EMQ’s with ELKAPATH

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EMQ’s with ELKAPATH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Gloucestershire, England based Gothic/Alternative Metal band, Elkapath. 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?

Elkapath was started as a solo project back in 2004 by Carla. It was just an Internet project to start with. She started to perform some of her songs at open mic nights but wanted more from it so formed the band in 2019 to take the project to a new level and create a new sound for Elkapath. Before the formation of the band as we know it now, the music was more electro goth industrial dance. The new sound has become more synthetic gothic metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

Carla was working as a sewing machinist back in 2004 and she saw the name “elka” written on the side of the machine and “path” written on the other. She put the two names together as “Elkapath” and liked the sound of it so that became the name.

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

We are from Gloucestershire, England, UK.

The music scene here isn’t very active, there are a lot of bands but not the same following as it was a decade ago. We do hope to see a change soon.

We are very fortunate though, that we are close to Birmingham and Bristol which often see many larger touring bands playing in their venues.

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

It’s called “Black Spiders”.

The single, including our first official music video, was released in August. ‘Black Spiders’ is the title track of our debut album, which is due for release on October 31st!

‘Black Spiders’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We do get a lot of different influences.

We are four people with four completely different backgrounds, Carla who is the main lyricist/songwriter gets her inspiration from bands like the Prodigy, Korn and the list goes on.

What first got you into music?

Carla has been singing and writing since she was little. She has a natural talent for it, which she believes she was born with.

Marios and Chris have been influenced by bands and knew it was something they wanted to do.

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

Lacuna Coil is one of our favourite bands, we would love to have a collaboration with them one day!

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

We would love to play Download and Bloodstock. We are always visiting those two amazing festivals. Being on their stages is our biggest target.

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

We are a new band so we have not got that far yet. There are some true followers who have followed Elkapath from the beginning and bought all of our music and we are truly thankful to them.

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

We wish we could meet each and every one of them, shake their hand and thank them! Without them we wouldn’t be here and their support is really appreciated!

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

It has to be Keith Flint. His influence on us is massive and every time we saw them live it was the moment of the night! Without him something is not right!

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

Writing is my favourite part, it’s like going into another world and you can forget what is going on around you, you can just completely zone out, it’s magical. I love the feeling I get from writing.

There is not a lot we hate; we always try to stick with the positives.

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

We would love the industry to be a lot more open to new bands and ideas.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Music For The Jilted Generation” by The Prodigy is just an outstanding album from start to finish.

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

CD’s are more special but I do download a lot of music. There is a magic around vinyl’s and we hope to print some later.

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

I really enjoyed the Cotswold Inn in Cheltenham. Was such a great place to play, local small venue but the energy was awesome.

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

Unfortunately, music doesn’t pay the bills yet so we all have our day jobs.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rob Zombie along with his House Of 1000 Corpses house cast!

What’s next for the band?

We are currently booking shows from October onwards and we hope to work on new material soon.

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

We are on all major social media and we do run our own website at:
www.elkapath.co.uk
www.facebook.com/elkapath
www.instagram.com/elkapath
www.twitter.com/elkapathm
www.elkapath.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/elkapath

You can find a lot of useful information on our website along with our shop where we are always looking to add new and exciting stuff!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?Thank you so much for the opportunity you gave us and we hope to speak with you soon

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EMQ’s with TENSION RISING

EMQ’s with TENSION RISING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New York City based Hard Rock/Alt Metal band Tension Rising. 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?

Nicky: Tension Rising. We’re a hard rock/alt-metal four-piece band. Chris and I met in college back in 2008. We started up a cover band, played a few local gigs for about a year, and we decided to start writing our own material. I knew Alex from high school, and around 2015, we needed a new bass player. He professed strong interest in joining, and I knew he would add a new dimension to what we were trying to accomplish.

How did you come up with your band name?

