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

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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

One Last Grasp At Hope Cover

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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