Quinn The Brain – Open Wide EP

Quinn The Brain – Open Wide EP
Self – Released
Release Date: 29/05/2020
Running Time: 17:10
Review by Dark Juan
10/10

Good evening, my dear ladies and gentlemen. I am lounging upon my chaise longue, sipping from a delicately jewelled chalice and sporting my Seventh Invocation Robes (Autumn Weight) after a busy couple of days involving proselytising, being endlessly shouted at by the Dread Lord Igor Egbert Bryan Clown-Shoe Cleavage-Hoover, smashing up indestructible sofas and having Mrs. Dark Juan experience medical emergencies requiring trips to the apothecary and then the hospital. This is of course not in order of importance and rather more to do with my permanently derailed train of thought. I should have been wrangling young gentlemen as per my normal employment, but Mrs. Dark Juan comes first. At least that’s what I promised her when we first started seeing each other. Wink wink. I’ll let you judge how trustworthy I am on that score.

Also, for Seventh Invocation Robes (Autumn Weight), read beat up old (yet supremely comfortable) Batman onesie. I’m all about full disclosure, me.

I’m also all about writing about the music I’m listening to. What a segue. Tonight’s offering is an intriguing and beguiling band of Texan misfits called Quinn The Brain. Now, if you are of a certain age (and can recall MTV actually playing music videos and having Vanessa BLOODY Warwick ruining Donington for everybody) you may remember a poorly animated and distinctly sarcastic programme on MTV called Daria, about a young alternative lady called Daria Morgendorfer and her adventures with Jane and Trent.  And her endless watching of Sick, Sad World. Digressing? Me? Never… Anyway, there was an episode of Daria called Quinn The Brain That’s where Quinn The Brain got their name from. They have therefore earned a bonus point for having a cool name from a TV show beloved of Dark Juan in his youth. I’m easily bought.

As this is a four track EP, I am going to do a track by track critique. Let us begin…

The record opener is also the title track. Beginning with a simple, chiming guitar lick, it rapidly goes down a rage-filled rabbit hole of fury and reminds this reviewer greatly of ‘Bruise Violet’ by Babes In Toyland in the delivery of the vocal by Arta Salehi in parts. This is not a criticism as Kat Bjelland is a fine, fine basis to take your performance from. Musically, the song rampages from riot girl rage and kickass riffs to alt-rock twanging before hitting off kilter vocals and rapid loud-quiet-loud dynamics. I like this very much so far. Hopefully track two lives up to the promise of this stomper of an opener…

Track two is ‘Step On Me’. My, this is grungy. All lo-fi guitar and angst-ridden lyrics with a tough punk edge to take the grunge undertones up a notch and out of the navel gazing bollocks that most grunge was. Special mention goes to bass player Steve Blackheart on this one, who serves up some of the filthiest, sexiest bass I have had heard for a long time. Lyrically, this one is about working in an industry where no-one cares about you and the futility of your trying to achieve something when no-one will ever notice. Welcome to the world that most of us inhabit. Although this is the weakest offering it’s still a fucking slamming song and well worth your time.

Lucky three then – entitled ‘Comes In 3s’ and about bad luck coming in threes and dreading the next piece of shitty bastard luck to empty its capacious, disease-ridden arse in your unsuspecting lap. Again we enjoy some sexy, sexy fucking bass from Mr. Blackheart and some very tasty guitar work from Arta as well as a vocal that oozes snotty, fuck you attitude without having to resort to the kind of inane, ball squeezing squealing that large, hirsute, bearded men frequently employ when they are playing heavy metal. This is one of the more unusual songs as it straddles the fence between grunge, punk and metal (is that more than one fence? Fuck knows.) Oh, and it’s a full moon at the end of the song too, so all fucking bets are off…  Another top, top song.

Onto the record’s closing tune now, and it’s called ‘Dark Skies’ and it is by far the most metal of the songs on this EP. It’s got an absolutely doomtastic central riff and just drips melody and menace at the same time. Vocally, Arta treads a finely judged line referencing strong female vocal leads like Brody Dalle, Kat Bjelland, Die So Fluid’s Grog and even a bit of faux-cute Courtney Love and the words reference the loss of innocence, while skilfully leaving it to the listener’s imagination just what innocence has been lost. Such subtlety in songwriting is a rare and precious thing, especially in metal and other extreme music which tends to just bludgeon you over the head with the message the band wants you to understand. This is also a fucking kickass tune.

So, this is only a 17-minute EP but as a body of work it is extraordinarily complete. It’s a short but comprehensive journey down an absolutely rage filled tunnel of violence, edged weapons and negative emotions, and the musicians back this up by being able to emote this on their instruments as well as being able to rely on Arta’s witheringly intense vocal delivery going voraciously straight for your soft, white throat. I CANNOT WAIT for a full album, boys and girl! This really is one of my favourite records of 2020 so far, and I have listened to some high-quality alternative music this year. Quinn The fucking Brain are fucking magnificent!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (y’all) awards Quinn The Brain a colossal 10/10. Treasure this, Quinn The Brain. It is a rare and precious thing. Dark Juan officially loves you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Open Wide
02. Step On Me
03. Comes In 3s
04. Dark Skies

LINE-UP
Arta Salehi – Vocals and Guitar
Billy Kimmel – Drums
Steve Blackheart – Bass

LINKS:

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EMQ’s with UNDER THE TONGUE

EMQ’s with UNDER THE TONGUE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Berlin, Germany based Alternative Rock duo Under The Tongue. Huge thanks to Mark Eden 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 Ever Metal, thanks so much for having Under The Tongue here and thanks for your support.

My name is Mark Eden, I sing, play guitar, drums and drum programming. Julia Eden sings, plays bass and piano.

How did you come up with your band name?

I remember walking out of our courtyard here in Berlin and we were talking about different ways that people heal themselves and what they use to do so. One of the ways that came up was Homeopathy and quite often you have to take drops as part of the remedy that has been prescribed. Under the tongue was the main way and Booom!!! There it was, that was the name, it was screaming to be used. We love the ambiguity as other substances are also taken under the tongue for a different desired effect…that wasn’t lost on us.

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

I am from Australia, but I live in Berlin and the scene is quite healthy here with many clubs to play and many festivals also. After all Germany has Wacken which is huge.

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

Our latest single is ‘Waterfall’ and you can watch the video on youtube. It was filmed in Berlin and is dark, fun and filmed like an action movie, it’s pretty cool if I do say so myself. We are totally DIY and did everything ourselves.

Our new song ’I Can’t Breathe’ is now released, as of August the 21st, with a video to follow.