Chris: I was working as a home attendant for a physically handicapped teen. Like any other school day, I brought him home, and was getting ready to leave for the day. His little brother, Tyler, who was a big fan of music in general, and a fan of the band, came over to me and stopped me at the door and said, “I have an idea for a band name!” I said, “Okay, what do you got?” He said, “What do you think of the name, Tension Rising?” I stood there for a moment, and said “Wow… that’s really good.” Later on, I brought the idea of Tension Rising to the rest of the guys in the band, and they all loved it. Nick had a list of something like 50+ names that he crumpled into a ball and threw away after hearing it. The rest is history! Tyler, if you’re reading this, thank you for the awesome band name idea! You’re awesome!

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

Alex: We’re all from the US, specifically from NYC. Unfortunately, the metal scene is struggling here. There are definitely still loyal fans to be found here, but the choices for venues was already shrinking before COVID-19, and it’s a little scary to think about what it will look like as things start to get back to “normal” – We’re trying to stay as optimistic as possible!

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

Alex: We just put out a new single/lyric video for ‘Doomsayer’ which can be found here:

Our upcoming album “PENUMBRA” is coming out on September 7, 2020. We’re really excited about it! It’s the first Tension Rising album that I’ve been a part of. Aside from being very involved in the writing, and of course playing bass, I also did a lot of backing vocals on this album, which is something I haven’t done much of in the past for any of my other musical endeavours. I’m also proud to say that I was the recording and mixing engineer for this album as well!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Nicky: From a guitar player standpoint, I would say Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nuno Bettencourt, and Steve Lukather

Alex: Led Zeppelin is the band that made me want to become a musician. Dream Theater is the band that most influenced my musical trajectory. I also love Neal Morse, Symphony X, Haken, and The Beatles.

What first got you into music?

Nicky: I would have to say it was the day one of my long-time friends called me to come hang at his backyard, because he just bought an electric guitar. He let me try it out, and when I hit my first disgusting, out-of-tune chord, I was hooked. It just felt like such a rush. My birthday was coming around the corner, so I knew what to ask my parents for. I wouldn’t call myself a musician, though. I just still love to play, twenty years later.

Alex: It all started with hearing “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin one day while exploring internet radio stations on AOL in my mid-teens. I heard the guitar riffs in that song, and just knew that I needed to learn how to do that. I had no musical inclinations before this, but from that day forward, I knew I was going to become a musician, and I haven’t looked back since.

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

Nicky: If being alive passes for “current”, Sir Paul McCartney. He’s a Beatle, for crying out loud. Just let me steal a sliver of that songwriting magic.

Alex: I’d have to say it’s a tie between John Petrucci, Neal Morse, and Mike Portnoy. Each of them have played such a huge role in my musical development and tastes, and it would be life-changing to be able to collaborate with any of them.

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

Nicky: Coachella, just to troll and annoy most of the attendees who wouldn’t get what we’re about.

Alex: Frankly, I’d love for Tension Rising to play in any and all festivals that appreciate metal.

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

Nicky: I don’t think we’ve ever received any gifts, in general. Maybe we’ve been on the Naughty List for too long.

Alex: I received a block of cheddar cheese, sealed in its packaging from a fan. That fan ended up becoming my better half, Gail. You heard it here folks: if a fan gives you cheese, it’s a big deal.

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

Nicky: Thank you for sticking with us over the years. We love you, and we can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.

Alex: All I can say is that doing this, writing and performing music, is not at all possible without fans who want you to keep doing it. All of the people supporting our musical endeavours mean the absolute world to us.

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

Nicky: Freddie Mercury.

Alex: Hmm. I would’ve also said Freddie. I’ll go with Dio then.

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

Nicky: I’ll start with the negative. It’s a truly thankless endeavour. I’ve watched numerous other musicians over the years, on the local scene, who deserve so much more than living out of the back seat of a van. Even when I browse around YouTube. I see countless musicians just slaying it. Where’s their recognition? If I had to hate one thing about it, it’s the seeming lack of support that afflict hard-working and talented musicians.

