaning that the guitarist had to switch to the back up. However, we did get treated to a pretty fine guitar solo from the other guitarist whilst this was happening – it went on for about 5 minutes! It is a shame that they had the technical issues really, because the rest of the set was spot on.

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All in all, I had a really great night, with the highlights being Vital Remains, and the blistering opening set from Sadist. I really hope I get the chance to see these bands again soon, as they were all top quality, and I recommend anyone who likes their metal firmly on the Death Metal side of things to go and check them all out.

 

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All Images by Daniel Stapleton of Overtone Music
www.overtonemag.com
A huge thank you to Daniel for the wonderful photographs.

EMQ’s with IAN BLURTON’S FUTURE NOW

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EMQ’s with IAN BLURTON’S FUTURE NOW

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Rock band Ian Blurton’s Future Now. Huge thanks to Ian 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 Ian Blurton, guitarist/singer for Future Now. We started playing together roughly a year ago. I made a solo record called “Signals Through The Flames” using some of my favourite Toronto musicians and needed a band to play the songs so I called on 2 guests from that record (Anna/Glenn) and added guitarist Aaron Goldstein to help me with the many guitar parts.

How did you come up with your band name?

Future Now is a song by The MC5 (one of my fav bands of all time).

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

I’m from Canada and while I’m not a full-on metalhead (I say that out of respect to my friends who are) I can tell you we have a very vibrant scene here with originators ala Voivod still releasing incredible records and newer bands like Tomb Mold (who blew me away live), Cauldron etc. keeping it alive.

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

We have 2 releases upcoming. Our 1st 7″ (Yeah Right Records) comes out on May 4 and our LP will be released by Pajama Party on June 7.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jimi Hendrix is probably my all-time fav but there have been many. I have always loved Mountain, Black Sabbath, Budgie, Blue Cheer..!

What first got you into music?

I’d say probably seeing The Monkees on TV as a young kid.

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

Motorpsycho for sure. I love how adventurous/prolific they are.

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

Woodstock right before Hendrix so I could see his set. Currently I’d say Roadburn, it seems like such a great community.

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

Nothing super weird, mostly just awesome things including paintings, homemade chocolates etc.

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

Live your life by your own rules.

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

Jimi Hendrix so I could see him live once!

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

Music is my life so I try to enjoy all the aspects of it and let the positive outweigh the negative.
I get to play with incredible musicians and am honoured they are willing to give up their time to do so.
I’m not crazy about loading 4x12s into 3rd floor venues.

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

I think it would be more than one thing but I think streaming not paying enough would be a good start.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Damned – “The Black Album”

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

I like them all but prefer vinyl as I grew up with it.

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

I’ve been playing live since 1982 so I’ve been very lucky to play a lot of great shows. Recently I’d say the 2nd Future Now show with Biblical/Whoop-szo. It was good vibes and killer bands and everyone played great.

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

Working with animals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Salvador Dali, Hunter S Thompson, Robert Anton Wilson, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Robt Williams

What’s next for the band?

Our 7″ and LP release parties and then we are doing a Canadian tour out to Sled island Festival (one of the best in Canada).and back.

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

https://twitter.com/ianblurton
https://www.facebook.com/ianblurton.futurenow/
https://ianblurton.bandcamp.com/

 

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Kalmah – The Gramercy Theatre, New York City – 30/04/2019

 

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EMQ’s with AVALANCHE

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EMQ’s with AVALANCHE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sydney, Australia Hard Rock band Avalanche. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

Hey my name’s Steven Campbell, I’m the lead singer and bass player of Avalanche. We also have Veronica ‘V’ Taleski on lead guitar, Ryan Roma on drums and Arthur Divis on rhythm guitar. We formed at the start of 2018, Veronica and Ryan had been playing together for a while, I joined the band as a vocalist, then we went through a whole mess of rhythm guitarists and bass players before I just ended up playing bass, and now we’ve just started gigging with Arthur on rhythm guitar as well.
We’ve been playing the local pubs and music venues here in Sydney and a bit out of town as well, and spending time between gigs and our 9-5 jobs in the studio recording for our debut EP “Sent From Hell”. It’s just been released, and we’re really proud of the end product, we’ve got a pretty good response so far and hope it only grows from here.

How did you come up with your band name?