Waterfall (Official Video)

I Can’t Breathe (Spotify)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Beatles to be honest…not very Metal …sorry 😉 (The Beatles are just fine with us – Rick)

What first got you into music?

Actually, my Dad used to play guitar at home when we had house parties in Australia. They are the kind of parties where people would actually come to your house to party. People would get up spontaneously and dance, scream and go nuts and the atmosphere was pretty wild for a 7-year-old I can tell you. That is what made me get into music I am sure of it now but wasn’t thinking about it at the time.

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

Puscifer would be cool.

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

Oooh!!! That’s a hard one. Wacken would be cool but there are so many other cool ones.

The audience is 100% into it, go nuts and that’s my kind of festival where the participation from the audience is as important as the band that is playing.

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

I have had a few weird ones. It was not a gift but an experience that comes to mind.

I was actually standing getting ready to pee at a urinal in Australia and a fan came up and started to sing one of my songs as loud as he could in my face while I was standing there…that was very weird but at the same time it was kinda cool.

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

Go for it, life is not a rehearsal, live, love do crazy stuff, dance like a maniac, travel, enjoy, trust yourself, listen to new music whenever you get the chance and whatever you do, do it with your whole heart.

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

Kurt Cobain & John Lennon, sorry that was 2!!

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

I love the process of writing songs and doing videos also, playing live is awesome and the feeling of playing tight as a band is wicked. I don’t really hate any aspect, but some things really get on my nerves 😉 ‘Music Promoters who get paid thousands of Euros and don’t do a thing to promote your music…actually yes, I fuckin’ really hate that.

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

Refer to the above 😉 Also that we would have many more places where independent bands can play.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sgt Peppers!

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

Gotta be Vinyl!

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

That’s a hard one as some of the small intimate gigs have been awesome. Playing at a festival in Austria where people went crazy and also playing in the middle of Australia at an Indigenous festival was definitely a highlight.

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

I would be doing more painting and sculpting and probably robbing banks 😊

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Osho, John Lennon, Nietzsche, Basquiat and Janis Joplin.

What’s next for the band?

Our new single ‘I Can’t Breathe’ is now released with a video to follow. Also, we will be releasing new music every 6-7 weeks with a video then the album after 8 singles. Touring next year is in the planning stages as this year is not happening for everyone.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/0ODOqiRiyO1YnumWEX1EUs
www.instagram.com/under_the_tongue/
www.facebook.com/UnderTheTongue
www.youtube.com/user/UnderTheTongueBand
www.twitter.com/UnderTheTongue

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sorry for my ignorance but I have never had one.

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

I would like to thank you on behalf of Under The Tongue for the cool questions and for having us here. It really means a lot to us.

Cheers
Under The Tongue

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EMQ’s with DIRTY POWER

EMQ’s with DIRTY POWER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dublin, Ireland based Alt Hard Rock trio Dirty Power. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Brendan 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?

The band is Dirty Power. We’re a trio that plays modern alternative hard rock. I’m Brendan. I started the band, write the songs, play guitar and sing vocals.

Dirty Power was formed in London (UK) sometime around 2013 under a different (very bad) name… We’ve been Dirty Power since 2015. Now we’re based between London (UK) and Dublin (IRL). I brought together some of the most capable rocking musician buddies in the London scene to play (now coming together from all over Europe). Demos were circulated and years of songwriting, recording sessions and touring followed. Some great venues and more established acts all leant a hand in getting Dirty Power on its feet, for which I’m extremely grateful.

For a few years, we gigged and toured without releasing anything officially, because that’s what our influences did, and I wanted Dirty Power to be built on a strong backbone of performing live and writing solid and meaningful- but still actually fun to play- songs. Now we’re putting stuff out. In the meantime, the band has been an evolving collective of musicians, so the line-up of who’s on drums and bass changes from time to time, depending on the way we want to do things. That’s how it was from the early days, so it’s cool to be able to call on different people for different circumstances, especially as the music seems to benefit.

How did you come up with your band name?

I had been searching for absolutely ages, for a name that somehow reflected the light and dark shades of our influences. Something that combined the simple pleasures and raw, electric energy of AC/DC and Rage Against The Machine, with the profundity and craft of Nirvana and Muse. Plus, if there was anything resembling a joke to the name, it would help me from getting sick of it immediately. At a rehearsal, while trying to fix a nightmare buzzing sound coming from my guitar effects pedal board, one of the band’s bassists shrugged in despair and said, “sometimes you just get some dirty power”. I said, “that’s it – that’s the band name!” It ticked a lot of the boxes I wanted ticked. Especially that there was something redemptive about it… A power that’s been dragged through the mud and somehow still made it out the other side, all the better for the experience. That seemed pretty ‘Rock’ to me. It was also silly enough to not be pretentious, because ‘Dirty’ is slang in Ireland for “fucking great”. As in, “I’d murder a dirty pint of Guinness right now”, or “that riff is absolute dirt”.

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

I’m half Irish, half Belgian. The bigger half is Irish, but the Belgian part is powerful too.

Ireland has got some great rock and metal bands, whatever your taste may be, along with some cool venues. For acoustic, look no further than The Scratch and Headtrip Acoustic Project. For experimental instrumental rock check out Bicurious and Restive Nation for some extraordinary rock soundscapes. For absolute independent punk moshpit glory, it’s Audible Joes. But if all-out, death-defying heaviness is your fancy, have a little listen to Dead Label and Ten Ton Slug.

The central Chapel of Rock and Metal, in Ireland, is without a doubt Fibber Magee’s Rock Bar in Dublin. We have great memories of playing there, along with Cork’s Fred Zeppelin’s and Galway’s Quays and Sally Longs Rock Bar. I love that these places are flying the rock flag in Ireland, and we’ve made it our business to play them all several times each, and other places in between.

Belgium has places like Rock Classic in Brussels, and I have great memories of going to countless rock and metal festivals in Belgium over the years. From Rock Werchter, to Pukkelpop and Graspop Metal Meeting. Whereas Ireland has a longstanding and unrivalled music culture that runs very deep for the Irish people, Belgium is a crossroads for all the big bands touring Europe that would often unfortunately not include Ireland as one their destinations. I’m very grateful to have had the best of both those worlds, and to pour it all into Dirty Power.

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

Our latest single ‘Oh God’ is the most recent addition to our ongoing EP “Notions”.