On the positive side, you can express yourself in ways that words may not be able to capture. But there’s something special about looking back and saying “I made that”. Whether you wrote it, recorded it, performed it live, or all of the above. There’s a level of personal satisfaction you experience, and no one can take that from you. I think that’s why millions of people all around the world continue to do it, even if you told them they would barely see any money come out of it. Life is short. Do stuff that makes you feel good. Music makes me feel good.

Alex: Like most creative outlets, being a musician allows one to channel their ideas and talents into some kind of medium that can move people and change their emotions just by experiencing it. I find that to be extremely motivating when I’m writing or performing music. As for the negative, I’ll have to echo Nick’s sentiments.

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

Nicky: Further to what I’m most disappointed about being a musician, I wish there was a way to give performers a bigger cut of the pie. It’s a business. I get it. Things change. It still doesn’t change my opinion that it sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nicky: Queen – “A Night at the Opera”.

Alex: Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”

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

Nicky: I’m indifferent to the format. Digital is certainly more convenient. I care more about the music itself, at the end of the day. Although, I will say, the vinyl album incorporates the concept of cover art, and any other inserts that would accompany the record. It was part of a listening experience. There was a time when you had to physically sit next to a record player and absorb everything. Nowadays, we’re mostly on the go, and music is just a background noise in our ears. There’s give and take with everything.

Alex: Despite being an audio engineer, I’m pretty indifferent to the medium choice. Vinyl has the best sound quality if you have a good system (and your Vinyl is in good condition). I usually opt for CD and download though. As of recently, I usually just import the CD onto my computer right after I buy it anyway.

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

Nicky: Hard to say. Some have definitely been better than others, but even the worst ones always had something about them that served as a learning experience. I wish I had a better answer.

Alex: There have been a lot of cool gigs. One of my favourites would have to be at Webster Hall. Great crowd, tons of energy.

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

Nicky: I used to enjoy writing when I was in grammar school. I might have pursued that venture if I didn’t feel music was in my cards.

Alex: I’m already a musician and audio engineer, so I would just stick with the audio engineering. I love it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nicky: For simplicity, my five favourite guitar players – not even just for myself, but for the fanboying that they would probably be throwing back and forth at each other. It would be awesome to sit back and just watch that happen.

Alex: Nothing beats a hangout with my friends and family. Nothing else needed.

What’s next for the band?

Alex: Well, aside from our new album “PENUMBRA” arriving on September 7, 2020, we are happy to say that we will be releasing a lyric video for every single song on the album over the coming months, along with some playthrough videos of the songs. It’s the best we could do right now with shows not being an option yet. We also have plans to release more new music either at the end of this year, or early next year. More details to come in the next few months!

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

Alex: First and foremost, our website is the main hub for everything Tension Rising:

www.tensionrisingband.com/

You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and YouTube.
www.facebook.com/TensionRisingBand/
www.instagram.com/tension_rising/
www.tensionrising.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC-ye9XfGDG0cH6ouEyyibwQ/videos

Our music can be found on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, and pretty much anywhere digital music is available.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Alex: Yes.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?Alex: Thank you for the interview! We had a blast! Please keep supporting bands/musicians that are trying to get their music out there! Sites like yours are 100% necessary for bands like us.

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EMQ’s with WHITE WALLS

EMQ’s with WHITE WALLS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Constanța, Romania based Prog/Alt Metal band White Walls 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?

Șerban (bass): We are White Walls from Constanța, Romania, we play a blend of progressive and alternative metal, and we’ve been a band since 2009, with only one major line-up change (but it isn’t because we’re assholes, we swear!)

How did you come up with your band name?

Eugen (vocals): I was the last one joining the band back then and they told me how, but I forgot! Help guys! 😊

Dasu (guitars): It’s actually after the name of a song from Between the Buried and Me, we were and still are big fans. We really loved the concept, that we all start with blank, plain white walls and it’s up to us to fill them with meaningful colours.

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

Șerban: Romania has a pretty diverse and potent rock & metal scene. Having just played at European Metal Festival Alliance 2020, we recently had a chance to listen to exclusive shows by Dirty Shirt and RoadKillSoda, two kickass Romanian bands, that play crossover folkcore metal and stoner rock’n’roll respectively. We have a pretty vibrant underground scene overall, and it’s good to see that people are still being creative and involved with music even in these sad times to be in a band.