My dad, Adrian Campbell was actually in a band called Avalanche in the 70’s and the 80’s, they used to belong to the same management company as AC/DC, they have even played with them before and some other major bands at that time, we thought it was an awesome sounding name and wanted to keep the rock and roll family tradition going so after going through a lot of other names, we decided to name our band Avalanche.

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

We’re from Sydney Australia, it’s pretty weird here because on the one hand, there are so many great rock, metal and punk bands coming out of Sydney and Australia at the moment, but at the same time there’s a pretty shit climate of live music here, we have lock out laws and noise restrictions, pretty much nowhere is open after 12/1am and a lot of places constantly shut down over noise complaints, or toss out live bands in favour of DJ’s. The places that are still running tho are doing a great job, there’s still some good venues around and it is a lot better in other cities and states that we’ve been too as well. But yeah, regardless the musicians and the fans here are fantastic, we’ve played with both older and younger bands and have built up a friendship with so many of them and after a while you find that everybody kinda knows each other, it does kinda feel you’re part of one big community, some of the more established bands will really take you in and help you out and play a lot of shows with you … if you’re not shit of course.

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

We just released our debut Double EP “Sent From Hell”.It’s a wild and raw rock n’ rock record about sin, sex and good times. It’s a mix of 4 studio recordings, including our 2 single releases, and 4 live recordings taken from one of our gigs in December. It’s fast and it’s LOUD!

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band, it’s definitely 70’s/80’s Aussie rock bands like AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, the Angels, Stevie Wright, the Easybeats, and my dad’s band Avalanche. We’re also inspired by all the big rock and metal bands like Guns n Roses, Led Zep, Metallica, Sabbath, Motörhead, as well as the Rolling Stones, The Who, Chuck Berry, and we also have a lot of blues influences as well.

What first got you into music?

Steven: Well I guess it’s pretty obviously my dad, who was in bands in the 80’s as a singer and my mum would always play that kind of music for us growing up around the house and in the car but I didn’t really think about pursuing it until I was about 13ish. My best friend and I started a little duo just with me singing and him playing guitar, all we played was cover songs of Tenacious D. Anyway ever since then, I just kept going and going until somehow I managed to end up in this band. I think for Veronica and Ryan the answer would be AC/DC haha.

Ryan: Hearing my mum playing AC/DC Live At Donnington around the house when I was younger, for some reason after that all I just wanted to do was play drums.

Veronica: My dad bought a cheap-ass guitar for my Brother, he barely touched it so I started playing it. And then when I was 16 I saw AC/DC live on the Rock or Bust tour and from that moment I never wanted to do anything other than just play the guitar. I went out and bought a shitty second hand Epiphone SG from a police auction because I wanted to be just like Angus, figured if I could learn to play half as good as him and Malcolm then I would have accomplished something with my life.

Arthur: Hard to pin point, but probably as a kid hearing Mum and dad listening to gunners in the car and around the house got me to first pick up a guitar. And yeah, can’t imagine not playing now really.

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

We’d love to do something with Airbourne, we think they’re awesome, another great Aussie rock band.

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

We recently attended Download in Sydney and man it was a wild experience. So many people, big bands, drinks what more could you ask for, I think it’s ambitious but man it would be cool to play that festival. There’s so many great rock and metal festival’s in the UK as well, we’d be happy to play any one of them.

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

At one of our first ever shows I actually got asked to sign a girls tits, don’t know if that really fits in the gift category but it took us by surprise.

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

Stay off drugs.

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

Seeing as how they are still making music it would be so awesome to have Malcolm Young back, recording with AC/DC again for their new album and touring. That would be one hell of a show to see.

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

The only good thing about being a musician is playing music and if it wasn’t for that, no one would do it in my opinion. It’s a vast wasteland of an industry with lots of empty promises and ‘get rich quick’ schemes but at the really deep end of it, it all comes down to just wanting to make something that sounds good, something you yourself enjoy, and there’s a lot of stuff you have to put up with if you just want to do that.

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

The big companies should pay musicians what they deserve for streams and downloads, none of this $0.0006 a stream bullshit, and they shouldn’t take cuts of the royalties either.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Steven: I think if “Master Of Puppets” hadn’t been made I’d probably not be playing music today.

Arthur: Hands down, “Appetite For Destruction”.

Ryan: “Let There Be Rock” – AC/DC.

Veronica: “Let there Be Rock: Live in Paris”, the soundtrack album to the movie, that was the start of my obsession with AC/DC and the guitar.