It’s about the relationship with our most primitive, powerful and pervasive natures, the resulting vulnerabilities and how those keep evolving in ever more sophisticated ways, with such impressive effect. The multiple meanings of- and varying ways that people use the phrase- “oh God” reveals a lot about ourselves and the moments we consider to be significant or not. It can mean anything from “oh yes!” to “oh no!” to “oh here we go again…”. Anything from a joke, all the way to being a genuine plea or prayer for something deeply meaningful. A person might also consider themselves to have grown out of classical religious beliefs and traditions, only to find that other things, people, priorities, or idols begin to occupy that part of our minds, personalities and preoccupations. It’s an interesting part of being human that is there whether you know it or not.

In the Dirty Power spirit, of combining deep stuff with simple pleasures, I decided to make a joke of a music video for it. We went to Hyde Park’s ‘Speaker’s Corner’ in London, where people genuinely get on soap boxes and shout at passers-by about their favourite religious texts, politics, or anything really. We did the same, except we were dressed as monkeys and threw bananas at each other. One ‘musician monkey’ handing out free food and water, one ‘religious monkey’ wearing kinky fetish gear and bullets, and one ‘money and power monkey’ who was getting all the attention with his Dirty Power phone, blue suit and dishevelled blonde hair. It was supposed to be a total joke and I realise that not all the themes are obvious in the joke of a video, but people stopped to pay attention and started filming us with their phones, giving us much more attention than we expected… it was a real rush to pull off and film into a coherent story, before things got messy, or the police hovering nearby got involved.

Normally, we would tour after releasing a single. But, along with everyone else, our touring plans were squashed by the pandemic. We decided to release the track and video anyway, because we didn’t want to sit on it for ages longer. Without detracting from the harshness of many people’s circumstances, I hoped it’d give hungry rock fans something to check out and it seemed timely, with everyone re-evaluating their priorities, especially the ones they maybe didn’t realise they had.

The video and track, along with everything else are available at www.dirty-power.com

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band’s more obvious musical influences include Alternative, Punk, Metal and Hard Rock, combined with Progressive elements. Much of the Dirty Power sound is built on Rage Against The Machine foundations, layered with Nirvana arrangements, and topped with occasional intricate instrumental solo sections out of the Satriani, Vai, or Dream Theater playbook. The independent, artistically punk and D.I.Y. -ness of some of our influences also feeds into the whole approach to making music in the studio and live. I’ve also gone out of my way to make the songs translate to acoustic setups too, because we loved Nirvana’s Unplugged album so much that I wanted the band to work in that setting as well as in a loud foot-stomping rock tent at a festival.

What first got you into music?

My Belgian grandfather was a famous poet, and my Irish clan have a great musical legacy that’s still going. Back in primary school, I remember making mix tapes by recording my favourite songs from CD’s. There was an art to it, kinda similar to making playlists now, I guess. It got me through the bus ride home each day and was also a way to connect with other kids on the playground. That was back in my “questionable pop and Belgian electro” days. It was all I knew. But I would occasionally get given a tape, to be told that “this is your cousin’s band over in the US”. Then in secondary school, I really clicked with people who were musicians on some level. They had the best sense of humour and always seemed to have the best time doing anything. Whether it was a civilised family shindig, or a debaucherous house party, music was always a catalyst in the mix. That was when I discovered Rock, Punk and Metal. I already knew and had appreciated lots of music I’d heard as a kid, at home on the radio or on TV – a lot of classical, Irish, pop, etc. But this was different. It was definitely an acquired taste, and some elements took a while to grow into… nevertheless, the likes of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ blew my mind and kicked open so many doors into experiences, skills and perspectives. It was both down to earth and had its head in the stars at the same time. Nevermind and RATM’s first album sum up what was an era of discovering so much good music for me. That backdrop, along with meeting really inspiring musicians along the way, got me into music with no looking back.

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

Dave Grohl. All day. Equally, Matt Stone & Trey Parker (aka DVDA).

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

In the UK, it would be Download at Donington, because despite having been to many, many other festivals, that’s where I witnessed the perfect storm of a line-up a few years back: Day 1 – AC DC to get the party started, Day 2 – Rage Against The Machine to take us to the deep end, Day 3 – Aerosmith for when you’re too exhausted for anything other than perfect ballads performed masterfully…along with about 20 other bands I really wanted to see (Slash, Airbourne, Deftones, etc.). It was perfection in a rock festival.

In Belgium, it would be any of the festivals I grew up going to. Rock Werchter, Couleur Cafe, GMM, Pukkelpop…because those festivals were formative in my younger years and we went to a few of them every year, so I have amazing memories from all of them. Muse would be playing at one, Iron Maiden at another, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Faithless at yet another…I had to catch them all. Like Pokémon. But better.

The German festivals Rock Am Ring, Rock Am Park and especially Wacken have such an amazing legacy, that it would be an honour to ever get to play them. The same goes for NOFX’s own independent festival – Punk In Drublic, which I caught in Germany and Spain. I just love that they went D.I.Y. with their own punk and beer festival.

Lastly, but certainly not least, in Ireland it would be Slane. But that would be intimidating as all hell and I would legitimately not want to do it, unless it was miraculously, abundantly obvious that we had somehow done something that was actually significantly meaningful to Irish musical culture and heritage. Otherwise, we just wouldn’t get away with it. Nobody would. You’d be shot just for thinking about it…“Oh you’re fantasising about playing Slane someday, is it? We’ll see about that. *Bang!*”

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

A request to sign their tits. She was not pretty. She also “gifted” me a knock on my hotel room door. I did not answer.

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

I’m grateful to be in this for the long haul and consider the inspiring stuff that’s been done by previous generations to be an invitation to do more of the same. So, if you get something out of what we’re doing, cool! Consider it a nudge to start or continue to get good at something you consider to be worthwhile too.

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

It would be a zombie called Cobain-Cornell-Hendrix-Lennon.

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

I get a lot out of learning and discovering more about music and then applying it to playing, songwriting, performing, creating, touring and connecting with people. The theory, the art, the craft, the techniques… It’s a phenomenal endeavour and really varied set of traditions to participate in. It brushes with the highest of intellectual pursuits, all the way down to the deepest instincts and most basic emotions. Every culture has its musicians. I can get really into any aspect of it. Even genres of music I don’t actually like on first try, to find out what the baby in the bathwater is. Or just to see what they’re doing badly that I might be doing badly too. I’m also into exploring musical equipment and the instruments themselves. You’d be surprised how many good chats you can have with musicians about that stuff, over beers. Some people really know their stuff about their function and character within music (as opposed to how they actually work physically or technologically – that’s not my thang, but I love that others are into that, so I don’t have to be). I’m not an ‘endless setting-tweaker’ at all. I’m into ‘plug-and-play’. But the physics of music – the ‘harmonic overtone series’ and how sound relates to- or interacts with- the world really inspires me, because its subjective and objective components go hand in hand in such a way that really seems to bridge what’s physical and what’s experiential. There also seems to be an unspoken, healthy balance of ‘give and take’ to interactions with musos. Musicians all know what musicians are aiming for – it’s that ‘amazing thing that music can do’ – so it’s always cool to see how and why different individuals are going for that, or collaborating towards it. Apart from being a musician in general, it’s beyond cool when people respond to the music we make in Dirty Power, and it turns out that the things they like most are exactly what we were going for – be that the songwriting, the performance, the theme, the energy, the production or the mix of influences etc.