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

Dasu: Going back a bit, our last full album, “Escape Artist”, was released in 2013. We just released our latest single and video, ‘Starfish Crown’, from our upcoming full length, “Grandeur”, which will be released this autumn. So stay tuned!

Starfish Crown (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Șerban: I think we each have to take turns and list our own personal influences, since those are what ultimately shaped our sound the most, as we don’t really try to sound like any other band when we get together to write music. The music that most shaped my musical outlook was, chronologically: Michael Jackson -> Nirvana -> RHCP -> Deftones. And then the floodgates opened… How about you, guys?

Dasu: I started getting into music pretty much around the same time Șerban did, as we know each other since forever, so I’d say RHCP, Linkin Park, Tool, Lamb of God in my teen years. Then, of course, it all went crazy.

Theo: My idols when I was little were Shannon Larkin from Godsmack and Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater.

What first got you into music?

Șerban: My older sister’s cassette collection. She used to fuck with Nirvana and stuff, it was awesome when I eventually ran into those tapes, and I listened to them A LOT. She bumps Jason DeRulo now, btw.

Theo: The video game Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within. In this game, you are the Prince. So, every time his enemy starts to run after him, the guitar riff from Godsmack’s “I Stand Alone” starts to play. The moment when I heard that riff was the moment my mind clicked and boomed. That’s why I have Prince’s face tattooed on my arm.

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

Theo: I would really love to tour with Gojira. They’re so original and sound incredible live. Also, their drummer Mario is one of the best metal drummers these days so I would love to do some warm ups with him.

Dasu: I would really love for us to hook up with Katatonia. They are really good songwriters and producers and we could learn a thing or two about how they approach music.

Șerban: I think it would be cool to see how someone like Jacob Collier would write parts or arrangements to a prog metal song, so he’d be my choice for a collab. Hit me up Jake, let’s fuck shit up.

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

Șerban: As of August 11th, 2020? Literally any festival.

Theo: Since I was little, I watched streams from Rock am Ring and dreamed about being there someday.

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

Șerban: Their time. I mean it really is weird, think about it: life has so much to offer yet there are people who want to spend their time listening to 4 sweaty Dobrujans playing weird-ass metal. We truly appreciate the gift, nonetheless.

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

Șerban: You know how they say “put one’s money where one’s mouth is”? If you truly care about a cause, get involved. If you really care about the environment, bike to work, start recycling, or give veganism a try. And if you want your favourite artists to thrive, find whatever way to support them you can afford.

Eugen: Support your favourite band! Buy their merch!

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

Șerban: Jeff Buckley. I feel like he still had so much to give.

Theo: Michael Jackson. I don’t care that he was a pop star and not a rock star, haha!

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

Șerban: I love everything except van-butt. Van-butt is what happens when you spend too much time sitting in a van, especially on Romanian roads.

Eugen: Same here. Ten to twelve hours on the road between two gigs is a nightmare.

Dasu: The one beer before the soundcheck holds a special place in my heart.

Theo: Playing on stage and traveling is what I like the most. The less likeable part for me is recording.

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

Șerban: I’d have more people go to live concerts. Make it mandatory or something.

Theo: Giving musicians more from streaming their music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Șerban: Just one? Today I’ll say… Agent Fresco – “A Long Time Listening”. Absolutely beautiful Icelandic music that sounds like nothing else you’ve ever heard.

Eugen: Aphrodite’s Child – “666”, Iron Maiden – “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”, Dream Theater – “Images And Words”, Jeff Buckley – “Grace”.

Dasu: Burst – “Lazarus Bird”. Really awesome songs and riffs.

Theo: Ghost – “Infestissumam”. So simple and tasty.

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

Șerban: Lossless downloads for audio quality, vinyl for the ample room for physical artwork.

Eugen: Really worn out cassettes for me!

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

Șerban: Release concert for “Escape Artist” back in 2013 was pretty special. Opening for Deftones in 2011 was a dream come true.