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

They all have their place. There is something about putting on a vinyl tho and just listening without any distractions, maybe just staring at the cover art, same for CD’s too. Having a physical thing, especially if it’s your favourite band can feel pretty special, but of course streaming and downloading is more of an everyday thing cos you can do it anywhere.

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

We played a really good gig down at Kelly’s on King in Newtown a couple weeks back and I don’t know if it was necessarily the ‘best’ gig but I found it the most enjoyable so far. It was a Tuesday night and it had been raining so we went there with very little expectations but when we started playing people from downstairs and outside all came in and we blew them away which was good cause we’d been told to play there to see if we were good enough for a Friday night slot and they asked us back straight away.

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

Anything that pays the bills so I can keep being a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Arthur, Veronica, Ryan, Angus Young and Ozzy Osbourne.

What’s next for the band?

We’ll be gigging non-stop all over Sydney and maybe a bit out of town as well over the next few months to promote the EP, we’re already booked out until the end of July and are constantly booking more shows and working as hard as possible to make em our best shows yet. We’re working very hard with several promotion companies and advertisers as well to just push this EP as far as it can go. Veronica just bought a beautiful new Gibson SG as well, she has 2 now, as well as a Marshall JCM2000 stack that she got last year that she can wait to play the shit out of live. Arthur had to buy a stack as well just to compete with her! So if you’re in Sydney anytime soon, be sure to come along!

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

You can also listen to the EP across Spotify, SoundCloud and all other streaming platforms and pick up a copy from our Bandcamp, iTunes or Google Play:
https://avalanche2018.bandcamp.com/album/sent-from-hell
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0wF07k0n3MbeOnbLVMXG6X
https://soundcloud.com/avalanche2018official/sets/sent-from-hell-1
https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Avalanche_Sent_From_Hell?id=Bur5c77z2kuqbxhe4cv4y23pikq
We’ll also be selling cd’s and other merch at our shows, and will soon be selling from our Facebook as well. We also have shit tons of live videos and a music video up on our Facebook so be sure to check it out! We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!
https://www.facebook.com/Avalanche2018Official/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re cakes but they’re just in the shape of biscuits, like a cake you can dunk in milk. Kinda making me hungry now.

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

Thanks heaps for having us, cheers and keep things balls deep!
-Avalanche

 

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EMQ’s with LIFES

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EMQ’s with LIFES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milwaukee, WI Punk / Hardcore / ’Powerviolence’ duo LIFES. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

D: I’m Dave. I play bass & sing in LIFES.

Z: I’m Zak. I play drums and also sing in LIFES.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name LIFES represents all the different roles we attempt to fulfil every day. We are both husbands and fathers, so we have our family life, work life, music life… it can be exhausting keeping them all going, but each area is important to us, so we do what we can. Plus, LIFES isn’t a real word, so we assumed no one else had used it 😜

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

D: We’re from Milwaukee, WI USA about an hour north of Chicago. For a mid-sized city, the scene here is pretty awesome with lots of bands & venues. It tends to be an older scene with less young kids involved than there used to be, but that’s partially a product of many shows taking place at 21+ venues.

Z: I’d just add that a lot of the all age shows here have been basements and house shows for decades. There certainly is a younger scene of great bands and people but we tend to not get out as much as we’d like to keep up with everything that’s going on in Milwaukee. Thankfully being a smaller city helps because everyone pretty much knows each other here or are connected in some way through mutual friends.

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

Our debut LP “Treading Water” will be released at the end of June on vinyl and digital formats. The band is co-releasing it with some friends that all happen to run record labels, Here and Now Records (Italy), Knochentapes (Germany), Middle Man Records (Indiana, USA) & Triple Eye Industries (Milwaukee, USA).

Who have been your greatest influences?

D: For this band, my family and the fucked up situations around the globe are the greatest influence on our music and lyrics.

Z: I second what Dave said. I tend to read a lot and try to stay up on current events. That’s really where my lyrical influence has always stemmed from. My family is everything and I try to be the best partner and papa I can be.

What first got you into music?

D: I listened to radio pop music when I was a kid and was really into Prince & Michael Jackson, but got into Poison when I was around 10 and that was where I started to form my musical identity that led to my desire to write and play my own music. It also played a role in my preference of pointy guitars.