I don’t really ‘hate’ anything about being a musician. Maybe in the beginning it’s not ideal that the easiest money to be made is by playing a narrow set of crowd pleasers all the time, because there’s so much originality out there to be developed. It’s a shame when so many people sadly don’t seem to know the value of it, how to develop it, or how to appreciate it. I’m not really in love with the way some people have their ego too intertwined with music, either in the form of arrogance as a performer or as a critic. Being a good musician is no substitute for being a decent person, regardless of how well you play the sax. And I’m certainly not into how often being a musician is confused with wanting or needing to be a celebrity or even the centre of attention all the time. And the misunderstanding at large, which resulted in ‘artists’ being voted ‘the most expendable occupation’ during the Corona Virus pandemic, by people who turn to films, games, books, and music during such times of intense vulnerability, without realising that all these things were made by artists is… sadly an unsurprising symptom of a pervasive lack of understanding. But I think I understand how all these things arose, and genuinely see them as things to work around. I’m not a total hippie, but hate doesn’t come into it much.

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

No middle men. Artists and fans. Fans and artists. That’s it. I call it the ‘fuck everyone’ business model. All the middlemen would be invited to become musicians and/or fans.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Nirvana – “Nevermind”.

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

Streaming*

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

Although I’ve played bigger gigs, I’d have to say a private gig at a friend’s house in the middle of nowhere. Tiny gig, massive energy. Epic session.

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

Drinking and talking nonsense.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dead: Jesus, Einstein, Shakespeare, Michael Jackson and Hitler. The icebreaker would be ‘never have I ever’.

Alive: Matt Stone & Trey Parker, Dave Grohl, Billy Connolly and Dave Grohl again.

What’s next for the band?

We still have the release of our latest single ‘Oh God’ to fully celebrate. Normally that would be with a tour… so we’re looking at alternative ways to do that online. We’ve already got another great song recorded – the final instalment of our debut EP ‘Notions’ – along with another instrumental ‘Trailer Track’ and video to accompany it, but the lack of live gigs has given a great window to continue working on other unfinished material. Before the pandemic, touring in parts of Europe had been on the horizon, with whispers of rumours of something happening in the US. But it’s all on hold until it’s a good idea to do anything like that. For now, I’m reconnecting with the Irish roots and traditions. I have a strong feeling that’ll feed into the next chapter, in the form of a second EP full of singles. Or maybe a spree of live streaming hangout sessions.

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

Our own website is our Headquarters. All our best stuff goes there first. We’ll be using our mailing list, to get the infrequent summary of the story out to people at:

www.dirty-power.com/

After that, find us on:
www.facebook.com/dirtypower/
www.instagram.com/dirtypowerband/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Probably not. Who knows what’s in those things?

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

Thanks right back at you! Give us a shout online to let us know where you’re at so we can include new places to tour in the future!

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EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE

EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, PA based Alternative Rock band The Stone Eye. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Stephen Burdick 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 Stephen Burdick and I play guitar and sing lead vocals. The Stone Eye was formed back in 2014, after Jeremiah and I met and jammed in a previous band of mine. The Stone Eye came about as we set out on expanding our sound and taking it in new directions which we hadn’t explored before. Five studio LP’s, a handful of EPs, and a handful of Live Session later, and we are back in the saddle preparing for our next few releases.

How did you come up with your band name?

Honestly, it was mostly a play on words. It sounded cool to me at the time (well, still does) and it wasn’t (as far as I can tell) being used by anyone, so I was just like ‘bingo!’ I just wanted something that stood out as being unique – something that was easy to remember and something people could scribble down in a notebook when they’re bored.

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

Philadelphia, PA. East coast USA. The Metal/Rock scene is tremendous over here – Philadelphia especially. There is no shortage of great, occasionally heavy (but not always) Philly bands coming out, and whenever you get bored just drive a couple hours up 95 and you’re in NYC- another Rock n’ Roll hotspot.

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

Our latest LP is “Ventura”, which came out back in February 2020. Our latest proper release was back in May when we released ‘The Quarantine Sessions: Volume 1’, a 27 song live in-studio project we did following the live music industries shutdown from Corona. Volume 2 also just came out July 17th!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Without a doubt both Alice in Chains and Jimi Hendrix were the reason I picked up the guitar and started taking it seriously. There are a lot of others, but those are the primary two.

What first got you into music?

That’s a tough one. One distinct memory I have was when I was a kid. I remember watching Hendrix’s performance of ‘Hey Joe’ at the Monterey Pop Festival, and it blew my mind and I had to pick up guitar after that. So yeah, Probably that.

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

A hard tie between both Jerry Cantrell and Josh Homme. Very hard tie.

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

Glastonbury. So many great acts whom I admire have gone through there.

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

Ha, gifts? We don’t receive gifts! A year ago, we were playing in Pittsburgh and a man walked in with a bunch of custom wood-carved magnets with our name on them and gave them to us. That was really cool.

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

Thank you for the support, and for keeping the dream alive. We’ll be out on the road once all this Corona nonsense is over, guaranteed!

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

Probably Kurt Cobain. To be on top of your game like he was when he passed, both musically and fame wise, leaves a lot of wonder in terms of where he would have gone next musically. His last few demo tapes were fantastic.

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

I love playing shows, the wonderful people you meet, and the joy of writing, when something finally clicks and you’re like “Wow, did I really write that?”. Things I hate- the long hours with little pay, the non-creative side of music in terms of planning and scheduling, and the momentary lapses of writer’s block which you think will last a lifetime.

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

Probably the “big business” nature of the business. It’s not as much about what you put out, as much as it is who you know.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alice in Chains – “Dirt”

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

Honestly, probably downloads. You just can’t beat how accessible things are with the internet.

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

We’ve played a lot of fun gigs – but one that sticks out to me is the New England Doomed & Stoned Fest. We played it back in 2019.

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

I have no idea. Probably fucking around with computers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rock, Napkin, Chip, Air, and Michael Buble. In that order.

What’s next for the band?

Given the lack of anything live, we currently are primarily focusing on completing the follow-up to “Ventura”, which is deep in the mixing stages at this moment.