Eugen: An old gig when we had two people in the audience!

Șerban: Ah yes, the infamous Mikolow show. Two people in the audience and we still sold 4 CD’s and 3 t-shirts though!

Dasu: Our latest recorded live show, for European Metal Festival Alliance, as we had the chance to see and listen to ourselves “from the audience”.

Theo: Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2017. Big audience.

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

Șerban: Maybe become a video game developer, or sound engineer, stage manager, videographer, shit, I’m lucky to be someone who likes a lot of stuff and has a lot of hobbies.

Eugen: A bad actor.

Dasu: I am a full-time dentist, so I got that going on.

Theo: Civil Engineer most likely. I’ve always been passionate about infrastructure. I’m also a geographer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Șerban: I’d have my closest friends (and incidentally bandmates) to sit on top of another, one trenchcoat per pair, just to fit more people in the party. Or stack’em even higher if the ones on the ground are fit enough. Damn it, now I have to make a spreadsheet for this…

Eugen: Well, I really like eating dinner alone…

What’s next for the band?

Șerban: We’re gearing up for our upcoming album release. The record is called “GRANDEUR” and it’s coming sometime this autumn.

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

Șerban: Our Bandcamp is over at www.music.whitewalls.ro, and we try to point people in that direction as often as we can, since that’s pretty much the only way we can make an actual income that we can invest back in the band. But following us on www.facebook.com/whitewallsofficial , www.instagram.com/whitewallsofficial/ , or Spotify/Apple Music etc really helps, too!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Șerban: They are misunderstood biscuits. Anybody who claims otherwise is forever forbidden to step foot at a White Walls gig.

Eugen: I always thought they were like biscuits with cream, but I don’ t care anymore!

Dasu: Neither… and both

Theo: Biscuit cakes.

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

Dasu: Be kind to yourselves, be kind to others and be kind to all animals.

Theo: Wear masks and wash your hands!

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Tomorrow Is Lost – Therapy

Tomorrow Is Lost – Therapy
Eclipse Records
Release Date: 13/03/2020
Running Time: 35:13
Review by Beth Jones
9.5/10

Morning music chums! There’s no denying that 2020 has been a pretty sucky year so far and that it needs to get in the bin! However, lockdown has given me a chance to get my head into some great music, which is definitely a silver lining, and I can wholeheartedly say that, as far as new music goes, this year has already been pretty epic!

Today’s listening pleasure for me is “Therapy”, the debut album from Newcastle based Alternative Metal band, Tomorrow Is Lost. Relative babies in the music scene, the 5-peice formed in 2017 and have worked tirelessly since then, making a big impression and gaining acclaim. They have had some pretty big names working on this album too. It was produced by Dave Boothroyd (Phil Campbell [Motorhead], Don Broco, The Bastard Sons) at 6db Studios, and was mastered by Jon Astley (Judas Priest, The Who, The Rolling Stones) at Close To The Edge.

Now, you know me. I love a good bit of production, and right from the off, the experience and mastery of the production team is evident in this recording. It is beautifully mixed and mastered placing everything perfectly. There is plenty of bottom end and nothing sounds tinny. The drums also sound epic – no unwanted popping or ringing, and there’s a great ‘thunk’ to the bass drum and toms. This is always a benchmark for me.

Musically, Tomorrow is Lost are, for me, exciting. Every tune is catchy, well-constructed, and full. They are like a combination of Paramore and Skunk Anansie and remind me a lot of Chasing Dragons (who were great, and it makes me sad that they have called it a day). Their tunes are full of chunky guitar riffs and pumping bass lines, and the powerful but beautiful vocals of Cass King cement the whole thing together into a very pleasing listen. There is also some clever use of atmospheric samples, which add an extra layer of depth to a number of the tracks.

This is an album full of colour and life. It is the sort of album that you want to sling on in the car, wind the windows down and pump it out loud (even though this is technically against the law now apparently! Don’t break the law kids!).