Z: I grew up listening to mainly what my parents listened to which was 70’s Rock and Heavy Metal and then New Wave. It turned me off from heavy music actually which is why I got into Goth like Depeche Mode and the Cure. Then my friend brought over a couple of his older brother’s cassettes in the summer of 1989 and I learned about punk and hardcore. It opened a door that has never closed. And now I of course appreciate my parents’ amazing record collection of 1000+ LPs after all these years. My family have always supported my musical endeavours and I couldn’t have asked for better influences than them.

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

D: Collaborations just sound like complications to me. Our band works because there are just two of us to deal with and with our schedules, that’s all we can handle. But, if I had to choose someone, we would be more than happy to serve as the rhythm section for Melt Banana or HIRS.

Z: Certainly more people can complicate matters. But I’ve always loved bands and records that have tons of friends contribute to their records. Maybe someday for LIFES!

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

D: I think we’d go back in time and play one of the Fiesta Grandes at Gilman St. The line-ups were amazing and then we could claim to be a “power violence” band without the fear of being called out by the purists. That being said, we love playing new places, so if you are throwing a block party, motorcycle race, baby shower or metal fest, we would love to play. We recently did our first fly in for a few gigs, so now we’ve got the itch to do more.

Z: There seem to be so many fests now. It’s hard to keep up. I’m always happy to play anywhere we can. Write us. It doesn’t hurt to ask us.

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

Thanks for listening and giving us a chance.

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

D: I really don’t care about rock stars. If I could bring people back, it would be family and friends because that’s what’s important.

If it’s gotta be a star, then I’d bring back Michael Jackson so he could finally be punished for the crimes he committed and the lives he ruined.

Z: I miss all my friends and family too who are no longer here. Prince was a pretty great artist. But I’ll just quote Kevin Seconds: “An empty pedestal and all those heroes where’d they go? When I find myself a hero I’ll be sure to let you know!”

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

D: I wish I had the popularity or financial means to self-release everything we record. I am forever grateful to every friend and label that has put their own money on the line to help me get my music out there. I know some of them haven’t always made their money back and I feel horrible about that.

Z: I enjoy meeting new people, seeing new places, and having a connection with complete strangers just because we listen to similar music. I hate how the punk and hardcore and metal scenes can mirror all the gross, awful, complicated bullshit of the world that should have no place in our scenes but nevertheless show up.

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

Z: Part of me misses the pre-internet age when physical music and connections were what mattered. But I also love how much easier it is to connect with people all over the world because of the internet. I also miss when areas of the U.S. and areas of the world had very specific “sounds.” Now anyone can listen to something from anywhere in the world and just copy that sound (me included). There’s a certain uniqueness to regional music that’s lacking sometimes. Lastly, I suck at capitalism so music as an industry makes no sense to me.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

D: Poison – “Look What the Cat Dragged In” and Mötley Crüe – “Shout at the Devil” are the reason I play music and still get stoked to hear them.

Z: I have way too many favourites for so many different reasons. Subhumans – “Worlds Apart”, Miles Davis – “Workin’”, Pegboy – “Strong Reaction”, Kinks – “Muswell Hillbillies”, etc. etc. etc. I’m leaving out so many favourites…

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

D: I’ll always love vinyl, but I understand and accept the convenience of digital & streaming.

Z: Vinyl always for sound. Digital for convenience and the environment.

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

D: We just did a weekend in the Northwest US and our show in Portland was probably the best crowd reaction we’ve ever had. We’re not a very danceable band, but that didn’t stop them.

Z: There have been a lot of good gigs for all sorts of different reasons. Some on crowd response; Some on how we sounded; Some on good conversations had; Some on good friends being there.

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

D: Music is in the blood. Even if I wasn’t actively playing in a band, it would still consume my thoughts.

Z: I can’t imagine life without music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

D: With two kids, I treasure any meal with conversation in the place of screaming and whining. Give me a good vegan meal with my wife and some friends and I’m all good.

Z: Family and friends. That’s all that matters.

What’s next for the band?

The LP will be out in June and we’ve got some shows on the horizon. Hopefully we will make it out of the Midwest and see some of our East Coast friends before the year is over.

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

https://lifes.bandcamp.com/
http://lifes.storenvy.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LIFES414/
https://www.instagram.com/lifes_band/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

D: I am ignorant on this topic, but it clearly has cake in the name.

Z: I had to Google search this. Seems to be like a digestive? Looks like a cookie to me.

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

Thanks for taking the time to send us these questions.

 

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