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

Bookmark em:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheStoneEye
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thestoneeye
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thestoneeyeband/
Bandcamp: www.thestonedeye.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t even know what a Jaffa Cake is!

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

Thank you for taking time out of your day for the interview. Cheers!

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EMQ’s with HANNA BARAKAT

EMQ’s with HANNA BARAKAT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austin, Texas based Rock/Alternative band Hanna Barakat. Huge thanks to Hanna 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 Hanna Barakat and I am the front woman, songwriter, producer, arranger, manager, and cat herder of my self-titled act, HANNA BARAKAT.

How did you come up with your band name?

You’d have to ask my parents to elaborate on that one! My mother is American, and my father is Lebanese. My music has been heavily influenced by my heritage, and I find it suiting to use my birth name to truly represent myself as an artist and a band.

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

I was born in Texas, though I only ever ended up living here as an adult. I currently call Austin, TX my home and the scene here is interesting to say the least. Rock, alt. rock, and metal, in particular, are not so prevalent, so it’s tricky to build a foundation in the city limits. Rock is, however, extremely popular in the surrounding cities and we find ourselves venturing out of town more than playing here, which I am ok with! I will say, we have a few phenomenal venues in ATX that truly cater to our style of music and they are champions! Those venues are like coming home, each and every time we play at them!

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

My debut record, “Siren”, was released just last year, and I am currently producing a new single with my producer, John Moyer of Disturbed.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Chester Bennington, Serj Tankian, Amy Lee, Whitney Houston, Sia, Maria Brink, to name a few!

What first got you into music?

I am a very emotional person, and music has always soothed me. Whether I am listening, singing along, or performing on stage, my therapy is derived from music.

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

I would love to work with Sia, Amy Lee, Serj Tankian, or Benjamin Burley. I have so many in mind, but these are the top ones off hand!

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

I would be absolutely honoured to and have every intention of playing ANY/ALL Danny Wimmer Presents Festivals in North America at some point, as well as at least Download Festival and/or Wacken Open Air.

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

This is tricky…I will say the most offensive thing I’ve received so far is inappropriate pictures in my dm’s…

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

We are all human beings, and we need to find commonground, educate ourselves, never stop seeking newinformation, and find a way to care and respect one another.Like my dad has always said, “Treat others as you wouldwant to be treated” – the golden rule – it truly is key!

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

If I were being truly selfish, I would bring the sweet soul of Chester Bennington back…It has been one of my biggest dreams to collaborate with him. He was a beautiful person and an incredible artist, and I would have loved to work with him.

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

I love performing more than almost anything else in the world. It’s nearly impossible to describe. That is why I do what I do. The thing I hate the most about being a musician is the monster of an “industry” I try to operate in and around as an independent artist.

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

Practically everything…In short, I wish fitting in to a musical box was not so necessary that someone with a unique sound gets the “don’t know where you fit” commentary dozens of times and cannot move past it. I also wish it were so commonplace that it didn’t need to be pointed out that my band is 3/4 female and we play alternative and hard rock.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Live – “The Distance To Here”

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

I truly miss CD’s and jewel cases, as annoying and ridiculous as they were, I cherished every single record I ever bought, or was given as a gift. I read every lyric, liner note, and word on every CD I ever purchased. That just doesn’t happen these days, and it’s a level of appreciation for the labour of love encompassed in each record, that has been lost…

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

To date, one of my most memorable gigs would probably be our performance at Batfest last year. The crowds were wonderful, we were opening for one of my favourite bands, Tantric. It was hotter then hell itself, but we all managed NOT to faint… it was just a really rewarding gig, in many ways, and I was grateful to be a part of it. It was also the lead up to the “Siren” CD Release concert which was also extremely amazing. My entire family came in, friends, my producer was there. It was one of the most overwhelming, exhausting, cathartic, and moving experiences of my life.

This record was years in the making, and to finally release it out into the world… that took so much out of me, emotionally. I’ll never forget it.

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

If I weren’t a musician, I would likely be working outdoors in some capacity, probably around horses.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I really don’t know how to answer this one. It would probably be all the musicians I listed above that I want to collaborate with!

What’s next for the band?

This pandemic has hit all of us very hard and has forced adiversion in our 2020 plans. With that being said, I have anew single that I’m producing with my dear friend andbadass producer, John Moyer of Disturbed. I’m very excitedto share that with you all, digitally, and hopefully soon wecan get back on the stage and debut the new song and see allyour wonderful faces in person!

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

www.hannabarakat.com
www.facebook.com/hannabarakatmusic
www.twitter.com/hannabarakat
www.instagram.com/hannabarakat
www.soundcloud.com/hannabarakat
www.youtube.com/hannabarakat
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7zS7gayDfh1DZEC3xRuP2F
www.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/hanna-barakat/1459200716
www.pandora.com/artist/all-songs/hannabarakat/ARt2xZVhPndcPnm

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hell if I know! LMAO.

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

Thank you so much for the fun chat! During these quarantine days, you can find my drummer, Lisa, and I doing a weekly livestream on the band Facebook page on Wednesday’s at 5pm CST! Drop in and say hi! And in the meantime, stay healthy and well, and we will see you all soon.

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EMQ’s with PLACES AROUND THE SUN

EMQ’s with PLACES AROUND THE SUN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lisbon, Portugal based Alternative Rock band, Places Around The Sun. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist António Santos 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 António, I’m the lead singer and one of the guitar players of the band Places Around The Sun.

This all started when I went into a studio and recorded a few songs. I then needed a band to play live with and that’s where Alex (our bass player) and João (our guitar player) joined the band. I knew Alex from college, we first met when I asked him to play bass on a cover I was working on for my YouTube channel at the time. João was in a band with Alex so it just made sense for him to join the band.

We released that album and started playing live all-around Lisbon and really got tired of those songs to be honest! So, we started to work on new stuff and our drummer at the time left the band and so in came Ricardo. We’ve know each other for a long time, back when I was in a metal band and he was in his Hardcore band and we played together at a few gigs back in our hometown.

So, I asked him to come jam with us to see if we would vibe out and it was a perfect match!

Since then we’ve been playing live, released the second album, released two singles and wrote and recorded our upcoming self-titled album coming this September!

How did you come up with your band name?

Our band name came up pretty randomly. We had to change our name because our old name was too similar to the name of a big company here in Portugal and they threatened to sue us if we didn’t change our name, luckily we were already thinking about changing the name either way, so it was just a little bit of a push to do it!