Although it is hard to pick a favourite track on this album, I think ‘Hideaway’ is the one that grabbed me most. It starts with a solo bass line, then kicks into the full riff. The verses are quite staccato and stripped back, then it progresses into a pre-chorus which builds into the very catchy chorus. This theme is revisited throughout the song, which gives it a great flow. And we get the extra little gift of a powerful and heavy middle 8 section which is properly down and dirty. It’s a track full of power which compels you to move with the beat. Cracking tune.

If you like solid heavy rock/ alternative metal, with perfect vocals, then this album is going to excite you. I love it.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro
02. Wildchild
03. Smile
04. White Noise
05. Self Destruct
06. Black and Blue
07. Hideaway
08. Too Young to Know
09. Electric
10. Pause Rewind
11. Therapy

LINE-UP:
Cass King – vocals
Joe Mac – guitar
Ryan O’Hara – guitar
Josh Fodden – bass
Marc Rush – drums

LINKS:
www.tomorrowislost.com/
www.facebook.com/tomorrowislost
www.twitter.com/TILband
www.instagram.com/tomorrowislostofficial/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5VwzQ26FbEmmGhOL4b69lw
www.youtube.com/channel/UCAqteStS4BBoNeHk8QE8uoA/featured
www.music.apple.com/us/artist/tomorrow-is-lost/1296308898

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EMQ’s with Heretic’s Dream

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EMQ’s with Heretic’s Dream

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rome, Italy based Alternative Metal band Heretic’s Dream. 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?

Hello there, my name is Francesca and I am Heretic’s Dream vocalist. The band was formed in 2010, while my husband (the guitarist Andrej Surace) and I were living in the UK.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was trying to find a name for this project my husband and I had in mind, and eventually came up with this idea, to stress dichotomy between my music world (mainly pop and dark electronic) and Andrej’s (mainly metal/thrash). Actually, putting the two of us in the same music project sounded like a heresy, and at the same time a beautiful dream.

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

Though Andrej and I gave life to the band while we were based in the UK, after 4 years we had to go back to Italy, our origin Country. Underground metal scene here is quite vivid, though competition among bands ruins everything.

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

“Resilience”, full length album released in November, 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are 5 different people with very different music background, thanks God. This allows us to be influenced by practically all genres.

What first got you into music?

My Mother’s death. If it wasn’t for this tragic event, I would have probably never met my husband and never started singing.

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

If I had to choose a metal band, I would say Hacken.

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

Maybe Rock in Rio, it would be great to be in South America.

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

Russians are the best: the came to us with Vodka bottles, boxes of chocolate, and Lego toys looking like us.

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

Listen to any kind of music, free your mind.

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

Frank Zappa. A real genius.

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

Best part is being on stage. Worst art is social activity: I hate all kind of social networks.

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

Today it’s all about the money. Even signing with big labels. So sad!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

10000 days by Tool.

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

I like listening to music when I’m in the car, so actually CD is the best mean for me.

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

That at the Izvestia HALL in Moscow.

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

What I am, an electronic engineer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Madonna, Dave Gahan, Sharon den Adel, my son and my husband.

What’s next for the band?

We are about to shoot a video for a single.

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

I am pretty sure we had a Facebook page and an Instagram page too, as well as YouTube and all the rest. As said, I do not take care of this aspect.
https://www.facebook.com/Heretics-Dream-229362950413489/
https://www.instagram.com/hereticsdreamofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx8wnBbkIsO3jUxLk1I-dBg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits?

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

Thank you for this interview, I enjoyed it a lot.

 

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Interview with Know Your Enemy

Know Your Enemy with Andy Jansons

Interview with Know Your Enemy
Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ
April 27th, 2019
By Andy Jansons

It’s always nice to see young bands ascending to new heights, more so, when they are from your own state. New Jersey’s local rockers Know Your Enemy have just released their first full length album called “Root Of All Evil”. Their material is fantastic, but to find out more about that you’ll have to read Stephen Moss’ live review.

I was fortunate enough to attend Know Your Enemy’s album release show and sit down with band members (except drummer Ralph Riccardi who was running late) and discuss their music, influences, new album and to introduce themselves to a new audience.