“Places Around The Sun” was among a big list we had with name Ideas and that name just sounded cool to us. That’s really the reason for it! We’ve always been suckers for space and mythology themed stuff, but gradually the name gained a whole meaning to us.

I never wrote lyrics thinking about our name and how it should correlate with it, I write about things I go through in my life and how they feel or how I deal with them or even how I sometimes choose not to deal with them and the further I went on that path, being the nerd I am and reading a lot of stuff related with astrology and numerology, which is a world that fascinates me a lot, I found out that the sun was a bigger part of my life than I expected.

It’s not something I take too much to heart, but I like to have present in my mind as something fun and cool to know.

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

Although we come from different parts of the country, we all reside in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Rock scene here, although it exists, I feel like it has a more underground presence. We have a lot of rock bands but the genre that is more sought after is Indie Pop/ Indie Rock, so almost everything that shies away from it is viewed as “heavy”. But we have pretty great Rock bands here, we have The Legendary Tiger Man who is the smoothest, coolest guy in the rock’n’roll scene here in Portugal, we have bands like Her Name Was Fire who have more in your face Rock, we have a band called Linda Martini who have a more prog rock sound that is also amazing, among many others. I feel like our Rock scene, although it is smaller or less present than the other genres, has a real loyal fan base and the ones who like your music stand by you always and that is amazing!

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

We just released ‘Chasing Tails’ the first single of our new upcoming album.

We finished the recording of the album in the beginning of the year and it’ll come out in September 2020. We are really excited with this album in particular because it’s the one that we feel we went all out. Of course, we always give our all to our music, but this one I think will always have that special place in our hearts because of how it was written and how true it is to us. It talks about a really deep and close subject of anxiety and depression I went through last year until really recently. It was a low but very important point in my life and gladly it’s something I’m gradually feeling more and more comfortable talking about publicly.

We used the Scarab Beetle which was viewed by the Egyptians as the one who took the sun beyond the horizon to set and rise again every day. It felt very appropriate as a metaphor for someone who is going through a rough time and has to set and gain strength to rise again and that is a cycle that happens all the time in our lives and it is needed to keep us in constant personal development to hopefully get closer to a better version of ourselves every day.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have a lot of influences; I think the most noticeable for a lot of people is Queens Of The Stone Age. It’s a band that had a really strong impact on us, it’s one of those bands that every song they make no matter how different it is it always makes sense to us. We of course have a lot of other influences, like Royal Blood, Tool, King Gizzard And The Lizzard Wizzard, Arctic Monkeys and even some pop references like Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, etc. Although some might not have a direct and obvious influence in our music, they all inspire us to write more music. And it’s always great to take inspiration from something that has nothing to do with your musical genre and apply it your way on your music.

What first got you into music?

Me personally when I took guitar lessons when I was a kid.

At the time I was really into Green Day and I would watch videos of them and got to see them live and it always gave me that feeling of “I wanna do that so bad!”. So, I signed up for guitar lessons and since then I’ve always wanted to play live and write music. I always say that a dream of mine, as cheesy as it might be, is to play the first chord of one of our songs live and people instantly start singing the song before we even start. It’s an image stuck so deep into my head that I can’t stop until I get to that point and beyond!

Music for me works better than a shrink, nothing better than to feel better or happier after listening to that one song or feeling understood by someone who went through something you might also have been through and they wrote a song about it and you don’t feel alone and it almost gives you a superhuman strength to overcome it. It’s amazing how something so simple can change a lot of lives. I had to get a little bit more cheesy with this question, but a little bit of cheesiness never hurt anyone!

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

The dream would be to have an album produced by Josh Homme from the Queens Of The Stone Age. That would be our paradise, going to a place like Rancho De La Luna and spend a few weeks in the desert working our asses of on new music with him and see how and what he would do with our music.

It’s just one of those goals that seem a little bit far-fetched, but you never know!

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

Probably something like the Reading Festival, the reason why I think it speaks pretty much for itself!

It’s one of the biggest festivals in the world and getting to play that mainstage must be one of the most thrilling feelings ever! Having that many people there for you and the other bands, just thinking about it gives me chills!

I’d probably be so nervous for something like that, I bet the first two/three songs my legs would be shaking so much that people would think I was just a really great dancer!

And hopefully I would be present enough to take all that in and be extremely grateful for it!

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

I don’t think we’ve ever gotten weird gifts from our fans, we’re still at a very early point in our careers as musicians so I don’t think we are at that point yet! But if anyone wants to send weird gifts, we’d be more than open to it!

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

It would obviously be a big thank you for them wanting to hear more from us! Being in a band and playing live has always been something we love doing and although we aspire to a lot of things for it we don’t expect too much from it, we always make sure we’re doing it for the right reasons for us, which is making music that we would listen to and love, that’s the most important thing in all of this. And when someone comes to us and expresses their love for our music it’s like finding someone who likes the same things as we do and that is an amazing feeling!

We hope you are all keeping safe and strong in these strange times! Be aware of anyone you can help safely and know that there’s always someone there for you! We’re all in this together as it has always been but now more than ever! Take care!

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

That’s a really hard question and any answer I give it’ll make me feel bad for not choosing someone else also!

But trying to answer from the top of my head to make it easier on myself I’d say probably Prince!

I miss the sexiness he brought into music, it’s one of those things I feel he just had it in him, I don’t think he was thinking of it when writing music it was just in him by default and I love that!

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

What I love the most about is the feeling of driving in our busted up and completely full of our gear cars! And after playing a live show looking at each other and talking about how we felt it went and feeling like people really were into it. Those moments or transitions you rehearsed thinking of how people would react and getting the exact reaction you expect is amazing!

What I hate the most and it’s not something that would ever get in the way of enjoying being a musician it’s all the behind the scenes stuff, figuring out how and if we’re going to make a video, getting the things delivered for distribution and taking care of registering the songs so we can claim the royalties! All of that paperwork and things we have to prepare for a release, it always feels like it takes way too much time than it should! And I know it is all necessary, but when you finish writing and recording something you just wanna get that out there as soon as possible and share it with everyone! But if in all of this that’s what I hate the most I think I’ll be fine!

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

I wish there was a way for more people and small bands to be heard a lot easier.

I know that is really hard considering how many people are trying to “make it” in this business, but I truly think that there’s a place for everyone and I feel like sometimes that is really kept from a lot of smaller bands that cannot break through that first bubble.

One of the greatest things in music is that a fan of one band can also love another band just as much, there’s no “stealing” fans or something ridiculous like that! Someone who loves System Of A Down can also love Billie Eilish, and that is amazing! It’s a world that so many different people can share a lot with other different people!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’d have to say the first and only album from “Them Crooked Vultures”.

They are truly the super group in my eyes.

I mean, Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, John Paul Jones playing together?

When I heard their album for the first time it was like a new world of sound opened up to my ears, it’s something so special and so crude, even the way it is recorded it feels like a band playing in their garage like there was no tomorrow, I love it!

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

Vinyl for sure, I don’t really know what about it makes it so special to me, maybe because it’s a bigger and more sensitive version of an album that it makes you feel like you have to take care of it and keep it safely stored for whenever you want to listen to it! And the whole almost romantic feel of setting up the needle, I’m getting a little too excited just writing about it! I’d love to have one of our albums mastered into a Vinyl!

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

Our best gig to date was the one we had for the release of our second album “Pluto”.

It was at one of the most legendary clubs here in Lisbon called “Sabotage Rock Club” and even having two big concerts happening at the same time in other clubs next to it a lot of people came and we met a few people who were in Lisbon for the first time and just stumbled upon our gig. The place was packed, and everyone was going crazy and really vibing and dancing with our music. I don’t remember sweating so much at a gig in my life, it got to a point I could even open my eyes straight from all the sweat all that movement and dancing caused! It was amazing!

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

I work in the film industry, I record/mix and write music for films and commercials!

So, I’d probably do just that!

If I couldn’t do that I’d probably be doing something related with design, which is something I also love but keep as a hobby that comes in handy when I need to make something for our band!

It would always have to be something that involves creativity!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d have to say what feels obvious to me, being that is something almost utopic!

But it would be Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, Jon Paul Jones, Timbaland and Billie Eilish. That would be a very interesting scenario to experience, what conversations would surface from that collective of interesting people that I admire. I’d probably just remain silent nodding my head and observing as creepy as that may sound!

What’s next for the band?

Besides the release of our new album, we can’t wait until it’s safe again to have and play gigs! 

We want to play live as much as we can!

Show and experience right then and there what we’ve been working on and how people react to it!

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

We’re in almost all social media! We try to keep active in all of the accounts! You can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon! You name it!

Hopefully soon we’ll launch our own website with a Merch store, we’re currently working on it and we’ll let everyone know when it’s up!
www.facebook.com/placesaroundthesun/
www.twitter.com/placesaroundts
www.instagram.com/placesaroundthesun/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never had one before, but I’ve heard a lot about them and seen them all over the internet!

I want to try and chime in that topic after tasting one for the first time! I don’t think we have them here in Portugal, so I’ll let that question on hold until I have one!

But from a distance, clearly the company that makes them has a really strong opinion on what they are, although they do look like biscuits! Maybe that questions will never meet its conclusion!

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

Thank you for having us for this interview! It’s always fun to answer these types of questions! I hope you guys liked it as much as we did!

If you want to follow us just search “Places Around The Sun” in your social media of choice and hopefully you’ll feel like you want stick around with us!

Take care everyone! See you around!

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EMQ’s with VACCINE7

EMQ’s with VACCINE7

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

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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Fugue – The Spoils Of War

Stampa

Fugue – The Spoils Of War
Agoge Records
Release Date 27/10/2019
Running Time: 29:34
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
9/10

Good evening, my dear friends and followers. It is Saturday and I am your saturnine satyr Dark Juan, here to share my opinions, bizarre theories and out and out insane nonsense with you about whatever I please and there’s nothing you can do about it! Apart from stop reading but that would be a very very bad thing to do because you wouldn’t get to learn about the Australian/ Italian alt rock band I am currently listening to. Should you wish to continue to read these ramblings, I should warn you they have been fuelled by a bottle of rather excellent port, and I am a little bit squiffy, after a hard day of trying to find a virgin to defile in West Yorkshire. It appears there aren’t any left. It’s nearly as bad as Liverpool. At least in Wales there is the odd valley or two where my influence has not penetrated. Cheeky! How am I to preach my gospel of hatred for God and the only true way of the Left Hand Path if I can’t defile virgins and sacrifice them to my great and mighty lord Shaitan upon my altar of pain and suffering while they lie upon a bastardised statue of Christ while they bleed their lives out through carved sigils and severed veins? I don’t mind telling you it looks like I am going to have to find a proper job soon and that simply won’t do…

I’ll be honest – when I hear the words “alt rock” the first thing that comes into my head is the fucking Flaming twatty Lips. I hate The Flaming Lips. I hate their name, their whiny bollock music and the fact that they have single handedly murdered rock and roll with insipid lightweight “tunes” and bollockbrained personalities and the fact they are filled with a colossally overwhelming sense of their own self-importance. Even if I do actually love “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part I”. Instead we have this band Fugue. A fugue in music is a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts. Or their name could be associated with the dissociative fugue state, being a psychiatric disorder characterised by reversible amnesia for personality, memories and other identifying characteristics of individuality. Fugue (the band) are absolutely NOT arseholes. They are in fact rather jolly good.

A quick aside – There has just been an advert on television (I have the famously explodatastic Independence Day on in the background – the fact that the filmmakers have portrayed the Royal Air Force flying F-16 Fighting Falcons STILL PISSES ME OFF!) that has the remarkably combative and fabulously whiny Mancunian mop topped Beatles copyists Oasis’ Wonderwall made into some kind of awful pity ballad that is ACTUALLY WORSE THAN THE FUCKING ORIGINAL HATEFUL BASTARD SONG! However, the horror was mitigated somewhat by Mrs. Dark Juan changing the lyric from “You’re my wonderwall” (which is literal doggerel and therefore absolute bollocks) to “You’re my bonzer battlement” which we can all agree is a far superior lyric and makes infinitely more sense.

To business! The record opens with some extremely Led Zeppeliny riffing on ‘Smoketrails’ underpinned with the clean, crystal clear vocal of Luke Corso. The chorus has some tasty vocal harmonies and some emotive guitar soloing. I like this a lot so far – Luke’s voice is part Klaus Meine (Scorpions), part Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and the guitar sound is so clear and pure it makes this grizzled old metaller want to weep for joy. The record has a fine production – every instrument is clear and hard hitting, yet still pleasingly heavy. The band’s sound is interesting as well. It sounds like a combination of QOTSA at their most staccato, crossed with Alter Bridge, Helmet, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Coheed and Cambria with added Bob Mould’s Sugar (Copper Blue is one of THE great and cruelly ignored alternative rock masterpieces). I’m now on the softer and more accessible ‘Leaves’ but it is still very good indeed. To describe this record as a heavy metal record would be entirely wrong. It is a hard rock record with progressive elements. To call it alternative rock is to not do it sufficient justice because most alt rock really is absolute shite, mate. I’m sorry but it is. Now we are on track 6, entitled ‘Air’ which is that rarest of rare things, an acceptable ballad. My hatred and disgust at ballads are well known and I am prone to uttering a sarcasm or two about how godawful they are. However, ‘Air’ is engaging and interesting throughout. ‘Sirens’ is a song that reminds me greatly of Sugar, gentle clean electric guitar giving way to the sheer alchemy of a heavily distorted riff of puissant majesty and power. The next song is entitled ‘Walls’ and is the album closer. The guitar work is very reminiscent of Josh Homme and QOTSA around “Go With The Flow”. This isn’t a bad thing because this song is done right and rocks your metaphorical pants off. Alright, yes, I am dancing around my front room with no pants on. Fugue have done that to me.