Andy Jansons: So this is your first full length album. Talk about the emotions, how it is to get your first album out?

Fonz Rodriguez (Vocalist): Well, I mean it’s super exciting, I’ve been like really excited, nervous, but in a good way, for a week or two, I’m just…the anticipation has been just crazy. You know, for me as a vocalist, to express how I see the world and how we see each other, from my own perspective. It’s really important for me personally because it’s difficult to get those emotions out verbally, you know? It’s not easy to just speak to people, so when you can you do your best, and the reaction and the feedback that we get, makes me feel like it’s worth it. This is a complete collection of how I truly feel like, really what embodies me as far as like me trying to be part of society. To me this album is like my feeling.

Jay Kent (Guitarist): Yeah. I’m very excited about the album. We put a lot of work into it. It’s a big collection of all of our thoughts on a lot of different subjects. And I think if you listen to it, you know enough, you’ll definitely feel what we’re trying to convey. I think we did a great job expressing our thoughts.

Steve Bishop (Bassist): Great lyrics, good music to it. I think it’s going to be something real exciting for people to listen to. It means so much to me.

Andy: Who wrote the lyrics for the songs?

Fonz: I would say on this album, probably about 80% of them I did. And the songs that I didn’t write fully, it was collaboration, let’s put it that way. You know, Jay wrote some of the lyrics. He wrote the lyrics for ‘Deep Inside’ and ‘Bound’, and there was a time period where I was not playing with the band and, for example, the song ‘Bound’ already existed. But it’s just the way he may have wrote it, the way he puts it, and then the way I deliver his lyrics, perfect and unique. Like he told me, they had a couple other guys try. He even tried himself. I’m not boasting myself or anything; this is just what he told me. So even though, I didn’t write the lyrics for it, I was able to tap in the emotions, the feeling of when he wrote those lyrics down.

Jay: He (Fonz) is a perfectionist, which really shows through, because he got so much of it just like spot on. Like what he’s trying to say. You can understand it fully; he did such a great job in writing the lyrics.

Andy: How would you guys characterize your music and the genre you play?

Steve: That’s a little iffy. Um, we’ve been compared to a bunch of other bands. Most of them were like back in the rap rock genre, like P.O.D. We’ve had that more than a few times and Killswitch and Sevendust. I guess hard rock with like some hip hop and a little bit of blues.

Fonz: I would say alt metal, not alternative itself, because we got something which seems like a mixture of genres. It got a metal base to it, and then we bring in just different genres. It’s really not intentional, it’s just like you hear it and you go, oh this is the part that it needs to be because this is how I feel it needs to go. I would say personally alternative metal, that’s how I feel it. As far as comparisons, recently someone said, Oh, you guys are like, if P.O.D. and Killswitch had a baby. It’s a compliment (laughs). And the other one I got that I liked that we sound like Anthrax and Faith No More. I mean I’m a huge fan of Anthrax. My favourite is the album with John Bush “The Sound of White Noise”. I always think, you know, we kind of like to admire someone and we try to like mimic in some way, something. So to me, and I know it’s hard, because I love hip hop and I love all genres, it’s hard to really like just one. So I think we bring a lot more stuff, which brings me back to the alternative part, so we bring a lot more, more different styles.

Jay: Uh, I am a huge Zack Wylde fan with Black Label Society, Sevendust, the old Metallica, you know the good Metallica? I love blues guys. I love Hendrix and Stevie Ray, all these guys and you can hear that in my playing, you know, from my solos and a little bit of the funky kind of melodies that we bring along to the music as well. So, yeah, that’s me.

Steve: Yeah, I think it’s a healthy mix. I don’t think you can pinpoint it in one way or another. I think we flow with a lot of different bands because of that. We play live shows all the time. And whether we’re playing with a metal band or a hard rock band, or occasionally with a sort of post hardcore, punk kind of band, I feel like we always fit because we don’t play one genre. What binds inspire me? I’ve been playing music since I was a teenager. I was really into Nirvana and Green Day and like all that stuff at the time. But since then I’ve listened to so much stuff. Uh, Gary Clark Jr and The Cure and I just love music. If it’s good, I’ll listen to it.