Every song on the record is a high quality rock song. Fugue are a damned fine rock band. I love them. I love Anna’s bass work, thunderously underpinning some high quality riffage with some intricate playing yet never overpowering the rest of the band and I love the drumming of Renato Fabrizi too.

I’m going to stop writing now, because I have drunk far too much port. Nos dda, friends!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards Fugue 9/10 for a damned near perfect record.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Smoketrails
02. Run
03. Leaves
04. The Shroud
05. Waterline
06. Air
07. Hungry Sea
08. Sirens
09. Wall

LINE-UP:
Luke Corso – Guitar and vocals
Anna Bach – Bass
Renato Fabrizi – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Fugue-529079680961495/
https://www.instagram.com/fugue_band/

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EMQ’s with DRAMALOVE

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EMQ’s with DRAMALOVE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK based Alternative Rock band Dramalove! 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?

My name is Diego and I play guitar and vocals. This band started out many years ago from an original idea of me and my twin brother Riccardo. We grew up between our older brothers and father musicians, so I’m guessing this was kind of a natural process. Originally we were called No Gravity, then in 2008 we found out another couple of bands had the same name so we decided to change it.

How did you come up with your band name?

We’ve been thinking about it for a whole long night, we came up with a hundred names and then we decided to go with this one that sounds pretty cool in our opinion, it’s also a contrast between two opposite forces, the good and the evil, the light and the dark.

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

Brighton, UK

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

Our latest release is the single ‘Lady Macbeth’, available on every digital store.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think we’re safe to say Muse, Placebo, Smashing Pumpkins and anything that’s rock’n’roll, with a sci-fi attitude towards life.

What first got you into music?

The music video of ‘Bliss’ from Muse!

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

Good question, I’d say Deftones, Foals or Biffy Clyro, very hardworking bands.

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

That would be Glastonbury. I mean it’s a dream coming true for any musicians and we’ve seen our favourite bands playing there!

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

Many years ago a fan created a little doll with my perfect resemblances and that was a bit scary. And very cool at the same time!

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

Never give up on your dreams!

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

Michael Jackson. He was a true genius and his work still resonates in our actual music and life.

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

The best thing is probably going on tour. You get to meet new people and visit new places. Also the recording process is fun but if I was to choose I’d say touring, yeah. The worst thing is the 99 “no” you get before getting a “yes”!

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

I am still not 100% happy about the music streaming system. When Metallica complained at the beginning of the Napster era, no one gave a fuck and now here we are, you have to stream millions to see a few pennies. So yeah in order to answer your question I would probably need a time machine shipped through Amazon tomorrow.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Muse – “Origin of Symmetry!

Guns N’ Roses – “Use Your Illusion 1”

Placebo – “Without You I’m Nothing”

Metallica – “The Black Album”

Deftones – “Around The Fur”

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

Definitely CD’s! No trace of doubt.

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

At an Italian rock festival called Colonia Sonora, we played in front of a massive sweaty crowd!

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

In an optimistic scenario I think I might be teaching martial arts to kids. Or maybe I would be a very very bad person, stealing cars and doing all that sort of naughty stuff.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Pope, Marilyn Manson, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, Bono Vox & Donald Trump!

What’s next for the band?

We’re really looking forward to January 2020 when we’ll hit the recording studio with James Sanger in France, he’s the man behind the success of Keane and many many great tracks from Madonna, U2, Dido, Lene Marlin etc.

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

Mainly;

https://www.facebook.com/dramalove/

https://www.instagram.com/instadramalove/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuits

Jaffa cakes are soft and tender biscuits pretending to be cakes. We all strive to be the best version of ourselves so it’s fine.

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

You’re welcome. Follow the light and never look back!

 

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A Gathering Of None – One Last Grasp At Hope

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A Gathering Of None – One Last Grasp At Hope
Independently Released
Release Date: 06/04/2018
Running time: 44:00
Review by Vikkie Richmond
7/10

American hard rockers A Gathering Of None are no strangers to the music scene; having been around since 2012, in this transigent day and age, that could class them as veterans. “One Last Grasp At Hope” is their third release and their second full length effort.

I don’t like to pigeonhole bands, because the music a group of people create is unique and should not be put into a box labelled as one thing or another, however my first listen to this album (and my first listen to them as a band, full stop) had them partly in the ‘alt rock’ category and partly in the hard rock camp. It doesn’t really matter, the important point is whether the album is any good.

I confess I wasn’t set on fire by the first track, the speedy ‘What For’; featuring some nice guitar licks and some nifty percussive highlights, with a time signature change or two, but it did have me tapping my toes and nodding my head, so it can’t be all bad. Next up, ‘No Stone Unturned’ started off with a lick that was worthy of Thin Lizzy and continued with some nice vocal harmonies, despite a ‘vintage’ whiff about it. Tracy Byrd’s vocals don’t do a lot for me, but he does have a fair set of pipes on him.

Out of a total of eleven tracks, I didn’t dislike any of the songs, they were all listenable, with those worthy of further mention being the soaring ‘Break My Stride’ and the slightly dirty ‘Dissolution’.

Special mention goes to ‘You Stagnate’, which was worthy of Alice In Chains, or any other band that arose out of the dark ashes of the hair metal age at the start of the 90’s. In fact, I felt like I was listening to different albums at times, such were the style differences between some of the songs.

I liked this album; I feel that A Gathering Of None are competent musicians and having listened to some of their back catalogue, they are honing their craft as they go, album by album. It’s not an album I would listen to on repeat, but that’s just my choice. Take a listen yourself and make your own mind up; I suspect you’ll like it.

TRACK LISTING:
01 What For
02 No Stone Left Unturned
03 Break My Stride
04 Fabulous Mishap
05 You Stagnate
06 Reaching Out
07 Dissolution
08 Something You Should Know
09 Predatory Male
10 I Hope I’m Wrong
11 Move Along

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeIEuZl2EvKKRkMakpH0yJw

 

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