Fonz: One of my favorite bands is He is Legend; I love The E-Town Concrete, which is a New Jersey band. Honestly, my all time favorite band is Tool. Like, I just love them, I feel like they’re the band of our generation, like the Led Zeppelin of our generation. Their contribution to metal and hard rock is like, it’s unique, It’s different, It’s real rock. It’s like real rock star mentality; we didn’t give a shit about anybody. They don’t care. 10 years we’ve been waiting for their album now, we’ve been waiting forever. To me it’s like, every single member of that band is super important. You can’t replace any of them. So I would say Tool is number one for me. Yeah, definitely but we can’t forget about Rage Against the Machine. Yeah, that band changed my life!

Andy: Cue, the name of your band?

Fonz: That’s right! ‘Know your Enemy’, that song. They are an influential band, and I think for anybody that has this dissatisfaction with the way that things are, they deliver it right. They’re really super smart guys. You know, they were unique at the time and when it comes down to really going against the grain and being brash it’s RATM

Andy: Okay guys, let’s get back just to you. What are your plans now?

Fonz: Well, we definitely want to go touring, we’ve got a bunch of festivals planned for the summer, so that’s mainly what we’re going to do. I think we’re not going to be able to tour until after August, but we want to, definitely. I just want to take it on the road. I would love to go up to New England, you know, maybe down the east coast, and show what we do. That’s ideal. We talked about it a lot. It’s just difficult. You got to pay bills and it’s a little bit more of a balancing act if you’re going to go and hit the road. But that’s definitely going to happen.

Andy: Right now you are unsigned band, are there any movements towards finding a label?

Fonz: I would love to. I would love to, but I think we need to get the tour done first. We actually have already started writing the next album. So ideally if we can make the timeline correct, then we’ll tour, put new record out and then try to show to the label and see what happens. It’s so much work being independent, and trying to do everything. Even for example, the record release show, we did it independently and I feel like we’re lucky that we were able to find a venue and other bands and make it happen. It really takes away from rehearsing and writing and working on the other things to make more progress. And so a label is definite, you know, I mean it only makes sense to do that.

Andy: So obviously this is an important stepping stone with moving forward and how you see the road from here?

Jay: Uh-huh, I think, like Fonz said, we’re going to concentrate on continuing to write new material, get a new album going. The one that we’re just releasing today we will see where it takes us.

Steve: We planned to play a lot of gigs recently to support this album. We’re just going to keep writing, keep doing it. We put a lot of hard work into this particular album where I feel like we all learned what to do, what we do well and how to just keep doing that, and just to get our music out and see what happens from there.

Andy: Lastly, what have you got to say to your fans?

Fonz: If I could say anything, I just want to thank everybody who helped us and believed in us. And I mean there’s our friends, our family, and new friends and people that we’ve gotten to know as, you know, as we make our way through the scene. But I think that would be all the people out there who’ve listened to us. I feel like that is the number one most important thing is to be thankful and grateful for. I want to say that I’m super grateful for these guys (points to band mates). You know, because I’ve so many bands that we played with and we’ve met throughout the last few years. And I would say that a lot of ’em aren’t together anymore and there’s always problems! I could say that this is probably the smoothest relationship. These guys have made it, we just chill!

Jay: Likewise. Yes. We are very lucky to have a talent front this band, it’s been a long time for myself personally looking for somebody like him to come in and do this and he just blows us away every time he goes up there. So we’re just proud to be with him as well as, as any other.

Steve: That’s one of the better compliments we get. People think that we sound really tight. Our chemistry together, especially live is good. I hope it really comes through on this album. We tried to put it that up front and centre!

Andy: Thank you very much guys!

Huge thanks to Know Your Enemy and Andy for the interview!

LINKS:
http://www.enemyband.com
https://www.facebook.com/enemybandnj

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

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIaSnpDh-wL6oWPfVISQXCw